<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 03:56:19 -0500 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 03:56:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Body Art Abound! Tattoo Convention Takes Over Pa. Convention Center]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013972162_1200x675_622297667513.jpg Tattoo artists will leave their marks on scores of people this weekend looking to get a little ink on their bodies. NBC10's Keith Jones hears from folks going under the needle about why they love their tattoos.]]> <![CDATA[Be Prepared: Frigid Campout for Local Boy Scouts]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:40:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cold+Boy+Scouts+Campout.jpg Hundreds of boy scouts are spending the night in tents near Valley Forge National Historic Park as part of a hundred year old annual campout. They're not letting the dangerous cold phase them. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

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<![CDATA[A Goodwill Love Story: Staffer Joining Dress Shopping Frenzy]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Goodwill+Love+Story+Photo.jpeg

This Valentine’s Day weekend love will certainly be in the air for one Goodwill employee shopping for her dream gown at the eighth annual “Running of the Brides” event at Goodwill in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Yahaira Valentin, store manager of Goodwill in Bellmawr, New Jersey and her fiancé Francisco Santos, transportation manager for Goodwill, are being called the “Goodwill Couple of the Year.” The couple met on the job, and once they were both single, their love began to blossom.
When Santos proposed, he had one of his guys drive a truck to the Bellmawr store and the employees told Valentin that a shipment of really valuable goods came in and she needed to hurry back to the loading dock.

When she arrived, Santos surprised her by jumping off the truck and proposing. The store caught the whole thing on their security footage and gave it to the couple as a keepsake. Yahaira says she plans to arrive at the store at 6 a.m. Saturday to find the wedding dress of her dreams.

Valentin won’t the only one.

The store will open at its usual time, 9 a.m., but Juli Lundberg, Public Relations Manager at Goodwill, says “It’s craziest in the morning; there are people there at 6 a.m.”

The store has developed a ticketing system to manage the hundreds of customers that come to the event every year. As shoppers arrive, they are given a numbered ticket and when the doors open, they will be admitted based on that number.

Lundberg explains, “Employees will allow 15-18 brides at a time to maintain crowd control and keep it a nice experience for the women."

“The women literally run through the store to get to the bridal room. All the employees stop working to clap and it’s just an amazing moment," Lundberg said.

The store started the event eight years ago when the recession hit. Many brides didn’t have a lot of money to spend on their weddings and the Goodwill wanted to help brides look gorgeous on a budget.

That year, they only had about 40 gowns. Now, thanks to donations from local bridal salons, 400 gowns grace the store in a dedicated bridal room.

These dresses typically retail between $900 and $2500, but the Goodwill offers these brand-new gowns for between $99 and $300 and gently used gowns starting at just $39.

Gowns aren’t the only thing for sale on Saturday — the store also has jewelry, bridal veils, bridesmaid dresses, and mother of the bride dresses available.

Brides come from all over to attend the event — they have had people from New York City, Long Island, and Washington D.C. Just Friday, someone called the store and said “I’m not going to say where I’m calling from, but it’s really far away. Do you think it’s worth me making the trek?”

Brides are able to find extraordinary dresses for an amazing price, but they aren’t the only people benefiting from this event.

“This is like a fundraiser for us, the money we make allows us to offer job training and career services to our employees, so the event is really an all-around grand slam for everyone” Lundberg asserts.

Tips for Shoppers:

  • If you want the best selection, come early. If you want a calmer shopping experience, come in the afternoon.
  • Wear proper undergarments so you can see how they dress will actually fit.
  • Travel light, these gowns weigh a lot. You don’t want to lug a heavy purse around with you.
  • Bring your mom or your friends so they can give you a second opinion.
  • Come with an open mind — if you find something that’s too big, a seamstress can make alterations so it fits perfectly



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<![CDATA[Ohio Machete Attacker Watched by FBI 4 Years Ago]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OhioMacheteAttack-AP_297086039208.jpg

The Ohio man who attacked four restaurant patrons with a machete and was later killed by police was under the attention of the FBI, NBC News reported.

Agents watched Mohamed Barry four years ago for making radical comments, but moved on, officials said. They did not elaborate on the nature of the radical comments.

Barry, 30, attacked patrons at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus on Thursday. He was shot and killed by police after a chase following the rampage.

The survivors of the attack were identified as William Foley, 54, Neil McMeekin, 43, Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43.

