tv News4 This Week NBC November 19, 2016 5:00am-5:30am EST
?? right now on "news4 this week," students on the streets. high schoolers across our area protest the election of donald trump. safety concerns, metro turns to new technology to let its workers know when trouble is coming. we all remember the bring? chief meteorologist doug kammerer has this winter weather outlook. welcome to "news4 this week." >> hi, everyone, i'm chris lawrence. we begin with the continued protests in washington after the election of donald trump. >> my aunt full of anxiety. >> this week, students led the charge in our area. george washington university students gathered outside the
chopper 4 was over highpoint high school in beltsville this week where a small group walked out around lunchtime. one of the largest protests happened right outside the trump hotel. news4's shomari stone was there. >> reporter: hundreds of d.c. and montgomery county public school students along with some teens from private school shout "you can't divide us" outside the trump international hotel in northwest d.c. and >> i like it. i feel like we all came from different types of schools across the city. we came and united as one. >> we are not trump's america. >> reporter: the protests started around noon when hundreds walked out of woodrow wilson high school in northwest d.c. a few parents told me they supported their kids protesting against president-elect trump. >> i'm proud of her. she's standing up for her first amendment free speech rights. >> reporter: but paula didn't allow her daughter to go.
i am just concerned about safety. >> reporter: there were a few safety concerns but no violence. one student climbs on top of the benjamin franklin statue, and this one stands high above the crowd in a window. moments later, security politely tells them to get down. they listen. >> thank you. >> reporter: the students left the hotel and marched to the capitol. they want president-elect trump to see their protest on the news. >> as a president, he should be the one coming here and seeing all of these p probably been told about what's happening. but he's not here. he's not looking at the amount of people that do not agree with him, what he says. >> reporter: news4. there's also been a rise in racist messages popping up across the country. some have even been found in our area. police are looking for the person who vandalized a church this week in silver spring. someone wrote the phrase "trump nation whites only" on the wall of the memorial garden and episcopal church.
the church's spanish language service. meanwhile, plans are underway for trump's inauguration early next year. inauguration day falls on friday, january 20th. federal workers will have that day off as a holiday. everyone else,em with, they're going to need to make alternate plans to get around town. there will be several road closures downtown, and metro is planning to extend its hours for the day and will suspend the safe track work the entire ek protests among the d.c. council when it comes to putting on the inauguration. a majority of council members want the district to spend less money for a parade reviewing stand. last year -- last time the district spent nearly $350,000 on a heated enclosed stand for president obama's second inauguration. well, some democratic members recommended the district not build a stand at all. council chairman phil
a less extravagant stand to the mayor. also this week, metro announced a new plan to keep track workers safe. they're turning to new technology that will help alert workers if a train is coming. this comes after a recent incident near reagan national airport where two workers were almost hit by a fast-moving train. transportation reporter adam tuss shows how it works. >> reporter: on the tracks, things can go from a normal workday to a dangerous situation ve approaches too fast. and that's why metro's frontline workers are saying to metro, make things safer. can technology help prevent a disaster? metro hopes so. the transit agency will test a system where track workers wear a band that alerts them when a train is approaching a work zone too fast. it's a system that should give workers on the tracks enough time to clear the way. do you feel like you're safe when you're working out there? >> not all the time.
time. >> reporter: ray manned jackson is with the largest union and says on the tracks it's more than just a job, and he's put out a challenge to managers to experience the tracks firsthand. >> rain, sleet, snow, i mean, if you recall, in the summer we had 18 days that were above 90 degrees. and them guys worked 12-hour shifts. >> reporter: frontline workers say the real issue comes down to a lack of preparation >> my biggest complaint is there's not enough training. the training we have is not that effective. >> reporter: in addition to the new technology, metro's retraining operators and track workers to prevent what could be a deadly accident. at reagan national airport, adam tuss, news4. there's also new support for metro's plans to close the system early for maintenance. the northern virginia transportation commission says it agrees with the midnight cutoff time on fridays and saturdays, but after two years,
if metro goes through with the early closures, the commission says there needs to be a better bus plan to help people get around. still ahead on "news4 this week," major changes coming to a maryland school district after a pretty long battle with the state's governor. and we're inching closer toward winter. how cold will it get? will we have another blizzard? doug kammerer has the winter forecast. when cold and flu hold you back try theraflu expressmax,
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this week chopper 4 brought us some dramatic pictures of a motorcycle chase in northern virginia. this week we learned what set off that dramatic chase. an officer initially tried to stop a man named anderss kinsler for not properly displaying registration on the bike. he didn't stop and led officers on a chase that lasted for more than an hour during busy rush hour traffic. eventually he gave up and surrendered peacefully.
including a felony that carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. talk about a big change for a local school district. starting next year, kids will not go back to school in montgomery county until after labor day. you may remember maryland governor larry hogan made an executive order earlier this year telling districts to push back the start of school until after labor day. montgomery county officials say classes will start on september 5th for the 2017-'18 school june 15th. this week, we learn good an effort to build a memorial to remember the lives lost in world war i. a private commission is proposing to redesign the mostly neglected pershing park that honors the world war i general. the commission is busy raising money and getting approvals to transform the two-acre site into more -- a more accessible park-like setting. it would feature a 75-foot
welcome back. major blizzard we had in january and the weeks it took to get everything back to normal. this week, storm team 4's chief meteorologist, doug kammerer, told us what to expect this winter. >> reporter: here we are again moving fast into winter. the last few winters have seen some rather brutal weather. record low temperatures, windchills well below zero in each of the last three winter, all above average when it comes to snowfall.
