<![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, 29 Apr 2017 03:35:04 -0400Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:35:04 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Get Ready to Sweat]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:07:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather_Get_Ready_to_Sweat.jpg

Saturday is going to be very warm with higher humidity. It'll feel more like summer than spring. But the hot weather won't last. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Tammie Souza has your most accurate forecast.

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<![CDATA[4 Hurt in Chester Shooting]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:50:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4_Hurt_in_Chester_Shooting.jpg

Police in Chester, Pa. are looking for the gunman who shot four people along the unit block of 21st Street Friday night. Police said four men were taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. A fifth victim was hit by flying glass. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, police said.

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<![CDATA[Night 2 of NFL Draft Has Fans Psyched]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:28:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Night_2_of_NFL_Draft_Has_Fans_Psyched.jpg

The first night of the NFL Draft was a record-breaker and league officials expect night two to be even larger. Philly is proving to be a high-energy venue for the annual event.

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<![CDATA[Truck Filled With Cereal, Crackers Burns on I-476]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:27:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Truck_Filled_With_Cereal_Burns_on_I-476.jpg

This burning tractor trailer shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 476 in Nether Providence around 10:45 p.m. Friday. The truck, which was carrying cereal and crackers, burst into flames along the shoulder. No one was hurt.

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<![CDATA[St. Joe's Students Throws Prom for Teens With Autism]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/St._Joe_s_Students_Throws_Prom_for_Teens_With_Autism.jpg

A special prom for a special group of teens will be taking place Friday night thanks to folks at St. Joseph's University. The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support is putting on the event for young people who may never have had the opportunity to celebrate the dance.

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<![CDATA[Beautiful Weather at Jersey Shore for Girls Weekend]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jersey+shore+crackdown.jpg

This beautiful weather means businesses are excited at the Jersey Shore. Temperatures in the 80s for Girls Weekend should mean business will be booming. NBC10's Cydney Long spoke with people about what they're expecting.

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<![CDATA[Did Serial Killer H.H. Holmes Fake His Death in Philly?]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:49:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HH+Holmes+Photo_23426371.jpg

It was a spectacle few people had the opportunity to witness on May 7, 1896, but that didn't stop them of gathering outside the Moyamensing Prison at 13th Street and Passyunk Avenue.

"Thousands of people were at the intersection," according to author and Holmes expert Matt Lake.

The hanging death of H.H. Holmes was supposed to bring closure to decades of alleged atrocities and crimes that spanned a good part of the United States and into Canada. He’s known as America’s first serial killer.

Licensed professional counselor Jennifer Murphy has studied serial killers. She says, “He was one the worst that I’ve ever seen.”

Some estimates have his death toll around 200 but Holmes was only charged and convicted of one murder. At one point, he confessed to 27 killings, only to recant, saying he only accidently killed two people.

A life-long liar, Holmes is best known for his “Murder Castle” in Chicago. He built the hotel equipped with secret rooms, chambers and a spot dissections in the basement. With visitors from around the globe visiting the city’s World’s Fair in 1893, Holmes’ unwitting guests checked in but some never left.

“He’d wind up putting them into an airtight room and turning the gas on in there until they suffocated,” Lake said.

It’s believed Holmes sold his victims’ bodies, organs and bones. According to Rider University Professor Joe Wojie the going rate was about $8 to $10 a body.

"At a time when a Union soldier is pulling in about $13 a month. Porters loading and unloading ships are making about 5 cents an hour. Enterprising young men, not afraid to get their hands dirty could pull in, God, $8 a fresh body,” he said.

After the World’s Fair, Holmes was on the move. He is known to have travelled to the Dallas area and St. Louis but he and his swindles wound up in Philadelphia. The visit didn’t go as planned.

Lake calls it “a tactical error.”

Holmes convinced his business partner Benjamin Pitezel to fake his own death in order to get a $10,000 life insurance payout. But instead of faking Pitezel’s death, Holmes killed him at their 1316 Callowhill Street office. 

