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the public school system. an education advocate, however s already comparing the plan to be announced today to putting lipstick on a pig, saying the system was only going to be fixed when teachers are retrained to do their jobs effectively. there are concerns about cost as well. just putting in reading specialists to achieve the goal of letting kids read at grade level is expected to cost $75 million annually. a lot of people saying the schools may not have that money and that teachers should be the focus, the current teachers. back to you. >> okay, tracie strahan at city hall. thank you. new this morning, there's a push to permanently extend the james zadroga 9/11 act. they're going to head to washington, d.c., and they're going to join former "daily show" host jon stewart in a rally outside of the capitol. it's on behalf of those who were sickened on 9/11. >> people didn't question whether or not they were going to be sick in the future.
the future is now. we need help. >> the zadroga act provides health benefits to emergency workers who are suffering from illnesses. but the program is set to expire next month unless congress makes a change. this morning, hurricane sandy victims have a little more breathing room. they have another month to have reviewed. days. some insurance adjusters have allegedly blamed sandy damage on other factors. so far more than 20,000 claims have been reviewed. hundreds have been approved, totaling more than $7 million. coming up on almost three years. a lot of people have been out of money for a long time. 5:05 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. wow, chris, who would have thought we would have august in september. here. temperatures this afternoon heading back into the 80s with sunshine, low humidity. starting out in the 50s and 60s. not quite as chilly in some
spots as the last couple mornings. a day filled with sunshine. warmer, upper 80s this afternoon. the humidity stays nice and low. upper 80s feels good out there. 67 right now. 81 by noon. 87 by 3:00. still in the low 80s at 6:00. notice those sun symbols throughout the day. let's see how bright the commute is today. >> roads are looking good. the subway issues we've had, they have all wrapped up. normal service has resumed on the a and e. route 9 shut down between east bay avenue and water street. an accident out there with a downed pole. we also got an next on the garden state parkway. this is in the local lanes southbound by exit 109. it's not really causing a delay. we like that. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. don't forget to move your car. >> all right, lauren. thank you. it's 5:06 now. right now in utah, there's an urgent search for people swept away by a wall of water. we told you about those deadly floods all morning yesterday.
the latest on the damage. so difficult to watch that video. >> oh, it is tough. that water came out of nowhere. 12 people now confirmed dead. the search continues for a 13th after flash flooding swept away those two cars. they had 16 people inside. the victims are as young as 4 years old. it happened near the town of hildale. it's right on the arizona border. we know three people survived, but look at this. there's nothing you can do. this water came so quickly. search and rescue teams joined by hundreds of volunteers who were digging through this mud and all of this debris. a national weather service official described the volume and pace of this rain as a 100-year event, dumping 2 1/2 inches of rain in just two hours. >> at first i was worried about the people in the vehicle, wished i could do something. just started to realize that we were in trouble too. >> also, some new video in overnight of flooding in the
utah. it's about 40 miles north of hildale. that's where officials say four people were killed, three others missing after heavy rain sent flash flooding coursing through a narrow canyon there as well. the kicker to all of this, michael, is that there's a lot more rain in the forecast as well. >> right. exactly what they don't need. thank you so much. some people further west in california who were forced out of their homes by a raging wildfire are now going back to find them burnt and completely destroyed. at least 600 homes in middletown, california, now gone. this morning we're getting a firsthand look inside the fire lines. this is cell phone video of one family's escape. they're in that car. they packed up, left home. so far one person was killed in what's called the valley fire. thousands of homes are still in harm's way. more talks that could prevent a school bus driver strike on long island will wait until tomorrow. according to news day, that's when the bowman and sons bus company will be back at the negotiating table with the union representing its drivers. the drivers have been
threatening to strike unless they get a raise. if they do walk the picket lines, 15,000 students in nassau and suffolk county will have to find other ways to get to school. 5:08 right now. in today's money report, lots of people unfortunately will be getting pink slips at hewlett-packard. as many as 30,000 employees could be let go. it's about 10% of hp's work force. part of a restructuring and cost-saving move, hp spinning off software and corporate services. that's going to be known as enterprise. the holiday season is looking less jolly if you want seasonal work. toys r us says they'll hire 5,000 less than last year. there's an up side if you get a job. toys r us says you'll get to work nearly three times as many hours on average. so you have to wonder if it's the pressure now of online sales taking away from the in-store sales force. >> online becoming easier. it's 5:09 right now.
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it's 5:12 here. four things to know this morning. overnight, a derailed freight train was removed from the tracks in hicksville. the repairs are still causing problems for liir riders. lauren is tracking that, so stay with us all morning for updates. today mayor de blasio expected to unveil a major new education plan to improve new york city schools. tracie strahan will have some details coming up. heads up to people in the bronx. west nile spraying takes place neighborhoods. if you live in this area, you're beginning at 8:30. and as we told you earlier this week, it's child passenger
safety week. if you ever wondered if you're using the right seat in the right way, safety experts are going to hold a twitter chat to answer your questions. that's going to start at 2:00 today. if you want to find it on twitter, use the hashtag the right seat. darlene, we've been talking about it. the rules have changed, even over the course of a couple years. >> they do. they're hard to keep up with. they're hard to put into practice once we know what they are. lots of people willing to help. a lot of times you can go to a fire house. they'll help you also. almost 5:14. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. hey, chris. >> good morning, guys. again, the weather role continues in the positive vain. this sunny stretch is going to keep rolling through the workweek and into the weekend as well. we're talking about unseasonably warm temperatures. combined with low humidity, certainly making it bearable. this would have been great weather in july and august. nonetheless, it's nice in september. pollen report, we're dealing with ragweed. very high again. weed poll season moderate. those are the two culprits out
there if you're an allergy sufferer. temperaturesed in the s s in the upper 60s. everybody under a generally clear sky. morristown, you're down to 48. notice your visibility came down. there's patchy fog out, particularly in northwest new jersey, where the temperatures have cooled closer to the dew point. most areas generally upper 50s, low 60s this morning. future tracker doesn't show much of anything once again going on. through this afternoon, we are nice and clear. through tonight, same thing. into tomorrow, we start to see some clouds offshore. this could be some patchy fog, an indication of that happening, and burning off in the afternoon. there could be more fog again, we think, later on thursday night into friday morning. again, not rain producing type of clouds. it burns off each and every morning. what happens here during this time of the year, we spend more time in darkness than we have been. so temperatures get to cool closer to the dew points. meantime, what's going on in the tropics? getting a little active. these are two systems we've been watching moving off the coast of africa. second one has a 60% chance of
developing into a tropical storm. this one is starting to get organized and has a 70% chance. in terms of overall trajectory of where they're going to go, looks like more towards the north and west, meaning staying away from the islands and away from the u.s. mainland. these should be directed back into the middle of the atlantic. meantime, we stay warm and sunny, but we stay dry. 87 degrees this afternoon. 84, garden city. looking at highs down the shore in the 80s. pretty uniform temperatures across the board. marlins and mets. we got derailed for a game yesterday. hopefully back on track. should be a nice night for a ball game. mid-80s on friday. closer to 80 and cooling down over the weekend. the northeast wind brings in cooler temperatures early next week. eventually clouds and maybe some showers. look at that string of sun symbols and 80s into the weekend. then back to mid-70s monday and tuesday with more clouds. let's find out about the commute. >> thanks, chris. we have an update for liir commuters.
service has resumed in both directions now. they're not saying that eastbound service is not happening between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m. seems as if it is. you can still expect 10 to 15-minute delays and possible cancellations. we have not seen any cancellations yet on the ronkonkoma and port jefferson branches. westbound trains are bypassing westbury and carle place, but bus service will be provided to minneola and into manhattan. i'll continue to keep you updated on those changes. hopefully we'll see things improve as the morning goes on. metro north, nj transit doing just fine today. a live look outside. here's the lincoln tunnel. things moving nicely. no delays inbound or outbound at the tolls. heading to the cross bronx expressway, a little blurry in the distance but things moving along nicely. we have reports of construction westbound on the cross bronx out by castle hill avenue. again, not causing a problem. move your car today. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much.
