<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:11:08 -0400 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:11:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NJ Waitress Helps Man Escape Car Fire]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:28:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CarFire_BridgetonDiner.jpg

A waitress at a southern New Jersey diner helped an 86-year-old man get out of his car shortly before it caught fire.

Waitress Angela Avenarius said the Charlie Flowers is a regular at the Bridgeton Family Diner. She said his car appeared to be overheating when he pulled up to the diner on Thursday.

She said she rushed out yelling to the man and helped him exit the Chevrolet Impala.

The pair then took shelter under the diner's awning.

"By the time we got under the canopy, it caught on fire," Avenarius told NJ.com.

Firefighters arrived before noon Thursday. Neither Avenarius or Flowers were injured.

Avenarius said Flowers was shaken up but stayed for lunch.



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<![CDATA[Protecting a Pope Who Takes Selfies With the Crowds]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:22:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_62440492205.jpg

Protecting Pope Francis when he travels to the United States this month will be a particularly arduous task for the Secret Service and other security officers given this pontiff’s spontaneity and propensity to plunge into crowds.

"He's a guy that has challenged the bad guys, ISIS, people like that,” said Steven Bucci, a national security expert at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. “There are people who just don’t like Catholics. There’s a whole bunch of potential threats that the pope faces.”

But vigilance has to be balanced against allowing access because Francis’ purpose in visiting is to interact with the people who throng to see him, Bucci and others say.

He is the spiritual leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and has been known to pose for selfies with fans on occasion. 

"For the pope not to go into crowds, not to see people, is a no-go," said Andreas Widmer, who as a member of the Swiss Guard served Pope John Paul II and is now at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. "You could make the pope 100 percent secure by putting him in a bunker somewhere but then he's not the pope any more."

Francis is expected to draw millions of people over five days beginning Sept. 23 when he visits Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. More than one million alone are expected to attend one of the main events, an outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia to conclude the World Meeting of Families around which his visit was planned. At his Philadelphia events, selfie sticks will be banned for security reasons. 

He will also address Congress and the U.N. General Assembly, deliver a speech on immigration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, take part in two processions along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, attend a multireligious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, and travel through Central Park, a late addition to his itinerary to allow even more people to see him.

AN "UNPRECEDENTED" CHALLENGE

His visit to New York City will come as the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly gets underway, a meeting attended by more than 160 world leaders. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton told NBC New York that the challenge of guarding the pope would be unprecedented. New Yorkers could see gridlock, closed subway stations, additional vehicle checkpoints and other security measures, police warned.

"We won't shut down New York during this — business continues, people come and go," John Miller, the New York Police Department's head of counterterrorism, told The Associated Press. "It's going to be unprecedented, but we're going to make it work."

The pope’s visit has been designated a national security special event, meaning the U.S. Secret Service is in charge of planning for his security while working with the FBI and local agencies. The Secret Service has met multiple times with Vatican security officials in Washington and in Rome to learn more about Francis' interactions with crowds, the AP reported. Philadelphia police also traveled to the Vatican.

Francis travels with his own detail of security agents and with the bulletproof Popemobile, which will be a Jeep Wrangler already in Secret Service hands.

He has been famously reluctant to embrace some security measures, comparing the Popemobile to a sardine can and telling the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that if something did happen to him at his age he did not have much to lose.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO SECURITY

Widmer said the Swiss Guards take a fundamentally different approach to security than other security agencies. They are trained in close hand-to-hand combat, to use their bodies as shields as they protect a religious figure with whom the crowds want to touch or speak. Even if someone threatens the pope, a gun is not always the best response, he said.

"We’re protecting the pope so the first reaction is not violence," he said. 

He added that Swiss Guards "have 500 years of experience, and we do things very discretely."

New York and Washington, D.C. frequently are called on to protect presidents, prime ministers and other dignitaries so more attention has focused on how well Philadelphia is doing as it gets ready for the pontiff. Adding to the city’s difficulty: Francis’ appearances in Philadelphia will be larger and more exposed.

Fences and metal detectors will go up around security zones at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Independence Hall, schools and courts will be shut and traffic will be restricted downtown. Twenty-five miles of highway and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed to vehicles. The National Guard and 1,000 state troopers will be brought in to help, the AP reported.

