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as the fairfax county fire department copes with the heart-breaking loss of nicole mittendorff; chief richard bower says he is focused on her family and his troops. >> we won't allow our men and women and the family to grieve -- we want to allow our men and women and the family to grieve this week. jeff: but he is launching investigation into the bullying of nicole mittendorff whose body was found last thursday in shenandoah national park after she committed suicide. online message boards reveal posts that mittendorff's name was used in a negative manner. some of the posts purported to be written by members of the fairfax county fire department. none of him gave his or her name. >> if there is any nexus with any type of bullying, which i have zero tolerance for, i will address that and eradicate that completely. >> inside mittendorff's mini cooper they discovered a suicide note. details are unknown. mittendorff 31 had
the department for three years and the department leaders say she loved the job. following mittendorff's death, chief bowers says serious questions apt bullying and intimidation must now be asked. >> if in fact there is anybody responsible for any piece of this, i will hold them accountable. jeff: the chief says if that is the case he plans to establish a comprehensive plan to deal with long-term or the existing culture problems within the department. the funeral for nicole mittendorff set for thursday afternoon. live in tysons corner, jeff goldberg, abc7 news. alison: thank you very much. meanwhile, d.c. police are hunting for the person who attacked a wilson high school senior this morning. the student says he was getting out of his car near the corner of brandywine and grant streets in northwest. when he was stabbed. he ran to the school for help and he will survive we are told. police believe this attack may have been an attempted robbery. that attack comes as d.c
schools instituted a change. at two other high schools all in the name of protecting students. stephen tschida joins us live from dunbar high school, one of two schools running on a new schedule. tell us about it. stephen: students at dunbar got out ten minutes later while nearby mckinley high school students got out ten minutes earlier. the goal here is keep the students as far apart from each other as possible. mixing teens from different d.c. high schools can be combustible. >> it's scary. it's scary. stephen: today the school system made unprecedented move, staggering start and stop times for two schools. to keep a lid on violence. >> they get to fighting. they get to stabbing each other. it's pathetic. stephen: mckinley in northeast will start and end ten minutes earlier. dunbar in northwest will commence and cease its day ten minutes later. >> keep the violence
keep the violence doesn't. keep everybody safe. stephen: the high schools are less than a mile apart. the noma-gallaudet and the rhode island metro station are in close proximitior -- proximity apart. >> they are going to wait for the other kids. if they have a problem with the kids they will wait for them. stephen: some metro passengers welcome any effort to quell the violence. but d.c. school students have commuters such as karen owens avoiding metro altogether. >> it's too much congestion. you have the rush hour people, the school kids, too much drama. it's not worth it anymore. stephen: some of the adults we spoke to welcome the effort, we talked to the dunbar high school students here who said starting ten minutes later, getting out ten minutes later they don't like that at all. reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. leon: well, the clock is ticking ahead of an important primary in mayl
tomorrow's ballot goes deeper than just picking a party follow knee for president. in fact, -- party nominee for president. there are several critical decisions in the area. brad bell has a look at the whole show we will see play out across the state tomorrow night. brad? brad: yeah, leon, this is one of the most exciting election cycles in maryland in a long time. not just because of the crazy presidential election that everybody has been follow something closely but also because of the senate and two house races as well. city hall here in bowie is one of the polling places that will be open tomorrow. one interesting thing this year, we don't know if we will see big lines. early voting was going on for quite some time. it ended last week. it has become extremely popular. the numbers higher than ever. people coming out and voting essentially at their convenience so they don't have to come up on the one scheduled day. the presidential primary is expected that