5:17. now to decision 206 16. the republican presidential candidates debate again tonight. nbc's tracie potts is in washington. >> reporter: hi, good morning. let's talk about what's changed since they met more than a month ago. jeb bush has tanked in the polls. dr. ben carson has surged. then we've got carly fiorina, who fought her way on to the magic main stage. we'll see her tonight. and donald trump has now solidified his lead as the party's undisputed leader. the reagan library in simi valley, california, is set for tonight's debate. >> i think what we're going to see is trump show number two. >> reporter: donald trump heads into this debate a solid number one in the polls. >> people are not silent. they're disgusted with our incompetent politicians. >> reporter: another nonpolitician, dr. ben carson, takes the number two spot on stage. tonight's a test for jeb bush,
now languishing at 6%. republican strategists say he needs to take on trump without crossing the line. >> governor bush needs to be able to take the fight to donald trump aggressively. he's going to have to almost make fun of donald trump. >> someone comes at me, bam, i'll come back at them. don't worry about that. >> reporter: and tonight could be an opportunity for carly fiorina, who fought her way on to the main stage and seems ready to take on trump. >> she really has an opportunity here to kind of punch trump a little bit in his face, but at the same time, stand out as being a very strong outsider. >> reporter: 11 candidates all hoping tonight will be their moment. and then for those that didn't make the cut, there's an earlier debate about two hours before that main stage tonight just like we saw last time in cleveland. >> all right. tracie potts in washington. thank you. 5:19 right now. hillary clinton will be here in town today. she'll appear here on nbc 4. the democratic front runner will be a guest on "the tonight show" starring jimmy fallon.
clinton planned several media appearances while the republicans debate. you can see her on "the tonight show" starting at 11:30. and former president jimmy carter giving us an update on his cancer treatment. spoke last night at the carter center in atlanta. he says he's doing well and has no ill effects. the former president 90 years old, halfway through four of his planned treatments. >> i've had my only prospective radiation of four places in my brain. there's a new medicine that's been developed for my disease. >> jim m carter talking about a new immune-boosting drug that he is taking. he recently revealed the cancer's melanoma has spread to his brain. but the grace and dignity the former president has is so inspiring. >> it is. 5:20 right now. just ahead f you're a fan of '80s tv, you'll appreciate this. what a columbia university professor did to test his students. plus, a feature that
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beautiful view there of the brooklyn bridge. right now it's 5:23. a columbia university professor used a sitcom character from a popular 1980s nbc show to make sure his students were paying attention. so buried deep in his syllabus, classics professor joseph halle requested students to google and e-mail him a picture of alf. many students are reading the course outline. he's had an 85% arr, the alf response rate. you say alf to today's college students, they may not know. >> i loved that show. >> i have no idea. a lot of references, right? these kids have no idea. i said something about one of my daughter's friends being -- i feel like i'm 100 -- a carbon copy of her mom. she looks just like her mom. she goes, what's that?
i know, i know. i felt like an old lady saying that. >> we still have in the attic an alf doll. >> cute. >> what planet was he from? i loved that show. >> and willie. all right. let's get to the weather right now. lots of sunshine. i don't know if alf would like this with all that fur. 87 this afternoon. nonetheless, low humidity and it's going to feel comfortable in the bright, sunny skies. starting out in the 50s and 60s this morning. tonight, back to the upper 60s in the city. 50s in the distant suburbs. maybe patchy fog forming toward morning. this good weather continues probably into the weekend. we'll talk more about that coming up. >> right now i want to check on the commute. >> just a couple problems on the roads. the roads are the good news right now. an accident on route 9. there's a downed pole out there. could take a while to clean up. then on the garden state parkway southbound in the middletown
area out by exit 109, there's an accident in the local lanes. also, you can see by the maps we still have green traffic flows. >> all right, lauren. thank you. it's 5:25. faiths facebook is set to add a feature users have wanted for years. the social networking site is working on a dislike button. mark zuckerberg revealed it during a question and answer session. okay. 5:25 now. ahead, very personal announcement from a princeton football player that's earning him national attention. plus, a shocking incident involving a new jersey high school football player. now police are investigating. and mayor de blasio is set to outline new educational policies for new york city public school students, some that could include a little more tech time for yours.
off the tracks, but there are still changes for the morning rush. plus, mayor de blasio laying out new goals. the major announcement that impacts hundreds of thousands of new york city students. and new this morning, police need help finding these people who preyed on an elderly woman. how they swindled her for $90,000. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning. it is september 16th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris cimino here with the forecast. holding on to a bit of summer. >> we are indeed. not just today, but several days to come of this. temperatures in the upper 60s this morning. suber urbs suburbs, you can see 50s. further north and west, even a few 40s. 48 in morristown right now. there's patchy fog in the distant northwest suburbs. plenty of sunshine heading our way. 81 by noon. 87 the forecast high. another warm afternoon. darlene?
>> all right. thank you very much. >> now, that commuter alert caused by a derailed freight train. overnight crews pulled it off the tracks. it is still causing problems. we have team coverage to help you get to where you need to go. we'll get to lauren in a second. first, katherine creag, who's been talking to commuters. >> reporter: the problems seem to worsen, darlene. trains were delayed. now this train is being held. what you're looking at there is the 526. it actually pulled into the station in hicksville several minutes before 5:26. it is just sitting on those tracks. i was just up there. it is packed already. it's standing room only. there was a train that left here, though, the 4:43. it was running about ten minutes late. again, the 5:26 that we're looking at is being held. repairs have to be made to train tracks just a little west of here. 200 feet of tracks, that's where a freight train carrying construction debris derailed.
overnight works ers removed it, but they have to be inspected and repaired. it took seven hours for close to regular lirr service to resume. the afternoon and evening rush were severely impacted. at one point, shuttle buses were running between carle place and westbury. we talked with a commuter moments ago who said it was extremely confusing for a lot of people. >> it looked like chaos, but everybody looked bewildered like they didn't know what was going on. the buses were lined up. >> reporter: the mta right now saying expect delays, possibly cancellations. again, what we're looking at, darlene, the 5:26 is being held. there are commuters in there, packed like sardines. it's just not going anywhere. they're a little bit confused, just waiting to see if it'll take off any time soon. >> all right. katherine, thank you. we want to get to lauren with more of what riders need to know. >> good morning, everyone. long island railroad is saying to expect 10 to 15-minute delays
as well as possible cancellations. on the ronkonkoma and port jefferson branches. so far no cancellations. the latest we have is still no eastbound service between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to ronkonkoma, huntington, or port jefferson. westbound trains will be bypassing westbury and carle place this morning. bus service will be provided to mineola. we'll continue to keep a close eye on this and get those updates out to you. >> okay, lauren. thanks. happening today, mayor de blasio expected to lay out a sweeping plan to improve new york city schools. tracie strahan is at city hall with what's expected. >> reporter: he'll be partnering with the private sector to give a little tech injection to the 1.1 million students in new york city schools, particularly low-income students. he says his goal with that is to level the playing field. that's skbrus one of the
initiatives the mayor is set to bronx today. the policies include requiring schools to offer computer science classes to students within the next ten years. the mayor also hoped to expand the number of high schools that offer advanced placement. he also hopes to require all new york city school students to read at grade level by the end of second grade. the speech will be targeting parents today, but he's also expected to try and get the attention of albany lawmakers, specifically governor cuomo. he's going to try to make the case for more state funding and longer renewal of mayoral control of the public school system, which has been a major sticking point between both sides. the mayor admits this is a lofty plan. he may require retraining teachers or hiring specialists, and that has many concerned about the costs. just trying to get the specialists in is expected to cost $75 million per year. many people are wondering how the mayor will be able to pull that plan as well as all of the others off. back to you. >> all right, tracie.
