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philadelphia. "action news" reporter chad pradelli is live outside the funeral home tonight. chad. >> reporter: jim officers across the city, the region and the country continue to make their way here to southwest philadelphia in the francis funeral home. you can officers are gathered behind me. this began around 2 o'clock with a private viewing then the public viewing which began at 4 o'clock. there is officer wilson's cruiser. it has been an emotional scene out here and sadly, one we've seen too often here in the city. it's the march no officer wants to hear, one of their own is dead. twenty-second district officers and police brass solemnly walked down whitby to 52nd. they arrived at the francis funeral home. officer robert wilson, iii's family including his 10-year-old son was waiting. they then made their way past the eight year veteran's cruiser and inside and paid their respects.
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>> i spent a lot of time with the family and he's leaving two young boys behind, one 10-year-old that has not had enough time with his dad but a one-year-old that will never really have any memories of him and that's tragic. it's a shame. >> reporter: eagles coach chip kelly arrived with football in hand. he presented it to officer wilson's son. the streets of southwest philadelphia were lined with citizens whom officer wilson served. beverly dukes reed has a son who is a police officer. she wanted to say goodbye in person. >> this is something, it's overwhelming and when i saw all those cops coming i just broke down. i pray every day when my son levers in the morning that he would come back. very touching. >> reporter: officer wilson was killed in a barrage and gunfire while interrupting a robbery at this game stop in north philadelphia. commissioner charles ramsey says surveillance video shows the 30-year-old shielded customers as he fired back.
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>> it's not just what he did and the actions he took at the time he was murdered but the way in which he committed himself to serving the public. >> reporter: and the viewing here runs until 8 o'clock tonight. another viewing will be held at the palestra tomorrow morning followed by a service. i'm live in southwest philadelphia, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news." >> thank you chad. the family of a south jersey man killed in a police-involved shooting has filed a lawsuit. dash cam video captured the fatal shooting following a traffic stop in bridgeton on december 30th. the officers say they ordered jerome reed not to move. they fired as he exited the vehicle. reed's family said he would unarmed and had his hands in plane view. they are calling for state and federal investigations and $1 million in damages. police are desperately trying to track down the gunman who murdered 51-year-old james stuhlman
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last night while he walked his dog in his overbrook neighborhood. "action news" reporter wendy saltzman is live in the 6400 block of woodcrest with new information tonight. wendy. >> reporter: jim flowers have been laid here at the spot where stumhlman was found dead. police are describing this crime as a mystery placing fear in neighbors saying they don't know if this was a random shooting or a targeted crime. >> i just can't believe now this is too close to home. i just can't believe it. >> reporter: today there was shock and disbelief in this close knit community that a routine walk could turn so tragic. >> unknown individual came up to him, shot him one time and we believe fled on foot from that location. >> reporter: police say neighbors heard a single shot around 8:50. he was found lying on the sidewalk with a fatal gunshot wound his chest. his dog molly was still by his side. >> my understanding is that his daughter goes for a walk with him almost every night.
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for whatever reason he said to her it's a little late tonight i don't want you walking with me so in effect he possibly saved his daughter's life as well. >> reporter: at first police thought the crime was robbery but he was found with his wallet and cash still on him. >> i think think it was random. the guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time. somebody just walking around looking for prey and he just happened to find him. >> reporter: police say they do not have any description of the gunman or a possible motive. detectives canvassed the neighborhood today looking for surveillance video and possible leads. >> i hope whoever is responsible i hope gets caught soon because i'm worried. i live here. >> reporter: the search is now on for the killer with few clues. >> not going to feel safe after this. everybody will on their guard. >> you got a hard working man a family man a-wife, he has a child, it's very tragic and sad and we'll get to the bottom of it hopefully very quickly. >> reporter: tonight this
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community is grieving for the loss of a friend a wife who is without her husband and a daughter who were -- who is without her father. there is a $20,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and a conviction. live in overbrook i'm wendy saltzman, channel6 "action news." >> thank you wendy. tomorrow marks 65 years fbi's top 10 most wanted program. the list publicizes particularly dangerous fugitives from across the country. eric frein was the latest from philadelphia from the philadelphia area added to the top 10 list. frein was wanted for the shooting death of pennsylvania state trooper byron dixon. he was captured 42 days later. two others from the delaware valley remain on the list alexis flores added to the list in 2007 is wanted for the further of five-year-old arianna dejesus. and simone mal -- mogilevich.
