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protests on the campus of villanova university. students and members of the faculty marched in silence today to protest against the university's plans to have armed police on campus. villanova announced plans to arm a portion of its security force earlier this week. "action news" reporter john rawlins is live at villanova tonight. john, what are the objections and do you think today's protest represented a consensus on campus? >> reporter: well, as far as consensus, jim, no. you're going to hear there's a wide range of opinions here. protesters they numbered about 130 to 200 today as for their concerns, they don't like how the decision was made. they say it was made behind closed doors, that there was a lack of trance parent see. as for the decision itself they think the idea of introducing armed police officers here on campus does not reflect well on the university's core values. today's protest included a silent march across campus. this is pushback to the plan
where 19 of the 75 member villanova public safety department would get police academy training and carry guns starting next fall. the protesters some of whom placed inscriptions promoting nonviolence on this banner say they are aware inmany schools have armed officers but say it would be a bad fit for villanova. >> we talk about our values here and i don't see how bringing guns into our community has any -- adds anything to us. >> i think it's a response in fear and i don't think guns are a solution to guns. and i don't think that this alliance with the catholic values of this university. >> reporter: the protesters want the decision to arm officers to at least be put on hold and then to be able to meet with university president father peter donahue. some of the group want more. >> primarily to demand a repeal of the policies that father peter and the board of trustees has put in place to
arm the department of public safe advertisement but others on this campus of 10,000 say they are comfortable with the proposed arming of officers citing threats and mass shootings at other schools. >> it's a good idea. >> why. >> help us feel a bit more protected. >> if you think about it the university is kind of like a small to medium sized city itself so having cops here armed would not be a bad idea. >> reporter: so, jim, no consensus here as you can hear all kinds of opinions. the debate over this not expected to go away. student groups say they are planning for an open forum sometime as early as next week. they hope to and include students and faculty. it's not clear at this point if anyone from the administration will join in as well. live the at&t villanova, john rawlins channel6 "action news." >> thank you, john. the university of delaware is warning students to be on alert this weekend after an attempted sexual assault of a student on campus. police are investigating the incident that happened between 12:30 and 1:30 yesterday
morning. the victim tells police she was walking on academy street near smythe hall when a man grabbed her. she says he pushed her to the ground and attempted to remove an article of clothing and the victim says she kicked the man and was able to run away. two men from philadelphia are under arrest in connection with a deadly home invasion in delaware. delaware state police along with pennsylvania authorities arrest edsall leap shabazz ined. he and matthew harrington broke into a home and shot three people. two died. harrington turned himself in earlier this week. shabazz is on jail a million dollars bail as he waits for extradition back to delaware. there is a good deal of concern and a good deal of confusion among parents at bayard taylor elementary school in north philadelphia. they got word of a woman threatening some students with a gun yesterday. authorities tracked down the woman but no gun has been
found. live at the school on north randolph street is "action news" reporter david henry. david, what are the details there? >> reporter: well, jim, the kids say there was a gun. the police didn't find a gun and the woman who allegedly threatened them hasn't been charged with anything but the parents here remain upset about what they see as a lack of police protection. >> they ran, they ran for their life. >> reporter: that's the story maria got from her grandson. he was one of four students who exchanged words with a woman outside the schoolyard when she reprimanded them for cursing. when she told her to shut up the boys say she threatened them with a gun. >> she went to her car, she pulled out the gun. >> reporter: the police traction down the 39-year-old woman and she gave them consent to search her car and house. they didn't find a gun. the school sent children home yesterday with this note from the principal. it assured parents that philadelphia police and school police would be here during
