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letter sent to the white house tests positive for the potentially deadly chemical. how it could be connected to a previous letter from 20 years ago. also ahead, pothole problems. we're showing you where you need to avoid the deepest craters. plus, how we may be able to help fix the potholes in your neighborhood. good morning. welcome to wusa9 at 6:00 a.m. thanks for starting your wednesday with us. i'm andrea roane. >> that's right. you made it to hump day. i'm mike hydeck. thanks for waking up with us. what do you have for us? we're keeping an eye on the situation in 270. it's all wrapped up. but for the most part things relatively quiet. we can't complain. still smiling. >> spring is almost here but winter does not want to leave just yet. >> quite cold. it is chilly out there, nippy that will be the case the next few days and friday could be ugly. >> friday is no going to be very spring like for the first
start of spring. so let's get to what we're dealing with for today. high pressure, that's good. we like skier skies out there. -- we like clear skies out there. it's going to be sunny attach. not going to feel -- sunny this afternoon. not going to feel as pretty as it looks. this time yesterday we were enjoying temperatures almost 30 degrees warmer so a rude awakening thork. you need the hef -- this morning. you need the heavier coats. here's where we actually are. 28 for gaithersburg. 37 for d.c. a lot of spots starting below freezing. we're going to struggle to reach 51 degrees. lots of sunshine, windy and howard will have all the detail on friday morning's situation coming up. good morning. i want to let you know if you're going to be happening on metro, we have residual delays going on on the blue and yellow line near arlington cemetery because of some earlier track work there. so if you are -- need to get on those lines, i subject you add 5, maybe possibly -- subject
you add 5, maybe possibly 10 minutes to your commute. buses are running on schedule. for my friends traveling on the beltway, no major issues to report inner and outer loop. free and clear of any problems. 395 also free and clear as well. sky 9 in the air showing us how things are shaping up on the bw parkway. you can see traffic is certainly flowing this morning. back to you. >> thank you, larry. an envelope addressed to the white house has tested tent -- tentatively tested positive for cyanide. >> the letter was enter sented monday at a facility where white house -- intercepted on monday at a facility where white house mail is intercepted. do we know where it came from? >> reporter: we know it a came from a -- it came from a man who has a long history with the secret service. we don't know his name or address but acts know who they are -- agents know who they are dealing with. this letter was first tested on monday. those tests came back negative and then a follow-up screening was conducted tuesday and that showed a quote, presumptive
positive reading for cyanide. the letter contained a milky white substance we're told inside a container that was wrapped in a plastic bag. and while agents say the man who sent this letter has a history of sending strange packages to the white house, this is clearly the most dangerous delivery. cyanide is a potentially deadly poison that essentially cuts off oxygen supply to the body but we are told no one was injured. the screener who took at this letter at the facility was not exposed to this chemical. it's still unclear at this point in the investigation if this letter was addressed to president obama. secret service really not telling us details of the investigation at this point. more on the other packages that this sender has delivered or tried to deliver to the white house coming up at 6:30. back to you in the studio. >> delia goncalves live outside
the white house. this is a move which goes against the transparency promised by the occupant of the white house president obama. yesterday the at managers -- administration announced it's exempting itself from a federal regulation which subjects its office of administration to the freedom of stories act. the office of administration handles record duties. secret service director joseph clancy admits there are deep problems in the agency's culture and is vowing to make changes. he faced lawmakers yesterday on capitol hill and some are shocked it took five days for him to hear about two drunk secret service agents crashing into a bare yes in front of the white -- barrier in front of the white house. >> you can't run an agency like this or any other agency unless you have discipline in the ranks. >> director clancy has launch add program to help his staff balance what he call as very stressful environment with
their personal life. benjamin netanyahu is celebrating this morning. his party soundly defeated the main opposition zionist union party last night in elections. it appears all that certain that netanyahu will be able to form a new government now. d.c. police are asking for your help finding a boy who's been missing for almost a week. 13-year-old rule crow bouknight has been missing since last thursday. he weigh abouts 103 pound. he has black hair and was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt with the mckinley tech logo, tan pants and a blackjack cet. police are also looking for a 12-year-old boy named demeet just brown last -- demetrius brown. he has short black hair and was last seen wearing a green shirt and khaki pants. he has a small stud earring in
his left ear. if you've seen et of these boy -- either of these boys, you're asked to contact d.c. police. a second person has come forward in the case of a local pastor accused of sexually assaulting underage girls. >> darrell best faces first degree sex abuse while armed. delia goncalves has more information. where did the alleged attacks take place? >> reporter: according to the alleged victim, these atags happened at least -- attacks happened at least two separate questions. one at a church where best is a pastor and also in best's unmarked police cruiser right here outside mpd headquarters. now, so far two women have come forward. one girl is 16 years old. she says best sexually abused her multiple times. a second woman says best attacked her when she was 17 years old. both women say best was armed wearing his badge and they were scared about what he would do.
