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now. and farther west, the darker blue areas, northern shenandoah valley, upper 30s there, as well as parts of the shenandoah valley, farther south. out of the mountains of west virginia, much of western maryland, upper 30s on this may morning. we do have a clear sky, the view from space over the last 12 hours showing the last of the cloudiness yesterday has exited the coast now. big area of high pressure moving over us will give us sunshine throughout the day. we'll have temperatures climbing quickly by noontime, 1996. be prepared for -- 60s. be prepared for a chilly morning. dress accordingly. clouds midday, temperatures reaching the low to mid 70s by mid-afternoon. quite a dramatic warmup from where we are now. sunrise at 5:59. sunset at 8:10. by then back to the 60s. the friday planner if you're heading out, i'll have that in ten minutes. danella has our friday traffic. good morning. things are looking a lot better for you especially with
roadwork. most of that is completely gone. first to the beltway, taking the beltway, the outer loop in montgomery county, nice and clear. your travel speed, driving at 60 miles per hour, ten minutes from i-95 to i-270. now on to the inner loop, earlier we had a work zone set up in virginia. one issue toward the dulles toll road. another at little river turnpike, those are gone. your travel speed on the inner loop, not bad from the interchange to the dulles toll road. you're driving at 60 miles per hour. now if you're taking the rails, i'm checking those. they're opening with no reported delays on the metro, marc, and vre. eun? >> thank you. 5:01 now. hijinx and dumb things, that's how mitt romney describes pranks he pulled back in high school. some of his former classmates say some of those antics went too far. the "washington post" is reporting the presumptive republican presidential nominee once led other classmates at his michigan prep school in pinning down another student against his will and cutting his hair. that student later came out as gay. romney said he didn't know anything about his sexual orientation at the time.
>> you know, i don't remember that incident. i'll tell you, i certainly don't believe that i or -- i can't speak for others, but thought the fellow was homosexual. that was the furthest thing from my mind in the 1960s. but -- that was not the case. but as to pranks that were played back then, i don't remember them all. again, you know, high school days, i did stupid things. i'm afraid i got to say sorry for it. >> other former classmates of romney's say they are shocked at the allegations and say they never knew him to act viciously. hollywood is giving a major boost to president obama's re-election campaign. the president brought in about $15 million from a fundraiser last night at george clooney's house. that is the most money ever raised at a single event. stars including barbra streisand and robert downey jr. forked over $40,000 each for the event which include dinner by
celebrity chef wolfgang puck. >> the decision to intervene with the auto industry was not popular. i was convinced it was the right thing to do because it wasn't just the million jobs that were at stake. it was also part of what built our middle class, creating products -- >> you may see this ad in the coming days if you live in virginia. the obama campaign began running it in the commonwealth yesterday. it promotes the bailout of the auto industry. mitt romney's campaign says the ad covers high unemployment and other economic issues the nation is facing now. right now search teams in indonesia have found at least 12 bodies from the site of a russian jet crash. crews had to climb up the side of a dormant volcano to get to the crash site. the russian-made jet crashed earlier this week during a demonstration flight. all 45 people on board are feared dead. authorities will investigate the communication tapes between the pilot and flight control to figure out why that jet crashed. a fallen state trooper will be honored in maryland today nearly a year after his death. this afternoon state police will
unveil a memorial highway sign in honor of trooper first class shaft hunter. he was killed in a crash on interstate 95 near the laurel rest area last may. police believe hunter was chasing a speeding motorcycle when his cruiser hit a tractor-trailer. this morning police are trying to figure out what led to a shooting outside a recreation center in prince george's county. this happened last night in the 2700 block of firehouse road in landover. not far from fedex field. police found a man suffering from gunshot wounds on a wooded path near the kentland park recreation center. it was closed at the time. no word on what that man was doing in the park. his injuries were not life threatening. police have not released any suspect information. this morning, prince george's county firefighters trying to figure out why alarms went off at the nasa goddard spaceflight center. the smoke alarm in a lab caused radiation alarms to sound just after 9:00 last night. nasa says there was no radiation leak. the goddard spaceflight center manages the hubble space telescope and develops satellite
systems for the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. there will be complaints voiced today before a county council. hearings will resume at 10:00 on a proposal to build the development known as kayfritz in rivedale park. it would include what would be the county's first whole foods. many resident fear the town center would lead to unbearable traffic and are concerned about the environmental impact the $226 million development would have on the area. the county council heard four hours of testimony on monday. after delays, designers will reveal the latest changes to the memorial to president dwight d. eisenhower next week. this has been a long process because the eisenhower family has criticized parts of the memorial that depict the former two-term president as a boy. if the memorial commission votes to approve the change, the design will go before the national capital planning commission. organizers hope to break ground on the $112 million memorial
sometime this year near the national mall. it's 5:05. where did the money go? the questions surrounding one of the country's biggest banks after it lost billions in just weeks. why the threat of skin cancer does not appear to be sinking in when we head out for some fun in the sun. 49 degrees out there.