He then went on the run. Police eventually caught up with him in Boston and he was sent back to face the murder charge in Philadelphia. Holmes’ was convicted and sentenced to death. The case was front page news in Philadelphia and across the country.

While in prison, Holmes cashed in on his fame. The publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer paid Holmes for a confession. In it, the murderer claimed he killed 27 people, but in his memoir Holmes changed his story.

“So admitted to committing 27 murder, and right before his execution, says 'I killed two people. I deserve to die, I guess,'” Lake said.

Holmes was hanged on May 7, 1896. He was granted one last wish. It is believed that Holmes was buried in concrete. Lake believes, “There’s two reasons. He knows what people can do to cadavers and he doesn’t want to done to him. And two, is to conceal his identity.”

Number two plays into a Holmes mystery more than 100 years old. “There was a theory almost immediately, one of these conspiracy theories that arises, that maybe he faked his death.”

While most experts we spoke with don’t believe it, Holmes ancestors want to be sure. The infamous murderer’s family in late 2016 petitioned a Delaware County Court to exhume H.H. Holmes’ remains.

According to court documents, family lore indicates that Holmes “…managed to escape through some subterfuge and that someone else was hanged and buried at the gravesite...”

A newspaper account from 1896 makes the same claim. In it, Holmes conned another prisoner to take his place while the killer escaped to South America. Oddly enough, the person quoted in the article is someone Holmes confessed to killing years earlier.

Lake says, “It’s very tempting! Because this guy was a consummate trickster!”

Forensic scientist Arthur Young is not involved in the exhumation but says as long as the remains have been protected over the years, those digging should find usable DNA samples, possibly a tooth.

“DNA is actually quite stable. It can survive for decades, even millennia,” according to Young.

Regardless of what is or is not found, Philadelphia continues to play a major role in case of America’s first serial killer.

“We caught him. And we got the body. He’d have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those darn Philly kids!” Lake says.


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<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Subscription Scam]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:56:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020544188_1200x675_932371011680.jpg

A magazine company tells a man he has to pay for a subscription he never signed up for. Harry Hairston and the NBC10 Responds team has tips to avoid paying for something you didn't order.

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<![CDATA[The City Steals the Spotlight at NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:54:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020544139_1200x675_932370499505.jpg

The NFL announced a record 100,000 people came out for night one of the NFL Draft. From draft pick paintings to mock locker rooms, fans from near and far are enjoying all the festivities the Parkway has to offer. Deanna Durante was out and about at the party on the Parkway.

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<![CDATA[Community Comes Together to Support Fallen Trooper's Family]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020544082_1200x675_932355651985.jpg

Grade school students came by the hundreds to pay their respects to State Trooper Stephen Ballard Friday. Many couldn't understand why someone would hurt a police officer. NBC10 Delaware Bureau Reporter Tim Furlong shows you the growing memorial for the fallen public servant.

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<![CDATA[Best Moments from NFL Draft Night 1]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:57:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020544221_1200x675_932376643772.jpg

From Temple's Haason Reddick getting taken in the first round to the warm Philadelphia welcome for Roger Goodell. Here are the top moments from night one of the NFL Draft.

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<![CDATA[From Walk On to NFL: Returning to Haason Reddick's Roots ]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:52:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020543757_1200x675_932354115623.jpg

After an injury in high school nearly ended his career, Haason Reddick defied the odds. Now he's a first round draft pick heading to the Arizona Cardinals. Erin Coleman went back to where it all started at Reddick's Haddon Heights High School.

