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is rolling along so far. lauren has the latest. >> you can see mostly green on our maps here with the exception of two areas. i'm going to show you both of them. a live look at gowanus expressway where there's an accident in the southbound lanes. all lanes are subject to closure. you also have a lane or two blocked on the eastbound side with emergency vehicles. very heavy delays in both directions. you'll want to head to third avenue to get around this. heading over to the cross bronx expressway, delays just eased out here. we had heavy delays westbound because of roadwork, but they must have just cleaned that up. the bruckner is in great shape. more weather an traffic ahead. new this morning, police are investigating a hit-and-run. a pedestrian rushed to the hospital overnight. this all took place on the upper east side in manhattan, 80th street and madison avenue. katherine creag is there. >> reporter: michael, you said as of right now, the victim, we understand, he is in terrible
shape with numerous injuries. he is at the hospital, as you said. his vehicle, it was just removed by the nypd from madison avenue. but we have video of it. according to investigators, the victim happened to be outside of his car, standing by the trunk. it looked like he was removing something when he was struck by a vehicle. the driver who hit him took off. it happened about 1:20 this morning. the victim, a 60-year-old man, was rushed to bellevue hospital. either the victim or witnesses gave the nypd a description of the suspect's vehicle, and quite quickly cops tracked down and spotted that damaged car you see there on the upper west side in the 70s and west end avenue. there were two men who were in that car. they were taken into custody and we're waiting to find out what charges they face. michael, police are not yet releasing the names of those two men or the victim. again, the victim in the hospital right now. we're told he will survive from these injuries and will recover. again, he's in terrible shape right now. back to you. >> all right, kat.
new this morning, a teacher's aide was allegedly caught on cell phone video roughing up toddlers at a new jersey private school. she will not face charges. a grand jury ruled there was no probable cause to indict elizabeth gomez. she was captured on video forcefully handling children at the school. the school fired gomez and four others after the video was released. and we're now seeing video of police and an emt beating a suspect allegedly over a stolen iphone. police have identified the man as 21-year-old daniel. officials say he stole the items hours earlier. apparently they tracked him down using the find my phone app. the nypd is conducting an internal investigation. charges are being recommended against two officers
a complaint review board says the officers used excessive force and abused their power. officials have said blake was mistaken for an identity theft suspect. blake's attorney says he looks forward to a trial. >> both james and i are very gratified by the fact the ccrb handled this not only in an expeditious way but a very diligent way. >> the president said, it is still no surprise that the crrb, which continues to be nothing more than a cop-hating branch of the new york civil liberties union, would substantiate the use of force complaint in such a questionably public manner. >> okay. coming up on 5:04. time for a check of weather and traffic. chris, i got to ask you, the jets won this week. the mets won last night. the rangers won last night. your teams can't lose. >> that's a rarity in my life. i keep saying, don't wake me up. i'm enjoying the dream. we'll see how it goes for the mets starting friday night in l.a. isn't the meantime for us, we're dealing with quiet weather.
pleasantly dry today. we'll have sun and clouds. you may want to wear a light jacket early on in the suburbs in particular. still a few 40s and lower 50s there. upper 60s should do it. maybe near 70 in inland spots. wind coming out of the southeast. a little more of an ocean effect. our first forecast, starting out with patchy clouds right now. 60 in the city. cooler in the burbs. we slowly climb back to the mid and upper 60s. forecasting a high of 69 degrees. even warmer weather tomorrow. we'll talk about that in a little bit. she's here to tell us about the commute, lauren. >> we start with very good news. the new jersey turnpike western spur has opened. we have some detours out there in the city. b-16, m-9, and q-39. major rail lines, everything looks good. all the overnight subway track work should be just about wrapped up by now. we'll have your next update on the 4s. >> thank you very much. new this morning, a driver
of a tour bus filled with passengers was killed after slamming into the back of a tractor trailer in connecticut. it happened on i-95 in norwalk yesterday afternoon. police say the driver, henry wolfson, became stuck inside the vehicle. crews ripped off the entire front of the bus to get him out. he later died at the hospital. 18 passengers are injured. they are expected to recover. right now, police in jersey city are investigating the suspicious deaths of a mother and son in jersey city. detectives removed bags of evidence from the second floor apartment on lincoln street about 5:30 last night. a woman in her 20s and her 5-year-old son were found unresponsive. both were pronounced dead at the hospital. fire officials tested the air for carbon monoxide. they say that came back negative. new this morning, another arrest in the shooting death of a queens grandmother. 70-year-old letta webb was killed in the doorway of her home in jamaica back in march.
taken into custody two weeks later. now 19-year-old sal green is under arrest and also facing a murder charge. family members believe the shooting was a gang related retaliation involving webb's son. and police need your help identifying a man wanted for another fatal shooting in queens. they released surveillance video of the man getting out of a u-haul van holding what appears to be a gun. wrestling legend jimmy "super fly" snukka will be heading to trial in pennsylvania in the death of a girlfriend more than three decades ago. he's accused of beating his girlfriend to death in a hotel room back in 1983. the case was reopened just a few years ago after he released an autobiography. it reportedly contradicted the account he had given when she died. the 72-year-old right now is free on bail.
new this morning, nato ministers are decide ing what to syria. all of this is happening after a close call in the air. a u.s. fighter jet took evasive maneuvers when it flew within 20 miles of a russian jet. doctors without borders says president obama's apology for the bombing of its hospital doesn't go far enough. that facility in kunduz, afghanistan, was destroyed. 22 people were killed. the u.s. military it admits it did carry out that air strike. on wednesday, president obama called the head of doctors without borders to admit it was a mistake. >> the united states, when we make a mistake, we're honest about it. >> we appreciate the expression of condolences, but it doesn't change the fact that we have 22 dead patients and staff. >> doctors without borders says it doesn't trust president obama's pledge to fully investigate the incident. they say they want an
commission to be created to do that. millions of dollars might be missing tonight from a volunteer fire department. now the question is who's responsible. a recent audit revealed major discrepancies. state and local officials are now looking into whether the missing money was embezzled. residents want answers. >> you think somebody should yo go jail? >> like anything else, if they're caught, they should. >> officials and other community leaders refused to comment publicly about the investigation or reveal exactly how much money is missing. in today's cnbc money report, why renters should expect to pay more next year. close to 70% of the landlords recently surveyed by rent.com say they plan to raise rent in 2016 with the average increase being about 8%. the top reason was the high demand for rental properties. many landlords say they're seeing more and more former homeowners now looking to rent.
