<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usWed, 22 Nov 2017 13:48:30 -0500Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:48:30 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[International Fugitive Jailed on $5M in Bucks Co. Death]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:46:05 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nelio+Sotomayor+Bucks+County+Deadly+Crash.jpg

Nearly seven years after a vehicular homicide suspect escaped to his native Peru, he sits behind bars in suburban Philadelphia on $5 million bail. Nelio Sotomayor-Sanchez is accused of causing a head-on crash that happened just days before Christmas.

Authorities arrested Sotomayor-Sanchez, 46, earlier this year in Lima. On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals accompanied him back to the United States to face charges in the 2010 death of a Newtown Township woman.

Sheree Maillie, a 55-year-old teacher's aide, died when Sotomayor-Sanchez's Volkswagen Beetle crossed a double-yellow line while attempting to pass another vehicle along Woodburne Road in Middletown Township on Dec. 23, 2010, according to a criminal complaint. He struck Maillie's Chrysler PT Cruiser head on, authorities said. She died a short time later.

Sotomayor-Sanchez did not have a license at the time of the crash, police said.

He was taken to a nearby medical center and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Just days after leaving the hospital, Sotomayor-Sanchez moved to Tampa, Florida, authorities said.

A day after being charged in Bucks County court in February 2011, Sotomayor-Sanchez flew to Colombia and then home to Peru despite facing several charges, including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and causing a fatal accident while driving without a license.

Court documents suggest Sotomayor-Sanchez was aware of these charges when he fled to South America, police said. He was later charged with unlawful international flight to avoid prosecution. 

On Tuesday, Judge Diane Gibbons set Sotomayor-Sanchez's bail at $5 million. He is due to go on trial on Dec. 11, according to court documents.



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<![CDATA[15 Tolerable Things to Do With the In-Laws This Weekend]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:46:04 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20171122+VictoryThumb.jpg Has your family come to town for Thanksgiving weekend? Get them out of of the house -- and out of your hair -- with these 15 tolerable activities.]]> <![CDATA[Man, Woman Face Murder Charges in Strip Mall Lot Killing]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:55:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Deanna+Durante+Plymouth+Killing.JPG

Two days after a bloodied dead man was found slumped over in a running car outside a strip mall, two people face charges in the murder that shook a Montgomery County community.

The yet-to-identified man and woman will be arraigned on murder charges Wednesday.

Police said the car was running with its headlights and wipers on Monday evening near the West Ridge Center on Ridge Pike and Lynda Drive in Plymouth Township. Inside the vehicle they discovered the body of a man who was slumped over.

Sources said the victim was stabbed multiple times. Detectives searched for evidence in the parking lot of the Outback Steakhouse across the street from the strip mall where the victim was found.

Surveillance video shows two people come from the Outback lot and appear to get in a car. On Tuesday, police announced two people of interest in the case.

Neighbors say they've seen an increase in crime recently in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.



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<![CDATA[What Stores Will Be Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day?]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:08:31 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Grovcery+Store+aisle.jpg What stores will be closing their doors on Thanksgiving day, and which ones will be welcoming shoppers looking to get an early start on Black Friday? Check out our guide.

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<![CDATA[Beloved 'Tonk' the Bison Dies]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:04:13 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elmwood+Park+Zoo+Bison+Tatonka+Tonk.jpg

A suburban Philadelphia zoo is mourning the death of a beloved bison.

Veterinarians at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown euthanized 20-year-old American bison Tatonka Wednesday. Tatonka suffered from pain and discomfort caused by osteoarthritis, the zoo said.

Affectionately known as "Tonk," the bison was born in 1997 at the Trexler Nature Preserve in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. He came to the Montgomery County zoo in 1998.

"Tonk is very loved and he will be greatly missed," zoo executive director Al Zone said. "He is one of the animals I’ve admired the most. As much as he’s big and powerful, he’s also gentle and graceful in ways you wouldn’t expect."

Tonk lived in the zoo’s bison exhibit along with partner Dakota and their two children, Wendy and Francis. Tonk was part of the zoo’s bison feeding program that began in 2014.

"His large size made him a stand out... Although slow and lumbering during the hot summer months, Tatonka often enjoyed running through mounds of snow during winter storms," the zoo said in a news release.



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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Safety: Roads & Rails]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:50:36 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thanksgiving_travel.jpg

An estimated 51 million Americans will be traveling for Thanksgiving. NBC10's Katy Zachry is at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia to give us some tips on staying safe on the roads and on the rails.

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<![CDATA[100s Gather As Prison Won't Stop Meek Mill's Turkey Giveaway]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:39:21 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meek+Mill+Rapping.jpg

Rapper Meek Mill's five-year tradition of giving out turkeys to his fellow Philadelphians continued on Thanksgiving Eve this year despite the lionized musician's controversial imprisonment.

