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like when doves cry ♪ brandi: his eclectic work and larger than life stage presence catapulted him to superstardom in the 1980's with the release of "pumpal rain." >> ♪ purple rain brandi: born prince rogers nelson. he would change his name several times. first in 1993, opting for this symbol in a dispute with his label referring to himself as the artist formerly known as prince. then again in 2000. >> it was interesting the other day. a friend of mine said so what should i call you now? i said you can call me prince. it just felt good to say that again. i hadn't in so long. >> the music legend publicist tells abc7 news he was found dead at his minnesota studio and estate. sources say he had been battling the flu. last weekend his plane made an emergency landing after a concert. he was treated but later released. >> people don't reaze
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he won seven grammy awards. he won an academy award. >> one of his memorable performances was the super bowl halftime show. >> good to dance to. comes on at a club and everyone is having a good time. >> he was so talented. he could play so many instruments. sad loss for music today. >> prince was known to have hundreds of songs never released in what fans call "the vault." we may not have heard the lost of the muse -- last of the music. leon: the purple one had influence felt throughout the world including throughout our area here. stephen tschida continues now our team coverage from the black cat in northwest washington. stephen? stephen: the black cat still hosts the prince dance parties and when they occur, the lines stretch all around the block. some of the people coming not even born when prince was at the top of the charts with "purple rain" in t
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prince had a major impact globally and right here in the nation's capitol. up and down 14th street today. you can hear his songs echoed from cars and a van across the street. we talk with a man. he is a painter, an artist, prince is one of his inspirations. today he had trouble painting. this is what he had to say. >> i just have to speak to a friend who encouraged me to go back to work. what he mentioned was prince was a gift to the world. and give back. with we have to leave it like that. >> where does he rank among musicians in your experience? >> he's incomparable. he is in his own realm. who would you do a prince tribute. like yeah, go ahead an sing "purple rain." >> so many people
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vocalist and also an incredible songwriter. think of sinead to connor, "nothing compares." "another manic monday." such a talent and so many people to be touched by prince and met him and worked with him. at 6:00 i'll talk with a man and present the story to you. someone who worked closely with prince. you don't want to miss that. leon: he also aimed a song "baltimore" to end police brutality. abc7 will have continuing coverage of the shocking news about the passing of prince. 5:30 we will get a gauge on how social media and the other music stars are reacting. right now on wjla.com we have a gallery of the prince through the years. you can join the conversation there ab
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your favorite songs in everything and memories on the wjla tv facebook page. alison: moving on now to other news of the day. a toddler left in a car seat and found dead hours later. we're got word of an arrest in the case. suzanne kennedy has breaking details from annandale. suzanne: they have turned the case over to the arlington county police. they arrested the 31-year-old boyfriend who was put in charge of the children. he was charged with the felony child neglect and involuntary manslaughter. he took the three children and put one in a child safety seat. that is where he left her to die. >> the girl was left alone in car for seven
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the boyfriend dropped off the older kid but forgot about the baby in backseat. >> there is a break this the nowhere ma'am routine and he was taking the children yesterday. he got home and forgot about the little girl. not realizing she was still in the car he went inside. suzanne: hours later the man drove back to pentagon city to pick up the mom from work. only then did he find unresponseive girl in car. >> it's terrible. >> lilianna gonzalez is a neighbor and the mother of a 2-year-old. >> it shouldn't happen at all. be more careful. the kids are precious. take care of the children. >> another neighbor calls the death tragic. everybody is hectic and busy. i can see someone can get offkilter and not look in the backseat of
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suzanne: because the body was discovered and pronounced dead in arlington, that is why the arlington county taken over the case. authorities belief the child was left in the car for seven or eight hours. it got to 71 degrees yesterday and the car could have gotten hot as 95 to 100 degrees. suzanne kennedy, abc7 news. alison: awful. thank you. alison: they are investigating the death of 16-year-old brenda soto of burke found unresponsive in a bathroom at the school yesterday. today they don't e
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leon: d.c. public schools will test hundreds of students at three schools after the parents discovered that the lead level in the water they were drinking are 20 times the acceptable level. capitol hill monte sorry, payne -- montessori, payne and minor elementary school. they knew about the high lead levels but they didn't tell anyone or do anything about it. parents found out through a blog. alison: dozen of fairfax county firefighters will join the ground search now for missing firefighter nicole mittendorff. it's now been more than a week since anyone heard from her. jeff goldberg is live in the shenandoah national park where mittendorff's car was found. that was over the weekend. jeff? jeff: we are standing at crescent rock overlook. that is miles away from where the vehicle was found over last weekend. search crews are out covering mainly the southern end of the park. they are dealing with really difficult terrain. you ha
