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police academy just last february, he was driving on quenton alaway road when he went off the side of the road and crashed into a utility pole, he was responding to a domestic disturbance. and now they are probing into a fire at a wilmington church. this is the way it looked when flames assaulted the new jerusalem baptist church. the church and several homes suffered damage. police are on the scene because there was north fire at the same church two weeks ago. katherine scott is live at the scene tonight. do police have any leads at all? >> reporter: investigator was not say if there are leads but they have been here throughout the day as crews moved away debris and rubble so they could access different points of the site.
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>> whenever there is a church fire federal agents are brought in to make sure it's not a hate crime. heavy equipment tore through debris left by a devastating fire at this wilmington church, the roof charred and collapsed the bricks so carefully laid in the 60s tumbled in nearby streets. this is the second fire in as many weeks at the baptist church. eugene brock is pastor here for 31 years and got a call at 7:00 p.m. >> someone called me and said the church is on fire, i said you are joking, this was last week, two weeks ago we had a fire, no he said this is on fire now. >> the damage from the previous fire was mostly confined to the basement but last night the church was destroyed. atf officers were back on the
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scene today trying to figure out how the latest fire began at a church known for helping so many. >> this church and pastor if you needed anything they would help you out. >> it has been here for as long as i can remember, a pillar in the community. >> six nearby homes are damaged and those residents are are being assisted by the red cross and police are looking for answers but for those that love this church there is no question as to what they will do. >> it's only a building but it's god's building, they burnt down the build or whatever happened with the building, but you see the cross is still standing. god is still in control. >> investigators will be back out here early tomorrow morning and there will be a presence here tomorrow night to make sure the scene stays secure.
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>> thank you katherine. we got just about as much rain as accuweather said we would and it made for a miserable day in the tri-state area, and at least it wasn't cold. what comes next? lets go to cecily tynan at the big board. >> the steady rain is pushing off the coast as we speak, right now atlantic city and surf city reporting rain but this surge of moisture all ahead of the actual cold front across central pennsylvania, as that swings through later on tonight at 11:00 we could have an additional shower but that will kick up the wins and mix up the atmosphere which we need, ahead of it we have a lot of fog, visibility is a big issue, down to less than a mile in philadelphia and half mile in many millville and trenton a third of a mile. be careful as you drive around this evening, use your low beams. rain so far shows we have a good
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soaking. close to a quarter inch in lancaster, most areas are recording an inch of rain and it moved in right on schedule and out on schedule and behind it, the winds are picking up tomorrow. here is what to expect, areas of fog until 11:00 or midnight, lingering clouds with perhaps a shower and then the winds kick up and temperatures will gradually be falling overnight and mild tonight but you can see what is waiting in the wings, bismark, north dakota and that air mass is moving our way for a brief visit this weekend. i'll have details on that in the accuweather forecast. >> thank you. we invite you to stay with 6abc.com/weather as the rain comes and goes today, stormtracker 6 live double scan and updated hourly forecast can help you make informed decisions before you head out.
