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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. here's what we're following on this wednesday, september 16th. >> philadelphia police are checking surveillance video as they investigate a deadly shootingly. >> out in california, firefighters are finally gaining ground on two massive wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes. >> crews along the ben franklin parkway work through the night as preparations for the papal visit intensify. >> all right. let's find out about today's weather and traffic. we'll go on over to meteorologist, david murphy and karen rogers has that traffic. good morning. >> and it's another nice start and aiming toward another nice finish. you can see very little cloud cover across the region.
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there might be a little patchy fog here or there. we had a small concern about that yesterday and not much really popped up. as we go through the day, the main weather feature is still a front well off to the west and that area of low pressure well off to the north and eas east. once again looking at a nice warm mostly sunny afternoon. 64 degrees in philadelphia right now, 55 in allentown, 61 in wilmington, 60 in trenton. the winds are not all that strong. and so like yesterday it's comfortable enough as you step outside. on the bus stop this morning, 61 by 6 o'clock and 63 by 8 o'clock. clear skies, light winds and pretty comfortable overall as we roll through the day it is going to be another warm one. 63 degrees by 8 o'clock, 83, though, by noon and then 86 by 3 o'clock with a high today of 87 degrees probably striking a little bit later in the afternoon, say around 3:30 or 4:00. the beat continues tomorrow. a change in the forecast for the weekend karen and it's a. >> one. details in the accuweather 7-day.
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>> i'm having 30 eight-year-olds coming to my house. it better abgood change. let's go outside right now and check out delaware county. this is the ramp from i-95 to the blue route northbound. it is reopening. you can see traffic moving okay. it was closed for overnight construction. things are looking better right now. we talked about this on the ben franklin parkway. we have crews out there blocking the right lane with equipment outbound on the parkway between spring garden and eakins oval so watch for that for the papal visit. tonight at 7:05 the phils play. you'll see the extra congestion in south philadelphia. this is the schuylkill expressway at belmont. we see the flashing lights and penndot with the arrow board. we've got the left lane blocked at this point on the schuylkill ooh eastbound as you head towards center city and that should be clearing any minute now. it's really not causing much of a delay but one lane getting by so we'll be waiting for those crews to hall out of there. looking at the boulevard right now at ridge that's southbound traffic headed towards the schuylkill. no problems here but north of here both ways on the boulevard between rhawn and strahle we've got construction in the express lane and that's going to be out there for about another hour and a half.
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matt and tam. >> thank you karen. you can now count on your fingers how many days until the pope gets here. the crews are busy along the parkway getting everything ready. "action news" reporter katherine scott a live there right now with the latest on the plans. good morning, katherine. >> reporter: good morning, tam. and as the days get closer you start to see more and more signs of the pope's arrival. part of the preparations include security measures. some security measures you see, some you won't be able to say and as you take a live look at eakins oval you can see all the equipment, all the setup that has been under way over the last several days. as part of security -- as far as security is concerned in this area when the pope comes you're going need to go through metal detectors to get anywhere near these papal events if you are part of the ticketed audiences but again, some of these security measures are going to be behind the scenes. last night philadelphia maintenance crews and secret service were out along ben franklin parkway securing
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manhole covers and the access panels on light fixtures. the pope's visit to philadelphia the is fast approaching and preparations include security measures. >> you can't live in fear, you know. i'm not afraid. i'm looking forward too seeing the pope. >> reporter: when the pope speaks in front of independence hall snipers will be positioned on nearby rooftops. fences will go up along the parkway. plainclothes officers and high tech detection devices will operate behind the scenes. some see this all as today's reality adding it won't stop them from coming. >> i remember as a child with pope john paul and so i want my daughter to experience it as well. >> no fears? >> tiny bit but no. >> reporter: people who park in the secure perimeter are readying to move their cars to clear the streets but there's new parking information for the pope's visit. if you live in permit parking districts one in rittenhouse square, four in washington square west, five in society
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hill, six in logan scar square d 10 in chinatown the parking authority has decided to let you park in any of the other permit parking districts in the city. that means if your car has a current valid parking permit you don't have to put your car in a garage for three days if you can find spot somewhere else. and as we get closer to the pope's visit there's going to be more information, there's going to be changing information. all you have to do is visit us on our web site at and of course stay with us for updates. live on eakins oval, katherine scott channel6 "action news." >> thank you katherine. we know what the stage will look like. this is a rendering of what the covered stage will look like on the ben franklin park pay. the altar will be in the middle. closer up we can see the chair the pope will sit in during sunday's mass below a huge cross. the stage will also be used for the festival of families performances on saturday but
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in a different configuration. i know katherine mentioned this but i'll do it again. you can see all these renderings on we post all the latest information about the papal visit there including the list of highway and road closures, items prohibited from the francis festival grounds and how you can see the pope during his two scheduled parades. >> ♪ >> new this morning, gunfire erupted in west kensington and left one man dead around 10:45 at fourth and cambria streets. a man in his 20's was shot twice, once in the stomach, once in the leg. he was pronounced dead at temple university hospital. police found six shell casings at the scene. some cars were also hit by the gunfire. the suspected shooter or shooters got away. police are now taking a look at area surveillance cameras. and police say a man stabbed to death monday night in wilmington was simply an innocent bystander who was trying to protect a woman and her baby. investigators say that they have calvin hooker who you just saw the third in custody.
