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the man inside opened it and they forced their way in. >> police search for the two armed masked men who they say forced their way to the rockville home. >> it's a home invasion, shocking for this neighborhood. >> police say the two suspects knocked on the front door. the 77-year-old man inside hoped the door. the 86-year-old wife was also home at the time. the men ransacked the home and fled on foot after forcing their way in. the resident said around the same time she noticed two men in the neighborhood she thought may be acting suspicious. >> we walk our dog every day. we notice people in the neighborhood. we know the people in the next neighborhood. everyone says hi, how are you? they are always friendly. this was not the case with them. she called the police. >> we had a deep feeling something wasn't right. >> i understand according to police no injuries were
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reported. we saw someone come out and then go back in the house. police are asking if they saw anything around the day. if you saw anything to call the police. brianne carter, abc7 news. leon: thank you. only on 7, a neighborhood plagued by the odor of natural gas. the area around the elementary school reached out to us for help. you montgomery county reporter kevin lewis is live there. what is going on? >> they are just out here to fix an issue on the street. you can see the fresh black top on the roadway here. the smell of
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through her neighborhood. >> after i started noticing we had problems i kept walking and going am i getting crazy here? but it's not just me. >> she crafted this map. 19 in total marked a spot where someone complained about the natural gas. >> this is a problem not only because every once in a while something blows up but this is releasing methane in the air which gets involved with global warming issue. >> washington gas says it is aware of the matter but stresses there is a big difference between a gas leak and the smell of gas. to that point the utility
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the map suggests but they contend one is too many. >> the gas leaks are in the street. or the line under the street or under the houses. the potential for hazard for people is really high. >> they are theorizing what the problem may be. washington gas says it is preparing a detailed report. but wants all residents to know it has responded to every complaint whether for a leak or the odor of natural gas. live in bethesda, i'm kevin lewis. abc7 news. alison: okay. thank you very much. well, you can call it a case of adding insult to injury. in flint, michigan, a new study by the public interest group swimming water watch found people living there pay the highest water rate in the nation despite having the water loaded with lead to the point tha
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drink. they surveyed 500 of the largest water system in the country to find people in flint are paying double the national average. they have been. they are collecting water for flint. if you want to help drop off until next wednesday. the death toll from the explosion in turkey has grown. no group claimed responsibility. a man is at the hospital after
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spring hotel. shot at the travel lodge at 11:00 this morning and the injuries are not life threatening. the victim says he was shot in a robbery. police have not made any arrests. alison: hundreds of law enforcement officers showed up for an emotional goodbye to the first of two hartford county sheriff deputies killed in the line of duty. >> senior deputy patrick daleey funeral -- dailey funeral was held today in joppa. he was a 30-year veteran, a volunteer firefighter and veteran of the u.s. marine corps. he and another officer shot last wednesday at panera bread in abingdon. he died doing what he loves.
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i got older and he said it's your life. do what you want to. i want to be like my father. it would be an honor to be half the man he was. >> we are more on the refuge in oregon. but in the meantime a trial started today for the former member of the prince george's school board accused of filing for public assistance to get her child a free lunch. maryland bureau chief brad bell spent the day in the courtroom and joins us from upper marlboro. he has the latest on the story. hey, brad. brad: we have spent a lot of time on the story. we first broke it late last spring. munday the school board member was indicted and left the school board in august. now the trial is underway up here in a second floor courtroom. the allegation is
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she was making pretty fair amount of money. she was ripping off the taxpayers to have them buy her daughter lunch at school every day. >> according to prosecutors, then the school board member was making more than 90,000 a year when she applied for free school lunch for her child. reporting zero in income and falsely claiming she was a food stamp recipient. they accused her of ripping off the school system a meal at the time.
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>> she says she was targeted. the attorney ridiculed the prosecution over the alleged theft totaling $1,300 an amount she paid back. the last witness on the stand, investigator from the accountn't office where she worked full time. he showed a chart similar to this one listing the school year, and reported the income was well above $70,000 a year but every year she put this amount. zero on the form. to get free school lunch for her child. the trial will resume tomorrow. leon: thank you, brad. alison: let's talk about the weather now. pleasant and sunny.