welcome back. 5:08. a health warning this morning. one serious sunburn can double a person's risk of getting a deadly form of skin cancer. the information comes from the study by the centers for disease control and prevention and the authors of the study fear people are not taking precautions. research shows half of u.s. adults under the age of 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year. women in their 20s are also going to tanning salons nearly twice a month on average. >> ever had a sunburn? >> you know, mild sunburn. when i was a younger person -- i'll say younger person, like in my teenage years -- i didn't realize the dangerous effects and would lay out. now that i know, spf like 90 on my face, 50 everywhere else. you'll see me under the umbrella, gigantic wide br-- wi
brim hat. i love the beach, but you got to take precautions, people. >> yeah. obviously outside, no sun to deal with at the moment. tom, later today we're going to get lots of bright sunshine, right? >> yeah. sunrise now about 50 minutes away. it's at 5:59. we're beginning to see the first light of dawn under a clear sky. the temperatures have plummeted. we are down to the upper 30s to just near 40 degrees throughout much of virginia and maryland. right near washington, near the tidewater, near the tidal potomac and bay, in the low 50s. those are the mild spots, away from the water. down into the 40s, yes, 30s, parts of the shenandoah valley, into the mountains this morning. here's your day planner, sunrise 5:59. and we will have plenty of sunshine today, even though it's going to be cool. you'll need sunblock. sun gets intense by this time of year. it will be high in the sky by noontime. upper 60s by then. during the middle part of the afternoon, we ought to hit the low to mid 70s, and not as much wind around today as we had yesterday.
still a little bit of blustery wind may be gusting to around 21 miles per hour. going out this friday night, here's your planner. sunset at 8:10. a sunny, mild start to the evening, 60s. then by late evening, right back down into the 50s under a clear sky. and it looks like a chilly start again. saturday morning, we'll look at the rest of the weekend and a look into next week, your seven-day outlook coming up at 5:21. danella? looking good. checking the rails, none of the rails are reporting delays at this time. all are running on or close to schedule. over to the roadways, taking a look at the dulles toll road, earlier today, we had roadwork along the dulles toll road. those cones are picked up and travel lanes are open. making your way really from hunter mill to the beltway, you're traveling at 5 it miles per hour. -- 52 miles per hour. a seven-minute drive. to route 50, no issues. westbound at 301, more volume than as you make your way eastbound. volume is light in both directions. from 301 to the beltway, not a bad ride now. driving at 59 miles per hour.
just eight minutes. now back to you. >> thanks. 5:12 just about now. definitely going for shock value. the surprising magazine cover that will have you talking at work today. a real-life james bond. what we're learning about the man who foiled an al qaeda attack on the u.s. and making it easier to lose weight. the pill -- a pill now. the pill that could soon help you shed those unwanted pounds. >>
their mother and older sister two weeks ago in tennessee. police found the mother and older sister's bodies buried beneath mayes' home. the fbi agent talked about the moment they found the girls. >> an officer observed alexandria bain in a heavily wooded area. officers immediately issued commands to adam mayes to show his hands. mayes pulled a semiautomatic pistol from his waistband and shot himself in the head. >> earlier this week, police arrested and charged mayes' ex-wife with murder. she told officers she knew he had killed the women and helped bring the bodies to his home. new details about an al qaeda double agent who helped foil a bomb plot. sources tell nbc news that the spy is a british national of middle eastern origin. u.s., british, and saudi counter terrorism officials were involved in stopping the terror plot. the spy was sent to detonate a
new, more sophisticated underwear bomb on a u.s. plane. security experts say al qaeda is recruiting people with western passports so they can get through security checks more easily. federal authorities say they finally interviewed the prostitute at the center of the secret service scandal. donia londono suarez voluntarily spoke with officials at the u.s. embassy in spain. she told investigators she could have gotten whatever information she wanted from the agents. one of them left his luggage and files in plain view. she said she left colombia after the scandal erupted to avoid media attention. eight agents have been fired because of that scandal. today in the john edwards corruption trial, his lawyers will ask to dismiss the case because of lack of evidence. they will make the motion without the jury present. yesterday prosecutors showed a televised interview from 2008. in it, edwards denied he fathered rielle hunter's child and said he never asked for a dime for an alleged cover-up.