thanks so much. 5:34. happening today, voters in connecticut's largest city go to the polls for the democratic mayoral primary. in bridgeport, it's a tight race between the incumbent mayor and former mayor. he's seeking his old job after serving seven years in prison on corruption charges. the winner of the primary usually becomes mayor. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. temperatures up, hopefully not cooling for the mets, even though they lost a game last night. >> you got to lose one here and there. meantime, weather stays on the winning track today. not as chilly this morning in some spots. still 50s. it's a comfortable start. 60s in the city. seeing a few upper 40s in the distant suburbs. beautiful, sunny skies will continue for today. warmer temperatures this afternoon. yesterday made it to 84. we're thinking a little higher
today. the humidity stays nice and low. that means it stays comfortable. comfortable this morning at 67 in town. 81, lunch outdoors. 87 at 3:00. today. the rest of the forecast ahead. here's lauren. >> thanks, chris. if you are getting on the roads, just got word of a disabled vehicle on 95 northbound by pelham parkway. there are minor delays heading into that area. the only other problem we have on the roads is a closure still on route 9. shut down in both directions between east bay avenue and water street. that's because of an accident with a downed pole. police are out there directing traffic. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. you need to move your car. more weather and traffic coming up. it's 5:36 now. in new jersey, police are searching for a gunman who shot four people outside a public housing complex in newark. police say it happened last night in the driveway of the betty shabazz housing complex at the corner of irvine turner
boulevard and west kinney street. no word yet as to what led up to those shootings. the victims expected to recover from their injuries. new this morning, polices are out to track down two scam artists who preyed on an elderly woman in queens. police say the woman in this surveillance photo approached the 80-year-old victim on jamaica avenue last week. they say she asked her for help cashing a winning lottery ticket. a few minutes later, a man approached and convinced the victim to hand over money. police say the two conned the elderly woman out of $90,000 in cash. we're now learning details of a possible plot to attack pope francis during his visit here. a 15-year-old boy in new jersey right outside of philadelphia was arrested. an fbi bulletin warns he was planning to use firearms, explosives, and multiple attackers. sources tell news 4 investigators do not believe this boy had the means to carry out any of those attacks. remember, got to leave your drone at home when pope francis is here next week. that's the theme actually of a new video. it warns of new faa
restrictions. starting next tuesday, new york, philadelphia, washington are all drone-free zones. no-drone zones. that extends to the surrounding communities as well. if you violate this ban, you could be arrested and fined. city leaders are racing toward a deadline to make changes in times square. it's been nearly a month since mayor de blasio convened a task force to find a solution to the topless painted women and aggressive costume characters in times square. but news 4 has learned the task force still hasn't met. the first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, less than two weeks away from the mayor's deadline for action. the times square alliance is expected to make recommendations. a lot of people outraged by this. some disturbing video from a high school football game. take a look at this. it happened last friday during a game in new jersey. linden taking on immaculata. defensive lineman pulls the helmet off an opponent and then hits him in the head with it. the helmet then tossed aside. linden police are investigating.
meanwhile, the fans say they are shocked. >> they were getting blown out, so i feel like he was kind of heated. but it still wasn't right regard regardless. >> it's crazy. he should have been brought out the game for that. i don't think he should be able to play for the rest of the game or the season. >> neither of the players' names have been released because they're both minors. immaculata high school's athletic director issued this statement saying, once we reviewed the videotape, we felt it necessary to contact lipden officials who have been cooperative and apologetic. its own investigation. new this morning, princeton university now has its first openly day football player. junior offensive lineman mason he said you wanted to show people you can be gay and play division i football. he adds that everyone on and off campus has been accepting. >> people will surprise you. i mean, i was definitely concerned that people, you know, that teammates would react very poorly.
i think in this day and age, people just don't really care about it. it's really not a big deal anymore. >> princeton kicks off its season this weekend. they'll be taking on lafayette in easton, pennsylvania. coming up on 5:40. just ahead, a crowd gathered to watch an escape stunt in new jersey but witnessed something unexpected, a rescue. we'll tell you what went wrong. plus, burglars comb there a manhattan man's apartment while he watched the whole thing from his phone. and weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new york." everyone is saying, "hey! you gotta get fios!"
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5:42. 67 degrees looking at the l.i.e. on this wednesday. an embarrassing error at a major league baseball game. not by a player. instead, the guy who sets off the fireworks. >> put the fastball down and away and it was a mistake. speaking of mistakes, that man right there, sitting up there controlling the fireworks, he just made one. he's getting booed. he's putting his dunce cap on now. >> oh, man.
alex rios of the kansas city royals hit a home run. you can't see them, but fireworks went off in celebration. the problem is the game was taking place in cleveland, not kansas city.booed. making it worse, the indians lost the game. >> everyone makes an error there. "saturday before the mets took on the marlins, "snl's" clesz dressed up as christian yel itch. davidson also caught fly balls in the outfield and even took batting practice. he only managed a soft grounder, but it did draw some cheers. how fun. >> they do look alike. >> definitely a resemblance there. all right. 5:44. time for weather and traffic. i feel bad for the fireworks guy. >> i do too. you feel like a jerk. >> he saw a home run. well -- >> you can't take it back.
>> yeah, you can't bring those back. i'm giving up. forget it. i'm done. but these things do happen. in the meantime, kansas city was happy to have the fireworks. we're dealing with pretty quiet weather here. no fireworks needed. just mother nature providing beautiful stuff the next several days. we've been on a roll for about two days of this. it is clear in the city right now. warm today but still not sticky. normal high, 75. forecasting a high of 87. that's a good dozen above normal. again, with the humidity down, it's pretty bearable. weather headlines, more sunshine coming our way. keeps going the rest of the workweek and into the weekend. warm temperatures with low humidity and the weekend looks great too. we'll cool it down a little bit as we get towards the latter half of the weekend. right now, northwest new jersey, some of the cooler numbers we can find. oakland, you're at 53 degrees. these temperatures, a couple degrees milder. out across central long island, still in the low 60s.
west hampton down to 54 right now. there's not much to talk about here across most of the country east of the mississippi. a couple showers and thundershowers moving up into the western great lakes. that's about it. we've got a big dome of high pressure in here. can't quite see from that, but that's what's protecting us and deflecting any rain away from us. so it stays dry. the good stretch continues today. 87 the expected high this afternoon. yesterday made it to 84. a couple notches higher. tonight, clear skies, could be patchy fog late, mainly in the suburbs north and west where temperatures will cool into is the 50s. in the city, upper 60s should do it once again. tomorrow, another warm day with sunshine out there. dry day too. high temperature once again around 87 degrees. into friday, we're in the middle 80s. the weekend, the temperatures it back down a little bit, but we hold on to most of the sunshine. there may be low clouds in the morning that have to burn off a couple days. that's about it. early next week, the wind turns to the northeast. that'll knock the temperatures down, eventually start to bring in moisture. we may get rain in here by the end of the day on tuesday. but 87 today and tomorrow with sunshine. 85 friday.