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now. don't get rid of the heavy jackets yet. soon, but not yet. alison: tempting. >> it is. >> it is colder tomorrow but then it will up again. it will be clear to partly cloudy overnight. the coldest ruing areas. it's 46 at the reagan national airport. out west, 15 at frostburg. the metro area temperatures are chilly as well. mid-20's. we don't expect the icing issues tonight at all. we expect chilly night and a chilly wake-up. the day tomorrow with the temperatures climbing 36 t
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40. plenty of sunshine and gusty breeze. warmer forecast minutes away. alison: breaking news in the newsroom. this is about the d.c. mansion murders. our stephen tschida is there with the latest. stephen: the grand jury handed down 20-count indictment against daron wint who was charged with murder in the killing of savvas savopoulos in may. we have video of the crime scene last may. 20 count indictment. felony charges, first-degree murder, kidnapping, arson and theft. according to the indictment when entered the savapoulos home, kidnapped the victims and stole $40,000. authorities discovered the bodies of the victims and there they are. savvas savopoulos, his wife
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and the housekeeper vera figueroa. what jumps out in the indictment in addition to the extensive crime in the indictment one of them goes on to say that wint specified aggravated circumstances including a finding that the murders were heinous, atrocious. and cruel. now we did expect this indictment, he was initially only charged with one count. he now faces 20 counts. he will be in court friday morning to face this indict ment. leon: more development to come in that story. coming up on "abc7 news at 5:00" just ahead -- ironing out the details, what you need to know if you plan to pay respect to justice antonin scalia. alison: plus -- >> she is the only one that can be there and holding on
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him. alison: heartbreak and hope for expecting parents. >> terror attacks and a dangerous precedent. delving in the debate as the government fights apple about getting access to terrorist cell phone. alison: as we head to break, check in with our favorite eagle.
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leon: a poll gives hillary clinton two-point lead over bernie sanders nationally. she has 44% to his 42% among democrats. 11% are undecided.
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alison: we look at the privacy concerns behind apple's decision to ignore a court order. >> a security expert says this court order to demand a backdoor use for the government is a slippery slope. the f.b.i. director and the attorney general appear to roll the dice with the digital security of every american. >> they say using this backdoor only once on this one phone but apple says it is not true. this technique could be used on any number of devices seriously compromising the customers. >> among iphone users we talked to, opinions are mixed. >> i think security should be, should take precedent over the privacy.
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the f.b.i. should be able to get informati on the apple. >> any apple owner should take attention. it's like ringing the dinner bell for a hostile intelligent service or a hacker. >> they will figure it out and get to it. when they do, everybody is at risk. >> many analysts agree this case could go to the supreme court. >> it's a complicated issue. >> i'm jeff barne, abc7 news. alison: so weather wise today is where it should be. doug: i think so. the average range of the temperatures. normal pattern we are not having the storms.
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preview of the march weather. get it started. time lapse of the sky. this is from frederick and the space lab. 41 degrees. that is below average. beautiful day nonetheless. plenty of sunshine after the morning cloud cover. we may have a few clouds early as ad cod front approaching. we will clear out overnight and turn colder. but only for a brief period of time. temperatures at this hour, 37 in hagerstown. and cumberland. 39 in winchester. 49, ten degrees warmer in fredericksburg. 45 in the mid-shore in easton and 46 at the reagan national airport. farther west the temperatures are colder. cold front is right here. this is headed in our direction. 35 in columbus and charleston. 30 in detroit. 56 in charlotte. 55 in raleigh. there is a change coming. but again it will be brief. what is going to happen is the area of high pressure centered across lake superior is going to push south and east. on the leading edge. snowshowers developing. the high overhead for a few days but saturday it's offshore. instead of t
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south/southwest. that means a big-time warmup for the weekend. pleasant indeed. the forecast heading through the overnight hours are fine. 20 to 29 is the range of the temperatures in the overnight hours. getting through the day tomorrow, the numbers make a nice recovery after 26 average wake-up temperature. 40 is the highest. many areas may stay in the upper 30's. it's a chilly day. eight or nine degrees below average across the day. we will do better on friday. and then the weekend. roll through the area and turn to the northwest. we have a chilly high. i described it will move overhead.
