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scorer, two olympic gold medals. after an illustrious 20-year career he gave the fans what they wanted to see one more time tonight. >> desperate to get to the basket and score and he does. >> this was kobe bryant's night. testament to his talent and his marketability, nike produced this ad to mark the occasion. >> reporter: it's no type. bryant was hated in most nba arenas. he wasn't so much brash as he was ruthless. his killer instincts so revered no one balked when he gave himself a nickname, the black mamba mamba, one of the world's deadliest snakes. he came up with the name a year after one of the darkest episodes of his life. >> charges were filed against kobe bryant -- >> reporter: 2003, a 19-year-old woman accused him of sexual assault. the charges were eventually dropped and the civil suit settled out of court. he entered the nba as a brash 18-year-old straight out of high
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player, mature beyond his years. unlike most teenaged phenoms kobe bryant lived up to the hype. he sat down recently with robin roberts -- >> everybody wants to know, why now? >> it was something that evolved the last two years. the achilles injury really frightened me. i was like, my career could be over now. it scared me. what am i going to do next? it was a slow three-year process of kind of evolving to get on where i am. >> reporter: kobe bryant played the game his way on his terms. he leaves it the exact same way. >> one of the most important things that i can share with the younger generation is to accept it all. >> none of us mere mortals will ever play like kobe bryant. but he taught us all a lesson about knowing when to walk away. he once said, my heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind -- but my body knows it's time to say good-bye.
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tune into "good morning america" tomorrow. as always online on this is everything i have, my family. i got to see my dad die on national tv. they don't know what they took from us. people are dying. we need a president that's going to talk about it. i believe bernie sanders is a protestor. he's not scared to go up against the criminal justice system. he's not scared. that's why i'm for bernie.
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tragic news tonight in the bronx. two toddlers, one in critical condition moments ago, dying. victims of a fast moving fire in an apartment building. a tragic night tonight at 11:00. i'm bill ritter. >> and i'm shirleen allicot in for sade baderinwa. 10 people were hurt including three firefighters, but those two children passing away. it started tonight in the clearmont section. >> carolina leid on the scene with the latest on those little kids who have died. carolina. >> we just confirmed that
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that the two children died. they were taken to the hospital in critical condition but we just learned that they died from their injuries. as you can see right now, there are police officers and fire investigators inside their apartment gathering the information they need to figure out what exactly went wrong. >> i got a couple kicks at the door, after that, i couldn't breathe. >> reporter: devon jackson and his friend could hear people, some young children begging to be rescued from the blaze. the third floor of 1368 webster avenue was so dark they couldn't see and couldn't breathe. >> i went upstairs to go see if there was anybody in the hallway or anybody who needed help. we heard kids crying but it was so black, we couldn't breathe. >> reporter: firefighters rescued two young children around 6:30 wednesday evening. their injuries, critical.
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nearby hospitals from the butler houses. many given oxygen as they were wheeled away on stretchers. >> as soon as the apartment doors open, the firefighters saw the heavy fire condition and heavy smoke condition in the apartment, possibly in the living room area, maybe two couches were on fire. >> reporter: neighbors stared at busted windows and blackened walls, picturing the nightmare the victims suffered as they were trapped inside this building with no way to get out. >> i seen the firemen bringing the kids out and they were burnt all over their body. two kids. >> they were burned? >> yes. burned very bad. very bad. >> hope for the best. hope and pray that they make it. >> obviously heartbreaking for so many neighbors that did their very best to try to help these two children. we have learned from a witness and now from police that the children's mother was across the street at the laundromat while this fire was going on.
