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of land in manayunk, known as venice island, a 46 million dollar makeover has pavered the way for a new rec center, but carved out the space for a new plan to move runoff to the schuylkill. john rawlins here with more. >> reporter: odd but interesting. it's an enormous undertaking. this is the pump house, the city had to build that to make certain starts of clean water. they had to have it. we'll explain in a moment. and then a basketball court or a tennis court or something and then the amphitheater, and finally to my left, your right, what they consider the jewel in the crown, a performing arts center. >> you heard right, they are celebrating keeping sewage out of the schuylkill.
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collecting and streaming sewage, has started this ribbon cutting, beneath the new basketball court and parking lot, a giant underground tank. >> down below us 25 to 30 feet, the tank is 75 feet wide, wider than this parking lot, this is it, a man made caf earn longer than a football field that can hold contaminated water that would normally have run off into the river during a storm. >> it's unacceptable. >> this water gets collected and sent to treatment. if this water project is the meat and potatoes then this is the dessert, a new 250 seat performing arts center. >> replacing an antiquated rec center, they decided that manayunk could use a theater, managed by the city's park and
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recreation department. >> a jewel for philadelphia. >> a performing arts venue that is affordable and accessible and available to all. >> well, if you want to check out this newest attraction in manayunk, they will have an open house soon, an orchestra and a theater troop and a dance group, saturday 10:00 until 2:00, this saturday october 11th. john rawlins, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. a serious crash in absecon sends three people including to children to the hospital. it happened here at pitney road and hobart avenue. it caused a car to flip over and her little 5 and 6-year-old children were flown to the hospital. the so-called drunk uncle akutzed of putting his 8-year-old nephew behind the wheel. 58-year-old clarence harrison admitted to being drunk when he
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put the child on his lap and let him steer. they found him with a beer can in his hand and a 9-year-old child unbuckled in the backseat. harrison will be sentenced in december. philadelphia police are looking for a woman that allegedly sucker punched another woman in a bar in west oak lane this. is video from last wednesday inside of whispers bar. the suspect walked behind a woman sitting behind the bar and started punching her. when witnesses tried to break up the fight she hit her with a pine glass in the eye. the men here stole two iphones from the game stop on the 1200 block of mcdade boulevard yesterday. the men walked in and acted like they wanted to buy the phones, when they started to enter the information into the computer, the man shoved him out of way and grabbed the phones and ran.
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>> they are trying to figure out the cause of a fast moving flames at a philadelphia row home this morning. this was the scene of west dolphin street just after 3:30 a.m. flames gutted the first and second floors, it appears the building was vacant and nobody was injured. the head of the pittsburgh hospital of veteran as faired is one of four senior officialed fired today. they got rid of officials in alabama, georgia and washington, d.c., the agency sites allegations of data manipulation and conduct unbecoming. they are under fire for long wait times and coverups at their facilities. they were specifically designed to make it easier for drivers to pay attention to the road but it turns out the hands free gadgets could be jeopardizing your safety. karen travers has the details. >> it's engraved in every
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driver's head, don't text and drive or talk on your cell phone. but what about hands free technology is actually worse. they say distracted driving is responsible for 33,000 fatalities each year. >> some of these voice based technologies are stealing attention from the driver so they are not paying attention to the road. they looked at voice activated system from six different auto makers. >> play cd. >> call john doe -- >> the less accurate the system, the more distracted the driver, scoring the best was toyota, its system is the same level of mental distraction as listening to a book on tape. >> whatever i said it got it right the first time.
