<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:09:10 -0400 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:09:10 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Hit with Bat, Shot in Queens Village]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:10:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/queens+village+shooting+carpenter+2nd.JPG

A man was shot in the leg while running from a bat-wielding woman and a gunman in a Philadelphia neighborhood early Saturday morning.

The gunman and his female accomplice approached the victim around 2:45 a.m. near 2nd and Carpenter streets in the Queen Village section of the city, police said.

The male suspect, armed with a handgun, told the victim, "you know what you did, you son of a b****!"as the woman hit him with a bat, authorities said.

The victim began running from the pair, but the man chased him and fired two shots, hitting the victim in his upper thigh, investigators said.

"I heard some bangs," said Ben Hastings, who was awoken by the gunshots. "I didn't realize at first it was a gunshot. I immediately heard people yelling at each other and some obscenities. Immediately after that the guy was saying, 'Help me! Somebody call the ambulance or the cops!'"

Hastings called 911. When police arrived they found the 36-year-old man on the ground.

"He was laying in the street for awhile," Hastings said. "He was yelling and the cops were there talking to him and he told the whole story. He was half in the road right at the intersection and there were cars going by. Someone even got dropped off in a taxi and kind of stumbled on the scene."

That person was Mike McCorry.

"I got out of the taxi and there was a man on the ground screaming," McCorry said. "He kept yelling, 'I got hit with a baseball bat!'"

Officials rushed the man to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is currently in critical condition.

Police are currently reviewing surveillance video of the incident but have not released the footage. They are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Missing AC Woman]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:20:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AC-Woman-Goes-Missing.jpg

A vigil was held Saturday night for a South Jersey woman whose sudden disappearance and apparent suicide of her boyfriend have sparked fears from police and the community that foul play was involved.

The prayer vigil was held for 23-year-old Sapphire Wiggins of Atlantic City. Wiggins was reported missing October 19. Her sister told police she had not heard from her since Oct. 14. Wiggins’ car is still parked outside her apartment on North New York Avenue and several attempts to reach her on her cellphone have been unsuccessful.

Wiggins’ boyfriend, 50-year-old Kevin Shelton, was found dead in Runnemede, Camden County Oct. 18 after committing suicide, according to investigators. According to his obituary, the father of two was still married to his wife of 30 years.

"It makes me think that if he committed suicide, he could have done something to my daughter and that could be the reason for his suicide," said Wiggins' father David Wiggins. "They seemed happy. She was happy. They said they were going to get married soon. They wanted me to be there."

According to David Wiggins however, one of his sons told him there appeared to be trouble between Sapphire and Shelton shortly before her disappearance.

"He said that they were having some problems when he last saw them," David Wiggins said.

Sources told NBC10 investigators are trying to determine if there’s a connection between Shelton’s death and Wiggins’ disappearance. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is also assisting in the investigation.

Wiggins is the mother of a young son. Family members told NBC10 he's staying with his maternal grandmother as the search for his mother continues.

Wiggins is described as a black female standing 5-foot-1 and weighing 110 pounds. She also has several tattoos, including an “S” on her left wrist, a picture of a puzzle on her right wrist, the name “Jamil” on her chest and a “K” for Kevin on her ring finger.

If you have any information on Wiggins’ whereabouts, please call the Atlantic City Police Department at (609) 347-5766, or text anonymously to TIP411, beginning with the text "ACPD."

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<![CDATA[High School Blitz Wk 8: Highlights of the Week]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:11:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Highlights-This-Week.jpg NBC10's Jillian Mele looks at the highlights in high school football from across the region.

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<![CDATA[Game of the Week: Paul VI vs. Triton]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:09:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008468983_1200x675_347883587751.jpg Check out the High School Blitz Game of the Week between Paul VI versus Triton.]]> <![CDATA[Player Returns After Major Injury]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:15:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The-Road-Back-From-Injury.jpg After a severe pre-season injury his sophomore year, Paul VI junior Darrin DiLauro is back playing for the team and stronger than ever. DiLauro ends a great play scoring a touchdown against Triton in this week's Game of the Week.

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<![CDATA[Boy Fighting Rare Disease Scores Touchdown at HS Game]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Play-of-the-Week-Kevin-Smit.jpg Nothing could stop eleven-year-old Kevin Smith at Lansdale Catholic from scoring on Neumann-Goretti during the High School Blitz Play of the Week.]]> <![CDATA[High School Blitz Wk 8: Spirit Spotlight]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:13:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Spirit-Spotlight.jpg Local high school cheerleaders show their football spirit under the Friday night lights.

