<![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-usWed, 25 May 2016 11:13:05 -0400Wed, 25 May 2016 11:13:05 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fireworks, Concerts, Movies: Wawa Welcome America Details]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 08:36:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB-+Keith+11pm+-+23-15-32-02_19518646.jpg

America's birthday in the cradle of liberty will be full of great music, community events and three free firework shows during this year's Wawa Welcome America! festival.

The eight-day festival featuring more than 35 events starts Monday, June 27 and culminates with a full day birthday celebration on the Fourth of July. 

This year, the festival will feature three fireworks shows. Two will take place over the Delaware River and the third will follow the July 4th concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

At least a dozen national and international music artists will take the stage at the July 4th concert to celebrate the nation's independence. The performances will span eras and musical genres and include a special tribute to music icons Gable & Huff. 

The special concert will kick off at 5 p.m. and last for five hours, culminating with the firework finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The entire concert and firework display will be broadcast on NBC10, NBC10.com and the NBC10 app and, for the first time in the festival's history, in Spanish on Telemundo62, Telemundo62.com and the T62 app.

NBC10, Telemundo62 and our parent company, Comcast NBCUniversal, joined Wawa Welcome America this year as major sponsors.

Attendees will be able to watch seven free movies under the stars at locations across the city including Franklin Square, Xfinity Live!, Penn's Landing, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Piazza at Schmidt's and Tustin Recreation Center.

Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine, WMMR's Preston and Steve and Wawa associates will build a huge hoagie for the 24th annual Wawa Hoagie Day. The event will honor veterans and the USO.

The Barnes Foundation, National Constitution Center, African American Museum, Ben Franklin Museum, Rodin Museum and National Museum of Jewish American History are all offering at least one day of free attendance.

Other events include:

  • Meet Your Neighbors experience, a first, on July 4th
  • Independence Day Parade, featuring 4,000 marchers in Old City
  • Citywide book reading simultaneously at all 54 public libraries and a book giveaway
  • Celebration of Freedom Ceremony with the presentation of the Philadelphia Magis Award, a new honor to be bestowed by Mayor Jim Kenney

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the parties, concerts and other events taking place during the festival.

NBC10, Telemundo62 and Xfinity will have full coverage of the events throughout the week.

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<![CDATA[Philly POPS Play Historic Philadelphia Launch]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:12:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WWA+July+4+Philly+Pops.jpg

The Philly POPS Brass Band will join Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other dignitaries as Philadelphia relaunches its historic neighborhood.

The event and ribbon cutting at the Second Bank of the United states along Chestnut Street in Old City kicks off the summer tourism season, said organizers. [[380805551, C]]

Watch a ribbon cutting for the event LIVE on this page

The POPS and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts are teaming up to present Memorial Salute, a concert honoring the American tradition of service on Saturday. The concert, which is free to active military, vets, Philadelphia police officers, firefighters and their families is a first for The POPS.

NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz will serve as emcee for the evening of music.

Click here to register for your FREE tickets



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<![CDATA[SEPTA, Uber Make Strange Bedfellows]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Septa+Uber+Partnership.png

SEPTA is unveiling a new partnership on Wednesday in hopes to get more people using the rail system in the Philadelphia suburbs and it might surprise people which entity the transit agency is now calling a partner.

SEPTA is teaming up with popular ride-share company Uber to hopefully increase the amount of riders on the Jenkintown-Wyncote Station this upcoming summer. The partnership is the result of research SEPTA is conducting on how ride-sharing companies are affecting public transportation. 

A study by the American Public Transportation Association found that more than 20 percent of riders use a ride-sharing app to connect to public transportation already. SEPTA is hoping the partnership with Uber will increase suburban riders access to Regional Rail.

Details about the partnership are set to be released at a noon news conference at the Jenkintown-Wyncote station. 

You can watch the event LIVE here at noon.



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<![CDATA[Bouncers Trained to Spot Terrorists]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 10:59:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/nightclub+generic.jpg

Anyone who has been to a nightclub knows bouncers are there to keep people safe, check identification and make the evening peaceful. Some bouncers are expanding their duties by keeping an eye out for terror attacks.

Soft targets, like nightclubs, have been hit by terrorists in places around the world. Robert Smith, a nightclub security consultant, is teaching a group of D.C. club bouncers how they can help protect their establishments and the people inside.

The bouncers are taking a 12-hour class over two days to receive National Host Security Certificate training. Smith, a retired 20-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, said one of the things they look for is a convincing fake identification, usually made in China.

"When a bouncer is checking ID, not many self-respecting terrorists are going to use their own legitimate ID," Smith said. "They will go get a China fake."

Last November, terrorists launched an attack at soft targets in Paris, hitting cafes, restaurants and a music venue. The director of the D.C. Nightlife and Hospitality Association supports the training, hoping it will help keep people safe.

"This training, programs like this, are how we ensure that our member businesses are prepared for any kind of scenario," said director Mark Lee.

The bouncers believe the training will help them serve as another front line in the war on terror.

"You don't want to see anyone [set] down a bag or... those things," said bouncer Vincent Andrews. "It makes me look at it twice."

Smith told the bouncers to take the fake IDs they come across and tell the person to call police in order to get it back.



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<![CDATA[Moms Plan 'Nurse-In' at Montco Y That Shunned Breastfeeding Woman]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:40:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/USE+resize+breastfeeding+Kate+Haslam+Baby.jpg

Local moms plan to gather for a "nurse-in" Wednesday at a Montgomery County YMCA where a mom says employees hassled her for breastfeeding her son earlier this week.

The nurse-in is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick. Local mom Kate Haslam told NBC10 on Tuesday that she brought her 19-month-old son, West, to the Y for a toddler gym class Monday morning and stopped to nurse him in the classroom.

