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you will notice it when you fill up and when you check your bank account balance. >> gas prices are going up. we'll tell you where prices may be heading next. we didn't see too much around here but areas just a short drive south of here are dealing with a whole lot of snow this morning. it is 6:00 on this monday. we are taking a live look outside. washington monument on your right. chilly start to your day. things going to warm up. that has been the story of this winter. that is for sure. it is monday, february 20th. good morning, everyone.
i'm sarah simmons i'm wisdom martin. it has been the story of winter which hasn't been -- >> a winter storm did drop several inches of winter snow not around here but across the south. it was the scene in hillsville in weather virginia, parts of kentucky, tennessee, west virginia and north carolina were also hit. >> that's right. tennessee highway patrol reported near whiteout conditions near the kentucky border. about 20 vehicles were involved in a string of crashes on the three-mile stretch of road. now, we have one weather- related school delay to tell you about. culpeper county public schools or a two-hour delay. school offices will open at 9:00. >> all right. in the meantime here, it is pretty quiet outside. >> it is quieting down. parts of the area, even locally, southern maryland, we got viewers in colonial beach and virginia, they got a pretty good round of snow during the evening hours last night. la plata and down into southern maryland, lower eastern shore so we got some pretty impressive snow amounts as well. >> a little sledding going on
around there today. >> we've got parts of the area that didn't get much of anything. large parts of the year. >> after all the snow last year, we deserve a little break. >> santa claus brought a lot of kids sleth and they went to put them to use at least once -- sleds and they want to put them to use at least once this year. things quieting down. you can see everything exit stage right there off the lower eastern shore. the snow -- the rain transitioning to some snow showers down towards salisbury and ocean city but the general trend is out of here. we should be in for a bright sunny day today with temperatures right where they should be. it will feel cooler than the upper 40s with these winds. currently, it is 37 in washington. your humidity, 54%. winds are out of the north at 17. gusting to about 25. it will feel a little chillier
than that. the afternoon high temperature with those winds so bring along a jacket if you are headed down to celebrate president's day down at the mall, that kind of thing. sunshine, a little breezy here this afternoon. high temperatures, upper 40s and if you like springtime weather, well, we've got it in the five-day forecast. i'll have that coming up for you in a minute. >> those temperatures look nice. let's check in with lauren demarco to get the latest on traffic. >> good morning. one good thing about no snow is that we also don't have to worry about any problems on the roads. we are looking pretty good there. that coupled with the fact that it is a federal holiday and lighter than usual volume. no real issues to report. southbound gw parkway at turkey run. we did have a disabled vehicle and that is out of the way. let's take a live look from describe fox. 370 and 270, your lanes are wide open. nothing in your way towards bethesda. beltway look good in montgomery county as well. no problems crossing the
american legion bridge. we take a look at 66 as you head inbound past route 50, fair oaks, nice, easy trip. look at the lanes open all the way in towards the beltway and continuing inside the beltway toward roslyn, you shouldn't find any issues there. 95, 359 also running well. hov restricts lifted everywhere except for route 50 the john hanson highway. if you are traveling metro today, we should mention that we are on a saturday schedule. metrorail with the red and orange lines do have some stations closed for work because of the holiday. so do plan ahead as you head out there. >> thank you. we continue to follow developments in that foiled plot to bomb the u.s. capitol. friday, a 29-year-old from alexandria was arrested by the fbi following a lengthy undercover investigation. he is from morocco and was
living in the u.s. illegally. agents posing as al-qaeda operatives made the arrest at capitol hill parking garage friday morning ago of he was provided with what he thought was an explosive vest.
he will be in court wednesday for a preliminary hearing. drivers are feeling the pinch. gas prices are soaring at a time when they are typically lower. and the news is not getting better any time soon. expected gallon in the coming weeks. melanie alnwick is live in bethesda with some answers to the winter spike. right now, everybody wants to know what is going on. we are talking about about $3.89 a gallon here. even last week, it was going up as well and a lot of drivers, as can you imagine, are not doing the fulfill-up right now. just putting in exactly what they've got in their wallets. gas prices have spiked another
$3 to $5 a gallon in just the last week. we'll take a look at the average prices. the national average is $3.55 a gallon. gallon.