best is still in jail, at least until tomorrow when he has a hearing at d.c. superior court. he's a 25-year veteran of the force and chief lanier is disturbed and disheartened by the allegations. we're learning that one of the alleged victim's father found out about the abuse and confronted best. coming up in our next half- hour, i'll tell you what happened when he confronted him. it might surprise you. back to you in the studio. >> all right, nikki burdine outside d.c. police headquarters. and d.c. police are searching for the person who shot a 6-year-old girl. this happened in southeast washington. the child was found early yesterday evening in the 3400 block of 22nd street. she was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from her wounds. three morgan state university football players are recovering from stab wounds this morning. one is listed in serious condition. the stabbings happened yesterday afternoon during a fight outside a campus cafeteria. one person is in custody.
pepco and chicago-based exelon have reached a settlement now with montgomery and prince george's counties as they is steps to american. customers would get a one-time credit $50 to their bill and $50 million will be invested to increasing reliability and alternative energy sources. critics say the plan falls short of being a good deal for rate payers. an american military veteran stands accused of plotting to syria to join isis. >> you spoke. we listened. coming up we bring you some of most today dramatic pothole posts you put on social media. >> but first howard with the chilly forecast. >> temperatures have dropped significantly from yesterday where we had 73 for the high in washington. we're down to 37. 27 in manassas. bowie 31. even north beach down to 29. cold weather for the next few days and even some precip friday. some of that could be in the wintry form. details coming up in just
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your coffee, your dunkin'. welcome back. check out this crescent moon on this wednesday morning. 6:11. boy, that's a pretty shot out there. also a sign of the clear skies we're dealing with. just a cold one. 20s and 30s now. we're only going to be in the upper 40s to low 50s. kind of breezy, too. we have a threat for some wintry weather in spots on friday morning. your seven-day forecast in detail at about 6:17. larry miller, take it away. no major problems on 95 northbound as you head toward the beltway going through areas like woodbridge, lorton, newington and springfield on to 395. we are incident free. certainly good news there. the southbound side free and clear of any issues as well. a live look right now at i-95 and dale boulevard shows you just some of the volume that's starting to build up on the
northbound side. cars are moving but as we get more volume on the road, we could start to see some delays. don't anticipate any delays just yet. of course when we do, i'll be sure to pass that information along you to. for those of you traveling from frederick toward the beltway, no problems either. just volume delays once you get into areas like clarksburg. those are what we normally see during the 6:00 hour. back to you. >> thank you, larry. 6:12. our wusa9 pothole patrol team found a real doozy. we want to warn but it this morning. it is in a high traffic area. check out the orange cone. it mark as huge one. the pothole eastbound on massachusetts avenue near 11th street. it's right near the morris clark inn and also near the d.c. convention center. we have reported this ddot. they try to make these repairs inwith three business days of getting the complaint. hopefully they'll get that taken care of. if you have a pothole that you would like our team to help get fbied, go to tellwusa9.com or
tweet us @wusa9. with your help, we're going through new potholes almost every day. >> larry miller following your complaints on social media. >> looks like people are definitely whiling in on twitter. the twitter army banning together to make sure you're safe and we report these potholes. we have this tweet from jennifer. nice try filling the pothole along nebraska in northwest. that would be nebraska avenue in fact in northwest. d.c. hashtag potholepatrol9. looks like they tried to fill that pothole but some cars went over it so looks like they might need to go back out there and do some more work. this one from tran says abby who works here at -- frances abby who works here at wusa9. this is one of two bad ones on the 3700 block of upton street northwest. this is the best way to imhiewn