As she nursed West, Haslam said, an employee of the Y told her she needed to move elsewhere to breastfeed because she was making other people in the class uncomfortable. Haslam said two more employees eventually got involved, one even going as far as to tell her she needed to nurse in the locker room.

YMCA President and CEO Shaun Elliott said the incident was a misunderstanding, however, and that Haslam was asked to move because she was sitting on a balance beam that kids in the class needed to use.

At least 17 people responded via a Facebook event invitation that they planned to attend the nurse-in, which is set to take place in the lobby of the Spring Valley Y.



Photo Credit: Kate Haslam]]>
<![CDATA[Students Return to Large Montco High School After Fire]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:02:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jason+Zeenkov+North+Penn+High+Fire.jpg

One day after a fire caused an early end to the school day, students returned to classes at one of the Philadelphia region’s largest high schools.

Classes resumed at North Penn High School  Valley Forge Road in Lansdale, Pennsylvania Wednesday morning. Students returned to the school at 7:21 a.m. and reported to their sixth-period classes so they could recover items left late Tuesday morning after fire broke out near the band room in the school’s F-Pod section.

Students then began a regular A-Day schedule with some slight changes including the fire-damaged section of the Montgomery County school being blocked off so that crews can continue the lengthy reconstruction of the damaged area, said the school district in a letter posted to its website.

"...In the interim, an odor will likely be detectable," said the district.

Images shot by students showed people calmly leaving the building and waiting outside on some fields as firefighters entered the school shortly before noon Tuesday.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The North Penn School District released dismissal guidelines on its Facebook page around 12:45 p.m. as they began sending students home.

The problem for some students was not having their keys with them when they were evacuated. Those items and other personal belongings were recovered Wednesday.

North Penn is known as one of the largest high schools in the area with more than 3,000 students in grades 10 to 12, said U.S. News & World Report.



Photo Credit: Jason Zeenkov
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<![CDATA[Drug-Laced Fruit Loops, Gummies & LSD Bust]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Edible+Marijuana+Fruit+Loops+Arrest+NEwark+Dylan+Nunn.jpg

A public park drug bust led police to kilos of raw and edible hallucinogens including a brick of drug-laced Fruit Loops.

Newark, Delaware police said they also found dozens of LSD doses inside Dylan Nunn’s apartment along East Main Street.

A State Parks Enforcement officer alerted city police about Nunn after he received a complaint of suspicious activity along Pomeroy Trail within White Clay Creek Park on New London Road on May 8. The officer found 460 grams of edible pot for sale, said police.

Police got a search warrant and on Friday found 62 doses of LSD, 3.5 kilos of raw and edible marijuana products (including gummies and cereal) along with drug paraphernalia and several stolen street signs belonging to the city and state parks, said police.

Nunn, who hails from Washington, D.C., was arrested without incident on charges of drug dealing, receiving stolen property and drug possession charges and released on $50,000 bond.

Delaware Online reported that Nunn is a University of Delaware student just days away from graduation.

A university spokesperson confirmed to NBC10 that Nunn is enrolled at the school but didn't answer if he will still graduate this weekend.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Gunfire Erupts in Shuttered Supermarket Parking Lot]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:42:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/PAthmark+Parking+Lot+Shooting.JPG

A man died after being found suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an abandoned Philadelphia supermarket.

Philadelphia Police rushed to the former Pathmark site at Wayne and Chelten avenues in the city’s Germantown Avenue just before 2:20 a.m. Wednesday.

“They found a 25-year-old male, he was in a parking lot, he was unconscious, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest and two graze wounds to the head,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police rushed the man to Einstein Medical Center where the man died a short time later.

Witnesses on the scene told police the man had been in an argument with a group of men just before gunfire erupted, said police. Investigators found eight shell casings, from two separate weapons and about 50 feet apart, at the scene.

Police took in two men from the scene, which was in the parking lot of a former Pathmark, for questioning and believe at least one could be the shooter. They also focused on a sedan parked in a neighboring Burger King parking lot.

The unidentified 25-year-old gunshot victim also had a gun on him, said police.

Investigators looked at surveillance video from the area, said Small. One of the videos possibly captured the shooting.



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<![CDATA[Navy's Contaminated Water Info Session Disappointing for Many]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/238*120/Tim+and+Denise+McNees+Willow+Grove+Contaminated+Water1.JPG

Tim McNees hobbled into the meeting with hope and a 5-inch stack of medical documents. He left, head hung in disappointment. McNees, his wife Denise and father-in-law Pat DiMarco all came to the Navy’s Open House Tuesday expecting they’d learn more about contaminated water on and around military facilities in Montgomery and Bucks counties. They came looking for answers to specific questions, but this wounded family might’ve settled for a sliver of reassurance.

The night’s event at Horsham Township Community Center was discouraging for many who want to better understand if their water really is safe to drink or if their life-threatening health problems are connected to chemicals used in firefighting foam at Willow Grove’s Naval Air Station and Warminster’s Naval Air Warfare Center. Instead of holding a public forum, the military went with a more intimate, one-on-one setting where ideally, people would move from one station to the next, getting information with the help of handouts, visual aids on easels and deputized experts from the Navy, Air Force, Environmental Protection Agency, township water supply experts and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

McNees spent 12 years at Willow Grove as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate working on helicopter engines, transmissions and rotor blades. Since then, he’s had 4 aneurysms and lost two kidneys to what he called an unknown blood-clotting disorder. After endured 5 surgeries, McNees has one new kidney. He’s spent the last 6 months learning to walk again.

“This is what makes this kinda interesting because I never had any health problems or issues until we were stationed up here for several years,” McNees said, resting on a bench just feet away from the line of people waiting to join hundreds in a noisy, crowded room.

