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officers i've spoken to. and we have some breaking news. the police said they were going to go ahead and take two weeks to complete their investigation into the death of freddie gray. they gave themselves a deadline of this friday. we now know that the current plan is not to release the results of that investigation publicly but to hand them over to the state's attorney for a decision upon whether or not anyone will be charged. this news coming as we said as the city moves back to normalcy. baltimore's inner harbor glistens, as always. people stroll and jog. but it's under the watchful eye of national guard soldiers dressed for combat. they stand guard, too, at mondawmin mall, the place the rioting started on monday. this intimidating site greeting douglas high students at dismissal time. today, nobody throws a single rock. >> get baltimore back together. that's all. that's all we can do. brad: james gray stands among those gathered at north avenue where the looting and arson started on monday. last night, police used smoke canisters to help disperse the crowd here as the 10:00 p.m.
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curfew kicked in. today, for a second day, it is peaceful but many describe the tension as simmering. >> this is about being oppressed for hundreds of years. >> is it over? no. brad: this loud but peaceful protest organized by ministers who hope to refocus attention on the death of 25-year-old freddie gray. >> the public wants justice and the public desires and wants that justice right now. brad: he wants the state's attorney to charge the officers who handled gray during his april 12th arrest. gray died a week later. the police report is due friday. many fearing what happens if officers are not found liable. >> it's going to start over. they're going to tear this city up. brad: well back live now. we said no protesters and as we said a group of young people arriveed with their fists clinched up in the air. now, what we understand is going on with regard to that investigation is that the medical examiner has not yet
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completed a final report. that's not expected to happen until late tomorrow, perhaps, early friday. in baltimore, brad bell, abc 7 news. leon: thank you, brad. demonstrations over the death of freddie gray has spread to other cities as well. they are going to vernon square for two hours for a rally and march to the white house. last night, two people were shot during protests in ferguson missouri and today, the new u.s. attorney general called for calm. >> these senseless acts of violence are not only a grave danger to the community and they must stop but they are also counterproductive to the ultimate goal here which is developing a respectable conversation within the baltimore community and across the nation about the way our law enforcement officers interact with the residents that we are charged to serve and to protect. leon: there was scrutiny on those with that charge in baltimore for many quarters. maryland's attorney general is investigating the baltimore
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police department's actions in freddie gray's death. alison? alison: this week's violence, of course, led to an historic day at camden yard as a baseball game was being played without any fans. this is what it looked like there as the orioles took to the field against the white sox without anyone in the stands. horace holmes was among the media inside the ballpark when the game started. hi, horace. horace: hi alison. members of the press were the only ones allowed to watch the game and we were confined to the press box. so nobody in the stands. but even though the fans weren't allowed through those gates today, it didn't stop them from coming out. the gates at camden yards remained locked tight all afternoon. >> super weird. like being locked out of my house. it's crazy. horace: the fans kept on the outside while baseball was played inside. >> i think they should have right invited some of the kids that they call thugs down here to watch the game. it would have been a great moment for community to come together. horace: it would be a strange arch afternoon for all the
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chicago white sox and baltimore orioles. >> it will be different. i can't say that it's just another game. horace: these two teams did something no other major league baseball teams have ever done before. play a major league baseball game before no fans. >> it's a smart move. you don't need, don't want to risk it. want to make sure the whole situation is calm first. horace: the city officials, orioles and major league baseball thought this was the best thing to do. >> it's nice to have this going on though it means there's some kind of normality coming back to the city. horace: the fans still turned out watching from high rise buildings from across the street or peering through the gates. a show of support a show of pride for their baseball team and their hometown during these troubled days. in essence, a week of scheduled games were either postponed or rescheduled. >> we'll be at least 90% down in our weekly sales based on what we had projected. horace: a big hit for the businesses around camden yards but everyone agrees it's really a small price to pay for peace.
