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good monday morning. thank you so much for joining us. hope you had a wonderful weekend. the weather was gorgeous. justin is here. jamie is off, so you're stuck with me but we have a packed studio. we have a lot to talk about. mortgages, foreclosures, plus the heads of the police and union and fire, they will tell us about their pension plan. we're going to talk about why you need to know about this. the bachelorette, we chat with her from los angeles. first, today's hop to -- hot topic. if you're a "lost" fan you've probably been on all the message boards. you probably stayed up late to watch hours and hours of "lost." >> i really think that the way
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the show wrapped up and what it is in the final moments, none of the cast really knew until we got into the shooting of it. >> six seasons, some 120 episodes later, many viewers might be wondering the same thing with the much awaited finale that brought the series to a close sunday night. finally, an answer to the question where are we? we don't want to spoil it for those of you who may have it on the dvr. we go to some of your thoughts. we posted -- what did you think of the "lost" finale? "very moving, made me sad and happy at the same time. i'll miss the show." "it was bittersweet, i wish more questions could have been answered but when you've been dead the whole time i guess everything isn't supposed to make sense. what a ride." to share your two cents log on to the facebook fan page. it's today's hot topic. we'll read some of the comments during the newscast.
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justin was one of those up late watching it. 9:02. very little sleep. i'm with you. we had a party at my house. maybe wasn't dead the whole time? i don't want to give much away. i hear the producer in my ear. i hear you. for the record, i think it was a great show but the more you you talk to people the more questions you'll probably have. the question today, what the heck is going on here. it's moist, tropical, feels like we're back on the island here, in baltimore we've had a few showers roll through, clouds, even mist and spray on the roads. temperatures stuck in the mid-60s. this is parkville, top side of the beltway, again, more showers coming through and just making for a very wet start to the day. we take you to gwynn oak, pretty much the same story.
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overall we've got this flow coming out of the east and it is locking us in here with a very small range of temperatures from morning to afternoon. we started about 64. we're now 67. we may get up to the mid-70s but overall, once you have that wind from the east and almost a fully saturated environment it's tough to move those temperatures today you'll notice it's not highlighting the rain well. maryland's most powerful doppler radar coming up in the next half-hour but overall it is just a matter of these small raindrops vult of what is a -- as a result of what is a tropical-like environment off the east coast. look at the flare-up of rain along the north carolina and south carolina coastline. look at the circulation here. this is running close to a thousand miles off to the southeast of the south carolina coastline but this is a subtropical low that the national hurricane center has interest in, with a moderate chance of develop into the first-named tropical system of the 2010 season. official tropical season begins june 1st.
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it's a little early but it's possible it gets a name this week. if it does it would be alex. it would not be the first time we get a named storm in may and it doesn't really have a foretelling sign for the rest of the season but we do expect a very active season especially here along the east coast. it's already dumping heavy rains across the carolina coastline, enhancing the flow in maryland. and the reason we'll get stuck to the environment that is going to pump in more showers throughout the day. temperatures aiming for 75 as our 2-degree guarantee. we'll highlight maryland's most powerful doppler radar, show you where it's raining in the next half-hour. but the range, trying to settle down a little as we head through tonight. there may be leftover sprinkles and mist. even developing fog. back to 65. for tomorrow turning partly sunny, but we do not relax the chance of rain. in fact, probably in the afternoon we'll have a few more showers, maybe an isolated downpour. 78, we'll try to push up to the 80s for the end of the week and we'll check the extended forecast in the next half-hour.
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the impact on the baltimore city pension plans for the police department and fire departments thanks to a growing budget deficit and other problems. the city had trouble paying into the pension plans, values reportedly slipped to 40% to 50% of their future liabilities. the unions know it's broken but the deadline is quickly approaching. the spokesperson for mayor stephanie rawlings-blake tells "good morning, america" at 9:00 under the current pension plan members can retire as soon as age 40 with full benefits. mayor rawlings-blake superiors comprehensive pension reform because she believes they deserve good retirement but it's something the city has to be able to afford. we need our police and firefighters, certainly in baltimore city. times are tough and the proposed changes are something we want to talk about this morning, bob cherry and bob slejekski from the police and fire unions.
