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tonight? well, here's what's happening. to the west of us, temperatures have dropped quickly to the freezing mark. and there is some snow in louisville and nashville. all of those areas getting snow. so it's just a matter of time. probably we'll see some actual activity, maybe some flurries this evening. but probably later this evening, 9:00 or 10:00, that's when things will really start to get going. and we'll start to see steady snow in the region. and we have an advisory in effect through late tomorrow morning, for all of northern maryland. you can see, all of delaware, northern pa as well. winter snow advisory. how much do we expect and whoo is going -- what is going on for the next few hours. >> as bob just mentioned, the temperatures here are going to drop pretty rapidly. the cold air is going to to be in place to meet all of that moisture that is moving moving moving this from the west and southwest. heavier amounts will be to the north and east, as they have been over the last few storms.
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but that's not going to stop us from generating accumulation. from anne arundel county, down to the south and even northern delaware. we'll expect to see less than an inch and each a rain- -- even a rain-snow mix. higher amounts out to garrett county. 3 to 6 inches potentially. and that's going to be in spots. but again, most of the activity is going to happen late this evening. and just until about rush hour. the beginning of rush hour tomorrow morning. bob will have a bit better timing on this. and he'll have your complete updated forecast coming up shortly. back to you inside. remember, wjz 13 is always on. for instant updates, live doppler radar, information on closings and delays, log onto wjz.com. battling flames and trying to save lives. the baltimore county firefighter runs into a burning apartment complex and does not make it out alive. wjz is live in hillendale, where the apartments are now being boarded up. derek valcourt is there, and explains why the firefighter is being hailed a hero. >> he's not just being called that by his fellow coworkers.
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he is being called that by a number of people. you're about to hear from one of them. she says she might not be alived -- alive today, if not for this fallen firefighter's bravery last night. >> he was a volunteer firefighter. >> reporter: knows obviously -- only a few details about the firefighter she credits with saving her life. she lived on the third floor at the towson apartments, where wednesday night, a four-alarm blaze began consuming her building. >> it was terrible. when i opened my apartment door. and seeing black. then i went to the back patio and opened the door to see the flames. that's when i started panicking. >> reporter: right at the moment of her panic, as she was preparing to jump out of her window, she says firefighter, mark falkenham, seen here when we interviewed him in 2004, arrived to rescue her. >> he made sure i didn't jump. he told me, don't jump, please don't jump. please stay calm.
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>> reporter: she said falkenhan helped rescue her and went back in to save others. firefighters say a sudden explosion of incombustible gases took over. >> reporter: his partner who went in with him was able to survive because he was able to jump out of one of these windows at the last minute. >> reporter: firefighters went in and pulled him out of the building. paramedics tried but could not save his life. two other people were rushed to the hospital with severe burns. tonight, evange lean knows she is lucky to be alive and grateful for mark falkenhan. >> i am just great are for him. -- grateful for him. he was my hero. >> reporter: we are told some 30 people who lived in these apartments are now out of a home. meanwhile, federal atf agents have been brought in to try to figure out how this fire began.
