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who mutilated her victim. and norwood actually spoke before the court. she cried and told her victim's family, i know whatever i say to you today, won't take away the pain. but before i go to prison, i need you to hear just how sorry i am. >> reporter: britney norwood will spend the rest of her life in prison for one of the most notorious, brutal and bizarre murders in montgomery county. norwood stabbed her coworker, former johns hopkins student, jayna murray, at the lulu lemon store where they worked. she then concocted a story that masked men raped them. it quickly fell apart as mounting evidence tore it apart. >> i will never forgive her. >> reporter: norwood -- murray's father said he would never forgive norwood. he asked that norwood never be
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alouded -- allowed to walk the streets. norwood's loved ones described how the murder shattered their family, as they begged the judge for lenience. >> reporter: and the judge told norwood her crime was calculated, it was deliberate. he said, you reveled in the gore of it all. he said in hisire entire career -- his entire career as a prosecutor, defense attorney and a judge, he has never seen a crime of this brutality. at this point, we are waiting for word from both families to see if they want to speak and give their reaction to this. and we will continue to follow it throughout the newscast. reporting live in rockville. mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> mike, thank you. wjz will continue to follow all of the developments from court and bring you reaction to the decision all new at 6:00. a former prince george's county correctional officer now faces federal charges in the high-profile death ofa an inmate accused of killing a police officer.
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denise has details of the indictment. >> reporter: in 2008, 19-year- old ronnie white was charged with a hit-and-run death. the teen was found unresponsive in his cell at the county correction center. and the cause of death was ruled strangulation. the officer who found white in his cell is accused of failing to provide help. and then tried to cover it up by claiming another officer found white first. 48-year-old anthony macintosh is charged with falsifying records in a federal investigation. he faces life in prison if convicted of these charges. >> thank you. the indictment does not identify who is responsible for white's murder. a guilty plea today for one of four teens charged in a murder at a glen burnie restaurant. prosecutors say 18-year-old vincent bonner and three others gunned down flores at mr. wings and pizza on november 2010. sentencing is scheduled for april. bruiner, faces the possibility
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of life without parole. the american aid worker held hostage for three months in somalia is depending on another day in a u.s. naval basis -- base in italy. she's undergoing treatment to help her deal with the trauma. anna matranga has the latest from milan. >> this naval air station from italy is where american aid worker jessica buchanan is undergoing a process the american military calls phase 2 integration. doctors are helping her transition back to a life of freedom. >> reporter: it was early wednesday, when the same navy seals who killed osama bin laden, parachuted into somalia, where pirates were holding buchanan. the seals killed all nine captors and rescued buchanan and her danish colleague, paul fisted, after three months in captivity. today, their families issued a statement, saying, we are grateful for all of the efforts that have been put into getting them safely back to us. and for the fact that a very
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difficult chapter in our lives is over. but the next chapter will have its challenges. buchanan is reported to have suffered kidney problems during captivity. the ohio native will also have to overcome the trauma she experienced. bob simon from cbs's 60 minutes was held captive during the gulf war and freed after 40 days in iraqi prisons. >> your head is in a million places. and none of them are good. and you shouldn't get back to real life right away because you have no idea what's been going on with you. >> reporter: buchanan is free to leave italy whenever she wants. and she'll fly back to the u.s. in a military aircraft. but for now, she's staying put. her father has plans to visit, happy she's one step closer to home. in milan, italy, anna matranga, wjz eyewitness news. >> buchanan was working for the danish refugee council in a region of somalia that is not easily accessible for most aid
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organizations. a nice end of the week. take a look at this. a beautiful scene. oh, my goodness. it is out on the chesapeake bay. that is spectacular. now, just a few clouds hanging around the area for most of the afternoon. bob has a look at what we can expect tonight and into the weekend. bob? >> see the white caps on the bay. it was pretty windy. sometimes we have wind gusts over 35s , 40 -- 35, 40 miles an hour. it is beginning to calm down. temperatures are just beginning to fall, after we got into the low evening. mid and upper 60s. down in the 30s to the west still. and 50s, eastern sections of the region. mid- to upper 50s, down to the south. some areas got close to 70 degrees this afternoon. we officially got to 63. only 39 in oakland this afternoon. and 68 in pax river now. it's going to get cooler this weekend. and even cooler on sunday night and monday. and then another warmup coming our way for most of the eastern half of the united states, as high pressure builds off the