Looking back, McNees wonders if his mystery illness was caused by all the water he drank at “The Grove.”

“In the Navy, you either have a cup of coffee in your hand or a bottle of water in your hand, or a cup of water or you know, you fill up your soda cup with water and we drank nonstop.”

Denise McNees is frustrated, stressed and scared.

“This last time I wasn’t sure if he would ever walk again they told us. So, it was a downer. It got to the point where I actually had to go to the doctor and get some help. I just, I couldn’t handle it anymore. It’s very stressful, very stressful,” Denise said. They also raised three sons in Warminster’s military housing and her father, who has lived across the street from the Willow Grove base for 26 years, has cysts on his kidneys.

“I want answers. Real answers. I want you to tell me -- if it is from the water, then say it’s from the water.”

The two unregulated chemicals in question are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). They were in firefighting foam used at the military facilities and have been linked to cancers and reproductive problems.

Most of us, if tested, would have PFOS/PFOA in our blood, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), because we’ve been exposed through food products and manufacturing products from Scotchguard to carpet, clothing, food packaging and flame-retardant furniture materials. PFOS was phased out of production between 2000 and 2002, according to the EPA and PFOA production was virtually eliminated in 2015.

Valerie Colonna Secrease came Tuesday to advocate for herself and other people who worked at Willow Grove and have since developed cancer and other ailments.

"This is what, in the Navy we would call a cluster," Secrease said, irked and disheartened with the setup, which she felt was too noisy, too crowded and too tough to get straight answers.

"Although I did have the toxicity expert tell me I should get my blood tested for heavy metal toxicity,' said Secrease whose malignant melanoma was diagnosed in 1997.

Government and military officials shake their heads “No” when asked if fears in the community about drinking water are unfounded. Their messaging at the open house was about what they knew and when they knew it, which evolves into a scientific conversation about emerging knowledge and technologies for water quality. In simple language, the Navy’s stance is that it didn’t know PFOA/PFOS were dangerous until this century. And once the EPA determined these compounds were suspect, they had no way at that moment in time to detect the chemicals in water. It took researchers years – until 2012 -- to develop an accurate lab test.

"Water is a very serious issue, people take it very seriously and the Navy, EPA and Pennsylvania DEP as well as the municipal townships that are providing water take it very seriously as well," said Gregory Preston, director of the Navy's base closure program management office. "We believe that the water supply that Warminster Township, Horsham Township and Warrington Township, that they're providing safe drinking water."

Last week, the EPA issued a new, more stringent advisory for PFOA/PFOS levels in drinking water, which prompted the government to offer free bottled water to residents in Horsham, Warminster and Warrington until the public water supplies could be tested.

Congressman Todd Stephens is raising two young children in Horsham. Although results of Horsham’s public water supply tests complied with the EPA’s new levels, his family is sticking to bottled water. Stephens said he’s pushing for blood testing in communities around the base that would measure and track PFOA/PFOS exposure.

Worn down, Tim McNees made his way out of the informational session and waited for his wife to pull the car around.

“It was totally pointless and worthless,” McNees said.

Being sick definitely sucks. So does losing something he loved.

“Honestly, it was the best job I ever had.”


A second informational session will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. again at the Horsham Township Community Center.



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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 07:05:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

Here are the 10 things you need to know to start your day from your friends at NBC10.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

SEPTA Train Strikes, Kills Tourist: A Texas man who was visiting Philadelphia with his wife was struck and killed by a SEPTA train Tuesday afternoon after he slipped and fell on the tracks. Police say the 55-year-old man had just visited the Liberty Bell with his wife when they went to the 13th Street Station shortly after 5 p.m. As a Market-Frankford line train approached, the man leaned over on the platform to watch it, police said. He then slipped, fell on the tracks and was struck by the train. He later died from his injuries. Investigators say both a SEPTA cashier and the victim's wife witnessed the accident. The victim's wife went into shock and had to be hospitalized, according to police. Shuttle buses operated in place of Market-Frankford line trains between 30th Street and Spring Garden stations in both directions due to the incident. While service was later restored on the Market-Frankford Line, trains are still bypassing 13th Street Station. Passengers may experience delays as service returns to normal.

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST  

Wednesday is expected to see the start of a big warm up with temperatures hitting the mid-80s. Lots of sunshine for Wednesday too. On Thursday temperatures could reach 90 degrees as the sun sticks around. Friday could see some possible thunderstorms and 90 degree temperatures along increased humidity. The sun should return for Saturday with temperatures staying in the 90s and Sunday could see some scattered showers. High Temp: 88 degrees. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

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WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

Man Pleads Guilty in Celeb Hacking Case: A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking into the email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information, including nude photos and videos. Ryan Collins, 36, was accused of gaining access to more than 100 Google and Apple accounts from November 2012 to September 2014. Many of those accounts belonged to famous women. He pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. Federal prosecutors said Collins used a scheme called phishing in which he was able to get victims to provide information about their accounts in response to emails that appeared to come directly from Apple and Google. In some instances, they said, he was able to obtain all the files his victims had stored online, including nude photos and videos.

AROUND THE WORLD

Obama Urges Vietnam Youth to Tackel Climate Change: Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the country's next generation of leaders for being more conscious of the environment than previous generations and urged them to "do something about" climate change. During his final public event here, Obama basked in the admiration of hundreds of young leaders who participated in a town hall-style event and prefaced some of their questions to him with praise about his leadership and his "inspiring speeches.” Obama used a question about preserving a Vietnamese cave from development to pivot to climate change, one of his top issues as president. He said Vietnam will be one of the countries most affected by the trend of warming temperatures and rising seas.

