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putting the brakes on distracted driving. . >> the government's new effort to crack down. >> hi, everybody. >> here is what people are talking about. >> drivers using cell phones could one day become a thing of the past. discontrasting driving -- distracting driver is a nationwide problem that took center stage today. what it calls an epidemic. >> from texting to phone calls, sometimes the greatest dangers on the road are inside vehicles. with new technology popping up every day the department of transportation unveiled a new plan to call what they called a distracted driving epidemic. >> americans are have gotten into -- americans have gotten into dangerous behaviors.
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>> among their goals, encourage 11 remaining states without distracted driving laws to end act the legislation and force it. the announcement came the day after a massachusetts jury convicted a teenager of motor vehicle homicide after a a fatal crash that happened while he was texting. it was considered a landmark in distracted driving cases. one crash survivor explained how another driver's distraction altered her life. >> i sustained a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neck, rib, hip injuries and some emotional stress too. she should have been focusing on the road but instead she was on her phone and hit me. >> the federal government found distracted driving counted for one in ten roadway fatalities in
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2010. >> it is already illegal in maryland to text while driving or speak using a hand held phone behind the wheel. a thunderstorm warning is in effect for part of the state. let's go to tim williams. hi. >> good afternoon. we're watch watching some pop up storms rolling around the area. actually, the one that triggered this thunderstorm warning out in washington county until 4:30 is actually moving past the area. it's actually moved already through the county. this is what's going to be the case through out the afternoon. i'll take you in just a little bit and you can get an idea of how this is going on. these are going to be the case through out the afternoon. what we're going to be seeing are just some widely scattered storms. this system is going to continue to move out of here. it moved through, triggered the severe thunderstorm warning and the system moved out of there. while it's in place until 4:30
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the storm that triggered it is gone. let's take a look at the watching and warnings. actually what we're going to be seeing here are the watches and warnings in a fluid pattern. they're going to be moving in and out through the afternoon. we don't see much arnold -- around most of the metro area. we will continue to keep you posted as they move on through. right now temperatures are are -- are around 70 at bwi, other parts seeing 80. more coming up in your complete forecast. wjz is following a developing story from baltimore county. a black bear is wondered around the northern section of the county. jessica kartaliga is live with more. >> reporter: the bear has been seen in several places near paper mill road and the sparks area. the department of
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national resources is following these sitings. the bear will not -- sightings. the bear will not be shot. department of national resources says it's concerned about the people who live in the area and they're safety. >> thank you. the bear is believed to be about 2 years old and hopefully the mother bear is not near by. new criminal charges for the dc counsel. quamy brown resigned yesterday. today prosecutors added a campaign misdemeanor finance charge. he's expected to plead guilty tomorrow. baltimore city police need your help identifying a robbery suspect in pharmacy robberies. the suspect enters the store alone, pulling out a gun and demands prescription drugs. he's approximately 20 to 30
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years old with an average build. if you know with who that is call -- know who that is call baltimore city police. gamblers are paging ing -- packing the largest sake know. derek valcourt is live outside maryland live. >> reporter: it's packed again inside this $500 million facility today. after last night morn 10,000 -- more than 10 than,000 people -- more than 10,000 came out. >> it's great. never had anything better in maryland. >> great reviews from maryland live casino and it's 3,1 00 gaming machines. >> all the excitement, all the different machines. it feels like las vegas. >> it feels like the jackpot to
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state officials. they're expecting $400 million in tax revenue in its first year. the casino already created some 1,500 new jobs. it's the location that's a huge hit to those here today. >> very close. don't have to go to atlantic city anymore. >> it's convenient. i don't have to drive far away to go gamble. >> the mall over there. i love it. >> i think this is what maryland needed. it's exciting. you see a lot of people having a good time, even if you win or lose. >> reporter: the casino has some room to grow. they will be expanding adding another 1,500 gaming machines in the fall and a concert venue as well as another restaurant. there will be some growth here. a lot of folks tad walking out happy. there have been some $10,000
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jackpot winners inside. >> thank you. the kacasino will be open sunday through thursday 8:00 to 2:00 a.m. a teen is killedin an accident in -- killed in an accident in ocean city. the 15-year-old girl was hit by a car tuesday. she was with a group of friends crossing against a light when she was hit. the driver of the vehicle, the 17-year-old, was not charged. sotted some -- some people caught speeding in baltimore city will get a refund of their tickets. the citations contain a typographic al era that makes them void. it's costing the city more than $125,000. if you use the harbor tunnel prepare to find another route.
