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>> we're waking up to another frigid and blustery morning. how many more are in or near future? the forecast as we continue. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> i am lisa robinson. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. perhaps parents should drive their children to school today. >> if you stay out of the wind, it is not terrible. the wind is causing the problem. the actual temperature is in the 20's. it is december. not a big dog. 27 is close to the average low -- not a big deal. with a wind chill of 14 degrees. that is what you want to dress for this morning. low to mid teens.
will be breezy and ld day. we expect a high temperature near 38 degrees. we come back and check the seven-day forecast and see what is on tap for the rest of the week. first we say good morning to kim dacey. >> we have some wind warnings on those. bridges because of the blustery conditions out there. use extra caution. in mount vernon, charles street is closed between monument and reed street. st. paul, those roads in that area are also seeing some closures because of that big closure. george lettuce will of more on that appeared the fire from yesterday still has baltimore street shut down between d street and lasalle street -- george lettis. watch out for that -- and south street. a live look at outside at the beltway on the topside at the harrisburg expressway, exit 24.
the inner and outer lips are moving just fine. 95 at the toll plaza, southbound traffic is a heavier as expected but no delays yet. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back over to you. good morning. >> a cold night keeps baltimore firefighters very busy. there was a fire in the heart of the baltimore block. then a fire broke out in mount vernon. we begin with george lettis who is live along the charles street. good morning. >> this fire just keeps burning dirt is an office building on north charles street, 100 yards from the washington monument. has been burning since 1:30 this morning. kevin car wreck joins us this morning. thanks for joining us. give us some of the factors as to why this fire keeps burning.
>> our units responded to this location for a building fire. the fire spread throughout the structure. right now we still have a heavy wind gusts that come through to fuel this fire and allow it to burn this intensively. we have positions ladders on all sides of the buildings to douse the frames -- the flames with water. >> this was an office building and nobody was inside. one is donna's café. the flames just keep coming back. this is the second five-alarm fire in as many days. >> i cannot think of a time in
which the fire department has battled two five-alarm fires within 24 hours. we encouraged our firefighters who have to work in these conditions. the elements are not kind to us. temperatures are low. the wind gusts is coming through. it is a challenge. we commend them for their tenacity and hard work in battling a fire like this. >> thank you. we should tell you there were no serious injuries because it was after hours. despite the freezing temperatures, the department is still able to get good water on top of this fire. george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> that was not the only fire
keeping firefighters busy. firefighters were sent to the heart of the historic baltimore block. it was a chaotic scene. it severely damaged several buildings. kerry cavanaugh has more. >> it was crazy. i did not think it will turn into something like a did. >> within minutes, it was in flames. >> the flames were coming out the roof. you could not see through any of it. >> it was chaos. it was chaos. >> smoke and flame came not from the block, casting a black plume over downtown baltimore. this was near gayety show world. >> there was a bunch of girls running outside getting dressed. we saw all these people evacuate the building. >> firefighters attacked the
building from all angles. the blaze went five alarms as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain the flames. many businesses on the block don't have sprinkler systems to slow down the flames fueled by high winds. >> beer old buildings ang baltimore street and the pose a significant -- they are old building's old baltimore street and the pose a significant risk. >> crews worked for more than three hours to bring the fire under control. they succeeded in limiting the flames on east baltimore street where three adjoining businesses were damaged. >> it looks like a lot of businesses were hurt. >> it is a significant fire. that block -- you know that block, a significant potential for a larger fire. we have a large fire. it could have been much worse
the court that was evident to all markers on the ground who were taken back by the thick black smoke. >> there are no reports of any injuries. we received dozens of amazing pictures and videos from our viewers. this picture was sent in on our website. here is another shot of those huge plumes of smoke. it is rolling towards south street as dozens of people stopped to watch the action care if you have videos or pictures, you can apply them to u local at wbaltv.com. there was a two-alarm blaze in cockeysville. firefighters heard the page and rushed to get people out of the building. >> i just told them to get out because the place is on fire. most people did not hesitate.
