<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 23 Jan 2017 22:13:22 -0500Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:13:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nor'easter Brings Damaging Winds, Flooding, Outages and Rain]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:36:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Powerful-Wind-Generic.jpg

A Nor'easter slammed the Philadelphia region Monday with damaging winds, coastal flooding and heavy rain that caused thousands of customers to be left in the dark.

The worst of the storm came later Monday with sleet in the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, upper Bucks, northern Chester and upper Montgomery County despite temps not going below freezing. The coast also saw moderate flooding throughout the day that could continue at high tide Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday morning.

Heavier pockets of rain developed in the afternoon and continued in periods -- area downbursts -- into the night. The rain became more widespread late Monday.

A High Wind Warning was in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for all of South Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia and the immediate Philadelphia suburbs. A Wind Advisory was also in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for much of the rest of the Philadelphia region.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph blew down trees and power lines causing power outages. The higher gusts hit late morning into the afternoon.

The strong gusts brought down a sign at a Hunting Park car lot which struck and killed a man, knocked down a traffic light in Atlantic City and were blamed for bringing down part of a Philadelphia mural. At least two people also suffered minor injuries after a tree fell on top of a car on Pomona Road and Duerer Street in Galloway Township.

By late morning, there were some outages around the area with around 1,000 in AC Electric's coverage area. More than 10,000 PECO customers had lost power around 1 p.m. with many in the Philadelphia suburbs. By 5:30 p.m. much of the power was restored to customers across the region.

Along with the wind, moderate rain impacted the p.m. commute and the heaviest batches hit early Monday evening.

The high tide also led to coastal flooding in parts of the area. A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect until Tuesday morning for coastal areas in Delaware and New Jersey and there was moderate flooding in South Jersey, including Atlantic City. Water already crashed onto roadways Monday morning. Fortunately no injuries or major damage have been reported.

The rough water caused the cancellation of the Cape-May Lewes Ferry all day Monday.

Scattered rain will continue late Monday into the overnight hours before the system moves out Tuesday morning.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team for the latest details.

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<![CDATA[Philly Finds Racism, Discrimination Rampant in Gayborhood ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:19:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/145063403.jpg

Mayor Jim Kenney pledged to take action against discrimination in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood during a news conference Monday morning.

City leaders unveiled a new report issued by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations detailing instances of discrimination in the historically gay neighborhood. This followed an October public hearing, which invited members of the LGBTQ community to share their experiences and concerns regarding racial tensions in an area often associated with inclusion and diversity.

But the facade of peaceful coexistence did not always extend to community members of color, many of who complained for decades about racial bias and discriminatory practices while frequenting bars, restaurants and even social service organizations in the Gayborhood.

“It’s an urban myth that people from a marginalized community don’t oppress each other,” said Ernest Owens, a gay activist and editor of G Philly. “Now, our concerns are validated.”

Among the report’s finding was evidence that “LGBTQ people of color, women and transgender people often feel unwelcome and unsafe in Gayborhood spaces.”

The report cites business practices that “substantiate the numerous reports of racism and discrimination” in the neighborhood.

Owens, a black 25-year-old who relocated to Philadelphia from Houston, has experienced some of these problems firsthand.

“I’ve had to get patted down, up and down, all around while I can see other people in front of me get in with no problem,” he said. “That kind of discrimination is very inhumane and derogatory. I really felt less than.”

While the report issued Monday did not provide statistics, the authors did find that discriminatory practices have been common for at least three decades. Most frequently, black patrons were turned away for not complying with dress codes and forced to present several forms of identification, according to the report.

The commission’s October hearing attracted close to 400 participants. Among those attendees were the owners of 11 bars that had been subpoenaed by the commission and several directors of nonprofit organizations that service the neighborhood.

The commission combined data offered by these businesses and found that employment policies, dress codes and other practices worked to create an unsafe and unwelcoming environment for people of color and transgender community members. As a result of their findings, the commission issued a series of recommendations that include mandatory training for business owners and nonprofits working in the neighborhood.

“Racism in the LGBTQ community is a real issue. It’s a real issue in our entire society, not only just in the LGBTQ area or in the Gayborhood,” Kenney said.

“We need to do more to address it here in Philadelphia. We will do whatever else we need to do to see that the recommendations are adopted. And that possibly could include eliminating organizations who won’t change their ways by limiting our participation in their work financially.”