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repairs are going to mean major back ups. >> the 71,000 cars a day that travel through the harbor tunnel must cross over this steel bridge. >> we do expect to have extensive back up. the delays at the baltimore harbor tunnel during this 8 week period of time could be up to an hour. >> it will begin after the celebration is open. by the time the labor day grand prix runs most work will be done >> all lanes will be open during that labor day weekend. >> the work zone will cover one mile. concrete on the bridge will be replaced. . >> with all the effects of traffic and just its normal deterioration and the road salt. >> the first phase will mean the loss of the inside northbound lanes, stage two the outside lanes. stage three will only leave one lane in each direction open. after labor day four compressed lanes will open.
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>> doing the work only on weekends was considered and quickly ruled out. >> it would drag on for much, much longer. we'd be at the mercy of the weather. >> the message is clear, avoid 895, the baltimore harbor tunnel if you can. >> the bridge that makes the tunnel possible could make for an impossible commute. >> maryland's transportation authority is recommending drivers use the key bridge during repair work. let's take a look at the rush or ride home. let's go to christy. >> hi, everybody. we start out with a couple of aren'ts around the inner loop -- of accidents around the inner loop. delays are back to 95 on the southwest side. another accident causing delays on the topside of the inner loop. traffic is backed up to rooiser town ride. things slow down around charles street
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to harford road. northbound 95, a couple of brake lights there. as far as accidents go, east 33rd at lock raven boulevard and also west cold spring lane. let's take live look. you can see things are slow on the beltway and looking good there at 50 east pound at sandy point. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. back over to you. >> thank you. still ahead on wjz, frightening site. a small child dangles four stories up. how he did there and did he make it to safety. >> wow. >> dra matic calls for help. the case of a baseball fan almost beaten to death.
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>> is your g-mail working? you might be happy if it's not. we'll explain. >> it's a bit warmer outside. july like temperatures are in your first warning forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it's 77 and mostly sunny. the come plete for-- complete forecast is coming up. this next video is sure to take your breath away. here your looking at a young child in china dangling from the side of the building. he slipped through the railing and his head is the only thing keeping him from plunging to the ground. a neighbor scales the building and tries to push the child back through. the toddler was able to pull up and get back inside with no help. it's unclear where the parents were during this or deal.
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wow. rob bery interrupted a good semertian's action. watch as the robber approaches the counter. a customer grabs a bottle of wine to defend himself. he kicks the knife out of the robber's hand and chases him out of the store. no one was hurt. the hearing for two men charged in the beating of a san francisco giants fan at dodgers stadium intensifies. dave lopez reports on the dramatic testimony. >> i saw a hispanic male running around after he punched jeff and realized he was about to hit bryan. it happened so quickly i wasn't able to say anything. >> the voice of corey, again eyewitnesss are not allowed to be photographed. he's a paramedic buddy of bryan stou stow -- stow. he testified the moments before stow was hit.
