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. last second turn of events in the sandusky hearing. what had the courtroom gasping. plus 50 degrees today. but topper is chancing a chance for rain on the -- tracking a chance for rain on the way. and tonight you're one step closer to losing the right for your cell phone behind the wheel. this is 9news now. drivers, keep your eyes on
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the road, hands on the wheel and your cell phone in your pocket. that is what a federal safety board wants tonight. a nationwide ban on using cell phones and other electronic devices while you're driving. the agency says distracted driving is becoming the new dui. killing thousands of people each year. as our ken molestina reports, people on both sides of the issue are dialing in and sounding off. >> reporter: debora hirschan made the annount . >> no call, no text, no update is worth a human life. >> reporter: a personal electronic device will be completely banned. that means cell phones, including hands free devices can't be used in any capacity, period. the only exception would be during an emergency. >> i think it's an awesome idea. i really do think it's distracting and i'm distracted enough as i drive. >> i think it's too much.
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yes. i don't think that -- how are you going to enforce it to begin with. >> reporter: enforcement was the question. triple a and the national safety counsel joined 9news for a debate. it's something you just can't police. >> what we're concerned about is the enforceability of this law if it were to become law. if the public will is not there, it won't be enforceable. >> reporter: another didn't see it that way. >> i will tell you 50 years ago people said drunk driving couldn't be enforced. we had people that said seatbelt laws can't be enforced. cops are smart people and i'm confident it can be enforced. >> reporter: they came up with this recommendation after a series of deadly wrecks involving distracted drivers. the most recent one was in missouri. it's important to point out that the ntsb is merely recommending
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the changes. they do not have the authority to impose it on states. new at 11:00, firefighters had their hands full after a barn in loudoun county literally went up in flames. we got a picture of the fire in leesburg. it started just before 8:00 tonight. no animals were inside thankfully and nobody was hurt. but the barn is a total loss. no word yet what started the fire. gasp in the courtroom today during jerry sandusky's first hearing. at the very last second, the coach decided against confronting his alleged victim. our bruce leshan was in the pennsylvania courtroom for the proceeding. >> reporter: former penn state football coach jerry sandusky decides at the absolute last second to cancel a scheduled preliminary hearing right here at the courthouse. jerry sandusky had been slated to be in court all day confronted for the first time by the public testimony of at least
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five of the young men he allegedly abused. but within minutes, he was back out of the courthouse. >> we'll await the opportunity to present our sides. >> his lawyers saw no advantage in airing even more of the sorted details of decades of alleged child sexual abuse. >> we're ready to defend. we've always been ready to defend. this is a fight to the death. this is the fight of jerry sandusky's life. >> lawyers for some of the alleged victims are furious, accusing the former football coach of icing the kicker. calling a timeout even as the alleged victims are just about to testify about some of the most horrible events of their lives. >> putting these kids through this is just a total disregard of them and further abuse. >> sandusky stands charged with 50 counts of abusing boys as young as ten years old who he met through his second mile
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charity for disadvantaged children. prosecutors say it was only monday night that they learned sandusky would waive the hearing. >> based on our readiness, the strength of the case, i'm not that surprised. >> sandusky's lawyer says the young men are lying, lured by the promise of big money civil lawsuits. it is a claim that lawyers for those alleged victims is laughable. thou shall not steal. try telling to that a woman taking things from church. she strikes when they least expect it during the sunday services. the latest happened this week in sterling and a church day care in ash burn. one of the victims thinks she saw the suspect just before the crime standing next to a church
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bull in bullenton board. >> she has been hard to track because each crime took place in a different jurisdiction. but now they have got some surveillance video and witnesses and they want to hear from you if you know anything. a bus, a construction barrel and a trench rescue nearly 20 feet beneath the roadway. all of this happening this morning in gaithersburg. montgomery county police say a man, possibly a construction worker, was standing by the trench when a ride on bus hit a barrel which then hit him knocking him down to the bottom of the hole. it took 24 firefighters and urban rescue folks just to get him out. that victim is now in the hospital with serious injuries. he is expected to survive. no word yet if any charges will be filed in the accident. an update now on a story about waste full spending. the obama administration is stopping nearly all production of the presidential dollar coin