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thank you for coming in. in good morning. >> what is the first big issue? your biggest gripe now? >> i think it's the fact that the police officers and firefighters who, when they took this job, entered a contract with the sit of baltimore. in that -- city of baltimore and in that contract they agreed to go out, keep our children, elderly, citizens safe. now the city is telling a lot of police and fire that just because they cannot afford it we want you to work longer, more hours, more years before we will fulfill your pension. >> i guess -- a contract is a contract. i think that's what most people think. so where is the issue now? you're saying it's kind of -- the promise is broken? >> when we -- when poem think of contracts they are thinking of labor contracts. but this is a contract with the city that is spelled out in the city code, an individual contract. we feel it's a promise made when you're employed, you're promised certain benefits. as we go through a dish --
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different administration every couple years, it seems they want to take away rather than thirty five up to the -- live up to the agreements made by previous administrations. one of the things -- the comment is misleading, it says full benefits, retire at 20 years with full benefits. that means it's half pay, not full pay. this is our social security. the benefits. that much richer -- aren't that much richer than what people get from their social security and whenever the federal government tries to change social security there's a huge outcry across the country. that is our social security plan and our members, rightfully so feel they are being cheated. >> especially with you putting our lives on the line to do your job. i'm sure there's a part of this that can really leave you sour but do you have a solution? we know the city is broke now. do you have a proposed solution to this? >> we've had a solution, megan.
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in march of 2009 the fire unions and the police union submitted a proposal then mayor dixon and the city council to begin to deal with some of the problems they thought -- was the problem, or with the pension plan. one of the problems was how to come up with a formula for the post retirement pay increases. it was then the unions that recognized that it's not just dealing with the formula for the post retirement pay raises but the entire plan needed reform. so despite what ryan or dougherty and mayor rawlings-blake was saying it was the police unions that said we need full reform on the pension plan but it doesn't mean going back on the contract obligation. it's amazing, crime down to numbers we have not seen in years and the firefighters are working hard with four, five company closings a day. we're doing our job. we just want the mayor and city council to do their job which is to keep the public safe. oo you're not keeping them --
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you're not keeping them safe when keeping the police and firefighters concerned about what they are going to retire with. >> what do you want people to know? ? i think the most important thing is, we are dedicated to the citizens and we understand that the city is having financial problems. but, we also want people to know that we have been attempting -- it's almost like we've been trying to force the city to sit down with us and talk about this. it's been, like pulling teeth. as bob said, we put a proposal in 14 months ago. that didn't go anywhere. now we're being called into a meeting saying it's our way or no way. and that's not the way to fix this problem. >> what happens july 1st? >> july 1st, we're prepared to file suit in federal court but given we recognize that mayor rawlings-blake is committed to public safety as is the city council we're going to work as hard as we can with the administration to reach a settlement. if we can't reach a settlement,
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megan, our members have asked us, our required us, to file suit. we feel very strongly about this. you just can't stop at the bottom of the ninth inning and say the game's over. so we are prepared to go to federal court, however, we're confident, as long as we keep talking that we can reach a settlement with the administration. >> the pensions, i wonder if a lot of people out there think bit. they think about you guys when their house catches fire, car broken into but might not think about police and firefighters after their time on the job. maybe that's something we all need to think about a little more. >> it's a growing job -- as bob said, our services, our responses are going up. we're not getting any slower. we're doing with it less people, less apparatus. it's a brutal job and after 20 years you're beat up. some people can stay a little bit longer. but again, this gives them that option saying, ok, i've taken
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enough physically, i can't do much more so here's an option for me to retire. at half pay. then i can go on with my housewife doing other things -- my life doing other things not quite as strenuous. >> will you come in after july 1st and talk to us? >> absolutely. >> see you then. thank you so much. still ahead -- coming up next, when it comes to staying in your home, understanding your rights when it comes to foreclosures and how you can save some money without losing your home. flowers aren't the only things blooming this spring, scams are in full bloom too, joce sterman tells you how to protect your pocketbook in our "scam alert." plus, making your way to a safe and fun summer. if you're going to be hanging out in the woods or anything like that you'll need to know more about lyme disease. (announcer) the art of getting dirty
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it was a gorgeous weekend. it will be pretty pleasant today, too. wilhide's provide these gorgeous flowers. they are in ellicott city. thank you so much for the flowers. back to your two cents on today's hot topic. your thoughts on the "lost" series finale. our facebook fan page. what are your thoughts about the finale? ann writes -- don't say anything! i missed dvr-ing it last night.
