<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 24 Feb 2018 14:30:21 -0500Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:30:21 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Five to Watch: Gold Medal Game in Men's Hockey and Team USA's History-Making Flag Bearer]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:05:42 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20180224+Jessie+Diggins.jpg

One of the iconic moments for Team USA in these Pyeongchang Olympics was Jessie Diggins pushing down the stretch during the women’s team sprint to earn America’s first-ever cross country gold medal.

So, it’s fitting that Diggins will end the Olympics by carrying the American flag in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremonies.

But before Diggins leads Team USA out of the Olympics, there are more medals to be awarded: The host country’s "Garlic Girls" go for gold in women’s curling and the not-Russians go for gold in men’s hockey. The United States will try to spoil a Canada-Germany rematch in the bobsled, and Norway will try to add to an already-historic Olympic medal haul.

Here’s five things that you need to watch on the final day of the Winter Olympics:

Historic Gold Medalist Carries the Red, White and Blue

Jessie Diggins captured the United States' first-ever women’s cross-country skiing medal when she and teammate Kikkan Randall won gold in the freestyle team event. Now, the 26-year-old will be the first country-country skier to carry the U.S. flag in the Winter Games’ closing ceremonies.

"I actually thought there maybe had been a mistake. I was like, 'What? I can’t believe this,'" Diggins said on the "Today" show. "It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked."

Some of the star power will be in the stands, where President Donald’s Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will lead the U.S. delegation. The opening ceremony spotlight was on the mysterious Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, who was dubbed "North Korea's Ivanka." Will the real Ivanka Trump be able to seize some of that limelight?

As for entertainment, expect K-pop stars CL and the boy band EXO. Not to mention the commentary by figure skating and fashion experts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

Watch the closing ceremony Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC10 or on digital platforms here.

Or, if you are an early bird, watch the closing ceremony live (natural sound only) at 6 a.m. ET on digital platforms here.

Not-Russia Goes for Elusive Hockey Gold

The Soviet Union won the hockey gold medal in the Olympics seven times between 1956 and 1988. The Unified Team, a team of post-Soviet players, won the gold medal in 1992.

And when the Russians play for the gold medal on Sunday, they will be competing as OAR, the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

So the Russians are trying to win a ninth hockey gold medal while never actually winning one for Russia.

After failing to win a gold medal at the last six Olympics (regardless of their name), and failing to win any medal at the last three, the Pyeongchang games seemed to be Russia’s best chance in decades. With the National Hockey League missing in action — it refused to allow its players to participate in the Olympics — the Russians entered the tournament as the heavy favorite.

“We’ve been striving for this for years,” said Oleg Znarok, Russia’s coach.

But because of a doping scandal that impacted the country’s entire Olympic program, the Russian national team has been banned from these Olympics — hence the Olympic Athletes from Russia name. If they beat Germany, the Russian flag will not be raised, and the Russian national anthem will not play. .

They face a surprising German team in the gold medal match. The Germans upset Canada in the semifinals, 4-3.

The Russians haven’t needed upsets to reach the finals. After losing to Slovakia 3-2 in its opening game, the Russians won four consecutive games by a combined score of 21-3, including a 6-1 win over Norway in the quarterfinals and a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in the semifinals. In pool play, the Russians beat the United States, 4-0.

Watch live on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday or on digital platforms here.

#GarlicGirls Trend as an Internet Meme But They’re Tuned Out

South Korea’s curling team heads into the final against Sweden, the culmination of a surprise winning streak that has brought them to the top of the rankings and in contention for the gold.

Dubbed the “Garlic Girls” for their hometown’s locally grown garlic, they are a phenomenon not just on the ice, but on social media, too, where fans search for their nicknames and distinctive eyewear.

But the women apparently don’t know what superstars they’ve become. They’ve turned off their phones for the duration of the Games to keep their focus.

Watch live on NBCSN at 7:05 p.m. or on digital platforms here.

No, We Haven't Had Enough Figure Skating!