it is costing virginia drivers who tend to cover a little bit more area, they do this as an average, it is costing virginia drivers about $428 a month right now at these prices. maryland, it is about $344 a month and in d.c., it averages out to only $107 a month but it is not really fair because a lot of d.c. drivers don't go that far. we are talking about this possibility of $4 a gallon gas. the u.s. energy information administration does have a short-term energy outlook. they said they were giving it a one in four chance that average nationwide top prices for that regular unleaded would cross the $4 a gallon mark. i suspect when they put in their new short-term energy outlook on march 6th, they will probably give that a little bit of a higher probability because that is what all the other oil appear lifts are saying. what we've got going on are some refineries that are out. we have that witchover to the
summer blend gasoline and there is that speculation from traders we've heard so much about and they are pouring a lot of money into bets that demand for gas is going to rise. back to you. >> thank you. now, let's take a look at the morning's other top stories. search is on for a driver that killed a young mother. tyesha williams was just 19 years old and leaves behind a 2- year-old son. the car crashed on suitland road. the car flipped over, landing on her and the driver ran away. if you have any information that may help in the case, call prince george's county police. police in prince george's county also searching if a hit and run driver in another accident. a woman was hit early sunday morning on branch avenue near serrat road. the victim has not been identified. still ahead, groundbreaking on a piece of history on the national mall this week. >> but first, whitney houston laid to rest following this weekend's private funeral
jury deliberation will begin wednesday in the murder trial of george huguely. he was accused in the murder of his ex-girlfriend yeardley love. three expert skiers are dead after an avalanche near a ski resort in washington state. it happened in the cascade mountains northeast of seattle. officials say the victims were three men between the ages of 30 and 40. a fourth skier was a woman. she was swept down the mountain but wasn't seriously injured. it is unclear what caused the avalanche but officials think an out of bounds skier or a van may have had a part in it. fans have said their final good-byes to legendary singer whitney houston. pop icon was buried next to her
father yesterday during a private ceremony. fans gathered along the route of the motorcade. saturday, houston was mourned at an invitation only funeral at her childhood church. coming up next, a first for the nation and this week, the nationals museum of african- american history and culture takes a big step forward. >> but first, we're checking in with tucker for your forecast and talking about another warm- up heading our way. fox 5 morning news is back in a moment. ♪
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had all winter for the most part. >> i know. it seems like it. you didn't have to go that far south of d.c. to find some snow. christina brown posted this picture of snow in virginia. it is massaponix. it looks like they got a lot of snow. >> i little bit. >> compared to us. we got a look at the snow last night in fredericksburg. this shot posted by felicia nowles. you can see it coated her deck. >> it is the farther south that you got more snow. >> further south and west. our viewers in southern maryland got about an in. >> so just missed us. >> just missed us. >> so close. >> yet so far away. >> yeah. >> officially a trace at reagan national for you are creeping
track -- keeping track of that kind of thing. i saw no flakes even though i was waiting patiently in some my lawn chair. >> i was waiting for your tweets. >> i tweeted on saturday and then i hightailed it and locked the doors and closed the windows and shades at my house. we'll be enjoying an affect. it will be breezy around. i know a lot of people want to go out and play for president's day. if you want for go out and play in the sunshine, jacket weather as it will be breezy here with the storm exiting to our east. 35 now in washington. we continue to fall -- temperatures continue to fall here in the past hour. 37 in quantico. gently south of washington, we have at least some covering of snow. so as you get down towards fredericksburg and into southern maryland, generally some light snow and then across the lower eastern shore, it was rain showers earlier but it flipped over to some snow showers and just a few leftover snow showers to our south and east down towards salisbury and
