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happened or the conditions of the victims. we have a crew heading to the screen and will have an update as soon as -- scene and will have an update as soon as we get more information. >> also tonight a fox 5 weather alert, storms stretching from detroit to new orleans marching our way. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm brian bolter. >> i'm shawn yancy. that line of storms could bring severe weather our way tomorrow. let's get right to sue palka in the weather center for the details. >> we're keeping a close eye on that 1 because storms have been doing a -- one because these storms have been doing a lot of wind damage as they've been moving east. these may not have not heavy rain but winds to boot. let's look at how things ared an the mid at lang now -- are around the mid at lang now. just -- mid-atlantic now. in the roanoke area we have a few showers and thunderstorms. that first batch will generally weaken moving towards d.c., maybe a spotty shower
overnight. for the main action we have to look out through the ohio valley and tennessee valley. so far tonight we've had 96 reports of wind damage, no tornadoes, but a a lot of strong winds as these have been marching east. there is potential for severe thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon i think from 4:00 until 2 a.m. that's because there will probably be two waves of storms to watch. there will be some late in the rush hour, but damaging wind gusts, large hail, isolated tornadoes, maybe some flash flooding as well. this is a good time to remind you that our fox 5 weather app, if you aren't close to a tv or can't watch us tomorrow at 5:00 and 6:00, keep an eye on this. download the app for free. you can see radar and also see that big line of storms as it's getting closer to us. you'll know if there's a severe thunderstorm watch or warning for our area because we will alert you on the fox 5 weather app. you can go to the iphone store,
android market or get it for your ipad. the download is free and on a day like tomorrow it could come in really handy. i'll join you later with the full weather forecast. another big story tonight, jurors in the john edwards trial found the former presidential candidate not guilty on one of six counts of campaign violences. the judge declared a mistrial -- violations. the judge declared a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict on those other counts. the. >> the jury gave a not guilty verdict on the money from supporter bunny mellon. after it was all over edwards admitted the blame falls squarely on him but that no crime was ever committed. >> while i do not believe i did anything illegal or ever thought i was doing anything illegal, i did an awful, awful lot that was wrong.
>> reporter: with his daughter cate and his parents by his side john edwards spoke out after the trial was over. >> thank goodness we live in a country that has the kind of system that we have and i think those jurors were an example of what juries are supposed to do. >> reporter: just minutes before the judge catherine eagles declared a mistrial edwards was facing several charges, conspiracy, illegal campaign contributions and giving false statements. he was accused of masterminding a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress in 2008 during his white house run, but defense attorneys say edwards did not knowingly break campaign laws and the money to hide his mistress were gifts, not campaign contributions, but after nine days jurors could not come to neighbor decision on five counts, much to edwards' relief. >> there is no one else
responsible for my sins. none of the people who came to court and testified are responsible. nobody working for the government is responsible. i am responsible. >> reporter: in his remarks ed wads mentioned all of his children, but -- edwards mentioned all of his children, but he got choked up when he talked about the love child he had with rielle hunter. >> and then finally my precious quinn. i love her more than anyone could man and am so close to and so grateful -- imagine and am so close to and so grateful for quinn. >> we want to bring in prince george's county state's attorney glenn ivey for some more legal respective. this is a big win for the defense, of course, but given the outcome was this a good strategy by the defense or not so strong a case made by the
prosecution? >> well, i think it was an overreach on the charge. i don't think that this was the right kind of case to bring in a criminal court. i thought by criminalizing the campaign finance laws in this aspect they really put themselves out on a limb and the jury sawed it off today. >> i want to find out, too, what does a hung jury really mean in this case? the jury as we know was able to reach a verdict on one of the counts but not on the five others. with that outcome is it likely prosecutors will retry the case? >> i think probably not. i think the fact that you had a hung jury on most of the counts except for one, which was a not guilty, gives a strong indication that this probably wasn't the best case to bring from the beginning and i know there were concerns about it raised within the department of justice even before it was brought forward. so i think this will strengthen those voices in the department and they'll carry the day now. >> how difficult would it be to bring in a new jury pool if they do retry the case?
