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>> yeah. >> it's cold right now. we'll talk about the snow later on. clear skies. 13 at the airport. nine at dulles airport. 13 in york, pennsylvania. today mostly sunny skies. after the cold start it will be chimly this afternoon, 35 -- chilly this afternoon, 35 degrees. we'll say good morning to sarah and see how things are rolling on the roads. >> good morning. rolling pretty well so far. we are dealing with one problem in towson. joppa road shut down between washington avenue and bosley avenue due to a water main break. other wides do doing pretty well. 47 miles per hour making your way down towards the beltway and beyond. 61 on the j.f.x. southbound. about 45 on the west side. moving well on the outer loop towards liberty. 11 minutes on the outer loop northeast side. about a 12-minute ride west side. five minutes from the 895 split towards the ft. mchenry.
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quarantine road, we have our construction pattern two-way traffic on the inner loop. so far running smoothly there. no problems as we switch over to 29 and 108 in howard county. that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> thank you. our big story this morning, a late night fire in baltimore county claims the lives of two people. >> fire crews worked overnight to distinguish flames that engulfed a home in catonsville. 11 news reporter kerry cavanough live at the public safety building in towson with the details. >> we're told the 911 call came in just after 11:00 last night. and shortly there after 40 firefighters converged on the home in catonsville. rescue workers tell 11 news the snow and ice outside did not slow them down as they made their way into the split-level. they battled through the heavy smoke and discovered two people in need of help. but despite c.p.r. the man and woman were pronounced dead shortly there after. fire officials say no one else was in the home when the flames
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broke out and it's unclear if the victims were asleep at the time. >> the fire was appeared to be confined upon entry to the right side of the house and upstairs. there was some damage to the floor and so forth. the crews are in there taking it apart to help the investigation division find out the cause. >> no firefighters were hurt while battling those flames. meanwhile, officials have not yet released the names of the man and woman who were killed. live in towson, kerry cavanough, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. meanwhile, city firefighters say cold temperatures may have hindered their abilities to put out another two-alarm fire. crews believe a frozen fire hydrant caused problems as they battled the blaze about 4:30 yesterday morning it took two hours to bring the fire under control. fortunately no reports of injuries. and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. the freezing temperatures and snow also created some dangerous driving conditions over the
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weekend. we're told a pedestrian was killed in hagerstown when a trug slid into the pedestrian, then hit a median and then a tree. crews have been clearing roadways for the past two days and will continue this morning. officials warning to look out for that black ice which may have frozen overnight. city residents can report icy conditions or roadway that still need to be cleared by calling 311. >> police are looking for the person who shot a man in west baltimore around noon yesterday in the 1500 block of west lexington street. an adult male was found suffering a gunshot wound. he was taken to the hospital. no word on his condition or a possible motive. the twin brothers accused of setting a pitbull on fire last may will be tried as adults later today on firearms charges. while serving a warrant at the home of the 17-year-olds police say they discovered a handgun, shotgun and rifle. police disregarded the father's claims that the weapons were his. the search also turned up a small amount of marijuana and a
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scape, according to police. the boys will be tried as adults. the baltimore city police department is changing its police shooting policy and will now release the names of officers involved in shootings 48 hours after incident. police commissioner bealefeld says the reversal of his controversial decision last year with a compromise. the union opposes the change saying it compromises officers' safety and protection. >> two daughters convicted after boozing their mother will be sentenced -- of abusing their mother will be sentenced today. they pled guilty in november to first degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. in february 2008, paramedics found their paraplegic mother lying in feces and urine. she was covered in bed sores. she died the next month. the defense hopes to get probation and home detention. >> a special consumer alert. toyota is expected to announce how the carmaker intends to fix a major problem in its vehicles. the government gave the plan the