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>> sunday and monday night. sunday through monday. mild in the 50's. the concern we have now and not really concern but computer models show as we get through tuesday to wednesday, once this front is down to the southeast the low pressure center will develop on it. once again we have the questions, rain, snow. it's too early to tell. haven't formed yet. computer models, some are colder and some are rain. chance of rain or snow with many days out. in case you see stuff online or any sort of thing, another major storm is coming. don't buy into anything like that. not enough information. there is the deal. make a big jump in the temperatures. 40 tomorrow. 45 on friday. 63 on saturday. 59 on sunday. brief sprinkle in the afternoon. monday is mild. but the colder temperatures and the cloudy skies if we see development in the storm, it will turn it colder. right now we will not put it higher than a 30% possibility of rain or snow or so
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it doesn't matter. leon: after this weekend it's hard. >> i can't wait. >> even today we feel like that. >> feels good to be outside. >> pope pope francis wrapping up the trip to mexico. alison: still to come, a look at the last day in the country. kellye: i'm kellye lynn with reaction to a push for free community college in maryland. that story coming up. spotlight on education. >> undeniably a beautiful part of prince william county. but dominion resources has plans for quantico creek that has the environmentalists and the residents fuming. i'm jeff goldberg. we will explain what is going on coming up. >> but first, did you see "jeopardy" host alex trebek on "good morning washington"? >> tonight 29. i don't care. i'm leaving. >> send it over to eileen.
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"jeopardy" with was us all morning to help with weather and traffic and talking about his show. see his antics at tune in for "jeopardy" at 7:30 on abc7. leon: now a look at what else is coming up tonight on abc7. while you are on, you better sign up to be abc7 fan. best way to get information on the favorite abc7 shows at the abc7 contest in your e-mail.
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alison: new information about the fight against coal ash dumping in virginia. we first told you about dominion power plan to release gallons in quantico creek. but now jeff goldberg reports maryland is saying not so fast. the thought of coal ash coming in water -- >> i don't like it at all. jeff -- leads to question for dominion resources. rachel smith and brian powell. >> how can we expect they will helps out putting coal ash in body of water. >> last month the department of environmental quality approved the permit for dominion to release 215 million gallon of treated coal ash water in creek from the possum point facility, part of a nationwide
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dispose of old coal ash. for now, larry hogan is joining prince william county and environmental groups in an effort to legally fight dominion's effort. >> the whole plan is unacceptable in terms on the environment, public health. >> it's store in the five ponds here. this one bond b is the -- pond be is the biggest. all five will be sealed. >> this is all very much a good thing. environmental stewartship story -- stewardship story. >> it will be safe and environmentally friendly. >> we share in the love and the river rence for the potomac and the quantico creek and will do nothing to warm that. >> rachel smith and brian powell will believe it -- >> you are adding something foreign to something natural that never works out. >> when they see it. >> jeff goldberg, abc7
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>> they will start releasing it in april and it will>> they g it in april and it will takes six to nine months. >> coming up at 5:00 -- >> we went in for if six-week hon gram and said there is one heartbeat. here is another. leon: but find out why that sonogram won't be the one the parents will treasure the most. jennifer: "7 on your side" takes heroin highway to virginia. the number of dead there is on the rise. coming up, rig kathleen matthews: too many nights, i lead the 11 o'clock news with stories of gun violence. and like many of you, my family lived through the beltway sniper crisis. in congress, i'll fight to expand background checks on guns and ammunition,
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and mandate gun safety locks, because too many kids die from accidental shootings. let's show the nra we're not afraid of them; as democrats, as americans, as parents. i'm kathleen matthews and i approve this message.
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alison: any law enforcement official will tell you heroin commitment is up and down. from baltimore, maryland, to virginia, 70 to south on 81. heroin leading a trail of grief and mourning. tonight we continue our series of "7 on your side" reports on the heroin highway in virginia. fighting back against crime investigator jennifer donelan says the scramble to get ahead of the epidemic begins with a movie. jennifer: will the movie save lives in >> heroin doesn't care the skin color, how smart you are, how old you are or male or female. >> "heroin: the hardest hit" is a
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attorney general. >> we didn't sugarcoat anything. we wanted to tell it like it was. >> my mom found me. >> it is bringing audiences across the state to tears. >> i had aeneas tie from a heroin overdose. >> more virginians died from heroin and prescription drug overdoses in 2014 than a car accident. >> i got to see a glimpse of the other part of my son's life. >> debbie's 27-year-old son keith was one of the 728 deaths that year. >> there is nothing. you get the point that you know there is nothing you can do. >> we are on what is known as a heroin highway. >> the area in virginia faced jump to 33 deaths in 2014. those weren't the only casualties.