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>> derek, thank you. this is the first time in 26 years that a baltimore county firefighter who died while actively fighting a fire. sky eye chopper 13 is over the scene on jumpers circle in perry hall, baltimore county. police found two men dead in a home there today. officers went to a scene after a call from a concerned family member. right now, it's unclear how these two men died. carbon monoxide readings came back normal. we'll have more on this developing story coming up at 6:00. >> it is an injury few thought anyone could survive. but tonight, less that were two weeks after being shot in the head, congresswoman gabby giffords is defying the odds. kendis gibson reports for wjz. giffords is about to leave the hospital for a rehab center. >> reporter: every day seems to bring another milestone in congresswoman gabrielle giffords's recovery. her husband, mark kelly, says she is now making attempts to
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speak. >> every time i interact with her, there's something quite inspiring. >> reporter: with some help, giffords is standing up. >> she is beginning to stand with assistance. she's scrolling through an ipad. these are all fantastic advancements. >> reporter: barring any medical setbacks, she will be transferred to a rehab center that specializes in brain injuries. tirr memorial hermann. >> it's going to let me be there by her side, as much as possible, every single day. >> it's a phenomenal place. >> reporter: cynthia atkins helps fund programs at the center, where giffords spend about two months in speech, occupational and physical therapy, relearning basic skills. >> they have to do hours and hours and hours of rehab. and it's difficult. and it's long. and it's grueling. but the outcome is a very positive outcome. >> reporter: even though giffords is making remarkable progress, doctors say it's too soon to tell if some brain
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functions have suffered permanent damage. her husband says if anyone can make a full recovery, she can. >> she is a strong person, a fighter. i mean, she is a fighter like nobody else that i know. >> reporter: giffords will be the last of more than a dozen people wounded in the shooting to leave the hospital. kendis gibson, wjz eyewitness news. >> the accused gunman, 22-year- old jared loughner has been indicted for the attempted assassination of the congresswoman. a mother's betrayal. a baltimore woman pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her infant son. tonight, she's a free woman. vic is in the newsroom to explain the sentence. >> the 10-month-old killed and buried in druid hill park. now, our media partner, the baltimore sun, reports that a judge has given her a 10-year suspended sentence. she will be on probation for five years. if she violates that probation, she could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. she must report to sesht of
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social service fist she becomes -- services if she becomes pregnant again. >> the 29-year-old also must attend a counseling program at planned pairntd hood. -- parenthood. sky eye chopper 13 was over the scene on post road last night. 31-year-old joseph anthony moore was killed when his ford pickup truck hit the side of a tractor-trailer. maryland state police now assisting in the investigation behind the cause. if you think rush hour traffic in baltimore is bad, you're right. wjz is live, along 695. mike schuh joins us with a just- released report that confirms our suspicions. mike? >> reporter: well, good evening, mary. traffic in a lot of big cities, a handful, is much worse am. but considering our population, we are much higher than you might think. >> reporter: if this ribbon of red looks all too familiar, it's because it is. commuter joe chamberlain sees it all the time.
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stop and go, stop and go. >> it's unbelievable. i don't understand it. >> reporter: in the entire country, it is the fifth worse. only better than houston, los angeles, washington, and chicago. it's this. the mind-numbing brakes on the driving. >> traffic is pretty bad. >> reporter: something the state is well aware of. >> we live in one of the most congested, urban areas in the country. but it's also an area that is economically prosperous. and with that economic prosperity comes congestion. >> reporter: we ranked so low because of this letter-number combination. i-95. >> there is a jeckyll and hideaspect to this study. that is, if you take i-95 out of the study, it's a completely different study. >> if you look at the other criteryeah we're more in the market range of what we are. >> if you take i-95 out of the equaigdz, it's not that bad. >> it's not. >> to think this will everybody
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completely go away is unrealistic. >> remember joe? he like most of us has found a way to cope. >> if you don't leave before 7:30, it's a long ride. >> reporter: good news is, help is on the way, particularly for that troublesome i-95 corridor around whitemarsh. the state by 2013, hopes to open all of the middle lanes they are working on. it's a billion-dollar project. but there will be tolls. reporting live from 695, mike shupe, wjz eyewitness news. -- mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. back to you. this is the third year the baltimore region has been fifth in that study. well, it's officially the end of the road for the ravens. now, the team's owner, steve bisciotti is speaking out for the first time about the season, filled with excitement and big disappointments. is he going to shape things up? stan has more on what he is saying about the team. >> in a wide-ranging news
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conference, the owner addressed many topics. most of them centering on fan frustration that a potential super bowl season ended way too soon. >> i'm proud of the success. i'm frustrated with the loss. >> reporter: last saturday's loss in pittsburgh has unleashed a torrent of fan criticism, something that is not lost on the ravens' owner. >> i just want the fans to know that though we don't give you 100% result, we do give you a 100% effort. >> reporter: getting better means rebuilding the offense. some fans called for his firing. but as bishoty contends -- bisciotti contends. >> good organizations don't respond that way. and our goal, more than anything, is to be a quality organization. and it takes time and you have to be -- you have to be patient. and you have to work with them. and there's time to address those things. >> reporter: priority number 1. facing the national football
