<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usWed, 23 Aug 2017 10:08:02 -0400Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:08:02 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Human Remains Found in Nokesville, Police Say]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:48:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_1430470312.jpg

A death investigation is underway in Nokesville, Virginia, after human remains were found Tuesday night. 

Prince William County police say the remains were found at 7 p.m. in an area near Nokesville Road and Fauquier Drive.

An autopsy will determine the cause and manner of death. The victim has not been identified. 

Police believe there is no public threat or need for concern. 

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

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<![CDATA[These Are the Powerball Numbers That Come Up Most]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:42:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/powerballnubers.jpg

Forty-four states participate in Powerball drawings. Find out which state has hit the jackpot the most and what numbers seem to come up most often.

<![CDATA[Sherwood's Notebook: Here in the Real World ]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:33:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/roberteleefeuerherd.jpg

The national news, it is exhausting.

We cannot look away, nor should we, nor could we. Even if we tried, it would seep through our cellphones and conversations and computers.

As we wrote last week, associating with or promoting Nazi ideology ought to be the brightest red line. Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, no conservative shirker, said simply, “Good people don’t march with neo-Nazis.”

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, The Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg succinctly summed up Trump’s stumbling inflammation of the nation, saying Trump and his supporters may not realize that the president “is accelerating the demise of Confederate statues. He’s accelerating the demise of Southern Romanticism.”

Make no mistake, the statues and symbols of the old Confederacy and its embrace of slavery are doomed. The emerging debate now is, What next? Do we remove and destroy all vestiges of them? Do we add on-site context to show that these statues and memorials were not just honoring brave soldiers but also were venerating slavery and the states’ rights argument that supported it? Or do we remove them to places of museum and historical study?

Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, knows the power of historical artifacts that tell the abusive, murderous treatment of slaves on the ships heading here and in our own country.

“It is often easier to take our attention away from the harsh realities of history,” he wrote in a lengthy statement released over the weekend. “At the [museum] we are committed to bringing history — with all of its pain and promise — front and center.”

Whatever is done with each Confederate statue, the issue of “honoring” the Southern rebellion is being put to rest. The Confederate battle flag itself now mostly rests only in museums or in racist hands.

We may look back and see these issues as symbolic if we as a nation turn more squarely to deep “institutional racism” that lies in issues of housing, finance, justice and education. Is this an inflection point? Stay tuned.

■ A bit of musical humor. With all of the grave and grizzly videos that recorded the violence in Charlottesville, a brief, humorous cellphone video from 2015 in Columbia, S.C., made a YouTube comeback.

A group of men are marching with Confederate battle flags opposing efforts to remove such flags from public spaces. Musician Matt Buck walked alongside, comically playing marching sounds and parts of the “Ride of the Valkyries.” The marchers don’t seem to realize at first that they are being mocked. Ridicule can be very powerful. What next, sprays with clown seltzer water?

■ Good music all around. We were happy on Saturday to attend the grand reopening of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Burleith. The school is at 35th and R streets NW and is worth riding by.

The physical building is now worthy of the “big dreams” its students bring to the academic classroom, the rehearsal space, the dance studio, the 800-seat professional auditorium and recording studio.

Peggy Cooper Cafritz spoke on Saturday. She was the dreamer whose college activism and later work inspired the creation of the school that opened in the 1970s. It had been the old Western High School that first opened in 1898. (That’s not a typo.)

Cooper spoke on Saturday, but the image we liked most was when she sat quietly on stage, her eyes closed and her body gently swaying as international opera star Denyce Graves (class of ’81) sang “The Impossible Dream” a cappella.

The school was not renovated. It was rebuilt. It also was reimagined, and costs soared to $100 million more than first estimates. But cost overruns are a separate issue. Since Mayor Tony Williams, the city has spent more than $3.5 billion on modernizing or replacing schools that, quite simply, were hellholes in many cases.

At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso, chair of the council’s Committee on Education, told WAMU’s Politics Hour on Friday that more financial safeguards are in place for all school construction. No doubt there could be more.

And Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, says he’s working on a plan to set aside money for yearly and timely school maintenance. The biggest tragedy, he told the Notebook, would be to skimp and delay maintenance on what the city has built and wind up back where we were.

At Ellington, history teacher Nicolas Ojeda told NBC4 what the new Ellington means for the faculty and students.

“It shows that we belong here. We belong in a world-class facility. Hopefully working in this building will inspire [our students] to become artists, scholars, humanitarians,” Ojeda said.

And history teacher Lynn Moore, who has taught at the school 17 years, told us, “I feel like we are entering into a glorious renaissance.”

Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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<![CDATA[Is Opening a Store Credit Card Worth It?]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:53:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Is_Opening_a_Store_Credit_Card_Worth_It.jpg

Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan offers advice about opening store credit cards.

<![CDATA[Maryland Police Station Becomes Crime Scene]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:12:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Maryland_Police_Station_Becomes_Crime_Scene.jpg

A shooting victim pulled up to the Bladensburg Police Department station, creating a crime scene at the station. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

<![CDATA[Video of Columbus Monument Vandalism Found on YouTube]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/columbus+sledgehammer.jpg

Vandalism of a Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore was captured on video and posted to YouTube that showed a group responsible for the damage.

The video appeared on a YouTube channel called Popular Resistance. It is narrated by someone who was at the Herring Run Park while another person strikes the base of the statue with a sledgehammer.

"Part of our evolution as humans requires tearing down monuments to destructive forces and tearing down systems that maintain them. Part of our evolution is to develop new and ancient systems of democratic economics that centers in the needs of poor indigenous African-American and brown people," the narrator said.

The National Columbus memorial, located at Washington’s Union Station, is the site of an annual Columbus Day celebration. Two members of the National Christopher Columbus Association were dismayed at the vandalism in Baltimore.