>> you always thought everyone wants to own. people feel maybe a little different. 5:09 now. still ahead, why one presidential candidate is being criticized for making a taylor swift reference at a town hall. plus, the cost of staying healthy in america. the findings of a new report just released, and the one country where people take more pills than we do. >> it is a surprise when you hear it. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s as we look at the l.i.e. by the gcp. you're watching "today in new
welcome back. it's 5:12 right now. following breaking news in brooklyn. a shootout overnight between police and several suspects. tracie strahan is in ft. greene where a very large crime scene is set up, we understand. >> reporter: that's right. we're looking at investigators down the street looking at evidence markers from what became a shootout between police officers and three men.
one of them in police custody as he's recovering at a hospital from a gunshot wound at this hour. i'm going to step out of the way and show you. it's very difficult to see because there's still traffic on this street. but we're told that police say they noticed three men in a dispute right here at park and north portland avenue. when the officers drove by, they turned their car around to speak with the men. at least two of them started firing at police officers. that unmarked vehicle was struck numerous times. miraculously, none of the officers inside were hurt. a canvas of this rea turned up a 21-year-old man at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. he's said to be in stable condition. again, he is in police custody. right now police officers looking for two men who opened fire on an unmarked police vehicle here around 10:44 last night. as you can see, this is still a very active scene. back to you. >> all right, tracie. reporting on this breaking news we're following. we'll check back with her in a bit.
coming up on 5:14. we want to check weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, nice morning, in the 60s. >> one more quiet day today. we're starting out a little milder this morning than the past few mornings. 50s in the suburbs. a few 40s. this winning stretch of weather continues one more day today. warm day tomorrow, yes, but the trade-off, we get showers later in the day and evening hours. could be a thunderstorm by the time we get to friday late afternoon or evening. after that, the weekend is in great shape. we'll cool down a little on saturday. area temperatures right now. astoria, 61. jamaica, 55. howard beach at 58. we go to the west a little bit. rutgers campus in newark reporting 59 degrees. maplewood, new jersey, is 53. bigger picture shows a few 40s. high bridge, 48. across in westport, 50 degrees. generally a partly cloudy sky
by at afternoon, clouds getting a little more dominant north and west of the city. but there will be sunshine in there. into tonight, again, patchy clouds but no rain yet. tomorrow morning, starting out with an increase in cloud cover. we have a southwest wind coming in ahead of a front. here's the front lined up with these showered. first push of showers, probably about noon to 2:00. main emphasis city on north and west. however, the late afternoon, evening push of showers much more intense. that line telling me there could be thunderstorms embedded in there. that's about 5:00 pushing through the city. so between 4:00 and 6:00, 7:00 from west to east, there could be a couple of nastier, heavier showers or thunderstorms tomorrow late. meantime after that it clears out. saturday morning, 8:00, looking good. the rest of saturday is fine. on into sunday, the same scenario. we're in good shape once we get to the weekend. upper 60s for today. most folks anywhere you go, maybe some portions of central new jersey could get into the
between 65 and 70. 60 degrees the low in the city tonight. 50s in the burbs. the main emphasis of the change is the threat of showers later tomorrow afternoon and night. 76. then a nice weekend. 65 saturday. 68 sunday. looks good for monday. that will be the first playoff game for the mets at citi field. maybe a couple showers tuesday. upper 60s again on wednesday. early trouble spots for parts of the commute. let's find out from lauren. >> good morning, everyone. we have some issues out there on the gowanus expressway. there's an accident westbound. just one lane gets by right now. all lanes are still subject to closure. you also have some emergency vehicles on the eastbound side of the road. very heavy delays in both directions here. use hamilton avenue or third avenue to get around this. that's your best bet. heading over to the tappan zee bridge, much better news there. things moving along nicely. north of the city, we're not seeing any construction delays or problems. you're in for a nice ride.
van wyck expressway northbound just after the grand central parkway. two lanes shut down. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. your next update on the 4s. >> thank you very much. coming up on 5:17. happening today, house republicans will vote on their nominee for speaker of the house. nbc's tracie potts is on capitol hill with what to expect. but not a coronation. maybe a bit of a fight for the speakership, tracie? >> reporter: yeah, more than we originally thought. kevin mccarthy is the number two to john boehner. he's the majority leader. initially it seemed like he was the front runner. and he still is, but he's got some competition. we'll see that play out today. mccarthy is facing jason chaffetz of utah, who's been an outspoken conservative critic within the party. and lesser known daniel webster of florida. however, even though he's lesser
known, the conservative freedom caucus, about 40 lawmakers, have said they'll be voting together in a bloc for webster today. that takes away votes from both mccarthy and chaffetz. this could be a three-way race in reality today. again, within the republican party. right now it's not clear at all if mccarthy has 218 votes. that's what he's going to need on the 29th of this month if he wants to clinch this job as house speaker. and that would be embarrassing if he couldn't get 218 votes with the majority of republicans well over that right now in the house. but it looks like they've got some very different ideas about who they want to lead after boehner steps down at the end of the month. >> all right. what was going to be procedural will be interesting today. thanks so much, tracie. it's 5:18 right now. members of a house subcommittee could ask the head of volkswagen's american division some tough questions. michael horn plans to testify about diesel engine scandal.
today's "new york times" reports he will apologize and say he was not aware of any effort to cheat on emissions tests until last year. it could take until the end of next year to fix all of those affected diesel cars. now in the race for the white house, hillary clinton is changing her stance on what she once called the gold standard in trade agreements. so she's now coming out against the transpacific partnership. clinton helped lay the groundwork for that pac when she was president obama's secretary of state. today, though, she also plans to roll out her platform on wall street reform. now, we're also hearing more about cyber attacks against hillary clinton's personal e-server. that's where she stored e-mails written while she was secretary of state. associated press reports that china, south korea, and germany tried to get to those e-mails. clinton's staff says the attacks were unsuccessful, but there was apparently a period when the server did not have special cyber attack protection. republican presidential candidate john kasich is taking
a question on the campaign trail. >> i don't have any tickets for, you know, for taylor swift or anything or -- go ahead. >> the ohio governor was speaking at the university of richmond in virginia when 18-year-old kayla raised her hand. she asked him a question about immigration. she later responded in her student newspaper saying kasich's comment belittled her and her peers. seems like it was completely off topic. >> right. then nbc news is reporting she was saying, look, i'm trying to be an informed voter. we want informed voters. >> absolutely. ahead, who soon could be paying more for water service. and the price of love. this morning some findings about how much people are spending on weddings. it might surprise you. >> it will not surprise me. >> i know. follow the "today in new
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welcome back. 5:23. grand central parkway. that's near laguardia airport, and it is 60 degrees at this hour. well, not everybody's dishing out big bucks for their wedding. a new study by the research company the wedding report suggests nearly 40% of american couples who got married last year spent $10,000 or less on their big day. the study also found the average amount spent on a wedding in 2014 was just over $26,000. >> i think that's nice. not everything has to be a break the bank, you know, big production. >> absolutely. and a lot of brides and grooms realize that there are economical ways to have your big day and do really big, beautiful things. you can do it yourself. a lot of diy going on, which is nice. >> and have fun with the people you love. another new report out this morning shows the cost of staying healthy in america. an analysis by the commonwealth funds finds that americans visit the doctor less than people in other wealthy countries. might be surprised to hear that. but we actually do spend more on health care overall. some of the reasons are the cost of medication, the use of
the report also finds american adults, we take more prescriptions than anyone else except for people in new zealand. >> i would think that visiting the doctor less is the reason for the higher health care costs, right? because if you don't take care of things, sometimes you go and then you have big problems. >> i'm still trying to figure out why new zealand. >> rolling hills, beautiful weather. >> 22 hours away. it's a place i'll never see. i'll take their word for it. >> never say never. >> tomorrow live from new zealand, darlene. >> wake up, new zealand. >> this morning we're dealing with nice weather in new york in the tri-state area. looks like it's going to be another pleasant day. city. 50s in most suburbs. upper 60s to near 70 this afternoon with a mix of clouds and sunshine. tonight, partly cloudy skies. comfortable again. about 60 will do it in town. 50s in the burbs. we may have to remember where the umbrella is. i think by tomorrow afternoon we'll probably need it around here.
coming up in the next half hour. >> another weekend washout. >> here he goes. >> let's check in with lauren. >> at least we don't have to say another train problem. things are looking good out there on your major commuter lines this morning and the subways. everything running without delays or service changes. we will take a live look outside at the inbounds side of the george washington bridge, where things are still moving along nicely into the tolls out there. the lincoln tunnel and holland tunnel are also doing fine. we have an accident on the gowanus causing big delays in both directions. details on that coming up. 5:26 right now. dramatic video of that crash we've been talking about on the turnpike taken from another driver who watched it all happen. also, shocking video from connecticut. a teenager jumping from a moving car. now police are searching for the woman who was behind the wheel. >> reporter: and i'm tracie strahan live in ft. greene, brooklyn, where police are on the hunt for two men who opened fire on an unmarked police car. get the very latest on this developing story coming up.
