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>> reporter: chance had to have 12-inch loan ponytails in order -- long ponytails in order to make the donations. while mom snipped dad snapped pictures. soon four pony tails were lined up on the kitchen table with a little styling the good deed done. >> i like it. it looks like me. >> reporter: in jermantown, beth parker, fox 5 news. >> he looks great. the news keeps coming. shawn yancy is in for brian tonight on the news edge at 11:00. it is a very busy tuesday night. on deck victory for the university of virginia's popular president, local teenagers help save lives in a major condo fire and skins quarterback robert griffin, iii is talking about that extortion attempt targeting him. but we begin with a historic decision made here in the distinct today. after years of debate, controversy and pleading from fans college football finally has a new playoff system.
wisdom martin with reaction tonight. >> the college presidents are calling this a major milestone for college football and at the same time many fans are saying it's about time. after 14 years of controversy and criticism of the bcs system with no playoffs of college football, there is finally a four team seeded playoff system to determine a champion. >> i think it's great timing. everybody has been waiting for it and pressing for it. anybody that i ever watched college football with is always saying when are we going to do this? >> reporter: the group of university presidents who oversee college football's bowl championship series made the announcement this afternoon. >> i think it responds to the needs of the fans. they wanted a playoff. we think this is a reasonable approach. >> reporter: they will rotate the gapes among six bowl sites and the -- games among six bowl sites and the championship game will be at a neutral site. >> i think it's a good idea to have a playoff system. >> reporter: a selection committee will rank the teams
who play in the playoffs. those rankings will be based on wins and losses, strength of schedule, head to head results and whether a team is conference champion. >> we're hoping this can be something that benefits our students, adds excitement to the game for our fans that we deal with the issues of revenue distribution and access in a fair and proper way and i think it's a big step forward for intercollegiate athletics. >> reporter: the new postseason format starts after the 2014 season. there was some concern extending the season could be dangerous for players or hurt them academically. dr. steger said they'll continue to monitor that situation. in the meantime they have to figure out how to split all money from this new playoff system. >> that's what it's about, splitting up that money. >> that's right. now to a developing story in virginia that we've been following more than 24 hours.
a police standoff in falls church finally over tonight. police are not releasing the man's name who barricaded himself inside a house on hillwood avenue. after 28 hours officers arrested the man. they say he had a gun and may have fired a shot as police was helping two family members out at the start of the standoff. victory for the university of virginia's popular president. the board of directors reinstated teresa sullivan. the move comes less than three weeks after her dismissal that infuriated students and faculty. fox 5's john henrehan has the story. >> reporter: the effort toast uva president teresa sullivan -- to oust uva president teresa sullivan was redly the rector helen drag -- led by the rector helen dragas. >> we were concerned about uva's future last thursday. i want to say once again to the
university and directly to my fellow visitors i sincerely apologize for the way this was presented. >> reporter: dragas dropped her fight as the board vote unanimously tourists course and reappoint sullivan -- to reverse course and reappoint sullivan as president. the crowd eye ruptured with joy as the decision was -- erupted with joy as the decision was announced. >> she embodies what uva is all about, truth, honesty, consistency. >> reporter: newly reappointed president teresa sullivan called for unity. >> there is no time for residual hostility toward anyone perceived to have been on the other side of recent disagreements. we can go forward with what is best for the university only if we go forward together. [ cheering and applause ] >> reporter: originally teresa sullivan said they wouldn't come back as president if helen dragas remained as university rector. that has apparently changed. sullivan told reporters on camera that the two women have
resolved to make this work. john henrehan, fox 5 news. the news edge on maryland, prince george's county officials say 25 buildings are uninhabitable after friday night's storms. they hit bladensburg the hades. many are in a shelter set up -- the hardest. many are in a shelter set up at bladensburg high school. >> they are wondering when are we going to go home, but they don't know we don't have no home to go to and it's kind of hard to explain that to him, you know, because they are used to a home, you know. they're used to sitting in the bathtub taking a bath or eating on time, getting in their bed and going to sleep. >> the red cross is providing food and clothing for the victims. investigators still don't know what sparked a massive condo fire in reston, virginia,
that caused more than a million dollars in damage. the flames broke out early this morning. tonight several teenagers are being haled heros for rescuing some of the people inside. fox 5's smear sherri ly has their story. >> reporter: the fire rained down ashes. neighbors and eyewitnesses captured the flames in cell phone video and pictures. trey brown and tommy popsadaro skateboarding by with a friend saw it, too. >> we knew immediately something was wrong. >> reporter: as the fire burned they heard neighbors screaming for help. their instincts kicked in. >> we ended up just kicking the doors down to get in there and start helping people out before it was too late. >> i'm not trying to be a hero. i was just doing what came naturally. >> reporter: the condos were fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. about 100 people in 54 condos were evacuated safely. the fire raced through the roof.