it was difficult from the beginning in this one. >> that's always tough on a case that get this kind of national exposure and change of venue doesn't help because there's really no place else you can go where people haven't heard about this case. so it would be a challenge, but i think the threshold question for the prosecutors is does it really make sense to go forward with it anyway? >> glenn ivey, thanks for being with us tonight. >> thank you. ♪[ music ] a memorial service full of music and dancing for hours. friends, relativelies and fans in the district celebrate -- relatives and fans in the district celebrated the life of the godfather go go chuck brown. it was held at the washington convention center because so many people wanted to attend. fox 5's karen gray houston attended today's service. >> reporter: you can hardly call it a funeral, home going
celebration is better and the party start long before the program with long lines outside -- started long before the program with long lines outside and dancing inside. >> knew the line was going to be wrapped around the corner. >> reporter: people stopped first to sign an oversized drawing. >> it's a tough 1 today. >> reporter: long time d.c. radio favorite donnie simpson played host. >> i'm a dee-jay. so can i start it like this? hit it. ♪it don't mean a thing if it don't got the go go swing ♪ >> reporter: interspersed throughout the program a larger than life video tribute. >> start playing a little bit of piano. >> reporter: city officials are preparing permanent monuments. >> i'm going to send over a piece of legislation to the council to name a park in the district of columbia for chuck brown! >> chuck brown loved d.c. and we loved him back. >> reporter: d.c.'s congressional delegate is introducing a resolution to
designate august 22nd, his birthday, as chuck brown day. >> there should be a building at the park that we can put the go go half fame. >> reporter: there was comedy. >> a chuck brown party with no cover charge. ♪i feel like busting loose >> reporter: mostly the program was about music by people like rahim devon. chuck brown's brothers sang it's so hard to say good-bye. ♪all the good times that made us laugh ♪ >> reporter: chuck brown dead at 75. gone but with a park, a day and go go hall of fame to be named after him he won't soon be
forgotten. outside the washington convention center, karen gray houston, fox 5 news. a federal crackdown that affects bus routes from new york to d.c. to miami, dozens of bus companies yanked off the road today, why investigators call them public hazards next. >> coming up later on then at 11:00 a gruesome confession from a murder suspect in maryland. police say he admitted to killing his roommate, but what he says he did next will really leave you disgusted. >> we're keeping an eye on breaking news, five kids hit by a car after it went through a garage in the 2200 block of hannon street in hyattsville, bring you details as we get them.
have an update on that water main break in northwest d.c., repairs still taking place, likely the 12-inch pipe will be fixed sometime overnight. it broke around dawn at the corner of connecticut and n street. workers with d.c. water knew they had a problem on their hands as the water gushed out, local businesses forced to close for the day. >> a lot of our guests are
reservation based which were full today and we've called all those guests, apologized, but unfortunately without the water we weren't able to open today. >> again d.c. water hopes to have the pipe fixed overnight and water restored by tomorrow morning. one southbound lane of connecticut is open, two northbound lanes open. n street is closed in the area. d.c. water says drivers should avoid the area, if possible. the federal government announced a major crackdown on some of those discount bus companies that shuttle passengers to new york and other east coast cities. fox 5's bob barnard with the story. >> federal transportation officials say they are targeted so-called chameleon characters, bus companies with horrible safety records that are shut down under one name and get back into business using another. it was the deadly skyexpress bus crash on interstate 95 north of richmond one year ago today that helped spark the
government crackdown. ann farrow is head of the federal motor safety commission. >> immediate orders to cease and desist all operations. >> reporter: one of the targets, new century travel with an office in the district's chinatown. the handwritten sign on the door tells customers they're closed. the government claims new century posed an imminent safety hazard to the public. >> they were in the network we shut down last year or the year before that reincarnated into another 1, but as we dug deal we could see there was common ownership. there were virtually no safety management practices. there were serious safety violations throughout just as we found in the companies we'd shut down and we built a full case that enabled us to not just shut them down in oneis i
