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what happened sending t firefighters to the hospital? >> christa: new this morning, tough talk from donald trump. you're going to hear his harsh words for the president as he heads up to new hampshire today. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good thursday morn, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: i'm christa delcamp. we're continuing this mild trend. newsdesk. i don't think you want the pull any all-nighters this early in december with storm, j.r. >> jeremy: i'm a big fan of pete bouchard, but i've seen enough of him over the past few years. right now boston 45, bedford 45, plymouth 46. the morning does feature a lot of clouds. there have been a couple sprinkles and showers. activity marching quickly through the worcester hills. this is going to head across the city of worcester, leominster, fitchburg, eventually nashua, even downtown boston i think a brief sprinkle or two likely
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otherwise it's a dry day. but you may want to have the rain gear if you're headed out the door for next couple hours. 2:00 p.m., warm. temps this afternoon headed for the upper 50s. >> christa: wow. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic. let's send it over the danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. no major issues out there yet. zakim bridge, leverett connector, traffic flowing nicely, looking good. go to the map. 39 southbound from 495 looking good so far this morning. 128 into boston on route 93 looking good. no problems to tell you about on route 1 either. the pike, you're fine all the way back out to 495. all green. no delays there. south of town, we do have a work crew in canton running a little late this morning, so we have some back-up on 95 northbound, the off ramp to 128 is closed. and on the expressway, these exclamation marks you're seeing, they're just work crews that should be didn't at 5:00 a.m. they might still be out there, though. still just nine minutes from the braintree split into boston. take a look at the drive times if you're getting ready to head out to work.
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12 minutes. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 11 minutes. and the "t" looks good. back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. new this morning, police connecting a string of crimes and making an arrest. >> christa: right now in pelham, new hampshire, man is waking up behind bars accused of making a bomb threat at an elementary school. they say that's not all he's done. let's go out live to 7's nick emmons. nick, you have a closer look at the charges this man is facing. >> nick: christa, that's right. as you can imagine, police here in pelham, new hampshire, are relieved to have this guy behind bars after years of being on the run, committing, as they say, some pretty dangerous crimes. this is the man who has been keeping pelham police busy: 43-year-old ronald zatella in custody after dodging officers for the past three years. investigators say his crime speed began september 26, 2013, when he called in a bomb threat to pelham elementary school. the school was very waited but nothing was found.
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payphone and say zatella was seen in the area on a motorcycle. the following september, police say zatella robbed a convenience store on bridge street in pelham, and this past september, police say he hit the store helmet. while investigating all three cases, police were able to link zatella to two additional armed robberies in salem, new hampshire, that took place over the past year, one of those robberies included zatella robbing a dunkin' donuts wearing a president obama mask. during a search of his home, police found the helmet used in the armed robbery from this past september in pelham, which matched the helmet zatella had on when police say he drove his motorcycle following the bomb threat. investigators also recovered the gun they say he brandished in each robbery, which turned out to be a black bb gun. as for the president obama mask, police say they did not find that. as far as how they tracked him
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police say he turned himself in without incident. he is due in court later this morning. that's the latest live in pelham, new hampshire, nick england." >> sarah: happening now, two firefighters are recovering after being hurt at downtown crossing. a woman jumped on to the tration. -- opt the tracks, and when firefighters tried to get to her, their equipment malfunctioned and they were shocked. victoria warren has more on how those firefighters are doing this morning. vicki? >> victoria: good morning. they are doing okay, and mbta police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this woman. she did die in this accident. police are saying that she was trespassing on the red line tracks when the train hit her. those two firefighters ended up hurt, as well. a woman is hit and killed by a red line train, and two firefighters who rushed to the scene at downtown crossing ended up hurt themselves. >> they put a clamp on the third
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train rail to see if it's energized to confirm the power is shut down. that's what they did, and there was a slight arcing. >> victoria: the firefighters shocked, but their injuries are minor. luckily firefighters have multiple steps to go through when dealing with the third rail, otherwise in a situation like this they could have been electrocuted. >> they don't enter until the power is shut down. it has to be confirmed by two or three people by the "t," the fire department, and even then it's tested before anybody enters the train pit. >> victoria: the firefighters able to stay on the scene trying to help the woman, but she was pronounced dead. only later did they go to the fine. commuters left with long lines for shuttle buses. >> they just announced that this place is closed, so we got to go to chinatown. >> it's a little crazy, but what are you going to do? >> victoria: the mbta and the boston fire department will look at their procedures and try and figure out exactly how this happened, where the power wasn't
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was off. as for the investigation into this woman's death, mbta police continue that investigation. all that we know about her at this point is she was about 42 years old. live this morning from downtown crossing, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: happening later today, a pair of 15-year-old girls due in court to face charges after police in plainville say they threatened to shoot another teenager. police say the girls pointed a gun at the victim's head while she was handcuffed to a chair. apparently they even recorded the whole thing. court documents show it started when one of the suspects thought the victim was dating her ex-boyfriend. police say the gun was a replica, but the victim didn't know that at the time. investigators believe she was freed by somebody else at the party. the suspects now facing several charge, including kidnapping. and parents are on alert as police investigate an alleged hit list being made by two students at millbury high school. officers say the students made the list tuesday. the school says the situation has been resolved.
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student has been disciplined, though. >> sarah: right now police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed man in dorchester. the shooting happened on southern avenue last night. the victim was in his 20s. he was taken to the hospital where he later died. police say the skeletal remains of three more people appear to be missing from a cemetery in worcester. new locks have been placed on all the doors there after a second break-in at hope cemetery. police say in both cases the locks were cut in may, but the remains weren't removed until september. amador medina is charged with breaking into the first cemetery and stealing the remains of three adults and two children. police arrested medina at his home in connecticut last week. the 32-year-old claims he's a middle east and told them he kneeledded the bones to practice his religion. they don't believe he acted alone. >> christa: we could learn more today about that terror attack out in california after members of congress receive some high-level classified briefings.
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syed farook and tashfeen malik as home-grown violent extremists. he says they were radicalized and dedicated to jihad as early as 2013, before they even started dating online and even before the rise of isis. the couple shot and killed 14 people at a holiday party in san bernardino last week. 21 others were injured. investigators are now focused on a number of people who visited farook's garage in the months leading up to the attack, which is where they found materials to make pipe bombs. >> sarah: now to the race for the white house. presidential candidate donald trump out with a new interview this morning, and this time he's not just going after his republican rival, he's saving his harshest criticism for the current president. 7's jennifer egan in our control room with more. hey, jen. >> jennifer: sarah, good morning. donald trump was very critical of president obama's strategy for fighting isis. >> we can't be politically correct stupid people. we have a president, i think he's a stupid person.
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divider i've ever seen. our country -- excuse me -- our crown try has never been more divided than what barack obama has done, whether it's white-on-black, our country has never been more divided. >> jennifer: well, trump planned the president for making his plans public to send special forces to syria. the republican front-runner is set to speak at an event in portsmouth, new hampshire, tonight. he's standing firm on his controversial plan to ban all muslims from entering the u.s. if he's elected president. his proposal is sparking major backlash. facebook c.e.o. maczuckerberg used his own page on the social media outlet to support muslims. he said, "as a jew, my parents taught me we must stand up for all communities. even if an attack isn't against you today, attack on someone
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and muhammad ali released a statement saying, "i am a muslim, and there is nothing islamic about killing people in paris, san bernardino or anywhere else in the world. true muslims know jihadism goes against the tenets of our religion." nearly all of trump's rivals have spoken out against his proposed ban. jennifer egan, "today in new england." >> christa: the patriots preparing for their showdown with the houston texans. new england is hoping to snap the two-game losing streak. >> sarah: the pats know it will be tough to win in houston. the texans started slow and are now tied for the first in their division. houston features a tough defense led by all-pro j.j. watt. tom brady knows it will be a difficult matchup. >> they have all the stats. we're going to have to do a good job. it's a challenge for us. we have to figure out a way to move the ball, take care of it, score points when we get
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certainly make it hard. >> sarah: along with watt, houston's defensive line features vince wilfork, who signed with houston in the off-season. and catch all the action on 7 nbc when the pats take on the texans. be sure to join us before the game for 7 on the sidelines. that starts at 6:30. >> christa: much more news ahead here on your thursday morn, including a campus controversy. why some people say northeastern university's safety plan goes way too far. >> sarah: fire lighting up the night sky in alabama. what the driver of this tanker says happened just before it burst into flames. >> christa: and the pats are struggling, but should we trust them on your fantasy team? we'll tell you to pick for this week's fantasy fixer. >> jeremy: good morning. we're tracking sprinkles and isolated showers in metro west, moving quickly northeast. they'll clear metro boston before 7:00, but a few sprinkles early this morning.