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east coast. winds go back to the southwest. so by tuesday, wednesday, and thursday of next week, as we start february, once again, 5 to 10 degrees above average. kai? >> bob, thank you. another blow to former prince george's county executive, jack johnson, right before he reports to prison. johnson, who at one time, before being county executive, was state's attorney for prince george's county, was disbarred today by the maryland court of appeals. he was sentenced last month for extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for developers and accepting gifts. johnson's prison term begins a week from today. maryland's first lady creates quite a stir with her comments about same-sex marriage. she was speaking at a conference for the national gay and lesbian task force. she said efforts to pass the bill were derailed last year, by, quote, cowards. today, she said, i regret my recent choice of words at the creating change conference last
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night. i let me feelings get the better of me. i understand and respect that there are different views on marriage equality, end quote. governor o'malley is pushing for same sex marriage. commander in chief makes its way to the eastern shore. president obama visits cambridge today to meet with top democratic lawmakers. wjz is live. weijia jiang is there as the president arrives in town. >> hi, weijia. locals say they had been waiting for that one moment all week long and say it was such an honor to have all of the lawmakers here in town. and when the president finally arrived, a crowd that had been waiting for hours gave him a huge welcome. >> reporter: in historic cambridge omaryland's eastern shore -- on maryland's eastern shore. >> i think it's great. it's wonderful. >> reporter: dozens waited for a chapter to add to their own history book. stacy miller brought her 5-year- old. >> this is a once in a lifetime once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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i- never done it myself. we're sharing it together for the first time. >> reporter: just before 1:30 friday, president obama arrives. house democrats wrapped up a three-day retreat. the president's remarks were closed to the public. to members of congress, he urged getting work done, despite what he calls a robust debate with republicans. >> wherever we have an opportunity. wherever there is the possibility that the other side is putting some politics aside for just a nanosecond, in order to get something done for the american people, we've got to be right there, ready to meet him. >> reporter: though locals could not hear words for themselves, in fact, they couldn't even get onto hotel property, packed with secret service. catching a glimpse of the motorcade was enough. they even caught something else. >> he waved. he waved at us. he was in the third vehicle. he waved at us. >> i waved, clapped. brought tears to my eyes. >> reporter: and a local business community was very
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happy to welcome the lawmakers as well. they were here for the retreat last year. and local business owners say their bottom line went up by about 25%. and they expect that number to be even higher this year. reporting live on the eastern shore, weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> weijia, thank you. we know it is very windy out there for you tonight. coming up all new at 6:00, hear what president obama had to say about his upcoming campaign for re-election. the ravens announce changes to their coaching staff, making adjustments after falling short of the super bowl. sports director mark viviano has more. >> reporter: one day after the departure of chuck pagano, his replacement is named. and ravens decided to keep offensive coordinator cam cameron on the job. >> reporter: ravens' defense has been dominant for more than a decade. even under different coordinators. dean piece is the latest to take over. elevated from linebackers' coach to coordinator, a
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position he previously held with the new england patriots. >> it's an incredible opportunity to be a defensive coordinator for anybody in this league. or at any level. but it's especially humbling to be one for the baltimore ravens. >> you're going to see a fiery dean piece. not going to see an aggressive defense like you've seen in the past. we'll be getting after people. that's the plan. that's not going to change. we're going to build on that. >> reporter: what about building the offense? that's been the biggest question. and the answer to that is that the offense will continue to be run by cam cameron. harbaugh announced he was keeping him after four years on the job. >> you watched the way our offense played this year. and the jobs that our players did. i was excited about it. >> reporter: many ravens fans were less than excited and have called for cameron to be replaced. as he stays on the job, cameron clears up any rumors about a strained working relationship with quarterback joe flacco. >> we have a great relationship. and joe has grown so much in so
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many ways. not only as a player. as a man. i've said it. and i'll continue to say it. you see greatness developing in this guy. >> reporter: now, cameron did not disclose the length of his new contract. he said the details of those are being worked out. >> ravens are ranked 13 out of 52 teams. still ahead. shocking crime. one of two men convicted in a brutal home invasion in connecticut other learns whether he'll now be put on death row. i'm mike schuh. city police hire two new high- level outsiders to bring credibility and a change of culture to the department. hear from them next. i'm alex demetrick. coming up, brewing beer to keep the family farm in the family. that story asulation continues. -- as eyewitness news continues. after a big warmup. a miserable -- miserable
