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in what took place on capitol hill. we have heard that metro needs a dedicated funding source and the feds need to chip in. that sentiment was echoed today in the sub committee hearing. board chairman jack evans said that they need to chip in $300 million toward the operating budget for metro. leadership here in the sub committee saying they are not going to "bail out met melt." -- "bail out metro." that is only one of the issues brought up as paul wiedefeld came to capitol hill a month after the shut down on march 16. there were a number of questions and concerns raised not only by members of the house and also in a meeting that happened earlier today where wiedefeld sat down with the leadership senators from maryland and virginia. we heard from a senator from maryland saying that women are afraid to ride metro. and that safety issues need
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well, we do know that that is the priority for general manager paul wiedefeld. we do expect that to work on safety and maintenance in the coming days or weeks. he is expected to lay out a new maintenance plan. so what do the general manager think of what happened here today? what is his take-away? we talk to him one-on-one moments ago. >> there is a clear understanding of the importance of the system to this region and we better get it right. that is what i keep hearing for everybody. not saying this is a dumb idea or why are we doing it? they are not saying that. they are saying look, we can't survive without this. make it work. get on it. brianne: that is one of the things touted is the ridership and the number of the federal employees that rely on metro every day. also here testifying in this committee hearing we heard from ntsb and the f.t.a. we did get an update from the ntsb in terms of the investigation into the deadly smoke incident at
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plaza. we understand that report now concluded. it is expected to be made public next month. reporting live, brianne carter, abc7 news. alison: this hearing on capitol hill comes as metro releases video showing the beginning of the end of the 1,000 series cars. the cars which have been repeatedly flagged as a safety concern date back to the opening of the system. 40 years ago. the ntsb recommended removing all of the cars from the service after the 2009 red line crash that showed those cars crushed in on themselves in a collision. nine people died in that crash. as of last year, 280 1,000 series cars in service and being replaced with the 7000 series cars. leon: they will not be missed. the atlanta braves might miss one of their players off the field and in the courtroom now. he has been arrested overnight in arlington. hector olivera accused of assaulting a woman at the ritz carlton hotel in pentagon city.
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jeff goldberg broke the story first on 7. what have you learned? what is the latest? jeff: we got word minutes ago that hector olivera has been officially charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery and bond is set at $10,000. he was with the braves in town playing the nationals. he will not take the field tonight. it could be some time before he is able to bond out in arlington. possibly as late as 10 zer or 11:00 tonight. jeff: hector's career started last fall but could be in jeopardy. 6:51, arlington police receiving a call from a woman saying she had been assaulted at ritz carlton hotel in pentagon city. they found the woman in physical distress. she was immediately taken
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arlington. hector olivera was arrested without resistance and brought to the county jail. olivera and the female victim did know one another prior to the incident. but to what extent is not known. police also say that alcohol was a factor. >> we just know they had been drinking earlier in the night. they had gone to bed. at some point this dispute occurred before 7:00 a.m. >> he threaded the needle on this one. jeff: olivera an outfielder is 31 years old. native of santiago de cuba who defected from cuba in 2013. he accused to $62 million six-year contract with the dodgers before being traded to the braves last year. in a statement today the braves saying this -- "we are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations involving hector olivera. major league baseball has placed olivera on administrative leave effective
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immediately." olivera's attorneys have been here facilitating the process throughout the afternoon but they are not commenting. arlington police saying the victim in this case has been released from the hospital. we will be staying with the developing story all night so keep it with us for the update. live in arlington, jeff goldberg, abc7 news. leon: olivera is the third player to be disciplined in mayor league baseball new domestic abuse policy. yankees chapman and the rockies' reyes are the other two players. a fourth outfield eryasiel puig was investigated but never disciplined. alison: a crime alert in green belt after a woman was attacked leaving a mall. police say monday night the woman was shopping at beltway plaza when a man began talking to her. the man followed the victim outside. but eventually she lost sight of him. he turned up again. with a knife. as the woman walked home. this was near cherry wood terrace. that is when he sexual assaulted her. police have not identified
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suspect. >> a d.c. public school teacher banned from his own classroom amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with children. yesterday staff at the brookland middle school in northeast d.c. escorted the male language teacher from school property and placed him on administrative leave. parents and students tell abc7 the teacher made lewd comments, entered the girl's locker room and played movies in class that contained nudity. the d.c. police say they launched a criminal investigation. but they have not filed any charges at this point. for the school system it told us by e-mail, "the safety and the security of our students is the number one priority. in this case school administrators acted swiftly to follow protocols." alison: new information now on the shoot-out that claimed a prince george's county police officer's life. today, we learned for the first time the name of the officer who mistakenly shot officer jacai colson. we also learned what the man accused of starting that shoot out planned do with the video that they were recording.