arrival and dismissal. parents were upset when they found no police this morning. >> why there was no police security in this school at all when my son -- my grandson was threatened yesterday with a gun. >> reporter: the school district says the police were unaware that the principal told parents they would see extra protection this morning. an officer was stationed here at dismissal time. the school principal had no comment. parents say gun or no gun, the kids need more police protection. >> there are armed security guards, they're armed police officers. they're saying there's no funding for public schools anymore and i feel that as a parent we do need security. >> reporter: now the police are still investigating the incident that caused all of this concern but so far no one has been charged. live in north philadelphia, david henry, channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, david. friends and family said a final farewell today to a
toddler who was found dead in haddon township last week. a funeral mass for three-year-old brendan creato was held this morning at holy saviour church in westmont. brendan's father reported him missing last tuesday. police found the boy's body not far from that home three hours later. the cause of the death still hasn't been determined and no arrests have been made. pennsylvania state senators are exploring whether they can out of the attorney general kathleen kane. a special bipartisan committee will examine kane's ability to continue her job while her law license is suspended. the committee could recommend removing kane from office under a constitutional provision that has never been used before. kane has been charged with perjury and obstruction. she has denied all wrongdoing. >> ♪ major candidates for mayor of philadelphia faced off at channel6 today. i had the pleasure of moderating a debate for
broadcast sunday morning. "action news" reporter vernon odom took it all in. >> reporter: for republican melissa murray bailey it's a uphill struggle to try to win the mayor's race against democrat jim kenney a city hall clubhouse veteran with all the resources waving in his major including a massive voter registration advantage of seven to one. during the taping of the debate there were many questions about police community relations and crime in our city. >> we have too many people who feel like there is no opportunity and they need to turn to selling drugs to provide for their family which typically leads to violence. >> community policing needs to be expanded, needs to be improved and we need to have a better relationship between our community and our police so that people in the community trust the police and give them information to solve crimes. >> what about the never ending problem of public school funding? philadelphia schools are getting desperate because millions of dollars are bottled up in harrisburg because of the four month old budget impasse between governor wolf and the republican controlled general assembly.
plus there's a constant roar between the teachers union and district officals who are constantly pushing for work rules concession and private contracting out services like school nursing and substitute teachers. >> this is demonization of teachers is disgraceful and it's rolled out of the republican hinder lands from ohio wisconsin and other places and i think it's dead wrong. >> i come from a different perspective not about the union leaders but about the teachers and the teachers are the ones who have been losing in this because the union leaders have been holding so steadfast. >> reporter: other issues taken head on include poverty, job creation cleaner streets and the minimum wage: the kenny-bailey debate airs on 6abc sunday morning at 11:00 the mayor michael nutter era at city hall ends on january 7th so decision time for voters draws near. i'm vernon odom, channel6 "action news" in wynnefield heights. >> and to repeat you can see the channel6 mayoral debate in its entirety on sunday morning.
it will air at 11 o'clock right here on channel6 and 6abc.com. some former residents of don guinell village have a new place to call home. a blessing and dedication ceremony was held today at a new mini campus for the men in springfield delaware county. it's called cardinal control homes named aftekrol homehome. the site is being redeveloped into retail and residential space. coming up on "action news" tonight, the temple university campus is electric today after the football team remains undefeated with a win last night against east carolina and a new initiative will keep runners walkers and cyclists hydrated while roaming the schuylkill river trail. >> what a difference a day makes. yesterday's high 77, today 65 degrees. it gets even cooler tomorrow. i'll have details and the
chris brown's attacks? the press calls them "embarrassing" political "posturing." the truth? chris brown and will pauls opposed the atlantic city rescue plan, even though it would save thousands of our jobs. we already know they're propped up by north jersey casino interests. and pauls even wanted the vote to allow north jersey casinos "this year." now they brag about helping atlantic county. but there's a word for politicians like that. hypocrite.
