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it woke us right out of a sound sleep. it felt like the room as shaking and swaying. >> that was a college basketball coach from the u.s. who was in rome when a strong earthquake hit italy this morning. the destruction is widespread and the death toll is rising. where the search for survivors stands now. good morning, everybody. >> plus a massive backup on the beltway after a truck overturned. the cleanup operations still under way but how long will those delays last? and we have sunshine for now. there are promises of higher temperatures and higher humidities sneaking our way just in time for the weekend. the forecast is coming up.
and we begin with breaking news this morning. a powerful earthquake in central myanmar that could be felt across the border in thailand. the u.s. geological survey says it was a 6.8 magnitude quake. we're hearing reports of at least one death at this point, though the government has not confirmed that. it has confirmed that nearly 100 buddhist buddhist pegodas centuries old were damaged. there was another quake today. here's kristin. >> we are trying to find out everything we can about this earthquake in italy. as of now the death toll at 73 people. we have some video to show you right on the ground there in italy. you see rescue teams there walking a person out who was more than likely trapped in the rubble. these are the kinds of images and stories that we are hearing out of italy today.
rescued there by rescue teams. the earthquake struck in the middle of the night, so a lot of people in their beds sleeping this morning. a magnitude 6.2. we are hearing of americans visiting italy right now. listen here to a man from the u.s. describing what the earthquake felt like. >> the room felt like it was -- like the entire building was swaying back and forth, but it lasted a long time. it lasted over 30 seconds. >> many, many sad and dramatic images. the quake being felt more than 100 miles away from rome and leveling towns up in the mountains. we do expect that death toll to rise. and weatherwise we've got nothing to worry about today. there's the view from our tower looking out to the east and what
point. in fact you can hardly see a little cloud out there now. temperatures have warmed nicely. we've started off in the 60s early this morning. we've made it well into the 70s to near 80 now. 80 at national airport, 78 in lorton, 80 in warrenton and fredericksburg and so a nice day outside. hourly temperatures topping off in the mid-80s in most areas with plenty of sunshine and a nice, south breeze. temperatures back down into the upper 70s and by 11:00 p.m. down to 72 degrees. so we should be back in the 60s by early tomorrow morning, but tomorrow afternoon the heat-up does start to return once again. so your outdoor planner then, a picnic lunch, no problem at all. good afternoon to spend time by the pool. after school activities will be filled with sunshine for football practice, band practice, flag corps and all that other stuff. it could still be a while before we have much in the way of a rain threat. i'll show you when in our te
just sit back, relax and enjoy. i'll see you back in a few more minutes. we are learning more about the man shot to death in burtonsville. >> this happened late last night on sandy spring road. news4's megan fitzgerald is live at that scene for us this morning. megan? >> reporter: montgomery county police just left the scene here. they took down that crime scene tape that was blocking off this home. they tell us they found a 20-year-old man or man in his 20s inside this home who had been shot. right now they're trying to figure out why and who pulled the trigger. it was just before 10:30 on wednesday night when montgomery county police received a 911 call. investigators say when they arrived to this home on sandy spring road, they found a man in his 20s who had been shot. he died shortly after. police stayed on scene for hours, collecting evidence and clues well into wednesday morning while neighbors
>> very nice area. i never see before. >> reporter: investigators say more than one person was inside when shots were fired and they believe the victim knew the shooter. but so far, a suspect has not been identified. >> i was so shocked. >> reporter: now, police tell us they have been speaking with the people who were inside this home here, but they are still asking anyone with information about this case to contact montgomery county police. back to you. >> megan, thank you. there is right now an eight-mile backup on the inner loop of the capital beltway after a tractor-trailer overturned this this morning. it spilled boxes of garbage bags. crews have been working to clear those boxes and move the truck. all lanes are now open. still the delays remain. police say the truck driver swerved to avoid another car. no injuries were reported. in just under an