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the steep canyon. rock everywhere. thick brush. starting this weekend, saturday and sunday, 30 members of the fairfax county firefighter search and rescue team are scheduled to begin that search for one of their own. it has been a long and challenging search that has so far yielded few results. >> we searched 15 square miles as of now. jeff: claire says 80 people take part in the search including the k9 rescue crews and a helicopter unit dealing with the jagged rocks, steep canyons and thick brush. >> the terrain is really, really challenging once you get off the trail. jeff: nicole mittendorff called in sick from work on wednesday and reported missing friday after not showing up for a scheduled shift. her mini cooper found last saturday in white oak canyon section of shenandoah national park where the search began. >> tonight is about nicole. jeff: last night at station 32 in fairfax station where mittendorff sve
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years a prayer vigil for the 31-year-old firefighter from woodbridge. friends, family and colleagues wearing a red ribbon honoring nicole. her husband steve a virginia state police sergeant heartbroken. >> we beg for her safe return to us. jeff: physical and digital evidence has been critical in focusing the search. as crews continue looking and hoping. >> in every aspect they are consummate professionals. they will continue until there is a reason not to. jeff: virginia state police trying to establish a time line between nicole mittendorff was last in touch with family last wednesday and when her car was found here in the park last saturday. that is something they are still working on as we speak. virginia state police investigators continue to say there is no evidence to suggest anything suspicious about mittendorff's disappearance. live in shenandoah national park, jeff goldberg, abc7
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news. leon: thank you, jeff. part of the appalachian trail in the shenandoah national park is now closed thanks to a wildfire that burned more than 5,6020 acres. 14 trails and fire roads are closed down. the fire was reported on saturday. and it's now one of the largest in the park's history. crews from as far away as colorado and new mexico are here to help fight the fire. so far there have been no injuries. rain is expected to come in the next several hours but likely won't be enough to make a difference out there. we could use throughout the area is some rain. chief meteorologist doug hill is here now with word with some on the way. doug: in morning showers but during the day increasing chance of showers and heavier thunderstorms in the afternoon and the evening. nothing else locally to get rid of the pollen in the air. get you started. live look outside at the bell haven country club. south/southwesterly winds. slowly tonight and tomorrow. humidity levels arise. showers m
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81. mostly head to pennsylvania. tomorrow morning by sunrise, scattered showers lu the day as a cold front approaches. better chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. through thursday evening we will see increasingly cloudiness. temperatures are mild in the 60's through tomorrow morng. that is the latest. leon: the man who landed the gyrocopter on the capitol grounds landed in jail. federal judge today sentenced doug hughes to 120 days behind bars plus a year of probation. he barred from entering the capitol or white house without permission. hughes pleaded guilty in november. he could have faced maximum of nine years in prison. still ahead here, fighting back after a series of robberies targeting people who tried to buy things on life. the new safe zones introduced. we'll tell you where to find them. alison: the option facing volkswagen owners after a judge signs off on the company's pla
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emission cheating diesel vehicles. leon: growing calls for sheriff to resign after the 911 call. now domestic abuse survivors weigh in and what they are seeing in the case that has
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alison: so this call to 911 is causing an uproar in anne arundel county where sheriff ron bateman is accused of hitting his wife in a case of domestic violence. his wife, though, later recanted and said the attack never happened. well, calls are growing now for the sheriff to re-sign. leon: as maryland bureau chief brad bell reports included among those making the calls are survivors of domestic abuse. brad: a day after the release of the 911 call his wife made to police -- brad: a growing chorus for resignation of the anne arundel county sheriff ron bateman. >> how can he be sheriff? he has one set of rules for him and another set of rules for the public? brad: as the sheriff vow
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voters joining the county executive to call for the sheriff to step aside. >> he has got to go. here he is in there supposed to be working for the public. he has his dirty little secret going on. >> sandy stern herself once trapped in an abusive relationship says she is concerned that bateman's wife elsie is claiming there was no abuse. >> i was in denial for eight and a half years. brad: tonight yvette, once a victim set on fire by her estranged husband now an advocate voicing an opinion. >> i don't think he should be allowed to be in office. i think he should be removedded. because he a government official. we have to raise the bar. brad: when we come back at 6:00, more from yvette cade and why she thinks this is an
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alison: "7 on your side" compiled an extensive list for resources of domestic abuse or one who fear a loved one is being abused. it's at wjla.com. leon: laurel business is a burned out shell after a dramatic overnight fire that happened at the g&k uniform store warehouse in lafayette avenue in laurel. firefighters spent hours knocking down the flames. no report of any injuries. good news there. but it's not yet clear what ignited the fire. alison: all right. we know around here we need rain. doug: yes! alison: it sounds like it is coming. the question is, is it enough? doug: a couple of tenth. it will knock some of the pollen out and help a little bit. we are looking to the west as the fire, the rocky mountain fire. leon: where they really need it. doug: start with images. larry brown supplied us with incredible maimages here. alison: look at that. doug: two to share with us from last evening. not a lot changed with the perimeter containment. this is the first image. the next one is dramatic.