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<![CDATA[Community Helps Former Football Player]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008468985_1200x675_347885635519.jpg A local community has come together to help former Downington football player Matt Helm after a life-changing injury.]]> <![CDATA[High School Blitz Wk 8: Skylights and Highlights]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:01:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Skylights-Latest.jpg Check out this week's high school football highlights from both the air and the ground.

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<![CDATA[Band of the Week: Perkiomen Valley High School]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Band-of-the-Week-Perkiomen.jpg Check out the tunes of this week's High School Blitz Band of the Week, Perkiomen Valley High School Marching Vikings.

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<![CDATA[Child Struck by Car Outside Mall]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:26:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

A child was airlifted to the hospital after he or she was struck by a vehicle outside a Montgomery County mall.

The child was in the parking lot of the Montgomery Mall on Bethlehem Pike and North Wales Road in Montgomery Township Saturday around 5:30 p.m. when he or she was struck by a vehicle.

Officials have not revealed the child’s condition but say he or she was seriously hurt in the accident. The child was taken by helicopter to a local hospital.

The striking vehicle remained at the scene. Police continue to investigate.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

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<![CDATA[Emergency Drill Held at Philly International Airport]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:43:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008468904_1200x675_347849283557.jpg How would officials handle an emergency situation at Philly International Airport? A test was held Saturday to find out. NBC10's Monique Braxton has the story.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert: Breezy and Sunny Sunday]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Breezy-and-Sunny-Sunday.jpg We're in for more sunshine Sunday but also a bit more wind. Brittney has the forecast.

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<![CDATA[Former 76ers Owner's Villanova Mansion Sold ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:38:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pat-Croce-Mansion-Lead1.jpg

The former mansion of one of the wealthiest men in the Philadelphia area was sold Saturday for a little over two million dollars.

Earlier in the week author, entrepreneur and former Philadelphia 76ers owner Pat Croce announced he was putting his Villanova home, most recently listed at $6.25 million, up for auction.

During Saturday's auction, the bidding began at $1.5 million, according to the Premiere Estates Auction Company. The winning bid was ultimately $2,227,500. The auction company did not name the winning bidder but said he or she was a local resident.

The Stone Colonial mansion, located at 835 Mount Moro Road in Villanova, is over 10,000 square feet and sits on 3.55 acres.

The 88-year-old home includes six bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths, a 10-car garage, five fireplaces, private library and formal dining room, kitchen, master suite with fireplace, his-and-her baths and a large sitting area.

It also includes a pool with a detached pool house, tennis court and fitness room.

Croce, 59, was a physical therapist and athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers for more than ten years. He later founded SPORTS Physical Therapists in the 1980's and was named the president of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. During his time with the team, the Sixers went from last place to the NBA Finals in 2001.

After leaving the 76ers, Croce was a television commentator for The NBA on NBC and also the author of several books, including his New York Times best selling autobiography, "I Feel Great and You Will Too!" 

<![CDATA[Philly David Lynch Art Show Named #2 in the World]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:58:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-David-Lynch-New.jpg

As the weather gets colder, the scenic view of the outdoors can be taken inside to top art shows in the country, right in your own backyard.

The City of Brotherly Love has been named as the runner up in "The 25 Must-See Museum Shows Around the World,' by ArtNet News, which is the leading resource for the international art market. The top three shows listed are currently in the United States.

At the Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphians can see "David Lynch: The Unified Field." The show will be open until Jan. 11, 2015.

The exhibition is Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States, bringing together approximately 90 paintings and drawings created from 1965 to present. Much of his work has never been displayed.

A recurring theme in the exhibition is the human body combined with "organic phenomena," depicting homes filled with childhood memories, flashbacks, nightmares or passion. His paintings tell disturbing narratives depicted through paint textures, surface effects, and physical traces of his hand.

The number one art show on the list is "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now," at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is home to the headquarters of Walmart, where Alice Walton, Walmart heir, is the founder and benefactor of the museum.

A couple other East Coast art shows that made the list were "Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot," at Asia Society, New York City coming in at number three, and “Goya: Order and Disorder” at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at number 20.

To see the full list click here.