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>> the most distracting was the system used by chevrolet, but they say that the study found no correlation to increased crash risk and aaa looked at apple siri and that surfing and apps on social media was even more distracting than any other the auto system. >> reporting from washington, karen travers, channel 6 "action news." well, if you take a trip to the jersey shore today your journey on the atlantic city expressway will be cheaper, starting today and every tuesday, tolls are waived at egg harbor and pleasantville plaza. it's a new campaign to encourage people to head to the shore during the week. now lets go with matt
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pellman in the traffic center. in many spots, yes indeed. some activity on the expressway, now the speeds are back up to pace, enjoy the eastbound ride with the toll free conditions, meanwhile a crash in middletown township along 352 at pen way, with the normal southbound slowing on 95 and northbound slow on the blue route 276, and new gardidn't chester county, a wreck closing newark road and outside on the schuylkill expressway, a typical eastbound backup here in king of prussia from 202 to the conshohocken curve, if you are head to the wwe smack down at the wells fargo center. we are all excited about that. >> and in newark, the inbound trains dealing with delays. >> i know are you headed there rick and monica. >> can't wait to go to the mack
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down. they have a great buffet. >> i don't want to know. still ahead on "action news" for you tonight. a new jersey football team sidelined for what happened off the field. we'll have the details. it may look like a canoe ride but they are learning valuable lessons from the environment and a new program, lisa thomas-laury has the story coming up. >> we are tracking a round of rain and a few thunderstorms as they pass through, we'll have the timing in future tracker and the accuweather forecast. >> jaime apody with eagles news as the birds start preparing for the match-up against the giants, those stories and more when "action news" comes
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it's a decision we feel firmly. >> i feel badly for the cheerleaders and the marching band and other players that are being punished for not doing anything. >> the local prosecutors are now handling the investigation. the eagles are back at work getting ready for the showdown against the divisional rivals, the giants. jaime apody here now. >> despite a 4-1 record the eagles are playing the blame game, he is not going to make a change at corner back despite the fact thalt birds gave away 14 touch downs on the pass, the most in the nfl. pat sherman was forced to point out we are 4-1 with nick foles as our quarterback, his play is just okay, that is not good enough after a season where he threw 27 touch downs with just two interceptions, so far he is having trouble connecting with
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his receivers with his deep ball. >> i'm not afraid of throwing the deep ball i like throwing the deep ball, as a quarterback you like letting loose and you can't let the start of the season not being good at it scare you. >> it appears that michael kendricks was back at practice, but looks are deceiving, all he did differently today was wear his helmet, he sat out entirely but expects to play on sunday. eagles lost their former voice, bill campbell passed away at 91. >> meeting bill campbell for the first time as a young broadcaster coming into the city and working on news and sports on a small fm station i finally met him at a luncheon and i when
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home and said to my mom, you are not going to believe this but he said to me hi merril, he knows me. my mom laughed and said that is because you are wearing a name tag. >> flags at the wells fargo center are flying at half staff in campbells honor. >> one year ago today the flyers fired their coach, peter laviolette after losing their first four games. >> that was painful, the every day life, every time you lose like that you take it personal and you walk around philly and people let you know. it's a motivation to try to do better and i think what we went through is a good thing, we have to learn from this and move forward. >> the sixers began their preseason schedule in boston last night and it was the first
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glimpse of nerlins noel, he did not score in the first half after getting into foul trouble. he ended with 4 points before fouling out. his team lost to the celtics by 20, noel said i don't think i played well at all. and as my produce er pointed out it was the first noel. >> ha, ha, ha. they were canoeing on the delaware, 12th through 4th graders got a lesson and preservation. lisa thomas-laury has the story ton. >> reporter: they all tested their canoeing skills, first here in wiggins park marina before heading out on the delaware. over the next two weeks these classmates join 2300 urban students that paddle the delaware river learning about
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key water issues, officials from the epa and state agencies gathered at the marina today to mark the start of the program for students in camden. >> most of the students that participate in this program don't know how to swim. >> few have access to the urban water for practice purposes. >> we try to promote opportunities on the urban waterways. >> volunteers teach these kids that almost every activity on land impacts the water and they learned about horseshoe crabs and their importance to water quality. >> they are important when it comes to medical research and fossils. >> for many of these students it's their first experience on the water. >> i was scared of the water at first, because i had never been in it. >> would you do it again? >> yes. >> i would like that. >> they will no doubt bring back
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what they learned to their families and communities. >> what did you learn about water you didn't know before? >> if it gets dirty the fish can die. >> like to learn new things about science. >> students in philadelphia, chester, wilmington and reading will also participate in the program before it ends in our will also participate in the program before it ends in our area on october 19th we thought our cable internet was fast. but, our uploads are half the speeds of our downloads so our internet is really half-fast. so half-fast. someone did a half-fast job of posting our vacation pics. when i post my slow jams, i'm a little half-fast. totally half-fast. stop living with half-fast internet. only verizon fios comes with speedmatch - uploads as fast as downloads. so his homework won't be so half-fast.