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league this off season is the upcoming labor negotiations. the current deal with the players' union ends in march. however, bisciotti remains hopeful about next season. >> i just have to have hope that a bunch of people on both sides therefore argument are going to -- of this argument are going to get it done. >> reporter: also, a new deal for head coach john harbaugh, which drew the funny quote of the day. >> he's squeezing my leg right now. you guys can't see it. [ laughter ] >> john is going to get his contract extension. i'm sure it will take another week or two. he's a tough guy to bargain with. we'll get it. >> squeeze his leg. [ laughter ] >> well, coming up at 6:00, the ravenss' owner speaks. the ravens also announced that there will be no increase in ticket prices for the upcoming season. i'm shower a lot of -- sure a lot of fans will be happy about that. to see the game they could
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have played in. the new york jets play the steelers sunday. still ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 5:00. a cold case closed. >> she was a missing link. and we have gotten her back. >> kidnapped from a hospital 20 years ago. how one woman tracked down the birth family she never knew. a key charge in the case of a jewish patrolman who allegedly attacked a brack 15- year-old -- black 15-year-old boy is dropped. i'm andrea fujii. that story ahead on eyewitness news. i'm alex alex demetrick. coming up for the bay, hope is on the line. but how to haul it up. that story as eyewitness news continues. preparing for a messy morning commute. for the very latest on the storm, make sure to tune in to wjz, beginning alt 4:30, tomorrow morning. don and marty bring you the updated forecast. and the latest on travel conditions and school closings
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a turning point in the man accused of attacking an african american teenager in park heights. andrea fujii explains why the most serious charge was dismissed. >> elia hue werdesheim now only faces three misdemeanors. >> based on the review of the evidence. >> the 23-year-old is accused of attacking a 15-year-old black teen in november, while on patrol with the jewish community group, shop ream. he claim the encounter was in
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self-defense. his attorney says his client is innocent. >> the case sparked division between black and jewish communities, even prompting a meeting between the two groups in december. werdesheim and the attorneys say they want justice. but they disagree on whether race played a factor. >> had is an issue between two people on the street. it's not about, from my perspective, it's not about a wider community interest. >> we cannot ignore the fact that it is a hate crime. and we have yet to hear that mr. werdesheim is being charged with such. >> reporter: the next court date is set for mid-february. i'm andrea fujii, wjz eyewitness news. >> werdesheim is free on bail. the teen is still recovering from his injuries. congestioncongestion pretty much all around the beltway.
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25 from 95 to liberty road. over on the north side inner loop. heavy there. average speed about 35 miles per hour. north side outer loop, not much better there. stop and go from york road to charles street. another 15 minutes in that direction. as far as the harrisburg expressway goes, moving smoothly in the south southbound direction. but northbound, bumper to bumper from shawon to belfast. as far as accidents go, liberty road at patterson avenue. and also in baltimore city, west saratoga street, at utah. look at all of the brake lights at wilkens avenue. this is brought to you by the world of pets. coming to maryland state fairgrounds. january 8th through the 20th. everything from the serious pet admirer to the enthusiastic. back to you. wish lists in annapolis are nothing new. but in the case of the bay, some wishes are finally coming true. alexalex demetrick reports, each with the tight state
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budget, the bay is poised for improvement. >> reporter: the chesapeake is a pretty tough bay. even with everything man has poured into it. nutrients like nitrogen cloud the water and leave dead zones behind. still... >> even if its degraded state, it remains among the most productive, ecosystems in the world. >> not that it isn't in big trouble. but this year, experts briefing state legislators on the state of the bay are seeing progress. >> our state of the bay report for 2010 did show an improvement. >> reporter: on the plus side, water clarity and underwater grasses, along with a resurgeness in the blue crab -- resurgence in the blue crab population. maryland is setting the toughest restrictions. >> our conversations with legislators to date have not shown any backsliding or weakness or hezitancy in move -- hezitancy in moving forward. >> on this, limiting the amount
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of fertilizer used on lawns and turf. both create runoff. >> reporter: pressure on the bay to improve water quality. there is finally some optimism. >> that may be the level that actually pushes us toward clean water. >> we have already done a lot. but we're not over that cuff. and hopefully this time around, we will. and we will restore the bay to clean water. >> reporter: alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> one new concern being raised by environmentalists this year is the extraction of natural gas from shail do deposits. they will pollute water and the bay. always an issue. always concerns about the bay. >> and the streams, adds up in the bay. take a look at temps and conditions right now. just beginning to cool down a little bit. 38. east/southeast winds at 9. come back ask take a look at the snow after this.
