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welcome to news4 this week. good morning. i'm chris lawrence. we're going to show you some of the more interesting local stories making news this week. among them, d.c. getting ready to play ball. what changes to expect this baseball season at nationals park. i have ups and downs but i come here and regroup. a new place in fairfax county where those who have overcome addiction and mental health challenges are helping those still struggling. coming up, one woman's dramatic turn around and the right call made by a little girl in montgomery county who said she remembered what to do in case of an emergency. crisis in one of the nation's largest transportation systems. the state of
entire lines may need to be shut down for extended periods of time. this week we learned the massive shutdown earlier this month may be a sign of things to come and signal more disruptions. metro's general manager was at a sum it with leaders and said the system can't keep going from crisis to crisis. but there are no easy solutions. metro may have to shut down entire lines. he's working on a plan to fix the problems. the details we'll be hearing about over the next few weeks. a bill that will crack down on drunk drivers in maryland will pass. the house passed a similar bill already. lawmakers have to work out the differences before sending it to the governor to be signed into law. the bill is named of montgomery police officer noah leota. there is a new place to turn for help in
anyone facing addiction or struggles with mental health issues. the experts there have faced the same challenges. northern virginia bureau chief julia king shows us how the center is changing minds and lives. >> reporter: she's already reaching out to others but just six months ago it was sue who came to the newly opened resource center desperate for health. her alcohol and drug addiction eventually led to jail. >> i did not want to live. i didn't want to -- until my mom came to stay with me. >> reporter: while in jail, sue heard about the community services board and the new center and its building, a place where everyone is called a guest. here sue and others struggling with mental health addictions get help from peers who have overcome the same challenges. >> we sit down
to somebody, they instantly relate to us because we have the same experience. we can share the things we've done to help ourselves in our own lives and we do it from the standpoint of this is what's helped me. but we never use oh, you should use this. >> reporter: sue had a chance to speak about the official grand opening. she stops by at least three days a week. >> they make me feel welcome, they make me feel safe. >> reporter: there are support groups, help finding a job, applying for benefits. and for some of the groups here at the center, therapy comes through art. they might drop in to do some coloring. for sue the center is key to continued progress. >> i'm going better, yes. i have ups and downs, i'm telling you, but i come here and i regroup. >> reporter: in fairfax county, news4. if you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, we've listed local resources that can help.
nbc washington app. a young woman from the district will be representing the united states at the olympics in rio this summer. kath holmes is one of the top rate physiciafencers in the wor. the cathedral skol graduate began fencing at eight 9:00. she's a neuro science major at princeton but taking a break to focus on fencing right now. ♪ a little billy joel there. a local singer securing his spot among the top 20 left on "the voice." now he's getting ready for the live playoffs. owen grew up in d.c. his dad won a best new artist grammy in 1976 with the starland vol band. did you know that police can get ahold of your e-mail fairly easily just based on how long
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the fbi says it doesn't need apple to unlock a suspected terrorist iphone. but this had a lot of people thinking about their own digital privacy. now they're hoping to close an privacy hoop loophole this year. and states like maryland have already taken steps of their own. >> you've got mail. >> e-mail and cell phones don't look like this anymore but the law that protects them is 30 years old. the privacy act requires a judge's permission for authorities to look at e-mail, photos or documents you have stored online if they're less than six months old. but in most cases, police can look at
your knowledge. >> because it's digital information and it's on a server, the government treats it with less protection. >> this congressman's bipartisan bill will require a warrant to look at any e-mail no matter how old it is. five states already require that. in most cases. nine more are considering it. police prefer one federal law. >> let's have a uniformity of practice. >> large companies like google, microsoft and yahoo! typically require a warrant to protect your personal information. >> we need to start there but i think we need to go beyond that again to provide additional protections for e-mail users and consumers. >> congress trying to catch up with the digital age. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. now to a story reported first on news4. one of the most popular museums in the district is in need of costly repairs. this week the smithsonian announce t
million for renovations. there were previous plans to fix the plumbing and ac and plg call systems but now they need to make replacements and repairs to the building's exterior. >> we need plumbing, electricity and electrical. this has been planned for at least the last 15 years. >> the smithsonian is requesting federal funds to help with the renovations but at a hearing this week not all lawmakers were on board. we're working for you in the community in honoring some unsung heros with the women's impact award. our pat mc'd the ceremony. among the hon in res, a food service worker, a crossing
of the women honored and more about the program on or nbc washington app. search "impact awarts". what would you do in your sunroof shattered while you were driving. this consumer reporter susan hogan went to find out why and what you should know about your car. a little girl saves her dad's life. what her mom taught her as a 3-year-old that stuck with her wall street. the nra. they're powerful. they usually get their way. but
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welcome back to news4 this week. imagine driving along when your car's sunroof suddenly shatters. it happened to one local family and as ore consumer reporter discovered, they're not alone. >> it happens in a split second, drivers describe the terrifying moment their sunroof shattered. >> we were just running some saturday errands. >> angela didn't get far on
