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24 in fair faction and -- fairfax and 26 in springfield for lows. come back and tell you how low it's going to get both days. tens of thousands lost powers in -- power in maryland after the snowstorm. 4505 customers without service. all of our other local power companies have everyone pretty much restored. meantime she lived in the same neighborhood for her entire life and tonight police are trying to find the man who without warning shot and killed ruth ann lodato. >> reporter: i'm peggy fox in alexandria at the home of ruth ann lodato who was gunned down by an apparent stranger after he knocked on the door. >> frightening. i came home and double locked all the doors. >> reporter: 59-year-old ruth ann was a lifelong and beloved resident of adventure. >> of -- alexandria. >> she will be missed every day
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in many ways. >> reporter: while friends and family focus on the loss, police say they don't know yet if the crime was random or targeted. >> unfortunately we haven't determined a motive yet and the motive is not apparent to us as yet. >> reporter: chief earl cook says they don't think lodato knew her attacker. police were able to briefly interview the caretaker of the elderly mother who was also shot and she may be the only person who saw the shooter. >> we have a victim who fortunately survived. >> reporter: police looking at the possibility there's a connection with the murder of transportation official ron kirby who was also mysteriously shot and killed inside his home in november. he lived about a mile away from the lodatos. >> i don't want to characterize it there's a serial killer floating around the city. >> reporter: in alexandria, peggy fox, wusa9. >> ruth ann lodato well known and well loved in her community. people came out to pray for her and her family today at a mass at the blessed sacrament school this afternoon.
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she played organ during sunday mass at the church and a music teacher at the school. >> ruth ann was the gentlest, kindest, most peaceful person you would ever want to meet and to think she had such violence, it's very hard. she was a wonderful, wonderful woman full of music, full of life. >> ruth ann lodato also taught piano lessons to several children in her neighborhood.  today her family issued a statement asking for privacy during this investigation. virginia state police now charged three people in connection with the death of wadesboro police reserve captain kevin quick. anthony stokes junior, halisi uhuru and lesli castelow. kevin quick vanished last friday. his stolen suv was recovered monday in louisa county. tuesday night state police arrested two other people they say stole his suv. tonight we have learned
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police spent seven hours searching northern virginia for a murder suspect and finally found him hiding last night in the basement of a home in prince william county. two men living in that home managed to run outside and call police. investigators say earl patrick mitchell had a loaded gun but was arrested without a fight. he is wanted for a murder in pennsylvania. a manassas city police officer tried to pull him over yesterday afternoon and after a brief chase, mitchell bailed out of the car and ran. a man convicted of killing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son was sentenced to prison today for 20 years. peter hendi pled guilty to second-degree murder after punching that boy several times. bumps in the road, case dismissed, new charges filed and can you hear me now? tonight's look at news where you live begins in the state of maryland. >> i'm scott broom in baltimore where today maryland prison officials revealed one way they aim to reduce the number of cell phones smuggled into prison. the phones have been used by gangs to do everything from ordering hits on witnesses to
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running drug con spurs on the -- conspiracies on the inside and out. today governor governor o'malley visited the baltimore city detention center where there's been a leadership overhaul in the latest scandal. the latest reform unveiled today an electronic system that intercepts cell phone signals and renders the phones useless for anything other than a 911 call. >> our actions to make sure detainees don't have access to cell phones is one aspect of what we are doing to make our facilities more secure. >> reporter: in baltimore, scott broom, wusa9. and former d.c. council member michael brown facing new allegations of campaign finance violations and a longer prison term. brown pleaded guilty last june to accepting tens of thousands of dollars from undercover fbi agents who are opposing his businessmen from maryland. today federal prosecutors filed an amended plea deal that says brown accepted secret campaign dough during his 2008 race for
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an at large council seat and the new deal calls for a tougher sentence of up to 43 months. and the federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit that accused d.c. council member jim graham of illegally medaling in a land deal around a metro station. a developer had alleged that graham interfered in his plan to build homes and shops on land owned by metro in the shaw neighborhood. but the judge ruled that graham is immune from legal action because he was acting in his official capacity as a member of the metro board. and our pothole patrol took us down to arlington today. we wanted to see how the county was doing filling up the potholes once they have been reported by you. our debra alfarone filed a report about north harrison street after one viewer named ken madden told us about the conditions there but today the county told us its reporting system is so new that that report didn't take. and now it says it's going to take between five and seven business days to get the potholes filled in so we are going to keep on checking. we all know commuting in the d.c. area can be stressful. so we decided to do a little
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research of our own to see just what kind of toll it's taken on our health. >> i don't even know where these people live. it baffles me a little bit. >> i thought that myself oftentimes. hawkins agreed to be our test case and wear an ekg monitor and a blood pressure cuff during his 50 minute commute to work. it was a rainy day and within two minutes of the drive he ran into heavy traffic. the monitors he was wearing showed his heart rate increased at times to hypertensive levels. >> there are things we need to know about as far as the effects of stress or driving and your physical health but we do know that there clearly seem to be changes already that we can extrapolate could potentially affect your health. >> and experts do say they need a lot more to establish a solid link between traffic problems and overall stress but if you have frustrations with your commute, how about telling us about them, log onto tell k!
