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dins on capitol hill. while members of president obama's own party are skeptical. good morning and welcome to "news4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm barbara harrison. let's take a look outside. it looks like we've got clouds out there. and it's 73 degrees, feels a little muggy. let's find out what's going on with the weather. >> are we being mugged? >> no. you don't need to worry about that, i'm not here to take your money. i will take it if reofd.fe but outside we have anaiin rom n aofnai coming down sh oiwawaa agt arend c sooih. area and rainfall in the l asutth.so rainfall in the ls, s, ouams,nt hers,outhenstne weth winner weithalf annc ih o rain, pax river naval air chation,y nrlea anrl .in inch. marching up i-95, teal be into the sou end. capital .soon virginia across the piedmont are come our way and a
couple of rumbl of thunder,f calvert county into st. mary's county. rsfihaa c oteainc rfn coming p this morning and we'll clear out, get a littl seunshinn andsa heat in the atmosphere, put us up near 90 degrees and we'll cefagain as a celtth of s at, a chance of showers and hunderstorms coming up laterf is afternoon and this evening. av heso t ue hmbrella ready to go. if you don't need it this morning, you'll in all likelihood need it later on. still the second driest july on record. >> we had so mu rain earlier, we feel like we paid our dues. >> let's go to jerry edwards and the news4 traffic network. relatively quiet so far. as chuck mentioned, we'll have to watch for the rain showers. let's head downtown, lower 14th street scheduled to be closed at this very hour. headed on up toward the reagan building. that's the reagan building there. so just be prepared headed up to the reagan building. not a big deal now, but give it
a couple of hours and it could be an issue. elsewhere, over route 50 coming and going over the bay bridge, no worries. and a quiet so far at the wilson bridge. back to you. we're following breaking news out of bethesda this morning, montgomery county police have discovered are body inside a burning car. officers were called to the intersection of arlington road and bradley boulevard in bethesda a short time ago. police will only say that one person has died. we have a live crew ott the scene, live report is coming up. in other news, a major commuter alert for drivers using 14th street. parts of that major downtown street will be shut today for the entire day. 14th street between constitution and pennsylvania avenues is closed for a high-level government meeting, closed until 6:00 p.m. drivers urged to use alternate routes. news4's kimberly suiters is connected to your commute, what can you tell us about this? >> reporter: if you're out and about right now, you won't
notice it very much. but like jerry mentioned, it's going to get messy later. on 14th street between pennsylvania and constitution, take a look, down at ronald reagan building, you can see that road blocks are about to be in place around that area. this morning we know the president will address the opening session of the first u.s.-china strategic and economic dialogue there at thee. therefore, we'll show you this information on your screen, just to bang it into your head so you know that 14th street will be closed between constitution and pennsylvania avenues all day today. from 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for what d d.o.t. is calling a special event. motorists who use 14th street are advised to take these detours. inbound 14th street northbound, you probably want to take the southeast-southwest freeway and exit 12th street or 7th street for downtown access. if you have to go outbound on
14th street, that's southbound, you'll want to use 9th street, and then continue on the southeast-southwest freeway, inbound into virginia. these delays are expected throughout the morning and throughout the afternoon. d did-dot is telling commuters is telling commuters, if you don't have to drive, don't. they're suggesting you take metro or find alternate ways to get around downtown. they recommend that. especially this morning. we'll check back in with you. every half-hour to let you know how traffic progresses along this route. reporting live in wntown d.c., i'm kimberly suiters. back to you. thank you, kimberly. good news for drivers using the chain bridge. starting tomorrow, crews will create a separate lane for drivers turning right on to route 123 from the bridge. drivers who need to turn right won't get stuck behind those waiting to go straight on glebe road. work on the change will take place tonight. the justice department may be on the verge of closing the
long, costly and vexing case of the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people. several law enforcement officials tell the "associated press" the department had tentatively planned to close the case last week. but it backed away, after government lawyers said they need more time. the move comes a year after government scientist, bruce ivans killed himself while under investigation for the crime. one of northern virginia's top cops has been caught on the wrong side of the law. alexandra police chief david baker will appear in court on dui charges. arlington police arrested baker saturday night after he got into a car accident. police say chief baker's blood alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit. his arrest came as a shock to city leaders. >> today the alexandria community is sattened and disappointed at this turn of events. chief baker is a well-respected leader, in his department and the community.
>> the way that he said, i've let you and the rest of the membership down. >> baker was sworn in as chief in 2006 after serving as deputy chief for 16 years. he was placed on administer i have leave. he's due in court for an arraignment on wednesday. well the fight for health care is still heating up and it's not just republicans who are trying to slow down the plan. but members of president obama's own party, the fiscalically conservative blue dog democrats continue to resist key aspects of the health care bill. nancy pelosi said yesterday, when she takes the bill to the floor, it will win. in a rally yesterday, citizens spoke about their desire to get a deal done before the august congressional recess,here's what some had to say. >> it will be disheartening if that is used as a way to fully deny obama's plan because i think obama's plan is a step in the right direction. but it's not exactly the
complete idea where everybody is covered. >> white house press secretary, robert gibbs, said there is about a quote 80% agreement and that the administration is enthusiastic about the progress that has been made. today, homeland security is taking a new approach in its fight against terror. it's carrying out its first-ever nationwide exercise aimed at preventing a terrorist attack. th five d.u.i. exercise will involve simulated real-life scenarios. it will most likely not affect or be seen by members of the public. it will take place in the district and six districts in the country. the focus of the exercises is terror prevention. in the past, exercises have been focused on response. 5:08, 73 degrees, a brazen robbery by a politician's brother caught on camera. plus what a driver did moments before impact, causing a tragic accident that left more than a half dozen people dead.
sprinkles moving into the metropolitan washington area. so umbrellas are heavily recommended for today. temperatures right now in the low to mid 70s. highs this afternoon, upper 80s to near 90. 50% chance of more rain today. more unsettled weather arrives late in the week. >> all right. chuck, let's head on to see how we're doing. the american legion bridge looks fine so far. here's the outer look headed for virginia. the inner loop from virginia to maryland. travel lanes are open. the drive south along i-270 as we begin the commute headed out of frederick to rockville, looks odd. south of town, 95 route 1 corridor, watch for the potential of slick roads. back to you. thank you, jerry. 5:12 right now. 73 degrees out there. what some doctors are saying about the death investigation of pop star, michael jackson. plus, more people have it than want to admit it -- next at
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montgomery county police have discovered a body inside a burning minivan. officers called to the intersection of bradley road and bethesda boulevard a short time ago. police will only say one person has died. commuters who use 14th street should find an alternate route, it will be closed between constitution and pennsylvania avenues between now and 6:00 p.m. d-dot advises people to use alternates and allow for additional travel time. president obama continues his quest to try to pass the health care bill before the august recess. he'll be making stops in north carolina and virginia today. house speaker nancy pelosi says she will get the bill passed, despite strong opposition. a tragic story out of new york this morning, that's where eight people, including four young cousins died in a wrong-way crh. police say a minivan was driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes of a parkway in briercliff manor, new york. in westchester county.
the van went to hit a suv and struck a third people. three people in the suv were killed, as well as five people in the minivan. the victims include four girls under the age of ten. >>another cemetery in suburban chicago is facing allegations it resold plots for profit. a family has filed aawsuit against glenwood memory gardens in glenwood, illinois. the suit claims that the cemetery tried to resell a plot where two relatives are buried. police are investigating the cemetery after a human bone was found lying on the bone there. police are looking into a similar allegation at burr oaks cemetery. they charge four workers in that alleged scheme. in news for your health this morning, it's a problem that goes from the toes to the nose -- stinky feet. more people have it than would like to admit. now, why does it happen and what can be done about it? news4's eun yang sniffed out some answers. >> reporter: it's the kind of thing you really don't want to talk about.
