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"news4 today" begins with breaking news. >> and we begin with that breaking news in laurel. a deadly crash on i-95 just before the icc. this is video from our traffic camera of the crash scene. police tell us one northbound lane on 95 is shut down right now. only one car was involved in the crash. we're working to find it what caused it all. another person died in a crash on i-270 overnight. maryland state police say speed could be the cause. the driver crashed by the ramp from northbound 270 to middlebrook road. police shutting do unthat ram -- down that ramp but it's open now. and high water across the area is a major concern. some roads are completely
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swamped. like this one in gaithersburg. >> flood advisories are in effect across some of the area, but the only wet stuff you will see is already on the ground. >> yeah. that was a wet day yesterday. no doubt. but hopefully we dry out today. good morning. welcome to "news4 today" on this sunday, i'm adam tuss. >> i'm angie goff. chuck, we're still dealing with some problems out there. >> oh, man it will take a little while to get all the creeks and streams back into their banks and get everything dried out a bit. crazy record breaking amounts of rainfall yesterday. two to three inches or more was common in many areas. still some flood advisories coastal flood advisory along the tidal, potomac and washington area. flooding in the pools area in montgomery area, northern frederick and northwestern carroll county. and along the tidal -- along the chesapeake bay as well. as far as rainfall, the last of the drops now on the lower parts of the eastern shore, they're
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moving away from us. so again we're dry now -- well, dry, nothing coming out of the sky. everything is saturated from yesterday's rain. temperatures are in the cool 60s this morning. increasing amounts of sunshine and then an increasing westerly breeze. highs today upper 70s to near 80. how long can this nice weather last? we'll find out coming up. well, you should watch out for flooding across the entire area right now. high water is stranding some cars. take a look at this one in germantown. the driver thought it would be okay to test the dip in the road and ended up submerged up to the bumper. there are still flood warnings in montgomery, frederick, prince george's county as well as d.c. however, water is starting to recede. pretty high in some places. one driver told us things turned ugly fast. >> they didn't appear as much water, but we got halfway and the car totally stalled. so now we're trying to get that
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fixed. >> yeah, police shut down that road. they say never drive through standing water because you never know how deep it really is. a chevy chase mother and daughter died after being electrocuted in their basement. the 29-year-old mom and her 4-year-old daughter stepped into the water that somehow became electrically charged. darcy spencer reports on the device that could have led to these deaths. >> reporter: a woman and her young child suffered an electrical shock in the basement of their home here on connecticut avenue in the chevy chase area of montgomery county. fire and rescue crews were called here around 4:30 in the afternoon after a torrential rain storm had apparently flooded their basement. a family member came home and found the victims. >> firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes and they initiated cpr and transported the woman and child to the hospital. >> reporter: fire officials
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plooive the shock was -- believe the shock was connected to the sump pump in the basement. sump pumps are hard wired into the home's electrical system. investigators are checking to see if there could have been a problem with the pump that led the water to become energized. >> something to do with the sump pump. the ground floor basement area of the home was saturated in water. there was some deep water in the stairwell area where the sump pump was being operated. >> neighbors also have sump pumpals in pumpals in -- pumps in the basement. >> hopefully not, worth checking out now. i'm checking it out after such an unfortunate incident. >> montgomery county firefighter also suffered a shock trying to rescue the two victims, but he's doing okay. well, in frederick, maryland, a man died when a boat went over the lake. it was carrying eight other people. maryland natural resources police say they grabbed anything they could hold on the.
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>> some were found clinging to rocks. some were rescued by the helicopter. some were pulled out of the water by neighbors. >> wow. police say the man who died was the boat's driver. he was 62 years old. still working to learn if the storm caused this deadly crash in gaithersburg. it happened on ensy lomb drive yesterday. the minivan crashed into the toyota camry. the woman driving the camry died. the other driver is doing okay. well, a developing story in upstate new york. police say prison escapee david sweat could have a tough time trying to evade police on his own. the man who escaped with sweat was shot and killed on friday. right now, more than 1,200 officers are focusing on 22 square miles looking for sweat. they're focused on the wooded area where matt was killed on friday. police say they want to bring sweat in alive to learn more
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about the prison break and those involved. we know more about what happened when an isis terrorist shot up a hotel in tunisia. you're looking at new video sent to nbc in the last 24 hours. people are running away from the hotel and the beach. the worker says the attacker used grenadesn victims before police were able to stop him. in france, investigators are working to determine if isis is to blame for another attack. a man beheaded his boss, then took a selfie with the corpse friday. they say he sent the picture to someone with his phone and they're trying to figure out who the recipient is. south carolina's governor says she'll make the charleston church massacre right. nikki haley spoke at the victims' funerals. the funerals were at emanuel ame church where the shooting
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happened. remembering the final moments the shooter was told you don't have to do this. hate or heritage that's the debate surrounding the confederate flag following the shooting at the charleston church. for more than 50 years it's flown at the state's capitol at columbia. a woman scaled that pole and took it down saying it represents hate. ron allen has more on the conversation this is creating for people not only in south carolina but around the country. >> ma'am, ma'am! >> reporter: south carolina's confederate flag came down. activists took matters into their own hands, saying she could not wait any longer. the woman was quickly arrested and along with james tyson, both from charlotte, north carolina. both charged with defacing a monument, a misdemeanor. the flag was back up within an hour.
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in time for a rally by defenders who insisted they're there to honor the sacrifices of confederate soldiers. >> my heritage, my right to keep this flying on our capitol grounds. >> take the flag down! >> reporter: they were quickly confronted by protesters demanding the flag be removed. >> we want this for all of our people, all of our children to get this hatred out of our society and way of our minds. we get here and we come to a solution and involve this country to a better one. >> reporter: since the massacre at mother emanuel and these images of the alleged gunman, the flag's removal has been called for. president obama said taking the flag down would not be an insult to those who served. >> it would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought -- the cause of slavery was wrong.
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>> reporter: the flag is so contentious it takes a super majority, two-thirds vote by both houses of the state legislature to move it. that may or may not begin next week. this emotional debate rages on. ron allen, nbc news, columbia, south carolina. a water park party takes a terrifying turn. you will see what had people running for their lives. yesterday's rain put a damper on the world po
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you're watching "news4 today." >> welcome back. news reports in taiwan says 350 people were hurt in an explosion at a water park. take a look here. it happened at a party when some kind of powder caught fire on a
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stage, spread through a crowd of a thousand people there. more than 80 were seriously hurt. firefighters are trying to figure out why the powder exploded. your ride on metro might be smoother because of the world police and fire games. the weather best potentialed -- postponed yesterday's games to today. so they'll run more silver line trains every hour. orange line cars will have eight cars. the games are headquartered in fairfax, but people are playing all over northern virginia this morning. the first event begins in less than an hour at 7:00 a.m. and we are looking forward to a better day weatherwise. chuck? >> yeah, it's a pretty low hurdle to clear though a better day than yesterday. almost the easiest thing to do because yesterday was just a disaster around here for heavy rain. a lot of potential for damage from the flooding yesterday. and we have had a tornado
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warning across parts of southern maryland. we carried a tornado warning yesterday, between 4:0 and -- 4:30 and 5:30. damage down in st. mary's county. people are cleaning up and drying out as we get into the day today. i ask a special favor of naomi to go over to max 1 for this one here. it will take a second. while you look at your morning planner, temperatures are in the 60s. that's where we' a much prettier day than yesterday. so there is already some good news. barbecue battle taking place in downtown washington today. so a lot of things to do outside, so it will be one of the days to get out and enjoy and recover from yesterday's torrential amounts of rain. 68 now at the airport. that wind will increase quite a bit by later this morning into this afternoon. sunshine coming back, but quite breezy. staying cooler than average today. get a little break from the air conditioner. open up the windows and enjoy. becoming sunny and breezy, but
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low humidity and temperatures staying in the 70s to near 80s. 59 leesburg right now. 68 fredericksburg. 68 in annapolis. this area of storminess up across northwestern pennsylvania. if you're flying to boston or new york today, unsettled weather. the last of the showers going through rehoboth and out to ocean city. high water and standing water across the area, so use extreme caution if you go out first thing this morning. like i say all the time if you can't see the pavement don't drive on it. turn around, don't drown. a lot of high water out there. so breezy today. we'll be fighting the sunshine a little bit for later on this afternoon. but gradually with time, skies will clear out later this afternoon and it will be a pleasant day. we'll be dry for the remainder of today.
