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drive. this is where our camera's focused. you can see the crane on the eastbound side. one lane should be getting by there, but it looks like for right now they've temporarily stopped that traffic. that's some of the backup right there. but eastbound into center city should be one lane open. earlier it was right here. that was one car pretty much moving by at a time. moving towards center city, right now they have all traffic temporarily stopped. looks like it goes the same for the westbound side in which there is only one lane getting by headed westbound as well. so, right now traffic is at a halt there. that's going to cause big problems. out in brooklawn, emergency construction, route 130 northbound, right lane is closed for emergency construction. and the vine street expressway is closed both directions between broad street and the schuylkill expressway, so we'll see delays there and even leading up to the schuylkill because of that other construction as well. more updates when i come back in about ten. vai and tracy, back to you. >> see you then, jessica, thank you. it is 4:30. this morning, damage as far as the eye can see.
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>> a car turns a philadelphia street into a disaster area full of trash and debris after a police chase ended in several wrecks. nbc 10's katy zachry's live in west oak lane. this chase went through several communities before ending in a crash. tell us what happened. >> reporter: vai and tracy, the police pursuit started in montgomery county, in whitemarsh township, wound its way through several towns before coming to a crashing end here in this part of philadelphia. this is what the scene looked like. we have some video we want to roll for you. looked like earlier, wilson and walnut lane, the silver suv that you see in the video that crashed into a tree, well, that is the stolen car that police chased through several communities. it took out another vehicle at this intersection and broke through a brick wall before slamming into a tree. now, we're told two men were inside when police finally caught up to the vehicle. one of the men was injured in the crash and arrested at the
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scene. the other man ran from police but only got a few blocks from here before he was arrested. now, back out here live, you can see there is significant damage to this property. if anyone had been outside at the time this crash had happened here on the sidewalk or even on the other side of this wall, they would likely be in the hospital right now, the damage is so great. we actually, just before we went on live, were able to speak very briefly to the homeowner. we're going to talk to her in the next few minutes and we'll have more of her story, what she saw, what she heard, when this crash ended up in her property. we'll have that for you coming up at 5:00. reporting live, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. >> katy, thank you. happening today in montgomery county, bill cosby heads back to court. >> he and his legal team will try to stop the prosecution's plans to have more than a dozen accusers testify at trial. nbc 10's pamela osborne is live at the county courthouse in north town to explain. walk us through this. >> reporter: well, a judge is going to be weighing that
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potential testimony today and ultimately will decide if some of cosby's accusers, past accusers, will be allowed to confront him in court. there are 13 women. prosecutors are trying to establish a pattern through their testimony, that is that cosby himself had a pattern of drugging and molesting women. cosby has been indicted on allegations of a sex crime against andrea constance back in 2004. the prosecution will aask a judge to allow 13 others to testify to back up the story line. cosby's lawyers, however, will argue that allowing this testimony would taint the case and prejudice the jury. cosby's defense, which has already questioned the motivation of the accusers, will go after their credibility. the lead defense attorney on cosby's side has petitioned to ask each woman as many as 80 questio questions. that hearing is set to begin at 9:00 this morning.
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reporting live in north town, pamela osbourne, nbc 10 news. >> pam, thank you. quest diagnostics, the north jersey firm many of us depend on for drug tests and lab work, is the victim of a massive hack attack. quest has dozens of test facilities in our area, including this one on city avenue. the company's notifying customers that hackers breached its online portal, swiping the personal information of nearly 40,000 patients. police are investigating a cybersecurity expert in chester county told us the hackers were likely out to steal identities. >> medical companies are prime targets for this kind of attack. people want the information because they'll not necessarily need it right when they steal it, but they'll sell it to the next highest bidder on the black market. the information's valuable because you can create multiple personas and health care claims and prescription claims off of one identity. >> quest says it's addressing the security breach and is taking steps to prevent it from happening again. experts say companies and
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individuals should practice what they call cyber hygiene. they're urging firms to do more beefed-up security and training. individually, they're saying you should check your credit report. chaka fattah will be doing prison time. a federal judge in philadelphia sentenced the former pennsylvania congressman to ten years behind bars. nbc 10 was in center city yesterday as fatah left court. in june, you'll remember a jury convicted him of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, charitable and campaign funds. the judge calls fattah's crimes "astonishing," ordering him to report to prison by january 25th. at the sentencing, fattah said he was grateful for support of several people. >> i want to thank my legal team and i want to thank the support of my family and my staff and friends through this very tough time. thank you very much. >> fattah's lawyers said they will appeal his conviction. fattah served in congress for more than two decades. the opening of a new $400 million prison in montgomery county is being delayed again.
