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involved. >> we are following a developing story right now at 4:00. dozens arrested in one of the biggest corruption busts this country has ever seen. the details are incredible. hello and welcome to "news4 at 4:00." i'm pat lawson muse. >> we begin, folks with breaking news out of bethesda right now. a golfer has been struck by lightning at congressional country club. >> jackie bentsen joins us live now from bethesda with latest details on this breaking story. >> reporter: we are told montgomery county fire and rescue crews were called here to congressional just before 3:00 for a report of a person struck by lightning. now, fire officials tell us that when the first responders arrived, they found a 42-year-old man who had been struck by lightning while on the golf course. we hear he may actually have been trying to get inside in advance of the coming storm. now, at this time we don't know
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if the man was struck by lightning directly, if there was a lightning strike in his proximity and somewhat less injured, we do not know that. we can tell you he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and officials will give us no information on his condition at this point. when we called congressional country club someone that answered the phone said "no comment." what we can tell is a 42 we are old man was taken by ambulance from here at congressional just after 3:00 today. taken to a local hospital after he was apparently struck by lightng. when we get more information we will bring it to you. back to you. >> we will stay in touch. jackie bensen live in bethesda. we have been keeping a close eye on the storms all afternoon. meteorologist veronica johnson's live up in storm center 4 with more on this severe weather threat. veronica? >> thanks, jim. no severe thunderstorm warnings across the area. still quite a bit of light new england. most of which still moving through the maryland area. let me show you where on digital doppler right there, one cell
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heading through nohern howard county. carroll county stretching off to the east and moving northeast at about 10 to 15 miles per hour. and there is another little pocket of lightning there in eastern prince george's county right now. it is around the mitchellville area. again, heading there towards mitchellville and eventually making its way towards anne arundel county. then we have another cell that's for out. this one in jefferson county in west virginia. so remember, you know, lightning safety tips, 30/30 rule. one of the most underrated weather hazards. very unpredictable. there are things you can do to keep safe. you want to seek shelter when you can avoid the metal of wood, fences, 30/30 rule p seek shelter if the flash-to-bang del say 30 seconds or less. remain under cover until 30 minutes after the final clap of thunder. that's the 30/30 rule. across the area, some locations getting plenty of rainfall today. look at baltimore harbor. over three-quarters of an inch
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of rain two and two in pax river and more coming up this evening. we will talk more about that in a few. pat? >> all right, thanks, veronica. a child is hospitalized this afternoon after nearly drowning in a swimming pool. it happened this morning at the national conference center. a private resort in ashburn, virginia. 7-year-old boy was found not breathing in the facility's pool while traporting him to the hospital emergency crews were able to revive the boy with cpr. no word on his current condition or what may have triggered the incident. the national transportation safety board has released the third and latest findings in last month's deadly metro train collision on the red line. today safety investigators tell us a track circuit near the crash site had been malfunctioning since 2007. the ntsb said it requested troubled tickets for the past 18 months to see if the problems had been reported. and investigators also
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identified what they described as anomalies with several other circuits as well. it is believed that a track malfunction to the 22nd of june crash. nine people were killed and 80 injured. metro sign ad deal with an annapolis based firm to develop a backup system for its trains and tracks that could kick in if the monitoring system ever failed. the ntsb advised metro to get such a system which does not exist. so transportation communication, air inc.will work on providing the network and provide continuous real-time data on the operation of all track circuits. the new alert system would automatically throw up a red flag if a circuit problem was detected. for first time since that deadly metro crash, the takoma station will remain open past 10:00 tonight. it has been closing regularly to accommodate investigators working on the track. metro announced that takoma station will now remain open all
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day today and tomorrow. that means it will be open until midnight tonight, 3:00 a.m. tomorrow, and passengers should still expect continuing delays due to the investigatio > congress is working on a special honor for major general david wherly. one of the passengers that died in the collision. the d.c. degate, eleanor holmes norton, introduce ad measure to name the d.c. national guard tuition bill after general wherley. the bill provides recruiting and retention incentives. general wherley worked closely with norton through the years to get funding for the program. his wife, anne, also died in that metro crash. >> a procedural setback for president obama in the fight over health care reform. the leaders of the senate say they can't take the first floor vote on the obama plan before the august break. it is what obama had demanded but today the president said it is okay as long as the plan keeps on moving forward. steve handelsman has more on
