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assassinated in afghanistan. >> today, a maryland major is given a hero's farewell. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. and i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. his killer is still on the loose. today, a maryland soldier murdered in afghanistan is laid to rest. alex demetrick reports from lutherville, where family and friends, even strangers, gather to remember robert mar chanti. >> major robert marchanti died, a long way from home. and today, the people who made it a home said goodbye. >> reporter: the respect shown major robert marchanti, proceeded him to the trinity assembly of god church. a full-time soldier, marchanti
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was murdered last month in afghanistan, leaving a wife and four children behind. >> he went there to provide for our family and to serve this country. and he did it until the very end. >> his job was a mentor. he worked alongside of and with the afgaps to help them improve their operations. >> reporter: but it was one of those afghan police officers that gunned down major marchanti. in the wake of the furors, over the inadvertent burning of copies of the koran, there were riots in the country. marchanti was one of two soldiers assassinated by the afghan cop who is still at large. >> i am hoping the military is watching this and whoever is looking this is looking for the man who did this to my father. i hope they find that coward and take care of him. >> reporter: but that hunger for justice was an undercurrent today. first and foremost, there was a life to remember and appreciate. >> my dad, he was the perfect image of love. >> the way he showed the boys in the family how to treat a
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woman and how to be a good husband. undeniably, that is what i will remember most about my father. >> reporter: major marchanti will be buried with full military honors at arlington national cemetery tomorrow. >> major marchanti was killed during his first tour in afghanistan. face-to-face meeting today. speaking with an army sergeant accused of a massacre in afghanistan. more on the shooting that is hurting u.s. relations. >> reporter: he met staff sergeant robert bales at an isolated bale in leavenworth. he is accused of carrying out two attacks. 16 people, including nine children, were killed. formal charms are expected to be filed against bales this week. bale is in solitary confinement, but once charged, he'll be put in the general prison population. >> reporter: and if he is brought to trial, it's possible afghan witnesses and victims
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will be flown to the u.s. to anticipate participate. -- to participate. downtown disturbance. hundreds of people in the nearby harbor involved in what some are calling a chaotic situation. mike hellgren has the latest on the investigation and the reaction from the mayor. >> the mayor says she is disappointed in part. she blames the warm weather but says she is committed to keeping downtown safe. >> reporter: city police had to work to disperse a cloud -- crowd of more than 100. it was likely an event organized on social media. and resulted in 10 arrests for curfew violations. it's not the first time. last april, a similar meetup as officers tried to get the crowds under control. some say some of the youth were unruly. and the baltimore sun reports, an officer did use a taser saturday night. it's unclear if it's related.
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there were arrests for assault and disorderly conduct. the inner harbor has drawn particular focus from police, after several tragedies there in the past year, including violence after the fourth of july fireworks that left a man dead. police say they flooded the area and enforced the curfew ordinance to keep the young people safe. >> they were being disruptive. and we moved in to take control of the situation. it's disappointing. you know, you have one beautiful, one great weekend when we were expecting -- everyone expects on the last winter weekend, and you get spring weather. we want everybody to be able to enjoy it. >> reporter: the mayor also want police to be able to respond quickly to any incidents in the inner harbor area. >> the mayor says police rely on their extensive camera network to keep tabs on any building crowds downtown and elsewhere. a manhunt on the eastern shore after a police officer is hurt.