handily the democratic side. although sanders has been in the state campaigning of late. on the republican side, trump holds the lead. one of the surprises people are talking about is perhaps a very good showing by john kasich. he has been spending a lot of time in maryland. he also seems to have the support if not the official endorsement of governor larry hogan. so we get to the senate race, senator barbara mikulski announcing her retirement some time ago and the race drawing heavy weight contenders. representative chris van hollen from the eighth congressional district. montgomery county. he is the guy who has all of the endorsements of the party establishment. he seems to be the insider. just today he picked up a new endorsement from martin o'malley. he is up against representative donna edwards who represents maryland's fourth. she has been a very low-key member of congress. but as an african-american woman she is winning an awful
boost with the endorsement of emily bliss and a lot of money because of the outside influence. so those two congressional districts are open. the eighth congressional district crowded. kathleen matthews, david trone, jamie raskin all vying for the seatsy. considered a tossup. despite the fact that $14 million has been spent by the candidates. it's the most expensive race in country this year. in the fourth it's also basically a three-person race. former lieutenant governor anthony brown versus former state's attorney glen ivey versus the delegate pena melnik. that, too, surprisingly seen a tossup at this point. some of the polls showing all three candidates very, very close together. it will be interesting to see what happens. as we said a big election cycle in maryland. we didn't even mention baltimore mayor's
that is up for grabs. crowded field. considered a sensitive post. particularly after all of the freddie gray upheaval in that town. so we will be here following the developments tomorrow. we'll be out tomorrow night as well to bring you the results as soon as we get them. in bowie, brad bell, abc7 news. leon: all right. you got it. looking again at the top of the ticket. two republican presidential candidates are shrugging off an apparent alliance in the waning days of primary season. >> if donald trump is the nominee, hillary clinton wins. >> i think what donald trump needs to understand is that he cannot beat hillary clinton. leon: ted cruz and john kasich have opted to not campaign in the states where the other has a shot to beat donald trump at the polls. trump cried foul calling it collusion. but he also called it desperation. the alliance does not include tomorrow's primaries in five states. now our sister station newschannel8 is going to have live primary results throughout the
correspondent scott thuman will host coverage beginning at 9:00 p.m. alison: we all know the weather can play a major role in voter turn-out. especially in a primary. our chief meteorologist doug hill is tracking tomorrow's conditions around here. could we see storms, doug? doug: we could in the mid-to-the late afternoon. especially in the early everything hours. if that is a concern, find a time early, midday, early afternoon, lunch break before you go to work to head to the local polling location. as far as the numbers go, we are in good shape. 76 degrees. high clouds around. comfortable afternoon with a southerly wind. temperatures a big range. 66 in lexington park in st. mary's county. if you travel west to charlottesville, 86 degrees. otherwise in between we are in the low 80's to the mid-to-upper 70's. delightful evening. no rain chances this evening. 64 in brentwood. 60 in ashburn in georgetown. 63 in dale city.
off the coast pumps up the warm and humid air. a couple of frontal system approaches the area and that is likely to kick off thunderstorms especially through the afternoon hours. a couple of showers early in the morning wash-out. then we get to this time tomorrow and there will be scattered showers or storms. one or two could get near severe levels. we talk about that and the weekend, too. alison: this sounds like a headline from a year ago. patriots quarterback tom brady sitting out the beginning of next year suspended because of deflategate. but that old headline is in fact new again. after an order from the u.s. court of appeals. we have reaction. reporter: a back-and-forth battle between nfl commissioner roger goodell and the four-time super bowl champions the new england patriots. in may of 2015 an investigation by the nfl concluded that it was more probable than not footballs were intentionally deflated after they bar examined by a referee at the a.f.c. championship against the colts.