they just left. there's a lot of smoke in the hallway. >> the displaced families or set up on an mta bus to stay warm. the call to the fight -- the cause of the fire is still under investigation to >> some might say the upcoming generation might need a lesson in matters. some are questioning if that is the best use of class time. one class says it is mandatory that all seventh graders take a course on etiquette. proponents say it teaches valuable life lessons. others say schools should be for more critical lessons like reading, writing, and arithmetic. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. how do you feel about students being required to take a year- long course in good manners? e-mail your response to email@example.com. again, that is firstname.lastname@example.org. >> 26 degrees on tv hill. coming up, the morning's
financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> grim news for the life of john edwards. we'll have the latest on elizabeth edwards' courageous battle against cancer. >> we are live at the hampton mentioned this morning in towson tell you about holidays at the hampton this year. it all kicks off on friday. >> we have some fire-related road closures in the downtown area. we'll give the live look at saw
>> a very good tuesday morning to you. 29 downtown. wind chill is in some locations in the teens this morning with blustery conditions outside. the cold trend is continuing today. we're inside the warmth of the hampton mansion. 5,000 acres at one time. now it is 63 acres. it is in all of its glory. angela is here with us. you are a ranger here. a lot of authenticity here. >> what is so special about the hampton historic site, it is rare to go into a historic home and most of what you see here is authentic. we have original furniture, artwork. it is a wonderful place. we're right down the street from towson mall. >> i never knew it was here. on friday, it takes off.
there will be a candlelight tours. it is all free. it is a weekend-long yvette. >> free carriage rides. -- is a weekend-long defense. children of all ages from eight months to 80 years of age. come on down. you can walk about the mansion. it is a wonderful -- something forever went. >> and you will come away learning something. it is wonderful. holidays at the hampton. let's look at snow on hd doppler, in the mountains of western maryland. for us, maybe a flurry or two. no big deal. you'll feel the cold and the wind today. back to you. now i can hear you. >> if you're right history buff, there are a lot jams -- gems in
maryland and that is one of them. >> that is great. we have authentic presents. they have the families who lived here. a very wide variety of history. >> excellent. cool stuff. thank you. we'll talk to in the next half- hour. the wind chills is the big story. the actual temperatures and you say it is not that bad, 29 downtown 327 at the airport. we have wind gusts up to 25 and 30 miiles per hour and is producing wind chill is in the lower ends of the teens. the wind chill at the airport is 14. when chills are running in the single digits in far western maryland. it is ' -- wind chills are running in the single digits in far western maryland.
it is a blustery. don't be surprised if you see some snow flurries around. we have the exact same weather set up. low pressure stalled in new england. we have the flow coming down from canada producing cold conditions. that will stick around for the next 24 hours. windy and cold with a chance for snow flurries. high temperature in the upper 30's. will feel colder than that because of the wind. -- it will feel colder than that. the wind should diminish a little bit wednesday and thursday. it will still be chilly. it will fill better without the wind. 40 on wednesday. -- it will feel better without the wind. a more significant storm will be coming in over the weekend. it will be mostly rain but the could be some rain mixed in on sunday. windy and cold on monday with a high of only 35.
let's see what is happening on the roads. >> we do have some wind warnings on the area bridges. use extra caution. we also have a situation in mount vernon. charles street is closed because of the huge fire. some closures in that same area on madison and st. paul. that is an area you might want to avoid this morning. some closures still remaining from the fire yesterday. baltimore street is closed between south and gay street. watch out for that. major roadways are checking out ok. 11 minutes of the outer loop west side and topside. we're looking good on the major roadways. mrs. old court road on the northwest corner of the beltway. this is 95 at the fort mchenry toll plaza. north and southbound moving well.
that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> the supreme court will review the largest employment discrimination lawsuit in history. this was brought against walmart the claims they paid winds less than men and does not promote them as often. the suit could involve back pay of billions of dollars for up to 1.5 million women. the ninth circuit has ruled three times that the suit could go to trial. the medical condition of elizabeth edwards has taken a turn for the worse. she has been told that further treatment for the breast cancer and she has battled would be unproductive. mrs. edwards has been a champion of reform the nation's health- care system for greater access for all americans. she is said to be receiving a hospice care. sarah morris will be held at pearl harbor to remember a day
that will live in infamy -- ceremonies will be held at pearl harbor to remember a day that will live in infamy. 2400 americans were killed. the attack once america's entrance into world war ii. >> drivers are paying more for gas even as they are shopping for things to put under the christmas tree. the national average for a gallon of gas is now $2.95. the national average could hit $3 or more by the end of the year if oil prices don't go down. looking for alternative for gas- powered vehicles, you can give a spin. some of the cars were showed off in new york city starting next week. consumers cannot or the nissan
-- consumers can opt for a toyota prius or, in the future, a nissan leaf. jane king has the bloomberg business report. >> the unemployment rate for maryland may be better by the national picture, 7% for october. the outlook for the labor market looks better going into next year. fewer employers plan to cut their head count. they plan to boost hiring. there could be an increase in leisure and hospitality. the hotel business is big in maryland. a mixed close for stocks yesterday. ben bernanke said the economy may need more stimulus. hollywood is playing the grinch
that stole christmas. there are barely any christmas- related movies heading to movies -- heading to theaters. a family-friendly films are still big. i'm jane king bloomberg news reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> a new study finds cat scans are much better than x-rays when it comes to the early detection of lung cancer. the study looked at 53,000 smokers and ex-smokers. doctors looked at what appeared to be clean x-ray, only to find a different image on the cat scan. >> this is a normal chest x-ray. i would look at that and say this looks great. that is not something that should be there. a small one. stage 1-a. this1
>> so the cats can probably saved his life. >> it probably did. -- so the cat scan probably saved his life. >> you can see the complete interview on wbaltv.com. just click on medical alert. another check on the weather and traffic straight ahead. >> a costly loss for the ravens on sunday night. we have more on a new sign for the orioles. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers.
