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11 days after he was introduced and four days since his profane laced interview with the new yorker magazine, scaramucci offered his resignation to newly sworn in white house chief of staff john kelly who accepted. that was the official line. sources are saying that kelly told president trump today scaramucci had to go. kelly is now the gatekeeper in the west wing, the new chief of staff having been sworn in this morning and many expect the white house to be a much tighter ship under his supervision. time will tell. world news tonight with david muir will have much more on the latest shakeup inside the white house. that is next at 6:30 right after "action news". >> ♪ more subpoenaes have been issued in the ongoing investigation into possible misuse of health insurance plans in several jersey shore communities. the atlantic county prosecutor's office set out a grand jury subpoena to clerks
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in atlantic city, margate and ventnor on friday. they're requesting the birth dates home addresses and insurance information of all police, fire and city employees in those municipalities. the three communities were put on notice last month that they are under federal investigation. there is now a reward in the offing in the wake of saturday's sidewalk shooting death in the haverford township portion of ardmore. live john rawlins with an update tonight. john. >> reporter: well, jim, investigators are waiting on the results of a ballistic test to see if the shooter who was involved here in haverford township was also involved in an earlier nonfatal shooting in philadelphia. in the meantime posters like this one going up in haverford township a part of a full court effort here to try to identify and locate the man who was wearing a red hoodie on saturday evening. >> we need the public's help on this. >> reporter: authorities released an enhanced image of
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the suspect plus a new image that shows the man they are seeking without a hood over his head. there is also now a reward. >> the delaware county district attorney's officers in conjunction with the haverford township police are offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the shooter of john le. >> reporter: john le was at this pizza shop picking up an order his plan to walk a short distance to a friend's haverford apartment but along the way he crossed paths with that man in red who had a gun. >> some sort of confrontation, was it a robbery? we don't know that yet. >> his phone is missing. >> his phone is missing, yes and when we look at the video, it appears that a cell phone is in the shooter's hand as he's running away. >> reporter: less than an hour before the deadly encounter someone matching the description of the shooter had been confronted by neighbors in the overbrook section of philadelphia for acting in a suspicious manner. questioned by the neighbors the man responded with gunfire. >> i heard about 15 shots at least. >> reporter: remarkably no one was injured in that earlier incident. john le's family says the
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29-year-old temple grad had recently landed a job as an accountant. several times a week after work le could be found here fairmount park's sevenly woods disk golf course. >> john was a great guy. always a smile on his face very soft-spoken. >> reporter: soft-spoken but passionate about disk golf so much so he recently contacted an athletic shoe company with a proposal. >> sounded like he put together a little "shark tank" thing for them. >> reporter: the idea a shoe for disk golfers that would allow for an easy pivot. >> last thing he said to me was that he really hoped that they contacted him. >> reporter: so he was serious about that. >> he was. >> reporter: so, authorities want to find john le's killer. they hope people will study these images that have been widely distributed at this point. if you want to leave an anonymous tip call the citizens crime commission. that's 215-546-tips. that's 215-546-tips. live in haverford township, john rawlins channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, john.