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dry for tomorrow as well. highs near 80 today. low 80s tomorrow. shower and thunderstorm chances are back in there, but i think we can dry it out just in time for the fourth of july. >> all right. that makes a lot of us happy. >> definitely. next, we have "reporter's notebook." >> we're back in 15 minutes with more of the top stories. >> good morning. welcome to "reporter's notebook." i'm pat lawson muse. governor hogan's health. many are offering prayers and a lot of moral support for governor larry hogan in the wake of his diagnosis with advanced aggressive non-hodgkins lymphoma. he is continuing his work as governor, but lieutenant governor rutherford will take on a heavier work load as the governor undergoes treatment for his condition. joe madison, it is encouraging to learn for one thing that this type of cancer often responds well quickly and quickly to drug therapies, but talk about the impact of hearing this kind of news from the governor. and what it means for the state. >> well, as a cancer survivor myself and we have talked about it here on "reporter's notebook"
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in terms of prostate cancer, one of the most important things you have to avoid is fear. fear can be very, very debilitating. and i think the positive aspect of this is the governor's attitude. the fact that he is a fighter. you maintain a positive attitude. there have been people who have worked through the treatment and i think that we'll just keep our fingers crossed and faith that he'll come through. >> bremante, what's your reaction to the response we have seen? his co-workers, just so many people pitching in the green ribbons that are now being worn by many in annapolis. pulling for the governor. >> it shows one's health is nonpartisan and i think the
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governor led it by coming out transparent. many on his staff wanted him to wait before making the announcement but he felt like it was better to get it out there before things were leaked out. but 18 weeks is a long time for a chemotherapy treatment. so boyd rutherford is going to have to be on the ready. i think the other issue is, you know, this isn't the first time that an executive has been ill in politics. but, you know, i think what's going to happen is where does this agenda match up you know, with his health? we do know as joe has said it's important to keep working and he's still pushing his agenda. but sort of where do those things sort of coincide when it comes to health and how much rutherford can be the person to push the policies that hogan may not be able to do on a regular basis once his chemotherapy treatments kick in. >> boyd rutherford has been called one of the busiest, most impactful if you will lieutenant governors in maryland's history. he's been given a lot more work and a lot more responsibility
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and now he takes on these executive duties. >> right, he did that for governor erlich and he did a good job from what i have heard. and you know, the question is who is boyd rutherford and what he's going to do this? this is the classic story of the second in command, nobody gives a second thought to. harry truman is a classic example. few knew who truman was and look at what he did as a president taking over for franklin roosevelt. getting back to the spirit and demeanor of larry hogan, with or without this he would have been popular personally. there's something about him that people like. the old joke is would you like to sit at a bar and have a beer with this guy? you would with larry hogan. but we came right in and said my chances of becoming governor were less than my chances of beating this rap. my chances of beating this rap are better than becoming governor to put it right out there. so, you know, what kept going back to your comments on the
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recovery rate of this kind of disease, so we have to wait and pray. >> all state tags bearing the confederate flag will be off the road in the state of virginia. governor terry mcauliffe said the state will move quickly to phase out the confederate flag. in maryland governor hogan says he wants the flag off state tags. joe, how is to going to go over in virginia where a majority of people said they wanted to keep the flag on the plates and what's the real impact? >> well, i think the sad thing about this is it took the -- a tragedy in charleston to get people to discuss this. this is something that has been an on going debate for many, many years, particularly in south carolina. but to answer your question directly, i'm glad the governor's stepped up. it's a symbolic gesture. you have a bill now in congress introduced by john lewis that
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would repair the damage done by the supreme court on the 1965 voting rights act. so now let's see if members of the virginia congressional delegation step up, dave, since you're in washington, step up and support this bill to repair the damage done by the supreme court. >> and bremante and dave, what about the dialogue that's been generated? >> see i still think it matters. i know you're not saying it doesn't matter joe, but i think it's important because you have to start with some steps. and historically we know that the push back on removing that flag from anywhere had been great. so the fact you don't see as much of that, and i think what's important from mcauliffe, remember he said in his announcement i'm trying to make this state a state that's inviting to businesses. that's what i'm trying to do there. not only was he sort of taking a moral stance but he was looking at this economically. so he's a different kind governor and i think also what's
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interesting in virginia let's remember now this flag is so tied to the civil war. virginia, richmond was the seat of the confederacy. so i think symbolically that matters especially with virginia. >> he thinks it's unsafe judicially, and morally he has the upper hand and re-enactors and people who had ancestors prafly in the war, they fought for what they believed in. i'll give them. but the question is the darker side of all that comes up. slavery, the war was after all because of slavery. yes, it was state rights but it was based on somebody's view of slavery. so you can't ignore that. and if that view of slavery impinges itself in the dialogue and in the acceptance of all these things and that's not a good thing. it's time to make a change. >> i think quite honestly, like the president says, it belongs in a museum. that's where it should be. >> got to take a break. we'll be right back.
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if you work in montgomery county, work full-time, you will get seven paid sick days. the council has voted to require businesses to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours you work. the new law takes effect in october of 2016. it will make montgomery county the 24th jurisdiction in the nation with a paid sick leave policy. among the strongest in the nation. bremante? >> well, that's the good thing for montgomery county and you would think the state may follow their lead. the family and paid leave act was sort of started but we have to remember that many of those laws within that said that you can have unpaid leave that you can take off. i think what's important here is that it is giving you sick leave. now, the counterside is, small businesses, are they going to be able to afford this? is this something that's going to hurt businesses in terms of bringing in employees obviously
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the county doesn't think so. but i think time will tell whether or not how effective this will be or the lack of the effect on hiring folks in montgomery county. i do think that could be an issue. >> do you think it will chase businesses out of the county? >> if they're going to hire an extra person the cost -- they say they won't hire an extra person they may have to let somebody go. i think in some businesses that will happen, but then the argument becomes in the overall scheme of things, if workers have this paid leave, this is something that most other wealthy nations give their employees already, although you can make an argument we are different from europe and all this stuff. the fact remains it's a step forward. and it's a better workforce and a more productive workforce because they have the time off and they'll do a better job. >> joe, there was a bit of a concession if you will for smaller businesses because businesses with fewer than five workers still have to give their workers seven sick days but only
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four would be paid. >> there's something seriously wrong when you can't afford to be sick and let's be very honest, this also protects your workforce. if a person is sick and can't take off because they're sick so they walk into a place, the customers get sick. their fellow employees get sick. they don't have time to be home to get well. >> yeah. >> so this is just good business. and welcome to the 21st century and the rest of the industrial world. >> the council is going to take up the debate over body cameras and who should be able to see body camera video. here in d.c. next week. d.c. police and the mayor say releasing that video can violate privacy of people involved in police stops, but there's a lot of money that's already been spent on this and there's a big debate over who should be able to see the video. >> that and the mayors says it will cost us money to allow
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folks to see it. if bremante wants to see the video, this going to cost us $1.5 million a year according to the mayor and it will bust the budget. a great move for her to use the number to say this is not to do it, but there are those who are saying does it really cost that much? where she has some backing like in fairfax county, they're saying the same issue. they're talking about a number 2 to $4 million it will cost. so this is a debate not only in washington, d.c., but across the nation. and i think it's a very interesting look to see how much again sway that the mayor can have over this. this is a populous issue. if police have a body camera i should be able to see what they should see. >> this is cost versus the merits of proposal and the merits is argued is transparency. we know what's going on.