>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. that fire in mount vernon has shut down charles street. there are also closures on madison and st. paul. ltimore street is still close because of a fired yesterday. holliday and commerce street are also close. watch out for those. major roadways are checking out ok. 66 on the harrisburg expressway. 63 on the topside of the beltway. things are looking good. this is a live look at the northwest corner of the beltway
this is a 95 at 395. traffic moving freely in and out of the city. we have some wind warnings on those bridges. >> the winds are gusting up to 35 miles per hour. that is producing wind chills in the teens. this is what it feels like. 14 at the airport. 11 in hagerstown. wind chill is already single digits in western maryland. a breezy in cold day today. maybe some snow flurries again. no accumulation. a high of 38. it is time for sports. here is pete. >> a costly defeat for the ravens. linebacker jameel mcclain was fined for his hit on keith miller.
another incredible physical condition of the ravens and steelers. joe flacco and anquan boldin connecting for the seventh time this season. seven seconds to throw the ball. mental mistakes were littered throughout the ravens' demise, allowing troy polamalu to do that. it is disappointing. >> i was proud of the fans. for fans to come out and drive to the stadium and the way they were dressed, and as cold as it was an with the enthusiasm in the stadium and with how much the matter, that is something you feel good about. i fill ballot that would let them down. >> high honors for pat id gillick. he has been elected to the hall
of fame. the orioles acquired mark reynolds from arizona in exchange for david hernandez and kam mickolio. reynolds brings power and strikeouts. more than 27 home runs for each of the past three seasons. the new england patriots and new york jets, both 9-2. 45-3 new england. >> embarrassing. >> i wonder if anybody stayed up for the whole game. >> i did. i had to talk about it. >> much more to come in our next half-hour. >> contain the coverage of another fire in baltimore city. this time in mount vernon. >> the president and republicans
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning and welcome back. i'm lisa robinson. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. bundle up. >> it is a windy and cold start for us. the wind chills are in the teens. that is what you want to dress corporate windy and cold with a high temperature mere 38. there is a chance for some snow flurries. some snow flurries are possible around baltimore. we will check the seven-day forecast in about five minutes. >> thank you. an historic night for baltimore city firefighters. they were called to battle two five-alarm fires in the space of 24 hours. >> one happened along the
baltimore block. firefighters are still working to contain the fire that is consuming a four-story building in mount vernon. george lettis is live at the start with that story. >> what a busy 12 hours or so for baltimore city firefighters prefers the fire on the block yesterday. then another five-alarm fire in mount vernon. it is an office broglie -- an office building that continues to burn. flames started shooting through the roof at about 1:30 this morning. the high winds has not helped. the office -- the building has office space and two restaurants on the first floor. nobody was inside at the time and so nobody was seriously hurt. >> our fire fighters have been trying to bring this fire under control. it has been stubborn. the fire is burning through the roof.
