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the hiring process from a familiar face who served on the team's search committee. jeff skversky live now in the "action news" sports center. this is a really unique look behind the scenes today. >> reporter: guys no question about it. eagles owner jeffrey lurie and his team may have been the guys who actually interviewed and met with doug pederson face to face behind the scenes in kansas city but they also seeked the advice of former quarterback ron jaworski. pederson will be officially named the new head coach of the eagles as soon as the kansas city chiefs are eliminated from the playoffs. that could lap as early as tomorrow night. pederson has been the chief's offensive coordinator with the chiefs the last three seasons under andy reid. jaws is among the select few who had input on the hiring of pederson. he was also in on the interview process for some of the candidates. the now espn analyst has the eagles extensive binder with detailed information on all of the eagles potential candidates. jaws tells "action news" today
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the eagles got this hire right and pederson will make an outstanding head coach. and they say he will wow this city and eagles fans. >> i wanted to be transparent before i make any comment on doug pederson the eagles coaching search that i did assist the eagles in the coaching search and they did a tremendous job. every potential head coaching possibility was vetted. this book, there are hundreds of coaches in this book and at the end of the day the philadelphia eagles have acquired an outstanding new head coach so that was the bottom line, not to get distracted, not to get off focus but find the best possible coach for the philadelphia eagles and the eagles did that. >> reporter: jaws adds the eagles decision to hire pederson was a hard decision because there were so many good candidates. it was challenging but in the end he believes they have the right guy. we'll have much more on this coming up at 5:30, 6:00 and of
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course 11 o'clock. live in the sports center jeff skversky. "action news." guys. >> interesting insight there. looking forward to hearing more from jaws. thanks very much. mild but cloudy out there today and we are getting ready for the rain. >> meteorologist adam joseph live now at the big board with the first check of the accuweather forecast this friday. hi, adam. >> there's no stopping it guys. a good wall of rain moving up the eastern seaboard. low pressure situated on the georgia south carolina border and this is going to push just to our south and east and skirt our region, the center of the low but as you can see this is rain for everybody if you look all the way to the north and west, even to chicago, detroit, it is rain. there is no cold air whatsoever and these are the kinds of storms we wait for every winter, you get the moisture to the south sometimes linking with the cold from the north and you get a big snowstorm but this go round no cold air anywhere. 42 in binghamton, 45 in buffalo, 52 right now in philadelphia. even down to the south charleston west virginia at
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43 degrees. so, tracking the rain, it arrives from the southeast to the north and west between about 5 o'clock tonight. that's far southern areas to 10 o'clock up towards the lehigh valley. the heaviest does occur while most of us are sleeping after the midnight hour. it will end between 3:00 and 6 o'clock in the morning from the south to the north and we have a cloudy start to saturday but then we'll see sunshine returning in the afternoon. a good area will see about a half inch to an inch of rain far to the north and west lehigh valley reading lancaster poconos about a quarter inch to a half inch of rain expected and then beyond that once this system departs what's waiting in the wings arctic air and this is going to funnel back down to the south and eventually move back in. we'll have the timing of when all this cold air arrives in that full accuweather forecast plus a little more time line with future tracker and the rain overnight sharrie in a little bit. >> we'll see you adam then. thanks. almost two dozen people are out of their homes today because of a massive fire that ripped through a block of row
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homes in south jersey. the blaze was so large it even forced a nearby school to close for the day. john rawlins he is covering the story, he's live at the scene in burlington with the details on the people who are being affected, john. >> reporter: hi, sharrie. the 300 block of saint mary's street remains closed. until a few minute ago utility crews were still working to shut off utility service both gas and electric. when you take a look at the damage here, and you understand that all this happened when people were asleep that's when the fire broke out they think about 5:15 to 5:30 it seems amazing there were only three mine injury injuries reported. roof timbers estimated to be 100 years or older fueled the intense flames from a four house row of homes with no modern fire breaks the blaze spread quickly and did major damage. william johnson was asleep in unit 313.