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green light last week. 11 news reporter brook hart has more on what you can expect. >> the stories can be nightmarish and seem to have a common thread. >> for some reason the car lurches forward. >> rhonda had seven accidents in her toyota camry. in kentucky the driver in this crash, todd allen is in intensive care. this is his mother. >> i encourage my kids to boy tightoyotabecause they last lond they work better. but i didn't know all of this was going to happen. >> in a publicity blitz, toyota ran full-page ads acknowledging sticking accelerator pedals and saying "we believe we are close to announcing an effective remedy." the fix keeps the gas pedal from staying down. the part could be to dealers within the week. what if drivers face the problem sooner? >> hold your break down. don't pump the breaks. get the car into neutral. turn off the engine when you
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come off to the side of the road and come it a complete stop and you'll be safe. if you follow those steps, it's no more unsafe than if your car had stalled, but you need to be prepared. >> long-term drivers are worried. >> up until now i was a pretty reliable toyota customer. i will never buy a car from them again. i can't. they're not safe. >> problem models make up more than half of toyota's fleet. lawmakers will hold hearings this month. six investigations found problems with loose floor mats but nothing else. in washington, brook hart, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a lengthy record of driving under the influence could soon make you the center of attention while driving. delegate marvin holmes from prince george's county wants to giufre pete -- give repeat offenders a license plate followed by dui in the number. holmes says this would allow foam know who's on the roads --
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people to know who's on the roads. that brings us to our "watercooler question of the day." do you agree with a proposed bill requiring special license plates for repeat drunk drivers? e-mail your response to >> 21 degrees on tv hill at 5:07. coming up, the white house nixes plans to hold a 9/11 trial near ground zero. details on a possible plan b. >> plus a worry over funds and treating earthquake patients likely on hold. >> here's a live look at traffic. this is 83 north of the beltway at exit 24, looking north. looks fine right there. hi-- number two, please.
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but we don't expect any weather trouble today. we can pick up a few little snow showers, lake effect snow going across upstate new york and back into pennsylvania. all of that will stay north of us today. we're going to get plenty of sunshine. with the clear skies last night the temperature has a chance to drop off. we'll switch it over to the weather computer. 17 right now at the airport. 18 in parkton. 19, sykesville. and 20 in parkville. it's a cold start for us. but we're going to get the temperatures into the mid 30's this afternoon. it's a little bit better than over the weekend but still obviously below normal for this time of the year. mostly sunny skies expected. when we come back, we'll look at the seven-day forecast. there's a couple of chances for snow. we'll discuss all of that momentarily. for now, to the news desk. >> "covering the nation" this morning, medical airlifts critical patients from haiti to florida are once again underway. the state is happy to help the earthquake victims but needs help footing the bills. last week the military suspended the med eyak flights over -- med
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evac flights. during the lifts, american doctors got a boston-baited aid group to fly -- boston-based aid group to fly children to a boston hospital. >> a plan threatened to become a logistical public safety and financial nightmare. the cost estimated at $200 million. the justice department is now searching for an alternative site in the big apple. president obama is aking congress for money to help pay for it. >> coming up, lottery officials are giving more power to those looking to win big. the game they spent yesterday celebrate and how it will affect weekly drawings. >> some restaurants are making some light menu changes hoping to see and crease in sales. (announcer) this sparkling glass was washed
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>> the roads are fine. >> pretty dry. not dealing with anything major as far as ice. though we are getting reports of icy conditions at the bay bridge. i'm you have ice, bay bridge and the rest of the area bridges, use caution. right now the only major problem is in towson. joppa road shut down between washington and bosley avenue due to a water main break. so those road closures through the morning. watch for construction. otherwise, weighs view the speed sensors -- as we view the speed sensors, 48 on the west side outer loop. right around 795 a pli bit of a sluggish spot as well. j.f.x. and harrisburg expressway in great shape. icy conditions reported at the bay bridge and the rest of the area bridges you're going to want to use extra caution.
