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he was last seen wearing all white but detectives say it is possible that he has chained his -- changed his clothes since he left the van here at the hospital. they say they are continuing to look for him and this is their strategy. take a listen. >> we aren't really looking 10 hours or 12 hours or 24 hours in advance about what our plan will be because we certainly hope to have him in custody by then. so each hour or so we are evaluating or sooner if necessary if we need to change strategies in the search. >> reporter: now, again, you just heard it, they said it's an hour by hour strategy and right now, again, showing you the look here, this is where the woods are. if you're not familiar with jessup, maryland, it's a fairly industrial area, there are two businesses across the street, but driving around this area just a couple of homes, maybe just a handful of homes really pretty quiet, a lot of woods, though, which does create a problem
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they say that they are continuing to look for this, 28- year-old david watson. they will be keeping us updated and we will be relaying that information to you when we get it. live in howard county, i'm ileana diaz, wusa9 news. this is supposed to be the best times in their lives but instead a maryland man and his daughters say it is hard to go on. their hearts are broken on. their house is empty. and they are searching for answers after a car crash killed 68-year-old wife and mother sandra newsom of maryland. debra alfarone brings us the story you will only see here on 9. >> and i just screamed. i didn't know what to do. i was just in so much shock, i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: and like that, netanya newsom's life changed forever. her mom, 68-year-old sandra, was killed in a two car crash on the wilson bridge. that december morning in 2015 netanya re
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a job she never went back to. >> flashing back if i was on that with her, i would have tried to get off and find out how can i get to my mom. >> reporter: netanya and her dad know, this truck is the other car involved. they say they have been told there are no witnesses. time has done little. >> we were married for 48 years . >> it was very hard for me and still hard me with not having any answers to what happened. >> reporter: netanya and emmit has pictures everywhere of the mom, wife and grandmother who was involved in her church, sang in her choir, loved to help people and was just three months shy of retiring from her job at innova fairfax. this is emmit's favorite the day he first saw her. >> i told my classmate, that's my wife. >> thict
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dad's surprise 70th birthday party. >> reporter: police say the crash that killed sandra was on the inner loop express lane of the woodrow wilson bridge a little before 7:00 the morning of december 11th, 2015, a friday morning. the family says they will soon move from this house with all its memories, but moving forward is something they can't quite do yet. >> someone knew and that's what we want, whoever seen it, to please come forward. >> reporter: i talked to the prince george's county state's attorney a little while ago, they say they have completed their investigation. they charged the driver of that truck with traffic offenses including failure to obey speed limit and failure to avoid collision. they say these are the only charges they can bring based on the evidence they have, leslie. >> yeah, we see these crashes all the time. we don't always know the stories. there's always a story behind them, deb. thanks for sharing that. if you have any information, any at all that might shed light on
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wusa9 app. breaking news out of metro headquarters tonight and you might not like it. the transit system just announced that five stations on the orange line are going to be closed for track repairs for a full month. these closures are scheduled from may 16th through june 15th and that's coming up pretty soon. it's all part of the year long safe track program, but you see the original plans for safe track called for single tracking between those stations but now as you just heard, those stations are going to be closed altogether. buses will replace the trains between the new carrollton and stadium armory stations. congress approved a temporary measure today that's going to fund the federal government for just another week. the move spares president trump from a government shutdown on his 100th day in office. he began the 99th day of his presidency by signing his 32nd executive order. >> it reverses the previous administration's arctic
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ban. >> mayors in south carolina came together to blast president trump's executive order that expands offshore drilling. in atlanta mr. trump became the first sitting president since ronald reagan to speak at the annual convention of the rifle association. secretary of state rex tillerson chaired a special meeting of the united nations security council today. he called for tougher sanctions against china and other countries that continue to trade with the rogue nation. tillerson's comments follow trump's interview with reuters where he said the u.s. could be headed toward a major conflict with north korea over its nuclear and missile programs. five days after the first alarm, the last fire truck finally packed up and left that catastrophic scene where a college park apartment building under construction was pretty much done in by fire. the final inspections were done today just to make sure that all those last embers are thmpletely out.