Police are still unclear as to what motivated the attack.



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<![CDATA[Albright Didn't Mean to Condemn Women Supporting Sanders]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:01:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Madeleine+Albright+Sanders.png

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Friday that she regretted the way her support for Hillary Clinton was perceived, NBC News reported.

"I have spent much of my career as a diplomat. It is an occupation in which words and context matter a great deal. So one might assume I know better than to tell a large number of women to go to hell," Albright said in an op-ed published in the New York Times, in which she renewed her call to women to support each other.

Albright said earlier that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” a line she has used many times in the past.

During the Democratic debate on Thursday, Clinton shrugged off the comment and said she is running on her own experience.  



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Dip for Polar Bear Plungers]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:06:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Polar-Bear-Plunge.jpg Saturday afternoon, there will be a lot of adventurous people in Sea Isle City plunging into the ocean to raise money for the Polar Bear Plunge. But it will be dangerously cold. NBC10’s Ted Greenberg reports on the preps underway to keep people safe.

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<![CDATA[Valentine's Weekend Vows at City Hall]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:47:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013969324_1200x675_622043203973.jpg Many couples tied the knot at City Hall Friday for the annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Extravaganza, where about 50 couples exchanged their vows in front of several judges.]]> <![CDATA[Schuylkill River "Trail Watch" Aims to Ease Crime Fears]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:54:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+River+Trail+Winter_18380608.jpg Philadelphia officials are trying to find volunteers to train to canvas the Schuylkill River Trail in groups and keep an eye out for crime, after the recent outbreaks of crimes on the trails. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors reports with how Philadelphia officials are hoping a “Trail Watch” will calm people’s fears.]]> <![CDATA[Man Helps Solve Own Disappearance]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/160212-edgar-latulip-larger-yh-1022a_828608684cca8b71cca091f66e86fbef.nbcnews-ux-600-700.jpg

A man missing nearly 30 years has been found alive, living just 80 miles away from where he disappeared. He had reportedly been suffering major memory loss due to a head injury.

Edgar Latulip vanished in September 1986 from a group home in Kitchener, Ontario. He was 21. According to local news reports at the time, Latulip, who had developmental delays, was being treated after attempting suicide.  

In January of this year, Latulip told a social worker in St. Catherines, Ontario, that he had a flashback and remembered his name.



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<![CDATA[PSPCA Warns of Officer Impersonators]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:48:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PSPCA+Officer+Cold+Weather+Uniform.jpg

A group impersonating animal control officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) seems to be committing acts more and more frequently and they're warning animal owners to be vigilant in checking credentials, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

Gillian Kocher from the PSPCA says that in the last month, there have been at least five cases of dogs being stolen or attempted to be stolen.

Real PSPCA officers will be in uniform and have both a badge and an ID card from the state, Kocher says. Officers would only be in plainclothes if they were undercover, but that is rare.

A Northeast Philadelphia woman complained to NBC10 in January that a group of animal activists came to her home and pretended to be animal control officers.

They claimed her Rottweiler was being abused after seeing a photo circulate on social media. The PSPCA had already determined the dog was being cared for properly, officials said.

The 8-year-old dog wound up in New York state before the PSPCA stepped in and returned the canine to his owner.

The group members denied saying they were with animal control.

Kocher says if there are ever any concerns over whether or not an officer is really with the PSPCA, people can call the cruelty hotline at 866-601-SPCA.



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<![CDATA['Siberian Express' for Valentine's Weekend]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/frozen+flower.jpg

IF YOU THINK IT'S COLD NOW ...

The temperature only reached 26 degrees this afternoon, which is 17 degrees below "normal". And that’s just the appetizer. The main course comes over the weekend, when we will add even colder air AND much stronger winds. The combination will push wind chill readings down to levels rarely seen around here in the past 30+ years.

The lowest temperatures and wind chills are expected Saturday night into early Sunday. Predictions for Sunday morning lows and wind chills:

Location Temperature Wind Chill
PHILADELPHIA 2 degrees -17 degrees
ALLENTOWN -1 degrees -20 degrees
READING 0 degrees -20 degrees
ATLANTIC CITY 5 degrees -15 degrees
WILMINGTON 1 degree -18 degrees
TRENTON 0 degrees -18 degrees
MT. POCONO -9 degrees -32 degrees


As cold as this is, it will be even worse in New England. Look at the low temperatures (not wind chills!). Temperatures as low as -20 and wind chills of -45 in upstate New York. Ouch!!!

