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look at how the web of violence connected to gangs is growing larger in our area. and paying more for less on metro. the transit agency paints a dire picture. news4 at 6:00 starts now. first tonight, more arrests in connection with the murder of a young man in woodbridge, virginia. >> the body of christian sosa rivas was found along the potomac river last month. now six people are in custody. julie carey reports that in looking for his killers, detectives discovered a second murder involving a teenage girl. >> reporter: this picturesque spot on the potomac river seems an unlikely place for a brutal murder but this is where the body of the 21-year-old was found on january 12th. now these four adults, another man and one juvenile in custody in connection with the death. this search warrant document reveals how the
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unfolded and how it led first to the discovery of a second murder victim, a 15-year-old good faith faith faither gaithersburg girl. ten people were arrested in fairfax county in connection with her killing. >> there are overlapping individuals who know each other and who have a relationship. >> reporter: even though none of the suspects is charged in both cases, there is a strong common denominator, involvement in the ms-13 gang. police believe those leaders then used the social media accounts of female associates to set up the victim, luring him away from his normal surroundings. police say he was then murdered. >> there appears to have been an internal conflict within the gang itself. >> reporter: venus turned up
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then after a public plea, she returned to embrace a tearful mother, saying she'd fled after she learned of her boyfriend's death. that boyfriend, christian sosa rivas. >> were you scared that might extend to you? >> yes, probably. that's why i left. >> reporter: moments after that interview, she was taken into custody. she's now among those charged in connection with the 15-year-old girl's death. so in this prince william county case, the three men and one male juvenile now in custody in pennsylvania. prince william police will be looking to extra date them back to the county. the two teenage women were picked up earlier in the month near baltimore. they are charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. >> what is fuelling some of this
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experts points to a recent crackdown in el salvador where ms-13 has deep roots. a crackdown there can translate into higher crime and violence here in the u.s. in the washington area. another factor is the increase in unaccompanied minors in the u.s., many of whom come here alone and join a gang to find a sense of family. more gangs are recruiting younger members. they are grooming kids in middle school. social media also plays a role as the gangs often recruit members online. in the district tonight, u.s. park police are looking for the driver of a dodge charger who rammed an officer's cruiser during a traffic stop early this morning in southeast. police say the officer shot into the car at least once before the driver took off. that officer suffered a leg injury but is going to be okay. you are probably going to pay more for less on metro. once talked about as a
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resort to plug a budget gap for next year, metro's leaders now are on the opposite track, saying that riders should brace themselves. transportation reporter adam tuss has details now. >> reporter: listen closely to what's happening with metro. the system is losing riders. it's losing money because of that and now the transit agency says it's likely fares will go up and service will be cut to make up the difference. metro's board chair admits that cannot last. >> without a doubt, it's a counter productive to what we're trying to do. >> reporter: what jack evans is hoping for is after safe track metro becomes more reliable and riders come back. >> maybe i'll be sitting here a year from now having the same discussion going oh by the way we're going to close down
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july. maybe we have to wait until july 1st of 2018 and close the system before we get everybody's attention. >> reporter: he says it's time local leaders realize how dire the situation is and find some sort of dedicating funding source like a sales tax to permanently fund metro. riders pleading with metro not to cut service or raise fares. >> i rely on metro to get around. i live, work, play and socialize just like you. i just found my freedom. please don't take it away from me. >> reporter: for now, though, an even tougher ride on metro is all but a certainty. if a fare hike does go into effect, you could be paying anywhere from 10 to 25 cents more for your trip. >> adam, this deficit is no surprise. this didn't just happen. how come nobody in the area got together before this to find some money? >> reporter: well, we've been