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>> i'm hearing loud screams and yellingly i took a look out my front window and i seen a young lady running outside. i seen flames growing. >> reporter: johnson grabbed his family and got out. the two alarm fire burned through about -- for about two hours. remarkably though 20 people were displaced and are being assisted by the red cross there were no serious injuries. given a roof collapse a structural engineer was called in. so far it's thought the structure a too and stable for investigators to go inside to search for the cause of the fire. >> the fire investigator will have to take a look once he can get inside the buildings are still unsafe so we're going to have to wait. >> reporter: in the chaos of the fire several pets went missing among them six-year-old roxy who was later discovered by a firefighter in the upstairs closet of stephanie mill's mother's long time home. >> they found her and she survived the whole thing through everything the fire, the smoke. >> reporter: stephanie says she sometimes stays at the house with her mom bonnie who was moving out her possessions today. miller's home sustained the least damage of the four. stephanie thankful for the
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neighbor who alerted her mom. >> he came knocking on the door and my mom happened to fall asleep downstairs on the couch and was right by the door thank god and she just got out like she didn't have any -- she had her nightgown on you know and like i said the neighbors gave her clothes and shoes. >> reporter: so, what happens next? no official announcement at this point but there is talk of demolishing the two most damaged of the two structures. those will be the ones that were closest so where we are standing. as for the other two units, the hope is they may be repaired but as we say, nothing official a at this point. there's going to be a lot of investigation that's going to have to go on before they make any sort of decision live in burlington, john rawlins. >> police in hunting park looking for the driver who hit a man this morning then left him lying in the street. it happened around 3 a.m. this morning at the intersection of fifth street and hunting park avenue. police say the 45-year-old victim was found in the middle
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of the road. authorities even say parts of the vehicle that struck him were still at the scene as well. he's said to be in critical condition. "action news" reporter trish hartman will have a live report with more on the investigation coming up tonight at 5 o'clock. family, friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of new jersey's first female supreme court justice. justice marie garibaldi passed away. she was 81 years old. she was appointed to the state's highest court in 1982 and served until 2000. current chief justice stuart rabner says she leaves behind "an army of admirers and stayed close with her 46 law clerks over the years. >> one of the winners of the historic powerball jackpot has just come forward. john and lisa robinson of tennessee claimed their prize today. they're the owners of one of the three winning tickets sold in america for that
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$1.6 billion prize. meanwhile today we met a group of local winners who are splitting a somewhat smaller prize a mere million dollars. chad pradelli has the story from kennett square. >> reporter: wednesday night was a winning night for some employs here at union park honda in wilmington. they didn't win the billion dollars but they did win a million. the smiles were wide inside the service and parts department at union park honda after 18 employees got a piece of the $1 million lottery prize. >> i was flabbergasted. i didn't believe him. i said no way. he said yeah and i said really and then i did a little happy dance. >> reporter: ondance. >> one of my guys said did you get to it? i said i didn't know what you're talking about. >> reporter: the group put up 10 bucks each. here's a co-pilot winning ticket. they bought 90 tickets in all from three different states but the winning one came from kennett square. each person won a little more
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than 55 grand and will get $41,000 after taxes. for many here the extra cash is sorely needed. >> pay off a few little bills i have and that will pay off extra money for the month. it's enough but it's all good. >> nice down payment on a house. >> i really have no plans. going to be like a nest egg and, you know, i'll probably dip into it here and there and just knowing that i have a little bit of security is the main thing um while they dreamed of a billion, a million is certainly nice and they can't wait to get their checks. >> to sign that check with my pen that says i love my honda. >> reporter: lottery tells these wilmington winners they'll get checks in the mail sometime in the next four to six weeks. in wilmington, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news." >> we love it. we just -- >> nice little nest egg. >> we're calculating it as if we wop it. >> the difference between 1 million and 1 billion, one ball. >> one ball. >> incredible. >> all right. time now for the "action news" traffic report. >> let's send things over to matt pelman standing by in the "action news" traffic center.
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having a ball today, matt. >> i don't know about that but we're working on it. good afternoon. at least it's friday. happy friday brian and sharrie and one visitor can make all the difference on our traffic front on a friday afternoon. the veep is in town, vice president joe biden so they had to block the schuylkill expressway westbound side between passyunk and university city. the lanes reopened a few minutes ago so everything is opened on the schuylkill but we are dealing with some residual delays and they had to block a bunch of the ramps as well so eastbound is also extra heavy as you come away from the boulevard through this point at montgomery drive in toward university city where the vice president is at penn. you'll see detours around civic sent boulevard and on four of the septa bus routes, 30, 40, 42 and lucy running with detours this afternoon because of the vice president's visit. on the accident front there are a few in the suburbs, one in horsham along welsh road near 309, when it pain township along 202 at 73. skippack pike.
