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chief political correspondent scott thuman with us with the surprising deal. tell us about this. scott: this coincides with that a.b.t. anyone but trump movement. regardless, this is a highly unusual turn of events. ted cruz and john kasich hoping to win more states to prevent trump snagging the nomination before the convention so they have struck a deal. look here. cruz is focusing on indiana where kasich essentially pulled out all of his resources. cruz meanwhile agreed to back off in oregon and new mexico where kasich has a better chance of winning. if they can pick up wins a blockade to 1,237. they are not hiding it. openly talking about the strategy. >> i understand that donald will whine. that is what he does. he is a sore loser. >> i don't see this as a big deal other than the fact i'm not spending resources in indiana. he is not spending them in other places. so what? what is the big de
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business, if you collude in business, or if you collude in the stock market they put you in jail. scott: spokesman for the republican national committee was asked about this and he hasn't seen anything like this to remember recently. so another eye-opening development this in this crazy race. leon: every time you turn around there is something new in the race. what if this does work? if trump doesn't reach a magic number of 1237? what happens at the convention? >> some believe this could backfire on kasich and cruz. all this does is energize people who believe the system is, quote/unquote, rigged. they see this as another example of a washington deal. that is what trump will harp on. once again the odds stacked against him and it could rally people. we will see. calculated, strategic move. how it plays out we have to wait until july to find out. leon: play that looks like what trump is arguing
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maureen? maureen: plenty of local races in maryland tomorrow as well. voter cast the primary battle for the u.s. senate as well as the eight of the maryland congressional district. polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for results, as we get them, stay with abc7 and scott thuman will host a special primary special tomorrow night on our sister station newschannel8 that will be at 9:00. leon: just this in to the newsroom. metro released preliminary findings after smoke incident on saturday at friendship heights. the root cause is not yet determined. but investigators say that power cables are not contributing factor. it is believe part of a rail car broke off to make contact be the electrified third rail to cause noise and the smoke that ensued. no one was hurt. passengers moved in the back car and the operator took it back to the station. stay on top of that story for you here. meantime, a firefighter is de
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tonight an investigation in whether nicole mittendorff was cyber bullied. this is as they honor her life. we are live in tysons corner who spoke with the fire chef tonight. jeff, what did he have to say? jeff: well, leon, richard bowers the fire chief for the fairfax county department says at the moment, his focus is on the grieving family members of nicole mittendorff as well as her colleagues and the friends within the department. that his attention will soon shift in the investigation over what happened and whether or not bullying played any part in nicole mittendorff's suicide. we are out here in tysons corner because tonight this building, this is a silver line center in tysons. the white strip in between the windows are lit up for nicole mittendorff, honoring her service to fairfax county. chief bowers saying the investigation in this case will reveal plenty of facts. likely including any potential
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online message boards dating back to last december reveal posts in which mittendorff's name was used in a negative manner. some of the posts purported to have been written by the members of the fairfax county fire department. however, none of whom gave his or her name. inside mittendorff's mini cooper in the park, investigators discovered a suicide note. details of which remain unknown. >> if there is any bullying which i have a zero tolerance for in the physical nature itself or written nature or the verbal nature of bullying. i will eradicate that completely if it involves our department. jeff: the chief saying if any individual or individuals found to be r
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department for any of the bullying related to this case, he or she will be held accountable. the funeral for nicole mittendorff is thursday afternoon. maureen: thank you, jeff. tonight the start of staggered release time at two d.c. schools. mckinley tech students were let out today at 3:05 p.m. 20 minutes later dunbar high school released its students. the goal is to end violent confrontation between rival schools. it's been a growing problem with the latest brawl at the noma-gallaudet metro station a few weeks ago. leon: father accused of letting teens drink at his montgomery county home and tonight the charges have been dropped. police say that sassan kimiavi allowed the drinking at his bethesda home. he was pinned with 13 counts of allowing underage possession of alcohol. that could carry $32,000 in fines. but today, the entire case against him was dropped. the state's attorney office sa