THEN COMES THE SNOW

There may be some snow showers early Saturday, thanks to the Great Lakes. Strong winds will push arctic air over the warm, unfrozen waters, which lead to Lake-effect snows. When winds are real strong, some of those snow showers can make it all the way to this area. Sometimes they line up in “streets”, where one place can get heavy snow, while no snow falls only a few miles away.

But more widespread snow will be moving into the area Monday. It’s hard to imagine that it would turn to rain a mere 36 hours after we have near zero degree temperatures. But it will. A storm moving up from the Deep South will bring a lot of moisture here, but also a lot of warm air. That means the storm will change to rain across the entire area.

The first map is for Monday at 7 p.m., and the 2nd one for Tuesday at 7 a.m. The differences in just 12 hours are incredible:

The blue colors are snow-the darker the blue the heavier the snow. So, the storm starts as snow across most of our area Monday, especially in the afternoon. It could be all rain right at the shore. The pink area is sleet, which is possible for a short period Monday night before the change to rain.

The second map shows that the snow has lifted WAAAY north (into New York state!) and west (west of Harrisburg). Most computer models agree with this: it will be raining everywhere in our area for the Tuesday AM rush. That yellow zone is heavy rain. It could be a really wet rush hour.

Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 First Alert Weather



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<![CDATA[NJ 2nd Grader Surprised by Soldier Dad]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB-+Soldier+Surprise+-+14-33-30-04_18380367.jpg

It was a very special surprise for one second grader in South Jersey Friday.

Army Specialist Joseph Adams returned from deployment in South Korea a little early to surprise his son Joseph Jr. at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington.

Students from the school gathered for a special safety assembly, but, instead of Joseph's card having a safety message written on it, his card had a very special message.

It read, "My dad just came home from South Korea and is standing RIGHT BEHIND ME!"

Students gave Joseph clues, then his dad emergend from behind a curtain to complete the surprise.

Specialist Adams' wife Tammy, a former student of the Young School, and their 4-year-old son were also at the school for the special reunion, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Specialist Adams has served in the Army for nearly 9 years and was deployed to Iraq in 2009-10.



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<![CDATA[Bundy Recorded Message to Last Oregon Holdout]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AmmonBundy-AP_724216155937.jpg

Ammon Bundy made a jailhouse recording to convince the last holdout in the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge to surrender Thursday, NBC News reported.

"Please come out of there and let us work this out," Bundy told David Fry in the audio message, which was provided exclusively to NBC News by Bundy's attorney.

The attorney said the FBI played the recording to Fry, who threatened suicide. He was the last of the occupiers taken into custody.

Twenty-five people have been indicted on federal charges for taking over the bird sanctuary.



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<![CDATA[Pa. Ranks 2nd for Elevated Lead Levels in Kids]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:24:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/21216lead.jpg

More children in Pennsylvania had elevated levels of lead in their blood than 19 other states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2014, 1.28 percent of children under the age of 3 tested positive for having an elevated amount of the toxic heavy metal in their blood, HealthGrove, a health information website, reported in an examination Wednesday.

Among the five counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia had the highest percentage at 0.9 percent. Bucks County had the lowest at 0.3 percent. More than 33,000 additional children were tested in Philadelphia, however.

Southeastern Pennsylvania, where the majority of the state's population is centered, had some of the lowest levels across the commonwealth.

Warren County in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Blair County in Central Pennsylvania ranked highest.

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Nationwide, among the 21 states that reported lead levels, New York was highest.

Other states with the highest levels were: Ohio, 0.96 percent; Rhode Island, 0.81 percent, Wisconsin, 0.77 percent; and Connecticut, 0.69 percent.

Also making the list: New Hampshire, 0.67 percent; Indiana, 0.54 percent; Vermont, 0.43 percent; Massachusetts, 0.37 percent and Maryland, 0.3 percents. 

However, not all states report childhood blood-lead levels to the CDC, notes HealthGrove.

Elevated blood levels are defined as equal to or greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter of lead in blood for children. No safe blood-lead level in children has been identified, according to the CDC.

"Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention and academic achievement," the CDC website states. "And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected."

Many cases of lead poisoning are traced to lead-based paint and are not solely the product of contaminated water. 