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a nice mild day. 40s now. near 60 this afternoon. >> danielle: good morning. on the braintree split, traffic appears to be flowing fine, but we have a new accident in braintree on 128 northbound that has the shoulder blocked. so far the expressway ten minutes from the braintree split into boston. the "t" looks good. we'll be right back. you used to sleep like a champ. then boom. what happened? stress, fun, bad habits, kids. now what? let's build a new, smarter bed
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>> christa: so if you have any last-minute decorateing to do, i guess it's not technically last minute, we have two weeks to go, which is plenty of time, especially for procrastinators like me. but great day to get out there and put the christmas lights on. >> sarah: one of my favorite thing is driving around and seeing all the christmas lights and how people decorate their houses differently. >> jeremy: have you been to kris anderson's pad? he's got a display. >> sarah: i bet he goes all out.
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takes a hit on that one, i'm sure, but a good display nonetheless. some sprinkles early this morning. no cold air. we're talking about some sun in the afternoon, and the next several days loaded with temperatures in the 50s to around 60 degrees. boston at 45. fitchburg 44. worcester at 43. hyannis at 48. so warm because we have clouds, and there have been a couple sprinkles and even a few spot showers back through the worcester hills, although when this came through hartford, this looks bad and nasty, this green and yellow, but it didn't even register any precipitation on the rain gauge, less than 100th of an inch. so i don't think it does much. again, having an umbrella or your rain gear for maybe ten or 15 minutes as it moves through, i think that's all you'll need. then you are definitely done with the iran gear by about 8:00, 9:00 a.m., because the threat at that time is gone, and even between new and then it's not much of a threat. we'll see some sun develop by lunchtime and more so this afternoon with temperatures this afternoon heading for the upper 50s. oddly enough, it is a cool front
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demands on where the front came from. if it came from the arctic circle or the north pole, there would be a lot of cold air, but this one came from seattle. there's no cold air out there. that's why temperatures this afternoon, even though we're having a cool front move through, it's kind of kooky wacky. upper 50s this afternoon. the city at 59 later today. fitchburg 55. keep in mind our normal high is about 43, way above normal, more like the end of october, early november and december. tonight mostly cloudy. still mild. 42 to 46. there may be a couple rain showers tomorrow morning on cape cod. i think for metro boston, just a bunch of clouds. like today, developing sunshine by lunchtime in the afternoon. and pleasant. temps tomorrow upper 50s to around 60 degrees. saturday lower 60s. now sunday it gets a little tricky with temperatures on sunday afternoon in the upper 50s. the reason i say that is because there will be a front trying the find a home here in southern new england. and that front will be a dividing line between chilly air in northern new england, 40s,
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if we were to get this warm air into new england, perhaps we would challenge records. i don't think we're going to do that, though, because this front is going to be pretty much along the mass pike. so southern new hampshire, your numbers will probably only be near 50 degrees. city of boston, probably low to middle 50s. but then you work down toward say dighton and foxborough and plymouth. i think sunday afternoon your temperatures could be in the low 60s. see you in a bit. >> christa: j.r., thank you. new this morning an 18-wheeler carrying chemicals suddenly explodes on a highway in alabama. everybody within a half mile of this truck had to evacuate as a precaution. the driver got out of the truck an he called 911 when he smelled an odor. luckily no one was hurt. chicago police will release a plan today about the search for a new superintendent a day after hundreds of protesters marched for hours wednesday calling for the mayor to step down. earlier in the day rahm emanuel apologized for that deadly
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that was on camera last year. >> i take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch, but if we're also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and i'm sorry. >> christa: the department of justice launched an investigation into the chicago police department because of that. >> sarah: the man charged in a deadly attack on a planned parenthood in colorado causing some disorder in court. >> could you add the babies that were supposed to be aborted that day, could you add that to the list? seal the truth. kill the babies. that's what planned parenthood does. >> sarah: facing a judge, robert dear had multiple outbursts telling the court that he was a warrior for the babies. he's accused of killing three people last month, including a colorado officer originally from melrose. >> christa: up next on 7,
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extra precautions after recent attacks across the country. why some people say the idea itself is posing a safety concern. ism and major league baseball is coming up with a new game plan. the changes you could see at
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>> jeremy: good morning. traveling across the country, eastern seaboard mild. 50s and 60s. minneapolis, i grant you, that's chilly. high temps only in the upper 20s out there. now, good news for you. yesterday sunset 4:11. today sunset 4:12. woo-hoo. we're starting to pick up evening daylight for the remainder of the month and of course until june. as we round the bend into first part of january, the morning too will see improvement. >> christa: it's time for week 14's fantasy fixer.
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football world, so time to shore up your lineup. maybe you can win it all. >> sarah: it may be slim pickings on the waiver wire, so jadiann thompson and trey daerr have a quarterback you can grab and a new england patriot you should sit this week. >> jadiann: hey there, pats' fans. fantasy time almost coming to an end. you probably didn't gus it would look this way, but not doing very good. >> trey: brandon lafell is not adapting to the role on the offense. scott chanted her, danny amendola, probably better options on offense. if you have brandon lafell, sit him down. >> jadiann: texans had four straight wins until they let that one slip away in buffalo. still first in the south, though. what do they do.
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getting to let a better player beat them. got to get the ball to de'andre hopkins. they're going to shut down blue in the running game. if you have him on your roster, sit him down. not going to get too many touches. >> jadiann: the giants letting one slip away. are they in trouble? >> that whole division is an absolute disaster. it's the worst in football. eight wins might win it. the giants' defense cannot stop anybody. ryan tannenhill, quarterback for the dolphins, two-to-one touchdown-to-interception rain owe. you need a quarterback, he's a good option. >> sarah: the celtics have now won four of their after last five games after beating the bulls 105 to 100. isaiah thomas scored a team high 28 points. he was one of eight players who scored in double figures. next up for the c's, the undefeated golden state warriors tomorrow night. >> christa: good night for the bruins as they rally to beat the canadiens up in montreal.