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damaged that people can't even go inside without extensive shoring for fear that it may collapse. the developer of this 275 unit complex is wood partners of atlanta and the company has not announced whether it is possible to salvage this $39 million building or whether it will simply have to be torn down. it was 15 years ago today that a deadly tornado tore through la plata, maryland. take a look at this monster funnel cloud captured on home video. this tornado was a half mile wide, it was on the ground for 24 miles, just in charles county alone and when it was over, five people were dead and $100 million in damage was left in this storm's wake. our chief meteorologist, topper shutt, is in la plata tonight and, top, the people in southern maryland will never forget that tornado. >> reporter: they won't and we are at the 15th anniversary milestone here but it's really more of a celebration at this point because la plata has
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that night is one we will never forget. we covered that live as it went through. over my shoulder here, the first people that you see was the old bank and real estate called baldis real estate. that building was pretty much gone. behind that is another, and that's the united methodist church. that's where we will have a town hall meeting tonight. this is route six, that intersection is 301. the tornado littlely came right down route six a half a mile wide. let me introduce you to some of the first folks on the scene. chris thompson did the right thing, bill fanning, not so much. >> i noticed that things were starting to deteriorate, the weather was moving in, i could see the clouds behind us, a little ominous. i decided to go to work. i told my family goodbye, my fiance came outside with me. we parked over here and as we got across the parking lot here, i noticed i could see it coming right off
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direction, kind of a northwest direction. >> it's moving through town? >> it's moving through the town, moving off the main artery through the town of charles street. >> she did not see it, right? >> no. >> then what did you do? >> grabbed her by the arm, pulled her across the parking lot, went back inside the house and as i got back inside my house i'm yelling at my family get in the basement, there's a tornado right outside. >> i began to feel safe and as i turned i saw this beautiful twistedder and it was coming -- twister and it was coming right for me so i did -- i didn't get back inside. i got in the car and i began to drive down this way, so i'm driving down this way, down here and i get down there a little bit past the church, where that yellow sign is there. water and wind and powerlines fall over, trees fall over behind me, in front of me in the road. i was lucky it wasn't right where i was. >> repor y
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>> yeah. >> reporter: chris thompson, he shelters his family and then does what all emergency service people do, they go to work. and bill knows not to get in the car and try to outrun the tornado. that's a big no-no. here's the review of the tornado. originally categorized at an f5. but down to a four. it's now an ef5 so two different scales. now simply an ef5. on the ground for 24 miles in charles county, 78 -- 68 totaled, nearly 70 totaled and $100 million worth of damage. we will come back, we will talk more about the exact track of the storm, introduce you to some more folks who actually were in that building right there and lived to tell about it. >> looking forward to it, top. a member of the navy assigned to fort immediate is dead -- fort meade is dead following a crash in upper marlboro. after mid 99th with 34-year-old jonathan griffin lost control of his dodge charger on route 301. police say that car was going northbound when it crossed several la
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slammed into a guardrail. that crash closed route 301 for several hours. washington will be the sight of another large protest this weekend. environmentalists will take to the streets tomorrow for the peoples climate march. actor leonardo dicaprio, richard branson and former vice president al gore are among the celebrities expected to attend. and organizers say unlike last weekend's march for science, tomorrow's demonstration will be more political and aimed at specific trump administration policy. turns out being commander in chief is more difficult than president trump first thought. >> yeah, we are going to tell you what mr. trump misses about his old life, plus a look back at the incidents that stalled race relations 25 years ago today. by the time i get to la plata, the windshield in my car is broken out. >> but right after the break, the track of the tornado that left this damaged dier
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we are back at la plata live. we will be here all evening. that is the the pa -- that is the a episcopal church. >> let's go over the track of the la plata tornado. first touching down southwest of jackson in quick'sburg, virginia and we put out a warning it was on the ground. weaker but destroyed three homes and 19 barns. it raced eastward not on the ground but we had reports of funnel clouds and large hail and then it crosses