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<![CDATA[Get a Taste of Jamaican Culture at the Penn Relays]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:49:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020543486_1200x675_932315203799.jpg

While the NFL Draft is getting the spotlight, another national treasure is taking place in Philadelphia. The 123rd Penn Relays are in town until Saturday. Aundrea Cline-Thomas shows us how local Jamaicans are fusing their culture with the historic event.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Penn Relays Blast From the Past]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:45:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/penn+relays+getty+usain+bolt+same.jpg

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<![CDATA[Plastic Bag Ban Minimizes Carbon Footprint ]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:04:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/plastic+bags.png

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<![CDATA[Think You've Got What it Takes to be a Pa. State Trooper? ]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:21:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/paradise+hills+activity_1.JPG Those that protect and serve need to meet certain requirements.

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<![CDATA[ICE Raids Mushroom Farm in Chester Co., 9 Arrested]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:38:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ICE+Raid+2+copy.jpg

In search of four undocumented immigrants, federal agents raided a mushroom farm facility in Chester County and took into custody nine workers there, according to witnesses and the owner of the farm.

None of those nine workers were the four that officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement were reportedly looking for.

ICE came onto the private property of a processing facility owned by South Mill Mushrooms Wednesday morning. The end of the raid, including the arrests of two men, were caught on video and posted to social media.

Michael Pia, the fourth-generation owner, told NBC10 on Friday that ICE did not make clear whether they had a warrant to come onto the property.

"I do not believe they had a warrant or no one told me there was one," Pia said. "They just came onto the property and at the apartment complex across the street. I was under the assumption they were allowed to."

"When an HR supervisor talked to the agents, they were already on the property. We're actually kind of looking into that," he said.

The raid on private property is the latest in a string of high-profile immigration busts to occur in the Philadelphia region since the beginning of the year. In March, nearly 250 were arrested across the region along with Delaware and West Virginia. Also in March, ICE officers made three early morning stops of vans filled with workers heading to job sites in Berks County.

The vans were targeted because they made frequent stops to pick up Latino workers, according to an immigration attorney in Reading who is investigating the stops on behalf of some detainees.

That attorney, Bridget Cambria, also questioned Friday the lawfulness of ICE's Chester County raid, noting that they would need a warrant to enter private property.

Two spokesman for the ICE field office in Philadelphia did not respond to an email seeking a government account of the mushroom farm raid. It is unclear where the men are being detained, but many suspected undocumented immigrants arrested in Pennsylvania are taken to York County Prison, which has a contract with the federal government.

Pia said the workers detained are not employees of South Mill, but are assigned to the processing plant on Starr Road in Kennett Square through a subcontractor. He said he did not immediately have the name of the subcontractor who employed the men.

ICE told farm supervisors that the officers came looking only for four individuals wanted by authorities, but Pia said he was told that none of the nine arrested were the people ICE was looking for.

Witnesses to the ICE raid Wednesday told Telemundo62 that the scene was chaotic as workers at the plant realized who the ICE officers were.

The witness said "no one knew where to run but everyone scattered."

ICE officers in "la migra" cars were at the mill for three hours after rounding up nine of those workers who initially tried to flee.

The witness added that ICE officers told people at the plant that "we'll be back."

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Pia said it's the third such raid in the mushroom mecca surrounding Kennett Square that he's heard of, but the first at any of his properties. South Mill Mushrooms dates to 1932 when, according to the company's website, "John Pia, an Italian immigrant, began operating a small mushroom farm in southeastern Chester County."

Over the decades, the business expanded until in 1982, the Pia family was able to purchase one of the region's largest mushroom farms from the Clorox Corporation.

The day of the raid, the company honored a 20-year veteran of the company, Roberto Alvarez, on its website as part of what the company calls "#WhoWeAreWednesday."

"Roberto was born in Puebla, Mexico and migrated to the United States with his parents and siblings when he was 11 years old. Roberto began working for us in 1997 as a Mechanic’s Helper. Several years later, he was promoted to Assistant Manager and since 2007 he has been the Manager of the Maintenance shop at our Tunnel operation. Roberto enjoys the new challenges he faces every day and the people with whom he works."