delegate eleanor holmes norton will meet with the national park service to discuss the frequent elevator breakdowns at the washington monument. the monument is in a ten-day closure due to elevator problems. today marks a big step in the recovery process for ellicott city, maryland. parts of the city's main street will reopen. this comes several weeks after flooding in that city killed two people and destroyed several businesses. howard county officials say crews still have a lot of paving work to do. they hope to have part of the downtown parking lot back open by saturday. a warning for metro riders this weekend. an emergency response drill will impact service for you on the yellow line. no trains will operate from 8:30 to 2:00 on sunday. that drill will allow more than 100 emergency responders to test evacuation skills since it's an elevated stretch of the line above the potomac river right there. water and aerial rescue teams will also take part. automatic
can reduce the risk of injuries in crashes but those systems vary widely in how much they can really do. that's according to a study aaa released today. systems designed to prevent crashes reduced speeds by twice that than systems to lessen crash severity. aaa says it's important for drivers to understand those limitations. only 9% have automatic emergency braking in their cars. we are following a developing story from the live desk. police putting out very specific information about a man accused of inappropriate behavior around a young girl. >> they want you to pay attention because there could be more victims. also coming up, donald trump is blasting hillary clinton, accusing her of blurring the lines between her job at secretary of state and her family's foundation. how her campaign is fighting back against the kakizatiaccusa and we have met so many generous people today. erika gonzalez and amelia draper in ki
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jovica stanisk is charged with taking indecent liberties. he has a distinctive tattoo on his right shoulder and arm. here is what police say happened. they say the girls were walking, a 10-year-old girl and her friend were walking on the intersection of sable drive and stir up lane in alexandria. police say that he drove up next to them in a vehicle here, a silver car. he stopped and asked the girls for directions to sandburg middle school. the 10-year-old girl tells police that he was exposing himself in the car. he then drove away. so these are the vehicles. police want you to see both of these cars. one is a dark gray 2015 chrysler 200 four-door, the other here is a 2010 mercedes four-door and you can see there it has tinted windows. so police again do belie t
they do believe that he has done this to other girls, so if you know anything about this, make sure you get in touch with police. aaron. >> kristin, thank you. now to decision 2016. today donald trump heads to the all-important battleground state of florida. this comes as he doubles down on his call for a special prosecutor to investigate hillary clinton's e-mails. nbc's tracie potts has the latest. >> it is impossible to figure out where the clinton foundation ends and the state department begins. >> reporter: a new associated press analysis shows more than half the nongovernment people hillary clinton met with as secretary of state were also donors to her family's foundation. >> this is simply a question of access. who got -- who got in, who got to talk to her. obviously if you're a lobbyist, that would be the end game. >> reporter: this as the fbi
not previously reported. >> hillary clinton, this is no laughing matter. nobody is above the law. >> reporter: trump is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate. clinton's team continues to insist she did nothing wrong. the clinton foundation says if she wins, they'll spin off international activities, programs with foreign donors, and bill clinton will step down from the board. hillary clinton and tim kaine are focusing on hard-to-win states like arkansas. >> right now the polling would suggest is an uphill push for us. >> reporter: but a new monmouth university poll shows clinton and trump nearly even in another red state, missouri. and donald trump is changing his strategy a bit, now focusing more on african-americans and latinos. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. well, as concern over the zika virus grows, hillary clinton is proposing a new fund to respond to major public health cry seiises. she said she would creat
public health rapid response fund to help local hospitals and agencies respond faster and more aggressively. she did not detail the size of the fund or whether the money would come from other government revenue. there is concern that the zika virus outbreak in florida may have spread from miami to the tampa area. governor rick scott announced a case on tuesday telling reporters the person who has the virus did not travel out of the country and has not been to the miami area. governor scott says there are now 42 cases of nontravel-related zika virus in his state. a developing story out of north korea. south korea says they launched a missile from a submarine. nouk h north korea has launched a series of missiles in retaliation of u.n. resolutions and military drills in the peninsula. today vice president joe biden is meeting with leaders in turkey to talk about recent developments in syria. he landed in the capital of
