<![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-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 13:40:55 -0400Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:40:55 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Summer Storm Rips Through Region]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/173*120/Storm+Damage7.jpg A summer storm brought thunder, lightning and heavy rains to the region Saturday morning. Powerful winds uprooted trees, appliances and damaged cars. Check out the aftermath here.

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<![CDATA[After Passing Storms the Weather Dries Up]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:43:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather_Drying_Up.jpg

Storms are rolling through quickly, as we start to dry up for the end of the weekend with temperatures rising into the high 80's. Plus, our 10 day on 10.

<![CDATA[Woman Brutally Beaten, Stabbed Outside Philly School]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:40:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Search_Underway_for_Suspect.jpg

Police in North Philadelphia are looking for a person who beat and stabbed a woman to death near Dobbins High School. She was found dead early Saturday morning, police said. 

<![CDATA[Trump WH Has Taken Little Action to Stop Next Election Hack]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:31:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632915364.jpg

The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.

Former FBI Director James Comey recently told senators during Congressional testimony that Trump never asked him about how to stop a future Russian election cyberattack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who sits on the National Security Council, testified that he has not received a classified briefing on Russian election interference.

Dozens of state officials told NBC News they have received little direction from Washington about election security. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week he had never addressed the matter with Trump.

That apparent indifference, coupled with a failure to fill key federal agency jobs, has resulted in a government paralyzed by inaction when it comes to protecting the next election, experts and government officials told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Not a Total Washout]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:56:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather_Not_a_Total_Washout.jpg

Expect showers and storms for the first part of the weekend, but then the skies will clear for a nice end. NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has your most accurate forecast.

<![CDATA[Special Graduation for Formerly Homeless Mothers]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Special_Graduation_for_Formerly_Homeless_Mothers.jpg

The Drueding Center held a special celebration for young parents who were given a place to stay when they had nowhere else to go. Now, they're enjoying new lives in their own homes.

<![CDATA[Asian Business Owners Targeted by Burglars]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:53:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Asian_Business_Owners_Targeted_by_Burglars.jpg

Philadelphia detectives believe a pair of burglars have been targeting Asian businesses owners' homes in a search for cash. So far, the burglars have hit four different people, police said.

<![CDATA[Ice Cream Shop Owner Uses Hidden Cam on Underage Workers: PD]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ice+Cream+Shop+Video+Larry+Bostic.jpg

Police in South Jersey charged an ice cream shop owner with putting cameras in an employee changing room and spying on underage girls.

Vineland police officers raided Cool Breeze Ice Cream Parlor on W Landis Avenue on Thursday after receiving information Monday that owner Larry Bostic could be “inappropriately video monitoring his employees while they were in the changing room,” police said in a news release.

Detectives interviewed various employees before serving a search warrant on the Cool Breeze on Thursday. During that search, investigators found a small camera “surreptitiously placed inside the employee changing room,” police said.

The camera was linked to a monitor in Bostic’s locked office, police said.

Police identified all the victims as juvenile females.

Bostic, 65, was charged with five counts each of child endangerment and invasion of privacy and sent to Cumberland County Jail. It was unclear if he had an attorney who could comment on the case.

Police asked anyone who believes they could also be a victim to contact the Vineland Police Department Detective Bureau at 856-691-4111, ext. 4181.

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<![CDATA[Delco Unveils New Wheels Battle Opioid Crisis]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:21:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Drug+Takeback+Van+Pic_24094385.jpg

A new tool to battle the opioid crisis was unveiled in Delaware County Friday.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and Councilman Dave White —both members of the Delco Heroin Task Force — showcased the new Delco Drug Collection Van and Mobile Drug Drop Boxes.

To prevent abuse of prescription drugs, they’re going right to resident's homes to safely collect and dispose of old and expired medications.

“We believe that this unit is not only the first here in Delaware County, but we believe it’s the first in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Whelan said.