7:07 pm to let us know your pet peeve. a patch could be the answer to people with a severe allergy and the president comes to maryland to try to make a point. those are both part of your world in 90 seconds. the economy added only 113,000 jobs in january, much less than the 170,000 some analysts expected. still the unemployment rate fell to a more than five-year low of 6.6%. after years of congressional gridlock over the farm bill, president obama signed it into law in michigan friday. the bill cuts $800 million a year from the food stamp program and replaces billions in direct payments to farmers with expanded access to insurance. doctors declared dead. >> so much liquid caused her brain to swell. >> a form of punishment her father and wife chose after alexa was caught taking mary vaughn's grape soda. face first-degree murder charges for the death of their
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own daughter. 8-year-old has a peanut allergy. if he touches peanuts he could die. joshua's mother enrolled him in a study testing a new patch. researchers want to know if repeated exposure to peanuts can be sense -- can desensitize children. train crossed over the highway. the empty cars shook violently and then this truck hurried backwards as a wheel set chases after him. john higby felt the wreck happen. this has been the greatest 22 years of my life. >> leno made it clear it's over. >> i am so glad i got to be a part of it but it really is time to go. >> it wouldn't be "the tonight show" without an opening monologue. >> when i started hosting, marijuana was illegal and you could smoke cigarettes anyplace ou wanted. a father's plea to a social media mogul we viral and got results. we are going to show you what happened. and the winter olympics are officially underway, but they are happening 15 hours ahead
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the opening ceremonies for this year's winter olympics are finally in the books but of course that's sochi time and they will not be broadcast here in our area for a little while yet. so as the games really hit full swing, we want to make a promise to you, we will be bringing you results but we don't want to spoil anything for you if you were waiting for an event to be broadcast. so before we tell you the results, you're going to hear this, take a listen. >> okay. that's your cue to take a break for a moment. if we post reports on facebook, you will not find out the winners unless you click on the story but on twitter all bets are off as we post results as they happen throughout the day and a lot of folks are doing that, so just want to stay off twitter, i guess. >> if spontaneity is important. >> that's right. a google doodle creating controversy in russia.
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google declined to comment on it saying it wanted the illustration to speak for itself. you can see athletes in the google doodle depicted against a rainbow flag image and a quote from the olympic charter that reads the practice of sport is a human right, every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport without discrimination of any kind and in the olympic spirit which requires mutual understanding where the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. russian president vladimir putin says -- not the debate over gay rights and the country's laws. a cell phone, a video and a father's pain and now they are all coming together to change the way the social network responds when we lose someone we love. >> you ever do something crazy because you don't know what to do anymore? that's what i'm doing right now. >> it all began when john berlin posted his emotional message to the facebook founder on youtube. >> well, my son passed away january 28th, 2012, and we
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can't access his facebook account. all we want to do is see his movie, that's it. >> he's talking about those videos facebook was generating earlier this week as it celebrated one decade online. you see his son jesse died in his sleep at the age of 21. >> and i want every piece of him i can get. and even though i have seen probably all the pictures, it didn't matter to me. >> jesse was an aspiring musician and two years later his parents still don't know why he died. john berlin's plea to mark zuckerberg went viral with more than a million views and that's when someone from facebook called him and said they would give the berlins access to jesse's account so they could generate a video of their own. >> it brings just a little bit more closure to us. we want a little piece of everything when he accessed his account, the most popular post, just little things like that would just mean a lot to us.
