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captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- closed indefinitely. you're getting a closer look at the extent of damage outside the washington monument this morning and scary moments inside when an earthquake struck. speculation continues over whether new jersey governor chris christie will join the presidential race. john hendren in washington. more on that coming up. >> back to the ballroom. who is at the top of the leader board? "good morning washington at 5:00 a.m." begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. 5:00 on this tuesday, september 27. i am cynne simpson. >> thanks for waking up with us, i am pamela brown. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes. we start with meteorologist steve rudin. this weather is up and down
lately. >> we are keeping the clouds in the forecast for the morning expand even showers and thunderstorms out to the west of us. look at the temperatures as we start the day. no need for jacket. 72 at reagan national. 70 in gaithersburg. 72 at dulles. in the 60's out west where we have had rain showers. there's an area of low pressure that will finally start to move and that means better news for us towards the end of the week. doppler radar shows the heaviest rain activity well to the north and west of us, across lower pennsylvania there are severe and thunderstorms right now. there's no need to worry in our area. hours are quickly moving into frederick and hagerstown to the west of the sinking today's forecast, and 70's to low 80's with the wind out of the south at 5-10. we have a beautiful weekend forecasts. you don't want to miss that. first, traffic.
now look at 66 in arlington county. moving nicely despite the road work. everybody over to the right getting by with no delays. that should be gone before 6:00. in the meantime, causing a problem through arlington east or westbound on 66. over to the beltway near university boulevard, overnight construction blocking a good portion of the roadway earlier but now it's open. moving nicely to the springfield interchange. lanes are open at newington. back to you. >> thank you. 5:02. a six-year-old girl is dead. police and the store does county are trying to figure out what exactly happened. a family member from the girl's body in a bathtub around 9:00 last night. this was along the 3500 block of hubbard road in landover.
authorities have not identified the girl or given a cause of death. there's no word if anyone will face charges. police plan to go door-to- door in and oxon hill neighborhoods searching for information about a man was sexually assaulted a 10-year- old at around 6:30 yesterday morning. the man broke in through the girls' bedroom window, assaulted the girl, and then took off. the suspect covered his face with a scarf. police don't have much of a description to golan. -- to go on. the washington monument will stay closed while they look at the extent of damage from the earthquake. this comes as we get an inside look at the scary moments at the top of it when the ground started sshaking. quite a surveillance video. autria godfrey has more. >> unbelievable. at 8:00 this morning professional climbers will be scaling the exterior, rappelling down the entire building
tracking how bad the damage is and what will be needed for repairs. in the meantime, we're getting a firsthand look at the terrifying moments of people stuck inside the structure as the quake struck. the shaking and swaying men moments of sheer terror for people stuck inside the washington monument has as the 5.8 magnitude quake struck the region last month. the rumbling sent park rangers' dressin rushing to get tourists to safety. >> it was scary and there was so much debris to walk over. >> it seemed to last a lifetime. >> you see your lights go before your eyes. >> person on the outside witnessed rocks falling down. >> the monument was swaying back and forth a little and there was tons of stuff coming down from the top. >> falling pieces of mortar left
a crack along the top that's one point to 5 inches and the monument closed indefinitely. they have spent 207th thousand dollars so far on repairs. that number is expected to increase after examining outside today. another issue that will drive up costs, one of the elevators and used to take people to the top is in need of repair. live on the national mall, autria godfrey. >> we have this surveillance video on our website, full- length. go to wjla.com. for the second time in nine months, lawmakers averted a federal shutdown at least for now. >> the motion is agreed to. >> late last night the senate voted 79 to 12 to keep the federal government funded until november. the spending bill does not include money for fema, which found there was enough funding to get through the fiscal year. later this week the house is
expected to sign off on the bill. speculation is running rampant that chris christie will tell his hat into the race for the white house no matter what the new jersey governor said. >> he spokeis talk today at the reagan library could fuel more speculation. john hendren has details. >> hello. his schedule this week makes him look a lot more like a presidential candidate than the governor of new jersey. st. louis california, and louisiana. one prominent ally of his tom kane said the speculation is real. now he is seriously considering a run for president. a spokesman for chris christie says nothing has changed with regard to the governor's decision not to run for president in 2012. he could make its plans clear later today at the reagan library. president obama meanwhile will be in colorado talking jobs.