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the state prison was scheduled to open next month, but a spokesperson tells "the philadelphia inquirer" that's not going to happen. the skippack township prison was supposed to open in november of 2015 and october of 2016. state officials say they've asked the office of inspector general to investigate the contract for the delays. there is no timetable for a new opening. some students and professors want the community college of philadelphia to become a sanctuary school. nbc 10 has learned that two professors started a petition seeking to give the college the sanctuary designation. it follows the university of pennsylvania's recent announcement that it will be a sanctuary school. it means they will not allow immigration authorities on their campus without a warrant. well, could school recess be on the ropes? >> one montgomery county school district hopes to cut students' play time. ahead, hear both sides of the heated debate. and at 4:36, also, you should write a book! new jersey governor chris christie is considering a
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memoir, but hear why he needs to change a state law to allow that to happen. 35 degrees in philadelphia. cold enough that they're maintaining the snow in the pocono mountains at 4:37. they might get some later today. got your neighborhood forecast, just ahead.
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this is violet. she's been waiting for this moment for awhile.
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a moment other kids wouldn't think twice about. her first bowl of cheerios. because now that cheerios are gluten free, violet, and many others are enjoying their first bowl today. good morning, everyone. jessica boyington with a check on the roads. big delays on the schuylkill expressway this morning because of construction set up around montgomery drive. now, just a few moments ago, all lanes were closed in both directions. now looks like they're letting another lane squeeze by, just one on the westbound side. the eastbound side right over here is the traffic that's moving towards center city, looks completely blocked off. you can see the traffic stuck behind it. this project wasn't supposed to be here like this all morning, so of course, we'll keep you updated as soon as they start to clean some of it up and open up
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lanes on the other side. for now, you'll need an alternate, because either way, if you are getting by, it's still going to be really slow, considering they had this side also closed off as well. so, take kelly drive as your alternate. the schuylkill's not a good choice right now. moving to new jersey, a few different pieces of emergency construction. one is in westville, route 47 northbound around route 130. all lanes are closed there. and a portion of that in brooklawn is affecting route 130 northbound around route 147. the right lane only is closed there. so, you'll be detoured around that. and the vine street expressway closed in both directions from broad street to the schuylkill expressway with ongoing construction, so local vine will be an alternate for you. more updates and an update on the schuylkill when i come back in about ten. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> 20 minutes before 4:00, 35 degrees. we have some clouds overhead, but it is a dry view of boathouse row, a live view from center city. those clouds not producing any
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wet weather for us today or this morning, but tonight, this evening we could see a few scattered, light snow showers or some rain showers, depending on which neighborhood you're in. during the day, you don't have to worry about anything falling from the sky. the temperatures will be climbing. right now it's 35 in philadelphia. a little bit of a breeze at 7 miles an hour. the temperature will cool down a little bit more by 8:00, and then we'll start a warming process. breaks of sunshine this morning. they'll likely disappear this afternoon as the clouds increase. 42 degrees at 2:00 this afternoon. the suburbs, a little bit of sunshine this morning, a cold start at 8:00, 29 degrees. up to 38 and that's in spite of mostly cloudy skies at noontime. then clouds will linger into the afternoon hours. in the lehigh valley, clear to start with, a few scattered clouds at 8:00, and then the clouds take over this afternoon, but the temperatures will get to near 40 degrees this afternoon in the lehigh valley and dry during the day in the lehigh valley and dry in new jersey during the day as well. 36 degrees right now. that temperature will be coming
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down as skies are starting to clear up little bit more in new jersey than other neighborhoods, but they'll come right back in during the day. that's coming in from the west. 40 degrees at noontime, 41 at 2:00 this afternoon. and at the shore, into the 40s this afternoon. you've got some breaks of sunshine. 37 degrees right now. that chill will be in the morning air, just slowly disappearing this afternoon. clouds will eventually increase at the shore as well, and that will lead to some evening showers at the shore. delaware, 34 degrees right now in wilmington, in the low 30s to start the day, low 40s this afternoon with mostly cloudy skies. i believe wilmington will stay dry, but other parts of the area are in for a few snow showers and some rain drops. a closer look at that and the bitter cold that's on the way at the end of the week when i come back in ten minutes. >> we'll be ready, i think. 4:42. your ride to work or school is about to go high tech with a new app. find out where next, when we look at events happening county
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by county today. also to play or not to play, that is the question being asked in one montgomery county school district. next, learn the reason why recess times could be cut. the eagles quarterback always gets sent to the media, but just ahead, hear what one of his youngest fans wants to know.