es is and twoingly sies, but in a cents -- twosies, but in a comprehensible manner. >> to get to here and new york or here to atlanta, it doesn't break the bank but you need to be assured when you get on the motor coach the driver will be safe and well rested and the equipment is in good shape. >> the federal government introduced a new app called safer bus that allows you to look up bus companies to inspect their safety records and see if they're legit. the government says those 26 bus companies put out of business this week were used by roughly 1,800 passengers a day along the i-95 corridor from new york to florida. maryland has become the first state in the nation to declare pitbulls are inherently dangerous. the court of appeals ruling means it will be easier for victims to go after dog owners if they're bitten. animal shelters are bracing for an influx of pitbulls for
people worried about the liability issues. fox 5's audrey barnes has the story. >> you want to play with your friends? >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by looking at them, but the maryland court of appeals has ruled that ginger, layla and hugo are inherently dangerous. >> it's crazy. all dogs are individuals. a breed doesn't make the personality of a dog. it's experiences, how it's treated. >> reporter: after some serious mauling incidents in maryland the court of appeals handed down this ruling. it means dog owners and their landlords can be held financially liable for any damage a pitbull does even if it's never bitten anyone before. >> people are being forced to choose between their homes and pets basically and shelters are bracing for an influx of pitbulls when they're already full. so it could result in lots of animals being euthanized totally unnecessarily. >> reporter: the maryland state director of the united
states humane society was invited to speak at a panel at george washington university on what this new ruling will mean for maryland pitbull owners and landlords. the av casey group is one of several that has already -- advocacy group is one of several that has already spoken out against it. >> discrimination against a specific breed that is unfounded. >> reporter: dog bite victim as laud the ruling and hope other states follow -- victims applaud the ruling and hope other states follow suit. there has been a task force set up to look into it. >> we're grateful to the senate president for establishing a joint task force of legislators to look at this issue and hope they put it on the agenda if they come back for special session in july. former president george w. bush and wife laura visit the white house today to leave behind a public momento unveiling their official portraits in the east room. mr. bush noted that's where
they started in with george w. >> when the british burned the white house in 1814 dolly madison famously saved this portrait of the first george w. [ laughter ] now, michelle, if anything happens, there's your man. >> american artist john howard sanden painted the portraits. why a breastfeeding portrait gone viral stirring up so much controversy tonight. when mitt romney says
"planned parenenthood we're gonna get rid of that." romney is saying he'll deny women the birth control and cancer screenings they depend on. when romney says "do i believe the supreme court should overturn roe v. wade? yes." he's saying he'll deny women the right to make their own medical decisions and when his campaign can't say whether he'd support equal pay protections.
first it was a time magazine cover, now new controversial breastfeeding photos involving military moms nursing in uniform. warning, these photos may make some ofdown comfortable. this picture of two air -- some of you uncomfortable. this photo of two soldiers feeding at an air base has gone viral. >> it's sad that anyone in our culture could still be shocked by the very basic act of breastfeeding one's baby. women are allowed to eat in uniform. so if it's considered -- not considered unprofessional to feed one's self in uniform, it certainly can't be denied to feed one's baby in uniform. >> the women say they are proud of this photo and hope it encourages other women to breastfeed whether they're tiff duty, guard or civilian. -- active duty, guard or civilian. quenching your thirst with
a ranch drink in new york city may not be an -- large drink in new york city may not be an option soon. now sugary drinks are the next front in the war on nutrition. fox's anna coyman has the story. >> reporter: if the mayor of new york has his way, the city may soon have the toughest anti- soda laws in the country. >> there are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity, but the single biggest is soda and other sugar sweetened beverages. >> reporter: mayor michael bloomberg's anti-obesity campaign has a new target, large sodas. the proposed first in the nation ban would target any sugary drink more than 16 ounces anywhere those types of beverages are sold in the city. >> i think above 16-ounces is reasonable. i think it's a good way to send the message that he's supporting healthier lifestyles. >> i think soda is really unhealthy and i don't see any reason you need to drink 20
ounces of soda. >> reporter: the ban would not include diet drinks, berry- based products or alcohol and would not extend to convenience stores. with a possible $200 fine for each offense accident some think the city's -- offense, some think the city's health department is focusing on the wrong offense. the plan needs approval from the board of health and the commissioner. it could take effect as early as march of next year. a suspected white supremacist suspected of making threatening remarks about the president, his alleged quest for a machine gun and the fbi sting that landed him in jail. we'll be right back. >> if you see a story we should look into, let us know, 202-895- 3000, fox5tips at wttg.com. it.