"It's no reason for vandalism," John Capozzi, a member of National Christopher Columbus Association. "I just think that it's wrong, and I think that if people want to remove a statue, they should go through the proper channels to do that and then act accordingly."

"I think that his achievements eclipse the bad things that we have come to understand in retrospect came with those achievements," Dino Drudi, another member of the National Christopher Columbus Association.

Baltimore police are asking for help in identifying the people seen and heard in the YouTube video. Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said the crime apparently occurred early Monday.

According to the Maryland Historical Society website, the monument's cornerstone was laid in 1792 at the north Baltimore country home of one of the first French consuls in the colonies. It was moved to its current location in 1964.

Last week, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered four Confederate statues removed.

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<![CDATA[Where to Get Back-to-School Vaccinations]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-76489007.jpg

As the school year approaches, parents should be aware of the locations to vaccinate their children. Back-to-school immunizations may be mandatory for your child, depending on their school district. Check the list below for some preliminary information and links to the health departments of Fairfax, Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

Fairfax County, Virginia: Documented immunization is required for children entering kindergarten and sixth grade, as well as for students transferring into the Fairfax County Public School system.The Fairfax County Health Department has five separate clinics to provide immunization services.

Annandale District Office

7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 400E (East Wing)

Annandale, Virginia.

Herndon-Reston District Office

1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100

Reston, Virginia.

Joseph Willard Health Center

3750 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax City, Virginia.

Mount Vernon District Office

8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 233

Alexandria, Virginia.

Springfield District Office

8136 Old Keene Mill Road, The Cary Building - Suite A100

Springfield, Virginia.

Montgomery County, Maryland: The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services issues vaccines to children up to 18 years old, by appointment only, at three health centers in the county.

Dennis Avenue Health Center

Appointments are available on Tuesdays.

2000 Dennis Avenue

Silver Spring, Maryland.

Germantown Health Center

Appointments are available Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

12900 Middlebrook Road

Germantown, Maryland.

Silver Spring Health Center

Appointments are available on Wednesdays.

8630 Fenton Street, 10th floor

Silver Spring, Maryland.

Prince George’s County, Maryland: These county clinics provide routine immunization to children and young adults, ages 2 months to 18 years, with limited or no health insurance.

Cheverly Health Center

3003 Hospital Dr.

Cheverly, Maryland.

D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center

9314 Piscataway Road

Clinton, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[Md. Condo Residents Told They Have to Leave by Noon Wed.]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:58:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lynnhilllcondos.JPG

Emotions ran high Tuesday afternoon after residents of a condo complex in Temple Hills, Maryland, were told they would have 24 hours to vacate their homes when the fire department determined the building was unsafe.

This is the second time in the last year residents at the Lynnhill Condominiums have been forced to leave. 

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale announced the building had too many code violations and residents would have to leave the property by noon on Wednesday.

As Barksdale described the assistance residents would be provided, several women in the crowd interrupted the news conference to raise their concerns. 

"You say the help is out here, but they're not helping anybody. I live here. I have nowhere to go," one woman yelled. 

Just last year, Lynnhill Condominiums' residents were forced to leave after the condo association failed to pay its bills and the power company shut off the lights.

“Most likely we’re gonna be in the shelter,” condo resident Passion Pleasant told News4. “We don’t have nowhere to go. I have six children, I have a newborn, I have an infant and my son has autism. And now, where we supposed to go?”

Walking through the building on Good Hope Avenue, visitors can see holes in the ceiling, trash on the floor, and elevators that haven’t worked in years. But one thing you won’t see are the necessary fire extinguishers required for buildings. Additionally, the fire department says the fire alarm system hasn’t worked in more than a year.

On Friday, firefighters taped signs to the condo doors, letting residents know if the building managers didn't fix the problems by Tuesday, everyone would have to leave.

“I mean, we do really need it fixed because what if there’s a fire and we have no alarm, so we really do need it fixed, but by Tuesday? That is really short notice for people, so how are we supposed to find living arrangements,” asked Malik Brackett, another condo resident.

“It is our goal to make sure that everybody is satisfied.”

William Johnson Jr., attorney for Lynnhill Condominiums, says they have tried to make repairs when needed, but money is tight. Most residents have moved out, and squatters have taken their place, he said.

“You cannot please all people at all times. This is a very difficult situation, so we are trying to find a solution that best fits everyone,” Johnson said.

But the families who call Lynnhill home don’t know what that solution will be.

“I can’t just pull out money like this for a U-Haul. And we can’t just say okay children, let’s go,” Pleasant said. “And then how do I explain that to my autistic child, ‘oh we have to leave once again.’”

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<![CDATA[CDC: Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Infection]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CHICKENS6.jpg

Recent salmonella outbreaks may be linked to backyard poultry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In an outbreak advisory released Monday, the CDC said there have been 961 cases in 48 states and Washington, D.C., so far this year. Of the nearly 1,000 cases, 215 resulted in hospitalization and one in death.  

In tracking the illnesses, the CDC said 74 percent of those who got sick reported that they'd had contact with live poultry in the week before the illness started.

The federal agency and multiple states are investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections in people who had contact with backyard flocks. The CDC said chickens, ducks and their young can be carrying the salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and clean with no signs of illness.

The agency recommends always washing hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry. They said children younger than 5 years old should not handle or touch live poultry without adult supervision.

There have been 56 reported cases of salmonella in Virginia — the highest number reported in the United States — seven in Maryland, and one in D.C. 

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<![CDATA[New Middle School Opens in Loudoun County]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:27:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/New_Middle_School_Opens_in_Loudoun_County.jpg

Brambleton Middle School opens in Ashburn for its first school year.

