<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-usFri, 17 Aug 2018 05:08:51 -0400Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:08:51 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Plumber, Father of Two Dies in Trench Collapse]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:55:28 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AnthonySMith+Trench+victim.jpg

A worker has died after being trapped in a trench in Philadelphia’s East Oak Lane neighborhood Thursday morning.

Thursday, family members who preyed as they waited hours for word about the man identified him as Anthony Smith, a master plumber and father of two.

"He’s a great family man, he has two beautiful children, a great wife. He’s a hard working guy bro, he helps everybody,” family member Kevin Blake told NBC10's Aaron Baskerville.

Two other workers were nearby and were not hurt. But Smith, who was in the trench when it collapsed, was trapped for most of the day.

Despite lengthy rescue efforts by about 100 responders, he could not be saved.

Rescuers worked for about 5 hours to locate Smith, whose body was found about 15 feet below ground level among concrete, wiring and pipes. His body was finally recovered after nearly nine hours of digging. 

The dirt and concrete fell as the men worked on a private property along the 100 block of West Walnut Park Drive around 11:15 a.m., Philadelphia police said.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Theil said the rescue turned recovery operation was very complex and dangerous, and that responders had to work with extreme caution as to avoid any further collapse.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to make it clear that the other two workers were nearby, but not in the trench when it collapsed.

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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Town Shuts Off Ocean Access for Bacteria Levels]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:58:03 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-169560207.jpeg

Seaside Heights in Ocean County, New Jersey, was able to reopen Thursday afternoon after it was forced to close off access to the ocean along its beaches  after two consecutive bacteria tests showed levels that exceeded state standards.

The beach town's mayor said it was the first in the last 20 years that he could remember having to close off total access to the water.

"Perplexingly, the ocean waters have been great the past few years right up to now, so this is a very unusual event that we expect to pass quickly.” Mayor Anthony Vaz said in a statement posted to the town website.

Six of New Jersey's other 215 daily-tested beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the barrier bays were also closed Thursday. Two additional beaches are closed temporarily for sand replenishment projects, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection's Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program website.

"The New Jersey State Sanitary Code requires that the concentration of bacteria not exceed 104 colonies of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of sample," according to the state DEP website. "Enterococci is a type of bacteria that is an indicator of possible contamination within bathing waters."

At the two Seaside Heights beaches, Sheridan and Lincoln Avenue, tests conducted on Aug. 13 and 14 showed bacteria levels above 110 colonies per 100 milliliters.

"The health people are further analyzing the results and will keep us informed," Vaz said.

Of the eight beaches forced to close, seven were in Monmouth or Ocean counties. The eighth is in Brigantine, Atlantic County. The 26th Street beach on the bay side of Brigantine was closed.

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<![CDATA[Teen Shoved From Washington Bridge Wants Pusher in Jail]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:42:14 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jordan-holgerson-fall-bridge.jpg

The 16-year-old girl who survived a fall from a 60-foot bridge in Washington state believes the friend who pushed her off deserves some jail time for nearly killing her, Today reported

Jordan Holgerson was left with five broken ribs, punctured lungs and multiple other internal injuries when her friend, 18-year-old Taylor Smith, shoved her off of a bridge earlier this month at a recreational area in Moulton Falls Regional Park. Holgerson said she didn't want Smith to get into any trouble originally, but now wants her to "sit in jail and think about at least what she did." 

Smith told NBC News that she "feels really bad about what happened," adding that she didn’t intend to hurt Holgerson and has apologized to her.

Police have concluded an investigation into the incident and have passed the case on to the Clark County prosecutor's office for potential criminal charges. 

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<![CDATA[Church Sex Abuse Report Fallout]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:31:56 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Church_Sex_Abuse_Report_Fallout.jpg

Just two days after a Grand Jury report on clergy sex abuse, people are calling for change. Advocates are pushing to change the statute of limitations.

<![CDATA[The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:38:44 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/franklinaretha1234.jpg

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

The statement continued:

"We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Among a legion of those expressing their grief were former President Barack Obama, who watched Franklin perform at his 2009 inauguration, said in a statement with wife Michelle Obama that the singer "helped define the American experience."

The pair added: "America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. ... For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine. ... In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance."

The former president and first lady said Franklin's music "remains to inspire us all."

Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, had in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.