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10:00. a manassas man facing a felony gun charge after the fbi said he made threatening remarks against the president. douglas story fell for an fbi sting when he paid an undercover agent to turn a rifle he owned into a fully automatic machine gun. fox 5's paul wagner with the detailses. >> reporter: the fbi says its agents began taking a closer look at doug story in august last year after a confidential informant came forward to say story expressed interest in modifying an ak47 to fire three shot bursts. story the screen name confederate brother while posing messages on white supremacist websites. an agent who read them said they had a propensity for hatred and violence. in fact, the after day of the quotes two posts attributed to story threatening violence against president obama and attorney general eric holder. story wrote, "i think there's one way o bummer would be proven as a mere mortal, if
someone puts a 30.06 round into the base of his skull you think? the second post read holder will likely be removed when the administration changes in 2012, although personally i pref removing him from office with a 30 -- prefer removing him from office with a 30.06. he put a tailgate on hissed for pickup that showed the burning world trade center buildings with the caption everything i ever needed to know about islam i learned on 9/11. story's truck parked outside his manassas payment today no longer displays the mural, but does sport newspaper anti-obama and pro gun stickers -- numerous anti-obama and pro gun stickers. story was arrested in the parking lot of this shopping center wednesday when the fib says he took possession of the gun it had modified to fire like a machine gun. the fbi says story paid an
undercover agent to have it done and was schooled on how it would work before taking the gun and walking away. douglas story made a brief appearance in federal court in alexandria this afternoon where he asked to be represented by a public defender. he'll be back at 2 approximately tomorrow for a bond review -- 2 p.m. tomorrow for a bond review. a deadly rap page in seattle has residents there ask -- rampage in seattle asking what is behind an attack. a man walked into a coffee shot, killed four people and a few minutes later killed a woman in an attempted carjacking and as officers closed in on him he shot himself. his family says he was angry at everything. >> i'm wondering what the heck is going on in the city. everybody is getting gun happy in this town. it's just crazy. two shootings within a matter of 20 minutes. >> in the last month there have been two other random killings.
