<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:53:51 -0400 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:53:51 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Philly's WMOF Hits Record Attendance]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:51:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/1184919214621537107564121685059655n.jpg

Philadelphia will play host to the largest World Meeting of Families [WMOF] conference to date this September.

The number of attendees "just hit 17,000" Donna Farrell, executive director of the WMOF, told a room full of journalists Friday at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Center City. When Milan hosted the WMOF three years ago, 7,000 people attended.

"And for those of you who've been covering us here in Philadelphia, you know, we needed this," Farrell said, adding the "World Meeting of Families by the numbers is pretty stunning."

-- People are coming from more than 100 countries
-- Every continent except Antarctica is represented
-- More than 10,000 volunteers are committed

Farrell expects the four-day event, held from Sept. 22 - 25 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center "to be something really magical."

When Pope Francis arrives that weekend, Philly will essentially host "an incredible block party of joy, pilgrimage and excitement," Farrell said.



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<![CDATA[1 Injured in Bizarre Crash in Northeast Philly]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:26:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Car+on+Car.jpg

One person was injured in a freak accident in Northeast Philadelphia Friday morning.

The crash happened about 7:15 a.m. in the driveway of a home at Verree Road and Bloomfield Avenue.

Investigators say the driver of a gold SUV rounded a corner and lost control of the car. The SUV then flew over a yard and hit a parked car in a driveway with such force that it flipped it over on its roof.

The gold SUV ended up on top of the flipped SUV.

It is believed that the driver suffered some type of medical condition while driving, which caused the accident. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries.

There were no other injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Fundraiser for Fallen Philadelphia Police Officer]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:22:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rafael_Ali.jpg

A restaurant is holding a fundraiser to benefit the family of a fallen Philadelphia Police officer.

Bocci's Steakhouse & Comedy Café will be conducting a fundraiser for the family of Sgt. Rafael Ali Friday and Saturday.

Sgt. Ali died after he lost control of his pick-up truck and it slammed into a tree in Roxborough on August 22.

Sgt. Ali worked in the 39th Police District in the city’s Nicetown section.

The benefit starts at 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Bocci’s, which is located in the Riverview Plaza in the 1400 block of S. Columbus Boulevard.

Restaurant officials say a portion of all proceeds made from food sales and comedy show ticket sales will be donated to the Fraternal Order of Police in Sgt. Ali’s name for his family.

For more information, you can visit this link.



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<![CDATA[Wild Crime Spree in South Philly]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:35:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Carjacking+Crash1.JPG

Investigators say a man left behind a crucial piece of evidence after a carjacking and kidnapping in Philadelphia.

The series of events began about 12:45 a.m. Friday when police spotted a Mustang driving erratically in the 1700 block of S. 17th Street in South Philadelphia.

Officers signaled the driver to pull over. The driver initially obliged, but as officers were approaching the car, the suspect drove away.

A short time later, the suspect crashed the Mustang into several parked cars in the 1900 block of Camac Street.

The suspect got out of the Mustang and ran to a nearby car that had four people inside. The male driver was pulled out of the car by the suspect and a male passenger got out to help the driver.

The suspect then got into the car, which still had two female passengers in the backseat, and sped away.

The suspect eventually bailed from the car at 5th and Shunk Streets and ran away.

The females were not injured.

“There’s going to be additional charges of kidnapping because after carjacking the vehicle, he took off with two females in the backseat,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Investigators say they know who they are searching for because the suspect left behind a key piece of evidence.

“They saw an inmate identification card in plain view, and that inmate identification card picture did match the description of the person who the 17th District office initially attempted to stop,” Small explained.

The manhunt for the suspect is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Low-Flying Drone Causes Stir at NJ Football Scrimmage]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:12:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Ocean+CIty+High+School+Football+Practice+Drone.JPG

A low-flying drone came within feet of striking Jersey Shore high school football players earlier this week.

Ocean City High School was hosting Middle Township for a scrimmage Sunday night when players began to notice something overhead.

”All of a sudden everyone starts saying, ‘look,’” said an Ocean City quarterback Andrew Donoghue.

It was a remote control drone hovering overhead.

“As we were in our huddle it started to come over top of us,” Donoghue said.

“There were times when it was very low – no more than 10 feet above the players,” said Ocean City Red Raiders coach Kevin Smith.

“He’s just teasing them now,” a person can be heard saying in video of the incident.

