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tree in philadelphia. cosby in court. today the comedian and his legal team will try and stop montgomery county prosecutors from allowing more than a dozen accusers from testifying at his trial. and health records hacked. new jersey-based quest diagnostics says personal information belonging to nearly 40,000 patients was breached by cyber criminals. good morning. welcome to "nbc 10 news today." it is 5:30. i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. the cooldown begins today, through the day and through the rest of the week. let's start with meteorologist bill henley in the nbc 10 first alert neighborhood weather. hi, bill. >> hey, vai. yes, yesterday was unseasonably warm for this time of year, 51 degrees. today won't get close to that 51, but it's going to be much warmer than what we'll experience at the end of the week. right now we're seeing cold temperatures, but it is above freezing for philadelphia and the suburbs. new jersey at 34 degrees. right now the lehigh valley mostly clear skies, just a few scattered clouds, 32 degrees at
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8:00. by 11:00, 41 degrees. the clouds will be increasing along with the temperatures, so it's not going to be bright sunshine all day long today, but it will be dry during the day. 43 degrees this afternoon, partly cloudy skies for philadelphia. you'll see more of that sunshine this morning than this afternoon. the suburbs up to 40 and 40 degrees in the lehigh valley, while new jersey is 43 this afternoon at the shore you can expect the same. a few evening showers are possible, rain drops at the shore, but the lehigh valley and the suburbs could see a brief snow shower. i'll take a look at that when i come back and break these temperatures down and forecasts down hour by hour when i come back in just ten minutes. first, jessica boyington has your first alert traffic. >> thanks, bill. starting on the schuylkill expressway and our cameras around montgomery drive showing still delays because we have some overhead sign work right around montgomery drive. and it's affecting lanes in both directions. now, earlier we had all lanes closed for a small period of time, so that's creating some pretty big residual delays there. you're looking at the westbound
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side with two lanes getting by. we're losing the next two over and the shoulder as well, so that's a slow go. and into center city, just one lane is getting by past the crane that's over into the left-hand lanes. so, that's a slow go there as well. we're seeing delays moving into center city, at least past that point. also, more construction. this is over in new jersey. two separate areas of construction, but it's the same project. emergency construction on route 47 northbound at route 130. all lanes are closed right there right now and on 130 northbound. that same emergency construction but over the line over in brooklawn right around route 47. just the right lane is closed there. you'll see small delays and be detoured around the scene there. i'll update you on the schuylkill and more when i come back, tracy. new this morning, damage as far as the eye can see. >> yeah, only nbc 10 was there after a car turned 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 for us. katy, this chase went through
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several communities before ending in the crash. tell us what happened. >> reporter: it did, vai and tracy. so, that stolen suv hit a car on this street in west oak lane, then careened into this brick wall, taking an entire section down as well as the trash that was on the sidewalk, and then ultimately came to a stop against a nearby tree. people nearby tell me they thought a bomb had gone off. the impact was so loud. now, police from several communities in montgomery county had been after this stolen suv. now, the chase began in whitemarsh township. it went through several communities before crashing here in west oak lane. the homeowner whose brick wall is destroyed says her niece had just taken out the trash to the exact spot where the car hit the brick wall. and on top of that, her neighbor and young son were caught in the middle of the chaos. >> coming out the driveway and the car hit her, you know, when
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they were coming down the street and they spun her around. and she had her little baby in the car with her. >> reporter: that woman who was inside the car, she was injured. we're told that she is being treated for injuries to her leg. now, her baby son, we're told, is okay. now, police, we're told, did arrest the two men that we're told were inside that car. one of them was arrested here at the scene. he was injured and couldn't run away, but his accomplice, we're told he did run away several blocks before police ultimately arrested him. reporting live in west oak lane this morning, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. >> katy, thank you. 5:34 right now, 36 degrees outside. 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 the trial. nbc 10's pamela osborne is live at the county courthouse in norristown to explain what's going to happen today. pamela? >> reporter: yeah, a judge is going to be weighing the
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potential testimony here, and it will ultimately be up to the judge to decide whether or not past accusers will get to face cosby in court. there are 13 women prosecutors are trying to establish that cosby has a pattern of drugging and molesting women. cosby has been indicted on allegations of a sex crime against andrea constand. this was back in 2004. the prosecution will urge the judge to allow 13 other accusers to testify. they say their accounts back up con stand's story line, which is that cosby used a friendly approach and used drugs to incapacitate victims for sexual advances and abuse. cosby's lawyers, however, will argue that allowing this testimony would taint the case and prejudice the jury. the defense has already questioned the motivation of the accusers and will go after their credibility. that hearing is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. this morning. reporting live in norristown, i'm pamela osborne, nbc 10 news.
