<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 24 Jul 2017 04:49:59 -0400Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:49:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Storms Strike Region With Flooding, Possible Watersprout]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:09:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Water-Sprout-Photo.jpg Another round of storms hit the area Sunday bringing heavy rain, flooding, wind and a possible watersprout to parts of the area. Check out our viewer photos. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Killed in Chester Is City's 20th Murder Victim of 2017]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:56:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Zion+Abdullah+1.jpg

The shooting death of a 23-year-old man in Chester Saturday afternoon marked a grim tally: There have already been 20 homicides in the city of less than 40,000, far outpacing the recent years.

Teshon Malloy was found shortly before 5 p.m. in the street at Thomas and Terrill streets suffering from multiple bullet wounds. He died at a nearby hospital. On Sunday, Chester police arrested Miguel Moreno with Malloy's slaying. No motive was given for the shooting.

Later on Saturday, an 11-year-old boy was struck inside his house by an apparently stray bullet, police said. The child suffered a wound to his upper chest, and remained in stable condition at a Chester Crozer Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.

The violence is part of a downturn for a city already besieged in recent years. Homicides in Chester are well ahead of the last two years' paces, when there were 12 murders through the first six months of both those years.

The year-end totals were 24 in 2015 and 26 in 2016, according to Chester police.

The city has had eight murders since June 2, when a 16-year-old was gunned down amid the overgrown grass of an elementary school as the teen walked to his Chester High School. There were several shootings within hours of each other that day.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Murdering Girlfriend Inside OC Apartment]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:42:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ocean-City-Murder.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Ocean City, New Jersey.

On Saturday around 8:40 a.m., police responded to an apartment on the 900 block of Wesley Avenue in Ocean City for a report of a dead woman. When they arrived they found the body of Denise Webber, 54, inside her apartment.

The investigation led to the arrest of Paul Kline, 49. Investigators say Kline and Webber were in a relationship and also lived together. Kline is charged with first degree murder, second degree aggravated assault and third degree endangering an injured victim.

While Kline has been arrested and charged, police continue to investigate Webber's murder. An autopsy will be performed Sunday to determine the cause and manner of death.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot to Death in Montco Town]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:14:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Hatfield+Shooting+Police+Cars.JPG

A man was shot to death inside a house in Hatfield Township late Saturday night, officials in Montgomery County said.

The 31-year-old was killed inside 2415 East Orvilla Road by a person who then called 9-1-1, according to the District Attorney's office Sunday. Neither the dead man nor the shooter were initially identified.

The shooter did remain on scene until police involved. Authorities said the homicide occurred "following a disturbance" about 11:45 p.m.

Township and county detectives are investigating the shooting.

Check back for more details as they become known.

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<![CDATA[PECO Worker Gives Shoes to Homeless Man]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PECO_Worker_Gives_Shoes_to_Homeless_Man.jpg

A PECO worker who spotted a barefoot homeless man picking up trash in Center City gave his own shoes to the man. The act of kidness was captured on camera.

<![CDATA[Family of Shooting Victim Calls for Action]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:37:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Family_of_Shooting_Victim_Calls_for_Action.jpg

The Dempsey Family held a vigil for August Dempsey and her boyfriend, Bobby Depaul Saturday. Both were shot and killed by their neighbor. The family is calling for the interim DA to press charges.

<![CDATA[No Sweat: Break in the Heat Wave Coming]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:53:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Break_Of_The_Heat_Wave.jpg

It will be less muggy and humid on Sunday. There is a chance of some isolated showers. Temperatures will be in the mid 80's for the upcoming week. NBC10's First Alert meteorologist Erika Martin has your accurate forecast.

<![CDATA[Funeral Held for Victim of Bucks County Murders ]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:52:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dean-Finnochiaro-Lead-Photo.jpg

The final funeral for the four young men killed in the Bucks County murders was held Saturday afternoon.

Loved ones gathered at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. on 2200 Trenton Road in Levittown, Pennsylvania for the funeral service of Dean Finocchiaro, 19.

Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin, 20-year-old Sean Kratz, were charged last week in the murders of Finocchiaro along with Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, Thomas Meo, 21, and Mark Sturgis, 22.

DiNardo confessed to all four killings in exchange for being spared the death penalty. The remains of the young men were found on a farm owned by DiNardo's parents in Solebury, 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.

