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"news 4 today" starts w. well, take a look at the radar. it's the blob. it's pouring rain in most of our viewing area. we're tracking the rain finding out when it's going to end. good morning and welcome to "news 4 today." on this sunday morning i'm adam tuss. >> i'm kristen wright. sunday, july 27th. today is a weather alert day. we're going to get straight to storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. what can we expect, chuck? >> good morning, kristen and adam. it's indeed a cloudy start and rain over the 95 corridor. it's going to be a slippery wet go out the door this morning. take a look at it on storm team 4 radar. it is a weather alert day today.
not so much for the round of rain showers and thunderstorms this morning b later on today what time we're watching out for. much later on, late afternoon into early evening there will be a substantial severe weather threat today. first round of rain not severe this morning but getting everything very, very wet for your early morning plans out to sunday morning service, heaviest of the rain along i-95 down to the south of town. this is going right acro quantco and fredericksburg and into parts of southern maryland. the back end starting to move into the northern parts of the metro. temperatures are rain cooled but in the low to mid 70s. rain and thunder the next hour or so, rain ending between about 8:00 and 9:00, breaks of sunshine before lunch, and then things get very, very interesting by later on today. severe weather threat is quite high. we'll detail the timing and type coming up in a few minutes. back to you. >> thanks, chuck. you'll be on top of it all day. new this morning a federal judge ruled the district's ban on carrying guns in public is
unconstitutional. in other word d.c. police now can't enforce that law. the ruling also allows non-d.c. residents to carry guns in the city. before the decision if you owned a gun in the district you had to keep it inside your home. no word on whether the district attorney's -- the district's attorney general will appe the decision. in 2008, the supreme court struck down d.c.'s gun ownership ban saying it violated the second amendment. this morning an uber driver is charged with sexually assaulting one of his passengers. police say 31-year-old reshad chakari turned himself in. according to the police report, his passenger was sleeping when chakari touched her and tried to take off her clothes. >> the charge involves basically touching. >> is he locked up? what's the status? >> he was arraigned in court and is being held at this time. >> this is the second time an uber driver has been charged with sexual assault inur area. the charges in the prevus case
were dropped. a family is grieving for a fairfax county woman found dead. 62-year-old mary gibson was last seen walking her dog friday afternoon. she never came back home and police soon brought out dogs and air units to find her. they discovered her body in a wooded area about a half mile from her home. gibson was from the springfield area. we're working to figure out what led to a murder in congress heights. d.c. police say someone shot 25-year-old anthony williams several times. his body was found just after midnight yesterday on savannah street near martin luther king boulevard. no arrests and police are not releasing a motive for the shooting. >> a situation in libya continues to deteriorate this morning. heavy fighting in tripoli has shut down the u.s. embassy there. more than 150 staffers were escorted out of the country this weekend by ground troops and u.s. fighter jets overhead. nbc's white house correspde kristen lk rorts >> reporter: the u.s. embassy was caught in the middle of
intense fighting between rival militias prompting the americans to be evacuated. secretary of state john kerry in paris on a diplomatic mission. >> it is because of the free-wheeling militia violence that is taking place in tripoli presents a very risk to our personnel. >> reporter: it took about five hours for a caravan of 158 u.s. embassy personnel, including 80 heavily armed u.s. marine guards, to cross into tunisia about 100 miles away. they left the embassy compound in suvs and busses. jim miklaszewski reports fighter jets and unmanned drones into over the group. dozens of marines were in the air positioned nearby to respond to any threat. once safely in tunisia the airliners at a civilian airport. >> we had over 80 marines there on the ground to defend this
particular facility. if you contrast it with the situation in benghazi, there we didn't really have protection for the consulate. >> reporter: since then, security has been stepped up in high-risk areas, but the violence racking libya now underscores how unstable the region is in the wake of the revolution that led to t ouster of its long-time leader in 2011. >> since the fall of moammar mm d libya has been dominated by competing militias and those militias are looking to gain power. >> reporter: kristen welker, nbc news. a major story in the week ahead. tomorrow bob mcdonnell goes on trial. prosecutors say the former virginia governor accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts in exchange for political aid. former first lady maurn mcdonnell is facing charge. follow @juliecarey on nbc twitter as we bring you the
developments in this case. can you believe it you can hop on metro's silver line from one end of our region to the other. it's a story we've been following from the begin. we've been there to take the first ride on metro's newest line. >> reporter: before can take a ride you have to cut a ribbon. after that the silv li officially opened for business. glit yeez and polished huge crowds waiting to hop on board. the silver line pennant the keepsake item of the day, imagine being the train operator of the first train, detrick washington, getting ready for it all. at first it didn't dawn on me. this is real serious. i will do it. that's when the nervousness set in. >> reporter: a who's who of dignitaries shipped in. we caught up with the head of metro, rich sarles. >> we're walking in. >> yes, we are. >> did you think this was going to happen? >> jack potter and those have led us here. we knew we were going to get
here and we are here today, hundreds of customers waiting to get on the first train. it's just a wonderful day. words are hard to express how happy we are to get this moving. >> reporter: the crowds did come out in force. >> the coolest thing ever. here we are. we're on the silver li and the first train. >> reporter: was one of the first to go through the fair gate and get on the train. she lives within walking distance of the silver line now. >> we've been waiting for so long. my goodness. finally. >> reporteramoior most, but there were some hiccups at the tysons corner station, one trainover shot it marks on the platform by four car lengths. it had to reverse and delayed about ten minutes but for others like this family, just the thought they can now let someone else do the driving is what matters the most. >> this is awesome for me just to have the convenience and just have all of the around us. what i love living here with my family. >> reporter: no morit
the trains are here. >> stay with "news 4 today" as the silver line sees its first commute. i will be live from the silver line letting you know what you can expect and thatl starts at 4:26. i will be going to bed very soon. >> it is a big week for public transportation in our area. d.c. street cars will be more visible tomorrow in the district. for cars will be stationed along the new route from the h street corridor to union station. d-dot may begin testing the cars tomorrow after the rush hour is over. excellent job covering the silver line. >> thank you. it ly is a big deal. >> it's going to change our region so we'll see. time 6:08 on this sunday morning. >> you know what, before we know it it will be back to school time. how one group is helping those in need get ready to head back to class. >> today is the weather alert day. our storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell tracking our risk. when you can see thunderstorms in your area. stay with . without the internet i would probably be like a c student.
