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his math teacher going before a jue todayo learn his fate. why the sentencing could be historic. >> christa: and investigators piecing together the moments before a kansas man opened fire, killing several of his coworkers. this morning what we're learning about how he was stopped. >> sarah: crews headed back to the scene of massive fire in fiewp, rhode island. what made fighting the flames at the mansion so difficult. >> christa: and donald trump on the defensive. marco rubio and igor sousa ted cruz join forces to take down the front-runner, but did they succeed? >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good friday morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: i'm christa delcamp. it's really nice not to have a >> sarah: right. >> christa: right. it did seem like that with the warmer temperatures and drenching rain. but chris, we have wind to contend with today. >> chris: trade-off. weather out there. the breeze is strong enough to produce a wind-chill factor, although the wind gusts aren't damaging.
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34 in norwood. temperatures a good 25 to 30 degrees colder this morning compared to where we were yesterday morning in a lot of towns. look at these gusts. still near 40 out through worcester. gusting to 26 in boston, 28 in plymouth. it will be between 25 and 30mph through the day. that's producing a wind-chill factor down into the mid-20s for a lot of us, and they'll generally run in the mid to upper 20s throughout the day. not a whole will the of upward through the day. it's going to be a cold start to the weekend, but by sunday, we're back into the 50s and the seven-day forecast does not feature any good chances of snow as we continue with a lot of 40s and 50s next week. more on that ahead. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. happy friday to you. let's head outside. here's a look at the zakim bridge, leverett connector. no issues headed into town. let's go to the maps. 93 southbound and route 1, an easy friday commute so far. the expressway from braintree to boston, that drive just ten minutes. south of town, route 3, 24 and
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the pike from framingham eastbound into boston all green. no delays to tell you about there. times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. ten minutes on the expressway into boston. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive 11 minutes. if you're taking "t" this back to you, guys. >> christa: dab -- danielle, thank you. happening today, the danvers teenager accused of raping and killing his high school math fate. >> sarah: the judge will sentence philip chism in the murder of colleen ritzer. we have more on what's expected in court this morning. >> victoria: we'll have the victim impact staijts today and sentencing this afternoon. the victim impact statements in this case particularly important because typically with a first-degree murder conviction, the judge would give the person life without parole, but because philip chism is a juvenile, that is no longer an option, and that means the judge in this case has
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sentencing. philip chism guilty of the murder and rape of his math teacher colleen ritzer. today the danvers teen learns his fate as ritzer's family gets their chance to tell the judge all about colleen and the hole left in their lives. automatic anything. so the impact statements make a difference. >> victoria: 7news legal analyst says sentencing in this case is historic, the first juvenile first-degree murder conviction since the higher courts said life without parole is not an option for teenage killers. >> the last ten years the supreme court of the united states said juveniles are not adults. their brain is not at the stage of adult, so you can't just throw away the key when they're a juvenile. >> victoria: the state wants chism sentenced to 25 years for parole with murder and another 25 years for parole with the rape. chism's defense is asking for him to serve his sentences for the rape and murder at the same
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after 26 years. legal experts say because of the leeway the judge has, impact statements will play a huge role. thursday the judge denied a defense motion to limit how many family members can speak and for how long. >> why limit the victim impact statements? >> it's the law. >> the times we live in, limiting our concept of who is family member and who is a survivor of someone is pretty dangerous territory. >> victoria: right now the schedule for today, which could change, is that these victim impact statements will start here at salem superior court around 9:30 a.m. nine family members and friends of colleen ritzer scheduled to give victim impact statements and then the judge is scheduled to do sentencing later this afternoon around 2:30. live this morning in salem, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: a maynard firefighter set to appear in court today. 59-year-old james andrew
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raping a child back in 1991678 he was arrested at his home yesterday. he's been on administrative leave since detectives started investigating the allegations last month. a termination hearing will be held in march. >> christa: right now police are at the home of the kansas man accused of going on a deadly shooting spree at his workplace. this morning they are searching for any clues at all as to what triggered this gunfire, leaving four people, including the shooter, dead and seriously wounding dozens of others. let's go to 7's jennifer egan in the control room with more. >> jennifer: christa, investigators are still trying to determine a motive here. this morning we're learning more about the officer who took down the gunman and is being credited with saving lives. >> we juses kept hearing pop, pop. i ran over. a generalman, i guess his name is adam, got shot. >> jennifer: the workplace shooting happened at excel industries in hesston, kansas. 5r7b:00 in the evening, police
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being shot in various places. one man shot in his truck, another person shot in the street. there was a scene in the parking will the of excel and then in the plant itself. >> this is a horrible incident. >> i see people running. i'm assuming fire. and so i take a few steps and i hear a pop, pop, and i'm thinking some paint cannes or something going up. more people running. all of a sudden, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. >> jennifer: the shooter hasn't been identified by police, but coworkers say it's this man, cedric ford. investigators don't have information about a possible motive. the sheriff praising the officer who shot and killed the suspect. >> even though he took fire, he went inside of that police and saved multiple, multiple lives, a hero as far as i'm concerned. >> jennifer: for hours the area around excel and the surrounding scene were flooded with local and state and the f.b.i. as loved ones were reunited, grateful to be alive after seeing what they describe as a terrifying scene of confusion and fear. >> i had no idea what to do.
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everybody was running, people were screaming. people were crying. we just didn't know what to do. >> jennifer: the gunman had a rifle and a pistol. in kansas a person does not need a permit to buy either weapon. officers say they are following leads on what may have triggered the attacker. in the control room, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: happening now, investigators are making their way back to the scene of this massive fire in rhode island as they try to figure out what sparked the blaze. the 100-year-old mansion on bellevue avenue burst into flames yesterday afternoon. it had recently been sold and was under construction. witnesses say it went up so fast firefighters couldn't do anything to save it. >> this was like over the top. the whole place was engulfed. and it's just like... it went like that. and the thing started collapsing. i heard a couple pops that were inside the house. and you could hear the things crack. >> jennifer: no one was at
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made fighting the fire more difficult to put it out. >> christa: seems like nothing at all is off limits in the race for the white house. marco rubio and ted cruz ganging up on donald trump in the final debate before super tuesday next week. let's go to 7's brandon gunnoe. brandon, these guys didn't waste any time going after him at all. >> brandon: it's now or never. super tuesday is only four days away and trump is crushing the polls. did the debate make a difference? we'll see, but they certainly came out swinging. >> 1:15 to answer. >> brandon: g.o.p. front-runner donald trump center stage and the main target. senator marco rubio was first to attack. >> here's a guy that inherited $200 million. he inherited $200 million. you know where he would be if he hadn't... >> no, no, no. that is so wrong. >> brandon: in cruz's home state of texas in the last debate before super tuesday, senator ted cruz and marco rubio hit trump be from both sides, taking shots at how trump said he's the one the start the
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>> in 2013 when i was leading the fight against the gang of eight and the bill, where was donald? celebrity apprentice. >> if he builds the way the way he built trump towers, he'll be using illegal immigrant labor to do it. >> first of all, this guy is a choke artist and this guy is a liar. >> brandon: rubio tried the tear down trump's past. >> you're the only person on the stage for hiring people to work on your projects illegally. >> brandon: cruz questioned house. >> we can't win this election with candidate that agrees with hillary clinton and can't take it to her. >> if you're talkingtant polls, i'm beating him awfully badly. >> but you're not beating hillary. >> hey, if i can't beat her, you're really going to get killed. >> brandon: trump has long said he's going to build a wall and mexico will pay for it. here's what former mexican president vicente fox had to say about that. >> i'm not going to pay for that
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he should pay for it. >> the wall just got ten feet taller, believe me. >> brandon: for here the candidates continue a whirlwind tour, 12 in total, including right here in mass. a final push that could determine the g.o.p. ticket. in the newsroom, bran down gun now, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: apple holding a previously scheduled shareholder meeting in california. there's a lot to talk about. the company filed a motion thursday to throw out a judge's order to create software that would help the f.b.i. unlock an iphone used by one of the intern killers. it's been very controversial. next week both apple and the f.b.i. will also be facing off in a hearing on capitol hill. >> sarah: we're off to a busy start this friday morning. still ahead, armed and dangerous. a weapon a man is using to rob people on the streets and several boston neighborhoods. >> christa: and hoping to keep your morning commute running on time, governor baker plans to give a boost to the mbta, but how much money he's investing in the transit agency.