<![CDATA[Former Inmate Turning Life Around With Help From DC]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:43:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082217+richard+salmon.jpg

In the quiet before dawn in the District, Richard Salmon is patrolling streets for parking violations. He hands out tickets that may wreck someone's morning, but for him the job is a lifeline.

Salmon, a D.C. native and the single father of a 6-year-old girl, is adapting to life outside prison after serving five years for getting caught with marijuana and a gun. He's one of a growing number of D.C. residents who are benefiting from services of the Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs.

The parking enforcement officer earned his commercial driver's license in prison, and prayed for guidance.

"I'm a Christian, so I asked the Lord to, basically, just work with me," he said.

Now, he walks his daughter to school at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary every morning, and sleeps while she's in class. The school supports many single dads.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser plans to open a one-stop resource center to help 5,000 people leaving incarceration find jobs over the next five years. The office also works to connect former inmates with social services.

"When they are coming home from prison or jail, [the office] will connect them to all the resources that we have here in the District of Columbia," said D.C. Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden.

Go here for information on the city's help for returning citizens.

<![CDATA[Panda Cub Bei Bei Celebrates Second Birthday]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bei+Bei+Birthday+Cake+082217.jpg

Bei Bei, the National Zoo’s adored giant panda cub, celebrated his second birthday Tuesday.

As a treat, zookeepers gave him a special ice cake at 10 a.m.

The cake made by the zoo's department of nutrition included diluted apple juice, leaf-water biscuit paste fruit, food dye, grape juice, steamed sweet potato, pears, carrots and apples, zoo officials told News4..

Bei Bei was born on Aug. 22, 2015, and currently weighs more than 160 pounds, a side effect of his love for bambo.

When he turns 4 years old, Bei Bei will be seperated from his mother and returned to China. Most giant pandas are on loan from China. Their cubs born abroad are eventually sent back to China to participate in a breeding program, according to the National Zoo's website.

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<![CDATA['It's Insulting': Moms Slam Va. Back-to-School Ad as Sexist]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:33:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082217+loudoun+ad+called+sexist.jpg

A school system's advertisement promising to help moms who otherwise might let their "yoga pants get tied in a knot" is sparking anger among some mothers in Northern Virginia.

Loudoun County Public Schools published an ad for their smartphone app that asks "Are you that mom?" and describes a busy mother who needs help knowing her children's first day of school.

"The women I know that are mothers are strong, they're leaders, they're multitaskers," said Robin Scott, a working mother of two. "It's insulting."

"It really reinforced gender stereotypes that seem so far out of date," said Tia Walbridge, a working mother of two who also is running for office. She said the ad works against the values she's teaching her daughters. 

The ad shows a cartoon tiger with big sunglasses and a cup of coffee driving a car with a cub in the passenger seat. "Are you that mom?" the headline asks.

"The mom who is uncertain what the first day of school is but thinks it might be a Thursday. The mom who missed the PTA meeting. The mom who can't remember what time soccer practice ends," the text says.

The ad then explains the usefulness of the LCPS app, which has information on the school calendar, sports schedules, lunch menus, grades and more. The app "puts the most frequently used parent resources in one place on your smartphone," the ad says.

So, use the app and "don't let your yoga pants get tied in a knot this back-to-school season," the ad advises.

The school district pulled the ad and a similar video, and apologized to "anyone who might have been offended."

"We produced the video using broad satire, hoping people would not mind a little fun being poked at an outlandish depiction of the hectic lifestyle in our area," a statement from LCPS said.

The school said the ad received overall positive feedback on its Facebook page, but still pulled it four days after it was posted. 

<![CDATA[DC Tourism Is Booming]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:52:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC_Tourism.jpg

News4's Tom Sherwood takes a look at the state of tourism in the District. Upcoming tourist attractions include "Hamilton" and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

<![CDATA[DC-Area School Districts Face Shortage of Substitutes]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:20:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/school+empty+classroom.jpg

Washington, D.C.-area schools are suffering an acute shortage of substitute teachers, as the 2017-2018 school year begins, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.

The problem has stretched thin the educators of the region’s largest public school districts and risks disrupting classes, planning and grading.

School district staff attendance records obtained by the I-Team under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the substitute shortage grew in severity during 2017. In February 2017, Montgomery County Public School records show the district suffered a 20 percent shortage in the substitutes needed to fill the vacancies of all absent teachers.

In winter 2017, Prince George’s County Public Schools were hundreds of substitutes short for many school days, according to the records. The problem peaked on January 26, 2017, when Prince George’s schools fell 300 substitutes short of the number needed to cover all absences.

Human resources records obtained from Frederick County, Maryland, show the shortfall of available substitutes began immediately in the 2016-2017 school year, including a lack of substitutes on the first day of school in the fast growing district.

The I-Team found Fairfax County Public Schools hired more than 140,000 daily substitute teachers during a six-month span in late 2016 and early 2017, yet still suffered shortfalls. According to a newsletter distributed by Shrevewood Elementary School in May, “County-wide, we are experiencing a significant substitute teacher shortage. We have made it work this year, but certainly not without the support of teachers, instructional assistants, students, and parents.” The newsletter said, “On at least two occasions, we have been so short-staffed that we have had teachers cover a full class in addition to their own.”

Teachers, administrators and union leaders told the I-Team the shortage is causing a daily scramble for educators at all grade levels. Full-time teachers are sacrificing planning periods, grading sessions and staff meetings to cover vacant classes of colleagues. Administrators are being pulled from assignments to help fill gaps, according to several principals and teachers who spoke to the I-Team.

“We have to pull staff that have other jobs they should be doing, to cover kids and cover classes that need to be covered,” said Melissa Dirks, president of the Frederick County Teachers Association.