turkey launched an operation to clear a syrian border town from isis militants. firefighters are in their 12th day of battling a california wildfire. the chimney fire has already burned 37,000 acres and it's only 35% contained. a mandatory evacuation order is in effect there for people in its path but many families are refusing to leave, saying they will wait until the flames come closer to their homes. >> it's important to me to stay here because this is our home, this is where we've lived and i want to protect our place. >> fire officials say the flames are too unstable to even figure out how many homes are already destroyed. well, it's that time of year again, time to head back to school. news4 wants to make sure every kid has the supplies they need to succeed. that's the mission of our back packs for kids drive. erika gonzalez has been helping collect supplies all morning and is joining us from apple federal
you are having fun out there, i can tell. >> reporter: props to amelia because we have great weather today. we're having a wonderful time. we've gotten to meet so many of you in the community who have been so generous to us and to our kids in this community. we're out here because we want to help our kids get off to a great start. we still have a few more minutes. come out and bring new backpacks and school supplies. you can see this is filling up fast. we've already got stuff on the table as well. amelia is over here with the storm team 4 by 4, hey, mel, and back over here we are joined by the principal and assistant principal of cameron elementary and sadie, who's going to be a second grader, right, sadie? wonderful. thank you so much for joining us today. you all are helping us. you're on the receiving end of some of the stuff we're doing in the community here today. tell me about the need in your school for your students just to get off on r
>> we have the hardest working parents around. our students and our families, they have a sense of school pride and when we feel and know that the community reaches out to lend a hand to the students who are working so hard to become great citizens, and that's what sadie is right now and she's going to be a great student citizen for us one day, it really makes a difference. it means a lot and it's inspiring. it gets our kids ready to learn and we're so grateful to channel 4, we're grateful to apple federal credit union for all the work. >> can you tell me what you see firsthand, the look on kids' faces when they get to school and they have got what they need to succeed. >> you know what, it's a cameron tradition. on the first day of school, they go meet their teachers, they come down to the gym, there's a presentation and every single child gets a backpack. their faces light up. they see brand new highlighters, wra brand new crayons. it
out and supporting their community. >> it seems like little things but for some families it is a big deal. starting school should not be stressful, it should be exciting, right, sadie? >> yes. >> tell me what are you so excited about for school this year? >> about the new teachers and the new friends i'm going to make. >> oh, wonderful. sadie, thank you very much so much for coming out. we hope you'll come and join us. we're outside apple federal credit union. we have a few more minutes. there's also information at nbcwashington.com. this time for the first time ever this year you can text your donation, pretty cool, right? go to nbcwashington.com to find all of those details and live on our twitter and facebook pages. i'm erika gonzalez. >> time to get out there and see them and make a donation. congressional leaders calling for a federal investigation into the rising cost of epipens. they are
that many rely on during allergic attacks but the price has risen 400% in the last eight years. tom costello has more on how lawmakers want to get involved. >> reporter: it's called anaphylactic shock, a fast life-threatening allergic reaction. millions of at-risk americans and schools keep them close by in case of emergency. 9-year-old joshua fernandez is allergic to nuts, but over eight years the price to pharmacies to an epipen 2-pack has skyrocketed from $100 to $600 and they must be replaced yearly. now over the same period pharma executives 600%. >> the money that i pay for this medication is going to somebody's paycheck or some crazy profit margin. >> rte
republicans and democrats are alleging price gouging, calling for an investigation. senator amy klobuchar's daughter, abigail, has relied on an epipen since she was a child. >> how can you explain that this very same item made by an american company is hundreds of dollars cheaper in canada? >> reporter: mylan fu pharmaceuticals says the price change better rfrlts important product features and the value it provides. it provides coupons to help with high insurance deductibles. but they're not talking about the ceo's total compensation going from $2.4 million to nearly $19 million over eight years. >> it's coming at a time when there's almost never been more scrutiny on the drug industry for its pricing practices. >> that was tom costello reporting. the sunshine is here to stay and that's the good weather news. chuck is back with the not-so-pleasant weather changes. and a special treat for us. we have an lk gold medalist in our studio. we'll ask her about
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♪ ♪ ♪ i'm kristin wright at the live desk. developing right now, some new information coming into us about a gas leak in arlington. we understand that washington gas has been there and has made repairs. but a building on randolph had to be evacuated because of this. this is near the boston common mall. randolph was shut down between
