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marinara sauce simmering. you'll hang out, too. >> bam! you knew that's what it was. the meatball and marinara sauce. luckily the bear hasn't threatened anybody. as long as he doesn't go after the meatballs. veto is warning customers to stay away from the back of the building. >> can you blame the bear? meatballs, marinara sauce, pasta -- >> i'd fight a bear for it. good meat paballs. maybe not. >> stay with us. day in court. today kwame brown will head to not one but two courtrooms. who is expected to fill his spot as d.c. council chairman. good morning, everyone, i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday, june 8, 2012. we'll look outside at 5:00 a.m. 59 degrees. chilly. had short sleeves on, i should
have put a sweater on, but i know later on it will get hot. what do you do? >> dress for two seasons. off to a cool start. summer-like by mid-afternoon. right now looking back over the last 12 hours, we had those afternoon and evening thundershowers. they've dissipated quickly. we've got high pressure moving in around the region. and we've got a clear sky with the bright moon in the western sky. chilly. the areas in dark green in the 50s. the lighter green, low 60s. virginia tidewater, lower eastern shore, near the bay waters. low 60s. elsewhere, in the 50s. the areas in the blue, 40s. that includes much of western maryland. the highlands in west virginia. closer to washington in fairfax, arlington, prince george's, montgomery counties, generally in the mid 50s. reagan national at 61. around the chesapeake bay. lower eastern shore, near 60. right at the beaches, only in the upper 50s now. here's your day planner for this friday. yes, by mid morning going to be pleasant, mid 70s. by 9:00, lots of sunshine.
then a fresh northwesterly breeze will pick up by noontime. climbing into the low 80s by then. a sunny afternoon. you'll definitely need sun shrine if you're going to be out -- sunshine if you're going to be out for a length of time. mid 80s by 3:00. holding steady through the afternoon. a look at your friday evening planner in ten minutes. danella has a look at the friday traffic. good morning. good morning, tom. right now i'm following breaking news on the roadways. traveling out of virginia, if you're traveling along telegraph road, we have a water main break blocking all your lanes. right now telegraph is closed between wilton road and sharon chapel road. what you want to do to work around this water main break now is to take south kings highway to north kings highway, going to make a left on north kings highway. then you'll be able to reconnect to telegraph road. for now, it is closed because of the water main break. and if you're traveling i-95 northbound at pohick, construction just ending right now. just clearing. your travel lanes are open as you head to 395.
aaron, over to you. >> thank you. when the week started, he was one of the most powerful people in d.c. politics. kwame brown will end the week in court where he's expected to plead guilty to a felony bank fraud charge. the charge cost the now former d.c. council chairman his job. news4's megan mcgrath live outside the federal court in downtown d.c. with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. it no doubt is going to be a very busy and unpleasant day for former chairman kwame brown. he has two separate court appearances today. the first one this morning here at the federal courthouse. another one later this afternoon. that taking place at d.c. superior court. now at 11:00 a.m., brown is expected to plead guilty to a felony bank fraud charge. prosecutors say that brown gave false income information in order to get a home loan and buy a boat which he named bulletproof. then yesterday, a new charge surfaced. brown is now also accused of violating campaign finance laws.
prosecutors say he opened a side account. the money spent largely went unreported. that charge is a misdemeanor. kwame brown has yet to speak to the press about the charges against him. it is possible that we could actually hear from him at some point later on today. reporting live from the federal court house, megan mcgrath, news4. >> thank you. the corruption scandal has many asking who's in charge and what's next. as chairman of the d.c. council, kwame brown was in charge. now that he has resigned, it's mary shea's job. at-large members elected by the entire city and not just one ward can take over as interim chairman. experts predict it probably won't be david catania there to the far right or michael brown over here because they would have to give up outside jobs if they became chairman. that leaves phil mendelsohnn and vincent orange.