The Winter Games will celebrate one of its best-loved events Saturday night with the figure skating exhibition gala, an unscored event that allows men and women skaters to stop worrying so much about which blade they landed that triple axel on and show off the beauty of the sport. 

Skating exhibitions can be a lot of fun to watch. Without the pressure of competition, the moves are looser and more experimental. In the 1994 gala in Lillehammer, figure skater Surya Bonaly showed off her completely awesome, and very illegal in skating, backflip-to-one-blade move. (And then she pulled the same move in competition in 1998 at the Nagano games.)

At the Sochi Winter Games, Tatsuki Machida of Japan skated to "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen and played air guitar.

But what we are REALLY looking for is the return of the Prince of Pyeongchang, Pennsylvania's own Adam Rippon. He shines in exhibitions. In 2017, at the Grand Prix exhibition gala, he skated to -- and sang -- Rhianna's "Diamonds."

It's not known yet if he'll appear in the gala; usually it's for competitors who medal or come close, and Rippon finished 10th.

Still, this event is about beautiful skating and showing personality -- so it simply can't take place without Rippon.

Watch on NBC10 live Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or on digital platforms here.

Pyeongchang’s Final Event: Cross Country 30km Mass Start Classic

Perhaps it’s only fitting that the final event of these Pyeongchang games gives Norway one more chance to add to its record-setting Olympics.

Norway could add two more medals in the final event, the women’s cross country 30km mass start classic, as Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng could both finish on the podium. Bjoergen is already the most decorated winter athlete ever, with 14 total medals, including four (a gold, a silver and two bronze) in Pyeongchang.

Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla could pose the biggest challenge for the Norwegians.

Watch on digital platforms at 1:15 a.m. ET Sunday here.

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<![CDATA[By the Numbers: A Curling Conquest, Big Air Stunner]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:37:49 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_18055267258525.jpg

The team of “rejects” made curling history for the United States, a surprise win in big air’s Olympic debut, and a squirrel flirted with death on the slopes. Here are the Pyeongchang Games by the numbers:

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5 The American men’s curling team, once known as “The Rejects,” celebrated its first gold medal after defeating Sweden, the top ranked team in the world. The captain, or skip, John Shuster scored an exceedingly rare five points in a period with his final rock in the eighth end — making the score 10-5 and assuring an almost certain win. Shuster had come back from such a dreadful performance at the Sochi Games that he was cut from the U.S.’s national high-performance program. The four-time Olympian returned to the Olympics with a new team — Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and alternate Joe Polo — and after they squeaked through the early games, defeated Sweden 10-7 in the fifth straight win over the best curlers in the world.

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Shuster was a member of the only other U.S. curling team to win a medal, a bronze in Turin in 2006. Before the match, Mr. T made a good luck call and Diddy posted a good luck message online. President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was in the audience along with the king of Sweden.

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10 — A Canadian won the men’s big air in the event’s Olympic debut, just not the one everyone was expecting. Sebastien Toutant took the first-ever gold while teammates, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, the event’s favorites, failed to medal after several falls. Toutant was ranked 10th at the end of the last World Cup season and had had back problems in the months before the Winter Games. He won with a combined score of 174.25 from his two best runs. “A couple of months ago I couldn’t even snowboard so it definitely feels great that I‘m able to ride at my best and to put the tricks down,” he told Reuters.

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American Kyle Mack took the silver medal, a stunning comeback after a 10th-place finish in the qualifying. “The whole reason I wanted to do snowboarding is to bring style into snowboarding,” Mack said. “It's the main thing I've always worked at.” Great Britain’s Billy Morgan won the bronze. The U.S.'s Chris Corning finished fourth, and Red Gerard, the gold medal winner in the earlier slopestyle event, was right in fifth. Norway's Marcus Kleveland had already been eliminated in the qualifying round.