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investigators are still here trying to piece together what exactly happened. carolina leid, channel 7 eyewitness news. i look at an unbelievable crowd like this, i believe we're going to win here in new york next tuesday. >> can't say bernie sanders didn't have a grand old time campaigning in the city where he was burn. sanders speaking tonight at washington square park. more than 11,000 people. sanders' campaign said it was twice that number. campaigns for everyone in high gear for tuesday's new york primary. republicans also campaigning. we'll have that part of the coverage in a moment. we'll begin with clinton and sanders, the democrats. josh einiger in washington square park. >> as soon as it ended, it cleared out of here. the cops are gone. the barricades are mostly gone and it's as if nothing happened. so many people were here
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thousands stuck on the streets, craning their necks for a glimpse at bernie sanders. >> reporter: under the washington square arch, a native son came home. >> jane and i left new york city when we were kids. it is great to be back. thank you. >> reporter: for more than an hour, brooklyn-born bernie sanders transfixed an adoring crowd. >> i'm this close to bernie. i didn't think i'd ever be that close to bernie. >> reporter: he railed against corporate greed and trade and the war in iraq and again and again against hillary clinton. >> if somebody gets paid $225,000 for a speech, it must be an unbelievably extraordinary speech. and i kind of think if that $225,000 speech was so extraordinary, she release the transcripts and share it with all of us. >> reporter: a new poll today
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gap considerably but still sits 10 points behind clinton in next week's new york primary. clinton didn't mention sanders at all, instead training her attention on the two top republicans, donald trump and ted cruz. york values. i think new york values are at the core of american values. yorker. one of them, mr. trump, wants to set americans against each other. >> reporter: there are deep divisions among new york democrats who for the first time in eons will play a key role in picking a nominee. in greenwich village there was not a lot of love for the former secretary of state. >> if hillary gets the nomination, do you vote for her? >> no. >> there's a history of turning out big rallies here at washington square park. eight years ago it was barack
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he did win the election but lost the new york primary to a candidate named hillary clinton. we're live in the village, josh einiger, channel 7 eyewitness news. on the republican side, another raucous donald trump rally, this one in pittsburgh where protesters clashed with supporters. police say there were some minor injuries including to cops. trump will be back in our area tomorrow for a suffolk county republican committee fundraiser. a source tonight confirms to abc news that the state's attorney in florida has decided not to prosecute trump's campaign reporter. john kasich will also start his day tomorrow on long island at a town hall in jericho and tomorrow's daily news front endorsement. the editorial board saying his maturity and pragmatism shine especially in contrast to trump. we're also hearing marco
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live c nn town hall, ted cruz said he's looking at possible running mates and rubio would be a terrific person to consider. with the democratic debate and gop gala tomorrow, make sure you stay with abc and eyewitness news through it all. you can get the latest on the events on air at abc7ny and on our mobile app. a former friend of disgraced nypd commissioner in trouble frank detomaso awaiting felony assault. the man cops say was assaulted is an fbi informant who exposed corruption involving carrick. he was charged with perjury in the criminal case that sent him to partnerships. another high ranking nypd commander, the fifth so far now punished and transferred in connection to a federal corruption probe. position.
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looking in to the attorney of four nypd commanders from brooklyn to see if they traded special favors from cash or gifts. two businessmen connected to de blasio's fundraising and inauguration are at the center of the investigation. a hearing will continue in brooklyn tomorrow to determine if the conviction of peter liang will be tossed out. the hearing began today with a judge cross examining a juror who failed to reveal his father had a criminal record. liang was found guilty of fatally shooting akai gurley back in 2013. his attorneys now want a new trial. >> i think this is a juror who wasn't honest. i think this is a juror who has an anti-police bias, a strong one, and who shouldn't have been on this jury. >> liang was supposed to be sentenced tomorrow. his sentencing now postponed until tuesday. we have new information tonight in a slashing in midtown
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three suspects now in custody. but the victim they say is not cooperating with this investigation. 16-year-old boy slashed on his chest this afternoon, happened on 30th street between broadway and 5th avenue. he was taken to bellevue in stable condition. cops now questioning the three suspects. new at 11:00, how did a 200-pound concrete slab end up in a parking lot in queens. imagine you're in charge of that. vanwick expressway? the concrete was found near the expressway. no damage to the parking lot but officials have closed the area till the slab can be removed. police in long island cracking down on speeding drivers today near the scene of a crash that killed a young mother. for more than four hours today, officers issued 39 summonses to drivers in east islip, most of them for speeding. that's where a car jumped a curb yesterday, killing a 25-year-old, skye brunetti moments after she put her son on
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the driver has not been charged. a prolific armed robber strikes again. a man has held up nine businesses at knifepoint since march 1st. the latest business was targeted last night at valley stream. workers at carvel say the suspect was armed with a 6-inch knife. a man who has been missing has been found, his body pulled from the river today. 34-year-old javier horta disappeared while out with friends march 25th. he worked as an assistant at the new york public library. he's also the father of a 3-year-old girl. the medical examiner trying to determine his cause of death. robbers in new jersey picking the wrong die to rip off. the would-be victim refusing to play that role and attacks his would-be robbers. tonight he talks only with eyewitness news about this wild ordeal. >> plus, an aggressive fly-by. that's what this was. caught on camera, two russian
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u.s. warship. >> will this warmup continue? meteorologist lee goldberg, you can see him there in the weather center fine tuning when a rear hatch remembers your height. when systems can help sense your surroundings. and when cameras change your perspective. that's the more human side of engineering. experience what a lincoln can do for you
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i'm meteorologist lee goldberg in the weather center. the pattern has turned drier but not warmer. freeze warnings much of hudson valley, connecticut. your wake-up weather, mostly clear. 30s. you'll need the spring jacket out the door at 32. i'll tell you when we hit the 70s, less than three minutes away. now to an eyewitness news exclusive. a man in new jersey turns the tables on three suspects trying to rob him. he takes down two suspects on his own and holds them until police arrive. a third suspect is still on the loose. tonight the victim shares details of the attack and what went through his mind when he decided to hit the gas. here's eyewitness news reporter jim dolan. >> reporter: this is how coffee
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he says tried to rob him. dramatic video, considering the man who got hit then punched suffered only minor injuries. >> if i was asleep i'd be dead by now. >> reporter: in the darkened parking lot, three men wielding hammers approached the van as asiad sat inside. one demanded money. >> i turned around to see what happens, the minute i turn my head, the spanish guy shatters my driver's side window. >> reporter: he started his van, at first trying to get away, but he hit two suspectess against this wall. then he saw the third suspect running off in that direction and that's when the surveillance video picks up. he drove at him and hit him, slapping him against the wall. then he got out and starting kicking the suspect who was still down on the ground. >> you coming at me with a hammer which means you intend to cause somebody serious harm.