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a live view of quarantine road, beltway looks good through that construction zone in the inner loop. and 29 and maryland 108 in howard county, no delays to report in either direction on 29. that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. now let's get the latest on the buses and the trains. good morning, vanetta. >> good morning. so far so good as the light rail and metro are problem-free. we have the camden, penn and brunswick lines on the marc also report nothing delays. just watch out for a few scattered bus delays, including the 15, 22, 23 line all taking about a five to 10-minute delay. allow a little extra time on the buses today. for the m.t.a. transit team, i'm vanetta brooks. now back to tony pann. >> good morning. things quiet in the weather department today after snow over the weekend. it should be smooth sailing in that respect. it's going to be cold, though. you step out this morning, make sure you dress in the winter gear. there's not much of a breeze. we don't have to calculate wind
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chills. it's cold enough by itself. 17 at the airport. 21, westminster. 19, randallstown. it will probably drop off a couple more degrees over the next couple of hours. be prepared for that. satellite not picking up any cloud cover at all. clear skies. plenty of sunshine. again some lake effect snows going on across upstate new york and back into northern pennsylvania. that will all stay north of us. the next system we're watching is coming out of the plain states. it's almost a clipper type storm. this will visit us i think on tuesday night with a chance for a little bit of light snow or snow flurry activity. up until that time the weather should be just fine. so mostly sunny is our forecast today. it's going it be a cold one with high temperatures in the mid 30's. it's a little bit warmer than it was over the weekend. still below the seasonal average in the lower end of the 40's. sunrise at 7:14. tonight a few clouds will drift in. we'll call it clear to partly cloudy. low temperatures in the lower end of the 20's which is cold but not quite as cold as the last few nights. let's take a look at
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insta-weather future cast. we're going to start at 6:00 in the morning on tuesday. we should be dry tomorrow morning. then we'll be watching that system organize off to our south and west. we're going to get some precipitation in here it looks like sometime during the evening on tuesday. there could be a little bit of rain mixed in when it first starts. but i think this is basically a light snow or snow shower activity event for most of you, except in the fa southern subur. don't expect too much accumulation. there might be a little bit of snow on the ground early in the morning on wednesday. maybe a couple of snow flurries left behind. as we head through the day on wednesday, things should clear up and the temperatures will stay slightly below the average norm. we're shooting for high temperatures, only in the 30's for the rest of the week. tomorrow increasing clouds, the chance for some light snow or flurries in the evening and overnight. the high temperature 38 degrees. then on wednesday there could somebody snow flurry erlzy in the morning -- early in the morning. decreasing temperatures.
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minor accumulations are possible through the overnight period on tuesday. thursday and friday look dry with high temperatures in the upper 30's and low 40's. we've set the pattern for storms on the weekend this winter. i think we're going to do it again this upcoming weekend. another storm comes out of the southern plains. right now we'll just say rain or snow depending on the temperatures on saturday with a high temperature around 38 degrees. >> in this morning's "consumer alert," direct mail has yet to be a thing of the past as businesses search for a way to boost revenue. many companies laid off on the old-fashioned snail mail as low-cost e-mail becomes more available. but lower sales have forced companies to resort back to placing flyers in your mailbox. some businesses are combining the two tactics using an e-mail a follow-up or backup reminder. many restaurants are looking to cut your waistline to boost their bottom line of the last month appleby's rolled out five
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items that cut back on calories. research showed customers wanted healthier choices. chefs are using new tangy foods to keep the flavor. other chains like starbucks and taco bell released reduced calorie fare as well. >> now honda has a recall. jane king joins us with a look at the day's business news in the "bloomberg business report." good morning, jane. how are you? >> hi, stan. good. doing fine this morning. we're going to be watching for headlines today from toyota. the auto giant gearing up for a big media blitz today, including a press release at 6:30 this morning and then a news conference at 11:00. toyota plans to disclose details of the fix for the more than four million vehicles that's recalled in the u.s., europe and china to fix the sticky accelerator. and in the meantime, the associated press reporting dealers may get replacement parts by friday. the automaker may face quite an up hill battle explaining itself. the japanese newspaper reporting
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today that toyota knew about possible problems with the material used to make the pedal system, starting in 2007 when it first got reports of sticky accelerators in the tundra pickup. in the meantime, another japanese automaker announcing a recall. honda recalling cars to fix faulty power windows. stock futures indicating a higher start. we did have a down day friday. especially the tech stocks. they were the weak ones on friday. that's business at the new york stock exchange. i'm jane king, bloomberg news reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> we'll see you back here at 6:15. if you're looking to win big, your chances just doubled because powerball is officially in maryland. the tic tickets went on sale yesterday morning giving players the option to play for this wednesday's $107 million jackpot. maryland lottery officials celebrated the kickoff with a party yesterday. the guests could have won $15,000.
