<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 27 Jun 2016 02:25:42 -0400Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:25:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wawa Welcome America! Parade Preps]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:15:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/Wawa+Welcome+American+Parade.JPG Parade mastermind Todd Marcocci gives you some insight into why this year's parade is a must-see event.]]> <![CDATA[Wawa Welcome America!]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:14:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WWA_FB20_1200x675.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Basketball Legend Hal Lear Dies]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:12:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/225*120/hal+lear+obit.JPG One of the greatest players to don an Owls uniform.]]> <![CDATA[Police Communications Investigation After Officer's Shooting]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+radios+delco+issue-2.JPG Two separate issues are impacting the ability for police in Delaware County to communicate, sometimes during critical calls. The issues came to light after Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman survived being shot seven times Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[Woman Murdered With Crossbow in NE Philly]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Crossbow+Shooting+Scene+Kaczmarek-2.jpg

A woman collapsed in her neighbor's doorway, bleeding profusely Sunday night after being shot through the chest with a crossbow.

The bolt from the crossbow penetrated the 42-year-old victim's body, went through the couch and into the wall, said Philadelphia police Capt. Anthony Ginaldi.

Officers arrived to find the woman in a pool of blood. She was rushed to Aria Torresdale hospital where she died a short time later.

The violence unfolded around 9:20 p.m. at a house in the 3100 block of Willits Road. Ginaldi said officers had been there at least a couple times before on domestic calls.

They arrested the man in the house, who they believe is the victim's boyfriend.

"Neighbors say things for him appeared to go downhill recently, in the last month or so," Ginaldi said.

The crossbow was recovered at the scene. Capt. Ginaldi said it appears children live at the house based on the way some of the rooms are decorated, and investigators believe the children were at a different location in another part of the state.

Police are notifying next of kin before releasing the victim's identity.



Photo Credit: Joe Kaczmarek]]>
<![CDATA[Folcroft Officer Shot 7 Times Goes Home Monday]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:23:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dorman+chesney+phone+call+lead+image.jpg

Folcroft police officer Chris Dorman -- shot 7 times Friday -- leaves the hospital for home Monday.

The 25-year-old will get a police and fire escort home, with the motorcade passing under water jets as it rolls by the firehouse. Dorman joined the force as a part-time officer last summer and has volunteered with the borough's fire department for 16 years.

Dorman was shot in the face, neck and arm while investigating alleged drug activity Friday morning. Police said the gunman was a drug dealer whose parole was supposed to end the following day. Donte Brooks Island surrendered after SWAT officers stormed an apartment building. He was arraigned Friday on attempted murder and related charges.

It's tough to imagine a time compressed with more drama for Dorman than the last 3 days.

After being upgraded from critical to stable condition, Saturday night during his Philadelphia concert, country music star Kenny Chesney mistakenly told fans Dorman had passed away in the hospital.

Chesney called the officer at the hospital Sunday morning, apologized and said he'd love to catch an Eagles game and a few beers with Dorman soon.



Photo Credit: Folcroft Borough Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Hip Hop Concert Free for Kids]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:17:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/digi_11p_hip_hop_concert_19977114_1200x675_713347651555.jpg Fourth annual hip hop for Philly concert with PnB Rock.]]> <![CDATA[Beloved Delco Firefighter, Dispatcher Dies]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delco+Fire+Chief+Dispatcher+Mike+Morgan+Dies.jpg

A big loss for the tight-knit community of Delaware County first responders.

Deputy Chief Michael Morgan died Sunday morning at Fitzgerald-Mercy Hospital.

Morgan was a very active member of the Fire Company and community for more than 30 years according to an earlier post on the station’s Facebook page. He was also a Delaware County 911 dispatcher.

“Mike, we love you brother. You've dedicated your entire life to others and we are eternally grateful for having known you. You will forever live on in our hearts and memories. Rest in Peace Chief, you've earned it,” the post reads.

Morgan underwent emergency surgery in May after suffering a stroke.

Friday night a post went up notifying followers Morgan's family made the difficult choice of placing him in hospice and asked for continued prayers and support.

Funeral details are pending.



Photo Credit: Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Co.
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<![CDATA[How to Rescan Your TV]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 17:20:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CROSS+NBC10+web1.jpg

Did you know that Telemundo 62 has upgraded their over-the-air signal so more people may be able to tune in with antennas?

Just follow these four simple steps:

• Attach a VHF – UHF combination antenna to your TV.

• Go to your TV menu, select CHANNEL SET UP and choose ANTENNA.

• Run AUTO program.

• Scroll to your new channel line-up.

For more detailed information, refer to your TV’s product manual, or email getT62@nbcuni.com.

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<![CDATA[Burger Brawl Fun in South Philly]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:57:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/digi_11p_burger_brawl_19977122_1200x675_713345091677.jpg The 6th annual burger brawl in South Philly. Top tacos were on the menu this year too.]]> <![CDATA[Bon Jovi Surprises Fan Battling Cancer]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:29:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/With+Sign.jpg

A trip to dinner turned out to be the surprise of a lifetime for a New Jersey woman battling stage four lung cancer.

