<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 27 Oct 2016 09:07:55 -0400Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:07:55 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Determined Cowgirl Tries, Tries Again to Climb Onto Her Pony]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/edited-GettyImages-533281512_master.jpg

Remember that old saying "If at first you don't succeed...?" Well try, try (try, try, try, try) again is exactly what 3-year-old Crosslyn Vest did when she wanted to get back on her horse Bo, according to the Today Show.

She tries to hop up not once. Not twice. But 16 whole times before she finally makes it.

Even better than her unwavering dedication is the look of pure joy on Crosslyn's face after finally achieving her goal.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot Execution-Style Coming Home from Sixers Game]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:57:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West+Oak+Lane+Execution+Shooting.jpg

A West Oak Lane man was shot execution-style just feet from his home early Thursday as he returned home from the 76ers home opener, police tell NBC10.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the 52-year-old man was shot at least six times in front of his house along he 6500 block of N. 17th Street around 12:30 a.m.

Neighbors called 911 after hearing the gunshots and officers found him on the sidewalk with wounds to his chest, torso and back, Small said.

Police scooped him up, rushing him in their cruiser to Albert Einstein Medical Center. Doctors later pronounced him dead, Small said.

His identity has not been released.

Investigators have not yet settled on a motive since the man was not robbed. Small said he still had money, car keys and a cell phone in his pockets.

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

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<![CDATA[Polls: Clinton Leads in New Hampshire; Tied in Nevada ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:44:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/split-clintontrump-april16.jpg

Democrat Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a nine-point lead in the battleground state of New Hampshire, while she’s tied with Republican Donald Trump in Nevada, according to two new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

In New Hampshire, Clinton gets the support of 45 percent of likely voters, and Trump gets 36 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 10 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 4 percent.

In a two-way race, Clinton’s advantage over Trump is eight points, 47 percent to 39 percent – up from her one-point lead last month, 42 percent to 41 percent.

In Nevada, meanwhile, Clinton and Trump are tied among likely voters, 43 percent to 43 percent, and Johnson gets 10 percent. Stein isn't on the ballot in the Silver State.

In a head-to-head contest in Nevada, Clinton and Trump remain tied at 45 percent each.

“In Las Vegas terms, the contest for Nevada’s six electoral votes is a ‘push’ right now,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. 

According to Miringoff, Clinton could lose Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio – but still win the presidency by holding on to New Hampshire's four electoral votes and Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[Officer, Driver Hurt in Hunting Park Crash]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:49:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Police+Involved+Hunting+Park+Ax.jpg

An SUV was flipped onto its side after colliding with a police cruiser in Philadelphia's Hunting Park neighborhood Thursday morning, sending an officer and driver to the hospital, police said.

The officer was responding to a robbery call when her cruiser hit rammed the SUV at Broad and W. Pike streets around 4:30 a.m.

The SUV's driver became trapped and had to be extricated by firefighters, police said.

Both drivers were taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment. They were listed in stable condition.

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<![CDATA[Smoky Boston Train Evacuation ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:14:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/boston-back-bay-train-evacuation-smoke.jpg

Passengers were evacuated from a smoky MBTA train, some climbing out windows, in Boston's Back Bay during the Wednesday afternoon commute.

The train's doors did not open as smoke filled Back Bay Station, though the MBTA said its doors were not supposed to open. The train's motorman opened doors manually, while passengers evacuated themselves or with assistance from authorities. 

MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo initially told necn the train's motor overheated. The agency later said in a statement that the cause has yet to be determined, but that it was "most likely related to the motor."

At least three people were hospitalized for evaluation.

A video taken by Twitter user @cloudfrye and shared with necn shows responders rushing people off the Orange Line train.

The user, identified as Claudia, says passengers were calm until police arrived.

"Basically everyone was calm and there was a ton of smoke outside the train and then a police officer starts hammering the window WITHOUT WARNING and then walks away and another police officer enters and screams for everyone to calm down," she wrote to necn. "Of course, everyone starts panicking and he opens the door and we get off the train."

Claudia said that people were jumping out of the windows and doors of other train cars, "probably hurting themselves trying to get out because of the incited panic."

According to the MBTA, "some passengers began to self evacuate and were assisted by transit officers and the motor person" around 4:41 p.m. The agency said the fact that the doors did not open was not the result of a technical issue.