good looking weekend. just a few clouds on sunday perhaps. monday, tuesday, cooler 70s. maybe rain by the end of the day tuesday. lauren is here with the update on your commute. >> lirr commuter, here's the latest. you can still expect 10 to 15-minute delays as well as possible cancellations after yesterday's derailment. this is on the ronkonkoma and port jefferson branches. there's no eastbound service to ronkonkoma, huntington, or port jefferson. that's between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. westbound trains, they're going to be bypassing the westbury and carle place stations, but bus service will be provided to mineola. otherwise, trains look good. subways and major commuter lines. if you're getting on the roads, an accident on truck route northbound before 440. minor delays through here. also minor delays on 95 northbound in the bronx. a disabled vehicle by pelham parkway blocking the center lane. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today.
more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks very much. it is 5:47. governors cuomo and christie are making a push for federal funds to pay for a new hudson river rail tunnel. they sent a joint letter to president obama asking the federal government to pay for half of the project. new york and new jersey and the port authority, they would pay for the other half. governors say they're bipartisan proposal is designed to break the jam. this clear video shows a man inside the apartment after he climbed a fire escape and broke in through a window monday afternoon. in. homeowner's cell phone. he rushed home, but by the time he got there, the two men were gone. >> he's in my home, touching my things. are. this isn't the first time these so let's put an end to it.
>> police say the men took off with a silver bracelet. call police. 5:48 now. police want your help in finding this man. they say he was caught on surveillance video robbing an elderly man in the bronx. it happened monday afternoon kings bridge. police say the man followed the 79-year-old victim into the lobby. he allegedly grabbed him around the neck from behind, threw him to the ground, and took off with $200. two suspects are facing charges after shots were fired outside a day care center in westchester county. police say two men in cars exchanged gunfire just steps away from the new rochelle day nursery. that's on clinton avenue. one man drove himself to a hospital. he had a gunshot wound to the shoulder. police captured the second suspect after a short chase. fortunately, no children or teachers were hurt. an alligator lurking in the water at a queens park is finally caught. the gator, who was nicknamed jaws, has spent the last two months enjoying swims and
eluding police at flushing meadows park. yesterday, a bike mechanic helped police catch it. >> i've been hunting him every day. i come down, look for him before work, and i just took a break to take a ride. i just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got him. >> authorities believe jaws is an abandoned pet. it's headed for a reptile refuge. an escape artist is rushed to the hospital after a stunt in new jersey apparently went wrong. he tried to escape from a 30-inch tank filled with water in new brunswick. the student supervised by magician chris angel. just about two and a half minutes in, he became visibly distressed. he had to be dragged out by emts. a spokesperson says he was conscious with he was taken away from that tank. just ahead this morning, the chance of a lifetime. who these high schoolers are preparing to meet.
welcome back. 5:53. it's wednesday morning. 67 degrees out. in news for your health, here's something to think about when you pull into that drive through. a new government report says one-third of american teens and children eat fast food every day. the latest survey from 2012 also found that on average kids get 12% of their daily calories from pizzas, burgers, and other fast foods. the cdc says those numbers have been the same for the last >> wow. >> yeah, certainly not a good thing to have it every day. >> just thinking about how many fast food things are near my own children's schools. the temptation is right there. >> it is. all right. 5:54. time for weather and traffic on to july. >> apparently so. but july without the humidity, which is nice. temperatures heading back into the mid and upper 80s this afternoon. it's comfortable this morning. generally upper 60s in the city. 50s, suburbs. low humidity throughout. tonight, quiet again. clear skies, 68 in the city, 50s
in the distant suburbs. maybe patchy fog forming in the burbs north and west. that burns off quickly. we have another good day coming up tomorrow. >> i love it. good stuff. >> what's happening, lauren? >> we have a new problem on the roads for our new jersey commuters. if you're headed out the door right now, on 27 heading northbound between north wood avenue and the garden state parkway, there's an accident that blocks at least a lane. all lanes are subject to closure. in better news, we'll take a live look outside at the staten island expressway. you can see the sunrise. very pretty. we have road work in the westbound lanes. right now not causing any headaches. >> all right. thank you very much, lauren. 5:55. a heads up if you rely on the app hopstop to get you around. it's going away. lauren, do you use hopstop? >> i sure do. >> a message on its, says it will no longer be available in october. it doesn't offer any explanation.
apple purchased it back in 2013. some suspect hopstop's popular transit directions will eventually be rolled into apple's maps app. bought it, going to swallow it right up. dozen high school seniors in our area are getting the chance of a lifetime. they're going to get to meet pope francis. they have student leadership, exceptional grades, some volunteer in soup kitchens and lead school ministry. one other thing they have in common, each and every one says they are inspired by the holy father. >> i screamed. me and my mother were jumping up and down screaming. >> he's very open with what he believes. he's very accepting of everybody. i think everyone appreciates that. >> the gathering with the pope is going to be at our lady queen of angels in east harlem. not going to get a lot of time with the holy father, but the students say they're hoping pope francis will stay maybe a little longer than he's scheduled. there's a good chance of that. we've posted information on the pope's visit, including his scheduled stops.
head to nbcnewyork.com. we're just about six or so days away. very exciting. >> so happy for the kids. hard work really pays off. >> it really does. >> all right. 5:56. coming up next, shipping those holiday packages may cost you more this year. we say it every year, right? well, we've got details on new price hikes. >> also at 6:00 a.m., cold-hearted crooks target an elderly woman in a scam. in fact, they scammed her out of $90,000. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. you're watching "today in new york."
bashes an opponent in the head. it's incredible to watch. we'll tell you how the school is reacting to this violent act. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. wednesday morning. it is september 16th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to start with a check of the weather. for that, let's check in with chris cimino. what great checks they've been the last couple days. >> indeed. same old stuff again today. good stuff at that. 60 in farmingville. most of suffolk county is in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees. you get into the city, we cool to 66. a few 40s. upper 40s in sussex. we've got sunshine heading our way. skies already brightening. lots of sun throughout the day. 81 at noon. forecasting a high temperature of 87 degrees. humidity stays nice and low. a few seconds after 6:00 a.m., we're going to find out about this wednesday morning commute. >> roads look pretty good out there. we just got an accident in on the fdr drive, southbound by 96th street. minor delays. might want to led to local
streets of the west side ghway. in the meantime, for lirr commuters, you can still expect 10 to 15-minute delays as well as cancellations on the ronkonkoma and port jefferson branches this morning. for westbury and carle place commuters, bus service will be provided to take you to mineola to you can get on the rails there. more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right, lauren. thank you. 6:00 a.m. those emergency rail repairs are happening right now just west of the hicksville station. katherine creag is there. with the commute under way, tell us how the commuters are reacting. >> reporter: talk about the level of frustration getting even higher. that train we're zooming into right there, that's bound for penn station. that's the 5:35 train. then next to it on the other tracks, the 5:26 train. both trains are being held right now. commuters tell us that they're confused. it's frustrate ing, and they don't know when these trains will take
off. the trains are packed. we want to show you video just sent into our news room. the 5:26 and 5:35 have been sitting here for a long time now. they don't know, the commuters don't know when exactly they're going to be taking off. but they should have taken off. there are repairs that are set to be made to train tracks just west of here. 200 feet of tracks. what's to blame? a freight train that derailed yesterday in the afternoon, about 1:00 in the afternoon. the freight train itself was removed but it left a mess of a commute yesterday afternoon and into the evening. we talked with a commuter minutes ago who transferred from one packed train to another. she said this. >> you really can't understand what he's saying. it's like all garbled up. he just said we're being held here because of a derailment, but there's no real announcements. >> reporter: and here's video again of the packed train.