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2 Ester Ledecka pulled off a rare Olympic double on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win gold in two sports at the same Winter Olympics. Ledecka returned to her best known sport, snowboarding, and won the parallel giant slalom to go with her shocking skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the Winter Games.

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The Czech star, top-ranked on the snowboarding circuit but never a threat until now in skiing, outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final and won by 0.46 seconds. Compare that to 0.01-second edge in the super-G race that left her and the rest of the field in shock.

She is the third athlete to win gold in two winter sports at the same Games, according to Gracenote Olympic, a company providing Olympic sports statistics. The last time was in 1928 in St. Moritz, when Norway’s Johan Groettumsbraaten won gold in both cross-country skiing and the Nordic combined. Four years earlier Thorleif Haug accomplished the same.

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15 Japan’s Nana Takagi blasted past her opposition to win the first women’s mass start speedskating gold medal, ahead of Kim Bo-reum of South Korea. This is Takagi’s second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Irene Schouten of the Netherlands won bronze after skating too wide on the final corner and had to settle for bronze Saturday.

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In the men’s event, top favorite Lee Seung-hoon skated unleashed a final sprint that no one could match to take gold for South Korea. He has now won five Olympic medals from 2010 through 2018.

This was South Korea’s first speedskating gold of the Pyeongchang Games, and its 15th medal overall, a new record. It won 14 medals in Vancouver in 2010, according to Gracenote Olympic.

Belgian inline skater Bart Swings took silver ahead of Koen Verweij of the Netherlands on Saturday.

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5-3 Japan's women's curling team captured the country's first Olympic medal in the sport, a bronze. The match at Gangneung Curling Centre pit Japan against 2014 bronze medalist Great Britain. Japan won 5-3 in a tight game. 

No Japanese team, men, women or mixed doubles, had until now won an Olympic medal in curling. Great Britain's women's team took gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. 

Going for the gold are South Korea's "Garlic Girls," named for the garlic grown in their hometown. They've become a global sensation with their success though they likely don't know it. They've turned off their phones to keep distractions away. They will play Sweden tonight at 7:05 p.m. Watch live on NBCSN at 7:05 p.m. ET or on digital platforms.

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2-1 Switzerland beat the top-seeded Austria in the Alpine team skiing event in its Olympic debut. With the Swiss leading 2-1, they locked up the win when Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out along the side-by-side parallel slalom course.

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6-4 Canada took the bronze medal in hockey Saturday, beating the Czech Republic 6-4 for what would be an accomplishment for many players. But for the country said to have originated the modern-day sport and which already has nine hockey golds, it was a sore disappointment. Its defeat to the Russian team was described in the national media as a crushing loss and a dark day for Canadian hockey.

The gold medal match up between the Russian team and Germany will be played tonight at 11 p.m. ET. Because of a doping scandal that affected the country’s entire Olympic program, the Russian national team has been banned from these Olympics — and the competitors are called the Olympic Athletes from Russia name. Watch live on NBCSN beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday or on digital platforms.

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7 Snowboarder Austria’s Daniela Ulbing just managed to dodge a grey squirrel that darted onto the slope during the heats for the women’s parallel giant slalom. Ulbing won her heat, and went on to finish 7th in the race. The squirrel ran free of the course. “When you think you’ve seen everything at the Olympic Winter Games...,” the announcer said. 

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38 Norway leads the medals table with 13 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze. That breaks the record set at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by the Americans, who won 37 medals.

Photo Credit: Natacha Pisarenko/AP
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<![CDATA[5 to Watch: U.S. Medals in Big Air; Curling Wins an Upset]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:39:49 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_18055267258525.jpg

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The U.S. men’s curling team, coming off back-to-back Olympics finishing near the bottom of the tournament, complete a stunning turnaround by winning its first-ever gold medal.

Meanwhile, men's big air saw Kyle Mack, one of the favorites, on the podium. 

Snowboarder Ester Ledecka, who shocked everyone (including herself) by winning a skiing gold medal, had another shock to deliver to Olympic fans.

