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5th, 2009. temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. glad you're with us. taking a look at the georgetown water front over to rockland. good morning, i'm steve chenevey. >> i'm allison seymour. first ahead this morning, the supreme court reconvenes for the fall session, the first for new justice sotomayor. we'll look at challenges ahead for the highest court, including a fight for gun laws. and a maryland man's tory of overcoming odds. he was close to death eight times after a car accident. he shares how he went to a hospital bed to becoming an iron man triathlete. and coming up in the 9:00 hour, a 98-yard performance and a win, clinton portis will join us live in the 9:00 hour. it is 7:00 right now. we'll check in with tony perkins to look at the
forecast. >> it's not a bad forecast. good morning, everybody. it's going to be a decent day today, just like the weekend. here is a look at the satellite radar composite for the region. we've had cloudy skies during the overnight hours. the clouds are pushing off as we speak. so we're left with some clouds but we'll continue to see the clearing trend take place during the next couple of hours and a mostly sunny day today. reagan national reporting a temperature of 57. relative humidity is 57%. the winds are light, out of the west at 5 miles per hour, barometic pressure is on the rise. your forecast for today, mostly sunny skies. it will be breezy at times. the winds out of the west ranging from 5-10 or 15 miles per hour during the course of the day. high of about 73 degrees. our normal hi for today is 72 degrees. that's a look at weather. now let's get an update on the morning rush hour traffic from julie wright. busy ride on the top stretch of the beltway leaving
college park toward 270. a typical slow down 95 to georgia avenue. inner loop of the beltway leaving maryland into virginia, a lot of slow traffic coming in from 295 off of the local lanes. the problem is the construction in virginia at route 1. that's blocking the right lane and that is the focal point of the delay out of oxon hill. westbound 28 at bunker hill tieing up the left side of the highway. 95 in the main line, north of lorton, this pace will improve closer toward newington and slowing again across the beltway and up toward duke street. no problems in the h.o.v. lanes. they are open. southbound 29 at 198 over to the shoulder. and 95 will slow in separate stretches leaving 32 to 198. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. and our big story this morning. d.c. public schoolteachers recently laid off are not going down without a fight.
>> several of them who were let go to deal with a budget shortfall protest at mckinley high school this morning, and that's where we find sarah simmons. >> reporter: protests are set to get underway here at mckinley tech high school. due to the d.c. public schools laying off 388 employees, 229 of those were teachers. now we understand that they will be placed on paid leave until november 2nd. the news got tempers flared last friday. police even having to get involved after people were very upset for both students and teachers involved in that protest. now michelle rhee says the budget constraints left her with no choice. they were facing a $44 million
budget shortfall but some employees question if a budget shortfall is really the reason they were let go. >> for the most part the people who have been ripped from this ilding are all over 35 and all tenured. and so that gives me cause on why we were let go. >> clearly the mayor has always prioritized trying to touch schools last, if at all. so i have a tremendous amount of faith that the mayor will moving forward try to ensure that he can protect the school's budget. >> reporter: now chancellor re says a majority of the schools were not affected and saying 60% of the schools will lose one teacher and 80% would lose two or less. and in regard to some of the issues that the teachers believe they were laid off, maybe it was not due to budget shortfalls and some are uttering the words of a possible lawsuit, something we
may hear about coming up at 8:30 when the protest is sai to get underway. back to you. >> sarah, thank you so much for that. we'll have much more ahead on the d.c. school layoff when we talk to the president of the washington teachers union just after 7:30. suspects accused of trying to influence the taxi industry will face a judge today. ted loza is accused of receiving bribes. 39 people were charged for trying to bribe a city official for licenses for cab drivers. we say you decide, but you won't be able to decide if you're not registered to vote and today is last day to do that if you want to help pick virginia's next governor. the election less than a month away. both candidates are pushing hard for voters to turn out. mcdonnell leads creigh deeds so far.
and they say once the deadline for today passes that the attacks will likely intensify. new this morning, a deadly fire fight in afghanistan could inflame a dispute in the white house. >> eight troops were killed over the weekend just as the president is deciding on a new budget strategy. doug luzader has the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: the president is meeting with robert gates today at the white house. and when it comes to afghanistan, both the administration and the public are deeply divided. [ sound of gunfire ] >> reporter: u.s. troops have seen heavy fighting in recent weeks but nothing compares to what happened this weekend in a remote province north of afghanistan. where insurgents killed eight u.s. troops. that will fuel the debate this week about sending many more troops. >> i hope the president will send them in and let us work
together because the taliban will win if we don't change course soon. >> reporter: it's no secret general stanley mcchrystal wants more troops, as many as 40,000, but there is a rift in the white house over that request, with some, including the vice president, saying to push for fewer troops and mcchrystal was asked last week whether a smaller group could get the job done. >> the short answer is no. >> reporter: and many say mcchrystal is seeing a limited picture. >> mcchrystal has presented his opinion of what he thinks his role within that strategy is. our strategy is a regional strategy. >> reporter: but the strategy isn't settled yet and in the meantime the battlefield grows more dangerous each day. and a new fox news opinion poll
says the public is evenly split over sending in more troops. steve and allison. >> doug, thank you very much. turning now to a deadly attack in pakistan. police say a suicie bomber targeted the u.n. world food program in islamabad. the attacker blew himself in a building. three people were killed in that blast, including an iraqi working there. this happened one day after the new leader of the pakistani taliban vowed for new attacks. the united nations has closed their offices in pakistan as a precaution. time now is 8 minutes past the hour. the high court starts a new session today. coming up next, the supreme court and newest jusice sonia sotomayor face new issues ahead as they come back from break. and the new wildfires raging in california, forcing thousands from their homes.
