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women, fondling them and running away. the first time the pervert struck was earlier this month. a 26-year-old woman reported being groped by a man on monticello boulevard. on september 16th it happened again, this time to a 16-year- old girl on metropolitan center drive and just yesterday a 17- year-old girl was the latest victim on the 5900 block of irving street. >> all the situations seem to match. it was a young woman alone and was grabbed suddenly from behind, didn't see anybody approaching or hear anything. >> reporter: here's what makes these attacks so bold. police say in all the cases the victims have not been distracted. they say none of them had been talking on their phones or lunching to music. >> it is very -- listening to music. >> it is very concerning to the victims and the neighborhood. >> reporter: in all these cases the description of the creep is the same, about 5' feet tall, latino or asian and always wears a plain red baseball cap. police are looking to nab the
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serial fondler. women are on heightened alert. >> watch my surroundings and know who is around me at all times. it's sad to do that such thing, but i guess we have to be careful. >> reporter: none of the women in these cases have been hurt according to police, but investigators do believe there are other women out there who may have also been victimized who just have not come forward. if you are out there, police want to talk to you and hear your account of what's going on. if you have any information on this guy who is going around doing this, police want to talk to you. ken molestina, 9 news now. >> let's hope they get that crucial piece of information. thank you, kenny. an animal cruelty trial involving the director of the reston zoo in fairfax county is underway and peggy fox has been in court with it all day. she joins us live from fairfax. what happened on day one, peggy? >> reporter: tell you, what this trial has gone on nonstop. right now it's still going on with their 15 witness.
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we aren't sure if it will wrap up today. a lot of people are very concerned because the practices of the reston zoo today are under fire in this animal cruelty case. the defendant is megan mogenson, the zoo's director. her father is the owner of the reston zoo. his daughter is charged with animal cruelty in the death of a wallaby, a wallaby named parmesan. we found some youtube videos of other wallabies to show you what they look like. january 26th parmesan was found with a ruptured eye. megan called her father to see what to do and he apparently told her to euthanize the animal. she told police she euthanized the wallaby humanely by injection, but police say she drowned the animal. the responding police officer found the dead wallaby soaking wet and the medical examiner who did the necropsy on
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parmesan found no drugs on the body and no injection point. she did find blood in the lungs which is consistent with drowning. the examiner said the wallaby had no other major medical issues and the for that eye problem. a whistleblower named ashley rude is the one who called police. she was the curator of the zoo at this time and she called police moments after she found that webody. ashley rude said on the witness stand today she was extremely upset and told megan i think you and your father are sick, sadistic people and i am not going to have any part of it any longer. megan mogenson is also charged with possession of controlled substances and those would be the euthanasia drugs. this trial is still going on. if we have a conclusion, i'll bring it right back to you. peggy fox reporting live. we'll take a live look outside even as we speak, a lot of clouds, a lot of gray. topper shutt joins us now from the weather terrace. some showers coming our way
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tonight perhaps? >> i'm afraid so. right now we just have clouds. it's dry in the northwest. if you're headed to a high school football game tonight or going to dinner, bring an umbrella. the farther north, the betterness that of staying dry. let's start with radar. we see shamble everything is generally light. we -- see some showers. everything is generally light. you can see the light activity almost at the 66 now almost to warrenton, heavier activity in southern maryland by far and away. if you have a football game in southern maryland, it's going to be wet tonight. we'll zoom in a little bit and notice the activity is a little heavier a little closer to fairfax and manassas. so this will move through pretty much at the height of the high school football games. tonight cloudy, cooler, rain showers and thunderstorms south, lows 54 to 62. we will come back and talk about the weekend. we've cleaned it up a little bit. you might like it. >> that sounds good. for the first time in 20 months d.c. police will be using breathalyzers to find
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drunk drivers. the instruments were pulled off the streets because they were incorrectly calibrated and gave false results. hundreds were cases were thrown out of court, but thanks to new machines with new software police will be out in force tonight. >> it's a good tool. it will give an immediate result, an appraisal of someone's bac. it is a chemical test that is viable and evidentiary that can be taken into court and used in prosecution. >> along with the new breathalyzers come tougher penalties for drinking and of driving in the district. first time offenders face fines up to $1,000.180 days in jail. if you are kick thed of having a blood alcohol content -- convicted of having a blood alcohol content of .20 or greater, you are required to spend at least 10 days in jail. apple is apologizing for its company map app. customers have complained that apple maps are either off target or incomplete.