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you can find a link on today a bankruptcy judge said no deal to the sale of revel casino to a florida developer. glen straub after $82 million for the shuttered casino but there are several appeals pending concerning the sale. that led both sides to make significant changes to the deal. so today judge gloria burns said she does not have the authority to approve the sale. revel's attorneys asked the judge to reconsider. meanwhile union workers protested the elimination of health insurance today at the trump taj mahal. back in october a bankruptcy court allowed trump entertainment to cancel its union contract and impose less costly work terms. billionaire carl icahn is set to take over the casino and he says the cuts are vital to keeping the casino a of float. a controversy erupted over a ruling by a federal judge
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that septa has to accept very provocative ads on the side of its buses. "action news" reporter john rawlins is live at the 69th street terminal in upper darby and john this one could upset some people on both sides of the issue. >> reporter: indeed. this judge says it's a first amendment issue as is free speech and free speech can be messy, controversial it can be unpopular. this is about ads on buses. septa -- which is a state authority said it thought hit a kind of internal mechanism to reject certain disparaging advertising. the judge said no, that's unconstitutional. septa buses can be rolling billboards. the transit agency did not want this message out there. it reads islamic jew hatred it's in the koran. with it a photo of adolf hitler. the ads and others in the series have run in other cities. behind the campaign the american freedom defense initiative calls itself a
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human rights group. foes call it anti-islamic. septa argues the message violates an internal standard prohibiting ads which disparage groups or people. afdi argues septa a state agency has no right to reject their message. a philadelphia federal judge agreed. >> we're very pleased with his ruling. it was the proper ruling. >> reporter:. >> reporter: we reached afdi attorney. he says his clients' message to be provocative. >> to be thinking about these issues not within the frame of political correctness to understand that there are certainly those islamists over in the middle east are using the koran to justify their violence against jews, to justify their violence against christians. >> we do believe though, that the ads of themselves are part of a campaign to smear muslims. >> reporter: jacob bender who points out he's jewish, while he describes afdi's message as a smear. >> as a civil rights
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organization dedicated to the first amendment we have no problem with the ruling. >> reporter: bender hopes if the ads appear here they will spark not fear and anger but outreach. >> for americans to learn about their muslim neighbors for the muslim community to reach out to jews and christians and buddhists. >> reporter: association mr. bender thinks if the ads go up on the buses there could be a silver lining in all of this. so when could those ads start to appear here in philadelphia? that's not clear. septa is not saying. it's possible septa could go back to court. it has 30 days to decide if it wants to appeal the district judge's decision or it could take another course of action. live at 69th street station in upper darby, john rawlins channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, john. coming up on "action news" tonight a school counselor has a special way with words to help get through to his students. lisa thomas-laury has that story. demarco murray sounds off about the eagles' chances this coming season. ducis rodgers with that story.
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adam. >> and jim, we are set for a soaking over part of your weekend. i'll have the timing with future tracker 6 and that accuweather forecast. >> those stories and much more when "action news" continues
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♪ you're only young once. unless you have a subaru. (announcer) the subaru xv crosstrek. symmetrical all-wheel drive plus 34 mpg. love. it's what makes a subaru a subaru. >> pennsylvania's first lady visited montgomery county today for round table discussion on education funding. francis wolf brought the schools that teach tour to paul friday elementary school in norristown. she is promoting governor tom wolf's budget proposal to purge $400 million -- more dollars into public education. the money would come from taxes, from natural gas producers and by raising the state income and sales tax.
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a classroom counselor at a special education school in the wynnefield section of philadelphia has a powerful message about the tough circumstances his students face. most importantly, he offers a message of hope. lisa thomas-laury has the story. >> reporter: luke o'brien classroom counselor is also lukey the bird rap music artist. >> rap every day trying to help these kids grow, check out luke and check out my flow. >> reporter: they have behaving emotional disorders. he doesn't want their environment to keep them from living to their potential. >> i come from such a different world than a lot of them do. i'm kind of at times just like puzzled at the things that these kids go through and how strong they stay. >> reporter: o'brien has a message for them in his rap music video just kids. >> ♪♪ whole life is chaos raised to be ferocious but it's not their fault 'cause they are victims.
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>> reporter: he's poster it on good fund me donation site to buy them gifts like the school sweatshirts they wear. they identify with him because as a musician he's well versed in the hip hop culture. >> right around their age i started loving jay see, loop pay fiasco and all these poets really. >> reporter: it's also the rapport he's able to build through his creativity. >> you got to have hope, something's got to give. >> reporter: the staff here is well aware that many of these students are dealt an unfair hand but they love coming to school here and over time, they are able to dramatic improve their behavior and academics. >> what's special is that he cares about us. he wants us to work our hardest. >> ♪♪ >> ♪♪ someone's got to write
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the wrong someone's got to fight for y'all. >> reporter: lisa thomas-laury, channel6 "action news".
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>> i don't know for eagles fans this was kind of a boring day. >> where was chip kelly? >> i don't know. >> phone was off? battery dead? what was going on? >> dez bryant still isn't here. >> odds makers have the eagles -- had the eagles at 20
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to one to win the super bowl before the demarco murray signing. now it's 16 to one. what a difference a week makes. murray's signing may not have silenced chip kelly's detractors but has caused them to be less critical. as for murray he says he likes the eagles' chances this year. >> i think the eagles have a great chance to win the super bowl and it definitely doesn't -- it's not easy. it's sisi to easy to stand and say that. we got to go to work shortly. >> nick foles says he's looking forward to new challenges and there are no hard feelings towards the eagles. >> there's a lot of emotions you go through because i've been very fortunate to start my career in philly have been through three great years. i have nothing but great things to say about philadelphia. >> coach kelly denied reports the eagles would trade up to get marcus mariota.