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when it let up, drivers could still only see 20 feet in front of them. >> mother nature is something else. >> it really is. those are incredible pictures. or nonpictures. >> it's tough to see anything. >> it really is. we could see wind here today, breezy conditions. winds out of the west, 5-15 miles per hour, generally speaking. but other than that, a lot of sunshine, nice temperatures. right now we're at 55 degrees. we've dropped off a little bit. rochester, new york, 47 and in detroit it's 46 degrees at this hour. and cooler air to the north and across the mountain states towa the west. salt lake city, 37 degrees this morning. the only warm air is down along the gulf coast, brownsville, texas, 80 degrees, new orleans 80 degrees. and miami is at 82 degrees. here is a look at your
satellite radar composite. rain showers pushing out across the east and moving out to sea. clouds are pushing out as we speak as well. five-day forecast, high today about 73 degrees. lots of sunshine. a little bit breezy. tomorrow, 72, some clouds build in and chances of rain showers tuesday night into wednesday. thursday, another comfortable day. 72 degrees. friday, temperatures drop off a little bit. we'll see our temperatures on friday about 68 degrees and some rain showers in the latter part of the day. >> that's going to feel chilly. >> it will feel cool. for tomorrow night, in wednesday, chance of rain about 50%. >> thanks, tony. >> my pleare. >> and let's check in with julie wright with traffic. the pace slow out of oxon hill across the wilson bridge toward route 1. that's where we had the construction at route 1 and alexandria tieing up the right lane through alexandria and back toward springfield.
the road work has cleared with you the delays -- but the delays still with you. backing up there. no accidents on 95. rth of dale city it is slow to lorton and leaving newington past duke street. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. several members of the supreme court attended the annual red mass. it is held for all in the legal profession to ask for guidance. a cardinal spoke out against abortion calling for rights against the unborn. for more on what is ahead, we are joined by steven ramel. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> and we talked about this a lot when we saw the new justice
on the bench, but talk about just the complex of the court now, no pun intended with justice sotomayor. >> the justices say having a new member of the court changes the dynamic. they have to think about ways to interact with each other and the way they sway each other. she's not expected to vote differently than her predecessor david sooter but it is a different reaction. >> and today we are wars going on and the down economy, how much of that goes into the minds of justices or is it when you get into the chambers, it is the law and the law only? >> i think they're conscious of what is happening around them, but they say they have to focus on the law and issues before them. certainly they'll get more guantanamo cases this term. they don't have any yet and i think that makes them very
cautious of what is happening around them. >> let's talk about what we do know as the court is opening the october term. some of the cases that are interesting and impact a lot of us, they'll hear some 57 cases, one is whether the states can sentence nonviolent or i guess nonhomicide cases for youths. can they sentence them to life? and is this cruel and unusual punishment. talk about this case. >> four years ago the supreme said it was unconstitution real and cruel and unusual to sentence juvenile offenders to death and that left states wanting to use life sentences. these offenders are not people accused of homicides, these are people accused of rape, armed robbery and burglary and the question is will the court decide this is cruel and
unusual punishment. this is life imprisonment without parole. one of the offenders was a 13- year-old when he committed the crime so he would spend the rest of his life in prison. >> another one that we talked about a lot when this happened, we're talking about the second amendment rights here in d.c. and we saw the supreme court impose some rights that limited the ability of the government and the district to impose laws, it was a about thele within the battle, if you will. now there is a case out of chicago that is similar in a way that talks about local government and the states rights. >> that first case in 2008 really just limited the power of the federal government and -- and the district of columbia. it allowed the regulation of guns. and does that apply to state and local governments so their ability to regulate gun
ownership is limited by the 2nd amendment. a very important case. >> and we have many to get to. but let me ask you about this one, because i think it has widespread appeal. congress' right for sexual predator yous, to keep them in confinement after prison sentences are up and this speaks to adam walsh, the law created after his disappearance and death. >> this is a tough and fascinating case. when chief justice renquist was alive he revived the notion that there are limits on congress' power and this is a sequel to that and there are some things that congress can't do. congress passed a law saying that sexually vealent persons could be held indefinitely
after the finish of their sentence and the supreme court has to decide where the power exists, if it exists at all. >> again some 57 cases that we expect the court to hear in this october session. we appreciate you talking about the more high-profile ones with us today. >> glad to be here. >> steve over to you. 7:20 right now. up next. the man accused of filming an espn sideline reporter without her knowledge makes his first appearance in court. and the swine flu vaccine will finally be available in just days. and just ahead, holly is taking us on a safari this morning. it's an art safari that is. details on how to check it out for free this weekend coming up.
swine flu vaccine will be available to the public this week. but the initial shipments are so small that they're being reserved for health care workers so they can stay healthy enough to care for others. inoculations won't gear up for another couple of weeks when 40 million doses are rolled out. the president rallying the bid for health care with doctors today. and the president is hoping for key action this week. approval by the senate finance committee of the overhaul bill. the man accused of taking nude videos of espn anchor erin andrews is due in court today. david barrett is charged with interstate stalking and faces up to fiveears in prison. today a judge is expected to decide if he will have to return to california where he tried to sell the cell phone video or be freed on bail. he's accused of filming andrews
through her hotel peep hole and trying to sell the video to tmz. and over 200 teachers in the district expected to lose their jobs and that causing emotional outburst from students and participants, including this scene at mckinley high school on friday. we'll talk with the president of the union of teachers about the late investigate and we are playing -- about the layoffs. >> and we are playing monday morning quarterback. .
suspect as caused of illegally of trying to steer and drive licensing for cabbies. ted loza is accused of pocketing $1,500. graham has not been accused of any wrongdoing. the investigation spanned two years with 39 people indicted. if you plan on voting for the next governor of virginia, you better register. today is the deadline to register for part of the november 3rd election. you have until 5:00 this evening to do so. bob mcdonnell has led the race since this summer but creigh deeds has cut into that lead in northern virginia.
it is 7:29 right now. and it is 55-degrees to start the day. >> getting chilly. >> yes, it is. hold on a minute. making sure the mic is on. >> i was saying its like 55. that's chilly for the morning. >> i think we were chillier in the middle of last week. like 51 degrees. >> we were? >> but you block it out. >> it was cool. but it will lead to a beautiful day like what we had over the course of the day. and that is my favorite weather song. >> what is it? >> it's a beautiful day. >> and weather headlines. that was from last week. who can remember? sunny and mild all week long. next chance of rain is tomorrow evening into the early part of wednesday. and a tropical storm, we have a new one in the atlantic, it's
grace. i can't show it to you because it doesn't show up on the radar it's so far out to the east. the biggest impact will be in europe and ireland, and very unusual to see a storm form in that part of the ocean. and close to home, 55 degrees here in d.c. 50 in baltimore. and in dulles and in frederick, maryland, fredericksberg is down to 49. satellite radar composite for the eastern united states. the clouds are pushing out as we speak. and we continue to see implaintiffing conditions this morning. that will lead to mostly sunny skies and then there is some rainfall across southern portions through the mid- atlantic region, across the carolinas and that's where you'll see rain and heavy rain. today looks great. breezy at times, high of about 73. yesterday's high was 72 degrees.