so shen city. getting cold. 32 in winchester. i mentioned the breezes out of the north and north and west to about 23 miles per hour in washington. 18 in fredericksburg. 16 in manassas. if we did the wind chill, it would be in the 20s right now. a nice afternoon as our storm continues to kind of push off here to the south and to the east. we're in for bright sunshine later this afternoon. look out into west virginia and ohio. that area of clearing skies will be building in during the course of the day. it will be a nice day. a little breezy as mentioned with the winds out of the north at about 10 to 15 during the day. we are done with the rain showers. good-look forecast for your holiday. here you go. sunshine, becoming breezy. there are your winds out of north at 10 to 15. we will be cold tonight so your heat will be running. kids headed back to school tomorrow morning. things will be on the chilly side but a nice afternoon tomorrow with highs in the low to mid-50s. all right. springtime weather officially here wednesday, thursday and
friday. check it out. in the 60s. could be some showers by late thursday and friday. overnight lows in the upper 40s. that is a look at the weather forecast. let's do some traffic and lauren demarco is in this morning. she has your latest. good morning. >> good morning. not too much to talk about on the roads this morning with the federal holiday. things are looking pretty good with the lack of snow. we'll leave you alone for that. sky fox is flying over 270 right at the split. making that trip southbound to the left of your screen, headlights heading toward us, the split right there in bethesda heading toward the beltway. we've got some volume but everybody is moving. no accidents or incidents reported between frederick and the beltway. should be a nice trip inbound for you 270. here are near georgia avenue. both the inner and outer loops running pretty well. don't have any accident reported there. 66 looks good through manassas all the way in towards the beltway. if you are continuing on the beltway past the american
legion bridge toward tyson's, nothing for you. then leaving springfield to the right of your screen past van dorn street to the wilson bridge, your lanes are open. inbound new york avenue at bladensburg, no issues. if you are traveling metro today, do want to mention that you are on a saturday schedule. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. ic. it is a project years in the making and this week, the smithsonian's national museum of african-american history and culture takes a huge step forward. a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on the national mall on wednesday. president obama will deliver remarks at the event. this is the smithsonian's 19th museum and the only national museum dedicated exclusively to documenting african-american culture. it is set up to open in 2015. coming up next, a look at what is happening on the campaign trail.
back now with the latest on the race for the white house. polls are showing mitt romney and rick santorum battling it out for the lead in the upcoming primary elections. >> as we get closer to super tuesday, santorum is getting pushback over comments he has made about president obama and fate. this as social issues remain in the spotlight in the 2012 campaign. rick santorum lit a fire this weekend making controversial statements about the obama administration. >> it is not about your quality of life. it is not about your jobs. it is about some phony ideal, some phony theology. >> reporter: and insurance mandates like free prenatal
testing. >> why, because it saves money in health care. why? because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society. son tear up was pressed about those comments -- santorum was pressed about those comments on face the nation. >> yes, prenatal test being does in fact result more often than not in this country in abortions. >> senator, do you not want any kind of prenatal testing? >> people have the right to do it. but to have the government force people to provide it free just has -- to me has have is is a bit loaded. >> there is the recent strength controversy. house majority leader eric cantor says republicans will try to repeal that mandate. >> we'll do everything we can to restore the religious
freedom of this country. >> a focus on social issues has helped santorum now leading in republican polls. >> the main focus of the american people remained on the economy and jobs and that is why it is interesting to hear republicans trying to swift subject in so many areas because -- switch the subject in so many areas because what we're seeing is the president's plan has been working. >> republican candidates continue working to nab the nomination and no one is giving june we'll just keep moving forward, gathering delegates. we are looking forward very much to soup are tuesday. >> on fox news sunday, gingrich predicted after march 6, the condition toast could tax a big turn. >> if i any of the three of us lose our home state, you have, i think, a very badly weakened candidacy for any one of the three of us. >> the race still up in the air so we'll have to see how things shake out. coming up next, gas price