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<![CDATA[Sign Blown by Wind Strikes, Kills Man in Hunting Park ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:12:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sign-Blown-by-Wind-Kills-Man.jpg

A man was struck and killed by a sign that was blown off a wall by the wind Monday afternoon in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, according to police.

The 59-year-old man was at an auto repair shop on the 4300 block of Old York Road at 12:56 p.m. when a company sign fell on top of him and pinned him to a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:04 p.m.

Police have not yet released the man’s identity. An autopsy will be performed on him Tuesday. 

A nor'easter with powerful winds slammed the area Monday, causing damage across the region. A High Wind Warning with wind gusts up to 60 mph was in effect for Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware at the time of the man's death.

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<![CDATA[Pizza Deliveryman Shoots at Teen Robbers in Philly: Police]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:05:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Yocum-Street-Deliveryman-Shooting.jpg

A pizza deliveryman is recovering after he shot at two armed teens who tried to rob him, police say.

The 36-year-old man was on 54th and Yocum streets in Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. Monday when he was approached by two teens, police said. At least one of the teens opened fire. Police say the deliveryman, who was also armed, fired back. The deliveryman was shot once in the left arm and once in the left side. The teens fled the scene. Investigators have not yet revealed whether the suspects were struck in the shooting.

The deliveryman drove himself to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently in stable condition. No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[Officer Shoots, Kills Armed Man in Wilmington: Police]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:13:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilmington-Police-Involved-Shooting.jpg

A Wilmington Police officer shot and killed an armed man, according to officials.

Police were called to a home on the 1700 block of W. 13th Street in Wilmington, Delaware Monday around 6 p.m. for a report of a distraught male possibly armed with a gun. When they arrived they found the man who police say was holding a handgun.

Investigators say one of the officers opened fire and shot the man. They have not yet revealed whether the unidentified man aimed his weapon at the officers prior to the shooting.

The man died from his injuries. Wilmington Police and the State of Delaware Department of Justice are investigating the incident.

<![CDATA[Philly Mural Crushes Cars]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:24:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Hahnemann+Mural+Cars+Crushed+Collapse1.JPG

Part of a 12,500-square-foot mural collapsed onto two cars in a Philadelphia parking lot as rain and wind hit the region Monday morning.

The chunk of the "Independence Starts Here" mural -- part of Philadelphia Mural Arts program -- collapsed onto cars parked at the Hahnemann University Hospital Feinstein Lot at Broad and Race streets.

Some sections of the seven-story-tall mural that faces Race Street could be seen flapping in the wind around 10:30 a.m. A short time later, crews could be seen ripping the dangling pieces off the wall.

No one was hurt.

Hahnemann blamed "strong winds affecting the region" for helping bring down the mural, which is affixed to the building.

"The parking lot and sidewalk adjacent to the hospital have been closed to protect pedestrians while we assess and clean the damage," said the hospital.

Artist Donald Gensler installed the mural – featuring various people with disabilities -- on the side of the Hahnemann University Hospital building from 2006 to 2008, according to the artist’s website.

In a prepared statement, the Mural Arts program expressed its gratitude that no one was hurt and also explained how this failure of a "parachute cloth" mural is a first:

"Mural Arts Philadelphia learned today about the damage to our 'Independence Starts Here' mural at Broad and Race and immediately sent our crew to assess the damage and aid in any needed immediate work. We are extremely grateful that nobody was hurt. Mural Arts is working with Hahnemann University Hospital to assess the damage and figure out next steps.

"Mural Arts Philadelphia has created over 4,000 murals in the last 30-plus years, over half of which were created using woven panels known as 'parachute cloth.' Of the over 2,000 murals created by Mural Arts using this method, this is the first time that pieces have ever fallen off the wall to which it was adhered. The first mural using parachute cloth was created in Philadelphia in 1989.

"Mural Arts Philadelphia dedicated Independence Starts Here by artist Donald Gensler in October 2008 after three years of creating the project. Also known as the Disabilities Awareness Mural, it is on Hahnemann Hospital, Broad and Race Streets. The project was created in collaboration with the Mayor's Office on People with Disabilities, ArtReach, Kardon Institute and others, the mural is 12,500 square feet and celebrates the disabilities community. The mural was painted in part with the help of people with disabilities, features disabled Philadelphians in a monumental representation of this strong and diverse community.

"Once the mural and wall are stabilized, Mural Arts will work with Hahnemann to figure out next steps for repairing the mural or assessing other options."

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<![CDATA[Police ID Homeless Man Accused of Punching Transgender Woman]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:11:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Daejon-Workman.jpg

Philadelphia Police have arrested a homeless man accused of attacking a transgender woman while yelling anti-gay slurs in an assault captured on Facebook Live.

