<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 04:30:51 -0400Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:30:51 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lawsuit Seeks Chance for Input Into D.C. Homeless Shelter]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-08-23_2248.png

A group of 21 D.C. residents have filed a lawsuit, seeking to stop the building of a homeless shelter in northwest Washington until they are allowed input on the location, according to court papers.

The suit, filed Tuesday in the civil division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, said D.C. leaders violated the law by not notifying the community of the location for a planned homeless shelter. D.C. council approved a plan to locate a 50-bed shelter in the parking lot of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Station.

The legal filing claimed part of the 2016 Homeless Shelter Replacement Act, passed by the D.C. Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, violates what is known as the District of Columbia ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners) Act. The group wants the court to issue a permanent injunction against any progress on the homeless shelter until the area’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners can offer input to the plan.

"What we are going to court with is not to ask the court to substitute its judgment for that of the council in choosing this site," said plaintiffs' attorney David Brown. "But to go back to the drawing board and give the ANC an opportunity to presents its issues and concerns."

The Homeless Shelter Replacement Act is part of an effort to replace the problem-plagued D.C General Family Shelter by putting smaller facilities in each ward. In May, the focus changed from putting the shelters on private property to placing them on city-owned land, like the 2nd District police station.

In a statement to News4, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh said ANCs are required have input in D.C. zoning changes, but those changes haven't been requested, yet.

"Once the application for zoning relief is made, the ANC will be asked to provide its view," Cheh said.

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<![CDATA[Senators Question 400% Increase in Price of EpiPen]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:39:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015870885_1200x675_749510723701.jpg A number of U.S. senators demand answers from the manufacturer of the EpiPen after the company raisied the price by 400 percent. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has the new developments.]]> <![CDATA[Report: 80% of College Students Are Underinsured]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:35:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/virginiatech.jpg A new report says 80 percent of college students aren't adequately insured. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains.

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot During Attempted Carjacking on Benning Road]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:38:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Benning+Road+Shooting+082316.jpg D.C. Police say a man opened fire, wounding a woman, after he tried to carjack a pickup truck and steal a motorcycle from the truck bed. The victims drove just over two miles along Benning Road to find help. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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<![CDATA[Hot Dogs as Sandwiches? Georgetown Soccer Celebrates Answer]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:17:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-544909152.jpg

It is a question that has ignited debate and angst for many years.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary proclaimed this year that a sandwich is defined as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between,” and that a hot dog is defined as such. The authoritative dictionary made the final declaration in celebration of Memorial Day weekend.

To celebrate the “end” of the debate, the Georgetown men’s soccer team will celebrate the hot dog sandwich at their game on Sept. 10 against the University of Connecticut. All fans who come to the game dressed in a hot dog sandwich costume or any fans names Oscar, Meyer, Frank or Nathan will receive free admission.

Jack the bulldog, Georgetown’s live mascot, will be wearing a new hot dog sandwich costume. There will also be a hot dog sandwich-making station by the concession stand.

During halftime, some fans will participate in a hot dog sandwich catching competition. The university is hoping there will be enough people in hot dog sandwich costumes to set a world record.

If the hot dog as a sandwich question wasn’t enough, fans will also be asked other tough questions.

• Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?

• Are eyebrows facial hair?

• Is Jell-O a dessert or a side dish?

• Is a lamp a piece of furniture or an appliance?

• Which armrest in a movie theatre is yours?



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<![CDATA[Man Leads Police Chase With Pregnant Woman, Child in Car]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:16:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015870828_1200x675_749452355806.jpg Northern Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey reports on a police chase of a suspect believed to have passed counterfeit money at the Wegmans in Fairfax Corner.]]> <![CDATA[Fairfax County Teachers Get a Lego Education]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:09:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015870704_1200x675_749430339910.jpg Fairfax County teachers get a "Lego education," using the toy blocks to encourage student interest in robotics and STEM pursuits.]]> <![CDATA[Water Worries: Residents Concerned About Mosquitoes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Fountain+Green+Water.jpg

With Zika in the headlines this summer, many people are worried about standing water that could contribute to mosquito-borne illnesses in the D.C. area. The News4 I-Team has received a number of calls and emails from viewers, and so have area health departments.

Through a public records request, the I-Team found D.C. has received dozens of mosquito complaints about tires, abandoned swimming pools and construction sites. That’s prompted health officials to issue citations and spread larvicide in particularly bad cases. In Montgomery County, complaints about mosquitoes and standing water have already jumped more than 270 percent so far this year compared to all of last year.

In Fairfax County, officials say they've gone into overdrive trying to help folks understand where mosquitoes breed.

"If somebody calls in and they're having problems with mosquitoes around their yard, we can actually go out and help them look around their yard and try to provide some guidance," said Joshua Smith with the county’s Disease Carrying Insects Program.

It takes about a week for larvae to develop into the zinging pests we so despise, Smith said.

“If you can empty out water or tip and toss water on a weekly basis that should help control mosquitoes around your home," said Smith.

And Smith reminds residents not to overlook places mosquitoes love to breed, like the tray under a flowerpot, in children's toys or on top of tarps covering wood piles.

"One of the more common ones that we can find in people's yards are the corrugated downspout extensions," Smith said. "If they're not draining properly, they can actually hold quite a bit of water and be a good source of mosquitoes,” Smith said.