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we'll let you know about that. >> sarah: and we'll introduce do you this week's class act. we're heading to medford where an international student is gaining respect from his teachers and peers by bridging gaps during his high school career. >> chris: this morning back to february and back the reality. that means a colder day ahead. a breeds to contend with, as well. low 30s this morning. upper 30s this afternoon. nice, dry weekend ahead. take a look at that forecast coming up. >> sarah: good morning, everyone. it's ten minutes from braintree to boston expressway northbound. no other major issues on the roads. if you're taking the "t" it's on time.
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>> christa: chris lambert was just laughing at my terminology for yesterday being a rain blizzard. >> sarah: it was, though. >> christa: at least we don't have to deal with that today. >> sarah: right. chris, how is it going to be
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>> chris: we don't have any snow blizzards, too, so know shoveling through next seven days. sarah and christa, the weekend looking just fine. it starts off colder because we have a colder air mass for the next 24 to 36 hours. 34 in norwood. 28 in worcester. 36 in boston. still have a wind. no rain to go with that wind. but it's still gusting to 39mph in worcester. 26mph wind gusts in boston. so you're battling a little breeze. it's adding a chill to the air and it feels like the mid-20s and it feels like late february here as you would usually expect here in the month of february. as we enter these winter months and really closing the books on winter here fairly quickly as we haven't had much of it, right? west wind continuing into the afternoon. gusting at times near 30mph. date night tonight, that wind will slack. it takes a little while. for this evening, still some cold wind-chill factors out there and even overnight the wind at times about 10mph. we'll have more sunshine than clouds for the day, although the
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the higher terrain of western new england, but overall most of these snow showers because of the cold air, snow showers across ski country but nothing to bother us in southern new england. colder in buffalo new york. 20 degrees is the cold air mass that will settle in for 24 to 36 hours. after that some milder weather starts to return. 42 degrees in minneapolis. later on this afternoon, that's in the too bad for late february for mid west standards. you go across the country and there's no big storm to talk about. with the weather generally working in from the west, no big storms for us to talk about through the weekend and even into early next week. the next best chance of a widespread soaking rain not until wednesday. so we'll have this colder weather in place today with some gusty winds. cool start tomorrow. temperatures down into the teens. but overall on sunday, already warming it back up. warm front lifts to the north of us, wind goes back to the southwest, and that means on sunday and again into monday temperatures rebounding or
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50s. isolated shower with a front on monday. that's it. not a lot of moisture with that front as it works on through. so mostly sunny skies today. cool and windy, 34 in the worcester hills. 38 in boston. 40 south of the city. then chilly tonight. a little bit breezy still this evening. the wind-chill factors down in the single digits and lower teens overnight tonight. the air temperatures falling into the teens to near 20 degrees. 20 in boston, teens in a lot of the suburbs, and then tomorrow, sunny to partly cloudy skies. after a cold start, not a bad rebound, there should rise into the mid-30s to lower 40s. 7 on 7 forecast going through the weekend into early next week. no arctic air to talk about. in fact, the next most widespread chance of rain will also come in with temperatures close to 60 on wednesday. kris. >> sarah: this morning we're excited to introduce you to an medford. >> christa: he's thousands of miles away from home. he's transitioned to a new country and a new language, but he's also helping other young people do the contact same thing.
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week's class act. wow. it's quiet in here. you guys must be hard at work. how are you? i'm christa delcamp, and i work at 7news in boston. we do a segment called "class act" every week where we award amazing achievements. ken wu, come on up. [applause] ken wu isn't your average high school senior. he's an international exchange student who will graduate this year from saint clements high school in medford. >> i was surprised. i was freaking out. i didn't know that this should be me. i mean, why me? what is this about? >> he's a really good kid. he works really hard. >> christa: four years ago ken intrt saint clements straight from china as a freshman. he hardly knew english and was far from family and friends. >> it must have been a scary experience because language was
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but i could see him every day struggling and working really hard the gain his language skills. >> christa: but through hard work, curiosity and determination, he not only succeeded. he's helping others to succeed, as well. >> he's come a long, long way, literally and figuratively, because, you know, moving all the way from china, half a world away, to boston is something that takes a lot of courage. >> christa: each sunday he comes here to the youth council of the asian american civic association in boston, and he helps students who emigrated from china adjust to american life. >> the responsibility is very important. >> ken didn't just come here to learn and take things with him, but he's also given a lot. >> sarah: what an incredible young man. >> christa: so nice that his host dad was able to come, as well, for the presentation. he doesn't know where he will be next year, but he says if he's in boston, he is going to be helping out the asian american council just like he's doing
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>> sarah: constantly giving back. so if you know a student between 6th and 12th grade doing something outstanding in school, sports or in their community, please nominate them online at whdh.com. >> christa: all right. coming up next, deflategate going back to court. what we're learning about the judges set to hear tom brady's appeal and why the lineup could be good for the q.b. >> sarah: and the latest place the ban hoverboards because of
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>> chris: tgif, everyone, on this friday morning. temperatures on the cooler side. a bit of a breeze truth the day, so we will have a wind-chill factor. wind-chill staying down into the upper 20s. weekend forecast looking nice and dry. a lot of sunshine on saturday. cold start. temperatures in the teens on saturday morning. close to 40 in the afternoon. mild weather back at it on
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temperatures low to mid-50s. >> chris: and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino. >> joe: good morning. the celtics were still feeling the sting of that one-point loss in milwaukee earlier this month. they had a chance to get even last night. the bucks are a tough matchup for them, but the celtics were the tougher opponent last night, winning their ninth straight game at the garden. isaiah thomas led all scorers with 27, but the celtics cling to that four-point lead late in the fourth. it's the ridiculous behyde-the-back dish to set up a back-breaking three from jae crowder, the play of the night. celtics keep it interesting but beat the bucks 112-107. >> just trying to be unpredictable out there, and i'm just trying to give them something different each and every time down. my teammates are doing a hell of a job of separating and getting in my vision. i'm trying to make plays to get them going. once they get going, it opens up
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did tonight. >> joe: the bruins upping the number of years they're offering loui eriksson, but the return the jets just got for player might make them think twice. that sent a minor leaguer for marco dano, a 2016 and conditional 2018 pick. winnipeg is eating 36% of lad's salary. and 38-year-old shawn thornton is not dropping the gloves just yet. he's getting a one-year contract extension from the florida panthers. i'm joe amorosino. have a great day. >> christa: tom brady channeling the lion king, showing us his family's new pet. do you love this or what? the video on his facebook page shows brady holding up fluffy life."
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other two dogs, scooby and lua appearing in the video, as well. >> sarah: i do with that with my baby all the time. she laughs, thinks it's funny. up next at 5:30, investing in the future, how much money the governor is willing to further aside in hopes of keeping the "t" running on time. >> man with a kitchen knife robbing people in downtown boston. police are looking for him and they want him caught. >> christa: also the headmaster of boston latin gives her first interview since the racism controversy at that school.
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>> christa: armed, dangerous and on the run. the weapon boston police say man is using to rob people on the street. >> sarah: another water warning. the latest u.s. city where there are concerns about lead this morning. >> christa: and getting the green light. the new england state where recreational marijuana could
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>> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: thanks for waking up with us so early. it's 5:30. it's friday. i'm christa delcamp. and i'm sarah french. let's get a check of the forecast on friday morning with chris lambert. how is the weekend shaping up? >> meaghan: two thumbs-up. a little on the cold side, but we can handle the cold. we won't have to shovel and saturday. 36 in boston. 28 in worcester. battling a breeze this morning. at times gusting 20230mph. that will be the case throughout the day. that's providings with a wind-chill factor down into the mid-20s at this hour. feels like 26 boston. only feels like 12 degrees in worcester right now. a breezy day if not a windy day. notice temperatures don't move all that much. so we go from lower 30s this morning into the upper 30s this afternoon with that constant gusty wind. it turns cold fast this evening, in fact, overnight temperatures tonight, even a few degrees below seasonal levels that. will put us at 20 degrees tonight in the city of boston. lots of lower to middle teens in the suburbs.