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that story. >> rorter: president obama had gone to cleveland to push health care reform when he learned the senate will not meet his august 7th deadline for a first vote. >> that's okay. i just want people to keep on working. and i want it done by the end of this year. i want it done by the fall. >> reporter: senators looking for ways to pay for the obama plan had a report of more progress. >> we got into real substance. >> very good. >> reporter: senate finance committee chairman privately said he needs more time. and senate majority leader reid gave it to him. >> it's better to have a product that is one that's based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than jamming something through. >> reporter: that's what republicans are saying. >> why are you in such a rush? >> reporter: in cleveland, president obama said again health care reform is an urgent priority. >> reform may be coming too soon for some in washington but it is
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not soon enough for the american people. >> reporter: republican leaders say they want reform. >> the president said last night that the status quo is unacceptable. we agree. >> reporter: but the president backing a tax hike on millionaires to buy insurance for the uninsured is unacceptable to the gop. >> why would we want to be taxing those who are going to be hiring american workers? that will just prolong this recession. >> reporter: on the house side speaker pelosi still wants a vote soon. >> what happened will go to the floor and we will win. >> keep up the heat. >> reporter: team obama learned today from the senate the fight will drag out. democratic leaders fear the more time this takes, the better the chance that major health care rerm will be defeated. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. at the end of his prime time address last night, president obama weighed in on the controversy surrounding henry lewis gates. and allegations of racism within
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a police department in cambridge, massachusetts. gates is a renowned harvard scholar. a white cambridge police sergeant arrested after a report of a possible burglary at his home. >> i don't know not having been there and no seeing all the facts what role race played in that but i think it is fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. number two, that the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. >> the charges were later dropped. the officer arrested who -- who arrested gates says he was following procedure. he's disappointed the president thinks police acted stupidly. the officer said he will not apologize. it is not the president's
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place to comb on the conduct of law enforcement that he was not presently present for. another writes -- then there is this. post the comment at the bottom of the story. to a disturbing story out of new jersey involving charges of corruption and greed. dozens have been taken into custody today, including politicians, clergymen, allegedly tied up in a money laundering ring that involved traffic everything from fake designer bags to human organs. this story is still developing at this hour. >> the complaints shows for
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these defendants, corruption was a way of life. they existed in an ethics-free zone. >> federal authorities today outlined the roundup of 44 people charged in a wide reaching ring of corruption that stretched from new jersey to switzerland to israel. those arrested include mayors of three new jersey cities and two state legislators and ran ice and others. >> the people that we have arrested today include mayors, deputy mayors, new jersey state assemblymen, city councilmen, city council candidates, a variety of other public officials. >> reporter: the investigation initially focus order a money laundering network that operated between brooklyn and new jersey. the network allegedly laundered money through charities controlled by ran ice in new york and new jersey. >> they used purported charities and entities supposedly set up to do good work and as vehicles fo laundering millions of dollars in illicit funds. >> officials say the money
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laundering eventually widened when the politicians began taking bribes. >> these cplaints painted a disgraceful picture of religious leaders, heavy money laundering crews and acting as crime bosses. >> reporter: the probe also allegedly involves two hospitals, including baltimore's johns hopkins and the sale of body parts. authorities say one suspect dealt in kidneys. >> his business was to entice vulnerable people to give up a kidney for $10,000 which he in turn would turn around and sell for $160,000. >> reporter: late this afternoon a member of new jersey governor jon corzine's cabinet resigned amidst the allegations. pittsburgh steelers quarterback ben roethlisberr is speaking out today for the first time about allegations that he sexually assaulted a lake tahoe casino hostess last year. at a news conference in pittsburgh today the super bowl winning quarterback insisted he is innocent and said the woman's
