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and one day after the medical examiner's report, baltimore's state's attorney, marilyn mosby, said the death of freddie gray was a homicide and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter. six police officers have been charged in the incident. the most serious counts levied against the driver of the van in which gray suffered the fractured spine that would kill him. officer caesar goodson jr. charged with second degree depraved harder murder plus voluntary manslaughter and second degree assault. three of the other officers were charged with involuntary manslaughter. mosby then spoke directly to those people of baltimore who have brought their anger and sometimes violence to the street. >> this is your moment. let's assure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. you're at the for front of
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this cause and as young people our time is now. >> and the mayor of baltimore declared a new era for the city's police department. >> to those of you who wish to engage in brutality misconduct racism and corruption, let me be clear. there is noplace in the baltimore city police department for you. >> "action news" reporter vernon odom is live outside philadelphia city hall and we saw a big protest called philly is baltimore yesterday. what reaction have you heard to these charges today? >> reporter: relatively little jim. we talked to some people who say they're happy something was done very quickly. you'll hear from them in moment but tonight a larger than normal contingent of philadelphia police officers are gathered here at city hall in case some spontaneous demonstrations break out. but so far no significant groups have shown up. >> i'm going to hope it has a positive effect. i'm going to think that it
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will. >> reporter: chief inspector joe sullivan reacting to today's bust of the six baltimore cops. sullivan hopes it will quell passions some. sullivan was second in command during last night's solidarity with baltimore demonstrations here in philadelphia. he was in fact slightly injured during a late dustup that saw three demonstrators arrested. >> the vast majority of the people involved in that demonstration again did so lawfully and did so peacefully and we understand that and we think that in the total picture it went extremely well. >> by and large we had only a handful of arrests all for disorderly conduct. most of those folks were let go before we even dismissed our people so all in all it wasn't bad. >> reporter: many civil rights experts are hailing baltimore's chief prosecutor for the speed with which she completed her investigation and brought the criminal charges against the six officers who who arrested freddie gray. >> you don't want to sacrifice integrity in the investigation
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by moving too fast. you want to gather all the information but you want to do it in a way that the community can have confidence in your investigation, that you haven't been sitting on things or letting witnesses get lost or memories fade or videotapes getting erased. >> reporter: baltimore's fop has denounced today's move by the prosecutor there against the six police officers. philadelphia's fop president has any other not made comment. >> one of the six baltimore police officers in custody tonight has long time history in south jersey. officer ed nero was a volunteer firefighter in washington township gloucester county for 10 years. he worked there from 2002 to 2012. the fire chief today called nero a solid guy and an outstanding firefighter. we're covering this story from all angles on
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we'll have updates from baltimore and the reaction to today's announcement. you can also find photographs of the philly is baltimore rally. other news at this hour, this was a day of indictment an guilty plea in new jersey's bridgegate scandal. not the perfect backdrop for governor chris christie as he tries to get a presidential bid off the ground. new jersey correspondent nora muchanic reports from newark. >> reporter: david wildstein once one of the governor's top appointees at the port authority arrived at federal court to plead guilty to charges that in 2013 he helped plan and execute a massive traffic tieup at the george washington bridge that left fort lee in gridlock. wildstein is cooperating with federal prosecutors who are also charging governor christie's former deputy chief of staff bridget kelly and his former number two executive at the port authority bill baroni. they're charged in a nine counts indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud and
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misusing government property. >> orchestrate add deliberate and illegal scheme to reduce the access lanes from three to one in order to punish mark sock limp -- sokolich. >> reporter: that e-mail traffic problems began the plan for political pay backs. the u.s. attorney says the trio purposely shut down lanes on the first day of school to cause maximum disruption. >> it truly was a venomous act, it was a calculated act and it was a despicable act. >> i am not guilty of these charges. i never ordered or conspired with david wildstein to close or realign lanes of the bridge for any reason. >> bill baroni is innocent of the charges brought against him today by federal prosecutors. the accusations are false. >> reporter: this afternoon governor christie tweeted his reaction. today's charges made clear that what i've said from day one is true.