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look at the videos we have seen of these incidents and what changes they have made. and the idea that perhaps people can't see that that sticks in the craw of a lot of people. this is a time for openness and transparency. >> and it's called a democracy and to be quite honest, to be quite honest, i mean i don't -- i don't know if she has inflated the numbers. i don't know. i think this is part police unions that don't want this. and to be quite candid, if you think observing a body camera is expensive, do you know how expensive lawsuits are when you have to go into court and prove whether a policeman did or did not -- this protects the policeman sz much as the citizens. >> what are d.c. police going to do about dirt bikes or atvs? you're probably familiar with the roving bands of the atvs and the violence associated recently with the activity. why aren't police doing something to stop them?
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>> well, the police department has told police you should not chase these individuals on the road. i mean, we have heard that in other cases. not necessarily with the atvs. the issue is that they can hop up on sidewalks. they can cut down alleys. so, you know, the police union their position that folks in the streets and the neighborhoods are saying, why aren't you doing more and there's a lot we can do. when we make arrests the courts are not following through. there are 147 arrests of those only 33 have been convicted and of those 33 none have been fined or jailed. so the police union has a major issue to say, hey, we want to do more in terms of the community, but we need to help from the courts. >> doing nothing, you could argue is not an option. one option is to restrict them to certain areas. you know, they may not go in heavily travelled, populous areas, keep them out in the country and along roads.
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i'm not saying that's what that should do. >> but it is illegal to have them on the road. >> you know, it's a new equipment being used by the -- by some of these kids and like you said they're fast they're quick. >> faster than bicycles. >> well, faster than bicycles. more nimble. therein lies the problem. so the police have got to figure out we enforce this and then i would hope that the courts will support the police that when they do make arrests that they really make sure that these folks pay the price and hopefully that's a deterrent. >> the law isn't clear and it needs more clarification. >> there's the complaint of the police union, there's not enough in the enforcement from the courts making it the retribution enough for folks not to want to do these things. >> thank you, gentlemen. thank you, that's "reporter's notebook." i'm pat lawson muse. stay with us. "news4 today" continues.
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"news4 today" starts now. >> right now at 6:30 a deadly crash on i-95 has one lane shut down. this happened just before the icc in laurel. you're looking at video from our traffic camera of the crash scene. only one car was involved in this accident. police telling us one northbound lane of 95 is closed. we're working to find out what caused the accident. a ramp on 270 back open right now. someone died in a crash by the middlebrook road exit overnight. maryland state police say speed was a factor in the crash. we're continuing to watch the weather and lots of you are cleaning up from yesterday's storms. in leonard town, a tofrpdz came -- a tornado came through. we are hearing that three homes and -- were toppled. more than 50 trees were toppled in the mannix area. pretty scary stuff. >> absolutely. in falls church, some kids decided yeah, they're going
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outside and playing in the rain, even though this street is half flooded. the kids jumped in the water and floods did strand some cars. be careful while out there today. should we be worried about rising water today? >> most of the water has reached the high water mark to speak. from here on out, most of the waters will be receding. there's still a lot of high and standing water to be contend with. there are localized flood advisories as well. the creek at seneca -- seneca creek in dawsonville, upper marlboro, a flood warning there and the river up here in maryland. a lot of high standing water outside this morning. the good news is the rain is over, everybody. the last of the showers are across the eastern shore. out to the delaware coast. for us, rain free at this point in time. so areas of high water to contend with. temperatures in the low to mid 60s so it's comfy outside.
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your sunday planner, partly to mostly cloudy. reaching up into the low 60s. and a refreshing, drying west and northwesterly breeze. back to work forecast coming up. >> thanks chuck. an investigation is developing in bowie. prince george's county police say 31-year-old man died. it's not clear who shot and killed him on prat lane. police found a man on south bend orange street near kings town village boulevard yesterday morning. homicide and crime scene detectives want to know why the man ended up in the pond. and we know the name of a woman who died in a hit and run accident. this is a developing story yesterday morning. prince george's county police say a driver hit 56-year-old donna clark while she was riding her bike on richie highway. police are still looking for the driver. two cars were racing right
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before hitting clark. she died at the hospital. d.c. police are searching for a man who broke into the woman's house and sexually assaulted her. this happened on 31st and cleveland avenue. police say he broke into her home around 4:00 in the morning. then took off after he assaulted her. the man is in his early 20s. he has brown hair, in a buzz cut style. had a dark colored backpack with him. the tour group that lost some members to the plane crash last week is now home. take a look. this is the holland america cruise. the ship returning to seattle yesterday. the people on board held a memorial service for the eight who died. by now you know the victims who died on the sightseeing plane that crashed last week. the investigators are analyzing the steep, mountainous terrain in the area and the potential for storms. two of the crash victims lived in our area. glenda and hugo cambiaso both
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died. today, families united by the unsolved murders of their loved ones will begin today. milton was shot while waiting at a bus stop in southeast back in may and police say she was hit by a stray bullet fired by a man on a dirt bike. 36 others will be remembered at the vigil. well, you can hear and see the panic there. police now saying the shooting in downtown san francisco was not related to the gay pride event happening nearby. several people are in police custody there right now. the police officers say it started with an argument yesterday, a bullet grazed a bystander in the arm. no one else was hurt. well, san francisco is not the only place celebrating now that the supreme court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
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our nbc report shows us how everyone is reacting on both sides. >> reporter: with same-sex marriage now legal, gay pride celebrations took on new meaning from cincinnati. >> the fact that we can celebrate together and there are no barriers. >> reporter: to san francisco. >> like we're on a level playing field right now. >> historical. like forever. this is forever now. >> well, i have a great partner. we have been together for four years. we have each other's backs. this means we can do it legally now. >> reporter: the white house lit up in pride as couples across the country rushed to make it legal. >> you are joined in marriage as wife and wife. you may kiss your pridebride. >> reporter: and celebrating the new advantage of financial advantages. social security benefits could add tens of thousands of dollars and couples can file joint federal tax returns. it creates an easier path to adoption. >> the bottom line is that many
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places prefer to place children with married couples. well, suddenly we have a lot more opportunity to have married couples. >> reporter: the ruling has become a lightning rod with democrats firmly backing up. >> love triumphed in the highest court in our land. >> they live in the real world and they know that teams are changing. that the american people want to end discrimination in all forms of life. >> reporter: republicans were unified in their opposition, but divided in tone. while conservatives like ted cruz called for a constitutional amendment. moderates like chris christie who is expected to announce his candidacy on tuesday had a more measured response. >> i think this is something that should be decided by the people of each state. >> i'm informed on my faith about this and i believe in traditional marriage. >> reporter: still the ruling reflects the mind set of most americans who support same-sex marriage. a sea change in american justice and culture. >> i just think, you know, we'll
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only get better and better. and freer and freer as a nation. >> that was kristen welker reporting. one inmate came close to being executed for a crime he did not commit and now he's a free man. and many are waking up under a need advisory. but we'll dry out. plus a loo
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you're watch "news4 today." >> well, same-sex marriage and the confederate flag, two issues front and center in the political world over the last week. >> and joining us now to talk about it, moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. we want to start with same-sex