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i have to wait to next saturday for the rebroadcast. hang on, you can actually watch it on-line. they have the full episode on if you can't wait until saturday you can always do that. bruce writes -- what a rip. it was jacob's ladder padded over six years. so, that's what some of you are saying. good thoughts, bad thoughts, lots of people liked it, others were disappointed. if you want to sound off feel free. go to our facebook fan page. you'll find today's hot topic. we'll read as many comments as we can during this show. so go ahead and leave your remarks. we want to get to foreclosures. things may look better and we hear they are better but maryland is not out of the foreclosure woods yet for sure. nationwide, it's still grim as well. predictions indicate there will be 12 million foreclosures over the next five years but there is help out there. and felix torres colon with the
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baltimore home ownership preservation coalition. thank you for coming. >> thank you. >> things are still bad, and in maryland? >> yes, our numbers are roughly on track with 2009 so far, which was worse than 2008. unfortunately, we know that a lot of adjustable rate mortgages are set to their interest rates to go up this summer. so we think this is the combefore the storm. >> really? >> yes. >> you're designed to help people. you gave helpful tips. the one thing you say, and we hear this all the time but i don't think a lot of people get the message, don't fall behind. don't wait until it's too late. >> absolutely. i think once you fall behind your options are very limited, with the lender. what a counselor can do is very limited. we occasionally get calls from clients that say my foreclosure is tomorrow, what can you do for us? we can't do anything. as soon as you think you will get late or it looks like you
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can't juggle the balls anymore you need to call a homeownerrership counselor. >> you say before signing on any dotted line get help. >> absolutely. we saw a lot of clients that thought they were getting into one loan. they finally signed the papers and got into a different loan than what they understood they were getting. it's important to have a trusted adviser like a homeownership down counselor. lawyer. make sure you know what you are getting. >> there are people that say i don't have the $500 and hour for a lawyer it may cost. there are programs that will help you? >> we're very excited. one of the things that has recently been launched is the civil justice, which is a local group and partner of ours, is launching a program to help first-time home buyers, to provide them with pro bono legal system to see the paperwork so the mistakes don't happen again. >> i believe we had them in
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last week. you do have to qualify for that help, is that right? >> you have to be a first-time home buyer. the home has to be under $425,000. but it is a statewide initiative so i think it's really, the first time we can really give some real legal assistance to folks before they get into trouble. >> this is a yearlong program, correct? >> that's correct. >> maybe it might be something if it catches on, if it's benefiting people we might see more of it? >> absolutely. it's a pilot, so to speak, but we're hopeful it will show real value, people will warm up to it and we can do it in the future. >> one of the things we were talking about earlier, you said whatever you do, don't fall behind on your mortgage. i heard about people who ended up foreclosing, that the advice they get -- i don't know who is giving it -- first get late on payments and then contact us. we can't help you until you're in trouble. that's a complete myth? correct? >> it is -- i think, where
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people got it from was early on in the crisis there were some servicing companies that were so overwhelmed they were not dealing with people who thought they might get into trouble. they were just so overwhelmed they were dealing with people who were seriously in trouble. that's how the myth started, but the fact of the matter is you can talk to a counselor right away, whether you think you're in trouble, they can look at your situation and say you're not in trouble now but sooner or later you will get into trouble. yeah, it's a myth. the sooner you talk to someone the more options you have, the easier your situation can change. >> do you have a web site? >> >> you can always log on to, we post this interview and you can get all the information you need. felix, thank you so much for coming in. it's a scary thing. good to have somebody explain it and know there's help. >> please, if you need help come and see us. >> thank you. stay with us. coming up next -- with warm weather comes outdoor adventures and trips, also some
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summer is not exactly here yet but we want to
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start your summer off the right way. we're getting a early start to summer safety. this morning we're talking about lyme disease. few of us really worry about it. we all know about it but it's something we need to think about. maryland actually has a pretty high number of cases. so dr. rodolfo fernandez from st. agnes hospital is here to fill us in. thank you for coming in. >> you're welcome. pleasure to be here. >> i think this is important to talk about. all of us know you get lyme disease from ticks but that's all i know. what exactly is it? >> lyme disease is an acute infection transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected deer tick. it can spread to different parts of the body including joints, muscles, heart and nervous system. >> if left untreated it can be very serious. >> yes. >> is it hard to treat? is it difficult to treat? >> no. treatment, most common treatment is an oral antibiotic, taken by mouth. and the disease can be easily detected by a physician. >> so, is there any sort of
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tell tale sign, ok, this doesn't look right, is there a rash or fever, what are the symptoms that you might have lyme disease? >> most symptoms, a circular -- appears at the tick bite, it can appear from three to 30 days after the bite. >> we're looking at pictures now. i imagine some people have it, it looks severe but i know there are people out there who would say it's probably just a bug bite and it will go away. is there at some point when you should really get to a doctor? >> yes. when the rash starts expanding and starts to look like a bull's eye, you need to call your doctor. >> any other symptoms with that? headaches or -- >> yes. not necessarily -- fatigue, headache, fever, chills, muscle, joint aches and swelling lymph nodes. >> let's talk a little about the prevention. this is probably one of those things that you can take care of before it gets so serious as getting lyme disease.