and several suspects exchanged gunfire. new this morning, a pedestrian run down on the upper east side. police say the driver took off. and this morning, dramatic video shows the moment a truck goes out of control and burst into flames. you're watching "today in new york." good morning, everyone. thursday morning, it is october 8th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. is this one of these take the jacket in the morning and you won't need it in the afternoon? >> pretty much same scenario today. we've experienced it all week. rather cool in the morning, warming up nicely. a lot of 40s across new jersey. toward the coast, a little milder. point pleasant at 54. the city the warmer spot at 60 degrees. looking at sunshine today, some patchy clouds occasionally blotting out the sun, but a nice looking day once again.
forecasting a high today of 69 degrees. rest of your forecast on the 4s. let's find out the latest on the commute from lauren. >> we're having a problem. we're having two problems on the same roadway, actually. a live look outside at the gowanus expressway, where westbound all lanes are subject to closure with an accident out there by 39th street. before, one lane was getting by. looks like a few more have opened. you also have emergency vehicles on the eastbound side of the road. delays are heavy in both directions. use hamilton avenue or third avenue to get around this. i'll continue to keep a close eye on it. heading over further north of here on the bqe, you see the flashing lights out thereto heading westbound. there's some police activity in the right lane. delays go back past the l.i.e. and on to the lower level of the l.i.e. again, leave yourself some extra time. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. we are following breaking news in brooklyn. a shootout overnight between police and several suspects. the scene is near park avenue and north portland avenue.
tracie strahan is in ft. greene with more. >> reporter: seems like this has been an around-the-clock investigation and search. right now for two men who allegedly opened fire on three people that were inside an unmarked police vehicle. you can see over my shoulder, and we'll show you right now, a lot of officers still on scene, including investigators who have been taking evidence away from this area since we arrived. it's still blocked off here on north portland and park avenue, where around 10:44 last night, that unmarked vehicle was struck numerous times. all of the officers inside, they were not hit. now, one man, they searched this area, a 21-year-old man believed to be one of the three men the officers observed in a dispute in this area, he was taken to beth israel hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh. they do believe he was involved in this. that's why he's also in police custody as he recovers. again, two men can't be found, and authorities are looking for them.
>> tracie strahan, thank you. in connecticut, police are searching for a woman who allegedly tried to abduct a teenage girl. her dramatic escape captured on video. take a look as this 17-year-old girl rolls out of a moving vehicle. the teen was walking to school monday morning when the driver of a charcoal gray toyota lured her into her car. the woman started grabbing at the teen. that's when she jumped out. united water customers could be looking at a rate increase of nearly 18% according to our news partners at the bergen record. the utility wants to raise rates to help offset the cost of recent upgrades to its ageing infrastructure. if the hike is approved, residential customers would pay about $8 more per month. we're know showing video that may show exactly what caused a tanker truck to crash into a massive fireball on the new jersey turnpike. we showed use this video first on news 4 last night. kevin hower had a dash cam recorder rolling in his own truck. he says he saw a van carrying a
mattress. then want mattress fell on to the road. cars swerved to avoid it, including the tanker truck. this is what happened. the tanker truck rolled and erupted into flames. hower says he tried to get the driver out, but the heat was just too intense. >> being a tanker and as big as the explosion was, i mean, you could see where i got was as close as you could get. the mattress was still there when police arrived. state police have not released the identity of the driver. it's 5:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, good morning. >> good morning, guys. pretty nice morning out there. you have a little view of one of our weather cams from little silver, new jersey. you can see some cloud cover. that's the way we're going to start the day. they'll break up for some sunshine. temperature there right now at 52 degrees. no wind to speak of. again, low 50s, a few 40s in some of the suburbs in the outlying areas early on this morning.
it warms up back to the upper 60s this afternoon. a pleasant day with sun and clouds. may want to wear a light jacket, especially if you're coming out of the suburbs. that cooler ocean breeze will keep those temperatures up against the coast generally in the 60s. straight ahead. right now, here's lauren. >> thanks, chris. good news. that accident we had on the gowanus has cleared. those delays should ease out relatively quickly. now we have new problems. you have the ramp shutdown from the southbound cross island parkway to the grand central. that's because of an unauthorized tractor trailer. let's head to mass transit. a couple detours on want buses in the city. then nj transit bus routes 25 and 70 are on detour. trains look good. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right. thank you very much, lauren. new this morning, police investigating a hit-and-run. a pedestrian rushed to the hospital overnight. the scene is on the upper east side at the intersection of east
katherine creag is there. kat, good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. the victim, who was hit by another car, happened to be outside of his vehicle. that car at one point was parked here on madison avenue. police took it away a short time ago. we have video of the car. the victim happened to be standing by the trunk, checking something inside, when he was hit by another car. the driver who hit him took off. the victim, a 60-year-old man, was rushed to bellevue hospital with numerous injuries. now, either the victim or witnesses gave a description of the suspect's vehicle and very quickly cops tracked down that vehicle and spotted the damaged car on the upper west side in the 70s and west end avenue. two men who were in that car were taken into custody. we're waiting to find out what charges they might face. at this point, darlene, police are not yet releasing the name of those two men or the victim. they tell us this investigation is ongoing. as we said, the victim has numerous injuries. we're told here's in serious
>> katherine, thank you. 5:36 now. on long island, a former nypd transit officer is now charged with the murder of his wife. the 49-year-old was arrested in a heavily wooded area upstate. police say he was armed with a box cutter, threatened to hurt himself and officers during the standoff. the body of his wife was found in their home a week ago. starting today, you can ride amtrak all the way back to northern vermont. track repairs are almost complete after monday's derailment of the vermonter. that hurt seven people. today trains run north going all the way to burlington, vermont. southbound is still a problem. buses are used from vermont down to springfield, massachusetts, and to new haven, connecticut. fantasy pay sites draft kings and fan dual are now permanently banning employees from playing in daily contests for money. this comes after a draft kings
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santa. o'dell beckham jr. he was voted most likely to have hair that changes color in the fall. it's a great time of year to look at his head. starting quarterback eli manning. he was voted most likely to be asked, oh, my god, are you peyton manning's grandson. >> that's pretty good. coming up on "the tonight show," actor michael fassbender. he's in the new steve jobs biopic. and on sunday, the giants take on the 49ers. our coverage will start at 7:00. >> we'll be watching. >> it's true though, right, chris? they smile or act tough. >> capture their finest moment. >> and leave it to other guys. no matter what you look like, they'll completely roast you. >> jimmy, he's made an art form out of it at this point. fortunately, we don't have any
of those kinds of pictures. meantime, we have a bit of a breeze out there this morning. mixing 60-degree air up. that's not too bad. out in the suburbs, where there's less wind and a clearer sky, some of those areas have cooled off. you'll bounce back. partly cloudy, 60 in town right now. weather headlines, looking at another delightful day. the winning stretch continues today. warm day tomorrow, too, in the 70s, but the clouds take over. could be showers late tomorrow in the afternoon and evening. maybe a thunderstorm in there too. that system pushes out just in time to give us a nice weekend as it dries out for both saturday and sunday. we're on a roll again today. normal high, 67. again, a few degrees above that. about 69 degrees should do it. yesterday made it to 73 in central park. a couple degrees cooler. we start in and around the city right now. jersey city, 58. harrison is 56. midtown is 61. across the island we're seeing 50s. down the jersey shore, generally up against the coast it's 50 to
you go inland, some 40s. northwest new jersey generally lower 50s up through the mid hudson valley. way to the north, still some 40s. hunter at 45 right now. everybody under a clear to partly cloudy sky. we're looking for sun and patchy clouds mixed today. coastal areas where the wind off the water, a little cooler. inland areas, probably low 70s. 60 again the low tonight. tomorrow, a southwest wind ahead of that cold front. warms it into the 70s. but the showers, you see they're getting closer and closer, maybe a thunderstorm by the end of the day. best chance really after 4:00 or 5:00 and into tomorrow night. it's out of here by saturday, that system. so the sun makes its return. it's a little breezy and cooler. upper 60s by sunday. by columbus day, we're looking at low 70s with sunshine. then another weak front will approach us on tuesday. nothing big in terms of rain with that one. it's dry today. upper 60s to near 70. into the 70s tomorrow.