whoever it ends up being, that person will not only run the council in the the city holds a special election for brown's seat. he also is next in line if something should happen to the current mayor. in other words, if the mayor ever has to leave office for any reason, whether it's health or legal issues, the new interim chairman could become the next mayor. we'll find out who that person is next week. stay here with news4 for continuing coverage of the case. we'll be live all day before and after brown's court appearances and get instant updates on line at nbcwashington.com. new, quick work by d.c. police. they made an arrest quickly in a stabbing in northeast. they arrested a suspect on the scene in the 600 block of i street. the victim is in the hospital now with serious injuries. this one won't make parents feel good. a government survey shows more teens are engaging in risky behavior. first, behind the wheel. the report for centers for disease control and prevention showed distracted driving is on the rise. 1/3 of teens say they've sent
messages while driving. the cdc survey shows a 40% drop in deadly car crashes involving teen in the last decade. researchers say more teens are wearing seat belts and avoiding getting into a car driven by someone who's been drinking alcohol. the same government survey revealed an alarming trend in smoking. the report showed more teens experimented with marijuana compared to cigarettes. 23% of high school students said they recently smoked pot. while 18% said they smoked cigarettes. a recent study from the university of michigan shows many teens consider marijuana less dangerous than cigarettes. 5:06. 59 degrees. an accused purse-snatcher with an unusual defense. why he said even if he did it, he is still not guilty. also, kate didn't have a -- have to break the bank to turn heads at the queen's jubilee. the latest fashion frenzy she's stirring up. here comes the heat. [ female announcer ] with xfinity,
storm chasers captured video as a tornado swept through southern wyoming. the twister ripped apart five homes, damaged a few others. the same storm pounded the area with golf ball-sized hail and heavy rain. five other tornadoes touched down in colorado. no one was seriously hurt. >> wow. all right. we have some kind of whacky weather here. can't make up its mind what season it wants to be. cool, warm, cool, warm. tom, what's on today's plates here? >> feeling like fall now. it will feel like summer this afternoon. quite a dramatic change from where we are now. chilly around the region. we are in the 50s from the shenandoah valley across virginia, into the district of columbia, maryland, the eastern shore, over the atlantic beaches. it's generally in the low to mid 50s. it's even in the 40s parts of west virginia. deep orange glow over the monuments in d.c. on this friday morning. live view from our h.d. city
camera. here's your day planner. a rapid warmup. mid 70s by 9:00. lots of sun during the day with low humidity. highs reaching mid 80s. mid-afternoon, a nice northwesterly breeze. if you're going out this friday, a clear, beautiful evening. international space station will be flying over. 9:00 to 9:06. high in the sky, you'll see a bright spot, near 70 at midnight. a look at the weekend and next week, your seven-day outlook in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. good morning. still following this water main break on telegraph road causing telegraph road to be closed. all lanes, in fact. between wilton road and sharon chapel road. for an alternate route this morning, please take kings highway, then make a left on north kings highway. then you can reconnect to telegraph road. for now all your lanes are blocked. in frederick, maryland, westbound 1 0 at -- 170 at 144, east patrick street, lanes are blocked due to a crash. you can get off at east patrick
street and take east patrick to west patrick and get on 15 or reconnect to i-270 if that's your commute. i'm pack with an update in ten minutes. over to you. >> see you in a few. thanks. 5:12. 59 degrees. ahead, a story that transcends sports. the inspacial workout that is taking place at redskins park. and a murder mystery. the question police are asking about the deadly shooting of a local salesman.