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<![CDATA[A Look Inside Former 76ers Owner Pat Croce's Mansion]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:43:01 -0400 The home was sold Saturday to a local resident for $2,227,500. Take a look inside. ]]> The home was sold Saturday to a local resident for $2,227,500. Take a look inside. ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pat-Croce-Mansion-Lead1.jpg Author, entrepreneur and former Philadelphia 76ers owner Pat Croce put his beautiful Villanova mansion up for auction. The home was sold Saturday to a local resident for $2,227,500. Take a look inside. ]]> <![CDATA[Philly Health Department Monitoring 30 for Ebola]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:45:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola40.jpg

Officials with the Philadelphia Health Department confirmed Friday they are monitoring approximately 30 people in the city for the Ebola virus, although none are showing symptoms, since they recently traveled from affected areas.

Medical officials will check on the individuals, who have not been quarantined, over a 21-day period.

It is unclear when those being monitored arrived in Philly or how they traveled to the city.

Philadelphia International Airport does not receive direct flights from West African countries and now the Philly airport -- and others in the Keystone State -- are no longer accepting airline passengers from parts of the world affected by Ebola, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  That means a traveler, who visited Liberia a month ago, will be prohibited from taking a Philly-bound flight from London or another part of the world.

Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control Prevention asked local health departments to follow-up on any travelers who entered the U.S. at one of the country's designated entry sites -- O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport in north Jersey and Washington Dulles International Airport --  and then moved to another destination.

Philadelphia health officials urge calm, and remind the public that the monitoring is a precautionary measure and there has yet to be a confirmed case of Ebola in the Delaware Valley.

<![CDATA[Corbett Attacks Wolf's Tax Plan as Election Looms]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:23:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tom-Gubernatorial-candidates.jpg

Three months ago, Gov. Tom Corbett pushed the state's $50 billion-plus public pension debt to center stage in his re-election campaign, calling it "the driver" that has pushed up local property taxes and siphoned away money badly needed by public schools.

The Republican railed over the Legislature's rejection of his proposals to reduce future employees' pensions in what was largely a move to appease voters still angry over the nearly $1 billion in budget-balancing cuts in state aid to public schools he approved early in his tenure.

But it didn't change the fact that Democratic challenger Tom Wolf continued to lead Corbett by a wide margin.

Now, in the final weeks of the campaign, Corbett has a new boogeyman -- Wolf's blueprint for overhauling the state income tax -- and is flooding the airwaves with provocative TV spots aimed at voters' fear of the unknown and their aversion to higher taxes.

It appears that this will be Corbett's last, best effort to overcome the double-digit polling deficit he has been unable to crack since Wolf won a four-way Democratic primary race in May.

One TV ad, airing since Sept. 30, features actors in everyday situations facetiously praising Wolf's plan while, amid the humor, suggesting that he wants to saddle the middle class with higher taxes.

"I lay awake at night worrying that Harrisburg just isn't getting enough of our money. Thanks to Wolf, I'm going to be able to sleep again," says a woman in pajamas.

Says a man sitting on a concrete stoop, "Wolf's promising to raise middle-class taxes, and he seems like the type of guy that's going to keep that promise."

In a more recent ad with an edgier approach, a narrator declares ominously that Wolf's ``secret plan to raise middle-class taxes has now been exposed'' and claims that it would nearly triple the tax for many middle-class families.

"Wolf's massive tax increase means a massive reduction in your take-home pay," the narrator says. "The good news? We found out before Election Day."

Wolf's plan has never been secret, but it is more complicated than the present system, has not been tested in court and lacks specifics about a couple of important factors.

The York businessman has said he wants to make the system fairer by requiring wealthier people to pay more in taxes while reducing or eliminating taxes on people with lower incomes. Individuals with incomes of between $70,000 and $90,000 _ the upper end of what he considers middle-class -- would not pay higher taxes than they currently pay, he says.

"The middle class hasn't had a tax break in over 20 years so I'm not sure ... how my desire to see a fairer tax system ... turns into an increase," Wolf said Friday. "But in (Corbett's) mathematics, evidently it does."

Uncertainty over the tax rate and the amount of the "universal exemption" for all taxpayers -- the income level at which no tax would be levied -- has invited hypothetical analyses whose value is mainly political.

