tv Eyewitness News Sunday Morning ABC March 27, 2016 6:00am-8:00am EDT
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hawaii just a few hours ago. supporters are feeling the bern, of course. but is it enough to make a big dent in trying to clinch the democratic nomination. >> we'll see. good morning. taking a live look. it's still dwashg dark, but shaping up to be a gorgeous easter sunday morning. thanks for being with us on this sunday, march 27. >> just a normal day here at the office. is it easter? >> i don't know. i think the kentucky derby is early. >> come on, boy! >> we should be having a mint ju lep and sitting on a horse. >> if i turn, i can't see you. >> good sunday easter morning. >> that's right. >> you look good. >> you look good. >> we'll be passing the plate in a minute. good morning, everybody. happy easter. i'm rob nelson.
amy freeze is just over there laughing. you look beautiful. >> i wish i had my little easter bunny ears going this morning. absolutely a good start as far as the mood goes and the weather cooperates right with us. we have a few clouds link gering which may affect some sunrise services, it's basically daylight instead of a bright sunshine, but the day turns out to be fairly decent with the afternoon temperatures coming in fairly nice. 43 degrees, beautiful start expected. fairly comfortable with temperatures on the island. 38 degrees further inland. our temperatures are warmer, almost five the to ten degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. this is a significant way to start the day because it's exactly how it ends up. the reason we're getting cloud cover this morning is because of an onshore flow.
and also provide more cloud cover. the further inland you go, the skies will break more dramatically. you see the winds coming onshore and that creates some of the cloudiness and moisture that we'll see in the form of clouds. no showers during the day. in fact it's drizzle and light rain tonight, after midnight, in fact, that we see that happen. temperatures in the low 50s in new york city on this easter sunday. coming up, the wet start to the workweek and details on the week ahead. rob. >> amy, thank you very much. to the news now. parishioners of a historic church destroyed by fire will still come together to worship at the bergen performing arts center. last week flames tore through the 150-year-old church on palisades avenue. on this day, parishioners are gathering with a lot of gratitude that no one was hurt
remains very much intact. kristin thorne is live in inglewood with more. >> happy easter to everyone. the church is planning to hold services here because they do expect a large turnout of people for easter services. this was last tuesday when the fire broke out at the first presbyterian church. the fire badly damaged the 150-year-old church. the cause of the fire still under investigation. congress gants -- congregants say they have been so thankful to the community that has really come out to help. >> it is a devastation to the whole community, for one thing. the commute has come forward, certainly, and been very generous. for me personally, i love that church.
that the pastor of the first presbyterian church showed to parishioners during that good friday service. he says that it was pulled from the rubble. he says it is a sign that they should and that they will rebuild. we're live this morning, i'm kristin thorne, channel 7, eyewitness news. police are searching for four men after a i slashing attack at the 96 thshgs street the 19-year-old victim was waiting fo are a bus when four men approached him and slashed him in the head, the back, slashing his hands before running off. the violence at the crowded station was a shock to people who live right there. >> i i wouldn't expect that. >> we've been here the last it's weird. it makes me wonder what's going on. >> it's new york city. you've got to be on your toes now and these days ready for
>> the victim is in the hospital in serious condition. just last week the nyp dshgs d announced plans to implement what they're calling operation cutting edge. the initiative will help track stabbings and slash ingz through the city. now the latest on brussels. we've learned that two more americans are dead. justin and stephanie shults were living in brussels. they had just dropped justin's mother off at the airport and that's when the bombs went off. justin turned 30 years old just a few weeks ago. on saturday, authorities detailed the latest arrest stemming are from the attacks. three people have been charged. among them this man identified as faycal c.. he's been charged with murder. he's been reported to be the seen as the man on the right in
the brussels airport after the the brussels airport after the bombing. the suspect that's still being looked for is is very dangerous. experts are assessing damage to the building at the airport as well as problems with information systems there. in an example of how tense things are, a new york city bound air are france plane was evacuated in paris after an anonymous threat was made. the plane was about to take off for jfk. as a precaution, air france evacuated the plane and did a full check. thankfully nothing was found. it's a solemn anniversary in the east village. one year ago a gas explosion killed two people. the site of the explosion is now leveled and a memorial stands there. here's eyewitness reporter diana rock oe rocco. >> it seemed like it happened yesterday. that pain is never going to go away. >> nick's mother relives the smoke filled images of the second avenue building collapse every day. it's been one since since her 23-year-old son went on a date at the sushi restaurant when the bidding exploded and collapsed. >> my son was full of life. i lived through his eyes, through him, because he was so adventurous, so loving, so caring. >> a 26-year-old restaurant employee was also killed. as the community and family members now remember, nick's
family with a piece of the fire escape given to him by the fire department. >> this is the ladder that drops down are from the fire escape. >> dozens were left homeless when the buildings came down and it was days before many could return home, if at all. >> i realize everything. everything was gone. >> mildred spent 44 years on the fourth floor of the building where the explosion happened. . building owner is facing charges for an illegal gas line hiding from the inspectors. the line was restored moments after they left the building, causing the blast. legislation is being introduced to go after negligent landlords. >> this situation went on for months and turned into a tragedy, so we don't have that in another location. >> during the vigil, nick's mother says not a day goes by she doesn't think about her son
the building owner is expected back in court later this week. channel 7, eyewitness news. american airlines was forced to apologize to customers after a pilot failed a sobriety test. these photos were taken from a passenger on board the plane. they're believed to be that american airlines pilot. a tsa agent actually smelled alcohol as the pilot passed through security in detroit when he arrived for the flight to philly. he failed two tests and his bac was over the legal limit for pilots. the flight of course was canceled and passengers were rebooked on other flights. 6:10, coming up, triple win in the western caucuses for presidential candidate bernie sanders. it's a huge win for him, boost for supporters, but is it enough to move him closer to the democratic nomination? >> huge. >> feel the bern, amy.