but when you smell it, you know it. we're talking about stinky feet. what are you supposed to do? >> i really don't have much knowledge on that. i really don't. >> reporter: try to get people to talk about the stinky subject. dr. mark letterman sees a lot of feet and some of them, he admit smell like this. >> we see it in certainly athletes. we see it in certain types of footwear that don't breathe well. stocking feet, nylons. even socks that don't wick moisture away properly will do it. >> reporter: he said he sees it in one sex more than the other. >> men have stinky feet, that's right. >> reporter: lettermen says men or women, in many cases you can blame the funk on three s's, sweat, socks and shoes. and then the big b, bacteria. next thing you know, your smelling dogs are sweeping others off their feet. >> man. will you put your shoes back on? >> sometimes there's a more serious cause. >> the causes can be a
neurogeneric problem where there's an involuntary nerve issue that creates hypersweating or which is called hydrosis. >> reporter: letterman said lots of good sprays are on the market that kill bacteria and fungus and sometimes the difference between a stinky foot and a sweet-smelling one is just a change of footwear. for example, wearing leather shoes without socks is a bill no-no. if the cause is medical, letterman said he can write the offending feet's owner a a prescription. the most important thing doctors say is to put one foot in front of the other, don't be embarrassed and go get some help. >> good advice. matt sands has something to cheer about this weekend. the team won two in a row against the san diego padres. >> we have more in your sports minute. >> good morning, everyone, your
sports minute begins with the nationals, who have now won two games in a row. with the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth inning, austin kearns hit a walk-off single to right. the nats beat the padres 3-2, earning their 30th win of the season. the orioles on the road in boston, nick markakimarkakis, t baltimore snap as losing streei in fenway. to win the crown in just their second season in the league. congratulation to coach murphy jetson and his crew. in nascar, juan pablo montoya was flagged for speeding on a pit stop. he was leading at the time and ended up finishing 11th. jimm johnson took advantage, winning at the brickyard second year in a row. that's your sports minute, i'm akeem determinish.
the off-season for football is almost over. the "washington post" says completely ready to go. so are a lot of fans, i'm sure. >> indeed. it's a bird, it's a plane, it's an international space station. the video you're seeing is what some florida resents saw last night around 10:30. a glimpse of both the international space station and the space shuttle "endeavour." if you missed it you can catch another look tonight at about 9:53 p.m. 5:20 is our time. time to go chuck bell up in storm center 4. will we have clear skies tonight? >> it will be clearing out a little. our problem is tonight the elevation of the space station will only be 10 to 15 degrees high in the sky, a much better chance of seeing it tomorrow night, 8:40 to 8:45 tomorrow
evening. if you don't have a chance to see it tomorrow evening, tomorrow, a much better chance to see did coming up. make your plans. outside right now on your monday morning, temperatures in the mid 70s across the area. here's your check of doppler, light sprinkles in the heart of downtown washington. mitchellville down towards brandywine and mount vernon and burke and vienna, light spriles. down along i-95 south, triangle city to the north side of fredericksburg and southern prince george's county, northern calvert county. and even a couple of rumbles of thunder. temperatures in the mid 70s and rain showers out there. it could be a wet go on the monday morning side of things and another chance for some rain coming up later on this afternoon. jerry edwards, back down to you. chuck, we'll take a little drive along interstate 270, it's still relatively quiet. i'm not sure if that's a raindrop on the camera lens as well. the road surface appears to be dry. headed south out of frederick to
rockville. checking things through northet. new york avenue, kenilworth avenue doing fine. south capital street no hang-ups headed to or beyond the southeast-southwest freeway. barbara and joe, back to you. 5:21, 73 degrees, what the obama family is doing in northern virginia this week. and a medical examiner is, what he's saying about the death of michael jackson. plus the brazen robbery by a politician's brother, caught on camera. and here's your liz on the money, money-saving tip of the day. >> allowance is an important strategy in teaching children the value of money. some experts suggest giving your child one dollar for every year of your child's age. and give your child his allowance in a way that makes it easy to make him save. ten single dollars rather than a $10
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welcome back. police have nailed the, excuse me, the brother of a massachusetts mayor, for robbing a convenience store with a hammer. the store's security camera shows the man threatening the clerk with a hammer before reaching into the cash register. the store employees wrote down the man's license plate number and the police were able to find him a short time later. the suspect's brother, it appears, is the mayor of the neighboring town of metheun,
massachusetts. turning to the latest on michael jackson. the singer's toxicology results are due out this week. the tests will help investigators figure out what drugs were in his system before he died. it could also determine what charges, if any, should be filed against his doctor. the medical examiner who spent weeks testing samples from anna nicole smith's body said it will be easy to charge jackson's would doctor with manslaughter if the tests show an overdose of a certain drug killed jackson. breaking news, a body found inside a burning minivan in montgomery county. also, a commuter alert for drivers in the district, how you can navigate your way through the morning rush hour. >> then a northern virginia top cop arreed. what he did that landed him be barnd
body found in a burning minivan in bethesda this morning. i'm michael flynn live along bradley boulevard with the story, coming up. commuters changes -- a major commuter artery in our region is being shut down. what you need to know to navigate through the morning rush hour. wrong side of the law -- a northern virginia top cop is busted behind the wheel. what he did that got him arrested by police. good morning, everyone and welcome back.
i'm barbara harrison. monday, july 27th, 2009. >> good morning to you, i'm joe krebs, let's take a look outside now. we're going to see that we have cloudy skies here in the nation's capital. 73 degrees onhis 27th day of july, 2009. let's check in with chuck bell now to find out what we can expect from the weather today. it looks like we saw some rain near the bridge where kimberly suiters was earlier. >> the 14th street bridge. >> absoluty right. a little light rain coming down right in the heart of washington now, there's more rain showers in other locations as well. take a check out of it here on live doppler. light rain in southeastern fairfax county, from berk over towards franconia and springfield. and southern prince george's county from clinton to upper marlboro. and shady side up to annapolis. a couple of light sprinkles. not all that heavy this morning. rappahannock county and culpepper county, rain showers headed towards northern fauquier
county. so st. mary's city, thunder down there in southern maryland. temperatures in low to mid 70s. a partly to mostly cloudy day today. showers likely in the morning and the possibility of an isolated strong thunderstorm later in the afternoon. so keep the umbrellas ready. catch a little break from the rain tomorrow, with a high near 92 and rain chances start sneaking back into the forecast by wednesday and thursday. so a little something for everybody. a lot of those plants are a little thirsty side. under the brown grass, thinking about brown grass, you don't have to mow it, right, joe? >> that's true, a good side to everything, thanks, chuck. let's check in with jerry see how things are moving with the rush hour under way. >> if you're caught in a traffic jam, you don't burn that much gas. easy on your tires. >> something like that. let's head in to see how we're doing, interstate 66, eastbound, so far, so good. as you make the trip in from 50 headed for the beltway. westbound, a little volume.
no hang-ups reported between the capital beltway and the interchange in haymarket, on 66. 270-i-70, no worries so far. 395-59 corridor, a little wet. so exercise great care. barbara and joe, back to you. thank you, jerry. breaking news, a body has been discovered inside a burning car. montgomery county police are at the scene right now in arlington road at bradley boulevard. >> news4's michael flynn just arrived. michael good morning. what can you tell us about what is going on out there? >> reporter: good morning, joe, a lot of detectives out here, emergency workers. you can see this charred minivan in the distance there. this all happened just a little bit before 4:00 a.m. we're told a 911 call came in for a vehicle on fire. when emergency workers got here, they found the minivan fully engulfed in flames, when the fire was out, they found the body of what appears to be an adult.