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police are looking for 39-year- old demetrius ndembe. officers pulled him over sunday morning. while a k-9 unit was inspecting his truck, police say he accelerated toward them. one officer opened fire. it is unclear if it hit denbe. he was not found inside the car. trading barbs over economic plans, one day before a critical primary. randall pinkston reports for wjz from the white house. >> reporter: mitt romney took the podium, focused on a fall matchup with president obama. >> this selection is going to be about principal. our economic freedom will be in the ballot. >> reporter: first, romney faces rick santorum in tuesday's primary. romney is fresh from a win in puerto rico. and new polls show he is leading santorum by seven
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points in illinois. but he's not taking any chances. the former governor is quick to point out why he is the better choice for the republican party. >> i'm running in part because i have the experience and vision to get us out of this mess. >> reporter: romney is linking santorum to president obama, calling both men, "economic lightweights." santorum is pushing back. >> you hear him talk about oh, i created jobs in the private sector. but he didn't do anything in massachusetts to create environments for jobs. why? because he exploded the size and scale of government. >> santorum calls for new brushes to push him aside. romney says they cannot pick up enough delegates. but the former senator plans to take his fight all the way to the gop convention. >> if we happen to win illinois, that will be the 11th straight that i've won in this election. >> reporter: illinois is essentially a two-man race, between santorrum and romney. ron paul and gingrich chose to
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skip campaigning there, keeping their focus on things to come. >> at the white house, randall will pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the race is coming to maryland. mitt rommitt romney will be here for a series of events. he will attend a private lunch. then he will make his way to town hall, and arbutus and raley and frederick. maryland has 37 delegates up for grabs in the april 3rd primary. last year, mayor stephanie rawlings-blake proposed this idea. today, she's acting on it. the mayor is formally introducing legislation at the hearing. the plan would introduce baltimore's tax rate by 20% by the year 2020. mayor rawlings-blake says the new homeowners tax credit will be funded with projected revenue from slot machines to be installed in the city. a city police officer who survived a shooting is again fighting for his life. and his f.o.p. brothers and sisters are doing
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everything they can for jane cassidy. a blood drive is being held today in cassidy's honor. 25 years ago, officer cassidy was shot in the face. in 1984, he was involved in a blood transfusion. today, he needs a liver transplant. wjz speaks with jean cassidy. hear his story. it is the last day of winter, but you'd never know it. it feels so much like spring outside. really a perfect day for a bike ride, like these girls in brooklynville, baltimore county. and in baltimore city, it was hard to find an empty bench to sit and enjoy this mild being unseasonably warm weather. great day to take your dog outside as well. warm. and can i say this? a bit humid. wjz has weather and traffic together. first, let's go to meteorologist bernadette woods with the updated numbers from first warning weather. bernadette, is it humid? >> well, humidity is one of those factors that we talk a lot about in the summer.
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but it is still a factor in the winter. and when you see the dew points rising a bit, they are somewhat in the air. and they are rising today. i want to show you what's going on with doppler radar. you can see, we have a couple of showers and thunderstorms out there right now. yes, a couple of thunderstorms have popped up. and we'll take you in on this, just north of frederick. spin wheeling in to carroll county. and not moving all that fast. you can see, slowly drifting off to the east. this is our big story of the day. look at these temperatures. 72 degrees in baltimore. and that dew point is up to 56. last couple of days, when it's been very warm, that was down in the 30s. that's why it felt so dry outside. and you're noticing the difference today. and we do have warm weather to continue as we officially kick off spring. we'll have that forecast. kai? >> thank you. let's check on the roads with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. hi, kai. happy monday. a couple of accidents to start off the rush hour. traveling in the bel air area. 543 at crescent knoll drive.
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also perring parkway. east northern parkway at mclean in the city. and glen burnie, richie highway at georgia avenue. we did have an earlier car fire. 75 southbound at franklin boulevard that was just cleared. but traffic is still a little slow as you approach franklin boulevard. as far as delays, very minor at this hour. on the west side loop, slowing. and the west side inner loop will make some brake lights as you make your way through. let's take a live look. that's the beltway at old court road. and we'll take another live look. as our camera switches here. okay. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm. or visit them online. back over to you. >> thank you, kristy. beautiful blooms around the potomac in washington, d.c. a mild winter has the cherry blossoms opening early. for 100 years, the tree's pink
