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news" tonight. is a big downer from the folks at pepsi. officials at the soft drink giant announced they will eliminate between 80 and 100 jobs in the philadelphia area and they are blaming the fizz furloughs scarcely on philadelphias new beverage tax. live now is sara bloomquist. you have the details. >> reporter: jim, workers at this facility here at northeast philadelphia, a second in south philadelphia and wilmington, delaware received notices today and pepsi said it would eliminate 80 to 100 jobs due to slumping sales clearly blamed on the new beverage tax. they are down 40% in the city and up 15% in surrounding cities in the weeks since the beverage tax took effect. pepsi said this is not something we take lightly or want to do.
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and we are committed to working with the union and treating the individuals with the respect they deserve. supermarket owners and bottlers say they are praying the price with layoffs and furloughs. the money goes to fund pre-k programs. >> and the mayor fired back saying that the initiative created 250 jobs. the mayor spokesperson said in a statement. that the soda industry sunk to a new low today. they are holding hostage the jobs of hard working people in their battle to overturn the tax. if the tax went away the company would bring jobs back and they call it a scare tactic to keep other cities from enacting a
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similar tax. >> if they are still selling soda outside of the city, pepsi doesn't only distribute in side of the city i don't know why they are laying off folks i'm not sure. >> i would like to give the tax a year to be collected and see an actual impact. >> now, the teamsters released a statement. our worst fears are realized and called the layoffs devastating. sara bloomquist, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. the storms that moved through the tri-state area late today are now done, and we have yet to feel the full effect as we look at the ocean at sky 6 hd in cape may and we can tell you that our spring like weather is giving way to temperatures back to the 40s. and cecily tynan has the latest from double scan live radar and accuweather. >> double scan showing you this is 1:00 in the afternoon, a
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fierce line of storms stretching from harrisburg to washington, d.c., it blew through quickly at 60 miles per hour. and we had wind damage to the south but fort lately most of our viewing area the damage was limited. we needed to see more sunshine to get a lot of severe weather. but there was wind damage. quantico, virginia, 78 miles per hour and the same line reporting 76 miles per hour at dover air force base. those are hurricane force winds and ocean city new jersey, 60 and a platform ship on the delaware bay picking up a wind gust of 55 miles per hour. but the bigger issue with the system is the big change in temperatures, highs today feeling more like may than march. 74 in philadelphia 2 degrees shy of our record high. we set records in atlantic city a and allentown 68 degrees.
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and look at the temperatures, 30s and 40s and gusty wins, i'll talk about the big changes in the accuweather forecast. >> thank you. whenever storms move through rely on stormtracker 6 live double scan to show you where the heaviest cells are headed. one of many resources available all the time at 6abc.com/weather and remember our team of meteorologists will be working overtime to keep you informed and they post regularly to facebook and twitter. philadelphia police believe this man is behind the attacks against women in east philadelphia two incidents were caught on surveillance. in the e complex and knocked on doors until a 76-year-old woman answered hers and it's suspect struck her in the head and stole a cell phone and $9. hours later outside of the complex the same man shoved a woman to the ground and grabbed her purse and police believe he
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may also have an accomplish. and we told you the story of accused child molester and child pornographer on february 1st and now two women publically spoke out today. walter perez is live at the trailer park which is thomas's home. >> reporter: william charles thomas is not here my more hip bars on $750,000 bail. >> some how these two young ladies found the courage to come forward and urge anyone else victimized by alleged serial rapi rapist william charles thomas to come forward. >> want women all over the world to find courage and speak up and get the justice they deserve.
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>> the victims described as jm on the left and js on the right told police that thomas a handyman started to sexually abuse them at the ages of 7 and 4 respectively and that became a pattern of abuse that lasted for years. only now do they feel the strength to end the painful silence. >> not enough people come forward and speak up in situations like these. that is what makes it possible for the horrible predators to get away with these situations for so long. >> so far the now 58-year-old suspect is accused of sexually assaulting at least six children starting in the 1970s. the ensuing investigation turned up thousands of pieces of evidence from child pornography to childrens underwear and journals where he wrote of his alleged crimes.
