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good morning on this tuesday, february 21st, 2012. we are taking a live look outside right now. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. time to get things started with turns and the weather. >> we are off to a cold start. it feels like february out there for a change. our temperatures are in the 20s and low 30s. a little breezy at times today. let's take a look at our
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satellite-radar. generally clear skies. this radar overdoing things a little bit. picking up the cold air as well. we do have clouds out to the west. after morning sunshine, you can expect the clouds to increase, kind of a 50-50 day. either way will be on the mild side with highs expected to be in the 50s a little later. 33degrees at reagan national. humidity, 72%. no winds to speak of. pressure is way up from yesterday. breezy and mild this afternoon. winds will be out of the south gusting to about 25 miles per hour. it will be a breezy afternoon. high temperatures a few degrees above normal in the low to mid- 50s. more details on the five-day forecast, we've got spring in the five-day forecast and it's not even spring. that is coming up, guys. >> thank you. some of our top stories we are following, a deadly crash at a fast food restaurant in seat pleasant, maryland. a bmw left the road and crashed
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into the restaurant. one person inside the car was killed. four others were injured. they were all expected to live. police believe speed may have been a factor in the crash. the hunt is on for a man accused of invading an alexandria home and attempting to secretariually assault a person inside. police say the man entered the house while a resident was home intending to burglarize it. he tried to sexually assault the resident but eventually left. the victim was not seriously hurt. there is word that the eu has come to an agreement to hand greece its second bailout package. a diplomat tells the associated press the country will get $170 billion in loops to help
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prevent a massive default. republican presidential candidate rick santorum is feeling the heat. already under fire for pointed remarks aimed at women, now, he is fighting back a new round of attacks from fellow republicans. tom fitzgerald has more. >> freedom isn't to do whatever you want to do. it is to do what you ought to do. >> reporter: newly minted frontrunner rick santorum is having to explain himself after comments suggesting prenight enatal screenings lead to abortions. >> we know that 90% of down syndrome children in america are aborted. >> reporter: in ohio, santorum said his remarks are being twisted. >> i got criticized by some of our members of the national press corps who have difficulty understanding when you refer to someone's ideology. >> reporter: but the abortion flap comes the heels of this remark. >> back in my days, they used
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bayer aspirin for contraception. gals put it between their knees. >> reporter: last week, santorum hay double-digit lead over mitt romney and now it is down to four points. >> i don't believe it is appropriate for us to keep raising the debt ceiling every year. he voted five times to raise the debt ceiling without getting compensating cuts in spending. >> reporter: while romney is under pressure to win in his birth state of michigan. likewise, newt gingrich says losing in georgia could be politically fatal. >> you have i think a very badly weakened candidacy. >> reporter: one candidate who will not be dropping out the ron paul. >> this system can't continue and that is what american people have discovered now.
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we cannot keep borrowing and printing and spending money. >> reporter: the voting continues tuesday when arizona and michigan both hold their primaries. tom fits gere haled, fox 5 news. we still have plenty ahead. -- tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. >> we still have plenty ahead. a live look outside right there. wilson bridge, a couple of cars moving around. chilly start to the morning on the second day of the week. >> i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. tucker barnes joins us with the weather. >> we need the seat warmers. >> you do. back to school, back to work for a lot of people today. >> that is true after that nice little holiday. we are off to a cold start. temperatures in the 20s for much of the area. >> i toont -- i couldn't
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believe how cold it was. >> me too. i was shocked. felt like february for a change. we have some cloud cover that is kind of going through the area out to the west. i think we'll probably see a nice sunrise and the clouds will start to move in later. we should be dry today. not expecting any rain and/or anything else this afternoon. here are your temperatures. 33 in washington. that is really the hot spot by several degrees. 27 in fredericksburg. 27 at patuxent naval air station. 23 in ocean city and 2 in winchester. let mow mention the parts of the area that got the snow cover from yesterday and the day before, you could have some slippery spots as stuff got a chance to refreeze out there. just be wary of that. for the rest of us, just kind of a cold start but a nice afternoon with temperatures in the low 50s. check out the winds gusting to about 25. time now to get our first
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check of the traffic. julie wright. >> good morning. no problems reported. nice, easy commute if you are traveling the top stretch of the beltway. all lanes are open southbound on 95 and 295 out of laurel. 50 behaving nicely traveling to and from annapolis and bowie. traveling inbound leaving nutley street to the beltway, overnight crash along canal and arizona avenue. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. etraffic. a wild and scary scene in maryland. a bmw left the road and crashed into a kentucky fried chicken restaurant at the intersection of sheriff road and martin luther king way. >> will thomas has the story. >> that is a tragedy for somebody to be coming out of the store and just happened to get hit. >> they said he was doing a