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and white blossoms have decorated. it is normally coming up in april over the next month. but about a million people are expected to walk among the lovely flowers. wonderful. >> i've never been. i need to go. >> it on really -- it's really a dichotomy. it's absolutely chaotic. but it's the most spectacular thing to see. >> to see up close, with all the trees. >> have you to do it. -- you have to do it. and you have time to go. >> and it's warm, which is important. >> which is good. still ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. heads up. better hang up before walking across the street in washington, d.c. we'll explain. heavy damage. why soccer fans in greece trash their own stadium. brace yourselves. another big increase at the gas pump. and as mary mentioned, it's warm and sunny. and it feels like it could rain. will it? [ female announcer ] with xfinity,
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storm chasers capture amazing video of a tornado ripping through oklahoma. the national weather service says a slow-moving storm spawned the short-lived tornado across the state. so far, no injuries are reported. a flood watch is in effect for eastern oklahoma. a soccer game in greece, ends with violence breaking out in the stands. unruly fans sent several sections of the arena on fire during the game in athens. players were immediately pulled from the field as fire crews and police tried to get the flames and the crowd, actually, under control. 20 officers are hurt. over 50 arrests were made. >> you've heard of distracted driving. well, how about distracted walking? some are calling for a law that would make it illegal for you
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to text and walk while you talk. scott bloom has more on the movement in washington, d.c. >> she's on the phone. he is on the phone. and both are in the middle of the street. and here comes ronna epiting, texting as she crosses the street. >> you just crossed the street, looking at your e iphone. -- your iphone. >> yes. but i looked to the right. >> aren't you afraid of getting hid? -- hit? >> i looked to the right before i did. >> some think it should be illegal to cross the street while you're distracted. what do you think? >> good luck passing that. >> reporter: well, one thing is for sure, washington has a pedestrian safety problem. more people get hit by the cars in this city than they do in new york, san francisco, los angeles or anywhere. so is it the distracted drivers? or is it the distracted walkers? >> reporter: last year, 11 pedestrians and two bicyclists were killed in washington. about 700 per year are injured. the counsel for court
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excellence reports calls on lawmakers to beef up safety laws, to make walking and cycling while distracted, just as illegal as driving that way. >> that was scott broom reporting. similar distracting-walking legislation has failed in are the places. well, wall street gets a passing grade today. all the markets posted gains. the dow is up 7. s&p is up 6. and the nasdaq is up 23. let's go to new york right now. alexis christoforous has tonight's cbs money watch update. >> stocks extended last week's big gains, led by a rally and tech companies. shares of apple rose about 2% after announcing plans to reward stock holders with dividends, for the first time since 1995. apple has been demanding cash as demands for the iphone and ipad keep growing. they are paying out a dividend
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of $2.65 a share since july. it will also buy back up to $10 billion over its stock over the next three years. apple's stock is up about 40% so far this year, making it the most valuable in the country. the world's largest delivery company just got bigger. ups is buying its european rival, tnt express. it will expand its presence in europe, asia, and latin america. ups says about 26% of its revenue currently comes outside the united states. it expects that number to grow to 36%, following this merger. and starbucks is opening its first juice bar. the coffee shop chain bought california-based evolution fresh for $30 million. it will sell juices, soups, and salads. starbucks is looking for businesses to help it grow beyond coffee. that's your cbs money watch. in new york, i'm alexis christoforous. you'll soon be able to see
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into the mind of a genius, online. the hebrew university of jerusalem is working to upload all 80,000 items in albert einstein's archive. it includes personal letters with lovers, letters on social issues, and photographs on scientific papers. now, most of the items have been locked in storage. there's no word on when all of them will be online. >> and coming up on wjz eyewitness news at 4:00. freedom to fly with your gadgets. the latest from the faa. out with the old, and in with the new. bge is said to kick off its new smart grid program. i'm monique griego. coming up, how it could affect your bill. a mixture of sun and clouds today as the warmth continues. don't miss your updated first warning forecast. wjz is always on. for stop for -- top stories by helping restore thousands of acres of oyster beds,
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just another beautiful way to start the workweek. gorgeous out there. >> and this is the last time we can say this. it's winter still. >> yeah. >> doesn't feel like it.
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>> but it is officially winter for the last day. and yes, we're already talking about spring-like thunderstorms. and potentially summer-like feeling thunderstorms. let's get first doppler radar and show you a few have popped up. we have a few showers out there. what we're going to do is take you out there and show you a tour. this first batch in the western parts of the state. a couple of thunderstorms in this state right there. swinging into carroll county. nothing is moving all that quickly. it will bubble up eventually and rain itself down. also, as we head over to the eastern shore, there is one random one that has popped up just to the northeast of cambridge, just to the east of trapp, and that is going to hang around a little bit here. and overall, we'll see a few more of these, before we head into the evening hours and everything starts to die down. we'll switch it over and show you. earlier today, we had fog. that gave way to sunshine. now, a couple of showers and thunderstorms out there. overall, nothing big.