"Doors on the subway remained closed because the train had moved away from the platform. Doors did not malfunction. The motor person had begun promptly opening doors to allow passengers to evacuate safely, away from the live third rail," the MBTA wrote in a statement.

Boston fire crews evacuated the train station at 4:57 p.m., according to the MBTA. Service on the Orange Line's southbound side resumed at 5:41 p.m. and service the northbound side resumed at 6:15 p.m.

This isn’t the first time trains along the Orange Line have had trouble. In February, passengers were forced to flee after a strip of metal from the side of a train car fell onto the tracks near State Street and sparked a fire. The MBTA then inspected all 120 of its Orange Line cars and determined 13 of them needed to be repaired in order to prevent future issues.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 12 Injured as Fire Rips Through Apartments on Manhattan's Upper East Side]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cvw0YQTWAAAWZQj.jpg

One man was killed and 12 people were injured in a fire that overtook three Upper East Side apartment buildings and sent flames shooting 20 feet into the air on Thursday morning, officials said. 

Firefighters got the blaze under control shortly before 8 a.m. — nearly six hours after it started. Residents said they were awoken by people shouting "fire" in the street and others who were pounding on doors. 

The blaze broke out around 3:30 a.m. and quickly overtook the upper part of the 93rd Street building. It eventually spread to the two adjoining buildings. The fire was so intense after 45 minutes that flames shot 20 feet into the air and embers and smoke fell across surrounding streets. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Lance Hayes, who lives in one of the buildings that caught fire, said someone knocked on his door to warn him. 

"When I opened the door, I smelled the flames, so we just got out. When we checked, it was just flaming at the top," Hayes said. 

Larry Garvin is a 12-year resident of the building that first caught fire. He said he was concerned about a man on the fifth floor who is in his mid-to-late 80s. 

"I thought of him when I came out, but there was no way that I could get up there," Garvin said. 

A man who lived in one of the buildings was killed and an 81-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition. Eleven other people — seven firefighters and four civilians — suffered minor injuries, officials said. 

Fire officials described a harrowing scene as one firefighter worked to rescue the critically injured man. They said the firefighter was able to lower the man down using a rope but that flames coming out the window set the rope ablaze and it burned through just as the two of them reached the ground.

"A few more minutes and it would have been a totally different scenario," an official said.

Officials said the first building was damaged beyond repair but that the two adjoining buildings could be saved. There are about 10 to 20 apartments in each of the three buildings. 

Matt Bonaccorso streamed the fire live on Periscope from across the street. The video shows flames pouring out of the top of the building as chunks of debris fall to the ground below. Firefighters can be heard shouting to one another as the scene unfolds.

“You can feel the heat from here,” Bonaccorso says on the livestream. 

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A woman who lives over on 92nd Street said that she left her apartment after she heard a loud pounding.

"I saw flames going out the window and everything, and I was like 'Thank God I left.' You could see the embers landing on the roof of my building and smoke and everything. Really scary," she said.

The Red Cross arrived on the scene around 5 a.m. as groups of people stood by covered in blankets. It's believed that one of the buildings houses both apartments and a bed and breakfast. The organization said it was assisting nearly two dozen people early Thursday. 

Parts of First and Second avenues were closed to traffic and it was difficult  for motorists to get around in the area as dawn broke. Officials said drivers should expect extensive delays on the FDR Drive in both directions. Subway service was also affected; northbound B and C trains were bypassing the Museum of Natural History stop, causing delays on the blue and orange lines. 

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Showers on Tap for Thursday]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:18:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017666500_1200x675_794748483821.jpg Showers are expected to fall over the course of the day as a front moves through. But sunshine will return for the weekend. NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Bill Henley has your forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Killed in NE Philly Double Shooting]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:57:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NE+Philly+Double+Shooting+Welsh+Road.jpg

A woman is dead and a man hospitalized after they were shot in the parking lot of a Northeast Philadelphia apartment complex early Friday, police said.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. at the Winchester Walk Apartments at 2600 Welsh Road, police said.

The woman, whose identity is unknown and believed to be between 38 and 39 years old, was found on the ground between two cars. She was shot once in the chest, police said.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

A short time later, a man showed up to the emergency room at nearby Nazareth Hospital with gunshot wounds to his face and left arm.

Police said the man drove himself to the hospital following the shooting.

Small said it appeared the two victims and another man met up in the parking lot when the shooting happened. He is being interviewed by homicide detectives.

