tv 9 News Now Week in Review CBS February 28, 2010 8:30am-9:00am EST
from the first local station with news in high definition. this is 9 news now, the week in review. good morning, everybody, i'm anita brikman. welcome to 9 news now week in review. it is not yet march but the winds roared in at the end of this week with lion like force. that may be the reason for an accident at a d.c. construction site. two workers fell from scaffolding. >> they told us to get down and the gust of wind came through and that was it. >> reporter: a witness said the wind caused at least one of the men to lose his footing and fall. >> the boards moved enough that he went down. that was on the one end. oddly enough his brother was working on the other end of the
scaffold, and i don't know what happened down there. i didn't see, but he fell , too. >> reporter: a supervisor with road super advisors said they were laying brick when they pell. >> they were working three stories up, 30 feet or so above ground. >> reporter: d.c. fire and ems said the man fell into a shallow ditch. >> they brought down with them some other construction materials and debris and they actually needed to be extricated. >> reporter: he said both men were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. a site supervisor said osha is investigating the incident. the brothers are very fortunate. >> possibly head injuries. they were dazed. they were conscious throughout the whole incident. they are lucky their injuries are not more serious. >> we were told one of the men has been released from the hospital and the other is being kept for observation.
many of the construct construction workers said they left after the accident because of the high winds. metro top brass was grilled in public for the first time this week by safety regulators and the families of train crash victims were not impressed with the answers. the safety board is investigate k the deadly metro crash of last year. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board scrutinizes metro management about safety. >> is there a safety culture within the system? >> reporter: the brother of crash victim dennis hawkins said. >> no evidence of safety culture in that organization. >> reporter: and look at oversight of safety. >> the hearings launched today are the first in the wake of june 22 redline collision. the investigators homed in on switches that may not have detected a stopped train ahead. since then two workers were killed on the tracks and trains collided in a maintenance yard. and here was the answer, when
the system's new safety chief was asked if there is a database that tracks system-wide safety issues. >> that database does not exist currently. >> reporter: earlier mike taber admitted said he wasn't sure who on the operations side gets safety and analysis reports. >> i don't know who that person is. >> if there is a safety issue, spend the dollars and we'll figure out how to pay for it later. >> reporter: john cado said he only demanded direct reporting from his safety department after the accident. metro's board chairman called for a new culture of safety. >> the attitude that people have, feelings they have, the way they pay attention and how they interact with one another, and how they carry out their jobs, and safety has to be the first of all of those things. that is not dollars. that is people. >> she lost her job. >> reporter: the family of trained driver dennis mcmillan said they have no confidence in what has happened since denise
was killed. >> my wife takes the train to work and that spa burden on my family. my brother takes the train to work every day, also. and to have these accidents is difficult, you know? we don't want to go through this again and we don't want anyone to go through this. >> first responders were busy at the metro station one night this week but that was for a drill. kristin fisher was there and shows us what happened. >> reporter: the friendship heights metro station is on lockdown. there is two shooters inside the station. multiple passengers have been injured or killed. metro transit police are first on the scene. >> don't move! >> reporter: followed by police. >> it is to measure our response. not just the metro transit response, but the response as a region. >> what is the status of your shooter? >> reporter: the shooters are taken out, but in this drill five passengers are dead and ten
more or injured. >> successful situation is less casualties as possible and hopefully no fatalities, no officers injured, and none of our customers or employees injured. that is a successful situation. >> this is the first of three of emergency response exercises planned in the coming month. next they'll test with an ichlt ed device. a. attorney journal announced the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions immediately. he also says state agencies should start giving gay couples the rights they have been awarded elsewhere. same-second couples in the district will have to wait a little longer to get their marriage licenses. the city was supposed to issue them on tuesday but it is being pushed back to wednesday.
