<![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-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:46 -0500Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:46 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Changing the Narrative on School Discipline]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:08:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019524884_1200x675_883827267731.jpg

Philadelphia Police and educators come together to change the narrative on school discipline. NBC10 Investigative reporter George Spencer looks at how this new discipline model is changing things for students.

<![CDATA[More Spring-Like Days on Tap]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:59:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019524981_1200x675_883827267728.jpg

If you missed thr nice weather Thursday, you still have another day and a half to enjoy it. NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has your most accurate neighborhood forecast.

<![CDATA[Residents Talk Safety After Kidnappings]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:53:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019524522_1200x675_883822659598.jpg

Residents of one apartment complex in New Castle County met with police and apartment management to talk about safety measures following kidnappings in the area.

<![CDATA[Driver Strikes Man in Crosswalk, Keeps Going]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:54:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/hit-and-run+Kensington.JPG

Philadelphia police are searching for a driver who struck a man in a crosswalk in Kensington and never stopped.

Surveilance video obtained exclusively by NBC10 showed the man crossing Clearfield Street in Kensington when a silver sedan with a sunroof flies through the crosswalk. 

The car struck the 43-year-old man, who was walking home from the store and kept going.

Police said the man was thrown 50 feet, suffered severe head trauma and broke both of his legs. He was rushed to Hahnemann Hospital in critical condition.

Police continued to search for a silver 4-door sedan with a sunroof that has front-end damage and a broken windshield.

Photo Credit: NBC10
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<![CDATA[Policing Our Schools: Rates of Discipline]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:31:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/policing+our+school.jpg

The NBC10 Investigators have dug into local policies for school discipline, and some schools in our region have suspension rates high above the national average.
In response to this report, William Penn School District offered the following response: 

"Suspensions do not resolve disciplinary issues, and are educationally detrimental. The District has been aware of the high suspension numbers, and is actively working to reduce the overall rate of suspension, as well as the rate of suspension for students with disabilities. 

Over the past four years, the District has adopted a multi-pronged approach to reduce suspension, including, but not limited to the following:

- Working in tandem with PDE on an Improvement Plan to reduce suspensions

- Training principals in alternatives to suspension

- Training staff in trauma-informed practices, restorative justice, and other alternatives to suspension

- Expanding Schoolwide PBIS to the high school (after an almost two-year planning phase, the high school had its PBIS kick-off in September of 2016)

- Increasing mental health services and supports available to students during the school day

- Teaching a social skills curriculum at the elementary level

- Working to improve the engagement of students during classes

- Reviewing policies and procedures, including Student Code of Conduct

- Sending building teams to the PDE Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Training in the spring of 2017"

<![CDATA[Will the Warmth Last?]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:23:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thursday+weather+2-23.jpg

People all across our region were outside enjoying the warmth on Thursday, but how long will the nice weather last? NBC10 Chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has the answers.

<![CDATA[Family Outraged After Deadly Hit-and-Run]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:50:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/family+outraged+after+hit+and+run.jpg

A driver who hit and killed a 16-year-old boy, then drove off, won't face prison time. Now, the 16-year-old's family is outraged.

<![CDATA[Organizers Don't Plan to Stop Protests]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lauren+5pm+protests.jpg

Less than 100 days into Donald Trump's presidency, organizers say they don't plan to stop protesting. NBC10's Lauren Mayk has the story.

<![CDATA[Materials on Roof Burn at South Jersey Warehouse]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:57:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+LOGAN+NJ+FIRE+-+BUILDING+UNDER+CONSTRUCTION+-+18-21-58-08_22672584.jpg

Fire raged through a building under construction in Gloucester County Thursday evening.

Fire broke out at the LogistiCenter at Logan located along the 2600 block of Oldmans Creek Road in Logan Township just before 6 p.m.

Heavy flames could be seen on a corner of the roof of a large warehouse from SkyForce10 overhead.

Fire crews could be seen on the roof spraying water on materials that were burning on the roof.

The fire was brought under control around 8:30.

There was no report of injuries. Officials continued to investigate how the fire started.