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patomic river, weak at first, strengthens. now it's an f4 as it rolls through the heart of la plata shortly after 7:00. by this time you have interrupted "60 minutes" and we are on the air live tracking this. f4 downtown, that means winds 207 to 260, when it trekked through la plata, route 6 and 301, it was a half a mile wide, one direct fatality again shortly after 1:00 p.m. then crosses over the patuxent river, still strong, two more fatalities, and finally begins to lift up west of salisbury but by that time on the ground for nearly 70 miles. just simply unheard of for a tornado in the eastern seaboard and it ends up being the second strongest tornado on the eastern seaboard, number 1 is worcester,ss
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damage. on the side i'm standing, a ton of damage. the courthouse past the episcopal church, minor damages and windows blown out. tony rose was in charge and here's his first take when he showed up at the scene. >> i came to la plata from home. it was sunday afternoon, sunday evening, i came to la plata and i am hearing information on the radio about building collapses and things like that but i don't have any idea that there's been a tornado. by the time i get to la plata, the windshield in my car is broken out because i got caught in the hail from the tornado, so half of my windshield is gone by the time i get here and then when i turn onto charles street and coming past the hospital, first thing i noticed aside from all the debris everywhere are people, people that are clearly injured
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>> wow. >> and it's still not clicking yet. i see all this damage and i'm having pro -- and i haven't processed it yet because we don't have those things, right? just beyond us the road goes down and you can see the trees -- the trees in april have no leaves on them at all. >> reporter: defoliated. >> they are gone. >> reporter: yep. >> and then it starts clicking what's going on. and my first thought was going to -- go to the 911 center and make sure they were okay. as bad as the damage was, mother nature was grateful to us because the school, ans, which is at the bottom of the hill was destroyed and had it been 2:00 in the afternoon and that school had been full, it would have been a completely different story. >> reporter: yeah, it was a blessing at the time it hit late sunday evening when the businesses were closed, weren't too many folks in town. look at
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notice how small they are? you know why? they are all 15 years old. even though the north side of route six, minimal damage on the side i'm on, the south side, major damage. we will come back, we will talk to someone who is right -- witnessed the tornado and tried to get two people in a car outside her office. first, though, we will take a look at the seven day. and we will look at the seven day. there we go. like summer this weekend, 91 tomorrow, 88 on sunday, some afternoon storms, better chance for storms on monday, we will monitor that for a yellow weather alert day. only 80. we go back in the 70s, pretty nice actually tuesday, wednesday and you may complain about the heat this weekend, let me see if you're going to complain about how cool it's going to be next week with temperatures in the 60s with rain returning. we will come back, we will talk to bonnie greer of baldis real estate and she was right at ground zero. her story coming up. >> we will see you soon, topper. can you remember where you were 25 years ago? george h.w. bush was the president at
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good men and my cousin vinny were in the theaters and joe gibbs led washington over the buffalo bills in 1982 to capture the team's third super bowl but the los angeles riots also broke out on this day 25 years ago, the unrest broke out after four white lapd officers were acquitted in the videotaped beating of a black driver, rodney king. >> what happened out there can teach everyone a lesson. >> more than 50 people were killed and 2000 others were injured in six days of rioting and lewding in l.a. that unrest caused a bill dollars worth of damage. donald trump says he thought being president would be easier. he made those surprising comments during an interview with the reuters news organization. trump also looked back at his pre-white house days. he said he misses driving and because of all the protection around him, he can't really go anywhere. good news for people in e
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national adopt a shelter pet day is happening this weekend to mark the occasion the humane rescue alliance in d.c. is cutting adoption fees in half. those fees can range anywhere between 25 and $250. menudo and sago, two friendly cats, just a couple of the animals up for adoption. a ball of yarn, unique personalities and a willingness to connect with fellow students. we will tell you about the unity project at the university of maryland. and we will check in on our own jan fox as she makes -- jan jeffcoat as she makes a special appearance on cbs's "the talk."
