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the new emergency recordings. mike? >> reporter: kai, this was frightening for many people. fights breaking out on corners. traffic at a standstill. even ambulances having trouble getting to the injured. >> reporter: the vicious beating of a tourist in downtown baltimore was far from the only chaos, unfolding on st. patrick's day. emergency recordings show police use their chopper, city watch cameras, and on the ground, to use young people. likely drawn here on facebook. >> please just listen up. i need somebody to go to pratt and light. a medic is trying to get through. somebody has stopped a male in the crowd. the ambow just passed a large group of kids assaulting the male with one on the ground. >> this is part of an investigation by wjz's media partner, the baltimore sun, reveal more fights than first thought. and in an area from the block to first mariner arena. >> let's go, you all. >> going to need an ambulance. >> stay together. do not get separated, okay?
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and try to keep your cars positioned so you can get out of there in a hurry. >> reporter: as police would get to one fight, another would break out. and they had to close major -- intersections downtown. >> they were being disruptive. and we moved in to take control of the situation. >> crossing lombard. probably 222, going northbound. >> we have a large, large group of juveniles. >> reporter: the harbor's next big event is fourth of july. last saw the murder of a father in alabama and a 4-year-old hit by a stray bullet. this year, there will be limited exit and entry points in an area considered baltimore's crowned jewel. >> tourism is, i think, our fourth largest industry in this city. and we have to protect it. >> reporter: and again, police were not answering questions or talking about their response today. reporting live at city police headquarters, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. kai? >> mike, thank you. police made 10 arrests,
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mostly for curfew violations. evacuation because of an unusual smell. denise is in the newsroom with more on what forced passengers out. >> reporter: police shut down concourses a&b for nearly two hours after passengers reported a strong, irritating odor. and they believed the smell was from a can of pepper spray. investigators think someone tossed it into a trash bin before going into security. the can is now being analyzed. southwest and air trans both held flights to help passengers affected by this. >> all checkpoints reopen around 10:00 a.m. two missing boaters are rescued, two days after they disappeared near the eastern shore. a crabber found the men safe today. near hoopers island. they went missing saturday. turns out the boaters that ran out of gas and became stranded in a marsh, both are fine tonight. the bells are ringing again in annapolis. calling lawmakers back to work
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on a revenue package, that will see some marylanders paying higher taxes. political reporter pat warren has more on what taxpayers can expect in the next two days. good evening, pat. >> reporter: good evening, kai. good evening, everybody. the plan that is under consideration here in the general assembly, puts the burd own what the state considers to be maryland's wealthiest residents. but that is still creating a backlash. >> reporter: outside the statehouse, the political action group, americans for prosperity protests what is happening inside. >> we're here with a simple message. governor o'malley in annapolis, live within your means. >> the house and senate are expected to impose an income tax hike on 6% of the state's earners. single filers with an adjusted breathe income of up to $100,000 will see no change. there's a quarter percent increase on every dollar over $100,000, which brings your tax rate up from four and three- quarters to 5%.
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taxpayers filing jointly will see no change up to $150,000. and then the same formula applies. a quarter percent increase on the dollar so the tax rate goes up from 4 3/4ths% to 5%. >> we don't have to do this. we could instead choose to simply cut education, cut public safety, cut public health. but i don't believe that would be in the best interest of the people of our state. >> reporter: opponents of the increase argued that with other taxes and fees, combined with the economy, it's actually against the interests of the people of the state. >> you know, this governor is out of touch with reality. i don't know when the last time was that he paid for a gallon of gas. >> reporter: but the democrat leadership insists new revenues are needed. >> we're here, you know, making all of the tough decisions to balance the budget and try to keep the priority programs in line. we're not trying to come up with fictitious cuts or fictitious revenues. >> reporter: despite the
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opposition, the general assembly is expected to wrap up its work here by wednesday. reporting live, i'm pat warren. back to you on tv hill. >> pat, thank you. this also transfers the payment of millions of dollars in teacher pengs from state to local government. a top executive at jp morgan chase leaves the company after the company leaves $2 billion in a trading mistake. as alexis christoforous reports for wjz, there are new calls for tighter regulations for the banking industry. >> reporter: the white house says jp morgan chase's huge losses highlight the need to protect taxpayers when wall street makes mistakes. during his commencement speech at barnard college in new york, president obama called for more financial regulations. >> we know that we're better off when there are rules that stop big banks from making bad bets with other people's money. >> reporter: but traders worry about too much regulation. >> it makes it more difficult for those firms to function and perform their duty for the