watch for showers later in the day. dry for weekend. low 70s early next week. a little bump in the road on tuesday with a couple showers and temperatures mid-60s. almost 5:45. if you're heading out the door, what's the commute look like, lauren? >> not too many problems. a lot of the problems we've had have cleared. the new jersey turnpike western spur is open this morning. we're not seeing any issue there is. what's left of the problems on the roads right now, we still have police activity on the bqe westbound. you can see delays go past the l.i.e. and on to the lower roadway. leave yourself some time there. we also have some roadwork on the van wyck expressway northbound just after the grand central. two lanes closed. delays are starting to build. you can see it's a little heavier through here than it was a little while ago. a problem on the cross island parkway. the ramp to the grand central, that's cleared out. things are moving along again there. we'll take a live look outside and show you what route 3 looks like in eat st rutherford. overall new jersey in great shape today so far.
alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up. 5:45 right now. shaping today, residents in south carolina remain on edge as rivers hit their peak from the record rainstorm. earlier this week, this was the scene. it was expected to crest at 16.1 feet earlier this morning, more than five feet above flood stage. in clum yoo olumbia columbia, the city is trying to restore drinking water. senator lindsey graham says the disaster could top $1 billion. today marks a week since the el faro and its crew were lost at sea. the coast guard called off the search, saying it's unlikely anyone survived. one body from the 33 missing crew members was recovered. some family members say they're angry at decision to stop that search. >> it's too early to stop. six days? come on.
i'm mad at god. i'm just mad. brutally sad, angry. >> the ship was headed to puerto rico from jacksonville when it sank. the ntsb focused on finding its data recorder now. however, that could be three miles below sea level, and it will stop transmitting a signal within 30 days. next summer, most businesses will not be allowed to lure you out of the heat with that rush of cold air. they're going to have to keep their doors closed when the air-conditioning is on. the city council passed a law yesterday that could lead to big fines if the doors are left open. the goal is to cut energy use and help fight global warming. there's a big court ruling about those ads that were originally banned in the sunway. they promoted a documentary about muslim-american comedians. the mta declared them forbidden political speech. now a federal judge called that agency's move arbitrary. she overturned the ban. her ruling says the mta never set the proper rules for exactly what constitutes political speech. millions of dollars might be
missing from a volunteer fire department in the hudson valley. now the question is, who is responsible? a recent audit revealed major discrepancies in the bookkeeping for the mahopac volunteer fire department. state and local officials are now looking into whether the missing money was embezzled. and residents want answers. >> you think somebody should go to jail? >> like anything else, if they're caught, they should. >> mahopac officials and other community leaders refused to comment publicly about the investigation or reveal exactly how much money is missing. 5:48 now. on long island, three suffolk county schools have tested positive for the legionella bacteria. it was detected cooling towers at seneca, sequoya, and sachem. those cooling towers have been disin disinfected and decontaminated. in connecticut, legionella bacteria was found inside a cooling tower at greenwich high
school. however, it's not the same strain commonly associated with legionnaires' disease. officials say that tower was disinfected and they say nobody's at risk. now to hockey. the rangers play their season opener chicago against the defending champion blackhawks. the rangers spoiled the celebration. they scored three goals in the opening period, including one by derek stepan right before the first intermission. the rangers beat chicago 3-2. the islanders and the devils both open up at home tomorrow night. and the nba is investigating reports knicks head coach derek fisher was in an altercation with grizzlies forward matt barnes. meanwhile, the knicks opened their own preseason at the garden against a pro team from brazil. carmelo anthony playing for the first time since having knee surgery back in february.
the knicks win is 100-81. another basketball note, lebron james having fun with some young fans. he took a selfie with about 30 kids as he was checking into the game. then lebron invited one of them to sit next to him and j.r. smith on the cavaliers bench. the girl was so excited. look at her there. she just can't stop smiling. it's a night she will not forget. wasn't it cool? >> it's amazing. i love when i see things like that. it's so meaningful to her. best thing ever. all right. it's 5:50. still to come, why jetblue is getting into the farming business at jfk airport. and it's a monument built to pay tribute to the victims of hurricane sandy. but some are saying this morning this has got to go. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter. you're watching "today in new
welcome back. it's 60 degrees. 5:53 on this thursday morning. the national transportation safety board now investigating a plane crash in the backyard of a southern california home. investigators say the plane took off yesterday from the compton woodley airport. it quickly had engine trouble. the pilot tried to make an
emergency landing on a road but crashed behind a home in compton. he's not seriously injured, and no one else is hurt. happening today, jetblue shows off its latest green addition to kennedy airport. terminal five has a first of its kind blue potato farm. these potatoes are going to be used in the blue terra chips the airline hands out when you fly with them. along with the potatoes, 2,000 herbs, plants, and other vegetables are being grown there. many of them are ingredients for those chips. the entire operation will be unveiled later this morning. just amazing an airline gives you some food type item at all. >> blue chip, pink chip, whatever it is. cardboard chip. give me the whole bag. >> just share it with your whole row. >> yeah, you have to share with the whole row. >> but it's funny when you finally get something like that on a plane. i don't have to pay? this is mine? >> but you're not getting headphones.
>> you keep them then you -- never mind. in the meantime, if you're getting out of town today, i don't think you have any problems. today's forecast is too easy. we're going with the two-week forecast. the trend is to keep the jet stream to the north. when that happens, that keeps the cool air in canada. well above normal for the entire country, especially west of the mississippi. even here along the east coast, above average. average temperatures should be between 63 and 67. we'll probably average 2 to 5 degrees above average for the next two weeks. that's the anticipation. so for today, a little bit above average. normal high, 67. about 69 should do it with sun and patchy clouds. tonight we're looking at a low of 60 in town with a partly cloudy sky. 50s in the suburbs. a little rain heading our way tomorrow. we'll detail that coming up. >> okay, chris. thank you. >> lauren. >> a lot of the problems we had on the roads, they cleared out. we have a new one, but it's not a bad one. an accident in new jersey on route 22. this is westbound in the newark area out by meeker avenue. minor delays heading through
here. we'll talk about the trains. all good news from there still. metro north, lirr, nj transit, path, and subways all running without delays or service changes. overall a nice commute today. >> all right, lauren. thank you. it's 5:55. in new jersey, many residents in highlands say a new sandy monument on the beach is an eyesore eyesore, and they want it taken down. see what you think. this monument is dedicated to all those who survived the superstorm. but some residents say they don't even know what this design means, and it blocks the view of the water. the monument cost about $400,000 to build. it was a gift to the community by a group of local contractors. the town didn't know that it would look like this until it was delivered. now town officials say they hope it grows on people. >> uh -- what is the -- is there a purpose to this? >> projects on their nature sometimes come with change, and i think this is going to be a positive for the community.