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in a time of division, a local art project is looking to call attention to what connects us all as people. >> john henry joins us from the university of maryland with more on the unity project. >> reporter: check the word unique in the dictionary and this is what you will find, being without like or equal. what's your name? >> ben. >> courtney. >> reporter: what makes you unique? >> i think my intellect makes me unique. >> i can touch my nose with my tongue. >> repr:
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apart, there's also a lot that brings us together. >> great to bring all these people together to understand the importance of diversity. >> the unity project really tells people -- helps people identify what makes us ourselves and what makes up other people. >> each of the poles behind me has a different identifier attached to it. >> i am a first generation immigrant. >> they take the yarn and wrap it around their identities. >> back in the middle. as you're walking, you're walking under this web that literally shows the interconnection of us all. >> it's this one. >> i think it's important to have a project like this because it shows that we are more interconnected than people think. >> especially the past few months and few years, there's been a lot of issues going on as people not being tolerant of each other. >> but this project is a really visual representation of what diversity actually is. >> once you get to here, you tie your knot and now you have created unity. >> reporter: and that's a lesson here on campus today. while it's important to embrace wh
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forget we are all bound together by a common threat. >> there's more strength in being together. >> alexandria artist nancy belmont is created with creating the first unity display. if you'd like to take part in this cool project. tomorrow is your chance. you can see it from 10:00 to 4:00 at the cleary smith performing arts center on campus. maryland day, should be a done going on in college park. fears of metro sickout unfounded. tonight employees are speaking out against a sick policy they say is hazardous. the new policy requires employees to give a 72 hour notice or face disciplinary action for repeated sick calls without notice. metro employees, they are not happy about it and now they are teaming up with local doctors, one doctor tells wusa9 he believes a lot of metro employees will avoid getting the medical care they need and he says that could put the public at risk. >> if i had chest pains in the morning and afraid i was going to get docked for work,
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a heart attack as a result of the initial symptoms of chest pain, with that train going full speed, even if they had an emergency situation could jeopardize the whole train load of passengers. >> metro's sick policy allows employees to have up to three unexcused absences a year. after that, counseling is required. so if you were watching watching wusa9 a few hours ago you might have noticed our own jan jeffcoat on tv. >> jan joined the ladies on "the talk" and here she is chatting with actor joseph fines. >> i understand you have two daughters, raising them in spain and raising them to speak both english and spanish and as a result i hear that you cannot speak very much because your spanish is not on par? >> we thought we would bring them up where my wife is spanish, would speak spanish to them and i
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it's worked and then i try to jump in and speak spanish too but my level is still at a 2- year-old's. >> we can't wait to hear more about "the talk" wednesday when she comes home from california. great job. straight ahead, we are talking to the people who lived through the deadly la plata tornado. >> at that point in time it was so bad, i couldn't see through the window. and it wasn't an easy path for jonathan allen. tonight we learn more about the local player who has become an overnight millionaire after being drafted by the
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a former hometown football sensation is now a member of the burgundy and gold. jonathan allen, who was a defensive lineman for alabama and stonebridge high in ashford was drafted by washington. and as peggy fox tells us, nobody is happier than his former high school coach. >> select jonathan allen, defensive end. >> reporter: jonathan allen is coming home after four years kicking butt for alabama. he will trade that crimson for burgundy and gold and a practice field in his hometown where he first made his mark. >> i think it's awesome he gets to play for his hometown team, well deserving. >> reporter: he helped the stonebridge bulldogs win the
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2012, his senior year jonathan allen was voted most likely to go pro and last night it happened. his high school coach mickey thompson was in philly for the big moment. >> so you think maybe the redskins really got lucky here? >> they got a steal, absolute steal. as his work ethic is unmatched, he loves to gain. barring injury, he will be one of the best redskins ever. >> reporter: thompson's wife kathy was also at the nfl draft. she is a teacher at stonebridge and says jonathan allen is so grounded, she knows the money and celebrity will not go to his head. >> he was here last spring and he came by my classroom to see me and he's just -- he's so humble, the kids in the class were trying to peek and they were like is that, is that and i said come on in and he wouldn't. he stayed in the hall and, you know, he could have come in and they would have made a big fuss over him but he is just really a humble, you know, gentle guy. well, off the field. >> reporter: when
