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right now on "news 4 this week" changes at two key metro stations. how the agency could make some money and you could benefit even if you don't live there. bridge repairs. a status update on the major rehabilitation of an iconic washington crossing. and team building. the new effort to get the redskins to change their name. and it all centers around a new stadium deal. >> welcome to "news 4 this week." hi, i'm chris lawrence. we begin with metro. specifically the land that surrounds a lot of the metro stations. the transit agency is looking to sell off some of that property at two stations in maryland to make some money. transportation reporter explace how it could change your whole experien
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transportation. >> reporter: take away parking at metro and put up new buildings. it's a polarizing topic. >> i think you probably need the parking. >> instead of a development? >> i think we have a lot of developments around here. >> reporter: others want the development and are willing to pay to live and work near the train. >> i enjoy the freedom of being able to take mass transit. works for me. that's why i'm here riding the red line. >> reporter: when you think about metro you might not think about real estate. make no mistake about it, the transit agency has a lot of real estate it owns like here at the grosvenor station and it could be changing. metro park station, all the land metro's making at looking land deals. these are some of the concepts for the two stations, a way for cash-strapped metro to get revenue and for these communities to get a new destination. casey anderson is member of the montgomery county planning board. he says even with all the construction in our area right now, there is still pent
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>> almost all of the new office space getting built, not just in the county, in the d.c. region, is either right on top of or very close to metro. >> now these plans are in the early stages but if they do happen, you may get a benefit even if you don't live here. retail shops and food and beverage shops would be tested as part of a new concept for development around metro. planners also say they'll be keeping a close eye on how any new development could affect traffic on already nearby busy roads. along the red line, adam tuft, news 4. speaking of traffic. this week repair plans for the arlington memorial bridge took another step forward. the national park service says the planning is done and now it's time for the design phase and taking bids. sharmari stone explains what's next for drivers. >> frustrating. >> reporter: adam newbauer commutes every day on the arlington memorial bridge. he hates traffic. >> for the most part around here --
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anything, it's just random slowness. people changing lanes. >> reporter: and his family is not looking forward to bridge repairs starting next year, potentially causing traffic backups. >> that impacts our family. that makes our evening longer. >> reporter: according to aaa, arlington memorial bridge carries about 54,000 vehicles a day. >> we're going to have traffic backups, we're talking about lane closures, sidewalk closures. it's going to impact every transportation mode. >> reporter: but the repairs are needed. in 2015, we got a look at the rust and deterioration inside the arlington memorial bridge. the national park service says it's completed the planning process for fixing it. soon crews will replace the aging bridge components, concrete archers, travel lanes, the bridge deck, and sidewalks. aaa says it
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despite the hassle, adam newbauer understands. >> repairs are necessary. >> reporter: just down the river scaffolding going up around the key bridge for repairs there. the national park service and d-dot says the two projects should not overlap and they'll work closely to find ways to minimize traffic disruptions. all right, this week there was a growing call for d.c., maryland, and virginia to team up and try to get the washington redskins to change their name. as tom sherwood reports they're hoping to use a new stadium as the major incentive. >> reporter: the aging rfk stadium holds a storybook tale of the football glory here until the team left in the late '90s. but the redskins team name remains a continuing controversy. >> the team with such a racist and derogatory name -- >> reporter: d.c. councilmember david grasso announced he's joining an effort to have
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maryland, and virginia all agree to withhold any development funds from the belty team as it looks to build a new stadium in the region. maryland house delegate david moon of tacoma park is pursuing the idea in anap lis and joined grasso. >> to be perfectly frank i'm here today trying to head off a fleecing of the region's taxpayers by dan snider and the washington football team -- >> reporter: the legislators acknowledge a tough road ahead. virginia governor terry mcauliffe actively is pursuing the team for loudoun county and no significant public opposition how soon emerged in that state. >> i know they're also looking at maryland, d.c., as they should. >> reporter: in the district, every mayor since tony williams has sought to bring the team back to a new facility at rfk. even a new $500 million plan to redevelop the rfk area will retail space, parks and ball fields also includes space for a 70,000-seat stadium. veteran councilmember jack evans supports a team-paid stadium at
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its out, the multi-billion dollar business belongs in d.c. >> we don't want to lose the opportunity to have the team in the city, and have it go somewhere else and the name changes, that would be ridiculous. >> reporter: it's unclear when or if maryland, d.c. or virginia would take up the proposed agreement. in the district, tom sherwood, news 4. still ahead, we'll show you a new treatment for a common eye disease most folks don't even know they have. students forced to hold classes in a different school after a bedbug infestation. we'll tell you how long it could take to fix that problem.