TODAY'S TALKER

NBC10 Responds: Furniture Deposit Refund: A South Jersey woman hoping to get a new couch ran into delays and when she asked for her deposit back, the furniture store Diamond Furniture in Turnersville, N.J. wouldn’t give up the cash. Cindy Pasquariello, of Sewell, put down a $163 deposit on a new sofa and called a few weeks later about the status of her order. The store told Pasquariello the couch she ordered was discounted but she could purchase the floor model or get store credit. But Pasquariello preferred to have her money back and the store told her they couldn’t do that. So Pasquariello called NBC10 Responds who investigated the issue and reached out to Diamond Furniture. Diamond Furniture’s CEO told NBC10 the sofa was not discontinued and would arrive in four weeks. But Pasquariello decided she no longer wanted the sofa and she received her full refund.

SPORTS SPOT

Phillies Lost to Detroit: The Phillies lost to the Detroit Tigers 1 to 3. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY

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See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

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Have an awesome Instagram photo you'd like to share? Tag it with #NBC10Buzz.

TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO

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This is the way to arrive at a prom! Watch the full video here.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

Villanova Wildcats to Meet Obama: White House officials said Tuesday that the Villanova men's basketball team will visit with President Barack Obama next week. The visit comes nearly two months after Villanova won its first title since 1985, on a buzzer beater from Kris Jenkins against North Carolina. Obama's love of hoops is well known as a fan and recreational player. He's taken in games and even appeared on college basketball telecasts, and has an annual ritual of revealing his bracket picks for the NCAA Tournament, both men's and women’s. He regularly hosts pro and college title teams at the White House. Villanova has been in celebration mode ever since Jenkins sunk his 3-pointer as time expired. The Wildcats have been honored with a parade in downtown Philadelphia and other events. Jenkins said this month he would stay at Villanova for his senior season, skipping the NBA draft. Read more about the meeting here.


That's what you need to know. We've got more stories worthy of your time in the Breakfast Buzz section. Click here to check them out


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<![CDATA[Chestnut Hill Bridge Reopens]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:58:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Willow+Grove+Avenue+Bridge.JPG The Willow Grove Avenue Bridge in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood reopened after a year of repairs.

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<![CDATA[Detroit Police Want Philly Officers to Dance: #RunningManChallenge]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:55:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Detroit+Police+Running+Man+Challenge.JPG

Are Philadelphia Police ready to dance?

The Detroit Police Department called out Philly and some other major city police departments in a Facebook video of the #RunningManChallenge. [[380767681, C]]

"I’m calling out Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, we out of here, join the DPD," says Detroit Chief James Craig toward the end of the video.

The video is the latest in a series of viral videos where officers in uniform -- in Detroit's case dozens of the city's police -- let loose and dance to Ghost Town DJ’s "My Boo." The challenge seems rooted with the University of Maryland’s Men’s Basketball Team, reported USA Today Sports.

And Detroit’s, which also promotes getting a job with the Michigan department has been one of the most successful with nearly 5 million views in less than 48 hours.

And, Detroit Police aren’t the only ones calling out Philly PD as Abington Township Police in Montgomery County also laid down the #RunningManChallenge gauntlet.

Philly PD have yet to reveal if the challenge will be accepted.



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<![CDATA[Going to Prom in Trooper Car?]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:19:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/teenprom.jpg

An accident on the road to prom could have spelled disaster for two New Jersey high school seniors, but the two troopers who responded to the scene stepped in to get the boys to the dance in time. 

Edward Fengya and Reno D’Agostini, students at MATES-Ocean County Vocational Technical School, were headed to prom in a car borrowed from Fengya's mom on Friday, May 6 when they got into an accident, according to New Jersey State Police. The car careened off the Garden State Parkway, hit a utility pole and became disabled.

Troopers Chris Jones and Charles Garrison responded to the crash, along with Fegya’s mom. The teens were a bit shaken up, according to the troopers, but neither was injured. 

But they still needed to find a way to get to prom. 

Jones stepped up and offered to take the teens to prom in their trooper car. 

After pulling up to the yacht club on Long Beach Island, Jones walked up to the door with Fengya and D'Agostini and jokingly asked the chaperone, "Hey, do these two belong to you?"

Jones shook the teens’ hands, and the students entered the prom safely and with a new experience to talk about.

New Jersey State Police said the boys' mothers were "quite impressed" with the troopers, and added, "So are we." 



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<![CDATA[Wild Drive From Grandma's]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 23:49:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wild+drive+linden+cop+cars+smashed.jpg

A 27-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly smashing into several cars -- including police cars -- during a wild drive from his grandmother's house in New Jersey to the nearby police station, and back to his grandmother's, police say.

James Wnek, who arrived from Arizona several days ago to stay with his grandmother in Linden, took off in an SUV from her house Tuesday afternoon, immediately crashing into her empty car as he drove off, police said. 

He headed to the police station a few blocks away, entering the garage through the exit and driving the wrong way up the ramp, according to police. 

Wnek smashed into the police garage entrance, and when officers ran out to check out the commotion, he proceeded out of the garage and careened his way back to his grandmother's.

That's where he smashed into a police car stationed outside the house and jumped out of the car, police say and video shows. He jumped across his neighbor's fence and ran through the lawn before finally being apprehended and taken into custody.

That neighbor watched the takedown from his front steps.

"He jumped out of his vehicle, over my fence,' said Pat Cerra. "They all had guns pointed at him, right here." 

Remarkably, no civilian was hurt in the entire ordeal, even as the school nearby had just let out. 

"I'm glad he didn't come down our street because there are a lot of children out playing," said neighbor Deborah Barto. 