prosecutors say he repeatedly lied about the matter. he eventually admitted have to see the affair and fathering the baby. edwards is accused of using nearly a million dollars in campaign funds to hide his mistress and their child. he denies the charges. later today, fan and former teammates of football great junior seau will gather for a public memorial service. it's being held at san diego's qualcomm stadium where seau played for 14 seasons as a member of the chargers. the 43-year-old former linebacker committed suicide ten days ago. seau will be laid to rest before the memorial service. jpmorgan chase says it lost $2 billion in the past six weeks. the company says it lost the cash in a trading portfolio designed to hedge against risks the company takes with its own money. jpmorgan chase is the largest bank in the u.s. the news sent the company stock down nearly 7%. other bank stocks including citigroup and bank of america suffered heavy losses as well. the news is not having a positive effect on stock markets around the world. right now, european markets are
mixed. asian markets also took a loss. right now u.s. futures are down. i drug commonly used to treat hiv may soon be used to prevent it. the fda is deciding whether truvada should be approved for people with a high risk of contracting the disease. if it is, it would be the first drug used for prevention of hiv. in recent studies, travada cut the risk of hiv infection by 44% in gay or bisexual men. the risk was cut by 75% in straight couples where one person was hiv positive. a final decision is expected by june 15. a new weight loss drug could soon hit the market. a panel of health experts recommended the fda approve the use of lorcasarin for weight loss. the panel made its decision despite prior health concerns. the fda rejected the drug in the past because of potentially serious side effects including tumors. the maker of the drug says it is safe and should be prescribed to people who are obese or suffer high blood pressure from being
overweight. the fda is expected to make a final decision by june 27. mothers everywhere are talking about the latest cover of "time" magazine. it shows an l.a. mother breast-feeding her nearly 4-year-old son. there's also a caption, "are you mom enough?" editors say they ran the photo to go with a story about attachment parenting. the program calls for nursing children until they choose not to stop. toting young kids in slings to be closer to their parents, and to encourage them to sleep in bed with mom and dad. dr. bill sears wrote a book on the subject 20 years ago. a local lactation expert and several moms we spoke to are sounding off about the photo. >> women are pulled in so many directions today. they don't need to be told when to stop breast-feeding. >> you've got to know your own kid. and i don't think there are many parents who don't take into account their own child's needs. >> of course that cover gives parents like me a bad name. >> dr. sears and other advocates of attachment parenting claim it has many psychological and
physiological benefits. the "times" reporter says there is no long-term study that proves those benefits. >> interesting. >> the one thing we don't want to happen is have a title like this pit mothers against mothers. regardless of what choices you make. we need to be working together. it's tough to be a mom, to raise kids in this country. >> it is an interesting premise that you would allow the kid to wean him or herself on their own timeline. >> honestly, some kids wean themselves before they're 1. >> what if some don't do it until they're 15? >> that's a whole other issue altogether. we don't have enough time. meteorologist tom kierein is standing by at 5:21 for weather & traffic on the 1s. and there is a turquoise sky over washington. the live view, a view from the high-definition city camera. delightful start to this district attorney. it feels more like a march morning than it does may. it is down to the low 40s throughout much of virginia and
maryland. that includes leesburg and loudoun county. hometown forecast for there, by noontime, in the 60s. by mid morning, maybe just a few clouds around. only still in the low 50s. noontime, though, ought to be getting near 60 or so. low to mid 60s with bright sun and a blue sky. during the afternoon, delightful. ought to peak around 70 there. and around the metro area, the low 70s by mid-afternoon. overnight for your friday evening festivities, clear and cool. in fact, by late evening, back to the 50s. by dawn on saturday, another chilly start. probably not quite as chilly as this morning. upper 40s, a clear sky. saturday afternoon, looki ing delightful. highs in the upper 70s. lots of sun. a wonderful day. and as we get to saturday night, should be mostly clear and not as chilly. saturday mid 50s, sunday, increasing clouds. ahead of an area of low pressure coming in sunday evening likely bringing showers sunday night