now all that's left are the charred remains of these two condos. this happened at 1:00 in the morning. now in the daylight fire investigators are back going through rubble trying to pinpoint the cause. >> we don't know. when a fire or something happens in the middle of the night, obviously everyone is asleep. the fire is moving around. >> reporter: people living in all but nine of the most heavily damaged units were allowed to return home. it was all surreal for andra portnoy whose mother lost her home not long ago in a fire, too. >> i looked out the front window and saw blazes, so i ran back up screaming and ran upstairs to get my mom. >> reporter: at one point two neighbors were unaccounted for but they were found, their unit one of those destroyed. >> we were so worried. they sustained the most damage and it just happens that he had gone out wiz friend and she was at a tree -- out with his friend and she was at a retreat. >> reporter: despite the damage the people are counting their blessings for the
teenagers that came to the rescue and knowing that everyone is safe. tonight police are searching for the gunman who shot kids at a camp yesterday in the district. laura evans is everywhere at 11:00. >> police are looking for a heavy set black man with a dark complexion long dreadlocks pulled into a ponytail. he was wearing a white shirt. he opened fire in the southeast d.c. neighborhood hitting two children and a camp counselor yesterday on savannah street. d.c. police chief cathy lanier visited the kids in the hospital today. the victims are expected to be okay. d.c. leaders give being the green light to a bill to give tax breaks to living social. it's incentive to keep them in d.c. and hiring d.c. workers. the tech company will get $32 million in tax credits to keep its headquarters here and hire half of its employees from the district. the final vote is expected next month. condoleezza rice says she is not interested in being mitt romney's running mate. the former secretary of state tells cbs this morning there is
no way i will do this because it's really not me. rice says she will support whomever romney picks. omney pi coming up next on the news edge at 11:00 a security upgrade unveiled at a local airport. >> plus rg3 reacts after a former basketball player targeted the skins qb in an extortion scheme. >> we continue to watch temperatures dropping around the region heading for the 60s, fuffs and maybe some 40s -- 50s and maybe some 40s, but get ready for the hot stuff back in the forecast. >> the news edge at 11:00 is coming right back. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00.
the director of the reston zoo is denying allegations she mistreated an animal. meghan mogensen is charged after euthanizing a wallaby back in february. mogensen said she humanely euthanized the animal. the investigators say the zoo did not have the appropriate permits or training to dispense the drug used to kill the wallaby. robert griffin, iii said an ex it, attempt against him is a good less -- extortion attempt against him is a good lesson
for himself and other rookies. richard hurd is accused of threatening to release derogatory information about rg3 if griffin didn't pay him. griffin said rookies are warned about those kind of situations during orientation. he said there are vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money. in tonight's fox 5 top five why calling for stiffer fines for distracted driving plus what you need to know before booking your next flight. back over to laura evans. >> up first tonight mac or pc, why your choice could cost you more on your next vacation. no. 5, orbitz admits it gives mac pricier search results. why? research shows mac users spend as much as 30% more per night on hotels. if you want the good discounts, search on a windows based computer. no. 4, west nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in prince william county. the bugs were collected in woodbridge this month. that means there is a greater risk of contracting the virus
in that area. residents are encouraged to regularly dump or drain any standing water. no. 3, tomorrow is national hiv testing day. health officials are urging everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested for hiv. annual testing is recommended for high risk people. you can find a link to local testing sites on www.myfoxdc.com. click on web links. no. 2, will get you through airport security faster. the tsa unveiled express travel lanes at reagan national airport that allow visitors to bypass security check points if they volunteer information about themselves prior to flying and no. 1, distracted driving laws apparently are not working. according to the highway lost data institute current texting bans have not reduced the number of car crashes. aaa suggests making fines stiffer and harsher. d.c., maryland and virginia all have laws banning texting while driving and that's tonight's fox 5 top five.