Two officers were mildly injured when Wnek deployed pepper spray on them while he was being taken into custody, police said. Three cars were hit, including the police car at the station, a civilian SUV and the police car parked outside the man's grandmother's house. 

A motive wasn't clear, and police couldn't immediately speak to his mental state. 

Wnek's grandmother said he is a "nice boy." 

"Two years, I didn't see him," she said. "He come to see me because I was old and tired and he wanted to see the grandma." 

Wnek is currently being evaluated at a local hospital and will face charges, police said. 



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<![CDATA[Party House Problems at Rutgers]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/52416partygoers.JPG

A weekend graduation party at a house on the edge of Rutgers campus has neighbors riled about behavior better suited for a remake of "Animal House."

Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler told News 4 New York that the city is looking into the complaints and whether the property owner has allowed numerous rowdy parties at the house.

"I hope they have a very good attorney," the mayor quipped.

Neighbors say the parties are loud and attract large numbers of people. Neighboring lawns are used as restrooms, they said.

"These are outdoor, illegal, open-invitation concerts that are promoted via social media," said John Urbaniak, who lives in the neighborhood.

The mayor noted that as Rutgers grows, more and more homes are being rented to students. And investors see student rentals as lucrative arrangements, he said.



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<![CDATA[School Bus Erupts in Flames]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 04:47:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/school+bus+fire+nj.jpg

A group of New Jersey high school students narrowly avoided being caught in a dangerous blaze when the bus they were riding to school erupted in flames. 

School bus driver Jose Rodriguez says he sensed trouble with his vehicle as the engine stalled on the road Monday. He quickly pulled over and ordered the students out. Moments later, the bus was engulfed in fire.  

"I said 'Get out, kids, get out,'" Rodriguez said Tuesday. "And within seconds, it took over." 

Rodriguez was driving around 20 students from Paramus High School when the bus started sputtering. With 20 years of experience as a bus driver and a trained mechanic, he didn't hesitate to get the students out in front of East Brook Middle School. 

"I thought it was going to blow up because there was a lot of smoke and it was right where the engine was," said Kyle Kaiser, 16. 

"Someone opened the back door and we started jumping out the back," said Stephanie Kravitz, 15. "It was kind of scary, if we didn't get off in time."

Rodriguez ran out with a fire extinguisher as the students jumped out the rear exit door. Dozens of gallons of diesel fuel added to the fire. 

"I think it could have been really dangerous," Kravitz said. "We are lucky no one got hurt." 

There are 20 grateful families along Rodriguez's bus route three miles north of Paramus High School, thankful that their children made it home safe.

The bus manager said the bus that caught fire was just inspected last week. Rodriguez was happy to be back driving his route — in a different bus — on Tuesday. 

"The kids got to the school safe. I'm not a hero, anyone could have done it," Rodriguez said. 



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<![CDATA[SEPTA Train Strikes, Kills Tourist Who Fell on Tracks ]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:57:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA-Person-Struck.jpg

A Texas man who was visiting Philadelphia with his wife was struck and killed by a SEPTA train Tuesday afternoon after he slipped and fell on the tracks.

Police say 55-year-old Woodrow Jackson had just visited the Liberty Bell with his wife when they went to the 13th Street Station shortly after 5 p.m. As a Market-Frankford line train approached, Woodrow leaned over on the platform to watch it, police said. He then slipped, fell on the tracks and was struck by the train. He later died from his injuries.

Investigators say both a SEPTA cashier and the victim's wife witnessed the accident. The victim's wife went into shock and had to be hospitalized, according to police.

Shuttle buses operated in place of Market-Frankford line trains between 30th Street and Spring Garden stations in both directions due to the incident. While service was later restored on the Market-Frankford Line, trains are still bypassing 13th Street Station. Passengers may experience delays as service returns to normal.

Trolley service in Center City is also bypassing 13th Street Station.

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<![CDATA[Advocates Call for Speed Cameras as Bike Deaths Rise]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bike-Lane-Generic-2015.jpg

Channabel Latham-Morris still vividly remembers the moment her life changed.

"It was Saturday morning," she said. "Police came to my door."

Latham-Morris soon learned the news. Her only son, 27-year-old Jamal, a Drexel grad, was struck and killed while riding his bike by a hit-and-run driver.

"Last night I'm in the house and I'm just roaring in tears," Latham-Morris said. "I'm saying, 'No, it's Jamal! It's my son that's gone! I'm never going to see him again!'"

Jamal was one of the 11 victims of fatal bicycle-involved crashes in Philadelphia since 2015, according to Philadelphia Police Department records. That is significantly higher than the range of about 2-4 fatal bicycle crashes in prior years.

Our review of crash data comes as the city is experiencing significant growth in bicycle use. Federal census data shows that Philly has the highest percentage of residents biking to work of any major U.S. city.

The NBC10 Investigators examined records for every Philly bike crash since 2014 – more than 1,500 of them.

We discovered crashes spike to an average of more than 80 per month beginning in June. That spike continues through summer and peaks in September, when the average number of bicycle-involved crashes rises to 95.

Most crashes happen in the afternoon and evening hours, rather than morning hours.

We found location patterns, too. Broad Street shows up more often than any other street in crash records: 76 crashes in just two-and-a-half years of reports. Spruce Street had 63 crashes, even with its painted bike lane.

Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, is focused on one of the leading causes for crashes that turn deadly: speeding drivers.

"Speeding is what causes a third of the fatalities in Philadelphia," she said. "It is one of the most important issues."

Philadelphia Police Captain John Wilczynski, the head of the Philadelphia Police Department's Accident Investigations, agrees that speeding is one of the most common crash concerns.

"Speed is a factor in every crash," he said. "Every crash that we investigate, whether it's auto versus auto, auto versus bicycle. Speed is always a major factor and something we look into."