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he doesn't point out the defendant directly, but describes him. he describes a taller white male, marvin nor wood. they're accused of the brutal beating of stow. >> the next thing that happened is he threw -- he was running and threw a long sweeping hey maker punch with his left hand to the left side of bryan's head. bryan as soon as he was punched was visibly to me obviously unconscious. he fell from standing directly backwards with onto his head. he was unable to brace himself. his head was the first thing that hit the ground. as i was running towards bryan when this -- the same person that had punched bryan kicking him in the head repeatedly. not just little kicks, these were full wind up as hard as you can kicks. >> he testified how he threw his body over the head of stow
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to protect him. a woman called 911 and then the defendant grabbed the -- and then he grabbed the phone. >> he was stuck struck in the head, hit his head and is uncourse. >> more than a dozen witnesses have testified so far with only one able to identify sanchez from a photograph. prosecutors said their case would be built on admissionings s -- admissionings -- admissions of the defendant. can wall street gain on wednesday's gains. the dow keep its current winning streak going. it was up s -- up 46. let's go to new york for tonight's cbs money watch update. >> stocks rallied for a second straight day after china cut interest rates for the first time in 4 years to jump start
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its slowing economy. companies that rely on the chinese market for sales were among the day's biggest winners. investors didn't hear what they wanted to from the chairman. he didn't say how or when additional steps would be taken. wall street brushed off news that sprain had its death down í graded. spain is under increase pressure to find a quick way to help its struggle banks. >> the rate on a 30 year loan for a home fell for a record low. the rate on a 15 year is also at a low. >> taco bell is going upscale. it's add ing gourmet mexican items, including rice and
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marinated chicken. taco bell is trying to appeal to customers who visit rival chains. that's your money watch. wjz and the oriels are teaming up to feed the hungry. we need your help during this week end's home stand against the phillies. take nonperishable food or cash. friday don, alex and others will collect donations. on saturday and sunday the rest of the crew will be there. it's all part of wjz's continuing community commitment. >> i'm sorry, you were close. >> i have to slow down. >> i love that music. come ing up at -- coming up at
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4:00. the picture was shocking. hear from the mom in the gas can car seat. >> michael jackson's daughter talks about wearing masks in her first sit down interview. >> find out about the weekend with tim williams in your updated first warning forecast. >> wjz 13 is always on. for for the top stories on web -- on,,,, when it comes to gardening, we're, well, inexperienced.
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pretty day out there, tim. >> it really is. of course with mr. bow right there -- >> i saw him. >> i think a lot of folks are going to be enjoying him. >> a good day for it. >> it's been a nice day over all. it's crazy. we always talk about bwi being the official weather station for the state. we got up to 80. most people are home, have the sunglasses, warm conditions. we have one shower over bwi marshall that took the temperature down for a few
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minutes. it's because the shower was over bwi marshall. take a look at first warning doppler radar. there have been some widely scattered showers around. the one that triggered the most recent concern, a severe thunderstorm warning if washington county rolled through the area and dissipated. it was supposed to be in effect in this area until 4:30. showers rolled on out, they're now really down towards west virginia and on the edge of maryland. now the severe thunderstorm warning has been lifted. even that is not a concern. that will be what we're dealing with through the rest of this afternoon. here is your temperatures at bwi marshall. back up 8 degrows in 10 minute -- degrees in 10 minutes. it's steamy near the airport. calm winds around bwi marshall. temperatures 66 out towards oakland, 69 down on the shore, 81 dc, 69 elkin and most of those cooler readings as a
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result of some light showers that moved through and cooled the area over the top of the reporting site. the rest of us still looking at temperatures in the 70s. 71 bel air and temperatures in the mid 70s across most of the rest of the state. calm winds in central maryland. a bit of a west wind at 12 miles an hour. that seems to be the strongest wind around dc. we're going the see a shift of the wind to the west and southwest. it's going to help usher in some warm air and we will take temperatures into the 80s and near 90s. the way it's playing out is the jet stream is finally starting to lift which is keeping all the shower activity up to our north. the system that we've been under for the last few days is finally starting to push offshore. with that jet lifting up it's going to allow for warm air to move in. high pressure stays in control of our forecast. we're going to be bringing in temperatures into the 80s and near 90 heading on into the weekend. with that, sunset today is at 8:32.
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wind shifting to the northwest into tonight. down to 56 tonight, showers in spots. up to 84 tomorrow, partly sunny, a very nice friday with our temperatures finally getting over the normal high of about 80. >> and tomorrow is friday. that's nice . >> don't get my ideas. -- any ideas. >> i always have ideas. whether i act on them or not is the question. don't miss tonight's cbs prime time line up, then stay tuned for eyewitness news at 11:00. we know the o's play in boston tonight and then they return home for play against the phillies. on saturday see the birds take on the phillies at 4:00 live on wjz 13. thousands of miles across the pacific ocean, see the massive piece of debris that leaked up.