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get going. after 9:00, 10:00, and overnight, that's when we start to see the snow accumulate across the region. take a look at temperatures around the region now. we dropped a little bit. 38 here now. still 42 in washington. the roads got pretty warm today with the sun out there. in fact, most. roads are like 45, 50 degrees. so whatever happens this evening, a lot of it is just going to melt. and it won't really amount to anything tonight. 30 in hagerstown. 25. west of this, that's where the freezing temps are. south and east, generally above the freezing mark. temperatures mid- to upper 30s and even each low 40s. right now, winds shifting south and southeast. most of the day, very light. out of the south, that's what brought us this mild air. to the west of us, really, really cold air. 22, detroit. 18, 21 in kansas city, with snow on the ground. bismarck now, middle of the afternoon still. 8 below zero. amazingly cold air for minneapolis. it's not going to get that cold
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here. but once this storm passes, if the winds go back to the northwest, allowing that arctic air to move in friday night, saturday and sunday. very chilly, very cold. with low wind chills. miami, saw that 77, right this minute. it was 85 in palm beach, florida this afternoon. all right. this afternoon, we had some sunshine. to the west of us, low pressure developing, moving quickly across the ohio, tennessee valley. brings us snow late tonight into tomorrow morning. and most of it should be done by about 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 a.m. the bulk of this storm will be late tonight. just before dawn it should end. most of the roads hopefully will be taken care of. even radar now showing a little activity. but it's just too dry. nothing reaching the ground yet. pennsylvania, west virginia, ohio. that's where the snow is coming down. and eventually, it will get to our area. low pressure, quickly moving through the area behind it. once again, windy and cold. friday night back in the teens. with wind chills in the single
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digits. saturday, highs only in the mid- 20s. southeast winds tonight. small craft advisories. winds will pick up to the north and northwest. tonight, then, look for winds to pick up. 27 by morning. partly cloudy. windy. up to 39. but dropping into the teens and windy tomorrow night. so very cold air coming in for friday night, saturday, and the entire weekend will be just dry and very, very cold. for the very latest on this storm, make sure to tune in to wjz, beginning at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. don and marty will bring you the updated first warning forecast. plus the latest on travel conditions and any school closings or delays. still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00. like a scene out of a movie, the largest roundup of alleged mobsters ever. how the fbi pulled it off. the response from national media originally was a little slow. pressure pays off. how the disappearance of
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phylicia barnes is now getting the national attention police think it deserves. survival story. meet the man who walked away from this wreck alive. what he did that saved his life. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it is 5:29. cloudy, 38 degrees. good evening, and thank you for staying with wjz, eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. a teenaged honor student vanishes from baltimore, 23 days ago.
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tonight, baltimore city police say they're satisfied that finally -- finally satisfied, what is, that felicia phylicia barnes' case is getting the national attention it deserves from the media. >> reporter: baltimore city police urged network and cable newscasts to put her story on days after she vanished in december. most did not, until police pointed out what appeared to be bias in missing persons cases that do get national exposure. >> this is baltimore's natalee holloway case. >> reporter: natalee holloway is the teen who disappeared in ruba and became a news sensation. today, an officer said he was upset that the media is ignoring phylicia's case. >> i saw fish coming up dead. and a couple of other stories. and i kept saying, where is
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phylicia. we need help. >> reporter: and new leads have been generated by the coverage. phylicia, visiting her sister when she disappeared from behind the plaza. >> something terrible did happen. it's very difficult for somebody to happen alone. usually, they tell a family member, a girlfriend, a friend. and we're asking those people, if that is the case, to please come forward. this has totally destroyed the lives of phylicia's mom and dad. >> police are following up now on more than a dozen leads from out of state, in wake of phylicia's case getting national exposure. and we promise to let you know as soon as phylicia is found. sky eye chopper 13 is over the scene in the 3600 block of patterson avenue. that's where there are reportless of a shooting in a barricade situation. there's a lot of police
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activity in that area. we'll bring you an update as soon as more information is available. the search continues now for a gunman who shot a city police officer across the street from police headquarters. city police say the homicide detectives walking to his car in a downtown parking garage, when a man shot him in the leg. he's expected to make a full referee. police are hoping that surveillance video from inside the garage will lead them to a suspect. in florida, two miami police officers are killed today during a shootout, with a man as they were trying for murder. one officer died at the scene. the second officer, a woman, was shot multiple times. she was rushed to a nearby hospital where she later died. both officers were working as part of the u.s. marshals' task force. the gunman was also shot and killed. a semi truck flattens a car like a pancake in michigan. but miraculously, the driver of the car survived. denise has more on the horrific
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crash. >> reporter: 30-year-old mark kinees was on his way to work when his car slid on the road. what happened next is unbelievable. >> 911. >> i'm in the accident on 95. >> northbound or southbound? >> south. >> do you remember a mile marker? last mile marker or cross road? >> i have no idea. i got a semi on top of me. >> is anybody hurt? >> i -- not that i know. >> reporter: now, keenis in his car were both completely crushed by the semi. crushed. and by all rights, no one should have aur viv -- survived. but he was able to amazingly recline his seat and call for help. he says it's a miracle that he's alive. >> could you believe that you did have the space that you had with this 44,000-pound -- i mean, just this massive truck. >> i couldn't believe it. couldn't believe it at all. to have that much space and i could move around. i wasn't hurt at all. it was unbelievable to me.