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we continue to follow developments from bensalem where police have located the mother of a seven month old child left at a hotel this weekend. authorities found 34-year-old erica avila lopez at einstein medical center in philadelphia. officials say she was undergoing a medical procedure but they haven't given any details. police say her baby was discovered alone in a motel room just after 12:00 noon yesterday. surveillance video shows lopez leaving that hotel at 4 o'clock saturday afternoon. cleaning crews discovered the baby along with crack, heroin and drug paraphernalia. the baby was evaluated, now in protective custody. lopez faces charges including endangering the welfare of a child. a stray bullet hit a 17-year-old girl sitting in the living room of a home in feltonville late last night. the shooting happened at midnight along b street. an off duty officer told police he saw six men standing
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outside just before the shooting. they exchanged words. and then some of the men went into a home, came out with guns and started firing. the victim was that rushed to saint christopher's hospital but has since been released. fire damaged three homes in the north wood section of philadelphia late this morning. firefighters were called to the 5300 block of horrocks street just before 11:00. crews arrived to find smoke coming from a two-story building. you can see the extensive damage caused by the flames. they spread to two more homes. fortunately nobody was hurt in all of this and investigators have not said yet what sparked the blaze. is one of the country's most notorious drug dense soon to disappear? within 30 days, the area in philadelphia's so-called bad lands called the tracks will be completely bulldozed, cleaned up and fenced off. "action news" investigative reporter wendy saltzman first
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reported on this open air drug den in april and has these new developments today. >> reporter: this area has been dubbed ground zero for philadelphia's heroin epidemic. where users live and sometimes die. many call it home. they shoot up in areas like the lounge. hundreds of thousands of used needles litter the ground. >> you see a mirror over here where they cut their drugs. >> reporter: "action news" brought viewers on a tour of the tracks in april. now three months later the city and conrail launched a comprehensive plan to rebuild the area and build up the community. >> everyone standing with us will be working tirelessly to reduce the supply and the demand of the illegal narcotics in this neighborhood. >> reporter: the first steps began today as seen here from drone6 and will continue seven days a week for about a month. conrail will pay for the cleanup aimed at shutting down philadelphia's largest open air drug den. >> we're not just going clean up and leave. we're here for the long term. the cost is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of
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dollars. the city of philadelphia will help with the cleanup at a cost of about $90,000 for security, waste removal and building secure fences. >> the whole key is to be able to get them to stop going down there where they get hit down into the track area where we can't find them. >> reporter: the efforts come on the heals of a dea report that found fatal did you go overdoses skyrocketed 37 percent in 2016. a journey not just to curb the sale illegal narcotics but also focused on getting help for the addicts by supplying recovery and housing resources for those in need. >> people under the bridge they need our help. they're fighting a disease and an ailness. they're somebody's child, family member. >> reporter: conrail says they've tried multiple times to clean up this area as recently as 2013 and 2015 but they say within weeks the drug dealers and addict return. the go now is to give this community hope and a long term solution. in kensington, wendy saltzman channel6 "action news."
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>> a judge has found man guilty in the murder of a bensalem teenager three decades ago. today 56-year-old george shaw was convicted of third degree murder in the death of barbara rowan. rowan was just 14 when she was killed in 1984. shaw faces a maximum 27 years behind bars. the sentencing date hasn't been set yet. the body of a swimmer who got swept away in the ocean off point pleasant beach ocean county has been recovered. 24-year-old susanna oravcova of slovakia disappeared while swimming with a friend at 2:30 sunday morning. two off duty lifeguards found the body at 11:45 last night along ocean beach two in toms river. there was a dangerous rip current warning along the jersey shore this weekend. new jersey governor chris christie's trip to a public beach during the government shutdown drew international attention. now a proposed law aims to stop it from happening again.
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the democrat led assembly passed a measure that would force the governor's beach house to close during a shutdown. a second measure would keep state parks opened. those bills still need to be debated in the state senate. a measure to pay state workers furloughed during the budget dispute also passed today. governor christie has said that he will sign that bill. delaware's senior senator tom carper is seeking a fourth term. carper announced his run for reelection in a campaign fundraiser e-mail during a cable news interview carper said that he was considering retirement before last year's presidential election but when president trump's victory carper says he still has work to do and is more motivated than ever to serve. a beloved member of the "action news" family was honored today for her longstanding commitment to the community. lisa thomas-laury was celebrated during a luncheon today at the green valley country club in lafayette
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hill. the former "action news" anchor was praised for had your groundbreaking work in journalism and her effort to empower girls. sharrie williams served as emcee for the event. it was part of gerald henderson jr., part of his charity golf invitational. coming up on "action news" tonight, family members grieve for the victim of a deadly shooting following a violent weekend in wilmington. and the sixers number one draft pick takes in a game at the ballpark and, yeah, he threw out the first ball. and we get his prediction for the sixers for this coming season. cecily. >> after yesterday's relatively cool high of 83 we warmed up to 88 degrees and as we head into august, get ready for another heat wave. i'll explain in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> those stories and much more when "action news" continues tonight. >> ♪