Finocchiaro was born in Bristol Township and was a lifetime resident of Middletown Township. He graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2016 where he played for the school's ice hockey team. He worked at Richman's Ice Cream Company in Levittown where he was a cook since it opened in March of this year.

Earlier this month, Finocchiaro's co-worker Bill Tosti tearfully recounted the 19-year-old's sense of humor.

"He had a smile that would just hug you," Tosti said. "He was real warm, very friendly, would do anything for anybody, a great teammate to work with."

A funeral was held for Patrick on Friday in Newtown while services were held Thursday for Meo and Sturgis.

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Raises Minimum Age to Smoke to 21 ]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:36:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/050517+cigarettes+generic.jpg

Gov. Chris Christie raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes, tobacco products, and electronic smoking devices to 21 in New Jersey on Friday.

Prior to signing the law, the minimum age was 19.

New Jersey joins New York, which also raised the age to 21 in 2014.

“By raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, we are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place,” Christie said.

“My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance. Additionally, the less people who develop costly tobacco habits that can cause health problems, such as lung cancer, heart disease and developmental issues, the less strain there will be on our healthcare system," he added.

Christie vetoed the minimum age bill in 2016.

According to the latest state data in 2017, more than 37,000 high school students in New Jersey smoke, and the number is higher for students who use e-cigarettes.

The annual health care costs directly caused by smoking has caused the state $4.06 billion.

The tax rate per pack of 20 is $2.70.

This bill would dedicate one percent of the tax revenue
collected under the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products
Wholesale Sales and Use Tax Act to the Department of Health to
fund and implement anti-smoking initiatives in New Jersey.

One percent of the tax revenue collected under the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products Wholesale Sales and Use Tax Act will go to the health department to fund and implement anti-smoking initiatives in the state.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Couple Die in Elkins Park House Fire ]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:14:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elderly-Couple-Elkins-Park-Fire.jpg

Friends and family are mourning an elderly couple who died in an early morning house fire in the Elkins Park section of Cheltenham Township.

The fire started at a home on the 600 block of Spring Avenue shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from a second-floor bedroom. The flames quickly spread to the rest of the house, causing the front ceiling to collapse. Battling the fire and their own exhaustion, firefighters brought the blaze under control around 7 a.m. They then found the bodies of the homeowners inside, identified by family members as Helen Finestone and her husband Roy Finestone. Both victims were 98-years-old.

"It really hurts," the couple's nephew, Aaron Finestone, told NBC10. "I just want to stop by and find closure. Pay my respects."

Loved ones say Helen and Roy raised their family in the Spring Avenue home.

"Their whole life was just devotion to their family," Aaron Finestone said. "It was extraordinary."

Aaron Finestone told NBC10 his aunt and uncle's love story spanned at least 75 years. The couple married before Roy, a supply officer in the Navy, went on to serve in World War II.

"They both grew up in Feltonville," Aaron Finestone said. "The two families knew each other and they were in Clara Barton Elementary School together."

The couple's neighbors were able to escape the fire though their home sustained major heat and smoke damage. It may take some time before they're able to return. Firefighters say there were smoke detectors inside the home though no one heard them go off.

"I'm sad," Robert Mandel, the Finestones' neighbor, told NBC10. "You never want to see tragedy. Especially when it's on your street."

Investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature due to an electrical source.

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<![CDATA[Temple Grad Wins $8 Million at World Series of Poker]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:48:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17204287121151.jpg

A recent Temple University graduate took his place atop the poker world early Sunday by winning the world's biggest poker tournament — and hauling in $8 million.

Scott Blumstein, a native of northern New Jersey who lives outside Atlantic City, took down the last two competitors at the final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas. He held a commanding lead going into the final night of play that started Saturday evening, and was one of more than 7,000 that started the tournament.

The 25-year-old, who was described by Poker News as "an East Coast tournament grinder," entered the night with a commanding lead. A grinder is a player who spends a lot of time at the poker table and who considers poker a career.

The win "changes my life," he told ESPN, which broadcast the event.

"I'm really happy with how I played tonight," Blumstein said. "Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce, because I was playing good, but I'm pretty tired of poker at this point, honestly. To have to go back and battle pretty deep-[stacked] again, I wasn't looking forward to it."