and maybe rain off and on as we get back to work and school on monday morning. the upper 50s by then. monday afternoon, passing showers possible. the low 70s. here's the extended outlook into tuesday, wednesday, and thursday next week. morning lows 50s, afternoon highs into the 70s. still lingering showers looks like on tuesday. but high pressure moves back in. we ought to dry out midweek next week. high 70s. danella, how we doing? >> good morning. problem on the beltway. if you're taking the outer loop at 7, a disabled car blocking the right lane there. please stick to the left and use caution as you approach 7. now over to route 50 -- excuse me, i-95 now, no major issue. making your way northbound at 216 as well as southbound, your travel lanes are open. travel speed for you, from 216 to the beltway, driving at 64 miles per hour. just a nine-minute drive now. and as we look at i-95, this time in virginia heading out of the occoquan, northbound travel lanes are open. your volume is increasing in this area. no accidents to report.
and you're clear making your way to the beltway. driving 62 miles per hour, again an 11-minute trip. i'm back in ten with a look at traffic. back to you. >> thank you. an update now to the roger clemens perjury trial. yankees' general manager, brian cashman, says clemens requested someone who could "push his buttons" after a poor playoff start. cashman testified yesterday and told the jurors that the team hired trainer brian mcnamee to work with the star pitcher. it's believed that mcnamee supplied clemens with performance enhancing drugs at the time. clemens is accused of lying to congress about never using performance enhancing drugs. in less than an hour, one million olympic tickets will go on sale for the 2012 games in london. organizers say priority will be given to people in britain who previously applied but did not get tickets. the seats are for the opening ceremony and for the 100-meter final. the ticket go on sale at 6:00 a.m. our time. unsold tickets will be available to the general public may 23. if you can't see the olympics in
person, you can watch the olympic games here on nbc 4 beginning july 27. 5:24. the nationals appear to be coming out of their funk. >> he gets a good piece of that one out to center field. the nats have blasted their way to a 3-2 lead! >> and they beat the pirates 4-2 last night to snap their three-game losing streak. steven straussburg struck out 13 hitters en route to the win. the nats will try to make it two wins in a row tonight in cincinnati. this season the redskins celebrate their 80th season, and they're honoring the past with retro uniforms. the team unveiled their new throwback jerseys at redskins park yesterday. brian arapahoe on the right, ryan carrigan on the left, modeled the old school uniforms. a version of the 1937 uniforms complete with the leather helmet look. the team will wear the throwbacks twice this season. fun. a cold day everywhere with temperatures of just eight
celsius and a brisk northeasterly wind. thank god it isn't a bank holiday. >> the future king of england one of the most talked about weathermen on tv. prince charles gave the forecast during a visit to a bbc station in glasgow. his wife, camilla, took a shot at it, too, apparently. >> and prince charles' stint in front of the camera was a big hit. take a look. >> it's an unsettled picture as we head toward the end of the week. this afternoon it will be cold, wet and windy across most of scotland. we're under the influence of low pressure, and this weather front pushing northward is bringing clouds and outbreaks of rain. the rains, of course, will be heavier e heaviest over the borders -- will be heaviest over the borders. >> the prince and his wife's appearance was to help bbc scotland celebrate 60 years on air. >> what do you think, tom? will. >> i think it look a little unsettled, don't you? it was great.
you know, if he can do, that i'd like to be prince for a morning. >> i was going to say -- >> i could do that. >> there you go. >> be chauffeured about. >> i think we'd all make the switch for sure. 5:27 just about. coming up, was it just harmless fun or something more serious? the pranks mitt romney is accused of pulling that have him apologizing this morning. taking on his former employer to court. the lawsuit redskins' great art santa monica filing against the nfl. -- art mofrng is is filing against the nfl. and temperatures in the 40s throughout much of the area. nk against the nfl. and temperatures in the 40s throug
right now, here are the stories making headlines on this friday morning. it's no joke some of the pranks mitt romney played as a high school student that are coming back to haunt him. a redskins hall of famer is suing the nfl. how art monk says his life changed following a number of concussions during his career. a nationwide manhunt is over. how the police tracked down one of the country's most wanted who kidnapped two sisters. we'll have much more throughout the morning. first, good morning you to, i'm eun yang.