former utah governor jon huntsman might not even make the roster if at a cnn debate in las vegas next month. he has been averaging 1% or 2% in the polls. you must average 2% according to the debate rules. reporting from northwest, john hendren. back to you. >> thank you. looking at the day ahead the testimony resumes in the trial of a fairfax will and trust with killing her three- year-old granddaughter. carmela dela rosa through the little girl to her death from a sky walk at tysons corner center. prosecutors say that she was motivated by hatred for a son- in-law for getting rid of a pregnant out of wedlock. however the defense lawyers say the woman was legally insane at the time. we have 70 degrees on this tuesday. >> still ahead a monday night to prepare. a look back at last night's last minute loss in dallas. >> rob kardashian empresses the
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start to the day. temperatures in the low 70's. looks look72 degrees at reagan national airport. cumberland and petersburg, temperatures taking a dip into the mid 60's at this time. but still above average for this time of year and this time of morning. we are in between two systems. there's an area of low pressure across the great lakes. you can see this been in atmosphere across northern illinois. -- the spin in the atmosphere. doppler radar shows the heaviest activity well to the west of d.c. scattered showers are pushing through the area west of the d.c. metro moving into hagerstown and frederick and eventually making their way to hanover, pennsylvania. harper seven the's to the low 80's for the daytime highs today -- upper 70's to low 80's.
chance of an isolated a shower or thunderstorm today. now look at traffic. we start with a look into beltway at colesville road moving nicely right now. traffic headed toward us is the outer loop. a little more volume, but not a major delay yet between college park and silver spring. next we go to the west of town to the toll road at route 28 near dulles airport. a nice ride from the greenway to the toll road and all the way around. now to springfield looking good. a little more volume from newington to springfield, but no major delays yet. back to you. >> thank you. 5:12 on this tuesday morning. >> coming up, a glimpse into the past at the click of a mouse. >> first justice for the jacksons. the doctor
where combat. new this morning, this is it. two years after michael jackson's death, his personal physician will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. prosecutors claim dr. conrad murray gave the king of pop a powerful sedative that killed him. defense attorneys claim jackson gave himself that fatal dose. in another high-profile legal case, opening statements begin today in the corruption trial of maryland state senator ulysses currie. the prince george's democrat faces corruption charges for using his high office to benefit a gross restore honor. he's charged with bribery among other charges. there was an explosion at the university maryland chemistry lab that left two students badly burned. this happened around noon yesterday. firefighters say the students were mixing nitrogen and support
acid --sulfuric acid. investigators are trying to figure out if a third chemical was involved. there's a major announcement from the maryland health department. today officials will reveal the findings from their investigation on crib bumpers tax. there were declared a hazard in may after there were linked to a asphyxia and death in infants. they are the questions that line the perimeter of the crib. coffee may lower the woman's risk of depression. along concern study found women who drank 4 cups of coffee or more each day or 20% less likely to become depressed. that is compared to other decaffeinated drinks such as soda and deep. they found a link between decaffeinated coffee and depression. -- some of the world's oldest
documents are hitting the web for all to see. rob nelson has that story and more. painted writings, modern technology. israel opposes national museum and google have put five of the dead sea scrolls online. google will translate passages into english. the scrolls are so fragile being thousands of years old that only a few scholars could examine them. there's a new video game that's out now that features 15,000 soccer players. there are some major improvements in this edition. >> this is worth buying, for soccer fans and for casual sports video gamers. as boring as soccer can be, this video game makes soccer fun for the casual gamer. >> big soccer fans will be able to find their favorite player. it ranges from $40 to $60,
depending on the platform. i am rob nelson. who will be the next celebrity to leave "dancing with the stars?' they were back in the ballroom last night showing off their fancy footwork. >> berdi impressive. ricki lake and her partner and earned the highest score of the night with a 23. kristin cavallari and j.r. martinez tied for second. elisabetta canalis and rob kardashian in a tie. along with nancy grace. >> they were not there saturday night at 8:00. >> nancy grace rumors are swirling about the wardrobe malfunction, but nancy says that her wardrobe stayed in place and she did not show to owe much -- show too much.