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>> and that facebook representative also told the berlins the company is considering changing its policy and making it easier for families to access the profiles of loved ones who died. he says he wasn't trying to change anything. he wanted to see that 62-second video of his son. and we are back in 2 1/2 minutes with a
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you have time to shop for car insurance today? yeah. i heard about progressive's "name your price" tool? i guess you can tell them how much you want to pay and it gives you a range of options to choose from. huh? i'm looking at it right now. oh, yeah? yeah. what's the... guest room situation? the "name your price" tool, making the world a little more progressive. clever paint work in honolulu has city officials down there a little bit teed off. somebody painted the word aloha
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over some crosswalks. you see how they did that? it's slick, right? people in the area say they don't mind but city officials say it's vandalism and it's going to cost us $2000 to fix each of those crosswalks and we don't dig it. >> to make it look pretty. even when it's cold outside, a beautiful day like this could have you just sort of staring out the window going, ah, for warmer days, right? a new study out of harvard finds we tend to be more productive at our jobs when the weather outside is frightful. see these researchers think that because you tend to spend less time thinking about the other cool stuff you could be doing outside like you know how you ask your teacher, can we have class outside today? can we, can we? well, no, you cannot. >> plus, you're planning on what you are going to do when you can't go outside. >> and you're not getting any work done. >> the exception is when i was in third grade and it was snowing outside and i was a little distracted because i love snow -- >> even back then? >> my third grade teacher, who
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will remain famous. >> tell us who she was? >> mrs. richardson. she pulled the blinds and closed them so i couldn't see anything. >> evil mrs. richardson. >> she was not my favorite, i wasn't her favorite either. >> these days she probably would have been fired. >> right? >> would not have been fired for closing the blinds. she would have been fired for pulling my hair. >> she pulled your hair? >> yeah. >> you probably deserved it, topper. >> sometimes i did, sometimes i didn't. >> i'm sure did you. >> that wouldn't fly now. >> you do this and you get in trouble. >> 1492. take a live lo outside, it is our live weather cam. high temperature 44 today, that's pretty much average. we are down to 39, relative humidity 49% and winds are north-northwesat 12 but not really a factor. satellite picture and the radar combined, we will zoom out to california, they need the rain and they are going to get a bunch of rain the next several days and these little disturbances are going to work their way across the country and get in the flow and
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eventually affect our weather, almost daily really. this system is going to essentially pass to our south, although if you look at the radar trend, looks like it's going further north to me. we will update that for you tonight at 11:00. we will have new information in. in the meantime just high and midlevel clouds moving back in tonight. here's a look at radar and you can see the snow is pretty far north through little rock, almost all of arkansas is getting snow. snow breaking out around memphis and this is going to go south of us but we will watch the radar trends and see how far north it gets. temperatures are cold if you're headed out but quiet, 30 in white oak, 33 in vary fax -- fairfax, 36 in old town and 35 in waldorf. cold again tonight but dry. mainly afternoon or evening light snow tomorrow, no problems, we see an inch, it will be a miracle. afternoon snow showers possible sunday but a better chance of snow on sunday night and into monday morning. that's probably the best chance of any accumulating snow in the metro area. so we got temps around 30 to start, 32 by 11:00 and 33 by
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1:00 p.m. we should see flakes by 1:00 p.m. i think. next three days there are your snow showers late sunday, better chance sunday night into monday morning, cold on monday, only about 34 for a high. next seven days, tuesday we are cold, quiet, and then we are quiet on wednesday, perhaps another snow or rain event on thursday, mid-30s and then mid- 30s again
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and when courtney is sick and e cold in her own home... it just breaks her mother's heart. courtney is winning her fight with leukemia, but her mother had to quit working, and the heating bills just keep piling up. my little pal, dylan, continues his fight against cancer, while his dad works two jobs to keep food in the fridge and oil in the tank. lyndsay's mother still struggles to keep the heat on, ...even though lindsay, thank goodness, is in remission. citgo petroleum, the people of venezuela and president maduro are once again the only oil company, and the only country, to answer our call to provide heating assistance to the poor. they make it possible for non-profit citizens energy to deliver millions of gallons of heating oil to families in need.
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i'm joe kennedy. if you need help, call me at 1-877-joe-4-oil. because no one should be left out in the cold.
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