lucille bauer is joining me with the montgomery county police department. what are the basics? what can you tell us at this point? >> the call came in at 3:56 this morning for a car fire. when our officers arrived, they found a gray minivan fully engulfed in flames. fire rescue responded. as they were extinguishing the flames, a deceased body was found in the driver's seat. sole occupant of the vehicle. right now, montgomery county police, major crimes detectives are conducting an investigation with the fire marshal's office to determine the nature of the fire and the death. >> so right now you don't know if this is foul play? >> that's correct. this is still under investigation, very early stages of the investigation. >> this is all ver early. they'll investigate to determine whether or not foul play was involved. back to you. >> is the vehicle in the roadway? is it in a parking lot? it looked like it was in an accident? >> reporter: from this vantage here, joe, it looks like it's in
the left lane, maybe a little of the car. the back end might be a little in the median. but yeah, the left lane of bradley boulevard in arlington road. >> does it look like it was involved in an accident? >> reporter: i'm told by police no other vehicle on the scene when they got here, they don't know if it could have been involved in something and the car took off. they don't know. thank you, michael. eight years after the anthrax attacks that killed five people, the justice department may finally be ready to close the case. several law enforcement officials tell the "associated press" that they had tentatively planned to close the case last week but backed away after government lawyers said they needed more time. it comes a year after government scientist bruce ivans killed himself while under investigation for the crimes. five people were killed in the attacks, including two postal workers in the district. a major commuter alert for drivers using 14th street this morning. parts of the road will be shut
down for the entire day. >> 14th street between constitution and pennsylvania avenues is closed for a government meeting. the roadway will remain closed until 6:00 p.m. this evening. drivers being urged to use alternate routes. news4's kimberly suiters is connected to your commute this morning. kimber kimberly, is it starting to mess up the travel out there already? >> reporter: not quite yet, barbara. major delays are anticipated, though this morning and this afternoon. the road blocks are in place. it's just the area around the ronald reagan building. i'm told by d-dot is that this is the call of the secret service, take a look in that direction on 14th street in between constitution and pennsylvania. this morning, we know that the president is meeting with top-level officials, they're addressing the opening session of the first u.s.-china and strategic economic die lock at the ronald reagan building. the u.s. and china holding their first top-level exchange on a
broad range of bilateral, global and regional challenges on economic and foreign issue policies, as well as climate change, delays particularly over the 14th street bridge are expected. the bridge will be open, there will be ample signage, but it could be slow going. you may want to stay off the 14th street bridge, opt for the roosevelt or memorial bridge instead. 14th street, the 14th street will be closed between constitution and pennsylvania avenues all day today, from 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. people who use 14th street are advised to take the detours. inbound on 14th street, northbound coming from virginia, they want you to take the southeast-southwest freeway and take the exit for 12th stree or 7th street to access downtown. outbounded on 14th street southbound, drivers should use 9th street. outbound into virginia. so morning and afternoon travel are both expected to be a
problem. they want you to d-dot is encouraging you to take metro or leave early this morning. or expect to leave late this evening. reporting live in downtown d.c., kimberly suiters, news4. barbara and joe, back to you. well, first lady michelle obama will spend part of her day in virginia, bowling green, to open a new community health center. the center got $1.3 million in stimulus money. the president will be in the commonwealth this week, stopping in bristol, virginia for a town hall meeting. on wednesday, to build public support for his health care reform plans. >>s did my honor to speak to all alaskans, to our alaskan family this last time as your governor. >> the state of alaska has a new governor this morning, after sarah palin officially stepped down from the post. in a fiery campaign-style
speech, palin said she's stepping down to take her political battles to a larger stage. the former vice presidential candidate said she plans to write a book, campaign for political candidates and build a right of center coalition. she thanked the people of alaska and paid tribute to her home state. >> former lieutenant governor shawn parnell will now take over the remaining year and a half of palin's term. french president, nicolas sarkozy, has been released from the hospital this morning. he collapsed after about 45 minutes of jogging in hot weather yesterday. sarkozy was rushed by helicopter to a hospital as a precaution. cardiac tests found nothing wrong and doctors have attributed the collapse to heat and overwork. french officials say that doctors told sarkozy there will be no long-term consequences to his heart and he should rest for a few days and then he should be fine. our time now, 5:38.
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if we don't act, medical bills will wipe out their savings. if we don't act, she'll be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. and he won't get the chemotherapy he needs. if we don't act, health care costs will rise 70%. and he'll have to cut benefits for his employees. but we can act. the president and congress have a plan to lower your costs and stop denials for pre-existing conditions. it's time to act. good monday morning, i'm meteorologist chuck bell. it's 5:41, hope you had a great weekend. outside, a cloudy sky over
washington this morning. light rain coming down as well. here's a check of live doppler, a few sprinkles in southeastern and southwestern washington, also into portions of prince george's county. a few sprinkles in northern fauquier county. a couple of raindrops up towards front royal. prince george's county over towards the chesapeake bay. temperatures in the low 70s, so off to a muggy start. highs up close to 90 by later this afternoon. and with all the heating we'll have chance for thunderstorms coming up later on today. >> chuck, thanks for the warning. right now, we'll take a live look along northeast washington. new york avenue, coming in from maryland over the anacostia, bladensberg road. all the way to the exit for the 3rd street tunnel, no worries. elsewhere, check out the beltway, inner loop around georgia avenue, report of an accident, police were sent to investigate that. so far, so good along 270 and at the wilson bridge, barbara and joe, back to you. thank you, jerry. it is 5:42 right now. and the temperature is 73 degrees. flying the fendly skies
we're following breaking news out of bethesda this morning, montgomery county police have discovered a body inside a burning minivan. officers called to the intersection of arlington road and bradley boulevard in bethesda a short time ago. police will only say that one person has died. 14th street will be closed this afternoon, between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. between constitution and pennsylvania avenues. d-dot is advising commuters to leave early or later and take alternate routes. french president, nicolas sarkozy, is recovering this morning from falling ill while jogging yesterday. he's just been discharged from the hospital this morning. the 54-year-old suffered a dizzy
spell and was flown to the hospital to undergo tests which came back fine. doctors told sarkozy to rest for the next few days. later this week, alexandria police chief, david baker, will appear inn o on d.u.i. charges. arlington police arrested baker saturday night, after he got into a car accident. police say the police chief's blood alcohol level was .19, that's me than twice the legal limit. news4's darcy spencer reports. >> reporter: alexandria police chief, david baker, under arrest for drunken driving. the arrest of the well-respected long-time chief, a shock to city officials. >> today, the alexandria community is saddened and disappointed at this turn of events. chief baker is a well-respected leader in his department and in the community. >> reporter: deputy chief earl cook has been appointed. >> i think he was very much
apologetic. >> reporter: baker issued a statement to officers that reads in part, while i can only imagine the disappointment you feel, i want you to know how proud i am of each one of you. how privileged i am to work side by side with you and how disappointed and and rng i am with myself. no one answered the door at the chief's house in gaithersburg, a note left on the door directed media questions to a family spokesman, steve mason. mason told news4 that baker does not plan to resign. quote he is very remorseful. he just wants to work hard to make sure something like this never happens again. he would like to remain chief of police, end quote. >> congratulations and thank you for your service. >> reporter: baker was sworn in as chief in 2006, after serving as deputy chief for 16 years. >> people make mistakes. i think, i don't think that's something that should be fatal 230r a person's career. >> it's kind of disappointing, if he's the one that's supposed to be enforcing the rules, you would think he would want to hold himself to a higher
standard. >> city officials say getting behind the wheel after drinking is uncharacteristic for the chief, he has had an unblemished record as the top cop. >> i've never seen him take a drink he's always turned them down. this is just devastating to me. >> reporter: darcy spen certificate, news4 today. chief baker is due in court on wednesday for an arraignment. this isn't the first time a public official in alexandria has been arrested for drunken driving in 2004, you'll recall that alexandria school superintendant rebecca perry was pulled over for driving erratically. she failed a field sobriety test at the time. she was allowed to keep her job. however the board later decided not to renew her contract. and she stepped down from her position last june. happening today, closing arguments are expected to begin in the trial of jacbanita jacks5
witnesses have testified for the prosecution. prosecutors have accused jacks of stabbing her teenaged daughter and strangling her three younger daughters. the they also say jacks lived in the house for months with their decomposing bodies. the case will be decided by a judge instead of a jury. an exotic vacation home belonging to the woman who stole $50 million from the district goes on the auction block today. harriet walters forfeited her home in the virgin islands when convicted of defrauding the city while working as manager of the d.c. tax office. the u.s. marshal service will accept online bids for the home today throh wednesday. the minimumed by is listed at $212,000. walters is currently serving a 17-year sentence. a key public hearing will be held in virginia about a proposed walmart store near the wilderness civil war battlefield. the hearing is the final step before the board of supervisors, which has the final say, takes
up the proposal. last week, the planning commission voted 5-4 to recommend approval of a special use permit for the proposed locust grove store. however, supervisors do not have to vote based on that recommendation. the planned store has sparked firestorm. but walmart says the store would not harm the historic battlefield. new today, an oklahoma man is behind bars for killing two police officers. ezekiel who willbert is being held on first-degree murder charges. the 26-year-old allegedly opened fire yesterday as deputies tried to serve an domestic abuse warrant on them. >> they kicked it in. once they kicked it in, was sitting there waiting on them. he shot both of them, one point-blank, right between the eyes, killed him. the other one he followed out the door, shooting him in the back. >> one deputy died at the scene, the other died later in the hospital.