>> well, some people we talked to compared it to stonehenge. the designers of the monument say it was inspired by roman structures, and the form plays with the ideas of sun and shade. so this is that case, right, where it's art and lots of respect for the designers who put it together. and it cost a lot of money. but a lot of people just don't like it. >> and where it is too, right near the beach there. coming up next at 6:00, rent across our area is at historic highs, and it's about to get even higher. we'll tell you how much you could be paying come next year. also at 6:00 a.m., an update on that breaking news in brooklyn. three police officers shot at, then forced to return fire. tracie strahan will have a life ve update. we'll be back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new york." how about...back to blinds! during blinds to go's early fall savings sale, save 20 to 30% on all the season's latest looks in cellular shades and cascade double shades. that'll really make you look smart. blinds to go.
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new this morning a man left in the street by a hit-and-run driver. what we're learning now about the crash. plus, a dash camera reveals exactly what caused that fiery wreck on the new jersey turnpike. it's video you saw first on 4. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning, october 8th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to start with a check of the weather. let's check in with chris cimino. this is an overall pattern with some changes. just a pattern that's going to favor us. >> for the most part, we're still looking at temperatures averaging above normal for next several days. every once in a while, something to tweak that. for the most part, nothing in terms of chilly air heading our way soon. we're seeing temperatures generally in the 50 to 55-degree range. the city up to 62. we've risen a couple degrees in the last hour. some of the suburbs still 40s and 50s this morning. low 60s in town. your day planner, a mix of clouds and sun.
i think more clouds early. we'll break up the clouds in the afternoon at times. 67 by noon. forecasting a high temperature of 69 degrees. it's shortly after 6:00 a.m. let's see how treating us so far. >> we have a new accident on the van wyck expressway. this is northbound just before you get to jamaica avenue. you can see it's a little crowded on the roads. this is by 101st street. delays are not awful, but it's getting busy. we'll take a live look outside at a place not as busy. here's the lincoln tunnel. no more than a five-minute wait into the tolls here. about the same at the george washington bridge and the holland tunnel. take your pick. coming up. >> thank you very much. 6:01. now to the breaking news in brooklyn. a shootout involving nypd officer on park avenue and north portland. tracie strahan is there. >> reporter: good morning. they're scouring this area for evidence as well as two suspects
unmarked police car just before 11:00 last night. let's show you some video of the scene. they were recovering evidence when we arrived. they were putting down evidence markers as well, taking certain things away from the scene. we're told by police three plain cleted officers were in an unmarked vehicle. the officers saw a men in a dispute. they turned their car around to try and speak with those men. two of the three men started firing at officers. we do know a canvas of this area turned up a 21-year-old man. he got himself to beth israel hospital with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. not only is he in stable condition, he is also in police custody. let's bring you back live now and take you up to chopper 4 to give you an overview of some of the areas shut down as a result of this investigation. we're told by police a firearm
was recovered nearby at the scene under the wheel of car. again, they're still looking for two men in connection with this shootout. those officers not injured. we're told they had to go to the hospital for treatment, which is routine. back to you. >> thank you very much, tracie. new this morning, a man was badly hurt after being run down by a hit-and-run driver on the upper east side. police say the 60-year-old victim was outside his car on madison avenue and east 80th street when he was struck. officers later spotted the vehicle that hit him on the upper west side. two men were taken into custody. katherine creag will have a live report from the scene of this accident at 6:30. we're now seeing a video that may hold the answers to a fiery tanker truck crash on the new jersey turnpike. it is a video you saw first on 4 last night. kevin hower had a dash cam recorder rolling in his own truck. he says he saw a van carrying a mattress and then the mattress fell on the road. cars swerved to avoid it,
but it rolled over and immediately erupted into flames. hower says he tried to get the driver out, but that heat was too intense. >> being a tanker and as big as the explosion was, i mean, you could see where i got was as close as you could get. >> state police were investigating the crash through the night. they've not released the identity of the driver. new this morning, the teacher's aide who was allegedly caught on cell phone video roughing up toddlers at a new jersey private school will not face charges. a grand jury ruled there was no probable cause to indict elizabeth gomez. she was allegedly captured on this video back in may forcefully handling children at a hoboken apple mont sorry school. the school fired gomez and four others after that video was released. it is time for weather and traffic on the 4s starting with chris. >> another decent, quiet weather day on this thursday. getting us to the end of the week. however, by the end of the week
need the umbrellas again. it's been a while. pleasant day today. sun and clouz, ds, yes. that cool ocean breeze at the coast. some patchy clouds around. but it's cool and quiet. for the late afternoon and evening commute, just a few clouds mixing in. temperatures still in the mid-60s as it's dry and comfortable. rest of your forecast coming up on the 4s. a little after 6:05. information. >> no major problems on the roads right now. that's some good news. if you're getting on the buses, we have a few detours today. the b-16, m- 9 and q-39. as far as the trains go, subways just fine. you do need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. thank you. 6:05 right now.
has surfaced that now has the nypd investigating its own officers. the video showing police and a paramedic beating a suspect. police say officers tracked the 21-year-old to the store. officials say he stole the emt's iphone and other items from his car hours earlier. they apparently found him using the find my iphone app. charges are now recommended for two nypd officers involved in the takedown of former tennis star james blake. the civilian complaint review board says the officers used excessive force and abused their power. officials have said blake was mistaken for an identity theft suspect while standing outside a midtown hotel. blake's attorney says he looks forward to a trial. >> both james and i are very gratified by the fact that the ccrb handled this not only in an expeditious way but in a very diligent way. >> in a statement, pba president patrick lynch said in part, it is still no surprise that the
nothing more than a cop-hating branch of the new york civil liberty ies union, would substantiate a use of force complaint in such a questionably public manner. new this morning, the head of nato calling on russia to end their air strikes in support of syrian leader bashar al assad. meanwhile, nato ministers are meeting to discuss russia's military campaign. it's all happening after a u.s. fighter jet flew within 20 miles of a russian jet over syria. the american pilot then had to make some evasive maneuvers. doctors without borders says it's not satisfied with president obama's apology for the bombing of its hospital by american forces. that facility in kunduz, afghanistan, was destroyed. 22 people were killed. on wednesday president obama called the head of the charity medical group to admit the u.s. military made a mistake. >> the united states, when we make a mistake, we're honest about it. >> we appreciate the expression of condolences, but it doesn't change the fact that we have 22
dead patients and staff. >> president obama says a thorough investigation is under way into that air strike, but doctors without borders wants an international fact-finding commission to be created. today republicans on capitol hill will take their first step to choosing the next speaker of the house. california congressman kevin mccarthy will likely be nominated in the gop caucus. he would replace outgoing speaker john boehner. but mccarthy faces some opposition from utah's jason chaffetz and daniel webster of florida. a bigger fight may happen when the whole house selects a speaker later this month. and in this morning's cnbc money report, the volkswagen scandal will be the top topic today. landon, someone from volkswagen is going to have to answer tough questions. >> that's exactly right. good morning to you. volkswagen's u.s. chief goes before congress today to answer questions about the automaker's emissions cheating scandal. michael horn is expected to admit he knew about the issue at
the epa. he'll also say that vw has pulled the application to sell its new 2016 diesel models in the u.s. and renters, get out your checkbooks. a new report by rent.com shows your rent could go up as much as 8% next year. the average asking rent in the u.s. rose by 6% from last spring to this year or from $756 to $803 a month. the big reasons, higher demand from millennials and former homeowners and fewer apartments and rental homes on the market. also, more renters appear to be renewing their leases rather than moving elsewhere. rent and occupancy rates are at historic highs as supply isn't keeping up with demand. if anybody knows about high rent, it's those of us who live in new york. >> you said $700 to $800. in the city, it's three, four times that much sometimes. >> the average rent in new york is $3600. >> it's amazing. >> ouch. >> need about six roommates these days. >> maybe if we all moved in together, it would help us out.