"news 4 today," your emmy award winning news cast. you may have started some early back-to-school shopping for your kids. one local church helps low-income families g tir kids ready for the classroom. yesterday the alfred street baptist church in alexandria handed out brand new coats and back packs filled with school supplies. this is something the church has done for years. more than 2,000 low-income families benefited from the giveaway. >> i'm very thankful. because it helps me out a whole lot. i don't have to worry about buying jackets, book bags and school supplies. everything is already inside the bag. >> the church also offered free health and wellness screenings as well as workshops to help parents and students deal with things like bullying and internet safety. good deal there. back-to-school always makes
me think of fall weather. >> you bet. >> uh-huh. >> but we don't have fall weather outside. >> no. it's a taste of fall coming our way later this week that's going to cause all the trouble today. just like a couple weeks ago when we had -- i keep saying the polar vortex, a buzzword people remember, the last shot of cool air came with the severe weather threat and this next one is coming with another severe weather threat today. so don't turn your back on mother nature toda as you make your plans to get outside today when you settle down at the camp ground or whatever, know where you'll go. that's my advice today for facing severe weather. if you'reoi tbeut know where the safe shelter is and how quickly you can get to it in case storms bubble up immediately on your backdoor step. things will change quickly later this afternoon. as of now there's the rain moving out. moderate rain showers to the south of washington first thing this morning. temperatures are generally in the 70s and you can see on storm team 4 radar moderate to heavy
rain south of town along i-95. most of the rain starti to taper back now inside the capital beltway. along route 1 south, i-95 towards wood bridge, quantto, dale city, all getting moderate to heavy. over the potomac into southern maryland. you folks, hughsville, leonard town, california, maryland, st. mary's county, be on the lookout. that moderate rain is not severe yet but that moderate rain is coming through. it's going to be a wet one. a couple rumbles of thunder in culpepper county. this is going to be over with by about 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 depending on how far north you are living right now. temperatures mid to upper 60s in the shenandoah valley. mid 70s downtown and bayside. beautiful early sunrise here in washington. 76 now with 76% humidity and a light west breeze. the impact on your day today from the weather will be moderate to potentially high later today. morning showers and thunderstorms not going to
bother us. severe storm potential ramps up after the 3:00 to 5:00 time frame. from the good folks at the storm prediction center, slight risk in the yellow and something we don't see much, a moderate risk for severe weather just on our western doorstep for today. any time you're that close to a moderate risk you need to go ahead and assume the worst weather could reach here. the timing of it, between about 3:00 this afternoon and midnight, the type, everything is in play today, hail, high wind, lightning, localized flash flooding and a significant tornado threat as well. know where you'll go as you make your plan outside today. download our storm team 4 weather app. it will give you radar in the palm of your hand and help keep you ahead of things. all our severe weather parameters are very high. this is an energized system to say the very least. so be very, very careful as you're on your way out the door later on this afternoon. seven-day forecast time, it is a weather alert day. that means frequent updates from
us not only on air but on-line and app as well. keep ahead of the storms today. the payoff pitch, arrives tomorrow when the cooler air starts to move in. tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, welcome to early september preview, everybody. it's going to be gorgeous this week, but tonight could be rough. >> big mix this week. >> big mix. >> thanks, chuck. >> you're welcome. >> next up "reporters notebook." a look at stories affecting our community. >> we're back in 15 minutes with more of the morning's to stories. >> good morning and welcome to "reporters notebook." i'm jim handly. a lot to get to today. let's start in maryland, where baretta gun maker usa for years in maryland is going down to tennessee for all of their manufacturing. this is in respoe to maryland's strict gun laws. is this more than a message? is it going to have an impact in any way? >> i was pretty clear from the way governor o'malley an the state legislature was going they have a pretty strong anti-gun record and it was sum mized
there could be problems if baretta could likely pack its bags and i think governor perry when he was pushing for jobs kind of angling to get them, he said something that finally got them to leave. i don't think it's a great surprise. the question is will it affect maryland's economy? the folks i' tketoe s d't tthk so. they weren't really counting on beretta for the bottom line. >> you know, this is unfortunate, 160 individuals and families that will be impacted directly, either have to move to keep their jobs or lose their jobs. we need to honor that. having said that, this is not much of a protest in my mind from baretta. they're using this -- governmental action as cover to do something they may have been preparing to do. >> yeah. >> moreover, we don't know if tennessee offered them inducements to come there. a variety of different things that need to be included here. and we have to also note that they're moving the manufacturing jobs. the administrative jobs are staying here in the state.
it's not much of a protest because if they were really serious they would ha ple them all out. it's important, it's useful but in the long run the state ought to be able to figure out a way to overcome the loss of 160 jobs. >> governor perry importuned them but didn't get them either. they went to tennessee. >> let us also keep in mind that as of since last june, the state of maryland has gained over 24,000 new jobs. so it's not as if it's to the an attractive state to do business in. so as you pointed out you lose 160 manufacturing jobs, you'll find ways to attract other jobs, states do it all the time, so i don't -- i think what will happen, of course, as we know, gun advocates will use this as an attack on second amendment as nothing to do with that. >> let me add quickly, there really is a political component to this, sort of electoral component to this. you know, the way our country is
lining up in my opinion, there are going to be a number of industries only going to set up in states that provide them the most economic inducement and more in line with their own sort of business operations. that's what we're seeing with this gun move. but you know, you know they're using the state's gun law to me as setting up a straw man to justify that which they probably were already going to do. >> speaking of politics and staying in maryland, this back and forth going on for a little more than a week now between governor o'malley and the white house over undocumented children coming into the country and what our role as a society is to house them until situations are worked out, finding foster parents and things like that. there has been this back and forth between the governor and the white house. where are things standing on that, joe? >> what is happening, i think the governor misspoke or didn't communicate as well as he should have. and that was as he's saying now,
look, i'm -- it's not that i'm not going to help the white house. i was just pointing out where they initially wanted to put the children, they would have been an unwelcome entity and it would have cost us a great deal of money maybe to protect them and it would have been political fallout. but we're willing to work with the white house. well the white house took it differently. now, there is a governor out of massachusetts -- >> deval patrick. >> he did a masterful job. he said look, i've got a christian duty, a responsibility, i was taught a long time ago you help those that are in need, you don't turn away children, he hasn't had any fallout because he knew how to word this. the white house sort of, i think, spanked governor o'malley for not really being 100% totally in our corner. >> you know, why would you spank such a loyal friend? >> because -- >> he also went out there --
because i don't have to run for president again. >> some would argue o'malley is running because he went out of the governors association and he really kind of bashed the white house in not going far enough and so some see this as a little bit of payback. >> there's no question everything governor o'malley says has to be viewed through the prism of 2016. >> right. >> presidential politics. there's no question about that. i think he ought to be commended for doing the christian thing, even though he didn't phrase it in those terms, but you know, our foster care systems are overrun across this country right now and i think some people will fairly ask, what about the kids already here and that raises the real conflict that i think some people are having with this. there are really smart and good and compassionate people who want to make sure that kids who are already in the system aren't being competed out if you will with new -- >> squeezed out. >> i think we need to honor them as well and i'm not sure how
that's going to happen and lastly, in some respects, this whole immigration story is about chickens coming home to roost. america is the world's biggest drug addict and many of those children who are coming here are fleeing drug driven violence, our dollars and drug addiction is fueling some of the conditions that lead these kids to to leave. we have to deal with that as well. >> one final thing, governor o'malley, it's the setting he objected to. he didn't like the barrack-style places that don't work for these kinds of things, he insists, and a lot of people agree with him, and he wanted small individualistic kind of things with smaller patterns and more individual attention, so he was responding. it's the manner as joe said which he responded. >> and may not have been the most receptive. he acknowledged that. >> no question. this is a county where i think the county officials voted for english only. >> right. >> they clearly have a record. >> conservative part of the state. >> but i go back to this point
of the fact that there is -- was also this attitude that there's going to be 90,000 of these kids. guess what they found out? there are now fewer and fewer coming and one of the reasons there's fewer and fewer coming because the administration has been in the central american countries putting out public service announcements and advertising saying look, this -- somebody's lying to you. this -- you're not going to automatically get in. and that's starting to have an affec effec dn central america and other people were spreading the rumor you're automatically going to get in. >> some people are making money off that. >> making money off of that, 12,000 a pop for each of these kids. >> let me say also, as, again, getting looking forward to 2016, governor o'malley can't have anti-immigration protesters outside these barracks.
