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the runaway red line train fighting back against claims he rigged the controls. >> christa: and the stage is set in las vegas. trump and cruz set to battle it out in the final g.o.p. debate of the year. >> sarah: plus the pats weren't even on the field monday night, but that didn't stop them from clinching another division title. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good tuesday morning, everybody. thanks for waking up with us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. we have packed morning of news ahead, including part two of new england awakens. j.r., you're looking at local connections to "star wars" ahead of this huge debut. this is like a trip back in time. memorabilia. >> jeremy: that right there on the screen is the new toys coming out, and the artwork on 2 packaging done here locally by a studio called pilot in boston. we'll tell you their story in a bit, 15, 20 minutes.
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i'll introduce you to some rain. we have rain. this is supposed to be moving along at a good clip here, but it decided to slow down. we'll have a couple showers up until 7:00 a.m. 40s, 50s and 60s. boston at 50, worcester 64. an isolated shower at 7:00 a.m. otherwise dry for the day. windy this afternoon, winds gusting over 40mph. but it's not a cold wind. temps this afternoon, middle and upper 50s. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic. here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: good morning. thank you, sarah. a little slick out there, but no major delays on the road yet. route 1 in saugus, traffic flowing nicely. 93 southbound, no delays. route 1 you're fine from 128 into boston. the pike wide open, all green back out to 495. so looking good there. south of town, that work crew in canton, they seem to be there every morning a little past 5:00 a.m. so we have a little slowing as you take 95 northbound to 128. 24 northbound looking good. route 3 no delays.
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split into boston just nine minutes. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 11 minutes. and so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. staying with the commute, we have breaking news from overnight where commuters were left stranded in the dark after a train on its way to kingston suddenly loses power. riders spent more than an hour there and they were sitting, waiting for help. >> sarah: pretty fed up when they got off that train. 7's nicole oliverio live in kingston with more on the trouble on the tracks. >> nicole: well, passengers who rode the rails all the way here until kingston didn't get in until close to 1:00 a.m. they were literally left in the dark. they tell us the lights dimmed and they had no idea what was going on, so the mbta hoping for a smoother commute this morning. now, the "t" says a mechanical problem caused the severe delay on the commuter rail.
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the train stopped between braintree and south weymouth station around 10:00. the "t" posted trains on twitter advising of the delay, but the delay grew and grew to between 70 to 80 minutes. finally another train arrived to get that train to kingston at 12:45. one man posted this picture on twitter. it shows one of the cars on the disabled train. another passenger understandably was frustrated. >> i was on 10:40. some people were on 9:30. ridiculous. it's like winter all over again. >> i know. >> nicole: but it's not winter yet, and we're talking about temps nearly 60 degrees. passengers frustrateed, hoping this isn't a sign of things to come. that's the latest live in kingston, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: completely understandable. nicole, thank you. also this morning, we're learning new details about that
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the attorney for the train's operator denying allegations that his client rigged the controls. let's go out live to south boston with more on this story. we see 7's jennifer egan standing by. jen, we're also learning more about why the operator missed a hearing on monday. you're going to tell us more about that? >> jennifer: christa, his lawyer told the "boston herald" his client is under enormous stress. a doctor told him not to go to that meeting, this as we hear from the man who tried to stop that train. >> he said, "i got abemergency over here." i get up, i went over, i said, "what do you got?" when he showed me what he had, it was a whole other ballgame. >> nicole: "t" supervisor mark mcneill telling how he and another employee came up with a plan to stop a train with 50 passengers on word but no driver. >> we couldn't allow failure. we knew people's lives were on stake. >> they started cutting power to sections of the third rail,
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>> reporter: as we were killing section, the momentum kept carrying it. this is what i was afraid of initially, the momentum of that train. >> nicole: a "t" worker watched the powerless, driverless train still cruise through north quincy station. >> we asked them, is that train still moving, because we thought we might have been able to stop it through north quincy, but he said, it's still moving. i was like, oh. then lee said to me, you want to kill b15. and i said, kill it all. >> nicole: the train soon came to a stop. a lawyer for david vasquez says vasquez denies wrapping a cord around the throttle. "he ran as fast as he could to the braintree station to say, "i have a runaway train. get that thing." he didn't even realize his leg was hurt." no one was hurt thanks to mcneill, who says in his 33 years at the "t" he's never faced a situation like this. ."
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and i've seen a lot of things. but this is one i hadn't seen before. >> nicole: that lawyer for the conductor didn't offer an explanation for what did happen, but he also told the "boston herald" that his client was working with old equipment. we're live in south boston this morning, jennifer egan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: breaking news from overnight where two people were rushed to the hospital after an armed home invasion in brockton. police are searching for two suspects, both wearing massings at the time. it's not clear if they stole anything from the home, but the victims say the two had guns. no word on the extent of the victims' injuries. >> sarah: more today in the philip chism murder trial. jurors spent about three hours behind closed doors after closing arguments. lawyers say chism is guilty but
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high school. prosecutors say there is no evidence to prove that. >> the evidence is clear chiz philip chism chiz suffered from a psychiatric disorder, most likely early onset schizophrenia. >> philip chism knew right from wrong and demonstrated he could exercise choice throughout that afternoon. >> sarah: when the jury reaches a verdict, we'll keep you updated on air and online. look for breaking news reports on whdh.com and the 7news mobile and tablet apps. >> christa: new this morning, ashland and mbta police are investigating a deadly accident. investigators say a commuter rail train hit a woman who had been walking on cherry street monday evening. the victim's name not released at this point. police are still trying to figure out why she was on the tracks. >> sarah: the state's first casino appears to be falling short of expectations.
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pend tax revenue from plainridge park casino by nearly 40%. that means the state would only receive $78 million in tax revenue compared to the $128 million projected before the casino opened. >> christa: well, the stage is set for the final republican debate of the year. the gop candidates getting ready to roll the dies in las vegas where donald trump and ted cruz will battle it out for the top spot. 7's kris anderson live for us in the control room with a preview. hey, chris. >> kris: christa, you can bet this is one to watch. donald trump is leading, but ted cruz is gaining ground and surging. at the venetian hotel, it's trump center stage flanked by ben carson and ted cruz, chris christie back on the main stage. rabid paul barely made the stage. trump remained super confident. his biggest applause of the night came when he attacked
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>> this country needs to get away from political correctness. it's killing us. it's killing us! [cheering and applause] it is absolutely killing us. >> kris: meantime, florida senator marco rubio, third in the polls, is running a new ad in iowa and new hampshire going after conservatives. the rest of the republican pac will be there fighting it out in an earlier debate. as for the democrats, their debate is next in new hampshire on saturday. that's the latest live in the control room, kris anderson, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: the patriots have once again clinched the a.f.c. east. new england won the division after the dolphins lost last night to the giants. the pats' pro shop quick to let fans know the a.f.c. east championship gear is now officially available. hats and shirts reading "the east is on lock." the pats have won the a.f.c. east 13 times in the last 13 seasons. >> christa: staying with the pats, t.b. 12, of course, half of new england's power couple, right?
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so this morning we're getting an inside look at tom and gisele trimming the tree. we'll show you that coming up. >> sarah: very exciting. and we're heading into the kitchen this morning for a holiday helping. this morning i'm sharing my mother's recipe for breakfast casserole that will have everybody coming back for seconds. and there's baby blair. >> christa: i was so distracted. she's so cute. also from a galaxy far, far away, it's closer than you high think, we're learning about a local company hitting it big move i have. j.r., you're going to tell us about that. >> jeremy: looking forward to that. and how about the weather? some showers right now. you'll need the rain gear until 7:00, 7:30 a.m. dry for the rest of the day, windy and warm, even right now, 50s. unreal weather. >> danielle: we'll take it. good morning, everybody. happy tuesday. roads a little slick out there,
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>> christa: you know you love to see this, and we're so glad to oblige. the brady bunch getting ready for the holidays. tom brady posting a picture of his wife topping the christmas tree with with a star. he said, "i guess the mission wasn't fully accomplished. now we're ready for christmas thanks to the love of my life." do you get the sense these two are crazy about each other because every post they're professing their love for each other. >> sarah: she posted one after the game, she was watching tom brady, she had the pats' legging on. >> jeremy: they're very aware of social media and how that works. good stuff there, great picture. windy, warm day. temps now 60 degrees.