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they say hooker randomly tried to attack the woman and her infant daughter in rodney square. the woman ran away and attempted to climb on board a dart bus. that's when police say a bystander thomas cottingham intervened and tried to help her. hooker allegedly stabbed cottingham in the back killing him. hooker is being held without bail on charges including first degree murder. >> new this morning, relatives who lost loved ones when the texas school bus plunged off a highway overpass are speaking out. erin o'hearn is live in the satellite center with that story. erin. >> reporter: matt, this is a horrific accident that took the lives of two students. and perhaps equally disturbing is the way in which the two families found out about their daughters' deaths. now, one family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit. 17-year-old mariah johnson a senior at a local houston high school and 14-year-old janisa chapman a freshman were bogon a school bus yesterday morning, this school bus, when it lost control and plunged off an overpass. two other students,
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17-year-old brandon and lakisha williams were injured in the crash. the bus driver was also hurt. now, the johnson family believes the accident was preventible. as i said it's filing a lawsuit against the bus driver and another driver involved in the accident who is said to be a teacher at the school district. now take a listen because what is so upsetting is the johnson family said they found out about their daughter's death through a generic voicemail message sent out to all parents. >> two students were killed and two students and their bus driver were seriously injured this morning when an hisc school bus crashed at the loop and telephone road. >> this was going to be her senior year. she was a momma's baby and a daddy's girl. >> reporter: now, the parents said they never received any condolences or a phone call from the school district. both families said that the girls were kind and gentle and they were both enthusiastic about school and life.
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right now the ntsb is investigating the cause of the accident. we're live in the satellite center, erin o'hearn channel6 "action news." tam. >> so awful. thank you for the details, erin. in california an army of firefighters battling a massive wildfire are finally making progress. the blaze is burning about a hundred miles north of san francisco. it's about 30 percent contained. authorities believe about 585 homes have been destroyed and another 9,000 are still being threatened by those flames. this drone video shows the utter devastation left behind by the wildfire. entire neighborhoods have been left in ruins. one man went back to his childhood home and found it completely gone. >> it's devastating but you just can't look at that. you got to look at everybody, everybody's loss. it's never going to be about one person. it's about everybody. >> the wildfires have been blamed for the death of one person and there's still other people out there unaccounted for. authorities still don't know
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what sparked the massive blaze. >> the price to drive across the tacony palmyra and burlington bristol bridges has doubled for cash paying customers. drivers paying cash will be charged four dollars instead of two dollars. and three dollars if you use e-z pass. this is the first toll increase for the two bridges in 15 years. the burlington county bridge commission says the hike is needed to fund improvements. >> 4:40 now and still to come here on "action news," holiday hiring. one company says it will not be hiring as many people for this season but they're still hiring a lot. >> a crane lifting a tree crashes down onto a house and the homeowner is astonished no one was hurt. david. >> it's a little cool again this morning with temperatures in the 50's in some suburbs, 60's elsewhere. maybe a jacket on the kids but it will be light and they won't need it this afternoon again. i'll have the afternoon call from accuweather, the rest of your seven day coming up. >> ♪
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>> members of the eagles did a little fishing with some lucky fans. the midatlantic youth anglers shared a dock in south philadelphia last night with the team members. the fishing expedition was part of the team's first eagles care community event of the season. the fishing group was made up of children for the sports for juvenile justice and police