The patchwork of staffing needed to cover classes disrupts class lessons and can trigger an increase disruptive behavior, according to educators who spoke with the I-Team.

The problem drains staff and students, said Justin Heid, a teacher at Walkersville Elementary School in Frederick County. “It’s a really hard job to come into somebody else’s classroom," he said. "It’s a lot of work to come in and teach somebody else's kids.”

Substitute teachers said low pay and high stress experiences limit the number of candidates for sub positions. The hourly rate ranges from $10.86 for some substitute positions in Prince George’s County to $14 in Fairfax County.

Union officials said pay rate for substitutes has not maintained pace with increasing housing costs in the D.C. region.

Harriett Sims, a longtime substitute at Northwood High School in Montgomery County, said she would easily find work for all 180 days of the school year because of the growing shortage. “If I wanted to, I could work every day," she said. "Every single day."

Northwood High principal Mildred Charley-Greene said administrators helped cover teaching vacancies throughout the 2016-17 school year and expect to do so again in 2017-18. “By any means necessary, we make sure that we continue to have the classes run as they should,” Charley-Green said.

Reported by Scott MacFarlane; produced by Rick Yarborough; shot by Steve Jones, Jeff Piper and Lance Ing; and edited by Steve Jones.

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<![CDATA[Car Owners Unhappy With Cleanup of Tar-Like Damage]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:23:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2017-08-22_1823.png

The cleanup of several hundred cars that were splattered with a tar-like gunk from a Virginia road project has not been going very well, according to the car owners.

Nearly 700 vehicles were damaged after liquid asphalt splashed on them on Minnieville Road on Aug. 8. Owners complained to the Virginia Department of Transportation, who referred them to the paving company that created the mess.

That company, Slurry Pavers, referred owners to Tackett’s Mill Car Wash in Woodbridge for a special cleaning. However, when the vehicles emerged from the washing, owners found problems with the job.

“I noticed the grill part of my car. It wasn’t like this when it went in,” said Brenda Veney, a damaged car owner. “It was black. It’s now been faded.”

Veney saw fine lines on the car body paint, which she blamed on the cleaning procedure and products the car washing company used to remove the liquid asphalt.

“That’s a lot of discoloration from the chemical or whatever they used to clean that gunk of the car,” Veney said. “It has ruined the plastic or rubber parts on the car, took the shine and sheen away from it.”

Javed Butt, owner of the Tackett’s Mill Car Wash, said he has received many emails from people who were satisfied with his company’s work. He wanted anyone who was not satisfied to contact him and work out a solution.

“We try to work it out in a professional way,” Butt said. “I have done close to 200 cars as of today, and I do have a complaint, one or two. That’s it.”

Butt said he hired extra staff to handle the work load, cleaning about 20 cars a day. He wanted to make all the customers happy, but Veney said she had to contact an insurance adjuster.

“I told my husband this looks like I need get my boxing gloves,” she said. “Put my boxing gloves on because I might have to box around a little bit with this.”

VDOT said drivers who are unhappy with the cleaning should contact Slurry Pavers again. They said the paving company is responsible for fixing the problem, and if customers hit a brick wall, they should contact VDOT to let them know.

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<![CDATA[Police Clear Unattended Package Along White House Fence]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:21:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/foto+generica+fachada+casa+blanca+2.jpg

D.C. police cleared an unattended book bag that earlier prompted the Secret Service to evacuate the north lawn of the White House Tuesday afternoon.

The unattended book bag was found along the north fence, according to D.C. Fire and EMS, which assisted police at the scene.

All reporters and construction workers were told to go inside immediately, NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander tweeted. They have been allowed to return to their posts on the lawn.

Pedestrian traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 15th and 17th streets near Lafayette Square was restricted while the bag was investigated.

The president was not at the White House.

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<![CDATA[18-Year-Old Accused in Alexandria Attempted Robbery, Groping]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:28:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/POLICE+LIGHTS+NIGHT8.jpg

An 18-year-old in Alexandria, Virginia, is accused of trying to rob someone on a bike trail and then grabbing a woman in an apartment building nearby. 

Joshua Sprinkle, of Alexandria, was arrested and charged with attempted robbery, attempted abduction and sexual battery.

Police believe there may be additional victims. 

Alexandria police responded about 3:25 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 to an attempted robbery on a bike trail near Holmes Run Parkway. According to police, a man grabbed the victim from behind and demanded money. The victim struggled with the man, and the man ran away.

Only 35 minutes later, at about 4 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of N. Jordan Street after an assault was reported. A woman was walking up the stairs of an apartment building when someone grabbed her buttocks, police said. The woman screamed and the man ran away.

The suspect in both incidents was described as a tall, slim, black man with short hair, police said.

Sprinkle was arrested two days after the attempted robbery and sexual battery. Police believe he may have assaulted other women. His photo was not released immediately. 

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 703-746-6858.

Sprinkle is being held without bond.

<![CDATA[1 Dead After Dump Truck, Pickup Truck Collide on I-395 in Va]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:40:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_1430470312.jpg

One person was killed after a dump truck and a pickup truck collided in the Express Lanes of Interstate 395 in Arlington County, Virginia, Tuesday morning. 

The crash happened at 2:21 a.m. in the southbound lanes near exit 10C. 

One person was killed in the crash. The victim has not been identified. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Confederate Memorial Removed From Outside Md. Court]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:01:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/198*120/2017-08-22_0901.png

A Confederate memorial has been removed from outside a Maryland courthouse. 

Photos posted on Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's Facebook show the memorial outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City being removed Monday night and placed onto a truck. 

Kittleman said the "more appropriate place for the memorial is in a museum, along with other artifacts and information on the Civil War.'' 