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>> keinath says he has not driven since his accident. but he does plan to get back the road soon. >> the driver of the truck also survived and has no serious injuries. from new england to florida, and the largest roundup of mobsters ever. 127 mafia members were charged with a wide range of crimes. some going back 30 years. randall pinkston has the story from wjz. >> it's the largest mafia bust in fbi history. thursday morning, more than 100 suspected mobsters were arrested in several states. the massive operation involved multiple agencies and targeted the country's most notorious crime families, all part of the network known as la cossa nostra. >> from extortion, illegal gambling, arson, loan sharking, and labor racketeering. >> reporter: some of the mobsters have colorful nicknames like vinny car wash,
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tony bagels, and johnny pizza. but they also grabbed luigy minotchio. he is accused. collecting protection payments from strip clubs. they are charged with carrying out hits on members of their own families. some of the killings were almost casual. >> two other murder victims allegedly were shot in a public bar because of a dispute over a spilled drink. >> reporter: the indictments also charge accused mobsters of extorting unions and construction companies and even forcing dock workers to kick back part of their holiday pay to the mob. >> reporter: the fbi has continued to go after the crime families with the help of informants and turncoats. >> but just as a retirement, a resignation of a corporate ceo does not spell the end of the company, neither did does the incarceration of a mob boss or other key executive mean the dissolution of their family. >> reporter: and because of that, the fbi says its battle from organized crime is far
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from over. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> the defendants are being held at fort hamilton, an army post in southwest brooklyn, until their court appearances. the man accused of trying to blow up an airplane near detroit, must appear in court next week. a federal judge must turn down a request for umar farouq to skip a hearing next said. -- tuesday. he's acting as his own lawyer. he is charged with trying to blow up a northwest airlines plane. authorities say he had an explosive in his underwear. a trial date may be set as early as next week. new research shows americans are doing a better job with their household finances. major lenders say more people are paying their bills on time. credit card defaults are down. and fewer mortgages are going bad. even default on student loans fell as more borrowers made their monthly payments. baltimore county ptas made thousands of dollars, sponsoring graft fairs at schools. but parents are upset about a
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new rule barring that activity. >> at ridgely middle school, the pta raised $13,000 in november, holding a craft fair, selling handmade items like this. but new rules ban baltimore county school craft fairs. >> i'm very disappointed. and you just have to ask why. i don't understand why. i don't feel like we have been given a good explanation why. >> what had -- this is aimed at doing is ensuring that we take into account public safety. public use of facilities here in baltimore county schools. >> reporter: kathy lowly is an artist at ridgely middle. and a number of other county school craft fairs. she says a number of people come back year after year. and she loves to see the school children who volunteer. >> i would like the school board to reconsider. and i'm sure most of us feel the same way. we lack forward to the
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camaraderie. >> reporter: this school has held the craft fair for many years. each students come back. it has taught them a lot about being an entrepreneur. >> but the school says it must make sure it has educational benefit. and there is concern about the profit making. >> it's friends. it's creativeness. you meet a lot of nice people. >> reporter: suzanne collins, wjz eyewitness news. >> the ridgely pta says besides the craft fair, its only other source of revenue is donations from parents. >> time now for a quick look at some of the sorries -- stories you'll find in the baltimore sun. a look at what to expect when baltimore mayor martin o'malley unveils his. a list of local brewery tours. for these stories and more, read tomorrow's baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated forecast from wjz's
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first warning weather team. all across washington, people paid tribute to president john f. kennedy who took the oath of office 50 years ago today. joel brown reports for wjz from washington. >> 50 years ago, a new era began in washington. >> so help me god. >> john f. kennedy took the oath of office and delivered a challenge that still echoes today. >> ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your country. >> his words still command us anew to march forward. >> reporter: thursday, kennedy's family joined lawmaker and guests in the capital rotunda, to honor his memory and celebrate his legacy. >> president kennedy summoned each of us to do our part in freedom. >> reporter: the offices are another reminder of his legacy here. but kennedy power is fading in washington.