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it is 4:45 this tuesday morning. in six days, the electoral college will vote to send president-elect donald trump to the white house, including 20 here in pennsylvania. >> but grassroots groups have been protesting and organizing vigils like this one in center city. they're urging the electors to vote for anybody else. the groups say president-elect trump is unqualified and are concerned his ties to russia and russia's alleged interference in the election. nbc 10 spoke to a trump elector from philadelphia who says the pennsylvania delegation has no
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intention of changing their vote. >> all 20 of the pennsylvania electors are 100% in favor of donald trump. i think it will be a unified front. i really don't anticipate anybody changing or defecting in any way. >> other electors say they've been getting a lot of e-mails and phone calls asking them to vote for clinton or another candidate. reports say new jersey governor chris christie is working to change a state law that bans him from cashing in on a book deal. the law does not allow sitting governors to accept money other than their salary. published reports say christie's working with top lawmakers from both parties to amend the law. christie was expected to land a job in the trump administration, but that's now unlikely to happen. this morning a debate over a local school district's idea of cutting recess short. it's supposed to give more class time for students, but some parents say the idea would do more harm than good. leaders at the upper dublin school district say right now they're exploring options and no decision has been made. but last night, parents were
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already speaking out against any potential move to cut recess times short. studies have shown that recess is crucial and has benefits that should never be withheld for academic reasons. parents we spoke with last night agree. >> growing a garden, you know, you can't just -- if you want to grow big, healthy tomatoes, you can't just flood it with water. you have to give it just the right amount. and i'm afraid they're trying to flood our kids with knowledge. >> we will not cut recess, and there are no recommendations at this time. >> the next meeting for any potential plans for recess will be held in january. now, parents, we'd love to hear what you think about this. if your school district proposed to cut recess time in favor of more class time, would you be on board or against it? we'd love to know what you think. reach us by our twitter handle on social media right there on the screen. we'd love to know what you think. and now let's take you state by state and county by county for a look at some of the stories from across our area.
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in camden county, new jersey's top politicians will announce a major federal investment to bring back a camden neighborhood stricken with blight. we're told that millions of dollars will go towards revitalizing the mt. ephraim south neighborhood. cory booker, congressman menendez and norcross and dana redd will make the announcement later this morning. also in camden county today, goodwill industries will hold its annual holiday party for the disabled community. local companies will donate food and presents. santa will make a visit as well. the celebration will start later this morning at camden riverboat house in pennsauken. and in delaware county, a cyber safety and social media seminar for kids and adults. it is to promote online safety. the program will be today from 9:00 a.m. until noon. and in new castle county today, d.a.r.t. will unveil a new mobile app at its bus agency headquarters in wilmington.