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allen first started playing here at stonebridge, he quickly earned the nickname the hulk for his explosive performance on the field. off the field he was completely opposite. the perfect gentleman. >> you're never going to have to worry about him off the field. he's going to always be somebody you're going to be proud to represent you so the redskins, i think they realize that. i mean, you just watch the interviews and he's probably the most impressive and un-- and i'm biased. one of the most impressive people you're going to meet anywhere. >> he is a wonderful person so when good things happen to good people, you can't help but be excited. >> reporter: in ashburn, peggy fox, wusa9. >> stone bridge coach thompson says part of his joy about allen coming back is selfish. he is expecting his former player to come home and visit often and be a mentor to his student athletes. more now on the 15-year anniversary of the deadly tornado in la plata. now, the pictures of the damage from that night, they are absolute staggering. this storm leveled buildings that had stood for hundreds
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topper shutt is live in charles county. we were live and following that tornado as it tracked through la plata. >> reporter: yeah, in fact, it tracked right here along route 6, you know, and it tracked essentially west to east, about 58 miles per hour, on the south side of route 6, more damage, brunt of the damage on the north side of route 6, not that much damage. over my shoulder, that was the old bank and baldis real estate building. listen to what happened to bonnie because she was writing a contract that night and witnessed a storm. >> a car pulled up, this car pulled up to the window and i could see them and i'm thinking, uh-oh, and then about that time i see debris flying horizontally through the windows. and i was like, uh-oh, i better go out and tell the people come inside and get shelter and i got from this window to this window and at that point in time it was so bad i couldn't see through the window. it was just -- it was almost
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stuff blowing everywhere. so at that point -- >> did you get those folks in? >> no. i just got to hear and i realized it was so bad there was no way i was going to have to go all the way up here and down to them to get them in. so at that point i knew what was happening. i was in elementary school during cuban missile crisis and they used to march us out into a cinder block hallway and say you have to stay away from the window, shut all the doors wherever there's glass and then you go out and hide in the hall and you cover your head. >> duck and cover, right. >> that's what i did. >> the night it occurs, you know, i was at home, one of my staff people called me on the phone and said, dr. d, he said, your office is gone. i said gone? what do you mean gone? >> piece of alumni siding that went through the drywall. this was the bathroom on the interior of the building and how that siding went through that. >> my father had painted -- had pain
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these are all of my dad's paintings and we had a lot of paintings in the office prior and most of them got destroyed. he came back and redid whatever paintings he could. he was 94 years old. >> wow. >> and he did the murals too. >> he did that too? >> he did that mural and there's another mural around the corner he did. >> that's amazing. >> he did murals when he was 94, came up and did that for me. >> reporter: that was amazing to me. his dad, 94 years old comes back and redoes, repaints the murals. lessons to learn there. the doctor's office took two years to rebuild. and bonnie did the right thing, she got away from the windows and went to an area interior of the building. probably 15eu6d her lives -- saved her lives. the folks that pulled up in the parking lot were fine and found shelter outside of the building. we are talking to the former mayor bill he canman and how -- eckman and how he dealt with thcr
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>> certainly good lessons for people to see the reports and realize you've got to take the storm warnings seriously. missing children is the focus of a special assignment unit report tonight and you've got a pretty cool story that actually takes a look at local children who have been missing for years and an interesting team that helps to work to bring her home. >> it's really a firsthand look at this fascinating science. you know, we usually see the age progressions but don't get to see how they are created, april williams, sheila and katherine and other locally missing children for years have been on the radar of these artists and these age progressions are an important tool for forensic artists that work the national center for missing and employed children -- exploited children. and we are going to talk with one of the artists. you will see him as he goes through the process of creating these age pro depression and we -- progressions and we tell this through the story of sarah and jacob hoggle who have been missing for three years and you can see their
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the artist screen. this is a story you're only going to see here on wusa9 at 11:00 tonight, about age progression and, adam, i should also mention that in may we are devoting the entire month telling stories about missing children, it's a big commitment for us here at wusa9 and for me personally, i'm looking forward to doing these stories and hopefully finding a way to bring some of these children home. >> what could be more important. >> absolutely. >> thank you. have you heard of the fry festival? neither had we. until the internet declared the luxury music festival in the caribbean a complete disaster. that's the low lights of this one on the way. and after the break, we meet these dancing kids in school. they were blowing up social media with their red hot moves. they are so good we had to bring them back tonight.