At least 12 shots were fired, seven of which were at close range, according to police. Several bullets struck nearby cars and one went flying through an apartment window. No one inside the home was injured.

Small said the victims may have been the intended targets and may have known the victims. Investigators said the shooter could live in the immediate area and that police are going door-to-door to look for witnesses and clues.

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

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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:10:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

Here are the 10 things you need to know to start your day from your friends at NBC10.


Delco Man Charged with 'Upskirting' at Villanova: A Villanova student was charged with child pornography and invasion of privacy for allegedly spending the last two years secretly recording women with cell phone cameras inside public bathrooms, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's office. Vincent Kane, 19, of Broomall, was a part-time student at Villanova. He graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School last year. The investigation into Kane began Sept. 26 when police found a cell phone camera recording inside a bathroom at Villanova. Eventually, police executed a search warrant at Kane's house and allegedly found a hard drive with 51,000 images and videos described as "up-skirting."


Rain is expected for Thursday afternoon and evening. The rain is expected to move out and the sun should return by Friday. Saturday is expected to be cloudy with temperatures around 70 degree. But temperatures are expected to fall again Sunday where there is a chance of rain. High Temp: 60 Degrees  Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.


SEPTA Urges Bus, Subway Riders to Plan for Strike: Officials in the nation's sixth-largest transit system on Wednesday urged customers to start figuring out alternate ways to get to work and school because of a strike threat looming for city bus, trolley and subway workers. The current contract covering more than 5,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expires at midnight on Monday, and a walkout could begin at the start of service the next day.


Officials in Quake-Ridden Italy Assess Damage: Officials in central Italy began early Thursday to assess the damage caused by a pair of strong earthquakes in the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, as an appeal went out for temporary housing adequate for the cold mountain temperatures. Thousands of people spent the night in their cars following the pair of quakes that struck late in the evening, sending residents into the streets in pouring rain, too late for authorities to come up with adequate shelter. A series of small shocks overnight, including two registering magnitudes above 4 before dawn, further unsettled residents. The morning after the quakes, there remained no reports of serious injuries or signs of people trapped in rubble. The head of Italy's civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio, said it appeared that the situation "is not as catastrophic" as it could have been


Sushi Sales at Lower Merion School Enter Battle: The sloppy joe in school cafeterias is going the same way of newspapers, cigarettes and coal mining. At least in the Lower Merion school district. Sushi was the top seller in student cafeterias last year, with the Japanese cuisine turning a profit of $26,000 for the district. But the fact that sushi even finds its way onto school menus every Thursday has opened a raw wound for the attorney who successfully sued the district over tax increases this summer. "When I went to Northeast High (School in Philadelphia) back in the day, we got beans and franks," said Arthur Wolk, whose lawsuit led a Common Pleas judge to rule that Lower Merion schools must revoke their 2016-2017 tax increase. "These school officials need to wake up.” The district has appealed to Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court to reinstate its 4.4-percent tax increase. The court will hear arguments Dec. 12 in Harrisburg. A spokesman for Lower Merion schools defended sushi as not "this spectacularly unique item," and he described it as a healthy option that some other area school districts also offer.


Sixers Lose to Thunder: The Sixers lost 97 to 103 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.


See more Top News Photos here.


@shongoner captured this cool photo of a big smile.

Have an awesome Instagram photo you'd like to share? Tag it with #NBC10Buzz.


This motorcycle driver helped catch a hit-and-run on camera. Watch more here.


23-Year-Old Yearbook Quote Predicts Cubs World Series Win: There have been a lot of signs pointing to 2016 being the Cubs’ year, but this may be the wildest yet. Back in 1993, one Chicago Cubs fan predicted in his high school yearbook that the team would win the World Series 23 years later. "Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first," the quote under Michael Lee's name reads. Fast forward to 2016, and the Cubs are headed to their first World Series in 71 years. “In high school we graduated and I saw that quote and I thought it was a funny quote,” said Mission Viejo High School alum Marcos Meza, who said he has known Lee since seventh grade. Lee was from Chicago but raised in California, Meza said, and always maintained his allegiance to the Windy City. The two friends had lost contact after high school, but connected on social media in 2009, when they first reminisced about the yearbook prediction that was just seven years away. Read more.

That's what you need to know. We've got more stories worthy of your time in the Breakfast Buzz section. Click here to check them out

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<![CDATA[The 'Uber for Kids' Niche]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:36:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1026-2016-zum.jpg

New ride-hailing companies are going where the traditional ones can’t, targeting kids and their parents who need help juggling work and parenting responsibilities. 