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>> it's been fabulous. we have a crowd of 400 people. they're dancing, jumping up and down, spinning the wheel and buying their powerball tickets for the chance to be among the people to win that up to $15,000. >> has to be hard to dance twhearg big powerball outfit. it means a switch in the lottery schedule. multimatch drawings will be held mondays and thursdays, megamillions will be drawn on tuesdays and fridays, and powerball on wednesdays and saturdays. can you see them all right here at 11:22 p.m. each night on wbal-tv. >> 5:21. 21 degrees. coming up, another look at your morning commute. >> also, despite inches of rain and freezing temperatures, thousands of people took to the icy cold waters of the bay in true polar bear style. we'll take a look at the plunge coming up. >> don't forget to email us your answer to the "watercooler question of the day." do you agree with the proposed bill requiring special license
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plates for repeat drunk drivers? email your response to
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>> a few inches of snow wasn't enough to keep plungers out of the bay saturday. >> more than 25,000 upped into the water to help raise money for the maryland special owe lick picks including some notable athletes like michael mccreary. >> that's not michael -- >> that's kimmie meissner. rob roblin was there. he has a look at the event. >> for 24 hours, once an hour, the super plungers plunged into the cold waters of the chesapeake bay. this year there were over 80 super plungers. and they alone raised
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over $600,000. for the first of two polar bear plunges, fans and plungers start add rifing early this -- started arriving early this morning. it's windy, cold, and as you can see, it's snowing. if you're a polar bear, this is perfect weather. right? >> oh, yes! >> if if you're not a polar bear, it's cold out here. every year more and more people take part in the plunge here at sandy point state park. and a little or a lot of snow won't keep these plungers away. >> this is our 13th year. we do it because special olympic is a good cause. >> why wouldn't you want to jump in there? come on! >> the adrenaline. >> in the 14 years the polar bear plunge has become the event of the winter. >> it is awesome. i am so excited. i can't wait. i can't wait. this makes the polar bear
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plunge. this is what it's about. polar and plunging. >> and it was time to go until the water. >> three. two. one! >> thousands took the plunge, all of them, raising money for special olympics. rob roblin, wbal-tv 11 news. [laughing] >> oh my goodness. >> we're sitting here freezing to death just watching that. >> so far the event has raised more than $2.8 million, all for maryland special olympics. if you'd like to see more pictures of the plungers or you have some of your own to submit, go to our website, congratulations, everyone, for participating. >> great job. you're brave. 5:26. 21 degrees. coming up in the next half-hour of 11 news today -- >> a baltimore county house fire turns deadly. i'm kerry cavanough live with the latest straight ahead. >> i'm nikole killion in washington where the president releases his budget today. i'll tell you what's in and what's out, coming up.
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>> and i'm tony pann. the weather is nice and quiet this morning, but there's a couple more chances of snow. >> we're tracking a nice commute so far. just one problem in towson. we'll check the roads for you coming up.
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>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thanks so much for joining us. let's get a check on weather and traffic this morning. not a bad morning considering we had a crazy weather weekend. >> it was a fun weekend. you saw the pictures from the polar bear plunge. wow! just looking at that. >> it really does. they had a great time. made a whole lot of money. >> and kudos to everybody who did it. weather-wise today it's just cold. you'll notice that when you step out. temperatures in the teens in most spots away from the city. it's 17 at the


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