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>> the fbi's new investigation and who it's focusing on. >> another mass killing in syria. will the u.s. involvement change in eyewitness news at 4:00 continues with denise and vic right after this. ♪ [ ping! ] [ ping! ping! ] that's why i use new tampax radiant. it helps keep my period invisible, combing tampax's best-ever leak protection with a revolutionary resealable wrapper so all they'll see is me. [ ping! ] ♪ hi. totally new, awesomely-invisible tampax radiant. check out the whole radiant collection.
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it's 4:29, 77 degrees and mostly sunny. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. here are some stories people are talking about. the conflict in syria is escalating. another mass murder where dozens of civilians are killed and set on fire. rebels say the government is responsible. >> these are the latest kashl causalities -- causalities.
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according to the opposition, at least 78 residents, including children were killed and then burned. >> the regime sponsored violence is not right. >> the un shut with small arms. >> the president denies any responsibility. state television claims antigovernment groups are responsible for the killings. in a meeting with turkey's prime minister, hilary clinton called for assad to step down. >> we would like to be able to stand up here and make a pronouncement and save the lives of innocent syrians. we're disgusted by what we see happening. >> clinton said the international community still believes a diplomatic resolution possible.
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the un will present a new peace plan. >> rebels claim about 13,000 people have been killed in 15 months of violence. gas prices are continuing to fall as oil prices flirt with an 8-month low. kai is live with more. >> reporter: vic prices at the pump are falling for the 9th straight week. the average price is down 6%. triple a says it expects the west coast to see some relief in the days ahead. in california they're experiencing a third week of price drops. here is average of what we're paying today. last month it was $3.73, now it's down to $3.47. one year ago we were seeing prices on average of $3.77. back to you. >> engs ex-- experts expect prices to fall an remain steady until
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labor day. the fbi is now investigating information being leaked. >> senator mccain claims the white house has been liking information for political gain. it details key national security decisions by the obama administration. >> it compromises our national security. for this reason, regardless of how politicly useful it might have been to the president, they have to stop. >> white house press secretary denied the charge saying, quote, any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible. democrat carl lebon is considering a joint hearing on the issue. he weighed in on the
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situation on wednesday. >> i think what we're seeing is an avalanche of leaks. it's very, very disturbing. you know, it's dismaid our alleys, it puts american lives in jeopardy, it puts our nation's security in jeopardy. i don't believe any of this came directly out of the top ranks of the white house. i think one of the problems is information is not closely held sufficiently. wjz is in washington today and talks to the ranking democrat about those leaks. that is coming up at 6:00. for the first time mitt romney's campaign raises more money than president obama. they released their may figures. romney's monthly hall last month came out to more than $76
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million while obama's campaign raised about 66 #0 $60 -- $6 -- $60 million. stay with wjz for complete coverage of campaign 2012. we will bring you the late es on the candidates -- latest on the candidates and issues on air and on line at wjz.com. a school is are removing the soda machine from the school. it's all in honor of soda free pledges. mary is live in the news room with more on the challenge. >> reporter: the school is challenging students to get rid of soda and sugar drinks. it's called the soda free summer break. the average american drinks 45 gallons of soda every year. now wheldon park only offers water, juice and milk during lunch. now it wants students to start drinking healthy over the summer. the change comes after the new york
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mayor proposed a ban on large sized sodas. >> on average youngsters and adults get 15% of their calories on sugar drinks. you've been told to protect yourself on line. tonight google is giving its users a new warning. you may be the victim of government spying. >> google is not mixing words with the warning and the pink banner. we believe state sponsored attackers may be compromising your account or computer. >> it's the next logical step in modern warfare. >> it appears to users any time it detects possible malicious activity. the alerts started months ago but google went went public this week. it says reports strongly suggest foreign governments are behind the attacks. they declined to tell which countries are involved.