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was like on first of june. 49 degrees, a driving rainstorm in boston, first day of june. here we are december 15th and we've got temps near 60. i'm rolling out the frizz factor on you. rain right now will quickly move hours. clouds will linger. normal. radar at this time showing a big hills. this will not bother boston. this is rocketing off to the northeast. this is in boston right now, this batch of rain. and this too is moving east at a good clip. this will move out of here over the next 15 to 30 minutes. here's the back side of our weather system where most towns have picked up about one-third to a half an inch of rain, traveling across the nation. again, no cold air behind this weather system. it is cooler than where we are. that will be in new england tomorrow, but chicago this time of year, 42, not too bad. so here are your rainfall totals. new bedford overnight, eight tenths of an inch of rain. worcester six tenths of an inch of rain. norwood a half inch of rain.
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and 60s. the city 57. norwood 63. worcester at 54. hyannis at 61. merrimack valley, southern new hampshire, some leftover cool air from yesterday, but over next couple hours, that cool air will get shoved out to sea with the raindrops, an your temps will jump dramatically bedford and lawrence, methuen. you'll head right into the 50s this morning and then hang out there for much of the day. some humidity to be had, frizz factor, yes, it's into the curly category with dew point temperatures upper 50s to around 60 this morning with air drying out this afternoon. anden creasing wind. lunchtime and the afternoon hours. you don't need the rain gear after 7:00. away. partial clearing. temps this morning near 60 this afternoon, middle 50s. there is a winded a advisory in effect from all of southern new england from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a few gusts between 40 and 50mph. that may lead to some minor power disruption, but otherwise plan on a windy afternoon. temps first part of the day,
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and beginning to slide downhill a little bit toward the end of the day, but even your evening commute will not be a cold wind. temperatures this evening still near 50 degrees. for tomorrow, a lot of clouds, sun in the afternoon with temperatures tomorrow into the mid-40s. >> sarah: all right. thanks, j.r. the force has officially awakened in hollywood. "star wars" fans hitting the red carpet for the world premier of "star wars: the force awakens." a lot of celebrities out there. a giant tent that stretched half mile resembled a galaxy far, far away on the inside. in addition to the cast members, r2d2 and c3p0 turned out for what some are calling the biggest movie premier ever. so you're probably thinking it takes a lot of hollywood magic to create the "star wars" universe. >> christa: the movie of course is filmed elsewhere, but there's a little design apparently made right here in boston, j.r.? >> jeremy: it's fantastic.
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wars" merchandise you've seen around town, so take a look at new england awakens. >> we've been a big secret here in boston. not a lot of people know we're here in boston. >> jeremy: pilot is working on something huge. >> jedi, where is he? >> you don't see it as "star wars" until that first trailer came out. wow, this movie was never supposed to get made and it's happening. and i think to myself, and you've been working on it for a year now. >> jeremy: the boston-based design studio was chosen by lucas film and disney to create "the look," all of the artwork being released for "the force awakens." >> there are over 500 products that want the use "star wars" imagery, t-shirts and backpacks and skateboard, you name it, our artwork will end up on it. >> jeremy: that means visualizing characters and scenes the public hasn't even
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>> each piece of art is a microcosm of a bigger story. >> jeremy: what about their story? before pilot, the cofounders worked on "star wars" toys for the prequel. >> we jumped ship and went out on our own. >> jeremy: the small start-up quickly secured some big firm, disney and pixar. today they have 20 employees and they're revealing their jedi secrets. >> we knew the odds were against us. we had to work very hard. we dreamed of a studio like we have today. >> sarah: wow. very cool. >> jeremy: we had a blast. they were very generous to open up their office. they wanted to be sure the folks know how much they have love for hasbro. that's where they started. they would be nowhere today without the folks at hasbro. they wanted to make sure we got that in there. >> christa: great working relationship, too. >> jeremy: now tomorrow is an interesting story. you're not a fan girl. i'm a fan boy. but i think tomorrow's story,
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information you can drop in at your holiday parties over the next few weeks. >> sarah: i can sound like i know what i'm talking about. i can't just talk about princess leia and her cool bun. >> jeremy: talking about princess leia is always cool. >> christa: especially return of the jedi. >> jeremy: right. >> sarah: coming up next, it's time for holiday helping. i'm cooking up a breakfast casserole with my family that will keep you warm all winter long.
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if you're the band europe, you love a final countdown. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. >> christa: holiday season in full swing, and i look forward to this time of year. ism me, too. >> christa: holiday helping time. we're making holiday recipes for a good cause. >> sarah: to kick things off, i'm heading into my kitchen with my family. this is my mom's recipe, a breakfast casserole. i hope you enjoy my holiday helping.
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welcome to our home. our family has grown since last year. this is baby blair. she's sleeping right now. you know my husband chris and, of course, buddy. behind us is my mom. we're making her sausage and egg casserole. it's family tradition to have it every christmas morning. we can't wait to show it to you, so let's get cooking. okay. mom, what's first thing we need to do? >> we're going to crack the eggs in the bowl. >> sarah: okay. you just hold the baby. >> i know. that's what i like to do best. >> sarah: before we add anything else, we're going the beat the eggs. how is that? are you looking? are you going to be a cook? >> now we have to add the milk, dry mustard and salt. >> >> sarah: we're calling in the chef of the house, my husband chris, to add the main ingredient. >> and i use a hot sausage and a regular sausage to give it a kick. >> sarah: chris, this usually takes, what, 15 minutes? >> yeah, 15 minutes. >> sarah: the sausage is
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we pour that into the bread mixture. >> now you tear the bread pieces and dump it into the mixture. >> sarah: this is my favorite part, the cheese. mom usesmont ray jack. you can use whatever type you like. why don't you stir that up. >> pour it in the casserole dish and put it in the refrigerator overnight. >> sarah: after it's been in the fridge overnight, you place it in the oven at 350 for about an hour on christmas morning and then you have your breakfast casserole. from arkansas to massachusetts, we hope you get a chance to try my mom's breakfast casserole. thank you so much for supporting project bread. happy holidays. if you want to make a donation to project bread and learn more about 7news recipes, log on to whdh.com and click on the project bread logo. my mother was nervous, but she did a great time. >> christa: i got to meet her for the first time, but she did
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i love seeing three generations. there you have great grandmas and everything, too. >> sarah: and that recipe is a tradition in our family. i'll have to bring it in so you guys can try it. >> christa: i'd love to, and blair is so darling. what a good baby. up next at 5:30, you've heard shop until you drop, but how about shopping with a cop in that's exactly what some local kids got to do. >> reporter: and we're live this morning in lawrence where police are investigating after a young boy is left alone on a
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ism left behind, a young boy falls asleep on a school bus, and now the driver could face serious charges. >> christa: searches for suspect, police trying to find a driver behind a deadly collision in quincy. >> sarah: and tempers flare inside a worcester courtroom. a stabbing victim's mother with some choice words for a judge. >> this is 7news "today in new england."