a man was hit by a stray bullet when driving, a woman hit in a drive by shooting and a woman wounded near the space needle. brian banks is getting the chance to live out his dream and play in the nfl perhaps in washington. he was a top college prospect when he was sent to prison 10 years ago for a crime he did not commit. last year a judge threw out his rape conviction. the redskins say they will give him a tryout. banks will be in town next week. the seahawks and several other teams have also been in contact with him. you don't think of the end of may as being football season, but for the redskins this is an important time especially for the rookies. dave ross joins us with a look now at the key rookies. >> we're always talking about robert griffin, iii and there was another rookie quarterback that surprised some people when they signed him in the fourth round. he made the bigger news today, kirk cousins from michigan state, officially a member of the redskins inking a deal today and the last two yet to
sign, third round pick joshua revis and this guy, of course, rg3. it's just a formality getting the contract done. rg3 says the team has given him 100% of the playbook and he's comfortable already with 60 to 7% of it. tight end fred davis in his fifth season with the skins and third year offensive tackle trent williams are coming off a four-game suspension to end the 2011 season and both are dedicated and seeking fresh starts. >> just to be back out here playing in the sun running around with the guys, definitely missing them. so it's a good feeling to be playing getting ready for next year. >> i think the coaches always knew i was committed. i just want to show them i'm their pro bowl tackle they drafted in the first round two years ago. >> hopefully they do everything in the right way. i'm counting on them. we've sat down and talked. i've got confidence in boat of them. i wouldn't second guess -- both of them. i wouldn't second guess either
guy. i like the type of shape they've come in, how what are they've worked and hopefully there is no disappointments. >> they'll continue otas next week. it's not really a dog and pony show. >> remember when first round draft picks all held out? it seems like those are days of the past. >> yeah, because they used to not show up, but he's out there working. coming up next chaos breaks out at a justin bieber concert. we'll show you what happened. >> also she's the youngest ever to make it to the national spelling beach this 6-year-old tells us what it was -- bee. this 6-year-old tells us what it was like being on stage. but first here's fox business network's neil cavuto. >> the u.s. economy, we've got a problem. the recovery that doesn't seem to be much of one growing just under 2% the first three mosts year. that is slower than first
estimates. the rain -- months of the year. that is slower than first estimates, consumers and businesses cooling off their spending. a company that tracks private sector jobs reporting 133,000 were added in may, fewer than expected. the government report that includes all jobs is being released friday morning. meanwhile investors are glad the month of may is in the rear view mirror, the dow suffering its worst month in two years, but oil prices all way down in may, the largest monthly percentage drop in almost 3 1/2 years. worries over slowdown in global demand pushing prices lower which was good news for drivers. the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas only about 20 cents lower this month and the 30 year morning falling to 3.75%. that's business. i'm neil cavuto.
. [ screaming ] justin bieber sorry for all the motion he caused. he gave a free concert -- the commotion he caused. he gave a free concert in oslo, norway. more than 80 people were hurt, about 20 ended up in the hospital. bieber is continuing his tour through europe. ucla is defending its decision to give a full ride scholarship to a student whose father is worth $550 million. justin combs is the son of entertainment mogul diddy. ucla says the $54,000 scholarship is based on athletic talent, not need and justin combs earned and the scholarships are paid for by ticket sales, corporate
sponsorships, media contracts and private donors. a the news edge at 11:00, breaking news out of hyattsville, maryland, where several people have been hit by a car. >> also a gruesome discovery inside a maryland home leads to a shocking confession. a man admitted to killing his roommate and you won't believe what he did next. does your phone give you all day battery life ?
she's young enough to be in kindergarten, but a 6-year-old virginia girl has made history, the youngest person to ever qualify for the national spelling bee. as fox 5's beth parker shows us, there's a good chance you'll be seeing more of this little girl. >> reporter: if her giggle doesn't wow you, her mind will. >> it is really easy, trust me. >> reporter: yes, trust her. after all, she's about the only person who could still draw 12 tv cameras to a press conference after being eliminated from the scripps national spelling bee. >> in blue i ingluvies.