indicate with us if you want to show us -- to communicate with us if you want to show us these potholes around town. they can cause substantial damage to your car. we got this one from ashley who says pothole alert, d.c. capital northwest. big from inningham to -- ingraham to hawaii street. send us pictures and even video. remember, just use the hashtag potholepatrol9. back to you. >> be safe when you get out there to take a picture. >> absolutely. it 16:14. another former -- it is 6:14. another former u.s. governor prepares for a sentencing hearing connected to money. >> another fraternity member suspended for posting illegal criminal activity on social media. wusa
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turkey into syria. drone down in syria. officials say the u.s. lost one of its pretd tore drones yesterday -- predator drones yesterday over northwest syria. syria military is claiming it shot it down. u.s. officials have yet to confirm the cause of the crash. stateside at least seven people were gunned down last night in stockton, california a little after 8:00 in a grocery store shooting. at least three victims were killed and four others wounded. still no word on a motive but police believe it may be gang related. the former governor of connecticut is in the hot seat today. 57-year-old john roland is expected to be sentenced in federal court convicted of conspiring to hide payments for work he did on two separate congressional campaigns. a decade ago he was sentenced to a year in prison for accepting illegal gifts while in office. a penn state fraternity has been suspended for a year after police say members used a facebook page to post photos of nude women online. kris van cleave has the story.
>> reporter: the kappa delta rho fraternity at penn state university has been suspended for a year. its members ran an invitational only facebook page that featured pictures of nude and partially nude women who appeared to be asleep or passed out. investigators say a former fraternity member tipped them off. >> we were able to capture some images, some graphic images, very disturbing images. >> reporter: the page included comments from those who could view it, some bragging about sexual acts. some photos show drug use including cocaine, marijuana and add medication. police say the secret facebook page called 2.0 was created eight months ago after the original page was discovered by a victim who saw it when a fraternity member accidentally remained logged into facebook. this is the second time in just days that social media contributed to a fraternity's downfall. last week a frat at the university of oklahoma was suspended and to students expelled after a video of a racist chant went viral.
police at penn state say they already have a list of potential charges. >> we're looking at an invasion of privacy which is a misdemeanor charge. we could also be looking at harassment which could be a summary or a misdemeanor level. >> reporter: investigators are earning victims and witnesses to come forward. kris van cleave, cbs news. >> that other fraternity you heard mentioned is trying to repair its image this morning by changingity culture. sygma alpha epsilon is expected to -- sigma alpha else lon is expected to -- eption lon is expect -- epsilon is expected to unveil a plan to revamp its image. on a good note in the n.f.l. bengals defensive tackle devon stillman and his daughter have a reason to smile. the daughter has been fighting neuroblastoma but is now cancer
free. they posted a photo after hearing the news. doctors say they are optimistic and it is certainly good to see both shieling this morning. the -- smiling this morning. the bengals cut him during training camp last summer but signed him to the practice squad so he could keep his he t insurance. he was -- health insurance. he was eventually added to the 51-man roster. >> great way to end a sports broadcast. very good. thank you, nick. 6:21. guess what? snow in the forecast on friday. >> some areas north and west friday morning, even late thursday night could see a little bit of snow. not a lot. but could get a slushy inch before it turns to rain. check this sliver out. that's a pretty sight. a sign of the clear skies that we're dealing with now and will be dealing with for much of the day. >> you're supposed to make a wish. >> let's all make a wish. can we make more than one? >> sure. >> sure says andrea.
