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the 90's officially makes it a heat wave. today's high 97 degrees tying the hottest day so far this year. but this heat wave likely will last eight days so that will make it the longest heat wave of the year and it's definitely going to be the most intense. today the heat index soared up to 109 in philadelphia. the same in millville and wilmington. allentown and trenton 107. cape may 108 and reading 104 and the heat index likely tomorrow will be even higher. now, storm tracker6 live double scan slowing that we have been seeing some pop-up showers and thunderstorms, nothing severe right now. there is one right over i-95 near palmyra, another one crossing the new jersey turnpike north of mount holly and another cluster near west chester and there's a cluster of thunderstorms leaving hunterdon county right now. not really cooling things off, nothing severe but we do have some lightning, some thunder and some heavy downpours and unfortunately this excessive heat warning last through the weekend.
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the national weather service has now expanded it to include our entire viewing area. tomorrow could be even hotter than today and the heat index you can see around the i-95 corridor into south jersey and delaware 110. that would make it the hottest day so far this year. i'll talk more specifics coming up in the full accuweather forecast. brian. >> all right, cecily thank you. understandably the beach was the place to be today. the ocean provided some relief from the heat here in longport but get this, even ocean temperatures are nearing 80 degrees. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes live in fairmount park tonight. jeanette today was supposed to be the final day for city pools but the heat is bringing some change to that schedule. >> reporter: that's right, brian. it's not often that you hear people a little excited about the heat wave but it's mostly because of what it means. that means if you haven't had a chance to hop in the pool you might be able to do it now or the next few days. you know it's hot when pokèmon
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go fans call it a day before 33 even started. at what point does it get to be too hot. >> you can't catch pokèmon. >> reporter: the oppressive temperatures coupled with the humidity sent people racing to any body of water in hopes of cooling down. pennypack creek in southeastern philly and devil's pool in wissahickon valley were among the favorites but mander pool was the place for carl evans looking to improve his swimming skills and beat the heat. >> i like diving in and swimming. >> it's a hot day so we won't be as hot. >> just five dollars for the umbrella hat. >> reporter: over in center city, a different approach to battling the elements, an umbrella, no hands needed. >> sun hat. take the sun off your head and the rain off your brain. >> reporter: if you're anything like mandy ramirez who thinks simplicity is key you can go about it the old fashioned way. >> i sometimes bring a fan, a little fan so i can cool
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myself down. >> reporter: and mander pool did close earlier today because of the threat of thunderstorms. that would have been bad news if the city wasn't extending the pool opening a little longer. they were going to close 21 today but because of the excessive heat they'll only close eight. reporting live in fairmount park jeanette reyes channel6 "action news. brian. >> a little relief a little longer. thank you. philadelphia's corporation for aging heat hotline will remain opened through sunday as this excessive heat warning continues. there number (215)765-9040. operators can answer questions about heat stress or medical warning signs. the heat line is opened until midnight the next two nights and until 9 o'clock on sunday night. a six-year-old boy is fighting for his life tonight, one of four people caught in the crossfire of what police describe as a truly chaotic scene. several shooters firing between several cars without any apparent regard for where they were aiming.
