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good morning, everyone. it is thursday, august 2nd. can you believe we're almost through the workweek. kind of sped by actually. pretty nice. temperatures in the 70s. a little bit of humidity still hanging around out there. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. just like the last month flew by, seems like summer is flying by. >> really? >> it does. it's still hot, of course. >> good morning, tucker. >> the weather forecast looks
fine today. lots of sunshine. not expecting shower or thunderstorm activity of any kind. it will be hot this afternoon with highs expected to be in the low to mid-90s. the showers have dissipated in the overnight hours here and we've got generally bright moonlight out there at the moment and i think you will see a bright sunny start to your day. lots of sunshine here with sunrise in about an hour and a half. otherwise, good-looking forecast as we get into the weekend. i'll have details on that although it will be hot. those details coming up in just a minute. back to you at the desk. our top stories, president obama is campaigning in northern virginia today. he is hoping an event tonight at loudoun county event in leesburg. the city is suggesting you avoid that area if possible.
the president is secretly authorizing the cia to help rebels in syria. across the country wednesday, chick-fil-a supporters lined up outside the food chain as part of chick-fil- a appreciation day. >> this was in answer to chick- fil-a's financial support of group opposing gay marriage. tom fitzgerald has the story. >> reporter: steady lines stayed in place most of the day. some customers made special trips to support the company. >> i made a very deliberate trip down here. live about 15 minutes away. >> reporter: others were less interested in chick-fil-a's politics than they were in its poultry. >> i haven't let it affect me as much. >> reporter: the chick-fil-a
appreciation day was sparked on facebook by fox news host mike huckabee and his reaction to recent protest against the restaurant. the turnout was much bigger in maces like georgia where cars wrapped around the building and large groups are seen walking in. >> we recognized immediately the importance of defending chick-fil-a's right to say whatever they believe. >> reporter: here in d.c., cfort group citizens united held a luncheon with former presidential candidate rick santorum where chick-fil-a was the main course. >> trying to bring economic and political consequences to people who voice their beliefs. >> would you feel this way about someone on the left whose first amendment rights were being questioned. >> absolutely. >> reporter: but pro-marriage equality groups say chick-fil- a's position is not a consumer freedom or first amendment
issue. they say it is about civil rights. >> they give money to anti-gay hate groups. >> this is the spokesperson for the group human rights campaign. >> we've never called for a boycott. i hope they realize when they do that they are supporting an anti-gay organization. >> reporter: in a statement, chick-fil-a says their tradition is to treat every person with honor, dignity, respect, regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. but chick-fil-a's opponents say the company's actions do not match up with those words and point to the owner's foundation which they say has donated millions of dollars to lobbying groups who are fighting same- sex marriage. tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. we still have plenty ahead. your weather, traffic and all of your top stories.
>> fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. starts now. it is thursday, august 2nd as we take a live look outside here in washington, d.c. wrapping up the week, starting a new month. same old heat though. >> true. >> good morning. i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm sarah simmons. thank you for watching. let's check in with tucker barnes. i still felt the humidity out there. is this kind of a repeat. >> is that this morning or yesterday? >> this morning. >> yesterday, we got in the low 90s. today, we'll be in the mid-90s. i don't think the humidity will be terrible today. we are not expecting showers or thunderstorms but it will be hot. >> i haven't goten any rain out in my area. >> really? >> none. not a drop. >> we'll work on that. wisdom needs rain. i'll take care of people's personal orders. you got one, send it in. >> did you notice the moon.
