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from, guess, who the rich. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering, but rather because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. >> today the president pressed his case with ceos of some of the country's biggest companies and told them he won't play games with the nation's debt ceiling and warned the gop against a repeat of that fight. meanwhile house republicans made their argument with small business owners on capitol hill. while the lawmakers are trying to hash this out and not really doing such a good job of it, an organized group of moms makes their voices heard tonight. >> families already stretched thin say they do not know how they'll manage if they're pushed off that fiscal cliff. surae chinn is on capitol hill tonight and has their story. >> reporter: well, derek, they have plenty of stories and they put it in this so-called storybook and it's titled moms and families can't bear more than their fair share.
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in it they talk about struggling to make ends meet as it is. they put this all in a storybook with families all across the country and they say teetering on the fiscal cliff has pushed moms to come to capitol hill. >> tons of working moms who are barely able to make it work. >> reporter: silver spring maryland mom clara pager with 10-month-old cassady and a teddy bear in walking the halls of congress, but the stuffed animal is not for her child but for lawmakers. >> the teddy bear for representative wolfe. >> it steams like it's the middle class family -- seems like it's the middle class families who the cuts get made on because they don't have a voice here to speak for them. >> reporter: page is part of an online grassroots organization called, their goal? improve public policy for working families handing out teddy bears to lawmakers telling them they're putting moms and families in an
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unbearable situation. moms are going door to door telling lawmakers and handing them a book of stories how they're struggling to make ends meet as is and how falling off the fiscal cliff will further hurt their families. >> things like child care cost more than college. we have a 1/4 families living in poverty and it's not the time to balance the budget on the backs of women, children and families. >> reporter: the organization says they're bipartisan but are calling on the end to the bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. >> 50% of people who receive medicaid are children. >> reporter: pager is worried about taking care of her aging parents who rely on social security and medicare. >> we'll be left supporting them while we're raising our own children. so i'm really concerned how are we going to be able to provide for our own kids and create a sustainable future for ourselves so that our kids don't end up in the same situation? >> reporter: moms rising has about a million members. it's hard to say if teddy bears will make a difference on capitol hill, but these moms say they have to try.
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>> thanks. as part of our continuing effort to hold our elected officials accountable for what does or does not happen before the january 1st deadline, we'll be joined by two of our local lawmakers this week at 7:00. tonight it's virginia congressman gerry connolly. tomorrow i'll be chatting with maryland senator ben cardin and 9 news making it very easy on you to keep the pressure on your elected officials. log onto our website click on the fiscal cliff link. write an e-mail to your senator or your representative. prince george's county's 59th murder victim this year is one of the youngest. tonight police are looking for the person or people who killed a 14-year-old boy on sheridan street in lewisdale. matt jablow joinsous live from near the scene with -- joins us live from near the scene with the details. >> reporter: i'm standing now in a neighborhood many residents describe as safe. it happened just after midnight
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when 14-year-old elizer reyes was walking down the street near his house with two other people. a car drove up and shots were fired hitting the 14-year-old reyes and one of the people he was with. the 14-year-old was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. the other victim is in stable condition. it was a gang-related shooting and the victims were apparently targeted. i spoke earlier today with a woman who saw reyes literally dying in the street. what did you think when you saw what you saw last night? >> it breaks my heart to see violence like that because it's a shame that people shouldn't be that way towards other people. we're all the same at end of the day. >> reporter: should you have any information about the person or people responsible for this shooting, you're asked to call crime stoppers at 1-866- 411-tips. >> hopefully they get some information. another homicide case, this one stemming from a hit and run
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in gaithersburg about 1 a.m. this morning along west diamond avenue. according to police, two brothers hitched a ride from people in a honda civic. the brothers were dropped off. moments later the honda ran them down. one brother was killed, the other injured. police found the honda abandoned blocks away and are trying to figure this one out. we now know the id of the victim in last night's deadly row house fire in northwest d.c. 42-year-old jeffrey meterrosick was the chief of compliance and oversight at the u.s. agency for international development. he ran into the first floor of the building in the 1800 block of first street. the cause of the fire is under investigation. as we reported monday night here on 9 news at 6:00, the brother of former d.c. council chair kwame brown plans to plead guilty in federal court. today prosecutors formally charged shea brown with bank
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fraud and sources say that plea deal could include jail time. shea brown operated his brother's kwame's campaign. tonight a local woman may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for what she said on the internet. >> reporter: i'm bruce leshan in fairfax where a judge today ordered a woman to take back at least part of her online review of her contractor. >> good people do prevail. it's very, very hatchet. >> reporter: contractor christopher dietz crowing outside the courthouse after winning a preliminary injunction against a former customer who wrote a series of scathing online reviews. >> what she put up there were pure lies. >> reporter: jane perez said she never imagined her reviews on yelp and angie's list would land her in court facing thousands of dollars in legal fees and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for defamation.