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lawsuit is bogus. >> i did not sexually assault mcnaullty. saturday was the first that i learned of her accusations. her false and vicious allegations are an take on my family and on me. i would never, ever forc myself on a woman. i'm going to fight to protect my family and my reputation. >> roethlisberger said he would remain focused on the upcoming season with the pittsburgh steelers, defending super bowl champions. another developing story out of sports. this one we are watching in afternoon involving michael vick could meet wit the nfl commissioner, roger goodell, as early as tomorrow. that's what espn is now reporting. vick was released from federal custody earlier this week after serving a 23-month sentence on dogfighting charges. he will reportedly discuss vick's possible return to the nfl. a person of interest in custody today after an attack at
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a popular park and a new home for animals in prince george's county. here's a look at other stories making headlines in our area today. police say they have a person of interest in a rock creek park attack that happened yesterday. a woman jogging around 7:00 a. msks near bingham a beach drive saw a man in the area. she noticed him a second time. that's when he pulled her into the woods and assaulted her. people who used the park are being urged to do so in groups, not alone. overnight shootings in southeast washington left one man dead and sent another to the hospital. it happened around 2:00 a.m. in the 1,200 block of eaton road. police arrived on thecene to find one man already dead and another shot. he is expected to survive. police are still looking for a suspect and a motive. fairfax county police are asking for help in finding a woman in these pictures. they say she is responsible for two recent bank robberies.
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first happened june 25th at the wachovia bank on wharton station boulevard. the other robbery happened july 15th at the suntrust bank on richmond highway. in both cases, the woman approached a teller at the counter and passed a note and implied she had a weapon and demanded money. the police say she fled in a gold car. prince george's county has a new animal control facility. the new building is located on ground station road in upper marlboro. the 37,000-square foot facility will provide the county with all ocean malprotection and control services. county executive jack johnson was on hand for today's big unveiling. stay right there. we are just getting started on "news4 at 4:00." new revelations today about the possible secret son that michael jackson may have fathered. this as a number of people get in trouble for what they know about jackson's death. also ahead, brand-new video showing the moment that two
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light rail trains collided. you are not going to believe just how far one man went to save his best friend. we are coming right back with the pictures and details.
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welcome back. veronica johnson in storm center 4. first severe thunderstorm warnings of the afternoon out now. they are out for jefferson county and west virginia for washington county, maryland. for frederick county, maryland.
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for loudoun county in virginia. that's northern loudoun county and most of this cluster of storms headed towards the east affecting the majority of frederick county. and this area of severe thunderstorm warnings out until 5:00 pfshg m. stay inside away from windows and doors. i will keep you updated. back to you. on wall street, stocks posting another strong rally. dow gaining 187 points. reaching the 9,000 level for the first time in months, folks. the nasdaq gained 47 points. the new york stock exchange closed 150 points higher today. another batch of company earnings out today. there are a few surprises. ford, nation's second largest automaker, posted a profit of
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$2.8 billion in the second quarter. a company credits its cost cutting and debt reduction as part of the reason for the boost. sum airways also returned a profit in the second quarter of $58 million. "the new york times" says its second quarter profit climbed just over $39 million. that's an 85% jump. while at&t took a small hit, its profits were down 15%. the company's $3 billion in earnings still exceeded estimates thanks in part to sales of apple's iphone. the government's cash for clunkers program aimed at jump starting the car market got under way today. the incentive program is aimed at getting older cars off the road and stimulating new car sales under the program your trade-in has to be less than 25 years old and get less than 1 miles per gallon. you will get a $3500 voucher if your new car gets four to nine miles per gallon more than the
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car you trade in. and $4500 if the difference is ten miles perfect gallon or better. what's more, chrysler says it will match the government incentives and taking $4500 more off most of the 2009 models. it could be a deal for car buyers and an even bigger bonus for the struggling auto industry. >> the environment we are in now a program like this, is heav heaven-sent. >> the federal program will run through november 1 or until $1 billion in rebate credits are reported, whichever comes first. the real estate industry continues to show signs of recovery. sales of previously owned homes climbed 3.6% from may to june. that's the third straight monthly increase. the annual sales rate of 4.9 million homes is the highest since last october. the median sales price of $1 $181,000 is up. it is still well below the $215,000 level of a year ago.