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There will be plenty of excitement in Pyeongchang on Saturday (starting Friday night in the U.S.). Here are our must-watch events. 

USA Curling Rocks! Men Win Historic Olympic Gold

For the fifth straight game, skip John Shuster and Team USA rattled the best curlers in the world, and again came away with a win — for the U.S.'s first ever Olympic curling gold medal — by defeating Sweden 10-7.

Shuster converted a double-takeout for a 5-point end in the eighth — an exceedingly rare score that made it 10-5 and essentially clinched the win.

"Tell you what, it was a lot of fun," Shuster said after the match. "And that's where the week changed for us and changed for me, was to allow myself to go out there and enjoy it and let the work show through. Holy cow."

It was the first 5-point end the U.S. has had in these Olympics. They've had only one 4-point and five 3-point ends leading up to this game.

"On the morning of February 19, Matt's (Hamilton) birthday, the day we played Canada, I woke up and said 'I have a choice. I have a choice to rewrite my story, to write the story of this team,'" Shuster said.

Shuster was on the only other U.S. team to win an Olympic medal — he was the lead thrower on Pete Fenson's bronze-medal team at the 2006 Turin Games.

The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match. Diddy posted a pre-match good luck message online. And the King of Sweden was in attendance for their gold medal win.

Sweden takes home the silver medal for the second time since curling returned to the Olympics in 1998. Switzerland won the bronze by defeating Canada early Friday morning.

American Kyle Mack Takes Silver in Men’s Snowboard Big Air

Sebastien Toutant of Canada won gold in men's snowboard big air on Saturday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. 

Team USA's Kyle Mack took silver, while Billy Morgan of Great Britain took bronze.

The favorites were Canadian riders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Earlier in these Olympics, both athletes won slopestyle medals (Parrot earned silver, McMorris took bronze), but they are just as good — if not better — in big air.

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Watch on digital platforms by tapping here.

Switzerland Wins Gold in 1st-Ever Olympic Alpine Team Event

It was a team effort.

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Switzerland took down top-seed Austria on Saturday to win gold in the first-ever Olympic Alpine skiing team event.

The Swiss team was leading 2-1 and locked up the win when Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out along the side-by-side parallel slalom course. The team event victory marks the seventh gold in Pyeongchang for Switzerland’s ski team.

Norway edged France in the bronze medal match.

Some of the world’s top racers, including Americans Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Austrian Marcel Hirscher, skipped the event.

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Watch on digital platforms by tapping here

New Jersey Sledder in 20th Place in Bobsled

In the final bobsled event of the Winter Olympics, Team USA is well behind the leaders, Germany. But this is a sport of thousands of a second, and the top American sled in ninth place is just 0.53 out of medal contention.

New Jersey-born Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, in Nick Cunningham's sled, is now in 20th place. The American sled is one of three vying for a medal on the sliding track.

The third sled is just behind, in 21st. The four-man bobsled will be back on NBC on Saturday night.

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Abdul-Saboor failed to medal in the two-man bobsled earlier in the Games.

Watch on digital platforms here.

Ledecka Gets Second Olympic Gold, This Time in Snowboarding

Ester Ledecka won the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom Saturday to go with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the Winter Games.

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The Czech star, top-ranked on the snowboarding circuit but never a threat until now in skiing, is the first to win gold medals in both sports.

She outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final and won by .46 seconds, a much more comfortable margin than the .01-second edge in the super-G race that left her staring at the clock in shock.

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WOW: How AJ Muss Returned From the Brink of Death to Become an Olympic Medal Hopeful

Watch on digital platforms here.


Photo Credit: Natacha Pisarenko/AP
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<![CDATA[A Guy With a Michael Knight Action Figure Meets Olympians]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:39:42 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20180223+KNIGHT+RIPPON4.jpg

You meet all kinds of people, from all over the world, at the Winter Olympics.

And you meet people with all kinds of interests. Like the guy who really, really loves action figures, and so brought one of his to Pyeongchang. 