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>> ifyou don't want it -- if you don't want it stolen, out there, don't put it on g-mail. >> yeah. don't do anything that's really secure over g-mail. the prael big lesson -- real big lesson is make sure you're updated, make sure when people send you things are the people you think sending them. >> you can protect yourself by creating a strong password what a mix of symbols, numbers and capital and uncapital letters. >> is your password strong >> i think mine is. >> his account has not been hacked. >> there's a famous quote, the only privacy we have left is what's inside our head. >> a g-mail outage appears to be effecting people around the world. google is investigating. it is getting warmer
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outside. we're seeing a bit of sunshine today through some clouds here and there. we have weather and traffic together. bob is here with the updated numbers. >> we've had some shower and thundershower activity. that's all moving to southeast. as the sunsets we will lose those storms. one cell headed right for the dc area coming down 270. another break weakening in easton but around the baltimore region still quite for the time being. we may have to wait for that stuff in pennsylvania. nothing showing around the local area. still between now and 9:00 a risk of shower or thundershower. temperature wise, we're up to 77. last hour they had a little shower at the airport, dropped them down to the upper 60s. 81 the warm spot in dc. everybody
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tomorrow should get at least to the 80 degree mark, maybe some mid 80s. a big warm up for the weekend. let's check in on the roads right now with christy. >> hi, everybody. a lot of traffic around the beltway. on the west side of inner loop extended 20 minutes. on the topside of the inner loop, another 25 there from park heights avenue to the jfx. the accident there now on the right hand shoulder. north side inner loop, expect 20 minutes in that direction from york road around the pairing parkway. northbound 95, congestion in that direction. as far as accidents go, plenty of them. eastern avenue at diamond point road, east lexington at north charles. let's take a lye -- live look. 95 north bound slow there. give yourself extra time if you're heading in that direction.
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this traffic report is brought to you by terminex. back over to you. >> thank you . it's the first national burial site to go digital. arlington national cemetery is expected to tap into the power of gps activity. the smart phone app will provide military great accuracy with a system allowing all internet users to view any grave site for virtual visits. the app is due out in the fall. straight ahead, it sounded like a freight train. see the damage from a mini twister in all you trail yeah. >> -- you trail yeah. >> it's a comfortable afternoon with lots of sunshine. don't miss bob's updated weather forecast. [ female announcer ] with xfinity,
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violent tornados touched down in western australia. over 5,000 people lost power. around the severe thunderstorm -- a round of severe thunderstorms caused those tornados. another storm is expected to strike on sunday. in the after math of the hazing crisis, the president of florida a&m receives a no confidence vote today. school trustees are not happy with the way he handled the death of robert champion. he proposed limiting the band to only full time students as stiffening requirements for membership. he plans to remain in his post and help the university stamp out the hazing culture. police search the home of the man confessing to the murder of a 6-year-old boy in new york 30 years ago. jaes jessica is in the news room with at this -- with the latest. >> reporter: police are
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searching for spreads of evidence. dozens of officers are coming through the home of pedro hernandez. he confessed to killing etan patz. he said he lured him into a store and suffocated him, put his body in a bag and threw it in the trash. police say they found nothing of value in today's search. >> etan patz went missing on his way to school many may of 1979. a little bit in colorado sitting in the backside of his mom's suv with a red gas can buckled in the car seat beside him. the mother is telling her side of the story. >> as we were first to find out, sandra ramirez could not believe the hype over this photo, a photo that shows her 2-year-old son not properly strapped in as he looks at a gas can that is. >> my son was become buckled -- buckled. i love my kids. >> she soon wanted to set the
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record straight. her son was buckled in his car seat but he climbed out. she shows us how. >> he can push the red button and get out. i see him flip over the car seat itself and put on his big beat seat belt. -- big boy seat belt. >> she was pulled over as part of the state's click it or ticket campaign. >> the gas can, it was full and i didn't want it to fill so i sat it in the car seat. >> he was also a passenger. >> he unstraped himself. he hates it. he got in a regular seat and strapped himself in. >> i have a 2-year-old granddaughter who is capable of unbuckling their seat. >> even though you think your child is buckled in parents need to constantly double check. >> you need to check during your trip. you need to look back, make sure they're still
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secured and if they're not secured you pull off to the side of the road and resecure the child. >> i can't believe it exploded the way it has. >> he's done with driving -- she's done with driving. >> she was sited for three seat belt violations and for not having proof of insurance. she's due in traffic court later this month. the couple who named three of their children after not send it -- natzi leaders lost their children. the judge ruled the parents are unfit to raise children because of the history of domestic abuse. a giant doc watches ashore in oregon and traveling all the way from japan. the discovery including whether or not it's radioactive. >> visitors here at the beach
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notice the massive doc offshore on monday and since then the folks at oregon parks have been trying to figure out where it came from and how it got here. that mystery was solved wednesday morning when the japanese cons lawsuit translated it. 5,500 miles away it came. >> it broke free and spent the last 15 months or so floating across the pacific. >> 15 months ago is when the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of japan. it is debris from that. although debris has turned up in alaska, this is the first that's made land fall on the oregon coast. >> it's amazing. it's history. we don't know if this is going to happen in our lifetime. it's sad what happened but it's very interesting at the same time. . >> i almost wonder is this just the beginning.