welcome back to "reporters notebook." before we get too far away from maryland and the immigration issue, two new schools in prince george's county. >> i believe that you need to teach kids where they are to help take them where they need to be and this is a good way do that. for that reason i'm very, very impressed by the effort. however, the carnegie corporation is putting up $3 million to help make this happen and i want to raise the concern about the carnegie corporation being involved in curriculum development and the overall management of those schools. i think that needs to be left to the educational experts and there should be sort of a hands
off donation. i don't know if that's the case but that would be my preference. >> all right. let's move into the district. joe, you and i are des dents. we see cranes everywhere we go. the economy has been on fire in terms of building and construction and now we had donald trump in here with his daughter ivanka trump sealing the deal with the mayor and breaking ground. it's going to happen next couple years. is this a transformative hotel project that we're talking about at the old post office pavilion? >> it's transformative, at least they're hoping it will be. i found it interesting they said one of the things they're hoping would happen is that it would revitalize that pennsylvania avenue corridor. i hope they're not wanting it to be like -- >> fifth avenue. >> or -- >> peach street. >> i don't see that. but, you know, the reality is, you know, the one thing everybody is worried about and that is, will trump put a
20-foot sign that says trump whatever. now apparently he can't because it's a historical preservation. >> but he would. >> he would. >> yeah. yeah. >> of course he would. absolutely. and i don't think anybody wants that. the bottom line is look, it's interesting how people put aside political differences for economic opportunity. >> going to mean jobs. >> no ifs, and, buts about it. >> jobs and more tax revenue. most people i've talked to think it's a win-win situation. the donald in control and doesn't overtake pennsylvania avenue most people think they can. >> pennsylvania avenue is comprised between the capitol and white house. stately buildings many of which are occupied for governmental purposes, so there's limits in terms of what that particular project can do. but anybody that brings some vitality to pennsylvania avenue i think is great even though i
think donald trump -- >> donald trump would say why are you picking on me? j.w. marriott he has his name on the side. >> right. his building isn't on pennsylvania avenue. pennsylvania avenue is sort of -- >> yeah. >> and that building itself is truly historic. let's move into virginia the big weekend, here we are, talking about it for years, the silver line opening. this is truly transformative for people there. >> especially when you get ready to go to the airport. >> exactly. >> i can't wait. >> i can't wait. >> yeah. i think it's great. i'm looking forward to it. i think that, you know, the washington, d.c., metropolitan area is still trailing a bit in terms of world cities with regard to mass transit but this is a step in the right direction and i don't see anything but a win-win. >> it was long, expensive, people say metro just got to improve its problems, the metropolitan airport authority, whole bunch of them, drag their feet on it with a lot of fighting and a lot of overruns. they have to -- the job has to
or congress was liable, i'm hearing, you hear might take it away. it's going to mean a lot of changes for busses and other things and, you know, but it will help some people. other people will be complaining. it will be a lot of things to get used to. looks like overall most people are glad it's happening finally. >> people will be able to get to work. both here in the district and out in the suburbs. it's got to be a win-win all the way around. >> and lastly, you know, we always talk about how expensive these kinds of projects are, but if it works well ten years from now people won't remember what it costs. let's hope that's what happens with this. >> let's talk lunch time and stay if fairfax county. zoning changes for food trucks there. this has been big business in the city of washington and they would like to get a piece in fairfax county. >> you know, i was amazed at, it costs $16,000. >> who knew. >> to get a license and fees to
have a food truck. >> that's revenue for city and counties. >> that's revenue for them and they're going to expand it so they may lower it down to 200. this isais a good thing too. everybody can't afford to eat in a restaurant. hopefully good food, healthy food. only thing i hope they do they have inspections to make sure that there's safety of foods inspections. >> joe mentioned it fm t the perspective of the consumer. it's also good from the perspective of the first town business owner, young entrepreneur who wants to go out and make a run with a restaurant and can't afford a restaurant but can afford a food truck. let's hope this is a great opportunity for some people to sort of get out and make some money selling food. >> the issue will remain as it does in the district people who own regular sit down restaurants don't like the new arrivals. that's probably one reason it costs $16,000 to get a also. and they're not going to give in happily.
they're not going to go off into the night. >> competition. it's competition. >> we see it everywhere. >> there should be room for both. we'll see how it works out. >> the toothpaste is out of the tube. food trucks aren't going anywhere. >> people love them. thank you. great to see you. we appreciate you coming in. that's going to do it for us on "reporters notebook." back to "news 4 today." enjoy the rest of your ekd. it is a weather alert alert. >> to storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. >> good morning adam and kristen. a very stormy overnight period. no severe weather during the overnight but rain and thunder and lightning will be coming to an end here shortly. round two comes our way later on today. this first round was severe when in ohio and pennsylvania yesterday, but fortunately it died out a bit in intensity during the overnight hours. the back end of the rain is
already reached the pan handle of west virginia and northern most parts of virginia. lingering drops in and around the metro area around the capitol beltway. the heaviest and steadiest from town is along i-95 into southern maryland over the next couple hours. improving weather picture for the next couple hours. the rain will come to an end, temperatures in the low to mid 70s around the area right now. we'll have breaks of sunshine late this morning and into this afternoon. the first round of rain will be over by about 9:00. sunshine by lunch, but severe thunderstorms are likely to come back our way. they could be forming as early as 3:00 or 4:00. most will be in the 6:00 to midnight time frame. today's high temperature 89. passing showers, cooler, better weather tomorrow. more on the type and timing of the seve weather we're facing today when i see you in a few more minutes. >> all right. thank you, chuck. the conflict between israel and hamas is escalating this morning. hopes of a unilateral cease-fire were dashed overnight after palestinian militants launched
seven rockets at israel lp in return, israel says it will resume offensive attacks in both the air and on the ground in gaza. israel had accepted a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian cease-fire but it was rejected by hamas. more than 1,000 people have died since the violence began. right now the government leaders here in d.c. are at odds on what to do about the crisis at the u.s. border. nbc's mark potter shows us what it's like to be right there. >> reporter: along the rio grande in the country's hottest zone for smuggling people from the u.s. to mexico there is no one closer to the action and many dangers than the game wardens from texas parks and wildlife who patrol the river's stretches in small boats. late in the afternoon when we were along, a three-man scout team confronts a 16-year-old mexican boy. caught swimming from the u.s. river bank toward the other
side. the wardens say they've seen him before and suspect he's a coyote involved in migrant smuggling. when his family screaming at the agents from the mexican side, the boy denies being a smuggler and says he was only out for a swim wearing jeans and shoes. the game wardens call in the border patrol and hand him to an agent who takes him away for processing. catching a smuggler is a rare event given how fast they can cross the river or hide in the underbrush. you can hide an airplane right there and not know it's there. it's just that thick. >> reporter: the game warden's ride the river day and night and when it gets slow they have to change tactics. >> right now we're hiding? a quiet spot along the river near the downed tree waiting. waiting for people on that side to start crossing into the united states. >> i got him. >> reporter: many times there is lots of activity as when the scout team returned to where they picked up the 16-year-old.