He brought an action figure of Michael Knight, the protagonist of the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider." You know, the guy played by David Hasselhoff who drove the talking car, K.I.T.T.

Why? Why not? His owner, Justin Caplicki, found his first Michael Knight in a flea market, and one thing led to another. Caplicki owns 88 Michael Knight action figures right now, he said.

Michael Knight has met some amazing people. Caplicki has pictures of him meeting (and nearly smooching) skater Adam Rippon, NASCAR legend and NBC commentator Dale Earnhardt Jr., and several players from the U.S. women's hockey team, which won gold in Pyeongchang.

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This isn't Michael Knight's first Olympics, either. Caplicki has pictures of him meeting Sunday Night Football's Al Michaels at the Rio games.

"I'm pretty sure (Michaels) will remember that the rest of his life, as well," Caplicki said.

By the way, Caplicki isn't necessarily a Hasselhoff fan. He has no "Baywatch" collectibles. This is about "Knight Rider." 

"I will always collect Michael Knights, until I die," Caplicki said.

Why? Again, why not?

"I think it's more interesting to take pictures of him than me when I go to these places," Caplicki said. "I'm not married for some reason, so I think this is a great thing to do."

Photo Credit: Justin Caplicki
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<![CDATA[Historic Façade Will Be Salvaged from Fire-Ravaged Building]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:42:19 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/239+Chestnut+street+flames.jpg

A historic Old City Philadelphia building destroyed by a four-alarm fire will be demolished next week, the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections said Friday.

It will take at least a week for construction crews to knock down what's left of 239 Chestnut Street. The six-story building, built in the 19th-century, was gutted by an aggressive fire that started on the sixth floor early Sunday morning. Two attached historic buildings also suffered fire and water damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

L&I deemed the building imminently dangerous in the wake of the fire, but retained outside engineers to see if the building's brownstone, plaster, and cast-iron façade could be salvaged.

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An analysis determined the upper floor façade of brownstone and plaster was beyond repair, an L&I spokeswoman said, but the first floor cast-iron façade will be saved.

A 3D laser scan of the building's remaining structure was completed on Friday. L&I says it will help inform architects designing a new building for the site.

Demolition will begin after a neighboring building — 237 Chestnut Street — is shored up.

Chestnut Street between S. Bank and S. 4th streets; Elbow Lane between S. Bank and S. 3rd streets; and S. 3rd Street between Elbow Lane and Walnut Street will remain closed as work continues.

Photo Credit: NBC10
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<![CDATA[Old City Building Set for Demolition After Massive Fire]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:42:50 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The_Fire_That_Destroyed_An_Historic_Building.jpg

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal was in Old City with the details about the demolition a historic building and how the fire is hurting neighboring businesses.

<![CDATA[Fla. First Responders Recount Harrowing Moments During Shooting]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:21:23 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/022318+coral+springs+officer+emotional+reaction.PNG

Just over a week after one of the worst days in their professional lives, first responders from Coral Springs met with the media on Friday to recount the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

Officers from the neighboring city to the Parkland campus were among the first to arrive on Feb. 14, a scene that hit close to home for some of the first responders who have ties to the school.

Sgt. Jeff Heinrich had to fight back tears when describing the reaction he had dealing with his job and the knowledge that both his wife, a teacher at Douglas, and son were in the school.

“By the grace of God, my wife and my son who are at opposite ends of the school, [..] they both heard the fire alarm and decided to evacuate," Heinrich said.

Heinrich said when he heard the first gunshots being fired, the sounds didn't immediately register.

"At first I honestly thought they were fireworks," he said. "I thought the kids were screwing around. I thought maybe someone let off some fireworks in the school, set off the fire alarm, that's what I was thinking."

But all of a sudden, the situation changed, Heinrich said.

"Kids started to run, kids started to scream, at that time, I heard a round of probably another five or six shots," he said.