>> i didn't. >> we'll have to get a picture here. >> humidity is up. 82%. winds out of the north at zero miles per hour. we have a weak front just to our north. not a great shot of it but you can see we're very quiet here. the radar is not indicating any activity. nice quiet start. shouldn't see any rain showers or thunderstorms. bright blue sky and the humidity levels will be in check today although i can't say they will be as we get into the weekend. sunshine will be back with a vengeance. we should be dry this afternoon. sorry, wisdom. >> thank you. let's say good morning to julie wright and get the latest on traffic. >> we are to have a good start so far right now. no problems reported around the capital beltway. any overnight construction on the top stretch has been cleared so you will find your lanes here are open as you work your way between college park and bethesda. here we are along colesville
road at university boulevard. no incident to report as you travel from randolph road. 66, overnight roadwork we had in place pauline nutley street and the beltway in the process of being cleared. beltway construction also in the process of being cleared as you guys travel through the tyson's area. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. new this morning, prince george's county police are trying to figure out how a person in fort washington died. at the moment, there is not much information except this is a death investigation. an apparent hit and run near an apartment yesterday. police have discovered a man's body. it began with a woman found dead in a parking lot tuesday night. several cars were hit nearby.
police said they were looking for a 32-year-old, the owner of the car involved in the hit and run and the husband of the victim. police say he is dim the car's opener but they cannot say he used the car to kill his wife. >> we do not have enough information at this time to reach that conclusion. we don't even know if the husband was involved, was the operator of the vehicle. >> meantime, police say they are waiting for fingerprint technicians. >> reporter: yesterday, officers discovered the body of a nan a creek. police cannot say for sure until appear autopsy is done who the man is. today marks the one-year anniversary in the disappearance of robyn gardner. the 35-year-old was last seen vacationing in aruba. last night, some of her close
relatives spoke publicly at a memorial service. her travel companion spent months in an aruban jail but was released because prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to continue holding hip. we are learning about a near miss at reagan national. it seems three planes narrowly avoided a midair collision. u.s. airways planes did make it safely to their destinations. the jets came within seconds of the hitting each other and the airline and faa are investigating the report this morning. to the cam pawn trail where president obama will once again campaign in the battle ground state of virginia. tonight, the president holds an event at loudoun county high school in leesburg. some roads will be closed starting about 2:30 this afternoon. -- to the campaign trail where president obama will once again campaign in the battleground
state of virginia. for full information, head to myfoxdc.com and click on web links. a new report finds president obama secretly authorize the the cia to support the rebels in syria. the president approved it earlier this year. the syrian army continues to fight against rebel forces for control of the country's largest city of aleppo. meanwhile, on a visit to israel, leon panetta is urging assad to make his exit. >> our hope is that, ultimately, assad does ten down and we can begin the transition to the democratic process there for the syrian people. in other news, mitt romney has two stops this morning. he is in golden, colorado and this afternoon, he will be joining several republican governors for an event at a high school.
some are on his list of possible vice presidential candidates including virginia's bob mcdonnell and louisiana's bobby jindal. bobby jindal. the olympic games usually bring out the best in athletes, most with really giving it their all. >> butt sport of bad minton has apparently brought out the worst in some players. >> reporter: it is a sport that deals with a lot of back and forth but the decision to strike eight badminton athletes from the 2012 olympics was all on one side of net. wides, officials disqualifying two plays are from china, four from south korea and two more from indonesia. their reasoning? they claim the plays are deliberately threw their matches during the london games to face easier opponents in the playoffs. >> players must make their best efforts. that is what people come here to see. >> i know the badminton federation really well. they will take that really
seriously. it is up acceptable. >> reporter: officials acting quickly on their decision saying this controversy won't blemish the reputation of the olympic committee. >> the international federation took the right action in disqualifying the athletes. tin, that was the way to go. >> the south korean team appealing the official decision. the independent nearbyian team withdrew its chance for appeal. china's officials forcing the disgraced athletes to publicly apologize for their unsportsmanlike behavior. badminutethon enthusiasts taking the news especially hard. >> this is definitely against the olympic spirit if they inended to do it. >> reporter: one of the chinese olympians saying this is my last competition. good-bye, my beloved badminton. >> what a mess in that sport. >> had no idea that was such a
making headlines this morning, a call for stronger laws after news that a crofton, maryland man accused of threatening to shoot up his former workplace will only be charged with a misdemeanor. neil edwin prescott allegedly made two phone calls to a former boss saying he was a joker and i'm going to load 199guns and blow everybody up. police seized about two dozen weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition from prescott's apartment. >> unfortunately, maryland does not have a law that makes it