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ceo tim cook says apple engineers will continue working nonstop on the issues. in the meantime he suggested that you use something else like map quest, bing and even, yeah, google. a 61-year-old mystery deepens tonight. turns out that a painting by impressionist renoir that was supposed to go on auction this weekend at an alexandria art gallery was stolen. so tonight that painting is locked in a safe and andrea mccarren is on this caper live from alexandria. well, lesli, this isthe kind of find we all dream about, a virginia woman goes to a west virginia flea market and buys a box of stuff. she was actually interested in a paul bunyon doll and a plastic cow inside that box. she ended up with a renoir. >> she brought it in in a white garbage bag. >> reporter: this small painting has a colorful history.
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painted in 1879, landscape on the river seine is an authentic renoir. >> she paid $7 for it and the painting we have estimated to sell at auction at 75,000 to 100,000. >> reporter: its new owner got the shock of her life. >> she was absolutely flabbergasted. we had to let her sit down and get her a coke. >> reporter: initially a gift from renoir to one of his favorite models. she sold it to a paris gallery who in turn sold it to an american businessman whose wife loaned it to the baltimore museum of art in 1931. >> we're all quite excited. it's not every day a renoir walks in the door. >> reporter: excitement turned to disappointment when just this week it was learned that renoir was stolen property, lifted from the walls of the baltimore museum in 1951. maryland resident steven virges thought he knew excitement as an actor in italy, but the frenzy over the renoir has made him take a second look at a painting he picked up in south
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america. >> i think it's probably edward munch and i picked it up in lima in the antique section of old town lie match. >> reporter: as for that renoir -- lima. >> reporter: as for that renoir, it's not clear who stole it and where it surfaced this summer. tonight the fbi is investigating the the -- investigating. the baltimore museum of art wants the renoir back and no word yet if the woman will get anything out of this deal. on another topic, it's raining here in alexandria. tell topper. >> thank you, andrea. fairfax county police on the hunt now for a crook who is stealing from some of the most vulnerable victims. the guy you see in this picture dresses up like a maintenanceman and then snatches purses and wallets from parents at doctors' offices throughout the mclean
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and falls church area. this fellow has struck at least seven times even stealing from cancer patients. d.c. police chief cathy lanier is defending her officers' response in that robbery and brutal beating of a young father. tc maslin was attacked six weeks ago in the eastern market neighborhood and his cell phone was taken. chief lanier says police did try to trace that phone, but the battery was dead and the sim card had been removed. once the phone was recovered, lanier says police needed a court order to obtain additional records from the service provider which could have led perhaps to the capture of the suspects a little earlier. milt peterson's mom and dad were so devout they didn't drink orgasm, but now the fairfax county developer is one of the biggest advocates of casino gambling in maryland and our bruce leshan is here to tell us why. >> well, money. isn't everything about money? >> a lot of it is. >> it's money that this developer says is leaving maryland going off to west virginia, money that he hopes
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could be spent here in maryland at his dream project, national harbor in prince george's. you're like joe biden. you're one of these -- spend a few minutes with milt peterson. >> i am very blunt. >> reporter: and the 76-year- old is likely to grab you by the shoulders and try to sell you on his dreams. you obviously are fairly wealthy. >> i'm doing all right. for an old guy. >>eporter: peterson's biggest dream was national harbor, a $2 billion gamble on shops, hotels, condos and office space next to the wilson bridge in prince george's. >> the timing was about as bad as you could have. >> reporter: his dream opened just as the economy crashed. office space went unfilled. disney pulled out. >> a new world class resort casino. >> reporter: but now peterson has a plan to fix. >> is in a resort. this isn't just a casino. along with the upscale
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restaurants and the upscale retail is another ammenity called a casino. >> why did politicians negotiate with out of state casino operators in secret? >> reporter: peterson's casino dreams have faced a furious onslaught funded in large part by penn national which makes millions on casinos in west virginia and pennsylvania. >> but we've heard those empty claims before. >> good paying jobs. >> reporter: cesar's and mgm and peterson have responded with a barrage of ads of their own. >> we have a demand from the city here. >> reporter: peterson hopes to build on empty land by the beltway, figures most customs will come from virginia and that millions will flow to maryland taxpayers. not just from poor people who play slots, but from wealthy folks like him. >> i gamble, but i sure don't pull slots. >> reporter: now the anti- casino ads are sure right about one thing. the estimates for slot revenues
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were way overblown, but peterson says his resort will be like something out of las vegas, a good deal for him and he says for maryland taxpayers. >> now what about the voters? what are the polls showing? >> there was a gonzalez poll just finished of maryland voters and it actually looked pretty evenly split like 45-44 with about 9% undecided. so it's right down the middle, but they're spending as much money on these ads, both sides and the casinos, more than they spent in the governor's race. that's how big of deal this is. >> a lot riding on it and like you said, money the key thing. back to you guys. still ahead on 9news, the dangers of sexting, how one mistake is leaving a woman with lifelong consequences. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the white house, coming up mitt romney trying to slow the president's surge in pennsylvania.