boulevard. we're trying to find out if that area is still closed because of this gas leak. also hearing from arlington county fire who said that they thought it appeared to be some sort of broken pipe but still working to get a little bit more information for you. melissa, back to you. a virginia school is celebrating its second year in a new building after it was destroyed by an earthquake. students have used modular classrooms for three and a half years as the school is rebuilt. school administrators saying test scores didn't drop during that type but students say having a real building wasn't always easy, especially in the winter. >> there were a lot of weather problems like getting wet and everything, but we made the best of it. >> a nearby elementary school that was also destroyed by the 2011 quake has also been rebuilt. we want to turn to meteorologist chuck bell now and talk about our forecast today. 80 degrees, not a bad place to be in august. >> a w
the 90s at this time so this is a big improvement. we'll take every little bit we can get. september getting closer all the time and as a result we should expect more nice weather like this. unfortunately between now and september there's likely to be at least another heat wave that starts here later this week and carries through the weekend. so start making plans now to talk to your friends that have to pool in the backyard. they're still your friend for at least another week or so. outside this afternoon, it will be a pretty day to be out there and enjoying the weather. sunshine right now, low humid. temperatures have been generally speaking warmer than average for most of the month. yesterday was one of the very few days cooler than average. labor day, the early parts of september, is technically the statistical peak of hurricane season. 24 years ago today, hurricane andrew landed as a category 5 storm just on the south side of metro miami. there has not been a major hurricane to strike the united states since 2005. the season of
and rita and charlie. all those were in 2005, all major hurricanes. we have not been hit by a major hurricane, category 3, 4 or 5 since then. that is the longest hurricane drought on record. hurricane records go back to the 1850s. that said, hurricane season is starting to show some signs of life here. this is tropical storm gaston out here in the middle of the atlantic, likely to become a hurricane but probably staying out in the open waters of the central atlantic. this storm right here is likely to take on the name hermine and could by late weekend or early next week pose a threat to south florida or the gulf of mexico. needless to say, we'll be keeping you posted on that as time gets a little closer. right now, just sunshine, not much to worry about. here's your five-day outlook. 87 today, back to 90 tomorrow with a little more humidity and right back into the intense summer heat for friday, saturday and sunday. highs low to mid-90s and heat indexes back up near
few minutes. >> all right, chuck, thank you. we expect help from around the world to start pouring into italy soon. the central part of that country is dealing with major damage following a strong earthquake. we'll have the latest on the search for survivors. and an olympic gold medalist in the studio this morning. she knows this area well and has succeeded in the sport that many consider male dominated. we'll talk to her all about that.
right now at 11:30, italy says the death toll from that 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central italy has reached 73. rescuers have pulled dozens of people from the rubble as the search for more survivors continues. and a man in his 20s is dead after a shooting inside a home on sandy spring road in burtonsville. it happened late last night. police think the victim knew the shooter. today marks a big step in the recovery process for ellicott city. parts of main street will reopen, several weeks after flooding in that city killed two people and destroyed several businesses. more now on that earthquake in italy. it has devastated a string of mountain towns in central italy. lucy
>> reporter: good morning, guys. this is one of the towns most devastated this morning. you can see here a car completely crushed. this building in shambles. residents were asleep in their beds. it was about 3:30 a.m. local time when this earthquake hit. i felt it as far away as 100 miles away in rome and rescue workers have been racing against the clock to try to rescue those still trapped beneath the rubble. there have been rescue dogs here trying to smell any potential who are trapped beneath, workers coming in. officials pleading for rescue supplies, blood donations, food, water, medicine, anything that needs to be brought up to these small towns. it is the worst possible time for an earthquake here in italy, tourist season. people coming here to visit relatives and loved ones. so when these earthquakes struck these unassuming people, many of them were completely caught unaware. a devastating day for italy and