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temperatures, huge part of this story. it is 72 degrees now in baltimore. 76 in d.c. we'll take you in a little closer and show you most of the metro area, in the 70s this afternoon. except just along the water, still in the 60s, which is also way above average. because our average is 55 degrees. it's climbing, but it is still way below where we have been last couple of days. so far, we've topped out at 73 degrees. and most of the forecast will be way above average because of this. a huge division across the country. notice the entire east coast is very warm. that comes all the way back into minneapolis, 76 degrees. it is now down to 69 in chicago. but going with 80s there tomorrow. whereas, look at all of this cold air. los angeles down to 50. 48 in san francisco. as long as it stays over here, it's going to continue to pump up that warmth out east. and we are going to benefit from that. but the other thing with this storm system locked in place is we'll see's few-- see a few
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pieces off to the west. and then they get stuck. because there's nothing to move it along. that's why we're going to see a couple of days. then they die down. but the biggest trend here is how warm it's going to be for the next few days. so the forecast today, on the waters, bay temp now, 53 degrees. couple of thunderstorms out there now. or showers. we'll see fog form once again. 53 for our low. tomorrow, back up to 73 degrees. fog to start out the day. chance of thunderstorms. as we head through the afternoon. this is the trend the next couple of days. and when we break this trend, we're actually warming up even more the second half of this week. we'll have that forecast coming up for you. >> incredible. >> thanks, bern. don't miss the cbs primetime lineup at 10:00. it's another episode of hawaii five-0. then stay tuned for eyewitness news at 11:00. from 68 to 16. the first three rounds of the ncaa tournament are in the books. jessica kartalija is live at wjz.com, to update the
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asusbracket challenge. hi, jessica. into the tournament. the more points you can earn. here is where we stand. in tie for first place. meteorologist bernadette woods and mary bubala, the two basketball experts of the newsroom. they both have 82 points. adam is in second with -- and as for me, i may not be on the bobblehead leader board, but i'm still there somewhere. click on the top of the home page. i think i will stick to football, clearly. >> yes. you did very well in that. >> you are the hoop expert, though. i'm not even going to try to compete. >> i'm shocked, actually, because i picked missouri to win it all. so at some point, my head will roll off that bobble, i'm sure. thursday night, sweet 16, already there. syracuse, versus wisconsin. then it's the battle of ohio. the buckeyes, versus the bear
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cats. at about 9:30. all live, all the action here on wjz 13. lots more ahead at 4:30. arrested with george clooney. today, what a massachusetts congressman is saying about the incident. a new trial for george huguely? the motion his attorneys are filing right now. on high alert. a gunman on a motorcycle opens fire at a jewish school in france. the deadly link to two other recent attacks. eyewitness news at 4:00 continues with vic after this. ,
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it's 4:30. 72 degrees and mostly sunny. hello, everyone. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm vic carter. here's what people are talking about. a gunman opens fire at four people in france. it is the latest in a string of
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shootings in and around taluz. >> reporter: grieving relatives arrived at the oczar hatara school, as news spread of the shooting. all the children from this school are like my children, this woman said. police say a gunman on a murder bike opened fire just before classes started at the school in the southwest city of taluz. a rabbi, his two young sons, and another child were killed. the prosecutor says he shot at everybody who was near it. children and adults. the children were chased inside the school. investigators say the gun used in the attack is the same one used to kill three soldiers in two separate incidents in the same area last week. in both those shootings, the gunman escaped on a scooter. french president, nicolas sarkozy promised to find the killer. authorities are trying to determine if this latest shooting is a terrorist attack. so far, the motive is unknown.
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but one of israel's top diplomats in france says it's clear the shooters singled out the jewish community. >> it was a target. this is something that cannot be understood. how can you aim at children from a close range and kill them, at innocent civilians? >> reporter: french media reports that soldiers were of arab descent. security is now tighter at both jewish and muslim descent in tuluz. >> france has the largest jewish community in western europe, estimated at a half million people. asking for a retrial, convicted murderer george huguely is back in the courtroom. >> that's right. huguely's lawyers are asking for a retrial. at that hearing, they asked for things to be released. most of the evidence, including the autopsy report were not
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made public. if a retrial, they say it could get worse if the evidence is released. >> last month, a jury recommended a 23-year sentence for huguely. the judge is expected to sentence huguely next month. the search is on for a driver who hit a worker. ricardo jones is installing pavement markings in a closed lane early saturday morning. it happened i-95 southbound, near the catonville exit. the driver who took off was in a silver or gold-colored gm sedan or pontiac grand prix. if you know anything, call police. a massachusetts congressman arrested with george clooney at a protest in washington, d.c., talks about what happened. paul burton reports. >> we spent about 4 1/2 hours in jail. >> you were in a cell? >> in a cell. >> reporter: congressman jim mcgovern just returned home from washington, d.c., where
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he, along with actor george clooney and other activists, were cuffed and hauled away during protests at an embassy in sedan. >> proud i did it. there's a terrible, humanitarian crisis going on in sedan. where if the governor of sudan does not allow food to his people, tens of thousands of innocent people and children will die. >> reporter: they urged to send a message to the sudanese president. >> immediately, we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the sudan. before it becomes the worst crisis in the world. >> reporter: demonstrators blocked it to symbolize food and other aid. >> sometimes it requires people getting arrested. including a celebrity, who happens to have a lot of courage and guts who has been there to bring this issue to the forefront. >> reporter: by friday afternoon, they were released from jail. >> one by one, we were called out and processed.
