<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:54:45 -0400 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:54:45 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dr. With Ebola Gets Blood Donation]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:44:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/craig+spencer+bellevue.jpg

Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician being treated for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital, has entered the next phase of the illness: the onset of gastrointestinal symptoms, health officials said.

To combat his symptoms, he received a plasma transfusion from the second American Ebola patient Nancy Writebol on Saturday. The blood donation was confirmed by the Christian organization, SIM, that Writebol worked with before she was admitted to Emory University Hospital in August.

Authorities updated Spencer's condition as his fiancee, Morgan Dixon, returned to their Hamilton Heights apartment, where she will remain under quarantine. Dixon had been quarantined at Bellevue, though she had not developed any sign of the illness. Workers in protective gear cleaned the apartment on 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue earlier in the day.

Spencer is awake, communicating and undergoing plasma and antiviral therapies, treatments that have been used to treat Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and at the Nebraska Medical Center, city health officials said in a statement.

Because Spencer caught the virus early, it was expected that his condition might deteriorate at first.

"People tend to get worse before they get better," said Dr. Mary Bassett, the commissioner of the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "So he remains in stable condition but we are aware that this is the natural course of this disease." 

Dixon's family said they have not been in physical contact with their daughter and future son-in-law since Spencer returned from volunteering with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. 

"We have confidence in the medical care Craig is receiving and we are hoping for a complete recovery," the family said in statement.

As Spencer fought the disease in hospital bed, Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials returned on Saturday to many of the spots the doctor visited before he fell ill.  De Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Bassett had lunch at The Meatball Shop, where Spencer ate two days before his diagnosis. 

"At 6 o'clock last evening we opened up the doors and I was a little nervous to see what would happen," said Daniel Holzman, the owner of Greenwich Avenue eatery, addressing the press alongside the mayor. "But we had a line down the block and we filled up immediately and we were busy all night last night."

De Blasio reiterated that New Yorkers are not at risk from Ebola and do not need to alter their daily routines.

"It is a rare instance in which Ebola is transmitted," the mayor said. "It requires, bluntly, intimate contact."

Spencer's work in Guinea included direct contact with sick people: taking their temperature, following the evolution of their cases, taking their vital signs and ensuring the clinic was properly maintained.

He was hospitalized at Bellevue Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea. Health officials said he began feeling tired on Tuesday, spent a day out in the city on Wednesday, and then alerted authorities when he developed a fever Thursday morning.

Experts have repeatedly assured the public that there is little chance that Spencer spread the virus prior to developing symptoms, but his case prompted the governors of New York, New Jersey and Illinois on Friday to order a mandatory quarantine for any arriving international travelers who had contact with Ebola patients in three West African countries.  

The first health care worker to face that mandatory quarantine after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport, criticized the process, calling it "a frenzy of fear disorganization (and) fear."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized Spencer, saying he should have stayed home until any danger period for the disease had passed. The virus can hide in the body for up to 21 days before a person develops symptoms.

"Dr. Spencer is a valued fellow and was a volunteer and did great work, but that was a voluntary quarantine situation for 21 days. He's a doctor and even he didn't follow the voluntary quarantine, let's be honest," Cuomo said.

Neither the U.S. Centers for Disease Control nor Doctors without Borders ask health care workers returning from the Ebola hot zone to quarantine themselves, but they do recommend that they monitor their temperature at least twice a day. Spencer was complying with that guidance, officials have said.

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<![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.

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<![CDATA[First Cat Cafe Opens in Oakland]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/cat_cafe_cat.jpg

America’s first cat café opened its doors Saturday in Oakland.

At the Cat Town Café, people can buy a latte and an hour of playtime with adoptable felines.

The owners hope this new business will help find homes for East Bay cats.

Internationally, cat café’s are popular in urban areas. This new venture in Oakland was the first to master the logistics and health code approvals in the U.S.

A similar idea is in the works in San Francisco.



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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[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[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[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[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[2 Dead in SoCal Shooting: Sheriff]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:14:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/141025-san-clemente-murder-suicide.jpg

A shooting that left a man and woman dead inside a San Clemente store on Saturday afternoon was a murder-suicide, sheriff's officials said.

A female employee called 911 about 2 p.m. to report that someone had been shot inside Bliss Boutique, a clothing and gift shop in the 100 block of Avenida Del Mar, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. The bodies were found about 40 minutes later when authorities made their way inside.