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high no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of this act. despite that, wildstein's attorney repeated his claim that the governor was aware of the traffic shutdowns. >> mr. christie knew of the lane closures while they were occurring and evidence exists to establish that. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney would not address that question saying only he does not expect further charges in the case. in newark, i'm nora muchanic, channel6 "action news. >> there is a new remarred a cold murder case tonight in montgomery county. 24-year-old paul brown was shot to death on christmas day in 2012. norristown police found him inside a car on scott alley. today investigators offered $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of brown's killer. a 21-year-old man was killed when a honda civic slammed into a tree in egg harbor township overnight. police say brandon selig lost control of the car on ocean heights avenue at 1:30 this
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morning. he died after rescuers used the jaws of life to pull him from the wreckage. his passenger survived and was flown to the hospital. philadelphia police are trying to track down a brazen bandit tonight. this is surveillance video of the man stealing an elaborate bush right out of the ground in front of someone's house. "action news" reporter john rawlins spoke to the homeowner in this northeast philadelphia neighborhood. >> i don't understand why some somebody would steal a bush. >> reporter: homeowner michelle is livid and this is why. thursday afternoon a man drivers up in awake pickup truck that appears to have greenery in the back. he gets out checks that nobody is home. then starts literally rips out a juniper bush that has been clipped and trimmed as a ground hugging topiary. we speeded up the video to show you the entire crime. she's frustrated she planted the shrubs 15 yearlings ago and carefully tended them ever since.
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>> seriously groom them once a year and throughout the summer i come and, you know, i trim them upper say like kind of like, you know, people get their haircut. topiaries can cost hundreds of dollars and should be handled with care not brutally torn out of the ground if you want to transplant one says harry swanson of feeney's nursery. >> save as many roots as you can so it won't go into shock. >> reporter: he's probably killed that plant. >> more than likely. >> reporter: with the help of her computer savvy son she's supplied police with this video and put the culprit on facebook. >> total on the video we probably have 120,000 hits, shares i took this morning we had 2,000 shares. people from florida to texas. >> i wanted everybody to see him in the area, everybody that could could, anybody that would hire a landscaper, anybody that would -- is his neighbor. somebody has 20 to know him. >> reporter: she says she's already gotten a possible name for the man in the video via a message on social media. her intender is to turn that over to police. in northeast philadelphia, john rawlins channel6 "action
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news". >> the competitors getting ready for sunday's broad street run. thousands of people are stopping by the health and wellness race expo at the pennsylvania convention center. everyone can pick up their bids and packets for the race. the expo runs tonight until 7:00 tomorrow again from 9:00 until 6:00 then the nation's largest 10-miler begins at 8:00 a.m. sunday. coming up on "action news" tonight, a gift for the families of two fallen heroes. how geno's steaks gave back today. and the newest eagle has landed. nelson agholor is introduced at the novacare center as the birds prepare for the second day of the draft. cecily. >> well, cool and cloudy today, the high 64 degrees. by sunday up into the upper 70's. it gets even warmer next week. i'll have that taste of summer in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> ♪♪ >> and a multi-million dollar project could bring 5,000 jobs to delaware. that and more when "action
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news" continues tonight.