so a similar day. five-day forecast, a chance of showers late in the day and during the eving and nighttime hours for tomorrow and into wednesday. 72 for the high tomorrow. 75 on wednesday. thursday 72 and friday 68 with a chance of showers late. that's the latest on the weather. now more on the morning rush hour traffic from julie wright. what we got is some problems if you are traveling eastbound along 66. traveling eastbound at 50, fair oaks, this is where we have the crash. fire and rescue are on the scene. i'm going to back out to give you a better view. on the east side merging to two lanes, and working on 66 and toward vienna. centreville slow to the east. delays on the inner loop of the beltway out of maryland and into virginia. the problem with construction at route one in alexandria, that is cleared.
focal point of the inner delay extends to eisenhower. slowing on the inner loop but the outer loop is open. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. more details now on the nearly 400 d.c. public school employees who received notices they have been placed on administrative leave. that includes 229 teacher layoffs. that move was made by school and city officials to make up for a $44 million budget shortfall. we're joined by the president of the washington teachers union, george parker. thank you for being with us. appreciate you coming in. >> thank you. >> and i know you have your plate full. shed some light on where the teachers may have been from and what you know about ow hey have been selected for the layoff. >> well two things. one, let me make a correction in terms of the total number. the total number is actually 266. the 229 would be probably classroom teachers. but when you add in librarian
and counselors, that's the number the teachers that work directly with children is about 266. i think this has been a troubling process for us. i think it's been very loosely managed and i believe there are teachers who have been targeted, not based on performance but other criteria and i think that's the unfortunate part of this entire rift. i think the fact this this rift occurring ts early in the school year, this leaves a lack of planning for the chancellor and the mayor for the number of students that are needed. >> we heard some teachers saying that it appeared that a majority of people may have been 35 and older, some people 50 and over with tenure. is that a troubling trend that you might see happening here? >> well let me say this. the first calls that have come insofar create some very troubling trends. i think friday before we left
we had roughly 50 calls of teachers who called if and i can tell you no, roughly 90% of those teachers were over 50. i certainly hope that pattern does not continue. if it does, i think it's a very troubling situation, because it's likely there will be some age discrimination here. >> you mentioned the timing of this. and there was talk about why this move was made such a short time into the school year. what explanation did you get for the timing of this? >> i think number one, the only explanation so far has been budgetary. i think to have this type of disruption at the beginning of the school year is unheard of previously. i think that its important that the counsel does have hearings and i think the chairman is right when he's decided to hold hearings because i think we will not get to the bottom of why this occurred until we really have hearings. >> now you talk about vincent gray from the d.c. city council who is going to have some hearings to look into it. and we saw reaction from both
the teaches and students and it got heated at mckinley tech and we heard of more protests there today. and i know there is a limit on how you want to respond to something like this, but how do you take a situation like this and have some level of understanding as to what is going on. because the students are the ones that need to understand what is happening here. >> well, i think students get it. i think students get it. they understand that to have cuts this significant in the beginning of the school year is going to affect their nd i think if we are going to say we are about students first, there is a great opportunity to listen to the students. they are not out there protesting just for the fund of it, they are very concerned about high quality teachers that they are used to, being let go at this time of the year. so i think they are protests that have meaning and value. >> could a budgetary gap been narrowed without the layoffs or do you feel some type of
movement in the numbers had to happen at many point. >> i think some of it had to do with the chancellor's priorities. and we have master educators, i think there are 30 or 33 of them at $90,000 each, who are going around observing teachers in classrooms, i think that would be aa -- would be a place to look or let the principals look at it. and i think there could be ways to keep teachers in the classroom and i hope that is something the council looks at. >> and the bottom line is the students and filling their needs. what happens now? >> well number one, the first concern is about the students. this will have a negative impact on classroom instruction, i don't care what anyone says. it's impossible to have 266 teachers removed from a building and plus 122 removed from buildings without impacting students.
i think it is important to get to the bottom of it, but if there is any way to get tis turned around, we need to do that. >> you've been working on contract talks with chancellor and the mayor, how does this impact that? >> my mind has been on contract talks. i think this is a critical situation and my mind has been on dealing with this. >> thank you for sharing. we've been talking with chancellor re and we'll do so again but george parker, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you. >> allison, back to you. time now is 7:37 and the redskins are shutout by a team that had zero wins but they picked things up in the second half and more importantly they pick up a second win.
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the choice in this election for governor is really pretty simple: do we move virginia forward by continuing the pro-business economic policies that i helped put in place... or do we go backwards with the failed economic approach that ruined our economy? creigh deeds knows keeping taxes low and controlling spending is the right way to keep virginia the best place to do business. and i agree. because rebuilding confidence in our economy starts with responsible leadership from a new governor like creigh deeds.
moss and rocking the pink gloves for breast cancer awareness month. and they are now sitting at 2-2 on the season. dave ross joins us this morning to talk about monday morning quarterback. >> the eagles are 2-1, not bad. the giants look good, 4-0. >> and i couldn'ted 11 teams with a worst record than the redskins. >> very impressive. good homework. and your steelers 2-2. and so it's not bad. but it will get tougher so you want to book as many wins as you can now. and carolina in two weeks. hopefully they can get that one. and in the first half there was not a whole lot to cheer about. and who is the security blanket on this team? >> chris cooley. >> very good. >> that's the one guy that we hope doesn't get hurt this year. >> you need him. he went to the probowl last year. because when campbell is in trouble and having a problem trying o find his rhythm,
that's the guy you go to, chris cooley. and now when you need a big play? >> santana moss. >> and this is a huge play in the game, because campbell, when he gets time, look at the time here for campbell, he sets his feet, big, strong arm, that's what scouts drool about, when you can plant the feet and make a big play. santana will streak by any quarterback when you have coverage. and campbell had an awful and dismal first half and came back with two touchdown passes in the third quarter. >> so what was the difference between the first half and second half? >> protection. if the offensive line gives him time, and we know this now, and they throw stuff at him and he has to move out of the way. and he has to be quicker in the pocket. if he can buy one or two
seconds more to throw the ball, that's an eearn -- an eternity. >> you said they need to play they're game and not worry about anything else, but in the first half was he pressured. >> the team are tight. they were tight against st. louis and detroit and tampa bay. they're like a boxer, when they don't let their hands go and you go, i know you can do it, just let the hands go. throw some punches and a couple hay makers and see what happens. throw a hay maker to moss and look what happened. >> you need to have the belief to get things done. >> right. and we're criticizing campbell, but at least he took shots. and it didn't always work out. and you'll live by the sword and die by the sword sometimes but he took some shots. >> because of the win, but because othe third quarter yesterday, we're not talking
about three interceptions and a dropped fumble, that ended up -- >> four turnovers. >> we're talking about the fact that they won the game and he threw two touchdowns. >> everything that ales you, a win will cure. but clinton portis had a good game. with a guy with two bad ankles and a quad nd a toe, he played well. and he runs hard. that's one thing you can't criticize about him. he will stick his nose in between the tackles and get you tough yards. no, i don't think he's the same back when he first got here five years ago, but he's still -- that's tough running inside. he's been hit three different times and yet he's still moving the pile forward. you want to see that. a season high 98 yards on a guy that want supposed to play. and when you get effort from your veterans and the younger
guys will follow the example. >> and you can vote for the player of the game online at myfoxdc.com. it's a tough choice yesterday. do you go with campbell, cooley or moss. i think i might go with moss. >> i think you have to go with moss,. >> or d'angelo hall for turning the game around. >> and that's a play, with the third quarter interception set the tone for the second half because they had no mojo. >> still voting for moss. >> me too. and let's check in with allison. and who are you voting for? >> i'm voting for shawn suisham. >> i'm go with santana. it was good to see the connection. campbell to moss and cooley for the touchdown. and we'll talk to clinton portis coming up in just a little bit. the temperatures around the region.