Carol Cesario has spent the last five months in and out of the hospital, her daughter, Rosie Skripkunis, said. Cesario, a lifelong Jon Bon Jovi fan, has always hoped she might one day get up close and personal with the singer.

“One of her biggest dreams was to meet him, ever since I was little,” Skripkunis said.

In an effort to cheer her mom up, Skripkunis made a makeshift sign on a piece of newspaper in May pleading for the singer to come visit her mom. With the help of friends, and lots of shares on Facebook, within an hour, Skripkunis was working with Bon Jovi’s team to make the dream a reality.

With June 25th picked as the date and Bon Jovi’s restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River as the destination, Skripkunis says she had no problem keeping the secret from her mom.

“I lied to her,” Skripkunis said, laughing. “I told her I wrote to his restaurant, that they said they couldn’t pass fan mail on, but that they had invited us for a free meal. It was a free meal, but it was a free meal with Bon Jovi there.”

At the restaurant, Cesario sat with her family talking as Bon Jovi snuck in the door behind her, then stood next to her without saying anything.

"Oh my God!" Cesario yelled out when she noticed exactly who was standing next to her. Bon Jovi gave an emotional Cesario a kiss on the cheek.

Cesario, Skripkunis, and their family spent the night with Bon Jovi, talking for hours and listening to some of the singer’s new music. Bon Jovi gave Cesario an autographed book and a guitar.

Skripkunis said since the dinner, her mom can’t stop thinking about it.

“She slept with the book he gave her,” Skripkunis said.



Photo Credit: Rosie Skripkunis ]]>
<![CDATA[CHOP Hosts 20th Annual Family Reunion]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:38:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015958594_1200x675_713257539924.jpg The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia held their 20th annual Fetal Surgery Family Reunion on Saturday, bringing together more than 1,700 people. Nearly all of the 350 kids were diagnosed in the womb with a birth defect.]]> <![CDATA[Kenny Chesney Calls Wounded Folcroft Officer to Apologize]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:26:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dorman+chesney+phone+call+lead+image.jpg

Hours after mistakenly telling his Philly concert crowd Folcroft Police Officer Chris Dorman was dead, country music star Kenny Chesney called the wounded officer at the hospital and did more than apologize.

Chesney told Dorman he'd like grab a few beers with and watch an Eagles game together.[[384456211,C]][[384455001,C]]

Saturday night's faux pas came after a day of pleading for the musician to give a shoutout to Dorman, who would have been at the concert had he not been shot seven times Friday during an alleged drug bust in Folcroft.[[384418731,C]]

During Chesney's concert he told fans, "Before we get going with the rest of the show, last night, a Philadelphia police officer was shot seven times. In the hospital on his bed...he passed away, but before he passed away he made a video that he wanted to come tonight so bad, and he said, 'Kenny, please don't forget me."[[384412711,C]][[384412761,C]]

Dorman was hit in the face, neck and arm. The 25-year-old officer is recovering at Penn Presbyterian Hospital and has been in good spirits, according to Folcroft Fire chief Tom Weber who has known the young officer for a decade. Dorman is expected to make a full recovery.[[384454911,C]]

Philadelphia's electrians' union, IBEW Local 98, apparently paid for several other Folcroft officers to attend Chesney's concert at Lincoln Financial Field.[[384413181,C]]



Photo Credit: Folcroft Borough Police Dept.
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<![CDATA[Philly's Ready for Wawa Welcome America!]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:35:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Flag+Mural+cu+for+Wawa+Welcome+America.JPG Philadelphia is getting ready for an eight-day celebration. Wawa Welcome America kicks off Monday, starting eight days of festivities for the whole family.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Man Shot 6 Times]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:02:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Man+Shot+6+Times+Belfield+Avenue+Logan.JPG A man is in critical condition after being shot six times on Belfield Avenue Sunday morning in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia. He was taken to Einstein Medical Center. No arrests have been made.]]> <![CDATA[Police Investigating Body Found in Stony Creek]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015952475_1200x675_712927299668.jpg Police are investigating after a body was found in Stony Creek in Norristown, Montgomery County on Saturday night. The body was found near Markley Street, by the Schuylkill River Trail.]]> <![CDATA[Delaware County Church Celebrating 100 Years of Faith]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:02:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015952458_1200x675_712926275864.jpg A Delaware County church is celebrating 100 years of faith, gathering to mark the milestone at Saint Andrew's The Apostle Church in Drexel Hill.]]> <![CDATA[Cousin of NBA's Top Pick Dies]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:03:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hit-RunImage.png

A 21-year-old cousin of the NBA's top draft pick was killed early Saturday by what police say was a hit-and-run driver.

Zackhary Simmons, of Ramsey, New Jersey, was struck at about 3:30 a.m. at Willow Avenue and 6th Street in Hoboken, police said.

His cousin, Ben Simmons, who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, expressed his sadness on social media. [[384434741,C]]

"Hearing the news this morning is a reminder to never forget the important things in life," he wrote in a Twitter post.