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hundred mile an hour. >> reporter: police say speed is definitely part of the equation here in seat pleasant a black four-door bmw came down mlk boulevard about 6:30 and left the road and slammed into this kfc. >> as it was turning end over end, parts of the vehicle were coming loose. >> reporter: here is an intentation in the building from a piece of the flying debris. police say someone in the sedan was ejected and died. donald jackson says it could have been him. >> if it wasn't for my wife cooking dinner, i probably would have went over there. we love >> reporter: about the same time, 6:30? >> yeah, about the same time. >> reporter: there is debris in the parking lot of the gas station next door. the cashier working the booth went home. the owner and his wife gave him the rest of the night off.
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>> he thought it was a meteor. he didn't know what it was. >> reporter: will thomas, fox 5 news. >> it is believed the person killed was either the driver of the car or a pension. the four other people injured during the crash are all expected to survive. a case of road rage turns violent into anne arundel county, maryland. police say after getting into an argument, the driver of a pt cruiser stabbed the driver of a ford explorer in the chest at a spotlight. investigators believe the explorer driver then started chasing the pt cruiser forcing it into a ditch along route #. that is when police say the two men started driving again. the drive of the pt cruiser is being charged with assault. the explorer driver is expected to recover from his stab wounds. police believe there will be more charges. police are investigating a home invasion and attempted sexual assault that happened around 9:00 on archer court in alexandria, virginia. investigators say the man entered a home while the
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resident was inside intending to burglarize it. the victim was not seriously hurt. it is unclear if the suspect actually stole anything. so far, police have not made any arrests. there is a crime wave sweeping northwest d.c. and it seems the target is anyone with a smart phone in plain sight. this morning, crime fighters are stepping up their efforts. melanie alnwick joins us live with more on that. >> reporter: good morning. robberies, they spike in the city. 578 robberies just so far this year. we are not even new february yet and most of them are actually at gunpoint. as you said, they are after smart phones, ipads, any kind of personal electronics and everyone is a target. yesterday, guardian angels came out. they are warning citizens about all of these crimes. a lot of them are happening in places where people usually don't think that they mite have to look over their shoulder or be worried about who is approaching them. a lot of times, the suspects
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are wearing masks. sometime they are a single person. sometimes they are in groups. it were has got top the point where city council members are very concerned about t her what is mary cheh had to say. >> wear just like a step away from serious injury or worse we are these kinds of robberies with guns. so we need to do as much as we can right away to protect ourselves but also to encourage the police to be as vigorous as possible. >> reporter: the guardian angels were out yesterday at the woodley park, adams morgan and national zoo metro stations. they will be here at the new york metro station starting at 5:00 just to kind of give that presence and let people know what they need to be on the lookout for. we'll be here newout the morning and bringing you updates on that. >> thank you. there are new developments in the financial crisis in greece. coming up next, details of another bailout deal. gas headed to $4 a gallon. one presidential candidate says
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an agreement to hand greece its second bailout package. the country will get $170 billion more in loans to help prevent a massive default next month. the hope is to bring greece's debt level down to 125% of the gdp. that is considered close to the maximum amount the country can carry. carry. republican presidential candidate newt gingrich touching on an issue that strongly resonates with all voters. high gas prices. the former speaker says his policies could lower the cost of gas. his prediction contrasts with what his rival rick santorum told an audience yesterday. he said americans should brace themselves for $5 a gallon for
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gas. the michigan primary now the focal point for the republican presidential candidates. mitt romney leads in the delegate count but many pundits still believe he needs to win his home state of michigan. rick santorum has been surging of late and many polls show he has a slight lead in michigan. the arizona and michigan primarys are next tuesday. a live lock now outside at the city of new orleans where hundreds are your side taking part in the martedy graw fifty -- in the mardi gras celebrations. today is fat tuesday. yesterday, thousands gathered in spanish plaza for the 26th annual lundi gras celebration. the crowd welcomed rex along with his entourage. they watch as the mayor turned over the keys to rex giving him control of new orleans for 24 hours. d.c. council members are
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being urged to watch their language. jot extreme step one councilmember is pushing to clean up public meetings. cold temperatures to start your day. we've got a lot of 20s out there. i'll have all the details on your get back to work forecast and julie wright will have a look at your get back to work traffic coming up after the break.  ♪ [ female announcer ] there's no right way or wrong way. every baby plays by his own rules and they need a diaper that lets them do it. pampers cruisers with 3-way fit adapt at the waist, legs and bottom ♪ with up to 12 hours of protection, for all the freedom to play their way.