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in gibbsboro downed wires shutting down clementon road near driftwood way. kirkwood road an alternate around. that let's grab the ipad do the commuter report on this finally friday afternoon. happy friday everybody and in and around university city we're still recovering from those earlier closures and looking at a whole bunch of speeds of two, count them 2 miles per hour. a lot of alerts, a lot of closures because of the vice president's visit. we'll check it again brian and sharrie in the next half hour. >> matt thanks very much. still ahead here today, a judge makes a decision that impacts whether another of atlantic city's casinos will have to shut its doors. >> plus, chipotle announces it will shut down every single one of its restaurants next month. we'll explain what's behind the decision. >> and a massive fire tears through a local townhouse. what firefighters found on the property that made them evacuate the neighborhood. >> ♪
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news. there's no way to couch this. brutal day on wall street today. the dow off 391 points today closing below 16,000 at 159088. the nasdaq off 127 points. the s & p down 42. you can blame three things here. poor u.s. earnings reports plummeting cost of oil and a selloff of chinese stocks. analysts say there's some good news coming here though. monday being a day off a day to cool down, reflect and maybe we'll turn the tide on these numbers. in the meantime wal-mart is closing stores around the world including 154 of them in the united states as it tries to boost struggling sales. the company says all of the stores closing are poor performers including many that are within 10 miles of another wal-mart. none of the stores are in our region. the move affects 16,000 workers including 10,000 in america. wal-mart says it hopes to move most of that em t them to other. wal-mart says it's going ahead
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with plans to open 300 new stores around the world over the next two years. chipotle is closing every single one of its locations but only for a few hours. the company says it will shut down awful its restaurants on february 8th to hold staff meetings about food safety. chipotle of course has been linked to several outbreaks of e. coli salmonella and norovirus over the past few months. that's left people sick across america and sent the company stock into a tail spin. some customers have filed lawsuits against chipotle. >> the attorney general's office in some michigan says it will investigate the water crisis in flint. the town switched its water supply in 2014 to save money and it became couldn't tam naderd with too much lead with local officials declaring a public health emergency in october but it wasn't until last week that governor rick snyder declared a state of emergency. in addition to the state attorney general the u.s. attorney's office is also looking into the situation.
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two u.s. military helicopters collided today off the coast of la had a. it's stilhawaii. rescuers have been searching a debris field near oahu. the helicopters had taken off from a marine corps base for nighttime training mission. investigators are not sure what caused them to crash. >> south carolina senator lindsey graham has thrown his support behind jeb bush for president. he did that today. graham dropped out of the race last month. he becomes the first former candidate to make an official endorsement. republicans have been vying for graham's support because south carolina is a critical early voting state. >> a court ruling today paves the way for billionaire carl icahn to officially take over the taj mahal in atlantic city. the court ruled that trump entertainment the former owner of the casino did nothing wrong when it ended benefits
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to its customers. trump entertainment cut off those benefits in 2014 as it filed for bankruptcy. icahn has been trying to take over the hotel and casino and has been funding it for more than a year. he had threatened to cut off that financial support if the court ruling went against him which would have forced the taj mahal to close. >> well, looking a little bit gloomy and we're looking at rain showers. >> overcast most of the day. let's head over to meteorologist adam joseph. >> cloudy skies will lead to rain overnight not a good sign especially when you are looking at the mountain resorts. we're looking at sky6 live spring mountain here. you have skiers snow borders enjoying what is more like spring skiing right now. snow guns have shut off and expecting about a half inch of rain onto the slopes tonight. eventually arctic air comes in where they can fire up those snow guns once again as we get into next week.