with ladders on all four sides of the building. we're looking to douse the fire with water to bring it under control. >> this is a live look right now. there is more smoke than flame spirit is hard to tell when it will get under control. ec flames shoot up. firefighters are working hard to get things under control -- you see flames shoot up. firefighters first went inside to attack it and the flames intensified. they have to evacuate the building and attacking from the air. nobody was seriously hurt. the fire has been burning for roughly five hours now. things may affect your morning commute. we are live in non-farm. george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> still no word of what may cost a fire at an adult book shop. the first signs of smoke and
flames appeared at 4:00 p.m. on east baltimore street. witnesses described the scene as complete chaos. firefighters frantically worked to put out the flames. >> you could feel it and smell it going through the hallways and various offices. >> there were pretty much as naked as could be. girls are running with things jiggling and they were running to get dressed. some had their clothes in their hands, naked, trying to put their clothes on. it was chaos. >> fire officials called the largest downtown far in at least a decade. nobody was injured. if you have pictures of breaking and yound them to lesus
can share them with your fellow viewers. upload them to the u local page on our website, wbaltv.com. >> president obama reached a compromise with republicans to extend the bush-era tax cuts and jobless benefits. he still has to sell it to members of his own party. kate amara has the story. >> the president called this plan and essential step on the road to recovery. its next step is to get fellow republicans on board. president barack obama has reached a tentative deal with republicans on the fate of the bush-era tax cuts. >> i believe this bipartisan plan is the right thing to do. it's the right thing to do for jobs, it's the right thing to do for the middle class, it's the right thing to do for business, and it's the right thing to do for our economy. >> the agreement would extend tax cuts across the board for the next two years. long-term unemployment benefits will be extended for another 13 months. and there is a 2% payroll tax deduction for workers next year.
>> the tax cut that ecnomomists across the political spectrum agree is one of the most powerful things we can do to create jobs and boost economic growth. >> the president must now sell the deal to members of his own party. and some democrats think he conceded too much. >> i think it's terrible we're not -- basically limiting the tax cuts to those who really need it. that is the sad part. >> we have to get the agreement for the sake of the american people. >> i am not at all happy with this. i want to see all the details before i make any kind of commitment. >> republican leaders reacted positively. in a statement, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said -- "i am optimistic that democrats in congress will show the same openness to preventing tax hikes the administration has already shown." today, the vice president will be on capitol hill meeting with senate democrats, hoping to sell them on the proposal. live in washington, i am kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> despite a meeting, stakeholders in maryland's horse racing have not been able to come up with an agreement to
save the industry. yesterday's meeting came at the request of the governor to see if there would be a chance to get an agreement that will work for all parties, saving thousands of jobs and the tradition of the preakness. >> how was the practice say if there is erasing? >> the governor is making sure to make sure it is safe and making sure that people have a good faith interest in preserving it. >> there is nothing resolved. that is what i'm trying to square. you have been talking for three hours and i was hoping there could be something you would share, maybe some things -- >> no conclusions. >> more meetings are scheduled in the climcoming days. revenues from the hollywood casino declined slightly in november. it generated $7.6 million last month.
that is slightly lower than it did in october. the casino has collected $21 million since its september opening. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. some updated road closures in the area of mount vernon. charles street is closed between center street reed street. cathedral is closed. baltimore street is to close between south and gay street. holliday and commerce street will remain closed for most of the day. watch out for that. we're seeing wind warnings on the key bridge and other bridges. watch out for that. this is the northwest corner of the beltway. a bit of a delay from 795 down to liberty.
switching over to 95 at 395. traffic moving just fine in and out of the city. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. nellie head out 2 sandra shaw -- now we head out to sandra shaw who is live at the hampton mansion. >> the celebration for holidays at the hampton kicks off on friday. there are candlelight tours. everything is free. carriage rides. we're in the drawing room. the caller is quite vivid. the toys are authentic. -- the color is quite vivid. >> these toys represent the toys that were given by the ridgely to the children. the plight of the enslaved workers. you'll get that this weekend with all of those free events you were talking about.
the african american storytelling. musical performances in the mansion. you can walk throughout the mansion and walked down to the farmhouse at. >> let's look at the seven-day forecast. you want to be inside someplace like the hampton mansion because it will be frigid for the next couple of days. in rebound into the 40's for the next couple of days. maybe some wintry mixed precipitation for the front forecast and then again on sunday. that is it for now. >> i am sure she is glad she is unsigned. 26 degrees on tv hill. despite the way they look here, these guys are excited about what they are going to do. we will study what is at stake as we continue. >> that is the excitement. we are still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. how do you feel about students being required to take a year- long course in good manners? e-mail your response to email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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n't you? >> now to the united states. these three men of the last contestants sitting in the 24 marathon fan fast. it started on thursday with more than 100 fans watching each and every season of "24." the tried to win the $10,000 grand prize. the final three refused to give in. the ay all won the prize. >> i have seen people looked like that after just a few hours. >> 6:42. coming up, a look at the morning headlines. >> i have seen that look after the weathercaster is so cold outside. breezy. wind chill is are running in the teens. we will check the seven-day forecast in just a few minutes.