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<![CDATA[SoCal Inmate Was Dead for Days Before Body Discovered: ME]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:10:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Richard+Donovan+prison.JPG

An inmate found dead at California state prison lay dead for two to three days before authorities found him, officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

James Acuna, 58, was found dead Monday in his cell at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Vicky Waters.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives were called to the prison Monday. The Medical Examiner's office determined Acuna had died two to three days earlier, Lt. Ken Nelson said.

Nelson said, according the Medical Examiner, there were no indications of foul play.

Acuna was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, his second strike according to Waters. He began a 16-year sentence in October 2014.

Previous convictions included robbery with a firearm in 1984 and burglary in 2000.

No further details were given as an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Acuna's death were ongoing, Waters said.


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<![CDATA[How Trump's Tweets Have Changed in 100 Days as @POTUS]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:49:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/632863052-realdonaldtrump-potus-donald-trump-twitter.jpg

President Donald Trump is known for his quick-fire tweeting, a habit he believes helped him win the election. But as his term progressed, the number of likes and retweets each post received started to fall.

As he approaches his 100th day in office, @realDonaldTrump's rate of interactions is about a quarter of what it was on the week of his inauguration, according to data from CrowdTangle, the social media-monitoring platform. The official @POTUS account's interaction rate is about one-eighth of what it was the week of Jan. 20.

While the drop-off in likes and retweets, known as engagement, may seem like a blow for someone so committed to winning, social media experts say it's unsurprising.

"The dust is settling on social media" as people are winding down after a social-media frenzied election, said Jennifer Grygiel, an assistant communications professor at Syracuse's Newhouse School of Public Communications. 


Despite a fall in interactions, the following for Trump's two accounts has continued to grow, by a combined 27 percent — though the rate they've grown has also slowed down as he settled into the White House. Today @realDonaldTrump has 28.4 million followers, while @POTUS has 16.8 million followers.

@realDonaldTrump's most popular tweets as president all came in the first few weeks of his presidency — his most popular remains a Jan. 22 tweet noting the right to peaceful protest after the Women's March on Washington. (@POTUS tweets get much less engagement than Trump's personal account.)

Since then, most tweets have had much less engagement. The most popular tweet from March, in which he called Barack Obama a "Bad (or sick) guy!" and alleged without evidence that his predecessor tapped his phones at Trump Tower, received the 25th most likes and retweets since Jan. 20. April's most popular message wished "Happy Easter to everyone!" and was his 25th most popular as president.

On average, the accounts collected a combined 2.14 million interactions each week since the inauguration, according to the CrowdTangle analysis. Interactions with @realDonaldTrump spiked the week after the inauguration, while those with @POTUS spiked around his late-February address to Congress. 

The decline in interactions isn't necessarily indicative of an unsuccessful administration, Grygiel said.

"People are moving on with their lives, and also just consuming updates about the new administration by way of more traditional means, such as reading stuff that's published by journalists," she said.


Engagement could be falling because people find his tweets to be less helpful, according to Tom Hollihan, a communications professor at the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.

"One gets a sense even his hardcore supporters think [his] tweets are less helpful to his cause," Hollihan said, based on polling he's seen. 

Two-thirds of millennials, consummate social media users, found Trump's tweeting to be inappropriate, according to a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics survey conducted in March. A January NBC/WSJ poll found that nearly 70 percent of Americans thought Trump's Twitter habit was a bad idea.

The White House didn't respond to requests for comment for this story.

The president's tone varies greatly between his Twitter accounts, said USC professor Hollihan and Grygiel, the Syracuse professor. They had different explanations for why.

The @realDonaldTrump account frequently talks about the news cycle and "fake news" — something that isn't usually discussed on the @POTUS account, according to data that Grygiel collected through Sysomos, a social media analytics company.

Other popular words on @realDonaldTrump include "great," "big" and "Trump." @POTUS frequently mentions @realDonaldTrump — a sign of cross promotion, Grygiel said — along with "POTUS," "VP" and "White House," according to her analysis.