Elevated lead levels can also be linked to contaminated water, as in Flint, Michigan, which attracted national attention when it was learned that the percentage of children age 5 and younger with elevated blood-lead levels had nearly doubled after the city switched its primary source of water to the Flint River.

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<![CDATA[Congress Approves Permanent Internet Tax Ban]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:51:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/InternetTaxBan-GettyImages-509586236.jpg

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.

The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.

"Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.

The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.

The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.
 



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<![CDATA[Dog Named Mayor of Reno for a Day ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:37:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/everett_DOG.jpg

There are no fat cats in this town.

Reno, Nevada appointed a four-legged mayor of the town on Thursday for the day. Mayor Everett, a Newfoundland- Lab mix, was adopted two years ago from Nevada’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelties to Animals (SPCA). According to the group, Everett’s owners attended their annual charity event, “An Affur to Remember," where they were the highest bidders for the mayoral prize.

Mayor Everett spent the day doing what any good statesman would do; he participated in many photo shoots around town with the escort of a limousine.

After his dutiful dog day, he received a retirement package of a dog bed, a bowl and 60-pounds of dog food from the Executive Director of the animal rights group.

It is unclear whether Everett will seek reelection.



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<![CDATA[Surviving the Valentine's Day Freeze]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:04:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-499941286.jpg

The Northeast is prepared for the most frigid Valentine's Day in over a decade, but don't wind up with a frozen heart! Rick Pennypacker of Penny's Flowers in Glenside gave NBC10 some tips for handling flower deliveries amid the Arctic blast:
 

1. Order for the day before
It's the busiest weekend of the year for florists everywhere, so ordering early will give you the most choices and arrangement options. Order for the day before the cold hits to avoid exposing the flowers to bone-chilling air.

2. Get them inside quick
Most flowers are very climate-sensitive, and while most are shipped in refrigerated containers even the hardier varieties cannot handle freezing conditions. " They can freeze very quickly from the delivery truck to the door," warned Pennypacker. "Get 'em inside and get them in a vase as quick as you can!"

3. Experiment with longer-lasting flowers
For those who might venture beyond the tried-and-true red rose, other longer-lasting blossoms like Gerbera daisies and mini-carnations could provide a nice alternative. Pennypacker also recommended Asiatic and Oriental lilies, which bloom several separate heads on each stem.

4. Flowers need love
To get the most out of your flowers, make sure to keep the vase full of water and prune the stems regularly. Be sure to follow your florist's instructions and use provided "flower food" packets.

5. Tropical flowers are risky

Needless to say, flowers from hot and humid climates like orchids need extra care in the cold. Pennypacker noted that tropical flowers can be extremely delicate, and require extra care even in moderate temperatures. The "Siberian Express" won't mix well with that Paradise flower bouquet!



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<![CDATA[Officers Killed by Gunfire Jumps Compared to Last Year]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:21:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jason+Moszer.jpg

Eight on-duty police officers have already been killed by gunfire this year, including five this week, NBC News reported.

The five were shot in Colorado, Maryland, North Dakota and Georgia. The most recent was Officer Greg Barney, who was shot Thursday at an apartment complex in Riverdale, Georgia. He was serving a “no-knock” warrant, when the suspect ran and opened fire, striking the 25-year veteran.

Only one officer was shot dead between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11 last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A total of 13 officers were killed in this time period last year; most of them traffic-related. That’s compared to 11 officers killed so far in 2016. 



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Threatens 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ted-Cruz-Donald-Trump-GettyImages-505043546.jpg

Donald Trump has long questioned whether Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is eligible to be president. Now, Trump is threatening to sue Cruz over it.

Trump maintains Cruz may not be a natural born citizen, one of a few qualifications to be president     listed in the Constitution. Trump tweeted Friday he has standing to sue Cruz over the issue. 

Cruz has defended himself from the "birther" claim that he's disqualified from the office, including in a presidential debate in January. 

But Trump's latest remark, coming after a week of negative campaigning between the candidates, is the first time he's threatened to take action over it.

"If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen," Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

There was no immediate response on Ted Cruz's Twitter feed, and his campaign did not reply to a message requesting comment.

The president must be a "natural born citizen,"  35 years old and a 14-year resident of the nation, according to Article II of the Constitution. The 25th Amendment establishes the two-term limit.

Cruz was born a U.S. citizen because his mother was an American living in Canada. Some constitutional scholars – and Trump – have questioned whether the circumstances of Cruz's birth meet the "natural born citizen" requirement.