For example, the supposed near-tripling of taxes for some households -- the 188 percent figure cited in Corbett's ads -- comes from a Commonwealth Foundation analysis that assumes Wolf would need to produce an additional $4.6 billion for education from the income tax to fulfill his campaign promises. That includes money to reverse the 2011 funding cuts and to ensure the state government shoulders half of the cost public school funding burden, up from the current one-third.

But that leaves out some important points.

For one thing, Wolf has said he would not use the income tax alone to raise that new money. His other proposals include imposing a 5 percent severance tax on Pennsylvania's thriving natural gas industry and closing business tax loopholes.

Also, the Harrisburg-based foundation, a libertarian policy shop that does not disclose its donors and whose CEO publicly supports Corbett, does not mention the reciprocal reduction in local school property taxes that Wolf says is the essential other half of the massive shift in education funding he advocates.

Yet as long as Wolf refuses to fill in the blanks in his income-tax plan -- something he says will have to wait until sometime after Election Day, assuming he's elected -- the Corbett camp will be happy to explain it for him.

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<![CDATA[Pa. Woman Pleads Guilty to 74 Animal Cruelty Charges]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:52:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Pigeon+generic.jpg

A Pennsylvania woman is facing 74 animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered 107 animals, including pigeons, cats, dogs and chickens, living in a shed on her Northampton County property.

Police cited 47-year-old Roseanne Yost, of Upper Nazareth Township, for unsanitary confinement of more than 100 animals and failure to provide veterinary care.

The Upper Nazareth Township Police Department and the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) began investigating Yost's property along Daniels Road over the summer, according to officials.

Investigators discovered the 107 animals Aug. 27, and spent several hours removing them from the shed and then transporting them to PSPCA headquarters in Philadelphia, authorities said.

Two pigeons were dead when they arrived at the shelter and approximately seven other animals were euthanized because of their medical conditions, according to the PSPCA.

Officials said they placed nearly all of the remaining animals -- with the exception of a few cats who are still recovering from illnesses -- in permanent homes.

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<![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:48:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Skinny+Joey+Merlino+Philly+Mob.JPG

Didn't have a chance to catch the news? Here are yesterday's top stories.

Reputed Former Philly Mob Boss 'Skinny Joey' Merlino Heading Back to Prison
A reputed former mob boss was ordered back to prison Friday for violating parole, and his lawyer complained that the FBI would pursue his client "to the grave."

From Job to Job to Job, a Live Lived -- and Lost
The fumes, reeking of gasoline, poured from the white Kia SUV as soon as an emergency technician broke one of the rear windows. Inside, the body of a dark-haired woman with a beauty mark on her left cheek reclined in the driver's seat, keys dangling from the ignition.
The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group has started a new campaign called the “Teal Pumpkin Project” that recommends giving out non-food treats and letting other families know by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their porches.

6 New Lanes Widen NJ Turnpike, Police Patrols to be Stepped Up
The New Jersey State Police said they will increase traffic enforcement patrols and will be on the lookout for speeders, aggressive drivers, and those not wearing seatbelts or using cellphones on the New Jersey Turnpike's new lanes.

Body ID'd as UVa Student Hannah Graham's: Police
The remains found Oct. 18 on an abandoned property are those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, the Albemarle County Police Department said Friday. The suspect in her disappearance, Jesse L. Matthew, Jr., was charged last month with abduction with attempt to defile Graham, 18.

Severely Burned Cat Rescued from Car Engine in Philly
A small orange cat suffered burns over 25 percent of his body after getting trapped inside the engine of a car as a driver traveled to work in Philadelphia earlier this week.

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<![CDATA[Teen Stabbed in Chest in Philly Home]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:10:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_328107376.jpg

A 16-year-old boy is seriously hurt after he was stabbed in the chest inside a Philadelphia home Saturday morning.

The stabbing occurred around 6:15 a.m. on the 5700 block of Woodstock Street in the Olney section of the city, according to officials.

The victim was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His condition is unknown.

An investigation is underway.

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<![CDATA[One Dead in Double Shooting in Philly]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:29:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/kensington+indiana+double+shooting.JPG

A 25-year-old man is dead after shots were fired on a Philadelphia street early Saturday morning.

Authorities responded to reports of gunfire near North 4th Street and West Indiana Avenue in the city's Kensington neighborhood around 12:15 a.m. and found the victim had been shot in the chest, according to officials.

Police rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m., according to officials.