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fitchburg at 12, despite the cold start to the weekend, i see temps in the 50s by sunday. forecasting that ahead. >> christa: okay. what a difference a day make, right, on the roads. here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: very true, christa, especially on route 9. here is a look at the expressway this morning. no major issues. let's go to the maps. from bait into boston expressway northbound, that drive is just ten minutes so far this morning. route 3, 24, 95, no issues to tell you about. the pike and route 9 looking good heading into boston. if you're headed into town from the north on 93 southbound from 495 over 128 into boston, no major issues or on route 1 this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. ten minutes on the expressway. into town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive 11 minutes. if you're tague -- taking the "t" this morning, it's on time. back to you guys. >> sarah: the danvers teenager who raped and killed his high
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his fate today. philip chism faces up to life in prison, but because he was a juvenile at the time, recent supreme court rulings say the judge can't give him life without the chance of parole. the prosecution wants him to spend at least 50 years in prison while the defense wants him eligible for parole in 15 to 25 years. police in kansas are trying to determine the motive in a deadly workplace shooting. officers say an excel industries employee stole a vehicle, shot people on the street and parking lot and then opened fire inside the plant. three people were killed. several others remain in critical condition. police later shot and killed the gunman. investigators are making their way back to the scene of this massive fire in rhode island as they try to figure out what sparked the blaze. it had recently been sold and was under construction. witnesses say the 100-year-old mansion on newport's bellevue avenue went up in flames so quickly, by the time firefighters got, there they couldn't save it. >> christa: happening now,
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man they say is behind a terrifying string of robberies. they say he's armed with a dangerous weapon. let's go live to 7's john cuoco. john, you have pictures of this man police are working to find right now. >> john: we do. in these cases investigators say this guy is carrying a 12-inch kitchen knife. take a close look right here. this is man police say they're looking for, b.p.d. posted a couple pictures of him online. he's wanted in two armed robberies downtown. we're told he was last seen in the area of washington and boylston streets. police say he's about 5'7" with missing teeth. again, police say he used a 12-inch kitchen knife during these robberies. police say anyone with any information should give them a call. live in downtown boston, john cuoco, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: happening right now, police are searching for a suspect who crashed into a parked van ins with and then left the scene. they say they tried to pull over the 2009 toyota camry for a driving violation and the driver
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so a few minutes later, the trooper found the car smashed into the van, but the driver was nowhere to be found. >> sarah: new this morning, the headmaster of boston latin ducking tough questions in her first interview following allegations of racism among students. lynne mooney-teta told the "herald" she's determined to review policies and protocols at the school, but she refused to say if she offered to resign or if the mayor's office told her to keep quiet. when asked if she had any regrets about how cases were handled, teta said in part, "we addressed individual, but what i regret is not having addressed it as a school. if i could turn back time, that is what we would have done." new this morning, governor charlie baker promising to invest $1 billion over the next five years toward upgrading the infrastructure on the "t," including tracks and signals. that's an increase of $160 million a year on what the "t" was spending. meanwhile, the state transportation secretary tells
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of regular, modest fare increases as a way to improve service. a vote next month could raise fares later this year. also this morning, hoverboards are now banned on the "t," including train, buses and in stations all together. the new rules comes after several cases of the popular devices catching on fire and even exploding. transit systems in new york, los angeles and chicago have similar bans. >> christa: also on 7, a teenager whose family is suing boston children's hospital says her civil rights were violated. 17-year-old justina pelletier was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder, however, doctors at children's thought it was psychological. so d.c. -- d.c.f. gave custody to the hospital for nearly a year. >> it was awful.
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ward without needing to be in a psych ward. i'm very angry. i don't understand how this happened and i rally don't want this to happen ever again to any other family. >> christa: in a statement, boston children's is defending its actions. justina says she's doing better, but she also has a long road to recovery. >> sarah: the issue of tom brady's overturned suspension set to head back the court. three federal judges will hear the nfl's appeal in the deflated football scandal. >> christa: so one was appointed by president clinton, one by president george w. bush. the third appointed by president obama. brady does appear to have an advantage because judges appointed by democrats tend to favor individuals over business in labor cases. arguments are set to be made on thursday. we'll be watching that. >> sarah: still ahead on 7news, a former supermodel is raising a lot of eyebrows this morning. why she isn't happy with the decision to feature a fuller-figured model on the cover of this year's 'sports illustrated' swimsuit issue. >> christa: not your typical
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where a unicorn came from before running loose on a california highway. chris? >> chris: love it. not something you see every day, right? taking a look at our forecast, temperatures not moving much throughout the day. upper 20s to lower to middle 30s now. reaching the upper 30s this afternoon, and so far it's running the second warmest winter on record in the city of boston. more on this forecast and warm days ahead. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. happy friday to you. here's a look at the braintree split. we have some slowing as you're heading on to the expressway northbound. just over ten minutes from braintree to boston. if you're taking the "t" this
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>> sarah: trending today, a legendary supermodel is slamming "sports illustrated" for featuring a plus-sized model on edition. cheryl tiegs, who was featured on several of the magazine's covers in the '70s and '80s says she cease it as an example of poor health. the 68-year-old says women should have waists smaller than
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doctor oz says. >> christa: a couple from california just celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. she's 91. he's 93. they met in chicago in the 1940s and they connected for the first time on a rowboat. that's so sweet. what's their seek ratted to a long and happy marriage? aside from lots of laughs and staying active, the two do not go to bed without kidding each other every night. they always say, don't go to bed mad without having a fight, but humor is key. love that. >> sarah: it was a scene right out of a child's imagination. a unicorn loose on a highway in california. this is juliet, a pony who spends her days making people's dreams come true by posing as a unicorn in photo shoots. but on wednesday juliet got loose still wearing the unicorn horn. police spent hours trying to catch her as she ran dangerously close to traffic, but thankfully she was okay. they caught up with her and she's doing just fine. can you imagine your kids in the
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told you they're real. >> christa: exactly. lots to get to here on this friday, including our know and go segment. parents on alert as the so-called super lice takes the nation by storm. how to stop it coming up. >> an emotional day expected as we await impact statements and sentencing in the philip chism case. ism and find out why vice president joe biden will join pop star lady gaga on stage at the oscars. the new caramel macchiato from dunkin' donuts. let hand-crafted layers of espresso, milk, and a caramel-flavored swirl uplift your mood. indulge in a hot or iced macchiato today.
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>> sarah: it's 5:45. time now for everything you need the start your day off right. >> christa: chris has your weather. sarah just distracted me. i'm so sorry. >> sarah: you guys are talking about kids when they're little. i have a two-year-old at home. this is what i have to look forward to, running around the house. take a look forecast for us. we have plenty of mild air and we'll have plenty of mild air ahead of us as we go into the second half of the weekend into early next week. 33 days so far this winter 50 or above in boston. when i say "winter," meteorological winter, beginning of december through february. and if you take that same time period and average out the temperatures, we're tied with the second warmest on record in the city of boston. so we haven't had a whole lot of winter weather. yeah, some bouts here and. there we did have that record
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we've had some snow, but nothing overwhelming. 36 in boston right now. 28 in worcester. you take a look at these temperatures, and this is a good 20 to 30 degrees colder than this time yesterday morning. of course, yesterday morning a lot of us woke up extra early thanks to those powerful thunderstorms rolling on in. but we also have the mild air with temperatures close to 60 degrees. the winds still gusty this morning, just not nearly as strong, gusting 25 to 30mph. that has dragged down the wind-chill factor, so it feels more like the end of february typically does, that means wind-chills running in the mid-20s, even 12 degrees in the city of worcester. quiet weather across southern new england. mixture of sun and clouds. we tend to favor more sunshine throughout the day than cloud cover, though some clouds this morning and a lot of the snow showers you see to the west of us drying out before they enter much of southern new england. so a colder day today. gusty winds. it's cold tonight. and even into tomorrow morning. and then as we go into the overnight hours on saturday into
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it up on sunday afternoon with a wind back out of the southwest. we're dragging that mild air right back with us. so it looks like we can string together another couple 50-degree days before the month of february comes to a close here. cold front giving us an isolated shower on monday. that should be about it. so mostly sunny skies today. cool and windy, mid-30s to near 40 this afternoon. take a look at the 7 on 7 forecast, no snowflakes. just a couple raindrops. a chance for widespread rain on wednesday. >> sarah: all right. time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. happy friday to you. here's a look outside. the expressway, you can see your let's go to the maps. from braintree to boston expressway northbound, that drive is up to 17 minutes. south of town on routes 3, 24 and 95, no major issues to tell you about. the pike and route 9 from framingham into town looking good some a little different than yesterday. 93 southbound, from lawrence over 128 into boston, no issues to tell you about. route 1 looking good is far this morning, as well.
