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oh, one more thing honey... those pj's you like, the ones with the feet, i bought you five new pairs. love you. did you see the hockey game last night? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. good morning, everyone. it is monday, october 17th, 2011. we are taking a live look at the washington monument this morning. what a gorgeous day we have even right now. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. welcome to fox 5 morning news. let's check in with tucker barnes. he has the latest on the weather. what a gorgeous weekend we have. is this going to continue? >> yes, i think we'll have some sunshine out there. we have some clouds at the moment and a few very light showers off to the north and west. the blue on your map is the cold front coming through as we
speak. that will reinforce the cool and dry air around here today. highs expected back in the low 70s. currently, 64 degrees at reagan national as we switch maps and our humidity is down. it is 52%. there are your winds out of the west at 10 miles per hour. here is your forecast, sunshine and mild. there will be morning cloudiness. things will improve later today with highs in the low to mid- 70s. today, 73 by 4:00 p.m. back to you. >> thank you. some of the top stories we are following this morning, tragedy on the racetrack. two-time indianapolis 500 winner dan wheldon died following a fiery crash at the las vegas motor speedway. harris faulkner with the story now. >> reporter: the race just minutes old when wheldon
couldn't steer clear of a wreck that started when two cars touched tires sending him into a catch fence. >> we saw kind of something from one of the cars and that just started everything. >> reporter: wheldon hitting a fence along the track, going airborne and 14 other cars crashing at las vegas motor speedway sunday. winnipeg second, several cars burst into flames with piles of debris covering the tracks. wheldon airlifted from the track to university medical center where he later died. family and fans just some of the many reacting to his death. >> to be here and see it, it is -- >> you never want to see that happen. >> the sports world lost a major star in the world of indy auto racing. >> he wasn't just a great driver but a great human being. >> reporter: three other drivers including will power hurt in the pile-up but expected to fully recover.
in honor of wheldon, his colleagues driving a five-lap tribute. 33-year-old dan wheldon, one of the most well-known drivers to die in a race in the u.s. since dale earnhardt on the final lap of the 2001 daytona 500. wheldon leaves behind a wife and two young children n new york, i'm harris faulkner, fox news. we had some beautiful weather for a very special day in the district yesterday. the dedication of the martin luther king, jr. memorial. stevie wonder and president obama headlines the event on the national mall yesterday. for many it was a return trip to d.c. the original date in august was postponed because of hurricane irene. but only sunshine for the thousands who came out, some minding up before dawn even near the spot where dr. king delivered his historic i have a
dream speech. in sports now, the redskins fell to michael vick and the philadelphia eagles. 20-13 was the score. rex grossman was benched after throwing four interceptions. the loss dropped the skins to 3- 2 on the season. to baseball now and the world series is set. it will be the st. louis cardinals versus the texas rangers. cards captured their 18th pennant last night with a 12-6 win over the milwaukee brewers. the world series gets under way wednesday night and you can watch every game here on fox 5. we still have plenty ahead, your weather, traffic and all of your top stories. fox 5 morning news starts right now. it is 4:30 on this monday, october 17th, taking a live look at the u.s. capitol dome this morning. it is about 64 degrees it looks like outside right now. a nice start to the day
actually. good morning, everyone. i'm sarah simmons. welcome to fox 5 morning news. let's say hell toe tucker barnes for the latest on our weather. i enjoyed this weekend. it was beautiful. went to the white house fall garden tour. it was beautiful for that. >> meet anybody important? >> i got to see him go by for the dedication ceremony so i saw someone important. >> and the guarden is beautiful? >> it's gorgeious -- and the garden is beautiful? >> it's gorgeous. >> we have a weak cold front that is approaching from the north and west and you can see that is spilling clouds into the region. rain showers, the rate arrest overplaying it. i think there might be a few showers for our viewers off to the north and west but they'll quickly dissipate. we should have bright sunshine as we get into late morning, early afternoon. it should be nice with temperatures expected to be back in the 70s for the daytime
high. right now, mild, 64 at reagan national. 63 at dulles. your forecast for today, more good news. lots of sunshine. yesterday's daytime high, 71. today will be about 73 in the city. 74 in fredericksburg, upper 60s out to the west. mart tinsburg, 69 degrees. we are following a traffic alert this morning about a major commuter route into the district. part of an overpass on 295 that goes over south capital street is closed right now. fox 5's stacy cohan is live on the scene in southeast with the details for us. what is going on out there? >> well, apparently, according to officers on the scene, there was some issues with pothole repair on this overpass. you can take a look behind me. the overpass itself i'm told is not closed. there was a pothole repair that went wrong. a couple of cars i'm told got flat tires driving over it.