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and these gates here on ewtah street and all around camden yards will remain closed at least through the weekend, the games that were scheduled between the rays and the orioles this week end have been moved to tampa bay. when the orioles do come back, everybody is hoping they will be allowed in and they will be coming back to a much different baltimore. reporting live from baltimore, horace hole lz abc 7 news. leon: all right. you got it, horace. with all the attention on the protests and riots in baltimore, abc 7 is trying to learn more about the man at the heart of the issue, freddie gray. he died a week and a half ago. joce sterman picks up the team coverage tonight with a look at what we've learned about that man today. joce? joce: what we learned through these court documents is putting to rest social media chatter and rumors that gray recently got a hefty settlement for a spinal injury following a car accident right before his death. that's just not true according to what's in these papers. the "7 on your side" i-team has learned gray and his sister did
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recently cash in a settlement but court records we picked up in howard county maryland show it was related to a lead paint case where the grays claim they were injured through exposure to lead in a house they lived in in baltimore as kids. the records show gray got a settlement for more than $100,000 that would have been paid out over 15 years. but freddie and his sister opted to take a lump sum walking away with $18,000. that's money gray said in documents would be used to pay his bills and pay bills that backed up. baltimore's mayor today was quick to shut down speculation that has been spreading about gray before his death. >> i don't need to speculate, you know we saw what happened when people speculate about you know, did he have a criminal history? did he have this? i'm not going to be a part of that. what i will -- what my commitment is to find answers to what happened to mr. gray while he was in our custody. i'll let anybody else speculate on anything else they want to do.
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joce: and other records for that same settlement say gray hoped to use the money that he got to buy a reliable vehicle. something he believes would impact his ability to find solid employment. joce sterman, abc 7 news. leon: thank you. weeks before his death, harvard university asked 3,000 people between the ages of 18 and 29 if they believe in the criminal justice system. just about half said that they don't. in fact, 49% say they have little to no confidence in the judicial system. and when you break that down along racial lines, it works out to be 66% of blacks. 43% of whites and 53% of hispanic milennials many we'll take a look at what the protest could mean for the economy in baltimore. and at 5:45 we'll look at what people think needs to happen across that city to give parts of it a fresh start. alison? alison: leon tonight, we are following developments on the hill as well after that gyrocopter landed on the west
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lawn of the capitol two weeks ago now. well, today, at a house committee hearing, the head of the f.a.a. said the slow moving aircraft was indistinguishable from the flock of birds. a kite or even a balloon on radar. we're going to have more on that hearing coming up tonight at 6:00. leon: some people living near the marine base in quantico woke up to the sounds of explosions this morning. but the base says that's nothing to worry about, folks, the base is conducting munitions drills today and tomorrow. you can expect to hear those blasts once again. they'll happen tomorrow between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. we're halfway to the weekend and what feels like it's already been a long week. doug hill is standing by in the storm watch weather 7 center now for a look at what's expected for the rest of the week. doug? doug: after a beautiful day today still in progress we'll deal with clouds and rain chances the next couple of days and the weekend still looking mighty good. take a live look right now at the congressional country club in bethesda. 74 degrees. just a few clouds.
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we'll see more clouds move in tonight. that will help keep temperatures on the mild side. 72 now at reagan national. 73 at dulles and andrews. 73 degrees in baltimore as well. with clouds moving in tonight and light sotherly winds, we'll stay in the 50's overnight. there could be a stray shower in the overnight hours. all because of the developing storm system. there's actually a couple of disturbances that you see there on radar and satellite moving in the northeast. the net effect will be bringing moisture in from the atlantic ocean with cooler temperatures the next couple of days and some chances of rain but everything looks like it should move on out to sea for the weekend. so for tomorrow a bit cloudy day. 70 degrees. scattered showers and good chance of those. we'll talk more about the weekend weather possibilities coming up in a couple of minutes. alison: see you then. we have new information tonight about nearly three dozen houses that are threatened by the proposed expansion of interstate 66. those homes are in merrifield and dunn loring not far from the
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metro station. jeff goldberg is live in one of the neighborhoods to explain a possible deal? jeff? jeff: possibly, alison. you know this sound wall sits at the end of this cul-de-sac here in vienna. right behind it is i-66. it was only a year and a half ago but it could come down as a result of this expansion project and these homes could come down with it. however, vdot is saying changes to the original plan could be on the way. if there's reason for celebration on stenhouse place, carol hook doesn't see it. >> i would like to. but i'm not sure that i do. jeff: hook lives in one of five homes as they vdot moves forward with plans to expand 66. the agency announced it's working on changes that could spare the up to 35 homes threatened by the wrecking ball. but carol says this entire process hasn't given her much hope. >> because of the lack of cooperation we have gotten and the lack of being informed and
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the information coming out. jeff: the plan would add two hot lanes in each direction on the inside of 66 between the beltway and haymarket similar to the hot lanes currently operating on 495. it would require not only physically widening space in the area but also creating room for utilities, stormwater and sound walls all of which could impact home owners. >> this is really not transparent for me. and for all my neighbors. jeff: he has lived on sten house for six years. he's putting money into the home right now and doesn't want to lose it. >> it's everything. this is my first home and i was thinking to stay here in the nice area. i plan to stay here for a long time. jeff: i spoke with the vdot representative this afternoon. she tells me what vdot has been saying all along. they hear the concerns of the home owners and they're working on a solution. now, on may 12th we're going to get some details of this new updated proposed plan and see how many homes could be spared. live in vienna, jeff goldberg, abc 7 news.