43 by noon. that's it. we were 73 for a high yesterday with 51 at 4:00. that's about the high for the day. winds northwest 10 to 20, even gusting higher than that will make it feel even colder. yeah. a little preview. this morning 20s and 30s although well in the mountains we're talking teens now. 14 in davis. we've got 33 at pax river. 31 down in reedville with 28 manassas. reagan national no problems there this morning except the chill with a reading of 37, feeling more like 30. we've got some windchills which are down in the low 20s right now. so a chilly day ahead. the winds will be subsiding as we get into the afternoon and evening hours, especially tonight. winds will go near calm. tomorrow not a bad day, just another chilly one with a few more clouds around, especially in the afternoon and evening. then tomorrow night, here comes that rain. it should be moving in from the southwest. but by friday morning and this could even be a little farther east by 5:00, areas especially in the higher elevations, blue ridge west, we're talking some snow falling.
some rain elsewhere. friday does look like a rainy and raw day with a little bit of snow well north of us. high temps friday only in the low to mid-40s. those areas again north of 70 some of the higher elevations west, especially west of 81 could pick up a slushy inch, maybe two. 51 today. breezy and colder, 34 tonight with mid- to upper 20s in the cold areas. tomorrow 53. a few more clouds. 34 tomorrow night. yellow alert for friday with that rain around and that early snow north and west. only 44 and then as we get toward the weekend, a nice recovery saturday in the 60s. sunday not bad but cooling down highs back in the 50s. 6:23. larry miller, your timesaver traffic. we're in the 6:00 hour. it means a lot move volume. we're starting to see one of our first major accidents this morning, this taking place on the westbound side of brings cheney -- brings cheney road where it's closed as a result of a personal injury accident. emergency crews on the scene right now. traffic being twerted n. is between -- twerted. this is between -- diverted. this is between columbia pike
and old columbia pike. if you're going to be traveling on 66 traveling eastbound from lee highway to northwest moreland street, a 17-minute commute there this morning. for my friends traveling northbound on 395 duke street to the southeast-southwest freeway, you're looking at 59- minute commute. -- at a 9-minute commute. the presbyterian church changessity definition of what a marriage is. >> does a device
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a high schoolteacher in florida is being suspended for a week after calling a muslim student a taliban. according to the complaint the 64-year-old french teacher made several taliban references towards the boy who is of lebanese and moroccan descent. the presbyterian church has had a change of heart about gay marriage. the church has become the largest protestant group to recognize same-sex marriage.
it has almost two million members and 10,000 congregations around the country. he's likely walking away from millions of dollars to protect his health. renewed attention now on the concussions in sport. there are now head bands and helmets on the market that promise to soften the blow of a collision. some doctors say there should be a warning label on these products. >> there's no technology that we're aware of that will mitigate that from happening if one gees hit hard -- gets hit hard enough. >> it's estimated more than 300,000 sports-related concussions occur in the united states every year. look at this beautiful sunrise. it's painted sky there. it's a whole lot cooler than it was yesterday. we could even be seeing some snow by the end of the week. thank you for watching wusa9 at 6:28. >> glad you're with us. hope you have no hangover this morning from st. patrick's day
yesterday. [ laughter ] >> how did you celebrate? >> i did indeed celebrate with an adult beverage. i'm not going to lie. it was fun. but i was responsible. dy not drive. good morning, larry. how are you? >> good. >> sober. >> that's good. >> a fatal accident. still working to get more information about what exactly happened regarding that pedestrian on the interstate. we're trying to get more information about that that's cleared up. we have a new issue going on at briggs cheney road westbound closed because after personal injury accident there. >> weather wise, flakes by friday? >> possibly late thursday night, friday north and west. we're dealing with a big cooldown after the nice spring preview. >> the next two days will be chilly. we'll keep our eyes on the forecast for friday. here's a look at how we're start off your wednesday morning. not too bad at all. we'll see a lot of sunshine this afternoon. 37 degrees. the winds are out of the
northwest. it's going to be a cool day and a very windy one again. temperatures below freezing for a lot of spots. 31 for reston. 27 for germantown. 28 for white oak and andrews at 33. struggling to get to 50 today. very windy but hey, high pressure is in place. today and tomorrow looking good. we'll keep our eyes on friday. enjoy today. just a little breezy. grab that extra layer today. good morning, larry. what's going on? good morning. still keeping a close eye on the situation going on on briggs cheney road. it's closed, the westbound side because of an accident. a personal injury accident according to the fire department there. you can see looks like that is the emergency crews right there. that would be briggs chaney road closed westbound. be mindful in that area. if traveling northbound on 95 heading toward the beltway no major issues this morning as you go through areas like woodbridge and newington. we are incident free right now on 95. southbound side also looking good as well. in my next report, we'll
