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day bus tour that includes stops in virginia. the first order of business, however, is north carolina. a state where the president narrowly won in the last election. danielle nottingham has more. >> reporter: president obama traveled to asheville, north carolina. the first stop on a three day road trip to push congress to pass his jobs legislation. >> i'll be doing a little bit of talking but mostly, i'll be doing a whole lot of listening. because there doesn't seem to be much listening going on in washington these days. >> if the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: senate republicans blocked his $447 billion jobs package last week. now the president wants lawmakers to pass legislation in pieces, including a $50 billion infrastructure bill. money that could be used to build a new runway at asheville's airport and create construction jobs. >> we can't do nothing. too many folks are hurting out there to do nothing. >> reporter: the president will
board a bus and take his case on the road. making several stops in north carolina and virginia. the white house says the trip is strictly about jobs, but republicans say the bus tour looks a lot more like a campaign swing. >> we want the president to work with us. we want him to stop the campaigning. >> reporter: heading into the 2012 election, the president will have to rebuild support to win the two battleground states again. the latest polls show his approval rating is just 42% in north carolina, and 45% in virginia. >> thank you north carolina. >> reporter: the president says congress needs to pass his jobs legislation as soon as possible. but it is likely lawmakers won't start considering key components until next month. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. traffic is moving again in camp springs, maryland, after a morning accident. a rig struck a bridge on allentown road and lost its
load. the accident shut down the road for much of the rush hour. the driver of the tractor trailer was able to walk away unharmed. a man accused of trying to blow-up his home, oh, i'm sorry. let me tell you about this first. traffic was also tied-up on i 295 south after a massive pothole opened up overnight. the slow lane was shut down throughout the morning as crews worked to repair the six foot-wide hole. the road underneath the heavy pass on south capital street, was also closed. dc police were worried about gravel and rocks falling through the hole and landing on cars underneath. no one was injured, but several cars did have minor damage. all right. a man accused of trying to blow-up his home sparked a large apartment fire in boston. the six alarm fire broke out early this morning, in rocks
bury. police say a man who showed up with burns at boston medical center said he tried to blow-up his own apartment. residents reported hearing an explosion around 1:00 a.m. a dozen people were rushed to nearby hospitals, including two firemen. today marks the one month anniversary of the occupy wall street movement. with $300,000 in donations, and plenty of supplies, demonstrators say they are going strong. 175 protesters, however, were arrested in chicago this weekend. most were later charged with misdemeanors. the protest turned violent, however in italy, after a hard core group of radicals were in a peaceful demonstration. author, activist and
princeton university professor cornell west was among 19 people who were arrested yesterday while protesting on the steps of the supreme court. the demonstrators are a part of the stop the machine protest against corporate influence in politics. west is a well-known academic professor, whose books include "race matters "and "democracy matters." we have a programming note for you. tonight at 7:00 p.m. we will broadcast dr. martin luther king's i have a dream speech. television stations are rarely allowed to slow the speech, but following yesterday's dedication of the dr. martin luther king jr. memorial, his family is allowing us to show it. so you can set your dvr, and make sure that you are watching tonight on 9news now at 7:00 p.m., for this rare opportunity to witness a piece of history. redskins fans want to know who the team's quarterback is
going to be next sunday. rex grossman was benched yesterday, after he threw four interceptions. that makes 11 turnovers in five games. the redskins's defense stepped up to keep philadelphia scoreless in the second half, but john beck couldn't pull off the miracle finish. and so the redskins lost, 20- 13. both redskins quarterbacks talked about the game. >> it is what it is. you know, it was a bad game. got to forget about it and move on. and keep getting better. ultimately, i'm responsible for the football. >> you have a good day, you don't. you take a look at the film and try to talk about where the mistakes were and the reads and those type of things. but right now, everybody knows that you have four picks in a game, good things aren't going to happen, regardless. >> it was good to play. but to be honest, you know, i have that sick feeling after a loss. because honestly when i went