Entering Saturday, Blumstein had 226 million chips, compared to the second-place chip-holder Dan Ott's 88 million and Benjamin Pollack's 45 million.

Ott is also a Pennsylvanian who hails from Altoona. Pollack is a French poker professional.

Despite the win, Blumstein isn't getting overly confident just yet.

"If you had to ask me, probably the two guys I would least want to get three-handed with," Blumstein told ESPN. "But with that being said, I have a lot of chips and I'm confident we're going to go home, work on some three-handed poker, and come back ready to play tomorrow."

Blumstein graduated from Temple three years ago with a degree in accounting. According to his Twitter account, he's a "professional liver."

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He'll likely be a professional poker player for the considerable future. 

The $8.15 million isn't be his first big score in a poker tournament. He won nearly $200,000 in a tournament at the Borgata in Atlantic City last year.

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<![CDATA[National Group Raises Awareness About Gun Violence]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:35:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/National_Group_Raises_Awareness_About_Gun_Violence.jpg

The murders of several women and the shooting of others over the past month is drawing attention. On Saturday, a national group tried to raise awareness about the violence. NBC10's Aundrea Cline- Thomas reports about awareness.

<![CDATA[Philadelphia Man Goes Missing After Being Taken to Hospital ]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:17:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Zariff-Thomas.jpg

Philadelphia Police continue to search for a man who has been missing for several days.

Zariff Thomas, 25, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was last seen at Roxborough Memorial Hospital on the 5800 block of Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia back on July 12. Thomas' sister told NBC10 he was behaving erratically that day and they took him to the hospital for an evaluation. He left before he could receive treatment however and has not been seen since then. His sister told NBC10 her brother has never gone missing before.

Thomas is described as a black male standing 5-foot-8 and weighing 135 pounds with brown eyes, medium complexion, wavy, black hair, a beard and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information on Thomas’ whereabouts, please call the Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183/3184 or call 911. 

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<![CDATA[Supporting Our Schools: Teachers Request, Donors Select]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:26:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/SOS-logo-ENG-900x300%5B1%5D.jpg

Teachers in the Philadelphia public schools occasionally have to put learning on pause because the schools lack necessary tools. 

NBC10 is teaming up with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Communities in Schools to create the "Supporting Our Schools" initiative, a campaign helping raise awareness to those classroom needs.

Donors Choose is one way "Supporting Our Schools" helps makes an impact. On the website, teachers can post their requests and then people choose where to donate to.

Donors Choose has been a help to many teachers, some of whom have, and still do, use their own money to help their kids.

“Knowing that there are budget deficits and things that are needed for the next school year, a bunch of us decided to go on and ask for some of those basic needs,” said Sara Lehman, a teacher at Antonia Pantoja Charter School.

In the past, Lehman has spent about $700 of her own money to provide for her classroom. Through “Supporting Our Schools” her simple request — copy paper — has been funded.

Eliza B. Kirkbride Elementary School teacher Thinh Thach laughed saying, “When I go to different workshops… they give out free pens. I would just tell them, ‘I’m a teacher,’ and, you know, ‘Can I have some more?’”

Thach, who usually spends around $500 per school year on her classroom, explained a very real dilemma: “Sometimes when we say we need things it doesn’t get to us, or it doesn’t get ordered in time or we don’t get it until like January.”

Reaching into their own pockets seems to be a common trend. Ashley Arhontoulis, who currently has a request on the Donors Choose page, says “If that (needs) has to come out of pocket, for me, it’s absolutely a no brainer. It’s the first place my money goes because I care about this community very much.”

Through Supporting Our Schools, people have been able to make a real difference for students.

In Michelle Shaw’s classroom, donors recently were able to help South Philly students get a Biddy Farm with Fertile Chicken Eggs and a Chick Life Cycle Exploration Set. Shaw is a teacher at Francis Scott Key Elementary, a school who’s population, according to Shaw, is 100 percent economically disadvantaged and 40 percent English language learners.

NBC10 Philadelphia Supporting Our Schools has donated $1,210 and reached 116 students so far.

There are, as of now, 939 projects waiting to be funded.

Other teacher requests include a classroom library, iPads, a sensory room, sight words, Chromebooks and new basketball sneakers.

Up until July 29, people donating through Supporting Our Schools get to choose themselves where to put their money, whether they choose by community, topic, teacher or school.