Mill, 30, began the holiday event in 2013 with the help of community leaders like South Philadelphia's Anton Moore. That first year, 200 turkeys were handed out at the Vare Middle School, as well as winter coats.

This year, as many as 1,000 turkeys will be distributed at four locations throughout Wednesday morning and afternoon. The first batch of birds were given out at Moore's community organization, Unity in the Community, at Point Breeze Avenue and Dickinson Street, starting at 11 a.m.

The giveaways were to proceed then at noon at Bible Way Baptist Church, 1323 North 52nd St.; 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave.; and 3 p.m. at Strawberry Mansion Learning Center, Dauphin Street and North 30th Street.

Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, has become a nationally-recognized figure in recent weeks after a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge sentenced him to jail for probation violations.

Activists and renowned musicians from Colin Kaepernick to Jay-Z have pointed to his jailing as symbolic of what they describe as harsh treatment of blacks by the criminal justice system.

Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins took part in a Center City #FreeMeek" rally. 

Kaepernick said in social media posts that he spoke with Mill in prison and said the rapper was "in good spirits."

Jay-Z wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the Mill has "been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside."

"Consider this: Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence," Jay-Z wrote. "Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life."

Mill's attorneys have filed appeals to Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley's sentence of two to four years in prison. Brinkley, who has overseen Mill's decade-long probation, has not made a ruling on the appeal. 

His attorneys have also asked that Brinkley recuse herself from Mill's case and any appeals. They claimed in court filings that the judge has expressed herself over the years "in personal, injudicious terms when ruling or explaining her rulings" in the ongoing probation hearings.

The recusal request included some tawdry accusations, like a claim that she asked the Philadelphia-born rapper to record a version of a Boyz II Men song and include a shout out to Brinkley. Another claim accuses the judge of recommending Mill leave his management agency, Roc Nation, which is headed by Jay-Z, and rejoin his original manager, a Philadelphia man named Charlie Mack.

In sending Mill to jail Nov. 6, Brinkley said Mill "does what he wants" despite repeated warnings.

Twice in recent years, Brinkley ruled that Mill violated his probation by being associated with an alleged fight at a St. Louis airport and being charged with popping wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.



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<![CDATA[Plan Ahead to Avoid Long Lines at Philly Airport]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:47:12 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plan_Ahead_to_Avoid_Long_Lines_at_the_Airport.jpg

The day before thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. NBC10's Matte DeLucia is at Philadelphia International Airport to see just how busy it will get. If you have a flight, get there early and be prepared to wait in line.

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<![CDATA[Wreck Closes Busy Road Day Before Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:47:05 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Burlington+Route+130+Crash.JPG

Police asked drivers to avoid a busy New Jersey road after a big rig trailer overturned the day before Thanksgiving.

The second trailer of a long combination semi-truck flipped onto its side during a crash with a box truck along U.S. Route 130 North at Neck Road in Burlington around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Burlington County dispatchers said.

One person suffered what are believed to be minor injuries, dispatchers said.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area as investigators blocked both directions.

The road remained closed for hours before opening around midday.



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<![CDATA[Residents Join to Restore High School Football Field]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:45:47 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Residents_Join_and_Restore_High_School_Football_Field.jpg

NBC10's Dray Clark highlights the residents of Coatesville and how they worked together to restore Scott Field, the high school football field. Learn more about why they did the restoration and plans they still have.

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<![CDATA[Drink & Eat Where Pa.'s President Vacationed]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:48:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/James_Buchanan_Old_Summer_Home_Now_Bar_and_Restaurant.jpg

NBC10's Dray Clark takes us inside Thorndale Craft House, a new bar and restaurant that was once President James Buchanan's summer home. While restoration continues to be done, some historical pieces will remain.

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Drug Ring Gets Busted]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:07:30 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New_Jersey_Drug_Ring_Gets_Busted.jpg

Fourty-nine people have been charged in a New Jersey heroin ring. Jen Maxfield reports.

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<![CDATA[Family of NJ Cyclist Killed in Truck Rampage Sues NYC]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:53:37 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/darren+drake.jpg

The estate of the New Jersey cyclist who was killed when a truck driver rammed a rental truck down a Manhattan bike path last month, leaving seven others dead and a dozen more injured, is suing New York City. 

In a notice of claim filed Tuesday, the family of Darren Drake alleged that the city, its departments of parks and transportation and the Hudson River Park Trust knew that cars could and had gotten on the Hudson River Greenway's bike path before Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov's alleged rampage on Oct. 31, and didn't do enough to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe ahead of the attack. 

Drake, a 32-year-old project manager for Moody's Investors Service at the World Trade Center, was out for a bike ride between meetings that day when police said Saipov's truck hit and killed him. Five Argentinians celebrating a graduation anniversary, a 31-year-old Belgian national, Anne Laure Decadt, and Nicholas Cleves, of Manhattan, also died in the attack. 