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time. in fact, they're one of the only transit systems that doesn't have a dedicated source of funding. it's not easy to pass a tax. it's not easy to get people to swallow that. and the money that metro has had over the last number of years, we're taking about billions of dollars it's gotten from other contributions. people want to know where that money has gone. a lot of people aren't willing to just hand over money to metro right now. they want to see the transit agency is actually improving first before they do that. now, gridlock on the george washington parkway. the northbound side of the parkway has been closed since about 2:30 this afternoon. a tractor trailer jackknifed and hit a tree near the cia exit in mclean. the driver had to be air lifted. park police say he has serious injuries. northbound traffic is being diverted onto route 123. cars are crawling along that roadway. trucks are not allowed
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parkway. but park police tell us this was a mail truck. it was authorized to be there. secretary of state rex tillerson is on his way back to washington tonight after a trip to mexico to smooth over a strained relationship. mexico's president met with tillerson four weeks of abrup y ly cancelling a visit to the white house. john kelly is also on that trip clarifying the new immigration enforcement policy. >> let me be very, very clear. there will be no, repeat no, mass detor paportationsdeportat >> reporter: john kelly in mexico today defending an immigration policy that's drawing outrage across the border. >> again, listen to this, no, repeat no use of military force in immigration operations. >> reporter: which seems to contradict what president trump told ceos hours earlier in
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>> we're getting really bad dudes out of this country and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before and they're the bad ones. and it's a military operation. >>reporter: later the white house explained military does not mean troops. >> the president was clearly describing the manner in which this was being done. >> reporter: immigration and security, top concerns across the border. and just outside washington today at cpac, the influential conservative political action conference, high level administration officials determined to solidify republicans as the party of trump. >> what we were starving for was somebody real, somebody genuine, somebody that was actually who he said he was. >> reporter: mr. trump's most controversial advisor steve bannon echoed the president's attacks on the media and democrats. >> if you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day, every day it is going to be a fight.
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pitch to win the heart of america's conservative movement. president trump is scheduled to speak at cpac tomorrow. vice president pence is the headliner at the cpac tonight. his speech will get underway about an hour from now. earlier today the aud yenience d from kellyanne conway. she took part in a discussion with political commentator mercedes schlepp. >> people should really think about when they see president trump, they should think about all the places he was and could be. the political motivators of typical politicians, money, power, prestige, fame. he had all of that and he and his family have sacrificed mightily in those categories for him just to serve. >> kellyanne conway also said president trump is smarter and works harder than anyone else on his staff.
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two people are out of their home tonight after an early morning fire in ft. washington. it started outside and then spread into the home, spread to the garage and the attic. damage here estimated at about $300,000. no word on what started this fire. a maryland police officer is being honored for his bravery after a gas explosion and fire killed seven people and injured dozens more at an apartment complex last year. montgomery county officer jeff hughes was the first to respond. he received the medal of valor yesterday. hughes was off duty at the time working for the flower branch apartments in silver spring that night. he ran to help a family out of the rubble and then ran to other buildings pulling fire alarms and getting more than 100 people out. d.c. has a new police chief. tonight his first order of business and what the former chief says about the man now
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would broaden the definition of when one can get a protective order in maryland. will this year be the year? spry secrey secrets exposed book by a former cia official. temperatures in the 70s today even setting records across our region. could be setting more tomorrow. we'll talk about that, plus a good chance of not just rain, but at dominion, we're putting our energy to work
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i had not lived alone since that incident. >> reporter: political strategist and radio personally says her ex tried controlling every part of her life. but under maryland law, it was not enough for her to get a protective order in court. >> every time i would call the police, they would say there was nothing he could do. he would have to put his hands on me first. when he finally did, he almost killed me in front of my children. >> and the fact that they could not go to court and receive protection is why i stand up every year and fight for this bill. >> reporter: angela angel is introducing legislation to expand the definition of what is domestic violence. >> there are women that are literally dying, dying in need of protection. >> reporter: the bill calls for the inclusion of harassment and destruction of physical