george's county. firefighters are trying to figure out what started a fire inside a jersey mike's location on race track road in bowie. the shop is scheduled to open later this month. now it's unclear if that will happen. the cause is under investigation. d.c. firefighters are also investigating the cause of a fire. a cell phone camera captured flames shooting from the window of a building on 14th street and p streets. there is a business on the first level of the building and living spaces on the top two floors. no one was hurt. firefighters closed down the intersection for several hours. the road reopened last night. and now to a news4 exclusive at 5:16. a 10-month-old girl is recovering this morning. police say her nanny left her alone in a hot car. this happened in a parking lot at george mason university in fairfax yesterday afternoon. a passerby saw the baby by herself in that car and called university police. the doors were locked, so officers smashed one of the car windows to rescue her. at that time of day, temperatures in the car could have been as high as 120
degrees. police arrested the baby's nanny and charged her with felony child abuse. the woman says she came to the school for a job interview. prince george's county police are trying to figure out why a 2-year-old was found wandering by himself near a busy road. he was found in the 600 block of garrett morgan boulevard around 5:30 last night. he didn't have shoes on and was carrying a plate of food. officers took him to a hospital and say he's okay. a parent arrived a few hours later to pick him up. police are looking into who was caring for the boy when he wandered off. right now, police in montgomery county are looking for the person who shot and killed a man in an upscale apartment in silver spring. officers found 34-year-old eric samoa dead in his apartment on east-west highway near georgia avenue wednesday. adding to the mystery, the apartment building has an extensive security system. he sold cars at the manhattan auto dealership in bethesda. friends and co-workers became concerned when he missed work
for two days. >> he was always a good guy and always treated me fairly and my friends, family, and customers, more importantly. but he was a good guy and he, you know, dedicated and fiercely loyal. i consider him a true friend, and it's a shame. >> police say there's no sign of forced entry at the apartment. the issue of same-sex marriage will appear on november's ballot. there are enough signatures to let voters decide whether the unions are legal in their state. voters will be asked if they want to uphold a law maryland's general assembly passed this year that legalizes same-sex marriage. graduating high school is one of the proudest moments in a teenager's life. in montgomery county, there's reason for pride about the county's graduation rate. it is the highest in the country among large school systems. according to a new study, 87.6% of montgomery county students received their high school diplomas. that's about 10% higher than the
maryland average and about 15% higher than the average in. fairfax county schools ranked second among the 50 largest systems. jefferson county, colorado, came in third, and baltimore county came in fourth. >> congratulations to our school systems. >> you're a montgomery county graduate. >> i am. a proud montgomery county grad. don't hold my job again me. kidding. all right. she may be british royalty, but even the duchess of cambridge wears costume jewelry. >> apparently the diamond and pearl earrings that fans adored at the queen's jubilee earlier this week were fake. >> ah. >> princess kate, as it were, wore the studs on the balcony of buckingham palace. the designer told "the daily mail" it was a fine grade of cubic zirconia and the setting made them look authentic. they were worth a mere $74. the designer says she sold about 60 pairs this week, more than she usually sells in an entire year. >> that's true to catherine
form. her dress is alexander mcqueen. she always looks beautiful, but she shops at zara, top shop. and i think women relate to her because they feel that she's accessible. as gorgeous as she is. >> absolutely. sometimes you get the look that you want without having to spend a lot. that's nice. >> there you go. but you're not going to look like her necessarily. >> not quite princess level? >> maybe, i don't know. if i can quickly, i want to mention an event, the news dudes event to support an organization -- >> there you are, in the middle. >> for an organization called men against breast cancer. next to me, mark heisen -- >> dan hellie, too. >> this organization helps men learn how to be this for women dealing with breast cancer. sort of the new brother organization if you will to the news babes which you helped start a few years back. >> the big event for us is
tuesday, june 19. now that you mention, i'm going to have to tell everyone, get your tickets fast. >> in both cases, the idea is to raise awareness and money to support the organizations that are doing great things in the fight against breast cancer. >> there you go. thanks. >> thank you. let's check the forecast now. 5:21. tom? good morning, we are about 20 minutes away from sunrise. that's the live view from our h.d. city camera overlooking the potomac river. there's the jefferson memorial left of the screen. sun will be coming up in a clear sky. and once again, another cool morning. hometown forecast, chesapeake beach in calvert county, clear there now. 59 degrees. in the 50s all around the region now. quite a cool start. but a rapid warmup by late morning. ought to be in the mid 70s by noontime. near 80 degrees. lots of sun through the afternoon with low humidity peaking in the mid 80s throughout much of the region as well as chesapeake beach. into the evening, beautiful friday coming up. down to near 70 by midnight under a clear sky. by this time tomorrow morning,
it will be down, mid 60s there at chesapeake beach on the chesapeake bay. but elsewhere, away from the water tomorrow, only near 60. during the day on saturday, great beach and pool weather. it will be up near 90 during the afternoon on saturday. great weather for going to chesapeake beach or heading to ocean city. beautiful weekend for the beaches and pools. and low humidity in place saturday and sunday with lots of sunshine. another cool start sunday, near 60. afternoon highs again around 90 degrees. definitely keep the sunscreen handy for today through the weekend. a few more clouds around on monday, getting more humid as we get back to work and school. then on tuesday into wednesday, perhaps part of thursday, might get showers. a little thunder and lightning, too. highs in the mid 80s. danella, good morning. how's traffic? good morning. shaping up to be a busy morning. just in in northwest d.c., massachusetts avenue closed in both directions between idaho and wisconsin avenue due to a crash there involving an overturned vehicle. please be aware of that. i'll give you another update in ten minutes.
