5 things you need to know Thursday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Here are five things you need to know on Thursday, February 6.

5. The family of a man who died after D.C. firefighters allegedly refused to treat him will hold a press conference with their attorney on Thursday morning. Cecil Mills' daughter, Marie, talked to WUSA 9 last week. She said her father suffered from a massive heart attack on the sidewalk right across the street from a fire house on Rhode Island Avenue NE following failed attempts to get firefighters to help.

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4. Former Arlington County sheriff's deputy Craig Patterson will be sentenced Thursday for the shooting death of an Alexandria man. In December, a jury convicted Patterson of voluntary manslaughter for killing 22-year-old Julian Dawkins. Attorneys for Patterson said he acted in self defense and was trying to arrest an angry, drunk and belligerent young man who was armed with a deadly weapon.

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3. Let the games begin! Slopestyle, which makes its Olympic debut Thursday, incorporates elements of parkour and slopes that snowboarders have been doing for years. Athletes will glide down rails, flip over obstacles and jump over hills. Halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White was slotted to compete, but pulled himself out of the event on Wednesday. Team figure skating also begins Thursday with the men's short program and pairs short program.

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2. Lorde will bring her Grammy Award-winning song of the year to Maryland as she headlines the Preakness infield concert at Pimlico Race Course in May. The Maryland Jockey Club is announcing Thursday that the 17-year-old breakout star from New Zealand will perform an extended set during the infield festival May 17 at the 139th Preakness Stakes.

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1. Investigation into dozens of horrific and fiery deaths involving 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees is nearly over. NHTSA is expected to issue a final analysis shortly, but by all accounts, this investigation is closed. An agency spokesperson says NHTSA has been in close communication with Chrysler throughout the process and that it is "supportive of their announced actions to move forward."

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