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leon: coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00, the pope delves into the debate about treating men and women equally. find out what he has to say about the bottom line. alison: and then a little later, two men believed to be behind a series of bank robberies across the region make an appearance in court. leon: find out how you can turn a parking ticket into a meal ticket. reporter: a father says he's found his 7-year-old special needs son wandering out here on martin luther king avenue from school again. i'm sam ford. that story
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leon: i want to show you a live picture from baltimore. marchers there have begun making their way through downtown streets there. this is charles street in downtown baltimore. this looks like a peaceful protest. we'll keep monitoring it for you and bring an update on it as soon as more information about this comes into the newsroom here at abc 7. alison? alison: back here in d.c. and only on 7 tonight, a father demands answers after his son was found wandering outside of a d.c. elementary school. the 7-year-old is outside savoy elementary school in southeast where d.c. bureau chief sam ford is live with the details. sam, what happened here? sam: well, alison i'm on busy martin luther king avenue and
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it's not clear exactly which door this boy came out of. whether it was somewhere in the alley or over here but the father said he saw his 7-year-old special needs son out here wandering on the street from a school that is supposed to be secure. >> hey, rico, your son. sam: rico a maintenance man on martin luther king avenue is furious. they saw his special needs son wander out of the elementary school. >> he could have ran across street and got hit by a car. sam: he saw his son and came running to grab him. >> how did he get out of this building when i dropped him off with staff members? sam: the other kids were having recess, he says when his son was taking a special ed test. when he finished -- >> he was supposed to have been then taken to the office or to find his class. yet, they let him wander around looking for his class at 7 years old. sam: d.c. public schools issued a statement today acknowledging it happened saying dcps is
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thoroughly investigating the incident as well as reviewing the school's safety and security protocols and will make any changes necessary to ensure that this will not happen again. the father says he's particularly upset because this is the second time this has happened. the first was last october. that time, the boy wandered out a different door. >> right here is where they held him right here and i was down the street on where we was at. sam: he says he fears for his child. >> my son can't go to martin luther king avenue which is a dangerous place here in southeast. sam: rico brooks told us after the incident on monday he kept his son home yesterday but he brought him back here to school today and personally walked him to the class and handed him to his teacher. he says he knows that the teacher cares about his son. other he says, he doesn't think so. reporting live from southeast washington, sam ford, abc 7 news. alison: let's move on to the
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weather. we have a gorgeous day today. the rain is coming in. doug: a couple of showers early in the morning. later tomorrow afternoon, we'll have the rain. it will be out of here by midday friday. let's give a look at this time at river bend country club in great falls, virginia beautiful day. sunshine all day long. few fair weather clouds. everything is greening up nicely there and we'll continue to see the pleasant weather continue through this evening. later tonight, more clouds will start to move in ahead of the next weather system that's likely to bring rain to many parts of the area tomorrow. at the moment 71 degrees in meyersville in frederick county. 73 in leesburg and 71 in leonard town. low temperatures are pretty chilly this morning. meyers is 78. very nice warmup in the low to mid 70's this afternoon. here we are this time of year no surprise but pollen count definitely in the high side for trees. the pollen experts say that it's oak trees is the primary source of tree pollen right now. mulberry trees coming up on the