that's happening right now. also keeping an eye on the crash. this is westbound i-70 at route 144, east patrick street. still have all the westbound lanes blocked. police are waiting for tow trucks to arrive on the scene. get the cars out of there. hopefully we'll reopen in about ten to 15 minutes. let's head down to virginia. telegraph road is closed. a minor water main break in this area. right now, your closure is between wilton road and sharon chapel road. they're hoping to have this road open any minute now. definitely before the morning rush. aaron, back to you. >> all right. thank you. well, you've heard of sleepwalking. how about sleep robbing. a man in connecticut says he was sleepwalking when he pulled a knife on a woman and tried to snatch her purse at a casino. he was later arrested. but he says he didn't know why he had the knife, and it must have thaty had was sleepwalking. the man's lawyer says his client has sleepwalked before. and he hopes his medical history can prove his innocence. police may have a hard time
getting someone to come ford crack the case. a worker at a bank in anne arundel county put money on the top of his car and drove off. i think the money is long gone. police are asking anyone who can help to give them a call. unfortunately, when you leave a bag of cash -- >> it will disappear quickly. and the odds of it showing up -- >> had stories where honesty prevails. and someone comes forward with the missing wallet or handpassion. >> such a random place. >> yeah. cash. >> good luck. tomorrow the horse i'll have another -- i want to call a horse race one day! i'm going to -- just like that. >> you would do a good job, too. someone's listening.ñ will look accomplish one of the rarest feats in all of sports. >> he'll try to become the 12th horse ever to win the triple crown of horse racing. i'll have another and his jockey will hope to complete the feat tomorrow afternoon at the belmont stakes. the horse is a favorite for the race. the last triple crown winner was
1977. you can catch all the action of the 144th running of the belmont stakes right here on nbc 4 starting at 4:30. and if horse racing isn't quite your cup of tea, one of the world's biggest soccer tournament begins today. poland and the ukraine hosting this year's you are cup. one of the largest soccer tournaments. only happens every four years. you can sort of think of it as the world cup but featuring european countries. spain won the euro cup four years ago. it is the favorite to win this year, as well. today, a workout at redskins camp. brian bank will start working out for the team. he spent more than five years in jail falsely accused of rape by a woman. last month a judge threw out his conviction and cleared him of all charge. banks says his time in prison helped him mentally prepare for the workouts. >> i've learned to remain focused and stay determined. continued to have passion in wanting to secure my freedom.
i definitely apply those same things in my workout routines. being able to try out and work out with these teams. >> banks says he has speed left and can definitely still hit. he says he's justice thankful for all these opportunities to show off his skills. >> nice to get a second chance, pick up where you left off. >> if anyone deserves it -- having the accuser recant. took five years from his life. all right. 5:26. 59 degrees. coming up, let's make a deal. who is step information to help get d.c.'s next monument back on track. [ yelling ] hard to watch. >> this is a politician on the attack literally. why he did it and how he got away. the temperature is about to take off.