they have one lane closed. what is closed in south capital street in both directions as you pass under this bridge at 295. officers on the scene say they are hoping to get this reopened before the early morning rush really gets going. at this point, it is closed in both direction as they are checking underneath the bridge to make certain that no debris is loose so that, if cars go over, it the debris would fall on the cars underneath. once they feel confident there is no danger to cars passing under the bridge, they will reopen it. but for the moment, it remains closed. >> thank you. let's check in with julie wright for the latest on traffic, how people can deal with that situation out there. >> it won't be easy. it is a heavily transported route, if you will. stacy is telling us the road is blocked on south capital street in each direction. on the other side of town, you
will find the lanes are open southbound along 270 coming in out of germantown. no incidents to report leaving rockville headed out towards the split. traffic volume still moving at speed as you work your way 395 across 14th street bridge. one of the most popular drivers in open wheeled racing killed during a horrific crash. dan wheldon got caught in the mid all of a 15-car pile-up just minutes into the las vegas 300. three other drivers were hurt. the 33-year-old wheldon was a two-time indy 500 winner. he leaves behind his wife and two children. drivers understandably are devastated. >> lost one of my best friends, one of my greatest teammates. i didn't know what to say. i think i'm getting old, i've
been through so many of these already. >> wheldon was the only one in the race to have a chance to win a $5 million bone us that was part of a promotional gimmick only he had accepted. making headlines this morning, police on the hunt for a missing germantown boy are working a new lead now. officers are currently searching little bennett regional park in clarksburg and damascus regional park. 11-year-old william mcquain has not been seen now in two weeks. his mother was found dead in their germantown home last wednesday. police arrested her estranged husband for the murder. he is due in court in north carolina today to declare whether he wants to waive extradition to maryland. d.c. mayor vincent gray still being put under microscope by the feds. he spoke at the mlk memorial del deed indication yesterday. the "washington post" reports that federal investigators are moving forward with their probe into allegations made by former
mayoral candidate suleiman brown that he was paid off by gray's people and fingerprints were obtained from howard brooks. brown alleged brooks handed him cash a number of times. the maryland general assembly is meeting to a special assembly to approve a new map for maryland's eight seats in the u.s. congress t will convene later this morning ahead of a redistricting meeting that starts at 1:00 this afternoon. george washington, abraham lincoln and thomas jefferson joined by dr. martin luther king, jr. with the memorial on the national mall. stevie wonder sang at yesterday's dedication and president obama spoke to the estimated 10,000 people who came out for this. to many, the towering granite monument is a stark reminder that the civil rights leader's dream of social justice has not been realized. to have the nation's first
black president dedicate the monument was not lost on some students from the core eight scott leadership academy in atlanta. >> it's life lesson. >> there is not even a word to describe being here. like, okay, the lincoln memorial, excellent. but dr. martin luther king memorial, no one ever saw this coming. >> it is a big deal. he has a global frame of reference for justice and peace. that is a gratifying feeling to me to know he is appreciated in that way. those who stayed around longer got a few extra songs from stevie wonder. cornell west is waking up in a d.c. jail this morning. he was arrest on the steps of the u.s. supreme court sunday while protesting with the group october 2011. dr.west will be arraigned in d.c. superior court this afternoon. fourteen others were also arrested during the protests. the october 2011 movement made
news earlier this month when their protestss shut down the air and space museum in d.c. in sports now, not a happy monday for redskins fans. theburg uppedy and gold fell to the philadelphia eagles 20-13. michael vick threw for 237 yards and a touchdown while rex grossman was benched after throwing four interceptions. the loss drops the skins to 3-2 on the season. coming up in our next hour, dave ross will join us live to break down the game for us. later on this morning, we'll check in with redskins tight end chris cooley live at his home. a busy morning for d.c. homicide detectives. details of what happened overnight. danger on the roadways actually pretty bad car crash. we're going to get the details on what happened here. stay with us, everyone. time is 4:38. [ beep ]
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new this morning, violence in the district has investigate investigators working two homicides this morning. the latest happened just a few hours ago in the 1100 block of stevens road southeast. a man was shot in the head and so far, no word on suspects in that case. in northeast d.c., a man was stabbed to death. this happened last night in an apartment building in the 1900 block of i street. investigators say a woman is the suspect though she is not in custody at this time. a car crash in largo last night sent two people to the hospital. one has serious injuries. the car apparently hit a pole around 7:00 in the 1000 block of largo center drive. president obama hits the road this morning bringing his jobs bill and re-election campaign to virginia and north carolina. the three-day bus tour begins in asheville, north carolina. the president is in traditional