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outside rail. grasses in low range. mold spores low range and weeds behaving themselves right now. as far as numbers across the entire area very mild. typically mild late april afternoon. temperatures pretty much where they should be this time of year in the lower 70's area wide. tonight, drop to the 60's. no big push of really cooler air coming our way and no big push of hot air coming our way the next few days. but we do see on the horizon towards late sunday monday tuesday, the possibility of spots getting to 80 degrees or warmer. yep, a lot of people have been asking when and the time is a coming. but in the short term, we've got these little areas of low pressure down to the south. it will move off shore, intensify but the good news for us, it will intensify far enough off shore it will throw a little rain back in our area the next couple of days and that will set the stage to get out of the picture in time for the weekend. do a close-up of one of our local computer models here, future cast takes us through the next couple of days and see the increase in cloudiness overnight through the day tomorrow. we'll start to see some areas of rain pop up by 7:00 in the
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morning to analyze some rain west of the metro area through the day. some areas of shower but with the storm energy off shore everything will tend to push with southeasterly winds off to the west kind of rotate in. but by sometime on friday morning, i think we'll see the last batches of rain and then pretty nice improvement as we head through late friday afternoon and friday night. now, for our hour-by-hour forecast for the day tomorrow look for clouds to continue to increase thicken up through the day. probably some rain in most metro area becoming the possibility towards 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. continuing to evening highs about 70 degrees. as we continue through the forecast period into friday we'll see the chance of rain go down to 30%. mainly in the morning and then a little bit of clearing late in the afternoon. weekend still looks fine. can't rule out a sprinkle with a little disturbance coming through saturday. we'll also have a little bit of sunshine, temperatures back to 70 and then the good stuff starts if you like sunny, warm weather. mostly sunny and upper 70's on sunday. 80 to the lower 80's with sunshine on monday and tuesday. alison: not bad!
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leon: that's what we're talking about. all right. thanks, doug. alison: it just lifted off this week. still ahead, find out why this rocket mission is missing the mark. >> it's all the rage right now in salons. maybe a cheaper alternative. "7 on your side" puts it to the test. leon: here's a look at what's coming up tonight on abc.
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alison: if you like to get your nails done, you probably know about gel nail polish. it's longer lasting but it's expensive. so our "7 on your side" consumer investigator kimberly suiters looked into a more affordable alternative. kimberly: a gel polish manicure can cost from $35 to $45 so they are now selling a cheaper alternative that doesn't require u.v. light to harden it. but can that product really compete? "7 on your side" put the polish to the test. from the unisex salon to this. gel manicures dominate 60% to 9 90% for the beauty business. regular old polish getting pushed out. by the shiny longer lasting look of gel. we put three new $10 store brands, gel polish on the left
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hand and the u.v. polish salon gel on the right. >> i'm hoping it will last 10 days, 12 days maybe? >> my expectation is to have it last for two weeks. >> i'm curious to see if i can do this myself at home instead of having to pay for it. kimberly: by day four the cheaper store chipped. by day nine, the salon gel looks fresh and the store gel fried. even though the salon gel held up better there's a second part to this test. that is how do they fair when it's time to get the stuff off? there is a reason salon gel sticks. the right hand removal took 20 minutes but the left just seconds. >> oh, my gosh. look at how easy this comes off. kimberly: that's what solid those ladies on the drugstore deal. >> i think i would still do the store bought gel. the salon gel chipped anyway. kimberly: while i like the salon's staying power. to them it's not worth the
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triple price and the time. the wear and tear. >> it was as bad as i thought it would be. kimberly: kimberly suiters, abc 7 news. alison: you might want to get a pedicure before the warm weather sets in. if you can't wait to feel the sun on your skin we might be able to help you. watch "good morning washington" all week for the magical clue to win a trip to disneyland. when you see it go to wjla's facebook page or mobile site and enter that clue. we will announce the winner on monday. leon: coming up here at 5:00 -- >> just not the marines who come here. we have visitors from around the world. leon: plan to give those visitors more of an experience when they visit one local memorial. alison: plus the steps chinese officials are taking after that deadly earthquake and landslide near mt. everest. kevin: i'm kevin lewis live in baltimore along the inner harbor. coming up i have a story about tourism and business possibly affected for the long haul because of this week's rioting.