>> i did not see it. >> but there was a lot showing in that costume. >> steve as been waiting to see that. >> trying to look between my fingers. you don't really want look. >> i think it's rated pg. looking at a mile start to the day, so you don't need a jacket. but you need the umbrella later this afternoon and into the evening. 72 at this time. dew point level around 70. it is humid and sticky outside. the cool air is well-off to the west of us. petersburg and cumberland is where temperatures are in the 60's at this hour. an area of low pressure is sitting and spinning. the center is at northern illinois, slowly moving to the east. high-pressure to the east of us. conditions will be clearing by
the end of the upcoming week. we have showers and embedded thunderstorms out there right now, moving from winchester towards frederick and hagerstown. that is heavy. there was a severe and destroy morning well to the north of us in pennsylvania. nothing that severe as expected for us today. garden variety showers and heavy downpours and maybe a rumble of thunder. nothing much. 78-83 today for the high temperature. in the overnight, upper 50's. tomorrow will not be a washout but not perfect. cooler air 75-80. the real cool air will arrive. by the upcoming weekend mid 60's. saturday and sunday, nighttime lows in the 50's. there could be patchy clouds across the potomac highlands saturday night into early sunday morning. steve has a look at traffic. start with a look at the
beltway at university boulevard. here we are a springfield as well. traffic moving smoothly as well. the beltway at university boulevard? the montgomery county, traffic toward us is the outer loop. a little heavier now but the inner loop is moving nicely. 270 at shady grove road it's a little heavier north of that to near 109. 395 at duke street, heading up from springfield toward the 14th street bridge, just a little more volume now wants 395. no backups to the 14th street bridge so far. back to you. >> thank you. 70 degrees this morning. cracks coming up next -- are you ready for some field goals? >> we will see who came out on top between the redskins and cowboys. >> later today on "anderson,"
it was clear this game would be ugly. landry back in the lineup for the first time since last season, forced a fumble, but josh motwilson recovered. there was a botched field goal in the second quarter. dallas recovered the ball. after several running saves, rex grossman threw the ball t hightower ran for the cuts sta touchdown. there was a blitz on tony promo. then he rolled out of pocket to find a desk bryant -- dez bryant. it was a tough loss for the redskins. >> at the end of the day, he had a chance troops sack. he did a good job scrambling and
made the play. >> it's tough. it was a game that we were capable of winning. it was a good team that we played and we could have won a division game on the road. >> their next opponent is a louis. there may be some relief in sight for the redskins in the red zone against st. louis. abc 7 sports. >> we hope to pull together for the next one. 70 degrees. the news continues at 5:30. >> still ahead in the next half- hour how long the average driver spends in traffic and how long average washington driver spends in traffic. the difference might be depressing but will not surprise you. >> why a woman and threw her granddaughter six stories to her
live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> we felt the ground shaking a lot and heard a loud noise and was not sure what it was. >> inside the washington monument when the ground started shaking. good morning, washington. thanks for waking up with us. it's tuesday, september 27. i am cynne simpson. >> rise and shine. i am pamela brown. great to have you with us. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes. first, meteorologist steve
rudin. we can leave the overcoats behind and grab the umbrella. >> heavy showers and thunderstorms to the north and west of the d.c. metro area. look at live super doppler radar. the heaviest storms are moving into a glass down and eventually will make their way towards frederick and gaithersburg and damascus as they moved off towards the north and east. this is the wider view showing what is going on. we have an area of low pressure across the great lakes if that continues sitting and spinning. finally, this will give way. that means a nicer end of the weekend weekend for us across the mid-atlantic. here's today's forecast. 78-83 for the daytime high. a mixture of sun and clouds and scattered showers for the morning. a few embedded thunderstorms for the morning. now the commute. let's look at the springfield interchange, getting
a little heavier. traffic on the left is northbound 95. the hov looks a little heavy approaching springfield towards newington. no accidents or incidents. we will go to the toll road and the area near rte. 28 near dulles airport, moving nicely. from the greenway on to the toll road moving smoothly. we will take you downtown, lower 14th street. back to you. >> thank you. good morning, washington. a six-year-old is dead in prince george county. a family member from the girl's body in a bathtub around 9:00 last night along the 3500 block of hubbard road in landover. we have no word on how the girl died. alexandria police looking for missing man and a person of
interest in his disappearance. 53-year-old lenwood "lenny" harris. he was last seen at the charles houston rec center in old town alexandria. a person of interest used his credit card early thursday morning and he could be in danger. crews will be at the washington monument in a few hours to rappel down a landmark checking extent of damage from last month's earthquake. we're getting a first look at what happens inside the monument when the quake occurred. autria godfrey has details this morning. >> good morning. there will be a crew here at 8:00 this morning and will scale the exterior to survey the damage and see what is needed to repair it. we are getting a firsthand look tax surveillance video that has been released of the terrifying moments, for people stuck inside the structure appeaas the
quake struck. moments of sheer terror for people stuck inside the washington monuments as the 5.8 magnitude quake rocked the region last month. falling debris and rumblings and park rangers scrambling to get tourists out safely. pieces of debris fell during and after the quake. they need to make sure the obelisk is safe before the public is allowed inside. there were 12 tourists inside of the time. some of them say that they saw their lives last before their eyes. there were falling to a supporter -- falling schunks of mortar. they have already spent $207,000 already on repairs. after the crews examine