going up. >> also ahead, we missed it but spots just a few miles south of here are dealing with what is left from yesterday's winter storm. you can stay on top of the forecast 24/7 with the new fox 5 weather app. you can search for d.c. weather on your android phone or your iphone. ipho we'll be right back. k. when it comes to getting my family to eat breakfast,
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tennessee, tennessee and north carolina. there were whiteout conditions in tennessee near the kentucky border where about 20 vehicles were involved in a string of crashes. we do have one weather- related school delay to tell you about. culpeper county public schools is on a two-hour delay today. school offices will open at 9:00 a.m. out there, not that far away, they had some snow. so if you really want some snow, head to culpeper or anywhere south. >> get on the road and start driving. >> go quickly. go early this morning because by later this afternoon with sunshine, most it was will be melting off pretty quick. >> still, some impressive amounts. richmond, about 3 1/2 un. s snow and charlottesville, close to 6 inches. >> that is some good sledding snow. >> not too far away. around here, not so much. trace at reagan national. we'll take a look at totals in a minute. let's do the satellite-radar. the snow showers, snow
flurries, snow depending where you're watching that moved through during the evening hours jed is offshore. still a leftover snow shower or flake in ocean city. that is about it. notice how out into ohio and portions of kentucky be, we've got clearing skies and that will move in shortly. we should wake up with plenty of sunshine. there will be a few clouds here to start your morning. should be a showers to start your morning. breezes out of the north here gusting to about 20 to 25. that will make it feel cooler than the daytime high near 50. 35 now in washington. we are chilly at the moment. 36 in fredericksburg. 32 now in winchester. 30 in hagerstown. your forecast becoming mostly sunny and i mentioned the breezes, highs in the upper 40s. >> that even seems cool compared to what we've had in the 50s. >> only 4. before a good ask the weather guy question coming up in a few minutes. >> you're spoiled. >> no further tease on ask the
weather guy. >> i don't remember the question. >> my bad. >> hope you remember the answer. >> all right. let's check in with lauren demarco to get latest on traffic. >> tucker, you need to dive into that. use the dries track from the whole no snow thing. listen, very nice day out there and it is very nice on the roads with the federal holiday. we have a live rook from sky fox rice now. -- use the distraction from the whole no snow thing. that is the inner loop past the dulles toll road heading down towards tyson's. no problems to report for you. we've got plenty of cars out there on the road but your typical hot spots just really not looking too bad at this point this morning. let's move on to trafficland. as you travel inbound 207 headed out of frederick down toward the split someeth he is da. nothing in your way. your lanes are open. we do have volume but everybody is moving and you should be traveling at speed. 66 also looking good as you head through manassas
continuing in through cent areville. here we are leaving fair oaks. right open, all clear for you. you've got the green light northbound 59 in virginia. 3 # 5 also looking good. look at this past duke street up to the 14th street bridge. you look great and hov vie trixs lifted everywhere except for route 50 the john hanson highway. over to you. >> thank you. we continue to follow developments this morning in that foiled plot to bomb the u.s. capitol. friday, a 29-year-old was arrested by the fbi following a lengthy undercover investigation. he is from morocco and was living here in the u.s. illegally. agents posing as al-qaeda operatives made the arrest in a parking garage friday morning after the man was provided with what he thought as want explosive vest. he will be in court wednesday for a preliminary hearing. another big story is the
rising gas prices. melanie alnwick is live in bethesda with some answers. >> reporter: if you are like me, you start driving down the road, you think boy am i glad i got gas yesterday or last week and you dread the next time you have to fill up. drivers doing a double take and doing those searches once again for the cheapest gas. let's take a look at what the averages are around the area. the national average is about $3.55 a gallon inform d.c., it is $3 -- in d.c., it is $3.76. pretty soon, they will start bringing in the summer lends and the refineries that produce those are offline. that will have implications. then you haven rest in iran and other oil-rich nations going into this mix.