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it will allow them to choose a bus stop, learn when their bus will arrive and follow buses along the designated routes. d.a.r.t. will also announce other technology plans that will improve customer service. and today in bucks county, baking goods for a good cause. the students at penn ridge high school are hosting the 20th annual cookies for hospice event, baking more than 1,000 cookies today as they try to reach their goal of 20,000. the cookies will be given to patients in hospice care around the area. the event starts at 2:20 p.m. today. it's 4:49, 39 degrees outside. we've been looking at the schuylkill expressway because there's construction that's still there from overnight. >> jessica boyington has her eyes on the cameras. what are you seeing? >> i heard the construction was overhead sign work. that's why there are cranes around as well. so we're seeing some major lanes blocked here. this is the westbound side over here. all lanes are still blocked on the westbound side of the schuylkill around montgomery drive. on the eastbound side we have one lane just trickling by.
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so you want to avoid the schuylkill expressway until this construction's cleared out of the way. you can see on the westbound side all that traffic that's stopped and backed up behind that. kelly drive is a great alternate for you now because the schuylkill expressway will not prove to be a good morning option for your commute. you can see headed eastbound with only one lane trickling by and over into the shoulder, so they're slow anyway, even at this early time big backups as well. so, the skook sale not an option this morning. we'll have more on that and more construction projects when i come back. >> thank you, jessica. ten minutes before 5:00 a.m. almost balmy yesterday afternoon, wasn't it? >> i know. it got really warm, but we're getting ready to get really cold, according to meteorologist bill henley. bill? >> temperatures won't be that warm today, but temperatures will be in the 40s this afternoon. this morning we're seeing 30s and some 40s at the shore, cape may is nice and dry this morning, though there are clouds overhead. and this evening we could see some rain showers in cape may.
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35 in philadelphia. lehigh valley's at 30 degrees, just below freezing. suburbs at 33, and there's 33 degrees at the shore. interior new jersey with some breaks in the clouds. we're right at freezing in at co-and just below it for piney hollow. lumberton is 36 degrees and 35 near robbins hole. so, it's cold outside but completely dry this morning. expect no precipitation during the day today. but i think that's going to change this evening. see philadelphia is dry, just some clouds over south jersey and delaware. it's the system that is to the west that will provide us with a chance of some showers this evening. but it's the frigid air to the north that's going to be blowing into the area for thursday and friday. you'll really feel the difference. today temperatures won't be bad. the hour-by-hour forecast shows 36 degrees at 9:00 this morning. we'll see sunshine to start with. look at the clouds come in. this is by noontime. 40 degrees in philadelphia. no showers during the day, but
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you can see they're making some progress late this afternoon to the north. 37 degrees in allentown, 42 in philadelphia, 42 in millville. dry with some breaks of sunshine, even into the late afternoon hours in delaware and south jersey. now, here comes the chance of some showers, some snow showers, very light snow showers, less than half of an inch, more like a dusting is possible. and it will just be too warm to support too much in the way of accumulation. a rain shower in lancaster, that's at 9:00 this evening. and look, rain showers at cape may at 42 degrees. those showers will be on the move. we could see some light rain showers in philadelphia at midnight tonight and then they're clearing out by 2:00 tomorrow morning. so, we'll get that out of the way tonight. and then we'll have to turn our attention to the cold, and it is going to be bitter cold. dangerous cold. that's why we've issued a first alert for pennsylvania, new jersey and delaware, the entire area, thursday night and friday morning's going to be the worst of it. that's when we're going to see some very strong gusty winds, bitter cold. the winds gusting to 45 miles an
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hour. that's going to have windchills in many neighborhoods below zero come friday morning. so, very cold air is on the way. today not too bad. this is typical for this time of year, 43 degrees. back up to 42 on wednesday. but the cold front comes through on thursday. the wind will be blowing. the temperature at 27 feels like the teens during the day. then it drops to 13 degrees friday morning. this is when it's going to feel like it is zero or below zero in our area. then not as windy friday afternoon but still just bitter cold, 25 degrees. it does warm up over the weekend, but look what's also coming our way, some wet weather, a chance of snow and rain on saturday and most likely some rain on sunday with a high of 52 degrees. then we'll be clearing out just in time for next monday. >> all right, thank you, bill. is it a legal hail mary or could it change a controversial ruling at the jersey shore? >> today six margate homeowners head to court. next at 5:00, find out why they say their health is actually at
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risk by a planned beach dune project. also in the spotlight, carson wentz is used to answering tough questions off the field. next, hear what a young fan asked him over the internet.