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as well with the fire. here is the story. there will be rain falling over the area. if somehow they should get heavy rain. three-quarter of an inch or an inch to fall it would help. we are in a scattered shower and thunderstorm pattern there and here tomorrow. tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow evening. keep our fingers crossed to see what happens. at the moment, sunshine in rockville. only a couple of degrees above average. nice. humidity levels coming up. that will bode well for the showers to continue to develop ahead of a cold front as it arrives in the area tomorrow. 75 in manassas and leesburg. culpeper and fredericksburg at 78 degrees. 67 in annapolis. 69 at patuxent river naval air station. there is a bubble of warmer air to the west. 80-degree temperatures in charleston. then the numbers fall to 50's and the 60's. that area is behind the cold front. the cold front will play a big role in the weather for the next 24 hours or so. on doppler radar, the
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rain north of the fire area. running parallel to interstate 81. we will get a lightning flash in the area but the rain is mauving northeast. most of the rain is still much farther west. but in these areas at least where it has been abnormally dry, they are getting good soaking rain with the system. that is good news indeed. as we pull back look farther west to see the next area of rain and the cold front. upper level low spins around with nice shape. this is weakening. it will control the weather for the next 24 hours. driving the cold front and increasing the shower of the isolated thunderstorms tomorrow. the future cast shows morning hours there are scattered showers at 9:00 a.m. heavier showers south and west through southwest north carolina. then in the afternoon maybe become more numerous. the possibility as we get through the late afternoon and the evening, it'slated thunderstorms as the system is closer. the spin there was an upper level low coming in. that will pretty much end the rain chances. we think on saturday morning. maybe lingering h
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then after that, dryer winds move in from the north to clear things out. get up to 70 saturday afternoon and delightful weather on sunday. as far as how much rain the computer models have different versions, different models. couple tenth of an inch. every now and then you see spots that could be more. if you are lucky enough to get a thunderstorm that area is your best potential of heavier downpour as the storm passes over. 60% chance of scattered showers. sunshine here and there. 76. afternoon thunderstorm is a possibility. 30% chance of the morning showers on saturday. clearing. sunshine on sunday. monday 82. another front on tuesday. mid-70's but another chance of the scattered showers. 68 on wednesday. warm front will go through to set us up for more thunderstorms on thursday as we hit 80. the seven-day the highs and the lows looking a lot different than they did ten or 12 days ago. leon: they are. big difference. doug: we can officially say there will be no more snowflakes. leon: take
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phil. doug: you got that. alison: still ahead at 5:00 --
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alison: so, volkswagen owners will soon be given a choice on what to do with the diesel engine cars. leon: now that is the judge's order as part of a multibillion dollar settlement over the v.w. emission diesel engine cheating scandal. kimberly suiters joins us now with a look at the choices the drivers are forced to make. kimberly? kimberly: what do you do? do you let v.w. buy back the diesel or go for the fix? this is just the begivenning, by the way. v.w. facing $20 billion in environmental fine from the u.s.. the company hasn't worked out how much it will compensate almost half a million v.w. diesel drivers in the u.s. we are talking jetta, beatles, passat, audie. we ask the maryland v.w. drivers what they plan to do. >> i think they will do what they is a. they will try to make it right. with the people that purchase the diesel cars. kimberly: it sounds like you still like and trust the company.