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alison: the cleanup is under way in baltimore after intense rioting stemming, of course from the death of freddie gray. right now we are standing by for maryland governor larry hogan to speak. that's supposed to be at 6:00 p.m. and in about 15 minutes, students plan to march from penn station to city hall. this a sign of solidarity with freddie gray's family. the orioles wrapped up their game against the white sox in the last hour. that was a game of course, played without a single fan in
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the ballpark. and tonight, a big question in areas like the inner harbor. what will this week's violence mean for the city's economy in the years ahead? kevin lewis picks up our team coverage there with a look at this side of the story. kevin? kevin: hi alison. it is 75 degrees and sunny here in baltimore. a perfect evening to take a walk along the inner harbor. thing is there aren't that many people here. if you take a look to that restaurant up there, we see one couple taking advantage of the outdoor dining facility. if you walk over to this side of the walkway here look at the dragon paddle boats. there is one out in the water. the rest tied town the dock tonight. charm city's crown jewel, financially treading water. yesterday, out of fear of violence, the maryland science center and national aquarium closed their doors. dozens of field trips canceled thousands of dollars lost.
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>> the city is messed up. kevin: this cabbie has a wife and three children at home. >> last week normal day. i make like $150. yesterday, i made $20. today, i didn't make nothing. >> this is certainly not putting us in very good light. it doesn't help with tourism and doesn't help bringing in businesses. kevin: governor larry hogan fearful of last tax revenue. two conferences have already canceled at the baltimore convention center. a third event now rescheduled. baltimore based companies like investment management firms like mason and t. rowe price also inconvenienced. t. rowe price closed its downtown headquarters yesterday shifting 1,200 employees to satellite offices. >> we knew this was going on before we came out here. we're out here and we still feel safe. kevin: this colorado couple in town visiting family says baltimore remains a wonderful city. >> we don't have water, you know, we're about to jump on the water taxi. you know it's just fun, man, it's a good place to visit.
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kevin: last year 24 million people visited baltimore so they spent about $5 billion. this city now hoping that the terms "unrest" and "rioting" don't become permanently attached to baltimore. we're live along the inner harbor this evening, i'm kevin lewis, abc 7 news. alison: we've seen plenty of images from baltimore over the last few days. some good some not. you can see all of them in our photo gallery at wjla.com. leon: overseas now, we're monitoring developments out of nepal where a 27-year-old man was rescued from the rubble 80 hours after the weekend's massive earthquake. he says that he drank his own urine to survive and banged on debris until he was found. today, chinese authorities announced they are closing mt. everest to climbers for the rest of the spring. more than 5,000 people died in that 7.8 magnitude earthquake and ensuing avalanche on mt. everest. also staying with us nigerian
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officials rescued nearly 300 girls and women who were kidnapped by boko haram. the girls were found in a forest strong hold of the islamic insurgent group. they're being evacuated and evaluated now. authorities say many of them are traumatized. officials say they don't believe that any of the school girls that were stashed out of their boarding school by that group last year are among this group. tonight, prosecutors are looking to use d.n.a. to potentially link two men to crimes committed by the so-called black hat bandits. the two men one claiming to be the black hat bandit appeared in court today. they are charged with the march 13th robbery of a wells fargo bank in northeast d.c. investigators say george admitted robbing at least eight banks in virginia and maryland. prosecutors are pushing to get their hands on george's and hall's d.n.a. because neither man matches the description physically of the bandits. alison: pope francis today joining the push to get equal pay for women. the pontiff calls it "pure
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scandal" that women earn less than men for doing the same job. francis has repeatedly called for women to take on greater decision making roles in the church. however, he ruled out women's ordination or having women head vatican congregations. leon: it turns out that landing that dream job starts before you click print on your resume. bloomberg found that thought choice is one of the biggest factors in making your v.s. stand out. standard times new roman, faux pas equivalent, rather to showing up to a job interview in sweat pants. but, he says if you want a solid and sensible choice bloomberg recommends gerimond. alison: and then you can wear your sweat pants and you're ok? leon: then you're good to go. alison: sounds good. nice and comfortable. see how the roads look, if they're comfortable today. jamie, what's the latest? jamie: i wish i could wear my sweat pants. no, i guess not. we'll go with a skirt today. you are comfortable if you're
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traveling in some of these slow spots right now because we don't have any accidents. so it's what you're used to. pretty typical commute for you. as we work our way on the inner loop and outer loop passing by river road typical delays. we don't have any crashes on the beltway right now, moving to talk about some of the congestion in this area. as we take a look at our maps it will give you a better idea of what we've got. slow traffic for you in the area, like i said of river road. heading outbound on the g.w. parkway, a little bit of volume before the beltway and then that manhole cover is still missing. just use some caution right near burrows avenue we have a lane blocked. commute outbound on 66 21 miles per hour through falls church. let's take a live look a little bit closer towards fairfax. and that's going to be some activity. now, you can see over here, not the best shot for it but we do have some activity right near cedar lane. keep in mind heading out, we've got people looking at that so it may add to the congestion. that's a look at traffic.