According to Tuesday's claim, Drake's family seeks unspecified monetary damages. News 4 has reached out to the city Law Department seeking comment. 

Police said after the attack that Saipov, 29, told investigators he planned the attack for a year and rented a truck to practice turning onto the bike path a week ahead of time. He also said he was inspired to carry out the attack after watching ISIS videos, according to police, and asked to have the terror group's flag displayed in his hospital room after being shot by an NYPD officer as he ran from his crashed truck with a BB and paint gun in each hand. 

Saipov was indicted on terror and murder charges on Tuesday. 

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<![CDATA[Catch Up Quickly: Arrest in Car Stabbing]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:34:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Plymouth-Township-Strip-Mall-Homicide.jpg

Here are the top news stories you need to know to start your day from your friends at NBC10.


TODAY'S TOP STORY 

Person in Custody in Connection With Plymouth Meeting Car Killing: A person is in custody for questioning related to the killing of a driver Monday in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County. The person, identified by a source as 31 years old, is one of the two people that local police would like to talk to about the death of the still-unidentified man found dead inside a car. Police said the car was running with its headlights and wipers Monday evening near the West Ridge Center on Ridge Pike and Lynda Drive. Inside the vehicle they discovered the body of a man who was slumped over. Sources said the victim was stabbed multiple times. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Detectives searched for evidence in the parking lot of the Outback Steakhouse across the street from the strip mall where the victim was found.

    WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

    Remains of 2 Recovered from Barclay Friends Fire: The remains of two victims have been recovered from a burned out senior living community in West Chester Tuesday, five days after a massive fire broke out, officials said. Special agents with the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team, Pennsylvania State Police, and Chester County Fire Marshal’s office located the remains of the first victim inside the Barclay Friends Senior Center Tuesday morning. The second was found Tuesday afternoon. With two found, two more people living at the senior community ravaged by a five-alarm inferno last week are still presumed dead. Family members of all four victims had been notified, but the identities of those who were found was not released, officials said.

    YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST  

    Wednesday could see some rain in the morning but it is expected to move out by late afternoon. But temperatures are expected to drop Wednesday. Thursday is expected to be chilly but sunny with temperatures in the 40s. Friday is expected to be sunny and temperatures could hit 50 degrees. Saturday could see a slight warm up with temperatures nearing 60 degrees. Sunday and Monday are expected to be chilly with temperatures back in the 40s. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

        TODAY'S TALKER                

        Toys R Us Cancels Orders Purchased During Coupon Glitch: Many parents were left frustrated and angry Saturday after their Toys R Us purchases were canceled by the company. Some customers shared three coupon codes online that were intended for use by Toys R Us credit card holders. An apparent glitch in the system allowed customers to stack the coupons and use them together for one massive discount. The codes allowed 25, 20 and 15 percent combined off the total purchase. Shoppers were ecstatic about the savings. But the next day, some customers received emails saying that the orders were canceled due to items being out of stock. Rachel Myers received one such email and was "furious" about the way the company handled the mix-up. "They sent me an email saying that the products that were ordered were currently unavailable and were removed from the order. So I went back online and guess what? All of them could be added to my cart but not with the discount previously offered," Myers said in a Facebook message. The company later issued a statement saying that the deal was simply "too good to be true," and orders that should not have qualified for the deal were canceled.

        AROUND THE WORLD

        Uber Hid Hack that Exposed Data of 57M Users, Drivers: Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. So far, there's no evidence that the data taken has been misused, according to a Tuesday blog post by Uber's recently hired CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. Part of the reason nothing malicious has happened is because Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information. The revelation marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation. The  San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits. It's also the latest major breach involving a prominent company that didn't notify the people that could be potentially harmed for months or even years after the break-in occurred.


        That's what you need to know to Catch Up Quickly, but we've got more stories worthy of your time. Click here to check them out



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        <![CDATA[#NBC10Mornings 'On the Road' Again]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:28:59 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/Wawa+Wally+Goose+Bill+Henley.JPG

        NBC10 is bringing the #NBC10Mornings Team back on the road Wednesday mornings.

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        The latest stop for the #NBC10Mornings crew is the Wawa at 3025 Lincoln Highway in Thorndale, Chester County on Nov. 22.

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        NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley and new NBC10 reporter Dray Clark were at the Wawa during the morning news shows and NBC10 anchors Tracy Davidson and Vai Sikahema later joined them to meet viewers and sign autographs.

        The first stop was the Wawa at 8240 West Chester Pike in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on Oct. 25. NBC10 celebrated with giveaway mugs as Wawa gave away free coffee, food samples and branded merchandise.

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        On Nov. 1, the NBC10 Mornings Team was at the Wawa at 332 S Black Horse Pike in Williamstown, New Jersey.