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we would by another volkswagen. >> the environmental impact is my big concern. it doesn't affect the gas mileage i might go that route. if they can't make guarantees i'll have them buy the car back. kimberly: she is talking about the guarantee about the minimal environmental impact which is why she bought the car in the first place. another driver told us his v.w. gets 50 miles per hour. he knows that for sure so they may be in the minority opting for the fix. but i'm running a twitter poll. you can weigh in. 100% of the people are saying they would let v.w. buy that car back. leon, alison, back to you. leon: 100%? alison: interesting. leon: rarely do you see unanimity. alison: especially on twitter. leon: right. thank you. alison: thank you. well, still ahead tonight at 5:00 -- firefighters mourning a colleague's loss. pull a woman from a burning car. what they are saying
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finding themselves in the right place at the right time. leon: plus, the new effort underway to stop robberies to people simply trying to buy or sell something on craigslist. safe exchange zones. alison: first, growing tribute today to artist who transcended music. how prince is remembered. that's next on "abc7 news at 5:00".
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announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. [applause] alison: well, that standing ovation is now part of history. what no one knew that day in atlanta. just last week was that those moments would be the final time prince ever performed on stage. the singer was found today collapsed inside his pace, minnesota -- maria paisley park, minnesota, home. he had been battling the flu for days. even his plane had to make an emergency landing to rush him to the hospital. following that very show right there in atlanta. so within moments of news breaking of prince's death, tributes began to pour in. horace holmes monitoring that for us tonight. what did you find? horace: millions and millions of people have been
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media, including a number of celebrities. president obama saying that the world has lost a creative icon. 4 million people posting on twitter, tweeting, including oprah winfrey, usher, stevie knicks, madonna and demi lovato. in this area prince performed at the warner theater in june. dowd was there and he posted this picture he took outside of the theater. you can see the billboard, "prince: the hit and run tour." this picture from inside, c.c. bloom was there. you can see she says incomparable, irreplaceable, to have witnessed magic at its finest. this hurts. my goodness. of course, a lot of people are quoting prince and posting videos from prince and pictures. this one says, "it's so important to let your gift be guided by something that is clear." that is a quote from prince. here is
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inside warner theater. that concert and of course the american history museum today made a post with princes iconic guitar right there. so, a lot of people reacting to the death of prince. a lot of saturdayest in and good memories also -- sadness and good memories also. alison: okay. join in on the conversation and pay tribute to prince right now on the website wjla.com. or over on the facebook page. our coverage of the life and death of the music icon will continue on "abc7 news at 6:00". leon: there may never be another one like him. alison: no. leon: other news, d.c. will be home to safe zones. for people who like to shop on websites like craigslist. d.c. police chief cathy lanier announced the safe zones after 57 robberies in the last year involving online shopping. fighting back against crime reporter jennifer donelan explains the chief's plan to help keep you
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>> in all the social media and the internet apps people using you have to realize you are dealing with strangers. jennifer: buying and sell withing strangers on sites like craigslist increasingly ended in face-to-face crimes. >> we have had armed robberies and armed robberies that turn to carjackings. jennifer: d.c. police count 60 such time robberies since last may. distinct uptick. >> have you ever been nervous about a transaction? >> yes. i have. jennifer: in response the chief is making the lobbies of three police facilities safe exchange zones. harbor patrol in southwest, the third district in northwest. and the six district in northeast. >> i think for some people it will work. especially like young, single women. >> lobby access from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the transactions means secure access. weapon detection at two location and armed police officers. >> police are not be involved in any dispute or complaints. >> the hope is police close at hand will defer
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he is set to appear on "7 on your side" wall of justice next month. d.c. detectives say he set up three men from maryland trying to sell a tablet on the app offer up. instead of cash, police say young pulled out a gun and robbed the trio. now there is a warrant out for his arrest. >> you have to be willing to come through our security to do your transaction here. >> the people who have been targeting users through the online websites and the apps haven't all gotten away with the crimes. d.c. police tell us that about half of the related robberies are now solved. that is 28 people locked up and facing charges. in northeast, i'm jennifer donelan, abc7 news. alison: we are getting the first look tonight at the proposed changes to the white house fence. the proposal by the secret service and the national park service would nearly double the fencee height to 11-1/2-feet tall. construction could start at 2018. this comes after a series
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existing fence. in one instance a man actually made it inside the white house before being captured. leon. leon: d.c. police say a cab driver fled from officers and hit several cars before he was stopped. the chase ended with a crash. the cab driver was taken to the hospital. there is no word on his condition. he hit nine vehicles including a police car. no word on what may have led to the chase. alison: he wouldn't hurt a fly. that is what the family of 45-year-old paul gionellos told stephen tschida. he was autistic and died yesterday in a confrontation with fairfax county police. investigators say he wandered away in an outing at round tree park in falls church. a police officer found him nearby but says that gione -- gianelos attacked him three. other officers arrived to restrain him. after the struggle police say he collapsed and died a short while later. neighr
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seen any of the group home residents become violent. >> with the boys, the only difficulty is the handicap of trying to get to and from the vehicles. alison: gianelos family declined to speak on camera. fairfax police launched an investigation in the incident. leon: primary voting in maryland five days away from now. democratic front runner hillary clinton was back in new york where she won big- time on tuesday. she took part in a town hall and asked if bernie sanders should drop out of the race. she said it wasn't her decision to make. sanders agreed suggesting the new york primary was not a fair fight.