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for the first time in 63 years, there's not one elected official in the family. >> makes me sad. yeah, i mean, i think my family grew up believing that politics was a normal profession. and i hope that among all of those cousins there today, somebody will run. >> reporter: but until that day, kathleen kennedy townsend and others are working to renew president kennedy's challenge. they're working to launch a new campaign to get young people involved in politics and their community. leaders from both parties spoke clearly about their desire to see past their differences for the good of the country. answering john f. kennedy's call, half a century later. >> in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> the celebration of kennedy's legacy will continue for the next three weeks at the performing arts center named in his honor. president obama is scheduled to kick off those ceremonies
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tonight. and still to come tonight on eyewitness news. coming face to face with tragedy. seeing it in his face last night. just really hard. i'm -- it's mir rack us -- miraculous how he's still here. a utility worker caught up in this last night. as friends talk about the visit with him in the hospital. the rudest cities in america. find out if baltimore made the list. i'm bob turk in the first warning weather center. arctic air for the weekend. after the snow moves out of here. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. but first, here's today's report from wall street. ,,,,,,,
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take a live look outside right now. a snow system is approaching our region tonight. for the very latest on this storm, make sure to tune in to wjz, beginning at 4:30 tomorrow morning. don and marty will bring you the updated first warning forecast.
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plus the latest on travel conditions and any school closings or delays. in the meantime, let's check in with bob turk for the latest on this storm right now. might see some very light wet snowflakes later on after 10:00. take a look at the forecast. most of it will be completely done before sunrise. during the day tomorrow. cloudy skies. low to mid-30s. getting up to perhaps just above freezing. and way, way down tomorrow night. 28, early evening. back in the teens tomorrow night. tim has a look at that five-day forecast. tim? >> well, bob mentioned tomorrow is going to be cold. let's talk about saturday and beyond. for the foreseeable future. temperatures are going to be very, very cold. 25 on saturday. expect a pretty breezy weekend. 28 on sunday. that's your high. overnight lows in the teens. 30 on monday. then another chance for another approaching storm, monday night into tuesday. again, this cycle is just going to continue for the next few months. until we get into spring.
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now, let's talk about your energy saver tip of the day. we're talking about humidifiers. get a humidifier to add moisture to your home. that air can be very dry. humidifier can be very comfortable, even when the thermostat is set at a lower temperature. back inside. >> tim, thank you. killed without warning. tonight, flags fly at half staff in philadelphia to honor the young man who died in a giant gas main explosion. the blast was caught on tape. three workers are still in critical condition tonight, including 26-year-old bill mahoney, a former marine who fought in iraq. his friends were at his bedside at the hospital. i just seen fear, shock and his body. got to tell him i love him, as much as i can, squeeze my fingers. >> the cause of the deadly
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blast is still under investigation. a mother helpless and heartbroken. her son abducted in broad daylight, and police still can't find the kidnapper. the community in patterson, california, held a vigil for 4- year-old giuliani cardenas. authorities believe he was snatched by his mother's ex- boyfriend. jose rodriguez is not giuliani's father. but police believe he was angry over the breakup. a baby kidnapping case baffles new york new york city police. tonight, that case is solved after the victim tracks down her birth mother. seth doan has more. >> kept these clippings all of these years?" >> uh-huh. >> whatever happened to her granddaughter was a mystery. when she was just 19 years old, baby carlena was kidnapped from this harlem hospital. her disappearance in 1987 broke
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her mother's heart. >> give me my baby back, please. i just want her back. >> reporter: sketches revealed what carlena might have looked like. her biological family had no idea. >> we always said one day she would come back. >> in fact, carlena was alive and in atlanta. she became suspicious when she tried to apply for a driver's license and didn't have a birth certificate. that started her searching a missing children's website, where she found a face that look said like hers. earlier this month, she finally reached her biological family. >> i talked to her on the phone. and she said, hi, grandma. >> what was that like to hear after so long? >> it was great. >> reporter: this tuesday, a dna test confirmed what the family says they knew right away. >> i could tell it was carlena, without even -- before they even did the dna. >> reporter: seth doan, cbs news, new york. >> because she was so young had when she was kidnapped, it's