Mike Litterst says the National Park Service takes care of almost all the public water features in D.C. Reflecting pools, like the one near the Lincoln Memorial, are typically treated with chlorinated or oxygenated water. But Litterst says fountains are not, relying instead on moving water to keep the bugs at bay. And when they break, things can get pretty gross, which happened at Benjamin Banneker Park at the south end of L’Enfant Plaza in southwest D.C.

"The call from your viewer prompted us to come out and take a look," said Litterst.

The I-Team checked out the fountain at Banneker after getting an email from a concerned federal employee who works nearby and found a stagnant pool of green gunk, full of debris and dead bugs.

“It's been like that for five months," one lunchtime walker, Roger Faranno, said.

Another, Amit Vaddadi, said, "It's just consistently full of algae."

"That is probably a significant breeding ground there," Joe Rollins told the I-Team on his lunch break.

Mosquito larvae were visible swimming around in the slimy mess.

"The health and safety of our visitors is a priority,” said Litterst.

As soon as the I-Team contacted the National Park Service, it jumped into action. Litterst sent a crew out less than 24 hours after calling and found the fountain's motor kept overheating, stopping the water flow and allowing the algae to grow.

"Ultimately your call got us to come in, drain it, get the part ordered and get it cleaned up," said Litterst.

Story reported by Tisha Thompson, produced by Rick Yarborough, shot by Lance Ing and edited by Steve Jones.

The National Park Service said it really does want you to let them know when something doesn't look right at one of their properties. You can tweet them at @NationalMallNPS or call 202-426-6841.

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<![CDATA[Md. Dad: Child Shouldn't Be Expected to Walk Mile to School]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:20:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082316+anthony+flowers.jpg

A Maryland school district said a little boy who just started kindergarten lives too close to his new elementary to ride a bus, but his father says he is too young to walk alone on busy streets.

Five-year-old Anthony Flowers Jr. started kindergarten in Beltsville, Maryland, on Tuesday. His father said he has tried since July to get Prince George's County Public Schools to assign his son a school bus, but they refused. The family lives in the walking zone, within 1.5 miles for elementary schoolers, PGCPS said.

Having Anthony Jr. walk a mile to school alone on streets with no sidewalks is not an option, his father said.

"No kids play in the street here because they know it's dangerous. So what makes them think that a kid can walk to school on his own, especially at this age?" he said.

Anthony Jr. also said he thinks the streets are not safe enough for him to walk.

"It's dangerous. There's no sidewalk and it's downhill, so cars are, like, flying down the road," he said. "If cars are parking [on] two sides of the road and one's coming, then you could get hit."

Flowers drove his son to school Tuesday morning and then left work in the middle of the day to pick him up.

News4 contacted PGCPS. A superintendent with the transportation department went to the Flowers' neighborhood to look at Anthony Jr.'s route.

"He told me to give him until Friday. He'll see what he can do," Flowers said he was told. 

In nearby Montgomery County, parents who let their 6-year-old and 10-year-old children walk a mile home alone from local parks was investigated by Child Protective Services for neglect. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's parenting style was labeled "free-range."



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<![CDATA[AMR Ambulances Fall Short of DC's Response Time Goal]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:00:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AMR+Ambulances.jpg

The private ambulance service hired by Washington, D.C., to improve response times to 911 calls is not living up to expectations, according to records obtained by News4, but the fire chief says they have improved the city’s responses.

The city hired the private ambulance company AMR to improve 911 response times and to free up ambulances and paramedics for maintenance and training.

This summer, the department has been averaging about 500 calls per day, and AMR ambulances have transported more than 16,000 patients since they were brought on in April. The vast majority of the transports were quick and without incident, according to D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean, but according to the records provided by the department, AMR is not showing up as fast as the chief and the mayor had hoped.

In the first four months of operating, AMR showed up in 10 minutes or less 82 percent of the time. It took AMR 15 minutes or more about 9 percent of the time.

AMR’s contract requires the private ambulances to arrive in 10 minutes 90 percent of the time or the company can face monetary fines, but Dean has not required AMR to pay those penalties, saying it wouldn’t be fair since the District gave AMR bad statistics on which to base the contract.

“When we did the contract with AMR, we used 2014 data, and we anticipated they would be going on 165 calls a day at max,” he said. “Currently they’re going average about 180 calls per day.

While AMR is not meeting the standards yet, Dean said because of the record high 911 call volume this year, the District would have been in bad shape without them

“Just looking at where we were last year, and looking at the number of times that we just had to hold calls, we couldn’t dispatch units, we don’t find ourselves there,” he said.

Excessive heat and a spike in calls for synthetic drug overdoses fueled the increased call volume this summer.

Data obtained by the News4 I-Team shows D.C. Fire and EMS responding to hundreds of suspected synthetic cannabinoid overdose calls each month, including almost 600 overdoses in July.

When News4 first asked for the AMR data, the department provided detailed records for the first four months of AMR service, which showed AMR was actually on time only 73 percent of the time, but after AMR and the department reviewed that raw data, they said they made corrections and came to the 82 percent figure.

AMR Regional Director Erik Rohde provided the following statement:

"Our approach to deploying staff and ambulances is based on a “system status management” concept to determine the coverage, on-coming and off-going crew times and staging locations on an hourly basis. AMR uses a computerized system to model historical data, volume and geography to develop a daily deployment plan to deploy units and staff as needed.