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as independents did not have the right to participate in democrat or the republican. that is not democracy. leon: donald trump called on ted cruz and john kasich to drop out after his big apple win. both men say they are staying in the race. early vote ends at 8:00 p.m. tonight. leon: coming up, forget doing it free with style. meet a teen going the distance with swagger. alison: a little later, firefighter returning from a funeral makes an unplanned stop. amazing rescue. >> you happened to find out? >> we just happened to find out. leon: lead in the water at d.c. schools. tonight in a story you will see on 7. "abc7 news at 6:00" -- the three schools tested and how parents are finding out about it.
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doug: time to check out the weekend forecast. starting off with shower and thunderstorms leading into improving weekend picture. look for partly cloudy skies. emoji has sunglasses for a good reason. mostly sunny and 71 for sunday. d.c. united-new england game saturday at 5:30 we have sunshine. temperatures in the 60's. of course you can watch the games at d.c. united live on abc7. the next seven days, warm and humid. lingering morning showers on saturday. clearing. warmer on monday. more showers tuesday. cooler wednesday. hot near 80 degrees on thursday. getting into a real summer pattern. stay with us. "abc7 news at 5:00" returns
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alison: "7 on your side" with a health matters report especially if you travel a lot. if you can't get a good night's sleep your first night in a hotel, you are not alone. researchers examine people's brains while they slept in unfamiliar place. and yes, they found the left side of the brain was not deeply asleep and quick to
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strongly. the good news is this mart of the brain seemed to settle down by the second night in the study. >> not staying to lay down and sleep on the right side the brain instead? alison: i don't think so. leon: it doesn't matter which side you sleep on. alison: no. you still won't sleep well. leon: okay. michigan teenager raising awareness for cer re ball pal --er is re ball palsy and -- cerebal palsy and with swaler. the sophomore gained national attention for this. this is his c.p. swagger walk. he carries his younger brother bradeon on his back. his brother has c.p. and they trek across the state. third time for walk. they make it epic with friends and family in tow. they are walking 111 miles. they are going to go all the way to the state capitol. lansing. >> this is a long walk. this is something i would not accomplish without my friends walking
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i'm thankful for guys with me. i didn't think they'd have that many guys with me. leon: 17 miles in the books, they are planning to arrive on the steps of the capitol next monday. braden is 70 pounds and getting bigger. hunter says this will be the final c.p. swagger walk. alison: wow! what a special guy. leon: "he ain't heavy. he's my brother." i love that. alison: perfect. all right. coming up at "abc7 news at 5:00" -- can you still change? find out what will be different at the next national spelling bee. >> a prince george's county firefighter pulled a woman from the burning vehicle. i'm mike carter-conneen in landover. coming up, he describes the incredibl
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leon: the prince george's county fire department is applauding a veteran tirement for quick thinking, pulling a woman out of a burning vehicle. take a look at the footage. you see that? the firefighter is now commended for savoring that woman's life. >> first you see the smoke in advance. at that point i figured it was a vehicle on fire. mike: prince george's county
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ware stopped on northbound 301 near brandywine road wednesday. inside a burning car he found a woman in driver's seat. >> i said, "open the door." but i realized it wouldn't happen. >> she was experiencing a medical emergency. a good samaritan stopped to help and they broke through the driver's side window. >> she stepped on the gas pedal that caused the vehicle to move. >> they pulled the woman to safety. >> we are moving at 100 miles per hour. mike: soon after rescuing the woman from the car and using the radio to call for help, chief ware started to record the video on the cell phone. minutes later the car was fully engulfed. >> from experience i know how fast vehicles can become completely engulfed. time was of the to sense. >> story to celebrate after a difficult week for prince george's county firefighters. mourning the death of one of their own. ware helped to