what the mta is saying is to expect delays, possibly cancellations. again, what we're seeing here, and we want to show you another live picture, that trains are being held. two trains here, the 5:35 and the 5:26. commuters aren't sure when they're supposed to depart here from the hicksville station. at least from this station, no eastbound trains are leaving. a very confusing and frustrating morning for so many people. back to you. >> all right. katherine, thank you. happening now in new jersey, police are on the search for a gunman who shot four people outside of a public housing complex in newark. police say it happened last night in the driveway of the betty shabazz housing complex at the corner of irvine turner boulevard and west kinney street. no word as to what may have led to this shooting. victims expected to recover from their injuries. happening today, a rally on behalf of those sickened by september 11th related illnesses. in lower manhattan this morning, dozens of firefighters boarded a
extension of the james zadroga act. it provides health benefits to emergency workers who spent time at ground zero. it will soon expire unless congress takes action. >> bill is set to expire. their health conditions are not set to expire. they're going to continue to suffer. >> they should not have to go back to washington on their hands and knees, asking for the health care that they so justly deserve. >> today's rally will be held outside the u.s. capitol. former "daily show" host jon stewart leading the way. mayor de blasio is going to unveil a plan today aimed at improving new york city schools. part of the proposal will require all students be able to read at grade level by the end of the second grade. it also calls for expanding the number of high schools that have advanced placement classes. also, requiring schools to offer computer science classes within ten years. tracie strahan will have more details coming up. take into effect s.t.e.m. now.
>> yeah, none of which are our forte. >> darlene started breaking out into a sweat. >> i did actually. >> we all need to get some of that knowledge certainly. >> no, it's great. the focus on it is wonderful for these kids. >> absolutely. meantime, our focus is on more nice weather here. easy going. not as chilly this morning. temperatures in the 50s and 60s. although, we have seen a few upper 40s north and west. another beautiful day filled with sunshine. nice deep blue sky. warmer temperatures than yesterday. we notched it up a couple yesterday to 84. today i think we get to the mid and upper 80s. humidity stays low. that keeps it pretty comfortable, which is where we are now. 66 degrees in the city. about 69 by 8:00 a.m. 81 atsymbols. they're not going anywhere any time soon. right now lauren has the late fest you're heading out the door. >> thanks, chris. we have our first subway issue of the hour. uptown 1 trains running express from 34th street to 72nd street.
this is due to fire department activity. otherwise, subways look good. this is an update on this accident on truck route 1-9 northbound before 440. you can see delays go back to the turnpike. heading over to the fdr drive, street. if you're headed on the fdr southbound, you will not be able to get on to 96th because of that accident. but the main roadway is not affected. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. you'll need to move your car. more weather and traffic ahead. pope francis arrives here in the u.s. in six days. we're now learning about a plot against him stopped by law enforcement. it involves the arrest of a 15-year-old new jersey boy who lives near philadelphia. sources tell us he was inspired by isis, contacted people overseas, and he was getting information online about explosives. sources also tell us the teen possibly suffers from mental problems. new this morning, police were out to try and track down
two con artists who preyed on an held ir elderly woman in queens. they say she asked her for help cashing a winning lottery ticket. this is a scam that's been used before. a few minutes later, a man approached. he convinced that victim to hand over money. police say the two conned that held irly woman out of $90,000 in cash. all right. well, it's 6:06 right now. police now investigating what's being called one of the dirtiest football plays. it happened last friday during a high school game in new jersey. linden was taking on immaculata. video shows defensive lineman pull the helmet off an opponent. look at that, smash him in the head with it. the player on the ground was taken to the hospital. he did need ten stitches. fans at the game were shocked. >> they were getting blown out, so i feel like he was like kind of heated. but it still wasn't right regardless. >> it's crazy.
he should have been brought out the game for that. i don't think he should be able to play for the rest of the game or the season even. >> the players' names have not been released because they're both minors. the athletic director issued a statement saying, quote, once we reviewed the videotape, we did feel it was necessary to contact linden officials who in turn have been very cooperative and apologetic. linden high school is conducting its own investigation. coming up on 6:08 and happening today, voed ters in bridgeport, connecticut, head to the polls to vote on who will likely be the city's next mayor. mary jane foster is also on the ballot. the winner of today's democratic primary usually goes on to win the mayor's office. in presidential politics, the republican candidates meet tonight for their second debate. it's being held at the ronald reagan presidential library near los angeles.
11 contenders will be in the primetime matchup. donald trump leads in the polls. that will put him at the center position. his opponents say they plan to hit him much harder this time. hillary clinton will also be on tv right here on nbc 4. the democratic front runner will drop by "the tonight show" starring jimmy fallon. it's one stop of a media tour she plans while she's here in town. you can see what she has to say on news 4 at 11:00. after after news 4 at 11:00. however, the "today" show will follow all of the trail. they'll have the latest in a live report. that's today ahead at 7:00 a.m. it is 6:09 now. in this morning's cnbc money report, one of the nation's largest tech companies is set to cut thousands of jobs. landon, we've seen some of the older tech companies that still were involved in making things really having a tough time when
you're dealing with cloud-based se anrvices. >> that's exactly right. hewlett-packard expects to cut 30,000 jobs from its enterprise business, which is being spun off from its pc and printer operations in november. that's roughly 10% of the work force. hp says the cuts will be global, but it isn't elaborating. the enterprise business offers i.t. services and support to corporate customers. and fedex is raising shipping rates for most packages by an average of about 5%. the new rates go into effect in january. u.p.s. has yet to respond to the move. earlier this year, both companies started charging to ship boxes based on size and weight. michael and darlene, the good news is you can get those christmas gifts before the increase. >> you have to ramp up to the free shipping though. >> but that would mean i have to shop early. that's not going to happen. thanks, landon. >> thanks, guys. still ahead at 6:10, a rush hour rate hike. why taking a cab to and from the airport could cost you more.
it's 6:13. here are four things to know this morning. delays and cancellations on the long island railroad this morning as repair work continues from yesterday's freight derailment just west of the hicksville. lauren is going to have all the commuter changes in just a few minutes. this morning, mayor de blasio is set to unveil a new education plan focusing on early reading and getting students to college. if you live in the bronx, you'll want to close your windows tonight. the city is going to be spraying pesticide to combat mosquitos. they start at 8:30, and it'll last until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. homeowners still dealing
with damage from hurricane sandy, they're getting an extra 30 days to ask the government to renew their damage claims. fema approved that extension yesterday. all right. it's 6:14. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris? >> good morning, guys. fall cleaning season in the weather center. not much to do but straighten up. meantime, we're dealing with a sunny stretch of weather that keeps going on into the upcoming weekend. warm temperatures, low humidity. the weekend looks good. even that threat of rain we thought on sunday, pretty much dissipating. it will get cooler early next week. visibility not a problem most locations. we've seen some sections of northwest new jersey. sussex, you were down a little. there could be some patchy ground fog northwest new jersey and into the poconos. that'll burn off after sunrise. 68 in chelsea. 61 in hoboken. 59 in staten island. 49 in sussex. those are your cooler numbers
from the city on east. a lot of 60s into connecticut. wedged in here, high pressure. it is not going anywhere. it's almost dropped anchor. with that in mind, the clouds to the south not moving in here. this system to the west is not moving in here any time soon either. we check out the tropics, getting a little more active. a couple systems off the coast of africa. one has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical storm. this one looks more likely, 70% chance. the computer models suggesting the path of either one of these systems would take it toward the middle of the atlantic. it looks like the steering currents will take it through the middle of the atlantic harmlessly. harmless looking weather here too. nothing but clear sky, 2:00 this afternoon. overnight tonight, same thing. maybe some offshore fog and patchy fog in areas tomorrow morning. that'll burn off. more sunshine again. notice the fog returns overnight, thursday night into friday morning, but it will burn off one more time. back into sunshine and keeping us dry. 87 for today.