Daejon Workman, 25, was arrested Sunday and charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Ryannah Quigley, 23, of Seattle, Washington, told NBC10 she was attending the Creating Change conference in Philadelphia. Quigley said she was walking along the 1300 block of Filbert Street in Center City at 4:40 p.m. Friday with two of her friends when a man, who police later identified as Workman, began staring at her. Quigley said she greeted Workman but he continued to stare at her.

"I said, 'Is there a reason why you're staring at me up and down?' And he stopped and turned and looked and he said, 'Whatever bro.' So that's when I said, 'Please don't call me bro,'" Quigley said.

Quigley said Workman then started shouting at her and yelling anti-gay slurs.

"He just kept telling me, 'You're a f-----,' and 'You're going to hell.' Then he kept saying, 'You'll never be a real woman,'" Quigley said.

Quigley told NBC10 she then took out her phone and began recording the encounter on Facebook Live. That’s when she says Workman threw a bag of food at her and then punched her in the face before running away.

Quigley reported the incident to Philadelphia Police. On Sunday morning, officers saw Workman standing in the Frankford Terminal, wearing the same clothes he wore during the attack, investigators said. He was then arrested.

Quigley said she suffered cuts and a bruise but is doing okay. She told NBC10 she’s been the victim of violence before. She was attacked by a group of people a few years ago.

"Often times we are not believed," Quigley said. "We are often looked at as the problem. Because as trans women people assume that, 'Oh, you must have been hitting on him.'"

Quigley's friend Keyonna Fowler witnessed the incident and said the suspect's comments were "horrible."

"Just because a trans woman speaks to you does not mean that she wants you," Fowler said.

Quigley said the video of the attack was later taken down by Facebook administrators who claimed it violated their terms of service. Quigley also claimed she was blocked from accessing her Facebook account. Her friends and supporters have posted updates on her recovery to her page for her.

"Transgender individuals, they are people," Quigley said. "They are living and they will continue to be here."

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<![CDATA[How Will Dismantling the ACA Impact Your Healthcare?]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:13:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/get+covered+america+obamacare+plazo+2016.jpg One of President Trump’s top priorities is to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. How will this impact your healthcare? NBC10’s Lauren Mayk found out.

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<![CDATA[GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan Would Grant States More Power]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:05:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg

Republican senators introduced a partial replacement to the Affordable Care Act on Monday that would let states keep some aspects of the Obamacare law while eliminating the mandate requiring citizens to carry health insurance.

The measure is being billed as an "Obamacare replacement plan" aimed at empowering states and broadening health insurance access, NBC News reported.

The move comes days after President Donald Trump's issuance of an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" any ACA requirement that would impose a fiscal burden.

For now, however, the executive order that Trump signed Friday night has changed very little.

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<![CDATA[Service Delays for Amtrak, NJ Transit, SEPTA ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:21:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Service-Problems-Lead.jpg

Monday's nor'easter caused service disruptions for Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ Transit.

Amtrak temporarily suspended service for their Northeast Regional and Acela Express trains traveling in New Jersey due to downed commercial power lines in an area east of Linden, New Jersey. They later restored all service after crews cleared the tracks.

SEPTA suspended its regional rail service on the Warminster Line between Warminster and Glenside due to a downed tree. Service was restored around 6 p.m.

NJ Transit Rail service is also suspended between Philadelphia's 30th Street  and Cherry Hill stations due to the Delair Railroad Bridge being stuck in the open position.

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<![CDATA[How Some People Cheat Philly Marathon]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:30:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Philadelphia-Marathon.jpg

Not all is what it seems when it comes to impressive marathon times.

A Today Show report about marathon cheating focuses on how about one dozen people tried to cheat the Philadelphia Marathon course last year as well as other 26.2-mile races in part to earn a coveted Boston Marathon Qualifying time.

NBC News' Stephanie Gosk spoke to Derek Murphy, an Ohio man who analyzes marathon finishing times using an algorithm and posts irregularities on his Marathon Investigation blog.

"I think most people aren't aware of how much cheating goes on in marathons," Murphy said.

The two major ways that people cheat is by cutting part of the course of swapping bibs – which contain a tracking chip – to register a faster time.

Per the NBC News report:

When he crunched the numbers for the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon — one of the biggest in the nation — he quickly found 12 entrants who apparently had qualified for Boston by taking a shortcut.