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and switching has never been easier. get out of your contract with up to a $500 credit to help cover your early termination fee. go to fiosgigabit.com >> the city of wilmington has just experienced a weekend that included nine shootings. of course the city has recently gained the reputation of being a haven for gun violence. this weekend did nothing to disspell that. here is "action news" reporter vernon odom. >> reporter: the makeshift memorial for homicide victim david bailey aged 23. he was gunned down friday afternoon in the 700 block of south van buren. his grieving cousin held a vigil at the murder scene today. >> that's how this city is man. you can't really bring somebody back from that. but i love you bro'. it's only us, you know. i owe you bro'. >> reporter: the bailey murder touched off a staggering string of shootings across wilmington over the weekend. by 11:59 last night a total of nine shootings spread out here
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in a total of six separate incidents. crafts men were placing the glass on the door after it was hit with bullets last night at the landmark kingswood community center. the center was not the target a motorist sitting at the stop sign last night on about we are street was hit in the arm with a stray bullet. this community center an all purpose agency that has served this area for more than 70 years. >> it is frustrating because today we have to clean up the mess, we have to replace the glass, limit our services to the community. we're here to serve the community so it's frustrating. >> we were doing very well for awhile. things were trending down. we're in it for the long run and then obviously when you have a weekend like this it's disappointing but you got stay to the plan look at what you're doing, you follow up on it, prevent retaliatory shootings. >> reporter: many of the townspeople continue to be horrified by the violence that shows no sign of stopping. >> these younger people that are doing it that have no value whatsoever for life and
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no fear. >> reporter: tonight wilmington still relatively new police chief robert tracy says they're close now to making an arrest in at least one of these shooting cases. at police headquarters in wilmington, i'm vernon odom, channel6 "action news." >> dozens of kids from philadelphia, delaware and montgomery counties are learning all about law enforcement. this is the camper's first full day at troop k camp cadet. the kids range in age from 11 to 14. they spent the morning learning about crime scenes. pennsylvania state police showed them how to dust for fingerprints and when the young people graduate friday, they'll be certified in cpr and they will have gained new tools that will carry them throughout life. >> ♪ [ indistinct chatter ]
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since the moment he was drafted and fultz, yes, sticking by it again today at the phillies game. now we know the sixers guard can dribble a basketball but a baseball? yeah, here he is in the phils dugout taking in his first phils game and throwing out the first pitch. hits the phanatic in the mitt. afterwards he's not walking away from the sixers playoff guarantee he's been waking. you sticking with that guarantee. >> definitely. my confidence is high. it's nowhere near cockiness. it's just me having confidence. i believe in what the coaching staff can do. i think everybody believes we can make it. >> haven't been here that long. what makes you feel that strongly. >> just the talent level that was here before i got here. just seeing the staff what they can see and what they can draw up. >> got to love that confidence. the phillies have been wheeling and dealing since wednesday. the phils have made four trades including this today sending reliever joaquin benoit to the pirates for a
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minor league closer. odubel herrera flipping the switch against the braves this weekend. herrera seven hits and two homers in the series including this today in the third, the three run shot upper deck. herrera has been a punching bag at times this year. today in a fun way. tommy joseph punches this into the gap here in the fourth. joseph with three hits. phils jump out to a five-nothing lead. braves making it interesting. phillies fighting them off in the seventh maikel franco this goes into the upper deck as well. atlanta now they would get within one. they are threatening to take the lead in the ninth. they get out of it. phillies hang on to win seven-six. they sweep the braves. they have won five straight for the first time since april and by the way, they're no longer the worst team in baseball. >> that's great. i mean, you know, four game sweep right before we go on a nice long flight, too, so puts everybody in a good mood. you know, it says a lot about this team, a lot of people contributed to these four
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wins. you know, anywhere from up and down the lineup to the bench, bullpen, starters, you know, it was really fun to be a of the -- part of. >> eagles they have the day off from training camp. tomorrow they return with live hitting and tackling for the first time. by the way the eagles signed backup corner at any taye glover at right. owls kiking off training camp tomorrow under first year coach collins. today the owls talking about the upcoming season. temple with a tough one. less than five weeks they open on the road at notre dame but coach collins is pumped. >> excited, you know, as -- as big of a college football fan that i am and have been all my life, you know, that's a historic of a program as there is in college football. to just walk out on that tunnel and play, it's exciting. >> one of the exciting story lines at camp will be who will the starting quarterback be. they have to find a starter
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here in camp. >> thank you jeff. coming up on "action news" cecily tynan with the accuweather forecast. the week ahead. when we continue in just a moment. >> ♪ why visit great wolf lodge?