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additional ways to expand the definition of abuse. we've had many cases are protective order versus sas hav lives. >> reporter: it appears this year there is greater support. >> we have to give those persons who are responsible for helping us the tools that they need. >> reporter: last year 50% of the domestic homicide in maryland happened in prince george's county. it's why this delegate is saying it is a must that this year this bill is passed in the senate and the house. peter newsham has spent nearly 30 years with the d.c. police and today he officially became the chief. newsham joined the force back in 1989. he became assistant chief in 2002. he has a law degree from the university of maryland and currently lived in ward six. today the chief explained his commitment to community
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policing. >> community policing is very simple. it's a philosophy that needs to be instilled in every single officer. the philosophy is that we the police are here to help. >> chief newsham had the endorsement of former kathy lin. tom, a lot of people didn't know chief newsham until the last several months. but there are other people, other officers, members of the community. what they say? >> he's good with both. he's been very good out in the community before he was acting chief. he's very well liked by the rank and file. he answers questions from all those groups including the media with pretty much ease and he handled the trump inauguration with very few serious problems. >>
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months ago. he's been here all along. what took so long? >> couple things. mayor bowser did not want a disruption. they were planning for the inaugurations. that was a big deal. she didn't want to disrupt the police force by doing that. also, she's running for mayor. mayor bowser needs continuity on the force. she needs someone like newsham who knows the force. there's already political back and forth over how many officers aren't there. they had 100 people applied for the job. they interviewed about a dozen of them. but mayor bowser i think decided she wanted continuity. she wanted to stick with the plan and he's the guy who can do it. charles allen the council member in charge of the public safety committee will be holding three public hearings for people to testify before he's formally picked by the council. >> you d
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there, do you? >> i see no problems. some new information tonight about an altercation that sparked so angry protests in anaheim california last night. an off duty los angeles police officer was at home when he got into a confrontation with a 13-year-old boy reportedly about students walking across the officer's lawn. the boy and the officer struggled with a crowd of teens beginning to form. the officer pulled out a gun and fired a shot. investigators say he fired into the ground. nobody was injured. we do not know what happened before the recording started. >> i thought i was going to die lightning rig like right there. >> the officer says he pulled his gun after the teen threatened to shoot him. hundreds of people blocked streets last night to protest the incident. more than 20 people were arrest. state of virginia is staking new steps to fight the opioid epidemic. we're going to break down the four things that are being done that cou
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>> the race to find a vaccine that can protect us from the zika virus. trials are underway in our area as researchers reveal the virus is more serious than previously thought. >> reporter: transgender students herebethesda
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. doug, it felt like a record breaking day today tnchtsz a. >> it certainly was. we talked about the potential for setting those records yesterday. we hit 77 at dulles today. the old record, 73 degrees. reagan national hit 75. the record today 77, so very close to a record at national. these are some of the cherry blossoms down along the tidal basin and out there along the mall. these are a different variety than the oshinos. there are 12 different varieties along the tidal basin. the japanese gave us over 3,000 fre trees. that's why you see other types of cherry plblossoms. another beautiful sunset and our region. temperature of 67 degrees, dropping through t0s
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but dropping through the 60s, it's really hard to believe it's february. we're going to continue to be on the warm side. 72 leesburg, 71 in fredericksburg. storm team 4 radar dry once again. we do need to see some rain. we have some coming in through the day on saturday. look at this storm, a lot of snow on the backside of this system. that system again stays to our north and continues to allow this very warm air to make its way our way. we hit 75 today. raleigh hit 77. indianapolis at 70. today we hit 75. tomorrow i'm going for a high of 76. that will be two degrees shy of a record, the old record 78. that record set back in 1884.