>> i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news4 today" on this friday, may 11. we'll look outside at 5:30. just a few rays of sun light there. yesterday, seeing clouds blocking rays. tom, sun will abound today, yes? >> yes, it will be coming up in a clear sky. that was the live view from our h.d. city camera. the temperatures under this clear sky, they are down into the low 40s, even upper 30s in many locations. in fact, some spots in the mountains, way out in northern west virginia may get to near freezing over the next hour. closer to washington, upper 30s shenandoah valley, as well as much of the eastern west virginia area and western maryland. closer in the city, just in the upper 40s and low 50s. but a little way outside the beltway, only near 40 degrees. montgomery, prince george's, fairfax county, stafford and spotsylvania, 40s as well as west to the blue ridge. much of southern maryland, too, away from the waters. over the low 40s.
around waldorf now, only 42 degrees. by 9:00, we'll be in the 50s to around 60. we'll have a rapid warmup. then by noontime, for your lunch hour, should be delightful. a few clouds coming through. a lighter wind than we had yesterday. should be in the 60s by then. then by mid-afternoon, we'll be hitting the low 70s. by late afternoon, near 70. sunset at 8:10. mid 60s. the friday evening planner and a look at the day ahead, that will be in ten minutes. danella has traffic. good morning. well, our area is picking up some steam if you're traveling southbound on i-270 making your way past 109. you're hitting the brakes just a bit. i can tell you past 109, the road opens up and looks better as you make your way to the beltway. no accidents on i-270 right now. also seeing some volume increase if you're traveling 66 at chain bridge road. making your way eastbound in this area, you are again seeing volume. your travel speed not bad at all now. you're driving at 60 miles per hour. and an 11-minute drive now. i'm back in ten minutes with a look at the rails.
aaron? >> thank you. mitt romney's high school tollways are taking center stage in the -- days are taking center stage in the race for the white house. the presumptive nominee is apologizing for pranks he pulled nearly a half century ago. he calls the antics hijinx. some former classmates call them cruel. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill now with more. good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. good morning, everyone. was mitt romney a high school bully? something that voters are pondering after the "washington post" first tlaptd when he was in -- reported that when he was in boarding school, a wealthy suburb of detroit, mitt romney as a student harassed another student who was believed to be gay. and not only harassed him but sought him out in his dorm room along with classmates, held him down, and cut his hair. this happened many years ago. decades ago. and now romney says he doesn't remember it, but he's sorry.
>> i did some stupid things when i was in high school. obviously if i hurt anyone by virtue of that, i would be very sorry and apologize for it. >> reporter: analysts are saying while it may be troubling for some voters, it is probably not going to end up being a big deal for most. but it comes at a time when the same-sex marriage issue is big in the campaign. president obama just announced his support. democrats say now donations are pouring in as a result of that. last night in california, he what is believed to be the biggest single fundraiser ever, a $40,000 a plate fundraiser at the home of george clooney. aaron? >> tracie potts, thank you. while mitt romney may be defending his past, president obama is taking heat over high gas prices. nearly 2/3 of americans don't approve of his handling of gas prices according to a new a.p. poll, up from 58% in february. 44% strongly disapprove of his handling of the issue. and just 30% say they approve, down from 39% in february. the findings come despite a
decline in prices at the pump. in the day ahead, two brothers from the nfl will be an court. michael dave sis accused of killing a tourist by hitting him over the head with a hammer. he's been in jail and is chargeded with two other hammer attacks in the district. both victims survived. davis is the brother of 49ers' tight end vernon davis and dolphins quarterback dante davis. one person is hospitalized the day after an explosion rocked the national building museum. firefighters say a small propane tank exploded in the kitchen around dinnertime last night. the blast created a flash fire. one man burned his hands and face. he was in serious condition as of last night. mayor vincent gray is facing scrutiny over who's gotten to cheer on the caps and nats from luxury suites in his office's control. wto p is reporting that mayor gray's adult children have been given thousands of dollars worth of tickets to concerts and sporting events at verizon center and nationals park.