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it's just coming up on 5:30 here on your tuesday. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. get a check of the forecast. drizzly out there, j.r. >> jeremy: some leftover rain from overnight. we have showers and one stripe of a downpour marching right through the city of boston down toward the split, and this will continue to slide down the south shore, but it's not long lasting. so over next 10 or 15 minutes, you'll need the rain gear, if you're heading out for a run, metro west, worcester hills, some scattered showers out there. this quickly moves out of here. this is not an almorning thing. i think after 7:30 a.m., rain gear you don't even need. look at the temps. it's more like spring than winter. boston 57 right now. norwood at 63. through the day, some sun on the way, windy afternoon. that will be a real issue this afternoon. winds gusting over 40mph. it's a mild wind, temps this afternoon, upper 50s. >> christa: okay, let's go to danielle gersh. >> jeremy: good morning, christa. >> danielle: the braintree
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the roads are a little wet. let's go to the maps. a new accident on the expressway tony blair in dorchester at neponset circle, and we have the shoulder blocked from that accident. no major delays yet. no red, but we're starting to see some yellow on the map. 24 northbound, route 3, 95 all looking good now, north of town. route 1 into boston, no delays. 93 southbound, no delays either. the pike is fine all the way 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, ten minutes enter town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: now hot day's top stories, commuters are hoping for a smoother ride after the mbta says a mechanical problem caused a severe delay on the commuter rail's night. a train stop between the braintree and south weymouth stations and was stuck for over an hour. it finally arrived at kingston
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>> sarah: the lawyer for the driver of the runaway red line train says his client missed monday's disciplinary hearing because his doctor told him to. according to the herald, david vasquez's doctor gave him a note to take a few days off because of the stress. vasquez's attorney says his client denies wrapping a cord around the train's throttle. jury deliberations continue in the philip chism murder trial. jurors spent about three hours behind closed doors on monday after both sides gave closing arguments. they have a lot to go through including the testimony from 53 witnesses and 143 pieces of evidence. >> christa: right now city officials up in lawrence are demanding answers. they want to know why a young boy was left all by himself on a bus after he fell asleep. department. we'll see 7's victoria warren to fill us in, vicki? >> victoria: police are still investigating this.
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walking by who looked in, saw this child sleeping and saw he was left alone on a locked bus. luckily that person quickly called 911. lawrence. >> observed approximately a fife-year-old child, male, left alone on the bus. >> victoria: the young child was sound asleep. no adult or bus driver was around. a neighbor tipped off police. >> somebody saw something, they called. it made the difference. >> victoria: police say the bus company is called nunez transportation. the company is run independently from the school district, but the mayor says that doesn't make them any less responsible for the children. >> we're going to make sure as these third-party vendors are doing business with our school system that the parents are informed and they put pressure on them to type the best-quality service. >> victoria: the boy was alone for 45 minutes, but he was okay. his parents picked him up. the driver is facing a reckless endangerment charge.
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proper inspection before locking the bus up and he could also lose his job. >> we could suspend his license for imminent threat, imminent threat because he didn't follow through with what he needed to do. >> victoria: and the police chief says they've already contacted the register to get the process started for this driver to lose his license. the driver will be summoned to court to face these charges. live this morning in lawrence, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." ism also this morning, officers in quincy are asking the public to help find the driver who was involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident. 78-year-old akiu ngo died on sunday after she was hit by a car on december 3rd. police say the driver stopped briefly after the accident to check his car and then drove away. people who live in the area are still shocked the driver didn't do anything to help that woman. >> that's just not human. you know, how could he live with himself? >> that just ratchets it up a notch.
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i don't understand why someone would leave a human being laying in the middle of the road. >> sarah: police say ngo ignored a "no walk" sign when she was hit. anyone with information is asked to call police. >> are you kidding me? are you giving him bail for killing my child? you're giving him bail? >> christa: the mother of the victim thought the judge gave luis melendez bail, but he actually ordered him held without bail. melendez is accused of stabbing cherise hill earlier this month. she was attacked outside a gas station in worcester and melendez is charged without murder. >> sarah: new this morn, police in brewster are searching for an armed robber. the man you see here walked into the brewster farms market on sunday pretending to purchase an item. that's when he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and took off with the cash.
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to call police. two firefighters are recovering this morning after falling down a flight of stairs while battling flames at a home in roxbury. officials say the firefighters fell partly because of the amount of clutter in the home. they were taken to a hospital to be checked out and are expected to be okay. everyone inside made it out safely. >> christa: kids getting a chance to shop with a cop in boston. mayor marty walsh and police commissioner bill evans were on hand for the event. they say the officers have just as much fun as the kids do, and the salvation army receiving a number of jewelry donations in massachusetts in the past week. people have donated diamond earrings. you see a note there, as well. the salvation army says it's hoping to raise more than $3 million here in massachusetts. and we've heard some really touching stories about how
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maybe abengagement ring... >> sarah: in a kettle bell. >> christa: just dropped it right in there. that's nice the hear. >> sarah: still ahead this morn, he went out for a run and went hope a celebrity. the story behind one of chicago's newest and most eligible bachelors. >> christa: oh, my. and how much longer will late night service stick around on the "t"? we have details as the budget woes continue. >> sarah: and the weapons officials in one state want to give teachers to keep their students safe. >> jeremy: and we're tracking rain at this time. you'll have rain for the next couple hours, but it's quickly moving out of here after 7:00 time. mild. temps now low 60s. mild wind. temps this afternoon still in the upper 50s, cooling off this evening. everyone. slick and slow out there. here's the braintree split. crawl. we do have an accident on the expressway northbound in
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you'll need the rain gear until about 7:30 a.m. this afternoon you don't. you'll have a lot of clouds, some sunshine. a windy afternoon. temps this afternoon upper 50s. beverly this afternoon 57. winds will gust anywhere between 40 and 45mph with temperatures in the worcester hills low 50s, and out on the cape and the islands, again some showers early this morning. otherwise some sun in the afternoon. temps this afternoon, despite the wind, still mild, mid and upper 50s. >> sarah: it's now time to look at stories trending online this morning. one oklahoma city thunder fan is probably still celebrating. he hit a half court shot during sunday's game against the utah jazz. the clutch shot landed him a big payday, get this, of about $20,000. out. >> christa: and by the way... a shirtless runner caught running in the rain by a tv
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the windy city's most eligible bachelor. this interview went viral with more than three million views on the station's facebook page. he's been inundated with friend requests on facebook. >> sarah: look at that body. it's pretty good. >> christa: she is working it. >> sarah: my floor director is embarrassed that i said that. if you're headed to neaters to see the newest "star wars," you're in for a treat. the trailer for ""star trek" beyond" is in theaters. >> christa: i like science fiction in general. "star wars" is preferred over "star trek" for me. i'm going to say maybe for j.r., as well. >> jeremy: by far, although the relaunch of "star trek," which was drected by j.j. abram, solid effort. >> christa: i will agree with you. there we could go on forever. >> sarah: and i just asked the
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>> christa: it's 5:45. we're starting your day off here with a little know and go on a tuesday morning. >> sarah: we have traffic and weather, but let's send it over forecast. >> jeremy: i know this: it's pattern. windy, warm, even a little humidity this morning with temperatures this morning near 60. this afternoon upper 50s. rain moves out by around 7:00, 7:30. clouds linger. here's where we have rain. not isolated and not drizzly and sprinkley. this is ben find rain out there at this time. probably going to slow down the commute a little bit, especially between now and 7:00. the good news is it's moving at a good pace, so it's not with us all morning. look at the temp, 40s and 50s. one time we were up at 60s. norwood 57. bedford at 47. but no cold air on this map. it's cool. there are some cool pockets of air, but mid-december and no cold air to be had. frizz factor, that's how unusual it is. there is some humidity out there
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and then this afternoon, it won't be the humidity, it will be the wind that works against that hair. so tough one for the hair today with showers early this morning and partial clearing this afternoon. you look great, do your thing. 60 this morning. 50s throughout the afternoon. wind advisory in effect until 6:00 pmg. this is what we're talking about, the wind this afternoon. winds gusting occasionally over 40 to 50mph. the numbers, the temps will stay in the upper 50s this morning and then lose ground a little bit throughout the afternoon hours and more so this evening. partly cloudy. wind fades away this evening. cooler but not bitter, not frigid. 37 to 42. tomorrow clouds and sun. mid-40s. another weather system thursday afternoon. a few showers upper 40s and the weekend right now, whoa, temperatures actually normal. chilly saturday and sunday. >> danielle:>> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. this is the braintree split. we have an accident that you
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it's on 128 southbound in braintree as you're moving on to the split. that's causing some delays there. the accident that we have on the expressway, now that's cleared, but still from the braintree split into boston, 20 minutes on the expressway northbound. so slowing down pretty quickly this morning and keep in mind, there. route 1 south into boston looks fine. well. the pike is wide open. all green all the way back out the 495. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel up to 26 minutes. on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. no delays on 93 southbound yet. 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: all right, danielle. thank you. let's get to breaking news overnight about a disabled train stuck on the track. >> sarah: passengers left without power as the train tried to make it to kingston. 7's nicole oliverio joins us live with how that train finally ended up finishing its route. nicole?