It’s effort designed to combat an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 89 people die every day from opioid related overdoses in the U.S. Delaware County alone has already endured 91 opioid related deaths this year.

"We learned that people didn’t go right to heroin. They often started with pills," White said.

Studies have shown that household pharmaceuticals have become a supply choice for users and dealers. Many obtain the drugs, such as OxyCotin and Percocet, from family or friends.

“Prescription drugs are often the target of theft and misuse. We know that young people are becoming addicted to opioids by first taking a prescription drug which they get from medicine cabinets of their parents, their grandparents and friends,” Whelan said.

To help keep these drugs out of the wrong hands, the mobile drug collection unit will be stationed at following Delco events:

June 29, July 27, August 13: Delco Summer Concert Series

August 1: Springfield Township Night Out, Marple Township Night Out

Organizations and businesses can also schedule the van to come right to them for no charge. To do so, they must contact the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

The county’s efforts also include 40 secure medicine drop boxes at almost all police departments.

“It’s a battle that goes on every day, and we fight it every day. It’s a battle that we fight the same way a drug addict that wants to recover fights. He takes it day by day.”

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<![CDATA[Officer Awarded After This Wipeout During Bike Training]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:10:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/UDPD+Bike+Cop+Wipeout.gif

A bicycle officer in training took quite a spill during a four-day workout program led by Upper Darby police.

Officer Anthony Devine of the Elkton, Maryland Police Department was racing through a creek when he lost control of the cycle. Devine went flipping through the air, landing on his back in the water.

Cameras set up by the instructors caught the epic spill from multiple angles. The Upper Darby Police Department included the episode as part of a video highlighting the training program. The program included navigating tight courses, off-roading and learning how to ride down stairs.

Devine wasn't injured in the fall though this pride was most likely bruised.

The wipeout earned him the Tigger Award, which is given to the student who bounces highest and farthest during the training.

Photo Credit: Upper Darby Police Department
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<![CDATA[Deer Rescued From Delaware River]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:31:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deer_Rescued_From_Delaware_River.jpg

Philadelphia police rushed to the Delaware River on Thursday for a rescue, but not the type of rescue you would expect. Police saved a deer that was stuck in the river.

<![CDATA[Worry Over How Medicaid Cuts Could Hinder Opioid Addiction Treatment]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:24:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New_Castle_County_Fights_Opioid_Epidemic.jpg

With potential cuts to Medicaid being weighed in Congress under the new GOP health care proposal, families, people in the throes of addiction and lawmakers are concerned cuts will cut back treatment offerings.

<![CDATA[Soda Tax Hearing Canceled]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:58:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Soda_Tax_Hearing_Canceled.jpg

City Hall was packed full on Friday with supporters of the soda tax, but the hearing was canceled. NBC10's Jim Rosenfield has the story.

<![CDATA[Prom Held for Senior Citizens]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:58:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Prom_Held_for_Senior_Citizens.jpg

Plenty of dancing, partying, and singing took place at the Courtland Life Germantown Center on Friday, as the senior citizens there celebrated prom! NBC10's Erin Coleman spoke to some of the party-goers to see what the day meant to them.

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Thunderstorms Headed Our Way]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:57:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather_Thunderstorms_Headed_Our_Way.jpg

If you have outdoor plans for Saturday, you may want to reconsider. Thunderstorms are headed toward our region, and NBC10 Chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has all the details you need.

<![CDATA[Police Searches Drop in States That Legalized Marijuana]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic-pot-smoke-weed-marijuana-smoke.jpg

Traffic searches by highway patrols in Colorado and Washington dropped by nearly half after the two states legalized marijuana in 2012, NBC News reported.

In Colorado, the change occurred gradually, with searches dropping initially by 30 percent, and then flatting out to a more than 50-percent drop within a year.

In Washington, there was a drop of more than 50 percent in searches within three months of legalization. The search rate remained low thereafter. The 12 states in the Stanford study that did not pass marijuana decriminalization legislation during the period did not experience significant drops.