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delaware is hoping for a financial boost from its newest business, which opened its doors in wilmington yesterday. state and local officials cut the ribbon for the newest branch of the germany-based technology company factory berlin. governor jack markell said delaware is now a popular destination for foreign companies. >> a lot of great places in this country where start-ups can go, but they will not fall through the cracks in delaware. >> the governor sealed the deal with factory berlin during a trade mission to germany last year. parents and students in the camden school district can celebrate some positive feedback. the superintendent came on, ronald farr delivered his state of the school address yesterday.
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he announced the graduation rate rose from 49% five years ago to 70% this year. he added that the dropout rate was cut almost in half. a camden student who followed ronald farr at the podium said he's on his way to cornell university. >> i had no clue when i was in middle school that kids didn't graduate. like, i didn't know that half of my classmates wouldn't make it to the end. 50% is a really low number, you know. 70%, you know, we can still do better. >> the superintendent said parents told him they want the district to focus more on special education and parent-teacher relationships next year. it's three minutes before 5:00. 35 degrees outside. eagles quarterback carson wentz is still fielding questions on and off the field in his rookie season, but it's online where he might have given his best answers yet. a young fan mailed wentz a letter asking him five questions. they range from what was his favorite color to who is his favorite football player.
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wentz tweeted his answers and thanked the boy for his support. the letter also contained some eagles-themed artwork, including a red line right through a cowboys star. that's awesome. well, eagles safety malcolm jenkins is helping spread holiday cheer in philadelphia with some delicious donations. >> oh, my goodness! they'll be so excited! >> that's some of the reaction as jenkins and his foundation delivered holiday meal baskets for dozens of families in the city. jenkins and several teammates dropped off the baskets yesterday. >> this point of the year, it gets tight when you're trying to provide gifts and food and everything that comes with the holiday season. it's a tough time for some people, so it's just an opportunity for us to get back out there and, you know, spread a little cheer. >> factory markets donated the food in the holiday markets. philadelphia police and the fraternal order of police co-sponsor the program. the finest right there, the city. this holiday season, it's your
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chance to share kindness. the "today" show has kicked off its #sharekindness campaign with the goal to inspire a million acts of kindness through the holiday season. and we want you to get involved. just follow #sharekindness on facebook. you can also use the hashtag on instagram or twitter. great to see the players out there and also the police being involved. >> speaking of #sharekindness, if you know somebody doing something really cool, sharing kindness, tweet us and use the #sharekindness. now the news at 5:00 a.m. early-morning wreck. check out the damage in west oak lane, all caused by one driver. philadelphia police say what led to this mess started well outside of the city. new developments in the transition to trump. the president-elect says he will announce his secretary of state this morning. and nbc news sources say it will be ceo rex tillerson. and a new wrinkle in an ongoing dune battle. today, margate homeowners will go to court to argue adding sand dunes to their beaches. it would be bad for their health.
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good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm vai sikahema. >> i'm tracy davidson and it's 5:00 a.m. we begin with bill henley in the first alert weather center. >> it's cold outside, 30s, just below freezing in the lehigh valley and just above freezing in delaware, 34 degrees. it will be down to freezing at 6:00 this morning, but then we'll get some sunshine and start the warming process. 38 degrees at 9:00. but just as we get a little bit of sunshine, the clouds will start moving in and we will see more and more clouds this afternoon. but i think it's going to be dry during the day today. enough sunshine, 43 degrees this afternoon for philadelphia. right up to 40 for the suburbs. and new jersey inland and at the shore will climb into the 40s this afternoon, while the lehigh valley with mostly cloudy skies hits 40. and mostly cloudy, turning mostly cloudy in delaware, too, up to 42. an evening shower is possible at the shore and some snow

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