Criticism of Confederate monuments has been intensifying since a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent after white nationalists opposed to the city's plan to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with counter protesters. 

The removal of the memorial in Ellicott City comes about a week after Baltimore pulled down its Confederate monuments under the cover of night.

Photo Credit: Allan H. Kittleman]]>
<![CDATA[Lynnhill Condo Residents Could Be Evicted for Second Time]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:23:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Condo_Inspection.jpg

Fire code violations may force residents of an apartment complex in Temple Hills, Maryland, to vacate for a second time after the fire department told residents the building was unsafe.

<![CDATA[Heat Index Could Reach 103 Degrees Tuesday]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:42:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/249*120/2017-08-22_0522.png

Blazing sun and oppressive humidity will send the heat index soaring Tuesday, but Storm Team4 says relief is on the way. 

Temperatures will soar to the mid 90s Tuesday, but the heat index could reach 103 degrees.

"The heat index tells you how it feels outside in the shade," the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says on its website. "The heat index is a measurement of how it feels when relative humidity is combined with the effects of the air temperature."

Storm Team4 has declared Tuesday a Weather Alert Day. 

But there's some good news!

Tuesday will be the last of the regions's triple-digit heat indices for quite a while. 

A cold front moves through the area Wednesday, bringing a temperature drop and a very small chance for rain. 

Temperatures will remain in the 70s and 80s for the rest of the week. 

<![CDATA[DC Babies Born During Solar Eclipse]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:29:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC_Babies_Born_During_Solar_Eclipse.jpg

The solar eclipse really was a cool moment and even more meaningful for a couple of families who grew during the eclipse. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

<![CDATA[33 Hurt After Train Crash in Pennsylvania]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Norristown+HSL+Crash+Skycam+Shot.jpg

A high-speed train barreled into a parked train at one of SEPTA's busiest terminals overnight, injuring more than 30 people and causing what one passenger described as a bloody scene.

SEPTA officials say the Norristown High Speed Line train 155 was arriving at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday when it crashed into a train 148 rail car that was unoccupied and sitting in the terminal.

"I stood up to get off to get ready to get to my bus on time and smack, it hit the other trolley, parked," Ronnie, a passenger who asked us only to use his first name, told NBC10.

SEPTA officials initially said 42 people were injured in the crash. During a press conference at 5 p.m. however, Ruben Payan, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said that while 42 people were on board the train, 33 people — including the conductor — were hurt in the crash. While four of the victims are in critical condition, all of the victims are expected to survive.

It's not clear how fast the train was traveling when the crash happened, but passengers described a violent collision. Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie said the train came into the station "hot."

"My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down and I blacked out," Ronnie said. "There was blood everywhere. The driver is all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad."

Three of the victims were taken to the Lankenau Medical Center and the conductor was taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He was treated and later released, according to SEPTA.

The other victims were taken to other area hospitals including Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Misericordia Community Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital.

Ronnie claimed that prior to the crash, the train had twice overshot stops during the trip.

"I was waiting at Gulph Mills. The train came by, it blew past us about three or four train lengths, stopped, backed up, picked us up," Ronnie said. "The same thing happened at Bryn Mawr."

SEPTA officials have not confirmed the allegations. NTSB officials arrived at the terminal Tuesday around 7 a.m. to start an investigation. More officials will arrive Tuesday night.

"The NTSB has brought in an eight-member go team. Each team member is an expert in different fields," Payan said. "They will be collecting evidence in their specific disciplines which include mechanical operation, signal and train control, crashworthiness, emergency response and human performance."

Payan said that onboard video recordings from the two trains involved in the crash were downloaded and will be sent to the NTSB vehicle recorder lab in Washington, DC for further analysis.

"Throughout the next few days NTSB investigators will work on scene to gather the details of this accident," Payan said. "Our mission during this accident investigation is to understand not just what happened but why. Why it happened and to recommend changes to prevent it from occurring again."

This is the second major train incident at the 69th Street Terminal this year.

In February, an out-of-service Market-Frankford El train collided with two others on a loop track. The impact caused several cars to derail and tip to the side. Four people were hurt in that incident.

Micozzie said he's concerned about safety at the terminal. He plans to call U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia Democrat, Tuesday and ask for help in improving track safety.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said the Norristown High-Speed Line uses Automatic Train Control, a safety system that's been deployed on rail lines nationwide for decades.

With ATC, a train operator will get an in-cab warning when they violate a speed limit. If they fail to slow the train within a few seconds, the system takes over.

Experts say ATC is an effective technology for preventing crashes, but Amtrak has said it's not as advanced as a newer technology called Positive Train Control (PTC).

PTC can halt a train when it fails to comply with a stop signal and prevent derailments at curves, the rail service wrote in the wake of the 2015 derailment of Amtrak 188 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Amtrak line Train 188 was traveling on didn't have ATC activated when the derailment happened. PTC was not yet installed on the line. It's since been deployed.

In May, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican, and Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced nearly $6 million in federal funding for SEPTA to improve regional rail — SEPTA's commuter train lines — including the enhancement of PTC on those lines.

Norristown High Speed Line service between 69th Street and Norristown resumed as regularly scheduled at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. One of the tracks is not operational however so passengers should expect delays. Express service is also shut down for the day.

Photo Credit: NBC10
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<![CDATA[2 Arrests in Slaying of Drummer Who Worked With School Band]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jarrell+Desean+Jackson+and+Jarrett+Deon+Jackson+Blue+Background+Look+N.jpg

Police arrested two suspects in the fatal shooting of a drummer who volunteered with a Maryland high school marching band.