Fearing for players safety and unsure what to do, referees put the scrimmage on hold for about 20 minutes.

The drone was an annoyance but was it illegally used? The Federal Aviation Administration strongly encourages recreational drone users to not fly near people or within five miles of an airport – Ocean City Municipal Airport is near the field.

http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/for-recreational-users/

Someone called 911 to report the drone but by the time officers arrived the drone – and its operator – were gone. Even if officers had nabbed the drone enthusiast, they wouldn’t have been able to do much.

“These are only guidelines, we as law enforcement are waiting for the lawmakers to give us some enforcement powers to regulate the use of these drones,” said Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang.

If a drone actually injured a player or fan, then the drone user would have faced charges, said police.

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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:37:13 -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

Evidence Left Behind in Carjacking, Kidnapping: Investigators say a man left behind a crucial piece of evidence after a carjacking and kidnapping in Philadelphia. Police signaled the driver of a Mustang driving erratically in the 1700 block of S. 17th Street in South Philadelphia to pull over at about 12:45 a.m. Friday. The driver initially obliged, but as officers were approaching the car, the suspect drove away. A short time later, the suspect crashed the Mustang into several parked cars in the 1900 block of Camac Street, got out of the Mustang and ran to a nearby car that had four people inside. The male driver was pulled out of the car by the suspect and a male passenger got out to help the driver. The suspect then got into the car, which still had two female passengers in the backseat, and sped away. The suspect eventually bailed from the car at 5th and Shunk Streets and ran away. But investigators say they know who they are searching for because the suspect left behind a key piece of evidence. “They saw an inmate identification card in plain view, and that inmate identification card picture did match the description of the person who the 17th District office initially attempted to stop,” Chief Inspector Scott Small explained.

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST 

Sun and low humidity is expected for Friday with no rain in sight. Saturday is expected to be warmer but the humidity will stay low. But 90 degree temperatures return on Sunday and through next week. High temp: 84 degrees. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

Low-Flying Drone Halts Football Practice: A low-flying drone came within feet of striking Jersey Shore high school football players earlier this week. Ocean City High School was hosting Middle Township for a scrimmage Sunday night when players began to notice a remote control drone hovering overhead. Fearing for players safety and unsure what to do, referees put the scrimmage on hold for about 20 minutes. Someone called 911 to report the drone but by the time officers arrived the drone – and its operator – were gone. Even if officers had nabbed the drone enthusiast, they wouldn’t have been able to do much. “These are only guidelines, we as law enforcement are waiting for the lawmakers to give us some enforcement powers to regulate the use of these drones,” said Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang.

AROUND THE WORLD

Student Fatally Shot at Savannah State University: A college junior died after being shot Thursday night in Savannah State University's student union building. Christopher Starks, who is from the metro Atlanta area, died at a local hospital, the college said in a statement. The campus had earlier been locked down "due to a shooting incident." A reporter for NBC station WSAV spoke with two women who were in the union who said that there was a fight that ended in one person being shot in the collarbone area.

TODAY'S TALKER

Unexpected Words Added to Dictionary: Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com. The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language. Some other words include: awesomesauce, butt dial, fur baby, mic drop and rando. Learn more about the words here.

 

SPORTS SPOT

Eagles Roster Cuts Difficult: Head Coach Chip Kelly said this year will be difficult to make roster cuts because the team has more depth. But he hopes to cut players who will make other rosters. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

@toexploreandbeyond snapped this cool image at the roller skating river rink at Penns Landing.

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TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO

This pug is super excited to go to PetSmart. Watch the video here.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

Zoo Welcomes Sloth Bear: The Philadelphia Zoo showed off its newest furry addition Thursday as Kayla made her public debut. The 2-year-old sloth bear, weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, came to the Philly Zoo from the San Diego Zoo last month. A sloth bear, unlike other bears, uses its snout and claws to dig for insects and search for fruit. They often make grunting or snorting sounds, according to National Geographic. Visitors can see Kayla in the Philly Zoo’s newly-enlarged Bear County exhibit. Learn more about the bear here.

