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we are following some breaking news. as cbs just told you former south african president nelson mandela has passed away. >> it is a sad day but a day unfortunately we knew was coming as nelson mandela had been in failing health for some time and the news came from the current south african president jacob zuma who said and i quote here, "he is resting. he is now at peace. our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father." you're looking at some images of nelson mandela through the years really considered to be the father of modern south africa, a great unifier of both white and black south africans, spent 27 years as a political prisoner and in spite of that rose to become the president of the nation and as you can hear,
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people talk about his generous spirit. >> truly a symbol of peace and forgiveness as well. we have heard reports that he was with family and friends at his house last night when he passed away. some close family friends were also in johannesburg in south africa when he did. >> vinita nair has a look back at nelson mandela's life and legacy. >> and one wonders what must be passing through mr. mandela's mind at this moment. >> reporter: after 27 years in prison nelson mandela walked into freedom, against all odds the leader of rebellion against south africa's white apartheid government became the leader of national unity. mandela's decades long rebellion transformed him from a convicted trader into a freedom fighter and international hero. >> i have fought very firmly
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against apartheid on the nation. >> reporter: mandela was born into approved family. he support -- into a privileged family. he supported nonviolence to bring about change. he became a lawyer and opened the first south african law firm to defend blacks who were forced from their land, but in 1960 mandela turned militant when 69 black protesters were massacred. >> many use fear, but it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonviolence. >> reporter: mandela lived up to his tribal name troublemaker repeatedly challenging authority. he was convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government and sentenced to life in prison on south africa's infamous robin island. he was cut off from the outside world, but mandela's message and his movement endured. his wife winnie became his unofficial ambassador. finally in 1990 nelson mandela was free. >> so help me god. >> reporter: mandela became south africa's first black president and crafted a new
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constitution. he preached reconciliation and never spoke of retribution. mandela became a larger than life figure with rock star status, celebrities and world leaders came calling. he won the nobel peace prize and traveled the world. mandela and his wife winnie divorced in 1996. he later remarried. age eventually slowed him down. he retired from public life continued to welcome dignitaries from around the world to his home. in june he was rushed to the hospital with a lung infection and stayed for three months. family members say he fought to stay alive. he eventually went home but remained in critical condition. nelson mandela was 95 years old. vinita nair, cbs news. >> he could have been a bitter man, but instead he became one of the world's most generous
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souls. we'll have more on the life and the legacy of nelson mandela a little later on in our show. but for now we turn to some other news, the d.c. police officer charged in a shocking child porn case could be released to his waldorf home with electronic monitoring by tomorrow. that is the ruling today by a federal court magistrate judge, but the order has been stayed for 24 hours to give prosecutors time to appeal. scott broom is live outside a federal court in d.c. now. >> reporter: of course, 32- year-old marc washington, the police officer charged in this case, lives in waldorf, maryland, in a neighborhood filled with kids. people there are obviously concerned about this because he has been charged with using his police powers to coerce a 15- year-old girl to submit to sexually explicit naked photos. when the camera of marc washington was seized early monday, photos were found dating back to december of 2011 prosecutors said today, among them pictures of a reluctant 15-
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year-old southeast washington run-away who prosecutors said was coerced into being photographed naked by washington sunday night after he claimed he needed the shots to identify her if she every ran away again. the photos -- ever ran away again. the photos were sexually explicit and washington tried to delete them from his camera, but investigators were able to recover the files. the prosecutor also said there is ample evidence washington has done it before. at least three other unidentified victims appeared to be on the camera including an unknown girl photographed on her bed in april of 2012. he used his position of authority to commit the most egregious crimes the prosecutors said noting photos were taken while washington was on duty in full uniform and armed. washington is single and lives with his father in this waldorf townhome. his defense attorney argued for release before trial saying there's no potential danger now, that washington is stripped of his badge and gun and after he turned himself in after first being questioned