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marriage and the supreme court's historic ruling. it was a big week. we are already seeing this ruling though trickle into the campaign trail and the republicans definitely grappling with this decision. >> it is. it's sort of an mri, you know, when you see how the republicans respond. the mri of who they want to target, who they think their constituency is. so you have those who want to be the candidates of social conservatives using the most fiery language. ted cruz saying this is the worst 24 hours in american history. mike huckabee calling it judicial tyranny and jindal saying why don't we disband the supreme court? then you have guys like jeb bush and chris christie who all have their eye on the general election, but they're accepting it and moving on. i think that's where the country is probably going to end up on this. but i think you're going to see
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a little bit of reactionary fighting inside the republican party over the next six months. >> if you don't accept this position, is that an automatic dismissal of a younger vote do you think? >> when you look at the same-sex marriage numbers the biggest divide is by age, not by party or ideology. it is by age. a majority of republicans under the age of 40 are in favor of same-sex marriage. this is not something that cuts across ideologically as much. so i think it does. i think, you know you talk to the obama campaign from 2012. they will tell you climate change denying and being against same-sex marriage were two ways they could convince a millennial, you don't want to be for those guys. you may not like us much, but those guys don't agree with your world view at all. those two issues really work. >> it's been a historic week. it's been an emotional one as you continue to follow the developments out of charleston and the debate over the confederate flag continues. it's moving at lightning speed.
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what does this tell us about grass roots social movement and its influence? >> i think this is the biggest story. i actually think it's the connective tissue between same-sex marriage and what we're seeing in the response to charleston. and that is this is really being driven by grass roots. there's a new grass roots, social activist movement that began after trayvon martin's death, continued with ferguson. and with the sort of -- that's summed by the hash tag, black lives matter. we talk to one of the founders of black lives matter. president obama has changed how he talks about race in the last two years. and you could argue its movement is pushing him a little bit. and hillary clinton is talking about race in a way that she's never talked about it before. republicans are talking about racially -- racial bias issues including criminal justice
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reform in ways they haven't talked about before. same-sex marriage has been pushed by a grass roots. >> it's like a hot potato. >> this is in a way -- this is the 1960s -- very similar except the moves are more rapid. and frankly less tumultuous. >> great president "amazing grace" song. >> you know, it's funny. i'm not going to do that, but this is one of the moments president reagan had it with the challenger. president clinton had it with oklahoma city and president bush had it with the bullhorn and i think it was one of those -- everyone took off their red and blue jersey. it was a moment that the country needed. sort of where he represented the soul of the country. the better angels in a moment. yeah, the singing was a little off key but that actually helped the moment and made it more real. >> really powerful. >> thanks. well, a reminder, see "meet the press" every sunday here on
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channel 4 right after "news4 today." it's a twist of fate for a man who spent years on death row, convicted for a crime he never committed. after spending half of his life behind bars anthony grace is now a free man, but it's what he's doing now that's so unexpected. >> he's working for that system that worked against him for so long. here's nbc's mark potter. >> reporter: anthony grave's appointment to the board overseeing the houston crime lab makes absolute sense to him. >> i became a criminal justice expert through my own experiences. my university is dru -- death row university. i'm well qualified. >> reporter: graves was convicted for a crime he never committed in a murder of a woman her daughter and four grandchildren at a home in summerville, texas. he was sentenced to die and he spent more than 18 years in prison. 12 on death row. >> i had two execution dates.
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i saw 350 men getting executed around me. >> reporter: the man confessed he committed the murders alone right before he was executed. but it took another ten years for graves' conviction to be overturned and released. the prosecutor was disbarred. >> for the first few moments, few hours, i thought that man, i will wake up and i'll be right back in the cell. it just wasn't real to me. >> reporter: in the years since then, graves had advocated for better prison conditions and reforms in the criminal justice system. he'll now help watch over the houston forensic science center which helps police analyze firearms, finger prints and crime scenes and computer data. a fellow board member who for years fought for graves release from prison will add an important perspective. >> anthony was convicted because
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the truth was not achieved. so he understands the importance of always looking for truth and being mindful of our mission. >> reporter: fraifs says -- graves says he is not bitter. and will serve the people. >> i'm just making sure that the is are dotted and the ts are crossed. >> reporter: a mission for a man who nearly two decades endured extreme unfairness. mark potter, nbc news. >> wow. well, we are drying off, brushing it off. >> time to squeegee your whole house. wipe it down. >> exactly. but the sun is going to come out today? >> yes. >> but still some lingering issues out there? >> yeah. saturated ground and a lot of high water out there. it will be very breezy later on today. and with saturated ground and a stiff breeze i couldn't rule out one or two trees toppling over today. not because the winds will be that extreme, but sometimes a little push on a tree that was kind of pushed a little too hard yesterday may cause an isolated problem or two later on today.
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but by and large, today is going to be a far better day to be outside and enjoying it. but june gloom continues around the washington area. check out the numbers, everybody. these are really getting to be an impressive amount of rain. reagan national yesterday 2.75 inches of rain. that was the daily rainfall record, for the month we're at 11.93. that's the second wettest june on record at national airport behind june of 2006 where we had 14 inches. so that record will be safe. bwi marshall, three inches of rain plus yesterday. that was the daily record and for the month of june number one on the list. the rainiest june on record at bwi marshall. broke the record of june 1972. marylanders will tell you that 1972, that was the year agnus
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came through here with flooding rains. so when you start breaking records from that year you have done something. i had some great pictures sent to me yesterday. swan point, kathleen burke sent this in of the wind damage caused by a weak tornado across parts of southern charles and northern st. mary's county. if you have pictures from yesterday's weather you want to share with me on social media, forecast on instagram and @chuck bell on twitter we'll share as many as we can. for now, a clearing sky. good riddance to the clouds from yesterday. the one knock on today is that it is going to be quite breezy later on today and as we try and get more sunshine in i like to call it self-destructive sunshine. the warmer we get the more clouds bubble up. so we'll start off with a fair amount of sunshine but clouds will be increasing mid to late morning before the drier air starts to win out. mostly in the 60s now. climb into the upper 70s and 80s
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later on today. as far as rain chances this week, nothing today or tomorrow. by tuesday or wednesday, little chances for afternoon showers coming back in. no gullywashers like yesterday. but later in the week, fourth of july weekend we should dry out a bit. if you're traveling to new york city or boston there's rain there and rain across parts of the midwest and down in the deep south. here's the seven day forecast. today we'll call it a mix of clouds and sunshine but an improving weather picture. breezy. temperatures near 80 this afternoon. low to mid 80s tomorrow with real sunshine. and then hit and miss shower chances for wednesday, thursday friday. no all day super soakers like yesterday, but any more rainfall before the end of the week we might get closer to the record. >> not a 90 on the board there. >> nope. >> change, chuck. coming up how a local nonprofit is becoming the eyes for the blind. and a diamond in the rough. the unusual find inside a state
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you're watching "news4 today." >> welcome back, 6:55. a woman at state park in arkansas found a diamond that's going into the record books. the 8.52 carat white diamond was found at the crater of diamond state park. 's the size of a -- it's the size of a quarter. the fifth largest found by a visitor since 1972. the woman unearthed the diamond after 20 minutes of digging. no word on how much it is worth. but let me tell you it's a lot. >> probably a big rush, everyone is looking for diamonds. okay, so even if you live in silver spring you might not have metropolitan washington ear. >> yeah. zachary kiesch shows us how they act as eyes for the blind.