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getting back here to kingston. if they were taking it all the way to the end of the line, they arrived at close to 1:00 a.m. many kept on board and in the dark, not knowing exactly what was going on. now, the mbta says the delay was due to a mechanical problem. they say it caused a severe delay on the commuter rail's kingston-plymouth line. the train stopped between the bin tree and south weymouth night. the "t" posted alerts advising people to expect a delay, but then that delay kept growing to between 70 and 80 minutes. finally another train was brought in to help get that one here to kingston, finally arriving at 12:45 a.m. one man on the train posted this picture on twitter, just one of the cars on the disabled train. another passenger understandably frustrated saying it was ridiculous. it felt like winter all over again. but we're not even experiencing anything close to winter-like temperatures or types of weather, so commuters hoping this isn't a sign of things to
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oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: a local district attorney is looking into a new report. this found teachers at an elementary school in holyoke abused special needs students. a disability advocacy organization released its findings last week, and among them they say that teachers threw students to the ground and restrained them in a lying-down position. >> it was something that was unknown to folks in law enforcement, including myself. when i became aware of this, it obviously raised some red flags and was very troubling. >> christa: the district attorney says the disability group is a legitimate organization, but, of course, they're not law enforcement, and that's why he has launched his own investigation into that. it looks like the mbta is geg ready to end late-night bus and subway service next year. according to the "globe," the fiscal board overseeing the mbta asked staff to start the process of canceling services. this comes as officials try to
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to make the project of updating the mbta cheaper. >> sarah: bill cosby has filed a defamation suit against seven massachusetts women who have accused him of sexually assaulting them. the comedian filed a lawsuit on monday. it says the women's claims have damaged cosby's reputation and alleges the women made false statements about him for financial purposes. this is in response to a lawsuit the women filed against cosby in federal court. this comes as b.u. has announced it is revoking the honorary degree it gave to cosby last year. the board of trustees voted to rescind the degree on thursday. more than 40 other schools have already rescinded honorary degrees that have been presented to the 78 year old. >> christa: and army sergeant bowe bergdahl called to a military court. he'll go to a general court-martial to face charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers. bergdahl is accused of abandoning his post and then getting captured.
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prisoners in exchange for his relief. a very controversial move. bergdahl could face life in prison if convicted. >> sarah: we're following more news today. a disgruntled guest at an oklahoma hotel is behind bars after he rammed his truck through the hotel lobby. you see two employees diving for safety. they were not injured, thankfully, but that man just gets out and walks out of his truck as if nothing happened. police arrested 62-year-old john edward parsley. officials say he was upset when his credit card got declined and cash. he's being held on a $1 million bond. >> christa: a school board in indiana is proposing to arm teachers with guns in the wake of recent mass shootings. the guns would be locked in a safe. military or police training would have access to them. parents and teachers there say they want to be proactive in preventing another mass school shooting. that discussion comes one day
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of the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary in connecticut. and nba referee billikendy has announced he's gay a couple weeks after rajon rondo allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs at him in the celtics-kings game in mexico city. kennedy disclosed his sexual orientation to yahoo! sports monday. last friday the nba suspended rondo one game for his remarks. the former celtics' star posted on twit they're his words do not reflect his feelings toward the lgbt community. >> sarah: a little girl, eight-year-old sapphire terry, found out she's going to disney world. she's the little girl who just wanted christmas cards for the holidays, but she's got even more than she had hoped for has the story went viral. >> christa: very sweet. well trrk's no shortage of holiday songs on the radio right now. sarah and j.r. have been hard at
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well, there's a great christmas debate over the top song of the season. i don't want a lot for christmas. there is just one thing i need. and i don't care about the presents >> christa: sarah is dancing. they're both snapping. so mariah carey's all i want for christmas has held that top spot for 20 years, but now a new song has been throned the christmas chrisic. simply having a wonderful christmas time >> christa: the music video may lack spunk, but the shin's cover of "wonderful christmastime" has taken over as number one. you have a new winner, folks. you probably remember sir paul mccartney wrote the original song. >> sarah: i love them all. >> christa: leave none out. >> sarah: okay. also this morning, the boston
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missing calico cat. officers on the swat team took in this stray about two years ago, and she became their mascot. but recently the cat named swat cat vanished. now officers are wondering where she went. swat cat does have a microchip, though, so the officers are hoping somebody finds her and brings her back. >> christa: all right. it's that time of the week when we reveal the winner of this week's who did it better. this time jadiann took on celtics' point guard isaiah thomas. >> sarah: the two headed to boston to meet up with none other than the blue man group. this week's challenge was to perform the group's popular paint-drumming act. it looked like a lot of fun >> they released their inner children, i think. here are the result, jadiann wins in a landslide, 85% of the vote. she now has five wins and two losses. >> sarah: not even close. >> christa: she's going great with that. >> sarah: poor guy got 15%. >> christa: i think it's because his paint was yellow and you couldn't see the design. >> sarah: it was like glow in the dark paint. >> christa: they both looked
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we have another hour of 7 news ahead here on "today in new england." we have weather, of course, j.r.'s forecast, and the patriots not in action monday night, but that did not stop them from clinching their division. >> sarah: plus vegas gearing up for a debate in the desert as the g.o.p. candidates get ready
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>> sarah: breaking overnight. angry riders trapped on a commuter rail train. what's behind the long trip home in the dark. >> christa: she's silent. the driver on the runaway red
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>> sarah: and on just one station... >> it was just really tricky. >> sarah: the hero who stopped the out-of-control train describes a dramatic and dangerous ordeal. >> christa: and this morning pats' nation celebrating, new england clinching a division title without even stepping on the field. >> sarah: the force awakens in hollywood with a huge movie premier. the "star wars" reviews are in and we're checking out a boston art studio that's playing a big role with the franchise. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: making jeremy's dreams come true. >> sarah: i don't think i've ever seen him have this much energy. he's so excited with "star wars" week. >> christa: he's got a lot to balance with the forecast, as well. j.r.? >> jeremy: super excited. it's like having five straight opening days at fenway park. whether you like it or not, here it is. we have rain in the metro, south
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you need the rain gear all morning. if you work outside, landscaper, construction, the next couple hours some rain drops, but once you cross 8:30, 9:00, out you go. get to work. things will dry out. it's a warm morning, too. it's mid-december, but temps are 50s and 60s. the city at 50. plymouth at 61. as we step through the day, showers long gone. 2:00 p.m., some sun. a windy afternoon. but a mild wind this afternoon. upper 50s this afternoon. >> christa: okay, j.r., thank you. let's turn things over to daniel gersh with traffic. >> danielle: thanks, christa. here's the braintree split. we have an accident on 128 southbound before the split. the roads are slick. are let's go to the map and take a closer look at that. that's causing some delays. you're slow from route 24 to the braintree split. that accident is right at 128 southbound before the split. route 24, you're slow back to west center street northbound. the split into boston on the the
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an hour. so very slow this morning, and again those roads are slick out there. route 1 not looking bad. 93 southbound, you're stop and go from lawrence. the pike fine all the way back out the 495. all green some no delays to tell you about. there take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel just under half an hour. into town on the pike from 128, no delays there. 12 mincing. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 15 minutes. and so far the "t" looks good. back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. breaking news from overnight. commuter rail passengers stranded for hours on a train. riders say they sat in the dark cars after the train lost power. >> christa: can you imagine how unsettling that would be? and it's just the latest "t." let's go to 7's nicole oliverio. she's in kingston where this train, nicole, finally reached its destination around 1:00 a.m.? >> nicole: yeah, christa, just about five hours ago people managed to finally get home here.