Photo Credit: SkyForce10]]>
<![CDATA[SEPTA Unveils New Bus Model With USB Charging Ports]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:18:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New+SEPTA+Bus+USB+port.jpg SEPTA showcased its new bus model -- the 2017 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40 -- in front of the the public transit service's headquarters on Thursday. Here are some of the innovative features the new vehicles will possess.

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<![CDATA[ICE Detainee with Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital: Lawyer]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:08:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/041211+ICE+agent+generic.jpg

An undocumented woman in need of surgery to remove a brain tumor is being held at a North Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, Attorney Chris Hamilton said.

Sara Beltran Hernandez has been held at the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado since November 2015. 

She collapsed at the detention center this month after complaining of headaches, nosebleeds and memory loss, according to Hamilton. He went on to say she was then transported to Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Burleson, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that requires surgery.

Hamilton claims his client was denied access to her other attorney and to vital medical attention while in ICE custody. 

Paralegal Melissa Zuniga says Beltran Hernandez has waited 13 days to have surgery and the lawyers in her asylum case are asking for a humane release to receive that care, The Associated Press reported.

According to AP, Zuniga says the woman's condition is worsening with nosebleeds, loss of memory and other symptoms increasing.

The 26-year-old fled her native El Salvador because of the violence there, Hamilton said. She came to the United States illegally but immediately sought asylum and surrendered to authorities.

Hamilton believes Beltran Hernandez was detained for not having proper documentation when she tried to go to New York City to be with family. Family members have also reportedly been trying to petition for her asylum.

A spokesperson for ICE said Beltran Hernandez was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday and was returned to the detention center.

In a statement to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth the agency said:

"ICE takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care ... During [Beltran Hernandez's] stay at the hospital, ICE ensured that she was able to speak to her family and to her attorney by phone. Like all detainees in our care, Ms. Beltran will continue to have access to 24-hour emergency medical care and to any required specialized treatment at an outside facility."

Hamilton claims Beltran Hernandez was forcibly removed from the hospital and that she was bound somehow.

"She's in a lot of pain," Hamilton told NBCDFW.

He also said a brain surgeon offered Wednesday night to help care for the woman.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Wawa Sets Grand Opening Date for South Florida Stores]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:05:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wawa+Delco+Kenneth+Hilario.jpg

After months of growing anticipation, Wawa fans in South Florida can now mark their calendars with a grand opening date: March 23.

The family-owned chain of convenience stores announced opening dates for three of its South Florida locations, in a "Save the Date" distributed on Thursday.

The company has not yet released any details on which stores will participate in the triple grand opening, but more details will be released ahead of the opening celebration.

Wawa celebrated the opening of its 100th Florida store last November, and says it has plans to open 25-30 stores every year throughout the state over the next several years. 

<![CDATA[Celebrating Spring-Like Temps]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:54:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019518199_1200x675_883544131829.jpg

How did you spend your Thursday in the 70s? People across our region spent their day outside and driving convertibles with the top down.

<![CDATA[Councilmember: Make Philly More Pot Dispensary-Friendly]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:51:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/11-14-2016-pot-club.jpg

As Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program begins to take shape, local lawmakers worry Philadelphia could be left out of the burgeoning economy.

A state rule prohibiting dispensaries from being within 1,000 feet of schools or daycare centers poses a potential roadblock for a city bursting with both amenities. If enforced in the city, Philadelphia could lose out on having any dispensaries within city limits.

Councilman Derek Green is leading the charge to change that rule before the state breathes life into its inaugural cannabis program next year.

“The goal is to say to the state ‘Allow us to use the regulatory zoning framework … to have an industry flourish in Philadelphia and provide constituents with access to dispensaries within their communities,” Green said.

He and 16 members of city council sent a letter last week to John J. Collins, the director of the office of medical marijuana, asking the Pennsylvania Department of Health to reconsider the existing zoning restriction. In its place, Green proposed a 500-feet rule that would apply to both child-serving entities - such as schools, libraries, parks, playgrounds and daycare centers - and adult attractions, such as bars and tattoo shops.