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bell joins us live from the scene of the shooting which was police headquarters. brad? brad: yeah, a lot of new information came out in this court appearance today. you are right. one of the big things the motive of the alleged shooter. what we were told today was that michael ford intended to stand hear in the middle of barlow road where we can still see evidence paint. open fire on the district iii station to bring police officers out so he would die in a hail of police gunfire. it's alleged he wanted his brothers to send the video to website world star hip hop. a website that has become known for putting out fight videos. we did learn the name of the officer who came out the back door of the district station to confront that threat. and just down there mistook officer jacai colson for the bad guy. officer taylor krauss has been a model cop. he is from a police family.
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officer of the month. on march 13 he was one who ran to confront alleged gunman michael ford as he fired at the district three police station. now, police are confirming krauss is the officer who mistook undercover detective jacai colson for the bad guy and who fired the tragic friendly fire shot which killed a fellow officer. >> we know officer krauss was the only one armed with a rifle as opposed to the other officers armed with the handguns. that is one way we were able to distinguish that. brad: chief hank stawinski makes it clear he stands by krauss and continues to view what happened as a tragic accident. >> we have made certain that all the resources the department have been made available to him, to all the involved officers, to the colson family.
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they are very strong and they are doing well. alison: michael accused of opening fire. brad: officers and the ambulance crew accused of getting the gun driving and videotaping the attack. the lawyers claiming none of the three is responsible for the detectives death. the judge ruling there is probable cause. an aunt saying the police have it wrong. >> i can't believe it. these are not the guys i know. i'll be here to support them and love them. brad: back live york you can see that the black bunting is still up in memoriam for officer jacai colson. today is the end of the official morning period and it will be coming down. as a result of the hearing the three ford brothers will be held in jail for another 30
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it's expected they will be officially indicted on the charges very soon. brad bell, abc7 news. leon: thank you, brad. barely a month after the national park service released this video showing that the memorial bridge is going to have to have repairs and they say it has to be shut down if it's not rebuilt now a major stumbling block. the park service is likely to miss the deadline for applying for federal repair funding. kevin lewis joining us live from the arlington side of the bridge. how did this happen? kevin: you know that is a good question, leon. one can understand when a seventh grader forgets his or her science project is due. but this one has a lot of people perplexed. the memorial bridge is not only at national landmark but it's also as you can see a necessary link for some 68,000 vehicles every day. when the d.c. and the virginia congressional delegation first heard about this looming deadline it sent a stern two-page lette
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the agency to get its act together. but also offered assistance. as it stands, memorial bridge is the worst high volume urban federally owned bridge in the entire nation. in order to shed that title, someone needs to cough up $250 million. that is why this thursday the federal aid deadline is so important. if renovations do not begin by 2019, a full closure will likely take place in 2021, stifling an already hectic a.m. and the p.m. rush hour. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton says the onus is now on d.c. and virginia to help the park service put together a grant application by tomorrow night's deadline. >> this bridge is falling down. each jurisdiction has the same problem of its own. if it allows it to fall down. and if we allow this application period to go by because the two jurisdictions
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shame on us. >> needless to say a lot of folks whose fingers are on the pulse of the memorial bridge will not get the eight hours of sleep tonight. even that critics say may not be enough to get the park service out of the hole. life in arlington, i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. alison: thank you very much. we turn to the weather now. things are finally starting to feel a little more like spring. it doesn't mean the risk of frost and freezes is over, though. chief meteorologist doug hill has a look of what to expect in the coming hours. >> nice right now. gorgeous right now with the temperatures in the upper 50's. tonight clear skies, everything will drop. chance of frost north and west in the city. first things first look live at the campus of the st. mary's elementary school in annapolis. crystal clear skies. light winds. 54 degrees. same time, 57 at reagan national. warmer in western maryland. 61 now in cumberland. 60 in fredericksburg. 54 in
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advisory tonight. it's the area shaded in blue. upper montgomery county, frederick, maryland. each panhandle and across the 81 corridor. the temperatures overnight out west are the coldest in the low er30's. metro area will stay safely above freezing. upper 30's to lower 40's. southern zones zones will do ber near the 40 degree mark. expect a chilly clear night. another nice day tomorrow. in a few minutes we check out the weekend and the next seven days as part of the extended forecast. alison: one more note. remember the blizzard? we are trying to forget. local fall-out continues because d.c. public schools extending the school year by one day. the new final day of the school year will now be june 17. still ahead5:00 -- a strange discovery at the bottom of loch ness in
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familiar shape. leon: plus the fight against zika virus becomes a political football. what it means for your health. alison: plus, two major parades in district on the same day. how the mayor is responding to the coincidental timing that has never happened before. leon: first, though, off the cable line and on top of the picket lines. how long the verizon workers say they are willing to stay off their jobs.