it is 55 degrees right now in d.c. cool air to the north, 55 in new york. 43 in pittsburgh. 57 in roanoke, virginia. here is a look at the surface map for today. the main thing to pay attention to is the big h, meaning high pressure. sunny skies throughout the course of the day today. will be breezy, but that will be about the most of our concerns for our weather today. here is a look at the five-day forecast. high -- a high today of 73 degrees. could see some rain overnight tuesday into wednesday. maybe a few lingering rain showers early wednesday. thursday, 72 and friday 68. rain is possible late in the day. that's a look at what is happening with the weather. now let's get an update on the morning rush hour traffic from julie wright. and it's busy out there. hit the ground early with an
incident at colesville road, traffic jammed up out of college park. eastbound 66 at 50 fair oaks, last time we showed you this camera, the two left lanes were bocked off. all of that is cleared so the lanes are open. it's clear to the shoulder. but delays backed up out of centreville eastbound on 66. more slow traffic in vienna toward the beltway. the beltway south of virginia slowing in separate stretches between annandale and merryfield. on the greenway, not bad. slowing from 67 toward hunter mill. and southbound 270, leaving germantown, on the brakes. 29 after white oak, a stalled car, explaining the backup leaving 32. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. 55 degrees out there. it is now 7:47 and holly is working on her artistic side. holly, i don't know when you
are not artistic. but good morning. >> reporter: thank you, allison. creativity is my speciay. this morning it is creativity in kids. we are live at torpedo factory in old town alexandria where they are gearing up for the 14th annual art safari. what it is and why you and your family don't want to miss it up next on fox 5 morning news. stay with us. from that first dollar forward, cash flow isn't just an important thing to small business.
going on safari at the torpedo factory might not make sense to you right now. >> but this weekend it will be a fun and freeway to expose your children to art. and that's where holly is this morning. hi, holly. >> reporter: no helmets needed for this safari. you need a paint brush instead. picasso had to start somewhere and rembrandt. but i'm confident they started painting at a very young age and the best way for you to get out and get your children to do just that is to come to an event like the art safari, going on this saturday now in the 14th year. clare is head of the torpedo factory here. good morning. don't you love to watch kids paint. >> i do. and it's fun to hear them talk
when they paint. >> reporter: and what can family find themselves involved in on saturday? >> they'll find 11 different activities, from parenting, paper mache, and other activities. >> reporter: and they're all hands-on. so the kids will be tired at the end. that's what makes the parents cheer. >> and they should wear clothes that it's okay to get dirty. it's good for kids to get dirty >> reporter: right. this isn't a place to drop your kids off. this is a family activity. >> that's right. >> reporter: and how did you get started with this? >> 14 years ago, there was different points throughout alexandria that participated in the event and over time it's
been consolidated here at the torpedo factory. >> reporter: and for people that aren't familiar with the torpedo factory, there might be a few that aren't familiar, but tell me about the importance of this creative building. >> we're an anchor here in terms of a cultural place where the community can come together and learn about art work and purchase original art work from the artist. >> reporter: how are you able to dan event like this for free? because it's so rare these days that we don't have to pay admission snare. >> well we budget for it each year. and it's just something we see as a priority for the community. >> reporter: and we were taone guy downstairs and he said parents ask for it months in advance. >> absolutely. >> reporter: and how much time? can people spend the whole time here or could they do it in two
hours? >> it depends how many kids you have with you and what ind of afternoon you would like to spend and it's entertaining for the parents at well. >> reporter: how many do you expect to come out. >> we get several hundred, if not more than that. >> reporter: i never like to interrupt artists but i already told my monays that it would be a project in the making. who has been to the art safari before? >> me. >> reporter: and tell me about it. >> i remember coming almost every year, well i'm only 12, but i really like it. it's fun to learn about art. that you don't just sit in a classroom and draw and go around and have fun with the artists. >> reporter: and tell me about your masterpiece. >> it's spongebob. >> reporter: you know what, i should have recognized it. >> the vampire. >> reporter: the vampire
version. how do you decide what you add next? >> i don't know. >> reporter: it just comes next. i see you laughing. tell me about your picture. >> it's a tree and a guy. >> reporter: does the guy have a name? >> no. >> reporter: not yet. it will come to you. and i'll end with you. you said you've been to the art safari before. what did you like about it? >> i like to do all of the fun stuff. >> reporter: to go from station to station. this would be a painting that i would paint. sunshine, happy thoughts. myfoxdc.com is our website. we have a linking to the torpedo factory website so you can find out more information about the 14th annual alexandria art safari coming up. and in the next hour. >> we'll have an artist join us in the next hour. and look at my man down there on the floor getting the whole canvass colored. >> thanks holly. >> reporter: he colored his
shirt as well. 7:56 on this monday morning. coming up at 8:00, local ties to the newly announced nobel prize for medicine. >> we're going to join carol gradeel about the great honor. and heated protests caught on camera at a local high school last week after word broke that more than 200 d.c. teachers are being laidoff and this morning another protest. we are there live. and iron heart athlete brian boyles recalls his recovery from a car accident when he was 18. and now another honor as red cross spokesperson of the year and he'll join us to talk about his amazing journey. that's all in the 8:00 hour. more and more,