There are other ways to support our schools as well. Text the word “BACKPACK” to 40403 to raise money for the United Way’s Backpack-a-Thon or donate to the school supplies drive on July 29 at Kennedy Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ. The drive lasts from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All supplies will be donated to the Atlantic City School District.

<![CDATA[Why Teens Caught Taunting Drowning Man Weren't Charged]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:03:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Legal_Expert_Explains_After_Teens_Taunt_Drowning_Man.jpg

Teens in Florida were seen taunting a man as he drowned and not charged with anything serious. NBC10s Keith Jones talks to a local legal expert about what the laws are.

<![CDATA[Broadcast Legend Jim Vance Dies at 75]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Jim_Vance.jpg

For 48 years at NBC4, Jim Vance’s smooth voice and calm presence made viewers feel that, no matter how bad the news was, it would be OK.

Vance died July 22 at age 75 after a brief battle with cancer.

Before becoming a journalist, Vance was a teacher in his hometown of Philadelphia. He started reporting at WRC-TV in Washington in 1969. He was an only child, but Vance always contended he never knew that. His grandparents had 16 kids, so there were always young people around Vance’s early life.

Vance made a name for himself covering stories all over the world, including Vietnam, El Salvador and South Africa. But he didn’t have to go far for some of his best work: reporting on the people in his beloved adopted hometown of Washington.

For almost 50 years, Vance told viewers about every big story that occurred in D.C. From the race riots on U Street and in Columbia Heights to the 14th Street Bridge plane crash to Watergate to the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and 9/11, Jim Vance kept the people of the Washington area informed and comforted.

He covered the inaugurations of 12 presidents and all seven of D.C.’s mayors. In 1977, Vance was the person the Hanfi Muslims asked to speak to the night they seized three buildings, and he was the first journalist Marion Barry called after he got arrested.

His “Vance’s View” provided a dose of reality that could be refreshing, even for those who disagreed with him.

Vance has some dark times as well, struggling with drugs and depression. But his openness about those struggles further endeared him to the people of Washington and provided him with the opportunity to teach young people that there was a better way.

"When cocaine almost killed me, and I left here in 1984 to go to the Betty Ford Center,” he told Washingtonian magazine in 2011, “I got boxes and boxes of letters from people saying little more than 'I’m praying for you.'"

His banter with his fellow anchors earned his recognition from the Foo Fighters as he and former sports anchor George Michael couldn’t stop laughing at a runway model’s misfortune. His love of area sports teams was on full display.

Vance's 11 p.m. shows with longtime broadcast partner Doreen Gentzler were sometimes the highest-rated shows of the entire day. Together for almost 30 years, "Jim and Doreen" -- as they were known -- were one of the longest-running anchor teams in the country.

Vance announced his diagnosis with cancer earlier this year and took that opportunity to reflect on the wonderful life he lived.

Over the years, Vance received many honors and awards, but his final one was perhaps the most meaningful to him as his face was added to the mural aside Ben’s Chili Bowl, a favorite spot of his through his entire life in Washington.

Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of NBC4, spoke from the heart when she announced his passing.

"We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning.

"For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void.

"Vance always celebrated the good and acknowledged the parts of life that didn’t go so well. That made him a great man.

"To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you. Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever."

Jim Vance never grew tired of reminding himself where he came from and how lucky he was to be invited into area homes for so many decades.

Among the many legacies Vance leaves behind are those of his children and grandchildren, and everyone at NBC4 grieves right along with them.

<![CDATA[Soccer Event Honors Girl Who Died of Cancer ]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:02:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sarah+Parvin+Sarah+Parvin_24442855.jpg

More than 200 teens participated in a Bucks County soccer event to celebrate the life and memory of Sarah Parvin, a girl who died of cancer at the age of 12. It marked the 10th year of the charity fundraiser. NBC10's Pamela Osborne has the story.

<![CDATA[Dangerous Heat, Severe Storms]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Klei+444.jpg The NBC10 Weather Team called a First Alert for the combination of dangerous heat and strong to severe storms forecast to pass the area Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[Dangerous Heat Through Weekend]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+hot+sun.jpg

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for dangerous heat and poor air quality through the weekend.

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The First Alert is in effect for the entire region. Hot and humid conditions will peak Friday afternoon with feels-like readings of 97 to 103 degrees in most neighborhoods, making this the longest and most oppressive heat wave of the year.