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and released in the case. washington is an iraq war veteran with an unblemished military and police record his defense attorney said. it came out at this detention hearing this afternoon the judge saying a search warrant was signed a few hours ago to search washington's police locker and his cell phone. we'll know more of the results of that search in 24 hours or so. in the meantime the judge did say he is satisfied without a badge and gun that washington could be released on home detention, but again the judge stayed his own order for 24 hours so prosecutors could appeal. so for the moment, for the next 24 hours, washington will stay in federal detention. reporting live at the federal courthouse downtown scott broom, wusa9. tonight metropolitan police department is investing another officer for possibly having a relationship with a 15-year-old girl. so is there a bigger problem
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with illegal behavior on the d.c. police force? bruce leshan brings us that story at 6:00. a blast of arctic air making its way east, denver saw temperatures below 0 this morning. crews are using liquid deicers to keep the roads safe, but it starts to freeze when that mercury dips below 15 degrees. duluth, minnesota, has seen over 2 feet of snow from this system. at least five people have died on the roads as a result of the storm. that system will have an impact on us sunday and first alert chief meteorologist topper shutt joins us now from the weather center. when are we going to start to see these temperatures drop? >> tomorrow and big time saturday and sunday. we've issued a yellow alert tomorrow for rain and showers, both communities wet and a red alert on sunday. let's start with a wide look at the radar. you can see where the snow and ice is all the way down to
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dallas, going to move intoing rock soon. the white is the -- move into little rock soon. the white is the snow. the pink is the mix. we're just looking at rain that will roll across the mountains and get in here late tonight and especially tomorrow morning. there's the dividing line, the cold air and warmer air. the cold air is very shallow in here. that's why you'll see sleet and freezing rain because the entire column of air above us is not going to be below freezing. right now we have rain and showers back to the west, most owerstaying in the mountains hagerstown, cumberland west until 10:00 or 11:00 tonight. temperature-wise, 64 ithersburg, leesburg, just about everywhere, 64 in andrews, little cooler by the water, 53, still not bad, but look at this cold air. it's 26 now in chicago. this is the last area of the warm air in the east. it will go away tomorrow and
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tomorrow night. so yellow alert friday, red alert sunday, wet commutes tomorrow and turning cooler. dress for the 40s tomorrow. when you leave, it will be in the 50s. saturday cold air moves in. sunday morning snow and mix, mix all day d.c. north and west. we'll come back and talk more about that in a moment. if we are going to call ourselves the land of opportunity, there's got to be some opportunity! >> here in washington and in hundreds of cities across the country fast food workers walked off the job and protested demanding better pay. this was the scene outside the air and space museum, but as danielle nottingham explains, the industry argues bigger paychecks could mean fewer jobs. >> reporter: fast food employees took to the streets from los angeles to new york, chicago to tampa. >> what do we want? >> reporter: workers looking to supersize the minimum wage. >> you can't survive off 7.50 an hour. >> reporter: protesters are
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asking for $15 an hour. in the nation's capital tamithea butler makes 8.25 at mcdonald's and says it's not enough to raise two children. >> i just need this to happen because my kids deserve a better life than i have. >> reporter: groups representing the restaurants say labor unions are organizing these rallies and these protesters do not represent their workers. >> there has been more people being paid to demonstrate in front of restaurants, very few workers actually walking out. >> reporter: the national restaurant association says the majority of their minimum wage workers are part-time employees there to earn extra cash and raising the federal minimum wage would only lead to layoffs. >> you end up with a lot of people have that part-time jobs now to having no jobs and being unemployed tomorrow. >> reporter: the workers have support from the white house and the senate could vote on a federal minimum wage hike before the end of the year, but it has little chance in the republican controlled house. danielle nottingham, cbs news,
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washington. >> now the federal minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009. it's 7.25 an hour. a full-time worker would earn about $15,000 a year. we are still covering that breaking news that nelson mandela has passed away at the age of 95. we want to go to our phone lines right now. dr. joe harris, howard university professor, who was actually involved with a program that gave mandela an honorary degree joins us now by phone. sir, are you there? dr. harris? >> yes. here i am. >> tell us what you remember about his trip here to the united states. >> well, in 1994 nelson mandela was invited to howard university to receive an honorary doctorate degree and in his acceptance speech he asked that howard university become involved in the development of south africa.