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regulations. so should you convert your savings to a roth ira. a financial expert helps us break it down. plus he suffered massive internal damage, lost 60% of his blood and his heart stopped eight times. but 3.5 years after his car crash, brian boyle proved anything is possible, crassing the finish line at the iron man triathlon. this morning he joins us. good morning. i'm steve chenevey. >> i'm allison seymour. we're happy you're with us to start off our day. and i say it's chilly because it's 55. >> but it will get warmer. >> we will. we'll see our temperatures wind up where they should be. in fact right where they should be for this time of year in the low 70s. so a typical october day, but it is getting off to a cool start. some of the viewers are in the 40s this morning. right now reagan national is reporting a temperature of 55 degrees. relative humidity is at 62%. the winds are light. they are out of the west and the barometic pressure continues to be on the rise. here is a look at the satellite
radar composite for our area. and you can see the clouds as they begin to push out of the washington area. had some -- some good cloud cover for tonight. breezy. winds out of the west ranging from 5-15 miles per hour. highs in the 70. 71 in warrenton, washington topping out at 73 for today. we'll have more details on the forecast coming up in just a little bit. stick with us for that. >> thank you. let's check in with julie wright for a look at traffic this monday. >> a very busy ride for those continuing northbound on 95 and 395. we have slowdowns leaving dale city toward lorton and slow traffic leaving the beltway toward duke street on 395. 66 had a tough go at it. fair oaks accident has been cleaned up and moved out of the
way. but traffic jammed out of manassas believe of leaving business 234 eastbound on 266 toward vienna. more slow traffic after nutley street to the beltway and the beltway in virginia slow between annandale and merryfield. and eastbound lanes are closed on 66. southbound 270 heavy and slow from germantown south of 188 and toward the lane divide. southbound 29 remains slow traveling south of 32 down toward white oak where we had a smalled car in the left lane. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. d.c. public schoolteachers who were recently laid off are hot going -- not going down without a fight. >> some were laid off and this morning some are planning to protest. sarah simmons joins us live with more on our top story. sarah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the protest is expected it get underway here this morning and
there are already students and parents gathering here to prepare r the protest. this is in response to the layoffs announced last week of about 388 employees. 229 of those being teachers. and because of this -- the tempers were flairing last week and this morning. take a look at sheets parents are handing out with a picture of michelle rhee saying you're fired. they're calling for both the mayor and michelle rhee to be let go. now this follows an angry protest from last friday that we have video to show you of right now where it took place last week after d.c. school chancellor michelle rhee made the announcement and she is saying there is no other choice that the city is facing of a $44 million budget shortfall. but many of the employees laid off had tenure and over the age of 35. that is according to some of the teachers that we spoke to here last week. the president of the teachers union spoke just a little bit
ago on fox 5 morning news about the layoffs and here is what he had to say. >> well i think this has been a very troubling process for us. i think it has been loosely managed. i think there have been teachers targeted not based on performance but based on other criteria and i think that's the unfortunate part of this entire rift. i other hope that -- i certainly hope that pattern does not continue and it's likely there has been some age discrimination here. >> reporter: and some of the teachers are uttering the word of a possible lawsuit in the making over this as well. but the d.c. public schools are saying a majority of the schools were not impacted. they're claiming 60% of the schools would lose 1 teacher or less, 80% losing two or less. but coming up here at 8:30, we'll hear more from students and parents and what they believe is going on here. we'll have the latest coming up
for you at 9:00. back to you guys. >> sarah, thank you very much. some of the suspects in a sweeping two-year taxi cab commission bribery case are due in court. 39 people are accused of trying to bribe a city official over licenses for cabbies. ted loza is accused of taking bribes worth $1,500. graham has not been accused of any wrongdoing. we are in the home stretch of the election. time is running out if you plan to vote for the next virginia governor. today is the last day to register to vote. many scrambled over the weekend to vegster voters. bob mcdonnell had a lead in the race. but creigh deeds has narrowed the lead. voters have until 5:00 p.m. this evening to register.
>> the supreme court returns today and all eyes will be on justice sotomayor and there is question whether her past as a prosecutor makes her more sympathetic to that side. she is the first latina on the high court. yesterday the justices held red mass, giving people in the legal profession to come together and ask for guidance from the holy spirit. joe biden attended the service. at the mass the cardinal spoke about his view against abortion. new this morning, a suspected suide bomber targets the food program in the capital of hack stan. he blew himself up in the building. three people were killed, including an iraqi working there. the united nations have closed its offices in pakistan as a precaution. so what is the president's
next move now? the obama administration heading into the second week of intense investigations over the number of troops in afghanistan. the top u.s. commander has asked for up to 40,000 more troops to secure the country. the war hitting close to home as the family of steven mace told fox 5 the virginia native is among those killed over the weekend. swine flu vaccine finally available this week. but don't call to make that appointment just yet. the initial shipments are so small that they are reserved for the health care workers and certain at-risk children. the idea is to help keep health care workers safe to serve the public. more than 30,000 doses have arrived in maryland. startling new statistics about autism. two new government studies show
1 in 10children have autism disorders. that's higher than the previous estimate of 1 in 150,000 children. a local woman's dog attacked and killed by two pit bulls. this morning one dog is still on the loose. we'll tell you where this happens ahead. and he's known as the terminal man. this man decided to travel the country without ever leaving the airport. a 401k or roth ira? where should you bein investigating your money? a financial expert will put it into simple terms we can all understand. that's coming up. it's 8 minutes past the hour.