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shareholder value. it drives competition to other places in the world. >> reporter: ceo jamie diamond said the bank lost $2 billion when it tried to hedge its bets and balance financial risk. the executive who oversaw the group that made the deal is out of a job. ina drew, the chief investment officer retired and there are reports two more high-level employees are on the way out. >> reporter: the securities and exchange commission is now investigating whether jp morgan chase's actions violated rules. and the company is feeling the pressure. its stock is lower for a second straight day. >> reporter: jp morgan is the largest bank in the nation. and some politicians say better monitoring is needed. >> the banks cannot regulate themselves. they are financial institutions that run the risk of taking down everyone's job. run the risk of taking down everyone's pension. run the risk of taking down the entire economy. >> reporter: ceo jamie diamond will likely face tough questions about the bank's policies when he faces shareholders at the company's
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annual meeting tuesday. >> reporter: alexis christoforous, wjz eyewitness news. >> and some lawmakers have also called for jamie diamond to leave his post at the new york federal reserve. it is a post that allows him to have a financial say. and it is the european financial situation that dragged down today. dow dragged down 125 points. s&p off 15. and the nasdaq sank 31 points. warm weather to begin our workweek outside. it's humid and damp, with rain showers. and the possibility for thunderstorms. meteorologist bernadette woods and bob turk are updating our conditions. let's start with bob. take a look at radar. shower activity around. and a couple of areas of thunder and lightning, just west of town. there you see it. around finksburg, around westminster. and that continues to move up in that general, northeasterly direction. most of it will just pass west of the city. the way it's shaping up now. east of the areas bring little
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rain. west of us, that's where the bulk of this rain is, with some areas picking up decent rainfall amounts. bernadette will have that in minutes. take a look at temperatures around the region. we're pretty much stuck in the 60s. very little rain has fallly fallen. 55 in-- fallen. how much rain do we get? this afternoon, a couple of spots saw a lot of rain. and what about that deficit, bernadette has a look at that. >> reporter: that's right. these numbers are adding up. so they'll change as we head into tonight. the farther west you go, as bob was saying, the more you're going to get. ellicott city, .67 inches. that drops down if you head into baltimore county. if we get some of those thunderstorms, these numbers will go up pretty quickly. bwi marshall. only .05. pretty incredible, with the eastern shore barely getting anything today. now, going into today, this is where we stood. this will obviously change after today. but going into today, we were
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down, just over an inch for may. and for the entire year, 5.41 inches down. and most of that has come since march 1st. it's been a very dry, last two months. hopefully this storm will help. because it's going to stick around tomorrow and even into wednesday. we'll have that forecast coming up. back inside. >> bernadette, it is another happy monday for orioles fans as the team is still in first place in the american league east. sports director mark viviano is live, where the o's are challenging home stand continues. mark? >> yeah. the yankees are in town for what is definitely a continuation. in fact, it's a losing week for the orioles. the team remains upbeat because through it raul, as you mention- - all, as you mentioned, they remain in first place. and that one in the air. right center field. it is back near the wall. and -- home run. and the orioles are back at it. >> back in contention.
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and back in the good graces with orioles fans. a per game average of 30,000 fans attended the series with tampa bay in town. the big of the crowd since opening day. >> had the stands almost fully packed for the whole weekend series. and sunday, even though we lost, it's great to see the fans in it. and right there, trying to carry us to win there on sunday. but no, i think you can feel a different environment that they can bring to the game, as much as, you know, us playing better. it always helps when you can have that tenth man in the stands. that's really -- feels like it is carrying me to maybe a win. >> reporter: in first place, so far, so good. so we ask you, with our wjz fan cam, what's impressed you moist about the orioles start? >> adam jones, hitting in cluck situations and the pitching is coming along. >> i'd say they're doing an all around job. everything is impressing me. the pitching especially. >> mostly with me, i think the hitting has been improved a
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lot. they can come back in the ninth inning. you don't give up on them. >> the hitting and pitching and fans do matter. spoke with buck showalter. and the o's manager says, yes, you can feel a difference when the fans are on your side. and it's his job to keep them interested. and it's always a challenge with the yankees in town. because historically, they have more fans than the o's. >> yeah. we need more orange than blue out there, mark, for sure. after two games with the yankees, ahead on the road to face kansas city. then the washington nationalities. >> the only pinstripes should be in the front office. >> that's exactly it. not in the stands. still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00. roger clemens on trial. the prosecution's star witness takes the stand. his testimony about the baseball star and steroids. i'm alex demetrick. coming up, cracking down on
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copper thieves. that story as eyewitness news continues. i'm jessica kartalija, in towson, baltimore county. up next on wjz. what parents of teen drivers need to know. and why a contract may be in your future. a stormy outlook. when will our weather improve? don't miss the updated first warning weather forecast with bob. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it's rainy, 69 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. it is literally a ripoff, with thieves tearing out anything made of copper. now, the biggest victim is fighting back. and as alex demetrick reports, police are beefing up their efforts to catch the copper robbers. >> reporter: surveillance video shows thieves stealing the copper downspouts from this home in february. brazen enough in broad daylight. but only a shadow of what is being taken.