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as a result of that, the then president of howard, h. patrick schweigert, invited about 20 some of us from faculty, trustees and others to go to south africa, meet with different people in the country to follow up on the commitment to help develop south africa. one of the things that was especially exciting about this was that nelson mandela had studied at the university of ft. hayre and that's pretty similar to howard university. so he was familiar with howard and the extent to which howard had anticipated in african education the same as the university of ft. hayre has participated in african education in east and central africa. that was a very smooth relationship for the two universities and i went there as a result set up an office,
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howard university, to help put in place collaboration between our university and university at howard. the bottom line of that was that we at howard established what we call the south african research and archive al project to study the anti-apartheid movement in the united states. >> dr. harris, what would you say is the legacy, the dual legacy, of nelson mandela both in south africa and in this country? and i guess i'm asking that specificically because you sort of had a bird's eye view of what he was able to do in the country and what he was able to create by extension, by reaching out to howard university to say we want there
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to be some role here in what happens with south africa going forward. >> well, we were very excited when he came because everyone knew about him. in response to what you just raised i think a way to put that would be this. of the first four recipients of the nobel prize award the first two were given to african americans and the next two were given to south off cans. that was bishop tutu -- south africans. that was bishop tutu and the first one had been albert latulei. later on, of course, nelson mandela would receive one and i say that because those representatives came from countries that had very similar experiences with black people and the whole question of the struggle for freedom and
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justice rang clear among all of us and we've felt that very deeply at howard university and we're very pleased to go over to try to establish collaboration with them. the other thing is we were very much attracted to others who gave up the fight for racial justice. so we have those ties and as one south african has written those were the ties that bind africans in africa in that case south africa and blacks in the united states. >> across the world, dr. harris, mandela might be seen by some as a moral authority with sort of a great concern for truth. how so? >> a great concern for what? >> truth. >> truth? >> yes. across the world some might see him as sort of a moral authority and someone who has a great concern for truth.
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how would you see that? how was he that? how was he someone who was someone of great moral authority? >> he was great moral authority because he came from fairly, you know, disadvantaged situation in south africa, but always remained committed to his own people. in fact, he's well known as the madeva. that is the kind of honorific calling and commitment for freedom and justice for people and to the extent that he came out of that kind of background and also being very much aware of what a lot of people do not know is that's where gandhi influenced his nonviolent concept. coming to the global scene where he had protested and ultimately spent 27 years with
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unwavering support to that commitment to truth and to liberty and justice for all people, certainly it was something that we here at howard university and african americans generally as well as blacks could relate to. >> dr. harris, we've been talking about nelson mandela for some time because he's been in poor health and we've got some images to bring up now from just outside of his home in johannesburg and you can see a mix of people, white south africans, black south africans. you were able to go to south africa and witness this with your own eyes, this country that had been fractured for so long by apartheid and it was coming undone as this first black south off -- south african was coming president. can you speak a little bit about how someone who could
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have endured 27 years as a political prisoner could emerge and not be bitter, be someone generous of spirit and be someone who brought both black and white south africans together which we see right now? >> one of the things i'll say about that, he was a man who took the long view, spent a long time in jail. we once heard him speak to that in his book the long walk. he spooks about it at some length, that he was not favor -- he speaks about it at some length that he was not favoring on the belief, that ultimately blacks and whites were to live together. i can recall seeing him on tv when he was released from jail and he came out very pleasant. you would not have thought that you were looking at a great man, a grit iconic figure who had -- great iconic figure who had spent so many years in
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prison but being ushered out by whites and he knew what the story was and only he could keep the country on solid ground. and i think when you think about truth and reconciliation, the group that interviewed those individuals who had abused south africa so long, you think about that, his commitment to truth and his commitment to the struggle i think one cannot overemphasize. >> dr. harris, are you still there? >> yes, i'm here. >> okay. i guess we want to thank you so much for your time and for sharing your sentiments and what you were able to witness while you were over in south africa. i know that president obama is expected to speak here in a very short time giving some remarks about the loss of nelson mandela and what it means to the world. >> i want to share very quickly what some of the united states
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presidents in the past have said about mandela because he had met with several of them during his time when he came to the united states. in 1990 george l.w. bush called mandela a man who embodies the hopes of millions at a meeting at the white house. of course, there is that infamous picture of bill clinton with mandela in 1998 when clinton went to visit mandela and mandela showed the president the jail cell where he spent 17 years under incarceration by the government. it was a total of 20 years in prison. in 2002 president george w. bush awarded mandela with a presidential medal of freedom and president obama met with mandela once back when he was a senator in 2005. so right now as we await for the president to speak about the passing of nelson mandela.