No one was sought in connection with the shooting and no arrests were made, deputies said.

Investigators were trying to determine the relationship between the man and woman. Their identities were withheld pending notification of relatives.

A handgun was found inside the store, investigators said.

Witnesses described the frantic moments after the shooting that prompted a response from SWAT team members.

"The girl working at Bliss came running out yelling that there were six shots fired, and that her boss was taken into the back room by her husband and they were in an ugly divorce," said witness Jeff Chambers.

People who knew the man and woman were stunned by the killings.

"Half my wardrobe is from there and it's kind of like having your childhood disrupted in a sense," said customer Alexa Corbett. "She didn't deserve this, she was such a good woman."

"I've shopped their for over 10 years and I saw her earlier this week, I can't believe it," said Melanie Flaherty, who was at the scene.

Calls to the business were not answered.

Willian Avila contributed to this report.



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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!" 
 

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<![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[Boy Shot for Laughing: Dad]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:12:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Jones.jpg

A Gary, Indiana, boy was killed Friday after being shot nine times by a neighbor whose home was burglarized earlier in the day, police said.

The 13-year-old boy, Kobe Jones, was reportedly laughing about the home invasion after his neighbor created a scene outside the home on the 1000 block of Polk Street.

Police said the home was burglarized at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. The homeowner and his girlfriend returned home about five hours later and was visibly upset about the discovery, police said.

"I was told that my son was laughing and the guy shot him dead," Jones' father, Kaunda Jones, told reporters.

The teen, one of 12 siblings and described as a funny, outgoing young man, died at the scene and his death was ruled a homicide. Family members said the unexpected funeral would be a financial burden and have created an account to collect donations. Contributions can be sent in the form of a check or a money order to 505 Adams St., Gary, IN 46402 or the Chase account 3005774699.

The neighbor and his girlfriend took off after the shooting and were arrested at about 7 p.m. when they returned to the home, police said. Their names were not publicly released because no charges had been filed by midday Saturday.


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<![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.

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<![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[Mom Arrested in Death of Girl: Cops]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:09:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Generic+Police+Tape+Generic.JPG

A woman staying with her 4-year-old daughter in a Queens homeless shelter became enraged when she found the girl squirting hand lotion on the floor, then hit her in the face and stomach and threw her against a wall, authorities said Saturday. 

Latoya Curry, 35, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree murder, assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the Queens District Attorney's Office said. It wasn't immediately clear if Curry had a lawyer, and no contact information for her family was available. She could face up to 25 years to life in prison.

Police found the girl, 4-year-old Linayjah Meraldo, Thursday after responding to a call at the Briarwood Family Residence, a temporary housing shelter for homeless families on 134th Street. The child's four siblings were in school when she was found; her mother said she kept the girl home because she wasn't feeling well, according to a source familiar with the case.

Prosecutors said Curry flew into a rage Wednesday night, striking Linayjah so hard that she dislodged a tooth. She then dragged the girl into another room, threw her against a wall and onto a bed, the District Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors say the girl cried and said her stomach hurt but then fell asleep. In the morning, the girl awoke with a slight fever and later took a morning nap, but she didn't wake up, they said.

An autopsy showed Linayjah died of blunt force trauma to her torso and had internal injuries including multiple recent and healed rib fractures, a torn small intestine, internal bleeding and extensive bruising, prosecutors said. The autopsy noted she also appeared malnourished, prosecutors said.

There were no other adults living in the unit where the family was staying.

The mother initially told police Meraldo was involved in a physical altercation with a sibling -- "a tousling thing," she called it, according to the source. The source said the mother later said the child had fallen, and that the version of events she told investigators kept changing.

The family had lived at Briarwood for nearly a year.

The Department of Health and Human Services called Meraldo's death "terribly disturbing." The agency said in a statement it was working closely with police.

The child's death comes less than a week after a 3-year-old girl was found dead in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, saying the girl died from blunt impact to her head and torso. Her 20-year-old stepfather was arrested on a murder charge.

After the Brooklyn girl's death, Mayor de Blasio called for a thorough investigation. 

-- Melissa Russo contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[This Week's Wednesday's Child]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:34:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/meaganvai.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema introduces you to some of the area's amazing young people who dream of being connect to a loving forever family. Visit the Wednesday's Child Home Page on NBC10.com

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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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