the d.c. council passed that law in december and it was subject to a 30-day congressional review. congress was not in session of one of the days the council anticipated, so the new date is changing. 44-year-old renee bowman faces life in pris spon when she is sentenced. audrey barnes was in the courtroom when the verdicts were read. >> reporter: the jurors say the evidence in this case was so overwhelming the guilty verdicts came easily. >> what she did is appalling. i don't have words for it. >> reporter: the prosecutor says testimony from the tiny survivor now 9, who faced down the woman who tortured, maimed and killed her two sisters and stuffed their bodies in this freezer was the defining moment of the trial. a healing moment for the child he calls the miracle girl. >> the fact she was so well supported and loved by the people who came here with her that day, she seems to have been voiced by the fact she was able
to come in here and speak the truth about what her ex-mother did to her. >> reporter: it was bowman's own words that sealed her fate out of the gate. jurors heard a confession taped by the detective shortly after the miracle child fled the home and neighbors called police. >> who wrapped them up in the blanket? >> i did. >> who put them in the plastic bag? >> i did. >> and who put them in the freezer. >> i did. >> okay. and who put the ice on them? >> i did. >> reporter: the biological father of the miracle father and her sister jasmine who was killed was there when the verdicts were read and he is glad to put some of the pain behind him. >> i prepared myself to deal with it. but you never get over it. >> renee bowman is already serving 25 years for child abuse against the little girl who survived. she will be sentenced on march 22.
d.c. police are trying to track down a killer. they believe someone targeted him. >> we know who did it. we believe it was somebody he know because it seemed like they was there waiting for him. >> the watkins' family said joel was a special-needs student. a prince georges county neighborhood is on edge after a home invasion. a woman told police three men posing as comcast employees forced their way into her home on norwood court in largo. investigators say they were armed and took off with home electronics in a red-colored sedan. fortunately the woman was not hurt p the suspect is still out there. d.c. school chancellor said a dozen teachers have been fired over the years because of sexual misconduct or the use of corporal punishment since 2007. in a letter to d.c. council
chair, ten teach wers fired for shoving, slapg or arm twisting students. two were fired for sexual misconduct. it certainly seems like a woefully long winter in d.c. and we had the snow and ice and traffic jams and now come the potholes. >> reporter: montgomery, wisconsin, the kind of jaw-breaking pothole that turned our roads into obstacle courses. >> they're big potholes. >> that one would eat you alive. >> reporter: they call that a smart car, but in these conditions, maybe not so much. >> that is terrible. >> reporter: across the region the crews went from clearing snow to filling potholes but some people don't appreciate their work. >> some people say thank you. >> what do other people say?
>> they say my car is broken. >> right. >> reporter: the potholes open up when water seeps into cracks and freezes and that wases and freezes again. the pounding by traffic helps bust the pavement loose. >> i do like this. i weave. everybody we'ves. >> most crews use cold patch for now. it is far less durable than hot asphalt, and it is likely to pop off despite the millions of dollars local governments are spending. >> reporter: every jurisdiction in the region is encouraging people to call or to twitter or to e-mail and pinpoint the location of potholes for the crews, but they also say that this has to be done on a priority basis, the priority on high-speed roads like the belt way. if you hit a pothole at 55 or 65 miles an hour, you could really
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this week d.c. res departments came out in force telling city council they need marijuana to ease their pain p the council is looking to implement a medical marijuana law that was passed a dozen years ago but blocked by congress until now. here is derek mcginty. >> the decision i face of whether or not i would want to keep my kidneys or break a law, i'm going to break that law. >> reporter: she tells the d.c. city council she has to use mar wan to treat the pain of her back injury.