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alison: thousands of verizon workers are off the job tonight. they are trading in their hard hats and cherry pickers for picket signs. kellye lynn live in falls church where the protest is happening right now. kellye: you can see some of the employees are part of the thousands of workers who have walked off of the job. because they failed to reach an agreement on the contract with verizon. installers, repairmen, customer service workers, construction workers. these are individuals who work in wire line operations. that is land line. high speed internet and tv services. now at issue is fair wages, keeping jobs from going overseas as well as not being forced
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area. verizon is disappointed with the action saying that they have been working with the union leadership in the past few months to reach a fair contract. the contract expired in august. and verizon says that the leaders of the union have been unwilling to negotiate in good faith. any talk of offshore jobs or cutting jobs verizon says is nonsense. if you are a verizon customer you might be wondering how you might be ffected by this. verizon says that service will mostly be unaffected. they have been training nonunion employees for months to take over. for the employees while they are striking. the service will be unaffected. many of them held the jobs for a long time. one of the local union leaders i asked how long could the
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protesting last? it could take between three and four weeks. reporting live in falls church, kellye lynn, abc7 news. alison: okay. one more note that start bernie sanders joined the picket line in new york today. they are showing courage standing up to them. it comes on the same day endorse sanders. leon: love of parade and make sure the district make sure their way. for the first time in history the cherry blossom parade and the emancipation day parade happen on the same day. the cherry blossom parade is set for the morning. down constitution after. and the emancipation day parade is one hour later. one block over. it will be in the afternoon on pennsylvania avenue. >> we think that is good. we
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extended day of entertainment along the mall. we will have many more people participating in both parades. leon: don't even think about trying to drive downtown in that area on april 16. emancipation day parks the day that president abraham lincoln paid owners to free 3100 slaves held in the district. abc7 will carry the entire parade for the national cherry blossom festival live. watch it saturday at noon. it will replay at 2:00 p.m. on the sister station newschannel8. we are the official media sponsors of the national cherry blossom festival and proud to be so. alison: right. we had a rehearsal today. we are looking forward to hosting it. doug: weather is fine. cool but if you hang out in the afternoon it will be warmer. leon: you did your part. doug: yeah. feel good about it. another one of those days. alison: good job. doug: time lapse we will start and take you to
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prince william county, 51 degrees. lunch time is bright and sunny. the midafternoon siesta time in the weather center. we really don't. sunshine right now. gorgeous. 59 degrees. clear skies will continue all across the region. temperature at the moment. western zone to 50's and 60's. petersburg, west virginia, 63. one of the warm spot. frederick is 55. 55 in andrews. 55 at the air station. the a's are visiting us. temperatures will drop a few degrees. headed out there. jacket is a good call. chilly tonight and great baseball weather with the light winds. tree pollen count. no surprise high today. for some papal tree and the oak trees are predominating the pollen count. low grasses are absent. mold spores in the low range as well. for a second night running we
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areas north and west of the immediate metro area from upper montgomery county, to northern fauquier county west to the old dominion and the eastern panhandle of west virginia. the areas may see temperatures close to freezing before sunrise. 68 degrees in charleston, west virginia. 60 in roanoke. 64 in raleigh. milder air. we will incrementally warm up the next couple of days. sunday and early next week you will feel a difference as we top 70-degree mark. no major weather system. a few clouds here and there. otherwise mostly sunny. we can probably broad brush the next seven days saying partly to mostly sunny in the entire stretch. 38 for wake-up temperature. 56 at midday. 62 with another full day of sunshine through the afternoon. our afternoon high by contrast is 66. we are getting closer to it. the next seven days will hit average and then go beyond. the numbers, low 60's with the sunshine tomorrow and friday. beautiful weather saturday. 66.