"Based on our first 145-days of operation, we have deployed an average peak of 24 ambulances and 340 ambulance unit hours daily (1 unit hour is equal to 1 fully staffed, fully equipped and fully available ambulance) into the DC EMS system. The number of ambulances on the road follows a basic bell curve with the deployment building throughout the day, peaking in the afternoon and evening hours, and then decreasing again into the night. Again, this staffing and deployment of ambulances is not static; the number of ambulances on the road at any given time and day fluctuates based upon data and demand analysis.

"As part of our contract approval, DC Fire Executives reviewed and approved our daily schedule and staffing plans which were based on system analysis and financial provisions."



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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin Cancels Friday's Wolf Trap Performance]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:08:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526200380.jpg

The Queen of Soul's scheduled performance at Wolf Trap in Virginia has been cancelled.

Aretha Franklin said in a statement posted on Wolf Trap's website that the cancellation for Friday's show was "due to doctor's orders."

"Regretfully, due to doctors' orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so," Franklin's statement said. "I'm especially disappointed because two of them are among my favorite cities, Washington D.C. and New York. I don't want to miss any."

Refunds for tickets bought directly from Wolf Trap or from tickets.com will be processed automatically over the next three weeks, the music venue said. Those who bought their tickets via credit card will have the purchase refunded directly to their cards. Those who bought tickets by check, cash or gift certificate will receive refund checks in the mail; ticket-buyers can contact Wolf Trap at 703-255-1868 to verify their addresses.

Those who bought their tickets through third parties, including resellers, should contact those third parties for refunds, Wolf Trap said.



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<![CDATA[Boys, 3 and 8, IDed as Victims of Silver Spring Apt. Blast]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:58:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fernando-Orellana-Deibi-Morales1.jpg

Two children missing since a natural gas explosion at a Silver Spring, Maryland apartment building have been identified as victims, authorities said Tuesday.

Deibi "David" Samir Lainez Morales, 8, and Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, 3, died Aug. 10 after an explosion and fire that also killed five other people and injured more than 40, Montgomery County Police said.

Authorities have said that natural gas was a factor in the blast that involved two buildings in the Flower Branch apartment complex. However, investigators are still trying to determine what caused the gas explosion.

Three other victims were publicly identified Friday as Augusto Jimenez, Sr., 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53, and Saul Paniagua, 65.

Two victims of the explosion have yet to be positively identified, but authorities believe the victims are 34-year-old Aseged Mekonen and 41-year-old Saeda Ibrahim.

Another 31 people were injured, and scores of residents were traumatized by the explosion, which blew doors blocks down the street and shattered glass several streets away.

"They were sleeping in the car for a while," said one resident in Spanish. "Now they've returned to the apartments, but they're afraid to turn the gas stove on. They're afraid to cook."

Residents of the apartment complex have told News4 that they had long complained of a smell of gas around the apartments, which each have a natural gas furnace and stove.

"I've been smelling gas for weeks," said Adriene Boye shortly after the explosion. "I called 911, they came and told us it smelled like incense. That's pretty sad. It's like they didn't take us seriously."

Boye said he smelled the gas on the night of the explosion, too -- but he didn't have time to call 911 before the building blew up.

Boye told News4 he is considering filing a lawsuit against Kay Apartment Communities, the company that managed the Flower Branch Apartments.

In a response to News4, Kay Apartment Communities said it has no record of Boye "reporting smelling gas on the evening of the explosion."

Joy West said she also could smell gas in the area prior to the explosion.

"When I walk in this area, you smell gas near the corner as you approached the gas station. But it's very strong on Flower, about a block from here," West said. "I just felt, and I told the guys at the store, 'You guys be careful 'cause one day something is going to blow up around here.'"

A woman who used to work for the management office at Flower Branch Apartments told News4 that the smell of gas was a common complaint during the years she was employed there.

"Oh my God. It finally happened," said the woman, who did not want to be identified. "They would send the maintenance people to check, but I think something more needed to be done."

Montgomery County Acting Fire Chief Alan Hinde confirmed the fire department had received one 911 call for the report of a natural gas odor, on July 25.

The fire department went to the area where the odor was reported, and surveyed building with a meter, but found no positive results, Hinde said.

At a meeting with officials Tuesday in the community center, residents received reassurances that Washington Gas had checked out the remaining buildings.

"The residents of the adjacent buildings should not experience a problem with their gas. If they do, they should certainly contact us," said Earl Stoddard of Montgomery County Emergency Services.

An ATF official said last week there was no indication that the blast was caused by criminal activity.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun its own investigation into the blast. The NTSB is involved because natural gas and petroleum pipelines are under the board's jurisdiction, an NTSB official said.

The NTSB aims to have their investigation completed within a year.



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<![CDATA[Katie Ledecky to Throw First Pitch at Nationals Game]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:15:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-587853500.jpg

Do you think she can she pitch wearing all that gold?

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky will throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals game this week.

Newly returned from Rio, the 19-year-old Bethesda, Maryland, resident will kick off the game Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the Nationals announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Ledecky won four gold medals in Rio, smashed her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle and broke an Olympic record in the 800m freestyle during the preliminary heats.

She anchored the silver medal 4x100-meter freestyle relay and the gold medal 4x200-meter freestyle relay. In her final event, Ledecky crushed her own world record in the 800-meter freestyle Friday night.

The Beltway Series game is set to start at 7:05 p.m. Tickets still were available as of Tuesday afternoon and started at $23 each, plus fees.



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<![CDATA[5 Pr. George's School Board Members Want Chair to Resign]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:23:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160823+Pr+Georges+Schools.jpg

Five members of the Prince George's County school board are calling for the board's chair and vice-chair to resign.