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they say that they hope their decision to speak up inspires other victims. >> i fought the depression and an seitz and you can too. and wuchb one of the things you have been put through and i will no longer feel ta way. >> if you have further information about it case call the police or the bucks county da's office in bucks county. walter perez, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. a couple of courageous women. the naacp is seeking new trials for the machine operator convicted of manslaughter in the center city building collapse. and say that essential williams engaged in selective prosecution based on race when prosecutors failed to charge the white building owners and others. the da's office did not comment.
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protesters gathered outside of senator pat toomey's old office in center city philadelphia. the group called tuesdays with toomey normally meets every tuesday, since the office moved they chose to stan outside and let toomey foe they won't stop this. they are demanding that he meet with his constituents in a town hall forum. he was not here today he was in washington. grade school students made their plea for a new playground. the students of duckry school spoke to -- and how a new space would reduce bullying and create a better lifestyle. and they encouraged them to come up with ideas for the playground good and maybe we can have like a little farm and grow some
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vegetables and stuff and have healthy food. that is something a little different that i don't think anybody else has. lets look at that. >> the children took on the social issue as part of the young heroes outreach program. coming up new scans of joel embiid's knee revealed bad news about his fate for the rest of the season. it's the opening day at the atlantic city boat show you can find water craft. i'm nora muchanic coming up a look at what is here? cecily tynan returns with the accuweather forecast. those stories and more when "action news" continues tonight. hi
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christians around the world are marking the beginning of len. archbishop charles chap out oversaw the mass at the basilica of saints peter and paul. lent is reflection leading up to easter. it lasts for 40 days. and now they are psyching worker fs for a retail project. going up at ninth and shipley. they will hold a job fair at the lewis l. reading building at the 800 block of north french. chemical and lift operators are the jobs being sought. the job fair runs from 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. it is a sure sign that spring is not far away, it
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happens every year and today is the first day of the atlantic city boat show, fun to dream about a long lazy day on the water. nora muchanic has it all. >> reporter: imagine yourself in this beauty a stunning 45 foot motor yacht and two state rooms and every amenity. she is queen of the show at the atlantic city boat show where 500 boats and all kinds of water craft are on display. >> like a dream. >> like a canny store. it would be fun to have something like that. >> it's an annual show for the cheesemans. >> we go to the boat show and then to lunch and then back to 3
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. >> are you shopping today? >> no. >> it's check out the paddle board with a twist. >> steer with your hands, you can stop and rest and coast along. >> vendors are selling all kinds of boating and fishing gear. and workshops on boating and repair. and kids 15 and under get in for free and the show runs through sunday at the convention center. i'm nora muchanic, channel 6 "action news."
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news that sixers fans did
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not want to hear but somehow expected it may be coming. >> this was not unexpected. this was going to happen. the sixers ruled that joel embiid is out for the season and they have shutting him down and it shows while the bone bruise to his left knee improved and the meniscus tear is worse than thought. and head of basketball operations says that embiid's long-term health remains the team's primary objective. and they shipped defense man spark stripe to the linings. he spent three and a half seasons here and the 39-year-old provided plenty of leadership and immediately traded him to the penguins and now they get a fourth round and a seventh round
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draft pick and pulla hope he can be a leader as well. >> he will go a lon ways before you'll find a better person, better example for your young players. than mark straight. and everything i heard about l valteary similar traits. eagles coaches and front office staff are in indianapolis for the nfl combine and the draft is less than to months away and the wide receiver position needs to be a priority for the birds. >> we'll look and free agency starts in a week and then the draft and you build around the young quarterback now and we have to get better at all positions and we'll continue to evaluate and get better production from all of our spots. >> and there aren't many jobs to
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be won by the phillies and the positions are not set in stone and phillies --altary goes 3-4, they play to a 5-5 tie. jay wright has been cursed with best dressed. and he penned a book called attitude. he wrote with mike sheridan the head of operations and it's mostly about the championship run. >> what goes into writing a book? >> time rehashing stories and detailing stories and we live tropical disturbance together and putting your message in there. your message of leadership and culture in your program. so it was cool it was kind of like being in college again. >> what are wildcat fans going
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to learn reading this book? >> it's a really cool combination of reliving last season and a little bit before last season and how all the lessons in there that help to build our culture and teach leadership for everybody. that everyone has leadership in them and everyone has leadership responsibilities. >> notice that mike sheridan's is not in the same bold type. >> jay sells books but mike did a lot of work. >> you think he did most of it? >> we won't go there. the crew with the philadelphia zoo took advantages of the warm weather, the zoo was closed to visitors so the staff members could clean the grounds, putting down new wood chips and raked leaves and prepared the garden for spring and spent time indoors polishing and sweeping and the zoo reopens tomorrow.