more probable than not that patriots superstar quarterback tom brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities. >> i don't know what happened. completely and totally unaware of any of it. reporter: the violation claims the footballs were inflated to make them easier to throw and catch. after hearing an appeal, roger goodell chose to uphold the suspension but a ban was overturned by a judge allowing brady to play the entire 2015 season. u.s. appeals court now ruling the suspension will stand. >> this comes as no surprise. pro-brady as judge berman was at the lower court these guys were pro-nfl. it came out that way. reporter: it's unclear if the nfl players association and brady will petition for another rehearing. but what is clear is that deflategate scandal, controversial that has resulted in stricter rules within the nfl may be coming to a close. on top of brady's suspension the patriots were fined $1
first-round pick in the 2016 nfl draft. if brady has to serve his suspension, his first game back would be against the cleveland browns. in los angeles, abc7 news. alison: we want to know what you think about this? is the court's decision fair? weigh in on the abc7 news twitter account. at last check two of third of those voting saying it is fair. you can vote through tomorrow. leon: another nfl quarterback learning his fate tomorrow. that is when the prosecutors in texas say they will announce whether or not they will indict johnny manziel for allegedly attacking his girlfriend. misdemeanor assault case was taken to a grand jury last week. in january, manzanillo's girlfriend said the quarterback forced her in a car and began driving off. she tried to jump out and he allegedly dragged her back in and hit her. alison: still to come here at 5:00, a string of burglaries in a montgomery county neighborhood. we will tell you what they have in common. leon: plus, a surprising discovery about bed bugs. that is right.
and how that could help keep -- help you keep the pets out of your home. alison: also ahead, a small brush fire caused by a meteorite. the uproar over a fire department tweet that set imaginations ablaze. leon: first, though, a big step to a new stadium for d.c. united. so why are so many protesting the start of the demolition there? stay tuned.
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alison: there is a plan to transform buzzard point in d.c. to this right here. a new stadium for d.c. united. but today's ground-breaking attracted a small group of protesters. mike carter-conneen joins us live from the site in southwest washington. hi, mike. mike: hi, alison. you see this here behind me? this is a high-tech dust monitor. it measures wind and particulate in the air to monitor the environmental impact of this construction project. tht
here today. nearby public housing residents who complain the construction dust from this and the other sites around buzzard point is making them sick. they worry this redevelopment will push them from the community. >> welcome to the future home of d.c. united. mike: watching the demolition phase of the d.c. united stadium build, mayor muriel bowser celebrated that the project would create a thousand and construction permanent jobs but some neighbors say they are worried about the health impact of the dust. >> i told them numerous time if you don't protect us we will be a sick pocket of the community. some of us will be deadty bty time all the projects are constructed. >> in response the mayor said any construction in d.c. must have vetted and approved environmental plan. >> we will proceed with caution to make sure the site is cleaned up and have ate gra stadium here. like across -- a great stadium here. like we do across the way. mike: they will tran
to a billion dollar economic activity area attracting a million visitors a year and generating millions of dollars in tax revenue. >> the transformation will take years as we have seen with the national stadium. ten years but we are seeing effect from that. >> this came after years of discussion with the team owners. >> it's a process and tested everyone's patience to get here. it does take a village. >> the players say having a home field is meaningful and motivating. >> to finish every season strong. get a championship before we get in there. then hit the ground running. >> you can see what is left of the warehouse. it looks like a crumpled soda can. today mayor bowser announced the creation of a community workforce coordinator to ensure the ward six residents get priority in hiring decisions on the process and training and the work force development opportunities. this project is set for completion in spring of 2018.
mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. leon: thank you, mike. small brush fire in bowie sparked a big debate online. even in our newsroom here. bouz the bowie volunteer fire department said it was caused by a meteorite. fire investigators, even the space experts were quick to come out and throw water on the claim. at 5:45, brad bell will show us the tourism that followed the alleged meteorite. alison: but owe there will be conspiracy for a long time to come. no matter what they say. alison: see what they found. leon: gray or green men. doug: brad has the answer coming up.