Hollihan said the @POTUS account is clearly being run by his advisers, while the @realDonaldTrump account is run from the president's cellphone.

But Grygiel said she believes Trump has split his time between his personal and official accounts, a strategy she calls "brilliant."

"He’s essentially split himself in two, and he has two strikingly different tones," Grygiel said.

Grygiel likened Trump's tone on @realDonaldTrump to that of "a mafia boss" — it appeals to the part of his base that wants him to be more aggressive. On the other hand, @POTUS has a more diplomatic tone she believes appeals to people outside of his base.

"It’s a really amazing strategy," Grygiel added. "I think he's essentially pandering to two populaces in this country."

Hollihan doesn't believe there is much of a strategy, and that Trump's tweets seem to sow confusion among his advisers and cabinet.

"I think instead what we see is that he's continuing this set of practices that seemed to work for him during the campaign," when Trump's reactiveness to news developments dominated his feed. "In fact, he's conducted himself in the first 100 days of his presidency exactly the same way he sought to conduct himself during the campaign."

Trump seems to tweet about a series of different issues every day in the White House, like health care, tax reform or renegotiating NAFTA, Hollihan added, rather than picking one to focus on so he can rally public and congressional support.

As for Trump's predecessor, Grygiel said there's no way to really compare Trump's Twitter habits and Obama's. Twitter and Facebook "really came of age" when Obama was in office, she said.

"Social media was something Obama had to adopt and grow over the eight years he was in office," Grygiel said. "He was probably one of the first presidents to hand over large-scale social media accounts to a new administration."

Hollihan said Obama used Twitter in a more reflective way.

"Nothing about Obama's temperament suggested he acted without...reflection, and yet that's what defines Trump’s use of social media," he said.

Both presidents' Twitter habits are vastly different, both in how often they tweeted and in content. Obama occasionally tweeted from his @POTUS account to comment on policy or current events, such as when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Trump, on the other hand, has tweeted nearly every single day since taking office. He tweets from @realDonaldTrump five times per day on average, according to CrowdTangle data. @POTUS sends out three tweets per day. 

"This is pretty remarkable that we have a president who's so willing to reveal that he is influenced by the last thing he hears on TV, or reads," Hollihan said.



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<![CDATA['Luxury' Fyre Festival in Bahamas Turns Into Fiasco]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:23:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/042817+fyre+festival1.jpg

A luxury music festival that promised to fly guests from Miami to the Bahamas for a "once-in-a-lifetime musical experience" had to be canceled after it turned into a disorganized debacle.

The Fyre Music Festival was supposed to be a two-weekend event starting Friday, held on a private island in the Exumas and offering the "best in music, cuisine, design and hospitality," according to the Fyre Festival Facebook page.

The festival, co-organized by Ja Rule, had steep ticket prices that included a roundtrip flight from Miami, a treasure hunt and performances by Blink-182, Major Lazer, Skepta and Disclosure. It advertised and targeted millennials with a luxury time with yachts and models, with some reportedly paying as much as $12,000 for their tickets. 

But festival-goers who arrived Thursday found conditions less than luxurious, and took to social media to voice their displeasure.

There were complaints of issues getting to the island and amid reports that the island was overcapacity.

One festival-goer, 21-year-old Tom Knight, of New Jersey, said his flight out of Miami was delayed for four hours and when he landed in the Bahamas there were no buses to escort people to the island.

Once they got there, Knight said their luggage didn't arrive for several hours and the accommodations were tents.

"We’re living in tents, the mattresses are soaking wet and there is just a pillow case, no pillow, no sheets. Some people are actually sleeping on the floor of their tents because there aren’t enough beds to go around," Knight said. "It’s literally one strip of road and the house, and that’s it, and all of the tents. It’s like, literally looks like a concentration camp."

Then, on Thursday night, Blink-182 announced they had canceled their appearance at the festival.

"Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests," a message on FyreFestival.com read. "At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can."