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saving taxpayers $50 million a year in production and storage. in 2005, congressman dated that the u.s. mint make these coins. but the white house says more than 40% of them are returned to the federal reserve because nobody wants to use them. with only 18 days before a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits expire, the house approved republican legislation to keep them going. here is the problem, it will head to the senate where democrats say it is dead on arrival because it includes an oil pipeline project and asks too little of wealthy taxpayers. >> we have passed a large bill that contains many of the priorities of our caucus and the white house. we've worked to find common ground. >> we're really wasting time catering to the tea party folks over there when they should be working with us. >> if congress does not find a compromise, 160 million workers
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can see their paychecks shrink. to put pressure on the negotiators, they're holding up a critical year end spending bill and if that doesn't clear congress this week, lawmakers will need another stop-gap spending measure or risk a partial government shut down. what if there were no metro? that is a $100,000 question. they spent money imagining what our area would be like without it. the study was meant to quantify the transit agency impact on our area to higher property taxes and it's the kind of information metro needs when lobbying for more tax money. it sounds perfectly reasonable. but just the same, 9news spent next to nothing to ask commuters what they thought. money could have been spent on equipment. >> who in their right mind would build escalators that are exposed too ice, snow, rain and heat? that's one of the reasons why they're breaking down all of the
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time. >> to be fair, the transit system is already spending big bucks to replace those aging unreliable escalators. dc cabbies have received a green light to raise fares by 44%. the initial fee of $3 would stay the same. the per mile would stay the same. several additional charges would be eliminated including luggage and passenger fees. there would be a 30-day comment period before the new fares go into effect. 'tis the season for festive holiday decor. would be decorators, holiday injuries are on the rise. as andrea mccarren reports, without being careful, the season can be anything but merry. >> this happened unintentionally. she called me to the window one
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snowy day and asked me would i buy her a little reindeer and put him out in front of the window. she called me back 30 minutes later and said how lonely it looked. >> reporter: not every holiday story has such a happy ending. last year alone more than 13,000 holiday decorators ended up in the emergency room. pat see ranken tried to decorate her front door. she ended up with a cast. >> i kept saying how did you break your ankle and i said i was putting up christmas lights. she said you're the third person and how tall was the ladder. and i said, oh, no, there was no ladder. >> reporter: it was just two steps. now the executive chef and owner of patsy's restaurant has a wheelchair and weeks of physical therapy ahead. >> i don't know if i'm ever hanging lights again. i've had people offer me now to do it for me for the rest of my
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life. [ laughing ] >> i think i'm going to take them up on it. [ laughing ]. >> reporter: her ankle may be broken, her sense of humor remains intact. andrea mccarren, 9news now. >> on a serious notes, most holiday decorating injuries involve falls from ladders and cuts from broken glass ornaments. still ahead tonight, you're disorganized, jobs come and go, maybe even unlucky in love. >> that would be difficult to be with somebody like me. >> i wish i knew. >> it's adult adhd. i'll reveal the signs and the most effective treatment. that is coming up. 52 today. a little bit above average and just a chilly night right now. here is your wake up weather. you'll still need a coat tomorrow and sunglasses. 28-38 to start. cold. 26-36 by 7:00. then temps are going up 36-44. we'll come back and talk about a cold front heading our way. what that means for the end of the week and a second storm and what that means for the weekend.
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>> hello. my name is lieutenant colonel jim wood. i'm currently serving in afghanistan. i would like to say happy holidays to my wife sue, my daughter sara and lauren back in springfield, virginia and all my friends. hope to see you soon.