here is what aaa mid-atlantic's john townsend had to say about that. >> what you have is a psychological effect out there on the part of traders and the new york market exchange and the oil futures because of the fear of iran's nuclear intentions and also the tensions in nigeria and growing demand in places lake india and china. but conversely, the demand is at a 10 had been year low in the united states. >> reporter: that's right. so demand is very, very low right now and traders are looking at that and they are looking at the fact that thins are getting better here in the united states and so they are pouring their money into bets that demand is going to go up and that increases prices. it could end up working the other way. if the prys go so high the demand goes down, they may end up pulling their before the out and perhaps we will see a little bit of relief on the $4 gas prediction. you never know. >> a gamble there for sure.
melanie alnwick reporting live. checking our other top stories, a family grieves of a young mother is killed in a weekend crash. it is an accident that has police searching for a driver who left the scene. 19-year-old tyesha williams was thrown from the car she was riding in early saturday when it crashed on suitland road police say the driver got out and took off. to offff. now, there were two other people in the car in addition to tyesha and the driver. neither was badly injured. another deadly hit and run in prince george's county over the weekend actually woman walking on branch avenue was hit yesterday morning. police have not identified her and right now, there is no information about the driver investigators are being look for. a tragic accident over the weekend leaves one middle school boy dead. a 13-year-old fell out of a moving vehicle saturday on hartford road in parkville, maryland. police say the teen was leaning out of the car to get sick and that is when he fell and was
hit by another car. family and friends held a vigil honoring the boy last night. a memorial has been set up near the spot where he died. d.c. police are searching for a man they say is armed and dangerous. he is wanted for the attempted murder of the mother of his children. >> yolanda stone was shot when she went to pick up her 4-year- old son from his father's home. fox 5's john henrehan talks with her family. >> reporter: yolanda stone is 30 years old and the mother of three young children. they are remembering the old yolanda, the i don't land after before wednesday evening. >> always smiling, always joking. she was always there for you. and it is just so sad that this had to happen to her. because she was a friend. any time you needed to talk to somebody, she was there. your yolanda stone was gunned down onal den place in
northeast washington when she had just driven to at 7:20 wednesday evening. >> the investigation has thus far revealed that the victim was involved in a verbal altercation with the suspect which ended with the suspect firing several shots and hitting her several times. >> reporter: the source familiar with the case says one of yolanda's children who attend the preschool at neville thomas elementary became ill wednesday. the child's father was called and he picked up the 4-year-old boy. i don't hand astone had dlifn to the father's home with two other children in her car to get the child. a source says the mother was hit by at least five bullets and she may have been trying to run away from her assailant. >> she was in the road. she was not in her car at the time. >> reporter: who is your suspect? >> the suspect is the father of her children, reynard cook. >> reporter: he is 28 years old, tall, 6' 2" or 6' 3" and he is slim.
yolanda stone's family is devastated. >> she has three lovable kids who need their mom. and she is fighting for her life. she is fighting really hard. she is fighting. >> reporter: the family says yolanda stone was wounded in the back, the arm, an ear and one bullet penetrated her brain. she is in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital. an mpd fujiyama stiff squad has been aggressively seeking cook. police say this suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. john henrehan, fox 5 news. ox 5 coming up next,. >> a legend honored. mohammed ali celebrating his 70th birthday. we'll have a very special tribute when fox 5 morning news continues. seal verifies we feed my fresh all-natural chickens an all-vegetarian diet including corn, soybeans, and marigolds. no animal by-products. no meat and bone meal. when you put my chicken on the table, you know where it came from.