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live at police headquarters tonight is "action news" reporter jeff chirico. applies are now offering a reward in this case. >> reporter: that's right, brian, that reward stands at $10,000. we just spoke with the boy's grandmother who says he is in critical but stable condition after surgeries to repair his intestines and colon but he'll need more surgeries on his left arm. meanwhile police here say they have a half dozen detectives on the grounds investigating but they can't do it alone. >> please come forward even if you don't want to give your name identify yourself. >> reporter: philadelphia police are pleading with the public to share whatever they know about the wild west-like shooting in germantown that left four injured including a six-year-old boy. >> even if they think the information is small and inconsequential, you know, we have some of the best detectives and investigators in the world. >> somebody needs to speak up and say something. people's children are dying for no reason. >> reporter: mahaj brown's grandmother says he was hit while riding in his
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godfather's car around 11:30 last night. police say gunmen in two vehicles fired 302040 bullets along the 500 block of east ashmead street. brown was expected to undergo several surgeries today. >> he was going home to go to bed from his grandmother's house, his mother's house and to get caught with assault rifles. >> reporter: neighbors woke to find bullet holes in their cars and homes. julian williams' front wall was struck twice. >> very lucky 'cause as you can see here if i was standing here it would have hit me right in the headism the shooting spree comes just days after a six-year-old girl was shot in west oak lane. police are offering $10,000 rewards for information about each case. parents here are on edge. >> i started crying. like 'cause it's just sad. kids walking outside getting shot and stuff. they can't play in they own environment and stuff like that. >> reporter: and investigators are considering several motives including an old turf rivalry. they're looking for a two-toned mercury mountaineer
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with roof rack running board and disruptive turn signal on the grille. if you know anything about either case you're urged to call 215-686-tips. reporting live from police headquarters, jeff chirico channel6 "action news. >> all right jeff thank you. for the first time in court jerry sandusky took the stand today. the convicted pedophile proclaimed his innocence at an appeals hearing in center county this afternoon. the former penn state assistant football coach says he deserves a new trial because his original lawyers did not provide him an adequate defense. sandusky says they talked him out of testifying the first time around. the appeals hearing is scheduled to last two more days. it will resume on august 22nd. pennsylvania attorney general kathleen kane's defense made a surprise move today. they rested their case without calling a single witness to the stand. "action news" reporter john rawlins was in court and as the story tonight -- has story from norristown. >> reporter: a smiling kathleen kane departing court today. earlier she told the judge she
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didn't feel the need to testify. her lawyers asserted in court know reasonable jury would convict her. >> very well satisfied with the trial. >> reporter: some of the toughest testimony against kane came from her former deputy adrian king and political consultant josh morrow. morrow testified under immunity he and kane were deeply involved in a grand jury leak that resulted in this 2014 daily news article as well as a coverup, a wiretap recording of morrow and a third party was released to back up morrow. >> kathleen called me today and she's like adrian has documents for you to leak out. [laughter] you know, and it's all (bleep) like frank fina killing a jerry mondesire investigation. >> reporter: why didn't attorney general opt to tell her side. trial attorney and former prosecutor joseph mcgettigan believers it would mean kane would have to convince the jury her top hand picked advisers were both lying. >> she would have had to directly call persons liars and say that they were perc
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percher?ing themselves. >> reporter: the alleged motive. while the defense is dismissive mcgettigan thinks the prosecution delivered on what it promised to the jury. >> demonstrated motive the mechanics of the leak and the leak itself and her knowledge of the wrongfulness of a leak. the only thing that's lacking and the jury -- but which the jury can infer is that she directed someone to put the specific material in a package to be disseminateddism the most serious charges again the attorney general two counts of perjury. they are felonies. closing argument will come on monday. then the jury will take over. in norristown, john rawlins channel6 "action news. >> police are trying to track down the man who beat up a septa driver on board his bus. investigators just released surveillance video of the august 3rd attack on the route 37 bus. the man gets off the bus on south broad street but 10 gets back on and punches the driver
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and bites him in the face. he slammed the driver's face into the dashboard and ran off. police have not said what started the fight. a gift from princeton new jersey is heading to nicaragua. airmen at joint base mcguire dix lakehurst loaded this fire truck onto a c5 plane today. the princeton fire and police departments are donating that truck to a group of volunteer firefighters in need of equipment. it's being transported through a program that allows organizations to use available space on military aircraft to delivered needed humanitarian goods. coming up at six tonight a five generation family business will soon close its doors for good. we'll have a look at the legacy of the piece of chester county history. jamb jaime apody live in south philadelphia for app special flight at citizens bank ballpark. jamie. >> yeah, a lot of phillies alumni going to be here tonight to honor jim thome as 38's member of the phillies wall of fame. we'll hear from ryan howard on thome and his influence on his
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career in a bit. cecily looks like it's going to start raining. >> we have a few scattered showers and thunderstorms around jamie and we have plenty of heat and humidity extending up and down the eastern seaboard. details on what to expect here, the shore and the poconos in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> cecily those stories and much more when "action news" continues tonight. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> main line landmark that has served generations of families is about to turn off the lights after more than a century in business. tonight the family that's owned it for 153 years is sharing some fond memories before looking to the future.