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>> metal pipes. grounding plates. h vac coils. wire gutters, even bronze statues. >> reporter: today, police announced the first task force to target metal thefts in the state. because -- >> the number of metal thefts has nearly tripled since 2009. >> reporter: even though police say the 23 scrap metal recyclers cooperate with 27,000 transactions a month, it's often impossible to separate out what has been stolen. for homeowners, the thefts are personal. >> it created a whole sense of a household of vulnerability. >> the thefts also leave costly repairs behind. >> if someone goes into an air conditioner for copper, they have to damage the air conditioner to get to it. >> reporter: and it makes it tougher to sell. >> it's a way to trace our product through the chain and help improve the likelihood
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that we can find the parties responsible. >> reporter: that's because bge is a prime target for copper thieves. everything from power poles and substations are hit. leaving thousands of dollars in damage. and besides the damage in dollar losses, bge says copper thieves have also left power outages. breaking news to report to you now. sky eye chopper 13 is over the scene. let's go to captain mike perry. what's happening? >> reporter: we're in arbutus. wilkens to i-95. a two-vehicle crash. two vehicles into the jersey barrier, has just been cleared from the highway. they had two lanes closed on the outer loop. and state highways are now picking up their cones, getting ready to clear. expect delays in the area. >> captain mike perry, speaking of which, let's go to kristy right now, to find out more on that situation. and the rest of the area. kristy, quite a situation, where captain mike was
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reporting. >> reporter: absolutely. and it's going to be a mess for sometime. even though it has been cleared. this on wilkens avenue. but the delay is a somid half -- solid half hour on 95. it's also affecting traffic on the inner loop. as you can see from our graphic there. we're looking at over an hour if you're looking at 95 to providence road. you definitely need to allow yourself some extra time in that direction. and back to the outer loop. 795 to wilkens avenue. other problems on the outer loop as well. if you're traveling on the east side there, you can look for an accident at 7:02. that one blocking the two left- hand lanes. harrisburg expressway, stop and go there, in the northbound direction. delays stretch from shawan road to belfast. and a couple of new accidents in the area, east joppa at little wood. also east lombard. and perring parkway at woodborn avenue. let's take a live look. you can see, things crawling along. probably will be for quite sometime there at will wilkens
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avenue. also weather not helping matters. this traffic report is brought to you by accord restoration. if your property has been damaged by fire, flooding or storms, you can visit accord in a few weeks, thousands of teens will be on maryland roads for the summer season. sound scary? well, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young americans. jessica kartalija reports, parents are being urged to create contracts with their kids before they turn over the car keys. >> reporter: before tal vert hall senior could get behind this, his parent his a message for him. >> don't run red lights, don't speed. >> reporter: he is one of thousands of maryland teenagers who will spend more time on the road between memorial day and labor day. what triple a calls the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. >> graduation season through the summer months other
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deadliest times for teen crashes. so we encourage parents to get involved with their teen drivers. >> reporter: couple leaving prom were killed on the drive home, in washington county. >> thihad -- they had a bet with another group. >> reporter: before summer vacation begins, triple a is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about safety. providing a sample teen driving agreement on their website. >> talk about the factors that can contribute to crashes, distracted driving, drugs and alcohol, speeding, not wearing seat belts. >> they found out about it, they'd probably take my car away. >> reporter: triple a also warns against too many passengers. with three or more teens in the car, drivers are four times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash. >> reporter: triple a mid- atlantic also urges parents to lead by example. they say if you're distracted, your children will likely be behind the wheel as well. they remind you to put down the cell phone and stay focused.