>> there we go. >> all right, landon. thank you. still ahead, get ready for a water rate hike. why it will cost you more to turn on the faucet. >> plus, former ranger sean avery arrested in front of his southampton home. hear what he's saying about the incident. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the hamilton bridge.
gunshot wound to his left thigh. the new jersey turnpike is back open this morning following that fiery tanker truck crash near carney. the truck driver did die in the crash. investigators say he was swerving to avoid mattresses that had come off the top of a cargo van. a new report out this morning shows americans visit the doctor less than people in other wealthy countries, but we do spend more on health care. some of the reasons, the cost of medication and the use of technology. also this morning, new york comic con kicks off today at javits center. tickets to this four-day event, they're already sold out. >> they've been sold out for months, actually. it's hard to get a ticket if you want to go there. >> chris going to be outside the javits center dressed as flash. >> that's me, flash. >> he's going to be running back and forth. i see you more as an aquaman. >> i can see him as aquaman. >> too bad i don't swim. i might float though. in the meantime, folks heading out to the javits center over
the next several days, the weather for the most part is nice. one interruption comes tomorrow with some showers later in the day. the winning stretch continues for today at least. another dry day. the weekend is looking good too. both saturday and sunday. the return of sunshine, although temperatures might be a bit cooler on saturday. a lot of temperatures to show you this morning. 57 in palisades park. summit ridge, 57. from the city on west, you see a lot of 50s. across long island, 50s. long beach, 56. in the city, we're at 61 degrees. skies are partly cloudy. a patch of cloud drifting overhead. north and west, a few 40s. future tracker shows some clouds mixing with the sunshine today. notice in the afternoon hours, especially west of town, there will be a bit more cloud cover we think. again, we break holes in the clouds, allowing for some sunshine. temperatures close to 70 degrees. tonight, more clouds rolling on in. toward morning, it's overcast tomorrow.
but it's warm. we have a southwest wind ahead of a cold front. the showers tomorrow morning stay to the north and west. even early afternoon, we get a couple light ones from the city. the main line of showers and thunderstorms comes on through between 4:00 and 7:00 from west to east. be prepared. there could be a brief heavy downpour later tomorrow afternoon and evening. then the clouds exit, the skies clear. this is saturday morning. we're looking good again. a little breezy at times on saturday but nice in the 60s. we stay clear into sunday as well. a good-looking weekend heading a good-looking weekend heading our way. for today, not a bad day. a mix of clouds and sun. we get close to 70. 69 the expected high this afternoon. yesterday's high was 73. patchy clouds tonight. 60 the overnight low. 50s in most suburbs. again, the next two week, the overall pattern continues to show the jet stream staying to the north. most of, if not all of, the country above normal temperatures. get used to it. upper 60s today, 70s tomorrow. dry for the weekend.
maybe a couple showers by tuesday as we cool back down to the mid and upper 60s. it's almost 6:17. let's see if there are any problems for commuters. >> a couple hot spots out there on the roads. nothing too major right now. we'll head over to route 1, where southbound after route 18, two lanes are shut down with roadwork out there until about 6:30. you can see heavy delays through here. then heading over to route 22, we do have an accident westbound out by meeker avenue in newark. two lanes shut down there. delays go back to 27 and are building quickly. take local streets to get around that or head over to 78. that's doing fine. then over on the bqe, another problem out there westbound out. a disabled vehicle blocks the left lane. and an accident on the van wyck expressway still out there northbound just before jamaica avenue. a slow ride through here. this is what it looks like by 101st street. we will take a live look outside at the belt parkway, which is not moving along very nicely. webb very heavy as you make your way past jfk airport. no reports of any problems.
just a bunch of congestion. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead. >> thank you very much. happening right now, south carolina's bracing for more floods as rivers hit their peak from the record rainstorm. earlier this week, this was the scene. it was expected to crest 16.1 feet earlier this morning. more than five feet above flood stage. meanwhile in columbia, the city is trying to restore drinking water to 375,000 customers. senator lindsey graham says the disaster could top $1 billion. in presidential politics, it's being called hillary clinton's political flip-flop. she's now coming out against the tpp. it's a trade agreement she once called the gold standard. she actually helped negotiate its terms while she was secretary of state. clinton says she doesn't like what she's learned about it. today clinton unveils her plans for reform on wall street. coming up on the "today" show, a look at how hillary clinton's
what it means for democratic rival bernie sanders, and possible candidate joe biden. that's ahead at 7:00 a.m. republican presidential candidate john kasich is taking some heat for a joke he made when a college student asked him a question on the campaign trail. >> i don't have any tickets for, you know, taylor swift or anything. go ahead, yeah. >> the ohio governor was speaking at the university of richmond in virginia when an 18-year-old raised her hand. she asked him a question about immigration. that's what she was trying to do. he later responded in her student newspaper saying kasich's comment belittled her and her peers. she was trying to ask a serious question. >> she said she wanted to become an educated voter. that's why she had asked the question. 6:20 now. still ahead, why you may see a lower heating bill this winter. plus, a daring escape. a teenager moves out
carmelo anthony playing for the first time since having knee surgery in february. he had 17 points. the knicks win the game 100-81. now to hockey. the rangers played their season opener in chicago against the defending champion blackhawks. before the game, the blackhawks raised the championship banner, but the rangers spoiled that celebration. they scored three goals in the opening period, including one by derek stepan right before the first intermission. the rangers beat chicago 3-2. the islanders and devils both open up at home tomorrow night. >> lauren has her ranger blue on today. >> always. >> we're just starting. it's going to go all the way to the spring. >> got everything going now. basketball, hockey, football, and baseball. no water polo season. it stopped. but we'll get that going soon. >> volleyball, the seventh grade middle schoolgirls.
they lost yesterday. it's okay. on to the next. >> long season. all right. nice weather continues. the weather season here, fall. a lot of folks' favorite time of the year. it's going to be very comfortable. upper 60s to near 70. tonight, 50s in the suburbs. we have a little rain in the forecast. i'll tell you about that coming up. >> thank you. >> hey, lauren. >> good morning. a couple problems on the bqe this morning. one of our favorite roads that always has problems. we have a disabled vehicle westbound. another one westbound by the manhattan bridge. you can see there are delays heading into this area. then we'll take a live look outside. we'll show you what the inbound side of the holland tunnel looks like. a 5 to 10-minute wait here. same at the lincoln tunnel. washington bridge. all roadways are hope. no major accidents out there. >> thank you very much, lauren. 6:25. coming up, an update on the
>> reporter: we now have a look at the gun used in an unmarked car being shot at here in brooklyn. the latest coming up. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live on the upper east side where a victim was struck by a car here on madison avenue and hospitalized. the driver took off, but it didn't take long for police to track down the suspect's vehicle. we'll have the latest coming up. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. we'll be right back. back to school? how about...back to blinds! during blinds to go's early fall savings sale, save 20 to 30% on all the season's latest looks in cellular shades and cascade double shades. that'll really make you look smart. blinds to go.