looking at the stories making headlines -- kwame brown gets his day in two courts. a busy day ahead for the former d.c. council chairman. parents, this will make you feel good. a new study out about what teens are doing behind the wheel. the admissions they are making ahead at 5:45. and video you have to see this morning. a politician absolutely losing it on live tv. that's not the video, but we will have it for you coming up. we'll have much more on those stories throughout the morning. first, good morning, i'm eun yang. >> that story's wild, too. i was going to say, we have good video. stay tuned. >> good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back -- this friday, june 8. the weekend is upon us as we watch the sun come up on this friday morning. we're still dealing with some relatively cool temperatures around much of the area now. >> that's going to change, though. our tom kierein's here to tell us more about the forecast
today. we have calendar confusion. the calendar says june, but it feels more like late april or early may this morning. again, another morning, cooler than average temperatures around the region in the wake of the showers and thundershowers that came through yesterday afternoon, early evening. it's cleared out. under the clear sky, the temperatures have dropped right back down to the low to mid 50s across most of virginia, maryland, the district of columbia. it's generally in the mid to upper 50s, near 60 near the tidal potomac as well as near the bay. elsewhere, away from the waters, mid 50s. dipped to the upper 40s parts of west virginia into maryland on this friday morning. now going forward throughout the day, we'll have a rapid warmup. a tale of two seasons. it will feel like summer by mid-afternoon. in fact, by 9:00, with bright sunshine and a blue sky, we'll be in the mid 70s. then by noontime, ought to be into the low 80s with low humidity in place. a delightful afternoon coming up. great weather for the beaches and pools. we'll have afternoon highs
reaching mid 80s. again, not a lot of humidity. we'll have a northwest wind around five to 15 through the afternoon. then by late afternoon, back down to the low 80s. and temperatures by sunset should be near 80 degrees. sunset today is at 8:32. a look at your friday evening, that's in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic now. good morning. good morning. right now i'm tracking breaking news out of northwest d.c. massachusetts avenue, all the lanes are blocked at wisconsin avenue. an overturned vehicle this morning. to telegraph road in virginia, water main break has all of your lane blocked between wilton and sharon chapel road. also, checking cameras in our area, traveling along 66 at sudley, eastbound nice and clear, westbound, as well. no accidents, no major delays on i-66. along i-95, are you hitting the brakes northbound out of stafford. i'm talking details in ten minutes. aaron and eun, back to you. >> thank you.
5:32. today, now former d.c. council chairman kwame brown is due in court twice. he is expected to plead guilty to a felony bank fraud charge that could land him in prison for up to 30 years. he also will be in court for a less serious campaign finance charge. it's a misdemeanor and unrelated to the more serious fraud charge. mayor gray concedes that it is difficult to go about business as usual at times like this. >> it's not to be unexpected that, you know, when situations like this occur that they would probably dominate the headlines. they would dominate the news. but for those who choose to go beyond that, i think they'll learn that the city doing extremely well. >> brown is expected to make a statement after pleading guilty to the bank fraud charge. a sad update for you this morning. a young girl who was injured in a crash in fairfax earlier this week has died. the 7-year-old passed away yesterday. her 5-year-old sister and her mother also died. police say the mother sideswiped
another car and crashed into a minivan on lee highway tuesday night. they say she was speeding at the time. the driver of the minivan is still in the hospital in critical condition. also in fairfax county, a psychiatric patient is facing murder charges. police say 24-year-old mark shelor stabbed another patient at a facility off old meadow lane in mclean. a witness says the two had been arguing about money. the facility where the two were patients were -- where patients were treated -- where patients are treated for mental illnesses including constituents friendia and bipolar disorder. a member of president obama's cabinet is looking to resolve a dispute over the proposed eisenhower memorial. interior secretary ken salazar says he's willing to look at models of the potential memorial. eisenhower's family has objected to the design which they say focuses too much on his past rather than his military and presidential accomplishments. two members of the memorial commission say they will work with salazar but hope to avoid excessive delays in planning.