they've reportedly sat in luxury boxes the mayor's office controls. keep in mind, when he was on the d.c. council, gray criticized then-mayor adrian fenty for keeping the tickets in the mayor's office and not giving them to council members. headaches, speech problems, and short-term memory loss are symptoms former redskins art monk says he suffers from and says the nfl is at least partially to blame. the hall of famer is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 63 former players last week. they're also going after helmet maker reidel. they said the league told them not to be overly concerned, and they returned to action minutes after the injuries. the lawsuit is based on commissioner goodell's admission in 2007 that the league had been studying the effect of traumatic brain injuries for nearly 14 years. according to the suit, the league did not acknowledge until 2010 that concussions can lead to dementia and memory loss. more than 1,000 former nfl players including 150 ex-redskins have now sued the league because they say they
were not warned of the risks of concussions. they also say their head injuries were not properly diagnosed. today first lady michelle obama will give the commencement speech at virginia tech. mrs. obama will address more than 5,000 graduates, their relatives and friends at lane stadium in blacksburg. white house officials have said she chose virginia tech because of the school's resilience in the face of campus violence including a 2007 massacre that left 33 people dead. virginia senator mark warner will also speak. treated address concerns. when we could change -- when changes made to the design of the eisenhower memorial and what the family is saying. caught in open water. the dramatic rescue after a helicopter crashes out at sea. 5:37. a chilly start to the morning. i'm really going to miss you.
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any last wishes? new selsun blue deep cleansing micro-bead scrub goes to the source wiping out flakes before they flake. new selsun blue deep cleansing. investigators trying to figure out what caused a hblth to crash off -- helicopter to crash off the coast of scotland. all 14 people on board were rescued. the 12 passengers and two crew members were headed to an offshore oil rig when the helicopter went down. amazingly, no one was seriously hurt. let's take a live look outside now. it is 5:40.
50 chilly degrees out there. a beautiful look as we see the sun over the horizon. meteorologist tom kierein is telling us it will warm up eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later. >> what a chill. i see a lot of blue on the temperature map, that means 40s. the dark blue, in the 30s. that includes much of western maryland and west virginia, parts of the shenandoah valley. dipping to the upper 30s. and the areas in the lighter blue, that's the 40s. that includes most of maryland and virginia except the areas in the green. in the 50s right near the bay and near the tidal potomac. 5:39. deep orange sky, sun coming up in 20 minutes. sunny and cool morning. in the upper 50s by 9:00. noontime, upper 60s. middle of the afternoon, ought to hit the low to mid 70s. lots of sun and a lighter wind today. here's your friday evening planner. should be clear and cool. dipping back down into the 50s by midnight. another chilly start to saturday. we'll look at the mother's day weekend and into next week. coming up at 5:51.
danella? right now seeing a delay on the rails. this is the marc brunswick east train 890. an eight-minute delay. metro and vre on or close to schedule. no reported delays. to the beltway, still have a disabled vehicle, outer loop at 7 blocking your right lane. please be aware and use caution. i can tell you on the outer loop now, your volume is still light. hopefully this guy will get towed shortly. on 395, volume is increasing. still light at washington boulevard. in fact, crossing over the 14th street bridge, no issues as you make your way into the city. nice and clear. and your travel speed, not bad. driving at 61 miles per hour. back to you both. >> thank you. so here's a question -- are you really talking on the phone if you're using wi-fi to do it? a phone call one man made during a commercial flight that is fueling debate this morning. it was designed to be the tallest building in the u.s. we'll show you why the new world we'll show you why the new world trade center m
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people living in a vaesh apartment building hit by a navy jet will be able to return home. crews had to destroy 27 units that were damaged beyond repair. they cleaned up and restored utilities to many apartments this week. last month a jet malfunctioned and crashed into the complex. nobody was hurt. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. this morning lawmakers will tour a brac site to assist the facility. governor moran wants to know how traffic has been impacted, if there are alternatives for commuters, and how to reduce noise and lighted pollution in the area. more than 3,000 federal employees began moving into the site last month. today a virginia elementary school opened for more than 50 -- open for more than 50 years will close its doors temporarily. louisa county middle schools will hold a closing ceremony for