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fingerprinted. our photographs were taken. and i paid $100 as a fine. >> reporter: mcgovern says he hopes their actions will bring international pressure on the stude nese -- sudanese government and hope for a country that has so much injustice. >> people ought to care when innocent people are being slaughtered. >> there's a mug shot of me. but my guess is the mug shot of george clooney will probably be more in demand than the mug shot of me. >> that was paul bergen reporting. clooney's father and others were among those also arrested. we have breaking news right now. let's go to captain mike perry. mike, what do you have? >> reporter: we have an accident, vic. it occurred about 30 minutes ago. this is in parkville, baltimore county. this is putty hill avenue. we're across perring parkway. it's an odd-looking accident. you see this vehicle here, crossed over the center. after being struck by another vehicle. ask collided with four more
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vehicles, sitting in waiting traffic. there was, apparently ambulances at the scene. it was not clear at this point who or how many people were transported to local area hospitals. but as you see, baltimore county police do have westbound putty hill avenue closed at perring parkway. as at least one lane of southbound perring parkway blocked, as they continue their accident investigation. we'll stay on the scene and keep you updated as we continue to gather information. back to you. >> thank you very much. captain mike perry. there is pain rat the -- at pump, as usual. >> well, vic, prices continue to go up, offering no break on drivers' wallets. today, the national gallon of regular will run you $3.84. that's up from a week ago. the jump marked the 10th consecutive day. and here's a look at gas prices in our area. last month, it was $3.may be -- $3.59 a gallon.
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the highest recorded average price for a gallon of regular here in our area was 4.05, may of 2008. >> bge is getting ready to put its smart grid program into action. monique griego explains how the utility hopes moderrize -- modernizing could save you money. >> reporter: conserving is a big concern for most homeowners. >> i think it's important to save money. with this economy that we have today, we have to do everything. >> reporter: bge hopes to help customers like linda. >> we're going to be able to help our customers do what they have been asking us to do for a long time, which is help them become more energy-efficient and help them save money. >> reporter: starting in may, crews will go house to house, switching out 1.3 million electrical meters. >> this is for the first time going to give us a two-way connectivity to the meter. >> reporter: bge says the actual process of switching out these old meters with a new
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one, only takes a few minutes. so there really won't be any lengthy interruptions in service. >> reporter: unlike the old meters, smart meters will allow customers to track their usage over time. so they have more control over their bill. gold also says this will increase the response. >> this will allow us to pinpoint with great accuracy, which customers are in service, which are out. >> reporter: the transformation is expected to take three years and cost $482 million, 200 of which was paid for through a federal grant. thompson said she is just hoping for a smooth transition. >> i don't like changes myself at all. [ laughter ] i like the way it is right now. and it's fine. but you gotta keep up with the times. >> reporter: monique griego, wjz eyewitness news. >> bge crews will begin putting in smart meters in may, in anne arundel county, baltimore city, and installations won't start until next year. a letter is being sent out today to all customers. and some of you may have
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already been using your air conditioning. a nice day outside right now. and it looks like we're in for another warmup this week. there's a live look at the inner harbor. ask cruise ships getting ready to take off. bob is here now with the updated numbers and first warning weather. bob? >> today is the last full day of winter. in fact, tomorrow morning, a little after 1:00 a.m., spring officially arrives. although it's been here for several weeks. take a look at radar. we have a couple of spring showers around here. even a couple of thundershowers popping up. mainly to the west of us. light activity around flintstone, hancock, and western maryland. and also, we have a shower and a thundershower. going on right now across portions of -- let's call it northern carroll county, as you can see. that one near taneytown. and that's moving up towards pennsylvania. should be moving out of that region pretty shortly. it's got brief rainfall. another shower with a little bit of thunder there between trapp and cambridge. right there east of route 50.