we knew this pattern would flip. so we will have five of the next seven days chances of rain. temperatures are good news now. start with a time lapse from the science center. you can see on the left-hand side of the screen. that is not an alien ship. that is the moon. that is the size when you see the optical illusion. that could have made a crater. there is a crater there from the moon hitting it. the clouds roll in during the day. delightful day with the sunshine and the temperatures in the low 80's. tree pollen, too. owewise mold spore in the low range today. temperatures are interesting because of the wind direction. if you get near the bay or the title potomac look what happens. by a temperature at 62. air temperature
farther west from the marine influence is warmer. 84 right now in fredericksburg. 85 in pup pup -- 85 in culpeper. tomorrow we see the temperatures with the low to mid-80's across the region. high pressure off the banks and then frontal systems approach. that will set the stage for the possible showers and the scattered thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and everything around the area. few showers across the mountain west. should wash out. heating of the day and the front in the afternoon or the evening scattered showers and the thunderstorms are a possibility. in fact the storm prediction system in norman, oklahoma, placed significant part of the area under a marge
for severe thunderstorms tomorrow. we may have risk of hail or 58 in gusts. the forecast numbers are impressive. start in lower 60's. 77 for midday. more clouds. 84 in the afternoon. with chance of showers and the thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening hours. look how the numbers change on wednesday. we could have the left over howers? the morning. skies will turn partly sunny. highs 64 on wednesday. chance of showers scattered later friday with the temperatures in the mid-60s. saturday looks nice. partly cloudy. 70. clouds come back on sunday. 68. the chances of the showers saturday even
days of sunshine to rain. leon: wi have had a good run. alison: thank you. still ahead. how about this? cit toe nite for bed -- kryptonite for bed bugs. we will tell you the colors they hate and how it could keep them hitching a ride in your house. leon: maryland's fight against zika. rising temperatures bring rising fears the virus will spread across america. alison: coming up tonight in primetime --
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stronger, is changing even faster than they do. because we don't just want your kids to grow up. we want them to grow up stronger. alison: "7 on your side" in health matters now. today marks the beginning of zika awareness week in maryland. the state is urging all residents to understand how the virus is spread and to take steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes. anne arundel county department of health will host a town hall 6:30 thursday night at anne arundel community college. leon? leon: well, alison, could the color of your luggage help stop bed bugs hitching a ride in your house? new research suggests it might be the case. the study in the journal of medical entomology found bed bugs prefer dark
black or dark red. when possible they avoid the dazzling colors. white, bright yellow or green shades. experts suggest sunny colored suitcases or those with the hard exteriors to help prevent bed bug from hotel or elsewhere hitching a ride with you to go back home. another noncolor related suggestion to keep bed bugs out of the house. unpack the suitcase in the garage, so if they are in there, that is what they stay. alison: because that is convenience. leon: great place to keep a yellow suitcase. in the garage. alison: i can't wait to see you pulling that yellow suitcase in the airport. leon: looks like one of those things from i don't know, minion. i got a minion bag. if you see that, you know it is over. still ahead at 5:00 -- flocking to the scene of a fire. why some rushed to the isolated spot in the woods. alison: first, though, the fire in western virginia hits milestone of sorts.
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announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. alison: community is on edge after six home burglaries in a matter of weeks. montgomery county reporter kevin lewis is fighting back against crime now in takoma park. do the cases have anything in common? kevin: not really. that makes it more challenging for detectives to investigate. the recent home break-in happened on a street, dead-end street east of downtown takoma park. police say a burglar or burglars climbed through a back bedroom window why the homeowner was gone and then stole valuables. in another instance, someone climbed through unlocked second story bathroom window to gain access to another person's house. of course, police always suggest residents lock their doors and their windows and keep a vigilant eye out for strange behavior in the neighborhood. we talk to residen