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in towson, baltimore county, i'm jessica kartalija, wjz eyewitness news. >> for a link to a sample parent teen driving agreement, log onto our website, >> we know our roads are wet out there tonight. >> yeah. wet, not good for driving. that's for sure. and i notice, a lot of folks today. while it was running, did not have the lights -- raining, did not have their lights on. it is the law. thank you. 75% humidity. south/southeast winds at 6. can't see them at 6:00 on the beltway. barometer, falling. 30.02 inches. we'll come back and take a look at radar with we come back. ,,,,
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all righty. some rain moving through the area. most of the area, west of the city, seeing pretty decent amounts. but east of the area, east of the bay, it hardly rains at all to this point. but look at radar now. heaviest echoes around finks burg and westminster. eastern sections of carroll county. and it's moving up to the northeast of carroll county. you folks in portions of western baltimore county, let's say generally around pretty boy dam area. northwest baltimore area. parkton, hereford, just between finks burg and butler.
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maybe we'll see shower activity in that region. the rest of haven't seen a whole lot. eastern shore, just getting light rain across the bay right now. bulk of it has been west of the bay. later on, it may be a break south of washington. looks a little quieter down there. south of d.c., may not see a whole lot as you can see. but we'll see more activity developing. we do expect to see a wet overnight, particularly after midnight. maybe even get the ball game in, at least for a few hours there. 70 in patuxent. and they have bright sunshine on the beach right now. west of the city, that's where the rain has been. 69 and 67. 61 in oakland. and 70 down to the south. where really very little rain has been falling. 67, westminster. and by the way, 71, annapolis, rock hall. south/southeast winds. keeps us in this warm, humid air. and it's going to be a pretty decent week, after we get this rain out of here, we still need plenty of rain as we mentioned. but another area of low
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pressure that is causing a good amount of rain in the carolinas today. that's going to move up to our region later tonight. in between the rain we saw this morning and this afternoon, kind of a breakthrough here. i'll show you. right through there. so there may be a few showers with the rain in. but this nice batch of rain in the carolinas, also moving in our direction. so i think maybe after 11:00, 12:00, we're seeing solid rain. maybe thunder and lightning with that as well. overnight, into tomorrow, looks like it will probably linger for a while. maybe even a shower wednesday as a front moves down. after that, beautiful weather coming in for the end of the week. for the preakness, it's looking very, very favorable right now. gusty winds on the bay, after 20 knots. and a small craft advisory on the bay tomorrow afternoon. tonight then showers. maybe thunder. 62. going to be moderate rain and fog overnight. shower activity tomorrow. maybe a thunderstorm back up to about 77 degrees. more sun we get, the more thunder we'll see. >> all right, bob. thank you. still ahead at 5:00.
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it's a hot issue on the campaign trail. what a new poll reveals about americans and same-sex marriage. decision time after a deadly hazing incident. what will happen to the marching band at florida a&m university? i'm derek valcourt, with the story of a baltimore county police officer, accused of taking a foot fetish, way too far. the embarrassing criminal details coming up on eyewitness news. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it's 5:30. 69 degrees. and light rain. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. a baltimore county police officer facing disturbing charges of sex offense and assault. and it's one of his fellow officers making the accusations against him. wjz is live in towson. derek valcourt has more on the case from county police headquarters. derek? >> the entire story is shocking and outrageous. and if true, this police officer took a foot fetish way too far. >> reporter: 42-year-old officer harold is known for his singing voice. but it's his law enforcementforcement skills that earned him a position at the training economy. it's here where court records indicate he sexually assaulted a female officer. the officer claims after working out together, williams began massaging her feet while she was laying face down.
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without her permission, she said he began rubbing his private parts along her fingerfingers and toes. she report today to her supervisor. >> obviously, we are here to enforce the law, not break it. >> reporter: as detectives began investigating, the female victim produced text messages she received williams after the incident. >> >> reporter: in one, he wrote, i am so sorry. will you forgive me? can we please keep this between us? i won't bother you again. and finally, i'm sorry, this is the worst day of my life. i'm sorry. williams now faces criminal charges and has been placed on administrative leave. >> that means his police powers have been suspended, including the confiscation of his service weapon. there is a full internal investigation that will be done pending the outcome of the criminal case. >> reporter: williams faces charges of second-degree assault and fourth degree sex
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offense. those charges carry the possibility of up to 11 years in prison if williams is convicted. live at police headquarters in towson, derek valcourt, wjz eyewitness news. >> derek, thank you. a trial date has been set for may 22nd. florida's a&m university's famous marching band is being suspended for at least one more school year. vic is in the newsroom with more on what is next? the school says it needs time to decide what to do with the band. the band has been suspended since the death of robert champion. the 20-year-old died after being beaten in a hazing ritual on a bus. the band's long-time director, julian white, resigned last week, amid the controversy. >> the university's president says the band will not return until the school hires a new band director.