and had rocks thrown at them from the mexican river bank. many smugglers are very aggressive. >> and how hard will they fight to protect their loads? >> to death. that's why it's so dangerous. >> reporter: keeping an eye taking the risks on america's front line. mark potter, nbc news, mission, texas. coming up we'll talk with "meet the press" moderator david gregory live in our studio cris after years of planning and billions of dollars, you can now take a ride on metro's silver line. in the first eight hours the five new stations saw more than 25,000 riders. it's a moment that sure to mark a new era for our region. here is wendy. >> reporter: the big moment, so many years in the making. >> great. thanks for all your help. >> reporter: with the cut of a river metro's silver line becomes a reality. >> just like metro was a game
changer for the rest of the region, it's now a game changer for this part of virginia. >> reporter: thousands wanted to make sure they saw it for themselves the very first day. >> i just had to ride out here because i was definitely going to be one of the first people on this train. >> go to d.c., now you can come to reston and -- without going to vienna and all that. it's going to save a lot of time. >> reporter: a symbol of possibility for some, but for many this is a game changer when it comes to battling washington's complicated commutes. >> want to live within walking distance. we've been waiting for so long. my goodness. >> reporter: for others a quick and easy way to hit the stores. >> we wanted to come out for the grand opening. we usually don't come out to tyson. >> nice to head into tysons and also d.c. and do stuff with the kids without the hassle of parking and the threat of that nice little pink tag off your windshield when you get there. >> reporter: the man at the helm, a metro employee for more
than a decade. >> called and asked me if i wanted to operate the silver line train. i was like, wow, at first i didn't -- it didn't dawn on me. this is real serious. okay. yes, i will do it. but that's when the nerves set in. >> reporter: just that the future of metro became the present. >> we are terribly excited that it's here. it's been a long wait. >> reporter: wendy rieger, "news 4 today." we'll get a repeat of all this excitement in about four years when phase two of the silver line opens. it will extend the line to dulles airport. until then you can take a shuttle from the airport from the wiehle reston station. s next phase won't be complete until four years from now, 2018, the final 11 mile stretch will have six stations and extends the silver line from reston and herndon from the airport into eastern loudoun county. cubs has begun. crews are laying the groundwork for the aerial guide way that will take trains above ground through the airport.
our coverage of the silver line does not stop here. we have everything you need to know on our website, just search silver line on nbcwashington.com. and if you go for a ride, please let us know how it goes. tweet @nbcwashington using the #firstride sv. >> very cool. today the city of manassas will honor one of its former mayors. a new city hall sign will be unveiled at the harris pavilion at 6:00 dedicated to marvin gillum. nicknamed manassas a community for a lifetime. mayor from 1996 to 2004. decision 2014, candidates running for the virginia senate hold their first debate. we break down the issues. >> plus, neighbors in one northern virginia community coming together to create a farm. we'll show you the latest trend. stay with us. .
from the crisis if the middle east to the crisis on the border we're following several hot topics. >> joining us is moderate of "meet the press" david gregory. we learned hamas has agreed to a 24 hour cease-fire starting later today coming off a previous cease-fire. it's escalating and you're talking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> we are exclusively and get his sense of where he thinks things are going and where israel is prepared to go. the reality is that any kind of broader cease-fire is really not in the cards at this point. secretary of state kerry has been working on that to little avail with his counterparts in europe and some in the middle east. i think we're looking at maybe a series of these short-term cease-fires. we're going to talk about what's the end game. what does each side hope to get out of this war and where do they stand and actually achieving those goals. it's still very grim as you look at what we're seeing there. >> yeah. a lot to deal with.
then, of course, a little closer back to home we have the immigration crisis happening on the border and that's become a real issue for the president to deal with. >> particularly because there's no real sense that congress is going to do anything on this. the president is looking at areas where he might be able to act on his own which are controversial enough. he still wants additional resources and a fight over what to do with the children. children leaving central american countries trying to come into the united states, do you speed up a process to deport them, to send them back home and all the danger that would entail. do you deal with them more humanely. i don't think washington is going to resolve it. a larger issue of immigration reform generally that appears to be insoluble. it's -- you hate to talk about problems with so few solutions, but that's where we are. >> there is so much going on. what else will you be covering this morning? >> we have other foreign policy crises. the issue of vladimir putin and
russia and the fact that the west as a whole has shown very little ability to come together and ratchet up sanctions against him at this point. he's putting more troops, more arms on the border with eastern ukraine. now the government is more directly saying he's culpable for the downing of the malaysian airlines flight, new fighting troubles in libya and re moval of american personnel at our embassy there. you have dangers there. a lot for the president to be dealing with right now. >> yes. okay. >> certainly. >> thank you. >> thank you, david. and a reminder, you can see "meet the press" with david gregory every sunday right here on nbc 4 right after "news 4 today." november is inching closer. the teams for virginia senator mark warner and his opponent ed gillespie are talking about who won the candidates' first debate. it happened yesterday just over the border in west virginia. the candidates talked about
women's health and the budget and also squared off on immigration reform, specifically housing immigrant children in virginia. >> i believe there is a humane appropriate process and that is going to require, again, comprehensive immigration reform, more pressure on the governments stopping the flow and going to require more judges and so these children can be processed and many will be sent back. >> let me be clear, the most compassionate thing we can do is to once they've been afforded the process and expedited the process, is for them to return to their parents. >> now warner is the incumbent senator and former virginia governor. gillespie is a former rnc chairman and adviser to president george w. bush. what if the only thing you had to do to get your groceries today was head to your backyard. that is the idea behind a neighborhood in loudoun county. our northern virginia bureau chief explains. >> look. you have to fill up that crate. we have a lot of work to do.