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close to 70 on sunday. upper 70's on monday. cold front coming through monday night. no rain with it. a change in the wind direction. cooler. 70 degrees on tuesday. 67 on wednesday. alison: not a bad looking seven-day forecast. doug: i think it's sweet. alison: nice. thank you. doug: okay. leon: coming up next at "abc7 news at 5:00" -- the fight against zika becomes a political one. what is happening on capitol hill. and the weather becomes light for mosquitoes to spread. >> "7 on your side" if you want to sell your home. call 703-236-9220. a great group of realtors standing by to answer your questions. we'll be right back. kathleen matthews: imagine paying 20% more for a cup of coffee just because you're a woman. so why does congress think it's ok that women get paid
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call 703-236-9220. we are also on facebook live if you want to hear more advice. leon: we'll check back with you in a bit. >> a school surprise you have to see. member of the air force deploy and wait for months surprises her daughters at school. the emotional reunion ahead. alison: plus the high-tech scams bring up a surprising find in the loch ness. what is it? find out in a few minutes. leon: pork barrel spending. some of the expensive earmarks lawmakers are slipping in the legislation. some of the big offenders coming up next at "abc7 news at 5:00".
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alison: pork barrel spending is the topic. >> it's called the most expensive weapon system in the world. the pentagon f-35 program once again made the list. two aircraft for the navy. they have several other programs at the state and local levels. the national program got an earmark of $25 million. >> decrease from a high ten years ago it's trending
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nearly doubling in the past two years. >> why haven't you stopped this. >> republicans are just as guilty over the years. at the practice. as the democrats. >> when will it end? >> hopefully members of congress will enact a permanent ban on earmarks and we may be out of this business but not out the wasteful spending business. alison: they are trying to limit the lead and the copper in the drinking water but they won't propose changes until next year. the current federal rule requires water systems across the country to monitor drinking
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leon: this year's white house science fair had space travel, climate change and battlingy cancer. the president calls this the most fun event of the every year. president obama: we teach us about reason and logic and trying things to figure out if they work. leon: the president hopes the science fare will continue under the next president. message on the white house website encouraged the students to share ideas on the social media with #whsignsfair. alison: well, how about this one? a marine robot found the loch ness monster in scotland. but don't get too excited. it's not what you think. they found a giant model from the
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life of sherlock holmes." a 30-foot model and it sank being dismantled after the filming wrapped up. so still no sign of the creature. leon: that won't stop believers. that is just science. proof. it means nothing. alison: never give up hope. coming up at "abc7 news at 5:00" -- a mother's day surprise a month early. back from deployment and how she surprised her children. don't miss tears of joy. >> if you had the opportunity to ask president obama one question what would it be and why? leon: turn the tables on me. this week's harris' heroes may only be middle schoolers but they are tough. believe me! but they have a quest to reach the white house. we will tell you about it. alison: coming up at 6:00 -- riders respond. what they a
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steve: i'm steve rudin looking ahead to the weekend. busy weekend it will be. don't forget the national cherry blossom festival parade at 10:00 saturday morning. sponsored by abc7 and newschannel8. you can watch it on newschannel8. noontime hour. but the parade starts at 10:00. lower 50's early on. it will rebound to the lower 60's. with lots of sunshine as they move through the afternoon. now sunday looks fantastic. temperatures around 70 degrees. look what happens monday and tuesday. back this the 70's. upper 70's on monday. lower 70's on tuesday. still no rain in sight. if you are contemplating getting your car washed go for it. stay with us. "abc7 news at 5:00" continues after this.