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evidence and they say that kimiavi had no idea the kids were drinking until police arrived on the scene. developing now, a teenager murdered at a public park. detectives in montgomery county say an 18-year-old oscar benitez of gaithersburg attacked in the park on center way road in montgomery village last night. he died at the hospital. police say they believe the case may be tied to gang activity. still ahead on "abc7 news at 6:00" -- the first step to a new stadium. demolition buzzard point here as it becomes the new home of d.c. united. >> crews add the fallen officer of 2015 to the memorial. name by name. letter by letter. i'm amy aubert with the story coming up. maureen: 7 is on your side with a health alert tonight. zika awareness week in maryland. what you are encouraged to do to protect yourself. doug: partly sunny and pleasant around the area now. but by this time tomorrow we
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health officialsial you to protect yourself with bites by covering your skin. leon: they don't move in until 2018 but today demolition began for the d.c. united new stadium in southwest washington. sitting in backhoe there is mayor muriel bowser tore down the first part of an empty warehouse at buzzard point. construction will begin once the land is cleared with the ground breaking set for later this year. >> the transformation will take years as we have seen with the national stadium. ten years but we are seeing an effect from that. leon: the city and the team are splitting the cost of the $300 million project. the stadium will open up with the room for 20,000 fans. 3,000 seat expansion is possible in the future. still ahead here at 6:00 -- clearing up confusion. why a local fire department is clarifying comments involving a meteorite and a brush fire. maureen: the contest to name d.c.'s eaglets is now over. sub mixes are being reviewed and
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are being review and the winning names will be announced tomorrow. stay with us for results. erin: i'm erin hawksworth. redskins unveiled a new signing today. even on the offday bryce harper can't stay out of the spotlight. details when "abc7 news at 6:00" continues. kathleen matthews: in the race for congress, i don't believe that big money can buy votes -- not in our district. and i won't claim to have single handily passed just about every bill in annapolis. we can't settle for the same old politics, not when our basic rights are being threatened by trump and cruz. i'll stand up to their bigotry and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. in tv and in business, i built relationships. as a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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maureen: a programming note tonightment starting this sunday, abc's "this week with george stephanopoulos" will air at a new time. moving to 9:00 a.m. followed by "full measure" with sharyl attkisson at 10:00 a.m. leon: new at 6:00 tonight an emotional project is underway in d.c. engravers are adding the names of the officers across the country who fell in 2015. they will be added to the national law enforcement officer memorial. they are adding 252 names this year. that includes fallen officers from 2015 plus the name of the officers killed in the prior years. amy aubert shows us the new tribute. amy: for jim lee and kirk bockman the letters mean much
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the evening more than a job -- the etching more than a job. >> i think of the survivors. the grandparents. the kids. amy: they have engraved every name on the national law enforcement officer's memorial in d.c. >> we come every year and do the name addition. >> since they started in 1991, over 20,000 names etched in stone. >> it is really their story. not ours. >> thousands of stories like montgomery county officer noah leotta. >> the whole background of the other emotions. >> emotions and before each sandblast, a prayer. >> for them and for me. make sure everything goes right. you don't have any stencil failures. not destroying any stone. kind of, you know, thanks. great service. >> crews tell me they started here. on the west side of the memorial. with over 200 n
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time around, in random placement, they have worked their way around to the east side. onlookers like victoria harriston come out to get a front row seat ahead of a crowded may dedication. >> for the families that lost the family members, i know that this really means a lot to them. >> a strong meaning for the families, loved ones and the two men etching memorial to honor the fallen. >> the lives are taken. performance of the duties. a lot of respect that goes into that. >> in d.c., amy aubert, abc7 news. leon: 33 police officers died in the line of duty so far this year. the names will be added to that memorial next year. maureen? maureen: investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a brush fire in a wooded area of bowie over the weekend. some thought the fire was started by a meteorite after a tweet from the fire departmen
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but today the fire chief said that the cause is not known and apologized for the post. those who study meteorites expressed skepticism after seeing photos of the area. leon: we can believe what we want to believe. maureen: completely possible. leon: why not? why can't it be a meteorite? doug: little meteorites hit the earth all the time. i wouldn't surprised. >> great to see you. great monday. doug: good. tomorrow might be warmer but this time tomorrow we may be tracking the showers and the heavy thunderstorms. >> we need rain. doug: we do. get started with a look at things. start with a time lapse. this is weather bug camera in frederick county, maryland. if you listen you might hear the roosters crowing or the cows in the field. you never know. listen. you might hear the animals. listen. tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet. the birds going by. okay. so it is a beautiful picture. high clouds and the warm temperatures across the area. i don't see a