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>> coaches for a youth football league accused tonight of offering players cash to injure players from opposing teams. we'll tell you what's going on.
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investigators came up empty today in their quest to close
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the case of jimmy hoffa's disappearance. detectives dug around the house in the detroit area this morning but found no evidence of human remains. a witness says he saw a body buried at that location 35 years ago, the same night the teamsters boss disappeared. remember the nfl's bounty gate scandal? now a kids league is facing similar allegations. >> coaches for a pop warner football team in orange county, california are accused of offering 10 and 11-year-old players cash in exchange for knocking opponents out of games. tonight the league president and head coach of the peewee red cobras were suspended, but the head coach insists the claims are nonsense. >> did you ever suggest or pay for a player to hurt a player on another team? >> absolutely not. i think that they're trumped up charges. i think john sinelli made up these charges in his head and wrote them on paper and submitted them i believe to
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national pop warner. nothing like that ever happened on my team. >> i've been a team mom for him for two of those four years, so i'm not what you would consider a casual bystander on the sidelines. i was at practices, the games and never once heard anything mentioned in the nature of any kind of bounty. >> other parents say the allegations are true and claim one young player suffered a mild concussion as a result of these bounties. six weeks to go before election day and the presidential candidates still working to raise enough cash to pull it off each using a good chunk of today for fundraising before they hunker down to prepare for that big debate next week. danielle nottingham has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: derek, recent polls show the president with a double digit lead in pennsylvania. mitt romney traveled to the state friday to try to close that gap. for the first time in nearly two months mitt romney took his campaign to pennsylvania. recent polls give president
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obama a comfortable lead in the state, something romney discussed with campaign donors. >> we really would shock people if early in the evening of november 6th it looked like pennsylvania was going to come our way. >> reporter: romney is loading up on campaign cash in pennsylvania and massachusetts. >> the next president of the united states, mitt romney. >> reporter: but he also spoke to supporters at valley forge military academy. he slammed the president on taxes. >> he wants to raise the income tax. i don't want to raise taxes on the american people, not when our economy is in the kind of trouble it's in. i will not raise taxes on middle income americans. >> reporter: the president stayed close to the white house with three fundraisers. he's expected to pull in almost 2 1/2 million to make his cases to voters, but some have -- case to voters, but some have already cast their ballots. most watching say early voting faves the president because of his grassroots -- favors the president because of his
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grassroots organizations. early voting started thursday in iowa. first lady michelle obama headed to the battleground state to help get out the vote. thursday in virginia another key battle ground, the president hit romney on the economy. >> we don't need to double down on the same trickle down policies that got us into this mess in the first place. >> reporter: both candidates will use the weekend to prepare for next week's debate. the boston globe is reporting romney will rake in about $7.5 million from one of his fundraisers in massachusetts tonight. at the white house danielle nottingham, derek, back to you. >> thank you. we are following some breaking news in the trial of that reston zoo director. peggy fox is there live with the latest. peggy. >> reporter: derek, we have two guilty vetsfor megan mogenson, director of the reston zoo found guilty today of animal cruelty and possession of a controlled
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substance. the animal cruelty charge relates to the death of a wallaby that was apparently drowned at the zoo and then the other charge is a drug charge and it relates to possession of a euthanasia drug which she did not have a permit for. on the animal cruelty charge she received a sentence of a $1,000 fine, 360 days, 330 suspended. she will spend 30 days in jail. for the drug charge another $250 fine and her license is suspended. she will have to surrender that. big news here in fairfax county, the reston zoo being a very popular place and how this all came about was that the curator of the zoo saw the wet wallaby and knew right then that the director had drowned it. she was extremely upset. she called police. she quit her job right then and she was basically the whistleblower that saw this trial and testified. i'm peggy fox reporting live.