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welcome back. we are takenning a live look outside at a chilly washington, d.c. it is in the 30s, , tucker. >> for just the next couple of hours. >> okay. >> this is pretty much it for the week. >> oh, that's all right. >> before we talk with you, we want to talk about today's my fox half off deal. $59 can buy you a one-month membership plus one month of up limited yoga and a massage at mint. >> it is a holistic fitness center with two locations in d.c. that would normally cost about $210. to learn more, go to our web site, myfoxdc.com. and look for the my fox half off deal on the right side of the home page. >> some nice mellow music. >> that is mint condition. i know that group. >> i was going for say earlier it was -- or yesterday, we had
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the meditative music on. >> i can't even sit that way. >> you're still young. >> i'm just not flexible. >> we have cold temperatures to start the day. the areas that got the snow and we did have a lot of viewers that reported they did get some, look out for the possible of refreezing. otherwise, just cold. temperatures will fall a few more degrees here but most of the week, more like spring than winter. >> great! >> all right. >> you guys haven't seen the five-day forecast yet. wait until you see what is going on here. >> it gets better? >> it gets better. >> i like the way that sounds. >> 33 in washington. plenty of cold here on the map. leonardtown, got a couple of inches of snow sunday night.
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28degrees for you. 29 in quantico. 23 this morning in frederick. 23 seems to be the winning number off to the west. dulles and mart upsburg, 23. we'll be warmer than yesterday. today, in the low to mid-50s. it will be warmer. clouds moving in here during the course of the afternoon along with the warmer air. sunshine to start your day. got clear skies at the moment. you can see out to the west, we've got plenty of clouds and what looks to be rain moving in. this rain will generally stay to the west. if you are headed out into west virginia or western pennsylvania, you might encounter a few showers. we'll go with morning sunshine and then we'll turn mostly cloudy this afternoon. but that will be that leading edge of some warmer air that will keep us in spring-like conditions around here for the week. morning sun, some afternoon clouds. i mentioned the breezes. 52 your daytime high. check out your winds, south, gusting to about 25. it will be a breezy day. mostly cloudy skies. not as cold overnight. tomorrow morn, we'll wake up in
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the upper 30s and low 40s. 3 your overnight low. hard to believe it is february. 61 tomorrow. might be a late day shower tomorrow. thursday, 70 degrees. >> what? >> yes! 70degrees on thursday. it might be a little conservative on that one. 65, how bay thunderstorm? thunderstorm friday and then the cool are air gets back in here by saturday. 48degrees. so if you are a polar bear watching this morning, you want to be hightailing it to the north pole. now, let's look at some traffic. julie wright is back. >> i'm digging the thursday. i like that. >> you should be digging every day. >> it just so happens i might be off on thursday. >> oh, really? >> you never can pass up a 07- degree day when it is hike the end of february. that's all i'm saying. no problems reported along 66. traffic behaving nicely coming in from manassas and head close in towards the beltway.