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she'd hired dietz to install a toilet, but when things went south, she wrote dietz had damaged her home and hinted that he had stolen her jewelry. the judge ordered her to take down any allegations of thievery. >> be very careful. >> reporter: experts say lawsuits like this are still rare, but online reputations now so important we may well see more. in fairfax bruce leshan, 9 news now. apparently it takes a whole lot of explosives to blow up a bank atm, but somebody tried to crack open an itm about 4:00 in the morning in fredericksburg at the drive-thru of the virginia credit union, but all those explosives did was leave scorch marks. the atm kept right on humming along. investigators hope the surveillance video can lead them to the mad bomber. still ahead at 6:00 residents of one local neighborhood say they're tired of bamboo invading their yards and they want the city to do
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something about it. >> 72 yesterday. here's the high and low today. we're stepping down to reality slowly 63, lows so far 54. the record high was 75 set back in 2001. we'll come back, talk about just how cold tonight will be, how cold it will be at the bus stop and look ahead to the ravens/redskins game. >> but up next we've got new information from police and the photographer on the death of a new york man struck by a train after he was pushed onto the tracks. we'll be right back.
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we have a commuter alert for the beltway in maryland. three right lanes of the inner loop will be closed at kenilworth avenue in greenbelt tonight through friday. the closures are to allow workers to get construction equipment out of there from an ongoing bridge project in greenbelt. the man who took this picture of a new york city man clinging for his life after being pushed into the path of a subway train says he was too far down the platform to save him. the photo sparked a furious ethical debate after it appeared on the front page of the new york post. the freelance photographer maintains he was trying to use his flash to alert the train operator to what was going on when he snapped the photo. he says he was shocked people closer to the victim didn't try
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to help him in the 22 seconds before he was killed by the oncoming train. police say a 30-year-old street vendor is charged with the man's murder. i'm scott broom. coming up we'll talk about an invasive species that is hard to believe. it is bamboo and i'm going to take you, if we can get there, to the most bamboo infested city in the state of maryland and when i come back, we'll talk about what some people want to do about it.
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a senate subcommittee held a hearing today on the response to the aftermath of superstorm sandy. maryland senators barbara mikulski and ben cardin were among those from states hard hit that testified. mikulski called for aid to communities on the eastern shore that are still suffering the effects of the storm and cardin spoke of the need to protect vulnerable areas from future storm damage. one of the country's largest banks is looking to reduce its expenses and improve efficiency, but it's doing it by laying off thousands of workers. citigroup says it's eliminating 11,000 jobs. the majority of those cuts will come from citi's consumer banking unit. do you think there are enough starbucks out there? apparently not. the seattle-based coffee chain plans to open 1,500 cafes in the u.s. over the next five years. there are already 11,500 starbucks in the nation and
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starbucks says it will have more than 20,000 stores around the world by 2014. every now and then we hear about an invasive species that gets out of hand. that's the situation in mount rainier, maryland. one neighborhood is so plagued by bamboo that they're hoping to ban the stuff from the city forever. scott broom is in mount rainier tonight with some unbelievable bamboo pictures. >> reporter: bamboo, an asian import invasive species that's become a plague in mount rainier, maryland. it's the most bamboo infested city in the state. you had a term for it. what did you call it? >> the devil's weed. >> reporter: well known dramatic actor bus howard is under siege at wit's end. >> we had a garden and all of it and now it's nothing. >> reporter: you see this root action? >> see how gnarly that looks. this thing actually looks like something in a sci-fi.