>> reporter: it doesn't take long to see what folks find appealing about living in an agri hood. the food grown just down the street from your house. this is willow's burg. the first residents arrive three years ago. christine moved from arlington. >> i think we've been healthier. i think we've started eating more fruits and vegetables and eating local. >> reporter: willows burg consists of 4,000 acres, 2,000 set aside in a conservancy in the middle of that, a 300 acre farm. >> this is a pick your own garden, herbs and flowers and vegetables and fruit. >> reporter: mike snow is the farm manager. this is the peak of growing season. residents who pay a fee stop into the farm stand get their share of fruits and vegetables. there are also chickens for eggs, milk is even produced here. another benefit, residents who enjoy it can volunteer to work
on the farm. >> more than just coming to the farm stand and buying food, but also picking their own stuff if they want or bringing their kids down to the neighborhood or down to the garden. >> reporter: these are not your usual farm houses. this is an upscale development. but they take the farm to table movement to heart. this demonstration kitchen in the community center opens this week. today they're making fresh gis patch cho. residents will come in for cooking classes. >> i'm kind of looking forward to exploring from a kid level to pop up dinners which we'll have shortly. >> reporter: 250 families call the agri hood home, but eventually some 2,000 families are expected to settle here. julie kerry, news 4. you don't have to live there to enjoy the food. anyone outside the community can come in to buy fresh from the farm stand there. >> very cool. a powerful tornado swept
through central florida this week. take a look. it brought down trees and ripped off roofs. the force surprised both residents and the national weather. the ef-1 category tornado is unusual for that part of the state time of year. thankfully no one was hurt. >> it is a weather alert day here in our area. we're talking about seve weather. >> you bet. our tornado threat is substantial. >> really? >> not a guarantee it's going to happen but a high likelihood compared to what we would normally see this time of year as well. it's all because the transition from our hot and humid air mass to what will be a preview of september, any time you get juicy tropical air up against the cool canadian air that's the spark you need for severe weather and that's exactly what we're facing between today and tomorrow. by tomorrow a hint of september starts to come in and the week ahead is looking amazing. the transition from where we are to where we're getting is going to be a bumpy one for sure. first thing this morning, overnight rain showers are
quickly coming to an end, a little light rain still left in the metro area, heavier rain to the south along i-95, moderate to heavy rain in southern maryland for the next couple hours. in and around the immediate metro area our rain showers are tapering off fairly quickly. we'll be dry probably by 8:00 in town. fair view beach, colonial beach, going over the tidal potomac into southern maryland. you folks in st. mary's county be on the lookout for moderate to heavy rain over the next coming hours as they comes through. there's the back edge so this will be turned off, we'll be in sunshine by late this morning into this afternoon, already severe weather out to the west of us near cincinnati. that's the next ripple in the atmosphere coming our way for later on today. so it's going to be a busy weather day. know where you're going to be if you're planning to be outside today when you get to where you're going, the campground, lake, bay, wherever it is look around and see if there is safe shelter close by because that's where you'll need to go in case
the severe weather gets there before you get out of the area. your bay forecast storms likely to be severe coming in late afternoon into this evening. passing showers is all you need tomorrow and sunny and low humidity. it will be a great week coming up. the severe weather there. it is a weather alert day today. that means frequent updates not only on air but on-line and on our weather app as well. so come to nbcwashington.com, the website, or download our storm team 4 weather app. the timing front end probably about 3:00 or 4:00 this afternoon, probably not going to be a lot going on then, but anything that gets going will go severe quickly. all the severe weather parameters are in play. wind, hail, tornado, lightning, heavy rain, flash flooding, all is a potential today because there's just so much moisture in the atmosphere as the front moves it it will ring it out. a significant tornado threat in west virginia and eastern ohio today. so for us, these are some of the biggest numbers i've posted, 10%
chance we'll have a tornado warning in our viewing area today. 35% chance of damaging winds. this is a substantial weather event we need to be careful for. rain and thunder this morning coming back in later this afternoon and on into this evening. storms developing in that 3:00 to 5:00 time frame. seven-day forecast time, it is indeed going to be a great week ahead. but again, tonight, late afternoon, into tonight, be very weather aware today. don't let it catch you off guard. and with the heavy rain coming down, don't let us see people driving on a water covered road. it's the most deadly thing that happens. more people are killed by flash floods every year than any other type of severe weather. be careful. >> thank you so much. >> a world war ii pilots get a special birthday surprise. we meet the woman who just turned 100 years old and made history. >> 6:51. you're watching "news 4 tay
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the redskins back at it in a couple hours. >> if you're heading to richmond take in the sights and sounds at training camp. diana reports. >> i was a little nervous about going out hitting but my linebackers held it down. us guys in the secondary didn't have to make too many tackles. >> reporter: after months of running plays in shorts, the redskins strapped on the pads. >> football locker room when the pads go on that's when you find the real football players. football is a physical game and we have to be physical specimens on this team. >> feels good to get the first hit in. >> absolutely. kind of shake the dust off, get back out there, so it's always good to get the first hit out of the way. >> reporter: the intensity, the tempo, the competition, on the rise. >> what we're doing the other days was basketball on grass. it's a game for the fast guys.
that's a game for like i call them the nontough guys. >> how good does it feel. >> doesn't feel good at all. but it's fun to be back and get chance to put your shoulder on guys, running backs, offensive linemen. >> it's great. we're out there competing, playing against each other. it's always good to get the feeling and hitting aitt bit of grind. >> reporter: players describing camp in one word, sore. ? richmond, diana rusinni, sports. >> a world war ii vet turned 100 but her age isn't the only milestone. mimi tanner is one of the few surviving members of the women's air force pilots. they became the first women ever selected and trained to fly military planes. fami and friends created a mobile museum of pictures, uniforms and articles filled
with history. >> it was thrilling. i enjoyed it. i enjoyed my life very much. >> it's wonderful. she didn't think she would make it to her 100th and i told her, oh, yes you will. she's per seer veered through everything. >> reporter: during the war more than 25,000 applied to become pilots and only about 1,000 made it. >> much more ahead on "news 4 today." we have more coming t.
oh, boy, rain, rain, rain. take a look at the radar there. it's pouring in most of the viewing area. we're tracking the rain, finding out when it's going to end. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm adam tuss. >> good morning to you. i'm kristen wright. sunday, july 27th, a weather alert day. let's get straight to storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. >> we've got showers and thunderstorms this morning. no severe weather first thing. these first round of showers and thunderstorms not seve the round we're watching will come in later on this afternoon and this evening. that's the bull's eye for rain chances today. yes, indeed, moderate to heavy rain now along the tidal potomac heading into parts of southern
maryland, rumbles of thunder down here just down to the south and west of fredericksburg and a few rumbles into the central parts of the shenandoah valley. moving out of fredericksburg towards st. mary's county. so you folks towards leonard town and california, maryland, be on the lookout. thundershowers near petersburg, west virginia. at the rate and pace they're going i-95 in about two and a half, three hours from now. the rain is ending in the metro area. temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. severe weather chances are very high. all our parameters in the high categories and moderate categories today. i'll break down the timing and let you know what you should do with your weather alert day coming up. >> you'll be on top of it. a carjacking turned dead deadly when a stolen car barreled into a crowded street. police aring looing for the men behind the tragedy. what happened and how the community is healing. >> reporter: a memorial to the
young lives lost. >> that's my son you took him away from me. turn yourself in. >> when you see a little boy that's 7 or 8, i can't -- i can't begin to describe what i saw. >> reporter: those little boys 7-year-old terrance mohr, his brother 10-year-old thomas reid and 14-year-old kiara were killed when a stolen suv plowed through a street corner friday. their mother is in critical condition. clinging to life in a philadelphia hospital. >> the children, they were like her pride and joy, you know. wherever she went, you know, those kids were with her. >> reporter: the family was together selling fruit for their church. a fund-raiser to help build a new playground. >> one of the most saddest cases i've come across. >> how can you live with idea of you hitting somebody and
running. >> reporter: policco neighborhoods near the crash site. >> the two suspects are described as one black male, and one hispanic male, both in their 20s. >> reporter: the two fled on foot and police say at least one is armed. they're reviewing surveillance video and offering $110,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. >> all i can say is if you know the persons that did this, you have to be able to look yourself in the mirror and say, do the right thing and turn these folks in. >> reporter: a search for suspects, and answers. as a community comes to grips with unspeakable tragedy. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. this morning an uber driver is facing charges of sexually assaulting one of his passengers. news 4 was told 31-year-old reshad chakari turned himse in. according to the police report his passenger was sleeping when chakari touched her a i to take off her clothes. this happened on rhode island avenue.