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almost summer-like out there. yeah that's right, the kids can wear shorts to school tomorrow. heading out tomorrow night for dinner, perfect weather. saturday is the day to watch. you may want to keep the umbrella handy here. we stay warm early on saturday. we get some sunshine ahead of this frontal boundary. some of those showers could actually be strong, maybe some thunderstorm activity associated with this front as well. that's how strong it is. behind it we get cold and windy on saturday night. dining out friday night, no problem. dining out saturday night, you're going to be eating indoors most likely. windchills fall through the 30s on saturday night. sunday a high temperature of 50 but windchills in the 30s for most of you. another chance of temperatures
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in the 70s. the pattern changes and we get cool by the end of the first week. coming up, some local families weigh in on the president's action in the bathroom debate. new developments after faulty zika tests done here in d.c. how many new cases have been confirmed as one of the nation's top doctors talks about the race to find a vaccine to fight the virus and quiet neighbors in the suburbs that use the
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you're watching news4 at 6:00. one of our areas largest and most diverse school systems is responding to action by the white house on transgender rights in schools. >> the trump administration revoked a directive from the obama-era that allowed students to use the bathroom for the gender with which they identify. news4's chris gordon talks with a local family about the issue and joins us live from bethesda. >> reporter: you are about to hear from a transgender student who goes here to north
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he says he has had no problems from students, teachers or staff when it comes to using the boys room here in the school. the birth certificates say these twins are female. but this school year, sidney declared his transgender male. the trump administration announced that it's dropping the obama era directive that public schools should let children use bathrooms and holocker rooms th courrrespond to gender identity. today montgomery county public schools sent out a statement saying mcps guidelines protect student privacy and confidentiality and they safeguard against discrimination, bully
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harassment of transgender students. sidney's sister says it would be hurtful to force sidney to use the girls room. >> it would make him have lower self-esteem. >> reporter: their mother would like to ask president trump to sit down with transgender kids. >> i cannot believe he would rescind this policy guidance if he actually spoke to transgender kids and understood what they have to go through. >> i actually went in front of my classes and i told them to use male pronouns. after i did that, a lot of them came up to me and said i was really brave. >> reporter: today the fairfax county public school system sent out a statement saying it will support and at vdvocate for its transgender students. other northern virginia county public school systems will delay a decision on its policies until the u.s. supreme court decides
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the move by the white house comes as the supreme court is set to take up this issue late next month. the high court will hear arguments in the case of a transgender teen from virginia. gavin grim sued for the right to use the boys bathroom. the driver of a van involved in a terrible accident on i-95 in virginia has now been sentenced. his name is winslow cruz marquez. he's going to spend three years in jail for the deaths of six passengers in this van including a child. criticize marquez pleaded guilty to reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter after that crash happened in carolina county i
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police believe that driver fatigue played a role in that accident. more news tonight about that flawed testing for the zika virus. it was a pretty big shock last week when the d.c. government revealed that all of the zika virus tests they had done on about 400 people were done incorrectly. they were sent to the cdc to be retested. this afternoon 205 more test results were returned. among them, one more pregnant woman actually tested positive and six more are now listed as possibly positive. this after being told months ago that their zika tests were negative. that's in addition to the two false negatives involving pregnant women that we learned about last week. it's impossible to predict where and when the next zika virus outbreak might happen and how serious it might be. mosquitos don't travel far on their own. sos
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international travel. and they're learning more about the virus all the time and the symptoms and side effects can be more serious than previously thought. >> the more we learn, the more serious it gets. we know now that microcephaly is not the only congenital abnormality. it's kind of the tip of the iceberg. if you look and follow children who were born and don't have microcephaly, many of them have abnormalities in their brain, they have other structural abnormalities in their joints. >> mosquito control is key while efforts for prevention are underway with one vaccine in development well into phase one clinical trials. there are at least half a dozen potential vaccines in development at the nih. the doctor told me they're moving more quickly on this than any previous vaccine. there is help tonight in the effort to fight the opioid epidemi