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morning. bob tells us if the weather is going to get any better in his forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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we're following breaking news. a teenager is seriously hurt, after a fight in anne arundel county. it happened in cape st. claire. police tell eyewitness news, a former broadneck high school student got into an argument with a 15-year-old. the victim has injuries to his face and was rushed to shock trauma. he is expected to survive. police hope to identify a suspect tonight. we'll bring you more information as it becomes available. two high-profile outsiders are hired by baltimore city police, to help root off corruption and change the culture. as mike schuh reports, because they don't know how it's always done in baltimore, there is hope that things will be done differently. >> reporter: the commissioner's two newest employees are
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civilians from outside the department. input on their hiring came from outside the department. and that's no coincidence. cheers for the expertise and the credibility they bring to the department. >> reporter: battled by this. fresh from the dea and homeland security. grey land williams offers his assessment. >> is baltimore more or worse? no. baltimore is a big-city department, with big-city issues. >> reporter: the commissioner wants more officers like williams. when he was 11, one night changed his life. a cop fixed a broken pipe in his home. >> i would argue that saturday job of the police. the job of the police is to serve the community. >> reporter: now, let's turn to the friendly fire shooting at city lounge. an undercover officer is shot dead. an independent review points to inadequate training. it's one of the reasons john king is hired. >> we want to emphasize not just a stand-alone cultural
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class, but really integrate four tenets in every class we teach. and that would be integrity. >> reporter: in questioning the credibility, both finalists were considered equal. but the outsider, he perceives, brings more credibility with the community. >> we know we have in some areas. and some communities, and with some officers. an estranged, broken relationship. >> reporter: the department also hopes hopes to mend its relationships by seeking national accreditation, rewriting all of its rules, known as general orders, including how police shootings are reviewed. and use of force complaints are handled. >> reporter: some they say will show up quickly. while others will take years to implent. mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. back to you on tv hill. >> the accreditation they seek has been earned eye by over 700 nationwide by baltimore county
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police. if you're waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on traffic with kristy breslin. >> reporter: hi, kai. hi, everyone. definitely a lot of congestion out there. if you're traveling northbound 95, heavy in that direction, from 32 past 195. as far as the beltway goes, delays on the top side inner loop, from dulaney valley inner loop. and you're looking at, at least 20 minutes from washington boulevard around to security boulevard. as far as 70 goes, in the westbound direction, you will see a minor slowdown there from 29 to marriottsville road. also, delays on the harbor tunnel throughway. that's in the northbound direction from shell road to 95. as far as accidents go, in the whitemarsh area, westbound whitemarsh boulevard, at honey go boulevard. also, westbound dorsey road at telegraph road. and one that we're still watching in baltimore city, is south conklin at eastern avenue. let's now take a live look. as you can see, things are beginning to thin out there on the beltway. this traffic report is brought to you by disney on ice. disney on ice is celebrating
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100 years of magic. and they're coming to the first mariner arena, february 8th through the 12th. you can get your tickets today. back to you. >> locally grown, most often means farm-raised foods. well, one local grower wants to expand that to farm house beer. alex demetrick reports, right now, it's an untapped market. >> reporter: adam's farm is family-owned. he'd like to keep it that way. >> if somebody in brazil can release a bushel of soybeans for 10 cents, you gotta go up against that. and we're trying to offset that a little bit. because here on our farm, we're trying to do beer. >> a product, not normally associated with maryland farms. adam fry is trying to convince state legislators to allow the microbreweries you see in industry to be built and operated on farms. after all, in this part of frederick county, wineries are thriving. >> there are four wineries within bike riding distance here. >> there's not a whole lot of
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farm house breweries right now. >> reporter: and making beer means growing a varate of crops. -- variety of crops. grains make ideal cover crops, which soak up fertilizers, before they wash into waterways and the bay. a tiny crop in maryland right now. but one needed by beer makers worldwide. >> adam fry's is not so much a farm but a brewery to create the farm. >> to create something more than just the standard farm. give us a few extra options as far as farming goes. it's me against the global market at this point. we need some kind of a buffer in there. >> reporter: alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> adam fry does have supporters for his plan. legislators will submit a bill in annapolis to open the door to farmhouse brewing. >> alex gets has assignments on these days. >> we're all voting for that. >> exactly. let's take a look at temps and conditions right now. 51.