breakdown the commute on the beltway and show you how things are shaping up on 295. back to you. >> thank you, larry. the secret service is investigating a letter which tested positive for the lethal toxin cyanide. >> the letter was headed to the white how but never got there. deal -- house but never got there. delia goncalves is live outside the executive mansion now. when did it get to the region, delia? >> reporter: [ no audio ] it caused a tiewror as it happen -- furor as it happened. aaron schock called it quits after questions were raised about his use of taxpayer
dollars and his expense account related to his lavish lifestyle. new details about a plan that would permanently change how doctors are paid for treating medicare patients. congress is working on a $213 billion plan to figure it out. the deal would set a 2020 starting point for higher out of pocket expenses for people buying new medigap policies. the policies cover things not ensured by medicare. the army is expected to start destroying the country's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons damp the project will -- today. the project will start in pueblo, colorado weather permitting. mustard and nerve acts are stored at a army depot in kentucky. destruction of that stockpile will start in 2016 or 2017. larry miller mentioned this traffic issue a while ago. a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer overnight on the southbound side of 270 just north of germantown road. the driver of the tractor- trailer told police he saw a
black nissan on the shoulder of the highway and then he said he saw a man walking in the third lane of the highway and ended up hitting him. the tractor-trailer driver stayed on the scene. investigators say they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from that nissan. we're learning more now about the the case against the d.c. police officer accused of s.e.c.ually abusing teenage girls. >> this morning there is word that officer darrell best is accused of assaulting a second underage girl. nikki burdine is live outside police headquarters. nikki, what do we know about the second victim and family members' reaction. >> reporter: we know this second alleged victim is now 18 years old, but when she was allegedly abused by best, she says she was just 17 years old. we also know this victim says that the attack happened in best's unmarked police cruiser right here outside mpd headquarters. the first girl to come forward is just 16 years old. she says best attacked her in the god of a second chance church where he's also a
pastor. both girls say best was wearing his badge and was armed with his gun at the time of the abuse and they were scared about what he might do. we also learned that one of the victim's father found out about the abuse. he apparently confronted best and he says best did nothing to deny those am gaitions. -- allegations. one more detail i want to mention. investigators wanted to confirm the second victim's story. they brought her here to mpd headquarters. she led them up to best's office where she then saw pictures of best and she started crying. best is in jail now, at least until his hearing tomorrow right over here at d.c. superior court. back to you in the studio. >> nikki burdine live outside the mpd headquarters this morning. a bench warrant has been issued for ratter fauntroy's arrest -- walter fauntroy's arrest. he wrote a $50,000 check for the expenses of the inauguration but the check bounced. the 82-year-old is believed to
be somewhere in africa and said to be aware of the charges against him. the university of virginia board met yesterday in richmond to discuss president teresa sullivan's contract. she learns about $675,000 a year. the talks follow a year full of controversy the uva. first the disappearance of hannah graham and the questionable rolling stone article accusing the school of mishandling a gang rain. sullivan has been on the job since 2010. 6:35. before we head to break, we want to say congratulations to felicia wallace from the district. you are the facebook fan of the day. felicia says my mom and i deserve to be fans of the day because all my life she's awakened our household to wusa9 weather, news and traffic updates. >> even now that i'm grown and on my own, felicia says every morning before i go to work, school, my mom sends text messages that always start with, howard bernstein said it's going to rain so pack an umbrella or howard bernstein said it's cold outside so
bundle up. my mom and i are generational viewers and my son will be too. >> you get two tickets to see kevin hart at verizon center coming up in august. it's easy to become our next facebook fan of the day. to get a shot at tickets, go to our wusa9 facebook page and fill out the form. give felicia your personal forecast. >> you and your mom and everybody else should bundle up this morning. it's a chilly one. beautiful skies. sunrise about 7:16 this morning. we're cold. it's in 20s in spots. reagan national 37 degrees. with the windchill closer to 30. traveling today, you know, looks pretty good across much of the east. just cold. boston 29. philly 45. detroit 50. still a little bit better but cool in atlanta, a pleasant 66. back with a look at our wednesday forecast in just a