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"action news" reporter vernon odom has the story. >> reporter: the inventory at the fritz lumber company continues to dwindle. customers are still coming to this main line landmark even though word has spread that it will soon close forever. >> labor expenses, a lot of overhead that comes with this. there is competition and the economy has definitely hurt us. >> reporter: since the 19th century through five generations in fact the fritz family has owned and operated here in berwyn. starting out at 1863 as far suppliers and moving on into lumber and coal. the family grew to know their customers their families and their houses. a family member still reflecting on the enduring legacy of its family's business. >> we'll go the extra mile to find those things that not a lot of other places either don't know or don't really want to spend the time to do that. >> they had reputation and still do for selling the best
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lumber. that's still to this day. >> reporter: the fritz family has kept a fascinating scrapbook that documents decades of sales and agreements with the railroad that date back to the late 1860s. as their customer base grew far beyond the main line across chester county and delaware county on into the city of philadelphia. >> it's sad but it's true and as i said it's acceptance and once you come to that realization then it's -- it makes it a lot easier. >> reporter: on august 20, just a few days away, howard and his father will turn off the lights here, close the door and walk away into history that dates back to the civil war era. so, it is goodbye to a family business there has thrived and survived for more than a century and a half of american history. in berwyn, i'm vernon odom, channel6 "action news." >> children who had a scare at summer camp earlier this week were rewarded for their bravery he today. newport delaware police provided school supplies to
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the kids who were stung by wasps. many of these officers helped take care of the campers during the incident at rock wood park on wednesday. about a dozen kids were stung, three of them had to go to the hospital. thankfully none was seriously hurt. we are celebrating the life of carter merbreier the man you know fondly as captain noah and we invite you to join us. tune in sunday morning during the 10:00 a.m. edition of "action news" for a special tribute to captain noah's incredible career in children's television. we'll have videos, pictures interviews and so much more on his legacy that will continue to live on.
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>> sports director ducis rodgers joining us tonight. carson wentz really not a fine tuned machine just yet. we couldn't expect that but a lot to like. >> hopefully you'll see more of him sooner rather than later. eagles got a glimpse of their future last night. it was enough to get fans fired up. carson wentz made his debut.
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he still has work to do. the rookie played fearless. he rushed for 15 yards. went did throw an, wentz did throw an interception but overall he did show promise. >> it was fun. first opportunity running the two minute drill. i enjoyed that. haven't had a ton of reps in practice but it was fun out there. finally got to take some hits. been awhile since that's happened. overall i had a lot of fun out there. definitely some things to improve on for myself and as a team but overall it was enjoyable. >> as long as he keeps getting back up. the eagles are still waiting word on lane johnson. the right tackle did play last night. according to reports he's facing a 10 game suspension for a second failed ped test. head coach doug pederson is aware of the report. as of last night pederson said he had not talked to johnson about it. >> they're grown men and i got to treat them like grown men.
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if something like this happens you know it is unfortunate but sometimes you learn the hard way and, you know, we'll cross that bridge when that time comes. >> to baseball. the rockies are in town as the phillies begin a nine game home stand. before the game gets under way a former philly great will be honored. jaime apody joins us live from the park with more on jim thome. >> reporter: jim thome will be inducted as the 38th member of the wall of fame. take a look at this. this is the special jim thome banner that actually was just unfurled moments ago in center field over the ivy. thome a fan favorite here. he wasn't here for long but boy did he make an impact. he hit .260 with 101 home runs 281 rbi's in 391 games in philadelphia. let's not forget he also paved the way for ryan howard to take his job at first base and i talked to ryan about the impact that thome had on him. what is it going to mean to
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see jim thome honored tonight. >> i think it's great, man. thome, thome has been a guy who has been very influential on my career personally and to see him going into the wall of fame -- it's always a fun time and always a pleasure to be able to see him -- you don't even have to say a word you just look at him and start cracking up. >> reporter: there is the banner. it was literally just unfurled moments ago and for the ceremonies tonight charlie manuel will introduce his old friend thome. pat burrell will give thome a commemorative jersey. bobby abreu will unveil the plaque. planks theiplaque: cody asche t down. live at citizens bank park jim thome night jaime apody channel6 "action news. ducis. >> jamie thank you. olympic note the women's u.s. soccer team loses to sweden in penalty kicks. >> yeah, there was a rough one to watch. ducis thank you. summer campers got into the olympic spirit today.