officials at maryland live are expecting a big weekend at the newest and biggest casino in the state. last night was another packed house casino in arundel mills. many came looking to gamble after being turned away wednesday. police had to turn back thousands because it was already filled to capacity. some neighbors of the casino are worried about potential traffic problems. others continued's bringing jobs and money to the -- others continued's bringing jobs and money to the area. >> i don't want it to take twice as long to get places at night. >> i recognize how it can generate jobs and how it can do a lot for the whole area. >> casino officials expect the new gaming center to pooft the local economy. they believe people will spend about $60 million a year into the area by spending money on local goods and services. investors are hoping for a third straight positive day on wall street. the dow had a modest gain yesterday reacting to the news
that the federal reserve might help a still-struggling u.s. economy. stocks in europe now are mostly up. while stocks in asia are all down. just how heated is the debate if greece over the country's financial crisis? well, this should give you some idea. [ yelling ] >> this was a morning news show in athens. an argument got out of hand. one guest threw water at anotherment someone else threw a newspaper -- at another. someone else threw a newspaperment one slapped political rivals over and over. he escaped before police arrested. there's an warrant for his arrest on assault charges. unbelievable behavior. >> i'm trying to wrap my brain around this. unbelievable. >> can you imagine if anything like this went down on "news4 today"? >> it would not happen. couldn't happen. >> couldn't. 5:36.
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upon us. it is down just into the 50s. most of the areas in green, near 60 in washington, near the tidal potomac and chesapeake bay. away from the waters, only in the 50s. in fact, it's dipped into the 40s parts of western maryland and west virginia. here's your day planner for this friday. a rapid warmup, mid 70s by 9:00. noontime, low 80s. lots of sun during the afternoon. peaking in the mid 80s, holding steady mid-afternoon into late afternoon. you'll definitely need sunblock if you're going to be out for a length of time. this evening for your friday evening plans, beautiful night. 70s through the evening, under a clear sky. international space station flying over. 9:00 to 9:06. watch for a swiftly moving bright spot. a look at the weekend coming up in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. good morning. tom, right now i'm tracking breaking news coming out of northwest d.c. if you're traveling along massachusetts avenue, we have a crash blocking all of your lanes. this is between idaho avenue and wisconsin avenue. it also involves an overturned vehicle.
be aware of that. in virginia, talking delays. it's not terrible, but are you slow out of stafford and heading northbound to quantico, that's the bulk of your delays this morning. i'll give you a live look at prince william parkway. yom is increasing northbound, it's not a bad travel speed. back to you. >> thank you. it's now 5:42. a talent that will blow you away. how one man is turning dirty cars into works of art. and a couple of robbers get sprayed in the face. that's not it. what a fed-up wife did to one of the bad guys. next, alarming information about teen drivers who simply are not taking all
messages while driving. sobering numbers from the same report according to the cdc, there's a 40% drop in deadly cashes involving teens in the last decade. researchers say more teens are wearing seat belts and avoiding getting into cars driven by people who have been drinking alcohol. an update on breaking news this morning. telegraph road in fairfax county is shut down. tracee wilkins has the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. let me show you what it looks like behind me on telegraph road. they are still taking care of repairs there. and now we're watching this connector bus trying to find its way around this mess here. fairfax water authority is handling the water main break that happened here on telegraph road between wilton and sharon chapel road. the road is closed. telegraph, again between wilton and sharon chapel road is closed while they take care of the water main break. this happened a while ago. took time for them to find out
exactly where the leak was in this 12-inch water main. and they were doing repairs overnight with the hopes of having it all cleaned up by this morning so that it wouldn't impact morning rush. the work has run over, and it look like it's going to go ahead and impact morning rush. if this is your normal route, make sure that you avoid it. the lanes are closed here, and you'll have to take a detour if you come this way. reporting live, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >> thank you. shoe fanatics, you might want to get in line now for the newest pair of must-have speakers out there. the nike air easy 2 released tomorrow across the country. the shoe is a collaboration between nike and kanye west. it will sell for $245. fans are already in line for the limited edition sneakers, as well. they started lining up earlier this week to make sure they snagged a pair. at least one pair has hit ebay, and they sold for $90,000. >> you know what you could do with $90,000? >> so many things. you could put somebody through