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derek, back to you. >> humid today a little bit. i was walk out on wisconsin avenue and i was like oh, could use some short sleeves. >> in january when your skin is dry and peeling you'll go where is the humidity? it was a little humid and uncomfortable, but we're getting to the last days of that. temperatures hit upper 70s, near 80 in most spot. we'll take a live look outside, our live weather cam brought to you by michael and son. we have the clouds in place. the rain is to the south. temperature 76, dew point mid- to upper 50s, not crazy humid, gone down a little, and wind northwest at 12, pressure starting to recover now kind of low, 29.98 inches of mercury. here's a look at the radar and lightning. notice this does not have the lightning that the storms had last night, a little lightning northern neck around leonardtown, southern maryland down toward richmond. this what is we're watching, an area of showers training west to east, nothing crazy heavy, but if you're headed to a
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football game tonight, bring an umbrella, maybe even a poncho if you are south of town. in frederick you might stay dry, but south of 66 and certainly down 95 in between d.c. and fredericksburg down towards stafford it's going to be wet and wet also around la plata as well into southern maryland and lighter activity is creeping up to the west around warrenton, culpeper and back into the shenandoah valley. not a power packed system but enough to make friday night damp. poncho to the high school football game not a bad idea, saturday improving, sunday a little unsettled and you will probably need to locate your umbrella for monday, not so much in the morning but the afternoon. our futurecast, you can see most of the activity gaithersburg south, so again clouds in frederick and hagerstown probably staying dry tonight. for the most part it's light to moderate shower activity. it goes through quickly. may see one more thunderstorm across the northern neck and that is about it. then we clear out nicely. goes across the bay.
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we get some breaks in the clouds tomorrow morning. they stay with us in the afternoon. weave taken the chance of a shower out of the forecast for saturday, kind of cleaned it up. cloudy, cooler tonight, rain and showers, a few thunderstorms south, lows 54 to 62, winds turning northerly 5 to 10 of the saturday morning becoming partly sunny, cool, may have low clouds and fog. you'll need your sunglasses ultimately, 50s and 60s and by afternoon perfectly respectable day, maybe not quite as chamber of commerce as it was last saturday, but partly sunny and mild, highs near 75, winds out of the northeast at 10. next three days code green for saturday, sunday and monday, mild saturday, 73, a few showers sunday primarily in the afternoon, keep most of your tee times certainly in the morning. then monday the morning commute probably dry, evening commute not so much, rain and showers develop. next seven days we're looking at leftover showers tuesday and it will warm up again, low 80s
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on tuesday, 85 on wednesday, maybe a thunderstorm on wednesday, 80 thursday, back to a little bit of fall reality, temperatures friday will hold only in the upper 60s to near 70. >> fall is coming back. >> oh, yeah. still ahead why didn't police do more to stop the man accused of going on a deadly shooting spree at that colorado movie theater? we've got newly released court documents, what they say coming up. >> plus did google maps catch a ufo on its streets maps program? >> unlikely. weeks of this campaign... and more ads. you, in your living room or... what i'd say. losing nearly eight hundred... mired in iraq. nation we are... moving forward again. get folks back to work and... again. that with even bigger... fewer regulations... prosper. on the same trickle-down... in the first place. so what's my plan? manufacturing jobs... exports... that... ship jobs overseas. in half and produce more... clean coal, natural gas... solar, and biofuels. efficiency of cars and trucks. maintain the best workforce... hundred thousand additional... training two million... they need at our community... tuition in half and... americans can afford it. reduce our deficit by... next decade, on top of the... already cut. little more. afghanistan... pay down our debt and... nation-building... right here at home. patriotism, rooted in the... begins with a strong... thriving middle class. read my plan. and decide for yourself. thanks for listening. this message.