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mutual aid resources in the funeral. the 21-year veteran was heading home from the shift when he saw the car on fire. >> be on guard and ready to go. they help the community anytime it's needed. >> it's still unclear what caused the fire. >> the woman is expected to be okay that the medical episode was not life threatening. >> i'm glad we were able to get her out. >> in largo, mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. alison: what a story that is! let's get a check on the roads. jamie sullivan is here on traffic watch for us. jamie: we are starting off in d.c. a few slow spots. i'll run through it. start with a live look. 12th street and constitution avenue. no accidents here. a lot of volume we're seeing. here and there, too, areas for slowing because of the sun glare. let's talk about what we are seeing in d.c. outbound kenilworth avenue moving to the mapping system. the idea will be heaviest stretch starting near the 11th street bridge continuing to the b.w. parkway. under 20 minutes will take you now. of cou
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heavy from tysons continuing north on 66. heavy traffic heading inbound. we are seeing that from the capital beltway closer to the rez volt bridge. averaging over 35 minutes. 40 minutes now. on the westbound stretch. stop-and-go from the capital beltway to centreville. traveling on the bottom side of the beltway from virginia, averaging 22 miles per hour. you get from the mixing bowl closer to the wilson bridge and continue. then keep in mind overnight tonight there will be some closures in place. 395 northbound from seminary road to duke street. two lanes will be blocked but we will be able to get through. that is a look at traffic. back to you. alison: thank you. we have an update to the tiger attack in florida that killed a zookeeper. the tyinger that killed stacy konweiser is receiving death threats apparently. a caller made a threat calling the zoo. and being told it would not discuss whether the tiger would e
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the attack. but has not been put down. leon: death threats? tiger was just being a tiger alison: exactly. leon: crazy. ahead on "abc7 news at 6:00" tonight -- the sudden death of prince, the big story of the day. we look at how he is being remembered. memories pouring in. how you can share yours and some of the biggest fans. we will tell you about that. a story you can see only here. hundreds of d.c. public school students are being tested for lead. the three schools under the microscope and how the parents are finding out about it. they are not happy. this is described as the longest drug tunnel crossing the u.s.-mexico border. just how long it is and how much marijuana was found inside of it. all that ahead at 6:00 tonight. alison: but first, get another check of how the weather is shaping up. rains moving our way. leon: we could use some, doug. doug: tomorrow is the day for rain. not that far from here. we have had showers and thunder in the past couple of hours. first things first, live look at
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school in maryland. 75. cloudy skies. sun peeking through. temperatures are warm and comfortably so. 75 in manassas and leesburg. 80 in culpeper. 79 in fredericksburg. 74 in baltimore and reagan national airport. the forecast tonight for the next few hours we will be fine. but overnight cloudy, showers could develop overnight by sunrise. 56 to 63 by morning. mild. then through the day tomorrow, showers and afternoon thunderstorms. right now winchester has a shower. had a lightning strike ten miles northwest of winchester. all the showers have stayed west of interstate 81 all day long. but farther west and closer to the cold front, more showers developing. as they move eastward we be see scattered showers. it won't rain all day but we have scattered showers and the possibility of evening thunderstorms moved in. forecast friday. partly to mostly cloudy. warm, muggy. shower and isolated thunderstorms. the weekend outlook c
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skies after the morning showers 70. plenty of degrees. sunshine. 71 on sunday. heading through the next seven days warm to the lower 80's on monday. cooler on tuesday and wednesday. back to 80 with showers and thunderstorms by thursday. leon, alison, robert. back to you. alison: thanks. leon: sharing our memories and talk about prince. robert: "diamonds and pearls." the world lost a musical legend. prince dying at the age of 57. sports world sharing the sorrow. starting with the nfl. they remembered prince to tweet picture of the super bowl performance in miami. of course in minnesota the twins noted it's raining in minneapolis today and showed photo of the stadium decked out in purple. closer to home, there was a tweet remembering prince saying rest in peace to a legend with angel emoji. for more, go to wjla.com. we have put together reactions from across the sports world. on a much lighter noted.