Stuart and other cycling advocates are now pushing Pennsylvania legislators on a plan to improve safety by targeting those speeding drivers. Advocates want approval to extend the state’s red light camera program, add photo speed enforcement, and allow local police to use radar.

The plan has opponents. Larry Tarr of the National Motorists Association says red light cameras and photo speed enforcement ticket even drivers who try to follow the rules. He also believes giving local police speed radar would distract them from more dangerous problems, like aggressive driving or tailgating.

"It's not about safety at all," Tarr said. "It's about money. If we give them radar they're going to be told, 'Okay, we got the radar. We paid for it. Now go out and use it.'"

Latham-Morris disagrees however and has pledged to take her push for policy change to the highest city and state leaders. She told NBC10 her son's death demonstrates the urgent need for new approaches. The hit-and-run driver who struck and killed him still hasn't been found.

"I'm asking, please come forward," she said. "You cannot bring my son back but you can make a difference in someone else's life."

The city is planning changes intended to improve cyclists' safety, including a redesign of more than a dozen street corridors that would include "protected" bike lanes that are physically separated from vehicle traffic by curbs or parked cars. Advocates acknowledge their full list of safety recommendations would likely require a Streets Department budget twice as large as the current one.


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<![CDATA[Driver Looks at Dead Victim After Slamming Into Bus Shelter: Police]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 10:42:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Alejo-Molena.jpg

A driver crashed into a man standing at a SEPTA bus shelter, got out of his vehicle and looked at the victim before fleeing the scene and leaving the man to die as rain fell overnight, according to investigators.

The crash near the Roosevelt Mall at Cottman and Bustleton avenues in Northeast Philadelphia around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday launched the victim, later identified as 50-year-old Alejo Molina, and the bus shelter about 100 feet, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

"The metal canopy was hit with such force that it was torn from its base, torn from the sidewalk," said Small. "The metal canopy as well as the victim were launched and traveled about 100 feet south."

Molina suffered from heavy trauma to his head, his body and his legs and medics pronounced him dead a short time later, said police.

"According to a witness, the driver of the vehicle, exited the car, walked over to where the victim's body was laying on the sidewalk, looked at the victim then fled on foot south on Bustleton Avenue, " said Small.

"He was hit hard, he was hit very hard." [[380617071, C]]

The wreck shattered the windshield of the Lexus and caused severe damage to one of the wheels leaving the vehicle inoperable, said police.

"We did find some blood on the driver air bag... we believe the operator of the vehicle sustained some injuries," said Small.

Police collected DNA from inside the vehicle, which wasn’t stolen, and tracked the car’s registration in hopes of tracking down the driver.

The suspected driver later turned himself into police Tuesday morning around 8 a.m., said police. The suspect -- identified by John Cook, 35, of Tackawanna Street -- was taken to the hospital to be treated. Officials said the man wasn't the owner of the car but confessed to driving it.

"He had a cut on top of the head," said Philadelphia Police Captain John Wilczynski. "From that cut he bled on his clothes and it was still on his clothes when he walked into police headquarters."

Cook faces involuntary manslaughter leaving a deadly accident, an driving without a license charges.

Investigators believe speed played a role in the wreck along the 30-mph stretch of road.

Molina is survived by his wife of 13 years, Christie Silva, as well as a 20-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. Silva spoke to NBC10 about her husband's death.

"I'm in shock," she said. "It saddens me that somebody would hit my husband and just go. [He was] a hard worker. He was always there for our family. My family, his family, he was just an excellent, funny, outgoing man." 

Silva says her husband had worked the late shift at a warehouse and was awaiting a bus ride home when the deadly hit-and-run occurred.

"He was just there at the wrong time, unfortunately," Silva said."I appreciate [the suspect turning himself in]. But it doesn't bring my husband back."

Silva also had a message for her husband.

"Rest in peace baby," she said. "I love you."



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<![CDATA[Women Try to Steal From Elderly Couple in NJ: Police ]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:29:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Winslow-Township-Theft.jpg

Police are searching for a group of women accused of trying to steal from elderly homeowners in Winslow Township, New Jersey.

Police say three women who were inside a white van with Florida tags approached an elderly couple at a home on Pump Branch Road near Route 73 Friday and convinced them that they had met before during previous health care visits.

“A group of about three females, white or Hispanic females,” said Winslow Police Lieutenant Chris Dubler. “They kind of talked their way to come inside the house.”

As two of the women spoke with and distracted the couple, the third woman started going through their house, according to police.

“As the two were talking, one kind of broke free and started meandering around the house a little bit,” Lt. Dubler said. “The husband kind of followed her.”

Police believe the women then left without taking anything. They fear they were trying to steal cash, jewelry or medicine from the home however and are warning residents in the area to be on alert. They also want to hear from any neighbors in the community who saw anything suspicious.

“The three girls were in their 20s or 30s,” Lt. Dubler said. “One had a baseball hat, one had tattoos.”

If you have any information on the incident, please call Winslow Township Police at 609-561-3300.

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<![CDATA[New Information on Chaka Fattah Corruption Trial]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 20:46:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLMD-filadelfia-congresista-us-representante-Chaka-Fattah-GettyImages-142417372.jpg NBC10’s Deanna Durante gives us the latest info on the corruption trial of Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah.