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governor terry mcauliffe signed four bills into law today. one of them allows community groups to dispense naloxone. another makes changes to opioid prescription policies. a third allows needle exchange programs in parts of the state with high numbers of hiv and hepatitis c infections. and the fourth measure offers services to infants who are exposed to opioids in utero. >> the expansion of naloxone bill has been may priority because i'm the one who came home the day that my brother died and found him and i didn't have naloxone. so increasing the availability of it to other family members is going to be huge. >> the virginia department of health projects that more than 1,000 people died from opioid
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year before. a local church wins a round in a battle over new development in bethesda. but their fight isn't over yet. and that yuuniversal questi, are we alone? new reaction from nasa after seven planets were found. >> cannot wait to see that story. out there today, extremely warm. a big change for your weekend. i'll time your weeke out.nd
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♪ ♪ a small victory today for an historic church in bethesda. the macedonia baptist church is in the middle of a big redevelopment project on river road. nearby land is also home to a former african-american burial ground. members of the church have ral
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that plan. some in the church say that may not be enough. >> we'll be in a position of constantly having to react to equity one's plans as opposed to having an organic plan where everything was planned together. >> the west bard redevelopment project is expected to bring affordable housing to a part of town which has very limited options right now. a stunning discovery in the search for life beyond our solar system. >> some of us think this is the coolest story we've seen in a long time. nasa announced yesterday that seven sort of earth-sized planets would potenticould poter life. they found those planets all orbiting the same star. it's not all that far away. amelia draper talked to nasa today about this discovery. >> this is the discov
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potentially of a lifetime. as you noted, all seven planets are roughly the size of earth and they could all have water. scientists are really excited about three of them. those three are firmly located in what scientists call the habitable zone meaning they have the best chance to sustain life. today i spoke to dr. boyd of nasa about the discovery. >> these are trillions of miles away. that's okay. we don't have to actually go to this system to get information about what's going on on these rocky planets. we have amazing telescopes on the ground that are poised to take detailed observations of these planets. >> i know you love this stuff. i love it too. this was so exciting yesterday when i saw this on twitter. this is the largest discovery for habitable planets around a
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system. >> i don't think there should even be a question. that's the stupidest question man has ever proposed. it speaks to our arrogance. how are we going to be alone in terms of life? first of all, i guess we're assuming we're talking about life as we know it. anyway, here's the cool thing about this thing. that sun as i read today, i think it's less than one tenth the size of our sun. but those planets are so much closer they're in that sweet spot of being perhaps habitable or having water and all the other necessary ingredients to produce life. >> the sun isn't as warm as our sun so the planets going around it a little bit closer. >> one of them goes around i think in a day. >> they orbit a lot more
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quickly. >> another one takes like 20 days. i want to go there. this is really cool. >> so say maiamazing. >> incredible. do you know who your neighbors really are? up next, the secrets revealed about some local spy sites. >> reporter: i think it's about 100% certain that there is a ysp
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your neighborhood? according to a former cia official there's a 100% chance that you could walk to a so-called spy site from your home. there are hundreds of them in and around our nation's capital. they're places where spies live or work or hold secret meetings. mark segraves talks to robert wallace who wrote a book detailing those sites in d.c., maryland and virginia. >> one would never suspect that a spy might live here. >> reporter: bob wallace spent 33 years at the cia. >> do we really know who our neighbors are? the answer is usually not. >> reporter: he says they're all around us. locations where spies lived, worked, held secret meetings and conducted dead drops. >> i think it's about 100% certain that there is a spy site in your neighborhood. >> reporter: somewhere in our area. >> somewhere in your
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i can assure you you can walk to it. >> reporter: wallace has a new book out detailing hundreds of spy sites across our region that you can visit. he took us to this house on fort sumner drive in bethesda. in december of 1976 a retired cia employee edwin moore called this home. >> he decided to go to the other side. >> reporter: it turned out moore had stolen enough classified documents to fill several boxes. then he tried to sell them to the soviets. a security guard at the embassy found the package and called d.c. police fearing it was a bomb. >> they came and retrieved the package. they determined that it isn't a bomb. they opened the package and some very alert police officer in washington said, hmm, i think the fbi might be interested
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this. >> reporter: moore's note instructed the soviets to deliver $3,000 in cash to a dead drop location by a fire hydrant right across the street from his house. that's just what an undercover fbi agent did. >> he's arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced to 15 years in prison. and then subsequently paroled and released after about three years. >> reporter: while edwin moore's story begins and ends right here in bethesda, remember that security guard who found the package he threw over the fence? it turns out he was kgb. he's got a completely different story we pick up in georgetown. i'll have that part of the story tonight at 11:00. >> we have a map of some of the most important spy sites in our nbc washington app. open it up and search spy sites during the