the football team is seven and oh for the first time in school history. >> on campus we got like a little extra pep in their step. >> you kind of want to go to these games. it's something that's attracting more students here. >> it's incredible. i'm like so excited. >> reporter: an excitement that is partly fueled by appreciation. >> when i first came here they were not that good. >> it's been a rough couple years with the team, so having them undefeated going up against notre dame next saturday is going to be awe shift the owls take on notre dame next saturday at the linc in prime time but this weekend the cherry and white get to rest. >> i'll sleep like i haven't slept in awhile. >> reporter: coach rhule says he plans to prep for next week like he does every week and he expects his team will do well but it is who they are off the field that makes him most proud. >> i'm proud of the way they handled success. i'm proud of the way that they're not acting like a bunch of big shots now. they're doing -- they're the same guys they were when we were, you know, zero and zero before we started the season and that's why i like
coaching. >> reporter: the undefeated season has definitely gotten a lot of people to pay attention. >> i feel like a lot of people on campus are more interested in football than they would be before. like watching it going to the games, a lot more people going to the games now which is awesome. 'cause we're finally like filling the linc. >> it would be awesome if we went undefeated the whole season and there's a little hesitation if they're going to beat notre dame but i would love for them to win. >> i think it's good for the university. i think it's good for the city, too. it's kind of bringing everyone together. and it's a lot of good energy. >> reporter: temple takes on notre dame next saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the linc. in north philadelphia, eva pilgrim channel6 "action news." >> right here on channel six by the way. runners and bikers along kelly drive will soon have a new way to hydrate. city officials today unveiled these new water fountains and bottle filling stations four are set to be installed in the
spring of next year part of an effort to cut down on the waist generated by disposable plastic bottles. the kiosks include a traditional water fountain an separate spout for bottles. there's even a ground level water bowl for dogs. we have some sad news to pass along tonight. klondike a 34-year-old polar bear that lived at the philadelphia zoo has died. klondike had been sick recently and was having mobility issues and so zoo officials made the tough decision to euthanize her. klondike was the coldest bare in captivity in country. the klondike was 34.
i want a supreme court judge who knows the law. for the past seven years, i've served on pennsylvania's second highest court. and the bar association has given me their very highest rating. i want a judge who understands regular people. i was the first in my family to graduate from college. my dad was a coal miner. my mom- a factory seamstress. i want a judge with integrity. me too. and that's why i'm running. i'm christine donohue. it's time to bring integrity back to the supreme court.
playing right now he could use all the help he can get. but the eagles quarterback will not have receiver nelson agholor sunday night in carolina. he's out. plus riley cooper is questionable, too. the eagles defense could be short-handed as well. mychal kendricks demeco ryans, both questionable with injuries. the eagles d will need their a game to bring down panthers quarterback cam newton. he can throw the ball, he can run it as well as anyone who has ever played in nfl history. >> as a linebacker you love to go against a team who is dedicate the to running the ball so you know it's all on you as a linebacker and a defensive line to stop the running game. >> they're undefeated. that says a lot. they're playing with a huge chip on their shoulder. we coming off back to back wins, they're undefeated and i think it's going to come down to who wants the game the most. >> eagles fans you may find this completely ridiculous. but carolina the panthers fans down there, they think they're the most passionate fans in the nfl.
so, let's prove them wrong in our facebook like battle. we're in a battle with our abc station down in north carolina to prove eagles fans are the most passionate. log onto our 6abc facebook page click like on the like battle to show them who the number one fan base are. all right. click like. it's the game everyone has had circled on their calendars, notre dame up next for temple halloween night and i bet on that calendar you didn't have seven wins next to the name temple either. how about those owls? temple is flying high, seven and oh for the first time in school history. here they are returning from north carolina at 5:00 a.m. temple came from behind in the fourth with two touchdowns in the span of 73 seconds against east carolina. what a finish and start. temple rules right now and their coach, yes, he's a proud papa. >> a lot of pride. proud of the kids. they battled adversity that was a really tough place to play, it was loud, they are they were excited for us