Prince George's County Police officers responding to a report of a shooting at 8:40 p.m. June 6 found 26-year-old Shahim Body suffering from gunshot wounds on the 5200 block of Leverett Street in Oxon Hill. He died several hours later at a hospital.

Police charged 25-year-old Jarrett Deon Jackson of Fort Washington and 28-year-old Jarrell Desean Jackson of Oxon Hill with first-degree murder and related charges.

The homicide apparently resulted from an ongoing dispute between the suspects and Body, police said.

Body got a full music scholarship to Hampton University, where he became a section band leader. After earning his music education degree, he returned to Oxon Hill High School and volunteered every day with the marching band.

He wanted to play drums professionally.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police]]>
<![CDATA[Total Eclipse Seen in South Carolina]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:47:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Total_Eclipse_Seen_in_South_Carolina.jpg

One of the final locations for the path of totality was Clemson, South Carolina. Storm Team4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer was there.

<![CDATA[Second Corpse Flower Begins to Bloom; One More to Go]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RBotanicalGarden.jpg

The second of three corpse flowers in Washington, D.C., started blooming Monday night, and one more of the stinky blossoms is still waiting to go.

The first bloomed late Saturday night. An official at the U.S. Botanic Garden said the last one, which is also the largest, will likely bloom this weekend.

Three corpse flowers, also called "the stinky plant," were predicted to reach peak bloom between Aug. 17 and 22 at the U.S. Botanical Garden. The plant's signature stench has been described as a combination of garlic, fish, diapers and rotting meat. Their scientific name is amorphophallus titanum.

"Not really something you'd want around dinner time," USBG plant curator Bill McLaughlin told NBC4 during another peak bloom in 2013.

The plant, native to tropical rainforests in Indonesia, doesn't follow a set schedule. They can take anywhere from years to decades to store enough energy to bloom. Once they're fully open, they’ll collapse between 24 and 48 hours later.

The flowers were first discovered in 1878. They hold the record for the world's largest unbranched inflorescence -- flower structure -- growing up to 12 feet tall. Each has one giant bud, made up of hundreds of tiny, stinky flowers. Their scent attracts carrion beetles and flies.

A corpse flower last bloomed in D.C. in 2016. Thirty-two corpse flowers bloomed around the world last year in the U.S., India, Australia and more, BBC reported.

You can watch the plants bloom in real time on the USBG's livestream here.

Photo Credit: United States Botanical Garden
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<![CDATA[Families Brawl at Hearing for Defendant in Death of 3 Girls]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:50:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Antonio+Shareek+Williams.jpg

The man who police say has confessed to stabbing his 6-year-old sister and two young cousins Friday made a series of strange outbursts during a wild court hearing in which families had to be separated Monday.

Defendant Antonio Shareek Williams is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the three girls. The 25-year-old appeared to deny he was responsible for the killings before the scuffle broke out between members of the grieving families.

As Williams entered the Maryland courtroom Monday, he yelled, about his mother, "Andrena Kelley, that's my mom. That's my mom."

After he was seated, he said, "He's here. No, no, no, no!"

And as the hearing got underway, Williams kept repeating, "I'm not the one you looking for. I'm not the one you're looking for."

The hearing was halted after his outbursts, and the judge ordered a mental evaluation, saying it was obvious he was incapable of a hearing Monday.

As he was escorted out of the courtroom, his mother, Andrena Kelley, yelled out to him, "Mommy love you. I'm here. Mommy's here, baby."

The victims' fathers then yelled across to the courtroom at her. One father yelled back, "Your daughter is the one who needed you," referring to her 6-year-old daughter Nadiara Janae Withers, the defendant's sister.

A brawl broke out, with sheriff's deputies holding the victims' fathers back from Kelley.

“One dad said, ‘She’s supposed to bury me,’ and he cannot yet understand how to move forward and bury the baby that he expected to be able to bury him,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks recounted. “The mother in the case, of course, of the defendant, made comments that really did incite further pain.”

Police said the girls' bodies were discovered around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a home in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive in Clinton, Maryland.

Investigators said Williams was left in the home by his mother to watch over Nadiara and two cousins: 9-year-old Ariana Elizabeth DeCree and 6-year-old Ajayah Royale DeCree.

The DeCree sisters are from in Newark, New Jersey, and were in Clinton visiting for the summer. They are the daughters of Williams' mother's cousin, police said.

When Kelley returned home from work early Friday morning, she discovered the girls in their beds, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.

The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the scene, but all three children were pronounced dead.

Police said they found a 2-year-old girl, who was unharmed, in the home when they arrived. She was another sister of the suspect.

Investigators said Williams was arrested and later provided a full confession of how he stabbed and killed the three girls as the kids shared a bed. They said he did not provide a reason for the attack.

Williams is in custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.

Nadiara's father and stepmother set up a GoFundMe page for the little girl's funeral.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police Department
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<![CDATA[Ex-School Aide Gets 75 Years for Abusing Students ]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Deonte+Carraway+Look+N.jpg

A former Prince George's County school aide was sentenced to 75 years in prison Monday after admitting to taking and sharing cellphone videos of children performing sex acts.

Deonte Carraway, a former aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland, had pleaded guilty in January to 15 federal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography. 

He admitted in his plea agreement he engaged in sex acts with children, using a cellphone to record the acts. He also told the children to perform sex acts with each other and gave them phones to record the acts.

Carraway founded a club at the school and had children send him sexually explicit images in order to join. In court, prosecutors said Carraway video chatted with one 12-year-old, telling the victim to perform inappropriate behaviors.

The abuse began in the fall of 2015 and continued for more than a year inside Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, where he volunteered. He also reportedly recorded sex abuse videos in the homes of his victims and at the Glenarden Community Center.

Carraway was arrested in February 2016 after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, police said. Investigators then linked the aide to other victims in the case.