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west/northwest winds at 15. barometer on the way back up. a nice end to a january weekend after this. ,,,, [ beep ] [ man ] you have one new message. [ mom ] hi scooter. this is mommy. the progresso chicken noodle you made is so good. the vegetables are cut nice and thick... you were always good at cutting your vegetables. and it's got tender white-meat chicken... the way i always made it for you. oh, one more thing honey... those pj's you like, the ones with the feet,
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an april-like day, with thunder in some spots this morning. a brief downpour, career clearing out. temperatures beginning to fall now, which is where they should be for january. take a look at temperatures here. 53 downtown. 36 in oakland. still 56 in ocean city and patuxent. upper 40s and low 50s. remember, our local high today is only 42 degrees. there you go. got up to 63, a little after noon, with the sun coming back out. 46 the low so far. 25 would be the average low. and that is up 1 degree from yesterday. we've reached the bottom and we're beginning to go back up again. now, normal temperatures will continue to increase. 72 and 73 are the records on this date. quite a range here in january. the winds now anywhere from 10, 15, 20, even 30 miles an hour.
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but they'll be dying down tonight. east and negotiate of us, a lot of rain this afternoon. a little snow in new england. maine, some spots get 3 to 4 inches. and a little showing up here in western new york, just cold enough. temperatures basically in the 30s. we cleared out nicely, as you can see. looks like a really nice evening. temperatures will be eventually dropping back into the 30s. and tomorrow, still a mild day. back in the 50s. now, sunday night, a second front will come through the region. it will cool us down on monday. and as that front comes through, maybe enough energy with it to create some clouds. perhaps a sprinkle or a snow flurry to the north of us. better chance across portions of pennsylvania and western maryland for some snow showers sunday night. then a cooler monday. and then right on the heels of that, more mild air will head right back on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday of next week. yeah. these cold shots are so quick and so brief. it's not winter at all. southwest winds, 5 to 10 knots. bay temp, around 39. so tonight, clear skies. breezy.
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dry and cooler. 34. by late tonight, tomorrow morning. lots of sun. just a few clouds tomorrow. but still mild again, in the low 50s. now, it will turn chilly again by sunday night and into monday. it will be close to normal. then as i said, it will warm up again. >> i feel lucky. we feel lucky. >> not too shabby. >> thanks, bob. still ahead alt 5:00. plea for help. >> she smoked something. it's not marijuana. but it's similar to incense. >> more of the frantic 911 call before actress demi moore was rushed to the hospital. big-screen movies return to towson. how a new multi-million dollar project will upgrade the county seat. i'm gigi barnett in towson. that story is straight ahead. i'm ron matz at the state fairgrounds. in timonium, it's time for the world's pet expo. we'll take you there coming up here on wjz. if you have high blood pressure, like me,
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it's 5:30. 51 beautiful degrees and partly cloudy. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. downtown towson has been hit hard by the economic decline. but it's about to get a big boost, with a brand new multimillion dollar development. wjz is live. ye gee barnett -- gigi barnett is is there and explains this
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plan. >> reporter: the county says it's called towson circle 3. and it will bring more customers and jobs to the county seats. >> reporter: vacant and abandoned, the towson common theater was once a bright spot in towson. but a sluggish economy hit it hard. and the theater closed last year. >> every time it was empty. or never movies i wanted to see or anything special like that. >> reporter: but today, county leaders broke out the popcorn to unveil this. a new, multimillion dollar entertainment center developed in the heart of towson. >> we deserve the finest in our county seat. and i think that's what we're going to get with this project. >> reporter: kevin cam nets says it -- kamenetz says it has a large parking garage attached. it will ultimately create more than 1500 jobs. the project had been in the works for years but stalled. now, the cordish company says it's time to build it, despite
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a sluggish economy. >> we think it's a terrific time. our country needs the work going on right now. we need jobs. the market is there. >> reporter: the $85 million project will take up much of this parking lot. so far, five restaurants have already signed on. some towson business owners say it's just what this area needs. >> i'm hoping it revitalizes. >> reporter: james con opens his restaurant, crab ranch. it's right across the street. he says the traffic to and from the theater, are dragging more customers to him. >> bringing more businesses off another different thing. >> reporter: and county executive kamenetz is calling this a coupe for towson because cinemark has signed on. >> the new theater complex opens in 2014. it is the breaking news in
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the lulu lemon murder trial. the woman convicted of her murder is sentenced to life in prison without parole. >> reporter: britney norwood's family pleaded with the montgomery county judge to give her a chance to be free one day. norwood was convicted in the brutal murder of her coworker at the lulu lemon jogga -- yoga shop. jayna murray was found deadee a year ago. moments ago, murray's family spoke to wjz. >> ms. norwood will die in jail. she will not be eligible for parole. the sentence given by judge greenburg today was fair. it was just. it was appropriate. the murder in this case was shocking to all professional prosecutors, investigators, to the members of the bench once it was discovered the extent and the nature of the killing and the torture to which ms.