most folks mid to upper 80s no matter where you are. long island, up through the hudson valley, or down the jersey shore. tonight at citi field, marlins and mets. good. let's hope the mets get back on 87 tomorrow. 85 on friday. all featuring sunshine. morning. 83 saturday. 80 on sunday. we knock the temps down into the 70s next week. maybe a bit of rain by time we get to the end of the day on tuesday. let's find out how the commute is treating us so far this morning. >> here's the latest for lirr commuters. you can still expect 10 to possible cancellations on the ronkonkoma and port jefferson ports. speaking of delays and cancellations, here's a commuter tweet. this was his picture he took this morning on the beth page station platform. you can see there are delays. the 6:05 into penn was canceled. one train was being held. you can always send in photos or updates for us.
mark keeps us updated all the time. one more thing, westbound trains are bypassing westbury and carle place, but bus service will be provided to mineola, where you can get on the trains for all points west. route 27 northbound now shut down between north wood avenue and the garden state parkway. delays here are very heavy. the fdr drive ramp southbound to 96th street is shut down with an accident. and we just got word of a disabled vehicle southbound on the van wyck expressway. you can see delays building. leave yourself some extra time. more weather and traffic ahead. >> all right, lauren. 6:18 right now. search crews will be back out this morning following that devastating flash flooding along the utah-arizona border. kerry barrett is in the newsroom with overnight developments. >> this is the type of flooding that weather officials describe as a 100-year event. 2 1/2 inches of rain in less than two hours.
this morning we know at least 12 people are dead, one is still missing. the youngest victim is just 4 years old. we understand most of these victims were kids. it happened in the town of hildale, utah. some of this video is tough to look at. this water came down so quickly, and with the terrain there, it all funnels into these small canyons. the force and volume is intensified. they are looking for that one person still missing. >> i've lived here all my life, and i've never seen anything like this. >> yeah, i mean, it hurts. it hurts my heart hearing about all these people. >> they're going to be gathering this morning at about 10:00 our time at the hildale fire station to search once again for that missing person. also, in zion national park, it's about 40 miles north of hildale, there was another flash flood that killed four, and three there are still missing. and there's more rain on the way. >> oh, boy. doesn't end. kerry barrett in the news room. thank you.
also right now, the so-called valley fire in california is still burning after destroying at least 600 homes. an nbc news crew captured this dramatic video while driving on the roads through the middle of the inferno. at least one woman found dead in her home there. still thousands of others in harm's way. the valley fire at this point only about 30% contained. so out west in utah and in california, just terrible situations people are dealing with. >> really is. it's 6:19. right now, just ahead, the meting of a lifetime. we'll introduce you to the local students hand picked to meet pope francis. don't forget, follow the entire "today in new york" team on facebook and twitter. we'll be right back.
live look at times square. 6:23 on this wednesday. ariana grande showing off her pipes during a visit to "the tonight show." >> oh, i'm supposed to talk now. jimmy challenged her to a random game of musical impressions, including christina aguilera singing "the wheels on the bus." the wheels on the bus go, they go round and round i can't feel my face with i'm with you but i love you so much, but i love you >> wow. she did really well. >> that was great. >> beautiful. you can see more on our website, nbcnewyork.com. the shoutouts. she can sing, that little one. she can sing. >> that's excellent. michael does it all the time.
>> he does. he sings the weeknd's songs. >> i said i can't feel my forecast. >> you got to feel this one, i think. we've got temperatures this morning in the 50s and 60s, heading to the 80s this afternoon. mid and upper with lots of sunshine. the key again to that 87 degrees with low humidity, certainly bearable and comfortable enough. however, those liking fall may have a little difficulty with it. 68 the low tonight in the city. 50s in some of the suburbs. we're in the 80s again tomorrow. we finally cool it down towards the weekend. really, a great run of weather continues. let's hope there's never any payback for this. >> oh, man. >> this is our reward from the bad winter we had last winter. we're going to be optimistic. i'd like to be optimistic about the commute, but we have a bunch of problems out there. we have an accident on the bruckner. that's in the left lane. a live look outside at the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel, where you have about a
15-minute wait heading into the tolls. at the george washington bridge, about five minutes. at the holland, about ten. we have a lot of problems on the roads and adjustments for lirr commuters on the rails. >> all right. thank you very much. 6:25. coming up next, big changes coming to local schools. >> reporter: reading, writing, and computer science could be on the horizon for 1.1 million new york city public school students. i'm tracie strahan live at city hall with a preview of education initiatives set to be unveiled today. and i'm katherine creag live at the lirr station in hicksville where trains are badly delayed. it has to do with a freight train derailment. we'll tell you what commuters had to say about this. they're frustrated. that's coming up. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. download the news 4 news app on your mobile device right now. we'll be right back.
we'll have details on a new surcharge. >> plus, the bold new education plan that's going to impact more than a million students in our area. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this wednesday, september 16th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris looking at the weather for today. >> good morning. another nice feel to the morning. temperatures a little on the cool side, especially in the northern suburbs. looking at 51 degrees in le grange. temperatures up generally speaking about 2 to 4 degrees from where they were yesterday us. 66 in the city. the road. the sky is generally clear. maybe some patchy fog northwest sections of new jersey early on. other than that, not much weather to talk about other than another beautiful day. blue skies, sunshine, warming to the low 80s at noon. a high of 87 degrees. the latest on the commute, here's lauren. >> closure on route 18. well.
on truck route 1-9 northbound before 440, an accident that blocks two lanes. now for our lirr commuters, the latest there. you can expect 10 to 15-minute delays or more and possible cancellations on the ronkonkoma and port jeff branch this morning. still no eastbound service to ronkonkoma, huntington, or port jeff between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. westbound trains are bypassing westbury and carle place stations this morning. there's very limited bus service provided over to mineola. lirr is recommending that customers use the babylon branch instead. lots of changes still out there. more weather and traffic ahead. >> thank you very much. want to show you live pictures of the emergency repair work that's causing all those problems for long island railroad riders. all this happening as we see it live from chop her 4 just west of the hicksville station. katherine creag is there. how are commuters dealing with the problems they're facing this morning?