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roger clemens faces his chief accuser in court today at a perjury trial. his former strength coach is trying to help the government prove that clemens lied about using steroids. danielle notingham reports from the courthouse. >> reporter: roger clemens entered the u.s. district courthouse monday, to face his chief accuser. on the stand, former clemens' trainer, brian mcnamee. mcnamee's 2008 congressional testimony set the stage for the charges that clemens lied about using steroids. >> the prosecution needs him to tell the entire story of his involvement with roger clemens, going way back to 1998. >> reporter: clemens said under oath, in front of congress, that he never used steroids. >> reporter: mcnamee's testimony is key because two weeks ago, andy pettitte waffled on the stand, when he was asked about his former teammate, using performance- enhancing drugs. >> reporter: monday, the judge denied a request from clemens' legal team to throw out petit's
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testimony. >> reporter: and the judge granted a motion for details sealed in mcnamee's divorce proceedings. they wanted to discredit him from those documents and they are also traying to bring up his financial problems and dui conviction. the court is going to limit that kind of evidence. >> the defense wants to basically get a lot of pretty embarrassing and salacious details in front. juryry because they want to portray mcnamee as somebody who is desperate. >> reporter: part of the defense strategy is to also convince jurors that vials and syringes mcnamee saved were tainted because of the way he stored them. the prosecution claims the items have testified positive for both steroids and clemens' dna. in washington, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> mcnamee said he injected clemmens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
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clemens insists mcnamee only injected him with vitamin b12. opening the case in the former presidential candidate's criminal trial in north carolina. edward system accused of violating campaign finance laws to cover up his affair. his attorneys are focusing on the nuts and bolts of the law. saying they are split on whether the former senator violated the law. edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts. some new details about the man who stopped al qaeda's plot to blow up a plane bound for the u.s. security experts say the double agent is a british man of arab descent. the agent lived for a long time in the uk. and at some point, fell in with jihadist sympathizers. he began working for saudi counter terrorism officials about a year ago. a commencement speech during his campaign. president obama takes the stage in new york city today. in tonight's campaign 2012 report, women's issues are
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front and center as he speaks to graduates at barnham college. alison harmelin has the story. >> reporter: president barack obama looked out at his sea of cap and gowns as he took the podium at barnard college. >> hello, class of 2012. >> the president gave the commencement speech to the 600 graduates at the all-women school as he works to court female voters. >> indeed, we know we are better off when women are treated fairly and accurately, whether it's the salary you earn or the healthdition -- health decisions you make. >> reporter: in 2008, he won 56% of the women's vote. >> it is simple math. today, women are not just half this country, you're half its work force. >> reporter: president obama asked the school for the speaking opportunity back in february. with a national debate over birth control and women's health issues started heating up. >> reporter: barnard graduates gave the president's speech
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high marks. >> it was really something we needed to hear, i think. >> i thought he struck just the right note. >> for him to come specifically to my graduation was wonderful. >> reporter: the president also received barnard's metal of distinction, the college's highest honor. he did not directly discuss his support for same-sex marriage. but he couldn't avoid the issue. the founder of the gay rights group, freedom to marry, was honored right before the president's speech. in new york, alison harmelin, wjz eyewitness news. >> stay with wjz for complete coverage of campaign 2012. we'll bring you the latest on the candidates, the issues, and on -- on air and online. well, a new poll shows growing support for same-sex unions in the u.s. the cbs news new york times poll shows 62% of respondents support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. the survey also reveals those between the ages of 18 and 44