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so last night we told you about these incredible salsa dancing kindergartners at the kit promise academy in southeast d.c. >> their videos have gone viral on facebook and today our own dancing fool, bruce johnson, got to cha -- bruce leshan got to cha, cha, cha alongside them. >> this is so cool. we are with
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amazing dancing kindergartners. check them out. they are rocking and rolling. they are such amazing dancers. and they have actually got millions, millions of views on facebook. how do you teach them this? >> they love it. they love it. >> reporter: they just love it. >> they love it so they get into it. >> reporter: and everybody's got natural rhythm, they can tap. >> absolutely, yes, yes. >> and this just helps them learn? >> it helps them learn. >> yeah. >> reporter: skyler is just one amazing one right here. skyler, how do you like dancing, sweety? you love to dance? >> yes. >> reporter: do you love it? you're an
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so this school is the kip promise academy in southeast d.c. and here they believe that learning should be joyful and there's nothing more joyful than dancing. teach me to dance. >> six, five, six, here we go. cha, cha, cha. two, three. >> bruce there going back to school today. i think it's going to take him a little longer to down with it, though. >> no, no, no. he is moving with the kids. now, we have to give credit where credit is due. >> you're right. you're right. >> he is not living in a rhythmless nation, he is keeping up. he is keeping up. >> so edwin sorto dances salsa on a team that performs all around the country but says the 5-year-olds blow him away and not sure about bruce. he hung in there. >> i'm telling you, he was doing the story and dancing at the same time.
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everything, you got it. >> absolutely. it was billed as a luxury event with people shelling out as much as $12,000. this is a promotional video for the fire festival held on an exclusive island in the bahamas this weekend. today the festival was officially cancelled but not before hundreds of people arrived to substandard conditions. >> people reported unassigned tents for housing and instead of promised gourmet meals, slice of cheese on bread, flights for many of the guests never arrived in e thbahamas, others trying to leave are stranded at the airport. >> what? >> and you're still in the bahamas so it's -- >> no. after the break we are back in la plata where the former mayor talks about the deadly 2002 tornado. plus what you can do right now to prepare for severe weather. and cbs news political director john dickerson at the white house tomorrow to talk with president trump about his first 100 days in office. we will find out what is
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tomorrow marks 100 days in office for president trump. the president and his critics have decidingly different takes on the successes of the first three
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john dickerson joins us now and you're going to be at the white house to talk to the president. anything you're particularly nervous to ask him about? some of his interviews can be contentious. >> i have interviewed him a lot, 19 times during the campaign. they can be contentious but in a sense he likes the give and take. he's an adult about being asked tough questions. he can handle them. he obviously handles them in part by coming right back at you. but, no, i don't think -- the thing i'm more nervous about is there are a lot of important questions out there that need to be answered, a lot of things people are interested in in terms of the way the president thinks about his job. the way he assesses what he's done so far, how he's going to build on that going forward, what's going to happen in north korea. people are hungry for information and so the thing i'm most nervous about is being able to get those answers as best we can in the time we have got. >> your focus, does it rest with the 100 days or does it rest with what's ahead or kind of a mix? >> i think it's
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and say what does the president learn, what does he take from this? all presidents have to change because they come into the job without any experience of what it's like to be in the job and president trump arguably comes in with even -- with less experience than any other president before him. so how do they adapt, what causes them to adapt, what do they do to change and how will they take that moving forward because they will be forced to adapt again and again and again in the presidency. >> well, the timing is perfect for this and we are certainly looking forward to it, john dickerson's interview with president trump right here on wusa9, 10:30 sunday morning. thanks, john. >> sure thing. tonight we are remembering the lives lost and the lessons learned after the la plata tornado. here's more home video that was taken from the day of the storm. this is the most powerful tornado recorded in the state of maryland and the guy shooting the video, he just cannot believe the scope of this monster. first responders told people on -- pulled people on stretchers through the rubble. our chief meteorologist topper shutt is in la plata to