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five babies on a daily basis treated for withdrawal. >> newborn babies of the opioid addicted mothers. >> miserable thing to. what it really is. >> represent the law enforcement, health professionals, treatment providers parents who lost children. >> winchester is addressing the demand side or substance abuse prevention council. >> we are looking for affordable, accessible treatment offices in the area. >> field division goes after the supply side by beefing up the presence. >> that was in the office where we only had two agents assigned to winchester virginia. we saw the problem. we now have a supervisor. >> treating the overdoses as crime scenes. >> conducting an investigation does determine where the heroin come from? we will work back to the source from there. >> getting to the source of the epidemic from every angle
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>> i overdosed. >> no corner of the commonwealth is immune. >> open the door. >> i overdosed on heroin. >> the news is not getting any better in virginia. you heard that the 2014 data, 728 deaths. we spoke to the top state health official. while the state is waiting for the remaining toxicology reports the estimate that the heroin and the prescription drug overdoses for virginia for 2015 will stand at 800. the next stop is martinsburg, west virginia, tomorrow at 5:00 see you then. leon: heavy dose of the reality. a shock for people who are not professionals. jennifer: room was standing room only and you didn't hear a pin drop. everyone was mesmerized by the documentary. it's raw. i was mesmerized by it. we got access and int
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with current addicts. it's mindboggling. everyone needs to see it. leon: nice work. jennifer: thank you. leon: look forward to the rest of the series. boy, a bitter-sweet photograph for expecting parents in kansas. take a look. >> we didn't see much. there is his hand and her hand. it looks like they are holding hands. leon: that is brittany mcintyre who says she will treasure this sonogram because the doctors don't think the little boy she is carrying will survive. the unborn boy has a hole in his heart and the brain isn't growing the way it should. the parents say it is nice to see the unborn twin sister seems to be there and protective of him. >> we know we have a piece of them together that will last forever and special to have. >> she is the only one that can be there and holding on to him. it's comforting to know that if he does pass he won't be
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family the unborn boy only chance of survival would be to have heart surgery but they can't do the heart surgery because of the problems he has with the brain. they are facing the inevitability. but the image of the sister holding that boy's hand is good for the family. alison: good they have comfort. difficult experience. leon: folks around the country rallying for the family. >> definitely. still to come at "abc7 news at 5:00" -- hopelessness over gang and drug. the pope's message to the people of mexico to overcome both. leon: but first -- some serious issues. mak
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steve: i'm steve rudin. looking ahead to the upcoming weekend. a beautiful weekend we will see in washington. putting the map in motion, a lot of warmth on the way. daytime highs on saturday. in the lower 60's. a lot of sunshine. by sunday a little cooler. upper 50's for daytime highs. a chance for a few passing showers but should not amount to a lot. stay with us. "abc7 news at 5:00" continues after this.
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leon: 1.2 million people in the u.s. are infected with hiver, according to the centers for disease control. many of them are young people who don't even know they are at risk. community health organization though is working to change that in the district. it is doing it in part by training teens to reach out to peers about prevention. so meet this week's harris' hero. wittman walker health. at whitman walker peer education center there is a celebration underway. 30 teens just completed a 12-week long boot camp. it focuses on sexually transmitted diseases and prevention but it is more than the typical sex ed class. >> we are a wa
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conversation -- lack of conversations in schools so train peers to talk to their peers about the topic. leon: not just talk but hand out safe sex supplies. part of a program called real talk d.c. the youth is listening. 16-year-old shakira says she was shy at the start of it but now she is recognizing for excel and outreach. >> it's leadership. the quality to and we have to have the confidence. some people are rude. >> in six months high school junior has gone from the boot camp to peer ambassador. a paid position. >> they don't just teach you about it. you learn the skills to help run your life. >> like the resume writing and the interviewing skills. they gain something more important. >> community doing something good. i'm going to help others. >> you know this is something that is greater than them. for the overall health and the well being of the
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>> this is the organization's fourth boot camp. and during that time youth help educator diaz says there has been increase in the hiv screening among teens. the center offers free testing monday through friday. real talk d.c. campaign that became part of whitman walker health. nice job. alison: right. coming up at 5:00 -- [screaming] honoring the local teacher when what she thought would be a run of the mill assembly. turned into anything but. >> how the public can pay their final respects to justice scalia. i'm suzanne kennedy. i'll have that story c
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alison: we have new information as the country makes plan to pay tribute to supreme court justice antonin scalia. today the white house announced president obama will pay his respects to the late justice friday when he lies in repose at the high court. suzanne kennedy has a closer look at the plan. suzanne: the tribute will start friday at the supreme court. with the 79-year-old justice will lie in repose more more than ten