Access to the pope will be restricted by tickets, which have been allocated to Catholic parishes throughout the Philadelphia region. Even at the large outdoor events, spots closest to the pontiff will require tickets. But the Archdiocese of Philadelphia emphasized that the vast majority of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway would be open to everyone.

NO SPECIFIC THREATS

Philadelphia’s preparations were plagued by weeks of rumors and then criticism that the city was going overboard compared to New York and Washington, D.C. Scott White, a former Canadian security officer and now a professor of homeland security at Drexel University in Philadelphia, was among the security experts who told The Philadelphia Inquirer last month that traffic restrictions and other measures seemed disproportionate.

But as more information was released, White said that only those in charge of the security arrangements and familiar with threats received would know whether preparations were appropriate.

“There’s a vast array of potential threat to anybody who is a high profile individual so I wouldn’t really want to speculate," White said when asked who might pose the greatest threat to Francis.

The AP reported authorities have reported no specific threats related to Francis' visit, but also noted that when Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States in 2008, security officials warned that terrorists could focus on targets such as hotels, restaurants or trains.

Last month, when Francis was asked whether he approved of unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants from the Islamic State or ISIS, he said it would be permissible to stop an unjust aggressor. Earlier in the year, ISIS made threats against Italy and the Vatican, with a photo showing its flag flying above the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square and the headline, “The failed crusade.”



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<![CDATA[Quick! Check Your Lotto Ticket]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/download7.jpg

Check that Pick-6 ticket.

Especially if you bought it at a Stop & Shop in Ocean County, New Jersey.

It might be worth $4.3 million.

The winning ticket for the Sept. 3 drawing was sold at the Stop & Shop on Lacey Rd., in Whiting.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the ticket holders whose life will drastically change by this financial windfall," NJ Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger said in a statement. "Financial worries have just been removed and now the winner can explore their life's dream."

Winning numbers are: 03, 07, 09, 25, 29 and 39. The Multiplier was: 03.

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<![CDATA[Katz Cause of Death Revealed Next Week]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:00:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP258102702410.jpg

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected next week to determine — officially — what caused the deaths of seven passengers, including Philly philanthropist Lewis Katz, when the jet they were in crashed.

Katz, his two pilots, a flight attendant and three fellow passengers were killed when Katz' business jet, Gulfstream G-IV, overran a runway at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass.

The plane came to rest in a ravine and burst into flames. No one survived the May 31, 2014 flight which was headed to Atlantic City, N.J.

In a preliminary report, NTSB investigators pointed to the plane's gust lock system as a probable factor in the cause of the crash. It's designed to keep parked airplanes steady. The lock was still engaged when the pilots tried to take off which means they didn't have full use of all the parts needed to lift the plane off the ground.

Pilots would have discovered the system was locked during routine systems checks before takeoff, but documents released in April indicate the pilots rarely performed those checks.

After the crash, Gulfstream reported a problem with a fail-safe system allows planes to reach high speeds on the runway even if they're unable to take off. That discovery led to a design change.

The company contends pilot error caused the crash.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Muggy, Foggy Start]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011831653_1200x675_519407171637.jpg It's a muggy and foggy start to this Friday morning and rain is expected later today but the good news is that it's also expected to clear up by the end of the night with a nice and dry Labor Day weekend.]]> <![CDATA[$50,000 Reward For Suspects]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:54:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/mourning+photo+fox+lake.jpg

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of three suspects believed to have killed a Fox Lake lieutenant on-duty earlier this week in Illinois. 

Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the reward is being offered by Motorola Solutions but several other offers and donations for a reward were received as well.

Anyone looking to provide reward money can contact Lake County Undersheriff Raymond Rose at (847) 377-4367. 

A tip line and website has also been set up for residents looking to report any information surrounding the case. Tipsters can call 1-(800)-CALLFBI or go to fbi.gov/FoxLake

Authorities on Friday revealed that they now have several videos they believe will aid in their search for the three "extremely dangerous" suspects.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said new video has been retrieved in the case that authorities believe is "more significant" than any other video they've received.

Filenko noted the videos are being put into chronological order and "there's a commonality" between them. The videos are expected to be reviewed Friday afternoon or evening. 