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are far more likely to support full marriage rights for same- sex couples than people 45 and older. it's one of baltimore's most historic sites. but for years, the mount auburn cemetery sat in disrepair. monique griego reports, the community is helping to revive it. >> reporter: with weeds higher than headstones and broken fencing, for decades, the mount auburn cemetery didn't look like the historical treasure it was meant to be. >> it really makes you sad. you had your loved ones buried here. but you couldn't come and pay your respects here. >> reporter: for the first time since she was a little girl, today, pastor frances draper was able to walk up to her grandfather's grave. the results of the effort to clean up one of baltimore and the nation's oldest african american cemetery. >> in the old times, we couldn't get here because the weeds and the brush and the brambel were just so thick. >> reporter: governor o'malley
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and the mayor were here to mark this. >> it is a milestone moment. >> reporter: the overgrown brush and weeds, replaced by the tree scapes and green grass. >> i think for the first time in decades, i'll be able to find their gravestones. >> reporter: and people like boxing champion joe gans. >> until now, many of those had been covered by debris, weeds, sticker bushes and by blowing trash. >> reporter: community and comump -- church organizations helped with the cleanup. but much of the work came from the department of correction. >> it's a tribute to see it like this. >> the abel foundation has awarded $100,000 to help fund inmate labor for another year. time now for ape quick look at some of the story -- a quick look at some of the stories
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you'll find. how the preakness is benefiting from some of the state's parlors! residents are still being overcharged for water by the city. in some cases, by thousands of dollars. desire and who is number 3 in the countdown of the 175 top athletes in maryland history? for these and more, read the baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. the next time you have a million-dollar idea. think about what happened to jennifer tillfer. the california mom came up with a version of the stuffed animal that became a must-have toy in millions of households. teresa garcia has the story. >> reporter: jennifer tillfer was a full-time mother in southern california, when one of her young sons gave her a great idea. >> my oldest son always had a stuffed animal he was sleeping with. and he ended up flattening it out. and that's when the light bulb came out. thought, we can make plush
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animals. >> they fluffed them out to become pillows. they called them pillow pets. >> these are some of our original items. >> reporter: they started with kiosks in shopping malls. then began selling in small toy stores. soon, major retailers wanted to carry them nationwide. >> the company has sold nearly 25 million pillow pets since 2003. but it had to overcome some challenges along the way. >> reporter: the biggest hurdle was convincing parents, pillow pets were more than just a stuffed animal. their first tv commercial aired in 2009. >> pillow, pillow pets. >> reporter: and that's when everything changed. the following year, sales shot up to $tree00 -- $300 million ask have continued to grow. the brand now includes blankets, hats and slippers. >> does the success that you have had shock you? >> the success has definitely shocked me. but by the same sense, i had an
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intuition. i knew deep down that something like this was going to develop. >> reporter: and that one big idea has given the tillfers a cushion that will provide comfort for the rest of their lives. teresa garcia, cbs news, oceanside, california. >> pillow pets range in price from about $15 to $30. >> i like that dollar cushion. i'd take that over the pillow pet, right? >> absolutely. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. not as safe as parents think. how a new study links baby bottles to the emergency room. a cruise line slapped with a lawsuit. the claims from the man who never even boarded the ship. i'm bob turk. in the first warning weather center. more rain headed our way. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. ,,
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all right. some rain across the region. heaviest is west through the city. bern set det has a look at your tuesday forecast coming up. maybe showers headed our way. and we still need them.
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bernadette? >> that's right. more of the same rounds of rain and even a couple of thunderstorms tonight, into the day tomorrow and temperature- wise, maybe a few degrees warmer as we head into the afternoon, maybe upper 70s. but no major swings going on. and still the chance for rain and showers as we head through the evening hours. so for the rest of the five- day, here's bob. >> looks like tomorrow, i mean some areas could pipick up-- pick up decent rain tomorrow. thunder. maybe one or two leftover showers still wednesday. but look how much warmer. 82. then it dries out. really going to be beautiful. thursday, friday. and for the preakness. 76, 77. 78. even sunday looks good at this point. temperatures running slightly above normal. and it should be generally on the dry, comfortable side. mary? >> thank you, bob. in today's energy saver, a way to be a smart cooker. energy experts say cook with a full oven. if you have three dishes to be cooked at slightly different temperatures, pick the average to cook all three.