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>> ♪♪ >> hundreds of demonstrators marked this mayday with a march through west philadelphia calling for raise in the minimum wage. the group started with a rally outside mcdonald's at 39th and walnut then walked to clark park at 43rd and baltimore. protesters want the city and the state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. a south philadelphia school is assuring parents tonight that it does not have a bed bug problem. a few bed bugs were recently spotted inside universal
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audenreid charter high school at 33rd and tasker. administrators say they determined it was an isolated incident but as a precaution they treated the entire school last week. they say it's safe to come there. one of philadelphia's most legendary cheesesteak shops honored two of the city's fallen heroes today. geno's presented $10,000 each to the families of fire lieutenant joe sprague and police officer robert wilson iii. both craig and wilson died in the line of duty. their names were added to the memorial plaque outside geno's steaks. thousands of jobs could be coming to new castle county delaware under a plan to build a massive new development on the southeast former evraz steel meal in claymont. they've proposed a multi-million dollar project which would include office space manufacturing facility and a transit hub. evraz steel shut down in 2013. the developer says he has
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interest from a number of prospective tenants. in delaware governor jack markell announced recipients of delaware first ever downtown development district grants. the grants total more than $5 million and will benefit several projects including a senior facility and a marina. those projects are located in three communities wilmington, seaford and dover. the sixth president of the college of philadelphia was inaugurated today. he began work last summerly he formerly searched as the vice president of academic affairs at mercer county community college.
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>> draft continues tonight in chicago rounds two and three. >> two and three, yes. tonight's eagles have a pick in each of those rounds jim. today while people are still talking about the one that got away we get to meet the player they did draft receiver
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nelson agholor. jaime apody is live at the eagles training facility in south philadelphia with more. jamie. >> reporter: hey ducis. had a chance to speak with nelson agholor. i was very impressed with this kid who came to this country when his mom won a lottery for a visa from nigeria and he seemed very focused and very well spoken. i think fans will like nelson agholor. chip kelly all smiles showing off a guy he wanted four years ago when agholor was coming out of high school. nelson told me had he known kelly the way he does now he may have chosen oregon over usc. this is a guy who cannot only play inside and outside but also returns punts and kicks because he says he gets in more chances -- gives him more chances to impact the game. eagles had two private workouts for agholor. he had a pretty good idea they wanted him. here's what he liked about being a brand new bird. >> i feel like there's genuine people. starts with the head coach. all those guys are truly
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special people and really genuine with the conversation, how we went about meeting, you know, just every day felt good. >> outstanding punt returner outstanding receiver can play inside and outside receiver, excellent speed. outstanding hands catches the ball away from his body, outstanding route runner, real student of the game. >> kelly was hanging on every word of agholor during the press conference. almost looked like a proud father. looks very happy with the pick. then he ran inside to go back to work because he's got work to do. the eagles two more picks tonight one in the second and third rounds. live at the novacare complex jaime apody channel6 "action news. ducis. >> jamie thank you. i have a feeling eagles fans will be keeping on eye on marcus marriott's nfl career. last night the tennessee titans selected mariota. leading up to the draft he said it would have been great to be reunited with chip here in philadelphia. it was not meant to be. mariota still holds coach kelly in high regard.
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>> type of mentor for me as well so he kind of checked in throughout this entire process. and you know he always said good luck wherever you go. you should always play well just not against the eagles. it will be a lot of fun to play against him. >> we will have another special for you tonight focused on the eagles draft break down airs at 11:30 this evening. we will hear from coach kelly after the team makes its second and third round selections. the phillies are not in saint louis anymore. let's call that a good thing after losing three out of four there. the phils visit miami tonight. mgm grand in las vegas weigh in going on right now for floyd mayweather jr. and manny pacquiao. of course the big fight is tomorrow night in las vegas. the time for talking is almost over. >> both sides have said a lot but my thing is this. it's all about the two competitors and i mean he's
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going come and bring his best. and his best is going to bring the best out of me. >> i just checked on stub hub. ring side seats fourth row $53,000. >> you in? >> no. [laughter] >> thanks for asking. >> more than a a hundred people chopped their long locks for charity today. the selfless makeover happened in southampton. each of the volunteers cut 12-inches from their hair to donate to wigs for kids. the organization provides free hair replacement for children with cancer and other medical issues for more than 30 years.