The fallout comes after the county lost a $6.5 million federal grant for its Head Start program following a federal investigation into allegations of student abuse.

The county's public schools system and board of education were told that the grant was terminated due to failure to "timely correct one or more deficiencies," a spokesperson said last week.

The program was apparently under a federal investigation for months after a review by the Administration for Children and Families allegedly revealed poor instructor training and alleged abuse of students.

In a letter to County Executive Rushern Baker III dated Monday, five school board members expressed their lack of confidence in the leadership of Board Chair Segun Eubanks and Vice Chair Carolyn Boston.

They criticized the handling of an incident involving the alleged abuse of 3- to 5-year-old children, saying the board was not informed of the allegations until an emergency conference call held Aug. 17.

The board members said the letter from the U.S. Department of Health that terminated federal funding for the county's Head Start included findings dated March 1, but that they received the letter from the board chair only a minute before the call.

"Their handling of this incident... of which the full Board was not properly and adequately informed, represents a continual pattern of the Board Chair and Vice Chair taking independent action which supports why we are seeking their immediate resignations," wrote members Beverly Anderson, Edward Burroughs III, Zabrina Epps, Verjeana M. Jacobs and Sonya Williams.

Baker said he has faith in the school board's chair and vice chair.

Stay with NBCWashington.com and News4 for more on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[A Look at the Latest Decision 2016 Polling Results]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:02:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015866055_1200x675_749159491906.jpg NBC News political editor Carrie Dann speaks with News4's Kristin Wright about the latest political polls and where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand.]]> <![CDATA[Man Sentenced After Fatal Silicone Butt Injection]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vinnie+taylor.jpg

A man who injected women's buttocks with dangerous industrial-grade silicone in hotel rooms in the D.C. area has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

Vinnie Taylor, 44, was sentenced on Friday to 14 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release after a woman died after he illegally performed the procedure, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

Taylor admitted that between 2008 and 2014 he gave silicone injections to customers who wanted larger buttocks. He was not a licensed medical practitioner, prosecutors said. He charged between $800 and $1,000 for the initial injections and between $350 and $800 for subsequent procedures, prosecutors said.

Taylor injected the industrial-grade silicone -- which he told customers was medical-grade silicone -- into the buttocks of a woman in a hotel room on March 20, 2014, prosecutors said. The woman began having trouble breathing after she left the hotel. She checked herself into a hospital two days later. After another two days, she died.

An autopsy determined the woman died of respiratory failure "due to a foreign substance causing a pulmonary embolization." Her death was ruled a homicide.

Taylor initially was charged with first-degree murder. Those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement. Taylor admitted in his plea that his actions caused the death of the woman in 2014, prosecutors said.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration warned that illegal injections can be deadly.

“FDA regulates medical devices to protect the public from potentially dangerous complications and side effects. Industrial-grade silicone that is injected into individuals’ bodies can cause serious bodily injury or death,” FDA special agent Mark S. McCormack said in a statement.

In recent years, numerous other cases involving illegal buttocks injections have surfaced.

In 2014, a Tennessee woman, Natasha Stewart, was found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the illicit silicone buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a Georgia woman in 2012.

Authorities say Stewart, an adult entertainer also known as Pebbelz Da Model, took $200 for a referral to the alleged injector and falsely represented the injector as a nurse.

A South Florida woman, Oneal Morris, was arrested in 2011 after several victims said she had injected their legs and buttocks with a mixture that was found to contain Fix-a-Flat, cement and superglue. She pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license.

Christina Cosca previously spoke with News4 about her own legal buttocks-enhancement surgery.

"I think the whole Kardashian complex has taken over and a lot of people do want that look from behind," she said. "You can't cheap out on this one. It's your health and your body."

Surgery typically costs several thousand dollars.

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<![CDATA[Nick Cannon Starts Freshman Year at Howard University]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_85189231806.jpg

Actor Nick Cannon is adding another title to his expansive resume -- student.

The "America's Got Talent" host is starting his freshman year at Howard University in Washington D.C.

"YOU KNOW!!!!! #HU2020 My First Day as a Freshman!!! Howard University Class of 2020," Cannon said in an Instagram post Sunday.

The announcement has drawn many comparisons to "Drumline," the 2002 movie in which Cannon plays a freshman adjusting to life in the band at Atlanta A&T University, a fictional historically black college. 

Actor Orlando Jones, who played the band's conductor in "Drumline," congratulated Cannon for heading back to class on Twitter.

"Just remember @NickCannon 'You're on time if you're 5 minutes earlier, You're late if you're on time!' #OneBandOneSound," Jones said. 

Howard University was established in 1867 and has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, according to the university's website.



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<![CDATA[Virginia Man Accused of Selling Fake Concert Tickets]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:48:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black1.jpg

Authorities want to hear from other possible victims of a northern Virginia man who they believe sold concertgoers counterfeit tickets. 

Howard County police said in a news release that 34-year-old Shannon M. Seeber, of Manassas, Virginia, was recently arrested after selling fake Black Sabbath concert tickets to a buyer in Elkridge. 

The victim says he bought four tickets to the Aug. 21 Bristow, Virginia concert from Seeber after arranging to meet on Craigslist. 

Police say Seeber had fake tickets to concerts for Adele, Drake, and Barbra Streisand in his possession when he was taken into custody. He faces multiple charges, including forgery and possession of false government identification. 