Heinrich said he immediately started sprinting into the parking lot where all the kids were gathered. He ran into a student with a massive gunshot wound on his ankle, named Kyle, and used a compression bandage to treat the injury. By that time, the fire department was on the scene, and Kyle was taken by paramedics for further treatment.

When Heinrich was bandaging Kyle, the student was able to give him a detailed description of what was happening inside and what the shooter was wearing. Heinrich immediately relayed that information to dispatch officers. 

"He was spot on," Heinrich said.

In the flurry of commotion, Heinrich was able to put on a SWAT vest and respond to the location of the incident: The freshman building. Officers were inside the building at that point, clearing it out and running the perimeter. 

Through choked tears, Heinrich recalled clearing the building and surrounding areas with other officers -- in an effort to protect his family.

"They're my family. Not only my family, my personal family, but the Douglas people," he said. "Those are kids that you know, teachers and staff that I've known for years."

"My wife is the assistant athletic director who works hand-in-hand with Chris Hixon who lost his life." 

Chris Crawford, a patrol officer and former Marine, also recounted the harrowing moments of the shooting when he was called onto the scene.

“It’s awful. It’s as bad as you can imagine times 10,” he said.

Crawford said he arrived at the school, grabbed his rifle, and started running toward the freshman building. After being instructed to clear the parking lot and search for injured victims, Crawford went to the front of the freshman building where he was met with a sergeant carrying out an injured 14-year-old boy. Moments later, another student approached Crawford and said she had been shot also. 

Crawford detailed using combat gauze to treat the boy's wounds on his lower back, shoulder, thigh and arm, all of which were severe. He also used gauze to treat the girl's injuries.  

Crawford helped the hurt students until the fire department arrived. After that, he rushed to the freshman building, where he met with other Coral Springs officers. The officers split up and Crawford went to the 500 building to survey the area.

Once there, he went to classrooms and made sure everyone was safe. 

When asked whether the classrooms were relieved to see an officer in the building, Crawford said:

“The first two classes were [relieved], the third class...I knocked on the door and told them I’m Coral Springs Police. They said they couldn’t open the door. I had to negotiate with them. I even had to slide my ID under the door."

Crawford said the teacher and students had to confirm that he was who he claimed to be.

"They started asking me questions like what my ID number was.”

Crawford said the injured boy and girl are expected to be okay. 

“For me, I’m glad I could help just one kid. Or two kids. I wish I could have helped them all.”

“What bothers me is that I wish I had gotten there sooner,” Crawford said.

Coral Springs Fire Department Lt. Rohan Neita also detailed the fire department’s response to the shooting.

“My brain really couldn’t process what was really happening. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Neita said.

Neita said it was a normal day at the fire station when the 2 p.m. call went out.

“I remember hearing one of my shift supervisors asking dispatch if it was correct what he heard, that there was an active shooter at the school,” he said. “That’s when the hair starts standing on the back of your neck.”

Neita said when the department arrived, kids were streaming out of the school, running toward a set up triage area. They started looking at students, finding who was injured the most, and transporting them to the hospital accordingly.

For Neita, the incident was difficult because of his connection to the area.

“I grew up here. I went to high school at Taravella. It’s been tough.”

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather Springlike Weather]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:39:35 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather_Springlike_Weather.jpg

We still have those continuous rain showers coming throughout the rest of the weekend. NBC10's First Alert Weather Meteorologist Krystal Klei has more on what to expect for the upcoming week. 

<![CDATA[Suspected Drunken Driver Plows Into 15 Parked Cars]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:15:53 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cars+Hit.jpg

A suspected drunken driver plowed into 15 parked cars Friday night in South Philadelphia, leaving a trail of damage in his wake, police said.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. in the 2400 block of 3rd Street. A male suspect is in custody.

No injuries were reported. 

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Soggy Weekend May Put a Damper on Big Events]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:40:10 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Soggy_Weekend_May_Put_a_Damper_on_Big_Events.jpg

Eagles center Jason Kelce is set to march with the Mummers in Manayunk for a fundraiser, but Mother Nature may not be on their side. NBC10's Drew Smith reports.