expressly illegal for a person to communicate generalized threats over the telephone. >> police talked prescott into a voluntary commitment at a mental hospital. if and when he is released, he will be taken into custody on the misdemeanor warrant. up on capitol hill last night, congress passed new sanctions iran. they are meant to stop iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. lawmakers in the house voted 421-6 on new sanctions that target iran's energy, shipping and financial industries. the senate also approved it. republicans want a one-year extension of all bush era tax cuts. yesterday, the house passed a bill that is set to renew the package which will expier at
the end of the year. democrats want to raise taxes for wealthier earners. congress isn't expected to fully address the issue until after the november elections. take a look at. this a 28-foot rv. it is not something you would expect to see in a swimming pool but that was the scene in brockton, massachusetts. a 60-year-old man was moving his camper onto his property when he lost control. he hit the gas, went through his own backyard and plowed through his neighbor's fence before landing in the pool. a couple of neighbors pulled the man out of rv and rescue crews spent hours removing the camper. luckily, no one was hurt. what a scene. >> needless to say, he was not having a good day. >> no. >> glad he is not hurt. well, we know how hot it has been around here. it has been a hot summer. extreme weather highlighted by the june derecho storm. >> one maryland lawmaker says we should get used to it and he is calling for i better action
plan for future storms. juror - - a better action plan for future storms. >> it will be hot today. julie wright is in. she has a look at your traffic. we'll do it right after the break. hecks are deposited right to their account. well almost all of their checks. stand back. seriously? [ male announcer ] citibank mobile check deposit. easier banking. every step of the way.
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capitol dome this morning. temperatures out there pretty much like they've been for the past, what, four weeks, tucker, in the 70s? >> overnight lows in the low 70s. our average should be 71. we are close to where we should be. >> we are? >> it just feels bad. >> it is hot and humid in the summertime in washington. we all know the routine. >> i just forget it can get that warm overnight. >> you know the clock is sticking on the time when people will start complaining about how cold it is outside. >> we have a nice transition. >> i can deal with the heat, don't like the cold. >> we're going to come plane in august about the coal coming up in four or five months. >> getting everybody warmed up. >> you need to relax over there. we have a little time before that. let's talk heat again today because i think we'll be complaining about the heat later this afternoon. we'll be in the mid-90s, low to mid-90s. 94, 95 later this afternoon.
we are a little warm this morning. 72346 washington. annapolis, 78 degrees. you have some 60s again off to the north and west. lots of clear skies at the moment. 64 in frederick and in martinsburg and in winchester. we have a very weak cold front. so weak that i can't seen show it to you. it is not even really there. it is falling part as we speak. it is trying to come through and conditions are expected to be just about perfect around here as far as sky conditions. lots of sunshine today. chances for showers and thunderstorms not good at all and we should be quiet here in into our friday as well. it will be hot though. what is happening is we've been talking about the heat out to the west. 115 in places like tulsa, oklahoma. 110 in little rock. that hot and humid air will once again start tracking to the east. this has been the theme around here all summer. we get little pulses of this heat and it arrives for a couple of days at a time.
it will get in here for this afternoon and for friday. lots of sunshine. don't need the umbrella today. there are your winds out of the south at five to 10. cheer skies, warm overnight. mild conditions expected here. south and east winds at five miles per hour. here is your five-day forecast. i think we'll be dry tomorrow but a better chance of some scattered storms saturday and sunday. and high temperature in the low 90s. those not going be for a washout weekend. these will be late afternoon scattered thunderstorms. better chance on monday with highs in the upper 80s by monday afternoon. let's get a look at traffic with julie wright. >> lanes are open. not a lot happening if you are working your way inbound new york avenue this morning. traffic volume nice and light leaving bladensburg road headed in towards the third street tunnel. kenilworth avenue is open for business. that is an easy commute headed out towards pennsylvania avenue. no problems to report north of town. this is the live shot of
traffic coming south on 270. this is 118 as you travel from the east to the west. no problems to report headed out towards rockville and the lane divide. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. imetraffic. first, virginia got help for the derecho storm and now the district is getting help from the federal government after president obama declared the storm was a federal disaster. the severe june 29th storm knocked down trees and caused widespread power outages. the june dick cheney i don't was just one of several severe storms this summer and after that storm, people became increasingly frustrated over how cities responded to the widespread power outages and damage. >> we've heard from local and state leaders but now federal lawmakers are weighing in on the issue. as laura evans reports, maryland's senator ben cardin believes this is something we should all get used to. >> reporter: mother nature giving the washington area a beating this summer of.