>> that prize is share add mong elizabeth blackburn, carol gridder. and she happens to be with us on the phone this morning. good morning. >> good morning. >> con lat graces -- congratulations. when did you find out? >> this morning. >> did you know you were in the running for this? >> i didn't expect it to happen. it's not something that you really expect to get a call from sweden. but several people had suggested that there may be some chance in the next ten years that something like this might happen. but you don't expect it at any given day. >> well i was reading over the reasons why your research has been her ald and i'm trying to make sense of it and i'm asking, you doctor, to help us understand how your research can figure out things like medicine for disease as it claims so much lives such as cancer. >> it's a tribute to fundamental basic science and the kinds of discoveries you can make in basic science that
then later have medical implications. a lot of times these days people will target a particular disease and try to understand how that disease works. however what we did is we wanted to just understand how cells work. and 25 years ago, we found that when cells divide, the chromosomes get shorter every time they divide and so we were curious on how the cell deals with that problem and we discovered an enzyme that solves that problem. and now after 25 years of work, from many people in the field, it turns out that both cancer as well as a number of degenerative diseases, this enzyme plays a role in those diseases. >> it's a great explanation of the work and the decades gone into this. and so what happens now? >> i guess i'll talk to a lot of people today and celebrating and talking to a lot of my colleagues who have really
helped make this be true and the birthday ofalford noble and that's when we go to stockholm and get the prize. >> don't expect to get any sleep soon but that's a good thin >> thank you very much. >> and hopefully this research pays off for many people. nobel prize in medicine and great to have her in the backyard. this is the first time that two women have been part of the research. >> and we're going to claim her as local. and tucker, it's hard to beat the nobel prize. >> but we do have the first 5 photo of the day. it is time for the first 5 photo of the day.
and this is natty. and this is also nick. apparently she likes to take her little brother nick around on the doll stroller. >> he doesn't look so happy. >> her family says she's good at it. >> i'm not sure he enjoys it. >> for more, go to myfoxdc.com. thank you maddy and nick. and this morning it should be a beautiful day. we are still cool at this hour. 58 at reagan national currently. starting the warmup process, in the 40s out in pittsburgh. 44 there and 43 in cincinnati. temperatures eventually should top out in the low to mid-70s so another nice looking day. and again cloudiness right now, particularly off to the south and you can see a storm system there passing through the carolinas. but that is -- we're on the northern edge of that and that means sunshine for us. a lot of sunshine expected and
highs in the low 70s. clouding up late tomorrow afternoon, and chance of showers into wednesday. but temperatures stay on the mild side, low to mid-70s and a couple of chances for light rain showers bo tuesday night and wednesday and then again friday night and into saturday with high temperatures on saturday topping out in he 70s. not a bad looking forecast. let's get to on-time traffic and that means julie wright. >> it does. that's me and my name. we're check out your ride around town. the outer loop still below speed leaving college park to georgia avenue. eastbound on 66 the pace is improving eastbound toward vienna with no accidents to report. the belt between annandale and merryfield, still slow and below speed toward 66. incident free along 66. we pulled up the rotator camera
for you here. the beltway near 210, no reports out of oxon hill toward the woodrow wilson bridge. route 1 incident has cleared. all lanes are open through the beltway through temple hills toward route 4, you'll hit the back up toward ritchie marlboro road with an accident on the shoulder. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. >> thank you, julie. the new year will bring a new way to save. but before you jump in, make sure you understand what the rule change means and helping us to sort that out and i'm getting free advice, heather evans with maryland lynch out of the vienna virginia office. good morning. >> good morning. >> we're talking about roth as and the changes thanks to taxes in the year 2010. tell us how this might make our roth iras more attractive to the general public. >> starting in 2010, anyone can do a roth ira conversion, which means transitioning funds from
an ira into a roth. there were income limits on it, but for 2010 anyone can do it. >> what is the benefit on both sides for making the conversion. >> you get long-term tax-free growth. right now they're tax deferred. when you pull the money out you pay taxes on it. in a roth, you leave it in there in five years and any money you pull out at any point in time it's tax-free after 59.5. >> do the new tax laws, is it because of what is going on financially. is somebody giving us a break? >> no. we knew this was coming. it's a one-year deal. so you can do conversions after that, but you have to meet income limits so there are big limitations. >> o we're talking about people with traditional 401k plans looking to put their money somewhere else? who are we talking about? >> anybody with an existing ira and or possibly a 401k plan,
whether you're allowed to do an inservice distribution. so it covers a wide variety of people. anyone with a retirement plan should take a look at it and look at the calculations to see if it works. >> and what benefits should we see then? we're all looking to save more for retirement down the line f. you're looking at our money should we say it is good for me? who is it not good for you? >> it's good if you think taxes will go up. so you pay at currt tax brackets rather than possibly higher brackets. it's good to leave it in there because that compounded tax- free growth becomes impactful over time. if you think your assets are low right now, possibly the market went down and your retirement assets are down, you pay taxes op a lower dollar amount and if you think you would like to leave it as an
inheritance or another generation, then there is no income tax due for them and you' reducing your current estate. >> is there a specific time when we should do this? >> calendar year 2010 is the year to get it done. it has to be done during the year to take advantage of the nonincome limitation and we're looking at guidelines and changes to come up. $100,000 income requirement. and then spreading tax liability over two years after 2010. >> because t big deal is you have to have enough money to pay the taxes. >> i don't know if we should ask about it. how soon can you take distributions after converting? >> a roth ira asks that you hold it five years before taking funds out. but if it's a conversion, that's listed. but you do have to reach the
59.5 age limit or disability or first-time home buyers. but most people are looking at 59.5. first time home buyers may be a great advantage. >> and should we ask who shouldn't do this but if we wanted to have split assets and go here and there, could you do that? >> you could do a partial now and then a partial a few years from now. we have a tool that does scene arrow analysis. so we can look at what are the options and then determine what is the best option for you. >> we appreciate it. >> thank you very mh. it's great being here. >> heather evans from merrill lynch from the vienna office. very good advice today. i might give you a call. >> definitely give me a call. >> she's getting back to work. >> busy, busy, busy. and you have heard that cockroaches can survive anything, including a nuclear attack. inspiring to some scientists.
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making headline this is morning, search team have lost hope of finding any survivors of the two deadly earthquakes overseas and now shifting focus to delivering aid and food to survivors. but torrential rain is hampering the efforts. teams have set up departments for the -- tents fothe homeless. thousands more are still missing and many presumed dead. a woman devastated as two pit bulls tacked her poodle. she was near northeast when the pit bulls chased raven. one of the pit bulls was retrieved by animal control and the other is still on the loose. no word on the owners. instead of using your foot to squash a cockroach, how about opening your heart to it. scientists are developing a ground breaking artificial heart inspiring by the anatomy
of the cockroach. it builds pressure in stages through five stages like the body. it cost $2,400. two artificial hearts are available in the u.s. and each cost about $50,000. up next, it's an inspirational story. a maryland man survived near deadly car crash and competes in a triathlon. brian boyle joins us to talk about how he's now giving back. president obama snuffing the dalai lama. for the first time in a decade, he will not meet with the president. find out why when we come back. it's 8:26. one taste and you'll understand. delicious dunkin' donuts coffee -- pick some up to brew at home.
