<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSun, 24 Sep 2017 21:03:51 -0400Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:03:51 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Metro Trains Won't Be Running by End of Redskins Game]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/171*120/831090078.jpg

Anyone who takes Metro to go to the Washington Redskins game Sunday night will likely need to find another way home.

The Redskins are taking on the Oakland Raiders, starting at 8:30 p.m. The game can be seen on NBC4, but for those riding Metro and attending, they will need to bail out of the game early.

The Redskins did not request Metro to stay open late for Sunday’s game and because of Metro's new maintenance hours, the last train leaves from the Morgan Boulevard station at 10:30 p.m., News4's Adam Tuss previously reported. Metro closes at 11 p.m. on Sundays.

Metro has a new policy for special events in which the even organizer has to put down $100,000 per hour to keep the system open late and Metro will pay back what it makes in those hours, Tuss reported.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the Redskins and the agency opted not to move foward on the issue, because of the number of trips involved.

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<![CDATA[Pat Collins Makes an Entrance at Redskins Game]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:36:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pat_Collins_Makes_an_Entrance_to_Redskins_Game_With_Contest.jpg

News4's Pat Collins took our Redskins game contest winners to the game in style! Collins and Jim Handly introduce the contest winners at the FedEx Field tailgate.

<![CDATA[White House ‘Planning’ on Health Care Vote This Week]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:00:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whitehouseonhealthvote.jpg

Despite a rushed timetable and the daunting task of pulling together enough votes, the White House is planning on a Senate vote on the “Graham-Cassidy” health care bill this week, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on Sunday’s “Meet The Press,” NBC News reported.

He claims they are aiming for Wednesday.

“There are millions of Americans who will benefit from this bill,” Short said. “In fact, we think every state will benefit.”

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who decides when the Senate could address the bill, has said they “intend” to vote this week on the legislation that’s aimed at restructuring the U.S. health care system and repealing some of the signature elements of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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<![CDATA[Jared Kushner Used Private Email Account in White House]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:37:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821582108.jpg

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, used his personal email account while communicating with White House colleagues, Kushner's lawyer said Sunday.

In a statement, the lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said Kushner used the account in fewer than 100 emails during Trump's first eight months in office.

"These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address," Lowell said. "All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address and all have been preserved in any event."

The use of private email for official business loomed large in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Clinton used a private server while she was secretary of state, and, amid apparent efforts to hide the email system, State Department and intelligence officials asked federal authorities to determine whether she'd jeopardized classified information.

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<![CDATA[One Dead, One Injured in College Park Shooting]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:23:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police+siren+lights3.jpg+22+sept.jpg

Police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, said a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in College Park.

Police said they responded to the Seven Springs Apartment in the 9300 block of Cherry Hill Road around 5:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found two men inside a building, and both had been shot.

The victims were transported to the hospital. One man was pronounced dead.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

<![CDATA[3-Year-Old Boy Struck, Killed in Alexandria]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:28:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alexandria+Boy+Struck1.jpg

A 3-year-old boy has died after a vehicle struck him in Alexandria, Virginia, Saturday, police said.

Alexandria police said the crash happened in the 3900 block of Executive Avenue outside an apartment building.

The driver stayed at the scene.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[See It: NFL Players Kneel for Anthem After Trump's Criticism]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:56:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17268023398253.jpg NFL players knelt for the national anthem in droves after days of criticism from President Donald Trump on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Prince Harry at Invictus Games]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:44:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/tlmd-melania-trump-principe-harry-GettyImages-852591834.jpg Look at events attended by the royal family.]]> <![CDATA[North Korea Also Has Chemical Weapons, Expert Warns]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:54:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dotard.jpg

Amid a flurry of missile tests and inflammatory rhetoric, the world’s attention is focused on North Korea's nuclear program.

But one expert believes the country's stockpile of chemical weapons could also bring catastrophic consequences, NBC News reported.

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including a large supply of VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created.

The chemical stockpile could harm thousands of people if it were attached to a missile or if it ended up in the hands of Islamist extremists, according to Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commanding officer of the U.K. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment (CBRN) and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion.

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<![CDATA[Right-Wing Firebrand Vows to Hold Rally at UC Berkeley]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:18:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-810318908.jpg

The student group Berkeley Patriot on Saturday informed UC Berkeley that Free Speech Week has been canceled, but event headliner Milo Yiannopoulos doubled down on his plans to come to the campus.

Yiannopoulos said on Facebook Live that he will join Pamela Geller, Mike Cernovich and other speakers at Sproul Plaza at noon Sunday for a March for Free Speech — with the full backing of the Berkeley Police Department.