definitely a devastating day here in amatrice. we made a call to the fairfax county search and rescue team. they have not been notified as of yet. we'll let you know if that changes. news on news4 midday, the olympic flag has arrived at its next home. check it out, this is video from the airport in tokyo this morning. there was a special ceremony to celebrate the flag's arrival there. tokyo is the site of the 2020 olympic summer games. we're told the flag will be displayed all across the city and used to promote recovery efforts from the devastating earthquake and tsunami there five years ago. one of our homegrown olympic champions has a busy schedule ahead of her. team usa swimming star katie ledecky is throwing out the first pitch at the nationals game tonight. after that it's off to stanford. ledecky won five medals in rio, four of them gold. she had some dominant individual performances but said she relied a lot on her
having a lot of fun, my team maids. i couldn't have been part of a more special team. it was fun every day to see what my teammates were going to do and to see them succeed, it was -- we were all just feeding off of each other's energy. >> ledecky's team would be silver in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay and gold in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle. you can see more from an interview including what ledecky had to say about being a role model and her thoughts on that dominant 800-meter freestyle race tonight on news4 at 6:00. one of our other favorite stories of the rio games is helen maroulis. she won a gold medal by defeating a three-time defending champi champion. she is the first u.s. woman to women gold in wrestling. she's been kind enough to join us here in the studio this morning. thank you for coming. >> thank you. thanks for having
>> how are you feeling? you are now a gold-medal winning olympian. >> it's -- it's crazy. it's incredible. i'm so used to be in training mode and competition mode and now i'm like, oh, my gosh, it actually happened. >> we were all watching as you went up a three-time defending champion, the japanese wrestler. how did you get ready for that? were you worried you were going up three times the best of the best? >> no, it was an honor to wrestle her. i've been studying her for years now, especially the past two years i dedicated so much time and energy. i translated all of her interviews from japanese to english. i studied her a lot and so i remember i wrestled so hard in the semifinals because i was just thinking she might retire after this. this might be my last chance to ever wrestle her. so i think when i got to the finals, i was just excited. i was just so thankful and happy. >> and you were focused in on her and you went to beat her, no questions about it, right? >> i take everyone seriously. if you step on the mat, that's a threat.
just knew that i wanted a gold medal and she's won -- she's never lost in any world or olympic championship so i knew i would have to face her so i had to start preparing for that. >> so you win, you're in that center spot on the medal stand. what did that feel like and you hear the national anthem playing? >> it was -- it was amazing. it was so surreal because i was just thinking like, god, do you remember this little girl, 7-year-old girl that was shy and scared and you brought me through all these struggles and challenges and so many people that have sacrificed so much for me for the gold and this is the moment i get to just enjoy it. all i could do is cry. it's just -- when you hear the national anthem, i mean it's just such an honor. >> you talk about working so hard to get to this point in your wrestling career, and i want to show folks some video from back in 2008. you wrestled at mcgrudor high school. you had been there a couple of years already wrestling
here. everybody there spoke so highly of your skill and tenacity and we could see an example of it here. how hard is it, how hard has it been to be a girl in what's a male dominated or at least at one point was a male dominated sport? >> it's so crazy to see that. it was tough. there were a lot of challenges, a lot of barriers had to be broken. i think there were times when you faced a lot of adversity. definitely people that didn't support it. but at the same time you would find that one coach or that partner that would be willing to go with you or the parent that would encourage you and i think that made it all the more worth it. you know, it was new, it was different for everyone, so i've just found so much support in my community now and everyone here at home has just been so amazing, so i'm really blessed for that. >> i know you're here in town visiting your parents but we have to ask, what's next? where do you go from here? >> i want to eat. >> there will be some good eating in greece.
days. >> congratulations. gold medal winner, helen maroulis. >> thanks for having me. look outside, beautiful blue skies. chuck is bac after the breakk creamy swirls of pure indulgence. silky sifts of total transcendence. tempting accents of sheer pleasure. introducing "unicorn whispers." this should be the name. or something more like "golden gold."
welcome back. the maryland state fair begins this week and it's dedicating an entire day to pokemon go. sunday is pokemon go day at the fair. there will be five specific areas where you can catch pokemon and two gyms to battle them. there will also be pokemon contests starting sunday and going through next week. you can win prizes, including ride vouchers and gift certificates. the fair opens tomorrow and runs until september 5th. so get ready, get your pokemon gear all ready. >> all the people outside running around like this not paying any attention. >> running into each other.