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the president turning his attention back to health care. he'll rally doctors at he white house today. he's convinced doctors are the best advocates for reform since they are a direct witness to e current system. the president is hoping for key action this week. approval by the senate finance committee of its overhaul bill.
steve. a meeting between the president and the dalai lama has been postponed until after the summit with the president of china. some speculate the delay is an effort to gain favor with china. the tibetan leader will be here and for the first time in years he will not visit with the sitting president while in te nation's capital. >> it's 8:30 now. and when i see the dalai lama, i think of the mayor of memphis giving him the fist bump and saying hello, dolly. which crossed the line i think. >> it is a sign of the times. >> it was the mayor pro tempore, our producer just told me. the weather forecast, that's what i'm here for, and commentary. >> commentary later. i'll do the weather now. cooler temperatures, but later in afternoon it should be beautiful, with high temperatures back into the low
70s and plenty of sunshine. cool right now. here in washington 58. to the north and west, temperatures still in the 40s. 49 right now out at dulles. 54 in frederick. 50 in the fredericksberg. and you see the ig 49 there in baltimore. so very cool start to the day. we did have some morning cloudiness working through particularly to the south. and that's because of some storminess. a good storm system cranking up right along the carolinas. you can see the rain showers off to the south and the cloud cover on the northern fringe of it. the trend is to push it further and further south and east. so the recast should be nice later this afternoon as high pressure builds in from the ohio valley. we should have temperatures in the mid-70s and then a cool one tonight with temperatures falling back into the upper 40s and low 50s. so very nice fall weather here for the start of october. lots of sunshine. it will be breezy at times. i think you'll notice that breeze. high temperature 73 degrees. winds out of the west at 10-15 miles per hour. so again a nice looking
forecast for the remainder of today. let's take a look at that five- day forecast. and again as we get into the nighttime hours tonight, 52 for an overnight low. that will be nice and cool. tomorrow 72. more sunshine in the forecast. we become partly cloudy during the afternoon hours and by tomorrow night, lingering into wednesday morning, we could have more showers in the forecast. and that's our best chance for showers this week. wednesday's daytime high of 75 and thursday and friday temperatures will be in the upper 60s and low 70s. that will do it for your forecast. steve, to you. tucker, thank you. july 6th, 2004, brian boyle was in a severe car accident that caused him to lose 60% of his blood, his heart stopped beating eight times. and now over five years later he joins us as a successful triathlete who joins us with
his journey from the hospital bed to the triathlon. here is brian boyle. we're just glad you're here with us today. >> good to be here. >> but you can put into words at all what you are having to go through five years ago? >> it was an unreal experience, trying to live every day and survive every day. that was the main goal, continue fighting, every day to see my parents there in the hospital bed and looking at them like, mom and dad, what is going on. why are you so sad and why are you crying? >> i was trying to do everything to make the situation better because i was the only one that could handle it. >> and you're fairly local. from the eastern shore of maryland. >> yes. charles county. >> and it was a horrific accident. and i read that the doctors said this knocked your heart across your body? >> yes. ried across, collapsed lung, shattered ribs, pelvis. >> we are seeing what is left of your car. you lost 60% of your blood. and then you were in an induced coma for quite sometime. and what i found amazing is
that you said while you were in the coma, could you hear what was going on, you cod hear the doctors and your family, but you couldn't do anything about it. >> no. i was locked in. in the hospital i remember sitting there every day and after a month i woke up, eyes opening, paralyzed, couldn't communicate and talk and nurses telling me i was in a bad car accident, a few broken bones. after a while i stopped believing that and the few broken bones turned out to be more than that. >> and at one point you heard them saying you would be in a nursing home with someone having to take care of you. that had to be total turmoil. >> i tried to blink and move my fingers and my hands were tied to the bed because i was combative, i was so horrified. >> so what made yotell
yourself, i'm hearing all of these bad things but can i get through this and i can get back to where i was before, if not better. >> it was the support from my family and friends and my parents. my parents were praying and i realized that the pain they were experiencing was far worse than what i was experiencing so i had to help them. >> perhaps the most amazing thing that you did, and the doctors didn't believe you when you said you wanted to do this, you you were able to train your body to eat and walk and do all of the things we take for granted but you wanted to compete in the iron man triathlon which is probably the toughest sporting event down in hawaii. >> i did. >> and was it the ultimate test? >> it was the final way t realize i was back to my old self, or what i used to be.
when i finished the triathlon, i was brian boyle. >> how was it? >> it was 14.5 hours out there on the course in the desert with the sun and the heat and it was the ultimate experience. >> but you want to do it again? >> i love to. i was hoping to qualify this year. i need some more training and work my marathon time. >> and give us an ea what you've been up to the past couple of years. and now you have a great honor. the american red cross has named you the spokesperson of the year. >> it's been a great experience. i've been working with the american red cross, baltimore chapter and with the southern maryland chapter and i've been working with the lance armstrong and live strong foundation and helping others overcome adversity and live your dreams. >> is there a way for people to be reached to not give up
regardless of the challenge they are facing. coming back literally from the dead, how do you tell them to deal with what they're dealing with? >> that's tough. because everyone has their own adversity but every day is a good day when you're not in a coma. but trying to get back and enjoy life, live your dreams. be thankful for what you have and always say thank you, let everyone know how much they mean to you. >> that attitude has a lot to do with it. >> that's what it's all about. >> congratulations on the red cross spokesperson of the year. the book is called iron heart. it's an amazing journey. back from the dead. congratulations, i know you have a lot more ahead of you. >> thank you. >> brian boyle, you can check it out on myfoxdc.com. >> awesome story. thanks for c in. a boy sneaks on to a flight
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the recession may be turning around but not the unemployment rate. it hit 9.8% last month. the highest in 26 years. federal -- former federal reserve chairman alan greenspan predicts the jobless rate will reach 10% and exceed. he does back the president's plan to extend unemployment benefits and tax credits for health insurance. maryland senator ben cartin will hope a -- wats the 8,000 homeowner tax credit will be extended. he attends the new maryland of
association realtors headquarters this week. and tonight, the first budget hearing for fiscal year 2011. anybody who would like to express what they want to see in this budget is encouraged to attend. there is still plenty ahead. >> a record breaking inning for baseball. alex rodriguez, get used to that. and holly is live in alexandria this morning. >> reporter: i told you i was going on safari. i spotted some animals. as you can see, they're not the normal kind. because we're previewing the alexandria art safari. what it is and why you don't want to miss it coming up next on fox 5 morning news. stay with us. more and more,