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>> wrote the music for the two highest grossing movies in history, avatar and "titanic.." >> reporter: in a nondescript building here in silver spring, they're making noise and providing a valuable service. >> i'm reading "the new york times" and i'm picking out various stories to record for people with visual disabilities. >> reporter: it's metropolitan washington ear here they give access a life line, according to some who use the service. >> i have been blind since i was 13. >> reporter: president freddie picot has been on the board since the nonprofit was started 40 years ago. >> if a friend said freddie, did you see that article in the post about so and so if i didn't see it, i can say, oh, no, but i'm going to go and read it. >> reporter: call-in service clients a variety of options. start with the sports and end with the front page if you want. it's free.
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>> press 6 for "usa today" and yesterday's "usa today.." >> or i can go to the very end of that particular section. >> all made possible by the small staff and an army of approximately 400 volunteers like reader rita penn. >> apparently in china, somebody is peddling 40-year-old meat which is gross. >> reporter: they knock down the barriers, the odds at washington ear. >> i love the information. >> reporter: reporting in montgomery county, zachary kiesch, news4. >> wonderful group. much more ahead on "news4 today." >> including an hour by hour
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"news4 today" begins with breaking news. >> i want to welcome you in on the 7:00 hour. i'm adam tuss. >> i'm angie goff. we have two deadly crashes, the first is in laurel. on i-95 just before the icc. you're look at some video from the traffic camera of the crash scene. police tell us one northbound lane is shut down right now. only one car was involved in this crash. still working on figuring out what caused it. >> in montgomery county, another person died on 270 overnight.
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maryland state police said they may have been speeding when the car crashed into the ramp on middlebrook road. flood advisories are in effect across the area after all that rain. >> so happy to report that the worst is behind us for this weekend. let's find out what's ahead with chuck. good morning. >> hey, good morning to both of you. it's a very cloudy start but we'll get sunshine today. we'll get a gusty west to northwesterly gust today and that will help to dry things out. as you mentioned we have a lot of high and standing water across much of the area. we have a coastal flood advisory for the tidal potomac in the washington area. seneca creek in dawsonville montgomery county, high water there and the western branch river here through upper marlboro also still at or above bankful. so just know that on your way out the door. be very mindful of the fact that there are deep puddles around
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the area. temperatures have cooled down into the low 60s around tournament your hour by hour, up into the upper 70s to 80s later on this afternoon. 74 in gaithersburg. 78 in manassas. be back down into the 50s by tomorrow morning. we'll talk about that and the week ahead coming up. >> thanks, chuck. flood warnings in effect across our area right now. >> yeah, high water is stranding cars like this one here in germantown. you see the water rushing there. looks like the driver thought it would be okay to test the dip in the road there, but of course this can be very dangerous. police say never drive through standing water because you never know how deep it really is. on lawyers road in vienna, one driver told us the water was higher than he thought. >> didn't appear as much water, but we got halfway and the car totally stalled. so now we're trying to get that
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fixed. >> now, the flood warnings in our area are in montgomery, frederick and prince george's county as well as the district. a chevy chase mother and daughter died after being electrocuted in their basement. this happened during yesterday's storm. the 29-year-old mother and 4-year-old daughter step into water that became energized. darcy spencer reports on the device many of you have in your basements that could have led to the deaths. >> reporter: a young woman and daughter suffered an electrical shock here in the chevy chase area of montgomery county. fire and rescue crews were called here at 4:30 in the afternoon. a family member came home and found the victims. >> firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes. they immediately initiated cpr and transported the adult female and the child 4 or 5 years old to the hospital. >> reporter: fire officials believe the shock was connected to the sump pump in the basement. sump pumps like this one are
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usually hard wired into the home's electrical system. investigators are checking to see if there could have been a problem with the pump that led the water to become energized. >> something to do with the sump pump. the ground floor basement area was saturated in water. there was some deep water in the stairwell area where the sump pump is being operated. >> reporter: neighbors also have sump pumps in the basement and they were concerned something like this could have happened. >> any issues with it, hopefully not. but definitely something worth checking out. i'm looking into it after such an incident. >> that was darcy spencer reporting. montgomery county firefighter also suffered a shock trying to rescue the two victims but he's doing okay. in frederick, maryland, a man died when a boat went over the lake lingamore dam. they grabbed anything they could hold on to.
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>> some were found clinging to rocks. some were rescued by the helicopter. some were pulled out of the water by neighbors. >> now police say the man who died was the boat's captain. he was 62 years old. well, a developing story in upstate new york now. police are confident that they'll have prison escapee david sweat in handcuffs within 48 hours. sweat's been on his own on the run since his fellow escapee was shot and killed on friday. more than 1,200 officers are focused on the wooded area where matt was kill on friday. police want to bring sweat in alive so they can learn more about the prison break and those involved. well, happy sunday. let's check what you need to know in the week coming up ahead.
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tomorrow, montgomery county officials will talk about the extra money to fund the purple line. governor larry hogan said he's moving forward with the light rail project however he said that montgomery and prince george's counties would have to pay more to get it done. tuesday, yet another republican is throwing his name into the presidential race. chris christie expected to make it all official on tuesday making him the 14th one in the race. on thursday the suspect in a quadruple murder in d.c. will be in court. a judge moved wint's trial back. he is accused of killing the savopouloses and a housekeeper last month. we will get a chance to see the police and fire games. it started a few minutes ago and the weather postponed several of yesterday's games until today because of the change, metro plans to run more silver line trains today. silver and orange line trains will have eight cars.
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7:07 now. and coming up the messages left at a historical black church in colorado that has a pastor worried this sunday about a copycat crime like the one in charleston. and cutting their ties with the confederate flags. and a water park party turned into a terrifying scene.
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south carolina's governor says she'll make the charleston church massacre right. governor haley made the statement yesterday. mourners honored the lives of cynthia hurd and tywanza sanders. remembering his final moments,
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tywanza sanders' mother remembered his last words, you don't have to do this. we're no harm to you. nascar is expanding the move to get rid of the confederate flag at all the racetracks. nascar's ceo now saying that the sport going to for ways to keep fans from flying the flag in stands. earlier this week, nascar said it would take down flags at the racetracks and supported removing the confederate flag from the south carolina state grounds. well, the debate surrounding the confederate flag, is it a sign or a hate piece of heritage in the south? for more than 50 years the flag has flown at the state's capital at columbia. yesterday a woman scaled the pole and took it down. nbc's ron allen has more on the conversation this is creating for people not only in south carolina, but around the country. >> ma'am, ma'am! >> reporter: south carolina's confederate flag came down.