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a redevelopment plan in south jersey will bring jobs and help the economy. is there will five parts of the redevelopment including turning the old municipal building on route 70 into apartments and building a new strip mall. adam joseph is here now with a closer look at a soggy forecast. >> especially in the overnight hours but most of the rain and thunderstorms happen within when we are dreaming or sleeping. >> or snoring. >> looking at stormtracker 6 live double scan around the region, limited sunshine, more of it this morning especially west of philadelphia, but any showers that fell north and west of the city this afternoon have now evaporated. as we look at the action cam on
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the banks of the delaware river, we see some of those lapping with the waves there and the gray skies above. the number in philadelphia, 70 in philadelphia, 65 in the lehigh valley, and wilmington right now at 69 and dover grabbing sunshine and boosting the temperatures to 75 degrees, while lancaster, is much cooler at 64, there is a lot of energy in the atmosphere. from the southwest, wrapping around the low to the southern central parts of canada, the tornado watch box, we are not going to see severe weather like that, but the system has to pinwheel through and it throws rain and thunderstorms our way tonight. it's fairly quiet through much of your evening hours. we see downpours developing in the western suburbs, that will continue into the midnight hour, into the wee hours of the morning and you can hear the rumble of thunder, that erupts
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during the late overnight hour and even at 4:00 most of the rain is in eastern new jersey, while west of our region, we are beginning to clear, a 50/50 shot here, very early in the morning hours of who is still seeing the rain and already clearing, by 8:00 in the morning, the morning rush hour, the clouds and thunderstorms are off the coast and the sunshine is back for that morning rush hour. at least we'll get most of that activity out of here in time for the beginning of the middle of the week. as we look at what to expect overnight. fast moving thunderstorms overnight and some embedded thunderstorms, if you get one that jolts you out of bed, some could have isolated winds gusts of 40 miles per hour but the criteria of severe storms is n winds gusting over 58 miles per
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hour and that doesn't look like the case. we get the wind tunnel affect from the west northwest, with returning sun it's on the windy side tomorrow, with winds at 30 miles per hour. and it's breezy and mild and showers develop and 60 to 64 degrees for the overnight low, and the mid planner tomorrow is looking good, 61 by 7:00 and we bounce above normal in the middle of the day with temperatures of 73. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast shows we are cooler here on thursday, and 66 degrees, more in the way of clouds on friday, and clouds in afternoon and 64. the rain could linger over the weekend at 64 and the big question is how fast does that rain exit and it looks to be out of here on sunday, cooler at 63 and damp and dreary on monday and 70 degrees and comfortably warm on tuesday at 72.
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>> stay on top of the changing weather situation with the new go to for the newest forecast and video and the collection of weather related photos and videos. well, get ready your chance is here to be the next contestant on who wants to be a millionaire, head to dave and busters in franklin mills this thursday on october 9th, testing happens every 30 minutes from noon until 2:00 p.m. the new host of the show, terry cruz visits our studios a few weeks ago and talks about his love of the show and the contestants, who wants to be a millionaire
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this is ceo tom macarthur's world. in macarthur's world, he opposes new laws to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. and macarthur opposes a woman's right to choose
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backed by a group that would outlaw abortion even for rape and incest. for us in the real world, aimee belgard. aimee will fight for equal pay and protect a woman's right to choose. aimee belgard's on our side. i'm aimee belgard and i approve this message. a police officer in south jersey and his partner are driving around in a new ride. thanks to a local restaurant,
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today the west depford police department presented a plaque to the river winds restaurant, they donated $20,000 for this outfitted suv unit. their taser will use it on patrols. it's entirely funded by donations. very nice. jim gardner is standing by with these stories next at 6:00. family, friends and lawmakers past and present gathered to honor the lives of former cooper ceo john sheridan and his wife joyce. and the sale of the revel casino and resort is approved. we have details of the deal and the real deal, donald trump one-on-one, his plans to get back into the casino business in atlantic city. >> now for cecily tynan, monica malpass and jaime
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"action news" delaware valley's leading news program with ducis rogers and meteorologist, cecily tynan and jim gardner. tuesday night and upper darby police investigate a home burglary spree and a widener university freshman is in custody accused of making threats against his campus. but the big story on "action news" is the final stamp of approval for the sale of the revel casino hotel. a bankruptcy judge in camden in federal court gave the all clear of the sale of revel for brookfield asset management for $110 million, the revel cost $2.4 billion to build. chad pradelli is outside of the
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hotel. brookfield is no stranger to gambling they think they can make it work. >> they own the hard rock in vegas and the atlantis in the bahamas. they say they got this for a deal. but it's not done, there are a lot of moving parts and could take a couple of months but it appears that revel will stay a casino. brookfield is now the owner of revel. >> i am pleased and i think the judge made the right decision, it's a good day for revel and good day for atlantic city. >> but not for florida investor, glen straub, he says he would pay $135 million, he was the initial bidder at 90 million and he testified he was not notified of competing bids