She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. But her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smashes in the late 1960s, from the morning-after bliss of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," to the wised-up "Chain of Fools" to her unstoppable call for "Respect."

Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Clive Davis, the music mogul who brought her to Arista Records and helped revive her career in the 1980s, said he was "devastated" by her death.

"She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world," he said in a statement. "Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness."

Fellow singers bowed to her eminence and political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a longtime friend, and she sang at the dedication of King's memorial, in 2011. She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005.

Franklin's best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009, when she sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's inauguration. She wore a gray felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an Internet sensation and even had its own website. In 2015, she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of "Natural Woman" at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song's co-writer, Carole King.

Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood. She was married from 1961 to 1969 to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," ''Think" and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, "Ain't No Way." The mother of two sons by age 16 (she later had two more), she was often in turmoil as she struggled with her weight, family problems and financial predicaments. Her best known producer, Jerry Wexler, nicknamed her "Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows."

Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in 1984. She and Turman divorced that year.

Despite growing up in Detroit, and having Smokey Robinson as a childhood friend, Franklin never recorded for Motown Records; stints with Columbia and Arista were sandwiched around her prime years with Atlantic Records. But it was at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution.

Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. The Rev. C.L. Franklin soon moved his family to Buffalo, New York, then to Detroit, where the Franklins settled after the marriage of Aretha's parents collapsed and her mother (and reputed sound-alike) Barbara returned to Buffalo.

C.L. Franklin was among the most prominent Baptist ministers of his time. He recorded dozens of albums of sermons and music and knew such gospel stars as Marion Williams and Clara Ward, who mentored Aretha and her sisters Carolyn and Erma. (Both sisters sang on Aretha's records, and Carolyn also wrote "Ain't No Way" and other songs for Aretha). Music was the family business and performers from Sam Cooke to Lou Rawls were guests at the Franklin house. In the living room, the shy young Aretha awed friends with her playing on the grand piano.

Franklin occasionally performed at New Bethel Baptist throughout her career; her 1987 gospel album "One Lord One Faith One Baptism" was recorded live at the church.

Her most acclaimed gospel recording came in 1972 with the Grammy-winning album "Amazing Grace," which was recorded live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles and featured gospel legend James Cleveland, along with her own father (Mick Jagger was one of the celebrities in the audience). It became one of of the best-selling gospel albums ever.

The piano she began learning at age 8 became a jazzy component of much of her work, including arranging as well as songwriting. "If I'm writing and I'm producing and singing, too, you get more of me that way, rather than having four or five different people working on one song," Franklin told The Detroit News in 2003.

Franklin was in her early teens when she began touring with her father, and she released a gospel album in 1956 through J-V-B Records. Four years later, she signed with Columbia Records producer John Hammond, who called Franklin the most exciting singer he had heard since a vocalist he promoted decades earlier, Billie Holiday. Franklin knew Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and considered joining his label, but decided it was just a local company at the time.

Franklin recorded several albums for Columbia Records over the next six years. She had a handful of minor hits, including "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" and "Runnin' Out of Fools," but never quite caught on as the label tried to fit into her a variety of styles, from jazz and show songs to such pop numbers as "Mockingbird." Franklin jumped to Atlantic Records when her contract ran out, in 1966.

"But the years at Columbia also taught her several important things," critic Russell Gersten later wrote. "She worked hard at controlling and modulating her phrasing, giving her a discipline that most other soul singers lacked. She also developed a versatility with mainstream music that gave her later albums a breadth that was lacking on Motown LPs from the same period.

"Most important, she learned what she didn't like: to do what she was told to do."

At Atlantic, Wexler teamed her with veteran R&B musicians from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, and the result was a tougher, soulful sound, with call-and-response vocals and Franklin's gospel-style piano, which anchored "I Say a Little Prayer," ''Natural Woman" and others.

Of Franklin's dozens of hits, none was linked more firmly to her than the funky, horn-led march "Respect" and its spelled out demand for "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."

Writing in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, Wexler said: "It was an appeal for dignity combined with a blatant lubricity. There are songs that are a call to action. There are love songs. There are sex songs. But it's hard to think of another song where all those elements are combined."

Franklin had decided she wanted to "embellish" the R&B song written by Otis Redding, whose version had been a modest hit in 1965, Wexler said.