 


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<![CDATA[Family Offers Reward for Leads in Grandson's Hit-&-Run]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:50:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Robbie+Scott+Bensalem+Hit+and+Run.JPG A hit-and-run driver ran down a man early Monday morning in Bucks County. Bensalem Police are still searching for leads in the case. NBC10’s George Spencer was there as the family met the volunteer firefighter who most likely saved Robbie Scott's life.]]> <![CDATA[Delco Teachers Won't Be Paid to Start School Year]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:51:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chester-upland-schools.gif Teachers in the Chester-Upland School District agreed to work without pay to start the school year.]]> <![CDATA[Million Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold in South Philly]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/Mini+Market+Powerball.JPG If you bought a Powerball ticket in South Philadelphia, you may be walking around with a million-dollar ticket in your pocket.

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<![CDATA[Car Pursued by Police Hits Woman]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:07:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/woman+with+dog+struck.jpg

A 79-year-old woman walking her dog was seriously injured when she was struck by a car police were chasing Thursday in New Jersey, authorities said.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, a gold 2002 Nissan Sentra jumped a curb and hit the woman just before noon near Branch Brook Park in Newark. The car also struck a Mercury Sable, injuring a driver and passenger.

All three were taken to a nearby hospital, where the woman remains in serious condition, prosecutors said. The others had less serious injuries. The woman's dog is also said to have survived.

Mike Wiston, who saw the aftermath of the crash from his apartment, said he recognized the woman from the neighborhood.

"Every time I ran into her I either saw her with a shopping cart or with her dog in a stroller and she used to walk with that support," Wiston told NBC 4 New York. "The driver should have stopped for her because she had a walking problem, she wouldn't have been able to run even if she saw the car coming."

Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved or any information regarding what sparked the police chase.

The 20-year-old driver of the Nissan is in police custody but has yet to be charged, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Spotted Lanternflies Cause Another 'Quarantine']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:49:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011729388_1200x675_514657859655.jpg The Spotted Lanternfly is causing another township in Berks County to go under quarantine. This means there are restrictions on moving firewood, brush, yard waste and even lawnmowers.]]> <![CDATA[Arrest Made in Break-ins Near Drexel]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Drexel-Burglaries.jpg

Philadelphia Police took a suspect into custody Thursday night in connection with a series of burglaries that targeted Drexel University students.

Southwest detectives didn't immediately name the suspect in at least five University City break-ins as they awaited charges.

Three burglaries occurred Saturday between 6 and 8 a.m. at apartments on the 3200 block of Powelton Avenue and a home on the 3200 block of Summer Street. Police said a burglar or burglars entered through an unlocked window and unlocked door and stole electronics, backpacks and jewelry.

Two more burglaries occurred on Monday between 8:55 and 10:30 a.m. at an apartment house on the 300 block of N. 33rd Street. Police said the apartments were entered by force and a second-floor hallway door was propped open.

Police didn't reveal if there are other suspects in the burglaries.

If you have any information on the thefts, please call the Drexel Police Department at 215.895.2222 or call 911.

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<![CDATA[PATCO Plans for Free Wi-Fi]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:47:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/PATCO+Information.JPG PATCO is testing free Wi-Fi through Comcast Xfinity at all its underground train stations. Officials said they're in the “Beta Testing Phase.”

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<![CDATA[Philly Zoo Welcomes New Sloth Bear]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:29:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kayla+Sloth+Bear.jpg

The Philadelphia Zoo showed off its newest furry addition Thursday as Kayla made her public debut.

The 2-year-old sloth bear, weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, came to the Philly zoo from the San Diego Zoo last month. A sloth bear, unlike other bears, uses its snout and claws to dig for insects and search for fruit. They often make grunting or snorting sounds, according to National Geographic.

Visitors can see Kayla in the Philly zoo’s newly-enlarged Bear County exhibit.

“There’re very busy diggers, so if you come to the Philadelphia Zoo you will absolutely see Kayla out digging around, looking for bugs," said zoo curator of carnivores and ungulates Donna Evernham.



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<![CDATA[Camden Clean-Up: Sweeping Away Prostitution, Drugs]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:07:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011728077_1200x675_514584643603.jpg “Camden Clean-up” is aimed at ridding the city of prostitution and drug dealing. Front loaders and weed whackers also cleaned up overgrown lots and demolished abandoned houses police say were taken over by drug users.]]> <![CDATA[Erika: The Forecast]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:01:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_brightcove_2067658930001_4447640888001_4447576280001_vs.jpg

Even Tougher Than Usual
Hurricane forecasts have improved dramatically since I worked at the National Hurricane Center in the 1970s. Here is the proof:

The numbers show that the track error (where the storm will be) in a TWO day forecast in the 70s is about the same as the current error in their FIVE day forecast. Another way to put it: their TWO day forecast is THREE times as accurate as it was in 1970! Better computer models are the main reason for the tremendous improvement.

