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underway. >> reporter: hi there monica, a beautiful winter scene behind me, we are waiting for the first fire works to start flying, these people were lucky enough to buy tickets to watch it while ice skating and if you come over here you'll see the thousands of people that lined up along the delaware river on both sides to watch the fireworks about to get underway, no matter where you are watching it's a spectacular way to ring in the new year. >> happy new year! >> the new year is almost here and here at winter fest, plenty of people spent a fun filled afternoon skating in circles and enjoying the company of family and friends and looking forward to a new year to come. >> i'm looking forward to this new year and hopefully a little better than last year. >> i am looking forward to new things happening. >> like what, what do you want to happen. in 2016, i have tickets to go to
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disney world. >> that is big. >> not far away on columbus avenue, lapegs restaurant is hosting a crowd, they have close to 550 for a concert at the theater next door and some stay on for a decadent dinner next year. >> it's a caviar sauce and it's really getting decadent tonight and add in specialty drinks and nice red wine, of course they expect to go through lots of sparkling wine as well. two fireworks shows at 6:00 and then at midnight, lighting up the new years night over the delaware river. every year gets bigger and better and this year we invested more in the shows and more are coming out to the 6:00 show and it's as big as the one at midnight, it's a great way to celebrate the new year. >> happy new year!
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>> reporter: and back here live at penn's landing, we are waiting for the first show to start and this will feature songs from the star wars sound track and we have seen a lot of light sabers here at penn's landing and the next show is midnight tonight and skate all lay and ring in the new year by skating at winter fest all day tomorrow. have fun and stay safe. guys want to help me. one, two, three! >> happy new year! >> i'm sara bloomquist, channel 6 "action news." police commissioner charles ramsey and seth williams reminded folks to put their gun as way on this festive holiday, celebratory gun fire will not be tolerated. >> all of you know the reports of some threats made toward new york, washington and los angeles, there have been no direct threats made toward philadelphia but that doesn't
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mean we don't need to be vigilant. >> there is a crack down on drunk drivers are w check points and roving dui teams. and now accuweather, adam joseph what can revelers expect in the weather world? >> a light chill with the northwesterly wind and temperatures today well above average and no precipitation falling from the sky, high temperature today in philadelphia, 52 degrees and 49 in allentown and 54 in wilmington and wildwood and upper 40s to the north and west and december as a whole running 14 degrees or so above average. this is historic record warmth by far for the warmest december in philadelphia's history, more than or less than half of the month temperatures were in the 60s and 70s and seven record high temperatures and not one flake of snow whatsoever. as we look at satellite and radar precipitation is down to the south and a decent amount of cloud cover but breaks here and
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there. as we say happy new year to 2016 your temperature at 43 degrees and windchills in the mid-30s and at midnight the temperature at 40 and speaking of the fireworks i want to pull them in because they started lighting them up into the sky at penn's landing and again no rain like we did this time last night. so grabbing a great show at penn's landing at the present time. as we look at what is ahead. a cool start to january tomorrow and the sunshine will dominate through the upcoming weekend and then our first arctic air will pull in from the north. we'll talk about the dropping temperatures coming up in just a little bit. >> we want to take you back here to see the sights and sounds at penn's landing, they have so gorgeous on the delaware river, and a record crowd enjoying them. bringing the children out because they can't stay up until
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midnight in most cases, look at that how beautiful. >> now on to when 2016 does arrive, it's time for another philadelphia tradition, the mummers day parade. the mummers held their annual mass at mt. carmel church. this is one of the finest events before the mummers strut down broad street tomorrow morning. we invite you to ring in 2016 with us here on 6 abc, you can tune in at 8:00 for dick clark's rockin eve and at 11:00 "action news" and then 11:30 back to times square in new york for the ball drop and the start of the new year. now, to a developing story, two women were injured after an apparently unprovoked shooting in the hunting park section of philadelphia.