college. >> a couple of times. go to the right school. >> that's right. that's amazing. for -- and people standing in line. $250 shoes. am i cheap? am i just cheap? >> nikes, get me a pair. time could be running out for a former miss usa contestant to apologize for calling the pageant a fraud. former miss pennsylvania, sheena monnin, said another contestant saw a list of the top five contestants before the contest. she says the list matched the names of those who made the cut during the live show. on her facebook page, monnin said the pageant was rigged and she could no longer be part of it. donald trump who co-owns the pageant with nbc universal threatened to sue monnin if she did not apologize within 24 hours. the pageant released a statement saying miss florida is the one who saw the list of names and mentioned it as a joke. today in culpeper, virginia, a police officer facing charges in the shooting death of an unarmed woman will be in court. last month a special
investigative grand jury indicted 32-year-old daniel harmon wright on four charges that include murder. back in february, he shot and killed 54-year-old patricia cook during a confrontation in a school parking lot. witnesses say the officer shot cook at close range as she tried to leave that lot. a judge will formally charge harmon wright in court later this morning. a second mental competency hearing will take place today for a man suspected of being the east coast rapist. lawyers say aaron thomas refuses to meet with mental health evaluators, making it difficult for them to enter an insanity plea. thomas showed signs of mental illness in an earlier evaluation, but a judge found him competent to stand trial. defense attorneys say their client is mutilating himself and hallucinating. thomas is accused of 17 attacks including three against teenage girls in prince william county in 2009. he's also suspected in other assaults in maryland, connecticut, and rhode island. were you ever late to school when you were a kid? three siblings in loudoun county were tardy 160 times in a single
school year. their parents had faced charge for truancy, but they're off the hook now. prosecutors dropped six misdemeanor charges against mark and amy denecor because the kids were only late once during the second half of the year. a lot of parents say that many tardies is inexcusable, especially because the family lives half a mile from the school. >> they need to get it together. that's ridiculous. >> unfortunately, it teaches them that you don't have to follow the rules. >> half a mile, seriously. they can make it to school. >> they have many more years to come with school. are they going to be time from here on out? >> i doubt it. we are imperfect parents and have imperfect kids. >> apparently the family's not alone. other loudoun county parents have faced legal troubles for their kids' school attendance issues. >> honest dad there. canadian convenient storeowner is being hailed a hero after taking out two armed
robbers with something people normally use to repel a bear. zen yang was working this week when the two men came in demanding money. he sprung into action using a powerful spray used to fend off bears. one crook got away. the other did not. the storeowner grabbed him and then his wife came in to add her own punishment, kicking the robber multiple times. there you see her going at it. this is the fourth time their store has been robbed. the couple was fed up. >> we don't want it to happen again. i hope no more -- no more. this last time. got a friendly neighborhood. still have some bad guys coming in. >> police eventually arrested the second suspect, both suspects are charged with armed robbery. i hope this is a lesson to those who live there. don't try to go rob that convenience store. these people are prepared. >> you will get beat down. don't do it. >> after four times, they're like, can't take it anymore. >> you feel like you have to do something. all right. 5:51. we turn to to tom kierein talk
about the mixed bag we're getting. >> yesterday i showed you the picture of mrs. mallard with her duckling. there morning, darlene deer nursing a fawn on a sidewalk in arlington. >> exactly. in the middle -- >> the middle of the day. >> goodness. >> these deer have no fear. >> i worry about the deer and the ducklings, though. >> i want to thank ann riley for the photo. send photos to nbcwashington.com. post them to our facebook page. a lot of times you have to go looking for nature, it comes looking for you. right there on the sidewalk in arlington. amazing. there is the pink sky over washington now. live view from our city camera. sun's up. it's 61 at reagan national. a southwest breeze, deputy comfortably dry. 52 -- dew point comfortably dry. 52. showers and thundershowers rolled through yesterday. now under a clear sky. down into the 50s most locations across virginia, maryland, the district, eastern shore. it's even dipped into the 40s
again this morning. parts of central shenandoah valley, into the highlands of west virginia and western maryland. and by 9:00, we'll have our temperatures reaching the mid 70s by noontime. low 80s. so a great lunch hour for you with low humidity in place through the rest of the afternoon. you'll need sunblock. temperatures climbing to the mid 80s by mid-afternoon. we'll hold steady into late afternoon. then by sunset at 8:32, ought to be into the 70s. 70s through this friday evening. by dawn saturday, near 60 degrees. and then soaring to near 90 tomorrow. again, low humidity, not very humid. we'll have low humidity in place, too, on sunday. highs again near 90 with lots of sunshine. so it's definitely a weekend for the sunscreen. great beach and pool weather. monday, back to work and school. getting more humid. highs in the mid 80s. looks like we'll have a possible of some showers moving in. perhaps late on tuesday and off and on on wednesday. maybe some thunder and lightning. that might linger into thursday is the way it looks now.