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murray was subject. >> now, for hours today, both families read emotional impact statements to the judge. jayna murray's brother broke down in tears while reading his. mccarthy and defense attorneys agreed all along that norwood could not be rehabilitated and that the sentence should be life in prison. a man learns the sentence. he was sentenced to die for his part in the crime that grabbed national hferred lines. he and another man -- headlines. he and another man killed jennifer hawk petit, and left her two daughters to die in a fire. hawk's husband was beaten and tied up but managed to escape when the house was set on fire. >> we're happy and relieved that this day has come. justice has been served. >> reporter: in court today,
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comarsarjeski said he regretted his part in the crime but denied killing anyone. the other man, steven hayes, is on death row. new report that actress demi moore smoked something before she was rushed to the hospital this week. bigad shaban has the latest. >> reporter: 911 tapes revealed that demi moore was shaking and having trouble breathing when she was rushed to a california hospital monday. her friends called for help from the actress's beverly hills home. >> tell me what happened there. >> she smoked something. it's not marijuana. but it's similar to -- similar to incense. and she seems to be having convugzs -- convulsions of some sort. >> okay. right now, is she awake? >> yeah. well, semi conscious. barely. >> reporter: the 45-year-old actress has appeared very thin recently. as she goes through a split with her husband, ashton kutcher. the 33-year-old reportedly cheated on moore. >> she's been taking something.
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i don't know what she's been taking. >> has she done this before? >> i don't know. there's been some stuff we're all just recently finding out. >> reporter: moore's friends do not reveal what that other stuff may be but say the actress didn't intend to hurt herself. >> was it accidental or intentional? >> she smoked something, but the reaction was accidental. >> reporter: they removed substance information from the tape for legal reasons. by the end of the call, the friends told the operator that moore began breathing and speaking again. >> reporter: moore's publicist initially said the actress was being treated for exhaustion but had no comment on the 911 call. moore recently dropped out of her part in an upcoming linda lovelace movie. passengers aboard the costa concordia that ran aground, will get compensated.
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each person aboard is expected to receive more than $14,000. the ship ran aground two weeks ago. at least six people were killed. more than a dozen are still missing. a warning is sent out to protestors at occupy d.c. they told demonstrators that they must stop camping at the park monday or risk arrest. the national park service is distributing flyers at mcpherson square and freedom plaza. earlier this week, they questioned why camping has been allowed at this site since october. mitt romney and newt gingrich are battling it out for a win in florida. latino voters may be a key to that victory. and at a hispanic leadership conference today, the two front republicanners kept -- runners kept up their back-and forth. >> reporter: mitt romney and newt gingrich are speaking directly to florida's latino voters. >> i would like to extend [
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speaking in spanish ] to every person in the country. >> reporter: after that, front runners attacked each other on immigration. >> those people who come here illegally, should be given a temporary status. a temporary work period. but at the end of the period, they return home. >> this is where i have a deep disagreement with governor romney. the idea that a grandmother is going to self-deport, this is a fantasy. >> reporter: florida is home to more than a million hiss panic voters. many don't agree with the hispanic's position on immigration. >> the question is, do you believe that puerto rico can be a state? or not? simple. >> i just said what i believe, and if you don't like it, i'm sorry we disagree. i believe the people of puerto rico should make the decision. >> reporter: and both men declared their support for freedom. >> we will help cuba become
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free. >> reporter: the latino vote is especially important in south florida. and securing it may be critical to a win in tuesday -- pri -- tuesday's primary. >> reporter: danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> rick santorrum and ron paul are trailing in the florida polls. santorum had a handful of campaign engagements there friday. ron paul is campaigning in maine. time for a quick look at the stories you'll find in the baltimore sun. an historic baltimore church. the one in which babe ruth was baptized is being sold by the archdiocese. find out how you can own a piece of a race horse for a $10 investment. and a preview of tomorrow's maryland virginia tech game. remember to look for the updated forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. if you're an animal lover, all roots lead to timonium this weekend. you'll find dogs, cats and birds, and a whole lot more at the maryland state fairgrounds.