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turning to the race for president, new momentum to the bernie sanders campaign. caucus victories in alaska, hawaii, and washington state. sanders is not slowing down. yesterday in brooklyn, in fact, his team opened a new campaign office with about 400 volunteers. >> he represents what everybody deeply wants and needs. not just a better united states, but a better world. sanders it will help garner younger, liberal voters here in new york. our caucus is april 19th. >> the wisconsin primary coming up on tuesday, april 5th. you can stay with eyewitness news and abc news throughout the presidential election. tune in this morning for this week with george starting at 10 a.m. right here on channel 7. we'll have all the latest from
let's talk with about the day. tens of thousands of people are in vatican city where the pope is celebrating easter. he celebrated mass just a few hours ago. during last night's easter vigil, he said darkness and fear must not prevail in the aftermath of the attacks in brussels. here in new york, cardinal dolan led mass saturday night. >> hope everyone has a good holiday. with your family, dinner, church, enjoy the day. a string of armed robberies
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y . check this out. i don't know what this is. the easter bunny got help in tampa. thousands of eggs rained down there. children rushed the football field and started hunting. i don't know if there is a lot of -- >> don't they break from that height. >> i would think so. >> what about the skill of hunt and find? it only took a few minutes for all the goo ease to be snatched up. did you ever see the wkrn in cincinnati when they dropped the turkeys from the helicopter at the strip mall? >> you are going back 35 years with the wkrn in cincinnati. >> that was probably the funnyist one ever. >> i remember that one.
>> if they're airborne and don't hit the target, they hit the people below e spoken like a model. there is no hiding of the eggs. >> a little shift in the wind and could be a news story. >> it's a news story. >> speaking of shifts, how are you recovering as you worked late at the auto show and back here at the crack of dawn. >> i had plans after the auto show too. there was a boxing match down at eleventh. after the boxing, they actually gave a charity check to a wounded warrior and it was really nice. >> that's very cool. >> i'm fascinated by the part about you being a boxing fan. or were you holding the signs? it was fdny instead of coming in from across the pond.
clouds have most in because of the easterly winds. 71% humidity. wow, what a beautiful shot this is, though. these clouds are going to hang around through the midday. then the sun breaks through and that's actually where we'll see the skies recover and our temperatures hopefully get in the 50s. 43 on the dot in central park. winds out of the north east at 12. through new jersey, low to mid-40s. the further you are east shgs today and the more clouds you'll find because of the easterly winds. that's how we break it down. sun breaks by the afternoon. that's what takes the temperatures up. rain returns rate tonight, after midnight. it's early monday and middle sunshine to the midweek and 60s. we have to get through the rain and have umbrellas when we get up tomorrow morning. easterly flow happening, thin layer of easterly onshore flow bringing air over the ocean water inland.
the reason we can't get much above 52, 53 degrees this afternoon. inland is a different story. we could see temperatures ntd upper 50s for places. the areas further away from the water and sort of the rawness of the air that will be coming in. ment on future cast, watch the numbers in the low to mid-40s and 50s this afternoon and the rain arriving after midnight from the south, spreading north. a brief shower in the afternoon, we shake the rain and tuesday looks decent. last week of march rolling into april looks pretty decent. high of 52, breezy sunshine. overnight it's rain and drizzle. 42 is the overnight low. early, spotty rain with afternoon showers on monday. you basically need your umbrella tomorrow. we're not able to see temperatures get up to the 60s because of the cloud coverage and rain, but fairly mild temperatures.
55 degrees on tuesday. mostly sunny skies. looks like a great middle of of the week. a few showers on thursday that's mainly a warm front, clouded in in with the mild temperatures. friday and saturday, temperatures go 57 and 64. we leave march at 57 degrees. we welcome april with temperatures in the 60s. is this too close? >> i like it. >> i'm in your space. >> it's all right. we're friends. >> here we go. >> not bad. >> perfect hopping weather. >> what? >> hopping. >> like peter cotton tail. the faa is investigating the drone and a small plane in new jersey. it was getting ready to land when the pilot reported seeing the drone. the plane was about 2,000 feet up and didn't have to take evasive action to avoid the drone, nonetheless, this is
lebron james and carmelo anthony are bff. it was a close game, but not for long. in the third the route is on. back to lebron, putting on a show in front of miley cyrus and lebron finished with a triple double and then a tech for taunting. the nets were looking to play spoilers. paul george had a nice evening. finishing with 27 points, that kept the pacers up. the nets would make a late run. the triple to open up a six point lead, 120 to 110 nets pulling off the win. two weeks from last night, the regular season ends for the rangers who had themselves in
clinched a playoff spot. every point very valuable. last night visiting montreal and putting on a show. jt miller made it 1-0. derek feeding chris, made it 3 to 1. chris had it again, showing speed on the break away, moves in and converts for his second goal of the game. 5-2, rangers with the win. islanders had to come from behind to win it. enter cal clutter buck. 14 seconds left and he gets the game winner on the dad strip. 4-3, the islanders with a much needed win. spring officially began in florida over a month ago, but spring in new york is getting closer.
open with the yankees following suit the next day. the final days of grapefruit league action, no. >> the mets visiting the braves, riding an eight-game winless street. jake on the mound. 6 and two-thirds of solid buy. two earned runs on a walk and three hits. 3-3, the mets settle for a tie, winless streak at nine ghamz. yankees on the road to play the blue jays. aaron hicks turning it right around. the solo blast for the 1-0 pin strips lead right away. go to the sixth and yanks down one. alex rodriguez gets the single. they add another from there. 4-3 and the yankees get the win. that's your morning look at sports. i'm laura behnke. we're back with you later tonight at 5. much more ahead on eyewitness news including a live look at today's top stories.
parishioners will not let that stop them from celebrating this easter sunday. i'm kristin thorne with that story coming up. also ahead, protestors in indianapolis are demanding officers face charges in the case of a young black man shot and killed by police. . there is now an online petition to allow firearms inside the republican nation a will convention in cleveland and it is gaining traction. that story and more when we return. in accuweather, we're looking at the skies. cloudier at the coast. it looks like our temperatures are also going to be chilly down at the shore.