one of the biggest snowstorms to ever hit our region. i think this year will be just as brutal, and the worst part could be the cold. the superstorm el nino of last season -- super strong el nino of last season is gone, and we're moving toward a weak la nina. during a weak la nina, the jet stream blows above the mid-atlantic bringing storms and well above precipitation. if i was looking at la nina other factors at play. one of the biggest is siberian snow cover. we have mentioned this before, but the amount of snow cover in siberia in late october gives us a signal of what we may expect for the rest of the winter. this year, that snow cover is one of the largest ever. that combined with arctic sea ice will allow cold air to move into the country and especially into our region. now we still expect snow, but i
impact on our region, but we won't be shut down for days. i think the biggest impact this season will be the cold, and it could be record-breaking. let's break it down. we think this year's cold will come much earlier than last year. december and january are both looking very cold with a few days only in the teens. february may be our warmest winter month this season, and we expect temperatures well above average. the cold will try to make a return, though, in march, and this is where i thi not the blizzard of last year, but potent storms that still deliver a punch. so how about that snowfall? this year i'm predicting average or slightly above average snowfall. the d.c. area averages just over 15 inches a year. and this year, i'm going 14 to 20 inches along the i-95 corridor with more to the north and west, as usual, and a little bit less to the south and east. when it snows in the district, the official
now there's an effort to change that. d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton is asking the national weather service to move the official site from reagan national airport to somewhere in d.c. the congresswoman says measuring the snowfall total within the district is critical for applying for federal disaster aid, and it's a home rule matter of respect for d.c. and its residents. repairs to the capitol dome on r finally finished. this year the architect revealed the finished produ restored since the eisenhower administration. workers covered up 1,300 cracks, removed 14 layers of paint, and replaced countless cast iron ornaments. this is the tallest cast-iron dome in the world at 29 years tall. we posted a lot of images from the renovation process in the nbc washington app. search "capitol dome." when you visit the smithsonian, it's easy to be
what's behind the scenes? news4's angie goff gets an all-access pass and discovers an amazing world of hidden history. so pretty. >> reporter: at the national museum of american history -- >> doesn't look comfortable -- >> reporter: true national treasures that stand the test of time. but beyond the museum floors, some walls become doors leading to off limits until now. it's there, in secret backrooms, cold vault pieces of history visitors can't see. >> there's hundreds of thousands of dissertations waiting to happen. there's sthiers just are laying in wait for somebody to come and unpack them. >> reporter: in the museum's staging area, curator and project director shannon parrish prepares carol burnett's costume. this is the last stop for objects about to hit the floor. getting here is a big deal. with an inventory of more than three million artifacts, only a
any given time. meaning most of the museum's collection is not on display. >> our job right now for the most part is to keep things preserved forever. we are always assessing what will tell a good story. >> reporter: in the medical division -- >> one of the most important objects -- >> reporter: cabinets reveal the first artificial heart. a surgical kit once used for exorcisms. and did you know before the breathalyzer, there was the drink-o-meter? circa >> this is the meter that killed smallpox. >> reporter: some of the tiniest things in the room transformed history. nearby in a space just for sports, we find a babe ruth baseball. a couple drawers up, the torch from the olympic games. from the entertainment world, it's indy's whip and jacket, fonzie's, too. and there's fozzie bear still wearing that famous polka dot tie. there's a lot of crates and cabinets, but this one's different. it's phyllis diller's official gag file.
stuffed inside. >> many of the objects stored away are very old. but the museum is constantly collecting. that includes a lot of artifacts from modern day. ladies and gentlemen, straight out of the '50s and "seinfeld," i present to you the puffy shirt. how do you know that this is going to have a place in the history of comedy and tv? >> contemporary collecting is always difficult because we typically collect with some sort of historical perspective. away, maryland -- >> i walk each one of the buildings every morning -- >> reporter: we continue to explore at a secret, offsite location. >> it's a real privilege to be part of the caretaker of the american experience. >> reporter: we see the first motorcycle, some stage coaches parked, too. at old-timey bicycle and clara barton's ambulance covered up. among the relics, hot rods. the race car mario andretti drove to win the indy 500. and safe in a crate, the harley
some of his most death-defying stunts. great american stories with time or circumstance that may end up on the public floor. if they don't, don't worry. >> there's a lot of competition for who gets real estate, which exhibits get made. that's the brilliance of the digital era. >> reporter: angie goff, news4. when we come back, consumer reporter susan hogan gets you ready for black friday. she'll look at which stores will
?? we're getting closer to christmas, and black friday is just days away. before you go shopping, you'll want to watch this report. consumer reporter susan hogan reveals which stores offer the biggest discounts. >> reporter: well, a new survey just out today is revealing which stores are actually going to be offering the deepest discounts on appliances, jewelry, and toys. let's take a look.
retailers. it found that macy's has the overall biggest discount rate at 63.35%. not far behind them, stage which operates stores like peeble's and goody's, jcpenney and harbor freight with stores in virginia offer an average discount just about 63%. compare that to black fridays' overall discount of 35%. gordon's, a retailer with locations in the midwe average discount of 62%. not bad overall. wallet hub also found that toys are the ones that are mostly discounted. they have the biggest discount and the biggest bang for your buck. while books, movies, and music coming in at the lowest for discounts. you can find out which retailers round out the top ten g. to our nbc washington app and search "black friday." >> all right. good luck out there. finally this week, a look at
the graduates are service dogs specially trained to provide support to our nation's heroes. the group hero dogs raises, trains, and places the dogs with veterans with disabilities. the dogs become lifelong companions and help our veterans live more independent lives. the dogs are partnered with the veterans free of charge. hero dogs is funded on donations and relies on volunteers. that's going to do it for "news4 this week." i'm chris lawrence. we're going to leave with capitol dome. thanks for joining us. have a great week. ??