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>> this flag came down today. >> reporter: activist brie newsome took matters into her hands. she was quickly arrested. she with james tyson both charged with defacing a monument a misdemeanor. the flag was back up within an hour. in time for a rally by the defenders who insist they're there to honor the sacrifices of confederate soldiers. >> my heritage, my right to keep this flying on the capitol grounds. >> reporter: they were quickly confronted by protesters demanding the flag be removed. >> we want this for all of our people, all of our children to get this hatred out of our society and way of our mind. we get here, and we come to a solution and evolve this country to a better one together, not against. >> reporter: since the massacre at mother emanuel a growing bipartisan chorus has been calling for the removal. president obama said taking the
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flag down would not be an insult to those who served. >> it would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought -- the cause of slavery was wrong. >> reporter: the flag is so contentious it take assumer majority, two-thirds vote by both houses of the state legislature to move it. that debate may or may not begin next week. this emotional debate rages on. ron allen columbia, south carolina. well, you heard about recent shark attacks of people. and now another biting on the outer banks. let's look outside. you'll want to watch for puddles and high water if you're headed out. chuck has a closer look at how we'll try out for the rest of
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you're watching "news4 today.." >> welcome back. news reports in taiwan now say nearly 350 people were hurt in an explosion at a water park. take a look here. it happened when party -- when some kind of powder caught fire at a party on stage. it spread through a crowd of a thousand people. more than 80 were seriously hurt. firefighters are working to figure out why that powder exploded. we know what happened during a massacre by a terrorist in
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tunisia. you're looking at new video sent to nbc. people were running away from the hotel and the beach. the attacker used grenades and a gun on the victims before police were able to stop him. in france, investigators are working to figure out whether isis is to blame for another attack. they say a man beheaded his boss, then took a selfie with the corpse on friday. police arrested a truck driver for the killing. they say he sent the gruesome picture to someone with his phone and they're trying to figure out who the recipient was. police in colorado are trying to figure out who is leaving threatening messages on the historical black church. how finding the person behind the threats takes on an all new urgency following the shooting in charleston. >> so a major concern for me was the membership. that their safety would be taken care of. >> reporter: the flyers accused the church of being devils for the kkk. and seem to randomly reference
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colorado springs chief of police pete carey. >> any time you hear kkk especially to a certain culture, that sends a signal to us look out. >> reporter: they also send an eerie threat black men be aware, you are the target. >> you get somebody off the street that read those flyers and think oh, well, i'm going to come and do something about that. well a copycat. >> reporter: another one lists names and organizations like former mayor and the naacp. the flyers were first posted on june 14th, and that was before the charleston church shooting. but the problem got much worse after. >> it wasn't as bad the first week. couple of flyers. second week, flyers everywhere. so to us that was a concern and still is a concern.
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>> reporter: the church said they walk a fine line but are taking action to protect their parishioner parishioners. >> we have ushers on the door, if somebody comes in, what is their business. that's kind of difficult when this is a public place where people come to worship and you welcome everybody in. >> reporter: the continuous threats won't stop the church from gathering at this sunday's services. >> we'll be here. we'll be more aware and more conscious. we know the lord will protect us. >> that was kelsey kenny reporting there. police still don't have any suspects in the case. well, there's been another shark attack on the outer banks and the victim is 17 years old. he was bit on the leg and the arms. another shark bit a man off avon, north carolina that's less than 20 miles from where yesterday's attack happen. both victims had to be airlifted
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to a hospital in virginia. there are seven shark attacks in the past two weeks. making you think twice about hopping in the water and like a man o war wash upped up. >> then the jellyfish. >> the whole pool issue. no one is safe. >> you can't lay in the sun because of skin cancer and sun burn. >> enjoy the day in the water, everybody. >> at least we'll get some sun today, right? >> we will get sunshine. more this afternoon than this morning. this morning still a bit of a cloudy sky to contend with first thing. but here's the best two words i can give you for today. rain over. no more heavy rain coming our way for today. it will be breezy later on this afternoon, but with the return of sunshine and temperatures staying cooler than average, you can open the windows, let a little bit of the dry air into the house and dry things out a little bit. save some money on the a.c. outside, a lot of great pictures sent to me on social media. in lake ridge virginia from
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michelle hemphill meek. their rain gauge is 5 1/2 inches. so if you have pictures to send please feel free to share them with me. forecast on instagram. and over washington there's the sky. yes indeed mostly cloudy for now. clearer skies out to the north and west of downtown d.c. 68 now in washington. winds are for now out of the west at only three. but i promise you the winds will pick up quite a bit late morning into lunch time today. kind of blustery and breezy at times. hagerstown -- and 68 fredericksburg. it's long run on sunday day for a lot of folks and it will be perfect weather for running in the summertime. a nice long run today. temperatures staying mostly low
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to mid 70s this morning. mid to upper 70s for later on this afternoon. highs today, about 78 in frederick, maryland. 74, gaithersburg. 76 in baltimore. 78 in manassas and 80 in washington. that's your highs today. grilling forecast this afternoon, 6:00 79. sun is not down until 8:37. enjoy it. believe it or not, the days are starting to get shorter. here's future weather then. skies will be partly sunny to mostly cloudy this morning. we should be able to clear the skies out by mid to late afternoon. it will be breezy today. clear skies overnight tonight will set the stage for a mild to cool morning tomorrow. then tomorrow afternoon full sunshine for everybody. real chance to start to dry out a bit. seven day forecast time 80 today. in and out of the clouds and the sunshine, but a nice breeze and low humidity. a chance to try things out a bit. just be careful for any high or
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standing water first thing this morning. off and on shower chances but no super soakers there for most of the week. but rain chances tuesday through friday. good weather for the fireworks. >> yeah. we like that. >> yes, we do. >> thank you, chuck. gunshots and gay pride, a lot of panic right there. this shooting that broke up a pride celebration in california. some food for thought why doctors say exercise could hurt
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you're watching "news4 today." >> so it might be time to put away the running shoes, maybe skip the gym and get off the bike. >> check. this is because there's more and more research showing that exercise might not that have that much to do with losing weight. our doreen gentzler explains. >> i had a weight problem since i was a little kid. >> reporter: jay say he used to hit the gym five times a week. everything from lifting weights to cardio. yet this was him, overweight and suffering from high cholesterol and high blood sugar. >> it was very frustrating. >> reporter: just look all around d.c., you will see a lot of people just like jay running biking, buying gym memberships and classes at expensive fitness studios. but experts say if their goal is
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to lose weight, all that exercise might not be helping and could even be causing weight gain. >> the problem is that people often look at exercise as a license to eat. >> reporter: todd miller is associate professor of exercise and nutrition science at george washington university's milken institute school of public health. he says exercise stimulates hunger. so people eat more and usually too much after a workout. to make things worse, moe underestimate the number of calories that going for a run or a cycling class will burn. >> it's hard to burn a lot of calories through exercise. most people don't like to get on the treadmill and run for an hour and only burn 400 calories. >> when it comes to weight loss i think it's probably 75% diet and 25% exercise. >> reporter: registered dietitian judy kaplan hears much of the same thing from her clients. >> i'm following this and following that. and i listen really carefully. i say, just tell me about what you're eating.