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a man walked out and shot the woman on the block, it happened on north 7th street and one woman was struck in the neck and rushed to the hospital in critical condition and the other victim suffered a graze wound and the police have the suspect in custody. a nasty shooting left an elderly way fair woman in the hospital. the 75-year-old had finished her grocery shop and grabbed her purse and stole $400 and shot her in the face, john rawlins has more. >> thank god she is okay. >> lieutenant dennis rosenbaum talking about the 75-year-old may fair woman shot in the face this morning, she was return frgt shop-rite with two bags of groceries when she was jumped by an armed robber on the 7100 block. >> there was a struggle and a shot was fired, she was hit in the face and neighbors called police and the wounded 75-year-old picked up her
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groceries and made her way home. blood spots marking the sidewalk. >> put the grocery as way and waited for the police to come and take her to the hospital. >> those that know her she say lunch room aide. >> she is stubborn and walked home. >> she say very determined lady. >> very, very she works with 5 to 10-year-olds all day long. >> she was shot in the cheek and walked two and a half some blocks home. >> i am taken with this. >> it's hoped that the victim is out of the hospital soon and told the detectives that her assailant was a hispanic if his 20s or 30s, at northeast detectives, john rawlins, channel 6 "action news." radnor police are asking for your help finding a man wanted in connection with an armed
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robbery and an arrest warrant it wanted for kenneth jones, on december 17th police say he approached two workers on a property at pine tree road and that jones robbed the pair at gun point and fled on foot. >> radnor township offered a $7500 reward leading to kenneth jones' arrest. bill cosby's defense team is vowing to fight the fell think charge against him and prosecutors say that cosby gave pills and wine to a former temple university employee before sexually assaulting her at his cheltenham home in 2004. and he was released on 1 million there's bail after arraignment yesterday. her attorney says she doesn't understand the report that he appeared frail. >> he is 78 years old and is blind and he uses a cane and
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requires assistance because of that and he is in good spirits and expects justice in this case. >> though dozens of women accused cosby of assault, this is the first time he was charged. philadelphia is boasting its lowest unemployment rate since april 2008, mayor michael nutter announced it dropped to 5.9%, according to november labor statistics, more than 650,000 residents are now employed. that is terrific. there are almost 40,000 more jobs in philadelphia since nutter took office in january of 2008 and today in city hall during his final news conference, he touted other successes during his time in office. >> the fact is that philadelphia is safer today than it was the day before i came into office and the fact is, there is more educational funding report for
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schools than there has been at any other point in time. >> nutter hands over the reins to jim kenney on monday. coming up on "action news" tonight a newark man gets the gift of life from an unexpected source that story is ahead. and the eagles prepare for the final game of the season under their interim coach, pat shermer. >> and enjoy a spectacular view of the fireworks at penn's landing and we'll talk about the second round of fireworks at midnight. >> all right thank you. those stories and more when "action news" continues tonight.
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the clock is ticking for the owners of a home where more than 140 cats were found here in pitman county. they gave neil chatman 30 days to clean up the property or demolish it. they reported a strong ammonia smell coming from it and found one of the worst hoarding situations. the cats are up for adoption. for a california father it was a year for a second chance thanks to a gift from an unexpected source. >> for six years terry was on a dialysis and transplant waiting list but -- >> only had one call. still terry never gave up hope during all of that time he helped nurses like joanne smith when new patients came in to the
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clinic in newark. >> they meet me and i talk about the options. >> and terry shared his personal experience with dialysis and the clinic. >> and then it struck joanne she could give more than verbal support she could give a kidney. >> was in church in line for communion and terry's name came into my head, i thought why did i not think of him. i didn't know if i was a match for terry. >> she started the testing and joanne when to terry's house to tell him. >> he said i'm on the list i'm probably getting a kidney soon and i said you are, i'm giving you one and nothing. he said it this for real.
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>> on august 27th terry got joanne's kidney and terry was better than he was in 20 years. >> you get your life back. >> and he will get to meet his grandchildren. >> joanne was not nervous and felt it was meant to be and terry hopes that people will give more of themselves in 2016, the impact you can have on someone's life is immeasurable.
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eagles and joins on sunday and of course with all the upheaval there is a game to prepare for. >> why? because. not a stretch to say the eagles are happy to see 2015 go, the resolution i hope to win more than they lose. they could start off on the right foot on sunday under this guy's guidance, pat shermer spoke for the first time since
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being named interim head coach. he clearly wants the job but it's not the time and place to campaign. >> at this point my focus is on sunday, we all know change is in the air and we'll just have to talk about those decisions as we move forward. i'm certainly excited to help finish out this year, it's unfortunate that mr. lurie felt like a change was necessary. >> he is a great coach, someone that is accessible and he knows how to lead men and i think he has done a great job throughout the course of the year. >> shermer has the task of putting this week behind him and play a meaningless game on sun at the meadowlands. >> we are preparing for the giants and he has done a good job of being candid and open and
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up front and talking about the elephant in the room and we all have a job to do and a big task this weekend and that is all we can focus on. >> remember when the orange bowl was a draw on new years day and now it's a bigger draw a night earlier given the implications. now an upset brewing as oklahoma is leading undefeated clemson, and tonight is alabama facing michigan state, kickoff on espn. and the winners face each other on january 11th in glendale, arizona. villanova has plenty of reasons to celebrate tonight. they sent the 2016 squad out in style hosting undefeated xavier at the pavilion. caps made a statement upsetting
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them in blow outfashion, their first win over a top ten team in a decade. la salle happy to see 2015 go, florida gulf coast build up points and zach johnson with the lay-up and the foul and they are 4-6 and bruiser flint ready for 2016. today despite a nice effort they lost their opener to unc wilmington 75-63. >> thank you happy new year to you. >> to you too. you can take "action news" with you into the new year, load up your mobile devices you got over the holidays with our 6 abc apps, you can see storm tracker any time or watch your abc programs on the go, they are available for free at 6abc.com/apps.