Festival organizers said they were working to put people on complimentary charter flights back to Miami.

"The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned," the website read.

Ja Rule said he was "heartbroken" in a tweet Friday, saying it wasn't his fault but he takes full responsibility.


The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released a statement Friday apologizing to people who came to the event.

"We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival," the statement read. "Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos."



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<![CDATA[Pro-Choice Group Calls Councilwoman a 'Rising Star']]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:51:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Helen+Gym.jpg

A trailblazing member of Philadelphia City Council is being recognized by a group dedicated to getting pro-choice woman elected.

Emily’s List recognized Councilwoman at-Large Helen Gym with its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award earlier this week. Gym is the first Asian-American woman on Philly's council.

In a Facebook post, Gym, a first-term Democrat, thanked the group for its support "and, most important, for believing in and building a broader movement for justice."

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Lucinda Guinn, vice president of campaigns at Emily's List, told NBC News that the work Gym has done for Philadelphia public schools, fighting to keep Philadelphia a sanctuary city and immigrant rights weighed into the recognition.

"All of our nominees this year were tremendous leaders in their communities, and Helen is no exception," Guinn told NBC News.

On its website, Emily’s List speaks of the group’s vision for a balance of power:

"Our vision is a government that reflects the people it serves, and decision makers who genuinely and enthusiastically fight for greater opportunity and better lives for the Americans they represent," the post says. "We will work for larger leadership roles for pro-choice Democratic women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office."

Gym said she plans to accept that reward and share her "Philadelphia story" at a gala in Washington, D.C. next week.



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<![CDATA[Osprey Recalls Child Backpack Carriers Due to Fall Hazard]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/osprey-backpack-recall.jpg

Osprey is recalling 82,000 child backpack carriers due to a fall hazard.

The recall involves all models of Osprey’s Poco, Poco Plus and Poco Premium child backpack carriers manufactured between January 2012 and December 2014.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child seated in the carrier can slip through the leg openings, posing a fall hazard to children.

Osprey says it has received four reports of children falling through the carrier, including one report of scratches to the head and another sustained a skull fracture.

The nylon child carriers were sold in three colors, “Romper Red,” “Koala Grey” and “Bouncing Blue.” They have a metal frame and a gray padded child’s seat inside.

The production date is stamped on a black label sewn into the interior of the large lower zippered compartment on the back of the carrier. “Osprey” is printed on the fabric above the kick stand. The model name is printed on the back at the bottom.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carriers and contact Osprey for a free Seat Pad Insert for use along with the existing safety straps to secure the child in the carrier.

Consumers who previously received and installed the free Seat Pad Insert in their carriers are not required to take further action.

The products were sold at REI and specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2012 to December 2015 for between $200 and $300.



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<![CDATA[5 Boys Face Charges in Caught-on-Cam Mall Brawl]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:50:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/King+of+Prussia+Mall+Attack+_23120949.jpg

Five boys face charges for a caught-on-camera attack of a 14-year-old boy at the King of Prussia Mall last month.

On Friday, Upper Merion Township police announced misdemeanor simple assault and harassment charges against three 14-year-olds and summary harassment charges against a 12- and 15-year-old in connection to the March 31 attack at the popular Montgomery County mall. Each boy was charged in juvenile court, police said.

The victim, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 he was celebrating his birthday with his girlfriend and his friend. They were walking through the mall around 8 p.m. when a group of about seven teens began following them and making threats.

"It was pretty scary," the teen, who suffered minor injuries, said. "I wasn’t expecting anything to happen. They were threatening that they were going to punch me and stuff."

The group then began to attack the teen, punching him as he fell to the ground. Store employees broke up the fight and the group fled the mall before security arrived. The incident was captured on cellphone video.

"He can’t fight anyway," the person recording the video says moments before the attack. "He can’t. It’s like a known f-----g fact."