He also posted a photo of himself wearing a Sixers cap with his cousin. [[384418961, C]]

Zackhary Simmons was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:25 a.m., police said.

Authorities are searching for the driver of a large SUV who hit Simmons before fleeing the scene.

The vehicle, possibly a Yukon, Tahoe or Escalade, is also believed to have a New York registration.

Authorities are reviewing surveillance video obtained from a nearby funeral home.

Residents in the area said they aren’t surprised to hear about the hit-and-run. Jesse Bradshaw, of Hoboken, said the streets are often cramped and motorists are driving irresponsibly.

"They need to follow the rules," Bradshaw said. "People need to slow down."


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<![CDATA[Ben Simmons Mourning Loss of Cousin Killed in Hit-and-Run]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015952439_1200x675_712926275819.jpg Just days after being selected as the number one draft pick, 76er's Ben Simmons is mourning the loss of his cousin, who was killed in a hit-and-run in Hoboken. Simmons tweeted a picture with his cousin, Zachary, who was with him at the draft. The 21-year-old was hit and killed at around 4:30 Saturday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Officer Out of Bed, Joking Around One Day After Shooting]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:56:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015952437_1200x675_712926275735.jpg Officer Chris Dorman was out of his bed and joking around on Saturday, just one day after being shot in the head, neck, and shoulder in Delaware County. Officer Dorman is expected to make a full recovery.]]> <![CDATA[Kenny Chesney Mistakingly Says Officer is Dead]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:55:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015952438_1200x675_712926787764.jpg Kenny Chesney mistakingly told the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field that Delaware County Officer Chris Dorman was dead after family members and friends asked the popular country singer to mention Dorman, a long-time fan who was supposed to be at the concert. Dorman, who was shot seven times in the head, neck, and shoulder, is in fact alive, and recovering well.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Found Dead in Germantown Basement]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:54:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015952432_1200x675_712924227914.jpg A woman was found dead inside of a vacant home in Germantown Saturday night. Firefighters responded to the burning house on East Price Street and found the woman's body in the basement after extinguishing the flames. The identity of the woman and the cause of the fire remain unknown.]]> <![CDATA[Did Kenny Chesney Mistakenly Say Shot Cop Died?]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:55:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dorman+Chesney1.jpg

Did country music star Kenny Chesney accidentally pronounce wounded Folcroft police Officer Chris Dorman dead while performing Saturday night in Philadelphia?

Well, that's awkward.

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The mistaken shoutout by Chesney came after a day of pleading for the musician to give a hello to Dorman, who was shot seven times during an alleged drug bust in his Delaware County borough Friday morning.

Even Dorman appeared in a short video posted to Twitter to tell Chesney, "Don't forget me."

Chesney performed Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia.

Dorman, according to reports, was supposed to attend the concert Saturday. He remains at Penn Presbyterian Hospital recovering from surgery. He was shot in the face, neck and arm. A bulletproof vest prevented four othe bullets from striking him in the chest, police said.

Some of his fellow Folcroft police officers apparently went to the Chesney concert, thanks to Philadelphia electricians' union IBEW Local 98. The department thanked the union, which is headed by power labor leader John Dougherty, in a tweet.

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<![CDATA[Two Dead After Garden State Parkway Crash]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:40:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015949884_1200x675_712871491983.jpg Two people are dead and two more injured after a crash on the Garden State Parkway around 1:00 in the morning on Saturday. Police say the driver lost control, flipped the vehicle several times, and landed in a marsh.]]> <![CDATA[Man Hit by PATCO Train in Cherry Hill]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:39:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015949847_1200x675_712874563511.jpg Trains were delayed and stations shut down on Saturday evening after a man was hit by a PATCO train.]]> <![CDATA[Schuylkill River Trail Watch Kicks Off]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015949846_1200x675_712874563514.jpg A new effort is in place to keep walkers and runners safe on the Shuylkill River Trail. The Schuylkill River Trail Watch kicked off on Saturday morning, with dozens of volunteers patrolling the popular trail.]]> <![CDATA[27th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival Kicks Off]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:34:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015949892_1200x675_712875587516.jpg The annual Manayunk Arts Festival kicked off on Saturday, bringing in more than 300 local and national artists to display their work. If you missed it on Saturday, you can catch the festival on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: A Warm Weekend, Rain to Follow]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:29:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015949893_1200x675_712873027782.jpg Our weekend will be warm and sunny, but thunderstorms will come through our region early in the work week. NBC10 meteorologist Violeta Yas has details on the timing and severity of the storms.]]> <![CDATA[Folcroft Officer Recovering One Day After Shooting]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:22:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015949962_1200x675_712876099620.jpg Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman is making a remarkable recovery just one day after being shot in the head, neck, and shoulder. Dorman was up and moving on Saturday, talking to his visitors in the hospital.]]> <![CDATA[Shot Officer Already Sitting Up, Joking Around]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:15:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dorman+hospital.jpg

The police officer shot in a small Delaware County, Pennsylvania, borough Friday morning was sitting up and waiting for visitors Saturday morning, according to family and friends, a seemingly miraculous turn after an alleged gunman shot him seven times. 