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People should be aware of the possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and not do any strenuous activity outside. Remember to give special care to pets, the elderly and anyone with health problems during this heat wave with shade and fresh water. Everyone should find ways to cool off in air conditioning whenever possible.

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The City of Philadelphia implemented its Heat Health Emergency plan through 11 p.m. Friday. People can call 215-765-9040 or click here for tips on staying cool.

The air outside is also a concern as the National Weather Service issued Air Quality Alerts for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware neighborhoods.

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Afternoon high temperatures will not be as high this weekend, but will still reach into the 90s for many neighborhoods with storms possible, especially Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Heat Changes Regatta Rules]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:27:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dangerous_Heat_Changes_Regatta_Rules.jpg

NBC10's Pamela Osborne has the details on how the Philly Youth Regatta will be changing some rules and schedules due to the dangerous heat.

<![CDATA[End to Philly DA, Cops Using Seized Assets Proposed ]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PHA+House+Blight_20645225.jpg

A controversial tactic involving the seizure of personal property in Philadelphia that has long driven a wedge between some in the community and those in law enforcement could soon come to an end.

The city District Attorney's office confirmed Saturday that the practice of civil forfeiture will no longer operate in a way that allows the DA's office and city police department to use seized property for their "law enforcement needs" if a federal judge approves of a proposed change. 

The change comes as part of a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit dating to 2014. It was first reported by Philly.com.

"By agreeing to discontinue the expenditure of forfeiture proceeds on law enforcement needs in the District Attorney's Office and Police Department — even though that is permitted by statute — we eliminate, once and for all, any concern of improper motives for forfeiture," DA spokesman Cameron Kline said in a statement Saturday.

The proceeds from drug busts will now be directed to programs in support of ending the out-of-control opioid epidemic, "such as by providing drug treatment, drug prevention programs, and to alleviate blight associated with the drug trade," Cameron said.

Ongoing litigation has already changed the way city agencies seize assets, Cameron said. The city and its law enforcement arms have adapted in essence to "eliminate, once and for all, any concern improper motives for forfeiture," he said.

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<![CDATA[Severe Storms to Follow Hot, Humid Saturday]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:43:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Severe_Storms_to_Follow_Hot_Humid_Saturday.jpg

NBC10's First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei is tracking storms after the humidity helps us reach dangers temperatures.

<![CDATA[Temple Grad on Verge of $8M Win at World Series of Poker]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:57:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Scott+Blumstein+World+Series+of+Poker+1.jpg

A recent Temple University grad has climbed to the top of the poker world and is on the verge of winning $8 million.

Scott Blumstein, a native of northern New Jersey who lives in Philadelphia, has a commanding lead in the 2017 World Series of Poker main event going on right now in Las Vegas. He is one of only three players left — out of more than 7,000 that started out the tournament.

He has 226 million chips left, compared to current second-place chip-holder Dan Ott's 88 million and current third-place Benjamin Pollack's 45 million, according to ESPN, which is broadcasting the event.

Ott is also a current Pennsylvanian. He hails from Altoona. Pollack is a French poker professional.

Still, Blumstein isn't getting overly confident just yet.

"If you had to ask me, probably the two guys I would least want to get three-handed with," Blumstein told ESPN. "But with that being said, I have a lot of chips and I'm confident we're going to go home, work on some three-handed poker, and come back ready to play tomorrow."

It's unclear what Blumstein, 25, currently does for a living. He graduated from Temple three years ago with a degree in accounting. According to his Twitter account, he's a "professional liver."

A professional poker website called Poker News describes Blumstein as "an East Coast tournament grinder." A grinder is a player who spends a lot of time at the poker table and who considers poker a career.

He'll likely be a professional poker player, at least for the considerable future. Even if he blows his large lead heading into the final threesome, who return to the table 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Saturday, he's guaranteed at least $3.5 million for third place.

And it won't be his first big score in a poker tournament. He won nearly $200,000 in a tournament at the Borgata in Atlantic City last year.

The "three-handed" final table will be broadcast on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Remember Jim Vance, Patriarch of DC News]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:56:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Vance4.jpg

D.C. has lost a legendary journalist. But most of all, a friend.

As word of Jim Vance's death spread Saturday, so did an outpouring of support, memories and condolences.