"When she walked into the studio, it was already worked out in her head," the producer wrote. "Otis came up to my office right before 'Respect' was released, and I played him the tape. He said, 'She done took my song.' He said it benignly and ruefully. He knew the identity of the song was slipping away from him to her."

In a 2004 interview with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, Franklin was asked whether she sensed in the '60s that she was helping change popular music.

"Somewhat, certainly with 'Respect,' that was a battle cry for freedom and many people of many ethnicities took pride in that word," she answered. "It was meaningful to all of us."

In 1968, Franklin was pictured on the cover of Time magazine and had more than 10 Top 20 hits in 1967 and 1968. At a time of rebellion and division, Franklin's records were a musical union of the church and the secular, man and woman, black and white, North and South, East and West. They were produced and engineered by New Yorkers Wexler and Tom Dowd, arranged by Turkish-born Arif Mardin and backed by an interracial assembly of top session musicians based mostly in Alabama.

Her popularity faded during the 1970s despite such hits as the funky "Rock Steady" and such acclaimed albums as the intimate "Spirit in the Dark." But her career was revived in 1980 with a cameo appearance in the smash movie "The Blues Brothers" and her switch to Arista Records. Franklin collaborated with such pop and soul artists as Luther Vandross, Elton John, Whitney Houston and George Michael, with whom she recorded a No. 1 single, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)." Her 1985 album "Who's Zoomin' Who" received some of her best reviews and included such hits as the title track and "Freeway of Love."

Critics consistently praised Franklin's singing but sometimes questioned her material; she covered songs by Stephen Sondheim, Bread, the Doobie Brothers. For Aretha, anything she performed was "soul."

From her earliest recording sessions at Columbia, when she asked to sing "Over the Rainbow," she defied category. The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range. Franklin performed "Respect," then, with only a few minutes' notice, filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and drew rave reviews for her rendition of "Nessun Dorma," a stirring aria for tenors from Puccini's "Turandot."

"I'm sure many people were surprised, but I'm not there to prove anything," Franklin told The Associated Press. "Not necessary."

Fame never eclipsed Franklin's charitable works, or her loyalty to Detroit.

Franklin sang the national anthem at Super Bowl in her hometown in 2006, after grousing that Detroit's rich musical legacy was being snubbed when the Rolling Stones were chosen as halftime performers.

"I didn't think there was enough (Detroit representation) by any means," she said. "And it was my feeling, 'How dare you come to Detroit, a city of legends — musical legends, plural — and not ask one or two of them to participate?' That's not the way it should be."

Franklin did most of her extensive touring by bus after Redding's death in a 1967 plane crash, and a rough flight to Detroit in 1982 left her with a fear of flying that anti-anxiety tapes and classes couldn't help. She told Time in 1998 that the custom bus was a comfortable alternative: "You can pull over, go to Red Lobster. You can't pull over at 35,000 feet."

She only released a few albums over the past two decades, including "A Rose is Still a Rose," which featured songs by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lauryn Hill and other contemporary artists, and "So Damn Happy," for which Franklin wrote the gratified title ballad. Franklin's autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots," came out in 1999, when she was in her 50s. But she always made it clear that her story would continue.

"Music is my thing, it's who I am. I'm in it for the long run," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I'll be around, singing, 'What you want, baby I got it.' Having fun all the way."

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Special Needs Pets Looking for Homes]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:51:57 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Special_Needs_Pets_Looking_for_Homes.jpg

After one family adopted a special needs dog, they're hoping you open your home, and your heart, to animals in need as well.

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Participating Shelter Near You]]> https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear+the+Shelters+Brandywine+SPCA+Furlong+4+Dog+Hug.JPG

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. Hundreds of participating shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. 

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible. More than 80,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a shelter near you.

Prefer a list? Check it out below:


Berks County

Bucks County

Chester County

Delaware County

Lancaster County

Lehigh County

Montgomery County

Northampton County

Philadelphia County 

    New Jersey

    Atlantic County

    Burlington County

    Camden County

    Cape May County

    Gloucester County

    Mercer County

    Ocean County


      Kent County

      New Castle County

      Sussex County

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      <![CDATA[Backpack Giveaways and Other Back to School Help]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:51:32 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Garland+barbershop+backpack+080118.jpg

      Looking for backpack giveaways and other help to get your student back to Philadelphia public schools August 27?