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>> you prevent the disease by protecting yourself from tick bites. avoid areas where there are a lot of ticks, parks within cities and wooded areas. you should also use insect repellents and use long sleeves, long socks and long pants when in those areas. >> i imagine this is the kind of thing where you want to do a full inspection on your kids or maybe spouse or your friend just to make sure you're not carrying a tick. >> you're right. yes. >> what about removing them? i know there's a certain way to do it. >> fine tip tweezers, grab the tick close to the skin and gently pull it straight up until the whole tick is removed. >> how do you know it's if all removed and if you don't what happens? >> if you don't see your doctor immediately. >> it sounds to me like this is one of the things, easy to prevent, easy to treat but not so much if it goes un-- you know, kind of, ignored. >> right. if left untreated the disease
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can spread to the joints, central nervous system and heart. it can produce severe symptoms such as shooting pains, dizziness, severe headaches, neck stiffness and palpitations. >> you think about this, you hear bit, you never think it will happen to you. doctor, thank you very much. from st. agnes hospital. thank you. coming up next, when it comes to spring cleaning, some scams could be cleaning you out. we'll show you the top spring scams to watch for. and one college wants to have freshmen supply their own dna. why the college says they want the dna and why some say they are going too far.
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time for "pump watch." gas prices are dropping a week before memorial day weekend. according to aaa the average price for regular gas in the baltimore area, $2.77 a gallon, down six cents in a week.
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nationally the average price is $2.79, down seven cents in seven days. spring is officially here, no doubt about it. unfortunately, consumer experts say scams are springing up too. this morning abc2 news joce sterman takes a look at the top five spring scams to be aware of. >> reporter: a beautiful spring day could put you in the mood to do some traveling or just lounge outside the house and escape is what most people are looking for this time of year but scammers know how to use your fantasies, fears and financial concerns to their advantage. >> when you better have your guard up. >> reporter: rick brinkley with the better business bureau says he's used to getting complaints about the first scam on our list. >> be very careful of anyone who just calls you unsolicited and offers you any kind of travel. >> reporter: he says doing your own research and making your own travel plans will always get you the best deals so be wary. as for scam number two - >> before you buy an item, hearing you can get a tax rebate or credit on it, do your
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observe homework first. >> reporter: own homework first. >> reporter: many are attempted to invest in many holm improvements but make sure your investment qualifies for money back. economic out energy it can be an expensive mistake to go strictly on what a sales person tells you. >> the people were promised all kinds of things that the company knew good and well wasn't going to qualify for a tax credit. >> reporter: springtime scam three focuses on fears surrounding passage of the health care reform bill. >> the first thing you want to do is be alert to a pressure, to do something right now. if you want to report fraud to the inspector general - >> reporter: cindy lofton is a coordinator for a senior health insurance counseling program. she says you shouldn't be fooled by scammers trying to rush you into a health care decision. >> all the biggest elements of the health care reform legislation won't even go into effect for formore years. >> reporter: with scam four, be on the lookout for so-called free grants for the unemployed.