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overnight construction in the hot lane zones is cleared between annandale and merrifield. no problems to report in the main line or hovs headed northbound from the beltway. here we are live at new hampshire avenue at speed as you pass by 650 headed over towards university boulevard and around towards 270. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. etraffic. >> thank you. there is a new way to during tease now that the tour mobile is history. a new shuttle service debuted monday that take visitors to arlington national cemetery. starting next month, the bus service will be available from the mall to sites like the lincoln memorial, martin luther king, jr. memorial and the smithsonian metro station. the national mall is getting a $1 million face-lift, all thanks to the acreage family foundation. the group's founder is hoping to raise $350 million in
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private donations for the mall. d.c. council members might have to watch their mouths at future meetings. chairman kwame brown says he wants a code of conduct that would ban profanity. this follows a shouting match between two council members last week. brown says the code of conduct would bar members from using profane, indecent or abusive language in a public meeting t would allow brown to remove a person from a public meeting after a warning. what is a fair share to pay the federal government in taxes? coming up next, you might be surprised by what government numbers reveal. beware of diet sodas. why they may be putting you at risk for a serious health condition. stay with us.  man: we need a good night's sleep. woman: whihich means a little heat to keep us warm. and a good dose of support for my back.
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that every american should pay their fair share in taxes. we have a report. >> reporter: as americans sit down to file their federal tax returns, a simple question comes to mind. what is a fair share to pay the federal government. a phrase that has become a political mantra for brougham. >> pay our fair share of taxes. >> we do expect everybody to do their fair share. >> reporter: what is fair? for half the working population, fair means paying almost no income taxes at all. >> the top 10% income earners pay about 70% of federal income taxes. the bottom 50% of tax filers pay almost no federal income tax. >> reporter: irs data show the bottom 50% pay less than 3% of income taxes. many who pay no taxes get money back from the government because some tax credits allow refunds even for those who pay nothing. >> close to $100 billion in
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checks sent out by the irs to folks who have no tax liability. >> half of the people would don't pay anything in federal income taxes, about half of them pay less than zero. >> reporter: less hand zero because they get a check from the government and actually make money from the tax system. but brooks says the system is tilted even more towards those in the middle class and below because they pay little or nothing for the services the federal government provides. >> right now, about 70% of americans take more out of the tax system than they put into it according to the tax foundation. that is something that should alarm a lot of americans. >> reporter: meerning the per capita value of government spending exceeds what they pay in taxes. the policies have been support bid presidents of both parties. that is not what americans tell pollsters they believe is fair. >> about 2/3 of americans think that everybody should pay something so remember that our government isn't free.
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>> reporter: but the president's idea of fairness is that the wealthy should pay more, not that everyone should pay something. >> the debate continues. maryland stress us georgetown seems like it should be a natural sports rivally ria but up next, why one school is threatening to end all match- ups. the washington caps with a night to forget in north carolina. sports is next. stay with us. with us. buying this juicer online was unbelievable. what a bargain! [ female announcer ] sometimes a good deal turns out to be not such a good deal. but new bounty gives you value you can see. in this lab demo, one sheet of new bounty leaves this surface cleaner than two sheets of the leading ordinary brand.
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didn't fare much better on the roads. they fell for the phoenix suns 102-90. that is their 10th straight loss to phoenix. carmelo anthony back on the line for the knicks. he scored just 11 points. lin finished the game with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. star of the game was new jersey's darren williams. he scored a season high 38 points. >> what does that mean for lin? >> that means trouble for carmelo anthony.
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>> jt and i would handle that differently than how it is being handled right now. i hope there is a game between us in the future when we get a little bit better. init would be great for everybody. john thompson and i got to be on the same page for that to happen. that is really what is most important. our boss wants it this way so that is the way it is going to be. >> see if they can get that deal hammered out. >> they're right here. it is a natural match-up. make it happen. weather, traffic and all your top stories. >> fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. good morning on this tuesday. we are taking a live look at the u.s. capitol dome right now. nice and chilly out there, folks. 33degrees here in the d.c. metro area. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. time now to talk about that chilly weather that you just

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