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ron matz has more on one of the biggest animal shows on the east coast. >> reporter: dogs can't fly. but they'll get close this weekend. chesapeake dock dogs are just one of the great attractions at the 11th annual world of pets expo. >> we have a guinea pig on. a gerbil show. the bird whisperer is here from australia to work with difficult parrots. so just anything and everything. >> reporter: and now, here's johnny. johnny peers is back with his mudville comics. it's a crew of 22. he loves making kids smile. >> i love doing it. i love to perform. and i love to entertain people and make them laugh. >> we really need all the help we can get. >> you can bring your pets, too and learn about thankful paws. >> we are a nonprofit organization. we're a food bank for pets. so when people are going through a hard time, and they are deciding between paying bge or buying food for their dog,
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we are here to provide help to provide temporary assistance. >> time to see how far a dock dog can go. >> if you break 15 feet, you're a senior title. if you break 9 feet. break 22 feet, you're a league title. >> reporter: no title for this, just having a good time. and spreppedding your-- spreading your wings. enjoying the view. >> come on out. >> come on out. great view, free parking. great place to be. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right. johnny. you did a great job. the world of pets expo continues through sunday for times and ticket information, log onto our website, wjz.com. >> don't miss the cbs evening news. here's one of the stories woing i'm steve hartman. coming up on the cbs evening news. woody davis was one of the most beloved members of the community in oregon. and he still is. this is him. so why are his funeral preps in
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full swing? and why is woody fully embracing the whole process? the story tonight on the cbs evening news with scott pelley. still ahead at 5:00. casino collapse. the investigation into an accident in ohio that sends more than a dozen workers to the hospital. fighting the flu. a warning tonight from federal health officials about the slow start to the sick season. bob turk. first warning weather center. nice weekend on tap. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. does your cable company keep charging you more...
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maybe a brief flurry of snow is possible, as that second cold front comes through. but look at the warmup again. tuesday, 54. upper 50s, maybe a shower by wednesday night. 58, 38. now, today's energy saver tips. driving. driving tips. idling gets you zero miles per gallon. the best way to warm up is to drive it, no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days. and suddenly fuel increases emissions. for more information on how you can become an energy saver, go to wjz.com. scroll down the right-hand side of the page. and click on our special section. >> more violence sweeps across iraq, just a month after u.s. troops leave iraq. today, a car bomb killings more than a dozen people at a funeral. tina kraus reports for wjz with a growing safety concern. >> reporter: mourners carried coffins of the dead after
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another suicide blast in baghdad. a bomber struck a funeral plosession for victims who died in an attack before. half police officers, who were guarding the ceremony. it's not fair, this man says. these bombings happen every day. and the government does nothing. >> reporter: just minutes after the car bomb, gunmen opened fire, killing two iraqi policemen at a checkpoint. authorities blamed sunni islamist insurgents for the escalating violence that has killed more than 400 people since u.s. troops left the country last month. militants often target iraqi security forces to make them look weak. we thought the situation would improve, this man says, but it's getting worse. the shiite-controlled government in iraq is locked in an intense political fight with political opponents who want
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more power. but there is concern it could put the country at risk of civil war. tina kraus, wjz eyewitness news. >> iraq's prime minister triggered the latest political crisis, when he sought the arrest of one sunni politician and the removal of another. that happened just after american troops left the country on december 18th. federal investigators are now on the scene of a collapse at a casino construction site in cincinnati, ohio. about a dozen workers were injured this morning, after a floor collapsed, sending them tumbling to the ground. we're told, they were pouring concrete when a support beam gave way. fire officials say the injuries are mainly bruises and bumps and possibly some broken bones. after openly admitting to taping episodes of wheel of fortune drunk, pat sajack is saying that he may have overexaggerated. earlier this week, he said he and vanna white would drink margaritas, then have trouble