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        On Nov. 8, the NBC10 Mornings crew was the Wawa along Easton Road in Horsham, Montgomery County.

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        On Nov. 15, the morning crew was at the Wawa at 7912 East Roosevelt Boulevard (at Borbeck Avenue) in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia.

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        Be sure to tag us on social media in the photos you post from the event and use the hashtag #NBC10Mornings.

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        In May, the morning team showed up at Wawas in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware on Wednesday mornings to meet and chat with viewers during the morning show.

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        <![CDATA[Toys R Us Cancels Orders Discounted With Coupon Glitch ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:15:25 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ToysRUsAP_17262548389553.jpg

        Many parents were left frustrated and angry Saturday after their Toys R Us purchases were canceled by the company. 

        Some customers shared three coupon codes online that were intended for use by Toys R Us credit card holders. An apparent glitch in the system allowed customers to stack the coupons and use them together for one massive discount. 

        The codes allowed 25, 20 and 15 percent combined off the total purchase. 

        Shoppers were ecstatic about the savings. But the next day, some customers received emails saying that the orders were canceled due to items being out of stock. 

        Rachel Myers received one such email and was "furious" about the way the company handled the mix-up. 

        "They sent me an email saying that the products that were ordered were currently unavailable and were removed from the order. So I went back online and guess what? All of them could be added to my cart but not with the discount previously offered," Myers said in a Facebook message. 

        The company later issued a statement saying that the deal was simply "too good to be true," and orders that should not have qualified for the deal were canceled. 

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        "Over the weekend several promo codes intended only for our credit cardholders were improperly shared online and quickly went viral," a representative said.

        Many patrons argued that it was the company's mistake and that they should honor the deal. Others felt it was "shameful" to knowingly redeem the codes and likened it to stealing.

        "Hundreds of people rushing to take advantage of a sale that wasn't meant for them. So yeah, let's everyone riot and hope the only kid store left closes because hundreds of people cheated the system," customer Kelly Wakeman said.

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        Some lucky buyers reported being able to pick up their items in-store at the deeply discounted prices. 

        "My order got canceled due to 'incomplete or incorrect information and lack of availability,' both of which were untrue. I explained the situation to the customer service desk and showed them my confirmation email. Even though the item was full price in store, they honored the online sale price and the stacked coupons from the glitch," Rachel Arrieta said. 

        Another source of anger stems from pre-authorizations on credit and debit cards. Toys R Us said customers have not been charged for the canceled transactions and will need to contact their bank or credit card company.

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        <![CDATA[1 in Custody Connected to Montco Car Killing ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:41:23 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Deanna+Durante+Plymouth+Killing.JPG

        UPDATE: A man and woman face murder charges in the death.

        A person is in custody for questioning related to the killing of a driver Monday in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County.

        The person is one of the two people that local police would like to talk to about the death of the still-unidentified man found dead inside a car.

        Police said the car was running with its headlights and wipers Monday evening on near the West Ridge Center on Ridge Pike and Lynda Drive. Inside the vehicle they discovered the body of a man who was slumped over.

        Sources said the victim was stabbed multiple times. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Detectives searched for evidence in the parking lot of the Outback Steakhouse across the street from the strip mall where the victim was found.

        Surveillance video shows two people come from the Outback lot and appear to get in a car.

        Neighbors say they've seen an increase in crime recently in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.

        Correction: This story has been updated. It is not clear which of the two people of interest is in custody.



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        <![CDATA[Hockey Player Thanks NJ Officer Who Saves His Life]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:51:44 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hockey_Player_Thanks_Officer_Who_Saves_His_Life.jpg

        After 45-year-old Patrick Hannaford collapsed and stopped breathing mid-game, police officer Brian Volk jumped into action and gave the player CPR, saving his life. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has the story.

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        <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert: Thanksgiving Week Forecast]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:09:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Henley+1122+7+Thanksgiving.jpg We're in for a cool and windy but mostly sunny Thanksgiving week. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley has the forecast.

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        <![CDATA[Amazon, Whole Food Partner for Holiday Meals]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:28:22 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Online_Partnership_Boosts_Demand_at_One_Grocery_Store_Before.jpg

        Whole Foods in Marlton is expected to be twice as busy this Thanksgiving due to a new partnership with Amazon. NBC10's South Jersey Bureau reporter Cydney Long caught up with shoppers to find out how they're planning for the holiday.

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        <![CDATA[Hearing for Accused Shooter of PA State Police Officer]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:06:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Cpl+Kelly.JPG

        NBC10's Steven Fisher is in Easton outside the Lehigh Valley courthouse where a Pennsylvania State Trooper testified against the man accused of shooting at him during a traffic stop earlier this month.



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        <![CDATA[South Jersey Boy's Road to Recovery]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:50:29 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South_Jersey_Boy_s_Road_to_Recovery.jpg

        A 6-year-old boy is on the road to recovery after he lost part of his leg when he was struck by a school bus in Camden County last month. NBC10's Aaron Baskerville has the emotional story.