      There will be a backpack giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Fox Chase Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

      Parents looking to get their kids a physical exam before school can contact City Life Neighborhood Clinics at 267-447-8557.

      Parents interested in Free Head Start services for children 3 to 5 years old can contact Brightside Academy by clicking here or calling 877-868-2273.

      Need tutoring services? Contact Philly Tutors here.

      Want to learn more about the STEAM After School Enrichment Program? Email them, or call 215-982-1207.

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      <![CDATA[Is Your License Information Being Sold?]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:49:50 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Is_Your_License_Information_Being_Sold_.jpg

      In Pennsylvania, there are nine million licensed drivers. NBC10 Investigative Reporter Mitch Blacher discovered that last year, Penndot sold some of that license information to seven different companies, making a large profit.

      <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: More Rain on the Way]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:21:56 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Weather+8-16.PNG

      Thursday brought some sunshine to our region, but more rain is on the way for your weekend. When can we expect some sun again? NBC10 meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has your forecast.

      <![CDATA[Southwest Limits Emotional Support Animals to Cats and Dogs]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:41:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/southwest-airlines-generic-frequent-flyer.jpg

      Southwest Airlines is joining a growing number of U.S. carriers overhauling its pet policy, announcing this week that it will only accept cats and dogs on board as "emotional support animals."

      Under the new policy, which goes into effect Sept. 17, passengers will be limited to one emotional support animal that must remain in a carrier or be held on a leash at all times, according to the airline.

      Passengers will also be required to present a "current" letter from a doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure.

      The Dallas-based company is also limiting the types of trained services animals permitted in the cabin to cats, dogs and miniature horses. Service animals are specially trained to help people with disabilities.

      "The ultimate goal with these changes is to ensure Customers traveling with service animals know what to expect when choosing Southwest," said Steve Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality. "Southwest will continue working with advocacy groups, Employees, Customers, and the DOT to ensure we offer supportive service animal guidelines."

      Guide dogs have been occasional flyers for years, but recently there has been a surge of emotional-support animals on board. Federal law allows passengers to bring animals into the cabin that provide emotional support or assistance to fliers with disabilities free of charge, according to The Associated Press. 

      Airlines are convinced that scofflaws abuse the rules to avoid paying fees — about $125 or more each way — to bring their small pet on board.

      The U.S. Department of Transportation announced in May it was considering rules to "address the appropriate definition of a service animal."

      But as airlines grapple with a surge of emotional support animals brought in the cabin and increased reports of animal-related incidents on board, many aren't waiting for federal regulations.

      Earlier this year, American, United, Delta and Jetblue issued tighter rules for pets in the cabin.

      American Airlines cited a 40 percent increase in passengers bringing animals in the cabin from 2016 to 2017, in issuing its updated emotional support pets policy.

      Delta's senior vice president for corporate safety, security and compliance, John Laughter, said in January that the rise in serious in-flight incidents involving animals in the cabin leads the industry to believe that "the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel.”

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      <![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Rabbits Looking for Homes]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:47:45 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Rabbits_Looking_for_Homes.jpg

      When you think of adopting a pet, you probably think of adopting a dog or a cat. But, plenty of rabbits are looking for homes, too!

      <![CDATA[Yuengling's 1st New Beer in 17 Years Is 'Golden']]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:56:30 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Yuengling+Golden+Pilsner.jpg

      “America’s Oldest Brewery” is bringing its first new year-round brew in nearly two decades to the Philadelphia region.

      Pottsville, Pennsylvania-based D.G. Yuengling & Son will celebrate the expansion of its Golden Pilsner to Philly at "an intimate event" Thursday night at Morgan’s Pier at Penn’s Landing. Yuengling’s all-female sixth generation brewers, Jen, Wendy and Sheryl Yuengling, will be on hand to talk about the 18-month process of bringing the beer to life.

      The Golden Pilsner, what Yuengling calls a “modern pilsner crafted with the perfect balance of hop and malt character for crisp, smooth refreshment,” was first revealed in Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, back in April.

      Over the past few months, Yuengling has expanded Golden Pils sales to some stores in Delaware, New Jersey and closer to Philly. By the end of the year, the all malt beer that combines pale and specialty malts, and Hallertau and Saaz hops that packs 135 calories per serving and a 4.7 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) will be available across all 22 states Yuengling serves.