>> that is incorrect. >> i wasn't nervous. it was exciting until the point i had to spell that word. >> reporter: lori madison is the youngest ever to qualify for the national spelling bee half the age of many of her competitors. >> i just love spelling words. >> reporter: she's a home schooler from woodbridge in prince william county. >> i think it's a little bit overwhelming for me because it's just a little bit too much. >> reporter: she says the waiting around on stage can be -- >> really, really boring. >> reporter: and that can lead to this. you look like you were a little bit sleepy up on stage yesterday. did you take a little nap? >> yeah. i wasn't able to get much sleep. >> reporter: what's not boring to lori anne? well, just about a block from where this competition is taking place there's a store
she got to visit and said everything she did after being eliminated that was the most fun. >> play in the sun and play on the beach. after i misspelled that word everything was really fun. we went and had dinner and went running around and went to the peep store where i got a stuffed peep. >> reporter: when she grows up? >> i want to be an astro biologist. speaking of that, i got an e- mail invitation that i still have on my mom's blackberry to go to a real lab. >> reporter: as for the near future? >> i'm really excite god go to next year's bee if i go, which is probably going to be a yes. >> reporter: probably and everyone will be buzzing. at the national spelling bee beth parker, fox 5 news. >> the spelling bee wrapped up tonight. we'll have the highlights tonight on the news edge at 11:00. that was good it. i watched it tonight. it was fantastic. you get suck in. it's like the little league
world series. you start rooting for the guys. >> you start challenging yourself. >> there's no challenge. it's insane. >> there's no way. >> little known fact, brian bolter was a spelling bee champ. did you get out of classroom or school? >> i was in the city spelling bee in memphis, tennessee in, 5th grade. >> do you remember the word that you got -- >> tenet. i didn't know the difference between that and the tenant landlord word. >> i did win for my class and the word i missed for the school level was necessary, two cs and two ss. >> beautiful -- you'll remember that one forever. >> you know what else i'll remember? turn my mic on. you guys know from our earlier discussion as we talked about at beginning of the broadcast,
we're doing that on purpose so you will know we expect some severe weather tomorrow. we've had a number of days with strong and severe thunderstorms. so why is tomorrow different? there's a big push of cold air behind it and cold air aloft. what we are finding is it looks as though these showers and stops that will come through will be in two waves, one of which will be righted an the 4:00 hour. so -- right around the 4:00 hour. we're concerned that will come through and produce perhaps some rotating storms. then there will be another wave. so between 4:00 and 7:00, one wave, maybe some strong and rotating thunderstorms. then another 1 will come through around 9:00, 10:00 and that won't get east of the bay until about 2 a.m. we know there will be damaging potentially because that's what -- gusts potentially because that's what we're seeing tonight there. have been about 97 reports of strong and severe storms.
the other thing we're seeing is isolated tornadoes may be possible with those storms tomorrow, a few could rotate and there maybe some flash flooding. let me pick and choose. i want you to see this may briefly go away for a second, but i want you to see the severe thunderstorm area from south central pennsylvania all the way to the carolinas. that's where we're thinking the risk will be tomorrow. we don't want you to be surprised by that. nothing really i think to worry about tomorrow morning. we should be okay there. as we put up the forecast, you'll be able to see what we're talking about. to tonight just a fairly call night, a couple clouds around, a little later tonight maybe an isolated shower, temperature about 63 degrees. tomorrow as we head through the day, that's when we expect to see more activity and temperatures will be the big deal. you can see washington is 76, but chicago is 50 degrees. so that's the kind of cold air
that's coming and that's what we're a little worried about. let's talk about the five-day forecast here so you can see what's on tap. 84 degrees tomorrow, showers and storms any time after 4:00. do check out that fox 5 weather app because not only can you see where the storms are, but if there's something that needs to be tracked, you can do that right with your iphone, ipad or android. saturday is settled, sunday might have an isolated shower here and there in the afternoon, monday's temperature 81 degrees. rolling into tuesday it's about 78 degrees. coming up on the news edge at 11:00 we have that beautiful futurecast that shows you exactly when the storms are coming. then we'll talk about the beach forecast, too. >> my kindergartner was so concerned. they're having field day tomorrow. he said mommy, can you ask sue? >> what time do they wrap up? >> by noon. >> i don't think the main action will be until after they get those buses rolling.