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athletic league programs. >> nice. >> and they face the cowboys on sunday. >> yes, they do. >> big game coming up. >> you've been concerned about rain. >> yeah, and the concern has become less and less over the last 24 to 48 hours. >> very good. >> well, you'll see that in the forecast. your exclusive accuweather 7-day will be along in a couple of minutes. for now storm tracker6 live double scan shows that you we are dry. heading outside this morning, clear skies over city hall in center city and the rest of the region. the stars are out. winds not bouncing the cameras much, either. 64 degrees currently in philadelphia. your dewpoint up a little higher than yesterday with more of a southwesterly and westerly flow to the wind. 55, though, is still below what we would consider humid air. winds west at 7 miles per hour at this early hour, so like yesterday, the wind is not much of a factor. satellite shows you just a little bit of pop-up cloud cover. there's an outside chance of a bit of patchy fog around today but not a real big issue. overall we're going for lots of sun once again. 63 degrees by 8 o'clock. still kind of cool early for those of you who want to get outside and get some stuff
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done, maybe some jogging or walking this morning and then by 11 o'clock, 78. and by 2 o'clock, 85. it is going to be warm later with a high of 87, about four, 5 degrees warmer than it was yesterday in most spots and 85 by 5 o'clock. but pretty comfortable overall. high temperatures across the region 86 degrees in allentown, 87 in reading, 87 is your high in philadelphia. 86 in wilmington. 85 in trenton. and down the shore closer to 80 degrees. some spots like cape may might only stay in the upper 70's today. for the phillies tonight it's going to be another gorgeous night for baseball at citizens bank park with the nationals wrapping up their series with the phils. 78 for the first pitch, still kind of warm and not too bad in the ninth inning tonight, down to about 68 degrees. tomorrow more of the same. high pressure continues to float off to the south and east. we continue to turn those winds more out of the southwest. and that's going to keep us warm and overall pretty nice with highs well into the 80's. your exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, today's high 87, sunny and warm. pretty much the same story
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tomorrow with largely sunny skies and a high of 87. and then friday we're just going to keep it going. another fairly sunny day, 86 is your high there. for the weekend saturday we've been saying all along looks pretty good. now in fact we think it's going to be a mainly sunny day, really beautiful saturday with a high of 87. on sunday, we're still looking at a cold front coming through that will kick some more clouds into play, 81 is the high, so it won't be quite as warm and while we still have to allow for a spotty shower, it does look like this front is going to come through largely dry and there's a real good chance that the eagles fans for that 4 o'clock game and union fans for 7 o'clock contest tonight at ppl park will stay dry. you'll want to keep your eyes on that forecast but it doesn't look like it's going to be a lot of rain, just a couple spotty showers. monday a couple more spotty showers, clouds and sun otherwise. so, not a whole lot of rain on sunday or monday and then tuesday we're back to dry conditions, partly sunny and still in the 70's with a high of 78. >> okay. >> acceptable. [laughter] >> thanks, david. all right.
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well, new this morning, a close call for a cincinnati homeowner. a crane fell on her house. the machine was trying to lift a tree over the house when the accident happened. some of the bolts holding the crane onto the truck snapped. it smashed into the garage barely missing the owner's car and incredibly no one was injured. the owner feels very lucky. >> it could have been so bad. really i think that we had a spiritual moment, all of us. >> it is expected to cost around $100,000 to repair the damage. >> and now we're at the big board for that first look at business. companies are already looking to hire for the holiday season. ups is saying that it's going to hire up to 95,000 employees. they need the extra hands to get all those controversy out there under the tree. that's about the same number of people that they hired last year but toys r us on the other hand says it's going to hire 5,000 lessees in workers this year than it did last year but, hey, that still
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means 40,000 temp hires at stores and distribution centers. going to wall street stocks rallied a bit yesterday. the dow picked up nearly 229 points, the s & p and nasdaq also gained but right now it's looking like futures are looking a little bit mixed. in philadelphia's please touch museum gets quite the financial boost as it's trying to get out of bankruptcy. the museum got two donations that total just over a million dollars. this, of course, will jump start its $10 million fundraising drive. >> 4:48 is the time and coming up on "action news," how twitter is helping politicians raise campaign cash. >> and later an award winning rapper returns to his western pennsylvania alma mater to help students. "action news" continues in just a moment. and game tickets? uh yeah! and that pre-game sideline experience... exactly. or even eagle season tickets! [shouting over crowd] how do you know?