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        <![CDATA[Remains of 2 Recovered From West Chester Senior Home Fire]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:29:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20171120+Senior+Home+Inferno1.jpg

        The remains of two victims have been recovered from a burned out senior living community in West Chester Tuesday, five days after a massive fire broke out, officials said.

        Special agents with the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team, Pennsylvania State Police, and Chester County Fire Marshal’s office located the remains of the first victim inside the Barclay Friends Senior Center Tuesday morning. The second was found Tuesday afternoon.

        With two found, two more people living at the senior community ravaged by a five-alarm inferno last week are still presumed dead. 

        Family members of all four victims had been notified, but the identities of those who were found was not released, officials said.

        “The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of ATF are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. Their losses only strengthen our resolve to provide answers to them as a result of our investigation of this tragedy,” said Special Agent in Charge Donald Robinson. 

        Robinson is spearheading a team of more than 60 investigators. 

        Investigators continued to sift through the rubble of the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in an attempt to recover the rest of the remains.

        A large crane and other excavating equipment was brought to the fire location as investigators also search for a cause of the fire.

        The fire erupted shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday while most of the 137 residents were sleeping. The blaze started in the back of one of the buildings, ripped through the center and all the way to the ceiling, creating a "raging inferno," Hogan said.

        Flames tore through the senior living community's personal care wing with such speed that hundreds of first responders rushed into the building without securing their breathing equipment.

        Several firefighters described their helmets melting and cracking from the intense heat.

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        Most of the residents were bedridden or in wheelchairs. Senior home staff and outside neighbors rushed from room to room in the facility, wrapping residents in blankets and sweeping them out in to the frigid night in wheelchairs and even in beds.

        One of the elderly women rescued is the Robinson's aunt. She is safe with relatives, but Robinson said it's a reminder of how many community members were touched by the fire.

        “We’ve all got a piece of this,” he said. “We’re depending on each other and we will be here as long it takes to get some answers for the families."

        Paramedics took 27 residents to nearby hospitals for treatment. Some of the injuries were described by authorities as "serious." Six residents are still hospitalized as of Tuesday night, authorities said.

        Of those that were rescued without injury, 102 have been placed in other facilities and 31 have been taken in by family members.

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        The cause of the fire remains unclear. ATF investigators made attempts through the weekend to enter the destroyed wing, but their efforts were hampered by unsafe conditions and high winds Sunday.

        Parts of the complex burned for more than 24 hours and unstable walls teetered over the scene.

        Last year, state health officials cited Barclay Friends and its owner Kendal with fire safety violations, including a failure to maintain corridor smoke doors. The violations were recorded in the facility's nursing home section, which was not touched by fire.

        A provisional license status for the nursing home was lifted in February following a new inspection, but at least one fire safety violation remained, state records showed.



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        <![CDATA[Search Renewed in 4-Decade-Old Disappearance of 2 Boys in NJ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:13:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MISSING+BOYS+GREENBERG+11P+PKG+-+00001224_26023164_1.jpg

        More than 42 years ago, two boys disappeared from a state facility in the Pinelands of southern New Jersey.

        They were never seen again.

        Now, the FBI has joined up with state investigators and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to look for new clues in the mystery that remains unsolved.

        On April 7, 1975, Steven Anderson, 17, and David Williams, 12, disappeared from a sprawling residential facility now known as the New Lisbon Developmental Center in Woodland Township, Burlington County.

        "Many search efforts were done, but they were unable to find anyone," Detective Paul Vanaman of the state Department of Human Services police told NBC10.

        New resources and expertise prompted authorities to re-trace the steps of the original investigators as well as run additional tests in the hopes of uncovering new information.

        But FBI Special Agent John Mesisca said investigators also hope to find new witnesses from long ago as well.

        "Memories fade. Witnesses die off," Mesisca said. "[But] it could just be that one phone call, that one bit of information that leads to a conclusion in this case."

        Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Atlantic City Resident Agency of the Newark Office of the FBI at 609-677-6400 or their nearest FBI Office. Tips can also be submitted online.

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        <![CDATA[Options to Handle Workplace Harassment]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:26:23 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Options_to_Handle_Workplace_Harrassment.jpg

        Talk show host Charlie Rose has been fired by two networks over sexual harassment allegations. NBC10's Lauren Mayk spoke with a legal expert about options employees may have when their bosses cross the line.

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        <![CDATA[Eagles' Players Give Back to a Local Family]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:10:11 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles__Players_Give_Back_to_a_Local_Family.jpg

        The Philadelphia Eagles are in the holiday spirit and have surprised a local Philadelphia family with new furniture for their house.