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right there around the baltimore region. looks like this will move toward baltimore county. look at these temperatures. 72 now. 76 in washington. 72 in cumberland. the cool spot, still has some wind off the ocean. we're at 61 degrees. looks like a warm start to spring. temperatures running 20 or more degrees above normal, all week long. vic? >> okay, bob. thank you. let's check in on the roads now with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. let's check in on that accident. sky eye chopper 13 was just over the scene. as you can see, we do have the accident there. it's perring parkway at putty hill. it just occurred, couple of vehicles involved. also, one lane blocked in the southbound direction for perring parkway. the best way to get around this would be to take taylor avenue. but we'll update you with any changes. as far as the rest of the region goes, if you're traveling 95, in the northbound direction, slow traffic there from 32 to 175.
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on the one of the side inner loop, a traffic still slow around security boulevard. and the north side inner loop, a minor slowdown there, as you make your approach over to charles street. traffic does go back to posted speed after that minor delay. other accidents include warren road at reisterstown road. east northern parkway, at mclean boulevard. and now, let's take a live look. as you can see, everything moving along just fine. 695, west of york road. this traffic report is brought to you by volunteers of america. where 100% of donations go to helping people in our area. go online to cars helping people.org and donate a car right now. >> thank you very much, kristy. straight ahead, a ship sinks off the coast of taiwan. and not everyone is rescued. burning wild. a massive fire in colorado is devastating the county. latest on efforts to stop the flames. and it may be the warmest and it may be the warmest day of ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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flo is a gentle giant. bundle home and auto at progressive.com. several people are recovering after a float collapses during a st. patrick's day parade in louisiana. witnesses say a two-story float was rounding the corner. moments later, the whole display collapsed. 35 people suffered minor
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judiciaries. investigators say the float may have been carrying too muchight a deadly ship accident off the coast of taiwan. the taiwanese coast guard said the gravel ship sank this morning. one crewman was pulled from the water. he's recovering at a hospital but says he has no idea what caused the ship to go down. several teens are injured in new york, when the floor of a home collapses during a party. adam may has more on what investigators are doing. >> investigators said that same building has been cited several times. according to the new york post, the owners were issued five violations, for not having the proper construction to failing to fence off their work. neighbors say they had questioned the home's stability since the additions were made. dozens of teens were dancing when the floor suddenly buckled and dropped them to a lower level. >> thank you very much, adam. two people were hospitalized. one with serious injuries. a call for justice by the parents of an unarmed teen,
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shot to death by a neighborhood watch group in orlando, florida. trayvon martin's parents want the justice department to investigate. >> reporter: hundreds of trayvon martin supporters marched near orlando, sunday, outraged that three weeks after the shooting death of the 18- year-old, police still have not made an arrest. >> i would like to see this man brought to justice. >> martin was seen walking away home from a 7-eleven store. it was 7:00 p.m. george zimmerman, a community watch member thought martin looked suspicious and called. >> he has his hands in his pants. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> we don't need you to do that. >> reporter: but zimmerman ignored the dispatcher. he caught up with martin.
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they fought. two minutes zimmerman was told police would handle it, several neighbors called 911 about hearing screams and gunfire. >> so you think he's yelling "help"? >> yes. [ gunshot ] >> there's gunshots. >> reporter: martin was dead. shot once in the chest. zimmerman told police he fired his 9-millimeter in self- defense and he has a lawful concealed weapons permit. but all martin was carrying was his cell phone, a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles. >> they're treating this as my son is the perp, my son is the victim here. >> gun control advocates they the case is an example of why florida needs stricter gun control laws. firefighters are working to control stubborn wiestled fires. dozens of units from in and around yuma county are pouring water on the burning land.
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the wildfire is about 10 miles lodge and is being fanned by high winds. three firefighters are hurt. and as many as 1,000 people are forced out of their homes. soon you may be able to keep your electronics on during your entire flight. the faa is reexamining its hard line use of bans during takeoff and landing. they are trying new and evolved technology like kindles. but even if flight rules are changed, you still won't be able to turn on your cell phone. did i do that? actor jaleel white preps for his big debut. coming up on entertainment tonight. countdown with the big dancing with the stars premiere. is jaleel white the early favorite? ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: prepping for tonight's big debut on abc. jaleel is definitely all grown up. 34 years old, in fact. but it seems as if just yesterday, we were watching him
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as erkle on family matters. and who can forget the erkle dance? but don't expect jaleel to do the erkle dance on dancing with the stars. not happening? >> why would i get myself intentionally marked off for doing something like that before the judges. at the same time if i can evoke nostalgia, that's going to happen. >> reporter: it's the foxtrot jaleel will be performing tonight with two-time champ. and while family matters was big in kim's native australia, she wasn't a fan. >> i knew the character. but i hadn't really watched family matters, i'm quite embarrassed to say. but you haven't really watched dancing with the stars either. >> no. >> so we went home and googled each other. the ratest -- latest on george clooney's arrest. and charlize theron opens up about the baby boy she just
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adopted. and you can see entertainment tonight, here on wjz 13. warm and humid for the last day of winter. but wait until you see bob's first warning weather forecast. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] virtual wallet can help you be that person who's good with money. see what's free to spend. move money with a slide. save with a shake. feel good about your decisions.