A veteran attorney in Houston, Cruz's hometown, has already challenged the senator's eligibility in a federal court, one of several suits brought against Cruz.

At the Jan. 17 debate, Trump suggested Cruz voluntarily submit the question to the court system, saying "there's a big question mark over your head." Trump said he wouldn't sue, but Democrats surely would if Cruz became the Republican nominee for president.

But Cruz countered that he was born a citizen, and that two Republicans born outside of the country had already run for president, including John McCain.

"I'm happy to consider naming you as vice president," Cruz quipped at the time. "And if you happen to be right you can get the top job at the end of the day." 

Harvard Law professor Einer R. Elhauge wrote in a January op-ed that Cruz is ineligible to run, based on a straight reading of the Constitution, but said a fixed rule should be implemented to clarify.

In an interview Friday, Elhauge said it's unlikely Trump would have standing to sue the Cruz campaign in federal court, because "federal standards are pretty narrow."

"A candidate would have to have a unique injury to them in order to sue," he said.

But the rules for standing in state courts are broader, he said, so "any candidate or voter can challenge" Cruz.

Now that the field of Republican contenders has narrowed to six, each candidate may constitute a threat to the others' vote totals, and therefore a "unique injury," according to Elhauge. Trump would probably need a state election official to speak up for his claim.

Professor Rick Hasen of the University of California at Irvine told NBC News that it would be unlikely that Trump would have standing in a direct case against Cruz, but that he could sue election officials for allowing Cruz on the ballot.

"And certainly if Cruz were excluded from the ballot by a registrar who said Cruz is ineligible, Cruz would have standing to sue over that," Cruz said.

Patrick Smith contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA['I Have Forgiven You': Columbine Survivor to Shooter's Mom]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:23:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ann-marie-hochhalter.jpg

Anne Marie Hochhalter's life was forever altered when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire at Columbine High School in 1999.

She was paralyzed in the shooting and has had a long, difficult road to recovery. But her message now is one of forgiveness.

"I have forgiven you and wish you only the best," Hochhalter wrote in a Facebook post directed to Klebold's mother, Sue, who sent Hochhalter a letter while she was recovering in the hospital.

It comes the day before Sue Klebold's first television interview since the shooting and the release of her new book, "A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy." 

CorrectionAn earlier version of this story misidentified Harris’s first name.



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<![CDATA[Kind Waitress Surprises Boy With Autism]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:48:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Braeden+and+Perry.PNG

One Philadelphia-area mom is thankful for the kindness of a waitress toward her autistic son.

Kathleen Tarzwell and her son, 7-year-old Braeden, went out to brunch earlier this month at Bittersweet Kitchen in Media, Delaware County, Pa. Braeden brought his best friend, a plush platypus named Perry.

Braeden ordered chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for himself, and for Perry. His mom says although Braeden usually has unique responses to people, he has never ordered for Perry before. 

“I’m always entertained by Braeden’s interactions with people,” Kathleen said. “He always has these responses that seem kind of premeditated, but it’s just his way of interacting with people.”

To his mom’s surprise, the waitress serving the family brought a plate out for Perry.

“Braeden was very happy,” Kathleen said.

Kathleen keeps a “short list” of restaurants where she knows Braeden will be comfortable. Bittersweet Kitchen was a relatively new addition to the list, and now might be on the top of the list. 

“Even the smallest acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed,” she said. “He will always remember this.”
 



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<![CDATA[Mom: 'Carbon Monoxide Detector Saved Our Lives Last Night']]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:19:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carbon-monoxide-detector1.jpg

A potentially deadly situation for one family turned into a learning lesson for hundreds of others.

Lauren Geary was at home Sunday night with her husband and two children when their carbon monoxide detector went off. Lauren quickly took her kids out of bed and went outside while her husband opened all the windows in the house.

“It was chilling, knowing what could have happened to us if we stayed in the house for a couple more minutes even,” Lauren said.

Shortly after Lauren called 911, first responders came and discovered the CO was coming from the family’s basement boiler.

If not for the detector, officials told Lauren she and her family would have faced a much more tragic ending.

“It was a crummy situation for us, but it turned into a situation that helped others,” Lauren said.

After the incident, Lauren took to her many social groups to warn everybody how important it is to have a carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

“I just hope that this can bring awareness to other people,” Lauren said. “You hear stories of this stuff, but it’s not often that it’s in your backyard.”