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just call 703-236-9220. phone lines will be open until 6:30. leon: all right. now from interviews with congressional leaders to grammy award winning artists, the local tv crew i'll show you has an impressive rez hay. for three years they have been on the mission to get exclusive interview with president obama at the white house. would you believe the hard-hitting journalists are only 11 to 14 years old? get ready to meet this week's harris' heroes the student and teacher behind elliott high network. >> hi. i'm anna robinson with the elliott high network. leon: at elliott high middle school the small classroom might not look like a studio but the students are making history here. >> the show topic is keep your eye on the prize. >> the prize is an exclusive interview with president obama. on this show, they asked me to give them advice. >> i would ask him how close did he ever come to cussing somebody out up the
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been pursuing the one-on-one sit down with the president for three years and they are getting very close. >> we are impressed by your work. i appreciate you giving me the opportunity to appear on the show. leon: a proud moment for the teacher mandrell burkes. >> it means we are on the right path. leon: along the journey students are learning important lessons. >> we learn how to do stuff on our own. like never giving up. leon: that is your attitude, your motto. never give up. >> never give up. you can't just give half of your effort. you have to put all of your effort into anything you do. leon: focus on what you have to do. instead of what you do wrong. they are steadfast on the mission. >> how much do you believe you will get the interview? >> 100%. leon: after the white house? well, dr. burkes has ideas. >> i would say we are going international. >> v
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leon: i wouldn't bet against them. i'm convinced they will achieve the goal of interviewing the president in the near future, too, i bet. just this week they got confirmation they will get a chance to interview the head of first lady michelle obama's reach higher initiative. that interview is set for may 4. of course, i will keep you posted about it. >> they are getting closer and closer. leon: exactly. alison: what a great story. leon: a great group. doing a great job with the kids. alison: i'm glad they asked you the tough questions. leon: if you want to hear the interview they did with me they have a link on the website wjla.com. alison: that is fun. leon: stump the chump a couple of times. alison: coming up on "abc7 news at 5:00" -- they say everything is bigger in texas. well, it includes the hail apparently. you are not going to believe how large some of the chunks of ice were. we'll show you the damage. >> after seven months of deployment, a local military mom surprises her daughters at school. i'm mike carter-conneen in alexandria. coming up, the emotional
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leon: "7 on your side" now with the breaking health alert. the c.d.c. along with latin american health officials are saying the zika virus is
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including microcephaly. the findings published online by the "new england journal of medicine." you can get zika when the mosquito carrying the virus bites you. it's also sexually transmitted we have learned. but there is no documented infections in the u.s. from mosquito bites. alison: a local military mom missed the holidays most of the school year, but just back from deployment she reunitedded with her husband and two young daughters in alexandria today. our mike carter-conneen was there for her sub prize appearance right -- surprise appearance at the school. a story you will only see on 7. mike: they call woodly hills elementary school the school of smiles. today there were tears. tears of joy. rehearsals for a school wide assembly came to a halt wednesday afternoon when michelle miller surprised her daughters ages 9 and 7 after more than half a year deployed overseas. >> surprise! >> malina's b
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days. she wanted mom home for her birthday. surprise. she is getting it. mike: with most parents master sergeants in the air force, mom and jordan for the past seven months and dad who traveling a fair amount as well it has been a team effort taking care of the girls with a lot of help from the dozen families at the school and their church. >> thank you guys very much. >> thank you so much. >> numerous times where last minute i would call someone and say hey, i need some help. without a doubt they were there. such a blessing. >> children want their parents around. they need their parents around. when they can't have that because they are serving their country then it is up to the rest of us to step in and do our part to help. mike: master sergeant miller was welcomed home with hugs, flowers and photos. >> it was amazing to see how the community came together to help raise my family. mike: this was her third deployment, main the most difficult for her and her family. >> lonely. my dad and my sister. mike: they spoke on the phone,
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but none of that compared to this. >> get to hug her. kiss her. mike: in alexandria, looking forward to making memories with them. mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. leon: oh, that is great. can't get enough of that, can you. alison: i know. gosh, so happy to see that. leon: every time you see the kids hug their mother or father and look like they never want to let them go. you understand how it feels. alison: i know. leon: congratulations! alison: well, jamie, i know you got to see that. that was a nice happy moment. now we have to talk about traffic. jamie: i know. with the good comes the bad. unfortunately the bad is what we are seeing here on the road. take a look. this is the traffic on the outer loop of the capital beltway. getting from maryland to virginia, that is the struggle on that northwest corner mainly because of an earlier accident. we have had two big crashes on the beltway. cleared one away on the inner loop near georgia avenue. still feeling those delays,
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let's move to the map. the inner loop and the outer loop is heavy. 66 is jammed up leaving past the capital beltway at 12 merm. inside the capital beltway on 66 not terrible. 395 the traffic is leaving the city a little bit slow but i want to give you a heads up. closure will go into place overnight tonight. the ramp from duke street to access 395 northbound. it will go into place at 10:30 this everything. everything should wrap up in time for the morning commute. they will detour you around. you will be able to use seminary road to access 395 north. that is a look at traffic. back to you. alison: thank you, jamie. residents of san antonio are surveying the damage after storms ripped through their neighborhoods. hail the size of baseball. the store was alsohi
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the hail causing water to pour from the ceiling. it will cost homeowners hundreds of dollars of window and roofing severely damaged. leon: we have seen that there in texas in the region every day for the last week or so. alison: it has moved east to mississippi. doug: coastal alabama this afternoon but it will stay south of us. today is lunch box weather day. that means that meteorologist eileen whelan went to bethesda to windgate elementary school as part of the lunch box weather program and conducted weather experts and answered questions. took the kids outside to run experiments. >> how do the meteorologists know how long the snow will be and when it is coming? doug: how long they want to know how long it takes to know how long a storm will last and when it is coming? we are fortunate to
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radar imagery to help us locate the storms and send bah lons the measure jetstream winds. computer models help, as well. like doctors use x-rays to look inside a body. we use this to look inside the storms and the clouds. with are able to tell you about the storms and if it would be severe. this is fun for the kids to take the camera. look at the weather for the next seven days. it's sweet. storms stay south and we will stay under influence of the high pressure for seven days.