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cascade double shades. that'll really make you look smart. blinds to go. blinds for life. breaking news. these are live pictures from brooklyn. a wild shootout there when a group of men opens fire on police officers. new this morning a hit-and-run driver leaves a man fighting for his life. what we're now learning about the crash. plus, parts of our area could soon be paying more for water. the details on a proposed rate hike. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this thursday. it's october 8th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino, looking at the weather picture for today.
>> a good looking picture again. we just have some patchy clouds overhead. temperatures are mild. astoria, 61. across the island, melville at 54. north and west, a few 40s now. morristown slipped to 46. poughkeepsie at 46 degrees. look for sunshine today mixed with patchy clouds. the clouds earlier then partly to mostly sunny during the midday. west of town, a few more clouds. 67 at noon, forecasting a high of 69 degrees. rest of your forecast coming up. let's find out about the commute from lauren. >> the roads are crowded at 6:30 this morning. expect a slow ride in most of the area. a couple accidents as well. on route 22 westbound by meeker avenue in newark, two lanes shutdown with an accident here. delays back to 27. take local streets to get around this or head to 78. we have an accident on tonnelle avenue out by pate,son plank road. seems to be affecting both sides of the roadway. leave yourself extra time if you're headed this way. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead.
we have an update now on that breaking news in brooklyn. a shootout involving nypd officers near park avenue and north portland avenue in ft. greene. tracie strahan is there. we understand you just got new information from police. >> reporter: that's right, michael. we've watched investigators out here recover several pieces of evidence, but we just received a photo of one key piece that could help them not only in their investigation but tracking down the two men that are still on the run at this hour. let's show you this firearm, a photo of it that just came into our news room. this .45-caliber weapon was recovered underneath the tire of a weapon here on north portland and park avenue. that's the place where a police car, an unmarked police car, was fired upon multiple times around 10:44 last night. i'll show you video of the scene. we've seen investigators canvassing this area. while they did so, one man, a 23-year-old man, arrived at beth israel hospital with a gunshot wound to his left leg.
they do believe he was one of three men involved in a dispute in this area around 10:44 last night when the officers tried to ask them what was going on and turned their vehicle around to do so. they were fired upon multiple times by at least two of the suspects. that vehicle was struck numerous times, but the officers inside were missed. they were not injured. let's take you up to chopper 4. a large perimeter has been blocked off as this investigation continues. traffic is only moving around a certain area as they continue to look for any evidence that could point them in the right direction as to where these suspects could be, michael. two men still on the run at this hour. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you very much. right now police in jersey city are investigating the suspicious deaths of a mother and her young son. detectives removed bags of evidence from the second floor apartment on lincoln street around 5:30 last night. a woman in her 20s and her 5-year-old son were found unresponsive. they were both pronounced dead
fire officials tested the air for carbon monoxide, but they say it came back negative. and in connecticut, the driver of a tour bus filled with passengers was killed after slamming into the back of a tractor trailer. it happened on i-95 in norwalk yesterday afternoon. police say the driver, henry wolfson, of hackensack, new jersey, became stuck inside the vehicle. wolfson later died at the hospital. 18 passengers are injured. they are expected to recover. we're told many of the passengers were from new jersey. united water is seeking permission for a double-digit rate hike. our news partners at the bergen record say the utility wants to raise rates by nearly 18%. that would add about $8 to the average monthly residential water bill. they say the money is needed to pay for recent upgrades, replacing ageing pipes and fire hydrants. it may be a different story when it comes to heating your home this winter. if you use natural gas, the average homeowner could save about $65 over last year.
prices are down about 35%. if you use heating oil or propane, don't sweat it either. they're cheaper, but of course it's only if prices hold where they are. we've been on a good run lately with all energy prices. >> we really have. hopefully that lasts. >> stays for a while. >> almost 6:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. don't really need the heat yet, chris. >> hopefully we don't end up with snow on the ground for six straight months, what it felt like last winter. temperatures this morning, 53 in blarestown. 40s showing up. poughkeepsie, danbury in the 40s. most of central long island, it's 50s. east end, some 40s showing up. down along the jersey shore, a cool, crisp 50 degrees. you need the jackets early on this morning. a pleasant day with a mix of sun and clouds. temperatures bounce back to the upper 60s to near 70. that cool ocean breeze will keep the coast a little cooler. seven-day forecast coming up on the 4s.
and get the latest info. something going on. i can see it's getting busier out there, lauren. do you have it? >> yeah, we do have new things out there. on the van wyck expressway, a new accident by jewel avenue blocking the left lane. also show on the grand central parkway. that's just because it's crowded out there. heading to the bqe, two problems westbound. a disabled vehicle in the left lane. another one westbound approaching the manhattan bridge, also causing a slow ride. if you're getting on the trains, all of them look good. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thank you very much, lauren. new this morning, a man is in the hospital following a hit-and-run on the upper east side. katherine creag is near madison avenue and east 80th street with details. >> reporter: and the victim, a driver himself, darlene. happened to be outside of his
here on the side of matt dison avenue. he was struck by a car about 1:20 this morning. we have video of his car. it was taken away by police a short time ago. you can see the victim's vehicle here on madison avenue. the victim, a 60-year-old man, was rushed to bellevue hospital. he has numerous injuries. either the victim or witnesses gave the nypd a description of the suspect's vehicle, and very quickly, within an hour, cops tracked down and spotted the damaged car on the upper west side in the 70s and west end avenue. two men who were in that car were taken into custody. we're waiting to find out what charges they'll face. police are not yet releasing names of those who men or the victim's name, darlene, who was struck down here on madison avenue. a sergeant tells us that investigation is still going on and that victim, who's in the hospital in very bad shape, we're told he's in serious condition. back to you. >> kat, thank you. right now, police in connecticut are searching for a
this dramatic escape she made captured on video. take a look as the 17-year-old girl -- ples say he had a box cutter and threatened to hurt himself and officers during a long standoff. the body of his wife was found in their lake grove home a week ago. also on long island, three schools in suffolk county have tested positive for legionella bacteria. it was found in cooling towers at the seneca, sequoya, and sachem schools. these towers were meetly taken offline and are scheduled for disinfection and decontamination. and in connecticut,
a cooling tower at greenwich high school." it's not the same strain, though, commonly associated with legionnaires' disease. officials say the tower was disinfected and no one is at risk. well, now to a news 4 ex exclusive exclusive. a former new york rangers star arrested last week say police are targeting him. it's sean avery. he was arrested after southampton police received reports of someone throwing objects at cars passing his home. he was charged with drug possession after police say they found ox si codone in his car. he says he has a prescription for the painkiller. >> they want to play dirty and try and tarnish my reputation and do whatever they think that they can do to maybe intimidate me. it's not going to happen. >> while avery maintains his innocence, some of the neighbors we spoke with called him, in their words, a loose cannon in the neighborhood.