Anyone who believes Seeber may have sold them fake concert tickets is being asked to contact Howard County Police at 410-313-2200.

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<![CDATA[DC Interim Police Chief Announced]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082316+peter+newsham.jpg

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham will become interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday.

Newsham will serve as chief while officials seek a permanent replacement for Chief Cathy Lanier, as News4 was first to report. 

Lanier announced a week ago that she will retire from the department after 26 years of service.

Newsham joined the police force as a rookie in 1989 and rose in the ranks. In 2008, he was named the assistant chief of the Investigative Services Bureau.

He spoke exclusively with News4 on Tuesday and said he will work to work to maintain police-community relations.

"As I serve at the interim, I intend to be as visible as I can be," he said. "I am not Cathy Lanier. I am Peter Newsham. And I intend to be Peter Newsham. And I hope that the community will see me for what I am."

He spoke about Lanier's legacy.

"... She made us as an agency be more responsive, to be more empathetic and to work every day to have our community trust us," said Newsham, who holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree from the University of Maryland's School of Law.

The D.C. Police Union has fought with Lanier over staffing and assignments but has worked well with Newsham, chairman Sgt. Matthew Mahl said.

"Whether it's the interim chief, whether it's the permanent chief, whoever that chief is going to be, they want a chief that's going to back the working officer," Mahl said Tuesday.

Lanier will become senior vice president of security for the NFL. She will begin work at the league's New York office next month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week.

There will be a nationwide search for a new police chief. Several sources said they believe Bowser wants a new chief who can step right into the role, not learn on the job as she prepares to run for reelection.

Newsham said he will serve as long as necessary and that he wants to be considered by Bowser for the permanent job.

"I intend to do this job as long as the mayor will have me," he said. "I'm committed to this agency. I'm committed to this city."

Newsham's top priority is public safety, he said. 

Lanier's last day will be Sept. 17.



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<![CDATA[129K Students Head Back to Class in Prince George's County]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:46:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-91869581-schoolbus.jpg

Tuesday marks the first day of school for thousands of students in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

The school district is the second largest in the state with 129,000 students, and it keeps growing. 

Dr. Kevin Maxwell, the school system's CEO, says that's due in large part to the growing list of programs being offered in public schools. 

"We started an aeronautics program at DuVal High School, and I think when you put programs in that people are attracted to they tend to come to those programs and fill them," Maxwell said.  

The program at DuVal is in it's second year. Maxwell says while the program will continue to work NASA, the district is also working on a relationship with Andrews Air Force Base.

One of the county's programs is still dealing with the loss of a $6.5 million federal grant. Last week, the county's public schools system and board of education were notified that the grant for the county's Head Start program had been terminated due to failure to "timely correct one or more deficiencies," a spokesperson said.

The program was apparently under a federal investigation for months after a review by the Administration for Children and Families allegedly revealed poor instructor training and alleged abuse of students.

Despite the loss of the grant, the program will begin Aug. 29 as planned.

'I Still Get Nervous'

Tuesday may be the first day of school for students, but teachers in the county have been preparing for the first day of school for weeks. 

"For the classroom, we prepare maybe two weeks before we are scheduled to come in," said Carla Burgess, a kindergarten teacher at Pointer Ridge Elementary School.

Burgess and fellow teacher Tonya Morsell have been in constant contact to make sure their classrooms are ready. 

"We're working even after school," Burgess said. "We're on the phone until 10, 11 o'clock at night."

Their dedication is evident in their many years of teaching. And while Morsell has been a teacher for more than 20 years, she admits she still gets first-day jitters. 

"I'm like the kids...," Morsell said. "Even though I've been doing it for over 20 years, I still get nervous the first day."

Students Must Have Vaccinations By First Day

There is one very important thing students in the county must have before they can head back to class -- vaccinations. 

All students are required to have vaccinations by the first day of the new school year. Students who do not have the vaccination are not permitted to attend school until they do have verification of vaccinations. 

The required vaccinations are for diseases including polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and hepatitis B.

There are some exceptions. Students with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent them from getting vaccinated can apply for an exemption.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed at 7-Eleven Remembered by Customers]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:27:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-08-22_2238.png

A 7-Eleven convenience store employee who was killed during a robbery attempt Saturday was remembered by customers as a nice guy.

Taiwo Oduwole, 31, was found inside the business, suffering from gunshot wounds, early Saturday morning by police. He died later at the hospital.

Keith Turner, a customer at the 7-Eleven located on Brandywine Road in Clinton, Maryland, was angry and upset about the shooting death.

"All the guy had to do was ask for whatever he wanted," Turner said. "He was going to get it. He didn't have to kill this guy for it. And that's the bad thing about it. You took an innocent life."

Prince George’s County police released surveillance video from a nearby Comfort Inn that was robbed early Saturday. They believe the video shows the man they think shot and killed Oduwole.

Some customers like Kimberly Brent are saddened to see the

A makeshift memorial at the entrance of the store brought people together to remember the store employee.

"The young man had only been here a couple months, and he was just such a sweet gentleman," said Kimberly Brent, a customer. "I would stop here with my kids. He was always very pleasant."

There is a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Customers are planning a car wash on Saturday to raise more money for the reward.

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<![CDATA[Company Charged $300 to Fix Computer That Wasn't Infected]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:50:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Diane+Hayes+072116.jpg

A Virginia woman paid hundreds of dollars to a company that claimed her computer was infected with a virus when in fact it was fine.