They had missed timing mats and their splits — the amount of time it took for them to run certain sections of the race — didn't make any sense. In one case, a runner would have needed to make world record time in the final miles for his splits to add up.

Philadelphia race organizers spotted those inconsistencies, too, and quietly disqualified the fishy finishers. But Murphy also found some suspects the officials didn't catch: a couple he believed cheated together, with the husband running with the wife's chip to get her a faster time.

He dug into their history and found more races with peculiar results. In some, timing mats showed the husband and wife with identical splits, suggesting they ran side by side the whole way. But photos told another story: He crossed the finish line alone and she was caught on camera miles behind.

After Murphy confronted them, the couple came clean, admitting they cheated in at least five races across the country, including several marathons. She would peel the chip off her bib and give it to him, and he would carry it across that last timing mat.

The wife said she ran the full distance at each event, just slower than her husband — but their ruse allowed her to collect those coveted Boston qualifying times and, in one case, a trophy.

"I realized it made her happy," the husband told NBC News, which agreed not to publish their names. "And fortunately or unfortunately, putting a chip on another bib is a very simple process."

The wife said she had convinced herself it wasn't cheating because she pounded every inch of the course, had once been able to run as fast as her husband, and never collected any prize money.

Philadelphia Marathon officials didn’t immediately return NBC10’s calls for comment.

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<![CDATA[Fierce Winds Pound Jersey Shore, Cause Damage]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018969947_1200x675_860755011726.jpg NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau reporter Ted Greenberg battles the strong winds as he reports on damage caused by Monday's nor'easter.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Slashes Trump Sign Because it 'Ruined Her Chill']]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:11:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elizabeth+McSurdy.jpg

A woman who was arrested Friday for slashing a Trump sign on Big Pine Key told deputies she did it because the sign "ruined her chill," authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies responded to R & T Vinyl Signs at 5 p.m. on Friday, where the owners of the business told them a woman had slashed their vinyl "Trump" sign. The owners said she also threatened them while holding a knife in her hand. One of the men was able to take a picture of her vehicle as she was leaving.

The woman was later pulled over and identified as 30-year-old Elizabeth McSurdy of Oakland, California, officials said.

Officials say initially McSurdy denied slashing the signs and threatening the men, but after she was confronted with the photo and the victim identified her as the suspect, she admitted to doing the damage to the sign.

McSurdy allegedly denied threatening the men but admitted to holding the knife during the confrontation.

She's been charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault and she was booked into jail. 

Jail records and attorney information weren't immediately available Monday. 

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<![CDATA[WHO on 'High-Alert' Over New Outbreaks of Bird Flu]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:31:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/influenza1.jpg

The World Health Organization is urging all countries to monitor avian influenza and to report any human cases that could indicate the beginning of a flu pandemic, Reuters reported.

About 40 countries have reported new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and wild birds since November, according to WHO. Several strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia, resulting in large-scale poultry slaughters and some human deaths in China.

Due to the rapid pace and expansive nature of these outbreaks, WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said the organization is on "high alert."

The WHO’s 194 member states are required to detect and report human cases promptly, Chan added: "We cannot afford to miss the early signals."

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<![CDATA[Gingrich Says Madonna Should Be Jailed for Rally Comments ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:14:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/madonnanewt.jpg

Lock her up — the Material Girl, that is. 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich resurrected a familiar refrain from the campaign trail Monday when discussing comments made by singer Madonna at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. 

Madonna, who both spoke and performed at the event, came under fire for telling a crowd she had "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."

She followed that up by saying, "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair." Instead, Madonna called for a "revolution of love."

Gingrich, interviewed on Fox News about the singer's comments, compared her to violent protesters who demonstrated during Donald Trump's inauguration. More than 200 people were arrested in the window-smashing unrest during Inauguration Day; the Women's March on Washington yielded zero arrests.

"She is parallel to the young fascist who ran around town breaking windows, all of whom should be given a maximum sentence," Gingrich said. "I had friends who couldn't leave their hotel because the demonstrators had broken through the police line and were bottling up the people in the hotel. I had other friends who were hassled trying to get to the inaugural address. What you have is an emerging left wing fascism. She's part of it and I think we have to prepare to protect ourselves."

Gingrich added, "The truth is, she ought to be arrested for saying she has thought about blowing up the White House."

Madonna took to Instagram Sunday saying her comments had been taken out of context.

"I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context," she wrote. "I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything."