police say northeast near 14th street last week. on "news 4 today" yesterday we told you a woman was missing from fairfax county. since then she was discovered dead. police say they don't believe there was any foul play involved. 62-year-old mary gibson was founded in a wooded area half a mile from her home in springfield. she had been walking her dog when she disappeared. police are investigating how she died. no motive right now for a shooting in the district that left one man dead. d.c. police say someone shot 25-year-old anthony williams several times in congress heights. his body was found just after midnight yesterday on savannah street and southeast near martin luther king boulevard. it's officially open for business. you can now hop on metro's silver line for a ride from one end of our region to another. darcy spencer caught up with riders excited about a new express trip to the mal
>> reporter: the day is finally here, trains are running a passengers a flooding into the tysons corner station. rob brought his 4-year-old son trysten from d.c. >> this is daddy sunday. he loves catching the train and i said the silver line opened and he was excited so we decided to get on a train and spend the day out together. >> reporter: the new stop is golden for tysons corner mall. many passengers we spoke to came from the district in montgomery and prince george's county to go shopping. this group of friends met at tysons. some rode the rails from prince george county to go the mall. >> do you think this is going to bring you out to tysons more? >> every day most definitely. i love it out here. >> we came to visit the whole line. we are just going to the mall now. metro made a big improvement in the silver line we're waiting for the second phase to come through. >> anything to add? >> reporter: rob and jason hopped on a train in rockville,
destination tysons. without the silver line they would not have come to virginia today. >> i think it's great that the silver line opened because it's going to bring more business for the mall and easy for me to commute from rockville to tysons corner. >> i enjoyed the trip and we wanted to come out for the grand opening. it was a lot of fun. we usually don't come out to tysons. >> reporter: she and her son parked at white glen and traveled to tysons. let's just say she's very excited to be riding the silver line on this first day of service. >> i would love to work here. this is great. great place to be. come on, everybody. come here. it's fun. >> reporter: darcy spencer, "news 4 today." it was a smooth ride for most people on the silver line but there were a few hiccups. our cameras were rolling at the tysons corner station when a train missed its spot on the platform, overshot its mark by four lengths, the driver hit
reverse, got to the right spot an everyone was back on their way. >> i was at the wiehle reston east station for the ribbon cutting and inaugural ride on metro's line. a festive mood on the first train. metro handed out pennants to commemorate the occasion. most were excited for a new way to get from maryland to virginia without having to drive. >> feels like the coolest thing ever. here we are. we're on the silver line and the first train. >> this is awesome for me just to have the convenience and just have all of this around us. what i love about living here with my family. >> just the first's hours, five new stations saw more than 25,000 riders. stay with "news 4 today" as the silver line sees its first commute tomorrow morning. i will be live from the silver line letting you know what to expect, that starts at 4:26 a.m. we are following a developing story in california. a wildfire is burning out of control and now it's forcing hundreds from their homes. >> plus, what you can do to now
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if you can believe it it is nearly august and you know what that means. back-to-school shopping. >> you kn wh that means. nbc's chris clack ham tells us sales are down this year but could mean big savings for you. >> reporter: back-to-school shopping is a $72 billion industry. which is why some stores got an early jump on sales this summer. but after this weekend, it's no longer considered early. >> this is really the weekend, you know, the crowds are going to start to gather in august, the deals will change. >> reporter: however, a downward change in the economy is behind a national retail federation finding that one in
five families plans to spend less this year. which ex plains why competition among retailers has already heated up. >> really deep discounts on wardrobe basics. so blue jeans, socks, underwear, sneakers, these types of items are being heavily discounted. >> reporter: dan at "consumer reports" just wrote about back-to-school sales this summer and came up with a lot to like, especially for college students. >> itarget and walmart have hug targeted campaigns so we're seeing some fantastic deals on small appliances, things like personal blenders, pod coffee makers, things that are popular with college students. >> reporter: he says prices on electronics have been slashed 30 to 50% to include computers, tablets and cell phones. and ads that consumers in these 16 states will really have an opportunity to save starting
mostly next weekend because of sales tax holidays. >> chris clackum, nbc news. a trip to the beach changed the life of a teen in an instant. we meet a northern virginia boy recovering from a tragic accident. now to chuck. >> that's right. good morning, everybody. a weather alert day here at nbc 4. that means that there's conditions favorable for later on today to be facing some severe weather. when i see you next we'll start talking about the timing of this and the types of severe weather and what you should be doing to get ready. we'll see you in ain.
well this has become a common and, of course, dangerous sight in california this summer. wildfires burning thousands of acres and forcing people out of their homes. this one is burning in northern california near several vineyards. another fire is threatening homes in yosemite national park. this pair of fires started friday. firefighters don't have much a handle -- much of a handle on either one. 500 homes are under evacuation orders. we're now approaching what's normally the hottest part of the summer and many of you will hit the beaches with your families. we want to introduce you to a teen who did that but returned home in a wheelchair. news 4 aaron gilchrists has his
story. >> the floor was uneven so i was walking back and forth in the water jumping over the waves. >> reporter: july 2012, parker went to ocean city with his mother and little brother. he had been playing in the water for about an hour when he dove over a wave head first. >> it was shallower than i thought it was and i hit a sand bar right away on my head and in the blink of an eye couldn't move, couldn't feel. >> reporter: parker was under water, fully conscious, being tossed around on the waves. he couldn't feel being rescued. >> when the life guards lifted my left arm and lifted it in front of me and i see my arm but my arm feels like it's over here because everything feels numb. that was the first shocking thing. >> reporter: parker smashed two vertebrae. after his first surgery doctors gave him a 4% chance of having movement below his shoulders again. >> in the first week i asked my
mom when are they going to get me walking again. are we going to go home soon. >> reporter: parker's injury isn't unique. there were 226 major medical injuries at ocean city beaches, 306 the year before and 140 the year after. most of them in those care-free days of summer. >> diving is okay as long as it's feet first. don't have to stop it totally but do it feet first. >> you have to know what you're diving into. if you don't know it's ten feet of water don't go in that water. >> reporter: parker's parents want to warn other parents to be aware of how fun can turn to tragedy. >> parker has to relearn how to write, how to eat, how to dress himself, and he's made huge strides. >> reporter: parker spent four months at a spinal injury hospital in atlanta. the second degree black belt fought tooth and nail to make those strides. this special device called a low comat helps train his legs to move again. here we are a year and a half after leaving the hospital, and parker blew my mind when he got
out of his wheelchair and climbed the steps. >> now i can go up stairs to eat. we don't have to sit down here when we're having dinner and everybody sits on the couch. >> reporter: imagine being a 15-year-old boy finally exploring independence suddenly screws and plates in your neck and just standing is a battle. >> being able to stand up straight and look someone eye to eye it feels good. >> reporter: motivation and physical therapy where the basic goal is to do better than the day before but he wants to be able to drive, go off to college on his own. parker graduates from high school next year. >> he is walking across that stage and i hope that he's either using his crutches or that cane or nothing at all. >> reporter: aaron gilchrist, "news 4 today." >> parker still growing medical bills are in the neighborhood of half a million dollars right now. his friends and extended family have set up a fund to help with that. if you would like to help info is on our website nbcwashingtoco we were just talking during