. welcome back, everybody. sun almost up on your easter morning, march 27. i'm rob nelson. >> good to have you with us. i'm michelle charlesworth. happy easter. >> indeed. we have some pastel flavored -- >> we look like an easter basket. >> meteorologist amy freeze is here, first look at the weather. >> easter sunrise services, 6:47 is the time. the sun is sort of hidden and dimmed behind the clouds. the onshore flow and easterly winds, that takes some of the luster out of the skies. 43 degrees. it's breezy and as we get into it, it will be a beautiful start as far as the sky coloring goes. but it's just that blend of clouds and daylight coming together.
type of feel. temperatures in the upper to mid-40s. 45 the warmest spot. through new jersey, temperatures in the 40s. trenton at 42. cooler on the island. here are your headlines. cloudsy and cooler today compared to yesterday. we'll get afternoon sun breaks so temperatures will come into the 50s. rain returns late tonight of after midnight and it continues into early monday morning. you will need the umbrellas back to work. seasonal sunshine with mid-week temperatures in the 60s. the easterly winds, that's what puts a bring will if the wrinkle into the forecast today. high today of 52 degrees in new york city. coming up in a few minutes, we'll talk about the return to the 60s in the accuweather seven day. rob, mish ill. >> thank you so much, amy. we give you a live picture at the vatican st. patrick's cathedral or the basilica as pope francis is celebrating
tens of thousands of people are packed into the swear to celebrate easter. i'm sorry we lost that shot for you. absolutely beautiful. the pope just finished his bless ing. parishioners of the historic local church that was destroyed by fire will come together to worship at the bergen performing arts center. many churches and synagogues offered their worship places. flames tore through the first presbyterian first that was built in 1870. on this day, parishioners are are gathering with gratitude. no one was hurt and their church of people remains intact. eyewitness news reporter kristin thorne is live in new jersey with that story this morning. >>reporter: good morning, michelle. the first presbyterian church had been holding services at nearby churches, but today they will hold services here at the
because they do expect such a services. this was last tuesday when flames broke out at the church the cause still under investigation. the pastor says he was willing to hold holy week services in a parking lot if he had to, but of that. saint paul's church offered up their space. it's hard for people. >> it's my home and my home is gone. but my friends, the congregation, we're all here. so that's really important we have all stuck together as a family. and we are a family. >>reporter: the church has vowed to rebuild as a symbol of that.
-- pastor held up a cross that was pulled up from the fire. services this morning are at 11:00. >> thank you so much, kristen. the archbishop of new york celebrates mass in new york today at 10:15. police are searching for an armed robber who held up a jewelry store. it was caught on surveillance video. police say he pulled a gun at adl jewelers on friday and demanded gold, diamonds and watches. he then fled with $15,000 worth of jewelry. also police in brooklyn are warning that a serial robber praying on elderly women. he's tied to four violent rob beries dating back several months. his latest victim was an 81-year-old woman held up last
threatened with a gun and box cutter. earlier this month he attacks a 91 -year-old woman, pushing her into her home and choking her at gunpoint. some residents are saying they're becoming much more aware of their surroundings. >> it makes you be more vigilant, think about coming home late at night, watch behind your back when people are coming behind you and you go into your house, it is really alarming. >> the suspect is believed to be about 5-10, weighing around 250 pounds. protestors rallied in minneapolis, calling for charges for two officers charged of shooting and kill a man during an arrest. >> prosecute the police! >> the county prosecutors says a decision will be made by the end of the month about whether or not to charnl the officers -- charge the officers with a death. police say there was a struggle for the officers' gun, but several eyewitnesses say the
the time. more than 30,000 people are supporting a petition calling for guns to be allowed inside the republican national convention. the quicken loans arena in cleveland where the convention will take place does not allow firearms, but ohio is an open carry state. the change.org petition quotes the presidential hopefuls who have all spoken out against gun free zones. the petition originally was only aiming for about five thousand signatures, but has since increased the number to 35,000. a little less solution to this story we first told you about the. the oklahoma grandfather now has hundreds of people with whom he can share a burger. his real name is kenny harmon and a sweet posted by his grand daughter showed him eating burgers he made for his six grandchildren.
up to his dinner and people who saw the pictures, she shamed them and wanted to make sure that didn't ever happen again. two friends are inspiring love and unity. the picture shows two little girls at a mississippi school holding hands during nap time. a teacher took the picture and posted it on facebook last week. more than 37 thousand people have shared the picture, saying they've been inspired by the simple harmony displayed by the friends. >> love that. a would be thief learned the hard way that you don't want to come between an army veteran and his priced motorcycle. this video shows brendan jenkins fighting off a man trying to steal had his motorcycle at a red light in arizona. the man was being chased by police at the time after being involved in a hit-and-run crash.
army and as you can imagine, he wasn't going to let go that easily. i'm a small dude, but i'm pretty feisty. it was go time and then it was -- you're trying to take my bike and that's not going to happen. i'm kind of glad it happened to me because i'm okay. >> wow. jenkins was okay. his bike did not fare that well. it's pretty beat up after this encounter. he says he has insurance and is hoping to either fix it up or get a new bike. needs one of those reality shows. >> yeah, pim p my bike. life in the fast lane. the new york auto show is underway. rob and amy and i were there yesterday. does not disappoint. whether you're in the market for new cars or love cars and technology, it is definitely the lace where you. not only will you see the coolest vehicles out there, also
a splash in the world of automotive. >> we've got special attractions throughout the whole show. we've got ride and drives, you can ride in an electric car, saw in the video you can go literally off-roading in the city, which is fantastic. >> and look at this. i love it. some of our colleagues and we were there too from channel 7. been out there meeting and hanging out and giving hugs to the viewers, signing autographs. people are kind of enough to ask for those. keep an eye out for them. >> there we are. top left. there is still plenty of time for you to check out the auto show. it runs through april 3rd. tickets not that bad. 16 for adults and 7 for kids. we have all that information at cbs12.com. you can check out our special in the fast lane as well
i don't know about you, but i had a great time. >> it was very cool. >> we were feeling a lot of love from a lot of loyal weekend viewers. everyone we met and wanted our autographs for reasons i still can't figure out. it was so kind to meet the people on the other side of that camera. >> made our day. >> thanks for coming out. you made us feel very appreciated. >> absolutely. thank you. coming up on eyewitness news sunday morning, in an abrupt about face, the try beck a film festival pulling a controversial documentary. after robert de niro defended the decision to show it, he has a change of heart.