Upper Merion Township Police Chief Thomas Nolan told NBC10 that based on their investigation, they believe the teen was targeted because he had broken up a previous fight the suspects were involved in.

"We have learned that this was not a random attack, but rather in retaliation of the victim’s efforts to break up a previous fight involving these same suspects that occurred a few weeks prior," Nolan said.


Nolan told NBC10 all of the suspects in the attack are students at Radnor Middle School. Police conducted interviews with each suspect with the boys' parents present, police said.

Nolan said the teens will be banned from the King of Prussia Mall.

Esther Purnell, the principal of Radnor Middle School, released a statement on the attack.

"We were disheartened to learn from the police that students from our school may have been involved," Purnell wrote. "We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation."

"We take great pride in our students and our school. While the actions of our alleged students as they pertain to this incident occurred outside the school day and do not represent all of us as a Radnor community, we would be remiss in not expressing our sincere disappointment and dismay. We do not tolerate this type of behavior."

Nolan also addressed concerns that the King of Prussia Mall had become unsafe in recent years, telling NBC10 those claims are not supported by crime statistics.

"During the years, 2013 through 2016 we have averaged 4.7 assaults per year," Nolan wrote. "Only one of those assaults rose to the grading of an aggravated assault. With nearly 20 million people visiting the mall each year, averaging less than five assaults per year is an extremely low percentage. During that same time period we averaged only three robberies at the mall per year."

Nolan encouraged shoppers to report any suspicious activities and listed the following contacts:

King of Prussia Mall Security: 610-265-7695
Upper Merion Township Police Department: 610-265-3232

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<![CDATA[NBC10’s Investigation Into America’s 1st Serial Killer]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:08:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020535727_1200x675_932010563615.jpg

NBC’s Tracy Davidson speaks with NBC10 Investigators reporter George Spencer about a new series of stories which uncovers some of Philly’s dark past, serial killer H.H. Holmes.

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<![CDATA[Family of Calif. Teen's Abductor to File Wrongful Death Claim Against FBI]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:35:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hannah-Dimaggio-File-Pic.jpg

The attorney for the family of James DiMaggio, the man killed by FBI sharpshooters after allegedly kidnapping teenager Hannah Anderson in 2013, will file an amended wrongful death claim in the case.

Attorney Keith Greer will file the amended $20 million claim in Federal Court in Idaho on Friday. The suit claims FBI agents used excessive and unjustified force in killing DiMaggio in Idaho after a 6-day manhunt.

“We have serious concern that they were waiting for an opportunity to kill him and not waiting for an opportunity to apprehend him,” said Greer.

DiMaggio’s sister has much stronger words.

“I believe that a kill squad went in and hunted my brother down like an animal and shot and killed him. I believe my brother was murdered,” said Lora DiMaggio Robinson.

DiMaggio was shot and killed by FBI sharpshooters on August 10, 2013. Investigators claim he fled to Idaho after allegedly kidnapping the then-16-year-old Anderson. Days earlier, the bodies of her mother and brother were found in DiMaggio’s burned down home in Boulevard, Calif., east of San Diego.

Federal and state prosecutors say agents acted reasonably when they shot and killed DiMaggio.

But attorney Greer says FBI drone surveillance video shows agents had ample time to apprehend DiMaggio.

“If we allow the enforcers, in this case, the hostage rescue team, to be the executioner and the judge and jury, the system falls apart. We can’t have the police coming in and shooting people because they think they’re bad people,” said Greer.

“We want the same thing I’ve wanted from the beginning. I want answers. I want the truth. I want to know what happened to my best friend,” said DiMaggio Robinson.



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<![CDATA[Carl Weathers Returns to Philly, Talks 'Apollo Creed' & NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020535944_1200x675_932036675920.jpg

Carl Weathers, well known in Philly as “Apollo Creed” from the famous "Rocky" films talks with NBC10’s Vai Sikahema about the NFL Draft and “Chicago Justice” on NBC10.

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