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>> reporter: weeks ago howard cut the stuff to the ground in his yard. it is already back. the first day you'll see the shoot come out of the ground and by the fourth day it's over 6 feet. >> reporter: howard is not nearly alone. bamboo grows between houses through fences and spreads like cancer to the next unlucky yard. sometimes it even gets through concrete and foundations. residents cut it down to make trellises and gates, but there's always more where that comes from and now mount rainier is considering a ban to make it illegal to plant this stuff ever again. >> a nonindigenous species of anything is just an aberration and be that fish or flora or fauna. it doesn't belong here. >> reporter: he's very much in favor of the ban even though he
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knows it's not going to do him a lot of good. he doesn't need a ban. he needs a bulldozer. in mount rainier, scott broom, 9 news now. >> over, my. he sure does -- oh, my. he sure does. college park already has a bamboo ban with a $200 fine for shoots that get into neighbors' yards. we've got this as a shield in back of our house. it works great, but you're constantly knocking down those shoots. >> it can tunnel through concrete? are you kidding me? it's indestructible. we were 72 yesterday, low 60s today, a nice transition to reality. let's start with live look outside, our live weather cam brought to you by michael and son. we're looking at really a nice evening once the winds die down, still 53, dew point in the upper 20s, pretty dry air mass, winds still anywhere from 15 to 20 miles per hour out of the north, northwest. they will subside late and the pressure rising at 30.21 inches of mercury. something that puzzles me year
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after year this time of year and this is the first time i've decided to do it through social media, what position is the bow on your wreath? maybe 12:00, 1:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, some of the other o' clock? i have a theory, but now i think it may be wrong. tweet me@topper'sweather. winds are 28 miles per hour downtown, 20 mile-per-hour wind in gaithersburg. so it's still breezy. winds will subside after midnight which is good and bad because that will allow the temperature to fall but it will take away our wind chill. 40s now pry dominantly, 45 -- predominantly, 45 gaithersburg, 45 rockville, 48 vienna, fairfax, 50 in bowie, 51 at andrews. colder but not long. you'll need a coat tonight and sunglasses tomorrow, a little milder friday and then warmer
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over the weekend, but it comes with a little cost. tonight clear and colder, winds diminish, one to two blanket night, 28 to 36 downtown, winds eventually northwest at 10. by morning mostly sunny, cold, a coat a good idea for the kids, 20s and 30s. by afternoon plenty of sunshine, bright but brisk, chilly, highs 45 to 49, a shade below average. your average hype is around 50 still. the next -- high is around 50 still. the next three days 9 weather alerts are all green, doesn't mean you don't need a jacket. chilly tomorrow, sunny, 47, clouds, maybe a sprinkle saturday, clouds and milder, temperatures in the low 60s. next seven days, mild sunday for the big game. you can watch it here on channel 9, but a couple showers or sprinkles probable and around 60. rain showers on monday, 60s and upper 40s on tuesday and low
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50s wednesday. there is still no super arctic air in our near future at least for us. >> we want it mild for this big game. what a match-up. it's going to be exciting, a lot on the line for both teams going forward. >> tonight a look ahead to sunday's battle of the beltways, who are the redskins most worried about on the ravens roster? >> plus another big honor for the skins' rookie sensation. tell you what it is coming up next.
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and now 9 sports with kristen berset. >> for only the fifth time ever the ravens and redskins face off in the regular season. you can see that game right here on wusa9 at 1:00 on sunday. the battle of the beltways is a big game for both teams that are deep in the playoff hunt.
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the ravens defense has its sights set on robert griffin, iii. he wasn't sacked at all monday night and right now the rookie is tied for fewest interceptions on the season, but he's facing one of the most dynamic safeties in the league, a ravens game without an ed reed interception almost like turkey without thanksgiving. >> ed reed, he's the top of that defense. with ray lewis being out he is the leader of that defense. so he does a good job with everything. he covers a lot of ground. he tackles well. he's got good ball skills. >> he's a guy that's in the film room every day. he knows what's going to happen before it happens. usually the great players are not only great athletes, but they're great students of the game. >> today rg3 has a place in the pro football hall of game. monday night griffin set the nfl single season record for yards rushing by a quarterback. now his jersey and cleats from that game will be on display and no, they have not been
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washed. >> it's awesome. everyone wants to be in the hall of fame. so we're in there, but got a long career and this is only the first step. so it's an honor to have my jersey and micklests over there very dirty -- my cleats over there very dirty in the half fame. >> the ravens defense, a big task ahead, not just stopping rg3, but also alfred morris. the ravens d currently ranks 23rd in both pass and rush defense. safety ed read said that stopping rg3 from running is like -- ed reed said that stopping rg3 from running is like stopping superman was flying. he says i defense will have their hands full but -- the defense will have their hands full but is looking forward to the challenge. >> he's a great athlete with a lot of great weapons around him. we've got some challenges going over there. >> a welcome sight, linebacker ray lewis returned to practice today six weeks after suffering
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a tricep tear. no. 52 is not eligible to come off injured reserve until december 16th, but just his presence gives the ravens an extra boost. voting is still open for this week's usa today high school sports game of the week. it's officially basketball season. cast your vote at finally some wizards tickets holders getting creative. an ad on craigslist offers to pay you $10 to go to the wizards/warriors game saturday night. the poster says the tickets are just pure evil. they want to get rid of them before it's too late. >> that had to be before the miami heat game that that was posted. come on now. >> you would think. >> they only have two wins still. >> that's true, too. >> it is the warriors. ten dollars if you want to go to the game. you pocket $10, not a bad deal. >> that's all for us here on wusa9. the cbs evening news is next and derek is back at 7:00.
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