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        <![CDATA[Updates on the Deadly Strip Mall Stabbing]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:50:07 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Updates_on_the_Deadly_Strip_Mall_Stabbing.jpg

        NBC10's Deanna Durante is in Plymouth Township with more information on the 31-year-old who was found dead in his parked car with multiple stab wounds.

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        <![CDATA[Police Swarm Del. Neighborhood, Rescue Suicidal Man]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:06:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware+Man+Suicidal+Newark+Police.jpg

        A swarm of police descended on a Delaware neighborhood Tuesday after a man barricaded himself inside a home to harm himself, police and witnesses said.

        Officers were called to the Lawrence Avenue home in Newark around 1 p.m. They were asked to perform a welfare check on a man who may have been suicidal, police said.

        As officers walked up to the home, they heard gunshots. They pulled back and called for backup.

        Neighbors said they watched the man's wife leave the home with a gun in her pocket. She later threw that weapon in the grass. She was then taken into custody.

        At least a dozen law enforcement officers responded to the neighborhood to form a perimeter and evacuate residents living nearby. Busy Kirkwood Highway was shut down as a precaution.

        Eventually, police moved in and pulled a middle-aged man out into the driveway. He was suffering from a stab wound to the stomach. Police believe the injury was self-inflicted. The man's condition was not known.

        They said a person was taken into custody, but would not identify them.

        It's unclear who fired the gun and whether anyone was targeted.

        SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



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        <![CDATA[Babies Born Addicted More Than Ever. But We're Not Counting.]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:57:32 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Niahla+2.JPG

        Niahla weighed six pounds, nine ounces when she was born Sept. 26 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

        She looks like your typically snuggly newborn in her hospital crib. But after four weeks at HUP, the baby girl was still not ready to go home with her mother Colleen Peebles.

        Niahla is battling an opioid addiction.

        "I got pregnant with my daughter and everyone is like, 'You've got to stop taking it, you've got to stop taking it,'" Peebles told NBC10 Investigators during an interview at HUP's neo-natal intensive care unit. "I'm like, 'I'm OK.' But I'm not okay."

        Peebles said she became addicted to pain killers after back surgery. Despite her pregnancy, she couldn't break her dependence on Percocet.

        Now sober, the new mother watches on as her addiction is causing a second withdrawal.

        "I know how it feels and how it felt when I went through withdrawal and to see my daughter go through that – I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy," Peebles said.

        Niahla is not alone, her doctor says. In fact, according to Dr. Joanna Parga-Belinkie, a neonatalogist at HUP, babies are being born addicted more than ever.

        Parga-Belinkie is speaking from first-hand experience. She doesn't have raw numbers. 

        That's because, in the midst of America's opioid epidemic, the smallest victims of the disease are not being counted in real time in Pennsylvania. Their suffering and long healing process is not tracked in any public database.

        Children's advocates and medical experts believe newborn addiction should be classified by the state Department of Health as a "reportable condition." Such a designation would help dedication of resources, treatment and funding, the experts say.

        "It would underscore the message that this is a public health crisis that is directly and dramatically impacting infants," Cathleen Palm, of the Center for Children's Justice, said.

        Several states already are tracking where and how many infants are born opioid-addicted. They include California, Ohio, Tennessee and Vermont.

        Health officials in Tennessee believe the oversight helped guide policy that led to a leveling-off of newborn addiction. 

        "Folks pay attention to these data," Tennessee Deputy Health Commissioner Michael Warren said. "They think about it in their communities and they use that to drive local interventions."

        In Pennsylvania, the state's top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, said there is no timeline for changing regulations to require newborn addiction be reported and tracked.

        "I think whenever you can have more timely data that's of benefit," Levine, Gov. Tom Wolf's acting health secretary, said in an interview. "But I think it’s important not to underestimate the importance of the data that we do have."

        Levine said the state's ability to track infant addiction is limited to federal Medicaid records, of which the most recent data is from 2016.

        That means new parents like Colleen Peebles and expectant mothers like Flossie Fagan — and their babies born addicted — are going untracked.

        It remains a mystery how many young women like Fagan, who is pregnant and  battling opioid addiction, are living in Philadelphia currently. And it'll remain unknown how many children, like the soon-to-be born child Fagan is carrying, are living with addiction until stronger oversight is put in place in Pennsylvania.



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        <![CDATA[Frustrated Cruise Passengers Return After Ship Breaks Down]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:44:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/norwegian+cruise.jpg

        An 11-day tropical excursion that turned into a weekslong nightmare for some travelers has ended, with relieved passengers stepping off their cruise ship, at least one of them in tears, at Pier 88 in New York City Tuesday.

        The Norwegian Cruise ship left on Halloween and was due back on Manhattan's West Side on Nov. 11, but its propulsion system failed about six days later in Barbados. Passengers were stuck.

