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Berkeley is always leading the way when it comes to progressive laws and Wednesday it added another to the list.
The City Council is moving forward with a plan to remove all gendered words from the city code. That means personal pronouns like "he," "she," "him" and "her" will instead be "they" and "them." But it doesn’t just stop there.
News4 wants kids in the DMV to have a great start this school year, and school supplies are the first step. This year, we're partnering with Whole Foods to kick off this back-to-school campaign. Head to Whole Foods in Riverdale Park on Thursday through 2 p.m. Here's how you can help.
Dangerous levels of heat and humidity are headed our way for Friday. An excessive heat watch will be in effect for the D.C. area from Friday morning to Sunday evening as forecasters anticipate heat index values up to 110-115 degrees.
Friday kicks off three days of summer misery. Friday afternoon will be hazy, hot and ridiculously humid. High temperatures will reach the mid- to upper 90s with heat index values getting close to 110 degrees.
This heat wave will peak on Saturday afternoon with highs around 100 degrees and heat index values again hovering around 110 degrees.
Sunday will also be dangerously hot and humid and strong storms are likely to fire up later in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be near 100 degrees with a heat index around 104-109 degrees before the storms get going in the evening.
Storm Team4 has this advice for staying cool and safe during this heat wave:
Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing
Stay in the shade or air conditioning as much as possible
Check on elderly or infirm friends and neighbors to insure they are staying cool
Make sure outdoor pets are either brought inside or at least have ample shade and fresh water
Never leave kids or pets unattended in a car on a hot day. Temperatures can quickly reach dangerous levels
Monday is the beginning of the end for this heat wave, but it will still be hot and stormy.
Those in need of a place to cool down are encouraged to visit any library or recreation center during their normal business hours, or the Adams Place Day Center (2210 Adams Place NE). See a map of D.C.'s cooling centers here.
A hyperthermia hotline is available at 202-399-7093 for anyone seeking transportation to a cooling center for a resident experiencing homelessness, officials said.
Our technological capabilities were much different 50 years ago when man first set foot on the moon, but the technology that came out of the Apollo 11 mission is still with us today. News4's Cory Smith reports.
Federal prosecutors used jailhouse recordings, aerial footage and more to convince the judge to give an avowed white supremacist a life sentence.
James Fields Jr., 22, received two life sentences and 419 years for plowing his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. His actions killed Heather Heyer, 32, and injured more than two dozen others.
To convince a judge to give Fields a life sentence, prosecutors gathered a variety of evidence, including recordings that used Fields' words against him.
Fields was locked up for about two weeks when he began to talk about the defense he might use at trial. In a recorded jailhouse call with his mom, Fields mentioned an insanity defense and how he'd need to convince his doctor he didn't intend to kill the day he plowed into a crowd of counter demonstrators.
When Fields spoke to his mother again in December, he went on a rant attacking Heyer's mother.
"Her mother is going around, doing speeches and s---, slandering me. Bunch of commies," he said in a recording.
When his mother reminded him that Susan Heyer had lost her daughter, Fields persisted.
"She is a communist. An anti-white, liberal. It's not up for questioning, she is. She's the enemy," he said.
Prosecutors also showed a judge new videos of the attack, including a live periscope feed that captured the peaceful chants of the counter demonstrators and the chaos that followed when Fields plowed into them.
One of the voices heard in the recording included that of Trooper Berke Bates. He kept Fields's car in their camera view to make sure Fields didn't get away.
Bates tracked fields until he finally pulled over. Three hours later with Bates and a new trooper, Lt. Jay Cullen, on board, the chopper began to spin and crashed to the ground, killing both men on board.
Some of their final hours were spent making sure a racist killer was brought to justice.
Police recovered the gunman’s care soon after the shooting but still don’t have a suspect.
“We've done an extensive amount of research with the evidence we've gathered so far in the case,” Prince George’s County police Cpl. Nicholas Clayton said. “Our investigators have traveled out of state. They've gone as far as doing as many canvasses and interviews as they could possibly do.”