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if you're getting ready the head out the door. 15 minutes from braintree to boston expressway northbound. into town on the pike 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge no delays there. just a 11 minutes. if you're taking the "t" this morning, it's on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: happening today, the danvers teenager convicted of raping and killing his math teacher in 2013 will learn his fate. >> sarah: his sentencing will be historic. 7's victoria warren is in salem. vicki, the judge made some key rulings that will impact what happens today, right? >> victoria: that's right. yeah, the judge decided to dismiss a defense motion that would limit impact statements. so the judge is not setting any limits on these impact statements. this sentencing today will affect, though, a lot more than just philip chism and colleen ritzer's family. chism is guilty of rape and first-degree murder, but recent court rulings say because he was 14 at the time of the crime, he cannot be sentenced to life without parole.
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sentences with parole served one after another, effectively meaning chism will serve 50 years before going before the parole board. the defense wants those sentences served at the same time. today we will hear victim impact statements from colleen ritzer's family, nine impact statements are expected. but all of this, of course, started. the impact statements scheduled to begin around 9:30 a.m. and then sentencing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. live this morning in salem, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: we have new details about a deadly tent hampshire. a florida-based circus operator is now fighting the more than $33,000 in fines proposed by federal safety officials. investigators say the company failed to put up the tent properly and ignored severe weather warnings. this was last august. you may remember this story. a vermont man and his six-year-old daughter were both killed when storm winds blew
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fairgrounds. a big break from portsmouth, new hampshire, police after a series of car crimes. they've now arrested two men in connection with several break-ins and arsons. police say adam carlin and michael york set five cars on fire and may have stolen another. >> sarah: new this morning, vermont one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana. the senate passed a bill that would allow adults 21 and older to buy up to half an ounce of new legal limit. the station could also start year. the bill now heads to the house for approval, and the governor would have to sign it. president obama will meet with top senate leaders at the white house next week to talk about who will fill the supreme court seat left vacant following the death of justice antonin scalia. on tuesday the president will meet with senate republican leader mitch mcconnell, democratic leader harry reid, judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley and patrick leahy, the committee's top democrat.
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sandoval says he's not interested in filling the seat. sandoval, a republican, made the statement just one day after news broke that he was being considered for the job. he says he told the white house his decision, adding that he has also discussed it with top senate leaders. >> christa: right now people in iran are voting in the first election since last area's nuclear deal with world powers. this is the country's current supreme leader casting his ballot, so they're voting to decide who will control iran's parliament and the group who chooses the islamic public's new supreme leader. more lead-poisoned water worries, if you can believe it, this time in another part of the country inch jackson, mississippi, officials are warning that pregnant women and children should not be drinking the water. they say last june 20% of homes in the city tested high for lead, and now six months later it's still at 10%. however, residents were just told this week. they say they should have been
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>> just to hear that water has gone wrong in another city in another state and then now my own city and state, it's something that i would never have thought of. >> christa: so state officials say they were following e.p.a. guideline, however, some think they're really no longer sufficient at all. residents in flint, michigan, as you know, have been dealing with lead water for a couple years now. >> sarah: testimony will resume later today in sportscaster erin andrews lawsuit against marriott hotels. andrews says the hotel chain was negligent by allowing the man the book rooms next to her room. the man later admitted to secretly recording andrews as she undressed. andrews left the courtroom yesterday as the jury watched that video. her therapist testified thursday describing the panic andrews felt when she wasn't told that the man had been released from jail. >> she was extremely concerned that this would reinvigorate the stories on the intermet. >> sarah: andrews is expected
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she's suing marriott for $75 million. >> christa: on 7news now, cold will be -- kohl's will be closing 18 of its stores across the country. the department store c.e.o. says this is now the first time in the company's 52-years history it's closing several stores at the same time. the retailer will announce which month. we'll keep you posted. and walmart is being hit with a lawsuit over one of its cheese products. a man claims he bought the great value 100% grairted parmesan cheese at a premium price because he was led to believe it was, in fact, 100% cheese. now, according to the suit, the product contains up to 10% wood pulp. so he's accusing the dealer or the retailer of being deceptive. a walmart spokesperson says the company will review those allegations. >> sarah: in 7's health cast, massachusetts is one of the 25 states where a new train of super lice is breaking out.
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this new strain of lice cannot be killed by most over-the-counter treatments. so your doctor will usually have to prescribe you something stronger. also, wash clothing and listennens in very hot water. the c.d.c. reports that up to 12 million children a year will get lice. anxiety could mask symptoms of heart disease in women. a study found women with an anxiety disorder were 75% more likely to have reduced blood flow to the heart during exercise, and because chest discomfort and palpitations can also be signs of heart disease, doctors may assume those symptoms are anxiety-related. >> christa: topping the buzz this morning, a very special guest will be taking the stage. can't believe the oscars are coming up already on a sunday. >> sarah: i'm really excited. vice president joe biden will join lady gaga to protote the white house's it's on us campaign, which puts the spotlight on the issue of campus sexual assaults. the vice president will introduce lady gaga's
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to you," which is nominated for best original song. the song was featured in the documentary "the hunting ground" which deals with campus rape. >> christa: "fuller house" premiering on netflix overnight. fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the beloved '90s sitcom, some critics have been less-than-kind in their reviews. like a real family reunion, though, not everybody showing up. missing are mary-kate and ashley olson, who, of course, played michelle tanner. all 13 episodes are now available to stream. apparently they're too busy with their fashion line and other things going on. were you fan? >> sarah: i was, huge. i'm going the watch this this weekend on netflix, chris. >> christa: we know where you'll be. >> chris: big tgif. that was the lineup on friday, then you had "urkel" and "family matters" as well as "boy meets world." temperatures mid-30s to near 40 degrees. back to winter reality today, but not all this tough to take.
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temperatures into the teens. tomorrow sunny to partly cloudy. cold start but in the a bad finish. great finish for the end of the weekend. temperatures in the mid-50s by sunday. >> christa: why do i sense there is a viewing party in your future? >> sarah: "urkel"? >> christa: "step by step" was one you were saying. >> sarah: uh-huh.
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>> sarah: the danvers teen who killed his math teacher learns his fate. why today's sentencing could be historic. >> christa: a deadly mass shoot in kansas. a gunman storming a business, killing coworkers. >> sarah: a massive blaze destroys a famed newport mansion. the kennedy connection to the
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>> christa: and sparks fly on the g.o.p. stage. >> what is your plan? what is your plan on health care? you don't have plan. >> you said you're a liberal on health care. >> excuse me. let me talk. >> christa: it's a tag team attack on trump. >> this is ?iewdz snooze "today in new england." >> christa: good morning. it's friday officially. it's 6:00 a.m. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. this morning even though it's chilly, it's a lot better than yesterday morning. >> christa: it's better than a monsoon, as we've been saying, but it's windy prepare for that. here's chris lamb weather with your forecast. >> sarah: >> chris: easier to throw the coat on than having to deal with downpours and getting woken up like the night before. broken sleep a couple nights ago. not the case lasting night. hopefully everyone caught up in the sleep department. 33 in norwood. 35 in boston. winds out of the west, steady. 15mph from boston out through worcester. that's adding a wind-chill factor. the wind-chill factor right now running 15 degrees in worcester. feels like 26 in boston. 25 in norwood.