>> reporter: right, the delays from here seem to be a little longer. i know lauren pointed out the mta is saying expect around 15-main delays. here they are a little bit longer. 35-minute delays. the three trains that left here a while ago, the 6:26, the 6:35, and -- the 5:45, the 5:35, and the 5:26, they left about 35 minutes late. we're now waiting for the 6:40 train to arrive. a lot of frustrated commuters. the trains are packed. they were packed early this morning around 5:00 a.m. standing room only on the trains. some commuters were left standing on the platform. this has to do with what you just saw from the chopper. a freight train that delayed west of here. overnight crews removed it. 200 feet of tracks have to be repaired and inspected. the derailment itself happened at 1:00 in the afternoon. it took seven hours for regular lirr service to resume. the afternoon and evening commutes were severely impacted. we've been talking with
commuters this morning who are frustrated with the delays. >> it stinks. it's happening all the time. >> you really can't understand what he's saying. it's like all garbled up. he just said we're being held here because of the derailment, but there's no real >> reporter: here's another look at those packed trains. again, as for the delays here going to penn station, there are the trains that have been leaving here. at one point, there were n trains going eastbound, but there's now one train it's bound for ronkonkoma. it was supposed to leave at 5:55, but that train is still here and being held. back to you. >> so now we're more than a half hour wait with that. thanks so much. new this morning, police are searching for a man who tried to rape a woman he met near a brooklyn pharmacy. security cameras have a clear image of the suspect walking into the rite-aid yesterday. police say he offered to buy the victim a soda and cigarettes. police say he choked her with a
video cord and tried to cut off her clothes with a knife. he ran when she began to scream. right now police want your help finding this man. they say he was caught on surveillance video robbing an elderly man in the bronx. it happened monday afternoon inside an apartment building in kings bridge. police say the man followed the 79-year-old victim into the lobby and allegedly grabbed him by neck, threw him to the ground, and took off with $200. a new plan is being pushed to help pay for a rail tunnel underneath the hudson river. governors christie and cuomo have sent a letter to the president asking for the government to pay for half of the new tunnel. there's another letter making news. an airport advocacy group is fighting plans to hike the price airport. this thursday, the taxi and limousine commissioning impose a $4.50 surcharge. this would go into effect if
you're trying to get a cab during the evening rush hour from the airport or to there. city argues it's an incentive to get cabs to make that time-consume ing airport run. the group is offering alternatives to try and speed up the ride. it's a flat fee, so you're getting it whether you do it at 2:00 in the morning or in the middle of the rush hour. they're saying make it more worth it to do it then. >> easier to swallow. 6:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. weather is easy to deal with this morning. >> very easy to handle over the fact. we continue the last few days of summer officially. the last few days going to feel very summer like again. suburbs starting out in the 50s. suburbs. time. warmer temperatures today than yesterday. yesterday had a high of 84. i think we get to the mid and upper 80s this afternoon. the key, the humidity stays down, so this doesn't feel like a heavy duty july or august day. still pretty comfortable.
66 now. watching the temperature like to the low 80s by noon. upper 80s by 3:00. 6:35. let's find out about the commute. >> not so sunny for the commute this morning. three road closures in new jersey. we'll start in barnegat. an accident with a downed pole out there for quite a while. now here's the latest on route 18. shut down in both directions, northbound between route 34 and route 79. that's a big stretch here. then southbound between cr-537 and route 34. very serious accident out there. will be out there for a while. certainly the spot to avoid. heading to r te 27 northbound, also a closure that could be out there for a while between north wood avenue and the garden state parkway. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. this morning, mayor de blasio will unveil an ambitious new education plan to help new
york city kids get ahead. tracie strahan has details from city hall. >> reporter: darlene, the mayor admits this is a big plan, and all of it won't happen right away, but one of the major initiatives that's getting a lot of headlines is based on one of the hottest growing jobs in the city today. science. that's one that's getting headlines out of their initiative to be unveiled in the bronx. the mayor hopes to require schools to offer computer science classes to students within the next ten years. he also wants to expand the number of high schools offering courses. another thing he's hoping to do, require all new york city school students to read at grade level by the end of second grade. now, the speech will be targeted today towards parents, but the mayor is also hoping to get the attention of albany law make makerslawmakers, specifically governor cuomo, making the case for more state funding, as long as renewed mayoral control for the system.
$80 million would be required to raise for the computer science courses within the n laext ten years. $75 million to get reading specialists within new york city public schools to get kids reading at grade level. again, mayor de blasio saying all of it won't happen right away, but he is expected to make this announcement at a school in the bronx later this morning. back to you. >> okay, tracie. thank you. 6:38 now. city leaders heading towards a in times square. it's been nearly a month since mayor de blasio convened a task force to find a solution to those topless painted women and aggressive costume characters many times square. news 4 new york has learned the task force still hasn't met. the first scheduled meeting is tomorrow. that's less than two weeks from the mayor's deadline for taking action on this issue. the times square alliance is expected to make their own recommendations as well. in new jersey, an escape artist was rushed to the hospital after a stunt apparently went wrong. he tried to escape from a 30-inch tank filled with water
in new brunswick. the stunt was supervised by magician chris angel. about two and a half minutes in, he was visibly distressed and was drug out by emts. he was conscious when remo d from the tank. connecticut drivers are getting a little bit more time to renew their licenses. it's all because of last month's computer upgrades at the dmv. remember, the offices were shut down for four days. so now anybody who's got an expired license, i.d. card, or vehicle registration, you have unastil october 10th to get them renewed. however, they'di warning people not to wait until the last minute because they could get caught up once again in some huge lines. and there will be a break today in the talks aimed at averting a school bus driver strike on long island. negotiations are scheduled to get under way tomorrow between the bowman and sons bus company and their drivers. the two sides have held contract talks for the past two days. if they're unable to get to a deal, a strike could affect 15,000 students in both nassau
and suffolk counties. a dozen local high school students are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with the pope. all 12 are seniors from area catholic schools. they're all student leaders with exceptional grades. some also do volunteer work. others lead school ministries. they also have one other thing in common. each of them is excited to meet pope francis because they are inspired by him. >> i screamed. me and my mothey were jumping up and down screaming. >> he's very open with what he believes. he's very accepting of everybody. i think people, not only christians, but also nonbelieves appreciate that. >> the gathering with the pope wille at o lady queen of angels in east harlem. there isn't much time. the students are hoping pope francis will meet with them longer than he's scheduled to. you can learn more about the pope's visit on our website, nbcnewyork.com. >> so great to see those young people. >> such high achievers on so many levels. great kids. >> congratulations. still ahead, we have a facebook update for some of your friends.
you might call it the opposite of the like button, if you will. you can express emotions, different ones now, on that social med site. coming up next, a new addition to ta o bell's menu. why it could turn the fast food restaurant into a happy hour spot. >> we' check deeply into that. plus, a look at the bridge there. traffic and weather onam the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new york."
nice and clear. nice and bright. it's going to look nice anywhere you go today for the most part. we have temperatures heading into the upper 80s. warmer than yesterday. the humidity is low. the air is still clean. this is a nice air mass in place. not much in the way of a breeze. flags barely moving on the plaza. temperatures in the mid-60s in the city. some of the suburbs a little chillier. putting it in perspective, where we should be on september 16th is not 87. we are way above normal. again, still fairly comfortable because the humidity stays dod.. pollen report, the main issue is ragweed. very high. the weed count also at a moderate level. as we look at storm tracker, there isn't much to talk about here. we have the same high-pressure system covering the eastern third of the country for the moeast part, dominating the weather scene. it's only moving very, very slowly eastward. the good stretch of weather continues. temperatures in the upper 80s this afternoon. again, a few degrees warmer than yesterday. tonight, mostly clear. a mild night.
suburbs. could be patchy fog developing later on tonight. that will burn off quickly. more typical of sou ten lifornia weather tomorrow. warm, still dry. 87. the same feel we have today you're likely to feel tomorrow. iday in thaye middle 80s. still nice with plenty of sunshine. maybe morning fog. then as we go into the weekend, we start to knock the temperatures down a little bit. finally a front drops down. that's going to lower the temperatures back into the 70s. we get to the cooler air. eventually enough moisture coming in off the atlantic, could bring showers or rain our way late tuesday or wednesday. here's your seven-day forecast. a string of sun symbols. 85 friday, 83 on saturday. looking at 80 on sunday. just a few clouds around. more clouds building into the picture monday into tuesday. we've got the latest on the commute. here's lauren. >> thanks, chris. od morning, tveryone.
a bunch of troubles out there on the roads. we'll head over to queens where weinavhee a disabled vehicle on the l.i.e. by exit 20. heavr delay there is. althso on the van wyck expressway, a disabled vehicle. head to mihe grand centra it's slightly better. heading over to new jersey, we have route 18 shut down in both directions in the colts neck area with an accident investigation there. now on rounn 27, earlier the nolirthbound lanes were shut down. then both sides. thw southbound lanes closed between the garden state parkw and north wood avenue. right now, westbound service is suspended on the 7 train between 42nd street and 34thpstreet hudson yards. that has to do with signal problems. then lirr, right now they're averaging 40-minute delays as well as cancellations on ronkonkoma and port jefferson branches. westbound trains, they are bypassing westbury and carle place.