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there's a new documentary coming out about president obama's time in office. this week the national museum of american history held a special screening of "the obama years: the power of words." it's a look at the president's legacy highlighting some of his more than 3,500 speeches and statements over eight years. the film makes its
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debut february 27th on the smithsonian channel. students at saboy elementary school in the district will be attending class in a different place the next few weeks. savoy students are holding classes at the fair be hope recreation center in southeast d.c. school officials decided to close savoy last week to be treated for bedbugs and rodents. >> been going there since kindergarten. we love everybody, we saw some of the old teachers come back to help out with the situation, which is great. >> school officials hope to have students back at savoy by the end of the month. the clock is ticking in south korea. this week we marked one year until the winter olympics in pyeongchang. a 14-foot countdown clock was unveiled in the capital of seoul. it will run until march 20th, 2018, when the paralympics come to an end. >> this is the mayor
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olympic winter games, pyeongchang, 2018, which will be a truly great moment in the sporting history. it marks the final stretch of preparations. >> unlike other recent olympics, all the venues are either ready or ahead of schedule. it's so small you can barely see it. coming up, news 4 shows us a new treatment for glaucoma that's seen a lot of success at local hospitals. a lesson in the the arts becomes a treat for some d.c. schoolkids. we'll show you their performance with some of the country's top musicians.
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in "news for your health," 3 million americans most likely have glaucoma but a lot of them don't realize it. that can be dangerous. untreated glaucoma can lead to blindness. this week we learned about a new device being used
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disease. we spoke to local patients who have seen a lot of success with this new device. >> reporter: this is the smallest implantable medical device in the world. >> smaller than the lettering on a penny. >> reporter: small but mighty. this tiny device can help save your eyesight. >> pressure in the eye. i know it's something you don't want. >> reporter: henry clark was diagnosed with glaucoma about six years ago. >> my ophthalmologist gave me eyedrops for it. >> reporter: glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by pressure behind the eye. that can damage the optic nerve, resulting in possible loss of your eyesight. glaucoma has been called the silent thief of vision because it's so hard to detect. >> one of the major problems as it relates to glaucoma is that the symptoms are minimal. >> reporter: to diagnose it, a pressure test can be done during an eye exam. there is no cure. so early detection is key. glaucoma is typically treated with drops or
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>> the eye stent is recommended for patients with mild to moderate glaucoma. the stent is being placed in the drain. this is the space between the cornea, which is the front window to the eye, and i the iris. within that angle is where fluid exits the eye and therefore controls how much pressure we have in the eye. that is where the stent is going to be placed. >> reporter: the tiny device is implanted permanently, but the fda has approved the procedure to be done only along with cataract surgery. >> and when i came to dr. solomon for the cataract surgery, he said he could put in tents that would help with glaucoma, so that's what he did. >> since we knew we were going to proceed with cataract surgery, we talked a little bit more about what it may be and how the benefits of the eye stent may play out for him. >> reporter: he had the surgery in 2015 and so far the benefits seem to have played out well. >> no pain, no irritation. >> reporter: although the device was approved four years ago, dr. lo
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more about it now. >> now we're seeing patients coming in asking about it. >> recovering from that surgery only takes a few days. some but not all health insurance companies will cover the costs. hundreds more jobs are being cut from metro and more cut is could be coming. some week the general manager announced 2 hundred positions have been eliminated. a lot of them positions that are currently unfilled. the agency already cut 500 jobs last year and as many as 300 more could be eliminated. metro is trying to close more than $300 million budget shortfall. some lucky kids across the country are getting an invaluable education in the arts thanks to a program under way in 15 states and the district. the program is in its second year now in bunker hill elementary school and teachers say they're already seeing improvement in every subject. this was barbara harrison getting a closer look this week. >> reporter: simpson was ready r
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bunker hill elementary had been decorated wall to wall with student artwork. while ravel and his good friend zaden willings waited they talked about what was going on. >> today we'll be showing all of you great people about this great school. >> who are the great people who are here? >> yo yo ma, joshua bell. joshua bell is a violinest, yo yo ma is a cellist. >> reporter: garibaldi among the guests. lavelle said it was going to be an exciting day. >> i get to do three different things. i get to step. >> reporter: and zaden -- >> same as him, just different. i get to be a student ambassador. >> reporter: he welcomed yo yo ma. zaden greeted joshua bell. >> i'm joshua. >> bell! >> reporter: first stop for the visitors, a classroom where students use music and art for lessons in many subjects. it's part of the