"We are going to be hosting an event come hell or high water tomorrow," Yiannopoulos said, vowing to proceed with or without UC Berkeley's or the students' cooperation.

He made his comments from a hotel room after canceling a news conference on San Francisco's Treasure Island.

"It is extremely unfortunate that this announcement was made at the last minute, even as the University was in the process of spending significant sums of money and preparing for substantial disruption of campus life in order to provide the needed security for these events," university spokesman Dan Mogulof said in a statement. 

Berkeley Patriot's decision comes one day before the four-day event kicked off and one day after the group's members and Yiannopoulos denied reports that Free Speech Week had been nixed.

Soon after UC Berkeley's announcement Saturday, British right-wing provocateur Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook: "I've just been told that student group the Berkeley Patriot, under pressure from the administration, is withdrawing its sponsorship of Free Speech Week. The students may have pulled out of Free Speech Week, but I and my speakers have not."

Yiannopoulos said he was disapppinted by the chaotic turn of events but spurned the idea of backing down. 

He told NBC Bay Area: "They’re kids. I'm disappointed, but I understand. We, however, are not going to be deterred."

UC Berkeley issued a statement Saturday evening indicating that it was aware of Yiannopoulos' plans to speak and that the school was "putting measures in place to ensure the safety of the campus community." The university also advised people in attendance on Sunday to avoid violence.

"Our campus will not tolerate acts of violence or the destruction of property, and the UCPD will dutifully investigate, arrest, and prosecute anyone who commits crimes on our campus," a statement from the university read.

Yiannopoulos also said he plans to give Berkeley Patriot $10,000 because UC Berkeley could benefit from a "strong, populous, free-speech loving conservative publication." Yiannopoulos also encouraged people who booked flights to Berkeley and spent money in any form to attend Free Speech Week to send him their receipts so he can reimburse them.

For its part, Berkeley Patriot members told NBC Bay Area that they were refused access to a Treasure Island venue where they had planned a news conference Saturday. 

"They literally chained the building," Yiannopoulos revealed on Facebook.

In an email, the group accused the venue of a breach of contract because it had paid for the facility's use.

"We have not been able to secure an alternative venue large enough to accommodate the press on short notice, likely due to the Bay Area's commitment to free speech for everyone except Milo," Berkeley Patriot said.

Earlier this week, Berkeley Patriot enlisted the help of the Law Offices of Melo and Sarsfield LLP to push for a Department of Justice investigation into what they call "de facto viewpoint discrimination" on the part of UC Berkeley. 

On Saturday, the group's lawyer Marguerite Melo wrote a letter to the university's Interim Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton, which said: "Since announcing their intent to host the event, the student group has been subjected to extraordinary pressure and resistance, if not outright hostility, by the UC Berkeley administration and your employees."

Among other things, she accused university officials of failing to communicate with Berkeley Patriot members, enforcing "arbitrary" and impossible to meet deadlines, and implying that the group "would be morally and legally responsible for any acts of violence committed against them, or members of the public."

Mogulof quashed the assertions, saying that "claims that this is somehow the outcome desired" by UC Berkeley are "without basis in fact." Also, accusations that university officials wanted to put the "speakers in harm's way are unfortunate," he wrote.

"The University was prepared to do whatever was necessary to support the First Amendment rights of the student organization," Mogulof stressed. "We're very concerned about verbal and physical assaults and we have gone to extensive efforts to provide them with protection and security."

Mogulof said that Berkeley Patriot had missed a number of deadlines to sign contracts and confirm venues with UC Berkeley. He also highlighted the confusion that had loomed over Free Speech Week's roster — all the way through Friday — with a number of speakers dropping out, while others said they had never planned to attend. 

In fact, UC Berkeley had been planning to pour over $1 million into stepping up security for Free Speech Week, which was scheduled to go from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, according to Mogulof.

"We want to state unequivocally that campus leadership has complete faith in the UCPD, as well as the extraordinary number of allied law enforcement agencies who agreed to contribute additional officers for these events. We are confident that UCPD would have had the necessary resources in place to provide security for the events," he wrote.

UC Berkeley had also partnered with the Berkeley Police Department and would continue to do so, given the "uncertainty of what's happening tomorrow," Mogulof said.

Earlier this month, UC Berkeley spent $600,000 on ramping up security during a speech by political commentator Ben Shapiro. University officials, police and the community were wary of violence erupting during the former Breitbart News editor's visit.

NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[A's Catcher Becomes 1st MLB Player to Kneel for Anthem]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:30:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17267055421697.jpg

Oakland Athletics' catcher Bruce Maxwell on Saturday took a knee during the playing of the national anthem, marking the first time a Major League Baseball player has performed such an act.