especially after last year and i felt our kids handled it with a lot of class, match skewer chu are the. it wasn't perfect last night but we found a way to get it done. >> twenty-second ranked temple versus tenth ranked notre dame. kickoff set for 8 o'clock. chip kelly's hometown of manchester new hampshire can see the sixers live in action. the regular season starts wednesday in boston. flyers back on the ice in voorhees today getting set for the rangers tomorrow night. sean couturier and michal neuvirth who suffered upper body injuries wednesday are not expected to play. the flyers as a whole hope to do better against the rangers this season. last year they lost three of four to new york. >> it's a new year. you know, we've changed up a lot of things, coaches, player personnel wise. we've got a new attitude focusing on a different way to
>> nice weekend coming up. >> yes. >> very nice of you to provide us with that. >> all in all not a perfect weekend. won't be horrible. very few things are perfect. storm tracker6 live double scan showing there's no rain out there. actually very few clouds if all upstairs on your sky6 over the pagoda in reading
capturing the sun has just set, the sunset at 6:11. you can just see some high thin clouds on the horizon and now as the sun has set temperatures will be falling off very quickly. currently 61 degrees in philadelphia, down from our high of 65 which is actually 1 degree above normal. so it was seasonably cool today. allentown 55. millville 59. trenton 57. wilmington 58. and the poconos currently 48 degrees. satellite6 along with action radar showing we have high pressure right over us now. that's what brought us the crystal blue skies today. abundant sunshine. if you look out across the midwest though you can see some clouds an broken line of showers. that's from a front that will be moving through on sunday morning. so, overnight tonight, we have clear skies. the temperature is dropping off very quickly. if you're heading to a friday night football game you definitely do want to bundle up. overnight low 42 degrees in philadelphia, allentown down to 33, trenton 38, wilmington 39 and cape may 46 degrees. heading for the day tomorrow
we will see some filtered sunshine in the morning, some high thin clouds already beginning to move in so not as bright and sunny as today. as we head through the afternoon, the clouds will thicken ahead of that cold front and then sunday morning is when the front moves through and this will bring us a few scattered showers early in the morning but they really don't linger very long. by the afternoon, the clouds roll out and we'll actually see the return of some sunshine. the temperature is actually milder on sunday than saturday. of course the big weather story is hurricane patricia. it went from a tropical storm to the strongest hurricane on record in 30 hours, had 200 miles per hour maximum sustained winds earlier today. they're now down to 190 miles per hour but this is potentially catastrophic. if we zoom in you can see how this is really within moments of making landfall someplace between manzanillo and porta have i quart today. the storm surge could be up to 20 feet. the winds devastating and also the rain will really intensify
as it continues to move inlands. so, this shows that with the mountains over mexico, this storm will weaken dramatically as it heads inlands over the weekend. the mountains just kind of rip it up. however it will still have an abundant source of moisture. the coast of mexico could get close to 5-inches of rain. really the bigger problem is the storm surge and the winds. this storm could regenerate. could get 7-inches of rain overcorpus christi into houston. this could cause flash flooding. we could tap into some of that moisture by thursday and bring us a much needed soaking. it won't be a tropical storm by then, it will just be a remnant. the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, tomorrow pretty decent day, mix of sun and clouds. clouds thicken late in the day, 62 degrees. sunday a few morning showers and a return of some sunshine, 67 degrees. that colder air behind that front arrives on monday, 63 degrees. and then wednesday clouding up, 65.
thursday is when we could get that soaking rain. partially from patricia, more than an inch of rain expected. we need that and friday partly sunny and chilly with a high of 58 degrees and of course i will have an update on hurricane patricia coming up on "action news" tonight at 11:00. >> are they playing the sixers game outside. >> no, but it's the first game of the season so we kind of want to announce it. >> i got it. >> could be some tailgating. >> there you go. now i understand. abc's "world news tonight" with david muir is next on channel six. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff, sharrie williams, adam joseph and ducis rodgers. then please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel6. for cecily tynan jeff skversky, ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us at 11:00.
attorney in montgomery county... kevin steele, first assistant d.a. with a 98% conviction rate and tough sentences for sexual predators. or bruce castor, a former d.a. who refused to prosecute bill cosby. castor said, "we don't charge people for making a mistake or doing something foolish." many more victims came forward, and castor admitted he could have used their testimony against cosby but castor didn't even try. bruce castor was not looking out for the victims.
breaking news. the monster hurricane hitting right now. the category five storm. wind gusts more than 200 miles per hour. the most powerful storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere. americans trapped. airports closing. and parts of the u.s. bracing for a double punch. >> and the major shift tonight for donald trump. the key state where he's no longer leading. and the school scandal, the outrage over these mug shots. what families say these young men did to their