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. dramatic images of a car windshield shattered with by a football sized chunk of ice. the car wasn't occupied when it was hit, thank he evens. it was parked at a dealership. police think the ice fell from, you guessed it, an airplane. the dealership manager says if anyone buys the car now, they'll get a significant discount. >> do you think? >> it's like buying a sweater with a snag. >> because i've is always tried that. this has a little -- >> they'll be like you did that. >> no, i didn't. but i want the money off. >> the plane charges a fee for that ice too in this day and age. >> get so mad. >> i figured that out. i have solved the issue. >> what do you do? >> go ahead. >> the reason why planes charge for bags or movies is because it's all contracted out. the plane company itself does not want to run those businesses so they contract out the video
pay them to separate, helps with taxes. and that's why we're tortured. >> and i have this to say. i don't care. i want to keep the can. >> with gas prices lower again, they're saving billions on gasment can't they pass savings back on? sorry. >> can we get an investigator here? >> let me call jim hall ford. good morning, everyone. as the sun comes up, we'll have nice coloring. 43 degrees. we checked the nubdz numbers and yes, there is a northeasterly wind at 12 miles an hour. the flow that dominates is what keeps the clouds around. i wish i could say that things were going to quickly change, but it will take time. north and west of the city, these are the areas that will see the warmest temperatures and the best sun breaks later this afternoon.
shore, these are areas that will hold onto clouds longer and your temperatures will stay cooler as well. let's spin the weather wheel. temperatures in the low 40s through 10 a.m. take it through the low 50s this afternoon with a high of 52 in the city. temperatures settle back down and we get clouds coming in tonight. this pattern is one that will set the stage for rain late tonight. so we're right in between systems. cool air feeding p in. warm air waiting off to the west. as that starts to make its way towards the east coast, we'll see a collision of the air masses and showers develop late tonight. radar and satellite picks panlt the story for us. we're cloudy now, then we get sun breaks. the east winds will continue in the afternoon and then the rain very late tonight, after midnight. no worries about rain on the parade or the easter bunny or any festivities you have going
areas north and west of the city will be warmer today. here comes the rain and it's sporadic early tomorrow. you'll need your umbrella and another shower in the afternoon before all is said and done. the accuweather seven-day forecast, 52, breezy sunshine, 42 tonight. rain early tomorrow and then an afternoon shower is possible. here's a look at the numbers. the temperatures on tuesday are in the mid-50s. that's seasonal. just a few degrees above average. but lots of sunshine. tuesday and wednesday are going to feel really nice mid-week. thursday we have showers and then friday, that's the last day of march. 57 and a shower. we go into april, 64 and a shower. >> in like a lion, out like a lamb.
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. robert de niro is not screening his antivaccination documentary. of the decision came one day after he defended the decision to screen the documentary, saying he hoped it would provide an opportunity for conversation. the film was codirected and written by andrew wakefield, who actually was stripped of his medical license after linking autism to chilled hood vaccines in a now discredited study. robert denear 0 actually has a child with autism.
he went on a mission trip to honduras and says the inspiration to help came after bonding with a group of children playing soccer. >> at that moment it gave the -- the gravity of how important our purpose was, like, just our presence was. ever since then, my heart for honduras, my heart for the people there that just need a little love, has continued. >> ben's trip back to indiana hometown was not solo. he brought his new fiancee, lauren, as they celebrated their engagement. when we come back, sandy kenyon's broadway review. we've got bunny ears. >> this is ali sent in by christine. big blue ears. and then of course lola, happy birthday. she's got a cake with her face on it.
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hey, have you heard? heard what? before school starts in september, all kids going into 7th and 12th grade have to get the meningococcal vaccine. it protects against diseases like meningitis. that can be serious, even deadly. yeah, that's why they can't start school without it. something to share? (giggling) actually, yes! talk to your health care provider. even kids who've had one shot may still need a booster. . spring season on broadway is when shows debut every few days, it seems. >> one of them, a new musical, which will not close, based on the hit indy film. entertainment reporter sandy kenyon gives us
>> as a child, sarah dreamt of starring if a broadway musical, but her career took a left turn to the top of the musical charts. [ music ] . >> so it's only fitting her latest hit comes from waitress, a new show with music and lyrics by sarah barilles. >> this is a child home dream that's coming true in a way i didn't expect. >> the source adds an extra layer of poig nancy to the rehearsals. >> i have fallen so deeply in love with this piece, with the world created in the film, it's very important to make a good first impression. >> by the time it was released, its director and costar was
so staying true to her original vision is a priority now. hearhearing another performer sing her deeply personal tunes took some adjustment for an artist known and celebrated as a solo act. >> collaboration has never come easily to me. i'm a control freak, very opinionated. i'm really stubborn and i'm incredibly sensitive. >> but sarah found satisfaction comes in direct proportion to the degree of difficulty. >> i've loved it so much because i'm doing something that doesn't come as naturally for me, which is why seeing her name on the marquee for the first time was such a milestone moment. >> that's my show. that's my show. >> this show also belongs to the star, director, choreographer and drama tist, all of them women, a first on broadway. i'm sandy kenyon, channel 7, eyewitness news.
>> you're a sarah fan. >> huge. >> she's good. >> i can't believe it's a first, though. >> that seems late. >> yeah, like 25 years late. but we'll celebrate it. >> hope it does well. coming up in the next hour, a massive fire is not denting the spirits of worshippers at one church in new york city. how the congregation is coming together days after a fire gutted their church. the cavaliers are leaving town, but jr smith is heading out with a lawsuit on his back. why one basketball fan is asking for millions after an encounter with smith. and meteorologist amy freeze
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back of the church to be able to see. you're so funny. happy kentucky derby, happy easter. >> i stole this from the weather center. >> you look good. >> got a little spirit this morning. nothing wrong with that. good morning, everybody. happy easter. i'm -- she's laughing at the hat, i promise. i'm rob nelson. >> i can't really see you. i'm like a little kid. i'm michelle charlesworth. welcome to eyewitness news sunday morning on this easter sunday. >> meteorologist amy freeze, you are hatless this morning, but nonetheless in the spirit. >> yeah. easter bonnets, sunrise services happening just a few minutes ago. clouds limit some of the sky from brightening up, but we can still see the horizon and beautiful colors. not much is lost. the day itself actually from this point out. you can see the clouds are hanging around.