But not all hurricanes are alike. The ones tracking straight west across the Tropical Atlantic are the “easiest” ones to forecast. The ones that track northeastward across the North Atlantic also have high accuracy scores. The toughest forecasts are for “recurvature”-the transition between that westward track and the northeastward track. That is part of the forecast problem with Erika.

Weak Goes Left; Strong Goes Right
There are exceptions to every rule in hurricane forecasting. But there are tendencies and trends. Weaker, more disorganized storms (like Erika is now) tend to track more to the left than computer models suggest. It’s related to the structure of the storm. So, instead of getting “steered” by winds above 10,000 feet, the disorganized storms get steered by lower level winds, which in the tropics are often east to west.

So far, Erika has been weak enough to be steered straight west. As long as it stays weak and disorganized, it should track more to the left than most computer models say. It just happens time after time. But when it starts getting better organized, it can turn more to the right.

Wind Shear: Slayer of Hurricanes
Hurricanes are powerful storms, but in a way they’re kind of fragile. They need just the right combination of warm ocean AND wind patterns from the lower to upper atmosphere. Otherwise, they weaken, or don’t form at all. One big negative factor is when upper-air winds are much stronger and/or from different directions than lower-level winds. It’s called “wind shear,” and the greater the wind shear, the more hostile the conditions.

Here’s a map showing predicted wind shear in the Caribbean and Atlantic for Friday morning. The reddish colors show the strongest shear, and there’s plenty of it in Erika’s path toward Florida. (Erika is the “L” in the middle of the map). Even the green and yellow colors show unfavorable conditions:

So, if Erika is going to become a hurricane, it’s not likely to happen until the weekend-perhaps late in the weekend. Once a Tropical Storm is “ripped apart,” it takes a while to get organized again. Warm water, a lack of mountains, and low wind shear are all needed.

About Those Mountains…
There are some really big mountains that are in the possible path of Erika. Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic/Haiti, and Cuba all have at least one mountain that is at least 4000 feet high! It’s all about friction, and any type of land creates some friction. The greater the area of mountains, and the higher the mountains, the greater amount of friction there is. Hurricanes hate friction.

In the past, some already-developed hurricanes have taken the “triple island-mountain track” of Puerto Rico + Dominican Republic/Haiti +Cuba. All have weakened. Some have been crushed into a disorganized mess. Erika is already disorganized-if it tracks over the triple islands, it may not survive.

The Track Forecast Is Tough Enough, But…
So, the track of Erika is more uncertain than usual. And if you think that’s tough, look at the intensity forecasts!

No, they’re not kidding! The possible solutions range from a “nothing,” torn apart by the mountains and shear, all the way to a Category 5, with winds over 160 mph! I have never seen such a variation. But looking closely, there is a good deal of agreement for the first 72 hours that Erika will NOT be a hurricane through Sunday afternoon. Those strong solutions involve tracks that curve Erika well east of Florida and up toward the North Carolina coast by the middle of next week.

The Bottom Line
The “bottom line” is there is so much uncertainty, in both track and intensity, that possibilities range from Erika moving into the Gulf of Mexico all the way to curving off the Southeast U.S. coast. The rooting interest here is for Erika to track more to the left, move near the mountainous islands from Puerto Rico to Cuba, and be so disorganized that it won’t be able to recover. There’s at least a 30-percent chance of that happening. But that also means there’s nearly a 70-percent chance that it will turn out to be a threat to the U.S. mainland next week.


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<![CDATA[Starting Over: Drummer Never Goes Home After Katrina]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:21:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Alvin+Jacques.JPG Some people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans restarted their lives here in Philadelphia. NBC10’s Doug Shimell speaks to jazz drummer Alvin Jacques.

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<![CDATA[Temple Law Grad Found Dead in Car Full of Weed: Police]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:06:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shazim-Uppal.jpg

New Castle County Police said the killing of a Temple University law school graduate found shot to death in a car in the parking lot of a Delaware business Monday night didn't appear to be a random act of violence.

Detectives found a "substantial amount of marijuana in the car" belonging to Shazim Uppal, said police.

Police were called to the parking lot of Genesis Healthcare on the 100 block of St. Claire Drive in Hockessin around 7 p.m. Monday. The caller told police a 2007 black Audi A8 was sitting in the parking lot for an unusually long time. Responding officers found Uppal's body in the driver’s seat.