a bystanding was wounded in the shooting, but she is expected to be okay. holbert eventually surrendered when more officers arrived on the scene. a tragic story out of new york city, where eight people, including four young cousins died in a wrong-way crash. police say a minivan was driving the wront way in the northbound lanes of the teconic parkway, westchester county. the van cshed head-on into an suv. then struck a third vehicle and then burst into flames. three people in the suv were killed, as well five people in the minivan. the victims include four girls, all under the age of 10 we're going to take a look at our forecast now. we have some rain in the forecast. some coming down already here in washington. >> a light sprinkle around first thing this morning, here's how i usually describe this amount of rain. just enough rain to make a clean car dirty. my formerly clean car with now little brown raindrops all over the hood. outside hopefully your monday gets off to a better start than
mine did. temperatures outside are mostly in the low to mid 70s right now under a cloudy sky. light precipitation in the area. we'll let you know more about that. 73 degrees, a little south wind at 10 miles per hour. it's been a very easy to tolerate july from the temperature standpoint. july still three degrees cooler than average. unfortunately, it's been a dry july as well. 2.2 inches below average in rainfall. so temperatures right now across the area this morning, 73 in beautiful fairfax county, virginia. 70 in clinton, maryland. 74 in annapolis. 72 in downtown baltimore. a little cooler to the west. 63 in martinsburg, west virginia. 66 in winchester and culpepper in at 68 degrees, rainfall amounts over the last 24 hours have been fairly light, just enough to tip the bucket, one time at andrews air force base, .01. .1 in baltimore, a quarter of an inch of rain in quantico.
and far southern maryland, the heaviest showers with overnight thunderstorms have been rolling ross southern maryland. the heaviest of the storms are now out on the eastern shore. a few lonely sprinkles left in the metropolitan area. a broader view of light sprinkles drying up across the virginia piedmont. indicative of the air plas very moist. and as a result, we'll have a chance of more thunderstorms coming up later on this afternoon. no widespread severe weather is expected. but a rumble of thunder. if you're going to the pool and getting a little sun early this morning and thisafternoon. thunderstorms are a possibility later on as the weather front promises to move into our area, late this afternoon and this evening. it will be south of us for most of the day tomorrow and as a result, i think tomorrow will be driest and also warmest day of the week. if you're doing any cross-country flying today, generally good weather, unless you're headed to the dallas-fort
worth metro area. heat and humidity a big part of our forecast. temperatures up near 90 today. lots of humidity around and we'll fire up isolated thunderstorms later on this afternoon. during the day tomorrow, i think tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny, there's always the chance of a thunderstorm this time of year. but i think our chances tomorrow are the lowest they're going to be all week long. and then our rain chances start to sneak back in by late wednesday and especially thursday and friday. so for today, partly to mostly cloudy. more showers likely. a rumble or two of thunder also a possibility. it will be on the warm site today, with temperatures between 85 and about 90 degrees. as you look at your extended forecast for the rest of the week. it will be very warm indeed 92 tomorrow, tomorrow, i think is likely going to be our driest day of the week. a slight chance of a shower returns on wednesday. chances for rain thursday and friday as well. but the first lean on the weekend for n t weekend, because you know, summertime -- on monday, people are already r thinking, what is it next
weekend going to be like? so far i'm optimistic, it will feel like july, but i think most of our rain chances will be done by friday night. so that's welcome news. >> okay, thanks a lot. now let's go to jerry edwards, with a look at the roads, jerry, any early problems with the little rain we're getting out there? >> unfortunately, yes. just now getting reports of an accident. it looks like a good call, unfortunately. this is the ramp that takes you from the northbound gw parkway, the sharp righthand curve up to the inner loop of the beltway. an accident if you look carefully. you can see it's a vehicle overturned. there's the car and the wheels. fire and rescue crews arriving on the scene. expect to find the ramp from the northbound gw parkway on to the inner loop to be closed at least for a while while they check out the people. there's one person injured, we understand. overturned car, the ram from northbound gw parkway on to the inner loop. the ramp is now closed. elsewhere, check things out. heading for downtown at the moment. no worries across the 14th street bridge. barbara and joe, back to you. thank you, jerry.