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in the great hall at 9:30 after which the general public can pay respects from 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. >> it's an honor to be able to go into the court and pay our respects. >> larry will attend both the supreme court event and the justice's funeral. >> come for respect for his office. you come for respect for his family. >> jenny lunch and her family -- jenny lynch and her family are visiting from new york and taking photos outside the court where the flag will fly at half staff for 30 days. >> elected officials and pointed officials are above anybody else. we should mourn or pay respects. >> the funeral mass will be at the basilica of the national shrine of immaculate conception. the basilica will remain open saturday so it is a possibility that
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the mass. >> he was a wonderful man. absolutely. he did so much good and he was kind. nice to have it there. >> burial for the justice scalia will be announced after his funeral at the bah civilca. it's -- at the basilica. it is unclear if he will be buried at the arlington national cemetery or the family will choose a more private resting place. alison: our sister station newschannel8 will carry justice scalia's funeral in its entirety saturday at 11:00 a.m. leon: don't give up hope. that was the message from pope francis in mexico. he visited prisoners in the prison and stopped at a u.s. border with mexico today. we have seen firsthand here that the pope generates lots of excitement. last night a public address announcer had to help calm the crowd surrounding the pope
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in a wheelchair. nobody was hurt but the pope is visibly upset about the incident. alison: let's go ahead and get a check on the roadways around here. jamie sullivan is standing by on traffic watch tonight. jamie? jamie: we are seeing big delays. the good news is not as many crashes. 95 heading southbound as you try to work closer to the occoquan to get to dale city in woodbridge. this is what we have to deal with. the pay to use express lanes are moving well. let's move to the maps and talk about how heavy we are on 95. you drop in the teens with a lot of stop-and-go to dale city. you get a break and then on the brakes again to trianglal. the heaviest spot on the beltway is on the northwest corner. in d.c. right now, so far so good. we had earlier crashes. those are gone. keep in mind if you live in the area of falls church, coming in. one lane is blocked. that is a
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leon: thank you. tonight the owners of early pets are coming forward to try to help comfort a woman whose dog died after being electrocuted on the sidewalk after her apartment complex. cheryl conner spoke with the woman today. cheryl: she thought her dog has a broken leg. it turns out what was broken may be below the surface. her dog was electrocuted. stray voltage may be to blame. i'm beside myself. i just lost my best friend. i'm lonely right now. cheryl: in the middle of raw emotions she is getting an autopsy done on her dog. but today she is surrounded by neighbors and their pets and similar stories. >> nothing happened. then a few hours later i learned the dog was electrocuted. cheryl: this is at the 303 van ness apartment. the property manager
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>> the difference with us and the pets when it comes to electricity are the shoes on our feet. they provide conduction for stray voltage. >> it will become the path. >> wilcox says people can be the victim of the stray voltage if they are walking around with bare feet. councilwoman is looking into it. talking to pepco and the property owners. >> my dog has always been shocked in that area. >> her dog bit her because the pain has been so great. now she wants to get to the bottom of the danger at her front door. >> it could have been a human life. >> in northwest d.c., cheryl conner, abc7 news. leon: look ahead now to see what is coming up tonight at 6:00. trying to get answers when a marine was attacked outside mcdonald's.
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here. the list that d.c. is on we don't want to be on. coming up at 6:00. alison: okay. all right. let's find out what is in store weather wise for us for the rest of the evening. doug: it will get colder. cold front will come through and chilly for the next few days. the weekend looks terrific. this is the national harbor. westwardly across the potomac river. you can see the orange glow on the horizon. we will keep light in the sky for 15 to 20 minutes. later tonight we have the batches of the clouds and the clear sky. we will call it partly cloudy for the forecast. 46 with the north/north westerly wind. colder air is closer. going overnight we see numbers will continue to drop off. mid-40's now at reagan national. low 40's in most areas. farther north and west closer to the cold front in the upper 30's. make no mistake. the temperatures will drop overnight. we expect the wake-up temperatures 20-29 d
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northwesterly winds. through the day tomorrow, once the front is through. an area of the high pressure over the great lakes will swing in. temperatures are chilly tomorrow. still on the chilly side on friday. but then a nice warmup for the weekend. in fact, we will be in the upper 30's to near 40 tomorrow. it looks like we have the mild temperatures, upper 50's straight through sunday. that is the latest. let's talk sports. robert burton. robert: we'll do that. thank you, doug. it's well documented we live in a hotbed for the high school talent. making grades in the clastoma and also in athletic arena. scott abraham explain a churchill swimmer is putting smiles on a lot of faces. >> it is just another day at the pool for the churchill solmore sean. >> i love the water. swimming. good sport and good exercise for your whole body.