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>> 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 testing facilities here in our area, including this one on city avenue. the company is notifying customers that hackers breached its online portal, swiping the personal information of nearly 40,000 of its patients. police are investigating. a cybersecurity expert told us the hackers were likely out to steal identities. >> medical companies are prime targets to 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. >> for its part, quest says it is addressing the security breach and is taking steps to prevent it from happening again. experts say companies and individuals should practice what they call cyber hygiene. they're urging firms to do more
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beefed-up security and training, but individually, check your credit report. 5:37, 36 degrees outside. chaka fattah will be doing prison time. a judge knensed the former pennsylvania congressman to ten years behind bars. nbc 10 was in center city yesterday as fattah left court. in june, a jury convicted him of stealing hundreds of thousands 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 the support of several people. >> i want to thank my legal team and i want to thank the support of my family and staff and friends through this very tough time. thank you very much. >> fattah's lawyers said they will appeal the conviction. fattah served in congress for more than two decades. the opening of a new $400 million prison in montgomery
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county is being delayed again. the state prison was scheduled to open next month, but a spokesperson tells "the philadelphia inquirer" that that's not going to happen. the skippack township prison was supposed to open in november of 2015 and october 2016. state officials say that they've asked the office of inspector general to investigate the contract for these delays. there is no timetable for a new opening. and 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. the designation means the school will not allow immigration authorities on its campus unless they have a warrant. happening today, 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 -- south neighborhood.
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senators bob menendez and cory booker, congressman donald nor croft and mayor dana redd will make the announcement later this morning. it's 5:39 and 36 degrees, and we've got a dry morning, but it's cold outside, so we have to bundle up to start with. clouds overhead. these are some thin clouds. we'll get some filtered sunshine this morning, but the clouds will be on the increase this afternoon. and this evening there's a chance of some rain showers and snow showers in the area. snow showers in the suburbs, rain showers at the shore, just a chance. they should be very light by the time they get to us. but during the day, stays dry. 36 degrees right now in philadelphia. we're cooling down right now but not by much. by 8 :00, 35 degrees. then we start a warm-up. a bit of sunshine this morning. look how the clouds take over this afternoon. you'll see the same thing in the suburbs. 32 degrees right now. some morning sunshine filtered through the clouds, then the clouds take over this afternoon. but in spite of the clouds, it
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stays dry in the suburbs. in the lehigh valley, those clouds will be increasing. that will keep temperatures in the 30s for most of the day, peaking in the very low 40s at 2:00 this afternoon. starts getting cooler at 4:00 in the lehigh valley. new jersey, you'll see a bit of sunshine this morning, not much wind right now so the temperature will be cooling down. by 8:00, 33 degrees, and still calm as we go into the afternoon with some breaks of sunshine. low 40s for new jersey. not quite as warm as yesterday. at the shore, dry during the day, and you will slowly see the clouds increasing by late this afternoon. the clouds take over. 30s to start with, 40s this afternoon, and you'll see 30s turn into 40s in delaware, too. and any breaks of sunshine this morning will slowly disappear this afternoon. it's this evening you could see some showers moving into the area, just some light stuff. but the real deal is the cold that's coming our way at the end of the week. you can see it scrolling at the bottom of the screen, the seven-day forecast for each part of our viewing area.