6:39. 37 in town. breezy today. high 47 to 52. we're talking cold with us through friday. with friday low pressure and that means rain and possibly snow. i'll tell you about that and who is likely to see snow in about five minutes. larry miller, we've got building issues this morning. we do. we also have some residual delays going on on metro this morning on the blue and yellow line. this because of some earlier work taking place year
arlington cemetery. so if you're going to be heading out on metro, i would suggest that you add about 5 to 7 minutes to your compute time this morning. the buses are running on schedule. for those of you traveling on 66, no issues this morning. a lot of the earlier construction along eastbound side of 66 all but wrapped up. you're looking at a smooth commute as you make your way toward the beltway and of course to school and/or work this morning. for those of you traveling on the beltway right now a live look shows you that volume is starting to build on the inner and outer loop. again no problems. we're looking at a smooth commute so far so good. back to you. >> larry, thank you. you'll soon have a chance to own a piece of rock 'n' roll history. >> we're learning a german company is getting ready to partways with the nba. nick giovanni has those stories and more with a look at your money. >> reporter: good morning to you both. first let's talk about the federal debt limit back in play after a year with no cap on government borrowing. the treasury department says the new limit is going to be 18.1 -- $18.1 trillion. as it stands right now the
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it is 6:46. time to see what our part nears and friends at cbs this morning are covering. >> one of our favorite partners gayle king joins us live from new york. hi, gayle. >> i just love that guy. partners and friends. i like that hello, mike and andrea. ahead we are gathering information on death threats made against caroline kennedy. how threatened do americans feel by isis? frank lundst is here with the results after heated focus group. and tackling race relations. we'll look at the stinging backlash there. the news is back in the
morning. we'll see you at 7:00 on wusa9. he said this is wusa9 because we have a mike check. back to you, too. >> all right. >> i don't know if that's a new way you're saying it. >> it's an og'ism. >> good morning friend gayle. 6:47. could we have snow delays? >> no. >> really? >> no closures. >> probably not. but it's d.c. so doesn't take much. >> d.c. area. >> d.c. area north and west. we're talking areas mainly north of 70, west of the blue ridge have a chance of an inch or two of snow friday morning before a cold, nasty rain. the rest of us were just rain. if it were to slip into montgomery, howward, northern fauquier counties not out of the question. today beautiful.
look at the sunrise we've got coming up here in about half an hour right now. just a few high thin clouds out there. they do such a good job of scattering the light. always happy to see just a few clouds as opposed to the clear skies. we'll see a lot of sunshine with temperatures running into the 30s. let me show you our day planner, what we're talking about. 30s this morning. even a few 20s but only about 50, 51 for the high. so mid-40s for lunch time and with the breeze out of the northwest at 10 to 20, yeah, you're going to need the heavier coats and probably eating inside. teens in the mountains. the rest of us are in the 20s and 30s with a few windchills down in the teens and 20s. right now beautiful looking but awfully cold considering where we've been the last couple of days. 37 with the northwest wind at 9. the air is pretty dry now. overnight thursday night, friday, that's the trouble time. 51 today. tonight 34. we will have 20s in the suburbs with light winds. tomorrow 53. a few more clouds. there it is, the yellow alert for friday with the early snow north and west.
otherwise a rainy and raw day, low to mid-40s. that's t. nice recovery on saturday with a high of 53. sunday 54 and 50 early next week. 6:49. good morning, larry. good morning. keeping a close eye on the major arteries toward the beltway. as for the beltway free and clear for the most part. inner and outer loop no problems to report. 395, 295 as well as 270 free and clear of any problems. good news there. we are keeping a close eye, however, on that accident on westbound side. still closed as a result of a personal injury accident there. emergency crews and police are on the scene. we'll let you know when that road does open up. meantime if you're going to be traveling on 66 eastbound toward the beltway going through areas like manassas, centreville, fairfax, you'll have no problems. free and clear on the eastbound side. no problems on the westbound side either. a lot of therrier construction during the 4:00 hour should be wrapping up soon. back to you. >> thanks, larry. 6:50. a nationally known athlete just released a line of sneakers.