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tell me about your life. when i really look at it they're eating way more than they think. they're drinking way more than they think. they don't have a realistic view of what's going on in their life. >> reporter: that's what happened to jay after he met with kaplan he learned he was eating too much. kaplan adjusted his diet, adding foods that made him feel full and cutting out anything he didn't need. >> i did start to lose weight. that was sort of astonishing to me because i had tried so many things over so much time. >> reporter: now 75 pounds lighter, he says he's feeling better than ever. sticking to his diet plan and working out with a personal trainer. >> when i turned 40, i was so much healthier than when i turned 30. it was really amazing. >> reporter: doreen gentzler, news4. >> well they say you are what you eat, right? >> you have to really focus on that. but it's tough. >> i know. >> so hard to do. >> but what's so cool, adam,
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there are so many great apps now. and i actually use one where i write down everything i eat and it will automatically calculate the calories. so there is help out there. there is. >> stick with a plan. all right. breaking news on the lanes. lanes at the icc are closed. >> a deadly crash and a time line for the road to reopen. chaos in california as gun fire erupts during a gay pride celebration. >> let's look outside now. we had some record rainfall come through the area yesterday. but we're going to try to dry
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in today's top stories we are working to find out what caused the deadly crash on i-95. it happened in laurel before the icc. one north lane is shut down right now. we're working to find out how many are inside that car. a ramp on 270 is reopened. someone died by the ramp by middlebrook road overnight. speed was a factor in the crash. and we're watching the skies following the big storms yesterday including a tornado in st. mary's county. a lot to clean up in leonard town, including three homes damaged. today, chuck said sunny weather is on the way. we're glad to hear that.
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welcome back. i'm angie goff. >> i'm adam tuss. and chuck, we have successfully squeegeed every inch out. so we're in good shape. but nothing but sunshine today, right? >> yeah, we'll have to keep wringing the water out of a lot of places for the next couple of hours but at least the rain has stopped. i can actually see beams of sunshine out of our windows here in northwest washington. we will be a bit of sunshine challenged this morning, but more and more sunshine comes in later on this afternoon. still dealing with some areas of high water along the tidal potomac and also seneca creek up in northern frederick county. also the seneca creek here in dawsonville, the western branch in upper marlboro, above the bankful. temperatures are in the 60s. it will be a great day. temperatures mid 60s at 7:00 p.m. mid 70s's at lunch time. up near 80 degrees today. it will be a bit breezy this
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afternoon. so get the kite out and hold on to the kids real tight. well, we are watching for developments in a homicide investigation in bowie. prince george's county police say someone shot and killed 31-year-old terrence demand. police are offering a reward in the case. today, families united by the unsolved murders of the loved ones will hold a vigil. it's at 3:00 p.m. in marvin gay park. milton's family organized the event. police say she was hit by a stray bullet fired by a man afternoon a it the bike. 36 other victims will be remembered at the vigil. we're working to learn in the storms caused this deadly crash in gaithersburg. take a look. it happened on shady grove road and epsilon drive yesterday. the minivan crashed into that toyota camry right there, sending it off the road.
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the woman driving the camry died. the other person was checked out at the hospital and is okay. we learned the name of a woman who was hit and killed. prince george's county police say a driver hit 56-year-old donna clark while she was riding her bike on ritchie highway. two cars were racing right before they hit clark. she died at the hospital. d.c. police are searching for a man who broke into the woman's house and sexuallies is a salted her. this happened on cleveland avenue. police say that the man broke into her home around 4:00 in the murder and took after after attacking her. he's in his early 20s buzz cut style hair and he had a dark colored backpack with him. whoa. scary scene in san francisco where you can hear shots ringing out near a gay pride event. police say the two things were not related however. in fact, the shooting started
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with an argument earlier in the day. a bullet did graze a bystander in the arm. no one else was hurt. well, you may have seen the white house all lit up when the supreme court announced the big decision on same-sex marriage. people are reacting on both sides and kristen welker shows us that they're saying. >> reporter: with same-sex marriage now legal, gay pride celebrations took on new meaning from cincinnati -- >> the fact we can celebrate together and there are no barriers. >> reporter: to san francisco. >> we're on a level playing field. >> historical. like forever. this is forever now. >> i have a great partner. we have been together three years. we take care of each other. we always have each other's backs and now we can do it legally. >> reporter: the white house lit up in pride as couples across the country rushed to make it official. >> you're joined together as wife and wife. >> reporter: they're celebrating
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the new financial advantages. same-sex couples are now eligible for expanded social security benefits which can add tens of thousands of dollars and couples can file joint federal tax returns. and most fully insured medical plans will cover same-sex spouses and creates an easier path to adoption. >> the bottom line is that many cases prefer to place children with married couples. well, suddenly we have a lot more opportunity to have married couples. >> reporter: meanwhile, the ruling has become a lightning rod on the campaign trail with democrats firmly backing it. >> love triumphed in the highest court in our land. >> they live in the real world. they know that times are changing. that the american people want to end discrimination in all forms of life. >> reporter: republicans were unified in the opposition but divided in tone. while conservatives like ted cruz called for a constitutional amendment moderates like chris christie who's expected to announce his candidacy on tuesday had a more measured response.
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>> i think this is something that should be decided by the people of each state. >> i'm informed by my faith about this and i believe in traditional marriage. >> reporter: still the ruling reflects the mind set of most americans who support same-sex marriage. a sea change in american justice and culture. >> i just think we'll only get better and better and freer and freer as a nation. >> nbc's kristen welker reporting. coming up severe weather hit all parts of the country all over, but in phoenix, the rain wasn't the concern. we'll look at the damage coming up. okay, here's a question. have you ever heard of workcation? how it can help you save vacation days and still escape the office. and ouch. the story behind this
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today." >> well, while we saw heavy rainstorms yesterday, phoenix, arizona, dealt with dust storms. take a look. the visibility was absolutely terrible. thousands lost power when the dust storms hit. the national weather service issued a dust storm warning to the people living in the phoenix area urging everyone to stay off the roads and stay indoors. the seattle mariners say robinson cano does not have a concussion. take a look at the yellow circle on your screen right there. you see it right there in the center. okay. so he was hit in the head between innings yesterday. look at the bump on his temple. cano said it's pretty tender but he'll be able to play today. >> here it comes, boom. >> hard to watch. a pilot in the hospital right now after his stunt plane crashed. witnesses say that the pilot was trying to make the plane corkscrew when it dropped out of the sky. take a look at the photo as the
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maneuver failed. the plane landed in nearby trees this happened in missouri. no word on why the crash happened or the pilot's condition right now. coming up a warning about those extended car warranties. the words you need to look out for to make sure you're not targeted. the rain had stopped and sunny skies are replacing yesterday's gray skies. yay.