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<![CDATA[Sprint Purchases 33 Percent of Jay Z's Tidal]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:00:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jay-z4.jpg

Sprint is purchasing 33 percent of Jay Z's entertainment streaming service, Tidal.

The new partnership, announced on Monday morning, will provide Sprint's 45 million customers with "unlimited access" to Tidal's exclusive content.

"Sprint shares our view of revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans and reach their fullest, shared potential," Jay Z said in a statement. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure "understood our goal right away and together we are excited to bring Sprint's 45 million customers an unmatched entertainment experience."

Claure will join Tidal's board of directors as part of the deal. Those who have a preexisting subscription to the streaming company will not experience a change in service.

Tidal was created by Jay Z in 2014. It has been branded as an artist-owned operation, with other founders including musicians Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Chris Martin, Jack White, Kanye West, Madonna and Rihanna. It is currently operating in 52 countries with more than 42.5 million songs cataloged.

"Jay saw not only a business need, but a cultural one, and put his heart and grit into building Tidal into a world-class music streaming platform that is unrivaled in quality and content," Claure said in a statement. "The passion and dedication that these artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can."

The partnership includes a "dedicated marketing fund specifically for artists," which will "allow artists the flexibility to create and share their work with and for their fans."

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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<![CDATA[Strong Winds, Rain Pick Up in KOP]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:19:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018969980_1200x675_860763715624.jpg NBC10 reporter Pamela Osborne gives updates on road conditions as strong winds pick up along Route 202 in King of Prussia.]]> <![CDATA[1 Year Later: Braving the Blizzard of 2016]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:31:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/phi-AP_942832383414.jpg

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<![CDATA[NJ Boy, 16, Holding Metal Ladder Hits Wires, Dies]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:05:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-fire-lights-generic.jpg

A teenager died after the ladder was holding came in connect with live electrical wires over the weekend.

The 16-year-old accidentally electrocuted himself when the aluminum extension ladder he was working with at a home along Seagull Drive in the Farmington section of Egg Harbor Township Saturday morning came in contact with power lines, said township police.

Medics rushed the boy to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus in Galloway Township where he later died, said police.

Investigators didn’t immediately identify the boy. They called the incident an accident.

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<![CDATA['Boy Meets World' House Gets Price Cut]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg Feeling nostalgic? The price of a Los Angeles house featured in the beloved 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has been reduced to $1.29 million.

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<![CDATA[Rare 'Hole Punch' Clouds Captivate SoCal Residents]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:21:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/6600d43b-a6c5-4b4b-a966-1773d69c1a8f.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pope's Warning: Rising Populism Could Produce New Hitler]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pope+francis+GettyImages-457244520.png

Pope Francis has expressed concern over the growing populist movement in Europe, saying it could result in the rise of leaders like Germany's Adolf Hitler, NBC News reported.

"In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me," the pope said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. "Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people."

Angry with traditional political elites, voters across Europe are throwing support towards nationalist, anti-immigrant leaders.

The pontiff, who sent President Donald Trump his best wishes Friday, also told El Pais that he is reserving judgment on Trump: "We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion."

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather 'Most Accurate' in Philly Area]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:34:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBc10+Weather+First+Alert+Weather+Team+Glenn+Schwartz+Krystal+Klei+Erika+Martin+Bill+Henleey.jpg

Looking for the most accurate weather forecast in the Philadelphia region? Look no further than the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team.

WeatherRate, an independent, nonpartisan, weather verification company, named NBC10’s First Alert Weather Team the most accurate forecaster of Philadelphia-area weather conditions including high and low temperatures, sky cover, precipitation, snow accumulation, wind and fog.

WeatherRate did a station-by-station comparison over 52 weeks before declaring NBC10’s First Alert Weather forecast the best.

“We understand the importance of an accurate forecast to help our viewers and digital followers plan their day,” said NBC10 chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. “We refuse to just rely on computer-generated forecasts. Our First Alert Neighborhood Weather involves updating 60 different forecasts every day and using exclusive technology to accurately predict weather conditions on-air, online, and on our mobile app.”

Meteorologists Bill Henley, Erika Martin and Krystal Klei round out the First Alert Weather Team, bringing 80 years of combined forecasting experience to NBC10. Among the many tools the team uses to provide the most accurate forecast is StormRanger10, the only X-Band, dual polarized, mobile Doppler radar in the region.