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the only we're missing is you. >> cecily tynan in the accuweather forecast. >> and things are going to be heating up. back into the 90's for a good portion of the week. today though pretty nice day. the action cam taking a look at independence hall. it was a great day to go to philadelphia dollar a little bit of sight seeing. also a great day to be on the beach. we are live on sky6 taking a look cape may blue kiss and sunshine, pretty big boat out there. seas a little bit on the rough side but if you're on vacation
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down the shore, this week, you have picked a great week. because we have heat wave number six on the way. temperatures climbing back into the 90's. it's going to get more humid and then a cold front will bring us the risk of some storms late in the week and to start the week. right now it's warm out there. not all that humid. philadelphia 88. allentown 87. cape may currently 81. wilmington 85 and trenton 86 degrees. so, satellite and action radar showing that we do have mostly sunny skies. there's been one little downpour that's snakes over the poconos. it is really beginning to -- there you go fizzle out right now but generally we have quiet conditions here. however, down across florida it's very different. we have got a tropical system. it became tropical storm emily earlier today. moved on shore in florida and some areas up to 8-inches of rain. now, tropical depression emily will be picked up by a trough and what this means it will be heading out to sea.
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so it's no immediate threat to us but as we head into the middle of the week and towards the weekend this could cause some rough surf and some rip tides as well so you do want to be careful. tonight mostly clear a pleasant night 65 degrees in the suburbs, 70 degrees for center city and this is the theme this week. building heat and humidity. temperatures climbing up into the low 90's and then as we head towards the weekend a cold front will bring us cooler air. also the possibility of some showers and thunderstorms. so down the shore tomorrow enjoy it. slightly humid. lots of sunshine. you will be getting a little bit of a sea breeze. not quite as warm as inland and atlantic city 85. beach haven surf city 84, ocean city 85. that ocean temperature pretty comfortable 75 degrees. rehoboth and bethany beach 86 degrees. lots of sunshine. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, it gets hot tomorrow. 91 degrees. o slightly humid but dewpoints generally in the upper 50's so not all that bad. wednesday mostly sunny, hot
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and humid with a high of 92 degrees. thursday again 92 degrees. it will be humid, three days in a row, officially makes this a heat wave. we could hold onto temperatures in the 90's one more day on friday. 91 degrees and then there's a cold front moving in. at this point looks like the best chance of showers and thunderstorms will be saturday morning and then as we head into the afternoon some sunshine. temperatures begin to drop. 84 degrees and sunday second gorgeous sunday in a row. you liked yesterday? you'll like next sunday. low humidity, comfortably cool, 82 degrees and monday sun mixing with clouds for a high of 83 degrees. so, the bad news is if you don't like it hot another heat wave is on the way. the good news is four days and temperatures in the low 90's not that bad. >> it's summer time. >> yeah, heading into august supposed to be hot. >> yeah. all right. coral coral directors have taken over.
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joy of singing going on at the crown plaza valley forge. music teachers are gathering for a fun day. they practiced their dance moves and learned about some great classroom materials for elementary school students. tomorrow the event will focus on middle and high school choirs. the world news tonight abc's "world news tonight" with david muir next on channel6. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff sharrie williams adam joseph and ducis rodgers. and 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 for "action news" at 11:00. >> ♪
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tonight, breaking news. forced out. after just 11 days on the job at the white house, the new communications director, anthony scaramucci brought in to clean house, is pushed out himself. the new chief of staff, general john kelly is in, and how the white house is explaining all of this tonight. also at this hour, tropical storm emily hits. the state of emergency. thousands without power. the outrage tonight. the young man accusing deputies of tasing him unnecessarily. dozens of times while in custody, saying he suffered from 40 taser burns on his body. taking down a passenger plane. what authorities are now saying about the alleged device. the escape. a dozen inmates bre

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