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<![CDATA[Principal Responds to NBC10's Fire Safety Report ]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 21:05:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015445181_1200x675_692121155852.jpg After NBC10’s investigators began looking into schools not following fire code, one principal was eager to prove his school was safe. NBC10’s Investigative Reporter Mitch Blacher attends a fire drill and tells us more. ]]> <![CDATA[New App Allows OC Beach Visitors to Add Time to Parking From Phone]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 20:35:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OC-Beach-Parking-App.jpg How would you like to add time to your parking meter without having to get off the beach? That's now possible in Ocean City, New Jersey. In addition to using coins or credit cards for meters, a smartphone app takes the need for cash out of the equation. But as NBC10's Jersey Shore Bureau reporter Ted Greenberg discovered, the system does put a limit on how long you can stay parked in one place. Watch the video above for details. ]]> <![CDATA[Abington PD K9 'Organizes' Running Man]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 15:00:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Abington+Twp+Running+Man+1.jpg

Who said humans are the only ones that could challenge folks to do the 'Running Man?'

After hearing Abington Township Police's top brass talk about ways to better connect with the community, K9 officer Bella decided to round up officers to take on the dance challenge sweeping through police departments across the nation. Of course, her escapades were recorded on video.

Bella leads her fellow officers to Abington High School where police and students take to the court and dance away.

Abington Township police chief William Kelly ended the video by challenging all other Pennsylvania departments to do the 'Running Man.'

We're looking at you Philly!

You can watch the cute video above.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Furniture Deposit Refund]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:04:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Furniture-Deposit.jpg A South Jersey woman hoping to get a new couch ran into delays and when she asked for her deposit back, the furniture store wouldn't give up the cash. That's when she called NBC10 Responds.]]> <![CDATA[50 Years of 'Days of Our Lives']]> Tue, 24 May 2016 14:12:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015440936_1200x675_691908163911.jpg Vai Sikahema sits down with 'Days of Our Lives' star, Deidre Hall, and co-executive producer, Greg Meng, to talk about the lasting influence the show has had. Vai's love for the show goes back to his college football days.]]> <![CDATA[Toxic Water Questions Addressed Tonight]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 15:08:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_1603102021035337-groundwater.jpg

The U.S. military and government agencies will answer questions this week for people in Montgomery and Bucks counties who are worried about their drinking water and their health.

Last week, residents in Warminster, Horsham and Warrington were offered free bottled water by the government after the Environmental Protection Agency issued new guidelines for what’s considered safe levels of two unregulated chemicals -- Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) -- in the public water supply. Those chemicals were in firefighting foam used at Willow Grove Naval Air Station and Warminster’s Naval Air Warfare Center.

Testing results for Horsham Township’s water supply, made public Monday, were deemed safe. State Representative Todd Stephens said results complied with the EPA’s new, more stringent standards which are now 70 parts per trillion instead of 600 parts per trillion.

While bottled water is no longer being given out to Horsham residents on the public water supply, the number of private wells affected has doubled, according to a Philly.com report. The Navy continues to provide water to people with private wells that exceed the new levels for PFOS/PFOA.

“The new more stringent EPA standards serve to validate the need for a health risk assessment and blood testing so we can be informed about our exposure level and protect our families if necessary,” Stephens, who lives in Horsham, stated in a press release Monday.

Concerns about contaminated groundwater on and around the military facilities have grown in recent years as more information was revealed about the harmful effects of PFOS/PFOA toxicity, which include links to cancers, low birth weights and liver problems. More than a thousand people -- enlisted and civilians -- have joined a private Facebook group to share information primarily about health concerns. Many worked at Willow Grove and are now battling cancer. A good number of others are family members whose loved ones have died of cancers. In the last week, some have written heartwrenching accounts of their diagnoses to Senator Stewart Greenleaf who expects to host a meeting of all local, federal and state agencies involved this week at his district office.

"We must do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety and health of the people in these communities," said Greenleaf. 

The open house informational sessions are being held at the Horsham Township Community Center at 1025 Horsham Road Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 5 - 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here’s what you can expect, according to the public notice put out by Horsham Township:

Attending these public information sessions will be representatives from the U.S. Navy, Air National Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Montgomery and Bucks County Health Departments, and local water authorities. These sessions will be held in an Open House format with multiple information displays staffed by the various agency representatives, who will be available to talk one-on-one with residents and answer questions about PFOA and PFOS. Residents are encouraged to attend either session; the presented information will be the same at both sessions.



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<![CDATA[Philly's New Plan to Deal With Homelessness]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 13:20:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015439983_1200x675_691816515782.jpg Liz Hersh, director of Philadelphia's Office of Supportive Housing, says the city is focusing on "hot spots at prime times" to care for Philadelphia's homeless population.]]> <![CDATA[Councilwoman Joins Fight for School Funding in Rideshare Bill]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498328222-helen-gym-philadelphia.jpg

Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym is joining city advocates demanding the Philadelphia Parking Authority stop lobbying against a deal that would help the city's public school funding. 

The PPA is working on Senate Bill 984-- a bill that gives regulations to ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft. Under the original draft, regulations were designed to bring money back into Philadelphia schools. 

However, the bill has recently been modified to redirect the initial $4 million in revenue gained to the PPA, according to public school advocates. The advocates say school revenue has declined from $13.9 million to a projected $8 million in the 2017 fiscal year.

Councilwoman Gym, a public poverty and public education supporter, says forward movement on the bill would continue the cycle of putting children's education second.

"The new provisions of this bill show that the Parking Authority has once again cut a deal that appears to provide resources for our children but, in actuality, promises the District mere leftovers once PPA has taken its cut," said Gym.

We reached out to PPA spokesperson Martin O'Rourke for comment but have not yet heard back from him.



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<![CDATA[Montco Mom: YMCA Shamed Me for Breastfeeding]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 07:09:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-186081739.jpg

A Pennsylvania mom is speaking out after she says employees at a local YMCA shamed her for breastfeeding her son during a class for toddlers Monday morning.