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upper 70's on monday. the sunshine remains. leon: there is pressure building on the caps to make good on a dream for the region. >> game one against the flyers are at the verizon center for tomorrow night. the caps found gathered for a rally. rocking the red is name of the game. >> let's go caps! >> let's go caps! >> the fans gathered outside library downtown to get primed for playoff hockey. >> this has to be the year. >> this is the year. i have been waiting 20 years for this.
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>> this is his time. >> the washington mayor bowser joined in the fun. >> you know i only have one red suit. >> it was game one set for tomorrow night. made a proclamation. >> april 14 in washington. it's rock the red day. [applause] >> the super fan john this is like rock the-related aye. where are you from? >> melvin, australia. >> john made the trek from down under. tomorrow night is his first playoff game. >> the team played unbelievable this year. >> they introduced themselves and said i'm one of the biggest fans. i took a week off and flew up from australia to go to the game. >> honored to have met him and shake his hands. >> work to get him tickets. he can go to the game. game three in philly. i will work on that for you and get you tickets. >> all right. the washington nationals back on the diamond tonight hosting atlanta. tonight's expected s
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because of illness -- scratched because of illness. the golden state warriors on the verge of history. win in the regular season finale against memphis could give warriors the best record in nba history surpassing the 1995-1996 chicago bulls. six hours down the road in los angeles one of the all-time greats, kobe bryant says goodbye. kobe is in the final nba game when the lakers face utah. guys if i know hollywood, this is going to be one heck of a show for mr. bryant tonight. leon: which would you rather watch? >> that is a great question. i'd go with history and watch the warriors. leon: really? >> yes. >> that is the same reaction the sports department gave me. leon: seeing kobe hit the road is history, too. >> i see both arguments. >> he will be well taken care of in the future.
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703-236-9220. going to send it back to you in the studio. alison: thank you. that is it for "abc7 news at 5:00". here is what is coming up at 6:00 -- we have breaking news about the zika virus. what the cdc is saying about it tonight. >> riders respond. as they there is a crackdown on illegal atv and bikers. those targeted talk to abc7. >> from the baseball diamond to the courtroom. the big trouble a big leaguer is in. after being arrested at a local hotel. the busy memorial bridge needs plenty of repairs. but now no money to make them because someone dropped the ball. we have details coming up next at 6:00. announcer: now, "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. maureen: the national park service might miss a key deadline to get funds to repair the memorial bridge. leon: congressional
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this a blown opportunity. kevin lewis joins us now live from the arlington side of the bridge on the story. kevin, tell us. what is this all about? >> you can see all the problem -- kevin: the national park service hasn't shied away from revealing the dilapidated state of the memorial bridge in need of $250 million in repairs. but for some reason the park service failed to ask d.c. or virginia for state sponsorship. requirement to apply for federal grant funding. the deadline for that funding is med night tomorrow. >> i'm not going to point fingers. everybody has to take responsibility here. >> yesterday, d.c. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton and the virginia congressional delegation sent the national park service a stern letter telling the agency to get its act together. but also offered assistance. >> this bridge is falling down. each jurisdiction has

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