it looks like the closing of 18 virginia rest stops is not upsetting everyone. in fact some businesses say they're seeing an increase in traffic due to the closures. one convenience store clerk since a nearby rest stop closed, he has seen a 10% increase in business. the virginia department of transportation closed the rest stops last week in an effort to trim some $9 million in expenses from the strained state budget. you can eat your heart out without breaking the bank. it's restaurant week in bethesda. chef in chase and howard county. that means fine dining without paying full price. dozens of restaurants are offering meals at a discount. toor a complete list of the restaurants, check out bethesda.org or howard county's official website. most lunches between $12 and $15. restaurant week runs from today until august 9th. >> flying off into the wild blue beyonder, just got a little more expensive. following continental's announcement to increase fees for checked bags from $15 to
$20, for the first bag and $30 for the second bag, american airlines says it will do the same thing. united, delta and u.s. airways announce they would be doing the same as well. southwest is still flying your bags for free for now. >> to the money crisis now and a look at how foreign markets are doing today. the asian markets kicked off the week with positive gains. japan's nikkei gained 1.45%. china's shanghai gained 1.86%. and hong kong's hang seng gained 1.35%. to the wall street where dow futures are pointing to a positive opening. the dow finished last week by gaining 25 points, 9094. the nasdaq lost seven points, cloeszing at 1965. news4 you is always looking for jobs. nighttime call centers, some
road blocks, 14 the street is shut down right now and will be for the next 12 hours. we'll help you get around what's expected to be a traffic nightmare today. out of office, sarah palin officially stepped down as governor of alaska. so what's next for the one-time republican vice presidential candidate? good morning and welcome back to "news4 today" on this monday morning, i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm barbara harrison, it's monday, july 27th, 2009. take beinging a look outside, we've got cloudy skies and rain
falling in some areas. let's take a look at the weather. >> it may well feel like the 27th of july out mer muggies ar no doubt about that. uly across the .eak leer's a check of live doppler, not a lot of heavy rain, but a few passing. sprinkles into prince george's county, heading eastboundowdsar aapolisds and southern ae larisdeunde county. a few moreelon lyon sprinkles soving into southern mound e b b on the lutkooc forko light passing raindrops this morning. temperatures low to mid 70s around town. mid to upper 60s in the western and northern suburbs. another chance for thunderstorms coming later today. highs up near 90 degrees and warm, humid weather coming our way all week long. but still, nothing crazy. no 95 or higher, just right around the 90-degree mark most of the week. >> we can deal with that. >> we have to. >> we're going to deal. >> thank you, chuck. we got a deal with things on the roads? >> unfortunately a couple of
issues to warn folks about. the first one is the exit ramp taking you from the northbound george washington parkway on to the inner loop of the beltway. you know that one, the one the virtual righthand turn, very sharp curve, flipped-over car right there. police, fire rescue crews on the scene. now authorities have completely closed the ramp. there will be no access from the northbound gw parkway to the inner loop of the beltway for the time being. let's take a look ate long 395 northbound and southbound. 14th street bridges so far, so good. but that could change quickly a little later on this morning. barbara and joe, back to you. thanks, jerry. we have breaking news out of bethesda at this hour, a body was found in a burning car this morning. montgomery county police are at the scene now on arlington road at bradley boulevard. news4's michael flynn is there. michael, what can y tell us about this incident this morning? >> reporter: even police are calling this a weird case. a body found inside a charred-out minivan here along
bradley boulevard. and no other car in sight. now, the call came in just before 4:00 a.m., montgomery county police say, an officer pulled up to the scene and found the minivan fully engulfed in flames. no other car nearby. when firefighters put out the blaze, they found what appears to be a body of an adult in the driver's seat, but they're not sure of the person's age or gender. investigators say it's too early to determine whether this could be a case of foul play or if another vehicle could have been involved. but again, police did not find another car out here when they got here. the car is on the left lane of the eastbound direction of bradley boulevard nt to arlington road and it's back left tire is up on the median. all six lanes of bradley boulevard are closed right now. police say they're hoping to have the lanes reopened before the morning rush is over. of course, we're going to keep following this case, joe and barbara and we'll have the latest throughout the morning, back to you. >> thank you, michael. >> thanks, michael. >> a major commuter route or major commuter alert for drivers
this morning. parts of 14th street will be shut for most of the day. the street is closed between constitution and pennsylvania avenue, and will remain that way until 6:00 this evening. news4's kimberly suiters joins us live on 14th street with details. good morning, kimberly. >> reporter: good morning, joe. well major delays are expected along 14th street. although we haven't seem them yet. you can see the road is fairly clear right now. a little down that way you can see that the road block is set up around the ronald reagan building. we're told this is the secret service's call. this morning, the president will address the opening session of the first u.s.-china, strategic and economic dialogue at the ronald reagan building. the u.s. and china holding their first top-level exchange on a broad range of economic and foreign policy issues, including climate change. what does it mean for you as a churt? delays, particularly over the 14th street bridge are anticipated this morning. the bridge will be open, there will be ample signage. but it could be slow going.
you may want to stay off the 14th street bridge and opt for the roosevelt or memorial bridge. so here's the closure information, 14th street closed between constitution and pennsylvania avenues, all day today. started a little after 5:00 a.m. it's going to run all the way through 6:00 p.m. tonight. drivers who use 14th street are advised to take the following detours. inbound, 14th street, that's in the northbound lanes, drivers from virginia continue on the southeast-southwest freeway. and head toward 12th street or the 17th street exit to access do downtown d.c. outbound, the southbound drivers should use the 9th street exit and continue on the southeast-southwest freeway. now, morning and afternoon delays are both expected. d-dot is encouraging you to take metro, either leave early or leave later, or even telemmute. reporting live from downtown d.c., kimberly suiters, news4, back to you. drivers who use the chain
bridge will finally get some relief this week. beginning tomorrow, crews will create a separate lane for drivers turning right on to route 123 from the bridge. that means that drivers who need to turn right won't get stuck behind those waiting to go straight on to glebe road. crews will add the new lane by repositioning the construction barriers and restriping the roadway. and work begins on those charges tonight. the alexandria police chief will appear in court later this week to face charges for driving under the influence. chief david baker was arrested saturday, after a car accident. the police say that the chief's blood alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit. his arrest came as a shock to city leaders. >> today the alexandria community is saddened and disappointed at these turn of events. chief baker is a well-respected leader, not only in his department, but also in the community. >> theay he said i think i've let you and the rest of the
membership down. >> baker was sworn in as chief in 2006, as serving as deputy chief for 16 years. 's now on administer i have leave. this morning, sarah palin is no longer the governor of alaska. she officially stepped down yesterday, after announcing her resignation earlier this month. she watched as the lieutenant governor, shawn parnell was sworn in as the new head of alaska. during her farewell speech, palin maintained she'll continue to fight for her state and the decision was made for good reason, she said. >> it is because i alaska this much, sir, that i felt it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics as usual lame-duck session in one's last year in office. hows did that benefit you? >> palin has not announced any future political plans. some speculate she may make a run for the presidency in 2012. but others cite her dwindling popularity and mounting legal
bills as obstacles to that. president obama continues his mission for health care reform, he'll stump in bristol, virginia and north carolina, to garner support for his plan. he's facing opposition from not only republicans, but some of his own party. but house speaker, nancy pelosi says when she takes the bill to the floor, it will pass. a notorious d.c. criminal's vacation home goes on the auction block today. how you can own that home in the virgin islands. and a horrific, wrong-way crash that killed eight people including a number of children. and we have new information from paris this morning, about the health of french vo: since 2006, walmart has sold over 260 million compact fluorescent light bulbs.
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chantilly and reston. and south of buoy and shady side and deal. far southern calvert county and portions of st. mary's county. but most morning sprinkles are on their way out. temperatures on their way out the door, upper 60s in the western suburbs, to low 70s around town. up near 90 earlier today, before another chance for thunderstorms rolls in late this afternoon. tomorr, i think will be our hottest and driest day of the week. tomorrow's high up near 92 degrees. >> chuck, thanks for the warning. let's head to virginia. 95 northbound loaded up out of triangle, checking reports of an accident on the ramp from 234 to go north on to 95. so heads up. if you're continuing your trip elsewhere this morning out at the woodrow wilson bridge, no worries. i-270 reported to be incident free. earlier had report of an accident, inner loop of the beltway, one of the extra ramps
updating the top stories today, parts of 14th street will be closed. 14th street between constitution and pennsylvania will be shut down until 6:00 this evening. all of it for a high-level government meeting with china at the reagan building. d-dot recommends drivers use either 9th or 12th street to get around the closure. alexandria police chief, david baker, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend. he got into a car accident on saturday. the other driver was inred, but is expected to be okay. police say his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. baker has been placed on administer i have leave. sarah palin stepped down as alaska's governor yesterday, the former vice presidential candidate cited a number of reasons for her resignation, primarily that she didn't want to be a lame duck in her last year in office. lieutenant governor, shawn parnell was sworn in as her replacement.
