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mine in a positive way. >> reporter: the shots may seem simple, but it can take days of waiting for the right conditions. >> no, it's not just standing there taking your picture with your friends. there's a lot of behind the screens work, you know, the location, maybe the weather's not working out. so there's a lot of factors that play into just one shot. >> reporter: in hollywood, adam housley, fox news. >> here's brian now with the news edge at 11:00. the news edge working several big stories, on deck tonight a big step toward a billion dollar casino on the shores of the potomac. a well known journalist who won a pulitzer prize of the washington post died. minutes ago bobby brown took the stage in maryland with a tribute to whitney houston. we'll begin with a scary crime spree in the district, five armed robberies in 24 hours, fox 5's audrey barnes working that. >> these robberies have gone on
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for weeks, but what makes these latest five so scary are two things, a lone suspect brandishes a handgun and all but one of the crimes happened just after sunrise. the corner of 15th street and chapin is a target rich environment for street thieves looking for smartphones and other electronics to steal even during the day. a bandit robbed a man at gunpoint wednesday at 8 a.m. >> i'm actually not surprised it happened to my co-worker two nights ago. she was walking with her phone and someone came running behind, grabbed the phone and kept running. >> reporter: there have been five similar crimes in the northwest the last two days on 12th, 15th , 16th, 20th and connecticut avenue in northwest. councilwoman mary cheh says her office is being swamped with calls and e-mails from residents who say the spike in crime is threatening their way of life. >> people are saying that they're afraid to go out and walk the dog. they're afraid to go out running in the morning. this general sort of fear that has taken over. >> reporter: cheh is
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organizing a town hall meeting hopefully for next week. so residents can hear firsthand how police are trying to stop the crime. >> what i want to do is get the police officials out in front of the residents, tell them what they know, what they're doing about it and also tell them what they can do to protect themself. >> reporter: police chief cathy lanier has already said she's making suspicious activity calls to 911 top priority, so if you see something, say something. response time is usually within five to seven minutes. residents like those who walk and jog around meridian park in northwest, the scene of one of the robberies, have to be more vigilant, too, about their personal safety. >> i walk through the park during the daytime, but after that once i leave the studio i try to either go down to one of the next main streets to walk around the park just so that there's more people around. it is still really scary. >> my girl friend just moved here a few days ago and i told her be careful when you're walking around on your phone because you're not paying
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attention. you do have to be more aware. >> police are making arrests, but it hasn't stopped the street crime. cheh says so far no one has been hurt, but she's afraid it's just a matter of time before that changes, too. more now on a story seen only on fox 5, spotsylvania county police are looking for a pair of gunmen caught on camera robbing a cash checking business in fredericksburg. it happened this morning. surveillance video shows what happens when a man on plank road opened the door. the first gunman surprised him from behind and later a second appeared. the manager was tied up and not seriously hurt. prosecutors want former prince george's county executive jack johnson to pay a $100,000 fine before he goes to prison. prosecutors say johnson has the money to pay the fine, but last month he asked to defer payments until after his prison time. johnson was sentenced to seven years for extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
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he's scheduled to begin his sentence on saturday. imagine a billion dollar high end casino at the national harbor. it's been talked of before. now prince george's county executive rushern baker is throwing his support behind the idea. fox 5's karen gray houston with details. >> for the 10 years rushern baker was a maryland state delegate he was opposed to slots. apparently he's had a change of heart. now he wants a world class casino to attract tourists from all over the country. what rushern baker envisions at national harbor is big time and up scale like vegas with slots and table games like blackjack and roulette and hotel rooms. baker had a consultant do an analysis which found the casino could generate nearly $29 million in gaming revenue for the county. the county exec wants 20% of that dedicated to nonprofit, 40% to addressing housing issues specifically related to foreclosures and another 40% for economic development. we asked some folks at the harbor tonight what they think
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of that plan. >> i think it's an amazing idea. this place as wonderful as it is, it's gorgeous and attracts tons of people and if they brought a casino in, not only would we have an even better nightlife, it could bring in so much revenue. >> not being from the area but from what i understand, pg county schools could use some of that money. >> i think it's awesome. brings people back down into the national harbor, brings business back in here, kind of pulls -- keeps people local and so they're not traveling to dover or whatever. >> the county exec is lobbying for changes to the current gaming bill and he opposes any efforts to have proceeds pay for a new regional medical center. the weather team keeping a close eye on the radar tonight. the rain that hung around most of today is gone, but it looks like we could see some snow this weekend depending how things go. sue palka is tracking the very latest. >> thank you for sticking in the last part of the phrase. yeah, we are still over 48
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hours away. what we're seeing tonight would lead us to believe we have the better significant potential for snow than we've seen all winter long. let me show you where we will watch for our potential storm. we usually get good snowstorms when they're out of the gulf of mexico. this energy is coming out of el paso area. it will move to the gulf of mexico and sit there and cook itself up. we'll probably begin to see a little better organization tomorrow night and then into saturday. at that point it will get on the move. this will really be a sunday storm for us. it's mostly sunday afternoon where we'll likely see rain changing over to some snow. the way things look now. we'll have to continue to follow the trends because we're way out ahead of this one. confidence has improved tonight as we see our models coming into a little better agreement this will be a southern track, more favorable for a rain changing over to snow scenario for us. saturday stays mild and dry, maybe some rain overnight.