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today. february20th, 196 2-rbgs astronaut john glenn became the first american to orbit the earth. yesterday, glenn and fellow astronaut scott carpenter were honored at a ceremony in cape canaveral. it also paid tribute to the 125 people who helped put the mercury mission in orbit. we are talking live with john glenn in the next hour. he with ill reflect on the past 50 years of space program. mohammed ali celebrated his birthday in las vegas to help bring awareness no parkinson's and other diseases. her disease stevie wonder sang the champ a certainly song for his 70th birthday which was last movement all of the proceeds from the event will go to the center for brain health and the mohammed ali center. a celebrity sighting ahead on fox 5 morning news. cody simpson will join us live
in our 9:00 hour. he is climbing the charts with his hit single, on my mind. he will stop by our studio before today's show at the fillmore in silver spring. >> wow! cue all the screaming girls. >> and wisdom. >> come on, tucker! come on! all right. >> good morning. >> it will be great. we're glad to have him. >> we're very excited. >> looking forward to some nice temperatures in our forecast. >> in the five-day forecast. today will be pleasant but as we get into the middle and end of the week, we'll be right back into the 60s. no sign of winter. >> still. >> still no signs of winter. i want to mention the snow accumulation because many of our viewers, if you are in southern maryland, across central, southern virginia, you are watching down towards colonial beach or fredericksburg, they got some snow. and then it got impressive as we got south and west of the city as well. it was a close call. we have nothing to shovel here when all is said and done.
>> that is the good thing to remember. easier on our backs. >> exactly. >> i'm trying to spare everybody. there we go. here is your snow totals at charlottesville. about five inches. the five inches of snow in charlottesville and mount vernon, about a half inch. stanton, 5 inches. these totals -- this is not too far away from the washington area. it got close, just not close enough. la plata, about a half in. i had a report of about an. in parts of charles county. reagan national, about a trace. that is officially a trace. so a trace at reagan national. that is about t off to the north, we didn't get much of anything. the cold air and wind is now moving in. 35 now in washington. 34 in leonardtown. 37 in quantico. you can see we're below freezing off to the north and west. the wind are out of the north
and northwest gusting to about 25 to 30 miles per hour at the moment. there is your sentinel sat rad we have clearing skies. our rain and/or snow showers pushing off to the south and east. notice out to the west, clear skies moving in into portions of kentucky. a nice warm-up as he get into the end of the week. it will be cold tonight because it will be off to i chilly run at the bus stop tomorrow morning. wednesday, thursday and friday, bring on the daffodils because temperatures will be in the 60s. >> the daffodils are already opening up. >> i noticed that this weekend. >> all right. >> we have to keep it moving. >> let's talk about -- >> which means tony is here. >> yes, we'll jump right in. good morning. happy president's day. it is time to ask the weather
guys. i just got here. how are we rushed already? tucker and i put our big heads together to answer your most pressing questions weather- related or otherwise. today's question comes from john in plots county who writes what is the difference between iron and steel? >> that is a weather question? >> no, we get all kind of questions. >> we don't just answer weather questions i don't they know more than just the we are. >> many things we have to look up. now, this may make me sound like i'm not very bright. i didn't really know what the difference was between iron around steel. >> i didn't either. >> some sort of chemical properties. >> look at sarah. >> here is the difference. >> iron is an element that occurs naturally in the earth. can you go out and find iron. it is an element. steel is a derivative of iron. it is an alloy. steel is essentially a mixture of iron and carbonen.
>> so steel is human made. >> that is correct. >> not naturally occurring. >> that is correct. >> iron is and element. steel is made of iron around carbon. when you make steel and you add some carbon to the iron, it has to be -- the iron that contains less than 2% of carbon is called steel whereas iron that contain more than 2% of carbon is known as pig iron which i have ahard that phrase before. >> i didn't know what that was. >> yeah, i didn't know. steel can further be processed to obtain various types of alloys by adding other elements big silicone, chromium. for example, you add chromium, you know what you get? >> what? >> stainless steel. >> you add chromium to steel. >> you get stainless steel. >> why do we use steel in
buildings and not iron. >> they used to use iron many years ago almost exclusively. steel is actually stronger than iron. it also handles -- and it doesn't rust. it is stronger and it handles compression and some other things better than iron by itself does. so that is why it is used in building. iron, justify so you know -- well, it's been around for ever. it is in the earth. mankind very early on in civilized society discovered it and started working with it, making rudimentary tools. >> weapons. >> weapons. they made weapons out of it. and as capability came along to be able to heat up the iron, create furnaces, blast furnaces, that is when you were able to really shape it and make a whole brunch of different things. >> why is superior man known as the man of steel and not the man of iron. >> and why do you have all the
questions. did he do all the work? >> lately, tucker has been doing it. >> you kind of stole my thunder because i was going to ask about iron man. >> superman would be able to beat iron man in a battle. >> because superman is supposed be -- yeah, that's right. >> so now it all makes sense. it is all coming together. >> and both of them would beat ant man. >> how about shaquille o'neal when he was steel? >> shaquille o'neal could beat nobody in any of those hero forms. >> he was shazam. >> he had a movie also. >> there was one more thing but i think we're out of time. wanted to find something else. okay. that's it. there you go, john. that is the answer to your question. we learned something. if you have a question that you want answered -- oh, tucker must have picked this one out.