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Investigators determined Uppal, a 27-year-old from Hockessin, died from gunshot wounds to the upper torso. Police also said he was last seen driving the Audi in the Pine Creek, Delaware area Sunday between 10 and 11 p.m. On Thursday, investigators expanded that timeline to 2 a.m. and expanded the area he could have been to Concordville, Pennsylvania.

Uppal had just graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in July, according to a school spokesperson.

Uppal also attended Masjid Isa Ibn-e-Maryam, a mosque located in Newark, Delaware. Members of the mosque expressed their condolences on the official Facebook page.

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Police asked anyone with information on Uppal's death to contact Detective J. Ziemba by phone, 302-395-8068 or

email

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<![CDATA[A Look at NJ Road Closures for Papal Visit]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:00:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/Ben+Franklin+Bridge+Generic+Sign.JPG Traffic trouble for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. Thursday we learned of road closures in Cherry Hill near the Woodcrest Train Station. NBC10’s Cydney Long reports.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Erika's Impact on Philly Flights]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:49:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011729447_1200x675_514669123647.jpg Tropical Storm Erika has already hit the Caribbean Island of Dominica. About 400 miles away, people in Puerto Rico are preparing for whatever the storm may bring. Christian Cazares, from our sister station Telemundo 62, has more on how the storm is impacting local flights.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Has Attendee Pull at His Hair, Attacks Media]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_343928941003.jpg

Donald Trump forcefully defended his hair and attacked the New York Times for a front-page report on his adversarial relationship with Spanish-language media during a rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

The GOP presidential frontrunner took umbrage to the opening paragraph of the Times story that details how Hispanic radio host Ricardo Sánchez has nicknamed Trump "El hombre del peluquín," or "the man of the toupee."

"I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear," he said before inviting a woman in attendance to inspect his head. 



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<![CDATA[Local Building Gives Way to Environmentally Friendly Airports]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:37:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/FAA+Building+Material+Pavement.JPG The Federal Aviation Administration dedicated its new National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center in Egg Harbor Township. The building allows engineers to research environmentally-friendly airport materials.

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<![CDATA[Head to Sassy's Beauty Bar for Free Back-to-School Haircuts]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:25:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011729458_1200x675_514686019605.jpg Sassy’s Beauty Bar in Frankford gave free haircuts Thursday for students heading back to school. And they plan on doing it again Friday.]]> <![CDATA[FBI Helps Philly Area Prepare for Pope]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:23:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/SWAT+Team+Tinicum+Island+Pope+Training.JPG Less than a month before the Papal visit, a local response team took part it an emergency drill. The FBI instructed Homeland Security SWAT teams and police from Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties through a tactical drill on Tinicum Island.

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<![CDATA[‘Let’s Do This (Expletive)!’]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:15:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CurtisSmith2+copy.jpg

"Let’s do this (expletive)!"

Those are the words investigators say a man armed with a knife yelled at two Deputy Sheriffs inside the Chester County Justice Center before he was fatally shot.

Curtis Smith, 34, walked into the Justice Center on Tuesday, pulled out a knife, yelled “Let’s do this s***!” and slashed a Deputy Sheriff in the back with a folding knife, investigators said.

A second Deputy Sheriff returned fire, striking Smith twice in the torso. Smith later died from his injuries at Paoli Hospital.

Investigators said the Deputy Sheriff slashed by Smith was actually struck in the hand by one of the bullets fired by the other Deputy Sheriff. The Deputy Sheriff’s ballistic vest stopped Smith’s knife. The Deputy Sheriff underwent surgery and is in stable condition.

The shooting has been justified by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

“The Deputy Sheriffs responded appropriately and professionally to this attack,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement released Thursday.

In March of this year, Smith allegedly jumped a fence at the White House and was apprehended by the Secret Service. The charges in that case were still pending at the time of Tuesday’s incident.

Smith was set to face burglary, assault and harassment charges at a preliminary hearing -- that has been continued multiple times -- in October stemming from a May domestic assault arrest, according to court records. He also pleaded guilty in late May to traffic violations.

In 2013, Smith’s brother, Derek Smith, pled guilty to murdering their father, which occurred in Chester County. Derek Smith was sentenced to 15-30 years.