“Forecasting weather in the Philadelphia market is not easy,” said meteorologist Bruce Fixman, president of WeatheRate. “A storm track just a few miles one way or the other can make a huge difference, especially during a coastal storm event. We’ve been watching Glenn, Bill, Erika, and Krystal earn our accuracy seal of approval more than other stations in southeast Pennsylvania since we started tracking forecasts 13 years ago.”

For the best forecast in greater Philadelphia, South Jersey, Delaware and the Lehigh Valley, viewers can watch the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on NBC10, follow them on Facebook and get the latest forecast on the NBC10 News App.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: How Women Upstaged President Trump]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dc-womens-march.jpg

For President Trump, the inauguration should have been his Super Bowl – the kind of spectacle everybody talks about at work all day Monday and beyond.

But for once Trump, the self-styled showman who upended media and politics to become chief executive, got upstaged. The Women's March on Saturday, a day after the inauguration, gave the world a far bigger and better show. 

The event packed all the elements of a yuge spectacular: epic scale (a cast of hundreds of thousands spread across the globe); family drama (emotional moments shared by multiple generations); humor (creative signs and chants, the cleverest of which can't be repeated here); colorful costumes (most prominently those pink hats); celebrities (Scarlett Johansson, among many others); songs (Alicia Keys sang “Girl on Fire”); and high stakes (the future of women's rights).

It marked a defiant, raucous and joyful display of force by masses angry about Trump's taped vulgar comments declaring his carte blanche to accost women and fearful of life under his leadership.

As comedian Aziz Ansari put it on "Saturday Night Live," a program Trump went from hosting to regularly decrying: “Yesterday, Trump was inaugurated. Today, an entire gender protested against him. Wow."

The New York Times reported three times as many people participated in the main march in Washington than attended Trump's inauguration. The rookie president, though, wasn't only behind in the in-person audience category. In another sense, the marchers, all performers of a sort for the day, outnumbered him on the world stage.

That seemed to unnerve the now officially powerful Trump, who vastly exaggerated inauguration attendance Saturday and scapegoated journalists for using photographic evidence to show Obama attracted a far larger crowd to the National Mall eight years ago. Meanwhile, Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, made the demonstrably erroneous claim that his boss commanded the "largest audience ever to witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe."

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that his inauguration ratings were bigger than President Obama’s 2013 numbers (true, though Trump’s viewership tally landed well below that of Obama’s history-making 2009 festivities). The new president said he watched march coverage and suggested something that he could not possibly know: that the protesters hadn’t cast ballots: “Why didn't these people vote?”

He later posted a tweet that most would recognize as presidential: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

Still, the overall tone Trump set in his first weekend as star of the biggest reality show of them all echoed his attention-at-all-costs campaigning style.

The point of Trump's sore-winner act remains unclear. The inauguration, despite a lack of major performers (Toby Keith, Sam Moore and the Rockettes were among the bigger names), offered some memorable moments.

The limited dancing prowess Trump exhibited while shuffling to "My Way" with his wife, Melania, actually helped humanize him. The stylish new first lady showed signs of becoming a fashion leader (unlike his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, whose Paddington Bear-like outfit inspired mocking memes).

Some folks, on both sides of the political aisle, likely found something comforting and elegant in the pageantry and tradition surrounding the peaceful transfer of power, even amid Trump's speech, with its jarring "American carnage" declaration.

His strong words, like his attempts to steal back the show from the marchers (and just perhaps deflect attention from the major challenges facing his administration), defy presidential precedent.

But it's not unprecedented behavior for Trump.

After Arnold Schwarzenegger debuted Jan. 2 as the new ringmaster of "Celebrity Apprentice," then-President-elect Trump taunted his successor via Twitter.

"Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT," read the tweet, written in the third-person with Trump referring to himself by his initials.

This weekend, President Donald J. Trump got swamped, if not in the ratings, then in the race for notice that appears to drive him. The throngs from around the world who marched grabbed the spotlight and beat him at his own game.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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In the days following international demonstrations for women's rights, Russia is looking to advance legislation that would decriminalize domestic violence, NBC News reported.

The bill would remove criminal liability for assaults against family members, assaults that are first-time offenses and assaults that caused no hospitalizations and excluded rape. Instead of jail sentences, assaults would result in fines.

Earlier this month, Russian lawmakers gave almost unanimous approval for the legislation. The second reading is set for Jan. 25.

President Vladimir Putin has also voiced support for the decriminalization of domestic violence. In December, Putin told a journalist that punishment "should not go overboard" for some assault.

An online petition against the legislation has garnered more than 180,000 signatures, but there have not been any significant protests in Russia against the bill so far.

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