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they are not using the word merger but thomas jefferson university and philadelphia university are working on a process to integrate both schools. the preds of both institutions donned each others hats and talked about creating a comprehensive university bringing high education in the areas of health, science, architecture, design fashion and business and engineering. expectations are that they will sign a tentative agreement next year. police continue to investigate the murder of an employee, the philadelphia parking authority last night in kingsessing, reporter gray hall is live now with more. >> reporter: well jim, i can tell you in fact it was an hour ago that the philadelphia parking authority confirmed taos that the victim in fact was an employee, this neighborhood is
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on high alert as the police search for a killer. jackson says that a typical wednesday night was interrupted with violence in his southwest neighborhood. >> i go to the window and see a body in the street and blood and it's pretty brutal. >> a man walking his dog was shot and killed blocks from where he lived. the victim is 34-year-old mark marshall. >> it's a good neighborhood, really diverse but everybody gets along and i think because of how many shots were fired and at what close range there was nothing random about this. >> the victim was pronounced dead at penn medical center, the employee at the salt and pepper deli says the police confiscated video from their store and that the victim was seen arguing with another man and the argument was the motive for the shooting and they saw the shooter drive away
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in a van. >> there were five shots fired at close range and my other roommate when to slap the guy in the face, try to get him to wake and essentially watched him die. >> and now police continue to investigate and people are on edge. >> not to make light of it, this stuff happens across the city in different neighborhoods and you are never going to be completely safe. we are checking for you throughout the day for any new information from the police department, we can tell you that there is no information about an arrest and no good information about a suspect. we are live in southwest philadelphia, gray hall, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. a sex offender with a history of creepy crimes is back behind bars, radnor police arrested cornwell chen for trespassing at the university library and was banned from the campus for allegedly stalking a woman there, and plead guilty in
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2012 for stalking a woman he saw at a train station. and he is convicted of taking video up women's skirts at the king of prussia mall between 2011 and 2012. the philadelphia born rapper known as meek mill was in court today, a judge found him to be in violation of his probation for drug and weapons charges, the 28-year-old rapper born robert williams is accused of traveling to out of state concerts wourt notifying his probation officers, he must remain in the five county area until his sentencing. he is allowed to do charity work. and now leaders showed off their ac min in fronts of a panel of judges, several schools
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participated in the essay contest and this happened at the national constitution center and they discussed the fourth amendment and took questions that included former mayor and governor ed rendell. the winner of the competition was the chestnut elementary school in ardmore. coming up on "action news" the moment has almost arrived. the newest star wars installment opens in theaters in less than an hour, and the eagles demarco murray says he is feeling fresh this late in the season, ducis rogers with that story. >> well, i'm tracking the first blast of winter on the way, and it does not last long, i'll explain in the accuweather forecast. >> those stories and much more when "action news" continues tonight.
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the force will be with you on every screen at the united artist theater in king of prussia it begins in 48 minutes, we are talking about the new star wars, let go live to sara bloomquist live in the lobby. sara it must be quite a scene there. >> reporter: it is getting there they have opened the theater doors, people are filing in and taking their seats, this is so exciting, the first showing is tonight at 7:00 that me means the star wars film people have been waiting for is happening.
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it starts to show on big screens across the country and movie goers started showing up at theaters hours and hours ago. >> i got here yesterday at 5:30 p.m. so i honestly don't know what time it is right now. here at the united artist theater in king of prussia, fans are watching a marathon of every star wars made in chronological orderer starting at 4:00 a.m. this morning. >> i am expecting to have my mind blown and i don't think i'll be disappointed. >> matt gasher and his friends, they didn't have to wait on long lines. >> we have just been having fun playing battle front and have a tv set up watching movies and stuff. >> it's been a lot of fun. >> but leave your light saber at
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home, security sent corey back to his car with the jedi weapon. >> he said it was a weapon. >> it's not a real light saber so -- >> as we look back live at the lobby, i'm not sure if you can make out there is an on obi one with his light saber and he it taking it back to his car. may the force be with you, live in king of prussia, i'm sara bloomquist, channel 6 "action news." >> no face paint allowed. what is the point? if you head out to see star wars "the force awakens" this weekend we want to you join the action,
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use the force if that doesn't work your cell phone to send in photographs of the lines, costumes and all the fun use #6abcaction or email us at jointheaction@6abc.com. a camden teacher became the recipient of an honor awarded today for the very first time. helen redman became the first tenured teacher of excellence at the leap academy charter school and was recognized for her work growing the academy and redman has been a teacher at leap since 2006. the centers for medicare and medicaid
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services recently asked patients to rate the quality of over 3.500 hospitals. fewer than 6% received 5 stars. among them was cancer treatment centers of america in philadelphia. cancercenter.com slash eastern.