>> if you liked today, you'll love tomorrow, maybe warmer, but this weather lately has been awesome. >> perfect. we need a break from it because we had all that near record heat. we get our little break and we'll have more seat. it's a break sandwich. >> we'll take it. >> tonight it's beautiful. i think it will probably be nearly as cool and comfortable tonight as it was last night where we saw a lot of places dropping into the 50s and 40s. i think in the district we're headed for 60 degrees. so enjoy it. as we look at our weather headlines, open those windows, get the free air conditioning going. you will be rewarded because we'll have most areas falling to the 50s if not 60 in the district. it's still comfortable wednesday, bottom line. it will be a bit warmer than today. while it won't be quite as breezy, there will be a noticeable breeze in the afternoon out of the northwest, so a direction that brings nice
low humidity. the hot weather will return soon, temperatures returning to 90s as early as thursday, but it's the upper 90s from friday into and through the weekend. so we know there will role be more heat advisories issued for that and debby is inland over florida. it looks like it will come back out around daytona beach sometime tone afternoon and another 4 or 6 inches, maybe even 8 inches of a man possible across florida. -- of rain possible across florida. boston so nice at 73, buffalo 78, chicago 83, but we were kind of the only corner of the nation with the compensation of the pacific northwest really basking in that. look at all the heat we've seen. these are all type records being tied or broken across the central united states to 109 in del rio, 106 amarillo and a
second day at 105 for denver. crazy hot there. here are the next three days for us. you look that the and say wow, we've got to be grateful, 86 degrees tomorrow, sunshine, thursday 93 degrees and friday we start to get hot and that takes us through the weekend, friday's temperature 97 degrees and humidity noticeable again. meanwhile temperature in the district 72, still kind of warm, but manassas is down to 57 degrees, culpeper not too far behind at 61, winchester 63 degrees, so a lot of places getting very comfortable tonight. up to our north and west we find moor 60s. clear and comfortable -- more 60s, clear and comfortable, our temperature tomorrow 86, nice low humidity, lot of sunshine, warmer than today. at 8 a.m. 67, by noon 81 and by 5:00 coming down from our high in the mid-and upper 80s, our temperature 85 degrees. here's the five-day forecast. we might have a thunderstorm to
deal with as we get into the hot stuff. i'll say isolated friday at 97, maybe an isolated storm saturday at 98, not so much for sunday, but we'll have to watch that air mass because if something pops, could potentially be strong and have a lot of heavy rain. that is it for weather. we'll talk about something cooler and that's caps, big news today from lindsay murphy. here's her report. >> this is the verizon 4g lte sports desk with lindsay murphy. >> mellow, everybody. the capitals -- hello, everybody, the capitals have finally found their head coach, a position that's been empty since may. today they hired another former team captain to be head coach, adam oates. oates played 19 seasons in the nhl, six of those in d.c. with the caps helping the team to their own stanley cup finals appearance in 1998. he wore the capital c from '99 to 2001. while oates has no head
coaching experience he's been on the bench as an assistant for the new jersey devils for three seasons helping them reach the stanley cup finals this year. making his day even better after the hiring it was announced oates was selected for induction into the nhl hall of fame becoming the sixth former cap to have that honor. we'll meet the head coach tomorrow at a 3 p.m. press conference. the at&t national is back at congressional country club following a two year hiatus because of last year's u.s. open. 120 golfers will compete including nine players who have won on tour this year. tiger woods won his own tournament in tournament and has won 14 major championships, second behind jack nicklaus and he says he still knows how to do it. >> the key is just giving yourself chances. that's the key is giving yourself opportunities each and of time and that's one of the reasons why jack was so good at it. he won 18, but think about it.
he finished second 19 times. so he was there. you're not going to win them all, but if you're there a lot, chances are you'll win your share. we need a break, but don't go away because tonight's nats highlights are not to be missed. gio gonzalez, is he okay after a collision at the plate? stay tuned to find out.
ryan zimmerman is back thanks to the cortisone shot he for the over the weekend. tonight he was 3-4 with the home run, not to mention he collected his 1,000th hit as a national, the first player to ever do it. nats and rockies tonight, todd helton base hit to center, bryce harper coming in hot, slips and falls and his throw in is wild and misses everybody including catcher hey use flores. he finally gets -- jesus flores. he finally gets it. two runs score to tie it. gio is down but not out.
he shakes it off. the very next inning looks who gets the base hit, gio with the knock to left. flores scores and the nationals take the lead back 4-3. then they pour it on. tyler moore, two on in the 5th and this one way out, a towering 3-1 shot for the rookie. nationals lead at that point 9- 3, but wait, there's more. dam laroche in the 6th, his second -- adam laroche in the 6th, his second opposite homer. the nats lead now 12-5, a season high in runs. the orioles hosting the angels, top of the 4th, brian maddux on the hill, john hester knocks the base hit to center. adam jones throws it in and erick aybar is going to try and score, no way. ryan roberts, inning is over, top of the 5th. how about more trouble for maddux in the form of albert pujols. nobody will cut this one off, a two-run shot to the left. the angels beat the orioles, 7- 3.
on to the wnba tonight, mystics hosting the seattle storm. 3rd quarter shannon bob bit may be 5' 2 but is not afraid to drive the lane. the mystics down by two, but seattle has an elite player sue bird and we'll show you why. the off balance runner somehow goes in. she led all scorers with 25 points. seattle beats washington 79-71, but at least this little girl had a good time win, lose or draw. that's all for sports. i'll see you tomorrow at congressional at 5:00. >> the verizon 4g lte sports desk by verizon 4g lte. concrete. and steel. our cloud is the smartest brains combating the latest security threats. it spans oceans, stretches continents. and is scalable as far as the mind can see. our cloud is the cloud other clouds look up to.