Diane Hayes’ computer made a loud buzz, then froze.

“At the bottom it said, ‘Call this number immediately, and we will help you. You have been hacked into and you need assistance right off,’” Hayes said.

She said she had no choice but to call.

“I couldn’t shut it off, and this had never happened before,” she said.

She was told she had been hacked and they could fix it. She agreed to pay $300, but as soon as she hung up, she had a bad feeling.

“I shut it off and I started to cry because I just had a strange feeling,” Hayes said.

She contacted her credit card company, but they wouldn’t remove the charge without going through the dispute resolution process. She didn’t want to wait that long.

A call to the attorney general didn’t help.

NBC4 Responds contacted her credit card company and provided it with information from the Federal Trade Commission about computer tech scams. Shortly after, it removed the $300 charge.

“Amazing!” Hayes said. “With all these other people out here to call, no one could assist us but Channel 4.”

The computer tech company did not respond to NBC4 Responds’ request for information.



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<![CDATA[Woman Attacked Walking Across Key Bridge]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082216+key+bridge.jpg

Police are warning people to be careful as they use a popular walkway between Georgetown and Arlington after police say a man tried to sexually assault a woman early Sunday.

A woman was attacked about 2:30 a.m. Sunday as she walked across the Key Bridge, Arlington County police said Monday.

"It's a brazen attack. It's very scary for the female in this case," police department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said.

The 27-year-old woman was walking toward Arlington when a man walked toward her. She passed him and then he grabbed her from behind, police said. The attacker pulled the woman off the sidewalk toward grass near George Washington Memorial Parkway.

"Once he pulled her off to the side, he attempted to place his hands up her shorts," Savage said. "The female victim fought back. When she did, he put his hands over her mouth to muffle her screams."

"She continued to fight back and she was able to free herself," Savage continued.

The attacker then ran over the bridge and into D.C., police said.

Arlington police are checking with D.C. police if any similar attacks have been reported in the District, and police are warning people who walk over the bridge to be careful.

"When you're out and about, especially at night, we encourage you to walk with another person if you're going to be on foot," Savage said.

Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the attacker is asked to call 703-228-4240 or email ricolari@arlingtonva.us. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Marion Christopher Barry's Funeral Held]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:56:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms718.jpg

The funeral arrangements for Marion Christopher Barry ended Monday night with hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers. 

Barry, the son of late D.C. Mayor and Councilmember Marion Barry, died Sunday morning after a drug overdose, family members told News4's Tom Sherwood. He was 36 years old.

A private memorial service for family and close friends was held Sunday. On Monday evening, Barry lay in repose at the Temple of Praise at 700 Southern Avenue, Southeast.

A public funeral service followed at 7 p.m.

A statement from Barry's grandmother, Polly Lee Harris, recalled Christopher Barry as "a community activist, and devoted to strengthening and improving the quality of life for those who were economically challenged."

The former mayor always hoped his son would follow in his political footsteps, but NBC4's Tom Sherwood said Christopher Barry never seemed to warm up to the public spotlight like his father. Christopher Barry's bid for a Ward 8 seat, running as Marion C. Barry, fell short in 2015; he came in sixth place.

Although the younger Barry had some personal struggles and scrapes with the law, some said he was always fighting for his community.

"Through him I saw strength, I saw vulnerability," said a man who attended a vigil in Barry's memory earlier this week. "I saw the type of heart that creates a community."



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<![CDATA[Pike District's Effect on Traffic, Shopping and Dining in Montgomery Co.]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015857220_1200x675_748785219698.jpg Montgomery County is redeveloping the area around White Flint Mall into a community called the Pike District. Chris Gordon reports on the effect on traffic, shopping and dining out in the county.]]> <![CDATA[Women’s Equality Forum Held in Prince George’s Co.]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:08:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/030816+angela+alsobrooks.jpg

Some Washington power players lent support to the women’s equality effort in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Monday.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) joined State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks at a forum in Clinton.

Women’s equality goes beyond just the pay gap in Prince George’s County, Alsobrooks said. Serious work needs to be done to improve child care options after a series of domestic violence incidents.

“We find that women often make choices that are very dangerous choices,” she said. “We’ve had some cases in Prince George’s, for example, where women go to work, they leave their children home with individuals they think they can trust, and those children sometimes are dead or injured. So these are really tough choices women are making and they need our support.”

Earlier this year, Alsobrooks and some Maryland state lawmakers pushed for a new bill that would expand the legal definition of abuse to include harassment and destruction of property, but it failed in the House.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of New Teachers in Frederick, Montgomery Counties]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:05:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015857278_1200x675_748793923533.jpg Frederick and Montgomery counties in Maryland are welcoming hundreds of new teachers as the school year starts. Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA[Manassas' First Career Firefighter Retires]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:35:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015857210_1200x675_748767299956.jpg Manassas Assistant Fire Chief Wade House is retiring after 52 years.]]> <![CDATA[3-Alarm Fire at Warehouse in Prince George's Co.]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:46:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hyattsville+Warehouse+Fire+082216.jpg

Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a commercial building in Prince George's County, Maryland, Monday afternoon.

An open air loading dock with a roof caught fire at a warehouse for ABC Supply Co. Inc. -- a building supplies wholesaler -- in the 3400 block of Kenilworth Avenue, Mark Brady of the Prince George's County Fire Department said.

The smoke could be seen from miles away.