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b's scored three times in six minutes. ferraro scored what turned out to be the game winner and tuukka rask made saves, as well. >> sarah: coming up, why this litter has a team of scientists beaming more than usual. >> reporter: and we're live at fenway park. the changes coming here that could affect fans and their safety. >> christa: and the option state leaders are considering to keep the green line extension plan on track when we come back. wow, that is good delicious introducing milkwise original with 46% fewer calories, 33% less sugar, and 50% more calcium than 2% milk it's great taste and better nutrition new milkwise
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kids. england." >> christa: what do you know, we've made it to thursday, and it's 5:30. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. thanks for staying us with. we were talking about christmas lights and everything. have you done your decorations. >> christa: not yet. not yet. i'm last-minute person. have you noticeed? life. >> sarah: i'm kind of last minute with decorations. >> jeremy: understandable. i get that. boston 45. bedford 45, as well. worcester 43. a lot of clouds, and there's one little rib been of showery activity worcester hills. it's moving very fast. this time. probably going the move through metro boston within the next 30 to 45 minutes. then i think that will be it. so if you're not heading out the door until 7:00, you probably don't need the rain gear. even if you are out there with this, it's moving so fast that, you know, you'll get tagged with a sprinkle or brief shower for
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and then i think you're fine the rest of the day. school bell forecast, kids will have sprinkles this morning. they'll have outdoor recess. no rain at lunchtime. some sun, mild. look at these temps this afternoon. they're going to come at you, "let me wear shorts," they'll have a case. mild today. >> sarah: thanks, j.r. time now for fast track traffic. let's send it over to danielle gersh. >> danielle: thank you, sarah. lots of brake lights on the expressway northbound. let's go to the map. from the braintree split enter boston, still not a bad drive on the expressway. just about nine minutes. but 128 southbound is backed up to route 24. route 24 looking good. so is route 3 if you're headed into boston. 93 southbound from up toward lawrence and methuen into boston, no delays. route 1 looking good as well. the pike good all the way back to 495. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. no delays on the expressway. into town on the pike from 128 93, that's just 12 minutes. into town on 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes.
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>> christa: danielle, thank you. let's get a check of our top stories. thursday morning here and man suspected of committing several crimes up in pelham, new hampshire, over the past two years is set to be arraigned this morning. officers say 43-year-old ronald szettella turned himself over to detectives on wednesday. they say that he called in a bomb threat to pelham, elementary school in 2013 and is accused of several robberies in pell lamm and in salem. also here in boston, two firefighters are recovering this morning after getting shot trying to rescue a woman from under a red line train last night. they were testing the third rail at the time. the woman hit by the train sadly was killed, and police are trying to figure out why she was even on the tracks in the first place. and police in millbury are investigating a hit list that was allegedly made by two students at millbury high school. officers say the students made the list last tuesday. administrators say the situation has been resolved, but they haven't said if the students were punished. >> sarah: new details on changes that could be coming to fenway park.
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recommending more safety measures at ballparks after some fans, including several in boston, were hurt by broken bats and foul balls. 7's nicole oliverio joins us with more on what the red sox have agreed to do now. nicole? >> nicole: well, sarah, we can tell you the red sox say they definitely want the make the game a fun experience for fans, but they also want to do whatever they can to make sure those fans stay safe. the red sox agreed to be one of the first major league teams to try to better protect fans from getting hurt by foul balls and broken bats, announcing the organization will add more netting between home plate and the dugout. >> if you can avoid someone getting hurt, then that's what you should do. >> nicole: those nets will likely prevent injuries, including the one suffered by sox fans tonya carpenter and stephanie what penske. carpty was nearly killed by a broken bat last june. she and her son were sitting
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that wasn't behind protective net. just weeks later another fan at the game celebrating her one-year engagement was also hit in the face by a foul ball. >> it was as scary as you can imagine. >> nicole: the connecticut woman received dozens of stitches. she told the "boston herald" she was surprised mlb decided to add new netting but thinks it's a good idea. the red sox are currently figuring out different designs that will best fit the ballpark but won't obstruct views. the team is reaching out to affected season ticket holders. >> it's a tough call. it's going to change the view. it's going to be a whole different view, but it will add a lot of safety. if you're not paying attention sitting in those seats, you're at risk. >> safety is definitely more important than game obstruction. that's just me. >> nicole: now carpenter's attorney said in part, "at least something good will have come
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as for lipinski, she said she's not seeking legal damages. the only thing she wanted to do is get married in the ballpark, and the red sox have agreed and are waving the $10,000 fee. no there are now more than 120 boston college students sick in an outbreak linked to a local chipotle. norovirus has been linked to the cleveland circle location. all the students say they ate there over the weekend. investigators say an employee went to work sick. the location remains closed this morning. meantime, chipotle's c.e.o. is expected to respond to customer concerns about e. coli and the recent sicknesses here in boston on the "today show" immediately following 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: we're following more news today. a stronger show of force from northeastern campus police following recent terror attack. one-third of the officers will now be armed with semi-automatic weapons. school officials say the move was made the keep students and faculty safe, but not everyone agrees.
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but there are other ways to apprehend people rather than using semiawtdmatic weapons that are meant to kill people. it feels scary with what's going on in the country. ism both boston mayor marty walsh and police commissioner william evans have expressed concern, saying boston police can quickly respond to any threat. >> christa: closing arguments are set for friday in the trial of accused killer philip chism. prosecutors called their final expert witness yesterday, and the psychologist told jurors that he didn't believe chism was insane back in 2013 when he killed his high school math teacher. prosecutors have alleged the teen is faking his symptoms. >> sarah: new this morning, a special honor for the youngest victim of the boston marathon bombings. a park will be built near the children's museum along boston's waterfront to honor eight-year-old martin richard. the "boston globe" says the goal is to have the park opening in 2017. plans are still being finalized, but officials hope it will have playground equipment for kids of
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that will be so nice for that family. >> christa: very nice tribute. all right. it's 5:36. just ahead, a rare case of a sign -- scientific breakthrough. it's equal parts adorable and groundbreaking. what makes these puppies different coming up. ism and help is on the way. how much federal money massachusetts is expected to get to help recovery from last year's winter. >> jeremy: and we're tracking some isolated showers and sprinkles for the next 30 to 45 minutes. and then we focus on getting the sun in here. that will happen mid-day or this afternoon. pleasant temp, middle 40s. this afternoon middle 50s. fall wardrobe. don't need the coat today. >> danielle: expressway not looking too bad. the braintree split just about ten minutes into boston.
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>> jeremy: good morning.
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these orange squares. a warm day in the month of december. temps five to six degrees above normal. looking to stay mild through the middle of next week. jetstream is looking like this, which is not allowing arctic air to come down into the northeast. now, there are some signs, though, toward the middle and end of next week that this pattern may try to break down and get us into something we wouldn't typically find here in the month of december. so stay tuned on that one. but until then, enjoy the mild air. ism trending today, some puppy love at cornell university. experts there are studying the first litter of puppies born through in vitro fertilization. turns out it's actually pretty complicated to do i.v.f. with dogs. they've been trying to figure it out for 40 years. they say this breakthrough could open the door to new ways of preventing hereditary diseases like cancer, not only in dogs
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you are so beautiful to me >> christa: you have got to hear the story behind. this it's great. maybe all it takes to get out of a ticket is singing a happy tune. this is what this guy in florida did when officers pulled him over. they asked him what he did since he was all dressed up. he said, "i'm a gospel singer." that's what he did. how perfected for him to say "you are so beautiful." flattery also wins. he's got the selfie stick, so he got to record the whole thing. >> sarah: now he's getting all this attention. >> christa: whatever works, crying, sob stories, singing, adding that to their repertoire. >> sarah: we have a lot to get to this morning, everything you need to know and go, including teens charged with indecent exposure. what they were wearing that got themes toed in jail. >> reporter: police arrest man they've wanted for years. coming up details on the crime
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> christa: and the golden globe nominations will be announced pretty soon. a couple of movies with local
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>> christa: good morning, everybody. it's one step closer to friday. it is thursday morning, quarter of 6:00. we're getting your day started with a little know and go here.
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to j.r. with a check of your forecast. >> jeremy: good morning, everybody. we have clouds and sprinkles and a spot shower very early this morning. i think we're rid of that threat after 7:00, 8:00 this morning. some sun on the way and lots of 50 and 60s in the forecast. 45 in town right now. fitchburg 44. this is a day that will behave more like first week of november as opposed to december. radar showing a couple of spot showers and sprinkles inbound from the worcester hills. again, they've been weakening, and they are moving fast. so if you're headed out in the next ten or 15 minutes, metro west, merrimack valley, some raindrops out there. other than that i don't think it's much of an issue if anything, certainly not on the morning commute, because it's not that kind of weather event. as we work through the morning hours, again, the radar simmers down after about 8:00, 9:00, with a cool from the moving off shore. no cold air with this cool front. it's going to be a mild afternoon with some sun on the way. temps between 55 and 60. even with limited sunshine, boston 59. we're starting so warm.