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43 in the lehigh valley, 45 in reading, 52 philadelphia, 51 in millville. 53 in dover and even the shore temperatures pretty close to that 50-degree mark. we're dealing with sub easterly winds at this time and eventually they'll wrap out of the northeast but with the winds coming off the ocean the ocean is still running very warm for this time of year so that's helping to pull in and keep some of that heat. 7 miles an hour allentown, seven philadelphia and as high as 10 to 12 miles an hour at the shore. as we're looking at this moisture coming in from the south another missed opportunity for a very sizable storm to be all rain and not snow once again. marching up the eastern seaboard. very little in the way of any snow. it's in the higher terrain maybe near snowshoe mountain in west virginia at the present time. future tracker at 9 o'clock tonight that's when some of the showers start to creep up as far north as philadelphia. when you are starting to see yellows and oranges on future tracker that's some of the heavier rainfall. at 11 o'clock that's happening at the shore. lehigh valley starting to get
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their first sprinkles and in mostly cloudpoconos rain but thf us including the lehigh valley heavy rain 2:30 in the morning and then by 7:00 a.m., that rain is already lifting out first thing tomorrow morning, clouds linger, maybe a little drizzle especially north of philadelphia and then as we get into the afternoon at 4 o'clock, we're starting to see that sunshine return and, yes, most of us will see the sun on saturday despite how much rain we are getting overnight tonight. as we look at the numbers it is still very mild. you would think after the storm departs the cold air would wrap right in. not so much. 46 tomorrow afternoon, 50 in philadelphia, visitor at the shore but the winds will really start to kick up out of the west-northwest 12 to 20 miles an hour as that storm deepens in new england. your four day at 4:00 forecast it's cloud to sun for saturday, 50 degrees. and then on sunday 40 degrees,
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it is dry most of the day. we see some sun early on in the day, clouds thicken up ahead of an arctic front that could be a round of flurries or snow showers, maybe some locations get a quick coating of snow here sunday late evening and night. and then behind that the winds funnel in again monday the holiday, 28 degrees, wind chills in the teens and then on tuesday still windy and cold, 29, wind chills in the teens, so back to back arctic days here monday into tuesday but this is the holiday weekend. many folks will be heading up to the mountains and don't let it discourage you that they're going to see mainly rain. i think they still have a decent amount of slopes ready for you. >> yes and they certainly want everyone to come up. adam thanks. >> okay. >> coming up at 4:30 today a woman is hit by a car as she sits inside her own house. we've got a live report on how it happened. >> but up next, a fire forces a neighborhood full of people out into the cold when firefighters find something dangerous sitting near the flames.
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>> ♪ >> people in one part of delaware county will towing early and get out into the cold this morning because of a fire at a nearby townhouse. the action cam was on raven cliff drive in marple township this morning. that's where a townhome under construction caught fire around 5:00 a.m. fire crews evacuated nearby homes because there were large propane heating tanks on the property. fortunately no one was hurt. >> as you heard matt pelman mention a few minutes ago vice president joe biden has just arrived in philadelphia. he's touring the pearlman center for advanced medicine at the university of pennsylvania followed by a round table discussion at abramson cancer center as part of his new initiative to support researchers in finding a cure for cancer. this mission of course is a personal one for biden who lost his 46-year-old son beau to brain cancer last spring. registered nurse ali gorman will have much more on biden's visit in a live report coming
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up tonight at 5 o'clock. >> if you are looking for ideas to spruce up your house, you can get some expert advice this weekend. the first ever philly home and garden show kicked off today. it's happening at the greater philadelphia expo center in oaks, pennsylvania. it features landscaping ideas, a 1600 square foot smart home an arts and crafts show plus do it yourself demonstrations featuring well known home and garden celebrities. the show runs through sunday. >> she was born and raised in new castle county and now it's the same place she rang in her 100th birthday. anna mae hendrix celebrated in style today surrounded by family and friends and if you take a look around it's safe to say her favorite color is pink. anna mae drove ambulances and fire trucks for mill creek fire company during world war ii. she she has a large and still growing family which includes, get this, 57 grate great grand kids and happy birthday to her.
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>> absolutely. >> great party there. still ahead here today we've got a tasty edition of freebie friday featuring everything from chips and salsa to appetizers all free of course. >> brand new information about the 73-year-old woman who was trapped under a car for 20 minutes after a neighbor drove right into her kitchen. we're live in delaware with an update next. oh remotes, you've had it tough. watching tvs get sharper, bigger, smugger. and you? rubbery buttons.