Vance probably wouldn't have liked to admit it, but he was big-time. And D.C. loved him.

"I saw people fall in love with him, the viewers fall in love with him and I also saw Washington embracing him during the time when he was challenged with some personal issues. He was very open about them and he won the hearts of a lot of people who could see themselves in his issues," said former WJLA anchor Maureen Bunyan.

"He loved this city and we loved him back," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said. "I know I speak for all 681,000 of us in sharing my condolences with his family, with his work family, with all of his viewers and just thanking him for a job well done."

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"Washington loved Jim Vance. He was loved not because he was a TV anchorman, a celebrity or a 'personality.' He was loved because of his life, his continuity in our lives and the trust we had in him," said Bob Ryan, who worked at NBC4 alongside Vance for decades. "Every day for 30 years I would watch him edit bad grammar or a poorly written news story on the fly, as he read it. No one I ever worked with could do that. There is and was only one Vance. What a life. What a journalist. What a friend. Knowing and working with him enriched my life and also I 'had a ball,' as Vance would say. He'll always be with everyone who loves him."

Washington Post columnist Colby King wrote Saturday, "He and I spoke of things not easy to talk about: what it’s really like on the job — it ain’t all sunshine and roses. And what it means to be clinically depressed, a condition that we shared."

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“I was saddened to learn of the untimely death of my friend and Washington, D.C. icon, Jim Vance. Jim has been a role model for me and countless others from the first time we saw him anchoring the news in the late 1970s," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said in a statement. "He inspired us all because we could see ourselves in him. Jim was someone we could count on to tell us the truth and he delivered the news in a way that drew us in. He was thoughtful, compassionate, extremely smart and genuine."

Vance's passing has been felt not just throughout the D.C. area, but throughout the country.

“When I hear the name Jim Vance I think of a king, man. ... He was the king of news; he was the king of anchors, you know, and people. Think that only applies to D.C.? No. I mean a king around this entire country,” said Donnie Simpson, a longtime DJ and one of Vance's friends.

"He was just a person who never forgot where he came from. Always understood that people looked up to him, respected him and he gave that respect back. And I think that came through in real life and on the screen as well," said former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The National Association of Black Journalists remembered him as a pioneer for African-American journalists.

"As one of the first African-American primetime anchors in a major television market, Vance was an impeccable deliverer of news, keeping the citizens of Washington informed for 45 years. He inspired multiple generations of African-Americans to pursue journalism as their craft. His beautiful spirit touched everyone he met and lives on in the scores of working journalists he mentored," NABJ President Sarah Glover said in a statement.

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His calming delivery, quick wit and sharp style -- and, of course,  that unforgettable moment when he could not stop laughing on air -- Vance was a true legend.

“It was all about the information he was giving to the audience; it wasn’t about him. He did it with grace and humor, he had a terrific personality. And all of it were the ingredients of making a good news broadcaster,” D.C. broadcaster Gordon Peterson said.

"Jim Vance was one of our important local figures of the past half century. In some ways he was a more important figure, leader, then all of our politicians. Because he would tell it like it is. He didn't just report the news but conveyed a sense of what's right and wrong, or forgivable in recognition of human frailty," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said.

"I knew him, in the same way everyone else did, as a TV newscaster," Mendelson said. "But I also knew Jim as an adoptive parent, and as a citizen of D.C., and as someone who cared deeply about our community. Jim will be missed. And that's an understatement."

“Jim was always Jim," Simpson said. "24/7 -- I don’t care who he was talking to, he’d be in the presence of the president or the janitor. It was always the same. He knew who he was, he knew who you were, he respected you, he had time for you."

Photo Credit: NBC Washington
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<![CDATA[New Yorker Dead Amid Papaya Salmonella Outbreak]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:05:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1261.jpg

A New Yorker has died from Salmonella they contracted from eating papayas, federal health officials say, and at least 25 people in New Jersey and New York have been infected.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a multi-state Salmonella outbreak from yellow Maradol papayas, a fruit with green skin that turns yellow when ripe.

Twelve people in New Jersey and 13 people in New York have been infected, officials say — more than any other states affected by the outbreak, which has also hit 10 other states, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maryland.