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>> i know it will be some heartfelt remarks from the president because when you think about it, it's this nation's first african american president offering sentiments about south africa's first black president, clearly tied together by their roles in history and connected a number of times in person, the obama family connecting with mandela's family in south africa. again you're looking right now outside of nelson mandela's home in johannesburg where people have gathered to remember, to reflect upon the life of the man they call madeva. he is the father of modern south africa, dead at 95. >> interestingly right now a lot of south africans are asleep because it is past midnight in south africa. so they're going to wake up to this news. those who have heard, many of them, probably heard on social media. we saw some reports on twitter
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and facebook earlier and i want to bring in russ ptacek now who has been sort of monitoring some of the comments that some people have left. what are you finding? >> a man known for so many sayings that touched so many and at the moment this news was breaking around the world and our newsroom was scurrying the nelson mandela foundation sent out one of his quotes. i don't know if you're able to pull up my ipad here. came from the nelson mandela ch foundation and you can see it's in several different languages. i'm going to pull up the english version. the quote is death is something inevitable. when a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. that coming from the nelson mandela foundation just as this news was breaking. let's look at what sherry sheffield who is a contributor to the washington post and the
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georgetowner put out. she put out a photograph of her daughter with nelson mandela's daughter. this is a portrait of folks and she called it our family at a much happier time. what i've done to collect these is i've just retweeted these as quickly as i've found them, this from john avalon with the daily beast. what he's put toke, it is those quotes -- together, it is those quotes. he's put together a long list of quotes that are out right now. one of the interesting things that usa today has done is they've put out a full list of photographs, photographs s that have covered -- photographs that have covered -- think of the numbers of people this man has impacted in the world. >> just want to let you know we
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are standing by waiting for president obama to address the passing of nelson mandela. we were given a two minute notice. this is a shot outside of johannesburg outside the home of nelson mandela. he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. we knew sadly that this day was going to come because he had been in poor health for some time, but it is still a shock to the soul, isn't it, when you think about who he was to so many both in south africa and beyond. he belonged to the world. >> the legacy he left behind, absolutely. russ, as we continue to look at some tweets, why don't you read what some people are saying and what they remember most about the legacy he will leave behind. >> this comes from mark keene who is a democratic state legislator from fairfax county. he writes that president jack kennedy died in 1963 at 46 years old. mandela was imprisoned in 1964
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at age 46. interesting to think of these icons as being men who were at a similar age at such pivotal times where they impacted history and this legislator calling both of them and i think no one would disagree individuals who greatly impacted the history of the united states, the world and the view that we have on racingism and the view that -- on racism and the view that we have on human rights particularly from both those men today. >> we're going to go to the president right now. >> at his trial in 1964 nelson mandela closed his statement from the dock saying i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i've cherished the ideal of the democratic and free society in
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which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve, but if needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. today he's gone home. we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, madeva transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to
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a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives and the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. as he once said, i'm not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sincer who keeps on trying. i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that
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involved an issue or policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings the day he was released from prison giving me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears and like so many around the globe i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. to my his family michelle and i ex -- to his family, michelle and i share our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this man with us. his life's work meant long days away from those who loved him most and i only home the time spent with it him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family. to the people in south africa we draw strength from the
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example of renewal and reconciliation and resilience that you made real. a free south africa at peace with itself, that's an example to the world and that's madeva's legacy to the nation that he loved. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set to make decisions guided not by hate but by love, to never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. for now let us pause and give thanks to the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe
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towards justice. may god bless his memory and keep him in peace. >> you've been listening to president obama speaking about the passing of nelson mandela. president obama clearly says he drew inspiration from mandela and one of the first things he did was to protest against apartheid to make a political statement many, many years ago. talking about some of the things that have stayed with him, what he will miss the most and talking about how nelson mandela really belongs to the ages. meant so much to -- he meant so much to so many. >> we're back right after this.
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if you ride metro, get ready to reach a little deeper in your pocket next year. the transit agency unveiled a slew of new fare possibilities and of them mean you will pay more. debra alfarone breaks it down for us. >> bottom line, it's going to cost you more of this to ride metro's trains and buses, but how much remains a question. >> i think if fare goes up, you're going to see people start taking cabs and stuff. >> but metro is betting against
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that. today general manager richard sarles unveiled his plan. come july if approved it would cost an average of 15 cents more to take a bus, a dime higher to ride the rails and a quarter more to park. the hikes would raise $30 million a year in revenue, some to pay for more cars, some for salary increases, but riders say why pay more for what they're calling just plain less? >> first of all, they're doing trackwork, tracks always suspended especially on the red line. >> reporter: yes, the red line, november not its proudest month sprinkled with delays, breakdowns and frustrations, so much so an apology from the top. >> i know the commute for our red line riders has been really bad. >> plus the recent and pretty rare and raising fares.