“This rule strikes a balance between access for patients and concern about proximity to children in the spirit of the Medical Marijuana Act that makes sense for Philadelphia,” the letter said.

In addition for providing access to patients, encouraging dispensaries inside the city could also bring a big revenue boost.

“It could have a very significant economic impact,” Green said, adding that the industry generated more than $5 billion in 2016.

“The commonwealth has the reputation as having educational and research opportunities for medical institutions. None of the other states that allow medical marijuana allow research - we can grow on that existing edge.”

Recently, Thomas Jefferson University received $3 million from Australian philanthropists to support its ongoing medicinal cannabis research. And pharmaceutical companies such as KannaLife, located in Doylestown, have already started looking into marijuana-based treatment for head injuries common in football and other sports.

This kind of research first sparked Green’s interest in cannabis. As a father whose 16-year-old son has autism, the councilmember is interested in how alternative treatments can help families who have exhausted other options.
For example, a 2013 study found that certain cannabinoid brain receptors offer a “potential therapeutic target for the pharmacological management of the autism care." A second study published that same year reached a similar conclusion in mice.

Green wants to encourage this kind of research to continue in both Philadelphia and the commonwealth. Gov. Tom Wolf told NBC10: “I am reviewing [the request] and certainly want to be as cooperative as I can.”

The state is expecting to receive $8.4 million in application fees alone. This revenue will be put into a medical marijuana fund and distributed to the Department of Health, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and law enforcement agencies.

Applications for dispensaries and cultivation are open now through March 20.

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<![CDATA[Peeps-Flavored Oreo Cookies Are Here]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:37:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/oreo-peeps.jpg

Move over peanut butter and jelly, a new flavor fusion is sweetening up store shelves.

Oreo and Peeps have joined forces for a limited edition Peeps Oreo sandwich cookie.

The Oreo features two golden cookies with a marshmallow Peeps-flavored filling.

The new sweet tweet will be sold at Wal-Mart's nation-wide starting Feb. 22.

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<![CDATA[Philly Pizzeria Giving Away Free Slices For 10th Anniversary]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:21:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SliCE+Anniversary+Pizza.jpg

A Philadelphia pizzeria is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in a rather cheesy way.

Marlo and Jason Dilks, owners of SliCE Pizza, announced Thursday they will be throwing a "weekend-long pizza party" at all four of their locations to mark SliCE's 10 years in business.

To kick off the weekend celebration, SliCE will be giving away one free slice of pizza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Each location -- Rittenhouse, Italian Market, Fishtown and Washington Township -- will have a rotating selection of signature pizzas during the two hours.

"We have been so very fortunate to do what we love and serve thousands of pies to all corners of the region for the last ten years," Marlo said. "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to host a pizza party and give away slices as a way to show our appreciation. We look forward to sharing our love of pizza for another ten years."

In addition, all large pizzas will be $10 this weekend only. The special includes every signature variety on the menu, and February's pizza of the month: the Gluten Free Green Goddess.

To top things off, SliCE will feature the "10th Anniversary Pizza"-- available only this weekend. This variety is made of mozzarella and taleggio cheese topped with 1732 meats guanciale, sautéed brussels sprouts and kalamata olives. 

"Jason and I worked together on the 10th Anniversary Pizza," Marlo said. "We wanted to offer a high-end, flavorful and unique that incorporated our current favorite ingredients. It was the perfect excuse to get extra creative in the kitchen, plus we were able to partner again with 1732 Meats -- who is one of the many local partners we are so fortunate to work with at all of our restaurants."

For addresses to one of four "pizza parties," visit SliCE's website.

Photo Credit: SliCE Pizza]]>
<![CDATA[Doctor Called 'Monster' Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:42:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Gymnastic-doc-sexual-abuse.jpg

Toting a Bible, disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty to molesting young girls — the latest in a string of charges that led Michigan's top prosecutor to call him "a monster," NBC News reported. 

