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officials say workers were paid thousands for overtime, they never work. "eyewitness news" reporter joe holden is live from center city with more on this, joe. >> good evening. controller's office launched this investigation months ago after overtime payments in the city's department soared and performance in that same office, dipped, in the end, it was the taxpayers that took the hit. >> it was this video investigators say blew lid off why tens of thousands of pieces of philadelphia city mall weren't processed. it has been described mail room mayhem. >> time sheets were a complete farce when we compared them to video surveillance. >> reporter: in other word ten workers in the mail center were often not at work, alleged in this report by city controller that the supervisor and other employees, build for $10,000 in fraudulent overtime and other times they were excessively late. investigators rigged a surveillance system and recorded video for eight weeks starting in december 2015. every move we're told was
documented. >> they were milking the system for cash they had in right too. >> reporter: it is your cash, taxpayers fund this operation that is talked away in the hall room near suburban station. we went looking for answers. do you have any comment about the. >> reporter: report we were told supervisor was not around but our message would be passed around. biggest hit in all this was to those waiting for mail from the city, it was found not enough people were working, their full shift, to process it. >> people were getting penalties for late notices, traffic court hearings and other court hearings, they were not even informed, they weren't getting their refund, they weren't getting their bills. >> reporter: we are told both supervisor and mail worker resigned when investigators began poking around. city is working to recover that lost money. city officials had to say the kenney administration has been credited by controller's office for improving controls in the mail center, and that includes installing a permanent surveillance system and appointing a new manager.
we are told they are already on track, that they face $86,000 in overtime payments for year 2016 and now that the details of this report have been handed over to the philadelphia district attorney's office. live from center city, joe holden for cps3 "eyewitness news". >> joe, thank you. government regulators are finding comcast 2.3 million-dollar saying it intentionally miss charged customers. the fcc says it is the largest civil fine for a cable operator, the agency says comcast must cleanly ask customers were charging them for new services or equipment. it must make it easier for customers to fight charges they think are incorrect. the for its part comcast says the over charges were not intentional. time is running out, today is deadline to register to vote in pennsylvania. but tonight donald trump is raising concerns about the the integrity of the voting process in philadelphia "eyewitness news" reporter alexandria hoff is at a voter registration office at penns landing right the now with
more details, alex. >> reporter: ukee, philadelphia transitioned from a primarily red voter base to blue in the 1960's and currently democrats out number republicans by over 600,000 registered voters. >> we have to make sure this election is not stolen from frustrates and it is not taken away from frustrates. >> reporter: as he has done before republican presidential candidate donald trump voiced his concern over election fraud pointing out philadelphia county in particular. >> we have to make sure that the people of philadelphia are protected, that the vote counts are 100 percent. >> it creates this sense that there is, that this is rigged, and it is not rigged. >> reporter: david thornberg is chairman for committee of 70 a watch dog group for philadelphia and pennsylvania elections. they are independent, and non-partisan. >> the election process is high liz imperfect, it is a human process, it doesn't always work very well but there is no demonstrated record of fraud at a scale that he is suggesting.
>> reporter: thornberg says there are checks in place and while errors do happen they do not add um to the numbers that would waste results in a city with 1600 voting precincts but some voters still feel like our elect leaders demonstrate flaws in the system. >> look at the people who run the city. >> reporter: off of columbus boulevard, phones, paperwork, flowed in with last minute voter registration applications. >> we do our job. i have been here for 29 years and every application that comes in, has to be processed in accord ago the with the law and that is what we do. >> reporter: some say they have noticed voter fraud there is a hot line to be called, 866 our vote or contact the district attorney's office. reporting live from in front of the voter registration office on columbus boulevard, i'm alexandria hoff for cbs-3 "eyewitness news". >> let's remind everyone other voter deadlines are fast approaching in, delaware it is october 15th in new jersey, you need to register by october 18th.