now let's have a look at our friday morning commute. danella's joining us. any problems? yes. if you're traveling in northwest d.c., still have massachusetts avenue closed between idaho avenue and wisconsin avenue. the crash there is a single-vehicle crash. that car is overturned. please avoid the area. now let's head up to westbound i-70 at route 144, that's east patrick street. had all of those westbound lanes blocked. guess what, that crash is clear. those lanes are open. now let's check up on i-270. not seeing any issues. in fact, a live look traveling in gaithersburg past shady grove, in fact, southbound travel lanes are open. you see very light volume. no accidents as you connect to the beltway. taking the rails, not seeing any reported delays along the metro, marc, and vre. aaron, over to you. >> thank you. it may take you a little longer than usual to get around town on metro this weekend. trains will not run between east falls church and west falls church on the orange line. that's because of silver line construction. you'll have to take a bus between the stations.
there's also track work on the blue, red, and green lines. here's a reason to skip the trip to the car wash. >> there is an artist in canada whose canvas is a dirty windshield. his name is scott wade. he earned the nickname the da vinci of dust. check out what he can do with a dirty car. pretty fancy artwork. he's created seven motorized masterpieces that are part of an exhibit in canada. >> nobody can resist walking up and writing, "wash me" or drawing a smiley face on the rear window of a dirty car. >> wade's art show will be held, where else, a former garage. unfortunately, though, his artwork doesn't last very long. the cars are on loan it him and will be washed when the exhibit is over. coca-cola is fighting back against new york city mayor michael bloomberg over his proposed ban on large sodas. the world's largest soft drink maker says there's no scientific evidence that connects sugary drinks to obesity. coke says the amount of sugar
americans drink is on the decline as obesity is on the rise the last decade. many nutritionists question where coke got its numbers. last week, bloomberg proposed limiting sodas and sugary drinks to 16 ounces in the city. when your kid's little league team or pta needs to make money, they hold a bake sale. makes sense. astronomer, not so different. they'll be ditching the help for the kitchen this week and try to save a nasa planetary science project. they're holding a planetary exploration car wash and bake sale to try to convince lawmakers to save funding for the project. that sale will be held at more than 20 sites nationwide. organizers know that they won't make the millions or billions of dollars that they'll need to keep the program running. but they say they want to show that every dollar count. >> that's right. whatever it takes. >> bake sale. to go to space. all right. good luck. a restaurant owner in -- >> a lot of brownies. >> a restaurant owner in new hampshire is used to having people come back to enjoy his
delicious food. >> most of those customers are human. the italian restaurant has had a giant black bear stopping by for the past three nights. the owner has caught the bear picking through the garbage in his dumpsters and knows why. >> you hibernate in the woods all winter long. and you wake up to the smell of my meatballs and marinara sauce simmering. you're going to come down and hang out, too. >> he knows. luckily the bear has not threatened anyone yet. as long as you don't go after vito's meatballs, that is. however, he is warning customers to stay away from the back of the building. wise advice. >> let the bear have the dumpster there. give it to him. >> that's right. you know, who could blame the bear? you smell fresh meat, italian food. come on. after hibernating. >> i'm with you. >> ready to go. making me hungry, by the way. >> we've got cupcakes in the newsroom. letting you know. >> i'll be back. just give me a second. 5:57.