The fire did not reach the interior of the warehouse, which stores combustible materials, including pallets and roofing materials. The biggest concern was foam insulation, which is toxic when it melts.

No one was injured, according to Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.

The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department also battled the fire.

The cause is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Burtons Grill & Bar Opens Second Location in No. Va.]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:55:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015851879_1200x675_748551235877.jpg The restaurant Burtons Grill & Bar, which serves traditional American fare, is opening a second Northern Virginia location Monday in Sterling. Dylyn Coolidge of the restaurant showed News4's Eun Yang how to make candied apples stuffed with Brie, candied bacon and more.]]> <![CDATA[13-Year-Old Girl Missing in Prince George's County]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:10:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/missing-girl3.jpg

Prince George's County Police are asking for help finding a missing 13-year-old girl.

Destiny Sidibe was last seen on Aug. 17 on Eastern Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland, police said. She is 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

Sidibe was was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, black leggings and black shoes. She has a burn mark on her right arm.



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<![CDATA[How to Get Your Children Ready for School]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:16:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015847303_1200x675_748394563958.jpg It's the first day back in class for thousands of students in Washington, D.C. and parts of Maryland. One of the keys to staying on track is being prepared. News 4's Molette Green spoke with a DC family about their back-to-school preparations. ]]> <![CDATA[New Smithsonian Museum Offers a View of Rich Black History]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:06:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/061815+Lonnie+G+Bunch+III.jpg

Lonnie Bunch leans forward to peer inside a slave cabin from Edisto Island, South Carolina. The dark and cramped interior defies his attempts to showcase the small living space its occupants subsisted on. 

Bunch flips on the flashlight on a borrowed smartphone, illuminating for his guests the craftsmanship, the hard work and the love that the cabin's former occupants put into what little they had. 

The unification of the old and the new, and the use of modern techniques to explain the historical past - that's what the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Bunch, its founding director, are striving for when the newest Smithsonian museum opens on the National Mall next month. President Barack Obama will help dedicate the museum on Sept. 24. 

Proud of the striking, dark brown angular museum, Bunch sees its goal as helping all Americans understand and appreciate the rich cultural history of African-Americans, and to shine a light on the contributions and achievements of blacks to what the United States has become. 

"This is an opportunity to take an amazing culture, and understand what it mean to be an American through this lens,'' said Bunch, as he guided observers through a special sneak peek inside the building. 

The museum is designed to take visitors through African-American history in the United States from slavery, on the lower level, to a reproduction of Oprah Winfrey's television set upstairs and artifacts from Obama's first presidential campaign. The slavery exhibits are in rooms with small cramped walls to simulate slave ships. Also, there are pieces of an actual slave ship, the São José-Paquete de Africa, which wrecked off the coast of South Africa while carrying more than 400 enslaved people from Mozambique. 

The slave cabin, from the Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, is one of the largest exhibits and was dismantled and reconstructed piece by piece inside the new museum. While the names of the slaves who lived inside the cabin are unknown, Bunch said the exhibit is a good way to help humanize the people who lived through slavery and to help explore the meaning of their lives. 

"What's important about this is that while slavery was a system that controlled people, it was also a system where people built homes and families and tried to sort of craft a life as best they could,'' he said. 

Interior construction is nearly done, Bunch said, as he led a group of journalists around wires and exhibits still under construction: Parliament Funkadelic's Mothership is completely covered, although its distinctive shape is instantly recognizable; a Maya Angelou quote placard "I am the dream and the hope of the slave'' sits on a table waiting to be affixed to a wall along with quotes from Obama, Nikki Giovanni and Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza; and the playbill announcing Ira Aldridge as the first black man to play Shakespeare's Othello in 1857 in England is hidden behind brown paper on the wall to keep it safe. 

Construction on the distinctive looking building is done, Bunch said, and about 40 percent of the exhibits are already inside. 

Some of the artifacts are so big the museum had to be built around them: a 90-year-old, 44-seat Southern Railway car that will help explain Jim Crow laws in the South, and a 20-foot-plus guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary prison named "Angola'' after the plantation that once stood in its stead. It explores the use of policing and laws in the South that were designed to help keep newly freed blacks in bondage. 

History can be seen even from the shape of the museum, Bunch said. The bronze exterior of the building is actually a latticework based on historic ironwork created by African-American slaves and freedmen in the South, which fits into their goal of emphasizing the hidden history of African-Americans, Bunch said. 

Our "goal was to craft a building that would help us remember the rich history of the African-American, so if you look at the building, it has wonderful angles that are shaped both by West African material and women whose hands were at prayer at exactly that angle,'' Bunch said. 

But history won't be static inside the museum, Bunch said. 

For example, in the comedy exhibit right alongside quotes from famous black comedians such as Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx is a joke by Bill Cosby, the first African-American to star in a dramatic show on network television. Cosby faces allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women over five decades, and the 78-year-old comedian has been spending millions in an aggressive bid to stay out of prison, salvage his reputation and avoid legal judgments that could threaten his fortune. 

When questioned about the appropriateness of including Cosby, Bunch said the museum will "tell the story of what Bill Cosby was, what his impact was and ... the fact that his legacy is now being questioned. That's it.'' 

The museum will not stop collecting and curating items, Bunch said, and will strive to stay modern. The Oprah Winfrey Theater inside the building will host conferences on race and other issues, Bunch said. 