democratic nominee hillary clinton is basking in the grow of new polls showing her with the double digit lead overdone old trump. former vice-president al gore campaigned with clinton in miami, florida. gore discussed climate change and told young democrats to get out and vote for clinton. meanwhile wikileaks released more e-mails from clinton campaign chairman. they revealed clinton's campaign believed the controversy over clinton's use of the of the private e-mail server while secretary of state would blow over after one week even. the trump controversy is a big issue in the race for u.s. senate in pennsylvania, democratic candidate katie mcginty condemned trump during an event in philadelphia today. she called on her opponent incumbent republican senate patrick toomey to disa vow trump. >> senator toomey says well, send me to washington and i will stand up to donald trump. how about standing up to donald trump right here in pennsylvania, right here today.
>> mcginty is joined by leaders of the women's groups in the city. women's group campaigned with senator tomb any villanova delaware county. he was joined by republican senator susan collins of me. when asked, senator toomey remained noncommittal. >> donald trump is the nominee. i have serious reservations and serious concerns. i remain... >> this could help determine the control of the senate. almost time to head to the polls. we are 27 days away from election day stay with "eyewitness news" for complete campaign coverage. the philadelphia health department is declaring, smoking in wants to regulate stores that sell tobacco products in low income communities which it says are disproportionately hurt by smoking. >> tomorrow mayor kenney will have a briefing to support the new regulations and health reporter stephanie stahl took a field trip with the commissioner to talk about the rules, and their impact.
>> that is right, this is a big proposal for them. health department says tobacco use kills more philadelphians then get this, homicide, aids, car accidents, diabetes, and illegal drugs, combined. smoking is worse then all of those. as a problem, it is especially bad in certain neighborhood. one retoured with the health commissioner who is proposing the new rule. >> this is a number one killer in philadelphia today. >> philadelphia health commissioner in kensington one of the many neighborhoods hurt by high rocking rate. >> philadelphia a has the high smoking rate of think big city in the country. we have about twice as many stores that sell tobacco products as other big cities and those stores concentrated in low income neighborhood like this. >> in a philadelphia health tenth wants to limit stores to selling tobacco products in poor neighborhoods, and, just 500 feet. >> and, right at eye level for a child, right here, within a couple hundred feet of the
school. >> reporter: doctor farly showed us a variety of neighborhood stores around second and ontario, what colorful tobacco advertising, close to several schools. >> the problem is young people get addicted when they are teenagers, and they are addict for life. so we want to prevent so many kid from getting addicted. >> i think it is something we can rally around. >> reporter: the reverend believes new regulations are needed because he said low income people are susceptible to smoking and tobacco advertising. >> to me it is a settle justice issue, an attack on low income people, in poor neighborhood, that is intentional by the tobacco industry. >> reporter: cbs-3 reached out to the national association of tobacco outlets which is, against these new regulations saying they will hurt law abiding retailers and stifle new economic development, in more than 3/4 of the city. now health department is going to have some hearings on these proposed new rules hoping to be in effect in the first of the year. >> we will see what happens.