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<![CDATA[Hazmat Crews Respond to Fire at Former Plastics Facility]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:13:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Burlington+Plastics+Factory+Fire.JPG

Not only firefighters but hazmat crews responded after a fire broke out in an old plastics warehouse in South Jersey Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out before 3 p.m. at 5 Elbow Lane in Burlington, Burlington County – that’s not far from Burlington Center Mall.

The blaze, which county dispatchers said broke out in the abandoned building, quickly spread to two alarms. Dispatchers said that hazmat crews also responded due to chemicals in the building.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Crash Claims Passenger, Pedestrian]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:26:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Deadly+Route+206+Crash+Southampton.JPG

A passenger in a car that struck and killed a pedestrian in South Jersey has also died in a wreck that left the busy road closed for hours.

New Jersey State Police Lt. Brian Polite said authorities investigated the accident that happened around 2 p.m. on southbound U.S. Route 206 at Garden Street. Polite said the car struck the pedestrian and then overturned.

The car's driver was flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams called the accident "very serious." As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see crews looking at a vehicle that went off the roadway.

Police close both north and southbound lanes of the roadway.

Investigators didn't immediately identify anyone involved nor did they reveal a cause.

The road remained closed for about six hours.



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<![CDATA[StarKist Settlement: How to Get Cash or $50 in Tuna]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:24:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/StarKist+Chunk+Light+Tuna+in+Water.jpg

Tuna lovers have your pick: $25 in cash or $50 in tuna.

StarKist is offering affected customers cash or tuna fish as part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit that alleged the company under-filled some of its 5-ounce cans of tuna by several tenths of an ounce, NBC News reported. StarKist has denied wrongdoing. 

A shopper must have bought one of the company's 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna or solid white tuna in water or oil between Feb. 19, 2009, and Oct. 31, 2014, to be eligible for the cash or tuna.

Affected consumers can file a claim through the settlement website TunaLawsuit.com

The website says that a receipt or other proof of purchase is not needed to submit a claim. 

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<![CDATA[Doctor Accused of Biting, Groping]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Raja+Jagtiani.jpg

A New Jersey doctor faces a bevy of charges for allegedly groping at least four employees and a patient, biting one of them on the cheek, authorities said Thursday.

An employee of 54-year-old Raja Jagtiani, a married licensed physician in Bergenfield, told police the doctor touched her breast and bit her cheek while she was working with him one day in July.

Authorities launched an investigation and identified several other alleged victims, including current and former employees and one patient.

Jagtiani, of Dumont, was arrested Tuesday on multiple counts of criminal sexual contact and harassment by offensive touching. He was also charged with one count of simple assault.

Information on an attorney for Jagtiani wasn't immediately available.

According to an online profile, Jagtiani has nearly three decades of experience and won a Patient's Choice Award from Vitals in 2012. The annual award goes to just 5 percent of the nation's active physicians.



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<![CDATA[Backboard-Shattering 76ers Legend Dies]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:44:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/174*120/ap-darryl-dawkins-76ers.jpg

Chocolate Thunder has gone back to Lovetron.

Longtime 76ers center Darryl Dawkins died Thursday at the age of 58.

The cause of death is said to be a heart attack, according to Dawkins' family. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

A Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest spokesperson confirmed to Comcast SportsNet that Dawkins died there on Thursday.

"It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack," his family said in a statement. "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart."

One of the most popular players in the history of the Sixers franchise and the NBA, Dawkins was the first player drafted by an NBA team straight out of high school when he left Maynard Evans High in Orlando, Fla. for the Sixers as the No. 5 overall pick in the 1975 draft.

Known as “Chocolate Thunder,” a nickname bestowed by Stevie Wonder, Dawkins claimed he was from the planet Lovetron. During the NBA offseason Dawkins said he returned to his home planet to practice “interplanetary funkmanship.”

Certainly some of the dunks Dawkins threw down as the Sixers battled the Celtics and Lakers for the NBA title were interplanetary. Dawkins was famous for shattering two backboards, which ushered in new technology to prevent the shattered glass.

The first of Dawkins’ epic dunks came at Kemper Arena in a game against the Kansas City Kings in November, 1979. Replays famously show Dawkins rising to throw down a two-handed tomahawk with the Kings’ Bill Robinzine ducking for cover as the glass splintered.

Dawkins named his dunk, “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam.”