"I think we’re optimistic about all of these videos right now because they all come together chronologically," Filenko said.

Officials were expected to review home surveillance video a resident claimed could aid in a search for the suspects, but Filenko said that video wasn't reviewed as of Friday afternoon.

Filenko said the three suspects accused of killing Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz are believed to still be in the area, about 60 miles north of Chicago, and authorities say they've made "significant progress" in their search.

"Obviously we have a lot of transportation means in this area — trains, cars, buses — we’re still working off the fact that we’re presuming there’s a good probability that they are still somewhere in the area," Filenko said. "Now whether they're in Fox Lake or any of the surrounding border communities that remains to be seen."

Filenko confirmed Friday that the officer’s gun was recovered at the scene but could not confirm how many times, if any, it had been fired. 

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

More than 100 officers were canvassing the Fox Lake area Friday, revisiting areas and searching new territories. Canines returned to the scene of the shooting Friday in hopes of finding more information. 

Residents, family members and officers from Fox Lake and surrounding communities gathered Wednesday night for an emotional vigil to honor Gliniewicz, a 30-year veteran of the police force affectionately called "G.I. Joe." A funeral has been scheduled for Monday in Antioch, Illinois. 

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<![CDATA[Red Paw Hosting Adoption for Fire Rescue Pets]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:06:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Red+Paw+Adoption+Sunday.jpg

The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is hosting an adoption open house next weekend to find new homes for over a dozen animals displaced by fire.

Red Paw will be at Central Bark Doggy Day Care in Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Both dogs and cats are available for adoption.

"Red Paw's mission is to reunite pets with their families once they recover from a disaster," said Red Paw founder Jen Leary. "Unfortunately, that's not always possible, so that's what this event is for."

There are currently 16 pets up for adoption as Red Paw hopes to find loving homes for all the rescues before another wave of animals inevitably gets rescued. The animals are currently in foster homes.

Leary added, “We have close to two dozen animals up for adoption and we need to find them homes before we head into fire season.”

Central Bark Doggy Day Care is located at 2501 Wharton St.



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<![CDATA[Ticket Info for the Pope's Philly Events]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:58:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pope+francis+popemobile1.jpg

Organizers faced an outcry this week over a ticket plan keeping most of Pope Francis' audience at his two biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away. A map added to some confusion over the size of the ticketholder-only zone.

Here are answers to some key questions:

DO I NEED TICKETS TO ATTEND THE POPE'S PUBLIC EVENTS IN PHILADLEPHIA?

It depends on the event. The pope is holding three major public events in the city: a Sept. 26 speech on immigration and religious freedom in front of Independence Hall, an appearance at the closing festival of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and a celebration of Mass on Sept. 27 on the same boulevard.

DO I NEED TICKETS FOR THE INDEPENDENCE HALL SPEECH?

Yes.

On Sept. 8 at noon, 10,000 tickets will be made available on the World Meeting of Families website, on a first-come, first-served basis, to the general public. Individuals are limited to four tickets.

Thousands of other tickets are being given out to parishes with large immigrant communities in an effort to assure a diverse audience.

DO I NEED TICKETS FOR THE TWO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY APPEARANCES?

No, if you don't mind standing at least 2.5 blocks, or a quarter-mile, away.

Francis' appearance at the closing festival of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 is expected to draw 750,000 or more people, his celebration of Mass on Sept. 27 up to 1.5 million.

If you want to stand in the 2.5 blocks closest to the stage on Sept. 26 or the altar on Sept. 27, you will need a ticket.

WHO GETS TICKETS FOR THE TWO BIG EVENTS?

Tickets are being distributed primarily to parishioners in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, plus surrounding dioceses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The thousands of people attending the World Meeting of Families, the triennial Catholic conference attracting Francis to Philadelphia, are automatically receiving passes. Passes also are being given to event sponsors and members of other faith communities and church social service programs.

There are also 10,000 tickets for each day that will be made available to the general public. They will be distributed Sept. 9 through a website on a first-come, first-served basis; details have not yet been announced.

Papal visit planners decided to make that last batch available after a backlash over the announcement this week that several blocks up front had been set aside for ticket holders and that tickets were largely reserved for parishioners in the city and four surrounding counties.

IF I DON'T HAVE A TICKET, WILL THERE STILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE POPE?