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you got the eagles getting ready for the cardinals 11-2. it's interesting to see what the running back rotation will look like. eagles three back rotation murray is the forgotten man and still has value and could be a
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key factor down the road this season. >> with that million dollar smile the eagles $40 million man says he never felt so fresh late in the season, the reason? demarco murray is not running the ball as much as he is accustomed too, only 19 carries the last two games. >> you wish you had more opportunities to do what you do? >> you always want a chance to contribute as much as you can, but we are winning and that is all that matters. >> and the eagles won two straight, while murray has not come off the bench. >> i am never concerned about making an individual happy but our goal is trying to win the football game. >> so how does murray get more involved, he believes it starts on the practice field, murray
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says if he is more productive monday through saturday he will be more productive on sunday. >> you have to make the plays at practice and at the end of the day you have to make them in the game. >> murray is going the right direction on third downs, he is making more yards there than any other down, that is where he has to earn his money. >> as jim gardner was saying the anticipation is building and fans are painting their faces and it's the event of the year, not star wars, we are talking about temple and a bowl game. the owls departed for florida and they will face toledo in boca raton. it's star wars like excitement for them. >> you do it because you enjoy it and the program has not been to a bowl game in a few years and you have to sit back and
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enjoy it because the expectations are pretty high for years to come. the flyers host the canucks and steve mason is in goal and mason is his number one goalie but the backup is getting more playing times these days and mason is looking to get his game back on track. >> i have not played address well as i wanted and it's a struggle getting into the groove and that is my own doing, because of what happened in the beginning of the season, finally tonight bethany academy in bloomington, minnesota held a fundraiser in their communities, as a reward the school gave her three half-court shots to win a half year free tuition. her mom angela missed the first and her daughter graced second and with grace cheering her on,
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the shot is short but it bounces in and mama is not sure what happened. and gracie is going crazy too, mom just got the memo, it went in oh a half year of free tuition. how about that. >> she should have said that is how i meant to do it. >> of course. good story. >> cecily tynan with the accuweather forecast forecast when we continue in just a moment.
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rain moving out about time. >> it's out of here.
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>> done? >> yes, maybe a few showers overnight. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing you live that rain has moved off the coast, could still see a few showers later on tonight as the cold front moves through, but lets go live on sky 6 hd penn's landing and you can see there is still a lot of moisture in the air, in the form of fog especially right along the i-95 corridor, so visibility shows if you are driving around tonight you want to take it slow and use your low beams down to a mile and a half in philadelphia and a half mile in millville and trenton and wilmington down to a third of a mile and still warm out there, and currently in philadelphia, 56 degrees, our high is 57, 13 degrees above normal. wilmington 53 and trenton 55 degrees, satellite 6 along with action radar showing that steady soaking we had today most area a
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half inch to inch of rain, pushing off the eastern seaboard, here is the front and once the front moves through our winds will pick up and get rid of the fog, the call from accuweather fog and clouds, still mild and 39 in the suburbs, 45 for center city that is about our normal high for this time of year, tomorrow this front gets caught up and lingers off the eastern seaboard with another wave of low pressure developing along that, that means the clouds are tough to break east of philadelphia and eventually the clouds give way to afternoon sunshine and temperatures cooler than today and still relatively mild for december, 50 degrees and winds beginning to pick up from the northwest 10 to 20 miles per hour. and the winds will be whipping on saturday, high pressure is building in from the south and west with the low pressure intensifying and that pulls down the wind tunnel effect and the high of 42 degrees but wind
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gusts up to 30 miles per hour it won't feel anything like 42. 8:00 in the morning bundle up windchills of teens in the northwest suburbs and feeling like the 20s in philadelphia. and despite a good amount of sunshine in the afternoon, windchills remain below freezing on saturday. this is a one day shot of a winter chill because temperatures rebound pretty quickly on sunday, so the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast breezy tomorrow with afternoon sunshine and a high of 50 degrees, on saturday, 42 degrees which is our first time this winter -- this december, below average temperature with the wind gusts and the winds ease in time for sunday and mostly sunny and 46 and if you head to the eagles game it's a chilly night and kickoff 37 and by the fourth quarter 36 and bundle up monday winter officially begins and feels like
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spring, a high of 56 degrees, and then a warm and wet weather pattern, tuesday mild and rain arriving in the afternoon and evening, with a high of 60 and wednesday big travel day, it will be wet, but a record tying high of 66 and look at this on christmas eve, record shattering 64, last year, we'll be setting a new record high of 70 degrees, santa will go down the chimneys wearing shorts or bathing suits. >> abc world news with david muir is next on channel 6 and "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl 17 with brian taff, sharrie williams and adam joseph and join us for "action news" here at 11:00 on choice. i'm jim gardner, we hope you'll join us at 11:00.
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