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they are all over the web. >> when you're looking for any kind of help craigslist is not the place i'm going to use as my reliable source to turn over credit card information in an e-mail or especially social security information. >> reporter: and our last spring scam involves taking the plunge to buy a new pool or hot tub, be careful or you might end up financially high and dry. >> know who you are doing business with, a swimming pool is a high dollar ticket item and you don't want to be left hold hollywooding the bag on -- holding the bag on $25,000 because you gave money to someone who skipped down town and you could have done your homework and saved money before it started. >> reporter: joce sterman, abc2 news. >> for more information, head to when you get there click on the "scam alert" section at the top of the home page or you can just type in good advice. it's monday morning, that means carl delmont from freedmont mortgage comes in with great advice and
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information about the housing industry. one thing we definitely want to talk about, this fannie mae change, this deadline coming up. what are they doing? and what does it mean for people? >> i think people need to realize that june 1st, there's a new rule, lenders have to pull a new credit report right before closing. the idea is they want to make sure that the guy that got prequalified for the home doesn't buy a car, too or make all these purchases. it makes sense in that regard. however, there will be a lot of innocent people caught up in this. imagine you're getting ready to buy a house and right before, two weeks before you go to closing your kids' transition goes up in his car. you put on the credit card, it's a $5,000 limit, you put another $3, 000 on it, you're almost maxed out and your score can plummet. does that mean you're worse of a risk? just means you're doing everyday expenses. young couples, same scenario, trying to buy house, as lender you're told don't spend the cash. all of a sudden their transmission goes out or somethingen expected.
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they put it on a credit card versus cash. their credit score can change. i can understand why they are trying to do it but for the few people -- you're putting them in the same net. >> is there a better way? >> fannie mae can't even balance a checkbook. don't look for them for good advice. be prepared, try to be cautious before you go -- before you purchase refinance. don't do anything unexpected. if you do, call your lender ahead of time to do preventive steps. >> financial reform. >> once again, a huge rush -- the word from dodd and barney frank, we have to get it done by july 4th. i think it's more important to get it done right than right now. there are things where they are trying to take things away. one is they want to cap the income on loan officers. a lot of people think that's good. they make too much money but look, if you cap an income what is next? more importantly, one of the things they want to do is limit the ability, when someone comes
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to buy a house you can do a combination of the lowest rate or highest rate. one or the other. the majority of the people do something in the middle, they take a rate that is slightly higher than par and use the extra profit to maybe pay closing costs or judgment. taking it away is anti-consumer but they think they are taking away the money. in this market no one is making the maximum amount of money allowed by law anyway. from a consumer standpoint i think it's not a good move. you talk to talk to the industry and consumer groups before they rush through on this one. >> lenders. >> this is the new low -- scary. over the weekend we've had two different people contact us to see if we could review the paperwork. two different big banks are sending letters to clients saying we're too busy, sign this letter agreeing not to sue us because we can't guarantee we'll fund your loan in time. yeah, you made a contract but we can't guarantee you anything.
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we can't guarantee we'll close you. >> it's scary. >> if you're going to send the letter out hire more people. you have six weeks to do this. it's bad but this is why financial reform is being pushed through because the banks continue to find new lows to hurt consumers. it's a big tangled mess. watch yourself. there's a lot of pitfalls that could effect especially with the tax deadline looming. >> carl delmont comes in every monday. if you have a question e-mail us at coming up, one local group is trying to get as many suits as possible to help those trying to get back to work. you can help out. we'll tell you all about it. and she was the heartbreak story of last season's bachelor but she's back and she's in charge. we're going to hear her story and why she's looking forward to being the new bachelorette. >> they keep recycling these people. water is coming in off the atlantic with a strong east/northeasterly wind at 12 miles per hour. 67 degrees and that is our image from downtown baltimore.
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many of you dealing with intmittent showers, that will continue on this relatively warm and humid day to be expected. more on that and the outlook for the rest of the week coming up.
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getting into the work force, training, starting over, none is easy but fortunately for us there is help for baltimore-area women. helene -- helayne?