Carraway was indicted last year in Prince George's County Court on 270 criminal charges of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography. He pleaded not guilty.

Despite the 75-year federal sentence handed down Monday, Prince George's County prosecutors say they are continuing to pursue their own case against Carraway.

"Our case is set for trial on Sept. 28 and we look forward to holding Mr. Carraway accountable for his actions," an official with the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office told News4 in a statement.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police]]>
<![CDATA[Zoo Animals Unfazed by Solar Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Zoo_Animals_Unfazed_by_Solar_Eclipse.jpg

How did the animals at the National Zoo respond to the eclipse? News4's Pat Collins reports.

<![CDATA[Rooftop Parties for Eclipse Draw Many Fans]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:00:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Rooftop_Parties_for_Eclipse_Draw_Many_Fans.jpg

From the sky, the eclipse and the viewers looked very different. News4's Adam Tuss reports.

<![CDATA[Watchers on National Mall Experience Eclipse Together]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:58:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Watchers_on_National_Mall_Experience_Eclipse_Together.jpg

Many gathered near the Air & Space Museum to get a good look at the eclipse. News4's Kristin Wright reports.

<![CDATA[DC Students Take Class Outside for Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:58:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC_Students_Take_Class_Outside_for_Eclipse.jpg

The eclipse made for the best first day of school for some D.C. kids. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

<![CDATA[Off-Campus Housing Fire Warning]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:48:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Off_Campus_Housing_Fire_Warning.jpg

For college students living in off-campus housing, fire safety is an additional responsibility. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has a life-saving checklist to help keep your child safe. Get more off-campus fire safety information here and read the U.S. Fire Administration Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings here.

<![CDATA[NAACP: Prince William Co. Board Chairman Should Step Down]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:44:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160607+Corey+Stewart1.jpg

The NAACP is calling on Prince William County board chairman, Corey Stewart, to step down.

The civil rights organization says Stewart’s remarks regarding recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia are damaging to the country. The group expressed fear that Stewart’s comments will make white nationalist groups feel welcome in Prince William County.

This week, he is getting national attention for his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I think the President did the right thing by calling out and condemning racist activists but also condemning violence by both extremes,” Stewart said.

The NAACP says those words may embolden white nationalists and neo-Nazis and encourage those groups to protest in Prince William County.

Stewart made his support of Confederate monuments a major talking point during his failed campaign for the Republican nomination for Virginia's gubernatorial primary for governor, which he lost by a slim margin. Now, the NAACP says Stewart cares more about his bid for a Senate seat than the increasingly diverse Prince William’s County community.

“I say to you today: if he cannot be a leader for all people, I suggest it is time for him to step down,” Prince William County NAACP President Cozy Bailey said during a press conference outside the boardroom where Stewart presides over board meetings.

But Stewart has his own criticisms of the NAACP.

"The NAACP has become a tool of the far left in Prince William County. Used to be a good organization. They've gone downhill," he said.

Stewart says he will not back down from calling out extremists on the left or from his support of preserving Confederate memorials.

“Clearly the neo-Nazis, the KKK those are white supremacists. Those are racists. Those are horrible people. But what I don't want to do is label everybody who wants to support our history and keep our history as a white supremacist. And that's what the left is trying to do,” Stewart said.

However, Stewart also has critics within his own party. Martin Nohe, another member of the Prince William County board, voiced concern about Stewart's comments.

"Is this consistent with the values of our community? I'm concerned it's attracting the wrong kind of attention to Prince William County," Nohe told News 4's Julie Carey.

The County Board has been on an August recess. Meetings resume in early September, and Stewart says he will be at the center of the dais, as usual.

<![CDATA[Va. Dept. of Ed. Asks CPS for Proper Sex Abuse Reporting]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:33:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Claremont+Elementary+School.jpg

The Virginia Department of Education formally asked almost 100 child protective service agencies in the state to ensure they’re properly reporting cases of sex abuse by public school teachers.

The superintendent of public instruction wrote and released the memo days after a News4 I-Team investigation revealed a failure by Arlington County Child Protective Services.

The I-Team found the agency failed to notify state officials to revoke the license of a former Arlington Public Schools teacher whom they investigated for sexually abusing a former third grade student. The teacher was able to work as an assistant principal in the Prince George’s County Public Schools district for years because of the error.

In his memo to child protective service agencies statewide, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven P. Staples said, “Without such notice, an individual who is the subject of a founded case of child abuse or neglect may continue to hold a teaching license in Virginia and possibly secure licensure and/or employment in another state.”

According to state education records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, a September 2013 investigation by Arlington County Child Protective Services found former Claremont Elementary School teacher Zevlin Staten sexually abused a third grade student in 2006. The state records said the abuse occurred inside a classroom closet and continued in successive years when the girl was in the fourth and fifth grades.

Police investigated Staten but said it didn’t have evidence to recommend criminal charges. Staten was not prosecuted. The records show he has denied the accusations from the outset. Staten maintains his innocence, according to his attorney. He declined to be interviewed by the I-Team.

The I-Team investigation also revealed Staten was better able to keep teaching, despite the finding of child abuse, because of a loophole in Virginia state law. The law allows teachers who appeal findings of sex abuse to maintain their teaching licenses and be removed from a state child abuse registry for the duration of their appeals. Staten’s appeal lasted almost two years.

State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) formally requested the Virginia Department of Social Services review its regulations to patch the loophole.

“I found your report very disturbing on multiple levels,” Favola said. “I think school systems need full information before they hire somebody.”

Favola said a child safety commission for which she serves as chairwoman will stage a formal hearing into the issue in September.