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so we can get there. upper 50s this afternoon. billerica 57. hyannis 55. tonight mostly cloudy. still mild overnight tonight. lows 42 to 46 tomorrow. similar to today. a lot of clouds in the morning. i actually think there will be a couple showers on cape cod tomorrow morning, but for the rest of us, metro boston, it's dry tomorrow morning and then some sun in the afternoon. temps close to 60 degrees. saturday we're heading for the lower 60s. sunday it is a tricky forecast this weekend. there will be a from the dropping in from canada. this front does have some chilly air. northern new england only in the 30s and the 40s, but in southern new england, we'll be right on that fence. so saturday, for everyone a nice mild day. but on sunday here, this map showing where i think the high temps will be. city of boston around 52. southern new hampshire only in the upper 40s. then check out southeast mass. near 60 degrees. got to love new england. >> christa: that's right. let the roller coaster ride continue. how about on the roads. what are we seeing there,
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slow down on the expressway. this is as you passes the gas tank. so we're moving. we had a breakdown at granite avenue. that's cleared but quite a bit of red, backed up to adams street. it's starting to slow down on the expressway northbound. no big surprise there, though. route 24 a little bit slow. 128 southbound from route 24 to the braintree split slowing down, as well. north of town, you're slow through methuen, and then on 93 southbound, as you pass over 128, slow through woburn, as well. route 1 not looking too bad, though, and the pike is fine back out to 495. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door, the expressway, the split to the tunnel, already up to 26 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 17 minutes. and so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: all right, danielle. thank you. new this morning new hampshire police are connecting a string of crimes spanning years, and they made an arrest. >> sarah: right new a pelham man is waking up behind bars accused of several crimes over
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a bomb threat at an elementary school. 7's nick emmons live with more on how police tracked him down. >> nick: sarah, as you can imagine, police here in pelham are very happy they have this guy behind bars after a crime spree that includes that threat to a school as well as an armed robbery that involved him wearing a presidential mask. so police say 43-year-old ronald szettella has kept them especially busy for the past couple years. they say he's responsible for two armed robberies in pelham over the past two years and two more armed robberies in salem, new hampshire, just this past year one robbery is the one where police say he was wearing a president obama mask. investigators say his crime spree started in 2013 when he called in that bomb threat to pelham elementary school. now, as far as how he finally was tracked down, police say he turned himself in without incident. of course, now he faces a number of charges and he's expected to be in court a little bit later this morning.
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pelham, new hampshire, nick emmons, news today in new england. >> sarah: there are new details about the proposed extension of the green line. transportation officials announced wednesday that the multibillion dollar plan would not continue unless officials make significant cuts to the expected costs. no final decisions were made during yesterday's meeting, but it's still possible that the project could be cut entirely. massachusetts is set to receive about $120 million in federal money to help pay for the costs related to the record snowfall from last winter. governor baker announced the total on wednesday. it's the highest aim ever given to massachusetts for disaster relief. baker says $65 million will go to cities and towns, housing authorities and school districts. >> this is going to provide critical budgetary relief the many of our municipalities around massachusetts. the feds took this very soarly is, an we did a gad -- good job of making our case. most people didn't think we'd
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we did better than that. >> sarah: the $120 million is about half of what waker had requested. >> christa: happening today, president obama will sign new education policy into law. the estimate passing the new measure called "the every student succeeds act." it's been called a fix to no child left behind. with this law states will once again be able to decide how to use student test scores in addressing teachers and schools. it will also end federal efforts to encourage new teaching methods like common core. >> sarah: a baltimore police officer charged in connection with the death of freddie gray taking the stand in his own defense. william porter told the jury he never realized gray needed medical attention until the final stop of the ride. porter also says of the 150 prisoners he put in a police wagon during his time on a job, none were secured in a seat belt, but the verdict expected next week, the city's mayor is asking for peace. >> whether you agree or whether you disagree with the jury's
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needs to be one of respect in baltimore's neighborhoods. >> sarah: gray died of apparent spinal injuries a week after his arrest. the 25-year-old's death sparked violent racially charged protests all across the city. six officers are charged in the case. >> christa: let's check news across the country now. two high school students in tennessee had to serve jail time for wearing saggy pants at school. the school resource officer charged four students with indecent exposure for wearing pants that showed some of their boxer shorts. two students went to jail and one of them was apparently there for two days. >> i just took it. i didn't know what else to do. >> i think it was a little harsh. i didn't think they had to go to that extreme. >> we're supposed to be in high school. what are we going to jail for? >> christa: under tennessee law, saggy pants do not constitute indecent exposure.
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school running back who suffered an apparent concussion in the playoffs successfully sued to be able to play in the championship game. state law in new mexico says players have to sit out the next game after getting a concussion. but the team's family said a private doctor found no sign of brain injury. the judge let him play despite the school's concerns. >> our trainer did identify a concussion. he felt like he wassen -- was unconscious for up to 20 or 30 seconds. >> we don't agree with the decision, but we honored the decision. >> sarah: the head coach put the player in for just one play on saturday. his school won the state title, capping off an undefeated season. >> christa: now to 7 healthcast, a new study says cheerleading may be among the safest school sports, but it's really not all good news. researchers say when it comes to the overall number of injuries, cheerleading was at the bottom, however, cheerleaders can suffer
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injuries, including concussion, sprains and fractures when they are injured. experts say because of that cheerleading should be classified as a sport so it would require qualified coaches and standard safety measures. >> sarah: new this morn, more than five different vehicles have been named top safety picks for 2016. the insurance institute for highway safety announced wednesday that 61 vehicles received the ranking. 48 were awarded the even higher ranking of top safety pick plus, meaning they have a superior front crash prevention system. chrysler 200 is the only doe... domestic model to receive the top safety pick. >> christa: in the buzz, the award season shifting into high gear and it starts here this morning. >> sarah: nominations for the 73rd annual golden globe awards will be revealed. rickie gervase returns to host the show for the fourth time. he's always entertaining, right? >> christa: i love him. >> sarah: the film which stars
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true story about "the boston globe" uncovering the massive child molestation scandal and cover-up within the catholic church and is likely expected to receive a nomination. and johnny depp is expected to pick up a nod for his role as mass." you can watch the ceremony january 10th at 8:00 right here on 7 nbc. >> christa: the new "star wars: the force awakens" movies doesn't hit theaters for about a week, but some diehard fans are already lining up, camping out the historic chinese theater in hollywood. they want to be first inside. the film hits theaters a week from tomorrow. >> sarah: i have a question for j.r.: have you bought your ticket yet? because i know a lot of people have preordered their ticket. >> jeremy: i couldn't get one until sunday. my concern is on twitter people will say, what do you think of this or that. i don't want to know anything, even though i have to be interactive on twitter with the weather. so 45 in boston now. a couple sprinkles approaching
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not long lasting and certainly not a big deal. otherwise the day is dry and it turns out night this afternoon. upper 50s this afternoon with some sunshine. >> sarah: thanks, j.r. >> christa: all right. we'll be right back with more of 7news right after this break. iday, i can count on my aunt judy once again, g right when my packages arrive. hat's two things. ing real time delivery notifications. gn up at myusps.com but find it harder and harder to get by, you're not alone. while our people work
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>> reporter: a woman killed on the red line, how efforts to save her sent two firefighters to the hospital. >> sarah: new this morn, police say a serial criminal is busted. the numerous crimes he's accused of committing.