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sunday when we see rain changing to snow and, of course, accumulation depends on track, but i would say it's the best chance we've had so far this winter to see anything of at least some significance, maybe not one for the record books, but certainly maybe enough to shovel in many areas. i'll keep you posted and have more details when i join you upstairs. breaking news overseas, a well known journalist whoworked laura evans is everywhere at 11:00. >> new york times correspondent anthony shadeed died while on a reporting assignment there. the 43-year-old suffered an apparent asthma attack. he was gathering information on resistance to the syrian government. he worked for the post between 2003 and 2009 and won a pulitzer prize in '04 and 2010 for his coverage of the iraq war. first responders coming together today for a friend's funeral. paramedic josh weissman died last week. he was responding to a car fire when he fell through a small gap on a bridge on i-395.
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the entire alexandria fire department was at the funeral today while firefighters from four nearby virginia counties volunteered to man the alexandria station. aretha franklin, stevie wonder will sing at whitney houston's funeral saturday. the publicist confirms invitations were sent to houston's ex-husband bobby brown and her co-star in the bodyguard kevin costner as well as oprah winfrey. fans will be kept far away. the streets will be shut down for 6 square blocks around the church. bobby brown performing in d.c. tonight, at least upper marlboro. just took the stage, did a tribute to whitney houston. you'll see it next. plus pitiful attempt at a roned when a gunman barged into that bar and check down our rundown. we're back. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00. ♪
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caught on camera, a robber failing miserably. this is surveillance video from a bar in the netherlands. that's not the right video. but if you were watching it now a masked man would storm in, wave a gun demanding money instead of staring at the back of the car.
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wonder what that story. is looks like there's some drugs in there perhaps. anyway the robber asked for cigarettes and the bartender told him to get out of there. let's move on. come back to me. in tonight's fox 5 top five a consumer alert about cell phone apps plus a candy bar is getting smaller. shawn yancy has the details. >> up first tonight concerns about apps aimed at your children. no. 5, there's an app for that, but is it safe? a report by the federal trade commission found there's little to no information from app developers and app stores about how data collected from children is used. some apps can collect address book entries, call logs, calendar appointments and location information. no. 4, snickers are slimming down. mars candy is pulling the plug on its 500 plus calorie king size snickers bars. it's part of a new health initiative. mars will cut transfats and reduce sodium in products by 25%. no. 3, high levels of arsenic have been detected in infant formula
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and also in organic cereal bars. both contain organic brown rice syrup. arsenic is a chemical linked to cancer, chronic diseases and developmental defects. no. 2, the cost of an airplane ticket is jumping again. this time discount carriers jetblue and southwest are leading the charge boosting fares by $10 per round trip. united, delta, american and u.s. airways quickly followed suit. no. 1, the government is asking automakers to cut down on hi- tech gadget cars that have dashboards that allow things like text messaging, gps images, phone calls and web surfing. officials are concerned the distractions will lead to more accidents on the road and want automakers to disable those devices while the car is in motion. that's tonight's fox 5 top five. whitney houston's ex- husband bobby brown is in town tonight. the singer just performed with his group new edition in upper marlboro and opened the concert
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with a tribute to whitney houston. fox 5's maureen umeh was there. >> reporter: the concert just let out. people are leaving the arena stage now and you're right, bobby brown did a tribute to whitney houston. a lot of fans weren't sure if he would show up tonight, but did he and thanked them for their support. [ cheering and applause ] >> reporter: for the first time since his ex-wife whitney houston's death bobby brown was back on stage in concert with his former group new edition. brown thanked his family and friends for their ongoing support. >> i'd like to say thank you to you friends. i'd like to say thank you to you. >> reporter: brown appeared in good spirits performing the song with the group before addressing the crowd. he told fans life is life and sometimes you have to move on. many who came to the concert
