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borrow. >> kids would play on the swing set and trampoline. >> neighbors often saw children of this unlicensed daycare playing in the backyard unsupervised. >> there were a lot of kids in the backyard. >> on thursday, an infant, 3 month old teagan sample of bristow was found dead by one of her caretakers. >> began cpr and transported to a hospital where she was deceased. >> it's horrible. it's scary. >> daycare watched 23 children under the age of 4. the legal limit for a home daycare is 12. >> the 23 children there, there were five not including the victim under the age of 12 months and basically the charges stem as of right now from there. >> the two adults running the daycare have been charged with child endangerment. 50-year-old yolanda larin of manassas and 42-year-old mirna mendez of woodbridge. they are being held on $20,000
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bond, but because they are apparently illegal immigrants, commonwealth attorney said they both have ice detainers and immigration services have been notified. >> according to commonwealth attorney, the owner of this home who we're told is in peru may also face charges. in bristow, peggy fox, 9news now. we learned today that it was the parents of a 32-year- old mother who discovered the remains of a newborn in the trunk of their daughter's car. calvert county sheriff described the remains of those as a fetus or newborn and there are indications they have been in that car for quite some time. they have been parked outside for weeks, according to neighbors. the mother has not been charged and an autopsy to figure out the cause of death could take more than a month. >> for some reason, they were cleaning out this girl's car. we don't know the exact circumstances why, but they were cleaning the car out for whatever reason.
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>> the mom in this case has three other children. authorities say the court placed them with their grandparents while the investigation continues. three montgomery county police officers on administrative leave after a shooting just inside the d.c. border. it happened around 12:30 this morning. police with were on the scene collecting gun shells and other evidence. a spokesman says the officers responded to reports of shots fired. they found an armed man and at some point, the suspect in the officers exchanged fire. one of the officers was hit in the hand. the suspect was also shot and he is in the hospital in critical condition. both metropolitan and montgomery county police are investigating this one. >> and the fbi is testing another letter with white powder delivered to another d.c. school today. this one went to the school in 4th and i streets southwest and that sounds familiar, it's because the school received a letter yesterday. tests are shown both are not
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hazardous. today's letter makes seven delivered in the last three days to various places in the city. >> more good news today for the unemployed. the latest jobs report says american employers hired more people than they expected to last month. the official numbers, 227,000 jobs added in february. they came in all sorts of careers. manufacturing, healthcare, food services, however, the unemployment rate itself remained unchanged at 8.3%. but that's because half a million people had given up hope are looking for work. >> and president obama trying to put the best face on those numbers. he made a campaign stop in virginia today. airline parts factory in prince george and there he told his supporters these unemployment numbers show the economy is clearly getting better. >> our job now is to keep this economic engine churning. we can't go back to the same policies that got us into this mess. after that stop in virginia,
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president obama was off to texas for a pair of campaign fund raising. >> as for the men he could be campaigning against him, the presidential candidates took aim at the policies today. mitt romney, newt gingrich, and rick santorum spent time in mississippi where they hold primaries next tuesday. their messages were consistent. the president's plan to fix the economy isn't working. >> we have fewer jobs, we have more debt and we have bigger government. that's what is wrong with this president. that's why we have to get him out of office. >> if every american drives up to a gas station and every american sees the obama price of gas, it's going to erase all of his advertising. >> the fourth republican candidate, ron paul, is focusing his efforts in tomorrow's caucuses. he believes caucus states give him the best chance to pick up more delegates. tomorrow, the virginia general assembly will adjourn without passing a state budget. both the house of delegates and senate voted unanimously to end this year's session and pick up
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the budget debate in a special session. however, no date was set for lawmakers to come back. the governor says he plans to ask for them to come back immediately. this marks the third time in the last eight years virginia needed a special session to get the budget done. religious freedom and an about face for fairfax county schools. a high school honor student sued the school district after an adviser refused to credit her volunteer hours she received at her church. bruce leshan reports the schools have now decided to give her the credit and reinstate her to that honor society. >> in her lawsuit, this 17- year-old senior here at the prestigious school alleges that by denying her yet credit for these hours, the school here is effectively denying her a shot at an up to $13,000 national honor society scholarship and
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violating her fundamental religious freedom. >> there's no honor in saying to an honor student, your community service at a church doesn't count. >> the bible believing christian told her advisers she was at a loss why they chose to dediscriminate against her 46 hours of volunteer work for her church. >> it was obviously wrong, unconstitutional. >> the school district says the just filed lawsuit was the first it had heard about the problem. a spokesman says the thomas jefferson honor society adviser misread the school policy. >> the school will be credited with the service hours that she performed at her church and she'll have her full membership reinstated in the national honor society. >> lawyers say this is not yet over. they still want fairfax county to rewrite its official policy on credit for volunteer work at church and they want the schools to make this high school senior whole for any