thomas jefferson elementary school tonight. the school along with others in the area suffered major damage from last year's 5.8 earthquake. students have been attending classes in temporary facilities. school officials plan to demolish the building next month and rebuild the school completely. prince george's county residents opposed to a controversial town center development will voice their complaints before the county council. hearings will resume at 10:00 on the proposal to build the development known as kafritz in riverdale park. would include what would be the county's first whole foods. many nearby residents fear the town center will lead to unbearable traffic. they're also concerned about the environmental impact the $226 million development would have on the area. the county council heard four hours of testimony on monday. next week, designers will unveil the latest design changes to the memorial for president eisenhower. this has been a long process because the eisenhower family has criticized part of the memorial that depict the former
two-term president as a boy. if the memorial commission votes to approve the change, the design will go before the national capital planning commission. organizers hope to break ground on the $112 million memorial sometime this year neeshl the mall. 5:48. fbi agents uncovered a massive cocaine smuggling ring centered in fairfax county that spread across several states and two countries. federal agents arrested 28 people and charged them with a cocaine smuggling operation that brought millions of dollars in drugs from honduras to northern virginia over the past six years. the drugs were sold in north carolina, virginia, maryland, and massachusetts. agents say they smuggled the drugs into dulles airport by concealing them in picture frames and other trinkets. >> it was placed in suitcases and couriered up into the united states through our ports of entry and distributed around northern virginia. >> fbi agents say this is just the beginning of the
investigation. in addition to the drug charges, gun and money laundering charges could be filed in this case. court records show many of those arrested were illegal immigrants living in northern virginia. police arrested a 30-year-old in a massive marijuana growing operation in howard county. he's a former baltimore police crime scene tech. officers discovered 341 mature plants worth half a million dollars growing in the basement of his home in laurel. police say a tip led them to the home. he's facing multiple charges. police are looking into whether others were involved. a toddler is in critical condition after nearly drowning in the bathtub of her laurel home. happened at a house along 10th street. police say family called 911 and performed cpr after the girl was found under water. officials did not release the child's age or the circumstances surrounding the incident. d.c. police chief kathy lanier is dismissing allegations she doesn't live in the district. she says a report about her boyfriend who is a sergeant for
the metropolitan police department is a really cheap shot. during her monthly "ask the chief" segment on wtop, she disputed the front page report in "the washington times." the story says her boyfriend earned $34,000 in overtime pay, suggesting favoritism. >> i think it's a really cheap shot at my personal life. all the benefits that every member of the department gets are codified in law. they all get the same benefits. it can't be manipulated. so to suggest that i manipulated a particular sergeant's benefits is absurd. >> the article suggested that the chief lives with her boyfriend in maryland. lanier says she owns a home in maryland but her primary residence is in the ft. lincoln neighborhood in northeast washington. by law she must live in the district. a former maryland terp and current oakland raiders wide receiver is facing drunk driving charges. darrius heyward bay was pulled over last month after police say
him speeding and weaving. he failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. his blood alcohol level has not been released. his attorney says it was very low. he is due in court at the end of the month. heyward bay had his best season this year after struggling in the past two seasons. and a judge dropped drunk driving charges against former faa chief randy babbitt. dash cam video showed him driving normally. the officer had no reasonable suspicion to pull him over. babbitt was also below the legal limit for alcohol even though charge were dropped. babbitt says he does not regret stepping down from his post. 5:51. congratulations, you made it to friday. the sun is coming up. tom, a gorgeous day on tap. yeah? >> yeah. you thought you were done needing the winter coat. here we are. it's may and feeling more like a march morning. that's a live view from the h.d. city camera. right now around the region, temperatures are down to just the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. that includes the blue ridge,
shenandoah valley to the mountains, under 30sment many weather watchers around the blue ridge reporting mid to upper 30s. no freeze. closer to washington, gaithersburg 39 in montgomery county. much of fairfax county. also the upper 30s to around 40. in the district inside the beltway, generally the low 50s. just in the low 40s in much of prince george's county. just about the rest of all of southern maryland. except near the bay waters and tidal potomac, in the 50s there. the eastern shore, away from the waters, just in the 40s. we've got a clear sky. high pressure moving in. it will give us plenty of sunshine today. and we'll get the strong may sun, though, that will warm us quickly. but a cold start this morning in frederick. frederick, maryland, now just near 40 degrees. a bright and sunny forecast. by noontime, mid 60s, throughout the j, low 70s by mid-afternoon. and it will, as well, in frederick. by late afternoon, back to the 60s. for your friday evening, another cool evening coming up. in the 50s. another chilly start on saturday morning. probably not quite as cold as this morning.