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enter the x1 voice remote. now when someone says... show me funny movies. watch discovery. record this. voila. remotes, come out from the cushions, you are back. the x1 voice remote is here. >> ♪ >> "action news" continues with meteorologist adam
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joseph, alicia vitarelli, sharrie williams and brian taff. >> ♪ >> hello again. it is 4:30 and "action news" continues with the viral video that's dropping jaws across the internet. >> ♪ >> yes, whether you find that creepy or captivating there's no denying that this rally routine has turned 3-pint sized patriots into full blown political super stars. what's behind this new donald trump anthem? straight ahead. >> truth it is political season. an animal lover in north jersey thought she was doing the right thing by taking care of several baby squirrels abandoned by their mother. the state says her compassionate act was actually criminal. why she's now facing up to six months in jail. >> but let's get you started here at 4:30 with the accuweather forecast which turns out it's going to be really wet for some of us. >> yeah, especially overnight the rain arrives in
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philadelphia around the eight, 9 o'clock hour. it's a heavy rain but it's out in time for the weekend which is a holiday weekend for many folks who want to head to the poconos. let's get a live look on sky6 philadelphia international airport is just cloud deal. it wilcloudy. 52 warm degrees. winds out of the south at 7 miles an hour. the dewpoint is up at 33 degrees and camelback mountain you can see some white on the slopes there. not all the trails are opened at all the resorts but a decent amount, 36 is the air temperature up there. they're expecting some rain with this system as well. easterly wind at 6 miles an hour. so your ski report here for saturday in the poconos partly sunny. the rain is out. maybe a little leftover snow in the morning and some higher terrain with temps in the 30's and 40's and then rather cloudy on sunday and there could be a late snow shower on sunday and temperatures much colder, 29 degrees at 10 o'clock, 32 at 3 o'clock so they will be able to fire up
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those snow guns once again especially going into sunday night and throughout the holiday on monday. we'll show you double scan live radar, let you know how much rain we expect coming up in that full accuweather forecast. >> adam thank you. >> of course we invite you to stay with throughout the mlk holiday weekend. you can depend on storm tracker6 live for the very latest whatever comes our way. >> flames devoured part of a montgomery county apartment complex today. clop are six was over the hunt view apartments in lower gwynedd this afternoon. that's where a fire sparked in a top floor unit around 1:30. firefighters had the blaze under control within an hour and no one was hurt here. but the cause remains under investigation. >> a south philadelphia man charged with beating his ex-girlfriend's dog with a baseball bat will not face a trial at least for now. well, this is ruby the pennsylvania spca says andrew wallace severely injured the pitbull mix's leg back in september.
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as part of the agreement the 41-year-old was ordered to complete a rehab program attend anger management, perform community service and pay $2,500 for ruby's medical care. if wallace fails to complete the program, then he will go to trial. dangerous safety violations and a lack of staffing, that's what philadelphia school maintenance workers say they deal with every day. the group marched outside the school district building on broad street this morning demanding changes. all of this is in response to the boiler explosion that injured a worker earlier this week. >> we've given our skill. we've given our suggestions. we've given contributions out of our pocket for the good of the school district. but you can't ask to give our lives. >> the boiler exploded on wednesday at franklin edmund school in west oak lane. school district officials say they have an independent engineer coming in to figure out what happened. the fire department is also
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investigating. >> police say they are concerned about a rash of gun thefts in delaware. in the last month, six firearms were reported stolen from cars across new castle county. police are urging gun owners to find a more secure place to store those weapons so they don't end up in the wrong hands. >> we suggest storing it in your residence and within your residence in a locked safe and with the added additional benefit of having secure from untrained adults or children. >> now police are also warning residents not to leave their vehicles running unattended. more car thieves have been striking during the cold winter month months when people like to let their cars warm up before they get inside them. it's happened 29 times since november in new castle county alone. fire crews are looking into a pair of suspicious vehicle fires that broke out overnight in north philadelphia. sources tell "action news" that two vans were deliberately set on fire and that some time of flammable device was found inside one of them. the vans were parked on north
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sixth street near clearfield. the state fire marshal is investigating. >> new jersey state police want to make sure they are ready for a worst case scenario. that's why they handed out pamphlets in the tractor-trailepamphlets at the n mall. this was a drill to help them prepare and help raise public bareness. >> turning to what was a dramatic day in one delaware neighborhood. check out the scene on colfax court just before 8:00 a.m. after a car drove halfway through a house on the other side of that wall, and underneath the car was a 73-year-old woman. despite being pinned for at least 20 minutes she is expected to be okay. "action news" reporter gray hall has the details. >> reporter: friday morning this wild and chaotic scene jolted neighbors along colfax court in wilmington delaware. >> i was sitting in the lounge chair and i heard a large