heard about the break-ins but others say they hadn't. >> when we bought here we didn't think we'd have any issues. we did ask when we bought and some of the neighbors said, you know, all the years there have been some break-in but not common. >> it is horrible. i assume no one was hurt or i would have heard that first off. it sucks when something happens to you or one of your neighbors. kevin: now we are not aware of any arrests from any of the six individual home break-ins. but the residents tell us they have seen uptick in police patrols as the detectives continue to try to catch the burglars. live in takoma park, i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. leon: all right. thank you. the wildfire burning at shenandoah national park reached historic levels now. in a letter the superintendent to the park says that the fire burned through more than 9,300 acres making it now the second largest fire in park history. that letter said the fire is well-managed and it contained in a spec
sure that everyone is safe. the cause of the fire has not been confirmed but is believed to be caused by a human. alison: well, checking today's other top stories now. remembrances are planned for a fairfax county firefighter nicole mittendorff. her funeral will be thursday. but tonight the silver line center off the beltway in tysons will light up in her honor. fairfax county fire chief richard bower says an investigation will reveal if bullying may have played a role in mittendorff's suicide. leon: students at two d.c. schools went home at different times today. mckinley tech high school ended their day 3:05. dunbar high sent students home at 3:25. the goal is to have fewer students headed to the noma-gallaudet metro station at the same time and thereby reduce chances of fights erupting. alison: demolition is underway at the site of the new d.c. united stadium at southwest washington. sitting in a backhoe, the mayor muriel bowser tore down the first part of an empty warehouse
ground-breaking set for later this year on the $300 million project. it is scheduled to open in 2018. cleveland police now settled a $6 million lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy. tamir rice was playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center when he was shot by a white police officer november 22, 2014. rice's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the city, officers and dispatchers acted recklessly when they confronted the boy. as part of the settlement the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million next year. but they did not admit to any wrongdoing. leon: overseas now, the molenbeek metro station in brussels has reopened a month after 20 people were killed there in a deadly terror attack. a memorial wall has been set up on the subway station wall. family member and commuters left messages behind in remembrance of the victims. isis claimed responsibility for the
the airport and metro station. alison: hundreds of more u.s. troops are headed to syria to fight isis. president obama announced 250 special operations forces will be sent to the war-torn country in the coming weeks. >> the most you are jeny -- urgent threat to the nation is isis. that is why we are united in the determination to destroy it. all 28 nato allies are contributing to the coalition. whether it's striking isil targets in syria and iraq or supporting the air campaign or training the local forces in isle rack or providing critical humanitarian aid. alison: now the new deployment will bring the number of u.s. special forces in is syria up to 300. still ahead at 5:00 -- the fire initially blamed on a meteorite. still ahead the evidence that ruled out extraterrestrial causes. but it still drew a crowd. jennifer: police say he is at
steve: i'm steve rudin. never too early to talk about the upcoming weekend. between now an then we need to get through showers and thunderstorms. tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening highs will be in the middle 80's. fast forward to saturday. we are -- i should say friday. maryland day. with we have a lot of fun going on there. for saturday i should say, temperatures that will make it to 70 degrees. nice mix of sun and clouds. then as we move in thedy on sunday, maybe looking at few showers. but not anticipated to be a wash-out. with the highs in the upper
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hope you can identify these two men. each one robbed a bank on march 22nd. within two hours. now the sheriff's office believes the men were working together. do you know who they are? it's believed they used a green jeep compass to commit the crimes. staying in stafford, detectives are also looking for mack on a felony probation violation. and in d.c., police are adding donald young to the wall. they say he agreed to buy a tablet online. when three young men showed up to sell it, he robbed them of everything. in prince george's county the search is on for christopher crawford for murder. prince william county police are trying to close a murder case. as they search for alexander flores-aguailar. jesse kim wanted for assault and battery is still nowhere to be found. now let's set the wall of justice in motion. and tonight the spotlight is tavona mack. the stafford county sheriff office has a warrant out