in, my initial mind set was okay, a couple of scores, if we can put together a couple of scores, we can be in this game. for me right now i have that sick feeling. i feel like i played that whole game and in the end, we didn't win. >> the redskins are going to charlotte, north carolina sunday. they will face the carolina panthers. indianapolis 500 winner dan wheldon is being remembered this afternoon. one of sports biggest and most popular stars died in a fiery car crash in las vegas. randall pinkston has more. >> reporter: dan wheldon's car, number 77, went airborne and slammed into a fence as he was trying to avoid a 15--car pileup just minutes after the race started. emergency crews rushed to the 33-year-old and rushed him to a local hospital, where he later died. three other drivers were injured. speeds at the indy in vegas
exceed 200 miles per hour. >> you are able to sustain that speed and build momentum. they run three or four wide and the domino effect when the track basically got blocked. >> drivers were concerned about high speeds at the las vegas motor speedway. a racer said we all had a bad feeling about this place, in particular just because of the high bank and go how easy it was to go flat. we knew it could happen, but it is just really sad. fellow racers say wheldon will be missed. >> everybody in the indictment did i car series -- indy car series considered dan a friend. >> news spread quickly. he won the indianapolis 500 two times. fans created a memorial outside the gate. >> he was a great ambassador of the sport and honestly, as a fan, he was one of the nicest guys i have ever met. >> the guy was genuinely down to earth all the time. >> reporter: wheldon leaves
behind a wife and two small children. randall pinkston, cbs news. this is the first indianapolis 500 crash in five years. well the search has resumed for an 11-year-old boy. we are going to have more details on that. when we come back, we are going to be talking to montgomery county's head police officer in just a moment
the search has resumed for 11-year-old william mcquain. he is the little boy who has been missing for weeks, and his mother was discovered murdered in their germantown home. montgomery county police are searching an area on the property off i-270 and route 121. a second location is being searched. the boy's stepfather has been charged, and he is scheduled to have an extradition hearing later in north carolina. now to the investigation of what happened to a maryland woman missing in aruba. gary giardano will head to court today to appeal his 60-day detention order. the gaithersburg man has been
held in aruba as authorities are investigating the presumed death of his travel companion, robyn gardner. the frederick, maryland woman disappeared on august 2nd. giardano insists she was swept out to sea while the two were snorkeling. he has hired a lawyer who actually represented two security guards in the natalee holloway case. the case in aruba is one of several montgomery county cases making headlines really across the country. we have invited the county's top prosecutor, state's attorney john mccarthy, to talk about these cases. since we just got finished talking about gary year dawn know, what can you add to that -- bar i didn't -- gary giardano what can you say about that. >> not uncommon, but in order to get excused from a case, once you have entered your
appearance representing somebody, you need the court's permission. there is going to be a hearing. what the basis is, of when mr. giardano does not want his current lawyer to represent him, financial or ethical or other conflict, will be something that will sort its way out in court today down there. but ultimately, it is the judge's discretion whether to let that lawyer out. 11-year-old william mcquain. this is a heart wrenching story about this little boy. what can you tell us? >> again, obviously the police are working around the clock on this particular issue. they are searching in two different areas in the county. we are concerned. we believe that, obviously, this woman has been dead probably since prior to october 1st. the young man has not been seen since october 1st. and the police are following up on the leads. without getting into details, there are obviously reasons why they are looking where they are looking. but again, i think it is just part of them trying to be thorough. as you already also know, the suspect in this case, mr.
lopez, is in north carolina. in mecklenburg county. he has a hearing today. we are trying to extra diet him back here. we have lodged a charge against him for premeditated murder. the determination will be made, but we have a large area to look at, we are here in germantown, where they live, and he was found in north carolina. so obviously, we have hundreds of miles where potentially we could look to find this young man. >> okay. the case going to court next week. >> starts next monday. lou lou, woman. the defendant in this case is britney norwood, she is charged with first degree murder. the jury selection is anticipated monday and tuesday. opening statements probably tuesday afternoon and the trial is expected to last two weeks. >> so sad. two families, you know?
>> well, obviously, two good families. both sides of this. and obviously, we have become very close with the murray family, gina's family. -- jana's family. they have been supportive of us and we have tried to be supportive of them. >> thank you for being with us. we are going to take a break and be right back. don't go away.