she said other drugs were threatening to shut down her kidneys and her doctors secretly suggested she try the illegal alternative. >> i'm embarrassed to wait for some kid to show up with marijuana. >> reporter: the city council spearheaded the hearing on amendment to the medical marijuana bill that passed in 1998 legalizing the use in the district. the congress had blocked that law until this past december, but now the city is trying to work out just how the ground-breaking legislation will finally be implemented. the health department says the drug will provide relief. >> there is documented evidence that demonstrates the drug's capacity to reduce nausea and vomiting, simulate hunger in chemotherapy and aids patient and to alleviate pain. >> we want to avoid being overly restrictive, or way too permissive. >> reporter: there are unanswered question. where will the pot be distribute jd how will you register those
who need it? and how about those who are not sick but just want to get high. >> it may be good to locate them in hospitals or pharmacies. >> reporter: d.c. department of health says they expect to work on these answers in the coming months. right now 14 states allow the use of medicinal marijuana. a convict serving three life terms is in custody after he was mistakenly released from pris ston. raymond taylor was found at the home of a childhood friend in virginia. he was arrested without incident. he's in prison for attempted murder. he conned his way out of prison by posing out of prison by posing as a cell mate who was scheduled to be release. a close look at why construction is behind schedule. officials say the ground is too wet for paving and dirt removing work that is needed. department managers will add crews and lengthen work days to
open the first seven mile segment offer the toll road on time this fall. new far-reaching credit card legislation is about to make it easier for you to dig out of debt. starting this week you can get back some of the power from the credit card companies and they have to play by a new set of rules. here is lesli foster. >> jason edwards uses his credit cards mainly to buy equipment for his photography business. but it was the snapshot of this interest rate that jumped to nearly 30% that caught his eye a few months ago. >> i immediately called, you know, thinking, you know, i could negotiate. >> reporter: edwards transferred a balance to a chase card a year and a half ago thinking he would only pay 19 .9% on new purchases. he made payments to his card twice a month and figured he was a loyal customer. >> i equate that with stealing. >> reporter: when edwards couldn't negotiate his way back to a reduced rate he cancelled the card. chase would not comment specifically about the closed account but in a statement they
say in part, when necessary we make changes to pricing, terms or credit lines based on borrower risk, market conditions and the cost to us of making loans. >> it is annoying to see your rate go to 28 or 29% when you have done nothing but pay your bill. >> reporter: consumer action says the new provisions in place will make it harder for card companies to change the terms of your agreement and leave you holding the bill. issuers now have to provide 45 days notice before hiking up rates or fees. they can't increase the interest rate in the first year of most accounts. they have to let you know how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you only pay the minimum. and they have to mail your bill at least 21 days before it's due. >> of course, your interest rate can still rise and it can rise to any level because there's no limit on how much a credit card company can charge for interest. >> reporter: while the
provisions outlaw some of the industry's more deceptive moves, in the lens of one consume e there is still work to be done. >> thanks, lesli foster. banks and lenders not so happy with these changes and financial experts say you can expect they'll pay you back with new kinds of fee s annual fees, inactivity fees if you don't use the card, processing fees and higher fees to transfer a balance from one card to another. on to living well. as we know there is no proven cure for the common cold. it is caused by a virus and while certain medications help you weather the symptoms, you pretty much have to wait it out. but there is one natural remedy that has been a favorite for years. that good oiled chicken noodle soup. we visited three chefs who share their cold-soothing recipes. >> reporter: was it mom's tlc or her soup that help you get over that cold? >> chicken soup. >> reporter: west end bistro is betting it is a bit of both.