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moving in the right directn. >> sure is. coming up, a drink day cld keep the doctor away. find out who could benefit from cocktail. >> a really cool site in space. we will tel you what sounds caught on camera last night. >> brad pitt makes a shocking revelation during a recent interview. we will have details on that, too. ñññxñy
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♪ the crew of space shuttle "endeavour" is getting ready for another day. this morning they woke up to elton john's "tiny dancer." that song was dedicated to the commander. the crew will use a robotic arm to transfer experiments to the international space station. we have seen pictures of it from space. we are getting a glimpse of te international space station from back here on earth. the pictures were taken in oregon last night. apparently the space station's solar panels reflected the sun's light in just the right way to make it advicible from the ground. the space station is about the size of a football field. orbiting at more than 17 miles miles per hour. 240 miles above the earth.
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>> pretty impressive. we have some severe weather out there now, folks. let's get the latest on the warnings from veronica. >> yes, jim. handful of warnings still out until 5:00 p.m. most in maryland now. jefferson county, west virginia, one area there and washington county, maryland, frederick county, maryland, until 5:00 p.m. and loudoun county in virginia until 5:00 p.m., too. there is a look at the area and a look at the locations that will be affected. lightning is likely. hail and high winds possible. gusts to 50 miles per hour. it could see some penny-sized hail affecting the neighborhoods of jefferson heights by 4:36. middletown, 4:39. edgewood area by 4:46. again, most of which it is up to north around frederick county, maryland. all day long with some of the thunderstorms, it has been raining hard. downpours, reducing visibility. look at baltimore, maryland, picking up 1.39 inches of rainfall. there has been ponding on the roadways. real heavy rain across the area.
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arlington, xpt 87 of an inch of rain. chantilly, close to a half inch as well. we are getting some winds with the actual thunderstorms that are moving through the area. so let's talk about this system here. really is two weather systems affecting us today. we have tropical low pressure system just offhe coast of virginia now. it has been moving up from north carolina. that one will be providing real heavy rain for new england and probably slight delays through the day tomorrow. another system that's just west of our area. this one with the little pieces or waves still affecting the area tomorrow. but evening downpours probably rain in the forecast and thunderstorms, yes, until about 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. 82, the temperature. cooling off a bit from the high heat today. boy, has it been muggy out there. the atmosphere is really juiced up. here is a look at your futuretaking you threw through the next 48 hours. by 8:00 a.m. friday morning, cloud cover across the area. we will have more breaks and looking at more sunshine west of the areaing, loudoun county,
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rappahannock county, more sunshine. then during the day with that little system rotating through, there's the possibility of more showers and perhaps even some thunderstorm. not as much as today but there is that possibility for tomorrow and then for your saturday, sunshine and both days we have heat coming to us, too, where temperatures now will be close to 90 degrees across the area. so let's take a look at your forecast then here for this evening. keep in mind until 5:00 p.m. the handful of severe thunderstorm warnings. cloudy and humid. showers should be starting to emres dropping from the 80s to the low 80s. so by tomorrow morning, we will be starting out with a little less humidity. 65 to 70. still hot one coming our way for tomorrow. we will talk more about the heat and i will keep you updated with any other storms that fire. back to you. >> we know you will. veronica, thank you. still to come on "news4 at 4:00," the latest on the developing story that we are following today. dozens under arrest in one of the largest corruption busts of its kind.