residents in highland say a new sandy monument on the beach is an eyesore, and they want it taken down. take a look at it. decide for yourself. th t monument is dedicated to all those who survived the superstorm. it was donated to the community by a group of local contra asctors. sori residents say they don't even know what the design means and it blocks the view of the water. >> uh -- what is the -- is there a purpose to this? >> projects on their nature sometimes come with change, and i think this is going to be a positive for the community. >> the designers of the monument say it was inspired by roman structures, and the form plays with the ideas of sun and shade. >> they say it's going to take some getting used to. >> it will if you're not used to seeing a structure that large. 6:40 right now. up next, something new is cropping up at kennedy airport. we have the details on a new green initiative. you're going to be able to taste this in the air. >> plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
>>me> welcome back. 62 degrees. it's nice looking out there. 6:43. a new study suggests women are now more likely to have a college degree than men. >> the census bureau says for the first time since they began collecting data, women are more likely to have a bachelor's degree than men. last year nearly 30% of men had a bachelor's degree while more than 30% of women had such a degree. a decade ago, more men had college degrees than women. they're talking about this is a
student body across the nation. >> all right. well, you know, seeing some differences. ev ening things out a bit. almost 6:44. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. good idea for everybody to have a college degree. if it's possible. definitely a good idea. >> absolutely. we have ours, i think. >> i think so. it's been a while. >> haven't used it in a while. >> i hope it's still good. >> going to give it a shot. here we go. we are talking about another beautiful fall day heading our way. starting out nice and quiet this morning. in the low 60s in the city. that is a little bit warmer than it was yesterday morning at this time. the difference today with t wind coming in off the water, more of a southeast breeze. it won't end up being quite as warm but still decent. 62 degrees right now. weather headlines, another nice day. the winning stretch continues, but it ends storm in the form of showers and maybe thunderstorms later in the day and tomorrow night. a warm day ahead of that front even tomorrow. weekend looking good. drying out nicely saturday. saturday might be a little breezy and cool but not bad at
40s showing up in fairfield county, connecticut. stanford down to 49. greenwich is 56. westport is 54. most of the island is 50s except the east end there. 44 in westhampton. 62 is the warm spot in the city. a lot of new jersey, 40s and low 50s. storm tracker, thebe's tult patch of cloud again over the city, portions of the hudson valley. there's a few more clouds to the north and west. we will be in and out of patchy clouds today but also have some bright, sunny intervals too. high temperatures,d upper 60s to low 70s. partly cloudy tonight. 60 in midtown. 50rs in the suburbs. pretty similar to what happened last night. tomorrow with more of a southwesterly wind, we should get into the mid-70s, even with limited sunshine. later on in the day as a cold front approaches, that's the line of shower ad t understorm activity. that'll move into the afternoon. we could get a shower early. the main push is after 4:00 or 5:00 into the first part of tomorrow night. you can see futurecast rain pohatentn l starting tomorrow night.
by 6:00, most of the area seeing between a quarter of an inch to half inch of rain with that line of shower and thunderstorm activity that comes through. weekend looks mild. 60s, climbing to the 70s by columbus day. maybe another round of light showers by tuesday with temperatures back into the mid-60s. so a nice one today. tomorrow gets a little damp, especially later in the day. the weekend looks good. mid-60s saturday. upper 60s sunday. low 70s with sunshine on monday, columbus day. a few seconds after 6:46. commute time. what's it looking like? >> a bunch of problems now in new jersey. most of our accidents are there. we'll start with one on route 4 eastbound after teaneck road. this is what the delays look like all the way back by hackensack avenue. very heavy getting through here already. tht en heading over to tonnelle avenue. very heavy here as well. over on the turnpike extension, an accident eastbound by the bayonne exit. how are the delays once you get
a 20-minute wait into the upper level at the g.w. bridge. the lincoln is a 20-minute wait. holland is 15 from both approaches. that's once you get to the mps. also on the garden state parkway northbound by exit 131, an accident in the left lane there. delays go back to turnpike. that's pretty heavy as well. herwise,the roads are doing okay. here's your commuter checklist. the trains are a great option today. not seeing any delays or service changes. back to you. >> okay, lauren. thank you. you won't get that gust of refreshing cool air next summer where you walk past some buildings. the city council has made it illegal. st stores and restaurants have to keep their doors closed now when the ac is on. otherwise, they could face fines as much as $1,000. the purpose of the law is to cut energy use and help fight global warming. and some controversial movie adsis can now be posted in the subway. they promote a documen ry about muslim-american comedians. thouey werd originally banned by the mta.
the agency said they violated rules against political speech. now a federal judge calls that action arbitrary, and she ruled e agency never set clear standards for what constitutes political speech. happening today, jetblue is shiging off its latest green addition to kennedy airport. at terminal five, jetblue as the first of its kind blue potato farm. they'll be used for the blue chips the airlines hand out when you're flying with them. along with the potatoes, there's 2,000 herbs, plants, and other vegetables being g there. many of them are ingredients for the chips. th e entire operation will be unveiled later on this morning. so they're going to grow it there, put it on the plane, you fly and get it at 30,000 feet. >> do you get a fabulous garden salad? >> be happy with chip, darlene. >> i happy with the chip. still much more to come on "today in new york." >> don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter.
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now for an update on that breaking news in brooklyn. police officers shot at and forced to return fire. >> tracie strahan is in ft. greene where all this is happening. >> reporter: well, they are still canvassing this area for two men that are on the run after opening fire on an unmarked vehicle with two plain clothed officers inside. police released this foe owe of a .45-caliber handgun recovered under the tire of a vehicle in the area where gunfire erupted. investigators searched park avenue and portland avenue, where officers saw a dispute between three men. they turned the vehicle around and tried to ask them what s going on. they were fired on by at least two of the suspects. they're on the run at this hour. but a third man, a 23-year-old, is at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh. the officers in this were not injured. back to you.
now to katherine creag on the upper east side with an update on an early morning hit-and-run. kat? >> reporter: darlene and michael, the victim was actually outside of his vehicle. his car at one point was parked right there where you see that white truck. he was checking something in his trunk when he was hit by another car. the driver never stopped. the victim, a man in his 60s, has numerous injuries. he was rushe d to bellevue hospital. the hit-and-run happened at 1:20 this morning. madison avenue and east 80th street. the nypd was given a description of the suspect's vehicle. within an hour, they did track it down. they took into custody two men and darlene and michael, police are telling us this investigation is still ongoing. we're waiting to find out what charges those two men face, if any. we're told the victim is in terrible shape. he will survive, but he's in serious condition at bellevue. back to you. >> kat, thank you very much. the new jersey turnpike back open this morning following that fiery tanker truck crash near carney. the truck driver did die in that crash. this was the scene yesterday
dash cam video showing apparently the tanker truck swerving to avoid mattresses that came off another vehicle. as we've said, the road closed down for a long time. the truck driver did die in that crash. fortunately, it did open this morning. that was a good thing. >> that's right. at about 4:30 this morning, the turnpike did reopen. it hasn't affected the morning commute. a very sad story, unfortunately. we do have some issues out there on the roads. a couple of accidents in new jersey. route 4 eastbound by teaneck road in the left lane. very heavy delays getting into this area already. we also have another accident on tonnelle avenue by paterson plank road. and an accident heading towards the holland tunnel on the newark bay extension. this is the in the left lane. delays go past the turnpike. also one on the garden state parkway northbound by exit 131. that's in the left lane. you can see very extensive wait getting into this area as well.
it's not a fun ride for new jersey commuters. most of the accidents we had in queens, a bunch on the bqe and in brooklyn, that's all cleared out for the morning commute. just a slow ride, but nothing stopped in your way. >> okay. that's good news. thank you very much, lauren. chris, one more check of the weather. >> we have some patchy cloud cover out. you can barely make it out. we'll be in and out of patchy clouds during the course of the day today. another nice one. temperatures, upper 60s to low 70s. notice the wind direction off the water. so the coastal areas, even new jersey coast, could be a bit cooler this afternoon because of that. nice night tonight. partly cloudy, low temperature of about 60 in the city. we'll see some 50s in the suburbs. tomorrow, again, featuring more clouds, yes, but a warm day. 76 tomorrow. there could be a couple of showers mid afternoon. a better chance for showers and maybe a thunderstorm later in the day tomorrow. almost a spring-like thunderstorm. things will change behind that. timing works out. it clears out in time for the weekend. breezy, cooler on saturday. upper 60s sunday. this is great fall weather,