deputies say she violated the terms of her previously suspended jail sentence on charges of forgery and prescription fraud. can you help them find her? >> better yet, mrs. mack will see this and do the right thing and turn herself in to put it behind her. >> she is 5'1", weighs 235 pounds, 30 years old, black hair, brown eyes wanted on felony probation violation. they want her off the wall of justice to put her behind bars. if you can help in the case, contact the stafford county sheriff office. i'm jennifer donelan, we will see you next week with a id "7 on your side" fighting back wall of justice. >> breaking news coming in the newsroom right now. this is about saturday's smoke incident on metro. get down to elsie. what is -- get down to jonathan elias. jonathan: it was caused by something on the
something metal from a rail car that got dislodged and came in on tact with the third rail that made a loud noise and it created smoke. it happened saturday after 7:00 p.m. outside the friendship heights metro on the red line. the train in question was stopped right there in the tum. -- tunnel. personals were put on a different -- passengers were put on a different train. nobody was hurt. they have inspected the power sources. they have come to the preliminary part of the problem. part of the train came off, fell on the track. hit the electrified third rail to cause the sparking. the noise. the smoke. from the newsroom, i'm jonathan elias. leon: thank you. still ahead at "abc7 news at 5:00" -- the newest redskin talks about his trip to join the burgundy and gold. erin hawksworth has the first comments since leaving the panthers. alison: why investigators are shooting down claims that a meteorite was to blame for a
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alison: the kind of thing you don't hear often. brush fire sparked by a meteorite. investigators were quick to shoot down the claim. so, what is to blame? as maryland bureau chief brad bell explains the truth is out there. brad: for bowie res debit patrick, the -- resident, patrick, the possibility of flaming space rock starts a forest fire is irresistible. he hikes to the burned out patch of woods to take a look. >> the bush fire. close fire. i'll check it out. brad: so he does. even climbing in the purported crater with a mag knelt to look for meteorite -- magnet to look for meteorite fragments. he is not alone. they are drawn here from this tweet from the bowie volunteer department that says, "possible meteorite strike
fire." -- causing a massive brush fire. sadly for space geeks it doesn't seem to be true. this morning before the crowd shows up the state forester on hand to protest against flare-up sees a more likely earthly cause. >> we determined that the fire had been set apparently by somebody burning in the pit. brad: expert says the picture of the purported meteorite doesn't look like one to her and whatever caused the pit it wasn't a shooting star. >> among the reasons the experts don't think that the crater was caused yesterday the fallen trees covering the hole. they are old. they have been here for quite some time. at the bowie volunteer fire department tonight the brush fire truck is at rest and the chief is apologizing for the fuss caused by the firefighter's tweet about the meteorite. "this simply was not so," he says in a statement. "and the post should never have been made listing a
the new official cause -- undetermined. nowhere near as much fun as fire from the sky. in bowie, brad bell, abc7 news. alison: conspiracy theorists. let's check on the roads. eric smith? >> hey. tough ride. major accidents recently. but there is a delay to woodbridge for the typical delay. more delays off and on to pick up in stafford county as well. i-66 westbound past the nutley street. there is nothing unusual about that. the capital beltway at the connector is slow for both directions. inner loop dealing with
crash forward van doran street. top side is slow for the inner loop. slow on the inner loop. 270 spur. plenty slow at this time. this is heavy from rockville to gaithersburg. a tough ride as well. that is all for the traffic new the newschannel8 traffic center. back to you. leon: thank you. alison: well, it has been gorgeous. leon: things have to change. rain is not bad. we could use some. doug: rain is a good thing. april is a transition
we expect these things. give you up to date. the smoke visible. they are making some progress. so far, 9300 acres burnt. the rain in the forecast tomorrow and thursday. 76 at the capitol. live across the potomac river. high clouds. a delightful afternoon. temperatures are warmest west and southwest of washington all day. cooler over the city in points east. i stays that way now. 76 in washington. 76 in charlottesville. the forecast overnight is partly cloudy and mild. a running start
mid-80's. a chance of showers. increasing cloudiness. a few showers could linger to wednesday morning. the forecast for the next seven days with a continuation of the cooler temperatures for thursday. rain on thursday. friday showers. start to clear out on saturday. today is world penguin day. the birds are being celebrated. except for here because the caps are playing the penguins in the next round of the playoffs. >> we are not making part in