>> welcome back. in the headlines, still no word on what day of sparked yesterday's fire at an adult bookstore along the block. it started at 4:00 p.m. yesterday at the gayety bookstore. firefighters called it the largest downtown fire it at least a decade. the search continues for a suspect in connection with a stabbing in colombia. the man was attacked monday morning in the parking lot of the complex -- of a parking complex. the man was rushed to shock trauma where he remains in critical condition. there are many who would say the
upcoming generation needs a lesson in a good manners. one at new york school system is taking that suggestion to heart. the school system has made it mandatory that all seventh graders take a course on etiquette, teaching students everything from table manners to appropriate cell phone etiquette. others say the school should be for more critical lessons like reading, writing, and arithmetic. >> that brings us to your answers to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- how do you feel about students being required to take a year-long course in good manners?
>> we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. the fire in mount vernon is causing some problems on the roads. charles street is closed. we're still seeing some closures. madison, cathedral -- in areas you might want to avoid.
baltimore street remains close between south and gay street. again, be aware as you head out the door. we are seeing a bit of a slow down on 95 just south of the beltway all the way down to 895. looking okay at 50 on the topside. this is a live look outside as the west side of the beltway at liberty road. a bit of a slow down from 75 to liberty. we're looking good here. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. now we head back out to sandra shaw who is live in towson at the hampton mansion. >> this mansion is unbelievable. this is open to the public and takes place this weekend. this is a great example of how to decorate for the holidays. look at the vivid color.
tells what the drawing room is. >> after donnie, the women would come near -- after a dining, the women would come near to socialize, reid, a drink beverages, and play games. >> it looks like a ladies room. it looks gorgeous. we talked about the toys earlier. there are a lot of hands-on things. you can make christmas cards. >> the children will be able to make period activities. making cards, wreaths made out of fruit. we are going to have an address in period clothing and pretend you are in a painting. you will be able to make your own frame me out of gold. >> that sounds fabulous. it is free and open to the public on friday, saturday, and sunday. we have mentioned the tip of
the iceberg, including the candlelight tours. check out this weekend, holidays at the hampton. nothing happening over baltimore. there is some snow activity and is filtering into western pennsylvania and western maryland. it is time for you, tony. >> i did not know what a drawing room was. kind of like a victorian version of a ladies' man gave. >> a ladies socializing man cave. but a little nicer than that. >> i am sure is decorated much nicer. one of the hidden gems there in tysons. -- in towson. pay no attention to these temperatures. it's 29 downtown. this is what you want to dress for. the wind chill in westminster is 14. 11 in hagerstown. 14 at the airport. a blustery, cold start for us on
this tuesday morning. the lake effect snow machines are still going. they picked up close to two feet of snow and garrett county. great news for the ski resorts. some flurries will make it over the ridge tops to baltimore, but we don't expect any accumulation around here. high pressure is to the west. north wind coming down from canada and pumping in the arctic air. that situation will stay with us until the middle of the week. windy and cold today with a chance for snow showers and forest and a mixture of sunshine and clouds. high temperature in the upper 30's. it will feel much colder than that. the temperatures drop back into the 20's tonight. sunset the seeming at 4:43. the wind will diminish wednesday and thursday. it will still be chilly. we will lose the wind. it will feel better. maybe some light rain or snow
showers on friday. a more significant storm looks like it will comment towards the tail end of the weekend. a mix of rain and snow with a high temperature of 42. breezy and called again monday next week with a high of 0835. old man winter will stick around. >> breaking news downtown as fire crews battled their second five-alarm fire in under 24 hours. george lettis joins us live from now on foreign with that story. >> authorities cannot remember battling two five-alarm fires in the span of two days. this started about 1:30 this morning. it is an office building with two restaurant on the first floor. one is the popular donna's café. about 100 yards north of the washington monument.
kevin cartwright tells us that nobody was inside at the time of the fire, so nobody was seriously hurt. this is still a very active scene. firefighters are trying to get as much water on top of the roof as possible. it appears things may be closer to getting under control. we see a lot more smoke and a lot less of fire. this will be an active cnet for several hours here in mount vernon. george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. 26 degrees on tv hill. >> we will come back and check the weather and traffic together before you head out to start your day.
>> another fire in the downtown area causing problems. >> avoid charles street. is closed between center and eager street. st. paul is back (st. -- baltimore street is back open. frederick st. is seeing some closures. there is an accident near rolling road. a crash on eastern avenue and 54th street. pulaski highway. we're seeing some delays on the topside. this is a live look outside on the west side near liberty. >> it will take a while to get around. >> windy and walled -- windy and cold. wind chill spa running in the teens. a chance for stouffer is today. tune to am 1090 to hear traffic and weather together on the fives.