A judge ordered Nassar held without bond — a moot point since he is already locked up without bail on federal child pornography charges and a state charge that he repeatedly molested a family friend starting when she was 6 years old.

Wearing orange jail garb with his left hand shackled to his waist, Nassar gave only brief answers to the judge's questions at the first of two back-to-back arraignments in two counties on 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

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Photo Credit: David Eggert/AP Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Main Line School Worker Shows Lewd Images to Students: Cops]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:50:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Presbyterian+Childrens+Village+Maya+Johnson.jpg

For the second time in less than a month, a Main Line school is dealing with a sexual investigation on campus.

This time, Radnor Township Police allege Presbyterian Children's Village direct care staff member Maya Johnson showed sexually provocative content to minors and showed her bare buttocks to students at the school on Roberts Road in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.

Radnor investigators began looking into the allegations on Feb. 9 after being alerted by The Village’s human resources department the school had fired Johnson.

Police interviewed two minors and one 18-year-old victim, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC10.

One juvenile told investigators that Johnson, 35, showed her a photo on Johnson’s cellphone in January that showed the employee dressed in lingerie – her breasts partially exposed. The child didn’t feel comfortable having an adult show her the photo so she told a counselor who notified Child Line, police said.

The 18-year-old told investigators Johnson showed her the same photo last month. The 18-year-old also claimed Johnson flashed her buttocks to a group of students, police said.

Further investigation revealed Johnson also showed a cellphone video of herself masturbating to the two minors, police said. Johnson told the girls she had sent the video to her boyfriend, police said.

The girls and the 18-year-old all said they felt uncomfortable being shown the sexual images and the flashing. [[238427591, C]]

Police charged Johnson with corruption of minors and disorderly conduct. As of Wednesday afternoon, the case wasn't listed on online court records.

This incident came just weeks after The Village teacher Nina Scott was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a former student on and off campus.

The Village released a statement Thursday stating gratitude for residents coming forward in the Johnson case.

"For 140 years, The Village has provided care for children and families in our community," the school said. "We are grateful that our residents immediately alerted us to the behavior of this former employee. Their actions enabled us to act swiftly in terminating her and immediately reporting their allegations to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ ChildLine. The Radnor Police then began an investigation with the assistance of the involved residents and our staff. We have fully cooperated with the investigation and have reaffirmed to the Radnor Police that they have our full support as they proceed with this case."

Photo Credit: Radnor Township Police]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Officer Faces Assault Charges for Post-Road Rage Shooting]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:48:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Owen+Farmer+Gwynedd+Road+Rage.jpg

A former police officer in Montgomery County allegedly shot a 15-year-old during what police are calling a road rage encounter.

Owen Farmer III allegedly shot the girl Saturday outside his home after the car she was a passenger in ran over his foot, police in Upper Gwynedd Township said Thursday. Farmer is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and other charges.

The incident allegedly began during an encounter between Farmer’s 20-year-old stepdaughter, driving a 2014 Ford Escape, on North Wales Road in Montgomeryville and the driver of a BMW X5, Upper Gwynedd police said in a criminal complaint obtained by NBC10.

On the night of the encounter, the stepdaughter told investigators she passed the BMW after its driver appeared to be turning off the roadway. The BMW driver allegedly then honked the horn and flashed the headlights, to which Farmer's stepdaughter responded giving the BMW driver the middle finger, the stepdaughter told police.

The BMW driver then allegedly chased Farmer's stepdaughter through North Wales Borough. While driving toward her home on Second Street in the West Point section of Upper Gwynedd, the woman called Farmer, told him she was being followed and said he needed to come outside with his gun, she told police.

As the 20-year-old pulled into the driveway, Farmer ran out toward the BMW in the street, asking the driver “what the f*@k?” the stepdaughter told police.

Farmer moved toward the back of the BMW, as the driver began to drive away, the stepdaughter told police. Farmer said “she ran over my foot,” according to the criminal complaint.

As the BMW driver fled the scene, Farmer fired three shots, striking the back of the car, police said.