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after covering some of these stories for a while, you realize there are a lot of things happening in our midst. >> exactly right. that neighbor peeking at you, you never know. out there right now everybody ou outdoors today. it has just been beautiful out there. temperatures today in the 70s, even a record high of 77 out towards dulles. here we are at 6:00, almost 7:00 at night. it's 67 d.c. look at the winds, south at 10 miles per hour. we are still in the 70s. these are our weather underground numbers. they continue to change as the temperatures do. 71 in centerville. beverly beach, only 55. again, along the water a lot colder. temperatures around mount vernon also there around theat
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64 degrees. we mentioned a couple of chances of showers to our north and west. here it is back towards more beg mo morgan county in west virginia. this is a recent picture. amazing. 57 degrees at 7:00 a.m. gorgeous around noon. 76 is the high tomorrow. the record high is 78. that was set back in 1884. we've got a chance of hitting that tomorrow. look at this. here's a february map for you. 80 in manassas. i would not be surprised to see a couple of 80 degree numbers. if we do, that might be unprecedented in our region to get up to 80 or at least in the upper 70s this many times in
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warmest february ever and the driest february ever. saturday is going to be much colder by saturday night. 72 for lunch. but by nighttime we have those showers coming through. it gets windy and much colder. breezy on sunday. we get back to the 60s and 70s next tuesday and wednesday. here's a question, have you ever called out sick just because it's a beautiful day? we asked that question. so far half of you say that you have indeed played hooky on a nice day. we are wondering if some of y'all are just out right lying because it's only about 51%. we think there's more than that. to vote head to the nbc washington facebook page. coming up,
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the newest washington wizard is already feeling right at home right here on his first day. here's lester holt with a look at what's ahead on nbc nightly news. rare public comments from steve bannon in his call for voters to hold them accountable. a community in an uproar after an off duty
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as well as the wizards have been doing, they think they got a little bit better. >> they're bringing a new guy in. as drake says, started from the bottom. bogdanovic traded from the last place nets. he arrived in d.c. this afternoon, joining the team for his first practice. he immediately noticed the team's chemistry. >> in the morning on the bus, like a breakfast sandwich. >> bogdanovic answering the tough questions for his first day. he answered eggs and cheese. and getting up close and personal with his new team. gortat actually gave him a
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earlier. >> i celebrated. it's interesting to me. i was chosen to be traded here because i know how they play right now. big change for me from worst in the league to one of the best teams right now in the league. i hope that i can adjust well. >> the capitals back in the win column. never an easy night in philadelphia especially since the caps and flyers really like each other. good news today. the team announcing defense man's niskanen's injury not that serious. he's listed day to day. not too much to se the edmonton oilers come to town. the nationals finally get to play another team saturday. they play their first spring training game against the mets.
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spring training games, regular season games and some post season ones too. carol maloney caught up with the nats first baseman in west palm beach. >> reporter: ryan zimmerman, an original national, face of the franchise and still a fan favorite. he's also a guy out here fighting for his job. >> i know that i still have good years left. >> reporter: ryan zimmerman's 12th spring training with the nationals will not be his last. but he still feels the pressure of do or die. >> nobody is more disappointed than me last year. you want to kind of prove to everyone who thinks that you can't do it anymore that i'm still going to be here for a while. >> reporter: zimmerman is coming off a season long of struggles at the plate. one of the worst batting averages of all the everyday players for the nationals, hitting .218 last year. now motivate ed by that disappointment.
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ability to be able to prove ourselves is why we play. that's what we thrive on. you know, if you don't like that, then better get a different job. >> reporter: he plans on keeping his job and his lofty goals for himself and the team. >> nobody's going to say like national league championship series or bust. everyone wants to win the world series. >> reporter: zimmerman isn't going anywhere. three years left on his team, a team option for a fourth. dusty predicting a big year for him. but first, a long spring and he's ready for the fight. in west palm beach, florida, carol maloney. what will they think of next? spring training for rangers and roi royals. this is the triple play dog. it's a hot dog wrapped in a hamburger wrapped in bacon.
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>> you had me at bacon. >> years ago i'd have had to have at least two of those at a time. now i get sick looking at that. w. that's our forecast for no
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