Yes. Organizers also announced that Francis will parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before the Sept. 26 and 27 events, giving many an opportunity to see him up close. They said the parade the first day would likely be longer than the one before the Mass.

Papal events will also be broadcast on 40 huge screens throughout the city for crowds to watch all his appearances during his two-day visit to Philadelphia, including those that are not public.



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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Enter Zoo's Lions' Den]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:43:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lions+Den+Suspect.jpg

A man tried to get into the lions' den at the National Zoo Wednesday afternoon.

The man climbed over the first line of protection between the public and the lions' den about 4:30 p.m., when the zoo was crowded, but authorities got to him before he could access the area where the lions could have attacked him.

He was placed in custody then taken involuntarily to a psychiatric facility for evaluation.

Later he said he hears voices in his head telling him to hurt himself, according to the police report.

He has not been charged with a crime.

The den meets or exceeds safety standards set out by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a zoo spokesperson said, and there are no plans to update security or the enclosure.

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<![CDATA[Man Beaten Outside Philly Liquor Store]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:30:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Juniata+Liquor+Store+Beating.jpg

Philadelphia Police are searching for two tow truck riders who were caught on surveillance video beating a man outside a Juniata liquor store.

The beating happened August 17 outside the Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop along the 1300 block of Erie Avenue, city detectives said Friday.

The 60-year-old victim was about to walk into the store when two men jumped out of a black tow truck and approached him. He was hit in the head from behind with an unknown object and then punched and kicked several times after falling to the ground.

The man was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital for a laceration to his head, police said.

Detectives believe the assault was random and are looking for help in identifying the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Police tipline at 215.686.TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Made in America Festival Will Not Interfere With Pope Preps]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:12:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-454401824.jpg

Even with tens of thousands of people expected to flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend for the Made In America festival, post-event breakdowns will not interfere with preparation for Pope Francis' visit.

Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia, spoke to the media Friday regarding the fourth-annual Labor Day weekend concert, and assuaged fears surrounding a potential overlap between production for the two events.

"We know how to host big events well," said Gillison.

The deputy mayor noted that the city has been working with production companies for both the festival and the World Meeting of Families, and that creating a schedule for breakdown of the festival grounds left very little overlap with the vast amount of setup required to ready the parkway for the pope.

Gillison also spoke to the increased security measures at this year's music festival, an expansion of a successful program from the previous year. The grounds are divided up into a grid system, with each section corresponding to a letter-number combination, such as M1.

"If you need to call for help, you can give your grid location so people can get to you easily," he added.

With temperatures this weekend in the upper 80s, Gillison urged all festivalgoers to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.



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<![CDATA[Is Insomnia Actually Bad for You?]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-464640496.jpg

If you’ve ever Googled “how to sleep better” or “why can’t I fall asleep," the search results would suggest that you practice something called "sleep hygiene." Sleep hygiene is the idea that to sleep better, you have to drink less caffeine, less alcohol and other rules. But, according to Dr. Michael Perlis, Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at University of Pennsylvania, “sleep hygiene” is actually not useful, and mostly not even tested.

Everybody has bouts of insomnia, and it is generally seen as a bad thing. Here are some things you should know about sleep, or lack thereof.

Insomnia is not always bad.

Acute insomnia is mostly brought on by stress. This is our body’s way of telling us we have something important to do or that we’re forgetting something. According to Dr. Perlis, “acute insomnia is probably something that comes to us all to keep us active and to allow us to do whatever we’re supposed to be doing.”

If you miss sleep, don’t try to catch up on it.

It’s normal to miss sleep and then feel like you need to sleep in or go to bed earlier to make up for it. Dr. Perlis says this just messes up your sleep schedule even more. If you miss sleep, the best thing to do is nothing. If you have to do something, caffeinate wisely, he says.

Women are more likely to battle insomnia.

According to Dr. Perlis, “women are given to chronic insomnia about 2-1 to men.”

Acute insomnia will usually go away in 3-5 days.

Perlis says that if you’re a good sleeper, your chances of getting a good night’s sleep within three days of insomnia are 90 percent. Even if you’re a bad sleeper, you’re most likely to get a good night’s sleep within five days.

College students can suffer from insomnia and not even know it.