>> thanks, stephanie. everyone is breathing easier in paulsboro, gloucester county after a train derailed in their town this morning's derailment happened not far from the 2012 paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill. officials say this morning the train was carrying lube oil when it came off track. the four cars derailed at an interchange directly between paulsboro high school and boys and girls club teen center. mayor far i stevenson left to evaluate the scene first hand. >> i think everybody's adrenaline in paulsboro go up when we hear train wreck and news helicopters are flying over. >> it happened again that is first thing it happened again. what are we up against? what fell, what spilled. >> reporter: there was in leak and local officials were told tanker cars derailed while backing over a spread apart section of the track. a man who lost part of the finger and suffered other injuries in the deadly hoboken train crash, plans to sue. lawyers for the plaintiff announce that plan lawsuit begins new jersey trans to it day. the 66 year-old was a passenger in the front of the
car of the train that crash in hoboken terminal september 29th. he suffered a broken nose and cuts on his head and face. police are trying to find two unknown juvenile suspects broke in the philadelphia academy charter school. police released video taken october 9th that shows a male and tea mail gaining entry to the school in the 11,000 block of roosevelt boulevard. they escaped with several items from classrooms, new police did not say what they were. if you have seen these suspects police ask you to give them a call. ronald mcdonald is taking a low profile for a while. >> we will tell you why you won't see the fun loving mascot around as much. also a head delaware county residents can breathe easier as a certain black bear won't be around to scare them anymore. president obama want to send humans to the red land net just 14 years, is a mission to mars really possible? we will talk with a world famous astronomer from philadelphia's franklin institute to get the answers, kate. another crisp, calm day, another chilly night, another
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a black bear, that charged a motorcycle officer in suburban philadelphia last month, and caused two schools, to go on lock down has been trapped in ridley creek park. after luring the bear with sweets like syrup and doughnuts park officials, subdued animal and relocated him to state game land in dauphin county. bear made enthusiasms last month after it charged radnor police lieutenant christopher flannigan. decision to remove the bear was done for the animal's own safety. mcdonald's says its mascot ronald mcdonald is keeping a low profile. company is cautious in the wake of the creepy clown sightings and clown threats which have been posted on line. mcdonald's did not provide specifics about when ronald mcdonald will come out. president obama wants america to take the giant leap to mars. >> as our greg argos tells us from the einstein health care
science center it is no easy task. >> reporter: the president announcing a very ambitious, goal to send human toss mars and back safely to earth, by the 2030's and this is at least 14 years away, experts say it is entirely possible. >> launch all of the material that we need to establish a base, a landing base on mars blast off from earth, spend sometime in orbit and then, from earth's orbit out to that long trip from mars. >> reporter: it the may sound simple but getting a man to mars back and safely is a multi billion dollar project and deadline to accomplish this has been set by president obama. >> i think it is a great thing that he showed continued support for nasa's primary mission. >> reporter: in an opinion piece the president says he wants nasa to team with private sector companies to
accomplish the man on mars mission by the 2030's. speaking with us sees a skype at franklin institute chief astronomer derek pits say this is one deadline that can be met. >> it is definitely possible to do in less than two decade, there is no question about that. some of the technology is there, some of the infrastructure already exists. >> reporter: but he says is there one big question that needs to be answered, with a yes, it is getting a human on mars will be something that not only seen in the movie. >> we have as a nation have have the will to want to do this and will we think congress to sign into law a bill that states that this work will continue, no matter how the president changes. >> pits point out we were able to send a man to the moon within eight years of president kennedy's speech. that was in the 1960's, with much more advanced technology. in the einstein health care science center i'm greg argos. >> thought i was watching a movie trailer.
>> yes. >> can i sign up to go. >> would you though, right. >> i don't know, i didn't have kid, and i would go the second round because who would want a test group to go. >> yes. >> test group. >> a test group to go before you, i would be round number two. >> what a beautiful day and looking up in the sky you may be able to catch a glimpse of stars and outer space, another clear beautiful night outside. temperatures will drop rapidly, not as cold as last night the though. lets take a look outside, what a gorgeous evening it is, as sun begins to set, into ocean city, we are looking the wrong way for sunset the but you can still see colors in the the sky, shadows lengthened after a good october day, down the shore and here in the city and just about every where, it is lots of blue skies, barely even a cloud in the sky. cloud are increasing a little bit here this evening. you you cap see why we will take a peak at storm can 3a warm front is dragging through the area right now, bringing an increase in cloud cover. you can see it is right about here. the storms way off to the north, warm front lifting through. it will bring a little bit of an increase in temperatures as