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the board is offering five alternative fare hike plans. metro says they don't think any increase will lead to a huge decrease in ride areship. >> it's definitely going to make my -- ridership. >> it's definitely going to make my commute a lot more harder. might as well drive now. >> i think it's a good idea, keeps them in business. >> reporter: most people don't want to pay more, but you say it's a good idea. >> you got to pay for what you get of. >> reporter: metro will have several public hearings before making any decisions and once they do those rate increases won't take place until july. at gallery place, debra alfarone, wusa9. turning to sports, a high profile college football player has been the subject of some serious allegations placing his status on the field in doubt. today a decision was handed down concerning that case. sports anchor david owens is here to tell us all the details. >> something happened in a tallahassee apartment last december involving florida state quarterback jameis winston. we're just not sure wh
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it was a young woman's rape allegation, the reputation of a star quarterback and questions of a possible coverup. it was the state attorney's job to sort it all out. here's what they determined this afternoon, that there was not enough evidence to support a reasonable chance for conviction. the young woman in the case alleged she was raped. attorneys for winston say it was consensual sex. state attorney meggs stated the woman had been drinking that night and her recollection is somewhat broken. dna of another male was also found which complicated things as well. >> it was one of those loose ends that we felt we needed to tie up. we felt like we knew who the donor was, but until we had it tested and the lab done work on my schedule or yours, so it did take some time to do that. i do commend the fdle lab. they took this because they saw what has been viewed as
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important to expedite it and they did. >> a lot of loose ends. it took almost 11 months for this case to get to the state attorney's office. tallahassee police department has been under scrutiny for that delay. at 6:00 we'll tell you why there was that delay and how that impacted this case.
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so if you don't have a college degree, can you find a job making higher than minimum wage? >> we sent peggy fox out to find five jobs that pay at least $15 an hour and don't require a college degree and you might be in for a surprise. >> reporter: ever wonder what a garbage man makes? the ones who drive those automatic trucks that grab the cans for you, they're making $19 an hour. that's the same salary this letter carrier is making. ditch diggers start at $15 an hour and a more skilled underground utility worker can make $22 an hour and up. if you prefer more delicate work and you'd rather be inside working with people, how about the hair industry? >> if you have a skill or you're willing to work and learn a skill, you can definitely do it. >> reporter: no degree required, but you do need to go to hair sc. cost trisha staples
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$15,000. now after three years as a stylist at eclipse salon in mclean at only 28 years old she's worked her way up to a decent salary. >> i'm making close to probably $60,000 a year of. >> reporter: eclipse has an apprentice program which starts employees out washing hair at $10 an hour. they do pull in at least 15 with tips. 25-year-old andy kim who immigrated from south korea went through the program and is now a full-time stylist. >> first time i could have taken this very well, but a lot of people helped. >> reporter: he's making more than $30,000 a year but he knows there's great opportunity for growth in a high end salon like this. owner diane fisher says all it takes are the skills required along with hard work and a very nice salary could follow. >> there's been some that make 200,000 a year. >> reporter: styling hair? >> yes. >> reporter: what do you think
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about that? >> i think it's wonderful. it makes me feel really good. i love it! >> that was peggy fox reporting. local career counselor colleen smith says waiters at nice restaurants, temp workers and seasonal workers can make more than $15 an hour.