A second man, 20, showed up at Temple University Hospital a short time later with a gunshot wound to his hip and right buttock, authorities said.  The hospital admitted him in serious condition.

An investigation is underway.

<![CDATA[Pets Rescued From NJ Apartment Blaze]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/voorhees+townhome+apartment+building+fire+camden+county.JPG

Three police officers and one firefighter suffered smoke inhalation as they guided people and pets from a blaze at an apartment and townhome complex in Camden County Friday afternoon.

Crews arrived at The Club at Main Street located near Centennial Boulevard and Hermitage Drive in Voorhees Township, New Jersey around noon to find a fire ripping through the roof of a three-story town house, according to officials.

Emergency responders acted quickly to get everyone out safe as firefighters battled windy conditions to knock down the flames.

After the fire, there were emotional reunions between fire victims and their pets including dogs, cats and even a goldfish.

"I was worried that they didn’t get my dog out in time," said C.C. Deangelis who rushed home from work after learning of the blaze. "It wasn’t until I came down toward the apartment buildings that a lady who I always see every day outside, told me, 'We got your dog out. We got him out, he’s OK.' She gave me a big hug."

In total, 20 units were damaged, leaving dozens of people out of their homes.

"The kids were in school, the dog was OK, the rest is just stuff. I can replace that," said Deangelis.

The American Red Cross of Camden and Burlington Counties assisted 51 people from 16 families affected by the fire. In total, 43 people needed temporary lodging following the blaze.

<![CDATA[Boy, 16, Shot in Back During Fight]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:14:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/7th+Farimount+Teen+Shot+Police.JPG

An argument between two groups of young people in Philadelphia’s Poplar neighborhood escalated into a shooting that left a teenager shot in the back.

The incident took place around 9 p.m. Friday at 7th Street and Fairmount Avenue when two groups began to argue. At some point someone took out a gun, according to Philadelphia police.

A bullet struck a 16-year-old boy in the back. He remained conscious as medics rushed him to Hahnemann Hospital, according to police.

Police only had a vague description of the shooter saying he wore a white T-shirt and a backpack.

In the moments after the shooting, investigators blocked off traffic as the police chopper used a searchlight to scour the area.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Philly police.

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<![CDATA[Mo'ne Davis "Throws Like a Girl" in New Ad]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mone+Davis+No+Ne+Davis+Taney+Dragons.jpg

Philadelphia’s Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis isn’t old enough to drive but she is already pitching for a major American car maker.

The Taney Dragons star stars in a new Chevrolet ad that debuted during a commercial break of Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night.

“Dear United States of America, I’m 13 years old and this summer was the best summer of my whole life,” starts the ad directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee.

The commercial, filmed in various spots in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood including Lazarro’s Pizza on South Street and the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Bainbridge streets, then continues with Mo’ne talking about her passion for sports.

Instead of wearing the Taney Dragons uniform she wore during her team’s run to the Little League World Series -- the uniform she wore while becoming the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated -- Mo'ne wears an Anderson Monarchs uniform in the Chevy ad.

“The best part was having my family behind me supporting me through everything I did,” Mo’ne says before draining a half-court basketball shot.

“I have a passion for sports. Every day of the week I’m playing soccer, basketball or baseball.”

Besides the 60-second ad, a more than 16-minute mini-movie by Lee titled “Throw Like a Girl” appeared on Chevy’s website.

“I stand for girls who want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people young and old,” Mo’ne says. “I throw 70 mph and that’s ‘throwing like a girl!’”

The ad ends with Mo’ne signing off, “sincerely, your daughter, Mo’ne Davis.”

Before Chevy’s iconic logo appears on the white screen, the words “Chevrolet celebrates Mo’ne Davis and those who remind us that anything is possible.”

The ad was met with criticism because Mo’ne’s heroics didn’t lift her Taney Dragons to Little League World Series glory and there are boys her same age who also throw 70 mph or harder.

But plenty of others -- including actress Holly Robinson Peete, the wife of former Philadelphia Eagles quaterback Rodney Peete -- showed support for Mo’ne.

Any concerns of Mo’Ne’s role as spokesperson costing her a shot at her dream of playing NCAA basketball were squashed Wednesday.

“Mo’Ne Davis may be paid for appearing in the Chevy commercial without impacting her NCAA eligibility,” NCAA spokeswoman Emily James told ESPN W.

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