“It was such a sight,” Julius Erving told The Philadelphia Inquirer after the game in 1979. “Glass was everywhere. Robinzine was under the basket and he was trying to get out of the way, he was running. And Darryl was in shock.”

Three weeks later Dawkins busted up a backboard at the Spectrum with a dunk he named the “Get-Out-of-the-Waying, Backboard-Swaying, Game-Delaying, If-You-Ain’t-Grooving-You-Best-Get-Moving Dunk.”

He had piles of names for his dunks, such as, "The Rim Wrecker," "The Go-Rilla," "The Look Out Below," "The In-Your-Face Disgrace," "The Cover Your Head," "The Yo-Mama" and "The Spine-Chiller Supreme."

Dawkins’ autobiography, Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Times of Darryl Dawkins, chronicled his on-and-off court exploits with Julius Erving and detailed why he was so popular with his teammates and the fans.

It also documents the wild potential Dawkins’ NBA contemporaries raved about. At times opponents saw an unparalleled talent without the consistency to match. Former Penn star Dave Wohl, who played in the NBA against Dawkins and then coached him with the Nets, wrote an article for Sports Illustrated about Dawkins in April 1988.

The title: “Did Darryl Dawkins, Sir Slam, fail to live up to the great expectations of his fans and his NBA coaches? A former coach searches for answers.”

“There were times when he teased us with a hint of how he could dominate a game,” Wohl wrote. “And we went home in awe and yet sad because we knew of no spell to make it happen more frequently. But few players could make us feel that way even once.”

Wohl also captured Dawkins’ ability to bring humor to any situation. Once, Wohl wrote, coach Billy Cunningham stopped practice to yell at Dawkins because he was not giving it his best effort. Dawkins, chagrined, hung his head and promised the coach he would do better.

“And then as [Cunningham] walked away, [Dawkins] tripped him.”

Cunningham, like everyone else at practice, broke up laughing, Wohl wrote.

But lest anyone believe Dawkins was simply a larger-than-life character, don’t be fooled by his fun demeanor. Dawkins, a 6-foot-11 athlete, averaged 13.4 points and eight rebounds per game from 1977 to 1981 for the Sixers. He helped the team reach the NBA Finals in 1977, 1980 and 1982 and came well known for a fight he had with Portland’s enforcer Maurice Lucas during the ’77 Finals.

That fight left Sixers teammate Doug Collins with a scar under his left eye.

“Darryl swung at [the Blazers'] Bobby Gross and hit me,” Collins remembered. “I was the unintentional recipient. But later on, when Darryl and Luke squared off, it looked like something out of the 1920s, like John L. Sullivan bare-knuckling at halfcourt.”

Dawkins owns the seventh-best shooting percentage of all-time, hitting at a 57.2 percent clip. He also led the NBA in fouls three times.

However, prior to the 1982-83 season, the Sixers acquired Moses Malone and traded Dawkins and fellow center, Caldwell Jones. Dawkins went to divisional rival New Jersey for a draft pick that turned out to be Leo Rautins, and the Sixers won the NBA Championship.

From 1982 to 1987, Dawkins played for the Nets and averaged a career-best 16.8 points per game during the 1983-84 season. It was during the playoffs that year that Dawkins, Michael Ray Richardson and Buck Williams stunned the defending champion Sixers in the first round of the playoffs. Dawkins shot 58.7 percent from the field and connected on 14 of 16 free throws during the five-game upset.

But Dawkins could never get over the hump to win a championship. After the Sixers, his best chance came in 1989 when he appeared in 14 games for the champion Pistons, but injuries kept Dawkins on the sidelines. Following the 1989 season Dawkins played in Italy until 1994 before attempting a comeback with the Nuggets and Celtics.

After a stint in the CBA in 1995-96, Dawkins retired at age 39, save for a stint in the IBA for the Winnipeg Cyclones. He then turned his attention to coaching.

In recent years, Dawkins lived in the Allentown, Pa. area in South Whitehall Township. He has coached the Lehigh Carbon Community College men's basketball team since 2009 and also coached in the newest version of the ABA as well as the USBL team in the Lehigh Valley.

Dawkins is survived by his wife Janice, three children and a step-daughter.

"More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable 'Chocolate Thunder,' he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father," the family said in a statement. "We ask that the public please respect our privacy as we grieve his loss."



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<![CDATA['El Jefe' Found in Waters Off NJ]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:33:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sandy+hook+boat+bay.jpg

Divers suspended their search of the wreckage of a sunken fishing vessel for signs of its missing captain Thursday afternoon but planned to return to the location Friday, authorities said.