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you're watching "news4 today.." >> welcome back. the "today" show is next on nbc4. starts at 8:00. >> let's get a preview. erica hill and craig melvin joining us. >> good to see you. >> just ahead, we're following the developing story where a huge fire broke out at a water park. the images are right now, they're grappling with how to care for all those injure. we'll have the latest for you on what happened. also ahead on this sunday morning authorities insist they are now closing in on escaped convict david sweat. they think they have him surrendered at this point in the woods of upstate new york. we are live on the scene. plus you may have seen that sheinelle and dylan and i and a bunch of the other "today" show folks, still ten days sugar de detox. but this morning guys we are going to update you on how we
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did and joy bauer will be in the studio to help us sort of continue with some simple swaths that help us cut down on the sugar. >> see her coming, run the other way because i'm ashamed. we'll introduce you to this guy. he pulled off quite the funny stunt that extremely tall blogger there. he decided to pose as a newly drafted nba player the other night. he acted the part and would other people believe him? you'd be surprised. we'll have much, much more when we get started on a sunday morning here on "today." >> he looks the part. >> he does definitely. >> back to the sugar, how are you feeling? are you feeling great? >> yeah. can i be totally honest with you, i don't put sugar in my cocoffee, and i don't have a huge sweet tooth. we were allowed fruit and wine and i was totally honest with
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joy that's the only one i had and she was okay with it. my neighbor brought a poundcake and i couldn't try it. but it looked good. >> we'll send you a box of doughnuts this morning. >> have a got one. baltimore county police are identifying three officers who shot and killed an unarmed black man. the offers shot spencer mccain on wednesday. they responded to a domestic situation. the officers believed he had a gun but after shooting mccain they discovered he did not have a weapon. the officers are on administrative leave. the tour group that lost some members to the plane crash are at home. take a look. the people on board held a memorial service for the eight passengers who died. two of the people were from our area. glenda and hugo cambiaso lived in montgomery county.
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now the ntsb is analyzing the steep, mountainous terrain in the area. and so you probably received one in the mail, a notice about the car warranty. it either expired or nearing it. i get these all the time. even for cars i don't have anymore. >> absolutely. and consumer reporter erika gonzalez has a warning about scammers who want your money for so-called protection. >> reporter: maggie boyce says she was stunned when she received a notice like this one in the mail. it looked official. and it stated she needed to take immediate action on her subaru outback because the warranty was going to expire. >> a nagging feeling like maybe this could be true. you get the notice and it's talking about the warranty and that you need to react. so you don't even sort of think through. >> reporter: and the notices kept on coming. >> i think over a period of six months i got at least six to eight. >> reporter: but boys said something didn't make sense.
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she only had 15,000 miles on her car. >> i was concerned and i looked at it and then i was trying to figure it out. >> reporter: vehicle warranties come directly from the manufacturer. these mailing may look official and they have the make and model of your car but there's no return address. >> there's the key question, who is sending you this mailing? >> reporter: daniel hanks is a consumer protection attorney. >> most of the mailings are designed to create the impression they're coming from the car owner's manufacturer or dealer or local dmv, but a lot of times that isn't true. >> reporter: hanks warned about paying a company for coverage but when something goes wrong, you learn your car problem is not covered. >> very lavish promises about bumper to bumper coverage. and sometimes consumers who pay the money find out that they're getting a lot less. >> reporter: so what are the red flags you should look for? hank says the sense of urgency, warnings like time sensitive.
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call immediately or final notice. sometimes these pitches come by way of robocalls. >> we have shut down operations that were responsible for tens or hundreds of thousands of deceptive mailings and responsible for upwards of a million deceptive phone calls per day. >> reporter: you can avoid a scam by first looking at the status of your vehicle's warranty. contact the manufacturer or dealer or look at your owner's manual. as for boys she made some calls and then made a smart decision. >> then a little light bulb popped off in my head this could be fraud. so i did throw it away. >> reporter: erika gonzalez news4. well, if you're worried about using up all of your vacation days this year, the "wall street journal" says workcations are getting more and more popular. that's where you go somewhere you like when you're on vacation, except you're doing work and checking e-mail and phoning in to conference calls. the "wall street journal" says a
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workcation can be a good way to travel you don't want to always be tied to your job while you're away. >> so if you get paid while on a workcation -- >> a place like you're on vacation. >> the boss would say it's called paid leave. >> yeah. >> you're paid to be there. >> how about just a vacation? >> vacation is nice. >> no kidding. >> how are the vacation spots going to look today? >> pretty good. i was trying to think, after yesterday what constitutes good? you're sitting on the lawn for a picnic today, have a layer of plastic down because everybody's yard is sopping wet from the inundation of rainfall yesterday. how much rain did we get? check out some of the numbers this morning. the gloomy june has been a crazy one for rainfall. 2.75 inches of rain adorational
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national yesterday. over three at bwi. and it's the second rainiest june in record in washington. records go back to 1872 and bwi marshall, number one, the old record for the rainiest came with hurricane agnus in june of 1972. it was under ten inches of rain that month. a lot of folks out yesterday dealing with the rain. twitter follower, their storm water management held up well yesterday. if your backyard storm management could hold up through yesterday's deluge, you did something right in the backyard. instagram, and @chuck bell for how you dealt with the rain drops yesterday. there's the sky, still mostly cloudy over washington. we will have a partly to mostly cloudy morning. we should have a partly becoming a mostly sunny around. winds rntsdz -- aren't too much
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of an issue just yet. winds out of the west averaging 15 to 25 mile per hour. sunshine is coming back and cooler than average. we'll be about ten degrees cooler than average for highs today. save money on the air conditioning bill. high impact weather day and today nice and low. becoming sunny and breezy this afternoon. temperatures mid to upper 60s around the metro area now. high temperatures will be in the upper 70s to 80 degrees. highs today mid to upper 70s. 78, frederick. 79 waldorf and rain chances this week. nothing to worry about today or tomorrow. as we get towards tuesday, wednesday and thursday a little better chance for some afternoon showers and thundershowers around. but late in the week into saturday which is july the 4th, rain chances going back down
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once again. we should stay dry on the fourth of july. if you're traveling today, back to the business trip perhaps or one of the workcations, showers out to chicago. a lot of heavy rain into upstate new york and for us, really not a whole lot to worry about around here. we'll be dry for today and for tomorrow. here's that all-important seven day forecast. save money on the a.c. open the windows, enjoy the weather today, tonight and tomorrow and then we have to close it back up for tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday. no solid soakers there. just afternoon showers. >> all right. thanks, chuck. well, what's the last great find that you made? >> yesterday, my old debit card. which i swore i left at a drive through and i berated the people at the drive through for months. it was in my vest. it was so cold yesterday and there it was. >> oh. >> a second part to the tease. >> yeah. one woman's unusual find inside
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got some breaking news to update you on. one person is dead after this crash in i-95. it happened in laurel before the icc. one northbound lane just reopened after being shut down for hours. a woman at state park in arkansas found a diamond that is going into the record books. the 8.52 carat white diamond was found at crater of diamonds
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state park. >> it's the size of a quarter here. the fifth largest found by a park visitor since the park opened in 1972. the woman unearthed the diamond after only 20 minutes of digging, lucky her. >> i know. >> no word on how much that diamond is worth. but -- >> now there's a huge rush. >> showing up with their shovels. >> you were happy about finding your debit card. finding an 8 carat diamond? >> can you imagine? >> we'll find the sunshine today. >> yes. eventually. >> it's coming out. >> thanks for joining us.
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breaking overnight a horrific fire at the water park in taiwan. urn itting an evening of fun into sheer panic. at least 500 are injured. many of them seriously. we'll have the latest. surrounded? authorities in upstate new york believe they have convicted killer david sweat cornered this morning. >> we'll search the perimeter hard. a 22-square mile area being scoured for any sign of the suspicious killer. as we learn more how police tracked down his accomplice. terror in the water, beach goers on high alert after another shark attack off

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