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came with heavy hearts but were glad to see brown with new edition performing during a difficult time. >> my heart really goes out to bobby brown and his family. i think it's going to be a hard show for him, but i'm sure he's going to come with his energy that he always does. >> i feel bad for him. i really do. he and his family, my heart goes out to all of them. >> reporter: a lot of people thought tonight's concert was going to be sad, but there was a mood of celebration with a lot of people eager to see bobby brown and his band. i did a wonderful job, a lot of people -- he did a wonderful job, a lot of people pleased he was able to push through the pain he's feeling for them. maureen umeh, fox 5 news. >> i know you get a new update about this time every night. >> yeah. >> how's it looking? >> i think those two models, again the late run of another
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one i'm kind inform favor of and i think it's still on -- kind of in favor of and i think it's still on board for sunday, kind of a wet snow. we'll see what happens tomorrow, too but we get excited when the models come together on a solution. that's what we're beginning to see. so that means confidence is going up. i hope you can see it. we can here in the studio. there's a little light fog around the region tonight. it's a little thicker traveling south on 95. we start you out with a look at a dense fog advisory that has been issued, again south of d.c., king george, you're in on that and stafford, you may see this getting expanded, but visibilities down here may drop to 1/4-mile tonight. heads up if your commute takes you south. all of us will see light fog and in some spots it could be thicker coming from the departed rain showers we had around the region. that moisture is trapped at the low levels and still a little shower activity in the mountains, but that will likely not get in here tonight, but we
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will have the fog to deal with. i think the fog will get blown out of town fairly early tomorrow morning because the winds will pick up. then we turn our attention to the deep south watching this piece of energy which will eventually become probably our coastal storm on sunday. that's going to be moving to the gulf of mexico, picks up more moisture, strengthens and begins heading our direction late saturday night. i don't think you have to worry about anything for saturday. it looks like some rain will get in here the overnight hours heading into sunday. then we'll see if that storm can find cold enough air to do the changeover. 43 degrees here in the district. it's not a cold night, so even if we have a little leftover moisture we don't think it's going to get cold enough to cause any slick spots. tomorrow will be a nice bright day albeit on the breezy side. high pressure will eventually move out of the picture and allow our storm system on saturday to have an opening to start making that turn and coming up closer to the virginia/north carolina border,
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a real favorable position typically for us. your saturday again want to emphasize probably dry day, maybe mostly cloudy, especially by afternoon. looks like the first moisture won't get into the overnight hours and again starts out liquid even on sunday we think. for tonight some dense fog around becoming partly cloudy and that's the reason why the fog is coming in as the skies clear. we see that fog developing. 39 degrees for the district tonight. tomorrow sun is back with a gusty breeze, our temperature 54 degrees, still above normal and guess what? even saturday's temperature looks above normal which i'll show you in a moment. a sunny windy day at 8 a.m., about 40 degrees. by noon is when we start to really notice the breeze, temperature 50 degrees and by 4:00 still nice and bright. our temperature is 53 degrees. i wanted to show you again the latest surface features for saturday night. our storm tracks are tightening which means they're getting closer and closer together which indicates to us the models are starting to come together on a solution of a southern track for this storm
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system. this particular model this far south one is a faster solution, but it would still be rain to notice and this one moves a little slower but also produces that rain to snow scenario. on this track now we're going to keep that snow in the forecast for sunday and we've got our two more days and even part of sunday to keep a close eye on that. temperature 43 degrees. it wouldn't be till later in the day for that to start accumulating starting on grassy areas. presidents day, glad it's the three-day weekend. so no matter what we get on sunday perhaps you can sit back and enjoy it because we're back to 50 degrees by tuesday. that's weather but dave has a lot going on in sports. >> this is the verizon 4g lte sports desk with dave feldman. >> good evening. the maryland terrapins had a nice recipe for getting over the duke blues. the blue devils you remember beat the terps by 18 on saturday, but today college boston reverse it. boston college came to college park and with three acc wins