the worst of it came june 29th. senator ben cardin of maryland calls this the new normal. >> you will see more extreme weather come up. you can see more episodes where people can lose their power, more flooding, more coastal problems. we need to have a game plan to protect the public. >> reporter: senator cardin is chairman of a committee which held a meeting and said we can't tolerate the kind of disruption that left people without power for nearly a week. >> let's make sure that we have an information system so people can get reliable information as to how long their power will be out before it is restored. let's harden our utility grids in those areas that are particularly vulnerable so we don't have as many outages. >> reporter: laura evans, fox 5 news. >> senator says this is a public health and public safety
issue and it is not necessary to debate what is causing the extreme%. the point the-- the extreme weather. a man hanging on to the back of a moving pickup truck but who was the real victim. police say there is much more to the story. stay with us. we'll be right back. my dream bedroom is in ikea? yes. what's that bedroom over there? that's your husband's dream bedroom. whatever your style, take home your dream bedroom together. ikea. the life improvement store.
years. the chief's last day is september 1st. a dramatic 911 call being released after new york police say a man was dragged for several miles while hanging onto a pickup truck. >> it all started when officers say the man got into a fight with his girlfriend's ex. we have a report. >> got hit by a truck? >> i'm hanging on the back in a white truck. >> where are you? >> just past rpi. just going up the hill. >> are you attached to the truck? >> yes. >> reporter: ly police say after carefully reviewing their 911 tapes and surveillance video from the brunswick wal- mart, they now have a better idea of how robert kowaly. k ended up on the phone with dispatchers while dragging off the right rear bed of this pickup truck for miles and miles, sometime at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on sunday afternoon. >> there certainly seems to
have been a dispute between the two males involved in this. we've been told it was over a woman. we do believe it was over prescription drugs of some type. >> reporter: this 911 tape allegedly tells that part of the story again and again and again. >> oh, my god. >> taking off with them. >> i want my pills back. i want my pills. i want my pills. i want my pills. >> reporter: captain cooney says the pickup driver now faces several charges and that the department isn't ruling out the possibility of charges for kowalik. >> we have determined that he was struck by a brick thrown by mr. scuds. he schusserred tremendous injury to his lower torso based on his decision to hang on it a pickup while it drove through an asphalt parking lot.
. checking sports breakfast, another close loss for the washington nationals. they fell last night to the philadelphia phillies 3-2. jimmy rollins hit two solo home runs. the nats had a chance to tie it in the ninth. but danny espinoza hit a deep drive to the wall and it ended up being just a long out. disappointing for the nats. >> i know. despite the loss, it is exciting to report that the washington nationals are gearing up for the post-season.
team announced that 2013 full season packages are now available. fans who place a deposit will receive 2012 post-season priority. almost a week into redskins camp. we have not heard much from rex grossman. >> some people say this is a good thing. it is easy to understand of at redskins made a giant flash by drafting rg iii. last season, rex started 136 the 16 games. he finished with 16 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions. he helped the redskins to a season sweep of the new york giants. he signed a one-year deal to return to the redskins in his new role as a back-up quarterback and a mentor to the new face of franchise, rg iii. >> every is going good. he has a lot on his plate but he is doing well with. it he is picking it up good and all the stuff we've added for him. everyone else