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not once, but twice in one inning. a one-man wrecking crew setting an american league record with seven runs batted in in one inning. two home runs in the inning. the yankees go into the playoffs with the best record in baseball. not exactly convincing, but a win is a win and we are happy about that this morning. redskins got by tampa bay with the second half comeback. two touchdown passes in the third quarter. one to chris cooley and the next to santana moss down the right side line sealed the deal but still tough to overlook what happened ithe first half, which was not so pretty, much like last week's loss to the lions. >> it doesn't feel like a win. we beat one of the worst teams in the league and it's not working for me. >> things have been so tough that some fans threat eped to wear the brown paper mache bags over their heads if things didn't go bad. they tried but security
confiscated the bags. and it's probably a good thing too because the skins ended up winnin there is more coming up in the 9:00 hour. >>ony is down in the news room with a look ahead at 9:00. >> hi steve and allison. any win we'll take. and one of the guys that helped us get it, clinton portis. we are thrilled to say he'll join us live at 9:00 with more on the game and the team. also he'll talk about a special cause off the field that he is lending his support to. all of that coming up in a few moments. and starbucks, how does it stack up to the in store brew. allison, tucker and dave ross are taking a taste test. and our video of the day, a town overtaken by manicans. yes. why folks there are having dummies of themselves placed around town. >> somehow dummies doesn't seem
politically correct. i bet the dummies union will call. >> you think so? the investigators in oregon are trying to figure out how a 14-year-old autistic boy snuck on a flight to chicago. >> he made it to o'hare international airport. he bought a ticket in his mom's name online and used his mom's credit card. he used the check-in to get on. he is said to have e-mailed a woman in chicago and that may have started thtrip. a man starting a journey september 8th in austin texas and he's become known as the terminal man. >> reporter: in the last four weeks brend on ross has been
everywhere. >> seattle, portland, houston. >> reporter: traveling on someone else's dime. >> fort lauderdale, charlotte. >> reporter: and wiring and tweeting about it for wire magazine. >> reporter: all of the major airports in new york. >> reporter: with a month between jobs he put an ad on line. >> saying you buy this pass around and i'll follow your husband to his business meetings or whatever it may be. >> reporter: wired took him up on it in exchange for him blogging the experience. >> i can't leave airport property. >> reporter: today he was stuck at sky harbor airport trying to stay awake. he says there is a hard part about it. trying to stay awake. >> in burbank, i got caught by
airport police and i had to go outside. >> this morning there is a new bombshell in the on going jon and kate plus eight. >> jon supposedly emptied a bank account and what he left kate and the eight with. and a woman with a disease that has forced a woman into a tent in her parents' backyard. >> that's coming up here next on fox 5 morning news. ♪ [ woman ] ♪ early light breaks through ♪ music and dance calling you ♪ just need that mountain grown lif♪ ♪ before you share your gift ♪ ♪ now there's rhythm and sound
how many friends does a person need, sharon ? 'cause i'm thinking 90,000 is 90,000 too many. i can't imagine having too many friends, lewis. oh i can. i open the door to my apartment and 90,000 friends jump out from behind a futon screaming "surprise, happy birthday !" i would be in seventh heaven. i'd be in emergency cardiac surgery. you know a real friend would be giving me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation right now.
always our favorite kind. if you think that art is a foo- foo thing, i'm going to show you a famous gothic painting by art wood. and the medium is chewed gum. this is what they call gum art. and it kind of gives you an idea of the fun that goes on here at the torpedo factory, specifically in the studio of lisa shmaier. thank you for joining us. >> no problem. >> reporter: and she says this is an adult activity. and this saturday it is all about kids being creative. and you are a huge advocate of that. >> i started my career here at the factory and so it's really
important for me to continue on that tradition. so we are making paper mache animals. >> reporter: and this is from the 2006 art safari, the giraffe. >> we have to repair them because they got a lot of love. they get a lot of press. >> reporter: you're going to use these r what? >> with the kids love to come back in and show the stuff that they've worked on. so it's fun to bring their family back in and go i did that. and you said some ks like the 10, 11, 12 years old will sit here all day and help you out. >> they will. and this year we'll make something to tie in with an event at the end of october. it's october 31st. it's called afrienda. it's a big art exhibition here in the factory. also a parade. so i think we'll make a mask to go in the parade and maybe a
cat that will have tons of legs and little children that will help to make the cat head about le the legs and body of the cat. so that's what i'm hoping for. and that will be a ball and that event is free too. >> reporter: you guys are just -- >> we're busy. >> reporter: yeah. you made me tired just talking to. i was read being you, and you said that you literally in your bio started creating with play do and knew that you wanted to be an artist. >> i did. and i started with play dough and rocks and things. >> reporter: how do you expose our children to art and give them a creative outlet. >> i think every kid starts out an artist. every kid that comes in i say are you an artist, they say yes. but then later they say no. i think we all start out artists and the more that we show them it's fun, that it's
something you do and not look at, i don't have a no touching policy. people are allowed to touch gently, one-finger touch. and i show them what i'm doing. invite them back. they can touch the clay and see what it feels like. i think it's important to make sure that kids' creative part of the brain is growing. >> and you do need to nurture that. >> and my sister wos with children and she said they have potential. and so you suggest for the kids to come out and spend the full four hours. >> heck yeah. make some stuff. >> reporter: and ask the artists if they want to stay late. they love that. >> or come in early. >> reporter: myfoxdc.com is our website and we have a link to to the safari in the torpedo
factory. we caused another artist to get up early and we'll preview that and ask about a few adult events coming up. back to you guys. and since you mentioned next hour, let's get it started. this will do it for the 8:00 hour but we'll turn things over to tony and allison to get us through the 9:00 hour. hereare stories -- we're working on. the decision to layoff over 300 teachers. we're live at one school where you can see another protest is underway right now. and the swine flu vaccine is here in our area. when you can expect tsee it your doctor's office. >> and it was a good day yesterday for the skins. clinton portis will join us live in the studio about the game and a worthy cause he is supporting. fox 5 morning news continues
right now. there is a lovely live shot of the washington monument on a beautiful crystal day. it is monday morning, october 5th. a cool but sunny start to the day. we'll have more on the weather coming up. thanks for staying with us. i'm tony perkins. >> and i'm allison seymour. first here are the stories folks are talking about. actress, sinr, designer, lindsey lo han. she debuted her new line this week. how did it go? >> she needs to dosomething. and the starbucks coffee put to the taste test. we'll try to pick the instant from the best on the panel. and in the district, we'll take you inside the $4 million bike station