Officer Chris Dorman, 25, was joking with people as they arrived at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, according to Folcroft Police Chief Robert Ruskowski.

Dorman's cousin tweeted about the officer's recovery Saturday morning, with a photo of the two in the officer's hospital room: "My cousin Chris Dorman is up talking and is expected to make a full recovery thanks to everyone for the prayers."

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Dorman was shot in the neck, face and shoulder around 9:45 a.m. behind an apartment building on Elmwood Avenue near Folcroft Train Station on Friday, according to Delaware County officials. 

One of the officers who rushed him to the hospital said Dorman managed to keep talking the whole ride to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He was later transferred to Penn Presbyterian. 

"I was scared the whole time," police Sgt. William Bair said.

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He was, "Up and talking, awake and talking, so that's great," Folcroft Fire Chief Tom Weber said late Friday evening. 

Dorman also serves as a volunteer firefighter, something he's been doing since he was 16 years old.

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Dorman's bulletproof vest stopped four bullets, which officials say saved his life. 

The suspect has been identified as Donte Brooks Island. Island was arraigned Friday on attempted murder and other charges, and was held on $1 million bail. 

Federal court records show that Island was on parole for an illegal gun possession conviction. He served 110 months in jail and was nearing the end of three years' supervised release when he allegedly shot Dorman Friday.

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Island's parole was scheduled to end the day after the shooting, according to court records, which further indicate that Island stopped reporting to his parole officer last July. Numerous attempts to reach Island failed, the records show, and he missed five scheduled drug tests during the nearly 12 months he failed to report as ordered by federal court. 

It remains unknown if Island has an attorney. 

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Ruskowski said Friday Dorman, a part-time police officer, was working toward becoming a SEPTA police officer.[[384285691, C]]

"You don't want him to leave. He's that type of guy," Ruskowski said. "Great sense of humor."

In his initial exchange with a police dispatcher Friday, Dorman can be heard shouting: "I'm shot in the face! I'm shot in the face!"

Fifteen seconds later, he told the dispatcher: "I'm shot! I'm shot! I'm shot!"[[384303791, C]]

The shooting scene was Folcroft Station Apartments on Elmwood Avenue, a short distance from the Folcroft police station and SEPTA's Folcroft train station near Philadelphia International Airport.

According to a resident of the Folcroft Station Apartments, the suspect was smoking marijuana outside the building in the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue prior to the shooting.

The building, on Elmwood Avenue, is near the Folcroft police station and SEPTA's Folcroft train station near Philadelphia International Airport. 

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Ruskowski confirmed that Dorman responded to a report of people smoking drugs in the rear of the apartment building.

SWAT teams surrounded the building just before 12 p.m. and various Delaware County municipal police forces searched nearby train tracks used by SEPTA and Amtrak for the suspect. Officers asked residents to stay in their homes during the investigation. [[384278111, C]]

"I heard the shots. I looked out my windows and see police with sniper rifles running around," said Lawrence Ladd, who lives next to the apartment building.

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Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, sent their support to the officer.

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<![CDATA[Pro-Trump Signs Stolen From Yard]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:07:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrumpSign-GettyImages-510889156%281%29.jpg

After reports of Donald Trump campaign flags being stolen last week, a Philadelphia resident is claiming he too has had Trump paraphernalia stolen.

James Buclary, of Medway Road in the Northeast section, first decided to show his support for the Republican presumptive nominee. Buclary ordered a Trump campaign sign online and proudly staked it in his front yard.

Four months went and then Buclary noticed his sign had been stolen at the end of May. A disappointed Buclary ordered another sign for his front yard to replace the stolen one. Now, a couple weeks after he placed the second sign, Buclary said someone stole it again.

“Every time I put one up it seems like they disappear,” Buclary said.

He's not alone. On Friday, Joe Hornick of New Jersey said he had over ten pro-Trump flags stolen from his West Long Branch home.

Buclary said he filed a police report.

“I don’t know who would’ve taken them,” Buclary said of his own signs. “I will put another one up if I can get one, though.”



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Lovin Adoption Event]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:32:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015948515_1200x675_712742467983.jpg Ame Dorminy from the ACCT Philly team is in the studio to introduce us to Yam, today all pets are half price and Ame has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Two Teens Shot in Nicetown]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:20:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015948497_1200x675_712736835851.jpg NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton is outside of Temple University Hospital where a teen boy is in stable condition after being shot in Nicetown while he was headed to a graduation party.]]> <![CDATA[Safety on the Schuylkill River Trail]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:19:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015948496_1200x675_712732739964.jpg NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton is live near the Schuylkill where volunteers will soon take to the trail to make sure everyone is safe, there have been several cases of assaults on the trail recently.]]> <![CDATA[Delco Officer 'Up and Talking' After 7 Gunshot Wounds]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OfficerDorman.jpg

A police officer in a small Delaware County borough survived seven gunshots Friday morning from an alleged drug dealer who was on parole, police in Pennsylvania said.