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the washington dc veterans affair medical center and wusa9 salute all that serve at home and abroad this holiday season. >> this is tom first class andrew sukoloski stationed in korea. i would like to wish my wife kristina, katlyn and megan and nicolas and zachary a merry christmas and happy new year. why? that's the question belgium authorities are asking tonight after a man threw a hand grenade in holiday shoppers and then opened fire with an assault weapon. this was the scene when the man started to attack. you can see the panicked shoppers running through their lives. three people died. 120 others were hurt in the rampage. the gunman also died in the attack. it's unclear whether he
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committed suicide or was killed. more trouble for syracuse university tonight in the sexual abuse case against former basketball assistant coach bernie fine. two accusers are suing the school and jim may hiem for defamation. >> it's now time for the university to be held. we plan to do everything to be supportive of bobby and mike. >> bobby davis says fine touched him inappropriately starting back in 1984. his stepbrother says the former coach abused him on school property but fine maintains he is innocent. in tonight's health alert, kids can outgrow a lot of childhood health problems. their food allergies, asthma. but for grown-ups, there is a condition that has to do with your ability to focus. it goes undiagnosed and can reek havoc with a person's life.
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>> the second most common psychiatric disorder along with depression. >> adhd is a neurological condition. most people think of it only affecting kids. but millions of adults never outgrow the condition. >> trouble paying attention, easy distraction, trouble sitting still or feeling restless. >> we all know how frustrating these symptoms can be in children, but in adults with adhd they can have devastating consequences. >> twice as likely to be divorced and separated. twice as likely to be unemployed and underemployed. twice as likely to use substances. >> i get bothered easily. lose interest. poor performance. >> 46-year-old james davis was first diagnosed with adhd at age 40. >> it's like, okay, this is what -- it made everything start making sense. >> the disorder has made life difficult, especially when it comes to keeping a job. >> i wish i knew i was the only
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one. but it definitely made a lot more -- i made different choices. >> let's just say i've been let go of quite a few times. >> this 46-year-old woman also found out she has adhd. it made her so unorganized, distracted and unbearable it contributed to the end of her 14-year marriage. >> i can understand it would be difficult to be with somebody like me who is all over the place. >> but with treatment, which usually consists of medication and therapy together, doctors say the condition can be easily controlled and give adults with adhd the clarity and focus they need. >> it's my life to understand and then try to really correct it so that i can live out the rest of my life feeling fulfilled. >> doctors say severe moodiness is also a sign of this problem in adults. the cause of adhd is still a mystery in kids and adults, but there are structural changes in the brain linked to this disorder. okay. if you wanted to buy jewelry once owned by the late elizabeth taylor, all it took were nerves
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of steel and a huge bank accounts. dozens of items went on the auction block in new york and they were selling like hot cakes. really, really pricey hot cakes. one piece of jewelry alone sold for ten and a half million dollars. now, the auction continues tomorrow. maybe you can pick up one of liz's gowns. just bring your checkbook. really some of the things stunning. every day diamond rings. >> when you had that many husbands and they keep coming back, you get some stuff. >> yes. >> some really nice stuff. 52 today. it was really, really nice. for mid december, it's pretty good. even with the clouds coming in on thursday, milder still on thursday. let's start with the temps because they're starting to fall. we have some pockets of 20s out there. 28 in manassas. it's already 32 in fredericksburg. national went from 33-29. four degree drop in the last hour.
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most of the burbs at 34. martinsburg and hagerstown and 32 out towards culpeper. the satellite picture radar combined, we had a few clouds come through tonight. this activity in the midwest will stay out there but it will get closer and closer to us as we go through thursday. the next system is not a power packed system. some showers are possible as we get into thursday afternoon and thursday evening. in the meantime, we're looking at frost on the windshield again tomorrow morning. you might want to allow a little extra time if you're car is outside and a cold start early. if you're up 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 in the morning, it will be cold. it will be milder on thursday and you might need your umbrella for thursday afternoon and evening. this is not a big system coming our way thursday into thursday night. overnight partly cloudy, not quite as cold. maybe a two blanket night. 26-36 with light winds. and we're looking at temperatures in the morning primarily 30s and 40s. there will be a small window with temps in the 20s and 30s.