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what else is going to come watching up on shore here. >> it's a question scientists are also asking. to prepare coastal communities for what may may headed this way they tested it radioactivity. it tested negative. meanwhile the doc has become quite the tourist attraction. >> stay off of it, don't be climbing but walk up to it, touch do, that's all right. >> the is doc -- the doc is one of four that was used for loading fish on the trucks. another doc turned up on an island in japan. 3 years after the death of michael jackson, his only daughter, paris is sitting down for an interview with opera. she recalls what it was like to wear masks when she went out in public. the 14-year-old is the middle child of jackson's three children. >> i didn't get why i was wearing a mask. i understand it
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now why my dad would want my face to be covered. when we went out without him we wouldn't be recognize ared and have a formal -- recognized and have a normal childhood. one dog gets herself into a serious predicament in memphis. the pit bull almost died after getting her head caught in a container. they say she was only 27 pounds when they found her. she should be 45. she's already gained 5 pounds. bob has the updated forecast coming up next.,,,,,,,,
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over the eastern shore there's one that died. up to the northwest, that's where the bulk of the activity is now just to the northwest of us. some of this is going to move into maryland if it holds together. as we lose the sun we lose the energy. i'm not sure if it's going to survive. garrett county maybe, washington will see some of this, maybe frederick. whether or not it gets to baltimore, doubtful. there's still a risk of shower activity until 9 o'clock tonight. if you're heading out, keep an eye on the sky. a bit of thunder is possible. 77 right now. it dropped an hour ago at the airport, jumped back to 77. i haven't seen it warmer than that. no winds currently. 74 hagerstown, some showers close by that region. 66 oakland, 81
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dc, 64 easton, 69 elkin and ocean city. some upper 70s in dc. we've seen more of a southwest flow. tomorrow that's going to bring in warmer air that we've been looking at over the midwest that's going to dominate all weekend long. things exploded with the cold air still coming in, a lot of shower activity knot -- to the north. you can see that extending way back up to the new york border. we have a good shot until 9:00 or 10:00 of additional showers. tomorrow high pressure building in, warmer air coming in. looks like temperatures get up above normal all weekend long. winds tomorrow northwest up to 5. light. tonight still a risk of a shower, maybe some thunder,
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other wise clear to partly cloudy, 56. tomorrow 80. the average high is 80. we finally get some more summertime temperatures. even warmer this weekend, but it should stay dry. >> looks good. still to come on eyewitness news. >> maryland's newest casino opening its doors. i'll take you inside where thousands are showing up for the casino's first full day. that's coming,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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coming up. >> the history of the lar harbor smell -- harbor smell continues. we'll hear from the city and the state. >> how the loved ones of the cannibal and his victim are coping with the tragedy and died to one another. >> check in for these stories and more breaking news. eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. hitting the jackpot, crowds and cash rolling into maryland's biggest casino. >> will it be a success and where with will the money go? hi, everybody. >> here's what people are talkingut

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