Eleven-year old Coco, of Los Gatos, California, uses Zum app four days a week to get to home from school, get a snack and get to gymnastics when her parents are tied up at work.

“It makes me feel independent and lets me be without my mom being on my tail all the time. It’s nice to get a break from that sometimes,” Coco, said.

Zum is one of a handful of start-ups making inroads in the ride-hailing industry. Uber and Lyft drivers are not supposed to take unaccompanied minors, per company policies.

Enter companies such as San Francisco-based Kango and Los Angeles-Based HopSkipDrive, which also provide drivers with childcare backgrounds to busy Bay Area parents.

“Three o’clock to five was a stressful time for parents. A huge productivity loss for the company too,” said Ritu Narayan, who founded Zum in Belmont after a stint at Ebay. “Both of my kids were transitioning to school and suddenly I had this challenge of being in two or three places at the same time.”

Her company had 10 drivers when it launched last year. Now, more than 300 “Zumers” serve 3,000 families in the Bay Area and Orange County.

“All [the drivers] come from childcare experience. They go from phone interviews to in-person interviews. They are fingerprinted, background checked. They are Trustline certified, which is the gold standard for working in California,” Narayan said.

The majority of drivers are women: stay-at-home moms, nannies, teachers and graduate students looking to supplement their incomes.

Plus, there are army veterans such as San Jose’s Rosanna Nguyen, who home schools her four kids.

“Being a stay-at-home mom, you often feel hidden inside your house. You kind of feel left out,” Nguyen said.

After only two months on the job, she says she feels empowered, bringing in anywhere from $24 to $32 per hour.

“It feels really good too, as a financial contributor to my family. My husband was like, ‘Your confidence level has gone way up,’” Nguyen said.

The price for parents? Rides start at $8 for carpools and $16 for solo rides, with add on costs for babysitting.

Coco’s dad says the extra cost is worth the peace of mind. He receives notifications during every step of his daughter’s journey.

“Life before Zum was really hectic, chaotic and unfortunately sometimes not the best for Coco. It was, ‘Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad! Where are you? Where are you?” Bobby Napiltonia said.

For him at least, there is no guilt for not being able to leave work to drive his daughter to after school activities. He still takes Coco to school every morning and picks her up on Fridays.

Plus, Coco prefers it this way. Going it alone makes her feel all grown up.

“I like being independent because I’m an independent person,” she said.

Other specialized ride-hailing companies are popping up too. Coming soon: Lift Hero for seniors and SafeHer for women. The latter launched this fall in Boston and is coming to California sometime next year.

Narayan is planning on expanding to at least a dozen more regions throughout the U.S. next year.

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<![CDATA[How to Keep Your Home Safe From Hackers]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:50:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017663509_1200x675_794569795710.jpg Hackers are now finding ways to tap into personal devices, so how can you keep yourself safe? NBC10's Drew Smith talks to an expert.]]> <![CDATA[Rainy and Chilly Thursday]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017663523_1200x675_794571331825.jpg Some areas could see freezing rain as the morning will be chilly and wet. NBC10's first alert meteorologist Sheena Parveen explains where the flakes may fall.]]> <![CDATA[US Strike Targets Senior Al Qaeda Commander: Official]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/AP422109808973.jpg

A senior al Qaeda commander involved in plots against the United States and Europe was targeted in a U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Nayef Salam Muhammad Ujaym al-Hababi and his deputy, Balal al-Utabi, were targeted in separate strikes in the Kunar province, a U.S. official told NBC News on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Sunday's attack was "the most significant al Qaeda strike in Afghanistan in several years," involving Hellfire air-to-surface missiles on each compound, which were "leveled," one of the officials told NBC News.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook confirmed Wednesday night that the strikes took place Sunday, saying, "We are still assessing the results."

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<![CDATA[First Flurries?]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4596410341.jpg

With a push of cold air and some precip on the way, it looks like we could see the season’s first flurries and maybe even a coating for Mount Pocono! However, while I am a huge fan of snow, my concern regarding the cold air and Delaware Valley bound precip is freezing rain and ice pellets. See the Freezing Rain Advisory issued by NWS Mount Holly

A quick snapshot at temps on the latest NAM run shows a pretty cold thermal profile, so chances are we could see freezing rain for NE and North Central, PA in the AM. Refer to the legend and area for an idea of temperatures.