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back to you guys. alison: one more note here delayed bridgework in arlington finally starting tonight. washington boulevard will be reduced to two lanes over jefferson davis highway. crews will replace and widen the 74-year-old bridge. if you regularly drive in the area, crews suggest you look for a new route because this work will last until 2018. you can stay ahead of any road work or accidents by signing up for an abc 7 traffic alert. just log on to wjla.com and start getting those text alerts right away. and still to come at 5:00 -- >> plans for these kinds of things to happen they're very unfortunate when they do. alison: details of a setback aboard the international space station. leon: plus -- >> well i get tired a lot but the thing is practice makes perfect. leon: that's right. a school event that has taken michelle obama's let's move campaign and really run off with it. alison: coming up tonight at 6:00, a baltimore city councilman is outraged over the word being used to describe
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monday night's rioters and looters. in fact, he says you might as well be using the "n" word. we'll be right back. leon: live shot here of the marchers we saw moments ago walking down charles street in baltimore. now arriving at penn station and
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alison: the iconic u.s. marine corps war memorial will soon get a facelift. philanthropist david reubenstein has pledged a gift of nearly $5 million to restore that famous brown statue in arlington. it has started turning green over time. wake-up call for american schools today. the nation's report card was released and it shows only about 1 in 4 eighth graders performed well on tests in u.s. history, civics and geography. the numbers for history and civics are better than they were in the 1990s but geography has stayed about the same. leon? leon: right now students at an area elementary school have been out there running circle around their peers literally. five years ago, that school built a small track and students from kindergarten to fifth grade spend their recess time out there running laps. a number of them have racked up 100 miles or more in a single school clear. they've been booking and that makes orchard grove elementary
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school and its running club this week's harris' heroes. >> yea! leon: it's recess at orchard grove elementary school in frederick, maryland. and students are running. >> good job, guys! keep up the good running! leon: each lap around the track earns the students a colored stick. five laps equals one mile. >> how many laps today? >> six. leon: more than 80% of the students and even the principal participate in the running club. >> we have a mission that speaks to building brains to building hearts and to building bodies. leon: nahim johnson is only in the first grade but already, he's one of the school's top dolphin dashers. >> sometimes we have indoor recess. i'll be so sad. i can't run. leon: students earn tokens and the top runners get their names posted on a bulletin board. >> i feel like really proud of myself. >> feels like that i accomplished something. and it's just wonderful.
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i feel so confident because i didn't think i could do this and now i have all of these. leon: these fourth graders are running buddies and they've logged more than 100 miles. for billy, running has changed his life. >> used to be going around every day of my life. finally, i get to be popular for once. leon: this p.e. teacher who helped start up the running club says that there has been numerous benefits but the biggest impact she hopes will be -- >> to make kids that understand life long fitness. this is about the rest of your life. leon: that's right. and it's also about endorphins. keep it coming kids. that running club has been so successful, get this folks, other folks have contact the orchard grove to see how they can check out their own. check to see if the idea spreads. alison? alison: i bet they're sleeping well at night, too. that's a good thing for the parents. what would the ironman think
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alison: the baltimore symphony orchestra spread a little peace in the baltimore community today. musicians were there playing for free outside the symphony hall. the orchestra said "everyone could use a little music in our lives right about now." beautiful music indeed. well according to the latest census numbers, more than 600,000 people live in baltimore and about a quarter of those are living below the poverty line. in fact, according to city data.com, in 2013 the average per capita income in baltimore was $24,750 a year. rebecca cooper is in baltimore now with more on how those numbers are playing into this city in crisis. rebecca? rebecca: alison we're at the street corner where the c.v.s. now so iconically burned and people say beyond the tensions with police, it is poverty that
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is at the root of so much of the anger here in this neighborhood. just one block from the burnt out c.v.s. this bench claims baltimore is the greatest city in america. residents say just look around. here, charm city turns to blight and now burnt remains and even fewer opportunities. >> no jobs you burnt down most of the jobs in the neighborhood. rebecca: kenneth brown leaves this baltimore every day traveling one mile to the baltimore with wealth and jobs. it's where he brings his family. he grew up in the other baltimore and believes escaping poverty is a matter of more faith, hard work and personal responsibility over government programs. >> you have young kids out here who are just angry at everything everybody. and no politician no athlete, no leader civic leader even a pastor no one can change that heart. rebecca: but everyone we spoke
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to seems to agree with the prescription laid out by this former member of the house of delegates. jim campbell lived and worked in baltimore's inner city as a social worker. he says these residents need jobs recreational alternatives and most of all, better schools with more access to early education. >> i think in some ways, the policymakers have their head in the sand. and even the president himself and he talks about dealing with problems in the schools, he just wants to change better testing for students. right now, i'm overwhelmed with frustration. rebecca: the media, satellite trucks, all of the reporters that have descended on to this neighborhood, the residents say the anger that still is going to burn needs to be put out and they say they want to be part of the solution for address these issues, not part of the problem that led to the disruption of this neighborhood. in baltimore, rebecca cooper abc 7 news. leon: heard that a lot as a matter of fact.