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classrooms across the country to improve academic achievement through the arts. >> what we see is that children who are having fun and the skills that they learn in the arts translate into all the other subjects. >> it makes it better because it relates to our subjects like math. when i do step, i do different angles. also my violin when i have to hold the violin different positions. >> reporter: one more thing ravel and zaden would do on this special day. >> i get to do two concerts with yo yo ma and joshua bell. >> reporter: led by the school's orchestra conductor, they first played for the guests. and then with the guests. ♪ the day ended in the school auditorium. first garibaldi painting demonstration. then a concert. >> everybody's exposed to music but it's actually about choosing to spend some time focusing on
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see and feel more. >> i think it's the most important thing in a human being's life is to have art expression. they learn about everything through this forum. >> reporter: the turnaround program sees art and music reaching the soul and helping students learn who they are and how they fit into the world. >> cool is an understatement. you know, there are five turnaround art schools in d.c. bunker hill, noyez, turner, molton. and one turnaround arts pilot school, savoy elementary. when we come back, a special honor for a woman in virginia who has been a guiding force for students each and every day of the school year.
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you may have noticed there are more international flights out of dwi marshall. the airport says that's part of the reason more people are flying through baltimore than ever before. this week, maryland
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larry hogan announced more than 23 million people flew through bwi in 2015, which is a record. airport officials say international traffic is up more than 30%, dramatically boosting the irpt's total number of passengers. an arlington county crossing guard received a major honor this week. she was one of six recognized by v-dot for her dedication, service, and attitude. the guard receiving the award on crossing guard appreciation day and bureau reporter david colbert introduces us to the woman who safely guides kids from one end of the street to the other. >> reporter: from arrival -- >> thank you! >> you're welcome. >> reporter: -- to dismissal. >> okay! >> reporter: she's that guiding force outside arlington's ash lawn elementary school. >> hi! >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: meet miss amade nanez. >> someone who starts
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>> she's so happy, doesn't matter what the weather is. >> reporter: for three years this wife and mother of two from el salvador has cherished her job. >> congratulations! >> thank you so much. >> reporter: but suddenly she's starting to get more praise, more attention, than she's used to. >> oh, look! yay! >> they were saying congratulations. and i said, what? and then i asked why, and they told me where to go to find it out. >> reporter: ana among the last to find out. she's been named a most outstanding crossing guard by v-dot. >> it's been hard for me, you know. it's special when you don't know that much english. but people here are so wonderful. >> and i actually trained her when she came, so i got the pleasure of getting to really know her. >> you're feeling really proud? >> right. >> wait, wait. >> reporter: one little boy
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thank you. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: she's trying to take it all in. >> it made me so happy. and i never know that the people appreciate me this much. >> reporter: in arlington, david culver, news 4. >> you can tell just how much people appreciate her. that's all for news 4 this week. i'm chris lawrence. we're going to leave you with pictures of that baby panda cub bao-bao who's going to be leaving the national zoo for china later this month. thanks for joining us. have a great week.
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watching television that'sis educational and informational. the more you know on nbc. lauren: hi, i'm lauren thompson, and heart of a champion starts right now. today, see how wide receiver vincent jackson is supporting america's armed forces and their families. vincent: this is a big military town. everything is about being hands-on, talking to military families, military personnel, getting direct feedback, and trying to put that to use. lauren: then, golfer justin rose opens up about an emotional tribute to his father. justin: the relationship we had, the bond we had, all unbelievable. when i look back at it, i'm grateful for what i was able to achieve in that short period of time to give him peace of mind. lauren: and later, we head across the pond with mary carillo for a fascinating history lesson on olympic curling. mary: every rock thrown during the winter games begins its backswing here on the lonely island of

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