we'll see sun breaks before all is said and done. the clouds are actually the result of an easterly wind. onshore flow will keep parts of long island in the mid to upper 30s. any places that are close to the coastline will actually stay cooler and have more clouds. further inland that you get, the temperatures will be warmer and we'll also see more sunshine in those locations. we've got clouds in place, onshore flow coming in. when we see improvements as the day goes on, the clouds start to thin. future cast has us after midnight seeing rain move into the area. i'll have details in the full forecast coming up, but planning the next seven hours, we take the temperatures into the upper 40s and a high in the low 50s. a massive fire did not
days after a fire gutted the first price tier yen church -- presbyterian church, they'll still go on. kristin thorne has more. >>reporter: good morning, michelle. the bergen performing arts center is where the church is performing easter services today. they expect such a large turnout. this was last tuesday when a fire broke out at the fiers presbyterian church -- first presbyterian church. the fire badly damaged the church . the cause of the fire still under investigation. they celebrated good friday at near by saint paul's episcopal church. those have been so thankful to the community which has come out to help. >> it is a devastation to the whole community, for one thing.
certainly, been very generous. for me personally, i love that church. >>reporter: this is a cross that the pastor of the first presbyterian church showed to parishioners during good friday services. it was pulled from the rubble. he says it is a sign that they should and that they will rebuild. we're live in englewood, kristin thorne, channel 7 news. the man who says he was attacked by jr smith in manhattan is suing smith. according to espn, the game comes days after justin brown said he would sue the nba player. he says smith choked him outside the chelsea club last november. smith, who played for the knicks from 2012 to 2015 was not arrested after the incident.
president and it was a saturday sweep for bernie sanders. he claimed victory in the democratic caucuses in washington state, alaska, and hawaii. the triple wins close hillary clinton's lead, but she does remain well ahead of sanders in the all important delegate count. clinton barely cam pained in the three states up for grabs last night. she instead shifted her focus to the april 19th contest here in new york and also in wisconsin on april 5th, considered to be pretty key battleground states. sanders says he expects to close the gap more as the race moves back toward our area in the northeast. in brooklyn, sanders team opened a new campaign office with about 400 volunteers. >> he represents what everybody deeply wants and needs, to have not just a better united states, but a better world. he hopes the new campaign office
voters in new york city. the wisconsin primaries are coming up, considered a battleground state. we'll see how it plays out. that happens on tuesday, april 5th. today governor cuomo will welcome the p public to celebrate easter at the mansion. the events include tours, a chance to meet the governor and an easter egg hunt. the mansion traditionally is open to the public on new year's day, but the event was postponed as the governor marked the first anniversary of his father's death. he changed the date to easter so he could continue the open house tradition. the archbishop of new york celebrates easter masses at st. patrick's cathedral at 10:15 last night. he celebrated a candle lit easter vigil mass. coming up on eyewitness news sunday morning, a pastor back tracks on controversial plan to
why he's ditching an idea that involved a coffin. well, here in the accuweather center, we're tracking temperatures which are going to to be right about average for this time of year. we'll see clouds early today, but sun breaks are possible this afternoon before rain moves in. i'll be coming off the dell mar. you can see the showers now.
-- from tennessee and kentucky were living in brussels. they just dropped justin's mother off at the airport and were watching her walkthrough security when the bombs went off. they lived in brussels for about wo years. they were expected to -- two years. they were expected to come bak ck to the u.s. next year. american airlines is apologizing to customers after a pilot failed a sobriety test. these photos were taken from a poeng on that plane. they're believed to be of the american airlines pilot. a tsa agent smelled alcohol as the pilot passed through security in detroit. when he arrived for the flight to philadelphia, police say he failed two breath looizers tests alyzer -- breathalyzer tests. a newborn baby boy was discovered friday night when a woman was taking out her garbage. her boyfriend says she turned on
baby's cries and that's when she jumped into action before calling 911 right before jumping physically into the dumpster. >> i hope this is just a toy. i hope this is just a toy. and then a sound that i've never heard out of paula in my entire life of a cry, saying oh, my god, it's a real baby. >> the paramedics arrived at scene, rushed that little baby boy to the hospital. police are searching for the baby's parents. protestors gathered in nassau county hoping to drum up opposition against a proposed video casino at belmont park. they say it will create traffic problems and increase crime. they want state lawmakers to back a plan to ban video casinos on long island. >> belmont park has a store he'd history. it has been here for over 100 years as a racetrack and that's
>> it's about our community, about us united in the face of saying that we don't want to see our community fail. >> opponents say their concern with quality of life issues at the casino could bring to the neighborhood. supporters say a casino is a good idea because it would bring in not just revenue, but also new jobs. a louisiana pastor who had planned to recreate the resurrection of jesus changed easter plans. bishop ricky says he'll spent the days outside on a could the instead of a coffin. he says it's because the weather is so nice and the casket is only in case it rained. parishioners are glad to see he can still get his point across. >> thank got it's not a casket and just a cot.