>> what? >> it's a state fair. anyway, how about the weather for the fair, chuck? >> fair enough. i think on the whole the weather will be pretty good. fair weather also means back-to-school weather and back to school means backpack for kids and amelia drapeer is down gathering backpacks for kids for school. good morning, amelia. >> good morning, chuck. i feel like you always accuse me of being a straight a student, but at least it's true. we've been here all morning, such a wonderful event. i look forward to this every year. this is my third year out here. the temperature here a little warmer because we're kind of out in the parking lot coming in at 84 degrees, but what's not so bad, the dew point temperature that you're seeing right here. that 63, that's what we look for for humidity. so when it's below 65 it's feeling pretty comfy outside, so we'll take it because we know the humidity will start to move back in tomorrow and it's going to be hot and humid on friday. so wre
federal credit union for about another 20 minutes in kingstown. we want you to come out and say hi. we've had so many wonderful members of the community come out this morning, bring by donations, backpacks. erika is out there. we have somebody dropping off new backpacks and school supplies. it's been so wonderful to see everybody come out. again, if you can get here in 20 minutes, we'll be here until noon today. chuck, what's it looking like at the fair tonight. is that what you're talking about, the fair forecast? >> yeah, we're going to send c minus doug kammerer out to the fair to hopefully not be bitten by a goat. outside today it's a nice day to be out there enjoying it. i'm glad you're having a good time, amelia. a nice south breeze out there today. as she mentioned, nice low humidity as well. that's the reason for those cool starts the last couple of mornings, but with humidity levels keeping up, the humidity levels won't be quite as cool. we'll be near 87 for a high today with that
low humidity. future weather carries clear skies through the day. could pick up a little more cloud cover during the course of the day tomorrow and there may be just the slightest little chance for a sprinkle or two up across the shenandoah valley and the mountains. i don't believe any rain will happen around here for tomorrow. up in the shenandoah valley in the mountains, maybe slightly a better chance for a quick shower or two. on the whole, good baseball weather as well. the nats and the orioles at nats ballpark for a four-game series. the other guys took the first two games. let's hope the home team wins this one and tomorrow night's game as well. as far as your planner for tomorrow, another relatively nice start. up to near 90 tomorrow and a little bit of a heat index issue tomorrow so it's time to start thinking about going to the weekend, perhaps spending the weekend at the beach. friday up near 89 degrees. saturday and sunday perfect beach
you're sticking around home. 95 here in town on friday. heat indexes could be up around 100 degrees. saturday and sunday low to mid-90s. 90s continue into next week as well. and there are signs of some pattern changes coming our way which could bring a chance for rain or tuesday. more significant rain chances and cooler weather don't look to arrive until probably another week or so from now. between now and then, it's just going to keep on feeling like summer. >> all right, chuck, thank you. we're going to introduce you to a mother and son who are sharing their story in a new book. it's all about learning and why not everyone does it the same way. >> we need your help to make sure every child in our area has the school supplies they need when they head back to class. we are collecng those tiba
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welcome back. news4 wants to make sure all kids are ready to head back to the classroom this year. >> as we kick off a new school year, it's time for our backpacks for kids drive. we've been collecting supplies for weeks and erika gonzalez has been out with the community all morning. >> reporter: hi, melissa. we want to make sure that our kids get off to a great start this year and the supplies, the backpacks shouldn't be a stressful thing for parents. we want to help with that, so that's why we're here outside apple federal credit union in kingstown. you still have a few more minutes. we'll love for you to come out, see us, bring a new
and/or school supplies and help us give back to our community. with that i want to introduce you to robert soul who's with apple federal credit union. thanks for partnering with us and doing good in the community. >> we're so happy with our partnership with nbc4. the outpouring from the community has been fantastic. again, we could not do this, we could not give our kids this great start, i like it call it tools in their toolbox, we could not do it without the community support. >> thank you, robert. take a look behind us and look how well we're doing. this is from folks that maybe didn't have time to stop at the store plot in cash donations. and look at all the supplies. so here on this table, in that crate as well. there's amelia and the storm team 4 by 4 is here on location as well. we've just had a wonderful time meeting kids, students that are really starting to understand the concept of doing a little bit helps a lot in the grand
we know that sometimes the school year is pretty stressful on you making sure students have everything they need. thank you for joining us. come on out here we'll be here a few more minutes out here in kingstown. back to you. >> erika, thanks. an exceptional mother and an equally exceptional son from maryland are sharing their remarkable journey in a new book. their story speaks volumes about unconditional love and about how we are all capable of learning, no matter what. here with us this morning are the authors of the book "no limits, no boundaries, my journey through the abcs, " julian english and his beautiful mother, natasha molton levy. let's start with you, my friend, julian. julian has quite the story. you were born premature. he was