The 25-year-old Folcroft Borough officer, identified as Chris Dorman, was shot in the neck, face and shoulder around 9:45 a.m. in the rear of an apartment building on Elmwood Avenue, according to Delaware County officials.

He was, "Up and talking, awake and talking, so that's great," said Folcroft Fire chief Tom Weber who told NBC10 he's known officer Dorman for ten years.

Dorman also serves as a volunteer firefighter, something he's been doing since he was 16-years-old.

Police said he was expected to make a full recovery.

Four other bullets were stopped by Dorman's bulletproof vest, which officials credited with saving the officer's life.

The suspect was identified as Donte Brooks Island. Island was arraigned Friday on attempted murder and other charges and held on $1 Million bail.

Federal court records show that Island was on parole for an illegal gun possession conviction. He served 110 months in jail and was nearing the end of three years' supervised release when he allegedly shot Dorman Friday.

Island's parole, in fact, was set to end one day after the shooting, according to court records, which further indicate that Island stopped reporting to his parole officer last July. Numerous attempts to reach Island failed, the records show, and he missed five scheduled drug tests during the nearly 12 months he failed to report as ordered by federal court.

It was not immediately clear if he was represented by an attorney on Friday. Island said nothing to news cameras when walked to a police car at the Folcroft police station.

Dorman, who joined the Folcroft department last year, was in critical but stable condition, according to Police Chief Robert Ruskowski and expected to make a full recovery.

The chief said the injured officer is one of the borough's part-time officers and has been a volunteer firefighter in Folcroft since he was 16. He also said Dorman was in the process of becoming a SEPTA police officer.

"You don't want him to leave. He's that type of guy," Ruskowski said. "Great sense of humor."

A comment posted last month on a photo of officer Dorman in uniform on what is believed to be his facebook page said, "I really hope you're wearing a vest!!!"

Dorman replied to the comment, "Always..."

In his initial exchange with a police dispatcher Friday, Dorman can be heard shouting: "I'm shot in the face! I'm shot in the face!"

Fifteen seconds later, he said: "I'm shot! I'm shot! I'm shot!"

The shooting scene was Folcroft Station Apartments on Elmwood Avenue, a short distance from the Folcroft police station and SEPTA's Folcroft train station near Philadelphia International Airport.

A resident of the Folcroft Station Apartments, which SWAT teams surrounded a short time before 12 p.m., said the suspect was smoking marijuana outside the building in the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue prior to the shooting.

Ruskowski confirmed that Dorman responded to a report of people smoking drugs in the rear of the apartment building.

Police rushed Dorman to nearby Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, according to a hospital spokesman. He was later taken by helicopter to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in West Philadelphia.

Police from various Delaware County municipalities searched nearby train tracks used by SEPTA and Amtrak. Officers asked neighbors to stay in their homes during the investigation.

"I heard the shots. I looked out my windows and see police with sniper rifles running around," said witness Lawrence Ladd, who lives next to the apartment building.

Authorities focused on both the apartment complex and a black pickup truck. Shortly after 12 p.m., residents of the apartment building could be seen running from the three-story brick building with their hands raised.

Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, sent their support to the officer.



Photo Credit: Facebook photo
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<![CDATA[July 4th Weekend Forecast]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:55:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Hot+Sun_19898880.jpg

THE FIRST ONE IS EASY

We’ve already seen some great weather on weekends this summer. The past two weekends have been near perfect (although a bit on the hot side). No rain; lots of sunshine; low humidity for summer. And the upcoming weekend will make it 3 in a row. Not a drop of rain. 

The pattern is straight-forward. Upper-air maps for Sunday morning show a strong ridge of high pressure from Mississippi to New England. Higher pressures than average are colored in red. 

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This leads to high pressure dominating the Eastern U.S. at the surface:

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Once again, the red areas have pressures above normal. The reddest colors are right over our area, indicating HIGH pressure practically overhead. That means not much wind, lots of sunshine, and low humidity. So this weekend is a “slam dunk” (in honor of the Sixers new, future star). 

THE FORECAST (THIS WEEKEND)

PHIL. AREA BEACHES

SATURDAY 86 76 (Ocean 65 degrees)

SUNDAY 87 76

Onshore breezes each day 

BUT NEXT WEEKEND IS A DIFFERENT STORY

It may not turn out to be bad, but next weekend is not likely to be a repeat of this one. We’re talking about days 8, 9, and 10 of our 10-Day Forecast, so it’s still pretty far out. But there are some general clues emerging. 

Any longer-range forecast has to start with a look at the upper levels of the atmosphere. Computer models do a much better job with them than any kind of surface forecast. Sometimes, the models show a high level of confidence in a certain type of overall pattern. That pattern doesn’t look very much like the one for this weekend. 

Here is an upper-air map, similar to the one at the beginning of this blog. See if you notice the clear differences: 

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This is the same computer model, predicting pressures at “500mb” (about 18,000 feet up), which is the standard level meteorologists use for this type of forecasting. Instead of that HIGH pressure ridge in the Eastern U.S., it is now centered over the Rockies. Lower pressures are in the East. 