limited bus service out there provided to mineloeback t tho you. >> okay, lauren. thank you. 6:47 right now. the hunt for an elusive alligator is finally over. for the last two months we've been telling you about the gator waters of flu ing mradows park. he disappeared every time him. yesterday police finally managed to capture the gator with the help of a local fisherman. >> i've been hunting him every day. i come down, look for him before work, and i just took a break to take a ride, and i just happened to be in the right place at the right time again and got him. >> authorities believe jaws is an abandoned pet, and it is headed for a reptile refuge. 6:48 right now. would yo u like a beer with your burrito? taco bell opening two new restaurants, and they serve alcohol. a new location opens in chicago this week. it will serve wine, beer, sangria, and frozen mixed
drinks. it will also feature a menu of tapas style appetizers as well as an open kitchen. sounds like not the typical taco bell. thnne restaurant chain hoping to appeal to more millennials. a new location will open in san francisco later this month. they'll sell beer and wine as well. >> nice, okn . i can try one of those. it's 6:48. coming up next, a new facebook addition in the works that you may really like. or not, as the case may be. we'll explain. don't forget, follow us on york."
well, facebook is ready to add new options to help users express their emotions. >> the social networking site is working on what they're calling a disl te button. the company's chief mark zuckerberg revealed the ongoing tests during an online question and answer session. zuckerberg says the feature will be designed to allow users to share sympathy or empathy with their facebook friends. i don't know why they're calling it a dislike button. >> somebody posts a sad video about a loved one. do you like to show support or dislike to show sympathy? i probably wouldn't do think. the "today" show coming up. we'll check in with matt and savannah. we like you both. >> we like you too. we were just talking about this. i don't need another button when i have emojis. >> you vnlt haven't lived until you got an emoji text from her. >> this has bother you for a while, the white wine.
we have to do something. >> it bothers me. good morning. coming up, we're going to start with politics. we're live with what donald trump's rivals are preparing to take aim at the front runner. >> also ahead, a disturbing scene at a high school football game. player ripping the helmet off an opponent then hitting him in the head. could that player now face criminal charges? >> then on our series where are they now, the world's first surviving set of septuplets. they're all grown up. we'll catch up with the mccoys as they're getting ready to turn 18. >> and lionel richie will be live in studio 1a. he'll perform for us, and he's got big news to share. we'll tell you what that is as we get started on a wednesday morning right here on "today." back across to you. >> matt, will you be dancing alone on the plaza? >> i will be dancing on the ceiling. >> of course. everywhere we meet, there will be dancing on the street. >> look at that. >> thanks so much. >> multitalented pair.
>> up next, an update. we've been following those railroad repairs. causing problems unfortunately for long island railroad commuters. >> you're watching "today in new york." we thought we' d be ready. but demand for our cocktail bitters was huge. i could feel our deadlines racing towards us. we didn' t need a loan. we needed short-term funding. fast. our amex helped us fill the orders. just like that. you can' t predict it, but you can be ready. another step on the journey. when growth presents itself. power at open.com.
away, but a big one gives students access to computer science. he hopes to require all new york city public students to take required classes within the next ten years. as part of his plan, the mayor hopes to expand the number of high schools offering advanced placement courses. and he hopes to require new york city school students to read at grade level by the end of second grade. we expect him to make this announcement sometime this morning, guys. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you. now to the commuter alert causing problems on the long island railroad. katherine creag is in hicksville. >> reporter: it's been a frustrating morning for a lot of commuters. the longest delays we've seen here at the hicksville lirr station, 35 minutes for trains bound to pen station. also from chopper 4, we want to give you a live look of the repairs under way. just a little west of here, this is where a freight train derailed. 200 feet of tracks have to be repaired and inspected. at this point, trains we've seen
here are packed, delayed, some have been canceled as a result. the derailment happened yesterday afternoon. the derailed trains were removed overnight, but a lot of work has to be done before things can get back to normal. back to you. >> all right, kat. thanks very much. checking in with lauren, looking at the whole commute. >> a 35-minute delay was the worst they had seen. lirr is saying it's averaging about 40 minutes, those delays. we'll see some cancellations on the ronkonkoma and port jefferson branches. no eastbound service to ronkonkoma, huntington, or port jefferson from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. today. and then westbound trains are bypassing westbury and carle place. they're providing very limited bus service to mineola. you might want to get on the babylon branch. westbound port jefferson branch, trains are making added stops this morning at huntington, mineola, and jamaica to help with the overcrowding. 7 trains are suspended westbound after 43nd street. lots of train issues. >> wow. just opened the train station. >> all right, lauren. thanks.
chris, one more check of the weather. >> no real weather issues. maybe a little sun glare this morning. plenty of sun throughout the day today. high of 87. the humidity stays at comfortable levels. upper 60s tonight. 50s, suburbs. repeat performance tomorrow again. friday looking good with sunshine. we finish off the workweek 85. we start to knock the temperatures down a little bit. can't complain about 83 degrees on saturday or 80 on sunday with more clouds. the mornings may see low clouds and fog. next week, a little change. back to the 70s with a few more clouds. >> sounds great, chris. the "today" show is coming up next. >> that's what's happening "today in new york." good morning. round two. the republican field set to face off in a second debate tonight. donald trump's rivals vowing to hit him hard they are time, but can they say or do anything to stop his momentum?
we're live in california. death toll rising. at least 16 people, many of them children, killed in that flash flooding in utah as more rain slows the search for four victims still missing this morning. out of bounds. a high school football player rips the helmet off an opponent and then bashes him in the head with it. incredibly, the refs let the attacker finish the game, but now police are weighing criminal charges. and thumbs down? facebook weighing the introduction of a kind of dislike button because we all know you need more ways to show your disapproval on social media today, wednesday, september 16th, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. probably the last guy to ask about facebook, but apparently this is a new way to show a
wider range of emotions. >> yeah, why is there only the like button when people post something that's kind of sad or poignant it feels awkward to press like so maybe there should be an alternative, a dislike >> so-called. >> exactly i'm longing for the old days of sideways smiley face and frown face but we'll get into that a little bit. our top story, politics. the second republican presidential debate hours away. the site this time, the reagan presidential library in california and the man to beat remains donald trump. we're going to talk to the head of the republican party in just a moment, but first nbc's national correspondent peter alexander is there. peter, good morning. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning to you. the spotlight will once again shine brightly on donald trump, but not just on him exclusively. also on his challengers like ben carson and carly fiorina on the debate stage for the first time with the top ten, now top 11 this time around. it's also a crucial moment for those folks who have plummeted in the polls, jeb bush and scott walker. with only so many dollars from donors available, a bad
performance from a candidate tonight could signal the end of the road. >> would you come over and speak. i'm here for a certain reason. >> reporter: breaking out the big guns ahead of tonight's republican debate front-runner donald trump revved up supporters on the "uss iowa" in los angeles delivering a speech heavy on promises and light on specifics. >> we're going to come out with some plans in a very short time. we're going to be building up our military. >> reporter: earlier predicting a barrage of attacks from his republican rivals. >> you know, they are all coming after me is what i hear, and whatever tupac shakur. >> reporter: the showdown is being touted as a heavyweight bout. rand paul sparred with trump at the first round and appears poised to do it again saying i think he deserves both barrels. i want to make sure everyone in the whole country knows he's a fake conservative. still, trump's biggest challenge may come from the other republican outsiders with polls showing barson closing in and carly fiorina gaining ground as jeb bush falls behind.