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the republicans in harrisburg were fighting each other over the state budget. that's right. each other. the republican state senate passed a responsible budget that "begins" to fund education but the republican house of representatives has insisted on a budget that fails to fund education and balloons the deficit. call your legislator, tell them to pass a budget that's right for pennsylvania. 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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plus, with a 2-year agreement, fios gives you $400 back, and all the premium movie channels for a year. so go online or call now for this great offer. get out of the past. get fios. no precipitation to worry about for new years, no wet and no white. >> yes and that is a good thing after two weeks of on and off rain and clouds. we look at double scan live radar on this new years eve all things are looking good and no colors on the radar but many of you see them in the sky here tonight as they lift off the fireworks wherever you may go. as we look at the december to remember, so to speak, for our area. philadelphia average temperature this month came in at 51.3 degrees.
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and that is more typical of a december for charleston, south carolina, savannah, georgia and austin, texas. what we experiences this december is what the deep south typically sees during this month. 44 in trenton and 42 in allentown and 50 in sea isle city and 34 in the poconos. and a wind in the north northern westerly direction and that is cutting temperatures back and 37 in reading and allentown and 40 in philadelphia and 40 in millville. not too bad considering we are just about to head into january. satellite and radar shows a few breaks in the cloud cover this afternoon and you can see the leading edge of the thicker clouds philadelphia to the south, as we look at the windchills with future tracker at midnight tonight as we head into the new year, feeling like
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36 in philadelphia and 30 in allentown and 30 in reading and upper 30s to the south and early tomorrow morning as the mummers start their strut down broad street, if you head down there a couple of things to keep in mind, there is a wind and if are you on the shady side, it feels leak freezing in philadelphia, bundle up and just above freezing in the southern areas. and the forecast for the mummers parade, the westerly wind keeping windchills in the 30s even into the afternoon despite the temperatures going into the middle 40s. if you are in the direct sun definitely going to feel better than that, so try and find a sunny spot if you can. new year's day itself. a good amount of sun and 46 is where we top it off and it's going to feel chilly but it's 5 degrees above average and saturday a chill in the air at
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43 and sunny and we are awaiting the first arctic front than drops high temperatures in the 30s for next week. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast, 46 tomorrow, lose a few degrees on saturday but then gain them right back here on sunday and sunshine dominating especially over the weekend, then as the front pulls through own monday, a flurry or two, especially the lehigh valley and the poconos a high of 39 and the colder air so far comes in on tuesday. 34 degrees and many of the suburbs begin tuesday morning in the teens and a chill despite a bump back up on wednesday and we moderate the temperatures here on thursday at 46 degrees, and maybe a floating flurry or two. and dry the next seven day and typical for january. >> thank you so much. the count down to new years came early for adorable children in cherry hill.
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>> three, two, one! happy new year! >> they were ready these little ones enjoyed party hats and noise makers and figured out how to blow a big clock counting down and studentses and teachers enjoyed it all to get the youngsters into a new beginning without missing bedtime. world news is next here on channel 6. and "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl 17 and join us for "action news" here at channel 6 at 11:00. for the entire "action news" team i'm monica malpass have a good night. see you back here at 11:00.
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breaking news tonight. the skyscraper inferno on new year's eve. the 63-story luxury hotel, engulfed in flames near the world's tallest building. and one of the most famous fireworks displays. height alert on new year's eve. the home grown terror plot broken up by the fbi. the alleged isis supporter, planning to kill people celebrating the new year. desperate situation. the death toll climbing. hundreds of homes and highways under water. new warnings as rivers rise to even higher levels affecting more states. family fugitives. the wealthy mother of the so-called affluenza teen, hauled back to the u.s., arriving from mexico in handcuffs. her son, in a mexican jail, fighting extradition. and, u-turn. the family in tears. their plane, about to take off without them.

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