Since sharing her story, Lauren says hundreds of people have reached out to tell her they've gotten a new CO detector or have updated their old ones.

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<![CDATA[Fight Breaks out on High School Bus]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Christiana+High+School.PNG

Two students walked off a school bus, one getting sprayed in the face with a chemical substance, earlier this week after a fight broke out between four students over a thrown piece of candy. 

The fight started when a female student threw a piece of candy that struck another female student. The two females got into a verbal altercation, which prompted two other students to get involved. As the four were arguing, a male student tried to intervene but was punched, according to Delaware State Police.

Three of the students involved in the fight proceeded to assault the victim, police said. 

As the fight was occurring, the bus driver pulled over and called 911. The victim was able to get off the bus, but one of the students from the fight followed and sprayed him in the face with a chemical substance, according to State Police. 

The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Two female students, aged 16-years-old and 17-years-old, and a 17-year-old male student were arrested and charged with 2d degree assault. 

“The Christina School District will continue to cooperate with the Delaware State Police in its investigation,” the school district wrote in a statement. 



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<![CDATA[Assad Vows to Take Control, Warns Will Take Time]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:48:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BasharAssad-GettyImages-509763142.jpg

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports peace talks in his country and will not stop taking control from rebel forces, according to NBC News.

Speaking exclusively to news agency AFP, Assad promised to regain control of his country, and that he “fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis.” But he warned that peace will take “a long time and will incur a heavy price.”

He said he felt there was a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, both backers of the opposition, may decide to bring military forces to Syria.

Marathon discussions in Munich with Russia and a dozen other countries led to calls for a “cessation of hostilities in Syria,” which will start in a week.  



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<![CDATA[Machete-Wielding Man Injures 4 at Ohio Restaurant]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Machete-Wielding+Man.png

Investigators are looking into whether the machete-wielding man who slashed four people in a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant attacked the eatery in the mistaken belief that the owner was Jewish, sources told NBC News on Friday.

The attacker — identified by several law enforcement sources as Mohamed Barry — had asked a worker at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli where owner Hany Baransi was from, investigators said. Baransi is an Arab Christian from Haifa, Israel.  

In a 911 call released by police, the dispatcher makes reference to "a male Muslim in a head scarf and blue shirt." It was not immediately clear if she was referring to the suspect.

Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner told NBC affiliate WCMH the suspect began swinging the machete at customers and employees with "no rhyme or reason" upon entering the restaurant, leading officials to believe this is "just a random attack."

Barry was shot dead by officers after leading police on a five-mile car chase through the city.
 



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<![CDATA[Cheers for CHOP]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:57:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013966400_1200x675_621829187580.jpg The Valley Forge Casino will be hosting an event featuring local celebrities to help raise money for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Emergency Department.]]> <![CDATA[Dancing Love Story]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dancing+Couple+Interview+-+11-20-30-24_18376839.jpg Two Pennsylvania Ballet dancers will be performing in "Don Quixote" at the Academy of Music in March. But, the real love story is the one off the stage.]]> <![CDATA[1 Dead in Boston Police Shooting]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dorchester+shooting+elysia.JPG

One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on Friday morning, authorities said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said a suspect who refused to drop a gun was shot and killed by police at Laredo and Stanwood streets around 10:30 a.m. Evans said it came after two other people were hurt in a shooting inside a house on Devon Street that injured two others.

"All of us were holding our breath, as we do all the time when we hear over police radio - 'Drop the gun, drop the gun, drop the gun,'" Evans said.

According to Evans, the initial call came in at 10:25 a.m. for an individual shot at 107 Devon Street. Boston police responded and spotted two individuals on Laredo Street, one carrying another who appeared to have been shot in the leg.

The first person had a gun and ignored police commands to drop it, at which point police shot and killed him, authorities said.

"The worst decision we ever make is taking a life," Evans said. "But if you're gonna shoot at an officer, unfortunately you're going to leave us no choice."

Authorities have not publicly identified the person killed, but Evans said he was well known to police, having several past firearms offenses. 

"Not too many people didn't know who he was," he said.

Boston EMS said four officers were taken to local hospitals. Evans said they were transported as a precaution due to the stress involved.

Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office are responding to the scene.