to portray. >> bishop's moore's easter passion play is made for a total of 36 hours. he says god gave him a vision for a way to get the city's attention. apparently it has worked all the way to new york city, the attention getting. listen, it takes all kinds. >> pray for him. straight ahead on eyewitness news sunday morning, tens of thousands of people are marking easter sunday. we'll take a look at the pope's easter mass in st. peters
. look at this picture. 7:16 on this easter sunday. the empire state building went to pastel for easter. the iconic building lit up in purple and pink and blue. >> it was really gorgeous. >> i thought we all had agreed to wear pass tells today for easter and one of these things doesn't look like the other. not calling anybody out -- >> domino's will fall. >> we had a whole plan. >> i know. >> we were going to be the easter eggs. >> my plan stayed out too late. >> i respect that. >> i had the perfect pink dress that would have really brought those together. >> for another time. >> next year. >> but there is always a black
>> you guys look fantastic. a lot of sunrise services early on and the sky sort of brightened up. you can see it looking nicely. the clouds are in place, so it's not this long drawn out process of watching the sky brighten. it's like okay, daylight and we move on with the day. we could get sun breaks, but blame it on the easterly winds. this shot looking all the way down. we can see one world trade. there will be some spots that see the sun breaks, but temperatures will be cool. cloudy and cool is the difference for today. lets check the numbers. 43 degrees in the park. humidity at 74%. the area. pressure is falling. looking at the winds, what it's doing is bringing the air that's just over the water inland. areas that are close to the
are the areas that are going to stay the coolest. long island, these coastal locations for connecticut, all along the new jersey shore, temperatures are going to be colder than they are inland. we see this reflected in the 24-hour temperature change where it's a lot warmer for new jersey. ten degrees warmer than yesterday. the patterns show up through the day repeatedly where the cooler temperatures are east, warmer temperatures west. on the accu track, no rain for now. there is a low pressure system off the carolinas here. there is also energy that's coming, swinging out of the great lakes. as those two come together late tonight after midnight, we'll see rain developing, light rain drizzle overnight, just past midnight and into tomorrow morning. there will be rain on and off at times monday morning and then another shower coming in for monday afternoon. so you basically need your umbrella all day to start off the workweek on monday. 60 degrees is the high today in poughkeepsie.
and maybe limited to 40s at coastal locations. the further away from the shore you are, the less that onshore flow or cool breeze will affect your weather pattern. watch long island loses some the cloud cover, but does get the effect of the cool temperatures. we see more clouds hanging around for central and south jersey and then the rain beginning after midnight tonight through the morning hours, through the morning rush tomorrow and tennessee, 11:00, we could see another break. tuesday and wednesday are really nice days. 52, breezy, sunshine. overnight tonight it's rain and drizzle will developing with the 40s. tomorrow we'll push the temperatures into the upper 50s. a little more mild, but the rain will be on and off. the accuweather seven-day forecast tuesday and wednesday, mid-50s. that's on target for this time of year. we looked at the long term climate averages, low to mid-50s
we get a little warmer on thursday, taking the numbers into the upper 60s. only a few showers thursday afternoon. the possibility of a thunderstorm depending on how warm we get on thursday. we'll be watching for that. friday there could be a shower and then saturday, 64, first day of april later in the week. >> and once we get to april 1st, i don't want it back below 60 again until, like, october. >> right. >> and his wish casting continues. >> that's all. i'm just asking -- >> i'll put in your request. >> she always says i don't take requests, but i will hear them. >> i listen. >> but no promises. >> thank you. tens of thousands of people packed into st. peters square to hear pope francis's blessing. the pope spoke about the terror attacks around the world before telling the faithful to never forget refugees seeking a better future.
. time for all the morning sports headlines. >> here's laura behnke. >> good morning, everyone. the cavaliers are trying to put everything together right now for a stretch run at an nba title while the knicks are just trying to put anything together. as another disappointing season winds down. after back to back wins, they were. but then cleveland arrived. lebron james and carmelo anthony, are bff. corner shot as the shot clock expires. it was still a close game. but not for long. math yu draining the three ball. the knicks not too happy.
show in front of miley cyrus and victor cruz? they were sitting together court side. king james finished with a triple double and then a tech for taunting. 10 new year's eve hive 9 07-93, the cavaliers win. paul george had a nice evening finishing with 27 points to lead all scorers. that kept the pacers up in the early going. opened up a six-point lead, the nets pulling off the win. two weeks from last night, the regular season ends for the rangers who had themselves in good position, but have not clinched a playoff spot, let alone home ice advantage. every point very valuable. last night the blue shirts in an are original six matchup visiting montreal and putting on
jt miller, that great move made it 1-0. that made it 3-1. then this time showing speed on the break away. moves in and converts for second goal of the game. 5-2, the rangers with the win. the islanders at carolina trying to keep pace and avoid losing six of seven. cal clutter buck scoring six seconds in, that tied it up and forced overtime where he did this. 14 seconds left in the extra frame and he gets the game winner. 4-3 with a much needed win for the islanders. spring began down in florida over a month ago, but spring in new york is getting closer. one week from sunday night, the mets open the baseball season with the yankees following the next day. first, the final days of grapefruit league action. the mets visiting the braves, riding eight-game winless street.
longest start of the spring. 6 and two-thirds of solid ball. struck out five, two earned runs on a walk and three hits. 3-3, the mets have to settle for a tie to the winless streak at nine. the yankees on the road to meet the blue jays yesterday afternoon. second pitch of the ballgame, aaron hicks turning it around. the solo blast, pinstripes lead right away. sixth, yanks down one. alex rodriguez gets the single. 4-3 from there and the yankees get the win. i'm laura behnke and that's your sports. we're back with you tonight at 5. much more ahead, including a look at today's top stories. a fire destroyed their church, but that isn't stopping
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welcome back. taking a live look at a hazy, lazy, nonetheless beautiful lower manhattan. a little bit cloudy right now, but that's all right. we'll take it on this sunday morning, march 27th. happy easter i'm michelle charlesworth. >> i'm rob nelson. thanks for tuning in, the last weekend of march. >> right. >> that's not too bad. >> but you're about to leave us. >> my grandmother is turning 100 in north carolina. >> that's awesome. >> get out of here, go celebrate with family. >> 1916. >> that's unreal. can you imagine the things she has seen. >> i have lots of questions for her. i want to know how she made it to 100. is she stressed out? is she stressed free? >> she's the best. white carpet wall to wall. what's that? amazing. >> interesting.