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r.f.k. this weekend. mls no longer a teenager. it's 20 years old now. there is a birthday party at r.f.k. stadium saturday. everyone is invited. >> a lot of great memories. d.c. united just turned the big 2-0. it's time to celebrate. >> i have been lucky enough to be part of again, about 17, 18 of those years. major league soccer founded in 1996. d.c. united, the league's first dynasty. former player turned head coach ben olson has experienced just about all of it. >> the conference finals against new england from 2004. it was one of the most memorable games i have ever had. >> d.c. united goalkeeper -- >> i grew up a d.c. united fan. >> says he was ten years old when he and his dad started to make the trek from pennsylvania to r.f.k. >> i remember morena
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coach chad ashton played against d.c. in the day. >> i scored one goal in the regular season in this building. alison: no longer teenagers they continue to mature. >> the roots are firm. each year you see every aspect of the league growing. alison: breaking news just in. robert: yahoo! source telling them scott brooks agreed in principal to five-year deal with the wizards. we have more at 6:00. alison: that's big! leon: news coming. who is coming with him. who is coming with him? robert: don't get your hopes up. leon: okay. we'll see. joseline peña-melnyk for congress... yes! in annapolis, she battled republicans and the nra to pass the toughest
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i'll take on the tough fights to expand social security and keep the doors open to planned parenthood. my mom is so tough she's willing to fight anyone who's going to pay him more than us for doing the same job. i'm joseline peña-melnyk, and i approve this message.
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kids: he came here from rocky married 27 years. raised 6 kids. including 5 boys. he had grandpa move in with us. glenn: we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
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leon: after two years of settling for ties organizers of
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come up with a plan to crown just one winner. so starting this year the championship round will be longer, and the words in them will also be longer. right now the final round has a list of 25 championship words. they are chosen weeks before the competition. but in the future organizers can choose harder words on the fly if things seem to be too easy for the spellers. alison: it is hard to imagine words harder than they are. >> they are trying to combat the zika virus. joe netticly modified mosquitoes. >> before they're tested in florida the f.d.a. had to evaluate them and look at data from the places tested and ruled they are safe for the environment and
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>> scientists want to release millions of the male mosquito in florida to lower the population of the mosquito carrying the zika virus. >> the genetically modified male mates with the wild female and the offspring does not develop into an adult. it dies before adulthood. >> families say there is no plan if something goes wrong and if diseases start to spread. >> i work here, i live here. i have the right to choose if i want to do this or not. >> the scientists behind the plan say it is working in other countries. abc dr. besser visited a lab in brazil where they are saying the targeted zika virus population reduced by a dramatic 90%. >> it's two to four days after we release it, it will be dead. >> in washington, fight or funding to control the spread of the zika virus
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president obama has requested nearly $1.9 billion. democrats say the top republicans say they are partially funding the request. the vote for today did not happen. stephanie ramos, abc news, washington. alison: that is all for us at 5:00. right now on "abc7 news at 6:00" -- one of the brightest stars in the world of entertainment lost today. the sudden death of prince reverberating across the world. elevatedded levels of lead in the water at d.c. public schools. students at three schools to be tested. we will let you newhich ones and how the problem came to light in a story you will only see on abc7. plans moving forward to build mel's rink in honor of a young girl. when first told you about it this winter. now the important step green lighting that project just ahead. announcer: from abc7 news, this is a breaking news
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alison: we begin with breaking news. this is in the search for missing firefighter nicole mittendorff. michelle is in the newsroom. there is a surprising find? michelle: we are learning a body has been found. female body has been found in shenandoah national park. this news release just coming down minutes ago. here is what they say. the ground team of the national park service and virginia state police located the body at 2:00. i'll read this off for you. just getting it here. national park service says that they found the body about a mile from the white oak canyon parking area. that is significant because that is just a short distance away from where nicole mittendorff's vehicle was found just a few days ago. while there is no confirmation that this body is that of nicole mittendorff, it is significant that this body that has

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