And the museum itself is still changing. Basketball superstar Michael Jordan just gave a $5 million gift to the museum, which will now name its historical sports "Game Changers'' section the Michael Jordan Hall. 

"African-American history did not stop with President Barack Obama's election, and so we won't stop there either,'' Bunch said. "There will be plenty for us to talk about in the future, and we're looking forward to helping Americans understand the contributions of African Americans to the rich tapestry of our culture.''



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<![CDATA[D.C.'s First School for Boys Opens in Northeast]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:18:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pewLibrary-GettyImages-465741786.jpg

Monday was the first day back to school for students in D.C. Public Schools -- and the first day ever for those at the District's new school for boys.

The Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Northeast is the District's first boys-only school and the first school to focus on young men of color.

The boys came to school Monday in coats and ties, the required uniform at the school.

"It's another high standard for me," said Absalom Bolling, one of the 110 students who started at the school Monday. "You have to wear a suit and tie to school. That's professional. That shows that people hold a higher expectation for me, and that's something I want to step up to."

The school is opening with some controversy. The ACLU has said the school discriminates against girls, but the D.C. attorney general says the school doesn't violate any laws. 

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson at the school's opening that the school district is looking at what might work in a girls-only school, too.

"We're not a one-size-fits-all school district," Henderson said. "Because something might work for some of our young people doesn't mean it will work for all of our young people."

There's still a lot of work to do inside the school. The school system says the school is ready to open, but added that the building is a three-year construction project.

Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser still has a very important position to fill. 

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is stepping down from her position next month. Her last day will be Sept. 30.

The move does not come as a surprise; Henderson has said she planned to leave DCPS, although she had previously said she would remain until 2017.

She has been with DCPS for nine years, taking over as chancellor in 2010 after serving as deputy chancellor under Michelle Rhee.

Officials will launch a nationwide search for a new chancellor in the fall. John Davis will serve as interim chancellor; he most recently held the role of DCPS' Chief of Schools, Bowser said.

Monday is also the first day of schools for students in Anne Arundel and Frederick counties. See other back-to-school dates for public school students in the D.C. area here.



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<![CDATA[All-Boys Public School Opening Monday in DC]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:41:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Boys+School.jpg Monday is the first day of school for kids in the District. For the first time, one school is opening its doors to boys only. News4's Darcy Spencer went to Ron Brown College Preparatory High School Sunday and found many rooms remain under construction.]]> <![CDATA[When Do Students in the DMV Head Back to School?]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:45:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_91783064.jpg

Check to see when students in your school district head back to class.

Already started:

  • Culpeper County Public Schools (Aug. 9)
  • Manassas Park City Schools (Aug. 15, grades 1-12; Aug. 16 for kindergarten)
  • Washington County Public Schools (Aug. 17)

Monday, Aug. 22

  • D.C. Public Schools
  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools - grades 1-5 and 6 and 9 only

Tuesday, Aug. 23

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools - grades 1 through 12.
  • Prince George's County Public Schools

Wednesday, Aug. 24

  • Fauquier County Public Schools
  • St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Monday, Aug. 29

  • Calvert County Public Schools
  • Charles County Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Manassas City Public Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Prince William County Public Schools

 Tuesday, Sep. 6

  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • City of Fairfax Schools
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Fredericksburg City Public Schools
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools
  • Stafford Public Schools



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<![CDATA[Backpacks 4 Kids 4K]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Backpacks+4+Kids.jpg News4 teamed up with the District Running Collective Sunday for the "Backpacks 4 Kids" fun run. A group gathered in Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront for the run.]]> <![CDATA[Historic McLean Home Set for Demolition]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:35:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Historic+House.jpg A home in McLean, Va. that dates back to the 1700's is in jeopardy of being demolished. The home was used in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Now, a developer wants to make space for new homes. News4's Darcy Spencer reports on what's being done to try to save the home.]]> <![CDATA[Maryland's Amazing Olympic Medal Haul]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:28:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160821+Centrowitz.jpg Is there something in the crab cakes? Athletes who live in or have close ties to Maryland have dominated the Rio 2016 Olympic games. More than 20 of the athletes at the games have ties to the Free State, and they have an impressive medal record. Check out our Maryland medalists!]]> <![CDATA[Off-Duty DC Firefighter Shot While Driving With Daughter]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:36:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SouthernAve.jpg

An off-duty D.C. firefighter was shot while driving in his car with his juvenile daughter, police told News4.

The firefighter was driving in the 3300 block of Southern Avenue, Southeast, about 4 p.m. Saturday when a person on a motorcycle pulled up and opened fire on the car, D.C. police said. His daughter was not harmed, police said.

According to a police report, the firefighter was found in the driver seat of his car suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his face.

He was airlifted to a hospital, the firefighter union told News4. The 44-year-old firefighter was conscious, alert and stable, according to D.C. Fire and EMS, and fire officials said he will survive.

"The prayers of the entire department are with our fellow firefighter and his family, and we are grateful that his prognosis is good," D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean said in a statement.

A spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS said the firefighter is a 24-year veteran of the department and works at a fire house in Northwest Washington. The shooting is not believed to be connected to the fire department, the spokesperson said.

The victim told police an unknown male was riding the motorcycle and fired two rounds in his car before fleeing into Prince George's County, according to the police report.

D.C. police had tweeted for people to lookout for a black and red sports motorcycle.

Paul Trantham, with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, said the incident is another example of gun violence in the area.

"We need a special group back out here so that they can locate these guns and take them off our streets," Trantham said.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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