sun sun roof in her 2015 nissan pathfinder shattered. >> it was a poof, almost like an explosion. for a second we were silent and the glass just came down on to my husband who was drooiflg. >> and all of the sudden it exploded. >> she even took this video with her phone after her husband pulled over. >> we didn't know what happened. >> she said she and her daughter were sitting in the back when the glass came crashing down in front of them. >> in her car seat. >> she was crying. she was scared naturally. we were all scared. >> they're not the only ones. it happened in chicago. >> i really thought i got shot at it. >> it happened in new york. >> the glass bowed upward. >> in fact we found hundreds of complaints describing similar shattering sunroofs. the national traffic safety administration is investigating certain model kias and ask for more car
on newest models of the sunroofs. kia mott ares tells news4 it is evaluating the performance of its tempered glass and has been cooperating with nhtsa and says in its investigation that only foreign objects such as rocks and gravel have been identified as the sunroof breakage. we asked a glass expert to explain how a sunroof could shatter without warning. >> i've seen tempered glass blow up. >> he told us tempers glass is commonly used in sunroofs. one reason, it's easier for the rescuers to break through in the event of a crash. >> when the tempered glass breaks, it will shatter into a million places. >> windshields are with laminated glass. >> that's what holds the glass together. >> there is a big difference. this is what happens when you hit laminated glass. and this is what happens when
he says something as small as a stone could shatter a sunroof or pressure of some kind. >> it's scary. you know when you think about what could have potentially happened. >> the deers did get their sun rooch replaced however they've lost confidence in the safety of what's overhead. >> we're not excited to get the car back because i feel unsafe, frankly. >> nissan told us it fixed the deer's path finder under warranty. nhtsa says its investigation into shattering sunroofs continues. susan hogan, news4. a growing number of hair salons are specializing in styles and products and now one just opened in frederic with that specializes in the customers it serves. funky do for you caters to customers with smeshl needs. christy opened it so she could spend more time with her autistic son. she coordinates a program involving kids who struggle over
autism, they might have to come visit five or six times just to say hello before you actually cut their hair. >> the salon is planning a fun raiser to help the charity autism speaks. >> washington red skin ryan carington visited the children's hospital this week to launch a technology room stocked with laptops, video game systems, anything patients and thaer families would need to communicate and relax. >> i really think that patients here will enjoy it. it's a great place to escape from the day to day of being in a hospital. >> this is the second tech room kerrigan has donated to a hospital. last year he launched a karener in d.c. well the next story is an example of why's never too early to teach your kids to dial
a brave little girl in silver spring did just what her mom had been teaching her since all the way back when she was 3 years old. she knew who to call in an emergency, her own phone number and address. that's all jenna needed to save her dad's life. >> different kind of happy feelings. >> 7-year-old jenna is filled with joy. she saved her father's life when he had a diabetic seizure. >> you called 911? >> yep. >> why? >> because my dad was unconscious and he won't wake up. >> it was a month ago when she knew something was wrong. her father jojo was on the floor in their silver spring apartment. >> u passed out totally. >> i tried to wake him up but he won't wake up. >> she remembered how her mother taught her to call 911. >> in chase of emergency. >> take a listen to some of the call. >> how old are you, honey? >> i'm 7 years old. >> is you
>> my dad is on the floor and he's on the ground sleeping. >> is there anybody else there with you? >> no. it's only me. my mom is at work and my grandpa is at work. after that, the dispatcher said more questions and then she said, what is your address. >> jenna gave her the address and the dispatcher sent paramedics. they gave him a glucose shot and revived him. >> thank you so much for saving my life. >> jenna smiles now but she was concerned when he mom came home. >> i said that i called 911 and then she said, no, i'm not mad. i'm very proud of you. >> well i'm proud of you, too. >> she's not only a sweet heart, that is one smart kid. we're counting down the kids until opening day at nets park. if you're getting ready
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the cherry blossom festival continues but if you don't go soon you may not see the famous trees until next year. they typically only last two weeks. the national arboretum need help naming the two e'g rhet eaglets launched there. pi they're in need of creative symbolic names. there are a numb were of changes this year to help it a more family friendly experience. this week our tom sherwood got a looj at some of the changes. >> it takes more than 40,000 fan to make
ballpark. as the team gets ready for another opening day -- >> there you are. thank you. >> -- fans will see metal detectors. they were first seen last year because of continued world violence and terrorism. >> we put a lot of effort into the design of the metal detectors and the planning and implementation. >> frank runs security in ballpark operations. he says some new security efforts will be seen and not seen. >> you guys are take whatever precautions you can. >> yes. there's obviously, as you said, things that can't talk about that we're implementing this season. i will tell you that we are having canine teams at every ball game this year. >> but that's behind the scenes stuff. the team is offering no food and eating and drinking spaces to make the ballpark for friendly. >> 70% of our fans come here with another member of their family.
southeast, development also is filling in spaces that once were used for parking lots. >> development around here is phenomenal. we do a game called crane counting sometimes when we try to figure out how many places are building. >> again like previous years, metro is still the most popular way to get to and from the park. tom sherwood, news4. >> you can find out more about other changes for the upcoming season, head over the our nbc washington app and search "nats opening day". that's going to do it for news4 this week. i'm chris lawrence. thanks so much for joining us. ♪