closing arguments are expect to begin today in the trial of banita jacks, the southeast mother accused of killing her four daughters. 25 witnesses have tesfied for the prosecution. prosecutors have accused jacks of stabbing her teenaged daughter and strangling her three younger daughters. they also say jacks lived in the house for months with their decomposing bodies. hey b a ec d a uy b ju n aju. anioacnatome h at n home belong doi tomhe woman who stol go y.todacklo today. merriet walrings f forfeited her n it he virgin islands wn she was convicted of defrauding the city while working as manager of the d.c. tax office, the u.s. marshal service will be accepting bids online for the home starting today. bidding closes on wednesday. the minimum bid listed as $212,000. walters is serving a 17-year sentence. eight people, including four children are dead in a horrific crash north of new york city, a
minivan was going southbound in the northbound lanes of the suburban teconic parkway in westchester county, new york. the van crashed head-on into an suv before striking a third vehicle and then cchning o fire. the van's driver was killed, along with four children inhe van, ranging in age from two to nine. a fifth child was taken to the hospital. three people in the suv were killed as well. well, less than an hour ago, french president, nicolas sarkozy, was released from the hospital after suffering a dizzy spell while jogging over the weekend. sarkozy's office said his collapse was due to heat and overwork. he was flown to theg hospital b helicopter for precautionary tests which came back showing no long-term consequences or irregularities in his heart. french government officials say the president is now feeling just fine and will rest as prescribed for a few days. in news for your health this morning, having stinky feet is a
problem more people have than they'd like to admit. maybe they don't even know they have a problem. but there are things you can do to prevent it. news4's eun yang explains. >> reporter: it's the kind of thing you really don't want to talk about. but when you smell it, you know it, we're talking about stinky fight. what are you supposed to do? >> i don't have much knowledge on that. i rlly don't. >> reporter: just try to get people to talk about the stinky subject. dr. mark letterman sees a lot of feet and some of them he admits smell like this. >> we see it in certainly athletes. we see it in certain types of footwear that don't breathe well. we see it? stocking feet, nylons, even sos that don't wick moisture away properly will do it. >> reporter: and he says he sees it in one sex more than the other. >> men have stinky feet, that's right. >> reporter: letterman says men or women, in many cases you can blame the funk on the three s's, sweat, socks and shoes. when the three team up, you're probably going to bet the big b,
bacteria. next thing you know, your smelling dogs are sweeping others off their feet. >> put your shoes back on! >> reporter: sometimes there's a more serious cause. >> the causes can be a neurogeneric problem, where there's actually an involuntary nerve issue that creates hypersweating or which is called hyperhydrosis. >> reporter: he says lots of good sprays are on the market that kill bacteria and fungus and help quell the smell. sometimes the difference between a stinky foot and a sweet-smelling one is just a change of footwear. for example, wearing leather shoes without socks is a big non no-no. if the cause is medical, he said he can write the offending feet's owner a prescription. >> but most important thing doctors say is put one foot in front of the other, don't be embarrassed, and go get some help. who didn't stink this
weekend, surprisingly, the nats, here's your sports minute. >> good morning, everyone, your sports minute begins with the nationals who have now won two games in a row. with the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth inning, austin kearns, who came off the bench hit a walk-off single to right. the nats beat the padres in 3-2 in extras werng their 30th win. season. orioles in boston, nick markakis went 2 for 4, baltimore snaps an 11-game losing streak at fen way. in tennis, the washington castles beat the springfield lasers 23-20 to win the crown in just their second season in the league. congratulations to the coach and crew. in nascar, juan pablo montoya was flagged for speeding on a pit stop. he ended up finishing 11th. jimmie johnson took advantage,
winning at the barackyard for the second year in a row. and in the wnba, the mystics defeated sacramento 87-73. >> attention, foodies on a budget, it'sestaurant week for bethesda's chevy chase and howard counties. excellent dining, a chance to try new things and a nice day or night out without paying full price. dozens of restaurants are offering meals at a discount. check out bethesda.org or howard county's official's website. most lunches between $10 and $15. while dinner is about $30. >> it runs a little over a week. >> 6:21 is the time. time for traffic and weather on the 1's. >> we'll talk to chuck bell, who is in for tom kierein this week. hopefully you enjoyed your weekend, had a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine over the
weekend. hit-and-miss thunderstorms both days as well. mostly a miss in downtown washington. here's a check of our city camera looking live over the north end of the runway there at ronald reagan, washington national airport. a few lonely raindrops first thing this morning, temperatures in the low to mid 70s around town. mid 60s in the western suburbs, winchester and front royal in the mid 60s first thing this morning. here's a live check of doppler radar. a few lonely sprinkles, loudoun county, to montgomery county, maryland. cabin john, northbound up to poolesville. forecast for today, 89 degrees with a 50% chance of more thunderstorms rolling in later this afternoon. no widespread severe weather expected, but any time you hear thunder, you need to get inside. high tomorrow, 92. 90 on wednesday. 40% chance of rain thursday and friday. but the early look on next weekend, look like it will be a dry one.
perfect to start thinking about the weekend first thing monday morning. >> on the top side of the beltway, outer loop, early delays, apparently a car took out a light pole on the outer loop of the beltway. everything we're told is over to the shoulder, but drawing attention as you come out of the new hampshire interchange on the outer loop. 95 from dumfries on up, lanes are open. police are looking for an accident, the ramp from 234 to go nth on to i-95. 66 at the moment, all lanes are open and quiet up on the dulles toll road. joe, back to you. our time now, 6:23. 73 degrees out there. the justice department releases new information about its anthrax investigation. and why we could learn anynynyny hmmm... well... naaa... yeah! calculating for getaway. ♪ find your way to a perfect destination at busch gardens...
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overdose of propophol killed jackson. the space shuttle "endeavour" is preparing to leave the international space station tomorrow. but before they depart, there will be one final space walk today. two astronauts wille installing tv cameras on the brand-new porch of japan's space station lab. as well as taking care of other tasks. nasa will be closely monitoring the walk, especially for possible carbon dioxide build-up in the astronauts' space its. a space walk last week was cut short due to that problem. breaking news in bethesda, live on the scene of a death investigation, a body has been found inside of a minivan engulfed in flames. alexandria's police chief arrested over the weekend, now on administrative leave. what's next for this top cop. and a major commuter alert, part of 14th street will be shut down for the y. everything you need to know to deal with the traffic headache, next at 6:30. wow, is this... fiber one honey clusters? yes.
breaking news in bethesda this morning -- a body is found inside a burning minivan. we're live on the scene with details. top cop -- under arrest, alexandria's police chief is charged with d.u.i. when he gets in a a car accident that sends a woman to the hospital. sirt seven citizen palin, sarah palin i no longer governor of alaska. good morning and welcome back to "news4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm barbara harrison,
it's monday, july 27th, 2009. looking outside, we've got cloudy skies in the nation's capital. and around the area we're expecting a little bit of rain today, we've already seen some here in washington. >> let's find out whether we'll get more later this afternoon. here's chuck bell in for tom kierein today. >> humidity levels on the high side, no doubt about that. a check of doppler over the last hour. a couple of light sprinkles headed out of loudoun county and headed into the upper ports of montgomery couy maryland. gaithersburg, be on the lookout for a few passing raindrops coming through your area. not all that heavy, but nonetheless, a passing drops are on the way. as we get ready to get your monday under way. a couple of sprinkles headed out over the chesapeake bay, but most of the rain has tapered off temporarily across the washington metropolitan area. we'll have a chance for more thunderstorms cooking up later this afternoon. temperatures now in the low to mid 70s. mid 60s from frederick maryland,
out towards martinsburg, west virginia and winchester, virginia, only 64 degrees. highs today near 90 degrees and a chance for more thunderstorms coming up later on this afternoon. so if you don't need your umbrella first thing this morning, i suspect you may need it later today. so keep it handy, barbara and joe. >> thank you, cluck. >> thanks, very much, chuck. a major commuter alert this morning, ptsar of 14th street will be shut for most of the day. the street is closed between constitu avueda avenues. and will inmare that w 6: tma this evening. this closure is due to a high-level government meeting with china at the reagan building. d-dot recommends drivers use the 9th street or 12th street to get around the closure. let's take a look at traffic now with jerry. we know that's going to be a problem, anything happening out there right now? >> let me make a correction, the map was showing 14th street southeast. it is not 14th street southeast. it's 14th street northwest. so be prepared, at the reagan building as you make the trip
off the 14th street bridge, northwest washington where it will be closed. let's take a look at 66 eastbound, it is loaded up. the issue is a broken-down vehicle in the right lane. east on 66, about a mile before the capital beltway. and if you're making the trip along i-270, southbound, no worries. top side of the beltway, a car hit a light pole, outbound at connecticut avenue, everything is to the shoulder, but drawing a lot of attention, barbara and joe, back to you. thanks for making that correction. we're following breaking news out of bethesda this morning. police trying to figure out how a person wound up dead inside a burning minivan. they made the discovery this i arlington boulevard. boulevard. news4's4' michael flynn joins u live at the scene with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, joe. even police are calling this a weird case of a body found inside a charred minivan and no other vehicle in sight. the call came in here, just before 4:00 a.m.