I also want to add the threat of steady downpours for Philadelphia, for the afternoon and evening commutes.

-Erika Martín

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<![CDATA[Nearly 200 Pumpkins Stolen from New Jersey Farm Stand]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:50:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stolen-pumpkins-1025.jpg

Nearly 200 pumpkins were stolen from a family-run farm stand in New Jersey overnight Tuesday, authorities said.

A van was caught on camera pulling up to steal the produce from the Farms View Roadstand in Wayne on three separate occasions early on Tuesday, according to Todd Kuehn, the owner's son.

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Images released by the farm stand -- which has been operating at the location for more than 100 years -- shows dozens of pumpkins missing from the normally pristine lines of produce.

Kuehn said that the stolen pumpkins would have likely sold for between $2,500 and $3,000.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information on the pumpkin thieves should call the Wayne Police Department at 973-633-3530.

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<![CDATA[Peeling Furniture Problem]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:52:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Peeling+Furniture.jpg

NBC10 Responds has recently seen a trend in complaints from consumers with the same problem: furniture that’s peeling, cracking, and flaking. All of the complaints stem from the same material: bonded leather, which typically costs less than genuine leather. The ‘peeling’ problem is not limited to one store. NBC10 Responds has heard complaints from companies like Aaron’s, Ashley Furniture, Boscov’s, Raymour and Flanigan, and SofasandSectionals.com. 

Each company provided a statement to NBC10 Responds: 


“Bonded leather is a widely-used material across the furniture industry. Over the last five years, Aaron’s has leased tens of thousands of products manufactured with bonded leather and is aware of a relatively small number of issues. Products manufactured with bonded leather should not be cleaned with abrasive cleaners or leather cleaning solutions which could potentially cause the glue to disengage from the product.

Aaron’s carries a wide range of products to meet every customer’s budget, including top grain Italian leather sofa sets with matching vinyl sides which are popular choices with our customers.

Aaron’s cares about our customers and associates. That’s the value we’ve built the business on for 61 years. When a concern is raised with us, Aaron’s fully reviews the matter and works diligently with our customers in an attempt to keep them as fully satisfied customers.” 


Ashley Furniture Industries designs our products to provide superior value. We continuously seek to improve our products, and Durablend® is no exception. Incremental improvements made to the Durablend® line since 2008 have made it a value-driven furniture option. Although not common, it has come to our attention that some of our customers are reporting that, over time, certain Durablend® products have experienced cracking, peeling and flaking. Because customer satisfaction is of the upmost importance to Ashley, we encourage any customers who are experiencing problems with our products to work with the store where they purchased the product or to contact Ashley’s customer care team (consumeraffairs@ashleyfurniture.com). They will work closely with you to better understand the problem you are experiencing, and where appropriate, explore possible solutions. 


“We sincerely apologize for any frustration Ms. Gilford has experienced as a result of this situation. As a company Boscov’s values all of our customers and it is never our intent to disappoint anyone.

Ms. Gilford purchased her furniture on February 25, 2014. The pieces were covered by the manufacturer warranty, which is upheld by Boscov’s, for 1 year for manufacturer defects. The additional Guardian warranty purchased by Ms. Gilford, managed by Guardian, covers the furniture for 5 years for accidental stains caused by any food or beverage normally consumed by humans; mold and mildew stains caused by food or beverage spills; stains caused by human or pet bodily fluids; grass, grease, ball¬point pen ink, nail polish, cosmetics, lipstick, crayon, and shoe polish; rips, cuts, punctures or burns from a single relatable occurrence. Lipstick, crayon and ballpoint pen ink marks totaling more than 6 inches in length are considered preventable and will not be covered.

Ms. Gilford contacted Boscov’s on August 23, 2016 and stated that she had already been in contact with Guardian regarding the damage to her furniture, but her claim was denied because they do not cover buckling or peeling of the leather. Upon request, the customer provided Boscov’s with photographs of the furniture. After reviewing the photographs, it was determined that the damage was not covered by either of the warranties due to timing and the type of damage. The customer disconnected the call and we did not hear from her again.

In the interest of customer service, we contacted Ms. Gilford on October 11, 2016 and offered her a refund for the purchase price of the furniture. Ms. Gilford was happy with this and accepted the resolution.”