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he's expected to be the second quarterback taken in next month's nfl draft. mariota was asked if he thinks even with sam bradford and foles the birds would try to to move up to get him. >> i wouldn't doubt it but coach kelly and the eagles are going to do what's best for their team. we'll see what happens. >> yes indeed we shall see. college basketball villanova faces providence in the semi if i'ms of the big east tournament. temple and memphis. quentin scores there. scramble for the loose ball. temple wins 80-75. coach dunphy's 500th career victory. the owls get smu tomorrow. heartbreaker for lasalle facing top seeded davidson in the a10 tournament. 24 points and 15 boards. explorers lead by as many as
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18 points. game come down to the very end. one point lead. he beats the buzzer. explorers lose by one. there will be no ncaa tournament for lasalle. sixers have back to back games tonight and tomorrow. tonight they host sacramento. phillies and rays chase utley makes his spring training debut as a dh. bum ankle doesn't prevent him from getting a base hit in the first. next up ryan howard like old times for those two. a two run homer. phillies win two-one. utley is getting back into the groove. >> it felt good to get out there in front of the crowd get some at-bats off the opposing pitcher. >> who knows maybe there's a little more magic in those two. >> thank you deucis. today's sunny skies had people thinking ahead to spring in the port richmond seconds of philadelphia. members of saint app's senior community center visited green's grove farms for some outdoor fun. volunteers painted bird houses
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which will be used in the garden here. they also tested their green thumbs by repotting plans left over from the flower show. >> ♪♪
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>> accuweather. weekend half wet but at least not cold. >> no. temperatures rising above normal both saturday and sunday and sunday your pick of the weekend out of the two. as we take a look at double scan live radar right now we're dry heading out on the town for some friday night dinner it will be dry right through at least that 11 o'clock hour when most of us should be home by that point. as we take a look at the action cam, it was down the shore earlier today when the sun was shining.
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no one on the beach there in ventnor. taking a walk on the sand but it's about two months away that we'll be packing those sands with memorial day pushing in. as we take a look at the almanac for today. your records 8 degrees set back in 1888 and it gets as warm as 84 degrees this time of year. as we look at the numbers we're a little on the chilly side now that the cloud cover has come in and we've lost that sunshine. 44 in trenton, 41 in atlantic city at the airport. 43 in the lehigh valley. dover right now coming in at 41 degrees. the clouds have been pulling in all afternoon. now really starting to thicken up but again those showers are still way to the west of state college but that is just a leading edge of a pretty sizable system. low pressure between dallas and memphis. that's going to lift to the north and east and bring this train of rain from the tennessee valley through the ohio valley and then pivot over the midatlantic.
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we'll time it for you on future tracker at midnight tonight. that's when the first drops of rain will fall from lancaster wilmington to dover and despite you see some 30's on the board here, it will be rain for all of us. 9 o'clock tomorrow morning we go back into the lower 40's lehigh valley approaching 50 in southern areas first thing tomorrow morning as warm air will come with that soaking rain and then by the afternoon, 56 in philadelphia, near 60 in dover. even the lehigh valley getting into the 50's after a chilly start tomorrow. but by the afternoon the heaviest rain will be pushing to the east, more scattered to the west but throws scattered showers will continue and even though the steadiest of the rain will be long gone by 10 o'clock tomorrow night with temperatures still in the mid and the upper 50's. a good consensus with the four different models that we use here at channel 6. between about a half inch and an inch of rain with that rpm model coming in just over that inch. then on sunday, that low will continue to develop to our north and east. as high pressure comes in, there are opposite forces in
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the atmosphere you'll get a wind tunnel effect. sunday it improves. it will be very breezy some sunshine but there still could be a spotty shower in the afternoon and that 52 will feel like the 40's with that wind can coming in out of the north. the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, 58 tomorrow. the steadiest heaviest of the rain is in the morning. more showery in the afternoon. and then breezy on sunday with some pops of sun and still a chance of a scattered shower at 52. monday looking pretty good upper 50's, partly sunny still a little breezy and then another front slips through on saint patrick's day at 52 with some clouds. we drop to the 40's on wednesday with sunshine. the last day of winter on thursday not bad at 54 but then spring's a little confused because we drop below normal to 48 degrees but at least it will be a dry start to the new season. got to clear that you confusion. >> all right. >> thank you adam. finally tonight happy 102nd birthday to marion sams. the granville place assisted living center in burlington threw marion a big birthday
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party today. this is the second time marion has appeared on "action news." at the age of 97 she survived a gas explosion that destroyed her home in cinnaminson. at the time she called herself grateful and lucky. and by the looks of things, that still holds true today. abc's world news tonight with david muir is next on channel 6. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff, shirleen allicott, adam joseph and ducis rodgers. and then please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel 6. for cecily tynan adam joseph ducis rodgers the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us at 11 o'clock tonight. >> ♪♪
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