was born. >> he was 15 weeks early. everyone knows normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. so to have him come that early, there are going to be challenges. his happened to be brain damage and he had some medical issues as well. so those are the problems. but the challenges seemed to show more as he got older. so how does he learn, what is he learning, will he learn. those are the things that we're sorting through now that he's 12 and will moving forward. >> and this is a picture of julian when you were born. boy, you've come a long way, look at you now. but your family has really embraced julian's intellectual disabilities and that is not easy for a lot of families, so that brings us to the book. i personally have never seen a book like this before. how did the idea come about, and tell everyone about this incredible book. >> a few years ago we took him to a developmental peds doctor
your letters, your numbers. julian said i don't want them. i'm going to give a picture board. pick the building that belonged in india. he picked the building that belonged there. he said you're skewing my data, i don't know why he knew that. i said we just went to india last week for spring break. the doctor said, oh, that's very interesting. saying he does learn, he can learn. he's just going to learn differently. so now we just take these trips all around our community, all around the world and just pick something to study. from there he has to come back and tell his class or tell his family what he's learned. >> i love that. so every page of the book is a journey to the abcs, so r is r for -- i can't even say it. your journey through the abcs, all these places you've been and learned about them so this is an incredible lesson for all of us. >> i really want people to say,
all right, it's okay if we learn differently. this is what we have chosen to do. and people can do it their own way. and it doesn't mean you need to travel around the world. you can travel in the grocery store. you can go t in your neighborhood. you can go in baltimore. you can go anywhere in washington, d.c. there's so many a through zs around this area. >> julian, you have been an athlete competing with special olympics for some time. you've got to meet the president. how cool is that? >> fun. >> what is your favorite place that you've been to? >> give her three. >> new york, hawaii and. >> kenya or indonesia? >> kenya. >> that's awesome. i've only been to one of those places admittedly. awesome. how can people get the book, quickly? >> our website is no limits no boundaries
boundaries.net and you can buy the book there and follow us on facebook as well. that's how to get it. >> thank you very much. it's a pleasure to have you here. julian, you are a great example for all of us and same for you, mom. >> thanks, kristin. >> all right, kristin. an awesome book idea. i love that. >> very good. after the break, an update on an amazing young man. >> they're cold and sometimes they're warm. >> feeling his mom's cold hands is a big deal considering zion had a double hand transpla
it's now been a year since we met a baltimore area boy that made medical history. zion harvey was the first child to receive a double hand transplant. nbc's rehema ellis shows us how far he's come and what's next. >> reporter: when we first met zion harvey last year, at 8 years old, he was unstoppable. even though he had lost both his hands and legs to an infection as a toddler. >> keep monitoring things. >> reporter: and even after ground-breaking surgery to attach new hands, his energy was drained, but not his determination. and take a look at him now. >> oh, my goodness! >> reporter: his new hands are growing with him. >> when i got my hands, it's like here's the piece of
now it's here. now my life is complete. >> reporter: now he can cut. >> look what you can do. >> reporter: color and play, beating me at jenga. >> you are not giving up! >> reporter: he can do nearly all the things most kids take for granted. he cuddled up to his mother. his hands can feel hers. >> like right now her hands are cold. and sometimes they're warm. sometimes they're hot. >> reporter: it's taken a year of grueling rehabilitation. zion had to reteach his brain to communicate with his new hands. >> there you go. >> reporter: chief surgeon dr. scott levin says zion's success has inspired the teams at the children's hospital of philadelphia and penn medicine. >> we have learned so much, we are grateful to him. and our whole team now is
energized. >> reporter: zion's mom is relieved her son has a new freedom. >> one of the major concerns that i had for him was him growing up and being able to do certain things and have independent and not need me forever. >> but i need you. without you i wouldn't remember to do everything, that's why i have you. >> reporter: one remarkable boy. >> before you quit and say i give up, try everything first. >> reporter: learning to grab hold of his world and sending a message to the rest of us. rehema ellis, nbc news, philadelphia. >> and teaching us so much. >> i can't handle it. you already handed me a tissue. thanks for joining us. we're back on air this afternoon first at 4:00. >> you can get news and weather updates any time with the nbc washington app. we hope you have a great day. a lot of inspiration in this broadcast this morning. have a good day, everybody.
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