College students are more likely to get less sleep due to many factors, some of them being parties, studying, etc. Typically, college-aged students don’t even know that their bodies are sleep deprived. According to Perlis, younger bodies can handle the affects of sleep deprivation better, but it still has long-term negative affects, including psychological well-being and performance.

There’s help for insomnia.

“If any kind of sleep disturbance lasts for more than a couple days, you should go talk to somebody,” Dr. Perlis said. People struggling with insomnia can visit the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine  to find a specialist.



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<![CDATA[The Tiger Mom Tax: Asians Likely to Get a Higher Price]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tiger+mom+tax+sat+tutoring.jpg

Read our methodology.

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review's test preparation services.

But few, if any, realize that the prices for The Princeton Review's online SAT tutoring packages vary substantially depending on where customers live. If they type some ZIP codes into the company's website, they are offered The Princeton Review's Premier course for as little as $6,600. For other ZIP codes, the same course costs as much as $8,400.

One unexpected effect of the company's geographic approach to pricing is that Asians are almost twice as likely to be offered a higher price than non-Asians, an analysis by ProPublica shows.

% Asian population, ZIP codes charged higher prices % Asian population, ZIP codes charged lower prices

Look Up Your ZIP Code to See the Price

The gap remains even for Asians in lower income neighborhoods. Consider a ZIP code in Flushing, a neighborhood in Queens, New York. Asians make up 70.5 percent of the population in this ZIP code. According to the U.S. Census, the median household income in the ZIP code, $41,884, is lower than most, yet The Princeton Review customers there are quoted the highest price.

The Princeton Review said in a statement that its pricing is based on the "costs of running our business and the competitive attributes of the given market," and that the company charges the same price everywhere in New York City. Although the test prep service markets its service as "24-hr Online Tutoring," the company says the tutoring is done in one-on-one sessions in person or online and that the tutors typically live in the same areas as their students.

"The areas that experience higher prices will also have a disproportionately higher population of members of the financial services industry, people who tend to vote Democratic, journalists and any other group that is more heavily concentrated in areas like New York City," The Princeton Review's statement said.

These types of price differences are not illegal, and the consequences are not intentional, but researchers say they are likely to become more common in the age of services like Uber, which set prices by computer algorithms. The Princeton Review says its prices are simply determined by geographic region.

Last year, a White House report on "Big Data" cautioned that the "algorithmic decisions raise the specter of 2018redlining' in the digital economy 2013 the potential to discriminate against the most vulnerable classes of our society under the guise of neutral algorithms."

In 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that the online office retailer Staples was varying prices by ZIP code. Staples appeared to be calculating prices based on the user's distance from a rival store, but the inadvertent effect was that people in lower-income ZIP codes saw the higher prices.

In 2014, researchers at Northeastern University found that top Web sites, such as Home Depot, Orbitz and Travelocity, were steering some users toward more expensive products. And this year, another study found that users who were identified by Google as female received fewer ads for a high-paying job.

Offline, the practice of offering different prices for the same product in different places is fairly common 2013 gasoline or a gallon of milk can be priced differently just a few blocks apart. But as long as there is no intent to racially discriminate, it is generally legal, says Andrew Selbst, an attorney who co-authored a paper on the biases that can be inherent in Big Data.

"If you are open for business, you can't discriminate against certain protected classes," Selbst said.

Unintentional racial discrimination is illegal in housing and employment under the legal doctrine known as "disparate impact," which prohibits inadvertent actions that hurt people in a protected class.

But the disparate impact doctrine does not apply to the online world, where it's often difficult to determine how and why different prices are being offered.

Earlier this year, Harvard undergraduate Christian Haigh stumbled on The Princeton Review's variable prices doing research for a class he was taking called "Data Science to Save the World."

Haigh had been looking for price differences in hotel rooms if he booked from different locations around the world. But he wasn't finding much. So he looked for websites that required entering a ZIP code.

"We thought maybe if you have to put in the ZIP code, they were trying to discriminate," Haigh said. Today, Haigh and three fellow students are publishing their findings that The Princeton Review's higher prices correlate to areas with higher income.

ProPublica reviewed the code that one of Haigh's fellow students posted on a public web site and collected its own data in July, and again on Monday. The data showed that The Princeton Review offered four different prices for the same "Premier Level" online tutoring package.