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scholarship deadlines she might have missed. bruce leshan, 9news now. >> fairfax is reviewing its written policy on volunteer hours. the lawyers from the arizona based alliance defense fund have brought a number of these first amendment freedom of religion lawsuits all over the country. now, an update on allegations that a d.c. public charter school taped one of her students to a chair. confirms today two teachers were fired over this incident. nine-year-old christian washington claims his teacher wrapped him in tape and bound him to a chair. the visually impaired boy said a second teacher said if he tried to wiggle out, she would tie him up again. the school has not released the identity of either teacher. it is still march out there and early march at that. the temperatures went from the 70s yesterday down to the 50s and tonight it's going to be freezing out there, top. >> literally. in fact, below freezing in the suburbs. let's start with the winds because they are coming down a little bit, but they are
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gusting to 24 downtown and 32 up in hagerstown. so that gives you somed some idea when you head outside. and 43 in frederick and 45 in leesburg. still 50 in manassas. you factor in the wind, it feels like it's in the 30s in frederick and 30s in leesburg. if you're out late tonight, it's going to feel like you're in the 20s. clear skies, breezy, much colder. one to two blanket night. lows 28 to 34. we'll come back and talk about the weekend. looks pretty good. there's one day you'll like better than the others. >> thank you, top. coming up, six months ago, rains and flooding opened a sink hole big enough to swallow up your house. let's go back and find out what happened since then. but first, panic on a plane. a flight attendant's rant forces them back to the gate. what pilots say what happened.
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we are back now with a head's up to drivers about work on the beltway that may cause big delays. every night, monday through friday, vdot will be out there. that starts at 9:00 p.m. drivers who want to stay on the inner loop will be detoured on to the 395 north and then to exel road. they will be working on the project. the inner loop will reopen every morning at 5:00 a.m. trouble on board an american airlines flight. not a passenger this time, but it was a flight attendant.
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while giving safety instructions over the intercom, the flight attendant started ranting and screaming. some passengers recorded it on their phones. sounds possessed, doesn't she? the flight attendant was warning that the plane was going to crash and she started talking about the 9/11 terror attacks. passengers ended up restraining her until the cops got there. this happened on a flight scheduled to leave dallas for chicago. american airlines replaced the crew and the plane took off two hours later. have you done your taxes yet? i haven't either. people do get creative when they are looking for deductions. cnn put together a list of deductions that made the cut and well, some did not. first, a few that got the okay from the irs. business partners in phoenix deducted the cost of their carrier pigeons. and the stripper that wrote off
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her teeth whitening. and the playboy magazine subscription. apparently they frown on that and the pet owner who tried to write off her dog's hip replacement. and the band that wanted to deduction the cost of the drugs they use during the summer concert tour. they had too many drugs. all right, winter-like temperatures making a return just in time for the weekend. will they be here the whole time? topper will confirm nor deny. but first, a somber anniversary as japan remembers one of its worst disasters ever. we take a look back at the devastation of the tsunami. that's up next.
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this weekend, japan will remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives in last year's deadly tsunami. sunday marks one year since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit tokyo. of course spawned that tsunami with the 30-foot waves that washed up on japan and washed away so many lives and so much property. in all, 15,854 people were killed and memorials are planned for all across japan. in fact, one town plans to send a lantern out to sea for every person who died. closer to home, six months ago, a massive sink hole threatened to swallow up two houses in virginia. it happened during a heavy
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rainstorm last september, but as kristin fisher tells us, the rain was not completely to blame. and tonight, some say those homes shouldn't have been built there in the first place. >> we loved this home. >> they have been watching their landslide away for the last six months. they are living temporarily in fredericksburg, but they come back once a week to check in on their condemned property. >> there is question whether the homes are in jeopardy of falling into the landslide itself. >> when i came here six months ago, these stairs were attached to the main home. now take a look at them. it's amazing what will happen in six months. you can see that they have literally been ripped out from their concrete foundation. >> two homes teetering on the brinks. stafford county, and their insurance company have conducted their own studies to figure out why. all three came to the same conclusions. the land itself failed. >> in my personal opinion, i believe that the land developer who developed the land in the
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first place and who has ignored us is the one that is responsible. >> that developer is the george realty corporation. they refuse to talk to me and they are refusing to talk to the county. >> we have tried ways to contact the developer. we received a meeting. >> six months later, they still don't know what to do. it's not covered by insurance and a new proposal by the county estimates the repair could cost up to $700,000. almost double what the homes are worth. >> this is a home that we brought our first granddaughter home to. this is the home that had proms and homecoming pictures. this home has so many memories. >> in stafford, kristin fisher, 9news now. >> both the oleary and county says they are not pursuing a lawsuit. they are worried that it could take a lot longer than that.