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to kingston. commuters definitely hoping for a smoother ride today. this after the mbta says it was mechanical problems that caused the severe delay on the kingston-plymouth commuter rail line. now the train actually got stuck between the braintree and south weymouth stations. the mbta was posting to twitter, letting commuters know there would be a delay, but that delay kept growing and growing, and eventually passengers were stuck between 70 and 80 minutes before another train was breakthrough in to help. that one made it to kingston at about 12:45. one man on the train posted this picture to social media. it shows one of the cars on the disabled train, another passenger, when she made it off, was understandably frustrated. >> these people were on since 9:30. ridiculous. it's like winter all over again. >> i know. >> nicole: keep in mind, we're not even close to winter, especially with these warmer temps right now. passengers saying they hope this
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live in kingston, nicole oliverio, 7news 7news "today in new england." >> christa: and new this morn, the driver of last week's runaway red line train is denying claims he rigged the controls that allowed the train to take offer with no one at the hell. we're also learning more about why that officer hit monday's disciplinary hearing again. jennifer egan is in south boston. jen? >> jennifer: christa, his lawyer tells the "boston herald" that his client is under enormous stress right now and a doctor told him not to go to that disciplinary hearing, this as we hear from the man who tried to stop the train. >> he said, "i got an emergency over here." i get up, i went over, i said, what do you got? he showed me what i had. >> jennifer: "t" supervisor mark mcneill telling how he came
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passengers on board but no driver. >> we couldn't allow failure. we knew people's lives were on stake. >> jennifer: they started cutting power to the sections of the third rail, hoping to depower the runaway train. >> as we were killing section, the momentum kept carrying it. this is what i was afraid of initially, the momentum of that train. >> jennifer: a "t" worker watched the powerless, driverless train still cruise through north quincy station. >> we asked them, is that train still moving, because we thought we might have been able to stop it through north quincy, but he said, it's still moving. i was like, oh. then lee said to me, you want to kill b15. and i said, kill it all. >> jennifer: the train soon came to a stop. a lawyer for david vasquez says vasquez denies wrapping a cord around the throttle. "he ran as fast as he could to the braintree station to say, "i have a runaway train. get that thing." he didn't even realize his leg
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no one was hurt thanks to mcneill, who says in his 33 years at the "t" he's never faced a situation like this. >> i've been there for 33 years and i've seen a lot of things. but this is one i hadn't seen before. >> jennifer: so the lawyer for that conductor didn't offer an explation for what did happen, but he also told the "boston herald" that his client was working with faulty equipment. live in south boston, jennifer egan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: breaking overnight, two people rushed to the hospital 56 an armed home invasion in brockton. police say they're searching for at least two suspects who were wearing masks at the time. it's still not clear if they stole anything from the home, guns. no word yet on the extent of the victim's injuries. jury deliberations continue this morning in the philip chism murder trial. jurors spent about three hours behind closed doors on monday after both sides gave closing arguments. chism's lawyers admit he is guilty, but they say the teenager was insane when he
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ritzer, at danvers high school. however, prosecutors say there is no evidence to prove that. >> the evidence is clear that philip chism has suffered from a psychotic disorder, most likely early onset schizophrenia. >> philip chism knew right from wrong and could choose right from wrong. he did it repeatedly over the course of that afternoon. >> sarah: the 12-member jury has a lot to go to, including the testimony from 53 witnesses and 143 pieces of evidence. when the jury reaches a verdict, we'll keep you updated on air and online. look for breaking news alerts on the verdict from whdh.com and the 7news mobile and tablet app. >> christa: officers in quincy are asking for your help trying to find a driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident. 78-year-old akiu ngo died monday after she was hit by a car back on december 3rd. police say the driver stopped briefly after the accident to
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people who live in the area are still shocked. the driver did not do a thing to help the woman. >> well, that just ratchets it up a notch. it makes it more tragic. i don't understand why someone would leave a human being laying in the middle of the road. >> christa: police also say ngo ignored a "no walk" sign before she was hit. anyone with information is asked to contact police. >> sarah: the stage is set for fifth g.o.p. face-off of the year in las vegas tonight amid a shift in the polls. and 7's kris anderson joins us now with a preview. >> kris: sarah, it's in vegas, so you can bet there will be some fireworks on that stage. donald trump is number one, and he's gaining ground. ted cruz, meanwhile, is also surging and leading in iowa, but tonight's debate could reveal a new challenger at the venetian tonight in vegas, it is trump center stage, flanked by ben carson and ted cruz. chris christie is back on the main stage, rand paul barely
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remains super confident during a late-night rally in las vegas. his biggest applause of the night actually came when he attacked political correctness. >> this country needs to get away from political correctness. it's killing us. it's killing us. it is absolutely killing us. >> kris: meantime, florida senator marco rubio, who is third in the polls, is running a new ad in iowa and new hampshire today going after conservatives. the rest of the republican pack will be fighting it out in an earlier debate. as for the democrats, their next debate is set for new hampshire on saturday. that's the latest live in the control room, kris anderson, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: the patriots have once again clinched the a.f.c. east. new england won the division after the dolphins lost last night to the giants. the pats' pro shop quick to let fans know the a.f.c. east championship gear now officially available. hats and shirts feature the
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the pats have won the a.f.c. east 13 times in the last 15 seasons." >> christa: all right. 6:09. still ahead a little boy left behind on a school van and the possible criminal charges the driver is facing. >> sarah: new this morn, an armed robber on the run after being caught on camera on the cape. >> christa: and scenes from the big star wars premier out in hollywood. and j.r., you going to take us to a boston company playing a big role in the movie hype, right? >> yes, very cool to share that story with you. that's coming up meantime, we track some showers and windy conditions. 30mph that. rain gear needs to be held down strong for the next 45 minutes. and then done with the rain after 7:00 a.m. windy for the rest of the day, though. temps this afternoon mid to upper 50s. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. we have two accidents on the rolleds so far this morning. one is on 128 southbound just
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>> christa: we've been watching our live reporters out in the field. the wind has really picked up. we have rain out there. so kind of a tough morning. >> sarah: let's send it over the jeremy reiner with a check on your forecast, what you need to be prepared for, j.r. >> jeremy: an hour and a half wind. the rain is not an issue much all day. it's a warm wind. clouds will hang tough. we'll see some sun. then cooling off tomorrow. radar showing again. rain has proved out of metro boston for the time being. here is the caboose of this rain event back into the worcester hills, up through new hampshire. quickly moving northeast. so this will move out of worcester in the next 15 minutes, and then i think it moves out of metro boston and then off of cape ann, between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. so until 7:30, you'll need rain gear.