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use parental controls or the v-chip. learn how at >> ♪ >> matt and i are talking dinner. it's a little early for that i guess. looking live outside at i-95 at cottman we see construction crews. should be clear any minute. the ramp from i-95 northbound to cottman remains closed at this point so watch for that one as you're headed out right now. we've got a weird problem in montgomery county, a sandbag stuck out on the road so watch for people kind of swerving around. 422 eastbound approaching royersford. live outside on -- this is looking live at i-95 at
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cottman but at woodhaven road at the boulevard eastbound construction continues to be clear. all lanes have reopened both directions, that's eastbound as you head towards i-95, things are looking better. the construction here on woodhaven is closed. we've got a downed pole and police are out there directing traffic here in ocean township route nine is closed and that's a main thorofare between 554 so watch for that. stick to the garden state parkway or barnegat boulevard to get around the problems there. matt and tam. >> thank you karen. new this morning, a florida man with a bit of a foot fetish got busted. last month he was spotted crawling under library tables and smelling a woman's feet at florida international university. yes, karen, that is the right response. the school put out a warning. yesterday the man was spotted on a scooter and police tried to pull him over. he tried to flee but eventually crashed and was arrested. 52-year-old eddie juan was charged with violation of sexual offender registration, fleeing and eluding police and other offenses. >> happening today, a man
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already charged with killing one college student is due in court because a grand jury indicted him in the death of a second college student. jesse matthew was indicted yesterday on first degree murder charges linked to their death of morgan harrington. the virginia tech student vanished in october of 2009 and her remains were found a few months later. matthew is that scheduled to appear in court to face charges in harrington's death today. harrington's mother says the charges bring little solace to the family. >> not bittersweet, it's odd because how can you celebrate the fact that this confirmation that your daughter was murdered by someone? we've known that but it's not a fact to be celebrated. >> matthew is already behind bars facing charges for the september 2014 killing of university of virginia student hannah graham is that awaiting sentencing next month for the sexual assault and attempted murder of another woman in virginia. >> ♪
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>> new this morning, twitter is take on a new and significant role in politics. the social media site has added a new feature that allows political candidates to raise money directly through its mobile app. campaigns already use twitter heavily to spread their messages. at least a dozen presidential candidates will begin using the feature right away. twitter is working with square, inc., to secure the
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transactions. jimmy carter revealed that cancer has spread to his brain. carter said yesterday that he has received the second of four planned doses of a did you go to fight the disease. the 90-year-old also said he has had no ill effects so far and will learn what the positive effects are later. >> a pittsburgh high school got a surprise visit from one of rap music's biggest stars, whiz khalifa made app an appearance at his alma mater. he was there to honor students who earned college scholarships through good grades. he brought along 1700 back packs worth about $45,000 to be donated to students at pittsburgh middle and high schools. >> it feels awesome to be back. i love my school, i love pittsburgh and i love just being able to spread some positivity and give kids some hope. >> administrators managed to keep khalifa's visit a secret. students had no idea that he would be making an appearance until he actually walked out
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on the stage. >> good for them. 4:57 now. still ahead on "action news" presidential showdown. republican candidates are gearing up for the second debate in the race for the white house. we'll break it down at the big board. >> and details of an alarming new report that breaks down just how much fast food american kids are eating. we'll give you the details coming up at 5:00. >> ♪ consideration
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take charge of your retirement. talk to a state farm agent today. >> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> hey everyone, it's 5 o'clock on this wednesday september 16th and here's what's happening. >> political show dewpoint in just a few hours, the gop presidential hopefuls will meet for their second debate. >> at least a dozen people have been killed in flash flooding out west and rescuers are sifting through muddy waters looking for people moo are still alive. >> preparing for the pope. 10 days to go before the historic visit. what officials are doing to make sure everyone stays safe. we've got a live report. >> and we have some weather and traffic to get to right now. let's go to dave murphy and karen rogers. good morning. >> another tranquil start out there, a little bit on t


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