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nature walks where you could learn everything you never knew about mushrooms, trees and bugs. a lot of folks got out on the water for canoe rides. look how pretty it was out there. >> beautiful. gorgeous. area-wide, yesterday, a lot of people out playing. >> could play today if you want. >> if you don't have to go to work or you can sneak out early. we'll have highs later this afternoon back into the low 70s. we will have morning clouds working through here but we should be mostly sunny by afternoon. looking at another nice day. there are your high temperatures from yesterday. and if you were betting on 71, you know, we have some better weather temperatures in the weather center. you are a winner because reagan national, dulles and bwi marshall all 71 degrees yesterday. a lot of sunshine. today should be beautiful after some morning cloudiness. nice mild start to your day. 65degrees right now at reagan national. these temperatures up in the
past 24 hours. yesterday morning, we were in the 50s. 40s in some spots. 66 in leonardtown. 66 is the winning number in annapolis. 64 in fredericksburg. one or two 50s off to the north and west. looking at our satellite-radar, we've got a cold front coming through. there it is, you can see the rain shower activity with it and some of that cloud cover i mentioned pushing to the south and east. the rain showers generally won't hold together as the front pushes south and east here. there might be a sprinkle particularly north and west of the city or a very light shower. this should get south and east of us by mid- to late morning. once the front gets south of us, should be a nice afternoon for us. we are expecting high temperatures back into the 70s, low to mid-70s and then a nice cool one tonight although that front will be hanging out very close by so we'll have some clouds around here later tonight. nice looking monday. mild this afternoon, 73 degrees. winds out of the west at about five to 10 miles per hour. a few clouds strolling through overnight. a little cooler tomorrow
morning than we are this morning. here is your five-day forecast. not bad looking. 74 tomorrow, partly sunny. we'll cloud up late in the day. could be showers tuesday night. wednesday looks wet with temperatures in the mid-60s. if you like the cool air, look at thursday and friday. coolest air of the season moving on in here at the end of the week. let's do some on-time traffic with julie wright. >> we're talking about south capital street, 295 and a very large pothole that crews are continuing to work on as we speak. station -- stacy cohan has been reporting live from the scene. traffic along south capital street on the outbound side of the roadway is blocked. outbound south capital street is blocked because of this large sinkhole. police are turning everybody around. some traffic is able to get by single file to the left. outbound is where we have problems. police are turning everybody
around at the scene at the moment. if you are northbound on 295 or inbound on south capital street, your lanes are open. that is the rush hour flow. we'll find a lot of people bailing out on 295 using that as the alternative route headed in towards southeast washington. if you are leaving d.c. by way of 295, you squeeze by single file to the left. outbound on south capital street, you will be turned around by these officers at the scene. quick peek at 395 coming across the 14th street bridge. all lanes are open. no incidents to report working your way across the potomac headed into southeast. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. a manassas woman is under arrest identify fire that left 23 people with no place to live. 28-year-old tonisha bates is behind bars with no bound. the fire destroyed six apartments on woodbury drive around 7:00 sunday morning. bates is charged with felony arson. police did not reveal what was the possible motive. congress has approved three
tree trade agreements with the hope of boosting the u.s. economy. one was with south korea. president obama celebrated the free trade agreement with the president of south korea last week. president obama says he will sign it within days and called it a win for both countries. white house says the south korean trade agreement will create 70,000 jobs. congress also approved agreements with colombia and panama. a private memorial for apple co-founder steve jobs was held in stanford, california yesterday. california governor jerry brown declared october 16th to be steve jobs day. another private memorial service will be held on wednesday at apple headquarters. jobs died more than a week after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. hundreds of nations recognized world food day on sunday. as the global population nears the seven billion mark, reports say rising food costs are