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impossible for nance to know if she lived with the same family the entire time. authorities say the kidnapper could still face federal charges. though no arrests have been made. accused of taping a first grader's mouth shut. serena said she had trouble breathing with the tape over her mouth. she said the teacher eventually took the tape off and told her to be quiet. her classmates spoke up and told the principal. for now, that teacher has been placed on administrative leave. baltimore is one of america's rudest cities. that's according to a survey by travel and leisure magazine. baltimore comes in at number 7 on the list. washington, d.c. is number 5. los angeles took the top spot, followed by new york new york city. the survey is based on the personalities of the locals. >> i don't believe it. we're the city of hi, hon. we're nice here. check in with eyewitness news here. coming up, vic is standing by with a preview for us. vic? >> heartbreak for a baltimore family.
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a 6-year-old boy dies after falling from the back of a bus. new at 6:00, what is being done to prevent similar tragedies from happening again. and helping millions of people with brain disorders. check in for these stories and all the breaking news at 6:00. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. wal-mart gets healthy. >> the retailer's move that could help your waistline. ,,,,,,,,
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the cuntsly's largest -- country's largest retailer is going healthy, thanks in part to a push from the first lady, michelle obama. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama embraces the nation's largest retailer, for coming around and embracing her pet project. changing the way americans let's. >> it's a victory for parents. it's a victory for families. but most of all, it's a victory for our children. >> reporter: that is from wal- mart's commitment to reformat thousands of food products to make them healthier. they say they will cut sodium
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by 25%, added sugars by 10%, and get rid of transfats altogether. they say they'll keep prices low and cut the costs of fruits and vegetables by more than a billion a year. and make them accessible to low- income families. >> reporter: people should not have to pay more to eat healthy. >> reporter: michelle obama even planted an organic garden at the white house. this is bringing a push to the rest of the country. >> reporter: wal-mart says in addition to producing its own products, it will also pressure its suppliers to make healthier foods. and shoppers like vanetta u -- ewing says that is good. as long as the prices are good. >> i always check for prices and what has the best cost to it. >> reporter: critics say if wal- mart really wants to make a fight against obesity, it could make more dramatic improvement and faster. but the country's first lady
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hopes that wal-mart will help steer the rest of the country down a healthier past. >> reporter: studies have found that people with lower incomes have a harder time sticking to a nutritious diet because healthier foods cost more and they're harder to find in poorer neighborhoods. also in healthwatch, the american lung association says most are failing when it comes to helping smokers quit. the organization stays states are making millions in tax and tobacco settlements, but spending just a fraction of that on smoking prevention program. 40% of states spend less than half of what is recommended. operation of food-born illness. like salmonella and e. coli. the government tries to pinthe food -- pinpoint the foods causing the sickness. consumer groups hope the rates will change now that the fda and cdc are adopting a new
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system. still ahead on eyewitness news. >> he was a hero. he was my hero. >> he was a firefighter, committed to helping save lives. he died doing just that. i'm derek valcourt, here on eyewitness news. hear for yourself his very last act of heroism, from a woman ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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coming up right now on wjz eyewitness news at 6:00. another round of winter weather moving toward maryland. the first warning weather team will let us know what we can
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expect. heartbreak. a baltimore county firefighter, killed in the line of duty. mork of emotional -- emotional reaction from the woman he was trying to save. school bus accident. a young boy falls out and dies. what is being done to make sure it doesn't happen again. where maryland stacks up when it comes to the worst areas on the road. hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. here's what people are awk being -- talking about tonight. >> another round of winter weather sets its sights on maryland. a winter weather advisory goes into effect later this evening. when will the snow start to fall and

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