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the breeze stays with us and there's not a lot of movement temperature-wise. we hold mid to upper 30s this afternoon. a couple towns in southeastern mass close to 40 degrees. with the gusty wind, wind-chill factors will go down into the 20s throughout the day. air temperature 20 tonight in boston. lower to middle teens in a lot of the suburbs. nice bounce-back temperature-wise by sunday afternoon. more on that seven-day forecast ahead. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. happy friday. here's a look at the expressway. that driving starting to slow down. let's go to the maps. from braintree to boston expressway northbound, that drive about 15 minutes. south of town, route 3 and 95 looking good, but we have an accident on route 24. this is in avon northbound at harrison boulevard. no major delays from this accident as you can see there. framingham into boston, as well as route 9 this morning looking good. heading into town from the north on 93 southbound from 495 over 128 through woburn into boston and route 1, no major issues to tell you about there. take a look at those drive
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if you're getting ready the head out the door this morning, about 15 minutes on, pray from braintree to boston. into town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive 11 minutes. if you're taking "t" this morning, it's on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. happening today, sentencing for philip chism, the massachusetts teen who raped and killed his math teacher inside danvers high school will learn his fate. and today's sentencing will be historic. >> sarah: that's because of some recent supreme court rulings. 7's victoria warren is in salem where it should be a very emotional kay today, vicki. >> victoria: very emotional day because we will hear from colleen ritzer's family members as they give their impact statements and also these impact statements will play a big role in helping the judge determine what the sentence should be. philip chism guilty of the murder and rape of his math teacher, colleen ritzer. today the danvers teen learns
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their chance to tell the judge all about colleen and hole left in their lives. >> in this case, it's not automatic anything. so the impact statements make a difference. >> victoria: 7news legal analyst tom hoops saceing in this case is historic, the first juvenile first-degree murder conviction since the higher courts said life without parole. is not an option for teenage killers. >> the last ten years the supreme court of the united states said juveniles are not adults. their brain is not at the stage of adult, so you can't just throw away the key when they're a juvenile. >> victoria: the state wants chism sentenced to 25 years for parole with murder and another 25 years for parole with the rape. chism's defense is asking for him to serve his sentences for the rape and murder at the same time, making him parole eligible after 26 years. legal experts say because of the leeway the judge has, impact statements will play a huge role. thursday the judge denied a defense motion to limit how many
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how long. >> why limit the victim impact statements? >> it's the law. >> the times we live in, limiting our concept of who is family member and who is a survivor of someone is pretty dangerous territory. >> victoria: so the way today is scheduled the work, which is subject the change, is that these impact statements will start around 9:30 a.m. at salem superior court. there are nine impact statements scheduled. and then sentencing is tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. live this morning in salem, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: also set to appear in court today, a maynard firefighter. 59-year-old james andrew macgillivary is accused of raping a child back in 1991. he was arrested at his home yesterday. detectives say they started their investigation last month and he's been on paid... or he's been on administrative leave since then. a termination hearing will be held coming up in march. and investigators making their
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huge fire at a feigned newspaper, rhode island, mansion as they try to figure out what started it. witnesses say this 100-year-old mansion on newport's bellevue avenue went up in flames very quickly, so quickly that fire crews when they got there, they couldn't save it. by the way, a piece of history, jackie kennedy stayed at this mansion before she married president john next kennedy. >> sarah: right now a police officer in kansas being hailed a hero for stopping a series of shootings. the officer gunned down man who had stormed the factory where he worked. 7's jennifer eagan joins us now with more. >> jennifer: sarah, investigators are still trying to determine a motive. three people were killed, 14 were injured. >> we just kept hearing pop, pop. i ran over. a gentleman, i guess his name is adam, got shot.
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shooting happened at excel industries in hesston, kansas. it was 5:00 in the evening. police began getting calls of people being shot in various places. one man shot in his truck, another person shot in the street. there was a scene in the parking will the of excel and then in the plant itself. >> this is a horrible incident. >> i see people running. i'm assuming fire. and so i take a few steps and i hear a pop, pop, and i'm thinking some paint cannes or something going up. more people running. all of a sudden, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. >> jennifer: the shooter hasn't been identified by police, but coworkers say it's this man, cedric ford. investigators don't have information about a possible motive. the sheriff praising the officer who shot and killed the suspect. >> even though he took fire, he went inside of that police and -- place and saved multiple, multiple lives. a hero as far as i'm concerned. >> jennifer: for hours the area around excel and the surrounding scene were flooded with local and state and the f.b.i. as loved ones were reunited, grateful to be alive after seeing what they describe as a terrifying scene of confusion and fear. >> i had no idea what to do. we were hoping fencing.
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were screaming. people were crying. we just didn't know what to do. >> jennifer: investigators went to the suspect's mobile home in a neighboring town. at first his roommate would not let them in, but police have since secured a warrant to search the home. in the newsroom, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: it's a fiery debate in the race for the white house. >> you wouldn't know anything about it because you're lousy. >> you don't know anything about bankrupting four companies either. >> christa: the g.o.p. candidates targeting trump in an all-out fight for their political lives. marco rubio and ted cruz trying the land some punches ahead of super tuesday coming up next week. so let's go to 7's brandon gunnoe with some of the fireworks from last night. adilson brandao it was an all-out attack on donald trump. super tuesday is only four days away, and the candidates are way behind trump in the polls. did last night's debate make a difference? we'll see, but cruz and rubio gave it their best shot.
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answer. >> brandon: g.o.p. front-runner donald trump center stage and the main target. senator marco rubio was first to attack. >> here's a guy that inherited $200 million. if he hadn't inherited $200 million, you know where donald trump would be right now? selling watches... >> no, no, no. that is so wrong. >> brandon: in cruz's home state of texas in the last debate before super tuesday, senator ted cruz and marco rubio hit trump from both sides, literally taking shots at trump for how he said he's the one to start the immigration conversation. >> in 2013 when i was leading the fight against the gang of eight and the c-bill, where was donald? he was firing dennis rodman on celebrity apprentice. >> if he builds the wall the way he built trump towers will be using illegal immigrant labor to do it. >> brandon: trump never one to back down fired back. >> first of all, this guy is a choke artist and this guy is a liar. >> brandon: rubio tried to tear down trump's past. >> you're the only person on the
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on your projects illegally. >> brandon: cruz questioned the idea of a trump in the white house. >> we can't win this election with a candidate that agrees with hillary clinton and can't take it to her. >> if you're talking about the polls, i'm beating him awfully badly. >> but you're not beating hillary. >> hey, if i can't beat her, you're really going to get killed. >> brandon: trump has long said he's going to build a wall and mexico will pay for it. here's what former mexican president vicente fox had to say about that. >> i'm not going to pay for that [bleeped] wall. he should pay for it. >> the wall just got ten feet taller, believe me. >> brandon: from here the candidates continue a whirlwind tour of the super tuesday states, 12 in total, including right here in massachusetts, a final push that could determine the g.o.p. nominee. in the newsroom, brandon gunnoe, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: apple is holding a previously scheduled shareholder meeting in california, and there is a lot to talk about. the company filed a motion thursday to throw out a judge's order to create software that would help the f.b.i. unlock an
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intern killers. next week both apple and the f.b.i. will face off in a hearing on capitol hill. >> christa: still ahead, a warning for people walking around boston. police say man with a knife is out there robbing pedestrians. we have more of the man's distinguishing features that police want you to be on the lookout for. >> sarah: a dramatic landing. a plane coming in with no nose gear. see how it ends. >> christa: and meet this week's class act, an international student who has gaininged respect from his teachers and his peers by bridging gaps during his high school years in medford. >> chris: colder start to the day. good morning, everyone. more seasonable today. you look across the country, no big storms. from the east coast out to the west. that means for us rather quiet as we go right through the weekend. dry weather continuing. it does turn cold overnight tonight and early saturday, but it's mild again by sunday, with temps in the 50s. that seven-day forecast coming up. >> andy: happy friday. good morning to you. here's a look at the expressway. 15 minutes from braintree to boston.