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>> thank you. >> as well as karen henry. here to tell us about the program. suited to succeed. >> it's a program that was developed for women transitioning from welfare to work, job training programs and women who were displaced home makers to give them suits to go back to work. >> what kind of stories do you hear from people? >> all kinds. they've had kids, they've been in and out of the work , lost their job, it's been a year and a half, in this economy, since they were able to get a job, just to watch their eyes light up when they are dressed, is -- i love it. >> i think we forgot. if we do have a wardrobe that makes us feel good about ourselves how important it is for a woman to feel confident. if they are going into something that might be a little bit -- a little scary or maybe make them feel a little insecure. >> we had a woman recently, she's a phd, four children, had been out of work for, like,
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three years and came in and said the reason i can't get a job, i go in, i'm not dazzling them, i'm not dressed well. we suited her up and she got a job about a week and a half later and now she's a bank manager. >> how does that work? does somebody come to you and say hook me up with some clothes? >> the clients have to be referred from an employment agency, a shelter, some of the other programs around town that are helping people get jobs. they must be referred and make an appointment to come in. otherwise anybody can walk in and say i need a job. we want to be sure -- last year we suited 1,400 women. >> wow. >> 1,400 women got between two and five outfits. >> all in our area. >> all baltimore, downtown. >> you need the suits. everybody has something in the closet they have not worn in a year. do we drop them off? do we call you? where do you get the suits?
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>> we tell women, one suit and pair of shoes will change a woman's life. what happens is they go in their closets and find 10 or 20 suits but one suit is what we need but you can drive up, call us and say we've got a trunk full of clothes. and our volunteers come out, get the clothes, you get a receipt and you can keep going so they don't have to find parking. then of course, if corporations have a clothing drive we can come and pick it up. we make it very easy to donate. >> you have something coming up? >> our shop is 10 light street. the entrance is on redwood street. the number is 410-528-1799. if you call we can come out tuesdays through fridays. >> we'll put that information on the web site. tell us about suitapalozza. >> it's the upcoming fundraiser from 5:00 to 8:30, we have fabulous actions, wonderful food, and it's a great time to
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support suited to succeed. we've got special awards we're going to give. senator vernea jones will be speaking. we're thrilled. >> great opportunity to help women in the community. if you missed the information, go to, we'll put the information there. thank you so much. you are dressed very nice. i would think that - >> suited to succeed. >> thank you so much. >>, correct? >> yes. >> thank you so much. stay with us. coming up next, a university of california at berkeley wants incoming freshmen to do more than just do summer reading. why they want students' dna as well. and she was the fan favorite on last season's "the bachelor" but life got in the way. we'll chat with ali about her chance to be the next bachelorette and what she's looking forward to.
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please join me in a moment of silence to honor these students and their families. >> the cheers at games, no matter what the sport. and the name of yeardley love. >> we're remembering all of our classmates who passed this year definitely -- it was good to
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have the moment of silence for them and remember them. >> a moment of silence at the university of virginia's commencement ceremonies for yeardley love, the student and lacrosse player found murdered may 3rd. she was awarded a posthumous bachelors degree in politics and government. police charged uva student and lacrosse player george huguely with first degree murder in her death. he was her ex-boyfriend. there's a debate brewing for freshmen going to the university of california at berkeley this fall. the school asked them to turn over a very personal item, their dna. abc2 news david wright explains why college wants their dna in the first place. >> reporter: every year uc berkeley sends all freshmen the title of one book to read over the summer, to spark a converse. this year incoming students will get a decidedly different assignment. >> we'll get a swab. >> reporter: the new students are invited to send berkeley a dna sample. >> we thought since this is a
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scientific issue and it's a personal issue, we would better engage our students if we actually involve them in an experiment. >> reporter: on the campus where protest is part of the dna already there's no shortage of strong views. >> i think it's a huge invasion of privacy. >> i think it's a little scary. >> reporter: skeptics worry about the future imagined in sci-fi movies like this. >> a single hair, sighiate ca, determines where you can work. who you should marry. what you're capable of achieving. >> reporter: berkeley insists the test is voluntary. the results anonymous and that the samples will be destroyed. they are only testing for genes that control the body's ability to process dairy products, leafy vegetables and alcohol. >> every student should eat leafy vegetables, make sure they take folic acid and stay away from binge drinking.