that's for jackson. >> he's such a sporty boy. not only do we have a weather app accident fox 5 has a brand-new have, app, fox 5 has a brand-new traffic app. guess what? the app is free and easy to use. fox 5's lauren demarco shows us how it works. >> the wave app is available for iphone and android users and a beta version available for blackberries. it provides turn by turn gps navigation and realtime traffic updates and the best part is it free. take a look. -- is it's free. take a look. with wave gps navigation isn't just for heading to someplace you've never been before. you also want to use it daily for your commute. waze learns your preferred route. it provides realtime updates as you drive alerting you to incidents and adjusting your eta. just glimpse at the map and
you'll be able to tell how traffic is flowing. the information is user generated. once you install the appear you become part of an online traffic -- the app you become part of an online traffic community. the speed displays helps you report delays, even traffic stops. >> how can i help? >> report an accident ahead. >> reporter: the hands free feature works with the iphone. >> minor being major, we're done. >> minor. >> reporting minor accident. >> that's the only way drivers should attempt to share information. in fact, the keyboard will lock when you're moving and warn you if your passengers only, but passengers can be a big help even snapping pictures of accidents for backups. you'll know someone attached a photo when you see a paperclip next to their icon. users can chit-chat through messages. see that little number five?
that means the user is a fox 5 5 laser. to join us group click the plus sign by fox 5 laser. you can see what others are saying and you can communicate to julie wright to help add to her traffic report. >> if you don't have that hands free feature but want to spread the word about something you saw on your commute, you can wait till you get to your destination and send a message to julie and the fox 5wazers once you parked. >> i have been really excited about this because this is a way to interact with commuters and it's better i feel than cameras because we actually get realtime information and again i just wanted to point this out. we were able to talk about a major accident that's been tying up a portion of the pike this morning and this person comes out of forestville and he remains anonymous which is okay with us and he's also a member
of our fox 5 group. he is a fox 5wazer. lauren was pointing out the paperclip. that means there is a picture attached. this picture pulled over to park. they were able to take a picture of the scene from the marlboro pike to show us that hey, this is what's going on and what it looks like at the scene. these are pictures we normally wouldn't get because of the closures, the airspace. sky fox can't often fly. it is nice to have these pictures but only if you're able to take them safely. >> we officially launched today and are already at more than 1,000 users. we'd like to see you sign up. head to www.myfoxdc.com for more information. you'll find a link on our homepage. coming up next a dragon comes crashing down to earth, the private space vehicle wrapped up its historic mission. what's next for americans in space? >> on the news edge the fifty shades of grey book banned in
some local libraries, where the steamy novels are getting yanked off the shelve. here's another that's my take, the ambitious plan to improve d.c. schools. >> now that's my take with vice president and general manager duffy dyer. >> kaya henderson announced a five-year plan to boost achievements of the district's 123 public schools and dramatically rise the high school graduation rates. the plan is aggressive which includes raising the math and reading proficiency rates from 43% to 70%, increasing proficiency rates of the 40 poorest performing schools by 40%, boosting graduation rates from 53% to 75%, adding a pilot program to expand the school day at some schools. henderson has already gone on record saying this aggressive plan cannot be achieved given the current size of the
district's public school system. we have too many schools with low enrollment creating an inefficient system. 45 schools have less than 300 students. d.c. averages 382 students per school compared with fairfax county which averages 915. closing schools as the chancellor called for after the 2012/'13 school year is the most effective way to increase the efficiency of the school system. we agree with henderson. we can no longer afford to run 123 public schools. closing schools is the third rail for all school officials. chancellor henderson surely knows this, but to her credit she has proposed a series of community discussions regarding the number and location of schools that should be considered for closing, renovation or replacement by charter schools. chancellor henderson's use of tells fox 5 a series of state of -- office tells fox 5 a series of state of the schools meetings will be held in the next few weeks. this is your time to share your
thoughts about this critical issue. understand this. as long as all those vested in the process of improving the district's public school systems know that there is no gain without some pain, we can all look forward to a more successful and efficient public school system in the future. that's my take. let me know what you think. go to www.myfoxdc.com and click on that's my take or send me an e-mail at tmt at wttg.com. [ male announcer ] are you paying more and more for cable and enjoying it less and less? upgrade to verizon fios tv, internet and phone for just $89.99 a month guaranteed for two years with a two-year agreement. this is a limited time offer, so don't wait. get fios at this great low price. act now and you'll get $250 back. but hurry. this incredible offer ends june 2nd. call 1.888.get.fios.