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the eagles aren't scaring anybody. terrell stoglund, drains the three-pointer in the 1st half. all 14 were scored by stoglund who had a game high 24. terps in the lead at the break. 2nd half mayor goes on to win 81 -- maryland goes on to win 81-65. wild one in tall's tonight virginia tech facing florida state. hokies led by as much as 15 in the 2nd half but michael snare makes the three to give fsu the one-point lead. eric green shot at the other end, it's off the mark. seminoles stun the hokies 48- 47. no. 10 georgetown visits providence saturday night. the hoyas are 9-4 in the big east tied for fourth in the conference. a top four spot is significant because it guarantees a double
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bye and a spot in the quarterfinals in the big east tournament. head coach john thompson, iii wants his players focused on providence and not the standings. >> when you start looking at the big picture, that can consume you. so we just take care of what happens next. when the regular season is over, we'll see where we stand. so we're not thinking about five games left, double byes. we're thinking about the next one. women's hoops maryland defeated virginia 73-56 for brenda frese's 300th career victory. still ahead has former rock stardom gone to ovie's head? people! look at you!
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welcome back. the caps are starting to fight amongst themselves. time will tell if that works to their advantage, but at today's morning skate alex ovechkin and dennis wideman took turns slashing, shouting and verbally greeting each other in an unfriendly manner. gm george mcphee says that might not be a bad thing. ovie perhaps a little irritable by the comments made yesterday by current goaltender coach. part of what was said included. this for alex it's a work ethic. he has to get back to the way he was in the younger days and not get wrapped up too much in the rock star status that comes with being aleck ovechkin. today -- alex ovechkin. today some reaction.
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>> yeah. i just want to look like him. he's a rock star, so actually he was a rock star and right now he's on retirement. you know >> i don't disagree with anything he said and what we have to understand is olie had one of the highest work ethics of any player we've ever seen. it's hard for anybody to match his level and he holds everybody to that standard, but you look at a player like ovechkin, he wouldn't be who he is if he didn't work hard and there are nightt be giving it e but your skill makes a difference and you help your club win a game, but what we all learn is you have to be reminded once in a while if you're working hard all the time, that's when you become unstoppable. baseball news, gary carter, the hall of fame catcher who became a world series hero with the mets has died from a brain tumor. he was only 57. carter was an 11 time all-star
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and three time gold glove winner. his bottom of the 10th inning single in game 6 of the 1986 world series helped the mets rally against the red sox and eventually beat them. nobody loved the game of baseball more than gary carter said his former teammate tom seever. he wore his heart on his sleeve. everyone played hard, but he played the hardest. i'm dave feldman. that's sports. >> the verizon 4g lte sports desk brought to you by verizon 4g lte, america's fastest 4g network. my auction ends in 15 seconds ! even worse, my buddy's bidding on the same lunchbox ! it's airbrushed ! but i've got verizon 4g lte. it's so fast, i can outbid him at the last second. i got it ! yes ! woo hoo ! it's got a thermos ! rely on verizon, america's largest 4g lte network. because only the fastest survive. okay, people, let's get started.
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a little bit of a bumpy ride, but we made it to the end. thanks so much for joining us as always. back here tomorrow. hope you will be, too. see you. >> fox 5 news isn't over. go to www.myfoxdc.com now for news, weather and entertainment updates. fox 5 news is washington's best news on air and online at www.myfoxdc.com brought to you by verizon 4g lte. brad, where we going? just a second. just, just one second. ♪

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