      "We continue to listen to our fans and we saw an opportunity to deliver a new Yuengling beer that complements our core portfolio of iconic beers including Traditional Lager, Light Lager and Black & Tan," Jen Yuengling said.

      "We’re excited for consumers to try it."

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      <![CDATA[New Haven K2 Overdoses Top 100, Drug May Have Been Given Out for Free]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:03:42 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman+on+stretcher+on+New+Haven+Green.jpg

      For a third day in a row, New Haven emergency crews responded to multiple overdoses on the New Haven Green that are possibly linked to the synthetic drug K2. City officials said they have reports of a person handing out the drug for free, possibly to get people addicted. The total number of overdoses this week is now over 100 without any fatalities.

      New Haven Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana said that from 10:15 p.m. Wednesday through 8:30 p.m. Thursday, there have been 36 suspected overdose calls. 

      Fontana said emergency crews are looking into whether these most recent incidents are connected with the nearly 80 overdoses that took place in a 24-hour period Tuesday night and during the day on Wednesday.

      New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said during a press conference with other officials Thursday that the city is a "great provider of service for people who struggle with addiction."  

      "It is thereby the reason that so many people who struggle with these type of issues are then susceptible to those who would prey on them, who would give them drugs, who would come to areas where they go for services to try to sell them drugs," he said. 

      New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said that the city is finalizing plans for Jim Carroll, the president’s nominee for drug czar, to be in the city of New Haven Monday.

      Samples of the drugs that the city sent to the DEA for testing were identified as synthetic K2 and not tainted with other drugs, officials said. They have sent more samples for testing after receiving reports from Yale New Haven Hospital that some patients they treated had the opioid fentanyl in their system. 

      Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an emergency medicine physician and professor, said some people got better when treated with the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, while for others it had no effect, The Associated Press reported.

      The health emergency began escalating at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to city fire officials. Between Tuesday night and Wednesday, 79 overdoses suspected to be linked to K2 were reported and 72 of those cases resulted in hospitalizations.

      On Thursday morning, a crew from NBC Connecticut witnessed first responders treating two people on the Green, including one person who was taken away on a stretcher.

      Then, during the news conference Thursday afternoon, officials said they were aware of reports of additional incidents on the New Haven Green.

      Some people who have gotten sick in the last couple of days have gotten sick several times. Officials said they were treated, went back to the Green and then got sick again, in some cases three times.

      Chief Campbell said that he witnessed up to eight people not being able to breathe and needing to be resuscitated. The experience of "compassion fatigue" for him and other responders "takes a toll," he said.  

      After speaking to people on the Green, police arrested a local man on a violation of probation warrant who is believed connected to at least some of the overdoses. The investigation is ongoing and the man, who had K2 on him at the time of his arrest, has yet to be charged in any of the overdose cases.

      “Many of the victims did inform us that they did not purchase this K2, that one of the individuals was actually handing it out to them. It is our belief that this individual may have had the intent of trying to get people addicted to this product, and thereby starting a chain of clients for themselves” Campbell said.

      A second suspect known for K2 sales in the past and also believed linked to the outbreak, was also in custody, officials announced. Police earlier announced a third person had been arrested. 

      Chief Campbell said authorities "have a good idea of where the product came from" and were serving search warrants. But he acknowledged not having all the product off the streets.

      He said police continue to investigate and there will be a large police presence on the Green of up 20 people patrolling to prohibit the sale and purchase of drugs. On a typical day eight officers patrol downtown. 

      Mayor Harp has praised first responders for their work as the investigation continues, calling their work exemplary.

      “I’m extremely grateful for the timely and effective work of first responders who helped revive, transport, and save these victims," Harp said in a statement.

      Fontana warned the drug incidents are taxing first responders who are responsible for taking care of the entire city.

      Gov. Dannel Malloy called the massive number of overdoses in New Haven “deeply troubling.”

      “Today’s emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals. The substance behind these overdoses is highly dangerous and must be avoided,” he said in a statement.

      “I have spoken with Mayor Harp and assured her that the state remains committed and ready to assist their response efforts wherever needed,” Malloy said in a statement.

      Officials from the state Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are providing assistance, including delivering 50 doses of naloxone to the City of New Haven to replenish the supply first responders used over 24 hours.

      The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is also working with health professionals to assist the emergency responders. Malloy said psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, medical and homeless outreach staff also assisted in triage, administering naloxone, and sending people to the hospital.