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>> we have a president, i think he's a stupid person. >> sarah: insulting president obama and taking on members of his own party. plus the latest on the patriots' injuries. tom brady talks about getting back to winning. >> this is 7news 7news "today in new england." >> christa: good morning. 6:00 a.m. on the dot. great to have you along here getting your day started. i'm christa delcamp. french. it definitely doesn't feel like it. >> christa: christmas in april maybe, j.r., is that what we're going with here? >> jeremy: i remember last year christmas morning, all sorts of green grass, and easter morning we had snow. it might be one of those years again when winter gets off to a late start. mid-40s. the city 459. bedford 45. it's mild because we have clouds and there have been a couple of sprinkles and isolated showers. again, at one time about an hour and a half ago, these were somewhat impressive, but they really have weakened significantly. they're moving fast.
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so there may be a few sprinkles across the metro the next 10 to 15 minutes. otherwise i think your day is fine with clouds this morning and then some sun this afternoon, and look what happens to the temps. my, oh, my, more like early november. that's how the wardrobe should look with temperatures this afternoon, upper 50s to around 60, even 7:00 p.m. doing some holiday shopping. mild temps this evening, upper 40s. >> christa: and yes, my son is wearing shorts. >> jeremy: he's got good taste. >> danielle: the expressway is really slow. here's the braintree split as you get on the expressway northbound. let's go to the map. it's already half an hour from the braintree split into boston on the expressway. so you're crawling. south of town, you're slow on route 24 northbound, as well. so it's a little slow south of town with quite a bit of -- there we go. some red. north of town you're slow through andover and slow again through woburn. that's on 93 southbound. route 1 not looking too bad. and the pike looking pretty good back out to 495. let's take a look at these drive
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head out the door. again, the expressway, the split to the tunnel close to half an hour. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. and so far the "t" looks good. back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. new this morning a crime spro stopped, a suspect behind bars after eluding capture for years. police in pelham say he's wanted for major crimes committed over the last three years. >> christa: we're talking about armed robbery, even a bomb threat involving an almostry school. let's go out to 7's nick emmons in pelham with more. nick? >> nick: christa, you know, hearing about those alleged crimes obviously police here are very happy to have this guy in custody now this morning. some of those crimes, as you mentioned, a threat to the elementary school and those armed robberies were very dangerous, an we have some of the pictures you're going to see right now. this is the man who has been keeping pelham police busy.
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custody after dodging officers for the past three years. investigators say his crime spree began september 26, 2013, when he called in a bomb threat to pelham elementary school. the school was evacuated, but nothing was found. police traced the call to a payphone and say szettella was seen in the area on a motorcycle. the following september, police say szettella robbed a convenience store on bridge street in pelham, and this past september, police say he hit the store again while wearing a motorcycle helmet. while investigating all three cases, police were able to link szettella to two additional armed robberies in salem, new hampshire, that took place over the past year. one of those robberies including szettella robbing a dunkin' donuts wearing a president obama mask. during a search of his home, police found the helmet used in the armed robbery from this past september in pelham, which matched the helmet szettella had on when police say he drove his motorcycle following the bomb threat. investigators also recovered the
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in each robbery, which turned out to be a black bb gun. one thing police did not find was that president obama mask. as far as how police tracked him down, they say he came to them. he turned himself in without incident. he's due in court this morning facing a number of charges. that's the latest live in pelham, new hampshire, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: also this morning, a close call for boston firefighters. >> sarah: they were trying the save a woman hit by a train, and they were shocked by the third rail. victoria warren is live with vicki? >> victoria: they were responding to this call of a woman struck and killed by a red line train. mbta police at this point don't know what the woman was doing down on the tracks. they said she was trespassing happened. when these firefighters arrived, they themselves ended up having
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a woman is hit and killed by a red line train and two firefighters who rushed to the scene at downtown crossing ended up hurt themselves. >> they put a clamp on the third rail and a clamp on the regular train rail and to see if it's energized to confirm the power is shut down, so that's what they did, and there was a slight arcing. >> victoria: the firefighters shocked, but their injuries are minor. the fire chief says luckily they have multiple steps to go through when dealing with the third rail, otherwise in a situation like this they could have been elect cuted. >> we don't enter until the power is shut down. it has to be confirmed we two or three people with the "t," with the fire department. even then it's tested to make sure it's shut down before anybody enters the train pit, which is at the station where are. >> victoria: the firefighters able to stay on the scene trying to help the woman, but she was pronounced dead. only later did they go to the hospital where they checked out fine. commuters left with long lines for shuttle buses. >> just enough that this place is closed, so we got to go to chinatown.
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are you going to do? >> victoria: the "t" and the boston fire department will look at what happened here, trying to figure out why these firefighters thought the power was off when it wasn't. the mbta police will continue their investigation into this woman's death. all we know about her at this point is that she was about 42 years old. live this morning from downtown crossing, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: happening now, police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man in dorchester. it happened on seventh avenue last night. the victim was in his 20s and was taken to the hospital where he later died. right now parents are on alert after a scare at a school in millbury. police say two students at millbury high school created a list of students they wanted to harm. the school says the situation has now been resolved, and there is no word on whether the students were disciplined for this and police will continue to investigate that threat. >> sarah: a pair of 15 year old girls are due in court to face charges after plainville police say they threatened to
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police say the girls pointed a gun at the victim's head while she was handcuffed to a chair and used a camera to record the incident. court documents show it started with one of the suspects thought the victim was dating her ex-boyfriend. police say the gun was just a represently car, but the victim didn't know that at the time. investigators believe she was freed by someone else at the party. the suspects face numerous charges, including kidnapping. >> christa: now to the race for the white house. on the heels of some controversial statements, republican front-runner donald trump will be campaigning up in new hampshire today. also this morning, he has some harsh words for president obama. so let's go to 7's jennifer egan with the latest. jen? >> jennifer: christa, donald trump will be in new hampshire. in his latest interview, trump slammed president obama. >> we can can't be politically correct stupid people. swe have a president, i think he's a stupid person. our president is the greatest divider i've ever seen.
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been more divided than what barack obama has done, whether it's white on black, whether it's -- our country has never been more divided. >> jennifer: trump's controversial plan to ban all muslims is sparking backlash. mark zuckerberg used his platform to defend muslims. he said, "as a jew, my parents taught me we must stand up for all communities. even if an attack isn't against you today, over time attacks on someone will hurt everyone." and muhammad ali released a statement saying, "i am a muslim. there is nothing islamic about killing innocent people in paris, san bernardino or anywhere else in the world. true muslims know that ruthless violence of so-called islamic jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion." trump is set to speak at a police union in portsmouth tonight.
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7news "today in new england." >> sarah: the patriots are getting ready the take on the houston texans, and tom brady is ready to go. >> we're good. fresh at lettuce. >> sarah: the pats' q.b. has taken his fair share of hits over the last few weeks. he was sacked four times in sunday's loss to the eagles, but he says losing is far more painful. >> nobody likes the lose games. i think all of our quality of life sucks when you lose games. but that's just the way it is. it should be important. it should hurt when you lose because we put a lot into it. >> sarah: here's a list of players limited during yesterday's practice: danny amendola, scott chandler and dante hightower all dealing with knee injuries. josh klein and devin mccourty have shoulder injuries, and matthew slater is recovering after suffering a stinger. the pats take on the texans in houston sunday night.
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the 7 on the sidelines pregame show begins at 6:30. kickoff is set for 8:30. >> christa: all right. still ahead here at 6:09, a major league announcement at fenway park. the big changes on the way the help keep the fans safe, and how those hurt in the fans last season are reacting to it. >> sarah: alarming outburst from a killer in court. the planned parenthood shooter shouts out why he did it. >> christa: and an interstate shut down. neighborhoods have to get evacuated after dangerous chemicals explode inside a truck. >> jeremy: good morning. some sprinkles in metro boston as well as up through southern new hampshire and the south shore. nothing significant or long lasting, long gone as we work through the early morning hours. 7:00 a.m. maybe a leftover sprinkle. dry with some sun this afternoon. mid-40s now. look at these temps this afternoon. close to 60 degrees later today. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. route 1 in saugus is slow if you're heading into boston. we have a broken-down car in the left lane in revere.