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recognizing the alphabet half a dozen times. he admitted that he tried to make the story sound more exciting than it was. still time for an appearance. ines ferre has more on the wjz healthwatch. >> all right. just relax. >> reporter: sierra nagy is getting a flu shot, even though it's been a mild season so far. >> i have two kids. so i figured i was better safe than sorry. >> reporter: the centers for disease control says even though flu cases are down this year, people should get vaccinated. experts say it's not unusual to have a slow start to the season, then a dramatic increase in late winter. >> we have heard health reports from state departments who help us track that information, that they're helping us see more pos specimens. we may see an increase in activity shortly. >> reporter: doctors aren't
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exactly sure why the flu isn't spreading. but warmer temperatures this winter might play a role. >> this n the sense that-- in the sense that warmer winter might mean people are doing more outdoors, being inside less, staying around six people less, it may have something to do with that. >> reporter: also mab a sign that -- may be a sign that people are getting vaccinated. dr. len harwood says if you haven't had your shot yet, get it now. >> it's never too late to get vaccinated. >> reporter: nagy isn't taking any chances because she can't afford to be sick this winter. >> according to the cdc, eight adults have died from the flu and pneumonia this season. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00. for these stories and more coming up, denise is standing by with a preview. sentencing day. find out how long a convicted murderer will spend for convicting her coworker. making harsh comments about the same-sex marriage bill.
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check in for these stories and more tonight at 6:00. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. sensorring -- censuring social media. twitter announces new technology to block devotes in --,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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most of us have seen someone using a mobile phone on the plane, after the crew tells you to shut it off. well, is it really dangerous to leave them on? john blackstone takes a look at one of the great mysteries in travel. >> reporter: you hear it every time we fly. >> your mobile phone and other electronic devices should be turned off. >> that's kind of frustrating because i'm usually like in the middle of an e-mail or game of solitaire or something. >> electronic devices need to be turned off when the electronic device sign is on. >> reporter: when alec baldwin got thrown off a flight last month for refusing to turn off his phone, he became an icon for all those who think the rule is outdated. >> people think, ha, it's no big deal. and i think for the most part,
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it isn't. >> reporter: but captain sully sullenberger knows, better than most, that every once in a while, something quite unexpected can happen on an airplane. >> the bottom line for me is very simple. none of us has the right to put others at risk for our own convenience. >> the fact that nothing bad has happened, i think, has convinced a lot of people that this rule isn't necessary anymore. >> it seems like the documented problems are fairly rare. but there are some. >> reporter: an airbus a320 was on approach for landing in detroit when the pilot reported all communications on the air traffic control frequencies were totally blocked by a passenger cell phone searching for service. when the phone was turned off, the problem stopped. a half dozen similar incidents have been listed on nasa's aviation safety reporting since 2004. >> some of the ones that concern me and they're rare, are where there are navigational records that are affected.
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>> experts say a phone signal on the ground usually reaches just one or two hours. but from the air, one phone can reach hundreds of towers, potentially disrupting the system. activists and bloggers on the road, worried about censureship. they are allowing the sensuring of messages on a country, by country basis. twitter says it is trying to expands so it has to abide by rules. she stabbed her coworker more than 300 times. now, britney norwood learns her fate. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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coming up on wjz eyewitness news at 6:00. sentencing day. the woman convicted of murdering her coworker learns her fate. find out how long she'll spend behind bars. saying sorry. why the first lady of maryland is apologizing tonight. big screen movies return to towson. how a new multimillion dollar project will upgrade the county seat. i'm gigi barnett in towson. that story is straight ahead. wild weather, january storm, followed by a winter warmup. find out if these temperatures are sticking around in your first warning weather forecast. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. wjz eyewitness news at 6:00
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starts now. life in prison. a woman convicted of murdering her coworker, is sentenced. >> inside the tearful testimony from the victim's family. >> hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> i'm kai jackson. vic is off. here's what people are talking about tonight. >> britney norwood is headed to prison. she will spend her life behind bars for murdering 30-year-old jayna murray, inside the lulu lemon shop where the two worked. mike hellgren has measure on the emotional victim impact statements made before the sentence was handed down. >> reporter: britney norwood will spend the rest of her life if prison for one of th

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