      The city of Hamden also shared signs of an overdose, citing the Quinnipiac Valley Health District, for the information.

      Symptoms include:

      • Person will not wake up

      • Blue lips or fingernails

      • Clammy, cool skin

      • Shallow, slow breathing

      • Seizures or convulsions

      • No response to knuckles being rubbed hard on breastbone

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      <![CDATA[Paying R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:25:14 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/aretha12.jpg

      Aretha Franklin, over nearly 60 years, delivered countless indelible moments on the wings of the voice that lifted her to become the undisputed Queen of Soul, among them:

      Her stirring rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service in 1968.

      Her movie-stealing turn singing – and acting out – "Think" in 1980's "The Blues Brothers."

      Her shivers-inducing version of “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot” at the 1998 Grammys, belted after she stepped in last-minute for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.

      But Franklin saved perhaps her most impressive act for near the end of her career, when she drew a tear from then-President Obama and made the earth move under an ecstatic Carole King's feet with her time-and-heart-stopping take on "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony saluting the songwriting great.

      The performance offered a potent reminder of the many times Franklin's four-octave voice seemed to leap from the stage or the vinyl to pierce even the toughest emotional armor – as in "Chain of Fools" when she announces, "My doctor said, 'Take it easy'/Oh, but your lovin' is much too strong," backed only by the staccato beat of "oohs."

      Aretha Franklin died Thursday at age 76 of pancreatic cancer as the unbreakable link connecting Gospel, R&B and pop, earning a lofty spot in music history and a perch deep in our collective soul.

      The daughter of Detroit and the Baptist Church sang with an otherworldly power, yet delivered down-to-earth reckonings that played out in her most popular work, largely recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Atlantic Records.

      Her masterful controlled urgency in "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," where she told us, "A woman's only human/ You should understand/She's not just a plaything/She's flesh and blood, just like her man," might seem light years from her brassy biggest hit, "Respect" (“Ooh, your kisses/ Sweeter than honey/And guess what?/ So is my money!”).

      Still, Franklin turned the songs (both written by men) into declarations of independence. She also used them and other hits, like "I Say a Little Prayer" and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," to declare herself an artist in charge of her craft.

      Franklin remade classic tunes as her own, from "Jumpin' Jack Flash" to "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" to "Spanish Harlem," helping land her as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

      More recently, her 2014 version of "Rolling in the Deep" schooled Adele while earning Franklin her 100th hit on Billboard's R&B chart. The cover also showed where Adele got her inspiration – making her one in a long line of Aretha acolytes, from Whitney Houston to Jennifer Hudson

      Franklin's impact – and supremacy – emerged at its clearest during the first VH1 "Divas" concert in 1998 when she joined King, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey on stage near the end and took over the show. The song: "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." 

      It marked another memorable moment from the Queen of Soul, who inspired endless awe and respect during a reign of that will survive as long as anyone is ever in listening distance of her voice.

      Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

      <![CDATA[Pennsylvania Governor Tours Flood-Ravaged Delco]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:01:13 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Tom+Wolf+Upper+Darby.JPG

      Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf got a firsthand look at the damage left by flooding in Upper Darby, Delaware County, after severe storms earlier this week.

      Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
      <![CDATA[Judge Allows Bay Area Girl to Bring Cannabis Oil to School]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:45:19 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/cannabisgirl.JPG

      A Santa Rosa family celebrated a first special day of school Monday because, thanks to a judge’s order, their 5-year-old child will be able to attend kindergarten and bring her medical marijuana products on campus.

      When Brooke Adams walked onto campus Monday morning she was setting a legal precedent.

      While medical and recreation marijuana became legal in the state of California, it's still illegal to have marijuana products on public school campuses. Brooke will be one of the first children in the state and country to be legally allowed to be given medical marijuana at school.

      When she was just an infant, Brook was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.

      “It gives her seizures that don’t stop very easily, or don’t stop at all,” her father Jon Adams told NBC Bay Area.

      Her seizures would last for half an hour — or longer — and paramedics would often have to be called.

      Doctors tried a number of powerful drugs to control and prevent them. But none seemed effective — and they all had powerful side effects.

      “Behavioral problems, sleep deprived, different things that not good for her,” her mother Jana Adams said.