When officers arrived just before 10 p.m., they found Farmer – hold his Glock model 23, .40 caliber pistol – seated outside the home, police said. Medics transported Farmer, 45, to Lansdale Hospital where doctors treated him for a broken foot.

The next day, detectives interviewed a woman who claimed to be the driver of the BMW. She told investigators that she was driving her husband and 15-year-old daughter toward their Lansdale home when a driver began tailgating her and then flipped her off. She told police she followed the car into a neighborhood, investigators said.

The driver said that as she began to drive away from the area, she saw a man holding a gun then heard the rear glass of her car shatter. She then drove her daughter to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia since the girl complained of pain.

Doctors at Einstein treated the girl for a gunshot wound to her back, police said. The bullet went through the car window and through a headrest and a seat before striking the girl, police said.

Police interviewed Farmer Sunday and he told them he received a call from his stepdaughter that she was being followed so he grabbed his gun and went outside, the police complaint said. Farmer admitted to confronting the driver and firing three times at her vehicle.

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reached Farmer's family and attorney for comment. Farmer's family confirmed that Farmer is a retired member of the Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department. According to his Linkedin profile, Farmer is also a former Pennsylvania Army National Guard sergeant. He served nine years (2001-2010) as a patrolman/traffic safety officer for the Upper Gwynedd Police Department.

A judge arraigned Farmer Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and three counts of reckless endangerment and set bail at $50,000, court records said.

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Photo Credit: Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office]]>
<![CDATA[Political Whirlwind Castor Pops Up Again in Limelight]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:11:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bruce+Castor+on+Bill+Cosby+11172014.jpg

When it comes time to leave public life, some politicians disappear gently into that dark night.

Others burn out fantastically, whether through indictment or embarrassment.

And then there are those politicians who linger, like the garlic taste from last night’s marinara, unable to depart from the public eye.

For this last category, every place has one: If Pennsylvania has Ed Rendell, then Montgomery County has Bruce Castor Jr.

The former district attorney and county commissioner from Lower Salford Township has popped up everywhere in the last year: the Cosby case, Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s last meeting as commissioner, the Kathleen Kane fiasco, and as a Centre County special prosecutor of all places.

The man has been prodigious in his ability to remain in the limelight -- all despite the fact he retired from public service last January.

This week, he reappeared again on a midday television series called "Crime Watch Daily." The syndicated show hosted by Chris Hansen of NBC's "To Catch a Predator" notoriety featured a long segment on the case of Rafael Robb, the murderer released from prison in January for beating his wife to death in their Upper Merion home in 2006.

Robb’s case captivated Montgomery County and southeastern Pennsylvania for its brutality and for Robb's high-profile position as an economist at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a nationally-renowned expert in game theory.

Castor often alluded to Robb’s intelligence throughout the investigation and trial, with a catchphrase that he again utilized in the Crime Watch report: “They are still amateur killers, and we’re professional catchers of killers.”

At the heart of the Robb case, however, remains the suffering that Ellen Gregory Robb’s family has endured since her death. Their pain centers on the fact that Rafael Robb pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter instead of facing first-degree murder at trial. The manslaughter plea came with a sentence of three-and-a-half to 20 years, whereas the murder charge would have meant life in prison.

Castor says in the crime show that he believed Robb killed his wife in a crime of passion and that the act was not premediated. He also says he didn’t think the judge would sentence Robb to only five to 10 years.

“I argued that the facts and circumstances warranted the maximum sentence of 20 years,” Castor says on the show. “The judge didn’t agree and imposed a 10-year term. I didn’t expect him to do that.”

Attorneys who subsequently sued Rafael Robb on behalf of his daughter, Olivia, won the now 22-year-old woman a massive $124 million judgment, though they admitted on the show that Rafael Robb is believed to have assets of about $3-4 million.

Still, the attorneys, renowned Philadelphia litigants Robert Mongeluzzi and Andrew Duffy, continue to argue that the murder was premeditated.

Despite their arguments, Robb is free after 10 years. His future is up in the air, with court filings suggesting he wants to relocate to Pittsburgh -- or perhaps stay in Montgomery County.