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if you look at it hard enough, you can find some strange sites on google map street view. a woman used street view for directions to jacksonville, texas and she found what you see right there, that thing right there whatever it is. she thinks it's a ufo. of course, it could just be sun glare maybe. a similar image can reportedly be found near a casino in new mexico. both are near a mcdonald's. it's a big mac. >> i've got jesus in an oil
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stain in my driveway. still ahead -- >> do you really because that's a new story? >> no, i don't. still ahead how a unique website turned a struggling 1st grade teacher into a big time millionaire. >> plus a man who calls himself an agent of the holy spirit says he has good reason to steal the documents from the pope. his trial starts this weekend. >> right after the break why the impulsive act of sexting could have lifelong consequences. [ harry umlaut ] here we go. [ sally umlaut ] what? the five stages of muller. ah yes... stage one: suspicion. "it's a yogurt, how good can it be?" stage two: revision. "actually, this ain't bad." stage three: surprise! "look at this cool cornery thing! i love this stuff!!" stage four: desolation. "it's gone!" stage five: anticipation "i guess i could always have another"... "have you been through the five stages of muller yet?" "yeah, just now." [ male announcer ] muller. the european for yummy.
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in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years.
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they asked for a face shot and the next question will be can i have a full body shot? >> right now you probably not what sexting is. it's sending racy or nude pictures via text. >> a young woman tells our mike hydek how one picture is having consequences for her. >> it was full body and i wish to this day i hadn't sent it because it changes everything. >> this girl says a bitter ex- boyfriend shared her sexting photos with other students after a breakup. the shame and embarrassment led to a severe depression. >> i have tried cutting myself several times. i tried choking myself to make myself pass out and keep it there and just die. >> on the streets teens say
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sexting is a bigger problem than parents and authorities know. >> the fact that you think i'm going to lower myself and give that to you. >> they ask for a face shot and the next question will be can i have a full body shot? >> recently university of texas researchers surveyed 1,000 high school students. 30% admitted to texting nude photos of themselves. that's nearly one in three. 60% of those surveyed say they were pressured to send out those kind of photos, most of them girls. we wanted to see just how many cases of sexting have been reported in our area. so we spent days breaking down the numbers from prosecutors, police and school officials. prince george's county handled three cases over the last two years. in loudoun county it was five and in montgomery county police tell us they sometimes handle three a month. >> it's a tragic mistake by a young individual. >> one of the most well known cases was at bethesda's pile middle school in april, 2010.
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at the time police say 7th and 8th grade boys were caught selling nude photos of female students for between 3 and $15 apiece. >> i don't want to hear that news at all. >> in other counties and the district they say they either don't keep track or have no data, but prosecutors' offices in all those areas tell 9 wants to know most sexting cases never go to court. young suspects routinely avoid criminal charges after taking some educational diverse classes. >> once the picture is out there it's always out there. >> but our victim wants young people to remember that consequences of sexting can't be deleted. >> i missed my junior and senior prom because i didn't want to be around anybody because of everything that had happened. it's hard when i get close to someone. i want to push them away and i don't want to be close. i don't want them to know my deepest darkest secret. >> mike hydek, 9news.
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>> local police tell us one of the new trends has been dubbed sextortion. for example, johnny tells mary to continue sending nude photos of herself. if she doesn't want to, johnny threatens to post the pictures he has on social media. it may involve demands for sexual acts or money. newly released court documents raising serious questions as to why the university of colorado cops did not report james holmes to outside authorities. the suspect remains behind bars facing 152 charges in the shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 others. more from randall pinkston in new york. >> reporter: court documents confirm shooting suspect james holmes threatened a colorado university professor before his rampage. prosecutors say the university then banned the neuroscience grad student from campus, but defense attorneys say not so. they say holmes had already begun the process of with drawing from school and that's why his campus key card had been deactivated. the newly released court
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documents are filled blacked out names and entire pages to protect witnesses and holmes' right to a fair trial but offer a peek into the legal proceedings that have gone on since the mass killing at this colorado movie theater in july. holmes is also known to have mailed a notebook to a university psychiatrist describing a violent attack. the defense says the notebook is protected under doctor/patient privilege and does not want it used as evidence, but prosecutors argue there is no privilege because the doctor/patient relationship ended weeks before the attack. still they've decided not to push the issue because they feel the defense will have to breach the doctor/patient privilege themselves if they try to prove holmes is mentally ill. holmes has not offered a plea yet. >> the court has ruled it will not release an arrest affidavit containing information about the investigation as well as requests for search warrants and subpoenas. this weekend pope benedict's former butler goes on trial accused of stealing