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town. that's on route 24 northbound at harrison boulevard in avon. if you're taking "t" this morning, it's on time.
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>> sarah: 6:14 a.m. there is a flood warning in parts of vermont after heavy rains and rivers overflowed evacuating some mobile homes there. crews rescued some people along with their pets. officials say the problems are not over yet. man, look at those pictures. ice jams could still pose a threat of even more flooding. wow. that's incredible to look at those pictures. >> christa: when you see the ice and the water, that's never a good sign. chris, you're talking about what we're expecting this weekend.
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reality. >> chris:is that, yeah, but just for two days. by the second half of the weekend, temperatures back in the 50s. and those ice jams on northern new england, on colder winters you don't see that until march and sometimes even early april. bit of a different story this go around as the mild air and the rain surging up there has created some issues across northern new england. 35 degrees right now in boston. 33 in norwood. 27 in worcester. so back to reality, back to the february standards that we're used to here. and it's not that it's all that cold outside. this is that it's seasonably cold throughout the day. easy to handle. hey, we don't have to shovel cold air, right? wind is out of the west, 15mph in boston. 16 in worcester. that breeze with us throughout the day at times that wind gusting 25 to 35mph. and it will add a bit of a chill to the atmosphere. wind-chill factor right now at 15 in worcester. 26 in boston. so can't get away with a light jacket this morning. need a heavier coat walking out the door, especially if you're
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breeze. the wind today gusting near 30mph. and then watch what happens tonight. slowly subsiding this evening. and by day break tomorrow, i 10mph. on the strongest wind gusts, and overnight. so a mixture of sun and clouds this morning. i think we tend to go mostly sunny for this afternoon. and some of these scattered snow showers back through upstate new new england. we'll continue to fade on out. so i don't expect any snow here in southern new england as we go through the next 24 hours. so colder pattern through tomorrow morning and then once we get into sunday, the wind kicks back out of the southwest. that southwest wind helps warm us up back into the 50s and as the cold front comes on through on monday, a passing rain shower or two. i don't have any snow in the seven-day forecast accumulating in the city of boston and what a difference a year can make. this season so far 25 inches of snow. in boston last year we were already toppling 100 inches and well on our way to the record-breaking year.
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so it's cool, it's windy. but we also have more sunshine than clouds this afternoon. cold tonight. some of the suburbs back down into the low teens. 20 in the city of boston. after that cold start, not a bad afternoon tomorrow. temperatures runing 30 to near 40. there's that seven-day forecast. 56 sunday afternoon. spot shower on monday. wednesday. >> christa: that's why we're saying rain is the new snow for this winter, chris. here's danielle with your traffic this morning. >> danielle: thanks, christa. roads not looking too bad this morning. here's a look at the expressway northbound. let's go to the maps from braintree to boston. that drive will take you about 23 minutes this morning. south of town, route 3 and 95 look good, but we have an accident here on route 24. this is northbound at harrison boulevard. and this accident is in avon. the pike and route 9 looking good heading into boston this morning. if you're coming into town from the north, no issues to tell you about on 93 from lawrence over 128 through woburn into boston. route 1 also looking good this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door.
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expressway from braintree into boston. into town on the pike from 128, that drive just 12 minutes. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive 11 minutes. if you're taking "t" this morning, inbound commuter rail on the lowell line, we have delays. back to you, guys. >> sarah: check out this video of a pilot landing a plane with just the back wheels. this happened in guam. the nose gear of the plane failed to deploy. you see the pilot carefully land. only three people were on the flight. none of them were hurt. this morning we're excited to introduce you to an outstanding student from medford. >> christa: he's thousands of miles away from his home and he's transitioning to a new country and a new language. now he's helping other people do the same thing. he's this morning's class act. wow. it's quiet in here. you guys must be hard at work. how are you? we do a segment called "class act" every week where we award amazing achievements.
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[applause] ken wu isn't your average high school senior. he's an international exchange student who will graduate this year from saint clements high school in medford. >> i was surprised. i was freaking out. i didn't know that this should be me. i mean, why me? what is this about? >> he's a really good kid. he works really hard. >> christa: four years ago ken entered saint clements as a freshman straight from china. he hardly knew english and was far from family and friends. >> it must have been a scary experience for him because language was an issue. culture was an issue. but i could see him every day struggling and working really hard to gabe his language skills. >> christa: but through hard work, curiosity and determination, he not only succeeded. he's helping others to succeed, as well. >> he's come a long, long way, literally and figuratively, because, you know, moving all the way from china, half a world
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that takes a lot of courage. >> christa: each sunday he comes here to the youth council of the asian american civic association in boston, and he helps students who emigrated from china adjust to american life. >> the responsibility is very important. >> ken didn't just come here to learn and take things with him, but he's also given a lot. >> sarah: wow. >> christa: he's so amazing. and he's uncertain where he will be next year, but he says if he's in the boston area, he's going to keep on helping out at the asian american council. >> sarah: that's incredible. if you know a student between 6th and 12th grade doing something outstanding in school, sports or their community, please nominate them online at whdh.com >> still ahead, new information on fare hikes and the "t" as the state set to pour millions of dollars into the ran it is system. >> sarah: also plane passengers in boston get quite the challenge. they get a free trip to the tropics. if everyone on board can agree on their destination. see how it plays out.
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>> and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino. >> joe: good morning. the celtics were still feeling the sting of that one-point loss in milwaukee earlier this month. they had a chance to get even last night. the bucks are a tough matchup for them, but the celtics were the tougher opponent last night, winning their ninth straight game at the garden. isaiah thomas led all scorers with 27, but the celtics cling to that four-point lead late in the fourth. it's the ridiculous behind-the-back dish to set up a back-breaking three from jae crowder, the play of the night. celtics keep it interesting but beat the bucks 112-107. >> just trying to be unpredictable out there, and i'm just trying to give them
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every time down. my teammates are doing a hell of a job of separating and getting in my vision. i'm trying to make plays to get them going. once they get going, it opens up for me late in the game like it did tonight. >> joe: the bruins reportedly upping the number of years they're offering impending free agent loui eriksson, but the return the jets just got for andrew ladd might make them think long and hard about trading the winger. the captain was sent and two minor leaguers to the blackhawks for marco dano, a 2016 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 pick. winnipeg is eating 36% of ladd's salary. and 38-year-old shawn thornton is not dropping the gloves just yet. the former bruins' enforcer getting a one-year contract extension from the florida panthers. i'm joe amorosino.
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>> sarah: tom brady channeling "the lion king" while showing off his family's new pet video on his facebook page. brady is holding up fluffy. the video features the song "circle of life." the family's other two dogs, scooby and lua also appear in the video. i think everybody does that with dogs, cats, babies. >> christa: you can probably do it with one hand, he's so tiny. still ahead, a tough truck to climb. a new england native did it on a bike. >> a man with a knife robbing people in downtown boston. police are looking for him and they want him caught. the new caramel macchiato let hand-crafted layers
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something delicious is happening at dunkin'. come in today to get any sandwich for $2.99 after 12:00 p.m. america runs on dunkin'. >> christa: the hunt is on for a serial robber and the frightening weapon police say he's using to threaten people in boston. >> sarah: new information on fare hikes and "t" as governor baker promises millions to improve the system. >> christa: harvard making
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why it's losing the word "master." >> sarah: passengers on a boston flight tasked with a difficult decision. >> you all go or no one goes. >> sarah: can they all agree on a destination. the prize in store if they can. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good friday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. i love that. the democratic process at work. >> sarah: right. >> christa: and when it's involving maybe a tropical island or something like, that it's even better. chris, we could all use a break. >> sarah: i want to be on that plane. >> chris: i agree. i don't care where we go, as long as we have beach, sunshine, temperatures warm and a lot of white sand and nice warm water out there. we'll see how that plays out. 35 degrees in boston right now. 33 in norwood. 27 in worcester. take a look at the temperature from yesterday. we're running 20 to 30 degrees colder than yesterday morning. so while it felt like spring yesterday, back to winter's reality outside this morning and the winds gusting about 25 to 30mph.