we head in the next couple of days. cold front will sneak through, on thursday though, and then knock the temperatures right back down to these cool, october feels like temperatures. mid 60's it is where we were today and friday and saturday and into sunday as well n the meantime a brief little warm up. it is a cool 62 in philadelphia. 511 in millville. fifty-eight in atlantic city. sixty-one in reading. overnight, it will be chilly again, but much, less chilly, then last night, we were in the 30's last night in reading, allentown, pocono dropped below freezing. mid 30's in the poconos. but 40's, in our north and western suburbs, overnight lows in the 50's, in south jersey. so not as bad for sure, still need jacket tomorrow morning, and doesn't have to be as heavy and won't see the frost on the grass like we did this morning. 70 degrees, around here tomorrow, with a mix of sun and cloud. it is a nice day. warmer air is starting to move from the south and west as we await the arrival of this front. eye little bit more humid. the thursday morning we will have some fog and more moisture in the air. in the afternoon we have a
chance for a stray shower here and there not a big deal. mainly off to the north and west. the once that front sweeps through, we're seeing a little bit of a nice cool canadian high build right back in and temperature back in the 60's as we head into your friday and they will stay there, through the weekend. so the past couple of weekend have not been great. dit clear out this past sunday but this weekend, it is your october fall weekend. make the most of it. let time it out overnight tonight no problems, a few clouds, that is the case as we head into tomorrow morning. more cloud cover the past few days but still a mostly sun i wednesday. into thursday though we will start to see the front approach from the west. it does not after lot with it. a couple of showers well off to the west thursday morgue and then from allentown up through the poconos a shower or two, thinks around two or 3:00 o'clock thursday afternoon. that clears out quickly. and then we're back to cool, dry air, as we head toward your weekend. overnight partly cloudy, cool, not quite as cold, 49 degrees. and we will have 69 tomorrow. mostly sunny and seasonal. and you're witness weather seven day forecast shows that brief, moderate warm up
72 degrees on thursday, watch for some fog, that can slow town your morning commute thursday and then we will knock it right back down mid 60's, sunshine, friday, sat kay and sunday, what a great weekend, monday, tuesday, looking great as well. when you are looking at a forecast like this for the next seven days, sunshine every day, highest high is 73, the lowest high temperature 65. that is your perfect fall seven day forecast. >> look at her getting excited. >> yes. >> i'm loving it. >> i'm loving it. >> thank you. don bellies up next in sports. >> we have got the some news, concerning the bird, a lane close another for eagles how team is responding to losing one of the best players reaction to johnson's ten game suspension next in sports.
news of the suspension. and now steps in and what happened. >> the eagles are were prepared and it is time to tiehl witt.
eagles right tackle, lane johnson has been suspended ten games for violating the policy on performance enhancing drugs. second offence which is why the penalty is so stiff. last week an arbitrator in new york heard johnson's appeal but clearly didn't feel compelled to change ruling. his suspension starts immediately which means he
will not return to the team, until december 19th, at that point, eagles will only have two games left in the regular season. now, eagles releasing a statement, this is what it read. we're very disappoint that had lane johnson has been suspended ten games. actions have affect the entire organization. moving forward, he has no choice but to hold himself accountable to jeffery laurie, coach pederson and his staff, his teammates and the to the entire organization, and our fans. now as of right now it looks like fifth rounder who will potly vitae will start at right tackle. i spoke to jordan matthews about the situation today. >> worse thing you you can do is panic. the at the end of the day it is still ball and everybody out is there a grown man. you have to get ready to go. whoever the next man up he has to have that mentality that i got to be ready to go right now. >> eagles play at washington on sunday. preseason continues for sixers tonight at memphis, but once again, they will be shorthanded. nerlens noel, nick stauskus,
jahlil oak far and jared bayless not available. other than that they are great. nlds game three between cubs and giants in san francisco last night. game ended and 3:00 in the morning. bottom of the fifth event joe panic of the giant, walk off double, the giants fight offe limb nation after five hours, and four minutes of baseball, san francisco has won, ten straight games with when facinge limb nation, they face it once again tonight, game four, by the bay. we're four days out from the friday football frenzy so it is time to vote for game of the week. here are your choices, egg harbor at washington township, wood town at west deptford, father judge at st. joseph's, prep and log on to cbs philly.com, frenzy to cast your vote we will have an announcement tomorrow night. >> get on it. >> three big games. >> thanks, buddy. we will be rightk;,t
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