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bang. >> reporter: what looks like a scene from an action movie is reality after police say the 60-year-old driver backed out of her drive way lost control hit the garage door put the car in drive and eventually lost control a second time and hit a seconds home but it was much worse. she ends up knocking down the walls and driving inside the house trapping the 73-year-old homeowner. >> she was in her kitchen and i don't know how the heck she made it out of there. she definitely had a guardian angel. >> reporter: police say the elderly victim was trapped thunder car for over 20 minutes before crews were able to free her. one neighbor who called police ran to help the injured driver. >> my neighbor was limping across the grass and when i ran over to her i was calling 911 at the same time and then she collapsed. >> reporter: the driver was able to get out of the car on her own and was able to talk to her neighbors. >> she kept saying it got away from me, it got away from me. that's all she was saying and then she said i want my husband so i went to get him. >> reporter: despite this frightening scene police say
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neither victim had life-threatening injuries. the driver has been charged with reckless driving but it is not clear what made her lose control. >> she was going to work. she always backs out. i don't think she had a seizure. i don't know. maybe she was in a hurry. i have no idea. >> and that was "action news" reporter gray hall reporting today. the quest to find a food to help us stay healthy turns out vegetables are looking better than ever and why might surprise you. "action news" anchor rick williams live in our news room to explain this one. hi, rick. >> hi, brian. happy friday. researchers at harvard say eating vegetables can protect you from getting a common and severe vision problem we're talking about glaucoma of course. more than 2 million americans over the age of 40 are dealing with glaucoma right now. researchers track the rates of the disease and the diets of people with the vision problem. coming up tonight at 5:00 find out why vegetables were proven to help fight back. also coming up tonight a technology giant comes to the vatican to meet face to face
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with pope francis. interesting story there. that's coming up on "action news" at 5 o'clock along with some of the other things on a friday. until then back to the studio and brian we'll see you later. >> all right. happy friday to you, too, rick. today was a day for students in elkins park montgomery county to remember dr. martin luther king jr. with he had help from their teachers the kids at mckinley elementary together a program. they learned about and recognized dr. king's life legacy and countless contributions. >> colonial characters marched through olde city today to honor one of america's founding fathers. >> ♪ this was a birthday tribute to ben franklin a procession traveled to christchurch burial ground where organizers laid a wreath on his grave. ben himself showed up to say thank you. tomorrow marks 310 years since the day he was born. the action cam helped celebrate a big birthday surprise in springfield,
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delaware county this afternoon. helen rock ford turned 102 years old. she spent the day surrounded by her sons, friends and staff at the harley manor nursing and rehabilitation center. well, they brought her balloons, a cake and flowers and all of the birthday necessities. the birthday girl even took it upon herself to cut everyone a piece of cake . >> [laughter] >> happy birthday. >> absolutely. special day. still to come right here today, some concerts, museums, chips and salsa. we've got five things you can get for nothing straight ahead in freebie friday. >> plus, she opened her heart and her home when she found two orphaned baby squirrels. yet that good deed could land a north jersey animal lover behind bars. >> plus these pint sized patriots are full of what they call ameritude. you probable have not seen the video blowing minds around the
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world today. we'll fill in you on the all new donald trump the anthem straight ahead. >> meteorologist adam joseph returns for the full forecast from accuweather for your weekend when "action news" at 4:00 continues next.
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>> ♪ >> an american hip hop star has been ordered to leave south africa. mos deaf was arrested for trying to use an illegal passport as he was flying out of that country. the recording artist whose real name is dante smith has been given 14 days to leave south africa. the order means the rapper is banned from south africa for five years but he can appeal. the 42-year-old has been living in south africa since 2013 but officials say he overstayed his visitor's permit. tom topping health check at 4:00 we have bad news for ladies who tease their guys for acting like babies when
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they get sick. turns out there may actually be something called the man flu. according to a new study published in there journal of physiology, researchers found that men suffer more from the flu than women because of their lack of estrogen. scientists believe the female hormone protects women from the more aggressive symptoms of influenza and even reduces the number of virus cells. the team hopes the findings could lead to an estrogen based flu fighter. >> finally i've been telling my wife this for years now. >> yeah, yeah. >> there's a reason. over here at the big board with the big talkers today and we're going to start in north jersey with one animal lover who is now facing up to six months in jail for rescuing two orphaned squirrels. you got to hear about this. this is maria. back in october the monmouth county woman started caring for a distressed squirrel outside her house. when she returned the next morning the original squirrel was gone but two baby squirrels were in her place.