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that wicked cold is going to be coming to an end over the weekend. take a look at that weekend forecast when i come back in ten minutes. >> all right, bill, thanks. 20 minutes before 6:00. let's get you to work. and we remain focused on the schuylkill expressway. >> yeah, this is an area that jessica boyington's been tweeting about throughout the morning. jessi jessica, what do you have? >> still watching delays on the schuylkill, and the biggest delays are moving into center city on the eastbound side. that's because only lane is crawling by. so, it's over into the shoulder as well. we have some overhead sign work. you can see a crane in place there as well. also seeing only two lanes getting by on the westbound side, so big delays on the schuylkill expressway. take kelly drive or mlk drive to get to the city this morning because you're going to see some of the residual delays for quite some time, especially because earlier this morning, about an hour ago or so, we had all lanes blocked off on the eastbound side. so all of that backed-up traffic needs to get through, as well as the morning traffic that comes afterwards. 422, looking great, no problems or delays, eastbound from 29 to the schuylkill expressway, just an eight-minute trip and speeds
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also into the 60s. we'll end on mass transit. everything's pretty much on time or close to schedule. for septa, patco, new jersey transit and amtrak. back to you. thank you. could school recess be on the ropes? one montgomery county school district hopes to cut students' play time. up next, hear from both sides of the heated debate. also, questions for carson. the eagles quarter baback alway gets questions from the media, but still ahead, hear how one of his youngest fans wants to know.
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it's 5:45, 36 degrees todd. 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 parents say the idea would do more harm than good. leaders at the upper dublin school district say they're right now exploring options, no decision's been made, but parents are already speaking out against the move to cut recess short. students 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 can't just -- you know, if you want to grow big, healthy
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tomatoes, you can't flood it with water. you have to give it 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 planned recess will be held in january. 5:46. delaware is hoping for a financial boost from its latest business which opened in wilmington yesterday. nbc 10 was there for the grand opening of factory berlin. state local officials cut the ribbon for the newest branch of the germany-based technology company. governor jack markell said delaware is now a popular destination for foreign companies looking to do business in the u.s. >> 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 a deal with factory berlin during a trade mission to germany last year. 5:46. eagles quarterback carson wentz
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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 man mailed wentz a letter, asking him five questions. they range from what was his favorite color to who is his favorite football player. well, wentz tweeted the answers and thanked the boy for his support. the letter also contains some eagles-themed artwork. look at that, including a red line through that cowboys star. very sweet. all right, 5:47 right, 13 minutes before 6:00 a.m. time to check in on our weather. boy, it's extremely cold, but it's even colder in the poconos where they're hoping to keep the snow on the ground there on the runs. >> this is nothing compared to what we're going to face later in the week, right, bill? come over here. >> it's going to be brutal later in the week, yeah. temperatures are going to plummet. we're going to see temperatures that are feeling like they are zero or below for friday morning. that will be the worst stuff. you really feel it starting on
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thursday. so enjoy this while it's around. not really beautiful, but it is what we've got. there's a live view from center city from philadelphia, a dry view this morning, mostly in the clear. no sign of any wet weather, not this morning. the temperatures, 30s to start with. it's above freezing in philadelphia and it will stay above freezing during the day today and this evening as well. radar and satellite show some clouds moving into the area, but those clouds are coming in advance of some wet weather. not much to these showers, but there's a possibility we'll see some snow showers, light snow showers in the suburbs this evening and some rain showers at the shore this evening, not during the day today. what we will get is the cold that is waiting in the wings to the north. it is going to be blowing into the area on thursday. you will feel the difference. and come friday morning, these are the temperatures i'm expecting. 15 degrees for mt. holly, 14 in vineland, 17 in philadelphia an wilmington 15. and the wind will be blowing, so
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the windchills will be near zero or below friday morning. so we have issued a first alert for dangerous cold for pennsylvania, new jersey and delaware, for an entire area. those winds will be kicking thursday, thursday night and into friday morning. thursday night into friday morning is when we'll have the coldest temperatures, bitter cold with winds gusting to near 45 miles an hour, windchills below zero for parts of the area. then we'll ease out of it over the weekend. for today, 43 degrees, right on normal for this time of year. 42 tomorrow won't be bad either. we'll see more sunshine tomorrow. any sunshine today will be fading ahead of the evening showers. 32 degrees tomorrow morning, but look at the temperatures as they fall. thursday we'll start at 23 degrees, 27 in the afternoon, then dangerous cold thursday night and into friday morning. 16 degrees in the city, 16 degrees. 25 degrees the high on friday. friday won't be as windy, but you can see the cold stays with us into saturday morning.