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alison: you were there yesterday. quite an incredible day for you. what was it like? leon: it was really fascinating. i can't tell you how many people said -- echoed what rebecca said about how the people that were there the day after all the rioting were there because they wanted to see their city look good. they were proud and they wanted to restore the pride that they had in their city. but they also saf them were telling me that this is going to get worse unless somebody is held accountable. this is one of the most amazing moments and see that circle there? it's about maybe a 20 yard radius circle there. and within a matter of 15 to 20 minutes, it went from like a flash zumba class that broke out with the ladies there in the black and pink to this scene here where like 60 70 people got together and held hands and prayed there and right after that happened they dissipated and then another crowd moved up and started confronting the officers. and it was amazing to see how there were some people in there really spoiling something, they were agitating something. but those people in that crowd, they went up there and pulled those agitators back because
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they said we don't want this thing to get out of hand. we want to restore our city. alison: you said it ebbed and flowed like that the entire time you were there. you didn't quite know what was going to happen next. it would be tense and then it would be peaceful and happen really fast. leon: it really did have a rhythm to it. as we got closer and close to her that curfew last night, that curfew kicked in and all of a sudden, you see them walking in in breaks of two coming in by the hundreds. showing up helicopters overhead showing up. that's when it really, really let's make sure that's a night. a lot of people keep their fingers crossed. alison: absolutely. moving on to other news for you now, a russian spacecraft loaded with supplies from the international space station will fall to earth in the coming days. russia's space agency says the ship went into an uncontrollable spin before it reached this.
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it has enough supplies until the next mission that was in june. the russian spacecraft is expected to burn up on re-entry. oh, boy. leon: ok. let's check in and see how things look like in the skies with doug. how is it looking out there? doug: it's looking nice indeed. very mild temperatures. we'll be in good shape. let's get you started right now with a look at the cardinal ridge elementary in centreville during the day, nothing but sunshine and then like most spots, a few afternoon clouds. very mild temperatures in the low to middle 70's across the area. we'll stay mild tonight. will be more cloud cover moving in. 72 in reagan national right now. bit of a breeze off the water in annapolis and 73 right now in baltimore. overnight, the clouds will come in. may be a stray shower overnight. lows 50 to 58 degrees and sotherly winds and clouds keeping it on the mild side and then as we go through the day tomorrow, look at an area of low pressure moving off the north carolina coast. it's going to be pretty substantial storm off shore.
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it will be big enough to kind of backspin some moisture off the atlantic and that's how we're going to get some of our rain in here. nothing heavy. just periods of rain. should taper off and end sometime by friday. rain tomorrow 80% chance. the rain will end friday and the weekend, maybe a sprinkle on saturday. beautiful weather on sunday monday and tuesday. it will feel like early summer. that is the very latest. timmy? tim: doug you're exactly right. blue skies, sunshine and lots of baseball at camden yards in baseball this afternoon. only thing missing were paying customers. and venldors to serve them. it was strange. it was sad. and somewhat surreal. baseball is built on history. it thrives on it. it depends on it. but today, something nobody not even legends of the game had ever seen. >> guys want to interview me? i want to go for a bike ride. >> what about no crowd? ever play the game with no crowd? >> never. ought to be interesting. tim: the fans gathered outside of the gates of camden yards. >> go os! tim: but nobody was inside.