>> that's a bold move. >> that's great news. whatever your celebrations are today, because a lot of families are getting together for this holiday, looks like the weather does cooperate. it's a little cloudy and there is cool air moving in with the easterly wind, but certainly a decent afternoon when all said and done. clouds give away to sun breaks. 43 degrees right now. we can add about ten degrees to it and make it average. monticello cool at 36. poughkeepsie at 42. these locations north and west of the city actually turn out to be the warmest spots today. the closer you are to the ocean, the cooler you'll be. with the onshore flow and winds coming in off the ocean, that means the temperatures will be lower. the water temperatures are still chilly as well.
today, the city until top off in the low 50s. expect winds, maybe giving way a little bit for the sun to break out and temperatures in the low to mid-50s. we'll talk details in tonight for showers and then a change in the temperatures. all those details are in the accuweather seven-day forecast. a massive fire is not denting the spirits of worshippers are from one church in new jersey. of the congregation is coming together this easter sunday, days after a fire gutted their historic church. kristin thorne is live with more on this story. >>reporter: good morning, rob. the first presbyterian church had been hold services at a nearby dhoich, but today they'll hold their easter service here at the bergen performing arts center because they are expecting such a large turnout. this was last tuesday night when this fire broke out at the church on palisades avenue.
the cause of the fire is still under investigation. the pastor of the church said he was willing to hold holy week services in a parking lot if they had to. st. paul's church offered up space. it's hard for parishioners to realize their beloved church will never be the same. >> it's my home. and my home is gone. but my friends, the congregation, we're all here. so that is really important. we've all stuck together as a family and is we are a family. >> reporter: the church has vowed to rebuild. the pastor held up this cross and showed it to parishioners during good friday services at st. paul's church. it was pulled from the rubble of the fire. services will be held here at 11:00 this morning. i'm kristin thorne, channel 7
police are searching for four men after a splashing attack at a man -- slash a attack at a subway situation. it happened yesterday on the upper west side. the 19-year-old victim was on the mezzanine level of a train station when four men approached hip, accused of slashing him in the back, head and hands and the violence was a shock. >> i wouldn't expect that, no. >> we've been here the last three nights at that time. >> it's weird. >> it's new york city. you've just got to be on your toes now and these days ready for anything. >> the victim is in the hospital in serious condition. last week the nypd announced plans to initiate operation cutting edge to stack stabbings and slash ingz through the city. a robber held up a jewelry store that was caught on
police say he pulled a gun at adl jewelers and demanded gold, diamonds and watches. he then fled with $15,000 worth of jewelry. the faa is investigating a close encounter between a drone and a small plane in new jersey. officials say the small plane was getting ready to land when the pilot reported seeing the drone. the plane was about 2,000 feet up and did not have to take any evasive action to avoid that drone thankfully. police in brooklyn are are warning a serial robber is playing on elderly women. the suspect is tied to at least four violent robberies dating back several months. the latest victim was an aid 81-year-old woman held up in prospects heights and threatened with a gun and box cutter. earlier he attacks a 91-year-old woman pushing her into a home
some people say they're becoming more aware of their surroundings. >> it makes you be more vigilant, think about coming home late at night, watch behind your back, when people are behind you when you're going into your house. it is really alarming. >> the suspect is believed to be around 5-10, weighing about 250 pounds. a petition to allow guns inside the republican national convention is gaining traction online. the petition posted on change.org has already 20,000 signatures. it calls for the open carry of firearms at the quicken loans arena in cleveland. activists are calling on ohio governor and presidential candidate john kasich to override the gun free zone rule that allows the arena to for bid firearms. robber denear 0 announced
announced the tribeca film festival will not screen an antivaccination documentary. he was going to screen it saying he hoped it would provide opportunity for conversation. the film was codirected and written by andrew wakefield, who was stripped of his medical license after linking autism to childhood vaccines in a now discredited study. robert de niro has a child with autism. coming up next, the new york intal auto show is -- international auto show is kicking into high gear. a few familiar faces were spotted there. with the weather getting warmer, more people have travel on their minds. we check out how we can all score the best deals this season. and meteorologist amy freeze is back with the accuweather
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picnic yesterday with a man they only know as pawpaw. his real name a kenny harmon. in a tweet post by his grand daughter showed him eating durgers he made for his six grandchildren. she was the only one who showed up and people who saw the picture on twitter wanted to make sure that never happened again. >> i'd like to quote a item mcgraw song. see your grandfather as often as possible. it's worth the time. >> i like it. >> tim mcgraw, another -- >> is the man. >> i forget you're a big country fan. >> so am i. >> you love all music. >> i love all tim mcgraw. that was a great segue.
>> how will you segue from tim mcgraw to the weather? >> yeah, seamless. >> i can't do it. i usually can make some sort of -- i don't know where tim is this easter sunday morning. i have no idea. 43 degrees, cloudy to start off today. it's an easterly wind. clouds are hanging over manhattan. visibility is good down to the battery. clouds coming in from the onshore flow is going to affect the temperatures in the skies. cloudy, cool conditions. 43 degrees right now. that doesn't seem so bad, but as we go through the day, temperatures remain in the 50s with the cool breeze coming off the ocean. 12 miles an hour. we can see the breeze picking up to 15, 18 miles an hour. looks like it's all good through about mid-day, taking the low 50s as afternoon highs. that's about the time when you usually get sun breaks and then the sun goes down and we wait for rain after midnight.