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<![CDATA[Kitten Cuddles and Puppy Kisses]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:19:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013962663_1200x675_621780035554.jpg Pet Plan pet insurance is hosting an adoption event in Newtown Square, Delaware County from 10am until noon on Friday. Donations will be accepted and prizes could be won.]]> <![CDATA[Blast at Fire Extinguisher Company]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:06:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fire-Extinguisher-GettyImages-200373116-001.jpg

Two men lost legs in an explosion at a fire extinguisher company in New York's Hudson Valley on Friday morning, state police said.

One man lost both legs and a second lost one leg in the blast on Brookline Avenue in Walkill, just outside the borders of Middletown, shortly after 9:30 a.m., authorities said. 

Both victims were taken to area hospitals by helicopter, according to the police.

Firefighters, medics and police all responded to the scene.

Authorities said the company fills fire extinguishers.

The cause of the blast is under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Icy Blast: 10 Cold Weather Safety Tips]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503474834.jpg

With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.

The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.

The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.

Such low temperatures can also cause unprotected pipes in homes to burst and deadly black ice on roadways.

Though taking preventive action is your best defense against extreme cold-weather conditions, knowing what to do in case of emergency is just as important.

Below are 10 cold weather safety tips to help protect you and your family this winter season:

Dress in Warm Layers: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven — preferably wind resistant — to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.

Know Signs of Hypothermia: Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion are all signs of hypothermia. If your body temperature is below 95 degrees, get medical attention immediately. The CDC advises to warm the center of the body first — chest, neck, head, and groin — using an electric blanket, if available. Or, use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets. Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give a victim of hyporthermia alcoholic beverages, the CDC warns.

Guard From Frostbite: The National Weather service says you should cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Place hands under your armpits and get indoors as quickly as possible. Once indoors, don't walk on a frostbitten feet as you could cause more damage. Get in a warm, not hot, bath and wrap your face and ears in a moist, warm, not hot, towel. Drink plenty of warn liquids.

Avoid Exertion: Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association says consult with your doctor about shoveling snow or performing other strenuous work in the cold. If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

Fire Safety: If you're using a space heater, place it on a level surface and keep it at least three feet from anything flammable, including furniture, draperies, rugs and papers.

Freezing and Bursting Pipes: Let faucets drip to prevent freezing water from causing pipes to burst. Leave cabinet doors open around pipes to ensure they receive warmth from the air flowing through your home. The Department of Homeland Security advised homeowners to learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. Keep your house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A temperature lower than 65 degrees might not keep the inside walls from freezing.

Fill 'Er Up: Keep your gas tank near full to prevent ice from forming in the fuel lines.

Black Ice: Black ice forms when the temperature is 32 degrees or colder outside and since cars can't gain traction on ice, AAA says it's even more dangerous than snow. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary and pack essentials listed on the CDC's car emergency checklist. on hand an emergency . If you must drive, travel during the day preferable with a passenger. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. Do not slam on the breaks. And never slam on the breaks. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Keep these devices at least outdoors, in a well ventilated area, at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, Ready.gov says.

Man's Best Friend: Bring pets inside. If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Exposure to winter's dry, cold air can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin. The ASPCA advices to massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going for a walk to help protect it from salt and other chemical agents. Thoroughly clean your pups paw and belly after the walk. Chemicals from ice-melting agents is a lethal poison for dogs and may be licked off of paw paws.
 



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<![CDATA[Syria Ceasefire Agreement Is Met With Skepticism ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:42:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/GettyImages-509644204munich.jpg

World powers began work Friday on the details of a temporary truce in war-ravaged Syria, but rebels and aid groups on the ground were skeptical that the "ambitious" deal could be implemented, NBC News reported.

The agreement, which followed talks between U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries, calls for a "cessation of hostilities" within one week and the immediate expansion of humanitarian supplies.

Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the results but noted "the real test is whether or not all the parties honor those commitments and implement them in reality."

Opposition groups welcomed the agreement with caution,  there must be a visible different on the ground before they could work towards a permanent peace deal in Geneva.

"We have no faith in words any longer, it's only concrete action that will make a difference to Syrians' lives at this dark time," Issam al-Reis, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army's southern front said.



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<![CDATA[Student With Zika Recovers, Is 'Feeling Well']]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:45:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LeightZika.jpg Lehigh University said in a message to students, staff and faculty that a student had traveled abroad over winter break and later tested positive for Zika virus. The student has since recovered "and is feeling well."]]>