the outside today, that number is expected to blowincrease. >> we have the full and surveillance video on our website. log on to wjla.com. 5:34 on this tuesday. it appears lawmakers have avoided a government shutdown again, at least for now. last night the senate approved a stopgap spending measure if to keep the government running for another six weeks. the spending bill does not include money for fema. they found it was enough funding to get through the fiscal year. that allowed lawmakers to drop a plan regarding funding. the house is expected to sign the bill. the president goes to denver to pitch his jobs plan. he will visit abraham lincoln high school to talk about the american jobs act, which includes $25 billion to upgrade and rebuild 35,000 public schools across the country. the visits denver as the last
city on his tour. take a look in the day ahead, a jury will hear more testimony in the trial of a grandmother accused of killing a two-year-old to her death. >> prosecutors say carmela dela rosa killed her granddaughter in an act of revenge against a family member. defense attorneys offer a different account. ben eisler has details. >> prosecutors say that she was a devout catholic and resented her children for having an out- of-wedlock child. : november 29, the unthinkable happens. carmela dela rosa through her granddaughter six stories to redact. that was of a walkway at tysons corner. >> i'm a grandmother. nobody would throw their grandchild also bear unless they were insane. >> in open arguments, the defense claims that she suffers from major depressive disorder and that she was insane at the time of the offense not
understand the nature of her actions. her attorney said that her history of mental illness intensified in the days leading up to the crime. while left home alone while relatives traveled, she did not shower, cannot eat, did not sleep says the defense attorney. prosecutors say that she knew that she was throwing a child off a bridge and that she knew the child would die and that she was a spiteful woman wanting revenge. the trial will last two weeks and will feature testimony from mental help professionals. if convicted, could face life behind bars. ben eisler, abc 7 news. 5:36 70 degrees. >> still ahead, monday morning quarterbacking. how the redskins led to the game slip away with less than two minutes. >> wait until you hear, you waste sitting in traffic across
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showers and vendors storms off to the west of the d.c. metro. showers are rapidly moving towards hagerstown and frederick. more showers in clarksburg and morgantown and even a little lightning associated with that system as it moves toward the north and east, but no lightning or thunder round the immediate metro area. this is what we have in the bigger picture. we are in between two systems. high pressure off the coast. as of early flow today will keep the clouds in the forecast. daytime highs around 78-83 degrees. mix sunshine and clouds. now the rush hour commute. >> a look at the beltway near colesville road. a little more volume on the outer loop between college park and silver spring. in laurel, reports of broken- down vehicles on the southbound b-w parkway near route 198.
95 is moving well north of the beltway through maryland. 270 at 121 through montgomery county looking pretty good. a little more volume. traffic moving downstream is southbound. looking normal near frederick. 395 near duke street, a little more volume in the main lanes and hov. no accidents or incidents of away from springfield to the 14th street bridge. looking good into the district. back to you. >> thank you. 5:41 70 degrees. cracks coming up on this tuesday morning snooki
landover last night. investigators have not identify the girl or said exactly how she died. engineer today will rappel down the sides of the washington monument. they are checking for damage from last month's historic earthquakes. numerous cracks and chips were found inside the national landmark. if the washington monument remains closed indefinitely. there's video from peruvian authorities showing joran van der sloot admitting to the murder of stephanie floras. the 21-year-old was arrested last year in connection with the woman's death. he was the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of natalee holloway in aruba. that case is still not resolved. new this morning, the man by michael jackson's side when he died stands trial. dr. conrad murray faces involuntary manslaughter charges for supplying the fatal dose of a powerful sedative to the king of pop. if half of the jury members say they are jackson fans and that
is one factor that could influence the outcome of the trial. >> if the defense in this case is that he was trying ween michael jackson off of these drugs, that the road they are going down, then they may want michael jackson fans. >> the defense will focus on? and's help and suggest that the pop icon was responsible for his own death. his family expected to attend the trial. the man accused of shooting a military installation at northern virginia faces even more charges after apparently tried to escape from prison. police say yonathan melaku damaged a piece of cinderblock at the loudoun detention center. corrections staff discovered the damage last friday night. the detention center was put on lockdown. the public was never in danger. here is something to think about this morning. and new study ranks d.c. number one for the worst traffic in the
nation. texas a&m researchers found the average washington area commuter spends 74 hours per year in traffic. that is more than double the national average of 34 hours. it burns 37 gallons of gas and more than $1,000 in lost wages. a strong local economy contributes to more jobs and congestion. the debate intensifies over hot lanes plans for interstate 95 from fairfax county two separate county. drivers with two passengers could still use the existing hov lanes for free. anyone else could use them as well, if they pay a toll. at a hearing last night commuters said that people may not be able to afford the tolls. more hearings are set for this week. find out where and when by going to our website wjla.com. if you are redskins fan, this is not the way you want to start your day.