making food more scarce to vulnerable societies. >> one out of every seven people will wake up and not even know how to fill this cup of food and with the volatility, they're never sure how much food they will have. >> according to the world bank, the rising food prices have pushed nearly 70 million people worldwide into extreme property. the environmental media awards honor films, and those who create ideas on the environment. r. . >> reporter: with 25,000 solar panels visible from virtually
every spot on its northern california campus, butte college has achieved a milestone. it is producing more electricity than it uses. >> we take the extra electricity and push it back into the grid. so the electric company, when we do that, will pay us for that electricity. >> reporter: the massive solar project represents an equally massive investment, $27 million, a mention of government subsidies, utility rebates and the school itself, a rural community college serving 14,000 students, 2/3 of whom get some kind of financial aid. >> the primary mission of any educational institution is to provide the best call the education can you at the least cost. and that is where i think the rubber meets the road. the question then could be raised is in the best way using taxpayer dollars to educate the students that would go to this college? >> reporter: they claim the protected savings from energy
bills down the road will be reinvested in ways that will improve student education. >> it multiplies many times over to be able to take that money and put it back in the classroom and in the infrastructure of the college. >> reporter: as more public colleges go solar on campus, some wonder whether such hefty investments are driven by all the attention surrounding this and the availability of government loans and tax credits. >> even subsidizing this to the point of making it level or equivalent to what natural gas would cost, you are actually saying the taxpayers are making up the difference. that is where i would want to do some sharp pencil analysis. >> reporter: butte crej officials say the public has been fully supportive of the school's decision to be green in every possible way even if it means spending a lot of green outside the classroom. claudia cowan, fox news. a brutal sunday afternoon for redskins quarterback rex
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in the end, real steel is your top money maker. it took in $16.3 million. footloose came in a close second with just over $16 million. rounding out the top five, the thing, the ides of march and dolphin tale. to worst now, world series match-up is set. it will be the st. louis cardinals versus the texas rangers. the cards captured their 18th national league pennant last night with a 12-6 over the milwaukee brewers. the world series gets under way wednesday night. can you watch every game right here on fox 5. back to the nfl now. you already know the redskins lost. we don't want to talk so much about that but with you will all morning long. it was also a tough sunday for the dallas cowboys. they fell to the new england patriots 20-16. new england scored the winning touchdown in the final seconds. the loss dropped dallas to 2-3 on the season. new york giants got a win over the surprising buffalo
bills. the game was tied 24-24 late but the giants mounted a final drive and then won it on a 23- yard field goal. they improved to 4-2 and take first place in the nfc east. up in baltimore, the ravens improved to 4-1. they beat the texans 29-14. joe flaco threw for 225 yards. the ravens have won three straight and remain alone atop the afc north. back to the redskins now. big struggles for quarterback rex grossman sunday. he threw four interceptions in the loss and was benched. fox 5's lindsay murphy has more on the latest d.c. quarterback controversy. >> reporter: grossman's troubles began on the skins first drive and ended when he
had completed three quarters. he tied a career high with four interceptions. >> ultimately, i'm responsible for the football. i'm worried about getting better. i'm worried about my job and if i'm out there, i want to play extremely well. i believe in myself in the whole stadium doesn't, coaching staff doesn't. whatever the situation is, i believe in myself that every single play, i'm going to get it done. so i fell back on that. >> reporter: grossman got into trouble trying to make the big play. he underthrew gaffney and was picked off twice trying to his hitt his top target, fred davis. >> i had my man beat but you got to make that play. i should have crossed that. >> i think the way we played today, we have to assume fault as an offense and assume fault
as a team. we are eight not going to come back and say this is rex. we played poorly on offense. >> reporter: grossman was pulled late in the third quarter in favor of john beck who played the entire fourth quarter. he completed eight of 15 passes for 117 yards and scored on a two-yard scamper up the middle. he was just what the doctor ordered. >> we needed a spark. john has been practicing well the last couple of weeks. and with four turnovers there, we thought it was time to make a change. >> it was good to play but to be honest, i have that sick feeling after a loss. i went in, my initial mindset was a couple of scores. if we can put together a couple of scores, and i firmly believed we were going. i feel like i aplayed the whole game and in the end, we didn't win. will it be rex or beck come sunday in carolina in we won't know until wednesday and m