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a surreal sight, brought about an all too real crisis in baltimore. >> it's a tough time for the city of baltimore and, you know, my prayers have been out for all the families. tim: they did keep score. this is the major leagues after all and the orioles prevailed helped by a six-run first inning. but with nobody there, this was beyond odd. >> going to miss a couple of games and play today with nobody in the stands it's pretty minor compared to what a lot of people are going through around here. so hopefully they can get it cleaned up. tim: the orioles have moved this weekend's home series to tampa. the birds will leave the nest sports giving way to real world concerns. maybe baltimore, just maybe baltimore will be a better place when the team returns. >> stay strong baltimore. stay safe. continue to be the city the great city that, you know i've known to love over the last eight years i've been here. tim: we're starting to see the positive signs coming out of charm city today. for hockey fans the caps were
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back on the practice ice today before leaving for manhattan to play the rangers. this is a team that enjoys being together, a club that believes great things are in store this post season. it's a heavy team that skates with energy would rather run a guy into the boards than almost anything else they do in the game. if that's what it takes to win. this could be a very special spring and braden holtby holds the key. leon: that's right. he stands on his head, we're in. tim: he has to be an
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leon: i'm sure you know getting a parking ticket can be a real drag. alison: oh yeah. there's a restaurant in the district's shaw neighborhood that wants to turn that citation into a meal ticket. brianne carter explains. >> all right. can i do the fish? brianne: with brightly colored walls, umbrellas, this restaurant in the shaw section of d.c. is celebrating caribbean life but it's also giving discounts to some drivers. >> i don't know how i came up with it you know what i'm saying? it was just i had time to think. brianne: michael said it was back in 2013 when he was talking with his girlfriend about how many tickets are issued in the d.c. area for parking and speeding violations. he says that's when the idea for
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his new venture, caribbean citations was born. here, as the slogan says you can turn your traffic ticket into a meal ticket. >> depending on how much money i can lose on product, i give a discount. brianne: here's how it works. bring in that ticket. it doesn't have just be a ticket from d.c. take a look at the menu on the green side is if you don't have a citation. the red is the discounted price if you do. at the restaurant sterling walks around dressed as a citation officer writing meal tickets. he says in addition to the meal markdown, this business is about making people more mindful of the rules of the road. something he says he's still learning. today parked right out front, he got a ticket. >> i'm not going to condone them. i'm just trying to make their day a little bit better. brianne: frequent customer alex lans says it's a best way to pay it forward. >> best way to make people love you around here, right? brianne: brianne carter, abc 7 news. alison: and --
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leon: he'll lose a lot of money. alison: i know. around d.c. oh! that's it for us on abc 7 news at 5:00. leon: all right. right now at 6:00 this evening, a simmering city fighting to bounce back from crisis and the massive efforts under way to restore peace to baltimore. alison: up-close look at monday's looting. one business owner describes watching helplessly as his livelihood was stolen away. >> we need results! we had some yahoo in a gyrocopter land right over there. leon: and demands for answers on capitol hill. why norad didn't take steps to stop a man from landing on the lawn of the capitol. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts right now. maureen: right now at 6:00 prayers for peace in baltimore. across the city people are trying to spread a message of hope and love. two days after riots left part of the city in tatters.
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tonight, large crowds are marching peacefully through the city as thousands of police officers and national guard members stand by. news chopper 7 has been patrolling the skies over the city. marchers calling for an end to the violence just left penn station in baltimore. meanwhile, maryland bureau chief brad bell joins us live from north avenue, the center of the activity these past few days. brad, what are you seeing tonight? brad: yeah, maureen, a little bit of quick breaking news. we want to let you know the baltimore police have announced that when they complete their investigation into the death of freddie gray the matter that started this whole thing on friday they will not be releasing it publicly as many thought. they'll be handing it over to the state's attorney for the decision on prosecution. i want to show you this very typical baltimore street scene. it's an example of the town getting back to normal. row houses, people sitting on stoops. a snow cone stand. snow cones, by the way are $1. but i also want

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