This is an “ensemble” forecast map, meaning it’s the average of many separate runs of the same model. It tends to smooth things out, especially farther out it time. But for a forecast 9 days out, it’s a pretty obvious solution. Other computer model “ensembles”, including the world’s leading European model agree on this basic pattern. 

WHAT THE PATTERN SHOWS

It’s obviously too far out in time for a clear-cut, detailed forecast for 4th of July weekend. But……. 

1. It will not be a “super-hot” weekend. Highs in the 90s are unlikely

2. It will not be a “super-sunny” weekend. At least one of the days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) should have more clouds than sun

3. There should be at least some rain during that period.

4. It’s unlikely to be a cool, “washout” weekend with a persistent east wind

5. Any tropical system that develops in the Atlantic during the week would NOT be able to come up the East Coast. 

It’s too early to get confidently more specific. That will come as we get closer to next weekend.



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<![CDATA[LBI Family Saves Turtles]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:02:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Turtle+Crossing_19961941.jpg Diamondback Terrapins have been seen all over the Jersey Shore, but one family is trying to keep the turtles from being roadkill when they cross roads to lay their eggs. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has more.]]> <![CDATA[How "Brexit Backlash" Will Impact You]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:05:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015941744_1200x675_712442947517.jpg With Britain deciding to leave the European Union, the big question here at home is "how will this effect me?" Financial Advisor Rob Wilson describes how this will effect our economy, and your wallet.]]> <![CDATA[Allentown Crews Burn Plane For Drill]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:32:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015940590_1200x675_712390211591.jpg Crews in Allentown prepared for a "worst case scenario" situation on Friday, using a burning plane to practice their skills. The plane on fire was, of course, a drill, and was loaned from The West Virginia University Fire Training Academy.]]> <![CDATA[SEPTA Driver Chases Suspected Mugger]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:02:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bus+driver+mugging.JPG

A routine bus ride turned into a heroic act by a SEPTA bus driver and two passengers early Monday morning when they chased down an alleged purse snatcher in Fairmount.

Bus driver Charles Arterbury, a 28-year SEPTA veteran, was driving his Route 48 bus about 4:30 a.m. when he saw a man allegedly mug a woman at the bus stop of North 29th Street and Girard Avenue.

Arterbury and two passengers ran off the bus and chased down the suspect, catching him a half block away on Girard Avenue. Police arrived moments later and arrested the suspect, Norman Jennings, 56, of North Philadelphia.

Jennings is charged with robbery, theft and simple assault.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said SEPTA publicly announced Arterbury's brave deed Friday because the transit agency wanted to "say that we were proud of him for helping with that.”

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<![CDATA[Your Guide: Wawa Welcome America!]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:28:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/11380809688700527897842157365663n.jpg

The 4th of July is quickly approaching and that means the Wawa Welcome America! Festival -- 8 days of fun and festivities -- is about to kick off!  

Here's your day-by-day guide to all the events happening during the patriotic celebration.

MONDAY June 27

Free Museum day at the Ben Franklin Museum: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The museum features artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays geared towards visitors of all ages. 3rd & Chestnut Streets

Our Flag Unfurled Mural Dedication: 2 - 3 p.m.

Join Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia STYLE Magazine at the newly restored 'Our Flag Unfurled' mural at 500 North Columbus Boulevard.

Go 4th & Learn About Science Behind Pixar - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets

Go behind the scenes and take a unique look at beloved animated films as the Franklin Institute brings Pixar to life! 

Philly @ the Movies: Finding Nemo at Franklin Square - 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Watch a movie under the stars with a free screening of Finding Nemo. Children and adults will enjoy this fun-filled night.

TUESDAY June 28

Free Museum Day - Museum Without Walls

"A "multi-platform" interactive audio experience - available for free by cell phone, mobile app, audio download, or on the web - Museum Without Walls: AUDIO offers the unique histories that are not typically expressed on outdoor permanent signage."

Philly @ the Movies: The Legend of Tarzan Advance Screening

Be the first to see The Legend of Tarzan at an exclusive screening at the Perelman theater at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Sign up here to win tickets!

Philly @ the Movies: The Good Dinosaur at XFINITY Live! 5 - 8 p.m.

Bring the kids to XFINITY Live! for a screening of Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur! Kids will enjoy a themed menu along with activities and crafts.

WEDNESDAY June 29

Go 4th & Workout Like Rocky - 6:25 - 7:30 a.m. at The Steps at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

All ages and fitness levels are welcome to train like Rocky Balboa. Get up early and get your work out in for the day!

Free Museum Day at the Rodin Museum - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Learn about Rodin and his large collection of artwork with a variety of activities during this day at the Rodin Museum. 

Go 4th & Read: Citywide Reading at ALL Free Libraries - 2 - 4 p.m.

Find your new favorite story at one of the 54 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Click here to find the library closest to you. 