the redskins if they had lost against dallas last night, they would have a 3 and 0 record for the first time since 2005, but that did not pan out. >> rex grossman comes from behind and loses the football. the cowboys have it. >> if rex grossman was sacked and fumbled on the final drive of the game depicted dallas defeats the redskins. >> at the end of the day you either find a way to win or you don't. we had opportunities in the game we did not take advantage of. if we had opportunities in the fourth quarter and did not get it done. >> the redskins will prepare for sunday's game in st. louis. the banana boy is allowed back in school. 14-year-old brian thompson became a youtube sensation after running onto a football field in a bun and a costume.
colonial for thai school prayer and to expel thompson for its destructive behavior. after several protests the school pulled back on the punishment. thompson started class yesterday after serving five days of a 10- day suspension. >> five days still seems a little severe. time for a look at traffic and weather every ten minutes. beckham no storms start. >> a mile start with a little humidity out there. it will not be the perfect hair day. you know what it can do. >> we do. >> and we have showers and thunderstorms off to the west of us. first, the temperatures outside at this hour holding at 72 degrees at reagan national airport. the wind is not a problem out of the east southeast at 3 miles an hour. cooler temperatures off to the west of us, in the 60's. 64 degrees in petersburg and cumberland right now.
hagerstown looking at showers and thunderstorms, 71 degrees. lightning is moving towards the north and east. what's going on with the scattered showers and storms, still developing of to the south and west of us. they will continue popping during the morning and afternoon. we are not expecting anything to become severe and across the immediate metro. morgantown west virginia, looking at a few scattered showers at this time. not going to amount to much. the area of low pressure continues to spin. finally it will start to move towards the north and east and that means relief from the stagnant weather pattern that we have had across the area for the past several days. futurecast looks like this. a better chance of showers and storms this afternoon and evening. overnight, look for a few rumbles of thunder and scattered showers. tomorrow we will keep unsettled weather in the forecast.
sunshine will make a comeback. by thursday into friday, sunny skies. cooler temperatures on the weekend. nighttime lows will be in the 50's and 60's. 75-80 tomorrow. looks great. saturday and sunday, mid 60's. an update on traffic with steve. now look at the beltway at the american legion bridge. a little more volume both ways on the inner and outer locaops across the potomac. everything is moving normally. 270 of father hurley boulevard starting to see a few more headlights are southbound. not really under the speed limits towards the beltway. delays across the occoquan. heavy delays up to the springfield interchange. 70 degrees.
>> an announcement from amazon tomorrow. >> for bloomberg headlines elln. -- ellen. >> amazon is holding a press event in new york tomorrow. they will unveil a new android tablet. amazon is expected to price that somewhere between $250.300 dollars. that could give the ipad run for its money this holiday season. there's a report of home values in 20 cities that include the secret prices likely willfell in july from a year earlier. consumer confidence near a two- year-low likely. stock futures pointing higher because of optimism that there could be some solution in terms of next steps for the european
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>> turns out chris christie the new jersey governor, is not a fan of "the jersey shore." he has taken away tax breaks for the show. that show is always misunderstood. charlie sheen's legal fight with his former bosses is finally over. >> warner brothers says that his lawsuit has been settled to the parties's mutual satisfaction, though the terms are
confidential. the producer fired and charlie sheen in march after a public meltdown by charlie sheen that included attacks on him. and then shotcharlie pursued them $4 million. the report is that he's getting $125 million over the next seven years. he is still winning. that's how he rolls. we have a lot more still to come and next hour. >> coming up on this tuesday speculation runs wild about another contender in the race for the white house. >> crews plan to get a closer look at the damage to the washington monument from last month's earthquake by rappelling down a side. i am live along the national
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closed indefinitely. this morning we get a closer look extending the damaged felt by the washington monument and scary moments inside when the earthquake happened. >> speculation continues over whether new jersey governor chris christie will join the presidential race. i'm john ended in washington. more on that coming up. >> corporate for redskins fans. a battle with the cowboys as ended if the redskins' winning streak. "good morning washington" continues now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your