that story because you never know what the ocean is going to do. >> absolutely. >> that can be dangerous. today seems like we're going to have unpredictable weather as well. >> yeah. it's going to be rough weather i think by later on this afternoon and the computer models have had a terrible time getting good handle on the situation. so my confidence in what the computers say is fairly low. my confidence in what i see on the maps is fairly high. and that is that we have a strong cold front coming into hot and humid air and that guarantees thunderstos at the low end, at the very least, and because there's so much wind aloft, i really do think that we're under the gun for potentially bad weather late afternoon, but primarily it's of this evening issue between about 6:00 and midnight around much of the area. first thing this morning first round of rain drops already pulling out of the metro. we're mostly dry here in northwest d.c. where the station is already. still light to moderate rain moving into parts of southern maryland, fredericksburg, south side, north sides of richmond
down there, moderate to heavy rain there. st. mary's county where most of the rain is in the great state of maryland at this point in time. nothing all that heavy. couple rumbles of thunder just to the west of luray. i couldn't rule out a couple more rumbles towards southern quanto, could see rain from 9:30 this morning. washington northboundo t pennsylvania line our rain chance is over with for the repands ir of the morning. another wave of low pressure generating severe weatherthe overnight hours across parts of indiana moving into ohio and kentucky and that's where the greatest risk for really big severe weather is today just out to our west. but that threat area moves east with time. here's the way i see the timing of things today. getting going between 3:00 and 6:00 along the blue ridge, shenandoah valley,. handle of west virginia. storms could fire up early but seems unlikely. 3:00 to 6:00 out to our west,
6:00 to 9:00 through the heart of the d.c. metro area and 9:00 to after midnight down into parts of southern maryland and lower parts of the eastern shore. so it's a progression of time starting late afternoon into early evening today. a weather alert day. we will have a lot more updates throughout the course of the day. not just here on the tv but also on our website nbcwashington.com and on our storm team 4 weather app which you can get free from the google play store or itunes store. the timing begins about 3:00 or 4:00 to the north and west of town. all types of severe weather are possible today. lot of people, it's a summer weekend. you will be outside playing golf, sitting at the pool, wherever you're going to be outside keep your smartphone with you and more importantly know where you'll go. if you're going to be outside and you hear thunder coming and don't have time to get home, know where safe shelter is before you settle in for the afternoon. right now 73 degrees with a nice south breeze here in washington. that's bringing that warm humid
air up. low to mid 70s area wide. few spots below 70. it will be at least a moderate impact today. showers but severe thunderstorms moving in. moderate risk for severe weather that's unusual to see the moderate risk so close to us and with that close by, that's the reason i'm very much on edge for the potential for storms today. rain coming to an end, temperatures climbing into the upper 70s to near 80 by lunch time. a couple dry hours, late morning into early to mid afternoon will be dry and sunny and warm. temperatures into the mid and upper 80s. after about 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 this evening, that's when things could get a little bit dicey. amelia segal will be here, veronica is on standby, doug back in town, throwing as many people as we need and tom and i will be here tomorroworng because this could last into the overnight hours tonight. payoff pitch, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, amazing september preview coming
back. just the next 24 hours you need to watch out for. >> things can happen suddenly so quickly so you have to just be aware. >> don't turn your back on mother nature today. >> yeah. >> thanks, jack. >> thank a lot. just in time for back to school, one group helping those in need get ready to head back to class. >> you're watching "news 4 tod
transportation in the area. d.c. street cars will be more visible tomorrow in the district. four cars will be stationed along the route from the 8 street corridor to union station. d-dot may begin testing the cars tomorrow after the rush hour is over. >> you may have already started early back-to-school shopping for your kids. one local church helped out low income families to get their kids ready for the classroom. yesterday the alfred stet baptist church in alexandria handed out brand new coats and backpacks filled with school supplies. this is something the church has done for years. more than 2,000 families benefited from this giveaway. >> i'm very thankful because it helps me out a whole lot. i don't have to worry about buying jackets, book bags and school supplies because everything is already inside the bag. >> the church also offered free health and wellness screenings and workshops to help parents and students deal with things
like bullying and internet safety. >> cool event. >> 7:27. >> still ahead on "news 4 today," a northern virginia computer whiz under investigation for frauts fraud. he explains what he did. >> [ inaudible ]. 24 hours. >> why this group is protesting a popular store in montgomery county. and today is a weather alert day right now rain is moving across the region. meteorologist chuck bell will let you know when it will end coming up.
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looking at the top stories today. a federal judge ruled d.c.'s ban on carrying guns in public is unconstitutional. in other words, d.c. polnow cannot enforce that law. no word on whether the district's attorney genalil a peel the decision. d.c. police arrested an uber driver and charged him with sexually assaulting one of his passengers. it happened last week on rhode island avenue northwest near 14th street. police say 31-year-old rashad chakari turned himself in. tomorrow former governor bob mcdonnell goes on trial for corruption. he and his wife are accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from a former ceo of a dietary supplement company. news 4's northern virginia bureau chief julie kerry will
tell us everything there is to know about this. good morning and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm kristen wright. >> i'm adam tuss. sunday, july 27th. today is a weather alert day. >> let's get straight to storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell with the latest. >> good morning, kristen and adam and a good sunday morning everybody. rain for most of us durg e overnight hours is starting to come to an end and we'll have plenty of dry hours from late this morning into early perhaps even into mid afternoon today. day time heating and an approaching cold front mean our severe weather threat increases quickly after about 3:00 or 4:00 today. live picture over reston town center, still cloudy skies, the roads are wet but the rain has stopped. at least as of this point in time. your weather headlines, first round over, sunshine back late this morning into late this afternoon. strong to severe thunderstorms possible, moderate risk for severe weather just off to our west today. so we're really going to have to keep a close eye on this. storm team 4 on alert all day
today. light rain showers along i-81 towards luray and culpeppeculpep a headed into southern maryland. temperatures out the door in the 60s and 70s. we'll be up into the upper 80s to near 90 for a brief time today before those showers and storms. severe weather possible, 3:00 to about midnight tonight. cooler and drier weather starts to move in tomorrow. rest of the week coming up. >> imagine buying a starbucks gift card for $25 and figuring out to digitally to make it worth $100. that's what he told virginia kerry he can do and why he's the target of a federal probe. >> reporter: munee akhtar was 19 when he and his twin brother graduated from george mason university and featured in "the washington post." he says he founded a hacking club on campus, earned a masters degree by age 20 and as this thank you letter shows did cyber
security research for the defense department. >> my mission is just to see where the loopholes are. >> reporter: but that mission has landed actor in deep trouble. this search warrant shows he is now being investigated for computer fraud. he tells me he just landed a cyber security job with general dynamics, but he couldn't resist boasting to a colleague about a code he had created that enabled him to take an ordinary $25 gift card and add value to it. >> what i would do is take -- buy a card and then have that card for a certain value and have it reloaded on-line, bypass the whole financial process. starbucks 100 whole foods 300, sears 500. >> reporter: he says his co-worker told a manager and a homeland security agent came to ask questions. telling him at first he was being considered for a higher position. >> we're interested in your
skillset, you know. we want you for this high-level position. but i need to know exactly what you did. >> reporter: he was fired from his job but had more meetings with federal agents and two came to the door of his home armed with a search warrant. >> had 11 agents rush in. >> reporter: this docume shows the dozens of computers, phones and other electronic items taken. >> we're all worried and, you know, just waiting. >> reporter: julie kerry, "news 4 today". [ inaudible ]. if you're planning to buy clothes today you probably won't seen a scene like this one. police arrested 21 people as they protested outside the rei store in rockville. they were charged with disorderly conduct. the protesters want rei to stop doing business with north face which they say runs sweat shops and stores in bangladesh. after years of planning and billions of dollars you can take a ride on metro's silver line.