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and don't peek. opening the door lowers the temperatures 75 degrees. and use a broiler if at all possible and preheat suggest not required. for more information, go to scroll to the right-hand side of the page and click on our special section. out-of-control wildfires prompt a mandatory evacuation. crews were kept busy, fighting a total of five throughout the state. the flames charred more than nine miles. officials say the hot, dry temperatures are creating a higher risk of fires in some areas. two buildingses were destroyed. no other injuries were reported. a woman trapped in her wrecked van, after being -- for three days in west virginia. authorities say she lost control. he went -- she went over an embankment. the impact broke her vertebrae, ribs and chest bone. her husband says drinking rain water and soda kept her alive. sly is recovering and in-- she
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is recovering and in fair condition. one fisherman is suing the princess cruise line for helping rescue his small, disabled boat. the man survived 28 days at sea after his boat's motor broke down in the middle of the pacific ocean. his two companions died from dehydration. they signaled for help when they saw the cruise ship. but it did not stop. the lawsuit includes testimony from two passengers who say they saw the boat and reported it to cruise line reps. in tonight's healthwatch, practically all young children in the united states use bottles, sippy cups or even pacifiers. but they may not be as safe as parents think. bigad shaban reports for wjz, with the surprising new study. >> reporter: 22-month-old morgan cheryl has a chipped tooth. >> she reached for me and fell forward and hit her face on the
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ottoman in front of our couch. and her bottle happened to be in her mouth at the time. >> reporter: a new study in the journal pediatrics finds over a nearly two decade period, more than 45,000 children, under age 3, went to the hospital for injuries, related to the use of baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups. that's april one child every four hours. >> the vast majority of injuries in the study were falls that children experienced. and over 70% of the injuries were injuries to the area around the mouth or the mouth itself. >> reporter: the study also found that two-thirds of the injuries were to children who were 1 year old. children who were just learning to walk. and maybe tripping with these products in their hands and mouth. >> reporter: about two-thirds were about baby bottles. the remaining were divided between sippy cups and pacifiers. >> reporter: morgan's mom no longer lets her daughter walk around while drinking one. >> i don't think she may have chipped her tooth if she had that softer top on her bottle.
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>> reporter: she know its could have been worse. morgan didn't need stitches and the baby tooth will fall out on its own. bigad shaban, wjz eyewitness news, los angeles. >> doctors suggest parents get rid of the pacifier afers 6 months and-- after six months and transition to cups without lids by age 1. facebook founder, mark zuckerberg, turns 21 today. his birthday falls in the same week as the highly anticipated facebook stock. the initial valuing could be $100 billion. that's more than disney or ford is worth and would net zuckerberg more than $17 billion. billion. he'll still be wearing that sweatshirt. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00 for all of these storiesing stories coming up. denise is in the newsroom with a preview for us. controversial right to die group. wjz introduces you to the final exit network and his medical
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director who lives near baltimore. the new indictment the group is now facing. cover controversy. the new feature with president obama and why it's raising eyebrows. check in for these stories and more coming up at 6:00. >> denise, thank you. and still to come at 5:00. unintentional plunge. what happens when they fall 150 feet ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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police are drugling to identify dozens of mutilated bodies, discovered in mexico, dna test suggest under way on the corpses of 43 men and six members who were dismembered and dumped in san juan. someone spray-painted a message at the scene with a reference to a powerful drug cartel. police say the victims could have been killed at another location and dumped near the u.s. border. a plane crashes into a mountain in the himalayas. killing 15 people. the aircraft was trying to land at an airport in northern nepal
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today. six passengers survived and were flown to a nearby city for treatment. the wrecked plane was in pieces but did not catch fire. an investigation indicate its may have had technical problems. a skier plunges over 150 feet into a hole and walks away without a scratch in canada. rescue teams flew in to help pull the man out of the crevice. the skier says the hole was not that big when he got trapped, but got brigger when -- bigger when he tried to break free. >> i was probing with the pole to see where the crevasse is. and when i was doing that, the whole thing collapsed under me. and i found myself in a very nasty hole. it was quite deep. >> reporter: the man was alone for two hours. the rescue, though, we know was a success. still ahead on eyewitness news. >> big crowds, big trouble. i'm mike hellgren, downtown, with the new 911 calls about the chaos here during st.
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coming up next on wjz eyewitness news at 6:00. downtown chaos. first the beating and now revelations on beatings on st. patrick's day in baltimore. hear the dramatic police recordings. now that the doom of the budget cut is being addressed, some may feel doomed to have to
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pay extra taxes. the maryland general assembly is back in special session. i'm derek valcourt, with the story of a baltimore county police officer, accused of taking a foot fetish, way too far. the embarrassing criminal details coming up on eyewitness news. more rain moving this way. stick around for the updated first warning forecast. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. chaos in the streets. wild brawls on the inner harbor on a busy holiday. >> somebody has stopped a male the crowds. the ambo


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