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bring us more stories. top. >> reporter: yeah, again, leslie, it's the 15th anniversary but it's really a celebration now, la plata has turned the corner, more vibrant than ever, businesses moved back and families coming to live here. it's a vibrant town. over my left shoulder is a star. that used to be the water tower, more on why that's not there anymore, check out howard bernstein's talk with the former mayor. >> here we have got an almost 80-year-old water system, it was crippled by the loss of that watertown. >> well, it wasn't really because we had three other water towers. as a matter of fact, we were getting ready to tear down, to tell you the truth. >> so mother nature by taking that water tower down did you a favor? >> really did. it saved a lot for us. >> so tornado hits, you've got to take care of the immediate danger there and the triage, the people, the injuries, the cleaning up, the rebuilding. how do you even approach something like that. >>l,
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lot and about recovering from natural disaster and the key to it is being ready for it. the key to it that's most important is that you know the people involved, the relationships that you have. >> let's talk about safety. you heard what bonnie did earlier and baldis real estate. not all buildings are constructed of brick and block and you have to have a plan. for more on that, here's meteorologist melissa nord. >> reporter: oftentimes the late spring and early summer months end up being some of our most active for severe weather here across the d.c. metro area. now is the perfect time for you to sit down with your family and review your severe weather safety plan. when do you take shelter and what precautions do you need to take. the difference between a watch and a warning is really important to know. a watch means conditions are favorable for development but doesn't mean it's happening right this second. when a tornado warning is
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go into your tornado safe place. let me help you figure out where the safety place is to shelter from a tornado in your house. so walking down the stairs in this house to our tornado safe place and when you're trying to find a tornado safe place in your house, i want you to remember the acronym duck. d stands for down, go to the lowest place in your house, or basement. no walls to the outside, no windows either so this is our safe place in this house. if you don't have a basement, find a low level bathroom or an interior hallway closet. those will all work just fine. u stands for under. you get under something sturdy, it could be a desk, mattress. c, most important of all, is cover your head. cover your head and your neck and your spine just like the kids do in school when they practice their tornado drills and really good way you can do that is with a heet
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football helmet, hockey helmet or just a helmet you use to ride a bike. k stands for keep in place, stay put under the tornado warning has expired. if you need to know communication of when that tornado warning is lasting till, you can always get our wusa9 app at the tip of your fingers, our live stream will be running on there during anytype of tornado coverage and you will get weather alerts to tell you when there's severe weather heading to your house. >> reporter: that's monitor to have -- that's important to have a plan. you don't want to be trying to make a plan when severe weather is bearing down on you. she did a great job talking about various ways if you don't have a basement, you can protect yourself and your family. we will talk weather. it's going to feel like, i don't know, july tomorrow. 91. isolated storm possible. thank you. 88 on sunday, a little better chance for a few storms. i will be out in middleburg for point to point. and monday a
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showers and storms. nice tuesday, wednesday, cooler. nats in town through next thursday and then thursday and friday, when you start griping about how warm and how hot it is over the weekend, look ahead to thursday and friday, only in the 60s, the northeast wind and more rain and showers heading our way. so that should hopefully give you a little more pause before you complain about how hot it's going to be this weekend. we will come back at 6:00, we will talk more about why there's a star instead of the water tower and talk more to some of the survivors who survive the storm, the strongest tornado in maryland history here in la plata. it's a celebration now. kids are playing soccer, it is a celebration. la plata is back stronger than ever. >> we are going to embrace e th sun, topper. thank you. on the way next at 6:00, president trump says there's a chance the u.s. could have a major conflict with north korea. but first, a gift of the heart, the touching story of a love born out of a tragedy. and don't forget, cbs evening news with scott pelley, he will be the
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gives new meaning to spoiling his granddaughter.