The drop in searches also reduced the racial disparities in the stops, according to a new analysis of police data, but not by much. Latino and Black Americans are still searched at higher rates than whites.

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<![CDATA[Businessman Testifies About Help From Seth Williams]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:22:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Businessman_Testifies_About_Help_From_Williams.jpg

One businessman testified in federal court on Friday, claiming that DA Seth Williams offered to help him with several things. But, defense lawyers argued that Williams never actually did anything to help.

<![CDATA[Stopping Stop-and-Go Alcohol Sales]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:20:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stopping_Stop_and_Go_Alcohol_Sales.jpg

Germantown residents are trying to stop stop-and-go alcohol sales in their neighborhood. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas spoke to the Fit 30 group who is leading the movement.

<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Threaten Weekend Activities]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Thunderstorms_Threaten_Weekend_Activities.jpg

Any outdoor events scheduled for this weekend are in jeopardy as thunderstorms are expected to move through our region. NBC10's Deanna Durante spoke to some kids who say the rain makes them extra grumpy.

<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg

Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians.

NBC News reported that pediatrician, cancer specialist, cardiologist and family doctor groups were denouncing the Senate version of the bill within hours of its release Thursday.

"The Senate draft health care bill is literally heartless," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Among the reasons so many medical professionals oppose the changes Republicans have proposed to the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is that it reduces funding for Medicaid, the state-federal health plan that covers many low-income, disabled and pregnant people, as well as a large portion of American children.

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<![CDATA[Philly Police Save Deer from Delaware River]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:31:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia+Police+Deer+Saved+from+River+2+cp.jpg

Philadelphia Police came to the rescue of a wayward deer who became trapped in the Delaware River Thursday evening.

The deer was trapped in thick mud in a basin next to the Chart House restaurant at South Streets and Christopher Columbus Boulevard on Penn's Landing.

After police received several calls, the Marine Unit was dispatched to rescue the animal.

Sgt. Gregory Caputo said when he and his unit arrived, the deer had freed himself from the mud, but was swimming around looking for a way out of the water. At one point, he swam under a run down pier, Caputo said.

Armed with a dog lasso, the officers were able to snag the deer and pull him out of the 4-foot deep water.

"It didn't give us any struggles or any issues. Once we got it onto the boat, we were able to cover it with a blanket just to prevent it from moving around just so it didn't injure any of the officers on-board," Caputo said.

Caputo and his unit had an an audience of onlookers for the rescue who were thrilled to see the animal saved.

"Customers from the Chart House were all out on the balcony and they all applauded for us," Caputo said.

Officers took the deer to a nearby wooded area, where the animals frequent, and set him free.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police
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<![CDATA[Celebrate The Luck Of The Irish]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Celebrate_The_Luck_Of_The_Irish.jpg

The First Havertown Irish Festival is happening Saturday at the Manoa Shopping Center.

<![CDATA[Gorilla Dances Like a 'Maniac' in Hilarious Viral Video]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:02:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gorilla_.gif

The Dallas Zoo needed three things to make a viral video: a happy gorilla, a blue plastic pool and some water.

Add Michael Sembello's hit "Maniac" from the 1980s movie "Flashdance" and the result is pure joy.

Zola, who's no amateur at reaching social media fame, was captured Tuesday afternoon splashing around during a swimming pool enrichment session. Then, Zola begins dancing like he's never danced before.

The video was shot by primate supervisor Ashley Orrand and posted on the zoo's YouTube page.

Bob Hagh, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram video producer, upped the ante by adding music to the raw video, and Zola's inner "steel-town girl on Saturday night" shined through. It's not clear if Zola has ever watched "Flashdance," but his moves definitely emulate Jennifer Beal's perfectly.   


The Dallas ZooTube video has been viewed more than 67,000 times as of Friday morning. Hagh's tweet has been retweeted more than 20,000 times.

This isn't the first time Zola's moves have attracted attention. In 2011, a video of him "breakdancing" and splashing his feet at the Calgary Zoo also went viral.