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she says she left the newborns for 24 hours hoping the mom would come back but when it became clear that she left them, the woman took them in and started bottle feeding the pair. she immediately reached out to registered wildlife rehab at any times who told her they couldn't take in the squirrels so the family decided to adopt them until room opened up even naming them george and lola. four months later the division of physician and wildlife came knocking. >> and asked me if i had squirrels and i said yes, i i had no problem telling them the story. i was proud. >> well, what she did not know is that caring for squirrels is illegal in new jersey without a permit so she turned george and lola over to officers. still days later she got a $500 ticket in the mail but when she appealed the fine, it got worse. a judge not only told her the fine should have actually been a thousand dollars but she could also face jail time if convicted of keeping a
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potentially dangerous species as a pet. she pleaded not guilty and will return to court at the end of the month. so, no good deed goes unpunished. there. now to the race for the white house today and a donald trump themed campaign song that's going viral for all the wrong reasons. >> ♪ yeah, those three little girls make up the group u.s.a. freedom kids and that was their musical tribute to the donald as performed at a campaign rally in florida. the song which is set to the tune of the world two standard over there features lyrics calling out cowards. kolb media hasn't been kind to the performance or the lyrics comparing it to the will it her youth or the sort of thing you would see in north korea
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but not in florida the group's manager says the phone has been ringing offer the hook to book the singers since their performance. social media may hate it but apparently a lot of people love it. >> go find work. >> it does get stuck in your head. >> it's very catchy. if they can perform for trump they'll get more work don't you think. >> no doubt. >> brian thanks. >> let's get another check of the roads on this friday evening. matt pelman standing by keeping a watchful eye. hey, matt. >> the issue overall that trumps the others on the traffic front on this friday night sharrie is volume. heavy friday afternoon volume and we're watching it here on the vine street expressway in center city. you see it in both directions especially westbound really jamming approaching 76 the schuylkill expressway. we have our fair share of volume on 95 as well, northbound speeds in the teens by the betsy ross bridge. and northbound at the girard point bridge watch out there's a crash there. it's off to the left shoulder but giving you speeds in the
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20's as you come away from the airport. northbound on the roosevelt boulevard at royer street watch out for a crash in the outer drive. a wreck in lower merion along haverford road at andover road and of course the veep, vice president joe biden is in university city at penn this evening so right now expect restrictions along civic sent boulevard and then in a few hours when we see him move back toward the airport we'll see closures once again on the schuylkill, the platt bridge as well as night. because of his visit four of the septa bus routes are running with detours routes 30, 40, 42 and lucy route. we have a crash in plymouth township on ridge pike and by the sunoco in whitpain a wreck along 202 dekalb pike at 73 skippack pike. we'll check it again brian and sharrie in the 5 o'clock hour. >> matt see you then. meteorologist adam joseph standing by with that exclusive and wet accuweather forecast coming up next.
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>> ♪ >> yes, it's going to rain a little bit but it's friday. you made it to the weekend. you get a couple days to enjoy it. >> some people have three days to enjoy the holiday weekend. it starts wet but first thing when we wake up tomorrow morning most of the rainy is out of here so overall it's a dry weekends despite attracting heavy rain tonight. we are dry at the present time and it will stay dry through that evening rush hour and the rain won't really puncture into philadelphia until probably between 8 o'clock and 9 o'clock tonight. rain is still well far down to the south. yes, we are talking rain, a lot of warmth coming in out of the south. that ocean is still 44 well above where it should be at this point in the winter season so when you get a wind off the water ahead of these southern storms it throws the warm air in. 52 philadelphia, 51 in
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millville, 53 in dover. even low to mid 40's north and west in the poconos at 36 degrees. there's the rain. marching up the i-95 corridor and it's a pretty sizable storm. it goes all the way to the north side and west where it links with some extra energy near chicago and look, it is rain all the way up into the great lakes so everyone getting mainly wet and not white this go around. 9 o'clock tonight 44 philadelphia. the rain is starting to lift through chester county delaware county. low 30's to the north and west. and as we get into 11:30 it is raining everywhere heavy at times especially down to the south. 33 allentown, 42 millville, 44 in wildwood. and at 2 o'clock in the morning, again, it is rain, heavy at times so a at this point this would be really the heart of the storm as it passes by. even the poconos above the freezing point in the poconos maybe they get a little bit, coating half inch of snow on the back end as it departs and at 7:30 tomorrow morning you can see it is mainly just cloudy but a little cooler with temperatures in the 30's
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to low 40's and by the afternoon sunshine starts to return and 50's down to the south and still above average to the north and west middle to upper 40's. again, here's that rain. about a half an inch or more philadelphia trenton and wilmington over an inch at the shore closer to the storm and even the lehigh valley up into the poconos between a quarter to a half an inch of rain. then behind it we get this big cold pool of air at low pressure and central and southern canada. that pulls down behind the system and by monday 10:00 a.m. we're looking at temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below average for the midatlantic but really the core of that cold air stays in the north planes where there will be 20 to 25 degrees below average next week. the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast 50 as we go from clouds to sun tomorrow. there could be that arctic front that comes through with a couple of scattered snow showers or flurries sunday late evening and night. sunday itself dry at 40. wind chills only in the teens
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monday. if you're planning to be outdoors for the holiday bundle up. high of 28. still windy and cold, 29 tuesday. wind chills in the upper teens as well on tuesday, the low 20's. the winds ease, it's milder on wednesday, 36 and we are back to normal at the end of next week with temperatures climbing close to 40 degrees so this next round of arctic air is going to last longer than the first two that we saw but not linking up with any kind of storm so it's just cold. >> just cold. >> yes. >> adam, thank you. >> thanks. >> freebie friday is coming up next.