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got up, but not for very long, as asiad knocked him down with a single punch. soon another suspect was on the ground. asiad punches one, kicks the other, and eventually made both men take their pants off so they couldn't run. >> it's the only way i could think of subduing them. >> two young guys, or three, decided to rob somebody and they picked the wrong guy. absolutely. >> reporter: asiad uses his van for work so he's out of a job for a while. did he worry he'd cause more serious injuries by running down the suspect? >> at that point i didn't care. because of what he just tried to do, i didn't care. >> reporter: in paterson, jim dolan, channel 7 eyewitness news. nearly 40,000 verizon workers walking off their jobs. tough for customers but workers getting a show of support from the democratic presidential candidates. both bernie sanders and hillary clinton visiting picket lines today in new york city. workers protesting plans to move jobs offshore and cut benefits.
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nonunion workers to replace those on strike. no official protest tonight from the u.s. government after several russian fighter jets flew dangerously close to a u.s. navy destroyer. video shows russian jets coming within 30 feet of the destroyer in the baltic sea. the attack planes got so close, they caused wakes in the water around the ship. the commander of the uss donald cook says the actions were unsafe and unprofessional. >> cooler heads prevailing. speaking of cooler, that's what we have tonight. >> the question is when do we get warmer? >> gradually over the next couple of days. then a nice spike in temperature by the end of the weekend. a little chill in the air. we go outside where we briefly turned to cloudy skies. good news. a little blanket so the
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our temperature at 47 degrees. south wind now around 9 miles per hour managed to reach 58 degrees. didn't feel that warm because the air is so dry. the normal is 60. i think we get very close to that tomorrow. there are your sunrise and sunset times for your thursday. we gained 3 minutes of daylight. weather headlines. we still have the chance of frost tonight and tomorrow night in the suburbs then over the weekend the nights get a little milder. there's lots of sun with a gradual warmup in to the weekend, and then i think we're in the 70s by sunday. really beautiful spring weekend. long overdue. our numbers are still holding in the upper 30s and mid 40s. over to new city, armonk. those freeze warnings for the interior in to tomorrow morning. we'll start the day at 42 in new york city. there's a cool breeze at times. 30s in the suburbs. need the spring jacket. as the afternoon wears on and we approach 60, probably can hold the jacket, especially if you're
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there's the clouds. temporary right now. they'll clear out in a few hours. this high in eastern canada is building over the coast. it's pushing this storm away. it's keeping this storm to the west. we're in great shape for a nice dry stretch, longest dry stretch since early march. that high will start to shift offshore over the weekend and get a warmer flow over the southwest. that's when our temperatures can get in to the 70s. probably by sunday, still mid 60s on saturday. numbers tomorrow morning, out the door prepare for a little chill. in the afternoon hours, temperatures get in the mid and upper 50s. tomorrow night we do the same routine. 30s in many suburbs. lower 30s in the city. tack on a couple more degrees on friday afternoon. lower 60s, maybe middle 60s away from the coast and 50s on the shoreline. tomorrow air quality is good. uv index at a 6. that's climbing. and the pollen count, this is going to be a long stretch for allergy sufferers. the grass pollen will spike with very little chance for rain. mostly clear and cool tomorrow morning. 42. high of 59.