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letters from the pontiff and leaking them to the italian media. he admits doing it but said it was done as an agent of the holy spirit to help clean up corruption within the catholic church. some think other powerful people are involved in what's being called the biggest breach in recent vatican history. >> i can't find anyone that really believes that the pope's butler is solely responsible, that he concocted this scheme of stealing papers of the pope. >> pope benedict has the power to free the man he affectionately calls little paul. it's widely believed the pontiff will offer his forgiveness and pardon. a once struggling teacher is now raking in big bucks thanks to a unique website. >> like probably 90% of the teachers in america i was juggling bills like i can pay the electricity this week and have seven more days before they turn off the water. >> after years of living paycheck to paycheck deanna
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jones started selling her wonderfully created lesson plans online. it's a site called teachers pay teachers. at five to eight bucks a pop. she made 300 bucks her first year, but word soon spread about jump's imaginative lessons. she's now made more than a million buck. now that is good stuff. coming up not all the banks have fallen out of the good graces of customers. we'll tell you the ones money magazine says are the best when it comes to perks and fees. >> we've got a pollen reading before yesterday's showers and storms moved in. everything is low, trees, grasses, weed. mold spores are now in the medium range. we'll come back, track showers and a few storms and tell you what that means for your friday night plans. >> putting the spot plight on some of the area's filthiest dining establishments, it's food alert time. be ready to get grossed out. >> don't forget we're always on
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at stay with us. we'll be right back. krystal conwell : we see a lot of problems with the... number of students that we have. resources. materials. things that the children need... on a day-to-day basis. anncr: question seven will help. the department of legislative services says question seven... will mean hundreds of millions of dollars... for schools...from gaming revenues that would have...
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gone to other states. and independent audits will guarantee the money... goes where it's supposed to. krystal conwell: i think people should vote for question... seven because i think it will be a great benefit to children.
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yeah, andrea, congratulations in order for our very own andrea mccarren
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and photographer dave satchell. actually that's our news director with andrea. nonetheless mothers against drunken driving honored andrea with a 2012madd media recognition reward. andrea had a series of reports on teen-age drinking which shown the light on the problem and led to the conviction of a liquor store owner who was selling booze to kids. >> we are so proud of them, absolutely, congrats. well, we may have soured on some banks, but these financial institutions did make money magazine 's best banks list. u.s. bank came out on top for its basic checking account and low direct deposit minimum balance. the second spot went to td bank for not charging a fee to use an out of network atm or foreign transaction fees on debits and huntington bank for citizens and m&t banks round out the top five. american airlines pilot union may fine itself in court. their job -- find itself in
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court. their job action isn't coming to an end soon. the airline accuses them of filing maintenance complaints to cause flight delays and cancellations. the union says it has not called for a slowdown, but americans are not happy about the decision to use the bankruptcy decision to impose new work and pay rule. the ever expanding recall for peanut butter and almond butter recall, harry and david is pulling crunchy almond and peanut butter, creamy banana peanut spread and creamy raspberry peanut spread and others from sale as the wider investigation goes on for the source of the salmonella outbreak. a survey by the national retail federation says we are not spooked to shell out lots of money for halloween this year. seven in 10 of us say they plan to spend pretty much a lot of
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money next month. it's estimated halloween sales on costumes, decorations and candy will surge to $8 billion. >> that's a lot. >> we'll be working. right after the break investigative reporter russ ptacek is at it again blowing the whistle on restaurant violators all over the d.c. metro area. too many americans are struggling to find work
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in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years.
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what do you do when your best known menu item is infested and investigative reporter russ ptacek knocks on your door? >> tonight food alert closures are in d.c., prince george's and montgomery counties. >> reporter: i've got to be honest with you. the toughest part of this job is holding people accountable especially when they're so darn nice they win you over. you're about to meet one of those people and learn about his special ingredient tola and a little infestation. amara sumah in his shaw neighborhood restaurant is proud of his signature dish tola. >> reporter: what's it taste like? >> very good. you have to come and try.