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getting results. we are solving consumer disputes across our area. a dishwasher was ordered online with installation from a big box retailer. when the workers came out to install it, they could see it was damaged. the store sent erin a new dishwasher, but she couldn't get the store to swap out the damaged unit. the call for action team stepped in and got the damaged dishwasher out and the new model in her home, case closed. liz in greenbelt reached out to our team to try and help a family member who lost a job. that family member was receiving unemployment from the d.c. government. in order to do that, that family member had to attend take certain workshop. when she arrived at the workshop, she had a problem with her id and her check was canceled, but when our wusa9 call for action team reached out to d.c.'s office of employment services, someone quickly got back to liz and her family member and helped them
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reinstate those checks. file a complaint with your consumer issues on our website or call our hotline at 301-652-help. caught on camera a sad shoplifting story from st. louis, surveillance video from a k-mart shows a struggle after a 35-year-old woman was stopped by security after she tried to leave the store with a shopping cart full of stuff she didn't take for. a friend of hers, a guy, gets involved in the fight. then the woman sprays the mace at the security guard and she and the other guy run off all while leaving a 4-year-old boy just sitting in that shopping cart, unbelievable. that man and woman were later arrested at their home and the boy is now with other family members. now to something completely different, an anonymous person who was leaving thousands of dollars in tips across the country all in the name of jesus, it started back in september with a photo, a
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$3,000 tip in ann arbor michigan. on the instagram account it said tips for jesus. its mission was listed as doing the lord's work one tip at a time. since then this anonymous tipper has been leaving thousands of dollars of tips across the country, san francisco, l.a., chicago, south bend, indiana, most recently $2,500 in phoenix on tuesday and $5,000 in port orchard, washington, last friday. >> are you sure this is what you want to do and the guy goes absolutely. i've made a ton of money in my life. this is my way of giving back. >> i have two little girls, so they're going to get a good christmas this year. >> very judge russ. each of the tips appear -- generous. each of the tips appear to be paid with an american express black bar.  the owner of the bar at port orchard said the tipper told him he had owned a very well known business.
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speculation now is that that tipper is jack sudley, one of the original founders of paypal. >> he's paying it forward big time. that's wonderful. >> he likes beer and hamburgers. >> your favorite combination. we don't like the combination that's coming our way this weekend. >> it really is a combination. you name it, it's falling from the sky sound. i wish it were more of a pure snow event. that would be much easier. the only saving grace, it's in the 60s today. that will save us in terms of what happens to the roadways on sunday, but we've declared sunday a red alert. let's start with lubbock, texas. they, too, were in the 60s a couple days ago, today snow, sleet and freezing rain. they are sanding which i wish they would do here, doesn't rot your car. that is heading our way in some form or fashion. let's start with a live look outside, our live michael and son weather cam and temperatures are kind of eerily
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warm really, 63. look at relative humidity 81%, winds south at 10. our average high is only 50. that's crazy. we'll widen out the radar. there's the snow in st. louis back into portions of oklahoma, but you see a narrow ribbon of ice. this is in the pink and magenta there. that's simply because the precipitation starts as snow. everything starts as snow. then it melts and refreezes either just before hitting the ground or when it hits the ground. that's the difference between sleet and freezing rain. that's what's heading our way. this is pretty serious stuff. they have ice storm warnings in effect through much of arc acquisition and southeastern missouri. it's get -- arkansas and southeastern missouri. it's getting colder in oklahoma, so it's now just snow. we've got rain the next few hours. late tonight that final walk with the dog showers are coming in. right now stretching from hagerstown back to morgannetown back into elkins -- morgantown
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back into elkins, nothing crazy heavy. 5 below in great falls, 2 below in bismarck. they did not make it above 0 today. 26 in chicago, 30 in dallas and here's the last area of warm air that will be eroded going through the next 48 hours or so. only 6 in denver. they were in the 70s, too, 60s earlier this week. we're 63, 48 in boston, 66 in raleigh. jump over and that cold air in the 20s in chicago and again in st. louis. temperatures right now 60s across the board, 64 in bethesda, 63 in fairfax, 65 college park64 in waldorf. yellow alert friday, red alert sunday, wet commutes friday and cooler. when you leave tomorrow, it will be in the 50s. when you come home, it will be in the 40s. saturday the cold air moves in, kind of sets the stage for our event on sunday. sunday morning snow and then a mix and a mix all day. around town downtown north and