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>> remember as a kid going to church one time and a priest got up to give the homily and he said you know how hot it is outside it's hotter than this in hell so be good. and that was the whole homily. you can give the same one tomorrow. >> that's the forecast. >> pretty much. >> it's stinking hot out there and it's going to get hotter over the weekend. but storm tracker6 live double
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scan showing that we do have some showers and thunderstorms popping up. right now there's a cluster over burlington county and it's moving pretty quickly to the east at about 35 miles per hour. it's right over the turnpike right now. 25 lightning strikes with this heading towards 206 so columbus juliustown georgetown, chesterfield all in the path of this storm it's not severe but we have had 25 lightning strikes with this, some very heavy downpours. the buildup of heat and humidity you can get some very intense storms. and today the hottest day so far this year. we tied in philadelphia. 97 degrees. allentown 94. trenton tying the record high of 96. wilmington 95. the atlantic city airport 96 degrees. and then you add the humidity, the heat index right now you can see the areas getting showers and cloud debris. cooler there. the heat index in philadelphia 97. we hit 109 earlier today before the clouds rolled in but south jersey and delaware,
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you're seeing lots of sunshine so the heat index in millville 107. atlantic city airport and wilmington and dover the heat index 104. satellite6 along with action radar showing that the track of the scattered showers and thunderstorms shifted a little bit farther down to the south today but looks like tomorrow it likely will lift up to the north so that means not a lot of activity tomorrow. tonight a spotty thunderstorm possible this evening but otherwise just uncomfortable. warm and oppressively humid, 74 in philadelphia, 80 or -- 74 in the suburbs, 80 in center city. there we go. and this is the weekend in a nutshell. it will be dangerously hot. tomorrow the high 98 degrees. the record high 99 so it's going to be close. the heat index 110. the hottest so far this year. and sunday not much better. 97 degrees the air temperature and the heat index all the way up to 107. so, i know i've been talking about the heat tips really through the summer but it's
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worth repeating. check on seniors and pets. the weather can be very tough with them. drink lots of ice water. if you're outside, seek shade and try to avoid the sun in the afternoon. if you don't have air conditioning, this is very important, you want to use a fan, open up the windows. do not use the fan when the windows are closed. that actually intensifies the heat, makes it like a convection oven. you got to open up those windows. if you're down the shore tomorrow looks like you'll be storm free tomorrow, 90 degrees the high. 92 on sunday with some isolated thunderstorms. the best chance of storms tomorrow will be in the poconos. 87 degrees. storms in the afternoon and sunday it will be humid with some thunderstorms and a high of 84. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, near record heat tomorrow, 98 degrees. a heat index 110. sunday 97, monday 93. now it looks that cold front i expected to move through on monday will washout. so that means the heat wave continues on tuesday with a
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high of 91 and even on wednesday, likely hitting a high of 90 so a hot day for the atlantic city air show. and thursday and friday temperatures may slip into upper 80's but really not a lot of relief, though tomorrow dangerously hot and humid. the longest heat wave of the year and definitely the most intense. >> yeah, okay, all right. cecily thanks very much. abc's world news tonight with david muir next here on channel six. hope you'll join me with sharrie williams adam joseph and ducis rodgers for "action news at 10:00 on phl17. and then right back here for "action news" at 11:00 on channel6. for jim gardner cecily tynan, entire "action news team, i'm brian taff. see you back here at 11 o'clock. >> ♪ i approve this message.
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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the deadly flash floods. vehicles swept away. and now flood alerts from new mexico to new england. and now the heat. it will feel above 100 in much of the country this weekend. also breaking this friday night, a crash on an american highway. a tractor-trailer crashing into a van. a mom driving members of a sports team. the two air emergencies. a deadly plane crash. investigators on the scene right now. and the midair scare -- jetblue passengers hitting severe turbulence. dozens rushed to the hospital. donald trump declaring president obama was the founder of isis. tonight saying he was being sarcastic. hillary clinton releasing her taxes, asking trump where are his? and the new polls out just tonight in the crucial battleground states.

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