Many of the prices are regional. For instance, the entire New York City area, including Long Island, receives the highest possible price, $8,400. Much of California, except San Diego, is offered the second-highest price, $7,200, while ZIP codes in San Diego are charged the lowest price.

Because the pricing regions are large, sometimes spanning multiple states, they are different than the personalized tech algorithms used by some web sites, which make real-time decisions about which advertisements to show to a particular visitor.

ProPublica tested whether The Princeton Review prices were tied to different characteristics of each ZIP code, including income, race and education level. When it came to getting the highest prices, living in a ZIP code with a high median income or a large Asian population seemed to make the greatest difference.

The analysis showed that higher income areas are twice as likely to receive higher prices than the general population. For example, wealthy suburbs of Washington D.C. are charged higher prices. But that isn't always the case: Residents of affluent neighborhoods in Dallas are charged the lowest price, $6,600.

Customers in areas with a high density of Asian residents were 1.8 times as likely to be offered higher prices, regardless of income. For instance, residents of the gritty industrial city of Westminster, California, which is half Asian with a median income below most, were charged the second-highest price for the Premier tutoring service.

The Princeton Review said it would be a mistake to call its pricing practices discrimination. "To equate the incidental differences in impact that occur from this type of geographic based pricing that pervades all American commerce with discrimination misconstrues both the literal, legal and moral meaning of the word," the company said in its statement.

The company said the prices of its online tutoring services are based on the prices of local tutors, which vary "just as virtually every good or service does, be it gasoline, rent or eggs."

Even if the price differences were unintentional, the Harvard students said they found them disturbing. Haigh, the student who discovered the variations, is an economics major and said he's not generally against price differences unless particular demographic groups are affected.

"It's something that makes a very small impact on one individual's life but can make a big impact to large groups," Haigh said.

Lauren Kirchner contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Sink Hole Closes Northeast Philly Road]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:01:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/watermainSinkholeNEPhilly.PNG

A section of Knights road near Chalfont Drive in Northeast Philadelphia was shut down Friday morning after a large sink hole opened up.

The large hole, showing water flowing inside could be seen from SkyForce10 just before 6 a.m.

Surrounding homes were left without water service as crews worked to fix the problem.

Neighbors told NBC10 the same section of the road had just opened Thursday following repairs from an earlier water main break.

Water was back on for everyone by 3 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Miss America Pageant, Past and Present]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:28:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/missamericaWilliams.jpg The 2016 Miss America Pageant will take place on Sept. 13. Meanwhile, take a look at past winners and contestants from the annual competition that began in 1921.

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<![CDATA[Steamy Afternoon, Possible T'Storms]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:55:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011835864_1200x675_519582275956.jpg Hitting the mid to high 80s Friday with clouds rolling in.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Slams Conservative Radio Host After Fumble]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:04:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump20.JPG

A day after exposing gaps in his knowledge of foreign affairs during a radio show interview with Hugh Hewitt, Donald Trump labeled the conservative host a "third rate radio announcer,” NBC News reported.

During the Thursday interview, Hewitt asked Trump about Quds Force commander Ghasem Soleimani. Trump responded by saying how Kurds have been “mistreated.”

After he was told the Quds force was Iranian, and not Kurdish, Trump said: ”Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said Kurds.”

When Hewitt suggested that a future commander-in-chief should be knowledgeable about world affairs and leaders, Trump accused Hewitt of asking “gotcha questions.”

"Every question was do I know this one and that one? It was like he worked hard on that," Trump further explained Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton: 'Sorry' for Email Confusion]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:26:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hillary+clinton3.JPG

Hillary Clinton told NBC's Andrea Mitchell she was "sorry" there had been so much confusion over her private email server. But Clinton declined to apologize for having used it.

"At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions," the Democratic presidential hopeful said. "And I take responsibility and it wasn't the best choice."

Asked about rising poll numbers of those who consider her untrustworthy, Clinton said, "certainly, it doesn't make me feel good."