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they don't need gene tests to tell them that. >> reporter: school officials insist that is not the point. >> this technology is coming. it's already in place in medicine. >> reporter: the idea, administrators say is to spark a conversation, a scientific and ethical debate. and, mission accomplished. david wright, abc news, los angeles. she was a fan favorite on the last season. a frontrunner for jake's heart and while things didn't work out a ali and jake she stole your heart. it's her turn to see if there's a man out there that can capture her heart. ali joins us this morning. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> great. you must be very excited. >> i am. the show premieres tonight at 9:00. i'm looking forward to it. >> there's trips to iceland and tahiti. it sounds kind of wild, something with a broadway competition. what can people expect? it seems different than any of
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the bachelorettes we've seen before. >> yeah. there's just -- there's so much to see i guess on this season. we went to these places and did extraordinary things. i think, even, subtract also the amazing places and things we did, i think just in terms of the guys and the things that went on there's going to be quite a little bit of drama and scandal this season. i think it's going to be really good. >> drama and scandal equals good tv. i know last season you said you made some tough decisions. everybody kind of fell in love with you because you were so excited about your job and you had to make a tough decision which you later said was a big mistake. do you think you learned something from that? to kind of pull into this new experience? >> yeah. people ask me a lot like, do regret the decision you made aft season? it's a tough question because i do regret the choice i made because of what it meant. i was putting -- a career and
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job, i guess over a potential -- my life, that could be my family, my everything. i think that was wrong. i shouldn't have done that but i don't think i was right for jake either. i think everything worked out the way it was supposed to. i'm grateful for that in the same sense. i'm almost as grateful for the whole lesson i learned, going into the bachelorette i -- i lost my job, left my apartment, i had nothing holding me back. i could just put everything out there on the line. >> it looks like this season is a lot of fun. it looks like this potential mistake in the past is lending itself to a whole new experience. >> i got a second chance. i think everyone deserves a second chance. i'm really grateful. >> you're adorable. we're looking forward to seeing you tonight on the big premiere of "the bachelorette." >> great talking to you. thank you. >> see you tonight.
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it runs tonight at 9:00. on abc2.
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when you think of monday this is often what you think of. this is what it feels like out there. we have low clouds and periodic showers and it is just -- just not pretty. i mean, low-grade clouds dominating the sky. we have 63 now. not really that much rain recorded. at ellicott city's veterans elementary school. a light wind from the east but overall we continue to have that easterly flow that keeps us very moist with areas of showers, 66 now in reisterstown. compared to 64 in aberdeen. maryland's most powerful doppler radar, we have this in super sensitive mode. regional radar having a tough time picking up small droplets which are fairly common when you have a tropical system nierny. that is why it seems there's a tropical influence, it feels very warm and moist. you'll notice the regional radar not even showing up the rain, that is why maryland's most powerful doppler radar, in full use today. we have that easterly flow, again, coming off of the
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atlantic and saturating our environment, basically everything east of the mountains. that is why we have more showers that will continue throughout the day. heavy rain along the carolina coastline but there's that system, sitting about 500 miles to the south of bermuda and sitting roughly seven to 900 miles off the south carolina coastline. that storm system will continue to slowly try to strengthen and there's a 30% chance this could develop into a full-fledged tropical system. right now there's an exposed area of circulation at the center. wrapping the storms around the city and increasing the winds to 39 miles or greater, it gets a name, that would be alex. the season typically begins june 1st but it's early. this one looks like it will probably stay just near and then jump offshore during the course of the week. our forecast model indicating more showers today on that easterly flow. probably some fog and maybe even mist and more showers
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overnight. then we go through scattered showers tomorrow, we try to get sun in here middle of the week to warm things up. all depending on the tropical system or at least potential tropical system. 75 today, it will be a tough struggle as we slowly try to move our way through the 60s. this morning. as we work our way in to tonight we get into the 60s and we'll have fog into the mix. tomorrow a spotty shower. i think we see more sun, up to 78 degrees. if we break out that sun and can suppress that thing off the coast that puts us to 85 on wednesday. 80 thursday, and yes, we have that lacrosse la festivity, and i think we will see good weather. >> a storm named after your son? >> we'll let you know. >> thank you for joining us. see you tomorrow. can i eat heart healthy without giving up taste?
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