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until 7:30, should be okay. i think the kids will be all right at the bus stop with not needing the rain gear. this is the issue, though. winds gusting now, some location, 20 to 30mph. and this doesn't go away. in fact, if anything, this continues to ramp up as we step through the morning and more so this afternoon. wind advisory in effect for the afternoon hours. we'll see a few wind gusts between 40 and 50mph. i don't think we'll have wind all afternoon at this intensity. but even with the acational gust, 40 to 50mph, that might lead to some minor power disruption. you would think mid-december, that's got to be a bitter wind, right? no, look at the temps now. 40s and 50s. we were at 60. when i came into work at 3:30, now we're down to 50. down the 50 here in december with a normal high is 41. we're still doing all right. plymouth at 61. nashua at 46. business traveling taking you out of new england. no cold air, but it's cooler through the great lakes states. portions of the south warm, atlanta at 70.
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there is some humidity this morning with the raindrops, and here's an unusual frizz factor, mid-december style, with curly hair, and then as we work through the day, the humidity drops and the wind intensifies, a windy afternoon. temps this morning, mid-50s to around 60. then as we work into the afternoon hours, the wind is trying to drag cooler air in, but the sun, the limited sun and the lack of arctic air means temps will hold their own in the mid-50s. tonight partly cloudy. 37 to 42. for tomorrow, a lot of clouds, some sun, much cooler but not nearly as windy tomorrow. temperatures tomorrow into the mid-40s. your 7 on 7 forecast, thursday. another weather system at us. a few isolated showers, upper 40s. for the weekend, right now mostly sunny skies. but for a change, chilly. low 40s. >> time now for fast track traffic. here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. will rest go to the braintree split. a lot of red. a lot of slowing. let's go to the maps. we have a lot of red south of
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we have an accident at 128 southbound as you get on to the braintree split and that is blocking the right shoulder. another accident on route 3, that's at 139, and then another accident north of town, that's on route 1 southbound. that's right at lynn street, and that has the left lane blocked. let's take a look at your drive times. if you're getting ready to head out the door, the expressway, the split to the tunnel near a half hour. back to you. >> christa: the next installment of the "star wars" movie hits theaters. some of the original stars were on the red carpet. carrie fisher, mark hammel. a giant tent stretched a half away. to create that. >> sarah: while the film is filmed elsewhere, it's being made, can you believe it, right here in boston.
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wars" merchandise. take a look at new england awakens. >> we've been a big secret here in boston. not a lot of people know we're here in boston. >> jeremy: pilot is working on something huge. >> jedi, where is he? >> you don't see it as "star wars" until that first trailer came out. i was like, wow, this movie was never supposed to get made, and it's happening. and i think to myself, and you've been working on it for a year now. >> jeremy: the boston-based design studio was chosen by lucas film and disney to create "the look," all of the artwork that's being unleashed for the force awakens. >> there are over 500 licensees that want the make products with "star wars" imagery on them. testimony shirts and backpacks and skateboards, you name it, our artwork will be on it. >> jeremy: that means visualizing characters and scenes the public hasn't even
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>> each piece of art is a microcosm of a bigger story. >> jeremy: what about their story? before pilot, the cofounders worked on "star wars" prequel toys for hasbro. after the films, they went solo. >> we jumped ship and went out on our own. big risk. >> jeremy: the small start-up quickly secured some big firms, disney and pixar. today they have 20 employees and they're revealing their jedi secrets. >> we knew the odds were against us. we had to work very hard. we dreamed of a studio like we have today. >> christa: wow. >> jeremy: such a great time. they wanted to make sure they got the point across that they learned a lot from their pps at hasbro. they have a lot of love for the new england toy company based down the road in pawtucket. >> christa: were these guys big "star wars" fans in the day when they were younger? >> jeremy: yeah. i asked them, what is it like to put your print on it?
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come true, right here in boston, that's the cool part. >> sarah: did you spend a day with them interning? >> jeremy: i wanted to, but they were like, we need to get back to work. go away. tomorrow we have some factoids that we dug up about the movie you may not know. i'm a fan boy and there are some things i didn't know. you can learn some stuff because you're not a fan girl. >> sarah: not as much as you, that's for shoe. >> jeremy: no shame in that, but now you can roll off to your christmas party and drop these little nuggets. >> sarah: sarah, how did you though that? coming up, a bay state charity is cleaning up. the generous gifts filling up red kettles. >> christa: up next we'll head to sarah's house for holiday helping. we'll see three generations all in one kitchen cooking up a meal for a great cause.
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the family there with ...the person will have to protect your family. will he be impulsive and reckless, like donald trump? will he have voted to dramatically weaken counter-terrorism surveillance, like ted cruz? will he have skipped crucial national security hearings and votes just to campaign, like marco rubio? 27 generals and admirals support jeb bush. because jeb has the experience and knowledge
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>> christa: just a week to go until christmas. it's time to bring out our favorite holiday recipes for a good cause. >> sarah: i'm first up in the kitchen. we're making a breakfast casserole for family favorites and here's my holiday helping. hi, everybody. welcome to our home. our family has grown since last year.
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she's sleeping right now. you know my husband chris and, of course, buddy. behind us is my mom. we're making her sausage and egg casserole. it's family tradition to have it every christmas morning. we can't wait to show it to you, so let's get cooking. okay. mom, what's first thing we need to do? >> we're going to crack the eggs in the bowl. >> sarah: okay. you just hold the baby. >> i know. that's what i like to do best. >> sarah: before we add anything else, we're going to beat the eggs. how is that? are you looking? are you going to be a cook? >> now we have to add the milk, dry mustard and salt.. >> sarah: we're calling in the chef of the house, my husband chris, to add the main ingredient. the sausage. >> and i use a hot sausage and a regular sausage to give it a kick. >> sarah: chris, this usually takes, what, 15 minutes? >> yeah, 15 minutes. >> sarah: the sausage is finished. we can just pour that right into our egg mixture. stir that all in, chris. >> now you tear the bread pieces and dump it into the mixture. >> sarah: this is my favorite part, the last ingredient, the cheese. mom uses monterey jack.
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you want. why don't you stir that up for us. >> pour it in the casserole dish and put it in the refrigerator overnight. >> sarah: after it's been in the fridge overnight, you place it in the oven at 350 for about an hour on christmas morning and then you have your breakfast casserole. from arkansas to massachusetts, we hope you get a chance to try my mom's breakfast casserole this holiday season. thank you so much for supporting project bread. happy holidays. >> christa: so precious. >> that was my mom's tv debut. she was a little nervous, and the baby, thankfully, you know, made it through the segment. we were hoping she would. >> christa: right, without needing a feeding and all of that good stuff. >> we had to stop once to give her a bottle toward the end. but she did pretty well. it's so fun having my mom here. >> christa: not even three months old, so we'll cut her some slack. your mom was amazing, as well. mama french, by the way. >> sarah: she was so awestruck by everybody. she was like, i feel like i know you. >> christa: well, i now her now a little bit more, so it's awesome.
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to project bread and learn measure about 7news recipes, log on to whdh.com and click on the project bread logo. >> christa: all right. still ahead, we have more news for you here at 6:25. two boston firefighters injured battling flames in roxbury. the fire chief says something inside the home contributed to their injuries, as well. >> christa: and we're live this morning in lawrence where police are investigating after a young boy is left alone on a bus. ism also making an admission, an nba ref revealing a personal secret after being berated by former celtics' star rajon
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>> christa: breaking overnight. commuter rail passengers trapped on a train with no power. >> sarah: plus a five-year-old
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a call from help for a stranger who found him. >> christa: searching for a suspect. an armed robber threat act store clerk on the cape. eight. bill battle. why police say a disgruntled guest deliberately slammed his truck enter a hotel. >> christa: and how a mail man saved christmas for a local family. >> sarah: and gronk is using his signature spike to keep you warm this winter. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: you piqued our interest with that one, sarah. >> sarah: we'll tell you about it coming up. thanks for staying us with. it's tuesday morning. i'm sarah french. >> christa: i'm christa delcamp. we have rain and wind to contend with. it's a short-lived thing. >> sarah: that's the good news, j.r. >> christa: here's where we had the rain. we have one batch through boston. one more batch to go through. already cleared worcester. so metro worcester, again, you don't need the rain gear. fitchburg some showers the next ten, 15 minutes. this is in metro west now. this will scoot across the city of boston between now and say 7:15. maybe 7:30. so i think up until then
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gear, but after 7:30 a.m., you don't need the rain gear with temperatures at this time 40s and 50s. there's wind out there. winds are feisty. already this morning, gusting 25 to 35mph. this will be with us all day. so we can move the rain out. the wind stays with us. some locations even higher gusts this afternoon, gusting over 40mph, but not a cold wind. temps this afternoon middle and upper 50s. >> christa: all right. let's check the roads now with danielle gersh. everyone. it's slick and a little slow out there. this is the braintree split as you check out the expressway. that's cleared. let's go to the maps. you can see a lot of red south of town. route 24 northbound backed up to about west center street. route 3 is backed up to weymouth. we have another accident on route 3 northbound. this is at 139. this is actually a car off the road. the expressway from the braintree split into boston over half an hour already this morning.