leon: we are not. we don't want the penguins comfortable around here at all. that is the idea. erin: yes. leon: keep walking. alison: keep waddling. erin: this is a busy day. big unveiling today. redskins new signing probowl cornerback josh norman unveiled today. he said the redskins pursuit of him made him feel good and he had never been heavily recruited before. >> you come on a plane, you come here. let you out the building. i mean, it's like jeez! what would you do? erin: he reflected on becoming a redskins. >> i'm blessed and fortunate enough to be here. >> turn of evidence vent that started with the carolina team deciding to move on without him. >> just like staring at the wall. really don't want to be around nobody. or deal with anything. dealing with it in my own way. alison: what proved to be a one-way ticket to washingto
building it was a family feel. you welcome. >> norman admit he is comes with a chip on his shoulder. baggage as he puts it. >> i carried a big bag with me when i came up here. still got the bag. on the back. step between white lines i will drop it. >> he played in a super bowl two months ago. what about the new team's prospects? >> i can't help be a part of something special and great. we are on the rise. >> shut down corner to five-year deal. the redskins g.m. included it was the right move. at the press conference this afternoon, the last question came from a familiar face. defensive tackle chris baker. >> the guys want to know if there is any more money left for guys like chris baker or -- >> i got you, bake. [laughter]
erin: they restated tom brady's original suspension imposed by commissioner roger goodell. it just got interesting in the a.f.c. east. finally, we can't forget about the caps headed to the second round of the stanley cup playoffs. and will face the penguins. we still don't know the schedule. caps have the home ice advantage so it will start in d.c. leon: i got to tell you. i was in philly yesterday. i walked into a funeral parlor but it turns out it was a sports bar. they
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alison: a multibillion dollar industry. but some states want a piece of the pie. jeff barnd looks at the trend to regulate the leagues. >> join one and get your share of the millions fan duel pays out each week. jeff: for an entry fee you can draft your fantasy team, select a line-up of players. >> as soon as the games end the contest is over. jeff: win money based on how well your team performs. according to the fantasy sports trade association there were 52 million players engaged in daily fantasy sports in 2015. putting their hopes and cash in the teams. >> this has been unregulated sec somewhere because the ajump is this is not gamble -- assumption is this is not gambling and there is some states involved. >> daily sports break the current state gambling laws so some states are taking a closer look at an industry according to forbes raked in $3 billion in
>> now you have had state enties step forward to regulate the conduct. >> the legal sports report says 21 states allow the sports. nine states disallow it. under the current law it's gambling, not a game of skill. future regulation however, could change the outcome in any one of the states. if some states define daily fantasy sports a as game of skill not gambling and regulate it, the american gaming industry says the state government can impose taxes or the fees on the thriving industry. >> yes, there is a revenue student for the state -- revenue opportunity for the state, business opportunity and entertainment student. most importantly integrity opportunity. jeff: legality of the daily sports will be discussed last month as they discussion the future role to play in the online cash cow. jeff barnd
5:00. but coming up at "abc7 news at 6:00" -- another super tuesday. maryland holds its primary tomorrow. look at the big races and what is at stake in the presidential contest. plus, a young female firefighter tragic suicide. tonight her fire chief response to reports of online bullying. stunning outcome. charges dropped for a man accused of allowing underage kids to drink. "abc7 news at 6:00" starts now. announcer: now "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. leon: while marylanders and the voters in four other states go to the polls tomorrow night, now a rare and a controversial campaign move is stealing the show. opponents ted cruz and john kasich decided to team up in an effort to stop donald trump from clinching the republican presidential nomination. maureen: they are splitting up states to compete in hopes of preventing trump from getting 1,237 delegates. leon: th
chief political correspondent scott thuman with us with the surprising deal. tell us about this. scott: this coincides with that a.b.t. anyone but trump movement. regardless, this is a highly unusual turn of events. ted cruz and john kasich hoping to win more states to prevent trump snagging the nomination before the convention so they have struck a deal. look here. cruz is focusing on indiana where kasich essentially pulled out all of his resources. cruz meanwhile agreed to back off in oregon and new mexico where kasich has a better chance of winning. if they can pick up wins a blockade to 1,237. they are not hiding it. openly talking about the strategy. >> i understand that donald will whine. that is what he does. he is a sore loser. >> i don't see this as a big deal other than the fact i'm not spending resources in indiana. he is not spending them in other places. so what? what is the big de