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<![CDATA[Farm Life Cutting Down On Asthma and Allergies]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:11:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/farm+dust+allergies.JPG New research shows why kids who grow up on farms have fewer problems with asthma and allergies.]]> <![CDATA[A Wedding the Weekend of the Pope's Arrival]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:10:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/anne+ha+pope+weekend+wedding.JPG Anne Ha is having her wedding on the same weekend as Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia. Ha will be having one part of the wedding in Philadelphia despite the road closers and major traffic that will come from the Pope being in town.]]> <![CDATA[Bradley Cooper Stops In at Jersey Shore Restaurants]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bradley+cooper+richmans+ice+cream+brigantine.JPG

For Mary Grace Carson, choosing to work at the Jersey Shore this summer brought some “silver linings.”

Thursday morning, Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper stopped in at Bob’s Grill in Ocean City, which caught Carson and other restaurant workers by surprise.

"It was so cool, he was really polite and took pictures with all the girls," she told the Atlantic City Press.
Carson, who lives in Montgomery County, said Cooper came in with his mom and ordered a Philly cheesesteak.

Restaurant manager Russell Hendricks told NBC10 Cooper and his family have frequented Bob’s since he was five years old.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” said Hendricks. “For the girls, it was kind of a slow week. He was a really cool guy, very amenable to whatever they asked."

Cooper was also spotted at Richman’s Ice Cream in Brigantine the previous night, and took pictures with staff and customers.

The Philadelphia-born actor grew up in Jenkintown, graduated from Germantown Academy and attended Villanova University before transferring to Georgetown University.
 



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<![CDATA[Jobless Rate Hits 7-Year Low]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/help+wanted+sign.JPG

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August for a seven-year low, though hiring was the lowest it's been in five months with 173,000 jobs created for the month, The Associated Press reported.

Still, the economy has generated a strong 221,000 jobs a month from June through August, according to government revisions.

Steady hiring could encourage the Fed to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade at a meeting later this month.

But that's not a sure thing with a low inflation rate and sluggish growth in China complicating the decision, according to the AP.



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<![CDATA[Drowned Aylan, 3, Laid to Rest in Home City]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:12:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/aylan+dad+funeral.JPG

The 3-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, whose drowning has shined a spotlight on the plight of thousands of migrants and refugees from war-torn countries trying to get to Europe, was buried Friday alongside his brother and mother in the family's hometown of Kobani, NBC News reported.

Dozens of mourners attended the burial of Aylan, his 5-year-old brother Galip and mother Rehan, 35, two days after a photograph of Aylan face-down in a Turkish beach went viral.

"I want from Arab governments — not European countries — to see (what happened to) my children, and because of them to help people," said Aylan's father Abdullah Kurdi, the family's sole-survivor.



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<![CDATA[Elderly Mom Fights Back Against Home Invaders]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:07:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Dorcas+Street+Home+Invasion.JPG

A Philadelphia grocery store owner can be heard screaming for help after an armed masked man pushed her into her Northeast Philadelphia home late Wednesday night and her elderly mother wasn't going to allow here daughter to be attacked without fighting back.

The home invasion along the 6400 block of Dorcas Street in Lawncrest occurred around 9:30 p.m. when corner store owner Grimilda Vidaca entered through the side door of her home. Surveillance cameras – installed by Vidaca’s family after a home invasion less than a week ago – captured the armed masked man in a dark-colored hoodie forcing her into the home.

“The first guy that came in with her had her to the ground with a gun in his hand,” Digna Mercedes Silverio, Vidaca’s 76-year-old mother, told NBC10’s Keith Jones in Spanish.

Mercedes Silverio fought back – you can even see her hands attempt to choke the intruder before he knocked her to the ground and dragged back into the home.

The second man – also wearing a mask – who entered the home kept the women on the kitchen floor while the other guy ransacked the home,” said Philadelphia Police. The men eventually left out the front door without swiping anything, said the family.

Vidaca suffered minor bruising, said police. But, the attack left Mercedes Silverio with seven stitches in her head and a bruised shoulder.

"That's her, she's tough, actually she's on vacation, she doesn't live out here,” said Vidaca.

Vidaca’s son Kelvin Jimenez said he was angry and that he believed his mother was targeted because she owns a store. “It's a coward act. It's two women," he said.

Mercedes Silverio doesn’t regret fighting back.

"Whatever they are doing – they have something against my daughter – they should avoid it because they're going to have to kill me first,” she said.