        They say they were given three options: Norwegian would fly them home, they could take another cruise from Ft. Lauderdale or stay in Barbados hotels until their ship could return. More than two dozen guests couldn't fly because of medical reasons, the cruise company said, and they were accommodated at a nearby resort with all meals included.

        While some say they made the most of being stuck on the island, many travelers said the trip was stressful.

        Kara Kaminski cried as she stepped off the boat Tuesday; she hugged her mother, who had come to pick up the Lyndhurst, New Jersey, woman and her family. Kaminski described the trip as a nightmare -- she said her entire family was separated in different hotels. Her 10-year-old son has severe allergies and needs special accommodations that weren't available, Kaminski said, adding, "so he was the one suffering the majority of the time."

        Another passenger, Kaminski's friend Diana Parada, says she was gone so long she lost her job at a toy manufacturing plant. She said she got an email Tuesday notifying her of the termination. 

        "Norwegian Cruise Line sincerely apologizes for this unexpected change to the ship's itinerary and its impact on our guests," the company said in a statement. "Norwegian provided extensive support and care as needed to ensure that all of our guests were comfortable and well taken care of as they returned to New York." 

        "The ship's technical issue has been addressed and all guests who remained in Barbados have sailed back to New York," the statement continued. "Norwegian Gem will depart this evening for her next cruise as scheduled. Norwegian appreciates our guests' understanding and patience with this unforeseen technical issue."



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        <![CDATA[Imprisoned Rapper Meek Mill in 'Good Spirits': Kaepernick]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:38:53 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kaepernick_Mills.jpg

        Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started a movement of football players protesting during the national anthem, is now putting his support behind imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.

        Kaepernick says he spoke to Meek Mill, who is currently serving two to four years in a Pennsylvania state prison for violating probation.

        "Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him," Kaepernick tweeted Monday. "We'll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other [people of color] for generations."

        Mill's legal team has been fighting for the release of the 30-year-old, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, since Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley put him behind bars in early November. 

        A PR blitz — including a New York Times op-ed from fellow rapper Jay-Z, star-studded rallies and bus ads — has called for Mill's release. His supporters argue that the rapper was sent away on the whim of a judge, against the recommendations of prosecutors. His attorneys have called on Brinkley to remove herself from the case saying she's been unjust.

        Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem before each game last year to protest police mistreatment of people of color, has not been signed by any NFL team this season. Last season he played for the San Francisco 49ers.

        Other NFL players, including Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, have continued to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner before games. Jenkins has used his protest as a platform to promote criminal justice reform. Jenkins also appeared at a Free Meek Mill rally last week.



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        <![CDATA['Tis the Season of Giving... & Spending]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:59:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/_Tis_The_Season_Of_Giving.jpg

        Not having a budget for holiday shopping can cause financial stress. NBC10's Katy Zachry has advice from an expert who says having a budget for the holidays is important because if you don't, it will come back to haunt you.

        Here are some additional tips:

        • The average spent last  year for the Holidays was $800 (based on average household income of $50,000).So, if you make $25,000 then budget $400…Allocate the budgeted amount by the number of gifts you need to purchase
        • If you have a savings account that’s separate from your day-to-day checking account, then save the money in that account prior. If you need to use a credit card, by starting to shop early, you may be able to spread the bill over two or more credit card billing cycles so as not to be hit with a big bill all at once.
        • Take advantage of sales if possible
         
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        <![CDATA[Stay Safe While Traveling Over Thanksgiving]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:38:31 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Staying_Safe_For_The_Holiday_Travel.jpg

        Over the next few days, millions of drivers will be heading out of town and packing the roads. NBC10's Katy Zachry has what you need to know to stay safe over Thanksgiving, including taking breaks while getting where you're going.

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        <![CDATA[Water Main Break Impacts Where Bus Service Picks Up]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:14:45 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Water+Main+Break+JFK+Boulevard.JPG

        Grabbing a bus home for Thanksgiving? A water main break could impact where you get your ride.

        A 12-inch water main broke on JFK Boulevard between 30th and Market streets — the area behind 30th Street Station where Megabus and BoltBus pick-up and drop-off passengers — early Tuesday, Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said.

        Crews blocked off part of the road as they shut down water to two nearby Drexel University buildings, the water department said. Drexel said they didn't experience any water outages at any of their buildings, however.

        The break caused Megabus, which has more than one dozen rides scheduled for Tuesday, to move its pickup/drop-off location about a block west of 30th Street, Megabus said.

        No word yet from BoltBus if the break would impact its more than one dozen rides Tuesday.

        No word yet on if things will return to normal in time for Wednesday travel.



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        <![CDATA[Hummus Recalled Over Possible Bacterial Contamination]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:01:03 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Asmar%27s+Original+Hommus.jpg

        A Virginia company is recalling a hummus product sold in several states because of possible bacterial contamination. 