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. >> christa: i think it's pretty funny that they were playing surf music here, and here we are two weeks away from christmas. does that tell you something what the weather has been like lately? this was off camera, by the way. >> sarah: i'm okay with that. >> jeremy: we have to be careful. we don't want the poke that winter bear, because what happened last year... >> sarah: don't poke the bear. >> jeremy: don't poke the bear, exactly. some sprinkles early this morning. essentially a dry day again. raindrops now up until about 7:30, 8:00, and only for some of you. not widespread. a lot of 50s and 60s. still in the forecast. 40s right now. boston 45. worcester at 44. it's mild because of clouds, and again, this is our weather system for the next hour, hour
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raindrops. one batch now in metro boston. about an her and a half ago it was impressive. this has weakened significantly. so other than some sprinkles for a few minutes, i think that's about it. on the maps it's technically a cool front moving through new england that's responsible for the clouds and the showers. we don't have any cool air. look at boston. 45. here's the front in western new england, and buffalo 45. i think we can handle that. even up across southern canada, no arctic air. canada 40 degrees early december this time of day. 55 to 60 this afternoon, a nice mild day. boston at 59. fitchburg 55. hyannis at 55. tonight mostly cloudy. still mild overnight tonight. lows only 42 to 46. normal high is 43. tomorrow morning clouds. and i think there could be a couple fan showers on cape cod tomorrow morning. i think for metro boston a dry morning tomorrow. and like today, developing sunshine. a pleasant day. 55 to 60. saturday temperatures will be in
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sunday it's a tricky forecast on sunday because we will have a front, the dividing line between some chilly air in southern canada that will develop on sunday and then much warmer air from the mid atlantic trying to move up into new england. i think the front is going to be located right on the mass pike, so for you folks in southern new hampshire, temperatures may not make it out of the 40s on sunday. and then as you work south of this front, temperatures on sunday afternoon could be in the low 60s. your 7 on 7 forecast, after the sprinkle threat this morning, we are dry until monday. that will be a rainy day with temperatures on monday in the upper 50s to around 60. but here's a closer look at those sunday high temps and why it's such a challenge, and even on the seven day, you see 50s. that's an average because you have the city at 52. the south coast low 60s. upper 40s. that's a wide range in temp, but sunday. have a great day. enjoy the mild air today. >> christa: okay. we will.
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>> we have a couple incidents to tell you. sky7 is over an accident. this is blocking the left lane. this is route 1 in revere. we had a single car that spun out. let's go to the maps. that's right on route 1 southbound right at copeland circle. the back-up all red to the lynnfield tunnel. dealing with some delays there. 93 southbound, you're slow stop and go from methuen into boston. especially slow through woburn. the pike a little slow through framingham, but not too bad from 128 into boston. south of town, the braintree split to boston expressway nortbound, that's already up to half an hour. and you can see we're also slow on 24 northbound, as well. take a look at your drive times if your getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the slit to the tunnel, that's almost half an hour. inbound on the pike not bad. 893 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that's almost 20 minutes. and if you're taking the "t," we have some delays in both directions on the red line. back to you, guys. >> sarah: all right. breaking overnight, an 18-wheeler carrying chemicals
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everyone within a half mile of the truck had to evacuate the area. the driver got out of the truck and called 911 when he smelled an odor. thankfully nobody was hurt. >> christa: and chicago police will be releasing a plan today about the search for a new superintendent. by the way, this comes a day after hundreds of protesters marched for hours on wednesday. they were calling for the city's mayor, rahm emanuel, to step down. they say on his watch police tried to cover up that officer-involved shooting of a camera. earlier in the day emanuel apologized for that shooting. >> i take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch, but if we're also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and i'm sorry. >> christa: the dependent of justice also launched an investigation, a federal one, into the city's police department. >> sarah: a man charged in a deadly attack on a planned
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some disorder in court. >> can you tend babies that were supposed to be aborted that day. could you add that to the list. seal the truth, huh? kill the babies. that's what planned parenthood does. ism facing a judge, robert dear had multiple outbursts, telling the court that he was a warrior for the babies. he's accused of killing three people last month, including a colorado officer originally from melrose. a taxi driver is dragged while confronting an uber driver. this happened in toronto. it happened as cab byes across the city were protesting the ride-sharing service, saying it's breaking laws and cutting into their business. the taxi workers association called this incident unacceptable but says it shows how frustrated their drivers are with the new service. really scary. >> christa: ugly scene there. still ahead this morning, safety
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campus police being armed with high-powered rifles. mayor walsh not happy about that plan. >> sarah: a second cemetery crime in worcester. is more than one person stealing remains? >> christa: and the celtics with special moves on the court last night at the garden.
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>> jeremy: good morning. traveling across the nation, upper 50s on the southeastern seaboard. chicago 57. minneapolis rain early this morning moving out of here mid-40s. closer to home, school bell forecast. kids, some sprinkles at the bus stop this morning, but they'll have outdoor recess. they'll want the wear shorts. they'll come to you say, please let me wear shorts, tommy did. it will be a warm afternoon. temps this afternoon for tommy and everyone else, upper 50s. >> christa: we've had that discussion already. >> sarah: all right.
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fantasy fixer. it's playoff time in the fantasy football word. time to shore up your lineup so you can possibly win it all. >> christa: may be slim pickings on the waiver wire. so jadiann thompson and trey daerr have a quarterback you can grab and a new england patriot you should sit this week. take a look. >> jadiann: hey there, pats' fans. welcome to fantasy fixer. i'm jadiann here with trey. fantasy time almost coming to an end. when we talk about the pats, probably didn't guess it would look this way, but not looking so good. >> trey: doing a lot of things uncharacteristic. dropping the ball a lot, literally at the receiver spot. brandon lafell not adancing well to that spot. scott chandler, danny amendola probably better options. if you have lafell, probably sit him down. >> jadiann: what do the pats
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>> trey: bill belichick not going to let one of the better players on a team beat them. this will fall to hoyer and hopkins. get the ball to hopkins. but i'm not sure from brian hoyer can do that. they'll shut down alfred blue. if you have him on your roster, sit him down. not going to get too many touches. >> jadiann: the giants letting one slip away. are they in trouble? >> trey: that whole division is the worst in football. eight wins might win it. the giants' defense cannot stop anybody. ryan tannenhill, quarterback for the dolphins this week, 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio. need to pick up a quarterback, he's a good option. >> christa: the celtics headed into their game on a night haute after beating the chicago bulls. the c's have won six of their last eight. evan turner comes up with a steal there.
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he went with the 360-degree dunk. he finished with 13 points. isaiah thomas led the way with 20. boston won this game 105-100. good night for the bruins, as well, as they rally to beat the canadiens in montreal. the b's scored three times in six minutes. ferraro scoring what turned out to be the game winner, as well. tuukka rask made 32 saves. not bad. >> sarah: still ahead, it could be a record payout. how much money the state could be getting to recover from last year's historic winter. >> and we're live at fenway park. the changes coming here next season that will help make it a safer place for fans. >> christa: all right, nicole. funny reaction from local kids when wally the green monster makes a surprise visit when we come back. catch holiday-cookie cheer
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>> sarah: frightening moments at fenway. >> i think it's probably time. >> sarah: major league baseball setting up a safety net for fans. >> reporter: concern on campus. a local college arming some officers with assault weapons despite disapproval from boston officials. more remains missing from a worcester cemetery. a big boost for the state after an historically bad winter. record-setting payout from the government. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good thursday morn, everyone. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. we were having the conversation about the fact there are some sprinkles outside. is it enough for the umbrella? j.r.'s line was, "i won't be offended if you decide to bring it, but i can get through it. >> sarah: exactly. i don't have much hair to worry about to begin with here.