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>> how our area could prove to be key in the battle against swine flu. >> i ran straight through the bushes. >> an amazing story of dog devotion. you won't believe just how far one man went to save his best friend. wzññ?ñ
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welcome back to news4 at 4:30. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim handly. dozens of people arrested in jerjers this morning on corruption charges. among those arrested are the mayors of hoboken and secaucus and state legislator and several rabbis. the arrests resulted from major investigations into money laundering, political bid rigging and human organ trafficking. >> new revelations in last month's deadly metro crash. the system that detects stops metro trains in the area of the crash malfunctioning since 2007. according to a new report from the ntsb. also today, investigators identified what they described as anomalies in several other circuits in the system. the president in ohio today acknowledging the senate won't make his deadline for overhauling health care. he wanted congress to pass legislation before leaving on an august recess. mr. obama says it is october as long as people keep on working
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on it because change cannot come quickly enough. police say they are talking to a person of interest in a rock creek park attack that took place yesterday. they are now calling the attack that happened yesterday morning an aggravated assault. we want to stress that no one is in custody in connection with the case. now fighting the swine flu. we are learning more about how the government and drug companies plan to test the new swine flu vaccine to make sure that it is safe. and whether it will be ready before the h1n1 virus returns this fall. tracie potts reports from capitol hill where lawmakers were briefed today. >> reporter: the swine flu could be back in force as soon as september when children return to school. you about most of the vaccine won't ready until mid october. safety studies won'te done until november. the government stocked up on vaccine ingredients but manufacturers say they need a firm go-ahead. >> if the decision was made
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today, as soon as the vaccine would be available would be mid september. >> reporter: it use as live virus says its vaccine could be ready earlier. >> in case the emergency we could have product available early september. >> reporter: at least five clinical trials will test vaccines on adults and children as young as 6 months old. in most case two shots, three weeks apt, in varying doses. those tests will determine if a substance is needed to stretch vaccine. it is yielding only about 30% of what scientists expected. it has never been used in flu shots in the u.s. >> if something happens to somebody after vaccination, the vaccine will be -- whether the vaccine is in use or not. >> reporter: lawmakers got an update and learned everything depends on how soon this virus decides to show up. >> we got a little bit lucky last year, frankly, this didn't hit until late in the school year. we are not going to be lucky going into this school year. we have to be ready now. >> reporter: the government's already purchased 195 million
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doses to be given out as soon as has it is ready. next week the cdc will decide who should get the vaccine first. from capitol hill, tracie potts, news4. maryland will be one of the testing grounds for the swine flu vaccine. a university of maryland school of medicine in baltimore has been chosen by the national institutes of health to begin clinical trials next month. the research will involve as many as 1,000 adults and children at ten centers nationwide. to volunteer you can call 410-706-6156. some students from this area could be released from quarantine in china as early as tomorrow. the teens were hospitalized last week when some in their group came down with the swine flu. the students come from several different schools and were in china as part of a cultural exchange program at the university of maryland. once they are released the students are free to extend their stay and complete their trip. secretary of state hillary
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clinton had some harsh words for north korea today regarding the nuclear weapons program. comments came during a regional summit in thailand. mrs. clinton said the north korea has no friends left in the international community and urged asian leaders to vigorously enforce sanctions against pyongyang. >> we are not interested in half measures. we do not intend to reward the north just for returning to the table. >> reporter: in response, north korea said that it has n intention to return to the bargaining table. and pulled out of talks on its nuclear program. a soldier who was reported as a possible kidnap victim has been discovered unharmed.ge st n thg quebiion remains. what's this all a hoax? officer james gonzalez was taken into custody last night during the traffic stop in texas after leaving a relative's home. he based -- is based at fort hood. investigators are looking into
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claims he was abducted but say there are no indications he was taken by force. gonzalez disappeared a week ago. two days later the army received a call saying gonzalez had been kidnapped and the caller demanded a $100,000 ransom. the soldier could face charges. when we come right back on "news4 at 4:00" this afternoon, new revelations about the possibility that michael jackson had a secret son. >> also, see the moment two light rail trains collide and what this may show about what caused the crash. why you may want to have drink with dinner tonight. find out who could benefit from a cocktail. q ???o?c?qqa
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welcome back. storm center 4. we con with severe storm warnings out for jefferson county, west virginia, until 5:00. maryland county, loudoun county in virginia, too, until 5:00 p.m. the line of thunderstorms is with lightning, possible hail, as well as high winds. moving northeast at 15 miles per hour. affecting the communities of myersville by 4:57. middletown by 5:00. jefferson heights, too. springdale area as well as somerset by 5:07. mostly headed towards frederick county and up in maryland. boy, there are some downpours with those particular storms as well. meanwhile, down across areas of prince george's county, around
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anne arundel county, we have some more cells headed east and more lightning, too, for montgomery county. this one headed towards the darnestown area, montgomery village as well as gaithersburg area. handful of severe thunderstorm warnings up north until 5:00 p.m. i will keep you updated. >> thanks, veronica. >> we are getting an up close look on light rail crash that injured more than 60 people and happened last week in san francisco. >> this new video shows the first train sitting on the platform when a second train slams right into it. two people remain in the hop, including the operator of the striking train. investigators are focusing on human error as the cause of the crash after finding no indication of mechanical or system failure. >> when we come right back, incredible story of just how far man went to save his beloved dog. the fda out with what it calls the real story behind those fake cigarettes.