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you're crawling on route 1. we have an accident on revere. that's on route 1 southbound right at lynn street. so that's causing some delay, too. the pike, through framingham, you're stop-and-go into boston. take a look at those drive times. if you're getting ready to head out the door, the expressway, a split to tunnel, on the pike, not too bad. 14 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, over half an hour. so far "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: all right, dan -- danielle. thank you. commuters are hoping for a smooth ride after the mbta says a mechanical line caused a severe delay on the commuter rail's kingston-plymouth line late last night. a train stopped between the braintree and south weymouth stations around 10:00. and it just got stuck. finally it arrived in kingston at 12:45 a.m. the attorney for the driver of the runaway red line train says his client missed monday's disciplinary hearing because his
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according to the herald, david vasquez's doctor gave him a note to take a few days off because of the amount of stress he's under. vasquez's attorney also says his client denies wrapping a cord around the train's throttle. also today, jury deliberations continue in the philip chism murder trial. jurors spent about three hours behind closed doors on monday arguments. they have a lot to consider here including testimony from 53 evidence. >> sarah: a five-year-old boy left behind on a bus on the way the school. this morning we're learning about criminal charges the driver may face. 7's victoria warren live in lawrence. details on the 911 calls made when the boy was found. vicki. >> christa: . >> victoria: good morning. police are investigating. there are system charges they're filing against this driver. now, a neighbor was the one that was walking by and saw this child asleep inside the locked bus. luckily that neighbor quickly
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lawrence. >> observed approximately a five-year-old child, male, left alone on the bus. was asleep. no bus driver was around. neighbor tipped off police. >> someone saw something and tipped off police and that made the difference. >> victoria: police say the bus company is called nunez transportation. the company is run independently from the school district, but the mayor says that doesn't make them any less responsible for the children. >> we're going to make sure as these third-party vendors are doing business with our school system that the parents are informed and they put pressure on them to provide the best quality service. >> victoria: the boy was alone for 45 minutes, but he was okay. his parents picked him up. the driver is facing a reckless endangerment charge. he's accused of not doing the proper inspection before locking the bus up and he could also lose his job.
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threat because he didn't follow through with what he needed to do. >> victoria: and the police chief says they've already contacted the register to get the steps to make that happen and the school bus driver will be summoned to court. victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: police in brewster searching for an armed robber. he walked into the brewster farms store pretending to purchase an item when he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash and took off with it. >> sarah: ashland police and mbta police are investigating a deadly accident. investigators say a commuter rail train hit a woman who had been walking on cherry street monday evening. the victim's name has not been released yet. police are still trying to figure out why she was on the track. >> christa: tense moments in a courtroom in worcester when a man accused of stabbing a woman to death faces a judge. >> are you kidding me? >> ma'am, ma'am... >> are you giving him bail for killing my daughter?
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>> christa: confusion there because the mother of the victim thought the judge gave luis melendez bail, but he actually ordered him held without bail. melendez is accused of stabbing 31-year-old cherise hill earlier this month. police say she was attacked outside a gas station in worcester. melendez is charged with murder. >> sarah: a mail man is being praised for stopping two teens from allegedly breaking into a home in methuen. police say a 19 year old and a 17 year old tried using a hatchet to break into the family's home around noon last tuesday. at that time the mail man arrived to drop off a package. he saw what was going on and chased after the suspects. police later arrested the teens. the family is certainly grateful for what their mailman did. >> he thought he would just bring the packages out back and just hand them to us instead of leaving them out front. and by the time he went around, there he saw one of them that had the ax in his hand.
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had the ax in his hand, that's pretty bold thing to do to look out for us. ism the family says their six year old daughter feels even safer than before knowing the mailman was watching out for them. >> christa: kids getting a chance to shop with a cop in boston. more than 300 kids were paired with first responders to pick out a special holiday gift at a local target. on monday mayor marty cal, and police commissioner bill evans were on hand for to vet, as well. they said the officers had just as much fun as the kids do. for them. and a happy one at that. >> christa: definitely love this time of year. still ahead, bill cosby firing back. the embattled comedian filing a counter suit as boston university revokes an honor. >> christa: dangerous drive at a hotel. police say the man at the wheel
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>> sarah: plus rob gronkowski putting a spin on his signature spike and it's pretty ugly. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. it's a slow drive out there. it's slick in someplace, too. this is the splirt split. -- braintree split. once you get tonight split, slow, a half hour. on route 1, an accident. revere from 93 southbound, you're crawling.
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>> christa: good morning. it's 6:40. here's a look at what's trending. >> and i'm also single, so... >> sarah: i love this story. >> christa: this is the shirtless runner caught running in the rain by a tv reporter in chicago, and he's become the windy city's most eligible bachelor. look at how proud he is of himself. >> sarah: look at that body >> the interview went viral with more than three million views on the station's facebook page. he's also been inundated with friend requests on facebook, but he's definitely working it there, isn't he? up. okay. holidays. they're topping their christmas tree with the star. tom brady said, "i guess the
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accomplished. now we're ready for christmas thanks to the love of my life." very sweet, tom. meantime, rob gronkowski wants fans to have a holly jolly gronk-mass. he debuted a new ugly sweater that features him spiking a christmas present. you can buy it online for $50. i hope it goes charity or something, right? >> that's pretty funny. can you imagine him wearing it? that's the thing. he doesn't usually wear a shirt. he's like the jogger out in the windy city, right? all right. up next we have much more on the pats. they're celebrating a new title without even stepping on the field. >> sarah: overnight "star wars" fabs got the first look at "the force awakens." we'll tell you about first reviews, but no spoiler alerts. don't worry. that's after the break. >> reporter: live in kingston, passengers stuck on the commuter
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>> it's 6:45. time to know and go. >> reporter: commuters hoping for a smoother ride after severe delays last night. >> reporter: a driver's denial. the "t" conductor who was supposed to be at the controls of the red line runaway train is fighting back this morning. >> christa: plus a bill battle coming to a crashing end. why police say a driver slammed his truck into a hotel in oklahoma.