montgomery county police say an officer pulled up on the scene almost immediately and found the minivan, a kia, fully engulfed in flames. when firefighters put out the blaze, they found what appears to be the body of an adult in the driver's seat. they're not sure of the driver's age or gender. a fire department spokesperson told us it appears the fire started inside the passenger area of the minivan. investigators say it's too early to determine whether it could be a case of foul play or if another vehicle could have been involved, if there were an accident. but again, police found no other cars on the scene he they got here. left lane, eastbound direction of bradley boulevard next to arlington road. its back left tire up is on the median. and here's what a police spokesperson told us about the investigation a short time ago. >> this is an unusual set of circumstances. we don't know yet whether traffic collision, foul play, what the circumstances are that have caused this car to be in flames and the occupant to be deceased. but we're working together with
the fire marshal's office and we'll be finding out more details as the morning progresses. >> as you can see, a lot of investigators still on the scene out here. all six lanes of bradley boulevard remain closed off here. police are hoping to have the lanes reopened before the end of the rush hour. back to you, joe? >> okay, michael flynn reporting live. thank you very much. alexandria police chief, david baker, is fores was w arrested saturday e.as d following a car accident. they say the chief's blood alcohol was .19, more than twice the legal limit. his arrest came as a shock to city leaders and to residents. >> it's very disappointing, obviously, when any of our colleagues make a bad decision. and that comes to a conclusion such as this. >> it's kind of disappointing because the police are supposed to be reinforcing the rules. you would think he would want to hold himself to a higher standard.
>> baker was sworn in as chief in 2006, after serving as deputy chief for 16 years. he's been placed on administrative leave now. chief baker will be arraigned in court on wednesday. the other driver involved in the car accident was taken to the hospital, she is expected to be okay. new today, after nearly eight years, the deadly anthrax case may be coming to a close. five people were killed in the anthrax attacks in 2001, including two postal workers in the district. now several law enforcement officials tell the "associated press" that the justice department has tentatively planned to close the case this week. but, last week. but it backed away after government lawyers said they needed more time. the move comes a year after the government scientist the, bruce ivans, killed himself while under investigation forhe crime. the state of alaska officially has a new governor today. sarah palin officially stepped down from the position, and turned i over to lieutenant governor, shawn parnell. now many are speculating about what this means for palin's political future.
lee anne gregg reports. after a weekend of good-byes to sarah palin came the official moment -- the swearing-in of a new governor of alaska. >> i, shawn parnell. >> do solemnly swear. >> reporter: the former lieutenant governor will take over the remaining year and a half of palin's term. >> it is my honor to speak to all alaskans to, to our alaskan family this last time as your governor. >> reporter: in palin's final address as governor, a tribute to her home state. >> in alaska, it is not an easy living. but it is a good living. and here it is impossible to lose your way. >> reporter: with palin's path still undetermined, many speculate. >> i'd like for her to run for present. >> whether that's in palin's plan is still uncertain. >> reporter: the sendoff started friday in her home town where she helped serve food in one of three weekend picnics she attended across the state.
>> i won't take my time at the podium to talk politics today. >> reporter: instead, words of gratitude. >> i do want to tell you sincerely that i love you, i appreciate you and your support. >> reporter: a known on the national stage until john mccain picked her as his running mate, sarah palin burst on the political scene. but ethics complaints and dwindling popularity have plagued her. >> there's morehan nine lives in american politics. so i think there's a lot potentially in her future. >> god bless alaska, and god bless america. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: surrounded by family and supporters, most agree palin's good-bye as governor looked nothing like a final political farewell. lee anne gregg, nbc news. >> and palin says see now has plans to write a book, campaign for political candidates and build a right-wing coalition. apple's newest product that
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i'm news4 meteorologist chuck bell. it is now 6:41 on your monday morning, cloudy skies hanging overhead. we'll get a little sunshine by late this morning and early this afternoon. so don't be too put off by the cloudy skies. as you look live over washington first thing on this monday morning, a couple of sprinkles in upper montgomery county. a few lonely sprinkles towards the blue ridge as well and a few raindrops leaving southern maryland, heading out to the eastern shore. temperatures now in the low 70s around town. it is cooler tour north and west. 66 in frederick, maryland. high today around 89 degrees with more thunderstorms likely by later this afternoon. no widespread severe weather is expected, but any time you hear the rumble of thunder, you need to go inside and stay there until 30 minutes after the last rumble is heard. jerry, a little rain is a good thing, but a lot of the grass is turning brown. >> absolutely. chuck. let's head out to see how we're doing on the roads, so far, so good, to the american legion bridge, outer loop across the bridge span, okay.