THURSDAY June 30

Free Museum Day - National Constitution Center (Courtesy of Wawa) 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 5th & Arch Streets

Celebrate American history with exhibits at the National Constitution Center. Plus, you'll be able to "vote" for the next new featured Hoagie variety!

Philadelphia International Airport Special Exhibition - 10 - 11 a.m., Terminal A East

Travel through Philadelphia's Presidential Convention History from 1848 through 2016. Ticketed passengers only.

Wawa Hoagie Day - 12 - 1 p.m. Independence Hall

The annual Wawa Hoagie Day honors our troops and expands on Wawa's partnership with the USO. If you go, you'll get FREE Wawa Hoagies and enjoy speical appearances by Food Network Chef Robert Irvine and a performance by the USO Show Troops.

Go 4th & Learn About Music and Culture - 5 - 7:30 p.m. Mummers Museum 2nd Street and Washington Avenue

Learn about the history and art of one of the longest running traditions in our country! Feeling creative? Visit the costumer station or learn to strut!

Summer Mummer Concert - 8 - 10 p.m. Mummers Museum

The 2016 Champions, South Philadelphia String Band, take the stage for a free concert. Get your golden slippers ready!

Philly @ The Movies: National Treasure - 9 - 11 p.m. Penn's Landing

Watch as Ben Gates races through Philadelphia in search of the leendary treasure that is secretly mapped out on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

FRIDAY July 1 

Free Museum Day at the African American Museum - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 701 Arch Street

Visit the African American Museum to experience the richness of African American heritage with galleries full of exciting history and art.

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert at Penn's Landing - 8 - 9:30 p.m.

"As a part of the Neighborhood Concert Series presented by Wells Fargo, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra performs a free concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by Comcast NBC Universal & Pyrotecnico."

Wawa Welcome America! Waterfront Fireworks - 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fireworks spectacular light up the sky at Penn's Landing! The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY July 2

Free Museum Day - National Constitution Center (Courtesy of Wawa) - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 5th & Arch Streets

Celebrate American history with exhibits at the National Constitution Center. Plus, you'll be able to "vote" for the next new featured Hoagie variety!

U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" Concert at Penn's Landing - 8 - 9:30 p.m.

"The United States Army Band, one of the nation's premier musical organizations, returns to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing for an evening full of music, followed by a patriotic fireworks display presented by Comcast NBC Universal & Pyrotecnico."

Wawa Welcome America! Waterfront Fireworks

Enjoy a fireworks spectacular light up the sky at Penn's Landing! The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY July 3 

Free Museum Day - Philadelphia Museum of Art - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Discover artwork from around the globe at one of the most revered museums in the country.

Free Museum Day - Barnes Foundation (PECO Free First Sunday) - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The greatest private collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early-modern paintings can be found at the Barnes Foundation. Visitors can enjoy talks, performances and activities through out the day. 

Historic Philadelphia Block Party - 1 - 7 p.m. 5th & 6th Streets between Market & Chestnut Streets

The streets surrounding Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell transform into a block party our forefathers would approve, complete with food, music and fun for all ages!

POPS! on Independence at Independence Hall - 8 - 9:30 p.m.

"Enjoy a patriotic and entertaining performance by Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra featuring Broadway and opera hometown talents, Allison Blackwell and Justin Hopkins."

MONDAY July 4

Free Museum Day - National Museum of Jewish American History - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy educational programs and experiences that preserve and celebrate Jewish history in America! 

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony - 10 - 11 a.m. Independence Hall

The City of Philadelphia invites residents and visitors to pay tribute to our great nation through inspiring remarks, patriotic music and a reading of the Declaration of Indpendence from notable guests including Mayor Jim Kenney and Hamilton's Leslie Odom, Jr.

Independence Day Parade - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Reflecting the words of our Constitution, more than 4,000 participants including colorful floats, military, marching bands and cultural groups perform along the 1.2 mile long parade route.

Party on the Parkway - 12 - 4 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Celebrate July 4th with 10 hours of FREE fun! Different stages along the Parkway will feature performances by top local talent and food festivals and concerts will be happening around the city!

Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Concert - 5 - 10 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The concert kicks off with performances by Philadelphia's Leslie Odom, Jrl, Yazz the Greatest, Brotherly Love and more special guests followed by a high-energy celebration of the music of Gamble & Huff performed by The Sound of Philadelphia favorites The O'Jays, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes & The Intruders. The Philly POPS returns with the full 65-piece orchestra for a patriotic performance, with special guest performers.

Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Fireworks - 10 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Showcasing patriotism and significant movements in history through amazing musical works and powerful quotes from US leaders, this firework spectacular will be the perfect way to end our July 4th celebration!

For more information on all of the listed events, visit the Welcome America website.



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<![CDATA[Vote Now for Your Wawa Hero!]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:00:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/wawa+welcome+hero+award+logo.JPG

You told us WHO you thought should win a Wawa Foundation Hero award this year and now it's time to vote!

People shared heroic stories about the work being done by Philadelphia-area non-profits and that elevated four organizations to finalists.