- In terms of Boscov’s sale of bonded leather furniture – would the one-year factory warranty have covered the peeling problem (if it wasn’t expired)? Yes, any defects with the leather that are not caused by customer misuse would be covered.

- Also – this is a couch that had problems within two years of use. Have you noticed these trend with bonded leather products? Is it disclosed to customers when it is sold? We have no record of the same conditions reported by Ms. Garza resulting in damage to bonded leather furniture. If there was a known issue, we would not continue to sell the product. 


“The two customers are individual incidents. There is no trend with this type of product. Any customer that purchases with Raymour & Flanigan should reach out to us directly with any issues or concerns.” 


“Bonded leather is great for getting the look and feel of leather, at a lower price point. Any furniture cover that contains a percentage of leather can be marketed as "Bonded Leather". Bonded Leather consists of a combination of leather, polyurethane, and polyester. The higher the percentage of leather, the higher quality the bonded leather is. By using the word leather it can make shopping difficult for the uninformed customer. When a customer asks us about bonded leather, we make sure that they understand that there is a difference between bonded leather and top grain leather. If the customer will be putting the furniture in a high traffic area and/or especially with pets, we always recommend a treated, top grain leather as it has the best durability. Bonded leather from a respected manufacturer can still be a great choice, but the customer needs to know that they are not purchasing a real leather and it will not wear the same. If a low quality bonded leather is used in high traffic areas, it can start to fail, and can lead to the ugly peeling of the cover, as this is how bonded leather usually fails. Sofas and Sectionals only sells bonded leather to customers who have been fully informed as to the difference between bonded and top grain leather and what they feel will work for their home.”

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<![CDATA[Ghost Hunters Explore 'Haunted' Wilmington Mansion]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:44:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017659141_1200x675_794336835608.jpg NBC10’s Tim Furlong explores a Delaware mansion which has had several alleged ghost sightings. ]]> <![CDATA[New Pay What You Can Café in Powelton Village]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:45:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017658440_1200x675_794351171570.jpg Drexel University and Chef Marc Veri opened a nutritious restaurant where patrons pay whatever they can.]]> <![CDATA[Men Steal Nearly 200 Pumpkins from NJ Family Farm]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stolen+pumpkins.jpg Four men are seen stealing almost 200 pumpkins from a Passaic County farm.]]> <![CDATA[National Guard and Reserve Presents Above and Beyond Award]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:54:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017659461_1200x675_794338371506.jpg Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams received the National Guard and reserves “Above and Beyond” award on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Health Care Costs Expected to Skyrocket]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:51:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017659372_1200x675_794330691684.jpg Just as enrollment is about to begin, patents have learned that their health care premiums are rising dramatically. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors gets perspective from people concerned about this.]]> <![CDATA[Corrections Officers Accused of Beating Handcuffed Inmate]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:07:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017659680_1200x675_794339395948.jpg Investigators say that three Philadelphia corrections officers handcuffed an inmate before punching, kicking, stomping, and even dragging him.]]> <![CDATA[Inside New Camden County Police Monitoring Station]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:46:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017658395_1200x675_794263619653.jpg Just before Holloween, Gloucester Township set up a tool that be able to improve watch over its parks and other public places. NBC10’s Cydney Long has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Sushi Sales at Lower Merion Schools Become Divisive]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sushi+rolls+on+a+plate.jpg

The sloppy joe in school cafeterias is going the same way of newspapers, cigarettes and coal mining.

At least in the Lower Merion school district.

Sushi was the top seller in student cafeterias last year, with the Japanese cuisine turning a profit of $26,000 for the district.

But the fact that sushi even finds its way onto school menus every Thursday has opened a raw wound for the attorney who successfully sued the district over tax increases this summer.

"When I went to Northeast High (School in Philadelphia) back in the day, we got beans and franks," said Arthur Wolk, whose lawsuit led a Common Pleas judge to rule that Lower Merion schools must revoke their 2016-2017 tax increase. "These school officials need to wake up."

The district has appealed to Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court to reinstate its 4.4-percent tax increase. The court will hear arguments Dec. 12 in Harrisburg.

A spokesman for Lower Merion schools defended sushi as not "this spectacularly unique item," and he described it as a healthy option that some other area school districts also offer.

"We don't offer spoonfuls of slop on plastic trays. If we did that, our food services department would go out of business," spokesman Doug Young said. "Nationally, there has been a big shift. It's more about healthy options than ever before."

He said the students are a big part of the push toward healthier lunches.