According to the zoo, enrichment therapy "helps enhance the environment and lives of animals, like Zola, by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors."

"Enrichment can take many forms, but for this spunky great ape, it means playing and spinning in his favorite blue pool!"

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<![CDATA[Lobbyist Wounded in GOP Shooting Leaves Hospital; Scalise Leavse]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:40:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mika+Condition+Improves.jpg

The congressman who was shot and wounded at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week has been moved out of an intensive care unit, hospital officials say. 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is now listed in fair condition and continues to make progress.

Lobbyist Matt Mika has been released from the hospital Friday, according to his family. He was upgraded to good condition earlier in the day.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth paid Mika a visit on Thursday. A photo shows Mika smiling and holding up a Werth jersey, with Werth at his hospital bed.

U2 lead singer Bono met with members of Scalise's staff Wednesday and signed a card wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.

Mika is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement last week. Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and had previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

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<![CDATA[What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:59:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jehovah+Witnesses.jpg

<b> All information was gathered from the Jehovah’s Witnesses official website, and independent researchers.</b>

- According religion archive Patheos, the faith was founded out of the Christian Millerite movement and has spread around the world.

- The group donned the name Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1931, and also created a strong structure that helped grow the organization.

- According to the official website, there are more than 8.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, and almost 120,000 congregations.

- According to Pew, Jehovah’s Witnesses are racially diverse, being 36 percent White, 32 percent Hispanic, and 27 percent Black.

- Jehovah’s Witnesses root their faith directly in Biblical text and ignore human interpretations. Therefore they do not celebrate traditionally Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas.

- Unlike traditional Christianity, they view God as the only higher power. While they believe Jesus is the son of God, they reject the belief that he and the Holy Spirit are equal to God.

- Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in purgatory, and also believe that after one dies, one's existence completely stops, with the possibility of being resurrected by God.

- Their teachings follow the belief that Satan is the source of all evil, and that protection from Satan can be achieved via faith and study with other members of the faith.

- Jehovah’s Witnesses have no clergy, but rather task congregations with choosing elders. The elders are typically older man who become the main teachers and counselors.

- Best know from going door to door in a neighborhood near you, Jehovah’s Witnesses stop at houses to preach their beliefs to “make disciples of people of all the nations.”

- Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions; do not believe in going to war, and do not claim the cross as a symbol of Christianity.

<![CDATA[More Americans Believe Comey Over Trump: Poll]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:06:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/james-comey-donald-trump-hearing.jpg

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump in regard to their differing accounts of the events that led up to Comey’s firing, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-five percent of respondents say they are more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the U.S. Senate, versus 22 percent who are more likely to believe what Trump has said, NBC News reported.

Eight percent of respondents said they believe both Trump and Comey, while 21 percent responded that they believe neither of them.

By party, 76 percent of Democrats side with Comey, while 50 percent of Republicans believe Trump. Independents break for Comey over Trump, 47 percent to 17 percent.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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Fast food technology has made ordering your meal faster and more efficient.

<![CDATA[Jehovah's Witness Convention Comes to Temple University]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:50:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jehovah+Witnesses.jpg

Conventions aren’t new to Philadelphia, but for the next four weeks, there will be some different faces making their way around Temple University.

Starting today, the 2017 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be take over Temple University’s Liacouras Center for the next four weekends.

The convention is expected to draw nearly 25,000 people of the faith, from around the region, for the three-day convention. The gathering will feature speeches, prayers, Biblical recitations, and multi-media presentations.

While the convention is free to the attendees, the convention’s pamphlet asks that those who attend make contributions to the faith’s governing body.

Other Jehovah’s Witness conventions will be put on around the country at the same time, and will be geared towards the theme “Don’t Give Up.”

Philadelphia’s conventions will take place Friday through Sunday on the following weekends:

June 23-25

June 30- July 2

July 7- July 9

July 14- July 16

For a look at the teachings of the faith, click here.

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