As for Castor, his future would seem to be more set in stone. He practices law with an Ardmore firm that now includes his name in its title, Rogers Castor, and he still works as a special prosecutor for the Centre County District Attorney's Office.

But the future can be a hard thing to predict. Several months after his Montgomery County "retirement" last January, Castor popped up rather spectacularly in Kane’s controversy-riddled Attorney General’s Office. And he then surprisingly slid into the top job for a few months when Kane resigned.

Reached by phone Thursday, the talkative lawyer said he is done with elected office. But...

"There's always the chance somebody, sometime will ask if I can serve on a commission here or an appointment there. I’ll do it if i think it’s helpful," he said. "But those are temporary gigs, designed to produce one product or one result. I don’t want to get stuck in any elected office."

Unprompted, he even suggested an intriguing short-term gig -- which doesn't actually exist...yet.

"For example, if the (state) Supreme Court said go down to the Philadelphia DA’s office and clean it up pending the election" later this year, he said.

So it is for some longtime politicians like Castor: Burning out or fading away aren’t the only options.

Sticking around, always looming just off center stage, is an ambition unto itself, whether or not the audience wants to hear any more lines from your character.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Feeling Like Spring in February]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:12:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019512710_1200x675_883293251900.jpg

NBC10’s Pamela Osborne talks with people taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather along Kelly Drive Thursday.

<![CDATA[White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out of CPAC]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:13:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdII.jpg

Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who popularized the term "alt-right," was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday after holding an impromptu press conference in a hallway where the gathering is being held. 

"He is not welcome here," a spokesman for CPAC told NBC News.

Spencer said he was initially given credentials to attend the conference, but they were taken from him after he spoke to reporters in the hallway of the Maryland convention center. 

Spencer has espoused racist and anti-Semitic views, and reiterated those thoughts in a brief interview with NBC as he was leaving CPAC.

He told NBC race plays a major role in identity and that he believes whites are becoming a persecuted minority in the United States. 

Spencer also said he thinks CPAC attendees and younger conservatives would rather hear what he has to say, than listen to establishment Republicans. 

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[NY Zoo Giraffe Stream Banned for 'Nudity' Back After Outcry]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/giraffe8.jpg

YouTube has apparently restored an upstate New York zoo's livestream of a giraffe preparing to give birth that had been abruptly suspended Thursday after animal activists complained about "nudity and sexual content" in violation of the site's policy. 

More than 20 million had been viewing the cam, placed in the stall of “April” the giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, in anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf. People from all over the world watched the long-necked animal slink gracefully around her hay-laden home, giddy with excitement.

Suddenly, shortly before 8 a.m., the stream stopped.

The Animal Adventure Park posted on Facebook that YouTube yanked the stream for "nudity & sexual content" and said "Animal Rights Extremists" were responsible.

The post was shared more than 6,200 times within an hour as thousands of commenters voiced frustration over "the miracle of life" being banned from YouTube. At least one person suggested the zoo put clothes on the giraffe. 

In a Facebook live addressing the controversy, the zoo's owner, Jordan Patch, said, "This is a perfect example of why we cannot have nice things."

Patch said it's OK that some animal activists don't agree with the zoo's decision to stream the birth, but that they were wrong to get YouTube to pull it.  

"This has pulled an educational tool away from tens of millions of individuals," he said.

A two-hour stream documenting part of the giraffe's labor was allowed to remain online, though the comment section was rife with angry users demanding YouTube restore the live video. By 9:45 a.m., it was back up -- and by 1:30 p.m., the giraffe was still swinging its tail comfortably, no sign the birth was imminent. 

YouTube didn't directly respond to the controversy, but clearly delineated policies on its site ask users to flag content they believe violates standards. The site has an appeals process in place for users, and if content is removed in error, YouTube works quickly to reinstate it.

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months. Labor will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour. The zoo says it will hold a contest to name the calf.

Though it'll be 15-year-old April's fourth calf, it'll be a first for 5-year-old dad Oliver, the zoo says. 

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