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>> inspectors did not. his is one of four restaurants temporarily closed the week of september 14th. >> reporter: the health department report an infestation inside of something called tola. this is tola. >> this is tola here, yes. >> reporter: how do you serve that? >> this has to be cooked. it's not served like this. >> he says it's a west african nut crushed into a powder for an okra flavored sauce. inspectors should him down saying he was infested with insects. he's been dishing out west african fare which rates four or five star reviews online. >> i'm proud of this. >> reporter: you've had a lot of problems here. how did it get to the point where the health department found roaches and infestation inside your signature tola? >> well, just by things like that happen, you know, small business person. >> he's since thrown out that tola, scrubbed the stainless
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steel, reglued the drains. >> we have to bomb the whole place. >> reporter: the exterminator bombed this entire area. >> bombed the whole restaurant. >> reporter: this isn't even a restaurant. it's cartel books on indian head on oxon hill. it was shut down for selling food without a license. we told you restaurants are required to have somebody on duty trained and certified in food safety. that was the problem here in columbia heights and as is often the case, when inspectors find that problem, they often find other violations, too. reports show this restaurant on 14th street northwest was warned about this twice in earlier inspections this year along with a worker not washing hands, food on the floor and food at potentially dangerous temperatures. now a closure in germantown at hunan on copper road. one of the issues they had was flies and here we see a fly. we're not seeing any mice. >> that was the only fly we saw
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when they invited us in after an extensive clean-up. they were shut down due to excessive flies, a trapped dead mouse and rodent feces. back at amara sumah, more cleaning and good results. the good news is we look down and see no cockroaches and your specialty menu item no longer has an infestation. >> no. not at all. >> all the eateries cleaned up and are back in business. if you know of health risk, corruption or government waste, e-mail me at tips at i'm russ ptacek, 9news. >> there's only one kind of good infestation. that's a topper shutt infestation. >> that's the nicest thing i've been called all day. we have some showers to the south and remember those big
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thunderstorms last night? >> yes. >> a lot of lightning. check this out. watch the veins come out in bethesda taken by an editor's son. pretty darn cool. >> is that time lapsed or happening realtime? >> no. that actually is realtime. it might have been slowed down for you, but it was taken in realtime. we had a great picture on facebook yesterday of lightning in centreville. outside we're looking at clouds brought to you by michael and son. temperatures after a high of 81 still 75. dew points are going down which is kind of good. winds have turned northwesterly at night. the front is about through us. here's a look at radar. most of the activity is kind of 66, 50 southward, more activity to the west and also sinking to the south. if you're going to see a high school football game in frederick tonight, you'll be dry. in stafford take an umbrella or even in la plata or anywhere south of town take an umbrella.
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heavier activity is popping up around culpeper, primarily light activity in the greens, heavy activity towards the northern neck that will be offshore shortly. damp friday night, poncho friday night football, especially south of town. saturday is removing. sunday is a bit unsettled. you will need an umbrella monday, not so much for the morning, but probably as you come home. futurecast, we'll put this into motion. most of the activity slides kind of to the south, maybe gets to rockville. maybe you can see a spring until gaithersburg. by and large, everything is south of town and across into prince george's county, eventually down into st. mary's county, calvert county and across the bay. then of that we clear out pretty quick -- after that we clear out pretty quickly. overnight we'll have a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow and a very nice saturday overall. tonight cloudy, cooler, rain, showers and thunderstorms south, lows 54 to 62. winds turn northerly at 5 to 10. tomorrow skies return partly
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sunny, cool. we may have early morning fog again, 50s and 60s. you'll need your sunglasses. by afternoon partly sunny, mild, highs near 75 which is about average this time of year, winds out of the northeast at 10. next three days keep it code green. why not? mild tomorrow, dry, 73. a few showers sunday primarily late in the day. so the bulk of sunday is fine, 74. then there's your rain late monday, temperature also 74. next seven days, tuesday we're looking at temperatures back into the low 80s with a shower, maybe a thunderstorm wednesday. we're back to the mid-80s. today is our third day of 80s in a row. then 80 thursday, back to fall weather friday, feel kind of nice, partly cloudy, temperatures near 70. >> that's good stuff. >> good football weather. if you find yourself out near alexandria, virginia, stop by casey williams high school and catch a football game. trust me. you're going to see something very rare. in fact, it's never happened in