<![CDATA[Delaware Governor Seeks to Ban Assault-Style Rifles]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:38:22 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware_Governor_Seeks_to_Ban_Assault-Style_Rifles.jpg

Gov. John Carney wants the First State to put an end to the sale of assault-style rifles like the AR-15. NBC10's Aaron Baskerville reports.

<![CDATA[Police Looking for Man Accused of Groping Girl, 13, at Target]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:33:38 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Police_Looking_for_Man_Accused_of_Groping_Girl_at_Targe.jpg

Police in Bensalem have released a photo of the man they'd like to speak to after a 13-year-old girl said she was groped while at a Target in the Bucks County town.

<![CDATA[360 Videos: Take a Virtual Tour of South Korea]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:25:27 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pgh50584-2_1024.jpg

The Olympics are an opportunity for a host country to showcase its athletes, but also its culture. In 2018, all eyes are on South Korea and its rich history. NBC takes you beyond the displays at the opening and closing ceremonies, and into Seoul, Gangneung province and the Demilitarized Zone.


Although Korea’s civil war formally ended 65 years ago in an armistice, the tensions remain, taking physical shape with a border at the 38th parallel called the Demilitarized Zone. The area is considered an active war zone, but remains a popular destination for tourists. Experience some of the key sites within the Demilitarized Zone in 360.

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The Joseon dynasty was the height of Korea’s empire and its legacy is preserved through a variety of heritage sites across the country. The Gyeongbokgung Palace was the seat of royal power and today is the home of the National Palace Museum of Korea. Take in the splendor of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest palace in Seoul.

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The host city of Pyeongchang has brought thousands of foreigners into South Korea’s eastern provinces. South Korea hopes the Olympics will be an introduction to the country -- beyond its two main metropolitan areas -- which is dominated by rural life. Experience the bustle of Jumunjin port, just outside the second host city of Gangneung.

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While South Korea is one of the most technologically savvy countries in the world, medieval dynasties are still reflected in the urban landscape and have ingrained a deep emphasis on tradition in Korean culture. Experience the serenity of a traditional Hanok village.

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Get a 360-degree view of what it is like riding from Seoul to Gangneung, home of the Winter Olympic Park, on a bullet train.

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You will find Woljeongsa in the forest east of Odaesan Mountain in South Korea. The temple dates back to around 600.

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Seongyojang House in Gangneung, South Korea, is one of the most preserved original dwellings in all of the country.

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The Demilitarized Zone, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jumunjin port and Hanok village were produced by Robert Hernandez, Lisa Rau, Billy Bjork and Jordan Winters.

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<![CDATA[Pa. & NJ Athletes Represent at Winter Olympics]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:04:54 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fourbox+-+Local+Athletes.jpg From the mountain to the rink to the sliding track, a group of skilled athletes went for gold in Pyeongchang. Here is a look at athletes with Pennsylvania and New Jersey ties who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Feb. 24 Olympics Photos: US Takes Gold in Men's Curling]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 06:57:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_18055267258525.jpg February 24 competition highlights from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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<![CDATA[Kelce Making More Use of His Eagles Parade Mummers Outfit]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:29:34 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20180223kelce.jpg

First a Super Bowl champ, then the "Mayor of Philadelphia," and now a ... Mummer?

Jason Kelce will continue to prove that he is a man of many skills on Sunday when he marches along Main Street in Manayunk in the annual Mardi Gras Parade.

Kelce will be joining the Avalon String Band, one of 16 string bands in the parade, the same group that let Kelce borrow the bright and colorful suit he famously wore to the Eagles' Super Bowl celebration parade.

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Mardi Gras parade goers can expect to see Kelce donning the very same suit, which came from an Avalon performance a decade ago.

Not only is he borrowing a suit and marching along with the band, Kelce will be playing baritone saxophone during the celebration.