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top, you know, we like this spring weather, but every so often, we must get reminded what time of year it is. >> it's kite flying time and you would have been dragged away with a kite today. >> a little kite, maybe. >> 30-mile per hour wind gusts at national. they are going to come down tonight, but they are going to be breezy. let's take a look outside. temperatures are still right around 50 downtown. but it's deceiving with the wind out of the north at 15 and quite frankly, most of the suburbs in the 40s, it feels a lot colder. keep that in mind if you are planning to be out tonight. pressure rising, 30.24 inches of mercury and the and the dew point is 22. 43 already. 45 in gaithersburg. 45 in leesburg. still 50 in manassas. but 49 in college park and 48 already in beltsville. now the wind, they are still howling.
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not as strong, but 24-mile an hour wind gusts downtown and up in hagerstown. so here's the deal. colder, but milder. much colder tonight. we're going to go from windy to breezy overnight. sunny and chilly tomorrow, but a nice day. i think everybody is going to prefer sunday. winds come back, but a mild wind. temperatures go back into the low 60s. so for tonight, clear, breezy, much colder. 28 to 34. and winds calm down somewhat northwest at 10 to 15. if you're in the suburbs, we're talking upper 20s below freezing. 29 in gaithersburg and rockville. 34 downtown. but 30 in college park and bowie, 29 in reston and fairfax and 28 in leesburg, manassas, and also toward herndon. tomorrow, sunshine. temperatures in the 20s and 30s. not bad. by afternoon, sunny and chilly, but no wind. you'll need your shade, but temperatures 46 to 50 with
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light wind. that's actually a pretty nice day, but again, it will be nicer on sunday as temperatures go back up into the mid 60s. 28 to 36 to start. evidently too cold for derek to ride his bike. at noon, sunshine, temperatures in the 40s and pure sunshine, 46 to 51. so chilly, but no wind. all right, next three days. look at sunday. sunshine and 62 degrees and then we're near 70 on monday. clouds come in late monday. we could see a shower. the bulk of the day is fine and a reminder, move your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed saturday night. return today light savings time. please replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. monday and tuesday of next week, we're flirting with 70. no day is a washout. even a thunderstorm possible on thursday. probably the warmest day with temperatures into the low to mid 70s. even upper 60s next friday. >> i'm a happy camper.
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>> let's go to the weird news. his name is ratatoui. to liberty mountain resort where he is ripping up the slopes. he's not eligible because those are for humans and he is a possum. he has become an internet, youtube sensation. the little guy has a sweater. he has his own thing. i asked him about his technique. he said, how fast to the top? >> he's still on the board. that's impressive. >> we want to hear what you think. send your e-mails to mcginty's mail bag. the address, 9news now will be right back.
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that's our funky prime time music. a massive debate regarding a proposed maryland law that would ban drivers from smoking in the car if a child younger than 8 is along for the ride.
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rhonda is all for it. a child can't speak their mind nor understand the reprecushions of what cigarettes do for you. this law should be passed. but allen taylor said good intentions aside, the proposed law goes too far. isn't what you do in your car your business? roll down your window. hold your head out the window, that way you won't blow smoke in the kids face. next thing, they're going to try to ban smoking in your own home while your kids are in the house. and cristie admits she's a smoker. she doesn't think much of this law at all. why should the government have any say in what i do in my car with my children? i do everything for my child and just because i smoke in the car with the window down doesn't make me a bad parent. the government should be dealing with real issues, not invading my privacy. you know what? personally, a will the of us do not like the fact that you're smoking in the car with your kids. however, i'm not sure it's any of my or the government's
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business. like i said in last night's let's be real, freedom means the freedom to make major mistakes. you can view the entire comen commentary on our website. that's our report. i'll be back tonight at 11:00. don't forget, log on any time to have a great friday evening. we'll see you a bit later. bye bye. people! look at you! texting...blogging... all this technology, but you're still banking like pilgrims! get high yield free checking at capital one bank. why earn bupkis, when your checking could earn five times the national average!! and free atms anywhere. five times the national average!!! that's new school banking. sign up for high yield free checking at a capital one bank. what's in your wallet?
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