“Individuals are entitled to a due process procedure,” Favola said. “I certainly don’t want to violate that. But I want to provide as much information as possible to people who are hiring people who will be role models and leaders for children in our schools.”

Arlington County Department of Human Services officials, who oversee the county’s Child Protective Services agency, said they are not allowed to comment on the handling of specific cases. “The county will look into and address any report that a required notification was not received and also ensure that its protocols are updated,” an agency spokesman said in a statement to the I-Team.

The Arlington County Department of Human Services said it would support efforts to close any loophole in state child safety regulations.

“Arlington County is committed to the health, safety and well-being of children, and would be supportive of any effort to improve and strengthen protections for them,” a spokesman said. “This would include pursuing regulatory changes, better information sharing by state agencies, or, if necessary, advocating for legislative action at the state level.”

Staten’s case was discovered languishing in October 2016 by Arlington Public Schools. A school district spokeswoman said officials became aware Staten was teaching in Prince George’s County and began an inquiry.

Staten resigned his position as an assistant principal at Thomas Johnson Middle School in Prince George’s County Public Schools in January 2017.

Reported by Scott MacFarlane, produced by Rick Yarborough, and shot and edited by Steve Jones.

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<![CDATA[Peak Eclipse: A Snapshot of D.C. at 2:42 p.m.]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:44:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wearing+glasses+3.jpg

At 2:42 p.m. Monday, a solar eclipse reached its peak in Washington, D.C. as the moon blotted out 82 percent of the area’s sunlight.

Offices and schools emptied in the minutes leading up to 2:42 p.m. as thousands of people abandoned their desks and cubicles to view the celestial event.

Then, just minutes before peak coverage, a cloud obscured the sun and moon for many in D.C. itself. Still, cheers rang through D.C. as people put on their special eclipse glasses and watched the skies from parks, sidewalks and even rooftops.

The vibrant afternoon light dimmed to a subdued glow usually reserved for the hours before sunset. The temperature dropped by one degree. Shadows cast by leaves on trees morphed into crescent shapes.

President Donald Trump, the First Lady and their son, Barron Trump, stepped out onto the White House’s Truman Balcony sporting black, NASA-branded eclipse glasses.

Vice President Mike Pence also celebrated the United States' first total eclipse in decades by hosting kids at his official home, the U.S. Naval Observatory. 

At D.C. public schools, kids stood on playgrounds and on soccer fields wearing their glasses, closing out their first day of school with a memorable astronomy lesson.

Kendra Heffelbower, a teacher at C.W. Harris Elementary school, got 300 pairs glasses for the school's students through grants from National Public Radio and The Smithsonian. Leading up to the big moment, the kids excitedly showed off their glasses to News4's Mark Segraves.

At 2:42 p.m., parents, students and teachers looked to the sky over the sound of excited chatter. Afterwards, class was dismissed.

At the National Zoo, the lions awoke and paced around their enclosure as the light dimmed. Revelers gathered near the elephant enclosure to celebrate the eclipse.

Crowds also gathered at the National Air and Space Museum to gaze through glasses and solar safe telescopes.

The morning began with a scramble for eclipse glasses. A line formed outside the Warby Parker store in Bethesda before opening hours, and many last-minute glasses seekers left empty handed after the store’s 100 pairs flew out the door. Long lines stretched outside libraries and museums that had glasses to give away.

Workers across the country left their desks for an estimated average of 20 minutes, racking up $700 million in lost productivity, according to one estimate.

Photo Credit: Kristin Wright / News4
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<![CDATA[Excitement Builds in SC Ahead of Totality]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:12:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Excitement_Builds_in_SC_Ahead_of_Totality.jpg

Many D.C. area residents will be watching the total eclipse in South Carolina.

<![CDATA['Crown Heights' Film Tells Wrongful Conviction Story]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:00:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crown_Heights_movie.jpg

The film "Crown Heights," out Sept. 1, tells the true story of a teenage immigrant who was wrongfully convicted of a murder in New York City. News4's Eun Yang speaks with producer and actor Nnamdi Asomugha, who is a former NFL player, and the man he plays, Carl King. King fought for the freedom of his friend, Colin Warner. "I hope people learn from this that what happened in 1980 is still happening in 2017 and they can make changes," King said.

<![CDATA[family at air and space solar eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:55:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/163*120/family+at+air+and+space.jpg

Photo Credit: Kristin Wright/News4]]>
<![CDATA[New Law Expands Access to Opioid Antidote]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:04:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/New_Law_Expands_Access_to_Opioid_Antidote.jpg

A new law in Virginia is giving better access to naloxone, a powerful antidote to opioid overdoses, to people who are trained to administer it. At a recent event sponsored by the Chris Atwood Foundation, the bill's sponsor, Va. Sen. Jennifer Wexton, shared why the bill was needed.

<![CDATA[Storm Team4 Expecting 'Phenomenal Show']]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:29:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Storm_Team4_Expecting_Phenomenal_Show.jpg

Storm Team4 Meteorologists Doug Kammerer and Chuck Bell have traveled to South Carolina to see the solar eclipse.

<![CDATA[DC Sees 82% Eclipse, and It Was Really Cool]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:03:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170821+Eclipse.jpg

D.C. stopped in its tracks Monday and gaped at the sky.

We didn't have a total solar eclipse here, only a partial one. At its peak, about 82 percent of the sun was covered by the moon. 

But that didn't matter. The attention to the first total solar eclipse to fully travel across the U.S. in almost 100 years, and the fact that the sun was covered up by the moon, still pulled office workers out of buildings, stopped traffic and sent people scurrying for glasses to put over their phones to shelter their lenses.

The eclipse isn't completely over; you will be able to see some coverage until about 4 p.m.

Photo Credit: Kristin Wright / News4]]>