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>> ♪ >> it's friday. that means it is time for freebie friday and deals that are 100 percent off. ready. >> love it. >> we start with a couple of offers that reward customer loyalty. first if you join the qdoba
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you'll get a coupon for free chips and salsa or free drink. you'll receive a free birthday gift and free on trays the more you use the card. tgi fridays encouraging people to join their loyalty program by offering a free appetizer. in addition stripes members get one jump the line pass which allows them to skip to the front of the crowd. >> if you're looking for something to on monday head to a national museum or park. the park service is waiving all fees in celebration of martin luther king day so the folks can explore the 409 sites. the deal includes free admission to the ben franklin museum. wednesday january 20th marks the first of three very cool events at the franklin institute known as the free speakers series. the first speech called food for thought gmo's features experts on the future of food and farming and the next two cover vaccines and get this life on mars. just register in advance online.
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finally a deal for music lovers today on the third wednesday of every month the kimmel center hosts sitting in. a free jam session featuring everything from opera to hip hop. next week you can catch acclaimed jazz singer lauren talise for free in addition to a deejay and refreshment. go to our web site >> finally at 4:00 it's to secret almost everyone dreads their early morning alarm clock. but it's hard to be upset if this little guy is waking up up every morning. meet blink the french bull dog puppy. he's trying to get his owner after bed. he goes after his beard and then nose to try to nudge him awake. looks like the owner is biting back. the only downside of course there is no hitting snooze on this little guy here. >> eating some of the food stuck in that beard there. >> so deal with it. >> that's right. >> it is cute. that will do it for "action news at 4:00 for sharrie
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williams alicia vitarelli and adam joseph i'm brian taff. hope you'll join me along with sharrie adam joseph at 10:00. >> "action news" at 5:00 is coming up next.
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>> ♪ >> "action news."
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delaware valley's leading news program. with jaime apody, meteorologist cecily tynan, rick williams and monica malpass. >> ♪ >> philadelphia police are trying to track down a hit and run driver that left a 45-year-old man badly hurt. tonight they are checking area surveillance cameras to help in their investigation. it is friday night. monica is off. sharrie williams is joining us. and the big story on "action news is the latest on the search for the driver that hit the man in hunting park. >> "action news" reporter trish hartman spoke to a witness who found the victim and called 911. she joins us live now at the scene at the fifth street and hunting park avenue with the very latest on the story. trish. >> reporter: well, sharrie, folks who know the victim say he was on his way home from his job. police have been working this case all day and still no leads in this hit and run that left a man in critical condition. a philadelphia police officer patrolled the area of fifth street and hunting park avenue looking for anything that
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might help detectives figure out what happened at the intersection around 3 a.m. >> got some marks on his head. i pulled him into the sidewalk so he won't get hit by a car and i waited for the police. >> reporter: george said he was running outer for cigarettes when he saw the 45-year-old man in the street badly injured. he says he called 911 and stayed with the victim who was unconscious. >> i say you okay? can you hear me? he ain't say nothing. >> reporter: police say car parts were found in the street and those are being processed to see if they're related to the crash. folks at this grocery store just a few blocks away from the crash scene say they saw the victim thursday night fixing this cool are a few hours before he was hit. >> he in here last night. he do some job for this place and we talking about another job he going to dodge he's a man everybody know around here he's a hard working guy. >> reporter: police are reviewing surveillance footage from several nearby businesses. people in this neighborhoods hope someone will come forward with information.


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