Footage captured before Oakland's contest against the Texas Rangers featured Maxwell, the son of an Army officer, drop to one knee and hold his hat against his heart while teammate Mark Canha lowered his hand on Maxwell's shoulder.

Maxwell's decision comes on the heels of President Donald Trump suggesting that NFL owners should fire any player who chooses to kneel for the national anthem. Players across the NFL have been taking a knee, sitting or hoisting their fists into the air during the anthem ever since former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem last fall in protest of racial injustice and unfair policing.

"The only platform right now that seems to be getting people's attention is athletes kneeling during the anthem, so I'm doing my part in doing that in baseball," Maxwell said after the game. 

Bob Melvin, the manager of the A's, said Maxwell addressed the team before Saturday's contest and let them know about his plans to drop to one knee. Melvin said some members of the squad had questions but added that Maxwell handled the situation "really well" and the team felt "comfortable" when all was said and done.

Khris Davis, a left fielder for the A's, applauded Maxwell for bravely following through.

"I thought it was very courageous," Davis said. "I respect his decision."

Maxwell, who admitted that taking a knee for the national anthem was "one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," is not worried about the expected backlash coming his way.

"The end of the matter is, when people voice their opinions and it ruffles some feathers a little bit, then negativity always comes through, but at the same time, that's what's needed to make a change," he said.

Maxwell was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, while his father was stationed there in the Army. He later moved to Alabama, where he attended high school and college. Maxwell's agent, Matt Sosnick, told The Associated Press that "the Maxwells' love and appreciation for our country is indisputable."

"Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump's response to a number of professional athletes' totally peaceful, non-violent protests.

"Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion."

Maxwell took to Twitter earlier Saturday and wrote, "Don't be surprised if you start seeing athletes kneeling in other sports now!! Comments like that coming from our president. WOW!"

"Inequality is being displayed bigger than ever right now as our president shows that freeedom (sic) of protest and speech is not allowed..," Maxwell wrote in another tweet.

Minutes before Maxwell put his plan into action, the A's issued a statement of backing.

"The Oakland A's pride ourselves on being inclusive," the statement read. "We respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression."

Major League Baseball also issued a statement, saying it has "a longstanding tradition of honoring our nation prior to the start of our games" but that "we also respect that each of our players is an individual with his own background, perspectives and opinions."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Kaepernick’s Mom Fires Back at Trump, Says She's 'Proud']]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ap-niners-colin-kaepernick.jpg

Colin Kaepernick's mother has nothing but pride for her son's form of protest, despite President Donald Trump's critique of it.

At a rally in Alabama Friday night Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel, as Kaepernick did throughout the 2016 season, during the anthem and fans should consider walking out in protest

"Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired! He's fired!" Trump said. 

Replying to a tweet about a news article about Trump's comments, Kaepernick's mother Teresa Kaepernick said: "Guess that makes me a proud b----!"

She was not the only one who spoke out against Trump. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the NFL players' union, said Trump's comments are "divisive."

Many of the NFL players also joined in criticizing Trump.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted: "The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!"

Kaepernick's sideline protests became a national topic last year when said that he will not stand up "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

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<![CDATA[Tribute Held for Teen Killed During Attempted Robbery]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:37:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tribute_for_Teen_Killed_During_Attempted_Robbery.jpg

A group of mentors and students came together Saturday to remember a college-bound teen whose life was taken too soon. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

<![CDATA[Gala Celebrates Anniversary of African American Museum]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:46:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gala_Celebrates_Anniversary_of_African_American_Museum.jpg

Donors to the National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrated the museum's first anniversary with a gala. News4's Shomari Stone reports.

<![CDATA[Parents Targeted in Thefts Outside Loudoun County School]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:15:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Parents_Targeted_in_Thefts_Outside_Loudoun_County_School.jpg

A Loudoun County, Virginia, mom is upset after thieves broke into her car and stole her purse while she was inside her child's school. News4's David Culver reports.

<![CDATA[D.C.-Area Teachers Spend Millions Out-of-Pocket on Supplies]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:38:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/school+supplies+shopping+cart.jpg

Washington, D.C.-area public school teachers spend millions of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses to buy extra supplies for their classrooms, according to an investigation and teacher survey conducted by the News4 I-Team.

The purchases include a wide range of classroom items, including stationary, cleaners, prizes, food, printers and posters. Those expenses also included specialized equipment and room furnishings not made available by school districts, according to teachers who responded to the I-Team survey.

The survey of more than 1,200 public schools teachers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, was conducted in an unscientific online poll by NBC Washington in September. Almost half of the teachers who responded reported spending more than $300 this year in out-of-pocket expenses for classroom supplies. About 500 others reported spending between $100 and $300.