better the temperatures will be and perhaps the brighter the skies will be as well. if you're right up against the coast, you're going to have more clouds and your temperatures are going to be a little cooler. because this air is coming off the ocean water, which has water temperatures right now 40 to 49 degrees. most of the buoys are reading upper 40s now. that keeps the land numbers down as well. the this pattern starts to break late tonight and early tomorrow. a high pressure system off to the east starts to slide further away, allowing for this mess here to come up. it's a low pressure system coming off the coast. push of energy coming in from the west as well. all these things on the map add up to cloudier and cooler conditions for us today. and then we wait for the warm
highs today, low 50s in the bor bur owes. 60s degrees if in poughkeepsie. 57 is the forecast high for moore's town. watch the temperatures stay steady in the low 50s, but rain moves in and stays with us monday with one renegade shower on late monday afternoon. we break down the numbers like this. breezy, sunshine, 52. tonight, 42. you'll need your umbrella monday as you go to work. afternoon shower expected as well. temperatures start to climb. 58 expected. accuweather seven-day forecast, i like tuesday and wednesday. mostly sunny, mid-50s, so it will be cool and crisp, but the skies will look good. and then we get into the upper 60s on thursday. this is the day we could see afternoon showers and maybe thunderstorms. air clashing here of the two seasons as we roll out of march and into april. 57 on friday and 64 degrees on saturday. i still really can't bring it
out there that knows a tim mcgraw song that has a storm related topic and a line that really is going to solve the issue. >> i would expect as a super fan you would know that song. >> i'm sorry to disappoint you. >> it's easter, go be with your family. invite your grandfather. >> thank you. life in the fast lane on the west side of manhattan. the international auto show still going on. whether you're in the market for a new car, love cars and technology or love that new car smell, this is the place for you to breathe. not only will you see the coolest vehicles out there, lsz the car features that -- also the car features that are making a splash. >> we've got special attractions through the whole show. we have ride and drives. you can take a ride in an electric car. you saw on the video you can go literally off-roading in the
>> and of course some of our -- colleagues from channel 7 meeting and greeting viewers, signing autographs, whether people wanted them or not. we forced them on people. dave took selfies. people were so gracious and lovely. please make sure you keep an eye out for all our buddies. >> i was in the exotic car section taking selfies. sorry. >> i don't blame you. there is still plenty of time to check out the auto show this year. it runs until april 3rd. tickets of 16 bucks for adults, 7 bucks for kids. and we want to see your photos from the show and pictures of your first car or maybe your dream car. send them to us on facebook, twitter or instagram with the hashtag abc 7 ny and nyias. to all of the super loyal, super cool, super friendly fans. weekend morning news that we met yet who we took pictures with
autographs and all that, it was great to meet those people. it was awesome to feel the love yesterday on the other side of that camera. >> you guys are very nice. >> thank you for the encouragement and kind of the embrace. that was cool. >> people are lovely. >> they are good people. a lot of good people. >> thank you. coming up on eyewitness news on a sunday morning, if you're getting trod book a spring or summer -- ready to book a spring or summer get away, we've dwot your 7. 7 on your side has specific strategies that you can test out. stay tuned after the show for this week with george. presidential candidates donald trump and senator bernie sanders take a look back on another wild
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headlines having to turn around its storm battered boat is a big bargain. >> less than $100 a day to the caribbean. you have to remember that until recently, that ship was absolutely fine. >> also mexico. >> according to a recent study, hotel prices in cancun. and you may get to europe after easter for less than it costs flying to florida. >> you may get europe for less. >> falling fuel prices are pushing flights within europe down 25%. pauline suggests looking at new carriers for competitive flights getting there. >> you've got a lot of new carriers who really want to make their mark. they're throwing great deals. i've seen round trips to paris
$400, including taxes. that's a pretty good deal. she also says the sweet spots for the lowest domestic air fare is 57 days in advance of when you plan to travel. buy your tickets on the weekend, not a weekday. on the weekends, business travelers are out of the mix and the prices are a lot cheaper. >> pretty good, right? >> now i want to go to mexico. >> right. go anywhere. >> we're available to be folded up and put in your carry-on bag. get your ears up and get your paws ready to go. this is a three named dog sent in this morning via twitter. i just want to say i was wondering when i went into the place, who buys the ear bunnies? now we know. teddy has a pair.
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happy easter. michelle, you look lovely. rob, you look pretty good too. >> appreciate that. >> you're welcome. >> let me tell you what's coming up. we're going to talk about the new arrest in the brussels terror attacks. a man picked up in italy, accused of providing fake i ds to the killers. this american couple are from kentucky missing since the explosion is confirmed to be among the victims. we have reporters on the ground in belgium and in rome where there is heavy security as the pope celebrates easter mass. here at home, bernie sanders pulling off a trifecta of victories, giving his campaign a fresh shot of energy, but how much does it really improve his chances of winning the nomination. and some sports, we now know of half of the final four after a big night. kansas with a bracket busting defeat and oklahoma with a blowout win over oregon. it's all coming up on gma. >> that's a lot of good stuff. >> we try to pack our show.
>> thank you, sir. >> thank you, dan. have a good one. >> see you guys, you too. parishioners will gather at the bergen performing arts scenter after their church was badly -- center after their church was badly damaged by fire ishgs kristin thorne is live with more. >>reporter: the first presbyterian church parishioners will gather this morning at the bergen performing arts center to hold services. it's about going to be held here because they are expecting such a large turnout. this is all happening, of course, because last tuesday there was a large fire at the church on palisades avenue. the fire badly damaged the 150-year-old church. they celebrated good friday at nearby st. paul's episcopal choich, which offered up space. those with the church say they have been so thankful to the community which has come out to help them. they'll have services here at
live in englewood, kristin thorne,. the man who says he was attacked by jr smith in man shat an is now suing the basketball player. he was in town last night when the cleveland cavaliers played the knicks. the game comes days after justin brown said he would sue the nba player for $2.5 million bucks, saying he was choked smith last november outside the arena. he was not arrested after the incident. good day to celebrate easter and hang out with family and eat too much. >> the easter bunny can hop to it just fine. no wet grass around to slow down peter cotton tail. >> sunrise services this morning might have been dimmed a little by the clouds, but we could see sun breaks for areas north and west of the city. while it's mostly cloudy this afternoon, it's not a about bust
temperatures are in the low fourtsz right now, going for low 50s. over the east river right now, it's hard to see any breaks in the sky. but these clouds are not that thick so we'll hope for some warming. the issue is an easterly wind, that's what's keeping us socked in. the winds will be 15 to 18 miles an hour through the afternoon. here are the numbers. we'll see temperatures that do go into the low 50s today and then we'll also see temperatures that climb over the next several days into the 60s. the upper 60s, if you will. so here's your accuweather seven day, 62 on monday with showers. mostly sunny boetdz tuesday and both tuesday and rain. 67 on thursday, friday and saturday. this is the last week of march. we roll into april. there are no major extremes. but on thursday, there could be thunderstorms. let's watch for that this week. >> all right. you got it. thursday.
that's going to do it for us. i'm michelle charlesworth. >> i'm rob nelson. for the entire eyewitness news team, have a great day. we're back just before 9:00 with another hour good morning, america. new this morning, hitting home -- two americans now confirmed as victims in the brussels terror attack. and now a new arrest in italy, how one man is accused of helping the terrorists. and the possible name to a face, is a man in custody this person caught on camera who escaped after the airport bombing? faith and fear. pope francis celebrates easter mass in st. peter's square. [ speaking foreign language ] >> thousands gathering under tight security.