Kate Haslam, 35, takes her 19-month-old son, West, to a toddler gym class every Monday morning at the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, Pennsylvania. This Monday started off just like any other, but little West was hungry, so Haslam sat on a balance beam along the wall in the classroom and breastfed her son.

That's when she says things went downhill. A YMCA employee asked Haslam to leave the classroom and breastfeed outside because she was making people "uncomfortable," Haslam said. When the mom protested, telling the employee it's against the law to tell her to breastfeed elsewhere, Haslam said, two other YMCA officials got involved, pressuring her to move.

"It just kept getting deeper and deeper," Haslam told NBC10. "That's what's upsetting."

Haslam said one YMCA official told her women don't breastfeed at the Y -- which she says isn't the case -- and that she needed to breastfeed in the locker room if she chose to feed there.

"It was just such a weird thing. I told [the employee] the locker room is coed," Haslam said. "They said, 'Well, we have curtained areas.'"

She said the employees backed off requiring her to move when they looked up the law and realized that it is indeed illegal in Pennsylvania to ask a breastfeeding mother to move, then saying the YMCA preferred that she breastfeed in private.

"Why should I have to go somewhere different?" the mother asked. "I didn't do anything wrong."

Haslam took to Facebook Monday night and wrote a post about her experience. By Tuesday morning, more than 300 people had shared her post, and people began writing on the Spring Valley YMCA's page to express their outrage over the incident.

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA President & CEO Shaun Elliott, who oversees the Spring Valley YMCA, called the incident a misunderstanding.

Elliott said the employee wanted Haslam to move from the balance beam she sat on to breastfeed so that children in the class could use it, and that the employee is "distraught" that Haslam interpreted the request in the way that she did. Haslam said that the employee did also point out that "a couple of members had expressed to her that they were uncomfortable" with Haslam breastfeeding.

"But that, quite frankly, is a challenge for them to deal with," Elliott said of the other members who expressed concerns. "She was just being honest with the woman. In no way, in her mind, was she communicating that it was inappropriate for her to breastfeed."

Elliott said breastfeeding is accepted anywhere in the facility and that the Y's policy is clear. He said the staff "tried to do the right thing" and will improve the way it's communicated in the future.

"The Y is an inclusive place where we want to make everybody feel comfortable, and to the extent we can get better, we're always happy to try to improve," he said.

The YMCA also posted a message from Elliott on its Facebook page in response to angry comments from members and others about the incident.

Haslam disputed Elliott's explanation, saying that nobody asked her to move because she was on the balance beam. She said employees specifically told her multiple times that she should breastfeed elsewhere, and that another Y member had complained of being uncomfortable with it.

"That's not even true. At least if you're going to post an apology, don't shame me more," Haslam said of the Facebook statement the Y posted. "I wasn't doing anything wrong."

Haslam said that when she breastfeeds West outside of her home, she generally wears two shirts and West sits up to nurse, blocking the view of her breast.

"It's not like I'm sitting there topless," Haslam said. "People have less on at the pool and in workout gear."

Not that it would matter if it wasn't -- the Pennsylvania Freedom to Breastfeed Act, signed into law in 2007, reads in part, "A mother shall be permitted to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present, irrespective of whether or not the mother's breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding."

Haslam said that YMCA officials have reached out to her to talk more about the incident, and that she hopes to set up a meeting to get to the bottom of why it happened.

"I'm just shocked by it. I just can't believe the stuff that they said," Haslam said. "The only reason I went public was because they need training. They need a dedicated facility for moms nursing who want privacy, they need to train their staff on customer service and laws, they need signs saying they're breastfeeding friendly. It's a family facility."

Haslam said that since she had West, Monday's incident was the first time she felt discriminated against for breastfeeding in public. As someone whose family has been involved with local YMCAs for decades, she said Monday's incident disheartens her.

"I felt very unwelcome, and very shamed for doing something that's natural," the mom said. "I'm still in shock by the whole situation ... I'm hurt in 2016 that we're still fighting this battle, especially in a family facility."



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Large Montco High School]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North+Penn+High+School+Fire+Trucks.jpg

A fire caused students to be dismissed early from a massive Montgomery County high school Tuesday and left some wishing they had their keys.

Flames broke out at North Penn High School on Valley Forge Road around 11:45 a.m., said Montgomery County dispatchers. Preliminary information had the fire burning in a maintenance room.

Images shot by students showed people calmly leaving the building and waiting outside on some fields as firefighters entered the school.

No word yet on what caused the fire. No injuries were reported.

The North Penn School District announced early Tuesday afternoon that students would "eventually be dismissed." The district released dismissal guidelines on its Facebook page around 12:45 p.m. as they began sending students home:

"Buses will transport students home for those who need rides. Parents who have made arrangements to pick up their students can get them from Calvary Baptist parking lot, on the left side, closest to Rite Aid. Students drivers who have their keys will be able to drive home"

The problem for some students was not having their keys with them when they were evacuated.

"No students will be allowed back into the school to retrieve keys or other belongings," wrote the district.

The fire was under control in under an hour, said school officials. Officials later announced school would open on time Wednesday. They also told students to report to their 6th period F Day classes at 7:21 a.m. to be reunited with their belongings.

North Penn is known as one of the largest high schools in the area with more than 3,000 students in grades 10 to 12, said U.S. News & World Report.



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<![CDATA[Sports Authority to Close All of Its Stores]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 11:32:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sports-GettyImages-513328004.jpg

Sports Authority is getting ready to close all of its 463 stores and has launched a big going-out-of-business sale, according to NBC's "Today" show. 

The chain filed for bankruptcy protection a few months back, but its attempts to restructure its debt failed.

The final sale in Sports Authority stores is expected to start this weekend and last until end of August. 



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