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the storms gave us a break not as bad as we thought they would be. >> fortunately we need said the sunshine to destabilize the atmosphere and the cool weather is moving in. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing we have a few scattered light showers mainly across dover right now and the actual cold front is out to the west and this morning the problem though was fog, the action cam along wonderland pier in ocean city where the fog was dense. and fog along i-95 as well. and the cold front that sweeps through will bring us sunshine
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tomorrow but also a big cool down right now it feels more like may than march. 66 in philadelphia and down from the high of 74 and allentown 63 and wilmington 66 and cape may 60 with winds from the south and behind the cold from the winds shift from the northwest. satellite 6 along with action radar showing the storms ahead of the front and off the coast and the actual cold front is down in pennsylvania and that is blowing through tonight and when it does the wins pick up and they shift and drop down to the 40s and that is not bad and the winds are not fierce. and future tracker 6 showing tomorrow morning. this is what it's going to feel like with the windchills, make sure the kids find their winter coats and no shorts tomorrow morning and 27 in philadelphia and 32 in atlantic city and the poconos 10 degrees and the wins are with us all day tomorrow so even at 4:00, even with a good
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amount of sunshine, windchills are stuck in the 30s and a reminder that it is still ocly winter and 49 is the high and windchills in the 30s with wind gusts 40 to 45 miles per hour. and another reminder it's still winter and on friday a weak disturb an pulling through and that brings us a chance of rain and yes even snow showers with the potential for a grassy coating. and behind that system temperatures drop even more on saturday. so the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast good amount of sunshine tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny skies and windy and chilly though and the high of 49 with the windchills, and friday high of 42 and it looks like snow showers would be a morning event. beginning at 7:00 and 9:00 in the morning wrapping up around lunch time at 11:00 and 1:00 and a potential for light grassy coating and not expecting a big snow event and this win ter we
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have not seen much snow at all. and on saturday, the sunshine comes back and it's brisk and cold and afternoon highs stuck in the 30s, only 39 degrees and sunday not quite as intense but still on the chilly side. 47 degrees and morning sunshine and increasing clouds and heading into next week temperatures really turn around again, monday much warmer and increasing clouds with a high of 60 degrees and tuesday a little bit unsettled and mostly cloudy skies and the possibility of a shower or two. 63 and wednesday it looks really nice. partly sunny skies and mild with a high of 65 degrees. i'm still getting in new information about the weak disturb an on friday. and the update on the chance of a few snow showers. >> abc world news tonight with david muir is next on channel 6. and "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl 17. and please join us for a special
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report at 11:00 here on channel 6. nydia han has a preview. >> reporter: this is the video a luxury vehicle rolling down the driveway near olli missing the owner who says she is lucky to be alive. what the makers said and how the troubleshooters got them out of this car and into a brand new one. on "action news" at 11:00. >> and for ducis rogers and cecily tynan, i'm jim gardner we hope you'll join us for "action news" at 11:00.
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tonight, breaking news. the devastating storms hitting right now. 25 tornadoes already across several states tonight. at least five of those tornadoes, ef-3s. winds more than 150 miles per hour. tornado watches as we come on the air tonight as the system moves into the east. also tonight, president trump, new tone. what he said about hate in this country as the fbi investigates new cases since the election. and that emotional moment with the widow of the navy s.e.a.l. lost in that controversial raid. the manhunt right now for the suspect accused of killing this young nurse. authorities tonight releasing this surveillance. they want the public's help. two police chases. the driver and his pickup truck airborne.

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