in just the first eight hours, the five new stations s me than 25,000 riders. it's a moment that is sure to mark a new era for our region. here's wendy rieger. >> reporter: the big moment so many years in the making. many years in the making. >> great. thanks for all your hel >> report: thheut river metro's silver li becomes a reality. >> just like metro a m changer for the rest of e region, it's now a game cng for thisarofirni >> reporter: thousands wand make sure they saw it for themsels e ryir d >> i just had to rideuter because i was definitely gn to be one of the first peoe this train. >> go to d.c., now you n me to reston and -- without gng to vienna and all that. it's goi tsa aotf time. >> reporter: a symbol o possibility for some, b f many thiis ge anr imetoatin washington's complicat
commutes. >> want to live withinalng distance. we've been itg r g. my goodness. >> reporter: for others qck and easy way to hit t sr >> we wanted to come o forhe grand ong. we usually don't come o t tyson. >> nice to head io a also d.c. and do stuff thhe kids without the hass o parking and the threat otha nice little pink tag off yr windshield when you get ere >> reporter: the man athe helm, a metro empl fe than a ca. >> called and asked me if wanted to operate the sier line train. i was like, wow, at firsi didn't -- it didn't dawnn . this is real serious. okay. yes, i will do it. but that's when theers t in. >> reporter: just like tt e future of metro beca th present. >> we are terriblexth it's here. it's been a long wait. >> reporter: wendy rieger,ne we'll get a repeat of all this excitement in four years when phase two opens.
it will extend the line all wait to dulles airport and then you can take a shuttle to the airport from the wiehle reston east station. the next phase won't be complete until 2018. the 11 mile stretch will have six new stations. it extends the silver line from reston and herndon to the airport into eastern loudoun county. construction has begun. crews are laying the groundwork for the aerial guide way that will take trains above the ground through the airport. our coverage of the silver line does not stop here. everything you need to know on our website, just search silver line on nbcwashington.co and if you go for a rid pase let us know how it goes. tweet @nbcwashington inth #firstride sv. adam, phenomenal job yesterday. >> thank you. >> covering the first day. >> appreciate that. a great package by wendy there and it is going to open up the region. we've got a new line coming in,
it's going to be really amazing to see what it does for tysons and reston. >> definitely. >> the time is 7:38 on this sunday. >> summer camps are under way and student athletes gearing up for the season. what you need to do to keep your students safe and to protect their teeth. plus we go inside a wind tunnel to show you what the strong winds look like. >> and today is a weather alert day. the rain is moving through now, but another system is headed our way. storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell will let us know what you can expect.
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back-to-school list. this doctor warns parents against a common myth that mouth guards prevent concussions. >> they don't change any of the movement of the brain that actually leads to the concussion so they're not helpful in that respect. >> reporter: moutgu offer kids twice protection against broken teeth. three times, the cheapest a stock mouth guard in small, medium or large. >> those are tough to get a great fit with. not always our best recommendation. >> reporr: do it yourself boil and bite, found in sporting goods store. >> put it in hot water and able to mold it to your teeth. you can get a good fit. >> reporter: and custom guards at a den tis office. >> the custom one will cost the most money and probably a good idea if you have tooth problems or for an adolescent that has braces. >> reporter: the doctor says the right fit is key. >> should fit snug on the top teeth, shouldn't fall out as soon as you open your mouth.
it should be comfortable. the plastic shouldn't be digging into the skin or causing any irritation. >> that was rachel mcneil reporting. no matter what your kid plays plays it's proba a good idea to invest in a new mouth guard each season. >> still ahead a high-tech tool some life guards are using to detect lightning to keep you save in the beach and pool. >> what's going on with the weather? >> may be a lot of lightning detection going on later this afternoon into this evening as there will be a chance for some strong to severe thunderstorms to come our way later on today when i see you in a few minutes the timing and what types of weather we may be up against. we'll see you in a few minutes. stay
the "today" show coming up next. let's find out what they're working on. >> tamron hall and lester holt join us live. >> coming up on a sunday on "today" another round of severe weather expected for the midwest and northeast. tornadoes a good poili some sp in some spots. dylan watching it for us. >> violence raging in the middle east. the temporary truce over. we're live gaza with the latest. >> also ahead, an emotional reunion for one woman whose marine son was killed in iraq. how she'll have a piece of his life he never expected. >> from living on the streets to running through them the inspirational stor of one marathoner who wasn about to let homelessness stop him from
making a better life for himself. >> what happenedhe janet took on indoor skydiving. >> kristen and adam, those stories and much more when we get started on a sunday morning here on "today." >> you didn't get the indoor skydiving assignment. >> oh, no i've done enough adventure to last a lifetime. at the university of maryland they are working on an incredible piece of equipment, low speed subsonic wind tunnel that can reach speeds of 230 miles an hour. news 4's zachary quiche checked it out at the department of aerospace engineers and was blown away. >> starts spinning generates air in the test section. >> reporter: not your average house fan this guy is powered by a 2,000 horsepower electric motor, the blades fm an old b-29 bomber. >> the maximum speeds we can generate is about 239 miles per hour. >> reporter: c studying
aerodynamics or new materials they do it here. ray is a professor at the university. >> the engy the hurricanes mostly comes from the warm waters, where the hurricane is -- the tornado is taking it from the humidity in the atmosphere. >> reporter: ah signed up for this, but before i head to the tunnel, i need some last-minute instructions. >> what is this going to do. >> you're going to be strapped in. >> okay. >> pretty much, you know, keeps you from flying backwards. >> oh. >> going to strap you in. >> now that i'm harnessed up why not, 100 miles per hour will start to hurt but shooting for 115. >> your body will do it but the wind will be pushing you back. if you stay like that you're going to fall down. >> reporter: 40 miles per hour is like a walk in the park. >> radar thing. >> reporter: 100 plus it's a different story. speeds that could rip off siding, toss a mobile home or level trees. fy wasn't trapped in i would be on my back. i might have lost a dreadlock or
two but lived to tell the story. reporting in college park, zachary, news 4. >> we'll see if we can get zach his dread back. there's a good chance you'll be protected by something you may never have heard of. many life guards are using lightning detectors after 14 people died from lightning strikes in the u.s. this year alone. >> how does it work? >> it picks up electricity in the air and as it approaches it gives us an idea of the range. >> two people had florida beaches were struck by lightning in just the last week. scary. >> it is. this is one of those days here you need to be cautious. >> absolutely right. people say how long does it take for a severe thunderstorm to get going. you really can go from a clear blue sky to a severe thunderstorm in less than an hour. >> wow. >> just because the sky is blue and everything looks great don't turn your back on mother nature today. that's the best advice i can give you. the atmosphere will be primed for severe weather this afternoon and into this evening.
a lot of people planning on spending time outside today so keep a weather eye to the sky. you have a smartphone, download or storm team 4 weather app. you can see on your phone, check it and make sure you can see the showers and storms when they start to form. the view from our tower, southbound, reagan national airport, rosslyn, arlington sitting under cloudy skies this morning. ing timing of the morning showers are about done with us. the afternoon and evening timing probably 3:00 to 6:00 out towards northern maryland, pan handle of west virginia, i-81, 3:00 to 6:00. 6:00 to 9:00 the highest likelihood we could get it before then or after but the highest likelihood for timing of the severe weather potential in the metro area and 9:00 tonight to about 1:00 in the morning. 10% chance we'll have a a coupl. take in the sights and sounds.
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