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partly cloudy, we'll call it chilly. need your coat. need your sunglasses. there will be enough sun in the morning to warrant that as you're driving to work. by afternoon partly sunny and mild. increasing cloudiness late. you still need a jacket. high temps in the low 50s and winds southeasterly at about ten. high temperatures everyone should make at least 50. 50 in gaithersburg. 51 in rockville. we're looking at 51 in reston and also fairfax. maybe 51 in college park and 50 or so in bowie. so we'll break it down for you then. in the morning, 28-38 with partly cloudy skies. by noon really pretty nice. 47 to 51 under partly cloudy skies and then 48-53 by evening with clouds beginning to increase. now, the next three days, milder still on thursday with some showers possible late. but look at this. 56. that may be low. we may be in the upper 50s on thursday ahead of the front. behind it, a little cooler on friday. clouds come in late. temps go back to 50. we can deal with that.
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next seven days, right now we're going to keep a few clouds in late friday and early saturday. notice we don't have a drop or anything like that. i think the next system stays to our south. that will leave us a little bit colder over the weekend with temperatures in the mid 40s both saturday and sunday. it doesn't stay cold long. it's kind of a pattern. we're back in the upper 40s on monday and next tuesday with sunshine. we are back in the mid 50s. now it's all well and good we don't have a white christmas because we only have a 11% chance, but we're going to try to get a little colder for christmas. >> okay. you can work on that. make us feel better. >> i would like that. >> okay, topper. you just had a one-on-one interview with the caps new head coach talking about the team progressing. >> yes. he was starting about they're starting to get more physical and scoring more goals. he really thought they were heading in the right direction until tonight. it was not pretty if you watched the game. the caps are 3-3 under dale hunter. but have struggled against top teams. could they measure up tonight to the first place flyers?
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now 9 sports with kristen berset, the best sports in town. >> since dale hunter took over as head coach, we've seen glims of the capitals team that started this season 7-0. more hunger and more goal scoring. one thing we haven't seen is a victory over an elite team. alex ovechkin and the caps taking on the first place flyers tonight trying to get that victory but they did not protect the net well at all tonight. here they're down 2-0. the flyers score three goals in the second period to go up 4-0. the caps didn't give up. they avoided a shutout but that's about all they could do right. caps lose 5-1. >> i didn't help what i was doing out there. >> it's frustrating but that's the game of hockey. it does happen. it will happen for you and it will happen against you.
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and one of these nights it will go against us. >> and the holidays can be tough for many families who simply can't afford gifts, so the redskins are doing what they can to help. they had a toy for tots game at sunday's game and tonight some redskins players held a toy drive of their own adding some incentive. bring a toy, get a free autograph. ryan terrain gathered along with some of his other teammates to help make the holidays just a little brighter for some. all the toys and money collected tonight benefits the children's national medical center. with the wizards having to condense training camp into one week, that means more time on the court and more back-to-back practices. flip saunders hopes that gets his young team ready. >> it shows to the young team no matter how tired you are or whatever that you have to do that in this type of situation. >> i'm trying to bring energy to
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the team. it's time to bring it. >> free agent and former wizards josh howard may have a new deal soon. he's talking to the utah jazz. he was traded to washington in february of 2010 but tore his acl shortly thereafter and he appeared in only 18 games last season for washington. >> this year was the marschall heights. [ cheers and applause ] >> an exciting day. the marschall heights bison of dc got a special treat. they won the pop warner super bowl this weekend in orlando and they honored them with a pizza party. they became the peewee national football champs. the bison are 15-0 this season. congratulations to them. and i do want to give a shout out, though, to the beacon house falcons also of dc. they were the 2011 junior peewee national runner up champions. and they were 14-1. so two dc teams doing
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phenomenal. >> wow. >> at a young age. >> yes. hopefully they'll stay. maybe go to maryland. a local team. >> wouldn't be bad. we'll be right back. at bank of america, we're lending and investing in communities across the country, from helping to revitalize a neighborhood in brooklyn
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zp and that -- and that, folks, is 9news for tonight. who is next? >> letterman. >> of course. good night, everybody. see you tomorrow.
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