The winning organization gets a $50,000 grant and the three runner-ups each receive $10,000.

Here are your four finalists in alphabetical order (and please read more about each below):

Beat the Streets

Philadelphia Reads

Special People in the Northeast [SPIN]

Veteran's Multi-Service Center Philadelphia

Voting opened Monday and ends June 29. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

The winner is announced on July 4 during the Wawa Welcome America! festivities.

"All of us at Wawa were overwhelmed to have received so many incredible submissions for The Wawa Foundation Hero Award and were truly inspired to hear about the work that so many are non-profits are doing to help others and improve their communities," said Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens. "We can't wait to celebrate during the Wawa Welcome America! festivities these four non-profits who truly tell the story of what it means to be a hero."

Here is a bit more about the finalists:

Beat the Streets Wrestling Program of Philadelphia: The Beat the Streets Wrestling Program of Philadelphia is committed to helping establish youth wrestling programs in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. The organization works to foster the holistic development of student-athletes by providing the resources to support an athletic program and an academic tutoring program across a group of local schools and community programs. Beat the Streets runs programs in 22 Philadelphia-area locations, primarily in extremely under-resourced neighborhoods, and serves over 1,200 students with between 100 and 400 hours of programming on an annual basis.

Philadelphia READS: The mission of Philadelphia READS is to “raise a city of readers” through quality out-of-school-time programs focused on helping children read on or above grade level by grade 4. A proud partner of the “READ! By 4” campaign, the organization relies heavily on volunteers to serve the Philadelphia community. Philadelphia READS helps hundreds of students in the city receive one-on-one literacy tutoring and mentoring every week, and since its inception has distributed more than 100,000 new or nearly new books to hundreds of teachers each year for use in high-need schools.

SPIN: Special People in Northeast, Inc. was founded in 1970 by a group of families who wanted their children to have a summer camp experience that would not only meet their specific needs, but would allow these children the recreational activity they would have otherwise missed. Forty six years later, SPIN is dedicated to the mission of providing the highest quality people-first services and support for children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities so that each may achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities. Today, the organization supports more than 3,500 infants, children, and adults in the Philadelphia area.

Veterans Multi-Service Center Philadelphia: Since 1980, Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) Philadelphia has served those in the area who help preserve our freedom and each year helps more than 3,500 local veterans through their transition back to civilian life. As the only non-profit agency in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas that provides a comprehensive resource center available to all veterans in need, VMC offers meals six days a week as well as services like job training and placement, benefits analysis, ongoing case management, Women Veteran programming, and a multitude of other resources to educate, inspire, and empower Veterans during their transition.

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<![CDATA[Mother Charged in Daughter's Death]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:51:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/20th+Street+Shooting+North+Philadelphia+Girl+Shot.JPG

The mother of a 4-year-old girl killed Thursday by a bullet wound to her face has been charged with third degree murder, according to police.

The mother was identified as 25-year-old Shakeya Holmes.

An arrest warrant was also issued for Holmes' boyfriend in connection with the little girl's death.

Earlier Friday, police said the girl appeared to have shot herself with a handgun.

Police have not yet identified the girl, who was found by police with a gunshot to her eye at a North Philadelphia house where she lived with her mother and a younger sister.

The investigation has revealed that the gunshot appears self-inflicted, a police spokeswoman said. Charges against the mother was confirmed on Friday evening.

EMS rushed to the Montgomery Townhomes on the 1800 block of North 20th Street shortly after noon Thursday. Medics then took the girl to Hahnemann Hospital where she died around 1 p.m., police said.

The girl's mother and a 3-year-old sister were in the home when the child was shot, police said. Police recovered a gun from inside the home.

Neighbors said the mother ran outside holding her daughter and yelled for help.

"Her little sister standing over her, I said what  happened, she said, she got shot with a gun," Margie Malabet recalled the frantic scene when she ran to help after hearing the mother's cries, "Save my baby, please, save my baby."



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<![CDATA[Philly Firefighters Find Torched Body]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:40:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Allegheny+Avenue+Burned+Body.JPG

Firefighters found a person's charred remains in a vacant North Philadelphia lot Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 1700 block of W Allegheny for the report of a fire around 10:45 a.m., said Philadelphia Police.

They quickly doused the fire and found the body.

No word yet on a possible identification for the person.



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<![CDATA[Shooting of Retired Pa. Trooper Justified]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:09:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015932184_1200x675_712071235655.jpg

A prosecutor says state police were justified in fatally shooting a retired trooper who killed two people during a botched robbery at a rural Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza in March.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall told state police on Thursday that the unidentified trooper who killed Clarence Briggs "should be commended for his acts of extraordinary bravery in the face of extreme, lethal violence."

Kendall says Briggs fired at troopers responding to a call for help at the Fort Littleton toll plaza before the trooper killed Briggs with a single round.

Kendall says the troopers put themselves at risk by advancing and rendering first aid.

Briggs fatally shot turnpike employee Danny Crouse and private security guard Ronald Heist. He was loading money into his car when troopers arrived.

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