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here's a live look outside right now. >> tough winter day out here. digging that snowfall out there. you want some snow? head out to northern arizona. montana. blizzard warning now between glasgow and northwest montana that way. northwest of butte, pretty good snow. here we have one little thundershower. just south of gettysburg. that shower moving up toward york and adams county. it may just clear up a little bit for baltimore county and maybe get down to finksburg, the next 30 to 40 minutes. but it's generally moving north of the city at this point. so there is a slight, slight chance of a shower. still a little activity out there. but not all that.
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72 degrees now. now, remember, the high only in the 50s. if it ever gets back to normal, can you freeze. east winds at 14. humidity up there a bit. a little more humid today. dew point is up. barometer holding steady. 30.15 inches. 76 in washington. 61 with a bit of a breeze off the ocean. or ocean city. and there may be more fog forming again tonight. particularly on the eastern shore. some patchy fog. still 70, and 68 out in far western maryland. 69 in hagerstown. with light sprinkle activity. by the way, annapolis at 63. and kent island as well, coming in with a cooler 63. the water is awfully chilly. 70, rock hall. and bel air, up to 71. 73, 45 today. the average high, 55 and 34. we haven't seen 34 in a while. 75, record 1918. and 12 degrees here. 1876.
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right now, winds back to the east. more over the next day or so. southerly component. that's going to keep us in the warm air. there's a warm plume of moisture and severe weather going on tonight. also tomorrow, nebraska, kansas into its tex. could -- texas. some clouds and widely scattered showers tonight. and again, maybe tomorrow afternoon. but all in all, just a warm weather pattern for our region setting up. with temperatures back in the 70s by the end of the week. we could really get into warm air. right now, in the upper midwest, it's in the upper 70s. we might get to 80 or 81 by friday. yes. east winds on the bay. 5 to 10 knots. bay temp around 53. it is coming up. so tonight, any shower activity will be very early. and then just moving out here with lower fog overnight. low 50s tomorrow. low, maybe even mid-70s. any morning fog burns off, with temperatures back well above normal. almost 20 degrees. and that's going to stay that way all week long, even warmer
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by wednesday, thursday, friday. >> no complaints. >> not at all. still to come. disturbance downtown. i'm mike hellgren. why hundreds of young people converged on streets here over the weekend. the police response. and what the mayor is saying needs to be done for the future. ♪ [ acoustic guitar: upbeat ] [ dog ] it's our favorite. yours and mine. because we found it. together. on a walk, walk, walk. love to walk. a long walk. a walk with you. a walk i smelled squirrels on, but i stayed by your side because i could tell, could feel, that you had a bad day... and me being bad wouldn't make it any better. but being there was already helping a little anyway. and then we found that wonderful thing. waiting there. waiting for you and me. and you smiled. and threw it. and i decided right when i picked it up, i would never, ever leave it anywhere. ever. because that wonderful, bouncy, roll-around thing...
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coming up on eyewitness news at -- 5:00. the frightening moments do you want, as crowds take over the inner harbor. police say he tried to run over one of their own. now, the search is on for the suspect. i'm jessica kartalija. that story coming up. i'm alex demetrick. coming up, a maryland soldier, murdered in afghanistan, is remembered.
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that story as eyewitness news continues. check in for more on these stories and all the day's breaking news. eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. discount downtown disturbance. a mass police spent. >> what's behind the unrule -- unruly crowds special. what the city is doing to prevent it from happening again. >> i'm kai jackson. and i'm mary but bal. >> violence in baltimore's most popular tourist attraction. teens arrested and tasered as police try to control an out-of- control crowd at the inner harbor. wjz is live at police headquarters. mike hellgren is there

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