The attackers may not get a chance to strike again because Jimenez said the family plans to move.

Police asked anyone who recognizes the home invaders to contact police.



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<![CDATA[Father of 7 Hopes to Walk Again After Amtrak Derailment]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:48:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Amtrak+Derailment+Survivor+Matt+Morgan.JPG Delaware's Matt Morgan survived the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment, but still can’t walk. NBC10’s Tim Furlong reports on how the father of seven woke up days after the deadly crash.

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<![CDATA[Investigators Hope Video Holds Clues in Fox Lake Manhunt]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:50:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-486245570.jpg

Officials on Friday are expected to review home surveillance video a resident claims may aid in a search for three suspects believed to have killed a veteran Fox Lake police officer this week. 

News of the video first surfaced during a Thursday press conference when officials said that the "significant" footage had been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for verification.

Details surrounding what was on the footage weren't immediately clear, but Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said the resident who turned it in claimed it is consistent with the story about three suspects. 

A press conference was held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, where a "change in strategy may be discussed," according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office.

Authorities announced an FBI-led tip line (1-800-CALLFBI) and website (www.fbi.gov/foxlake) have been set up for tips in the search. Police said Motorola Solutions is offering a $50,000 reward for any tip that leads to the apprehension of the suspects.

Filenko said the three suspects accused of killing Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz are believed to still be in the area, about 60 miles north of Chicago, and authorities say they've made "significant progress" in their search.

"Obviously we have a lot of transportation means in this area — trains, cars, buses — we’re still working off the fact that we’re presuming there’s a good probability that they are still somewhere in the area," Filenko said. "Now whether they're in Fox Lake or any of the surrounding border communities that remains to be seen."

Filenko confirmed the officer’s gun was recovered, but he didn't say if it was retrieved at the scene, or used in the shooting.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

Officials expect lab results on evidence gathered at the crime scene to be released as early as Friday morning.

More than 100 officers were canvassing the Fox Lake area Thursday, revisiting areas and searching new territories.

The updates came after a "disappointing" night for authorities, when more than 100 officers spent about five hours searching an area following a tip that was determined to be fake.

"[Wednesday] night was an unfortunate incident," Filenko said. "It tied up a number of resources, including my detectives."

Covelli said the response shows the Fox Lake community that officers are working to keep them safe. 

"It really shows that we are here and we are active in this community," he said. "We are active to keep the residents in this community safe... Things will never be quite normal here in Fox Lake with the death of Lt. Gliniewicz."

Residents, family members and officers from Fox Lake and surrounding communities gathered Wednesday night for an emotional vigil to honor Gliniewicz, a 30-year veteran of the police force affectionately called "G.I. Joe." A funeral has been scheduled for Monday in Antioch, Illinois. 



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<![CDATA[Vigil for Young Siblings Hit and Killed by Car]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011827911_1200x675_519353923623.jpg A community will come together Friday at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Playground on Retreat Road in Burlington County for a prayer vigil for two young brothers who died after being hit by a car on Buddtown Road. The siblings were hit while walking home from the park with their family.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Officer Ali]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:38:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011827902_1200x675_519350339808.jpg Family and friends will gather to pay their respects at a viewing and funeral for fallen Philadelphia police officer Rafael Ali Friday evening in the Ogontz section of the city. Ali died last month while off-duty when he crashed his car into a tree in Roxborough.]]> <![CDATA[Crime Fighting Walk Takes Walkers to Scenes of Unsolved Shootings]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011827715_1200x675_519348291713.jpg Philadelphia District Attorney met with dozens of neighbors for a summer community walk through Overbrook that led walkers from scenes of unsolved shootings to support crime fighting efforts.]]> <![CDATA[Parents Face Sentencing for Starving 3-Year-Old Daughter to Death]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:30:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011827695_1200x675_519345219637.jpg Parents Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez will be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to starving their three-year-old daughter to death in 2013. The daughter had been born with a dirorder that left her paritally blind and unable to walk and Ramirez also pleaded guilty to using disability checks for partying and casino trips.]]> <![CDATA[Tebow Fights for QB Spot]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Tebow3.JPG Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley got off the bus and were ready for their final test to find out who will get the spot as the third string quarterback. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal reports on how fans felt about how the two players performed during the game against the Jets.

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