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through the day. and we'll also keep a mixture of sun and clouds, although i tend to favor mostly sunny skies across eastern mass this afternoon. windy day, temperatures going from the low 30s this morning into the upper 30s this afternoon. upper 30s tomorrow, but look at that, by sunday, mid-50s. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. happy friday to you. here's a will be at the expressway northbound. you can see traffic is backed up. let's go to the maps. the drive from braintree to boston will take you about 23 minutes this morning. south of town, route 3, 24, 95 looking good. our earlier accident in avon on 24 northbound did clear. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston as well as route 9 looking good this morning. heading enter town on 93 southbound, no issues from 495 to 128. and then on 128, you're starting to slow down if you head through somerville and into boston. route 1 looking good so far this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. about 25 minutes on the
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and into town on the pike from 128, that drive just 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive 19 minutes. if you're taking "t," it's on time, and on the commuter rail, we have some minor delays on the lowell line. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, let's get a check of your top stories on this friday. it will be an historic sentencing today for the danvers teenager who raped and killed his high school math teacher. philip chism faces up to life in prison, but because he was a juvenile at the time, recent supreme court rulings say the judge cannot give him life without the chance of parole. the prosecution wants him to spend at least 50 years in prison. the defense wants him eligible for parole in 15 to 25. police out in kansas trying to figure out a motive in a deadly workplace shooting. officers say a worker at a plant that makes lawn mowers stole a vehicle and then shot people in the street and the parking lot and then opened fire inside the building. three people were killed. several others remain in critical condition. police later shot and killed the gunman, as well. and investigators are making
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this huge fire. it happened in rhode island. they're trying to figure out exactly what sparked it. this recently had been sold. it was under construction. witnesses say the 100-year-old mansion is on newport's bellevue avenue and it went up in flames so quickly that by the time fire crews got there, they couldn't save it. >> >> sarah: right now police in boston are looking for this man. he's wanted for a series of frightening robberies with a kitchen knife. 7's john cuoco live with what police are saying this morning. >> john: in all these cases, investigators say this guy is carrying a 12-inch kitchen knife. take a closer look here. this is the man police say they're looking for. b.p.d. posted a couple pictures online. he's wanted in two armed robberies downtown. we're told he was last seen in the area of washington and boylston street. police say he's about 5'7" with missing teeth. again, police say he used a 12-inch kitchen knife during these robberies. and police say anyone with any information should give them a call.
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cuoco, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: alarming allegations against a si element police officer. 35-year-old matthew shell doheny pleaded not guilty on thursday to drugs possession charges. lynn police say the three-year police veteran was off duty when they saw him buy oxycodone from a drug dealer that. officer headed to rehab for treatment immediately after his hearing. police are searching for a suspect who crashed into a left the scene. they say they tried to pull over the 2009 toyota camry for a driving violation and the driver wouldn't stop. a few minutes later the trooper found the car smashed into a van, but the driver was nowhere to be found. >> christa: a teenager whose family is suing boston children's hospital says her several rights were violated. 17-year-old justina pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder, however, doctors at children's said it was a psychological problem.
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hospital for nearly a year. >> it was awful. and just imagine being in a psych ward without needing to be in a psych ward. i'm very angry, and i just don't understand how this happened. and i just really don't want this to happen ever again to any other family. >> christa: in a statement boston children's is defending its actions. justina says she's doing better but still has a long road to recovery. >> sarah: new this morning, governor charlie baker promising more money for the "t." the governor will invest $200 million a year over next five years. it will go toward upgrading the infrastructure, including tracks and signals. meanwhile, the state transportation secretary tells the globe that she's in favor of regular, modest fair increases as a way to improve service. a vote next month could raise fares later on this year. and "t" officials confirming hover boards will be banned from
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altogether. they say it's an issue of safety. several of the popular devices have caught fire and even exploded across the country. transit systems in new york, l.a. and chicago have also banned hoverboards. >> christa: still ahead, the first-of-its kind procedure in the u.s. that's giving some new hope for women trying to get pregnant. >> sarah: and a destination decision for a plane full of passengers flying out of boston. but can they all agree on where to go? >> christa: i hope they do. also, a runaway unicorn. that's right. leading police on a chase. where it came from before darting through traffic for hours. >> sarah: and speaking of traffic, it's kind of a slow morning. 24 minutes from braintree into boston. no major accidents out there on the roads. if you're taking the commuter rail this morning, we have some minor delays on the lowell line inbounds.
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>> christa: trending today, passengers out of a flight of boston faced with an important decision, where should they go on their vacation? >> sarah: this is so cool. the airline offered everybody on board free tickets, but only if they could unanimously agree on a destination.
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narrowed it down to two places, costa rica or turks and caicos. then some people got on the loudspeaker to make their cases. for each destination. >> raise your hand if you have chosen turks and caicos. no hands in the air. [cheering and applause] that must mean only one thing, 150 random strangers have chosen unanimously to go to costa rica? [cheering and applause] congratulations. >> sarah: that is so fun. so everyone is going to costa rica. the speaker of the plane handed out the tickets to everybody on board. >> christa: i love the campaign speech, too. >> sarah: yes. this is why we should go here >> winner-take-all. so a man makes history on mount washington in new hampshire and you're seeing why. tim johnson is the first cyclist to climb the more than 4,500 feet to the summit in the winter. look at that.
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he did it in negative 18 fahrenheit. he already, by the way, holds the record for the summer race that he set back in 2002. >> sarah: way to go. >> christa: he has to be an over achiever, doesn't he? >> sarah: police in california ended up chasing a unicorn on the highway. you heard me right. juliet the pony escaped from a party where she was posing for pictures as a unicorn. juliet led officeers from the california highway patrol on a chase for several hours. she was darting through traffic before eventually being caught. everyone is okay and the pony is back with her family. you can imagine the kids probably in the car. look, marty. unicorns really are real. >> they exist. neart. up next, how many judges does it take to hear tom brady's deflategate appeal. new details about next week's upcoming hearing. >> sarah: >> an emotional day in salem as we expect impact statements and sentencing in the philip chism case. >> this guy is a choke artist and this guy is a liar.
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could re above >> it's 6:45, time to know and go. >> reporter: philip chism heads back the court today. why the sentencing decision could be historic. >> reporter: four dead and many more injured in kansas. what we're learning about the gunman in a workplace shooting. >> brandon: and going after
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g.o.p. candidates sounding off and not holding back in their final debate before super tuesday. >> sarah: 6:45. time now to know and go. we have all your day's top stories coming up. >> christa: let's start off with traffic and weather as we start down the countdown to spring. if 23 days. >> chris: 23 days away. it felt like we hasn't had winter. 35 in boston. 33 in norwood. good morning, everyone. back to february's reality, but not that tough to take. strong winds gusting 25 to 30mph, adding a wind-chill factor. but at least we'll have some sunshine through the day. wind-chill factor right now in worcester at 15. 26 in boston. 25 in norwood right now. more clouds the further west you go. and a lot of these scattered snow showers will dry up across up state new york into pennsylvania. i don't expect any snow today. more sunshine than clouds through this afternoon. temperatures ranging from the mid-30s out in worcester county to the upper 30s in boston, near 40 south of the city. it will be cold overnight tonight. in fact, a little below seasonal levels that.
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degrees in the city of boston. 14 to 12 in a lot of the suburbs from framingham to billerica all the way out to fitchburg. and even down across southeastern mass, expecting temperatures tonight to fall back into the teens. tomorrow cold start. but sunny to partly cloudy skies. nice afternoon. not a bad recovery here. and the wind tomorrow not as strong as what we'll see throughout the day today as we continue to see gusts 25 to 30mph. today and look at that turnaround on sunday. a cold winter-like weather does in the last all that long. in fact, temperatures back in the lower to middle 50s for sunday afternoon. could get passing shower on monday. better chance for showers on wednesday. temps surging to near 60. >> christa: all right. let's go to fast track traffic with danielle gersh keeping a close eye on things. >> danielle: thanks, christa. happy friday. here's the expressway. not too bad. let's go to the maps. from braintree into boston, northbound on the expressway, that drive will take you 24 minutes this morning. south of town on route 3, 24 and 95, no major issues to tell you about.