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bring the umbrella along, this is what you're up against. you see these speckles of green around the metro and the south shore? one more clump out near franklin. you'll have this for the next 30 to 45 minutes. they're moving fast. they're weakening, as well. from a weather system that's moving through southern new england at this time. now this second batch of rain over here in vermont, that will not bother us. that's going to pass well to our north, unless you have business travel up in northern new england this morning. showers up there. but around the metro, a few sprinkles this morning. mid-40s. that is the other weather story i want to get out across the like december. this is more like november. mid-40s this morning. look at this, this afternoon. sun mid-day and this afternoon. temps this afternoon upper 50s to around 60. even warmer for tomorrow and the start of the weekend. we'll talk more about that in about 15 minutes. >> christa: j.r. gets to deliver some pretty good news. not so sure about you, danielle. >> sarah: i don't have the
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>> danielle: this is route 1 as you move toward saugus. let's go to the maps. we had an accident in the left lane in revere that cleared. the back-up is still all the way to 128. and then look at 128 southbound. from route 1 to 93 southbound, crawling. 93 southbound from 128 into boston is also crawling. and then north of 128 from 495 to 128 on 9 3 southbound, you're barely moving at all. a little mess north of town. let's go to the pike. not looking too bad. a little slow through framingham. we're not seeing any red there, that's the good news. more red as we move from the braintree split into boston. that's a half-hour drive. take a look at your drive times. pack the patience. the expressway, the split to the tunnel nearly half an hour. into town on the pike not bad, 13 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, over a half hour. then we do have an alert to tell you about on the red line on the "t." we have severe delays in both directions. and we're told that is from a
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>> sarah: all right. thanks, danielle. now to the day's top stories. two firefighters recovering this morning after getting shocked trying to rescue a woman from under a red line train last night. they were testing the third rail at the time. the woman hit by the train was killed and police are trying to figure out why she was on the tracks. a man suspected of committing numerous crimes in pelham, new hampshire, over fast few years is set to be arraigned this morning. officers say the 43-year-old turned himself over to detectives on wednesday. police say he called in a bomb threat to pelham elementary school in 2013. he's also accused of several robberies in pelham and salem. >> christa: the red sox are taking steps to help keep fans safe at home after some scares in the stands over the past season. two women were hurt, one of them pretty severely, by flying objects at fenway. now the sox are moving forward with these changes, so let's head out live to talk about them with 7's nicole oliverio. nicole, what's being done out there? >> nicole: well, christa, the
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first teams who have gone ahead and said they're going to make these changes. obviously it's going to change the view for fans in the stands. however, the sox said they want to do whatever they can to make sure that they're better protected. the red sox agreed to be one of the first major league teams to try and bet brother tent fans from getting hurt by foul balls and broken bats. announcing the organization will add more netting between home plate and the dougout. >> if you can avoid someone getting hurt, that's what you should do. >> nicole: those nets will likely prevent injuries, including the ones suffered by sox fans, tonya carpenter and stephanie wapenski. carpenter was nearly killed by a broken bat last june. she and her son were sitting near the dougout in a section that wasn't behind protective net. then just weeks later, wapenski, who was at the game celebrating her one-year engagement, was also hit in the face by a foul ball. >> it was as scary as you can imagine.
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woman received dozens of stitches. she told the "boston herald" she was surprised mlb decided to add new netting but thinks it's a very good idea. the red sox are currently figuring out different designs that will best fit the ballpark and won't completely obstruct views. the team is reaching out to affected season ticket holders. >> it's a tough call. it's going to change the view. it's going to be a whole different view. but it will add a lot of safety. if you're not paying attention and you're sitting in those seats, you're at risk. >> safety is definitely more opinion than game obstruction in my opinion. that's just me. >> nicole: according to the "boston herald," wapenski didn't want to file a legal lawsuit against the red sox. en stead she wanted to get married here at the ballpark. reportedly the red sox have agreed and have waived the $10,000 fee. live from fenway, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: in response to growing concerns about mass
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university is arming some police with high-powered weapons. 20 of the 65 campus officers will be equipped with semi-automatic weapons during emergencies. the move is concerning to boston police commissioner bill evan, who says his officers should handle a threat. they're highly trained and can respond quickly. mayor walsh also has concerns. >> i get worried about local police like that carrying those rifles. they need a lot of training, and certainly i think it's a tough... it begins a slippery slope. >> i think if it wases be police i would feel more comfortable about it. i don't know. i don't know. it kind of irks me a little bit. >> sarah: northeastern university police say they're just looking to be prepared and don't want to be in the position of waiting for the boston police or state officials to arrive if there is an emergency. >> christa: police say that skeletal remains of three more
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a cemetery out in worcester. new locks have been placed on all the mausoleum doors after they discovered another break-in at hope cemetery. police say in both cases the locks had been cut back in may, but the remains weren't removed until september. police have already charged amador medina with stealing remains of three adults and two children from the cemetery, but they don't think that he acted alone. the 32-year-old claims he's a priest and told them he needed the bones to practice his religion. closing arguments are set for friday in the trial of accused killer philip chism. prosecutors called their final expert witness yesterday and the psychologist told jurors that they don't believe chism was insane back in 2013 when he killed his high school math teacher. prosecutors have alleged the teen is faking his symptoms. >> sarah: massachusetts is set to receive about $120 million in federal money to help pay for the costs related to the record snowfall from last winter. total wednesday.
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given to massachusetts for disaster relief. cities, towns, housing authorities and school districts. >> christa: still ahead, the c.e.o. of chipotle set to respond to the recent outbreak at restaurant, including the 120 people who became ill nearby in >> sarah: and these little dogs aren't just cute. we'll tell you about the scientific breakthrough that brought them here and how they could be saving lives. >> christa: and they really want to see the movie. what these star wars fans are doing before the next five days. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. 93 southbound really a she drive. you're calling all the way back from 495 into boston. on the "t," severe delays on the red line in boat directions. that's due to a disabled train. and then we also have some minor
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door to ways of preventing hereditary diseases in certain breeds and could possibly lead to disease prevention in humans. >> christa: it's historic, they were saying. the new "star wars: the force awakens" movie doesn't hit theaters for a week, but look, everybody. some diehard fans are already lining up. they're camping outside the historic chinese theater in hollywood to be first inside. the film hits theaters a week from tomorrow. i guess many of them must be telecommuting. >> sarah: take a look at this. you are so beautiful to me >> sarah: great voice, right? a driver in florida sings a tune, gets out of a ticket. officers pulled him over when he told them he was a gospel singer, so they asked for a song. well, he grabbed a selfie stick and then it was showtime. just so you know, it worked. he did get out of that tickets, but he does have fabulous voice. >> christa: you can understand why.
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up next delays on the red line we need to tell you about. if you take the "t," stay tuned. >> sarah: and tom brady talking about that trick play that had him running. >> reporter: police in new hampshire arrest man they've been looking for for years.
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>> it's 6:45. time to know and go.