Crews are waiting until slack tide -- a time when the water is coolest -- to raise the boat "El Jefe" from the waters of Sandy Hook Channel. They say it may be several days before the boat can be brought to the surface.

Authorities have been looking for the ship's captain, Tom Anderson, since getting reports two days ago that his boat was sinking near the Sandy Hook peninsula.

The boat was located Wednesday morning, but efforts to search it were called off because of dangerous currents.

Searchers began combing the water for the boat after getting a report of a distressed boat taking on water on Monday afternoon. Two young fishermen told NBC 4 New York that they saw the boat sinking, but there was nothing they could do.

The Belford Seafood Co-Op said in a Facebook post Tuesday night that Anderson had been docking his boat there recently and was thought to be on the ship alone when it began to sink.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Tom Anderson tonight," the market said in the post.

The area is a shipping channel, and the depth average is about 50 feet. Because it's a channel, the water can go from four feet to 60 feet in a short distance, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[SEPTA Plea: We're Your Best Pope Option]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:01:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/SEPTA+instagram+for+pope+passes.JPG

SEPTA jumped on the Francis Festival train Thursday, joining the city's new effort to get people to embrace Pope Week in Philly with a sense of excitement rather than frustration or fear.

Somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 Papal Visit passes are available and now easier to get. Buses/trolleys/subway routes and times are being adjusted to get you closer to the events. More parking spaces are opening up and SEPTA will now stay open as long as it takes to get you back home after Saturday and Sunday papal events.

General Manager Joe Casey pinned an "I'll Be There" button on his suit jacket to kick off the outright appeal, inviting commuters to use SEPTA during the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit.

"We want you to be there and we want you to ride SEPTA to get you there because nothing gets you closer to the Francis Festival and nothing gets you closer to the pope than SEPTA,” said Casey, adding all SEPTA drop points are within a 2-mile walk of Logan Circle. (see map below)

Papal Passes: SEPTA said more than 100K passes are still available and you can get them at SEPTA ticket offices. By our count, the number may be much higher -- about 240K. The transit company started with 350-thousand passes offered through a lottery system (175,000 for each day). Casey said 50,000 Saturday passes were bought and paid for and 60,000 for Sunday. Apparently, about 100,000 passes won in the lottery have not been paid for, according to a SEPTA spokeswoman's explanation when pressed on why the math doesn't work. Bottom line: expect SEPTA to free up more of those "unpaid" passes on hold.

Parking: More than 23,000 parking spaces are available now at different stops, Casey said. The number and location details for spots will be posted on SEPTA's website next week.

Buses/High-Speed Lines: Dozens of bus routes and subway/elevated lines are being adjusted to get riders closer to events. The Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines will run an express-like service and many buses will operate on a weekday schedule. Details are posted on a dedicated SEPTA pope page.

Airport Line: The only Regional Rail operating inbound/outbound on Saturday and Sunday and lines will run every 30 minutes, stopping in Center City at Jefferson Station and University City Station. Priority boarding between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for people with Papal Visit passes. Airline passengers can buy passes at airport terminals. AFTER 8 a.m., you can use prepaid tickets or your regular weekly/monthly SEPTA pass.

Perhaps the best news for people coming to see Pope Francis — SEPTA will now stay open as long as it takes Saturday and Sunday to get people back to their destinations. Initially, the plan was to shut the lines down at midnight.

Casey admitted ticket sales were likely down due to apprehension that grew in recent weeks after city leaders warned people to prepare for walks up to five miles.

"This is an historic event. Historic for the city of Philadelphia. Historic for SEPTA. There’s no reason to have any apprehension about coming to this event," said Casey, who retires two days after Pope Francis leaves Philly.

The World Meeting of Families conference opens on September 22, which will attract up to 15,000 attendees. Congestion in and out of the city is expected to increase as more people arrive to see Pope Francis on Saturday and Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation in NE Philly]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:21:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/gas+leak+nazareth+hospital+rothman+institute.JPG

Emergency crews temporarily evacuated people from the Rothman Institute building at Nazareth Hospital after reports of a gas leak Thursday afternoon.

The hospital is located in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia at Holme Avenue and Fairfield Street.

A construction worker struck a gas main with his backhoe shortly before 1 p.m., according to a fire department battalion chief.

No injuries were reported.



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