inner loop, okay. the police are ramping up the accident investigation from the gw parkway onto the inner loop. doing okay, 390 northbound, not bad, to and across the 14th street bridge, with now the lanes appear to be open and available on the outbound side looking good as well. barbara and joe, back to you. 6:42, 73 deges the temperature. an horrific wrong-way crash that killed eight people including a number of children and 14th street is shut down right now and will be for a large part of the day. we'll help you get around what is expected to be a traffic nightmare out there today. (announcer) it's time to raise the bar
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made with real espresso, milk, and whipped cream, to help you take a break from reality. treat yourself today. america runs on dunkin'. welcome back. we're connected to your commute this morning, parts of 14th street will be shut for a good part of this day. the street was closed between constitution and pennsylvania avenue. parts of it we understand have just been reopened. news4's kimberly suiters joins us live down on 14th street with
more. what can you tell us about what's going on, kimberly? >> reporter: we can only tell you what we're witnessing. and that is 14th street was supposed to be closed between pennsylvania and constitution. just a few moments ago, they opened the road back up. this is the secret service, working with d-dot. to do these closures. now, we're going to pass on some information to you. that was given to us by d-dot. major delays were anticipated this morning in downtown d.c. you can see the road blocks. has been lifted in this one-block area in front of the ronald reagan building. although new trucks and signs are coming in. this morning, the president is addressing the opening session of the first u.s.-china strategic and economic dialogue. the u.s. and china holding a top-level exchange on a broad range of challenges, foreign policy issues, climate change and the like. the delays were expected over the 14th street bridge this morning. the bridge is open. there's ample signage. d-dot predicted it would be slow
going over the bridge. so you may want to stay off the 14th street bridge and opt for roosevelt or the memorial bridge. here's the closure information, 14th street is supposed to be closed, the iormation given to us by d-dot between constitution and pennsylvania avenues all day today. beginning a little after 5:00 a.m. and contiing through 6:00 p.m. tonight. people who use 14th street are advised to take these two detours. inbound from 14th street, northbound from virginia, they want you to go the southeast-southwest freeway and take 12th or 7th street. outbound, southbound drivers can take 9th street and continue on the southeast-southwest freeway. even though that was the message from d-dot and the secret service, actually i'm getting a phone call from d-dot as we speak to get more information about why the road has opened now. but anticipate that the 14th street between constitution and pents street northwest will be
closed throughout the day until 6:00 tonight. reporting live, i'm kimberly suiters. back to thanks. apprecia i ndth> aanks. appreciate it and someooewd ns for drivers who use the chain .brgeid beginning tomorrow, cwsilge wl w create a separate lanane for drivers turning rightor on to route 123 from the bridge. that means that drivers who need to turn right won't get stuck behind those waiting to go straight on glebe road. crews will add the new lane by repositioning construction barriers and restriping the road. work begins on the changes tonight. this mornin eight people, including four children are dead after a terrible wrong-way crash in suburban new york city. a minivan was traveling soutound in the northbound lanes on the teconic state parkway in westchester county. the van crashed head-on into an suv. and then struck a third vehicle and caught fire. the van's driver was killed, along with four children in the van, ranging in age from two to nine. a fifth child was taken to the
hospital and three people in the suv were killed. esident obama is using diplomacy to bring the controversy surrounding the arrest of a harvard professor to rest. he's invited henry gates and the police officer who arrested him to the white house for beer. president obama will try to broker the peace between sergeant james crowley, who supporters say was unfairly berated by the president. and gates, whose backers say he was the victim of racial profiling. last week, the president said the police acted stupidly in arresting gates for disorderly conduct while responding to a possible break-in. gates was returning to his own home late at night after a vacation. investigators will get some key economic reports this week which will help to answer whether the economy is recovering from the recession. cnbc's courtney reagan joins us live with more. >> futures are higher this morning as investors look to keep wall street's rally going this week.
asian markets closed up on optimism over corporate earnings. europe is higher in early trading. we'll hear from several more companies reporting quarterly earnings this week and hear from verizon this morning, on the economic front, we'll get data on housing, consumer confidence, manufacturing and gdp or how the economy performed during the second quarter. that will be the late bt new ho sales numbers today. the dow rose 23 points. and the nasdaq was off seven points to 1965, where we'll start trading today. ben bernanke is defending the central bank's actions saying he didn't want to be the person who presided over the second great depression. he made the commentsn a town hall meeting on sunday. the fed chief said he had to quote hold his nose over last year's bailout of the big financial companies, but is also confident that the natn's
economy will return to strong growth within a couple of years. starwood hotels is cutting their rates by up to 50%, good for a stay through october 12. starwood owns sheraton and the w hotels. the move comes as hotel occupancy is down 11% from a year ago. and apple is reportedly teaming up with four major record companies in an attempt to boost digital music sales. a second report say that apple is developing a tablet device that connects to the internet and could compete with amazon's kindle. a lot of people are trying to compete with the kindle. back to you. >> have a great day, see you tomorrow. news4 always looki f for bs. nighime care centers areni okrinfolg alte c cenr c representatives. thmef o pnsosf ioitallio for candidates who are nglibil.ua the jobs arel.toofcrn, crofton
ndma eyrythol, nv ilave helping patients book appnt amesntnds updatingatie ntfoinioatrmn. for moreinatformatn, visit nbcwashington.com and search jobs for you. 6:51 is our time. time for traffic and weather together on the one's. time for summertime weather. >> barbara is back from vacation, she brought a little sunshine back with her. we appreciate that. >> i didn't get the pink memo. >> i noticed that, joe. >> we were trying to leave joe out of the pink memo thing. >> didn't want the pink,idn'tid want to go there. >> i think i gave it to him. >> he only wear it is on a dare. outside now, we've got a mostly cloudy sky in place. being be on the look outfor some very muggy weather. our current temperature in washington, 72 degrees here in northwest d.c. 69 our dew point. a light breeze out of the south at 9 miles per hour.
it's been cool and dry. three degrees cooler than average. with only about an inch of rain for the entire month. more than two inches behind average. 73 at the airport. 73 in baltimore and also in annapolis. 72 in fairfax county. 70 degrees in gaithersburg and germantown. 66 in frederick, maryland. on the way to a warm and humid day. daytime amounts of morning sprinkles, nothing at national airport. .07 at dulles international. .44 inch in hagerstown. southern maryland, a few thunderstorms this morning leaving an inch of rain into the st. mary's county. here's a look at live doppler. not much in the way of organized rain out there. a few sprinkles moving up towards columbia, maryland. a weather front dropping through the ohio valley, coming our way late this afternoon and this evening. it could spark off more
thunderstorms. no widespread severe weather is expected. but nonetheless, any thunderstorms that come through do need to be taken seriously. special with all the kids and adults out playing golf and going tohe swimming pools this afternoon. things dry out overnight. and tomorrow looks like the hottest and driest day of the week, before the unsettled cttneromesnur way later in the week. for today, partly to mostly cloudy, more showers likely. one or two stronger thunderstorms are a possibility. highs today, 85-90. up near 90 tomorrow, and highs near 90 on wednesday. thursday and friday,om probably our best chances for rain after today. with highs back down into the mid and up er 80s. the early lean on next weekend is a good one. it looks like it will be dry with temperatures close to average for this time of year. so welcome news, more needed showers coming up later today. >> thank you very much. >> you are welcome. and we have gotten word from kimberly suiters who has been covering the story on the closure of 14th street. that there's going to be
intermittent closures. they're open again as jerry told us, open now, but intermittent closures, 14th at pennsylvania avenue. >> let's go to jerry to find out about the rest of the traffic. >> checking out the northeast, it's a quiet commute so far, kenilworth avenue, dry. heading out to the wilson bridge new york city hang-ups, an accident reported outer loop and route 50, police on the scene and the remnants of the earlier accident, outer loop and connecticut avenue, everything is on the shoulder. i-95 to silver spring. >> breaking news out of bethesda this morning. a body found in a burning car this morning. montgomery county police are at the scene at arlington road and ne sws4' news4's ic live at thahe s li at the scene withdetails. michael? >> reporter: a strange case of a body found inside a charred minivan. police are telling us the
investigation here on bradley boulevard in bethesda will continue through the morning rush. the call came in for a vehicle on fire. when rescue workers got here, they foundhe kia minivan fully engulfed in flames. once the fire was out, they found a body in the driver's seat. right now they can't even tell the person's age or gender. but say it appears to be the body of an adult. no other vehicle was found on the scene when police got here. and the police say they don't know if it's aase of foul play or what. a montgomery county fire spokesperson said it appeared that the fire started in the passenger area of the minivan, not the engine department. it's all early, back to you, barbara. today's news for a morning paetsch is a a real animal lover. kathy berraid has cared for anszoiro'd b zoo's bird photo, e h tnghero wro photo.
a rowthn a row we'vdhe wrong t that's not kathy braider, that's somebody with a chipmunk. >> or a prairie dog. >> yeah. but anyway, we'll try to get kathy's picture for you tomorrow. if you know someone like kathy braider or any of the folks working at the zoo that we featured all last week, please sentd it to us at nbcwashington.com. that's news4 today, thanks for starting your day with us. >> have a great day. (announcer) create a gourmet meal on a weeknight? introducing anytime gourmet culinary kits for two. it has everything you need. just prep, cook and share your way into a gourmet meal. wild salmon dijon in puff pastry