>> the benefit of good sneakers and she's not old enough to drive a car yet and she's moving. tommy mcfly joins us how you can lace up for a good cause. good morning, tommy. >> good morning. mike and andrea. we've got a lot going on. monique -- mo'na davis captured our attention and led the lighting of of the christmas tree. now she's trying her hand as designing. she has her baseball stitch inspired sneaks. they benefit underprivileged girls around the world. the group is called because i'm a girl and it's a global initiative to raise millions of young ladies up out of poverty and this terrible situation. so she just keeps on getting even better. she can't even drive yet. mo'na davis, she has her little
empire starting. awesome. in the 94.7 fresh fm studio, i'm tommy mcfly, back to you guys, wusa9. >> you want to support somebody like that. >> absolutely. she's hoping to eventually sign on to u. con for their basketball -- uconn for their basketball team. a reminder the royals are in town. be prepared for a day of secret service motorcades in many places in the district. wusa9 is back right after this.
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i'm delia goncalves live at the white house. a letter addressed to 1600 pennsylvania avenue tested positive for the potentially deadly chemical cyanide. however, it never did make it to the white house. it was stopped at a white house mail screening facility. no one was hurt, but we have learned the man who sent the letter has a history of sending strange packages to the white house. they are investigating. nikki? >> reporter: i'm nikki burdine in d.c. where a police officer is now being accused by a
second woman of sexual abuse. now two women have come forward saying officer darrell best with d.c. police who is also a pastor at a southeast church was abusing them. these women have come forward and made these allegations saying that officer darrell best even abused these women in his unmarked police cruiser outside mpd police headquarters as well as at the church. best is still in jail till his hearing tomorrow. back to you in the studio. >> thank you, nikki. prince charm and his wife camilla are in d.c. now. they landed last night at andrews air force base. the royal couple is scheduled to visit the lincoln memorial, the mlk memorial and george washington's mount vernon estate. tomorrow they'll meet with the. at the white house. today is the the insurance enrollment deadline. if you want to avoid paying a tax penalty for being uninsured in 2015, under the affordable care act if you enrolling after today, you will owe a tax penalty when you file your 2015 tax return.
the holocaust museum's first person program starts this morning. every wednesday and thursday at 11:00 a.m. from now through august, a holocaust survivor will tell their story and take audience's questions. nice looking morning but just cold. today's high only 51. that's d.c. some of will you stay in the 40s. chilly again tomorrow and then friday morning, late thursday night, friday morning areas north and west we'll watch for the threat of maybe an inch or so upwards of two of snow before going to just a cold, nasty raw day and then better on saturday. larry? from our metro riders, the trains and buses now running on schedule. the earlier issues on the blue and yellow line wrapped up. sky 9 still over brings cheney road -- briggs cheney road where it -- it isn't now. the westbound side is still closed. 270 starting to see slowdowns as you make your way from frederick toward the beltway. just lume delays. cbs this morning is next. japanese officials are working with u.s. authorities on gathering information about death threats made against u.s.
ambassador caroline kennedy. starbucks has a new controversy. they're trying to tackle race relations and starting to get a backlash. cbs will continue with that. i'll be back with larry in 25 minutes with traffic and weather updates. you can use our mobile app for news, weather and traffic 24 hours a day. have a great day, everybody. it's a little cold out. see everybody at noon. happy march madness. people of the coffee drinking world, dunkin' has a dark roast coffee that's deliciously roasted just right for a bold start and smooth finish that's never bitter. put down the dark roast you've been putting up with and reach for the one you deserve.
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it is wednesday, march 18th 2015. welcome to "cbs this morning." death threats made on the life of the u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy. and the home brewed starbucks. the talks about race. who is watching when you drive a rent a car. we go to hertz rent a car to find out why they're installing tens of thousands of cameras. >> but we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> investigators say a man who spoke englishal c tledhe u.s. embassy in tokyo multiple times saying he was going to