      When Brooke was a little more than a year old, she was issued a medical marijuana card. Her parents say the two products she uses — daily CBD oil and emergency THC oil — are very effective.

      CBD is a chemical found in marijuana plants that doesn't produce psychoactive activity the same way THC does. THC is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis that produces the "high" effect.

      Brooke now has fewer seizures and they only last three to four minutes after the administration of the oil, according to her family.

      “With the emergency THC medicine, she pretty much just like, takes a nap, and she’s back to normal,” her father said.

      Lawmakers didn’t take into account that maybe students would be on cannabis and need it at school, Adams said, so the family went to court.

      A judge is still weighing their case but he did issue a temporary stay, allowing brook to attend class at least until his decision.

      The school district issued this statement about brook’s situation saying: "The Rincon valley unified school district is happy to have the opportunity to serve brook and now has direction from the court to be able to do so.”

      The Adams have already met with the school nurse to teach her how to administer the emergency THC oil.

      The judge is expected to issue his final decision on this case in late September or early October.

      CORRECTION (Aug. 16, 2018. 8:39 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the first name of Jana Adams.

      <![CDATA[Allure Hair Dryer Recall Over Burn, Fire, Shock Hazards]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:55:44 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pic1_38.jpg

      After receiving nearly 200 reports of Allure and Allure Pro ionic ceramic hair dryers exploding, catching fire, melting or overheating, the company that imported is recalling them and asking people not to use any until they are replaced.

      Eighteen people who used the products were burned, one severely, and two people received minor electric shocks, according to a recall notice posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Wednesday. The company Xtava has received 193 reports of the product doing anything from overheating to exploding.

      The recall affects about 235,000 units of the 2200W hair dryers, which were sold online since October 2014 for between $15 and $60 or as part of hair care kits that cost between $20 and $80.

      Xtava, which imported the hair dryers from China, is offering free replacements. Click here for more information or contact the company at 877-643-8440 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on weekdays.

      The units have the word "xtava" imprinted near the blower and many bear the the SKU numbers XTV010001, XTV010001N, XTV010002 or XTV010002N.

      Photo Credit: Xtava via CPSC]]>
      <![CDATA[Feds Open Probe Into OSU Wrestling Doc Abuse Allegations]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:27:08 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_18198519052583--Ohio-State-University-Richard-Strauss.jpg

      The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Ohio State University's response to complaints about a doctor molesting wrestlers and other athletes decades ago, NBC News reported.

      For the last four months, the university has been investigating complaints from wrestlers who said that Dr. Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005, molested them.

      The investigation will touch on "allegations that employees knew or should have know about the sexual misconduct and allowed the abuse to continue," according to a university news release Thursday.

      The abuse allegations have reached Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, an assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994 whom several former wrestlers say must have known. Jordan denies having any knowledge of the allegations.

      Photo Credit: Ohio State University via AP]]>
      <![CDATA[Honda Odyssey Tops Minivan Crash Test List]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:50:25 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/honda-odyssey1.jpg

      The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released new crash ratings for minivans.

      <![CDATA[Allentown Solicitor Fired After Priest Sex Abuse Report ]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:32:27 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Diocese+of+Allentown+_29994722.jpg

      A day after an explosive grand jury report was released accusing hundreds of Pennsylvania priests of child sex abuse, Allentown’s solicitor was fired for allegedly trying to discredit one of the victims while he was the lawyer for the Allentown Diocese.

      Allentown’s mayor confirmed city council voted unanimously to remove Thomas Traud as Allentown’s solicitor Wednesday night after he was referenced in the 1356-page grand jury report.

      Traud was mentioned during a section of the report detailing the allegations against retired Allentown priest Father Francis J. Fromholzer.

      The report accuses Fromholzer of repeatedly sexually abusing two teen girls while he served as a religion teacher at Allentown Central Catholic High School in the 1960s. The report alleges that the Diocese of Allentown as well as Allentown Central Catholic High School were aware of the abuse allegations but took no action.

      After repeatedly trying to report the abuse over the span of several decades, one of the accusers began to pursue criminal charges against Fromholzer in 2002, according to the report. Traud was the attorney for the Allentown Diocese at the time.

      The report accuses Traud and the Allentown Diocese of repeatedly trying to discredit the woman and her family. In a fax sent in 2002, Traud referred to the woman as, “overly dramatic” and claimed that she made “an awful amount of assumptions that just were unwarranted,” according to the report.