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school history. kristen berset has that story in this week's high school profile. >> it's just something i always did. >> reporter: that something is football, not touch or flag but full out tackle football. tiffany parson is a varsity wide receiver at tc williams in alexandria and yes, she's a girl playing with the boys. >> i'm used to always playing rough with my older brothers. so playing rough out here is just like just another day. >> reporter: tiffany started with the titans four years ago as the first girl ever to join the program. >> i remember going into the coach's office trying to turn in my paperwork and he just laughed. he thought i was joking. >> tiffany hung around, said she was going to play football. she's been hanging around for four years. >> it's no different than the guys than they are with her. >> reporter: earlier this month tiffany got a chance to prove she deserves to be on this team. during the titans game against wakefield on this field
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tiffany's number was called and she came through making her the first female in school history to catch a pass during a game. >> they said they were going to run a screen to me and i was like really? and i was like i have to catch the ball like i can't fumble. >> it was exciting. i was just hoping for the minor things and she just caught the ball. >> it felt like that was the hardest hit of the night when they hit her, that they took a little extra care in making sure that she felt it. >> it's just one of those things like i get hit and i get back up and i continue on playing the game. everybody else gets hit and they get back up. so why not me? >> reporter: tiffany knows she'll never be a starter. >> i really want to score a touchdown. >> reporter: but she hopes this journey inspires others. >> no matter how hard it seems, you really want it, i think you can do it. >> reporter: words of a true champ, kristen berset, 9 sports. >> thanks a lot. look at this. i'm here with all these redskins fans right here.
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game on. >> game on. >> i'm promoting the show. i'm not doing a miles davis, okay? >> big game on weekend this weekend, georgia/tennessee, the redskins game sunday and a couple specials saturday and sunday. we're going to bring it. >> saturday night show at? >> 7:00 and sunday at 5:00. coming up on 9 news now arnold schwarzenegger's first interview since his affair with a family housekeeper was revealed. he talks about the pain he caused his family. we'll have a preview of his 60 minutes appearance. >> and a tycoon offers tens of millions of dollars to find his daughter a husband. lots of supply there, apparently not much demand. >> plus a new treatment for multiple sclerosis, important news ahead in this evening's health alert for thousands and thousands of people.
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234 tonight's health alert
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we're talk -- in tonight's health alert we're talking about a new treatment for multiple sclerosis. ms affects nearly 400,000 americans and usually hits adults in the rule of their lives. that's why there's such high hopes for a promising new drugs. as an electrician 49-year-old steven o'malley depend osgood vision, but seven years -- depends on good vision, but seven years ago things suddenly began to go dark. >> i was scared to death. i went to work at 6:00 in the evening and was completely blind in one eye six hours later. >> reporter: the cleveland father of two was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. ms is a neurological disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, usually getting worse over time leaving many patients greatly disabled. while there's no cure for ms, there are effective treatments. kate lodge gets monthly infusions requiring a two-hour hospital visit, but there are scary potential side effects including fatal brain infections. >> the symptoms of the brain
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infection can mirror the symptoms of ms. so you can't know and so you go into a panic mode. >> what we've needed in ms treatment is the ideal combination of very effective therapy, well tolerated and safe. >> and now that therapy may finally be here in an easy to take pill form. dr. robert fox is a medical director at cleveland clinic's melon center for ms. fox led clinical trials of bg12 which seems to stop the disorder in its tracks. the research involved more than 2,000 patients from around the world who were followed two years. patients on bg12 had about a 50% reduction in relapses. >> don't have a cure yet, but we have gotten that much closer to getting good control of this disease. >> as for steven o'malley, he hasn't had a single ms episode since going on the drug. some of his vision has returned and he has high hopes for the future. >> you'd have to characterize it as a miracle.
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i feel healthier today than i felt seven years ago when i got diagnosed. >> researchers hope bg12 will quickly gain fda approval. this is 9 news now. the verdict is in and it is guilty for the director of the reston zoo accused of cruelty in the death of one of the zoo animals, that verdict against meghan mogensen was returned a few minutes ago and we head out to the courthouse where peggy fox has been listening to the parade of witnesses all day long. >> reporter: that's right. about 15 witnesses all called by the prosecution and the end was less than an hour ago. 26-year-old meghan mogensen guilty of an ma mall cruelty and poe -- animal cruelty and the possession of a controlled substance. mogensen was sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined $1,250 told to surrender her driver's license. the charges


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