        The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement that Asmar's Mediterranean Food, Inc. of Alexandria is recalling one lot of Asmar's Original Hommus because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

        Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. 

        The department says while healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. 

        The hummus was sold in 16-ounces packages with the lot code TV11/2617. It was distributed to retail stores in northern Virginia as well as Whole Foods stores in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.



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        <![CDATA[Crash Closes NJ Road Overnight]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:26:14 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Accident_Cleared_On_Black_Horse_Pike.jpg

        Crews just cleared a crash that shut down a part of the Black Horse Pike at Ganttown Road in Washington Township, New Jersey. A tractor-trailer hit someone on the road. Police didn't reveal the victim's condition.

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        <![CDATA[Hoping for a Miracle: How CHOP Helps Kids Beat Cancer]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:35:08 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Leukemia+Patient.jpg

        Austin Schuetz was just 2 years old when doctors diagnosed him with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a rare and potentially fatal form of cancer. His parents were stunned. Schuetz was like any other little boy that age - active, healthy and showing few signs of illness.

        Too young to understand his diagnosis, Schuetz told his parents that he had “cancer cooties,” his mother, Kim Schuetz, said.

        “I felt like I was looking into somebody else’s life,” she told NBC10.

        Chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant followed, but nothing seemed to work. His parents enrolled Schuetz in a clinical trial at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and, within one month, their luck began to change.

        Schuetz had an adult leukemia patient named Bill Ludwig to thank.

        Like Schuetz, Ludwig made his way to Philadelphia in hopes of beating his cancer 10 years after first being diagnosed. Chemotherapy no longer worked, and Ludwig and his wife sought some kind of miracle at Penn Medicine.

        “I was hoping for a day, a week or a month,” he said.

        Ludwig became the first patient to try an experimental treatment called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, or CAR-T, that would eventually save his, and Schuetz’s, life.

        “I asked God every night to give me the strength to fight,” he said.

        And fight he did.

        Using a modified version of the HIV virus, doctors removed Ludwig’s healthy cells and modified them to search for and destroy cancerous cells. The so-called hunter cells were infused back into Ludwig’s body and left to do their work.

        The subsequent side effects were almost worse than the initial diagnoses, however. Within days, every major organ stopped functioning properly, Ludwig said.

        With his help, doctors began to understand and address the unexpected side effects. Just a few weeks later, Ludwig was cancer-free.

        “I’m a bless individual,” he said.

        Ludwig has been in remission for seven years now. Since then, doctors at Penn Medicine and CHOP have applied what they learned from the 72-year-old patient to kids with leukemia.

        CHOP became the first institution to study T-cell therapy on ALL, the most common type of childhood cancer. Typically, 20 percent of those diagnosed with ALL do not respond to conventional treatments.

        But a 2015 global trial involving 68 children and young adults saw positive results in 83 percent of patients.

        In August, the Food and Drug Administration approved the therapy for patients 25 years and younger.

        “The big question is can we make these kinds of cells work for other kinds of cancers?” Dr. Stephen Grupp, who oversaw the first clinical trial, said.

        For Schuetz’s family, every check-up can feel like the very first one. He still flinches when doctors draw blood, and his mom worries the cancer could resurface. But thanks to Ludwig and the clinical trials, the little boy from Wisconsin remains cancer-free four years later.

        “You just want to have that one last hope that this is going to work and this is going to save him,” Kim Schuetz said. “I do believe in miracles.”



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        <![CDATA[Meet the Stars of the 2017 National Dog Show!]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:34:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20171120+National+Dog+Show+Thumb.jpg It's a ruff assignment, to tell the tails of the dogs who grace the stage of the 2017 National Dog Show, presented by Purina. Take a sneak peek at the canines who competed in Oaks, Pennsylvania this weekend. Then, watch to see who wins on Thanksgiving Day on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Homicide Victim Found in Running Car at Montco Strip Mall]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:40:12 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Deanna+Durante+Plymouth+Killing.JPG

        An investigation is underway after a man was found dead inside a vehicle near a shopping center in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County Monday.

        Police surrounded a car running with its headlights and wipers on near the West Ridge Center on Ridge Pike and Lynda Drive. Inside the vehicle they discovered the body of a man who was slumped over inside.

        "It's really frightening," said Sarina Smith of Plymouth Township. "We don't have things like that happen around here. It's really surprising."

        Sources say the victim was suffering from stab wounds and his death is being investigated as a homicide. Monday night, investigators searched for evidence in the parking lot of the Outback Steakhouse across the street from the strip mall where the victim was found.

        Surveillance video shows two people come from the Outback lot and appear to get in a car.

        Neighbors say they've seen an increase in crime recently in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.

        "This is a nice neighborhood," said Judy Sturm. "It's very nice. But there's a gentleman that owns a store around the corner and he said he's been robbed and then one time it was with a gun." 

        Police continue to investigate.



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