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many smokers switched to electronic or e-cigarettes thinking they are a healthier alternative to the real thing. the food and drug administration says they are not. initial test results show e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, including a key ingredient that found in antifreeze. manufacturers say the fda's
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research is too narrow to reach any valid conclusion. another new study suggests that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol may lower the risk of dementia in older results. they looked at 3,000 people over age 57. those that drank eight to 14 alcoholic beverages per week experienced a 37% reduction in their risk of developing dementia. compared to those that didn't drink at all. the type of alcohol they consumed didn't seem to matter. takes a dedicated dog owner to pry his pet from the jaws of a seven-foot alligator. that's what a florida man did and he wound up in worse shape than his dog. michelle kosinski has the story. >> good girl. >> reporter: reunited with her best friends that just got home from the hospital, you have to wonder if man just know how loyal her owner is.
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>> i saw the wake in the water from the alligator. >> reporter: sced through the sparkling water saturday morning. a second later, his best pal mandy sniffing around in the brush and was trapped between the two hungry jaws of this seven-footer. >> i just ran straight through those bushes to her. >> reporter: ran at the gator to save his trusty friend. >> he had her like this in his mouth. and i just grabbed the lower jaw with this hand and the upper jaw with this hand and as i'm poking his eye pulling. she got out easy. i remember thinking that was pretty easy. >> reporter: but then there he is hold aggregator's open mouth. he tried to throw the reptile and it snapped off the tops of two fingers on his right hand. he considers himself lucky that is all it got away with. mandy was bitten around the middle. but okay. >> she satisfies really a special dog. she is like one of our children. >> reporter: she had mandy since she was a puppy. david joseph's family would kill
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him if he let anything happen to her. now he can't imagine not rescuing her from the jaws of death. >> i would have never got over it, you know. you know, if i hadn't tried to get her free i never could have lived with myself. >> reporter: you have a best friend for life here. >> for sure. >> reporter: you may be the most loyal owner. >> yeah. >> reporter: david brown, dog's best friend. >> that may sound crazy but if i could i would probably go to such lengths to save my dog. >> he was lucky it was just a few fingers and one lucky dog. still ahead on "news4 at 4:00," actor brad pitt makes a stunning personal announcement. don't miss what he had to y. good afternoon. i'm wendy rieger. we are going to have the latest
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from a breaking news story out of maryland where man is hospitalized after he was struck by lightning while playing golf. eun yang reports on a new stomach surgery. it is helping people stop weight gain without the dangers of the past. sweet tea taste tests. tips to keep your car running and a new way to groom your pet. liz crenshaw tells us what happens next. those stories are new tonight on "news4 at 5:00."
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veronica johnson in storm ceer 4 keeping you update order severe thunderstorm warnings. for another ten minutes for fred contradict county, maryland, heavy rain, heavy to you folks in frederick county. some occasional lightning strikes and wind gusts to 30 miles per hour. possibly higher. the line of storms headed east to frederick county, maryland, clover hill area by 5:14. by 5:20, frederick, frederick county, maryland. thurmont 5shgs:30. slow moving. and if you live up in this area and you have to be somewhere within the next coupl of minutes, i would get an early start and leave now because it is producing heavy rain as well as some lightning around the area. meanwhile, a little bit more lightning still with that one cell we have been watching in prince george's county. it is headed towards southern anne arundel county. oakland and zeile area. there is the another cluster further north through montgomery county. gaithersburg, this one, too, with lightning. at the game if you are headed,
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7:05, we have a makeup game against the cardinals. scattered thunderstorms and 79 degrees. you will need the rain gear. we should be dry by tomorrow morning. and starting to clear out skies tomorrow partly sunny and up to a high of 86 degrees. still a chance possibility of scattered thunderstorms. right now at the beaches, not looking too bad. sunday we may pick up more storms late in the day. jim, pat? >> thanks, veronica. coming up on "news4 at 4:00," who is getting in trouble for what they knew about michael jackson's death? new details today about the man claiming to be his seek remember son. he is a fixture on the streets of new york city. wait until you hear what the naked cowboy is planning to do now.