the chef has the soup part covered. rich stock, fresh herbs and it is in there. >> fresh parsley, garlic, get in there, 5 or 10 minutes to get that flavor into the broth. >> reporter: get some of that old school warmth into your body. if that doesn't bring you around, how about some old world spice. this chef brings the heat on marriott renaissance on m street. >> it has the right flour noodles, aromatic broth, chicken. >> reporter: it has been reportedly been clearing stuffy head for centuries. des the broth is supposed to be good for your throat. >> it is aromatic broth, it has bean sprouts, which has vitamin c which is good for fighting cold, lemon grass which, is good for your digestive system. >> reporter: very nice but didn't mom always remind you to
eat your vegetables. chef amy brandwine never forgot. she has tomato turn. all tasty, but chef joe palma says when he was growing up, mom's chicken soup wasn't fancy at all and it helped conquer colds. >> one of her specialties was to add loads of fresh vegetables to make it better, an easy trick for any of to us try. we have those recipes on wusa9.com. on to the latest crazes among kids on the computer. chat roulette. some call this on-line fad another venue for exposure to
sex and pornography. we take a closer look. >> reporter: we typed in chat roulette.com. within five seconds you see who you're randomly chatting with anywhere across the globe. in the 10 minutes on the website i talked virtually face-to-face with strangers in france, south africa, the uk and maryland. you'll see all sorts of images, aliens, a man holding a siplock bag with a leafy substance. >> a click of the mouse can see pornography, they can see real-time sex. >> reporter: we saw that, too. men and women engaged in various sex acts. you roll the dice and you never know what's going to pop up next and some say that's the appeal. >> chat roulette combines video chat and social network's with a little bit of vegas roulette and speed-dating. >> reporter: this is the president of the internet safety organization, enough is enough,
and launched internet safety 101 to warn and educate parents of cyber dangers. >> chat roulette, nothing wrong with it, but can it and will it be used by predators and upon nog graph fers? certainly. >> reporter: this group said they liked nudity. a man flipped me off. >> chat roulette just got shot out of the cannon so there are no safeguards. you cannot set your profiles to private. >> reporter: you choose to pass one camera after the next and so can the other party. and what you find when you hit play or next is a gamble. >> the website says you're supposed to be 16 or older but that restriction is not enforceable. you can learn to be a good cyber parent by putting filters on webcam race and chatrooms. 9 news now. good advice. chat roulette was created by a 17-year-old high school student in rush shachlt he said he built the site as a game and not
pleased as to how it is being used by some people around the world. we reached the end of our week in review show and that means it is time for sports with the good, bad and ugly. we get daring, we get something that ended careers of broadcasters. we make fun of oprah. it is the excellent and the not so excellent in the world of sports, good, bad and ugly for the final day of february, we start with the good, best footwork. from fontana last weekend. watch the tire changer for the pit crew. he is about to get run over by kevin harvick. he jumps on the hood and off the side. dangerous tap dance but he saved himself a broken leg or even worse. nice job. most ingenious bird, that's old sammy the sea bull gull who figured out he is too short to be detected by the security cameras by this convenience store in scotland. so he was stealing snack foods.
the tangy cheese doritos. those are delicious. i had friends that had munch chees so bad in college they sole chips. that is juan howard who got victimized. that is worse than dunking. that is like a globe-trotter routine. this is from portugal, watch this closely as he back-heels this over his own head. the goalie doesn't know happened. that was the only thing he could do. snazzy goal. portland's andre miller who gets shoved into the baseline camera man here. when you have the viewfinder pressed up against your eye and 150 pounds of man comes at you,
you draw blood sometime. wear a cuff. faux pas. drew has a birth mark on their cheeks. apparently oprah was not in the know and this is what she said. >> all right. who just kissed you, there is a big old thing right there -- >> she thought it was lipstick on his face. then again oprah is pretty powerful. if she said it is lipstick, by gosh it is lipstick. mike richards knocked him out cold. he's unconscious on the ice. he stayed that way for a minute. when he got back to the bench one of the teammates had to tell him he scored the goal. kind of living it for the first time all over again. he was fine. mike weir at the match play looking for his golf ball, he finds it four feet off the
ground lodged in a cactus. that is an unplayable lie. take the stroke and get out of there. finally worst memory. this man in the swedish hockey league forgot to take the plastic skate guards off of his blades. kind of tough to skate on the plastic cede garts and his swedish teammates had a good laugh. that is gbu this sunday. you can see a new version every night at 5:00. and that is the week in review for the best in tv news watch wusa9, morning noon and night and stay current by logging on to wusa9.com where we're always on. i'm anita brikman. have a great week ahead.
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