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unfortunately, that's when we've got some wet weather moving in. 20 degrees, that's cold enough for some snow, and i expect it starts as snow but changes to rain as the temperatures climb. the system will bring a good deal of warm air with it, then we'll get rain saturday into saturday night into sunday, possibly a little bit of snow as that system exits out of here. you can see the cold air that lives by monday morning, but mainly rain on sunday. then dry for tuesday, wednesday and thursday, though clouds will be coming back in on thursday as temperatures back up next week into the 40s. >> all right, bill, thank you. ten minutes before 6:00. let's get to work, especially if you take the schuylkill expressway. >> they've got construction crews working on sign yaage on montgomery, jessica? >> yes, so they were starting to clear the westbound side and blocked all traffic. you can see the traffic going by
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slowly and only two lanes are open on the westbound side. the major project is on the eastbound side, so that's traffic moving towards center city. so we don't want to see any restrictions on any of the lanes moving into center city at any time for the morning commute, but unly, that's what we're dealing with right now. one lane only getting by on the eastbound side right now, so you want to take kelly drive, mlk drive, anything to avoid the schuylkill expressway at this time. as they begin to clear this up, we'll be the first to tell you moving over to new jersey, westville, right over that line. route 47 northbound around route 130. all lanes are closed there and the right lane is closed on route 130 northbound just around route 47. vai, back to you. >> jessica, thank you. the state house and the campaign trail, oh, the stories they could tell. new jersey governor chris christie may write a book, but hear why he needs a law to
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change first and santa gets millions of wishes every christmas, but one of them left him in tears. up next, hear about a touching final wish he was grateful to be able to grant. my guest list just tripled.
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reports saying 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 asitting governors to accept money other than their salary. published reports say christie is working with top lawmakers from both parties to amend the law. christie was expected to land a job in the trump administration, but now that's unlikely to happen. >> five minutes before 6:00. parents and students in the camden school district can celebrate positive feedback from the superintendent. he delivered the state of the schools address yesterday, announcing that the graduation rate rose from 49% five years ago to 70% this year and aided it was almost dropped in half. a camden student who took the podium said he's on his way to cornell. >> 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
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to the end. 50% is a really low number. you know, 70%, you know, we could still do better. >> the superintendent said they want the district to focus more on special education and parent-teacher relationships next year. so, santa's job is usually to bring joy and happiness to children. >> yeah, for one santa in tennessee, a visit with a 5-year-old boy also brought some peace. a few weeks ago, this santa was called to the hospital bedside of a terminally ill boy. he gave the child a toy and these words -- >> when you get up to those pearly gates, you just tell them you're santa's number one elf. he's like, "i am?" you sure are. i'm sure they'll let you right in. he goes, "they will?" i go, i know it. just came up and gave him a big hug. i held him and he just looked up
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at me, he said, "santa, can you help me?" and that's when he passed. >> santa says he gave the one gift that he could. quite powerful. >> also in the interview, he says the child asked what his gift was and he said i have it right here, we're going to have christmas. we'll post all of his comments on our facebook page, but it's really moving. and how nice for the parents. how difficult to be with a terminally ill child. but for the parents to have watched that happen, that peaceful moment -- >> really nice. well, a viewer tells us problems with her new stove put her safety at risk. >> up next at 6:00, we'll show you how the nbc team responds team put her at ease by helping her get a new unit. and at three minutes before 6:00, a police chase through several communities ends in a crash overnight. so, we'll hear from neighbors who say they dodged a potentially dangerous situation.
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a wild ride comes to a screeching halt as police chase a driver in a stolen car through several communities. court confrontation. today a judge will decide if bill cosby's past accusers will be allowed to give testimony in his sex assault trial. and jersey shore dune saga. today the battle over a beach project goes to court as opponents made claims about potential health hazards. it is 6:00 a.m. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm sick. let's get to meteorologist bill henley and the forecast. i was just talking to bill about how lighter it is out because of the full moon. >> yeah, the moon will rise later today andt

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