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>> chilly today but it all changes for the weekend. >> yes, sunshine comes back and it really warms up through the weekend. storm tracker six live double scan showing despite all the cloud cover pretty much dry. we had a few sprinkles here or there earlier this afternoon and the action cam hanging out in logan square showing the fountains there. not a lot of people hanging out by the fountains on this cool day. that will likely change though by sunday afternoon. the accuweather highlights will show you that we have a cool start to may. temperatures today running about 5 degrees below normal. philadelphia and allentown 64. 69 is the normal high for philadelphia for may first. trenton 63. wilmington 62. the boardwalk in atlantic city with winds right off that ocean matching its ocean temperature, only 52 degrees. definitely a chill there. forecasting a return of sunshine but sneezes as well. the pollen outlook for the next four days if you have
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allergies you'll be suffering. it will remain on the high side. oak birch and maple really the primary culprits this time of the year. they are all blooming. right now in philadelphia 61 degrees. allentown 63. wilmington 62. millville 58 degrees. sea isle city and the boardwalk in atlantic city a chilly 49. satellite6 along with action radar showing that low pressure down to the south as expected the steady rain really missing us. this low pressure will be moving out as we head through overnight hours. so tonight partly cloudy. it will be seasonably chilly. 48 degrees in philadelphia. 44 in allentown. millville 40. wilmington 45. and trenton 44 degrees. and then for tomorrow, this high pressure will begin to build in. we have a little bit of an upper level disturbance moving through so that means we'll have a mix of clouds and sunshine, partly sunny, a couple sprinkles possible in the afternoon but generally dry. it will turn warmer with a high of 72 degrees. then on sunday this high pressure becomes that bermuda high heat pump with winds out of the southwest.
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it will warm up a lot. a gorgeous day plenty of sunshine with a high up to 78 degrees and temperatures up into the mid 80's on monday and tuesday. so, if you're running in the broad street run on sunday morning, good luck and don't overdress. it's going to be warm, mostly sunny, winds light little bit of a tail wind three to 6 miles per hour at 8 o'clock when the race starts 58 degrees. by 9:30 already 64. and for people hanging out for the awards at 11 o'clock, 68 degrees. see you at mile seven. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, tomorrow mix of sun and clouds, nice weather for the union game, 72 degrees. sunday sunny and warm, the high soaring up to 78 degrees and on monday a spring sizzle. feeling like summer, 84 degrees. on tuesday, just as warm, 84. it will be a bit on the humid side and a cold front moving in will bring us a round of some showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon and behind that system we cool off a little bit on wednesday but temperatures still above
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normal 78 degrees. thursday mostly sunny with a high of 80 and friday we remain dry and warm with a high of 78 degrees. you can break out the shorts this weekend and don't forget the sunscreen. you will need it especially on sunday. >> so that's it, it's summer time. >> for the next week it is. >> only for the next week, all right. abc's world news tonight with david muir is next on channel six. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff shirleen allicott adam joseph and ducis rodgers. then please join us at 11:00 here on channel six for a special report. it's about an ambitious mission that could land two local women in the history books. here's erin o'hearn with a preview. >> reporter: imagine saying goodbye to everything you know, your family your friends, the simple comforts of home all to become this generation's greatest adventurer. >> it's just the next frontier the next thing that we don't know about. >> i've wanted to go there since i was 14. this whole other planet,
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untouched by human hands. >> reporter: so would you leave earth to make history? what exactly is this program? and what is the draw for so many people? it's a special report that truly could blast these women out of this world. that's tonight only on channel6 "action news at 11:00. >> and for cecily tynan ducis rodgers the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you join us at 11:00. >> ♪♪
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when we take these tests we don't actually do anything. we use the tutorials. one of the tutorials showed things like how to change the background color in an online test environment and it takes time away from learning math and science and english and all the things that i really enjoy learning. they can't do as much because they have to administer this test on the computer. and that's really one of the worst parts of the test.
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breaking news this friday. six baltimore officers arrested. the driver of the police van charged with murder. and the prosecutor, why she made this decision. breaking news after the massic traffic jam. and the never before seen home videos from chris kyle. the staredown


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