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we could reach 60 on some thermometers away from the coast. mostly clear tomorrow night and about 42. here's your 7-day. 62 on friday. beautiful day, cool morning. on saturday, and by the way, friday too, will have a gusty breeze. it will only be in the low to mid 50s in eastern long island and there's your 70s on sunday. a beautiful, beautiful day. our warmest day will be on monday in the mid 70s. there's a weak front working by on tuesday. at the very least, a little bit more cloudiness and a chance of a shower. if we don't rain on tuesday we may not see rain in the area till late next week so an amazing stretch that we haven't seen in quite a while. bill evans will have the update tomorrow morning. >> we could use it for the reservoir. two 6-year-olds take a truck on a joyride. wait till you see the destruction that they caused. >> and an incredible breakthrough. a man paralyzed from the chest down regains movement in his arms. wait till you see how it was all made possible.
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our pal jimmy kimmel to see what's coming up on tonight's show. >> hello, new york. tonight we're mid marvel week. robert downey, jr., paul cheadle, music from mayor i am totally blind. i lost my sight in afghanistan. if you're totally blind, you may also be struggling with non-24. calling 844-844-2424.
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new tonight, a pair of 1st graders on quite a destructive joyride. the 6-year-olds stole a truck and took it for a three-block spin. one of the boys steered while the other pressed the gas pedals. vehicles, mailboxes were damaged or destroyed, including the truck, it was totaled. the boys were not seriously hurt. fortunately nobody else. a brain implant has helped a paralyzed man regain movement in his hand.
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paralyzed over most of his body after a diving accident. he can now swipe a credit card or play video games, but only in a lab in ohio while hooked up to a device that interprets his brain signals to stimulate his muscles. >> now it's something that's so fluid, it's kind of like it was before i had my injury where i just think about what i want to do and now i can do it. >> researchers hope to further develop the system so it one day helps a wide range of people with spinal cord and brain injuries. soon he'll be able to do it at home. >> technology is going to do a lot of great things. rob powers up next with sports. >> let's get it going. hockey fans live for the start of the stanley cup playoffs. ranger fans pumped for tonight's opener and they stayed excited right up until they saw this. straight ahead, the goaltender they called king gets crowned.
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a big night in the nba on so many possible stories to lead sports with, but come on, it's the stanley cup playoffs. what do you do? >> tonight there's only one and here it is. fans, you know what i'm talking about. the fans have been here before.
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two years in a row up against the penguins in the nhl stanley cup playoffs, all starts tonight. round 1, game 1. penguins came in on a roll. this game turns right here. late 1st period, ranger goaltender henrik lundqvist took mark staal's stick to the face. he was able to stay in the game until this. the penguins flipped the puck over the net and just dumb luck, hornquist scores. lundqvist didn't return after the 1st period. sidney crosby takes advantage, beats him on the breakaway. derek stepan did score twice but penguins win 5-2. game 2 saturday. we wait to see about lundqvist's availability for that. the yankees' first road trip of the season continues in toronto. the yankees hope to keep it up against the jays. they did win last night. that's a good sign. yanks down 3-1. start coming back. mark teixeira knocks out his
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solo shot. a one-run game. but the jays rough up nova for four runs. troy tulowitzki with an rbi single. goins had three hits, couple runs driven in. yanks lose tonight 7-2. michael pineda slips to 1-1. wild game for the mets and marlins at citifield. logan verrett pitched a solid six innings. wilmer flores, first career game at 1st base. flores smacked his first hit of the season. scored his first run of the game. plawecki drives him in. 2-0. 7th inning. in the 8th inning, yoenis cespedes tries to make the play. he's not going to get the ball. everybody's okay here but gives you an idea how bad they wanted to snap this four-game losing streak. here's the next indication. a five-out save for familia. 2-1 mets win with a nine-game road trip up next. now basketball. the end of the season for the nets, already 60 losses. trying to avoid yet another loss with the raptors visiting brooklyn. it's been a rough season.
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had their running shoes on early though. chris mccullough for a 14-point lead. bogdanovic pumped in 29 points. seven 3-pointers. but the raptors rally and the nets finish with the third worst record in the nba. 103-96. their season ends 21-61. two big nba stories unfolding right now out west. we start in los angeles where kobe bryant is playing the final game of his career. he retires when this one's over. lakers playing the jazz. bryant is 37 years old. he's played 20 years for the lakers. will leave the game as the nba's third all time leading scorer. in oakland, the warriors playing the grizzlies right now. a win would give golden state 73 victories this year. that could be the most ever by an nba team. michael jordan, his team that he led won 72. it's 46-30 warriors right now. looks like they're going to cruise to an nba record. >> that's awesome.

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