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at the age of 3, sean gravitated to the school immediately. >> when he was little, i put him in the water. he blew -- he pushed me away. i knew he loved water. >> this is one of the best team in area. you have to be a good swimmer to make the team. there are try-outs. there are cuts. sean made this team on his own merit. >> we had 40 kids try out. i kept the fastest 32. he was on the fastest 32. >> sean specializes in the sprint event. >> i get the best time on the freestyle. >> refusing to let his disability hold him back. >> i want to swim for the rest of my life. >> inspiring many with every stroke and every breath. scott abraham, abc7 sports. >> he is also the best cheerleader in the swim meet. number of energy and
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enthusiasm. all they do is win, win, win. when it comes to seventh and the eighth grade girls basketball at the mclean school in potomac. wait until you hear how they dominated in the past couple of years. we'll hear from them. that is 6:20 in sports. you'll want to see that. trust me. leon: okay. check it out. leon: all right. millions of americans struggling to pay off college debt. yeah when we come back, we are putting the spotlight on education and the plan that could give local students a free
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leon: a prince george's county teacher celebrating a special honor. angela malone surprised to receive the built-in educator award and $25,000 check to go with it. the announcement was made in an assembly at oxon hill middle school. it's considered the oscar of teaching. >> i still cannot conceive of it.
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don't, we don't do what we do for the money. and so like to be noticed in such a way, we don't expect to be noticed. leon: malone is the science department chair at oxon hill middle school and she teaches seventh and the eighth grade honors science. she is one of 40 educators that received the national honor this year. congratulations. maureen: fantastic. the average tuition for public college $123,000 a year. we have a plan to make college free in maryland. kellye: amanda is a first-year student at montgomery college but the school wasn't her first choice. she considered other institutions but was influenced by cost. >> i think i would have been paying $30,000 per school for both schools. it would be virtually free because of the pel grants i was getting
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another way to achieve a free education in maryland. lawmakers in annapolis are considering legislation that would allow students to attend community college at no charge. >> what it provides for is a tuition waiver for individuals or students who are at the community college level. kellye: it could cost the state $65 million today and by 2021, more than $74 million. few can deny the need. >> you have to look at the population in maryland. looking at the population in montgomery county. it's time. >> 23-year-old agrees. he accumulated more than 10,000 in debt to fund his college education. he says having the community college covered financially could free up money for other things. like buying a home.
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legacy for my family where they have the money to fund their own schooling when they get where i'm at now. >> in rockaway, kellye lynn -- in rockville, kellye lynn, abc7 news. alison: here is what is coming up at 6:00 -- abc7 trying to get answers in how a marine was attacked right outside a local mcdonald's. when we could see a key piece of evidence in this case. also ahead at 6:00, why the f.b.i. needs apple's help unlocking a terrorist cell phone. and pothole problems. the gaping holes in the d.c. area and when they are going to get fixed. announcer: now, "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. maureen: ahead of the district fire and emergency medical services chief gregory dean faced some tough critics at a council hearing today. leon: one of them was the former medical director who is accused
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putting people's lives at risk unnecessarily. sam ford is covering this story. tell us what happened there. sam: the message out of the hearing is d.c. fire, e.m.s. unis run by firefighters and does a fine job fighting fires. dr. saucey wondered if they would ever do a fine job with the medical services. >> now we need a new medical director. sam: the councilmembers got to hear from the doctor who criticized fire e.m.s. being unwilling to change. >> their sense of urgency and main are totally different. i am here and deeply feel for each and every patient we touch. sam: flanked by the medical directors from oklahoma and texas she portrayed the d.c. fire as tolerating the medical even though that is 80% of the job. knowing she had to go through a battalion chief to correct a firefighter on an ambulance. >> it would never have occurred to me to notify a


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