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community approached him to run while he does have a website detailing his plans for the city he admits he has no real experience. you think? tokyo train line is trying a new tactic to try to make proceeds smile more. the company has install ad device that can tell the staffers who are smiling by calculating the curve of their mouth. the employees are encouraged to test their smiles before they head to the platforms and ticketing areas to help passengers about 2350,000 passengers a day passed through that station. the world has a newest oldest man. walter bruning is 112 and has become the world's oldest living man after a british man died earlier this week. the montana man has become something of a celebrity. he spent most of his days on media interviews and receiving visitors who want to talk about history. walter was born in 1896. he says the secret to longevity
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is staying activity and not eating too much and being good to people. to the latest in the michael jackson case. it seems people who had no business seeing the pop star's deh certificate got a peek at it anyway. a half dozen employees of the coroner's office saw the document before it became public record. some of them even made copies of it. an official with the coroner's office says within two weeks of jackson's death, the certificate had been viewed on the state computer system more than 300 times. we are told the staff will be disciplined. the criminal investigation kicked into high gear when federal agents raided the office of jackson's personal physician. the doctor who was with the singer when he died. jeff rossen has more on that as well as new details about a person described as jackson's secret son. >> reporter: it was unexpected.
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los angeles police and federal drug agents showed up at dr. conrad murray's office in texas. armed with a search warrant. works outf this medical clinic in houston. they spent more than two hours inside. >> searching for drugs or records? >> no drugs. this is just -- just records. >> reporter: according to dr. murray's attorney, detectives collected 21 documents. along with a forensic image of his hard drive. >> just to get a search warrant the feds have to show that there wa probable cause to believe there was a felony committed. just getting that search warrant is a big deal in this case. >> reporter: the l.a. pd has alreadynterviewed dr. murray twice and just before executing this serve warrant, requested a third meeting. a source familiar with the criminal case tells nbc news police are looking into at least 19 doctors. late wednesday, the website tmz posted this video of a coroner's official visiting the office of jackson's former nurse. she has claimed jackson asked
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her for diprivan in the weeks before his death. proof of an expanding investigation as new drama unfolds within the jackson family. questions are swirling around this mystery man who had a front row seat at michael's memorial service. in her column courtney hazlett reports the mystery man, family members believe that he may be michael's secret fourth child. >> sources are saying his biological son and say he has been on the scene and lived mostly at neverland beginning in the early '90s and until the early 2000s. the family definitely seems to know about this person. this person even referred to himself as michael j. and called michael jackson his dad. but they decided it was something michael wanted kept secret so they would keep it secret. >> that's "news4 at 4:00." we thank you for watching. i will be back at 6:00. stay right there at "news4 a 5:00" starts right now.
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tonight on "news4 at 5:00," the reaction on some strong comments from president obama about the arrest of a harvard educator. >> the wife after former local police officer convicted of killing a delivery man at his house is talking about it today. a t-shirt behind some trouble for an area clothing store that was recent livan dalized. good evening and welcome to "news4 at 5:00." i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm wendy rieger. we are going to begin with the weather. bob is up in the storm center. lot happening out there. >> there has been a lot, heavy rains and also an awful lot of cloud-to-ground lightning. i just put up the lightning and there was a warning which is going down right now for folks into frederick county. lot of lightning still around montgomery county and over into prince george's county. here is the radar. you can see that area of rain which continues to move with some very local heavy rain.
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