So far, the CDC has reported 47 people of all ages with Salmonella from the 12 states. Twelve of the people who were infected reported being hospitalized, but the only fatality is the person from New York City, officials say. It’s unclear if they are a man or a woman, or from what borough they hailed.

Public health officials identified the first Salmonella cluster in Maryland. Lab evidence suggested that the yellow Maradol papaya from a common grocery store was the root of the bacteria outbreak.

Reports of Salmonella in the fruit first cropped up in mid-May. Cases have continued into the summer, officials say.

The symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, which can appear up to three days after eating the fruit, according to the CDC. However, it takes an average of two to four days for people to report the illness.

For now, the CDC recommends that consumers stop eating yellow Maradol papayas, and restaurants and retailers stop selling it until further notice.

An investigation into the Salmonella outbreak is ongoing. For more on the outbreak, head to CDC.gov.

<![CDATA[A Parking War Is Heating up in South Philadelphia]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/A_Parking_War_Is_Heating_up_in_South_Philadelphia.jpg

A parking war is heating up in South Philly over the tradition of parking in the middle of South Broad Street. NBC10s Drew Smith reports on how some are taking this fight to the courts.

<![CDATA[Geno's Steaks Opens Retail Store in South Philadelphia]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:01:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Genos+Gear+Opening.jpg

Geno’s Steaks is looking to expand its regional popularity with Friday's grand opening of Geno’s Gear.

Councilman Mark Squilla joined the ribbon cutting that took place at 1223 East Passyunk Avenue, across the street from Gino's famous steak shop.

The South Philadelphia restaurant opened an online retail store earlier this year with the goal of bringing a physical location in the near future.

"When we launched GenosGear.com back in February, 2017 and we knew we also wanted to open a retail store where locals and visitors alike would be able to get their Geno's Steaks merchandise while in town,” said Geno Vento, Owner of Geno’s Steaks.

The new shop offers branded merchandise such as hats, mugs, hoodies, key chains and lanyards.

"Opening the Geno's Gear storefront is a very exciting milestone for Geno's Steaks," added Vento.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Adams/Neff Associates]]>
<![CDATA[Neglected Dogs in Berks County Need Your Help]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20108531_1791090597572186_1298329694435028254_n.jpg

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County has come across multiple neglected dogs over the last few weeks and they need your help.

On Sunday, July 9, a pair of dogs, Franklin and Sally were taken into care after being found starved and neglected. "Franklin is holding on and getting stronger every day," said Liz McCauley Executive Director of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

However Sally, who had just delivered stillborn puppies, "has a lot more complicated health issue." McCauley added.

The owner of these two has been located and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Another instance of neglect was found along Lincoln Road in Exeter on Monday, July 17.

Walton, a hound mix, was found almost 40 lbs underweight and immediately taken to a vet hospital. Unfortunately he passed away this week at 10 months old, and his owner remains a mystery.

"As the only animal rescue for all of Berks County, we see these situations much too often." Said McCauley.

The Animal Rescue League need your help to find Walton’s owner. If you recognize the dog or have any information regarding his owner please call (610)-373-8830 ext. 106.

Anyone looking to donate to Franklin and Sally’s care, click here.

Photo Credit: Animal Rescue League of Berks County Facebook Page
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<![CDATA[Police Search for Bucks County Monster Thief]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:53:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/retail+theif.jpg

A man in a red shirt and blue jeans walked out of a supermarket in Feasterville without paying for the numerous Monster energy drinks he took with him, surveillance video showed.

The man left a Giant food store on Bustleton Pike Thursday at 1:50 p.m. then drove away in a white Lexus that was parked in the fire lane.

The Lower Southampton Township Police are investigating the report of a retail theft.

If you have any information that would help identify the man please submit a tip to the Lower Southampton Township Police Department or call one of the following two numbers: 215-357-1235 ext. 418 or 215-357-1235 ext. 339.

Photo Credit: Lower Southampton Township Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds How to Avoid Robocalls]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:20:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_Responds_How_to_Avoid_Robocalls.jpg

Annoyed with those frustrating calls dubbed "robocalls"? You're not alone! NBC10's Harry Hairston has tips on how you can remove yourself from those call lists.

<![CDATA[Hilton, Great White Shark, Surfaces Off NJ]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:46:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/hiltonShark.jpg

The Great White Sharks love the Jersey Shore. This time, Hilton has been tracked off the shores of Atlantic City.