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west bethesda, rockville, gaithersburg out towards player fax, mclean, everybody will stay freezing or below all day sunday, the only exception maybe southern maryland. mostly cloudy, quite mild tonight, maybe a late shower, lows 55 to 60. again, that's kind of crazy warm. look at the temps. they start at 59 at 5:00 in the morning and go down to 51 by 1 p.m. they'll be in the 40s when you get home. saturday a break, a morning shower, colder, 46, red alert sunday, snow mix to rain southeast of town. next seven days, monday milder, commute should be okay, 51 the high with showers, low 40on tuesday. we may see showers end in flurries and just cold wednesday and thursday, temps struggling to reach 40 by thursday. two big name rock groups are helping victims of last month's deadly tornadoes in illinois. styx and reo speedwagon were just two bands that took the stage in last night's rock to
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the benefit concert. most of the bands that performed have illinois roots. nearly everything was donated including the stage and the bands even paid their own expenses. organizers expect it to raise more than $300,000. a handwritten manuscript of bruce spring teen's hit -- springsteen's born to run brought in some big money today. the copy sold for $197,000. the work in progress was written in long branch, new jersey, on ruled notebook paper. most of the lyrics in this handwritten version went unrecorded. the identity of the seller and buyer were not released. a lot of money for that. >> a lot of money. we'll lighten things up a bit and talk about our hot holiday toys. this is all about play mobile day. this is a commando team and a disco club that will entertain
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for hours. first the secret mission play mobile spy team command vehicle. it's got a retractible rocket launcher on the roof, a glider jet that lets secret agents do their thing, ton of fun, great for 7 to 12-year-olds and priced at 64.99. everything is a little pricey this year. >> seems like it. >> and this is play mobile city life stage children's club with a disco, young pop stars. they can rock out and hold concerts for their family and friends. here's video of what it can do. it's mp3 compatible, so the kids can sing along with their favorite tunes. this is an animated video that comes with four figures that don't move unless you move them, a stanley, flashing lights, drum september, i go -- a stage, flashing lights, drum set, and it sells for 34.99, kids ages 10 and up. >> the bands are very popular this year. >> anything that involves a toy
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and a mobile device is very popular this year. up next first lady michelle obama helps usher in the holidays at the white house, but it was the behavior of one of the first pooches that stole the show. >> murder, allegations of child abuse, arrests of police officers every other week, is something wrong with d.c.'s police department? i'm bruce leshan, this story coming up. here's a live rook right now outside, the south african embassy here in the united states, actually this is a live look outside his home where you can see the folks gathered where nelson mandela passed away at
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the holidays have arrived at the white house. first lady michelle obama welcomed children of military members yesterday for a first look at this year's decorations. as always, the first family's dogs bo and sonny are prominently featured in the displays. there are two life size replicas of the portuguese waterdogs made of satin ribbons and these chocolate miniatures of the white house pets in the gingerbread house and it couldn't be a white house celebration without a louvre appearance of the first dogs themselves -- a live appearance
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of the first dogs, but it was the younger of the two who stole the spotlight with a 2- year-old girl. major garrett has the story from the white house of. >> reporter: it was an event fit for little princesses and princes, sons and daughters of military families decked out in their finest, the very first americans to see this year's out when holiday decorations. amid the choreographed preciousness first lady michelle obama and the first family's rambunctious portuguese waterdogs bo and sunny appeared. sunny encountered 2-year-old ashton gardner and whoops. >> you okay? >> reporter: cory holliday knockdown seen around the world. the first lady tugged sunny's leash and tried to remain composed. ashton's composure? perfect and calm, fit for an oval office crisis. ashton even tried to feed white house candy to sunny's calmer canine colleague bo.
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we caught up with ashton's parents, her two brothers and their two dogs. ashton told bus sunny. >> -- told us about sunny. >> sunny liked me and bumped me and bumped me. >> she is fun. she's an obama texas girl, alabama dad -- she's an alabama texas girl, alabama dad, texas mom, so we recover quick. >> reporter: other white house bloopers, things like the presidential seal falling off during a speech. >> we cannot sustain -- whoops. was that my -- >> reporter: or presidential dog, this time bo, devouring a camera microphone. or president george w. bush heading for a locked exit door in china. >> i'm trying to escape. it didn't work. >> reporter: and americans of a certain age can't quite forget president gerald ford slip sliding down the stairs of
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air force one in austria. ashton's fall much gentler, now a treasured brush with white house fame. >> she'll be able to look back and say i was at the white house and got a chance to have a very special moment. >> that was major garrett reporting, so cute. even though dad is from alabama and mom is from texas, the gardner family now lives in germantown, maryland. we begin with wusa9 news at 6:00 continuing with the coverage of our breaking news of the evening, former south african president nelson mandela passed on. he was 95 and he had been in ill health for some months now. >> the country's current president jacob zuma made the sad announcement a little over an hour ago. >> south africans, nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic


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