      Traud also reported information on the woman’s sexual history and her family member who had spent time in prison in a further effort to discredit her, the report states.

      The report also mentions Traud in the section on David Soderlund, an Allentown Diocese priest accused of sexually abusing three boys in the 1980s.

      In 1987, the administrator for the hospital where Soderlund served as chaplain, advised that Soderlund be fired due to the amount of time he was spending with an eight-year-old boy, according to the report. The report alleges that Traud, who was also the Allentown Diocese attorney at the time, instead recommended that Soderlund trade places with the chaplain of another hospital.

      In 2009, Soderlund was arrested, convicted and sentenced for two to five years for sexual exploitation of children/possession of child pornography on his computer, according to the grand jury report. He is a registered sex offender in Wyoming.

      The allegations against Fromholzer are detailed from page 20 to page 29 in the report while the allegations against Soderlund are detailed from page 372 to 375. You can read those excerpts as well as the entire report here(warning: explicit and disturbing content).

      Traud has not been arrested or charged in connection to the grand jury report.

      A spokesperson for the Allentown Diocese said none of the 37 priests named in the grand jury report are still on the job. Communications Director Matt Kerr told NBC10 the Diocese immediately reports any sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement.

      <![CDATA[Philly-Bound Flight Diverted Due to Odor in Cabin ]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:06:54 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plane+Diverted+_29994077.jpg

      A Philadelphia-bound flight was diverted Wednesday night due to an odor in the cabin.

      Frontier Airlines flight 1674 was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to Philadelphia International Airport when crew members and passengers noticed an unknown odor coming from the cabin. 

      The flight was diverted and landed without incident at Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 7:15 p.m.

      Officials say eight people on the flight were evaluated after claiming they didn’t feel well. Two passengers and a crew member asked to go to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution, a spokesperson for Frontier said.

      A total of 230 passengers and seven crew members were on board the plane. The spokesperson told NBC10 another plane will take the passengers to Philadelphia.

      Officials have not yet revealed the cause of the odor.

      Photo Credit: WRAL-TV]]>
      <![CDATA[HS Track Star Dies the Day He Was Set to Attend Penn State]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:37:57 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kristian-Marche-Lead.jpg

      Loved ones are mourning a Philadelphia high school track star who died from a gunshot wound the same day he was set to begin his freshman year at Penn State University.

      Kristian Marche, 18, was in the rear driveway of his home on the 1800 block of East Pastorius Street in West Oak Lane Monday around 9:30 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire. Marche was struck once in the head and taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. Marche died from his injuries early Tuesday evening.

      No arrests have been made and police have not released a description of any suspects or any possible motive.

      “We believe someone knows who was in the driveway with Kristian and we’re asking those who know to be courageous and do the right thing and contact homicide,” Philadelphia Police Lt. Norman Davenport said.

      Police also say Marche was targeted.

      "We have no reason to believe that this was a random act," Davenport said.

      As police continue to investigate, those who knew Marche are heartbroken over the loss of a talented athlete with big dreams and potential. Marche excelled in both football and track at Imhotep Institute Charter High School.

      Marche was so good in fact that he was set to go to Penn State University on a track and field scholarship. Tuesday would have been Marche’s first day at the school.

      “It’s a real tragedy that the world won’t get to see him grow and develop as a person,” Bernard Miller, Marche’s teacher, told NBC10. “Really an outstanding young man. Just full of life.”

      In addition to being a great athlete, Marche was described as a friendly and funny teen who got along with everyone.

      “This hit us with a heavy heart to lose one of our brothers,” Nick Lincoln, Marche’s high school coach, wrote in a statement. “Kristian always had a smile on his face and our team will dedicate this season to him.”

      If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia Police.

      Photo Credit: Patty Morgan ]]>
      <![CDATA[Your Cellphone Could Lead to Distracted Drowning]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:42:50 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Distracted_Drowning.jpg

      The world's largest lifeguard organization says there is a link between child drownings and parents who are distracted by their smartphones.

      <![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: 'Get Your Pet' Online]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:01:55 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Clear_the_Shelters_getyourpet_com.jpg

      You can adopt a pet directly from an owner or guardian on GetYourPet.com. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has the story of online adoptions without the cats or dogs ever seeing a shelter.