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of-of-this-world premier, "the force awakens" in hollywood and the reviews are. get excited. it's 6:45, time to know and go. we have your top stories coming up. - >> christa: let's start off with weather. j.r., is this day you'll be fighting for the weather? >> jeremy: for next hour or so. fitchburg into worcester and keene, done with the rain. this is the caboose of the weather system. you need the rain gear until about 7:30. then it is battling the wind. winds gusting 25 to 35mph. make sure if you have inflatable frosty or inflatable santa in your yard, take the air out or tie them down because they will be airborne shooting across the yards and the neighborhoods across southern new england. we have a wind advisory in effect this afternoon. winds will gust between 40 and 50mph. a windy day shaping up through southern new england. but this wind, there's in arctic air with this wind. with temperatures right now 40s and 50s this afternoon. the numbers will reach the mid-50s. there's actually a little bit of
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frizz factor and the curly category and the wind will be the enemy this afternoon against the hair. temps between 53 and 58. mid-50s now. briefly into the upper 50s around lunchtime and settling back into the mid-50s late this afternoon and this evening. tonight partly cloudy. wind this evening fades away. cooler but still not bitter, not frigid. 37 to 42. tomorrow a lot of clouds. some sun, temps tomorrow and again on thursday into the 40s. then we bounce into the low 50s on friday. have a great day. >> sarah: let's send it over the danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. the roads are slow out there. the braintree split getting on to the expressway, you see a lot of red, a lot of brake lights. a lot of red south of town. 95 northbound, 24 northbound, weymouth. we have another accident in pembroke on route 3. this is a car off the road right at 139 on route 3 northbound. this expressway from the split into boston over half an hour.
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broken-down vehicle just after furnace brook parkway. we have a disabled truck. north of town, from 495 all the way into boston on route 93, you're crawling. route 1 you're slow through saugus and then you're stop and go. framingham crawling on the pike. then you're slow and go on pike into boston. the expressway the split to the tunnel around half an hour. into town from the pike on 12822 minutes. 128 to the zakim bridge 33 minutes and so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. you. breaking news from overnight involving the commuter rail passengers stranded for hours on board a train. it didn't even reach its destination until nearly 1:00 a.m. >> sarah: this is the latest headache for commuters. 7's nicole oliverio live in kingston with more on this story. nicole? >> nicole: you can imagine how passengers. they say the train got dark, and
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dark having no idea what was going on when they were on that commuter rail last night. the mbta blames those severe delays on mechanical problems. the mbta saying it was the commuter line trail, the kingston plymouth line that got stuck between braintree and south weymouth station around 10:00. the mbta posted alerts on twitter advising people that the train would be delayed, but that delay kept growing and growing to between 70 and 80 minutes. now another train was finally brought in to help get that one here to kingston, which arrived at 12:45 a.m. now one man who was on the train posted this picture to social media. it shows one of the cars on the disabled train. another passenger we spoke with when she made it off expressed her frustration saying it feels like winter all over again, but keep in mind we're talking about temps in the 60s right now and this train was only stuck a few hours ago some a far cry from last winter, but passengers say they hope it's in the a sign for things to come. live in kingston, nicole
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england." >> sarah: new this morning, the driver of last week's runaway red line train is denying claims he rigged the controls to take off with no one behind the wheel. jennifer egan is live with more on this story. jen. >> jennifer: right now there is no explanation for what did happen, but that conductor's lawyer tells the "boston herald" that his client denies wrapping a cord around the throttle before stripping off. conductor david vasquez missed a hearing with "t" officials yesterday. his lawyer says vasquez is under enormous stress and his doctor told him to miss the meeting. a red line train left the braintree station last thursday with 50 passengers on board, but vazquez had stepped off. he was clipped by the train. his lawyer tells the herald, "he ran as fast as he could to the braintree station to say, i have a runaway train, get that thing. he didn't even realize his leg was bleeding." "t" supervisor mark mcneill, who was honored by the governor
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he cut power to sections of the third rail and told the strain up ahead not to stop. >> we were killing sections underneath train behind. it kept... the momentum kept carrying it. this is what i was afraid of initially, the momentum of that train. we couldn't allow failure because we knew we had people's lives at stake. >> reporter: so the train came to a stop four stops later, no one was hurt. jennifer egan, today in new england. >> christa: jury deliberations continued this morning in the philip chism murder trial. jurors spent about three hours behind closed doors on monday after both sides gave closing arguments. they have a lot to consider, including testimony from 53 witnesses and 143 pieces of evidence. when the jury does reach a verdict, we will keep you updated both on air and online so you can look for breaking news alerts on whdh.com and our 7 news mobile and tablet apps. >> sarah: two firefighters are recovering this morning after
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while battling flames at a home in roxbury. officials say the firefighters fell partly because of the amount of clutter in the home. they were taken the a hospital to be checked out and are expected to be okay. everyone inside made it out safely. >> christa: the salvation army receiving a number of jewelry donations in massachusetts in the past week. people have donated diamond rings and necklaces and earrings. the salvation army says it hopes to raise more than $3 million right here in massachusetts alone. >> sarah: the stage is set for the republican presidential debate in las vegas tonight. 7's kris anderson joins us with a preview. >> kris: sarah, donald trump remains at the front of the pack. he's the front-runner, but there are others gains ground, including ted cruz, who is surging and leading in iowa. triple-digit temperatures takes center stage once against tonight. he will be flanked by ben carson and ted cruz. chris christie will be back on the main stage and rand paul will be there, as well, though he barely made the cut.
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he said there's only one reason people are watching this republican debate. >> it was totally because of me. it's true. it's true. it's true. [cheering and applause] and the other candidates should be thankful. because i'm giving them a chance to make total fools of themselves in front of millions of people. >> kris: another round tonight. the rest of the republican pack will fight it out in an earlier debate. the democrats' next debate is in new hampshire on saturday. live in the control room, kris anderson, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: a disgruntled guest at an oklahoma hotel is behind bars after he allegedly rammedded his truck through this hotel lobby on purpose. you see two employees diving for safety. luckily they weren't hurt. then you see the man walks out of his truck as if nothing happens. officials say he was upset when his credit card was declined and he had the pay with cash. >> sarah: boston university has revoked bill cosby's
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the board of trustees made the decision based on cosby's foreign -- sworn deposition about his mistreatment of women. meantime, the comedian filed a lawsuit against seven massachusetts women who accused him of sexually assaulting him. the suit says the women made false claims for financial gain and have damaged cosby's reputation. more than 50 women have accused cosby of sexual assault over the past four decades. nba referee bill kennedy has announced that he is gay just a couple weeks after rajon rondo yelled anti-gay slurs at him during the celtics-kings game in mexico city. kennedy disclosed his sexual orientation to yahoo! sports on monday. last friday rondo was suspended for one game for his remarks. the former celtics star posted a message on twitter writing his words do not reflect his feelings toward the lgbt community. >> christa: the patriots once again champs of the a.f.c. east. new england clinching the
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dolphins lost to the giants. the patriots' pro shop quick to let fans know the a.f.c. east championship gear is available. hats and shirts feature the message, "the east is on lock." >> sarah: it's that time of week when we reveal the winner of this wheex "who did it better?." this time jadiann took on celtics' point guardizedda thomas. >> christa: it was a lot of fun. the two headed to boston to meet up with the blue man group. this group's challenge was to perform the group's popular paint drumming act with the cast. jadiann and isaiah each had to paint their own canvasses and they played the drums doing it. it was really cool. here are the results. jadiann wins in a landslide, 85%. jadiann now has five wins and two losses. >> sarah: the force awakening in hollywood for the new "star wars" film that hits theaters on friday. r2d2 and c3po were among the original stars to hit the red carpet, including harrison ford
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>> there was a premier in england for the first one. but we didn't know. >> surreal. i mean, it's pinch me time from the moment they said they were going to do it. it's hard to believe. it's hard to believe tonight that we're here. >> chewy. >> sarah: this morning the first reviews are in and they are overwhelmingly positive. the thumbs-up quickly poured in from actors and journalists after they got their phones back from security last night. i just want to know if j.r. likes "star wars" week or christmas week better. >> christa: and when the two coincide, my goodness, it's off the charts. >> jeremy: it is over the top. looking forward to that on friday. we have rain right now in the metro. raining quite heavily for next ten or 15 minutes. you don't need the rain gear after 7: 30 a.m. temps near 50 degrees. it's windy right now. we move the rain away, but we hold on to the win. it's a windy day. temps this afternoon upper 50s. >> christa: is it april or is it december? you decide. i'm loving it.
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