welcome back. it is really turning into a nice afternoon around here. temperatures climb into the low 70s for lies. 72, 73, with southwest winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour. this evening dropping back into the 60s under partly cloudy skies. overnight tonight low 50s in town with 40s by tomorrow morning, north and west. a few sprinkles this morning, the clouds have moved south and east. starting to break out, but the rest of us looking fairly sunny at this hour. so that is make fog a nice afternoon. so grab the sunglasses. going to be nice again tomorrow, but let me caution you right now. looks like a nor'easter wednesday. morning commute evening commute both look wet and windy. then a cooler finish to the week. under sunny skies, we have 66 here in town. low 60s in hagerstown to mid-60s, 68 winchester. that is one of our warm spots. 66 in easton. 66 also in culpepper at this
hour. they were in the 30s this morning. so the air is dry, the humidity 43%. everything is low on the allergy count example mold spores, they are moderate. the system in the rockies is moving off to the east and southeast. and then in the gulf of mexico, potentially this might be trying to develop. even if it doesn't, there is a lot of tropical moisture coming into florida and that is going to be lifted north as the system moves toward us over the next couple of dies. the futurecast shows that front nice afternoon around here. partly cloudy skies tonight into tuesday morning. then as this system from the west comes toward us the moisture is going to come in from the south, we have a nor'easter here and some of the rain could be locally heavy. looking fine, real nice, temperatures in the low 70s. 40s and 50s tonight. again low 70s tomorrow. wednesday cooler, windy and wet, temperatures holding in the 60s to make an early shower.
look at the cool down for friday and saturday. 30 in the suburbs. j.c.? you know, play time is something that all children deserve. but homeless parents often find it difficult to nurture and develop a healthy child nthis week's hero central, i'm featuring the homeless children's play time project. an organization that specializes in reducing the trauma of temporary housing. each week, loretta jones brings her son and daughter to the northwest church family network on new york avenue. they go for recreational activities, and the opportunity to inner act with other youngsters. for two hours, the children can relax and play like normal children. >> at first my kids wouldn't go. my son used to scream because he didn't want to come. now he screams when it is time to go, he wants to stay. that is pretty exciting.
he really wants to be around other kids now. >> eight years ago, i can't mill la larson and a friend started the program to help homeless children. their belief was youngsters in shelters suffer from emotional, behavioral and learning problems. their answers, structured play. >> when children are traumatize and children who become homeless have gone through multiple traumas in their lives, ranging from domestic violence to eviction to losing belongings, losing family members. and one of the most powerful ways to heal for children is through play. >> volunteers are rewarded by creating childhood memories. not often found in transitional house jog we have had field trips, we have had pretend sleepovers and slumber parties for children who aren't allowed to have slumber parties. they can't have their friends over. so we bring the pajamas and the popcorn to them and let them
experience what it is like to live a normal childhood. more than 120 volunteers work at five shelters in dc. as unemployment increases and housing options for the poor decline, the need for the play time project becomes greater. >> the homeless play time project plans to distribute 300 costumes for halloween parties at each of their sites. and they still need costume donations. you can help. if you would like to give and learn more, go to our website, wusa 9.com. we'll be right back.
early detection is key it -- to a woman surviving breast cancer. a grant from the susan g. komen foundation is helping women with disabilities overcome barriers. andrea roane reports. >> i was injured when i was age 16. i had a diving accident and i became a quadriplegic. >> sherry is a lawyer, a special assistant to the inspector general at hh s, and wheelchair-bound. while recovering from treatments related to her disability, she felt a lump. she had a mammogram, then a biopsy. >> four days later i found out i had a cancer russ lump. >> reporter: research finds women with disabilities tend to get screened less often than women without limitations. sometimes even healthcare workers don't encourage screening. they and the patient focus on
the disability rather on the health conditions like breast and cervical cancers. in some cases women with disabilities feel like lightning can't strike twice. there is no way i can get breast cancer in addition to this. >> reporter: but several factors outside the disabled woman's control often create barriers to screenings. >> i have a tracheotomy, it was trying not to hit it on the machine. it takes awhile and it is not comfortable. >> reporter: with two komen-funded grants, the american association on health and disability surveyed 55 area medical facilities and hospitals, to measure accessibility. starting with door ways. >> this well meets the requirement of 32 inches. just so a woman in a wheelchair would be able to pass through easily. >> reporter: they looked at exam tables, did they lower for easy on and off. >> we do not have to get you out of the chair at all. >> reporter: and the mammography machine. >> if it goes down 24 inches it
is possible for a woman seated in a wheelchair to be able to have her mammogram. >> reporter: they even measured handicapped parking spaces. >> spaces should be 96 inches or eight feet, next to an adjacent aisle of five feet or 60 inches. thanks for being with us. join us at 5:00. see you there. have a good day. state farm. this is jessica. hey, jessica, jerry neumann with a policy question. jerry, how are you doing? fine, i just got a little fender bender. oh, jerry, i'm so sorry. i would love to help but remember, you dropped us last month. yeah, you know it's funny. it only took 15 minutes to sign up for that new auto insurance company but it's taken a lot longer to hear back. is your car up a pole again? [ crying ] i miss you, jessica!