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no. i don't see anybody out there. quiet day in valley. plenty of sunshine. mild tonight. in frederick or anywhere around the area, beautiful weather to be outside. comfortable temperatures. overnight we will stay warm. check out the numbers. 78 and 51 at the reagan national airport. 70 and 50 degrees. the average high and low. the sun up tomorrow at 6:17. at this hour we are still in the 70's in most spots. it's still 82in leesburg. 86 in culpeper. notice the warmer air west of the metro washington. cooler east. tomorrow a shift in the wind direction. the region will see low to mid-80's. winds from the southwest. touch more humid air develop ahead of a cold front to make a move on us. that could trigger showers and thunderstorms. the atmosphere could support
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we will see the day start with sunshine. the showers will likely wash out from this model. but a secondary front from the north may give better chance of the scattered showers. heavy to severe thunderstorm is not out of the question. we are under marginal risk tomorrow evening. this area in green that we have a possibility. what affects we would get. i think we would see the possibility of hail and high winds. 77 at midday. up to 84 in the afternoon. the next seven days are cooler. ed
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sunny skies. period of rain and the cool temperatures. lower 60's thursday. sunshine and a slight shower chance on friday. weekend starts off with the sunshine. but more rain possibilities in the forecast late sunday to sunday evening into the day on monday. leon: i'm not ready to look ahead to next weekend. i am not finished celebrating this past weekend. between the caps and the nats yesterday. leon: you were watching the nats game. in philly. erin: bryce harper wants to make baseball fun again. he is doing it on his days off. we'll show you that. plus the capitals also had the day off. they wait to face penguins i
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i don't believe that big money can buy votes -- not in our district. and i won't claim to have single handily passed just about every bill in annapolis. we can't settle for the same old politics, not when our basic rights are being threatened by trump and cruz. i'll stand up to their bigotry and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. in tv and in business, i built relationships. as a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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in annapolis, she battled republicans joseline peña-melnyk for congress... yes! and the nra to pass the toughest gun safety legislation in the country. i'll take on the tough fights to expand social security and keep the doors open to planned parenthood. my mom is so tough she's willing to fight anyone who's going to pay him more than us for doing the same job. i'm joseline peña-melnyk, and i approve this message.
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erin: shut down corner josh norman unveiled to the media today at redskins park. he was working out with his teammates in ashburn this morning before answering questions. norman says there are a lot of scheme similarities between the redskins and the panthers, where he came from which he expects to help his transition. >> i got so much more to accomplish. i'm just starting to be honest with you. all my life i have been doubted, cast away. now i have a chance to make the doubters reflect back and make the
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>> the capitals had the day off after advancing to the second round. we still don't know the schedule for the next round but we know they will face the red hot pittsburgh penguins. ovechkin versus sydney crosby will be an epic series. last time they played each other was in 2009. penguins beat the caps that year and went on to win the cup. >> they are hot right now. end of the season. atch a lot of the series. they were good. schoeing goals. >> a serious test. >> they have skill and just like we do. erin: it will be fun. speaking of fun, bryce harper got a day off and it appears he is having a bit of it in d.c. at the smithsonian national history museum. he posted this on instagram.
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selfie with a bryce harmer fan in background and the kid probably has no idea that bryce is there. until he is on instagram he could see it went viral today. sad news for the warriors. steph curry m.r.i. results came back today. he will be out for two weeks at least. with a sprained mcl. leon: wow! huge. erin: i feel bad for him. leon: that may be the most important m.c.l. in the country. nba championship could turn on that. maureen: nice evening coming up. doug: nice evening outside tomorrow morning. early afternoon should be fine. warm up nicely. by late afternoon and the everything, showers and the thunderstorms are a possibility. tonight at 11:00 steve will weigh chance of severe weather popping up tomorrow and take a look at the weekend as well. maureen: thank you, doug. leon: all right. maureen: "world news tonight" with david muir is coming up next. leon: all right. see you back at 11:00.
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tonight, breaking news. the plane crash right into a residential neighborhood. the pilot practicing takeoffs and landings. the critically injured on the scene. >> totally engulfed house here. >> the images coming in now. also breaking -- meteorologists warning the worst severe weather of the season. millions bracing for tornados and severe storms. in the next 24 hours. we're live in the storm zone. taking on trump. ted cruz and john kasich team up. their new plan. and trump with his fiery response tonight. and what he just said about hillary clinton. >> does hillary look presidential to you? the urgent manhunt after eight members of the same family are killed. authorities say it was planned -- now warning other family members to arm themselves. the stunning discovery.


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