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they also know you need to getg your annual check-up. now with one touch using the mycigna app you can find a doctor in your plan's network to save money. need to be thorough. heart ball for the american heart association. allison crops shares their story that was born out of tragedy but grew into love. >> i was born with basically
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when your left side -- or the left coronary of your heart doesn't fully develop when you're born. >> reporter: he had a heart transplant at just three months old and if that wasn't difficult enough, at five he was diagnosed with lymphoma. but he beat cancer and got to have a normal childhood going to school and playing sports. >> she was beautiful inside and out. >> reporter: lori pierce lights up when she talks about her daughter amanda. >> very outgoing. always the center of her groups. she tried her hand at different sports but they really weren't for her. she would laugh while she tried to run down bayshore awkwardly. she saw people with her heart and that was said a year before we had any idea that this were to come up. >> she was with her best friend taylor, driving to tallahassee. >> one night the old heart i had s
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the place. >> the girls were in an accident. >> a lot of doctors were starting to come in, a lot more often. >> the neurosurgeon who admitted her in trauma, he said the situation is dire. >> i was getting a little nervous because i didn't know what the future holds. >> activity was -- her brain activity was zero so we called in a priest to serve last rites and said goodbye to her the next day. >> the phone rang at the desk outside my room. it started ringing and they said, garrett, this phone call is for you. it was my cardiologist. we found a heart that we believe it's going to be yours. >> that heart was amanda's. >> i didn't make that decision. amanda made the decision while she was alive on earth. we were honoring her wishes. >> on march 11th, the same day i received the transplant, a year later i met with the donor family. >> so loving and
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brought a stethoscope so i could hear their heart. it was beyond words. it was so moving. it was incredible. it was incredible. >> four years later lori and garrett have an extremely unique and special bond. >> good to see you. >> yes, i am carrying her daughter's heart. but she also treats me like one of her kids and one of her family members. >> lori may have lost one of the most important things in her life, but she found something, unexpected. >> i have been able to feel love through garrett and through amanda's heart living in garrett. i don't have the words to put on it but i will just say i have new love. >> that's really hard to keep a dry eye with the emotions of that story. garrett has a condition called hypo plastic left heart nd
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the number 1 birth defect in the country, as a matter of fact, about 40,000 kids in the u.s. are born with a congenital heart defect every year. >> so touching. right now at 6:00, the u.s. secretary of state issues a stark warning to world leaders over rising tensions with north korea. tonight the u.s. confirms that north korea that's just test fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea of japan. the development comes the same day the united states stepped up pressure on world leaders to help reign in north korea and its nuclear ambitions. secretary of state rex tillerson did not mince words to a meeting of the united nations security council today in new york. >> secretary of state rex tillerson urged the u.n. security council to act now and force kim jong-un to abandon north korea's nuclear weapons program. >> the threat of a north korea nuclear attack on seoul or tokyo is real and it is likely on a -- only a matter of
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before north korea develops the capability to strike the main land. >> reporter: calling for tougher economic -- diplomatic relations with north korea. >> we must be willing to face the hard truths and make hard choices right now to prevent disastrous outcomes in the future. >> reporter: north korea isn't backing down, just this morning state run tv aired video of a live fire exercise from earlier in the week. president trump issued a stern warning. >> well, there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea, absolutely. >> reporter: china, north korea's biggest trading partner, had a delegation attend the meeting here at the u.n. the chinese foreign minister believes north korea should suspend its nuclear program and the united states should stop large scale military exercises with south korea. the u.s. military buildup in the region includ


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