Hilton, a 12-foot, 1,326-pound male white shark pinged Friday afternoon off the coast of New Jersey. 

Nonprofit shark-tracking group OCEARCH received the ping from Hilton at 4:24 p.m. The shark was tracked Thursday off the coast of the southern Delaware beaches before moving north.

Mary Lee is famous for surfacing in the waters off New Jersey. The 16-foot, 3,456-pound great white shark was last tracked in the area a month ago.

"A 'ping' is determined when the tagged shark's dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite overhead," OCEARCH said while noting the exact geo-location is an estimate.

This is Hilton's first appearance in local waters since OCEARCH began tracking him in March. Hilton was tagged after he was caught off Hilton Head, South Carolina.

His movement north began with pings off Nags Head, North Carolina on Monday, Virginia Tuesday, then Delaware on Thursday.

OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer says the group's mission is to gain data about the great white shark population in hopes of protecting fish in the ocean. He says people shouldn’t fear a shark being in local waters. Instead, they should celebrate it because of what a shark means to the ocean ecosystem.

"People should be terrified of an ocean that's not full of sharks. They keep everything in balance," Fischer said. "So, if we want to make sure that our great-grandchildren can eat fish sandwiches, we need lots of big sharks."

You can track the movements of Hilton, Mary Lee and and other sharks by clicking here or by downloading the Global Shark Tracker app for your iPhone or Android. 

Photo Credit: OCEARCH]]>
<![CDATA[Local Students Work on 'Hyperloop' Project]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:36:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Local_Students_Work_on_Hyperloop_Project.jpg

Want to get from New York to Philadelphia in less than an hour? Well, you might be able to soon. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal spoke to local students who are working on the "Hyperloop".

<![CDATA[Success in Supporting Our Schools]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Supporting_Our_Schools_Teachers_Project_Funded.jpg

To our NBC10 viewers, thank you! Thanks to your generosity in Supporting Our Schools, one Philadelphia teacher now has the funding she needed for a project. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas has her story.

<![CDATA[Man Uses Babies to Steal Sunglasses]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:57:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dad+Sunglass+theft+Newtown.jpg

Police in Bucks County were on the lookout Friday for a man caught on camera using two babies to steal sunglasses. 

Officials said the man walked into the Design for Vision store in Newtown Township on Wednesday carrying two babies in car seats and tried on sunglasses for about a half hour.

The cameras show the man putting sunglasses on the babies before slipping the eyewear behind the babies into the carriers and then walking out of the store.

Officials said he made off with several pairs of the glasses worth about $1,000.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to submit a tip to the Newtown Township Police.

Photo Credit: Newtown Township Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Toughing out the Delaware Heat]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Toughing_out_the_Delaware_Heat.jpg

Despite extreme heat and dangerous conditions, plenty of people in Delaware stayed outside on Friday. NBC10's Tim Furlong caught up with some of the people avoiding air conditioning.

<![CDATA[Philadelphia Kids Get to Learn From Malcolm Jenkins]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:24:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia_Kids_Get_to_Learn_From_Malcolm_Jenkins.jpg

Nearly 80 kids got a chance to learn from a pro at the NovaCare Complex. Malcolm Jenkins and his foundation trained the kids in running drills and football tactics. And, of course, the kids got to take pictures with the Eagles safety.

<![CDATA[Heat Poses Challenge for Mail Carriers]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:05:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heat_Poses_Challenge_for_Mail_Carriers.jpg

Through blizzards and heat waves, mail carriers don't stop delivering mail to their customers even through nature's most intense conditions. NBC10's Cydney Long caught up with one mail carrier in New Jersey to see how she endures the heat.

<![CDATA[Severe Storms Move Through Region ]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:15:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storms-Lead-Photo.jpg Severe storms moved through our region Saturday bringing heavy rain, lightning, downed trees and strong winds. Check out photos of the storm from our viewers.

Photo Credit: Ray Leichner‏ ]]>
<![CDATA[Attorney General Jeff Sessions Visits Philadelphia]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:04:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AG_Jeff_Sessions_Visits_Philadelphia.jpg

While Jeff Sessions visited Philadelphia on Friday, plenty of Philadelphians protested the attorney general's visit. NBC10's Lauren Mayk was there as Sessions talked about his future plans, immigration, and more.