"In the past, chicken nuggets were real popular, hotdogs too. But kids are becoming real savvy about eating healthier," Young said. 

"The kids line up for it," he added. The district last year spent $48,000 on sushi from a Lansdale restaurant and had sales of $74,000.

Wolk and his supporters, who argue that the district has increased taxes annually while also building up millions in cash reserves during the past decade, said it's less about revenue from sushi and more about the message it sends.

"In Lower Merion public schools, a student can buy nine pieces of sushi for $6.50," Wolk said. "The Lower Merion School District is providing a lesson in inequality when, only 3.5 miles away, 84 percent of students at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. Rather than setting an example of thrift and discretion for the children of affluence, Superintendent (Robert) Copeland flaunts the fact that Pennsylvania public schools are separate and unequal."

A Common Pleas judge ruled in late August that Lower Merion improperly raised taxes above a state-mandated cap of 2.4 percent by using exemptions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for special education and pensions.

Wolk successfully argued that the district has more than $46 million in cash reserves, with much of that money in accounts for special education, pensions and capital improvements. About $10 million is in uncommitted surplus accounts, according to its 2016-2017 final budget adopted in June.

A growing number of Pennsylvania school districts are applying for and receiving approval from the state Department of Education for exemptions to the caps on annual property tax increases, according to an NBC10.com analysis of DOE records.

“All you have to do is complete the form. That’s it,” Springfield Township budget chief Ken King told NBC10.com. “We don’t use exemptions. We don’t like to use them. But you start the budget process in October with very little known. There are a lot of things outside our control. Just to be safe, we file for exemptions.”

NBC10 Investigators also found that some school districts have chronically underestimated their annual expenses, creating surplus funds from taxes raised each year.

The Lower Merion School District has increased taxes for property owners by more than 50 percent since 2006, according to court filings.

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<![CDATA[HIV Epidemic Started Spreading in NY in 1970s: Study]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:54:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-587169665.jpg

A new genetic study confirms theories that the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS started in New York around 1970, and it also clears the name of a gay flight attendant long vilified as being "Patient Zero."

Researchers got hold of frozen samples of blood taken from patients years before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS was recognized, and teased out genetic material from the virus from that blood.

They used it to show that HIV was circulating widely during the 1970s, and certainly before people began noticing a "gay plague" in New York in the early 1980s, NBC News reported.

"We can date the jump into the U.S. in about 1970 and 1971," Michael Worobey, an expert on the evolution of viruses at the University of Arizona, told reporters in a telephone briefing. "HIV had spread to a large number of people many years before AIDS was noticed."

Their findings also suggest HIV moved from New York to San Francisco in about 1976, they report in the journal Nature.

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<![CDATA[Villanova Student Charged with 'Upskirting']]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:53:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kane+Vincent.jpg

A Villanova student was charged with child pornography and invasion of privacy for allegedly spending the last two years secretly recording women with cell phone cameras inside public bathrooms, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's office.

Vincent Kane, 19, of Broomall, was a part-time student at Villanova. He graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School last year.

The investigation into Kane began Sept. 26 when police found a cell phone camera recording inside a bathroom at Villanova.

Eventually, police executed a search warrant at Kane's house and allegedly found a hard drive with 51,000 images and videos described as "up-skirting."

Much of the pornographic material was created at Villanova, an area high school and the CVS where Kane worked, the district attorney's office said in a release. The high school and the location of the CVS were not identified.

Some of the videos also depicted infants being sexually assaulted.

Kane surrendered to police Wednesday and was arraigned on $50,000 bail. He posted 10 percent bond and was released. His preliminary hearing is Nov. 3.

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<![CDATA[Person Dies in Lansdowne Apartment Fire: Officials]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:41:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lansdowne+Apt+Fire.jpg

One person is dead after fire ripped through the kitchen of a Lansdowne apartment Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Fire crews were called to the Stratford Court Apartments on North Lansdowne Avenue just after 2 p.m.

Crews found the victim inside the apartment.

Officials said the fire was contained to the kitchen of a third floor apartment.

There was no word on the identity of the victim or cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:38:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg

The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported.

In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs can be easily abused, according to the FDA.

"Reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity and male infertility," the FDA said in a statement. "Individuals abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido and insomnia."

Testosterone, which is used to fight the effects of aging, has been heavily criticized by the FDA. It is currently a $2 billion industry with men purchasing gels, pills and injections. 

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