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framingham into boston, looking pretty good. 93 southbound, we do have a disabled vehicle, and this is right at dascomb road. that has traffic backed up to route 133. the rest of your drive on 93 to 128, not too bad. then you're starting to slow down as you approach somerville into boston. route 1 looking good this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. about 23 minutes on the expressway from braintree into boston. and into town on the pike from 128, no delays there. 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 19 minutes. if you're taking the "t" this morning, it's on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: happening today, sentencing for the teener who raped and killed his math teacher inside danvers high school. >> christa: let's go live to salem with 7's victoria warren. vicki, this will be an historic sentencing we understand. >> victoria: it will be because this is a juvenile sentencing, the first one for first-degree murder in the state after the supreme court said mandatory life sentences are no longer allowed. this sentencing will clearly
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chism and colleen ritzer's families. philip chism convicted of first-degree murder and rape, but the recent court ruling says because he was 14 at the time of the crime, he cannot be sentenced to life without parole. the state wants two 25-year sentences with parole served one after another, effectively meaning chism will serve 50 years before going before the parole board. the defense wants those sentences served at the same time. so today we will hear victims impact statements from coleen ritzer's family, nine impact statements are expected. the schedule for the day, it can be changed, but the plan is for those impact statements to start here at salem superior court at 9:30 a.m. and then the judge to issue the sentencing at 2:30 this afternoon. live this morning in salem, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: a maynard firefighter set to appear in court today.
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macgillivary is accused of raping a child back in 1991. he was arrested at his home yesterday. he has been on administrative leave since detectives started investigating the allegations last month. this morning investigators will be trying to figure out what sparked a fire that destroyed an rhode island. it had recently been sold and was under construction. and a piece of history, jackie kennedy stayed at this 100-year-old mansion before she married president john f. kennedy. >> christa: right now a police officer out in kansas is being hailed as a hero for finally putting an end to a shooting spree at a workplace. the officer gunned down a man who was firing on his coworkers. let's go to 7's jennifer eagan with the latest on this story. >> jennifer: christa, we're getting our first look at the man police say killed three people and injured 14. the sheriff says it appears the gunman shot at roane come, carrying a rifle and a pistol. he's been identified as 38-year-old cedric ford. he was a worker at excel industries, a lawn care company
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the shooting began at 5:00 yesterday evening. 150 people were at the plant at the time. workers were reunited with loved ones as the investigation began. police say the entire incident lasted 26 minutes. the first officer on scene shot and killed the gunman. >> even though he took fire. he went inside that police and saved multiple, multiple lives, a hero as far as i'm concerned. >> jennifer: the suspect lived with a roommate in a mobile home in a neighboring town. police secured a warrant to search that home last night. investigators say they are following leads but no word on a motive right now. in the newsroom, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: a fiery debate in the race for the white house. here's 7's brandon gunnoe with the latest. >> brandon: with less than a week until super tuesday, senators marco rubio and ted cruz went on the attack against donald trump, turning a five-man debate into a three-man argument. >> if he hadn't inherited $200
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trump would be right now? selling watches. >> no, no, no. >> any time anyone points on donald's actual record, donald yells, "liar." let me tell you, falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie, and it's something donald does. >> this guy is a choke artist and this guy is a liar. >> brandon: trump also offered an explanation as to why he hasn't released his tax returns yet after mitt romney suggested the documents could contain a "bombshell." he says he's being audited right now so he can't do that until that's finished. cruz shot back saying that the documents. now, this is the final debate before almost 600 delegates go up for grabs next week. voters in 12 states head to the polls including here in massachusetts. live in the newsroom, brandon gunnoe, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: harvard university dropping the word "master" from its job titles after a protest that the word is linked to slavery.
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are often called house masters. ivy league schools took the lead from british schools where master is taken from headmaster. they're also considering changing their seal which depicts a former slave owner. man is wanted for questioning in connection with several armed robberies. investigators say he's been armed with a 12-inch kitchen knife. he's also missing some of his teeth. he was last seen in downtown boston near washington and boylston streets. >> sarah: apple holds a shareholders meeting this morning, and there's a lot to talk about. the company filed a motion thursday to throw out a judge's order to create software that would help the f.b.i. unlock an imon the used by one of the sunburn shoot -- san bernardino shooters. next week apple and f.b.i. will face off in a hearing on capitol hill. >> christa: check out this video of a pilot landing the plane with just the become wheels. this was in guam. the nose gear of the plane failed to deploy. you see the pilot very carefully has to land it.
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there are just three people on board the flight at the time. luckily none of them were hurt. resume in erin andrews lawsuit against marriott hotels. andrews says the hotel chain was negligent we allowing a stalker of andrews to book rooms right next to her. the man later admitted to secretly recording andrews as she undressed. andrews left the courtroom yesterday as the jury watched the video. her therapist testified thursday, describing the panic andrews felt when she wasn't told that the man had been released from jail. >> she was extremely concerned that this would reinvigorate the stories on the internet. >> sarah: andrews is expected to testify next week. she's suing marriott for $75 million. >> christa: surgeons out in ohio performing the first uterus transplant inside the u.s. this was a nine-hour operation. it was performed on a 26-year-old woman. the procedure aims to give women
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pregnancy. by the way, other countries have tried womb transplants. sweden, in fact, reported the first successful birth in 2014 after a transplant, but this is the first one here. okay. parents and teachers, you should know about this. massachusetts is one of the 25 states reported where there is this new strain of super lice breaking out. that's right. researchers are finding that this new strain of lice cannot be killed by most over-the-counter treatments. so your doctor would have the prescribe something stronger. also experts advise washing clothing and linens in very hot water. the c.d.c. reports that up to 12 million children per year get lice. >> sarah: walmart is being hit with a lawsuit over parmesan cheese. a man claims he bought the great value 100% grated parmesan cheese because he was led to believe it was, in fact, 100% cheese. but according to the suit, the product contains 7 to 10% wood pulp. he's now accusing the retailer of being deceptive.
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>> christa: total of three federal judges will hear the nfl's appeal of tom brady's overturned suspension coming up next week. one judge was appointed by president george w. bush, the third by president obama. court observers say brady appears to have an advantage in this case since judges appointed by democrats tend to favor individuals over business. in labor casesful arguments set to be made on thursday. >> sarah: some patriots' players showed off a different set of skills on thursday. julian edelman, dion lewis and trey flowers were at boston children's hospital thursday for a pancake flipping contest. it was part of the patriots charitable foundation. edelman says he loves to be able to put smiles on kids' faces. >> these events are awesome. i've been fortunate enough to come here and do this event a few years back and it's good to be able to come back and do it again and try to put a smile on
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so it really touches you and it's just a great feeling. >> sarah: along with the pancakes, the players also signed autographs. every child at the event also received a patriots'-themed gift. very nice. >> christa: i love it, chef edelman, and most importantly, those look like chocolate chip pancakes. >> chris: i wonder if they're artistic. i'd like a mickey mouse-shaped pancake with chocolate chips, and by the way, don't burn it. gusty winds today. start off the morning, a it's a cool day. temperatures running into the upper 30s. winds gusting at times close to 30mph. look at the weekend forecast, though. cold weather does not last long. we're back into the 50s on sunday after a cold start on saturday. near 40 in the afternoon. >> christa: hope you have a fantastic friday and weekend and thanks for staying with us today. i'm christa delcamp. ism and i'm sarah french. "today in new england" returns with your latest news and weather at 9:00.
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good morning. tragedy in kansas. four dead, 14 injured after a gunman goes on a shooting spree at a factory where he worked. >> everybody was running. people were screaming. people were crying. >> the shooter identified as cedric ford. this morning, police say they know what may have triggered his rampage. texas smackdown. things get ugly at the republican debate, with cruz and rubio taking repeated shots at donald trump. >> if he hadn't had $200,000, you know where donald trump would be? selling watches and hats.

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