>> that is from the iron man movie. >> this is ozzy. >> before he became a parody of himself. >> let's check in with lauren demarco to get the late your traffic. >> you guys are too much. i got say. want to see you guys in the capes or storm force. >> here is the thin with guys answering questions like that. somehow, it will all evolve down to superheroes. >> just inevitable. all right. we do have an accident to report. i want to tell you about that quickly. it is southbound bw parkway right near route 32. we have a traffic camera to look at. this it is not showing the accident in our camera. not sure how plane lanes are blocked. it is southbound bw parkway. southbound 95 looks good between beltways so that is a good option for you. keep this in mind as you travel in maryland. let's take a look at the bray
from trafficland. no problems to report for you all around town. 95, 359 in virginia also looking good. hov vie stricts lifted everywhere except for route 50, the john hanson highway. -- hov restrictions lifted everexcept for route 50. >> it was the show's 500th episode for the simpsons last night. william la jeunesse has more. >> reporter: this town has voted unanimously to get rid of springfield's unending nightmare, the similar tons. >> reporter: the simpson's has lasted 23 seasons and on sunday night, it reach as a milestone, the 500th episode. >> you sure this is a good idea? >> and maze honor to have started these characters off and written the first few jocks for them and they are alive. the product of a huge number of people. >> the great thing about it is that the show became so much bigger than any one. us and had its own life that it
became a a part from us very quickly. >> reporter: the show is a global phenomena earning billions with merchandise,ing, a film and amusement park rides. for matt groening -- >> the simpsons have been on so long, we have writers who actually grew up watching the show. it is like having your open comicon nerd with you there at all times. >> >> reporter: the guest list continues to grow with some impressive names over the years. >> i'm always surprise when had somebody does the show but over the years, i mean just vrk it's staggering we have had kirk douglas, bob hope, johnny carson, elizabeth taylor, george harrison, ringo starr,
paul mccartney, keith richards, mick jagger. >> star studded night, wasn't it? >> that's right. learn something new this president's day. >> we're live this morning at the center for education and leadership which just opened across from the ford theater. find out what it is doing to make sure president lincoln's legacy is carried on for generations to come.
hello i am annie yu we are live at the new center for education and leadership in northwest dc it is located across from ford teeter adjacent to the peer son house where president lincoln died of course and this morning the folks here are very excited to open nary doors for the first time to the public when you come out you will see a 34-foot tall tree made of books it represents the growing volume of books, written about president lincoln and you will
see floors of exhibits dedicated to his untimely death of course and his legacy, and so there is a lot to see here, a lot to get into and we will talk with the organizers and a curator here to tell you all about it back to you in studio. >> that is impressive for sure. it is. >> we will check with you later. we want to say good morning to sean brower, today he is turning 41 years old. >> that is not right now that is not a current picture. >> very cute one sean. he and his wife watch the show every day and love everyone but if he ever runs into allison or julie he is going into groupie mode keep that in mind. you want to be tomorrow's fan of the day search fox 5 morning news, no space between fox and number 5 and post a comment under his photo you know he won't look like that >> right. okay. >> that does it for us. >> over to allison and on