Yes, the Eagles All-Pro center does in fact play the saxophone. He, along with his high school, visited Central High School in Philadelphia on Thursday in support of music.

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Avalon will be in the 13th position out of the 16 string bands on Sunday. Each band is expected to make around four stops beginning at 1 p.m.

No word yet if Kelce plans on making any speeches.

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<![CDATA[Have the Eagles Turned Philly Into a Winning City?]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:17:42 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*123/20180204GettyImages-914355782.jpg

It would seem like the Eagles' Super Bowl magic has rubbed off on other Philadelphia sports teams. Call us a city of winners, if you will.


Since the Eagles brought home their first ever Lombardi trophy, the 76ers have been undefeated. 

Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the Sixers lost three of the previous five games and had endured a five game losing streak in December.

The Sixers have moved into seventh place with a chance at the playoffs.


When the hardwood turns to ice at the Wells Fargo Center, the luck has stayed true.

The Flyers are 8-1 since the Eagles took the championship title in Minnesota, making it a month to remember for the team. 

This, after a lackluster start to the season that included a 10 game losing streak.

Starting the season as so-called underdogs, this team is now also in contention for a playoff run.

College Basketball

The Villanova Wildcats are 4-2 since the Super Bowl, ranked second in the Big East.

The Drexel Dragons even got a taste of the underdog luck when they came from behind to beat the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 85-83. It was the largest comeback in NCAA history. 

And in case anyone was wondering, the Philadelphia Phillies have been undefeated for the baseball season thus far.

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<![CDATA[High Hopes in AC Ahead of Casino Openings]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:05:55 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Atlantic_City_Casinos_Expected_to_Reopen.jpg

Atlantic City is just months away from a casino comeback. Two closed casinos in the city are expected to reopen, and NBC10's Ted Greenberg explains the new concerns about too much competition in town.

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Wet Weekend]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:36:57 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/weather+rainy+weekend+2-23.png

If you're tired of the rain that has covered our region, we have bad news: the rain isn't going anywhere just yet. The droplets will stick around for the weekend. NBC10 Chief meteorologist Tammie Souza has your forecast.

<![CDATA[Students Sending Message About Gun Reform]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:28:15 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Students_are_Sending_a_Message.jpg

Students across the country are speaking out after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and now those students say they won't stop anytime soon.

<![CDATA[Changes Made After Athlete Benched for Religion]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:18:29 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Changes_Made_After_Athlete_Benched_for_Religion.jpg

One week after a high school athlete was benched during a basketball game for wearing a hijab, changes are being made. NBC10's Erin Coleman explains the movement, and what that student says about the impact of her hijab.

<![CDATA[Brawl Breaks Out at High School Basketball Game]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:20:28 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brawl_Breaks_Out_at_High_School_Basketball_Game.jpg

Delaware officials are deciding what action should be taken after a brawl broke out at a high school basketball game. NBC10's Tim Furlong explains.

<![CDATA[How NJ Trains School Resource Officers]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:53:38 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Training_Resource_Officers.jpg

The deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida has re-opened conversations about guards in schools, and NBC10's Cydney Long took a closer look at how those officers are trained in New Jersey.

<![CDATA[Former Trump Campaign Aide Gates Pleads Guilty]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:54:33 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-890291468.jpg

Former campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and making a false statement, becoming the third associate of President Donald Trump to make a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, NBC News reported.

The plea turns up the pressure on Paul Manafort, a close business associate of Gates who was the chairman of the Trump campaign. The two were indicted in October on conspiracy and other charges related to their lobbying work in Ukraine.

A criminal information filed ahead of the plea hearing says that between 2006 and 2007, Gates and others "conspired to defraud the United States by impeding impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury."

In addition, he admits he lied about a March 19, 2013, meeting attended by Manafort, a lobbyist, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and that he falsely denied that Ukraine was discussed and that he was preparing a report for Ukraine's leadership.

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