“Teachers are buying glue sticks, paper, pencils and tissues. These are things that are essential, and they’re doing it year after year,” said Missy Dirks, head of the Frederick County Public Schools teachers union.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re a new teacher or a 30-year veteran,” Dirks said. “They’re spending money on their students.”

Several survey respondents reported purchasing yoga chairs for students who experience attention deficit disorder. A Montgomery County Public Schools biology teacher reported purchasing a microwave oven to assist with classroom experiments. Dozens of teachers said they’d purchased food or clothing for needy students.

Walkersville Middle School teacher Nissa Quill said she and colleagues regularly purchase hand sanitizer, wall hangings and student prizes out-of-pocket. Quill said most teachers also purchase a personal supply of pencils or index cards to quickly hand off to forgetful students.

“If I have it in my room, that means I won't have to run around or borrow it from someone else,” Quill said. “Most of the teachers I know spend a substantial amount of money."

D.C. Public Schools provide teachers a $200 gift card for yearly supply purchases. The stipend is contractually required under an agreement between the school district and its teachers union. Teachers must stock supplies to avoid disrupting lessons when students fail to bring the needed materials,” Union president Elizabeth Davis said.

“Teachers do what's needed for their kids,” Davis said. “They want fewer distractions. They want students focus on their lessons."

In a series of public records requests, the I-Team checked with all local public school districts to determine how much assistance they provide teachers who make out-of-pocket purchases. Arlington Public Schools said it provides a $43 stipend each year. Anne Arundel County Public Schools said it offers $100 to each teacher.

Several other major local school districts, including Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Stafford County and Prince George’s County said no stipends are offered, but each said it provides a large, robust offering of supplies for teachers to use in the school buildings.

A spokesperson for Manassas City Public Schools said, “MCPS has budgeted adequate funds for the purchase of all classroom supplies for teachers. As such, teachers should not have a need to purchase classroom supplies out-of-pocket.”

The school district said it spent $1.2 million on classroom supplies and materials last year.

Prince George’s County Public Schools, which serves a much larger population of students, said it spent $8.56 million on classroom supplies last year.

Quill said out-of-pocket supply expenses are not optional for most teachers, who must maintain continuity and discipline in their classes.

“Teachers are very creative,” Quill said. “So when we have that idea in our mind of what our 'stage' is going to look like, we work really hard to achieve that. It's going to end up with the best result for our students."

Reported by Scott MacFarlane, produced by Rick Yarborough, and shot and edited by Jeff Piper.

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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Touching Woman on Metro Has Arrest Record]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:28:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lawrence+Harris.jpg

A man wanted for touching a woman's thigh on a Metro train this summer has a lengthy arrest record for similar behavior, including putting a condom filled with fluid on a woman's shoulder last year, Metro said.

Lawrence N. Harris, 24, inappropriately touched a woman on a Blue Line train on July 10, Metro police said.

Harris was also seen on video approaching other woman and trying to talk to them. Metro officials said the video showed the women were uncomfortable.

In May 2016, Harris was arrested for putting a fluid-filled condom on a woman on a Blue Line train. Metro said he received one year of probation for the offense.

Harris has been arrested three other times in the past, twice for indecent exposure and once for a misdemeanor sex assault, Metro said.

Police said Harris is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

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<![CDATA[National African American Museum Celebrates First Year]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:11:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National_African_American_Museum_Celebrates_First_Year.jpg

It's been one full year since the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors. News4's Barbara Harrison spoke with museum visitors about their experiences.

<![CDATA[Nursing Home Employee Accused of Sex Assault of 83-Year-Old]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:20:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Forestville+Healthcare+Center.jpg

An employee of a Maryland nursing home allegedly sexually assaulted an 83-year-old woman.

The woman is at Forestville Health and Rehabilitation Center because she suffered a stroke.

She said a man on the staff there entered her room and woke her up about 4 a.m. Monday to change her bed clothes but he touched her in a way that shocked her.

Prince George's County Police said they are in the early stages of their investigation.

Forestville Health and Rehabilitation Center's general counsel said the the allegations were reported to the state and to police. They said they are also conducting their own investigation.

The supect was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

The woman's family is concerned there could be other victims.

"The staff started giving me information about another incident that happened on the same night when they thought they were talking to the family of that victim, and that's how we realized that there's multiple victims, that my aunt was not the only victim," her nephew said.

The woman's nephew said she is suffering because of the assault.

"She's not eating, she's crying, she's not her happy self," he said. "She's concerned, worrying. She's in shock that something like this happened."

Her family doesn't want her to be identified to save her further embarrassment and mental anguish.

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