down to the mid 40s as we get going on saturday morning. then saturday looking like a delightful day. afternoon highs climbing to the upper 17. lots of sunshine. and wonderful day for mom for mother's day. sunday morning, sunshine in the 50s starting off. warming up quickly, into the 16. mid morning, 70s by noontime. hovering near 80 during the afternoon. as we have a few clouds rolling in. sunday night, we may get some light rain moving in after sunset. and then a greater chance on monday as we get back to work and school with highs in the low 70s. off and on showers, perhaps monday, monday night into tuesday. drying out midweek next week. i'm back in ten minutes with another update. danella has traffic. good morning. and i'm here with the report of a disabled vehicle. so if you're traveling westbound on route 50 past 202, a report of a disabled vehicle blocking the right lane. travel speeds not bad from the beltway to 295. driving at 59 miles per hour.
a six-minute drive. to new york avenue, bladensburg. i can tell you the volume is increasing here. no accidents, no major delays yet. traveling along i-95, guess what -- i'm back this ten minutes with travel speeds. i'll let you know if you're slowing down anywhere along your route in virginia. now aaron, back to you. >> thank you. it is a rare weekend on metro. no stations will be closed this weekend. there will still be track work, though. trains will be single tracking on the red line between tacoma and forest glen and between van ness and dupont circle. on the orange line, trains will share the track between eastern market and cheverly, and on the blue line between eastern market and addison road -- rather -- yeah, eastern market and addison road. expect 20-minute delays in the areas. work starts at 10:00 tonight. construction on the second phase of metro's silver line is still a bit in limbo. now a new poll shows most virginians don't support the project. the "washington post" found that
statewide only 32% of virginians think the project is extremely or very important. 64% say it's not. however, when you look just at northern virginia, residents there say the numbers are actually flipped. 2/3 of northern virginia residents support the project. and more than 40% say it is extremely important. the second phase lost significant funding when virginia's general assembly left $300 million for the project out of the budget. you can now see late civil rights leader rosa parks at the national cathedral. the cathedral installed a new stone carving of parks' pace in the are the area alongside mother teresa. chaz fagay created the carving. on december 1, 1955, police arrested parks for refusing a bus driver's order to give up her seat to a white man. her actions started the montgomery bus boycott in alabama. parks died in 2005 at the age of 92. the first lady and dr. jill
biden hosted some lucky military mothers, grandmothers, and children at the white house in honor of mother's day. kids got to create cards and gifts in the state dining room and moved to the east room after that to present the gifts to their moms during the afternoon tea. the first lady thanked mothers for their strength and service while their loved ones are overseas. >> your sons and daughters, their choice to serve this country is really a reflection of your love. >> the first lady and dr. biden also hosted a separate joining forces service event at the navy -- naval observatory. they assembled hundreds of care packages for mothers and wives who have husbands deployed overseas. a bit of controversy now surrounding the new freedom tower in new york. there's debate over whether it's actually the tallest building in the big apple. the freedom tower has a 400-foot-tall antenna needle that will sit on the roof this. some architects say the antennas shouldn't count. and if they do, then the empire
state building is still the tallest construction in new york. when the freedom you toer is eventually finished, it will stand at a patriotic 1,776 feet tall. there was a guy kicked off an airplane for making a phone call he says was still following the rules. and now he wants an apology from delta airlines. >> the man says he used an app on his phone to make a call. he says his phone was on an airplane mode, but he used the plane's in-flight wi-fi to make a voip call, voice over ip. it allows use force make calls via internet similar to skype. delta says it doesn't matter that he wasn't using the normal signal. they said he broke the rules of the internet carrier which is why they eventually called police. that man was escorted off the plane. police decided he didn't do anything illegal and released him. he's now demanding delta apologize for the way they treated him. they told him that there were faa rules, restrictions that said that you couldn't -- you couldn't do that sort of thing with the internet protocol