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crime spree is over after arrest manning they've wanted for years. >> reporter: firefighters encounter danger while trying to get to someone trapped on the tracks. >> reporter: donald trump's new interview defending his plan as a muslim sports legend speaks out against him. >> reporter: and the new plan to protect fans at fenway. >> sarah: all right. it's time to know and go. we have all the day's top stories coming up. >> christa: we'll start with the best, jeremy reiner with your forecast. how about that? flattery, too. >> jeremy: i appreciate that. sprinkles out there early on until 8:00 or 8:30. then it's a dry day. some sun on the way for this afternoon. a nice, mild stretch of weather, 50s to around 60. 40s right now. normal highs 43. been there, done that. city 459. plymouth at 47. here are the clouds containing the rain drops. nothing significant, widespread or even long lasting. this batch here just ten minutes ago was in the city. now scooting out into the harbor. i think that's the trend for the morning hours to see some sun develop with mild conditions
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55 to 60 degrees. more like early november. you don't need the winter gear today. the city at 59 this afternoon. fitchburg 55. tonight mostly cloudy. still mild. low to mid-40s. tomorrow morning clouds. a few rain showers likely tomorrow morning on cape cod. otherwise some sun in the afternoon. pleasant. close to 60 degrees. saturday into the lower 60s. sunday, got a bit of an issue here. we pump the breaks on the overwhelming warmth because there is a cool front that wants to come down into southern new england, and that may put a damper on some of those high temps across southern new hampshire. more good news yesterday, sun went down at 4:11. today 4:12. picking up the evening daylight just like that. temperatures over the weekend above normal, regardless of where that front finds a home, but here's a closer example of that weather system. you notice southern new hampshire upper 40s. city of boston 52. then look at the south shore and the south coast. close to 60 degrees on sunday afternoon. >> sarah: looks good. thanks, j.r. we have a fast track alert. big problems on the "t."
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>> christa: that's right, sarah. the red line experiencing severe delays in both directions due the a disabled train. and then also on the green line, we have some minor delays, too. now, let's go outside, check out the roads. route 93 has been slow all morning long. and you can see, here's route 1 in saugus, crawling. let's go to the maps. now we did have an accident on route 1 southbound. that's here. 93 a parking lot all the way back to 495. 128 slow, too, as you head over to 93. and then we have a new accident in bedford. this is on route 3 southbound right at route 62. that's blocking the left lane. 128 into boston on 93, a very slow drive. like i mentioned, route 1, you're crawling through saugus and then things look to open up. you're stop and go on the pike all the way back to 495, especially through framingham and through waltham. let's head south of town. northbound, that's where you're going to start to slow down, and then you're crawling all the way up to 128. the braintree split into boston
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take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. slow on the expressway into town on the pike from 128. that's over 20 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge over half an hour. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. new this morning police say they have stopped a crime spree. a suspect behind bars after eluding capture for years. police in pelham say this man is wanted for crimes, including armed robbery and also making a bomb threat. >> sarah: 7's nick emmons is live in pelham with more on this story. nick? >> nick: that's right. police in pelham say this man has been keeping them usually busy for the past couple years with crimes ranging from a threat to an elementary school to armed robbery. so take a look here. police say 43-year-old ronaldo -- excuse me, ronald szettella has kept them busy since 2013. they say he's responsible for two armed robberies in pelham over the past two years and two more armed robberies in salem,
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year. in one robbery, police say he was wearing a president obama mask. investigators say his crime spree started back in 2013 when he called in a bomb threat to pelham elementary school. as far as how he was finally tracked down, police say he turned himself in without incident. he's facing a number of charges and he's due in court later on this morning. that's the latest live in pelham, new hampshire, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: nick, thank you. firefighters injured on the red line tracks. they were trying to save a woman hit by a train. and then the firefighters got shocked by the third rail. let's head out the 7's victoria warren. vicki, how are those firefighters doing this morning. >> they're doing okay this morning, crystal. they were treated and released from the hospital. the mbta police still trying to investigate why this woman was down on the tracks in the first place. she died in the accident. and those two firefighters, they were responding to the scene and
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after a very close call. rail. they were shocked when attaching a piece of equipment designed a an extra safety measure to isn't flowing. they went to the hospitals. the "t" and boston fire department are investigating to see why they thought the wasn't. and the mbta police are accident. they say at this point they don't know why the woman was down on the rails. they believe she was trespassing and all we know about this woman at this point is that she was about 42 years old. live in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: parents are on high alert after a scare in millbury. police say two students at millbury high school created a list of students they wanted to harm. the school says the situation has been resolved. there is no word on whether the students were disciplined. police will continue to investigate the threat. >> christa: a pair of
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to face charges after police in plainville say they threatened to shoot another teenager. police say the girls pointed a gun at the victim's head while she was handcuffed to a chair. they also recorded it according to authorities. court documents show that it started when one of the suspects thought the victim was dating her ex-boyfriend. police say the gun used was a replica, but the victim didn't know that at the time. investigators believe she was freed by someone else who was at that party. there are now more than 120 boston college students sick, including members of the men's basketball team all linked to a local chipotle. state health officials confirm the presence of norovirus at the cleveland circle location. many students say they had a meal there over the weekend. investigators say an employee went to work sick and that location is stull closed this morning. meantime, the c.e.o. of chipotle is expected to respond to customer concerns about e. coli and the recent sickness here in boston this morning on the "today show" coming up in just about eight minutes after "today
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>> sarah: in the race for the white house, republican front-runner donald trump will be campaigning in new hampshire today. this morning we're hearing a new interview. 7's jennifer egan joins us with more on this. jen? >> jennifer: sarah, trump is standing firm on his controversial plan to ban muslims from entering the country in an interview with cnn. >> we can can't allow radical killers into this country. we can't do it. we have enough problems. >> jennifer: well, nearly all of trump's republican rivals have spoken out against his proposed ban, and they're not alone either. boxing great, muhammad ali, a devout muslim, released a statement saying, "i am a muslim. there is nothing islamic about killing innocent people in paris, san bernardino or anywhere else in the world. true muslims know the ruthless violence of so-called islamic jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion." protests are expected in portsmouth, new hampshire,
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officers from around new england. the union will vote on whether president. egan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: the red sox are taking steps to help keep fans safe at home. 7's nicole oliverio live at fenway with more. >> nicole: and the red sox will be one of the first major league teams to go ahead and to add more netting between home plate and the dugout. all this is being done in an effort to keep fans safe. they're hoping to protect fans in the event a foul ball or a broken bat comes their way. this is also in response, if you remember last year, two women were hurt in two separate incidents. both women hit in the face. one woman was nearly killed. she was taken to the hospital in critical condition. the other got a foul ball to her face and needed about three dozen stitches. now, the red sox say what they're doing are looking at design plans. they want to make sure that the net won't be too much of a distraction to the ball field but they want to make sure that fans stay safe.
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7news 7news "today in new england." >> christa: patriots gearing up for the texans in houston sunday night, even though they lost to the eagles sunday, the pats showing once again they're not afraid the make some trick plays in order to try to win. you remember this highlight, danny amendola's passes to tom brady, which covered 36 yards. this is brady's second reception of his career. his first catch you might remember came during the 2001 season. >> it was a great call by josh. i thought danny made a great throw. so hopefully i'll be throwing to all the receivers this week and there will be not many more passes to me. >> christa: the pats taking on the texans in houston sunday night. catch all of the action here on 7 nbc. the 7 on the sidelines pregame show begins at 6:30 and tickoff is set for 8:00. >> sarah: a couple local movies are hoping to get golden
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"spotlight" stars michael keaton and is based on the "boston globe" investigation into sex abuse by catholic priests. and the acting categories for drama, johnny depp is expected the take up a nod for his role as convicted boston mobster mask." you can watch the awards ceremony january 10th at 8:00 here on 7 nbc. i went and saw "black mask," it was very good. >> christa: i've been wanting to see "spotlight" for a little while, as well. j.r., i don't know if this is great weather to head inside to the theaters or stay outside. what do you think? >> jeremy: we have sprinkles around the metro. they will not spend the day with us. they will jump off shore in the next 30 to 40 minutes, maybe as long as an hour. mid-40s right now. and then some sunshine developing mid-day and through the afternoon. look at the temps for the next few days. upper 50s to the low 60s. sunday a little bit cooler across new hampshire, but metro boston low to mid-50s. next chance of any significant
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>> sarah: thanks, j.r. the "today show" is straight ahead. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french.
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