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change to tempur-pedic. valley's leading news program, with meteorologist melissa a magee, jeff skversky and walter perez. saturday night i'm walter perez. a giant of philadelphia journalism passes away. fire fighters struggle a against elements to contain a massive blaze in the city's frankford section. but we will begin with breaking news u.s. supreme court justice ant onin scalea
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is dead at the age of 79. he died in his sleep at a resort in west texas. scalea was 79 years old. he was appointed by president reagan back in 1986 and approved a vote, was approved by a vote 98 to zero in the senate. first italian american on the court, maintaining a solid conservative streak in his opinions. scalea was a native of princeton new jersey and survived by his wife and nine children. world news saturday will have much more on the death of scalea coming up after "action news" at 6:30. now to the dangerously cold conditions, all across our region. in addition to the temperatures with the wind chills making it feel like near zero, some parts of our area saw a bit of snow dropping a coating on sidewalks, streets in some spots. you see, here's intrepid folks on market street in center city were contending with nasty wind as they made their way across town this cold isn't going anywhere this weekend. meteorologist melissa magee is at the big board with the first check of the accu weather forecast, melissa.
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>> walter, get used to the arctic invasion that moved in last night and stays with us for the rest of our weekend. the currently outside in philadelphia coming in at 16 degrees. eleven in allentown. the current air number in the poconos 1 degree below zero. seventeen in dover, and 18 a along the coast there in beach haven. most of the day we had those blustery wind out of the northwest should also trigger lake effect snow showers down wind of the lakes that traveled across the delaware and lehigh valleys. peak wind gusts atlantic city 44 miles an hour. poconos 43. forty-one in reading. gust today in dover of 39 and as high as 38 miles an hour and philadelphia. you factor that in it feels much colder. check out current wind chill numbers across the region, 3 degrees below zero at this hour in philadelphia a feeling like zero for wilmington and millville. 19 degrees below zero as we go through the north up through the poconos. in fact, wind chill advisory has been issued. it just went up at 6:00 this evening and stays up until 9:00 a.m. on sunday.
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there is a wind chill warning up through poconos. we are calling for wind chills ranging anywhere from minus ten to minus 20. as you get in the overnight hours and into early tomorrow morning. keep in mind with wind chill numbers this low it doesn't take too long for frostbite to the set in, anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes on exposed skin. the a as we look at the wind chill in the poconos anywhere from minus 20 to minus 30, frostbite sets in at least 15 minutes, delaware and lehigh valleys wind chills from minus ten to minus 20. it gets colder waking up tomorrow. record low temperatures on the way, and details coming up with the full, exclusive accu weather forecast, walt your. you can get latest from accu weather on our web site at six as brutally cold temperatures linger. feel free to follow meteorologist melissa a magee on facebook. it is not clear whether weather was a factor in the 50 vehicle pile up in lebanon county that ended with three people killed and many more injured.
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crash occurred on interstate 78 just before 10:00 o'clock this morning in fredericksburg. tractor trailers, trucks and cars were tangled up across three lanes of the the highway. the at least 40 people were hospitalized and more than 70 others went to emergency shelf tours get out of the cold. the bus carrying the penn state the lehigh valley mens basketball team was among vehicles involved. several members of the team and staff were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation but we're told no one on the team bus was seriously injured. investigators say drifting snow was reported in the area the at the time of the wreck but it is still not clear if that was the reason behind the crash. fire fighters are facing a daunting task in the city a's frank for section as they battled a six a alarm fire there. three injuries have been reported and that includes a fire fighter. a "action news" reporter jeff chirico is live at the scene with the full details, jeff? >> reporter: walter, still very active scene here, in frankford as you can see utility crews, fire crew is
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still here, this ladder truck behind me still pouring water on the building, trying to put hot spots out. some eight and a half hours, after the fire started. you can see what water has done to that building. it looks like just one big brick of ice. as you can imagine these arctic temperatures make fighting a fire that much more difficult. it was a battle against a fire and the weather. gusty wind, fanned the flames that broke out at joe's auto body shop on the 4600 block of griscom street around 9:30 a.m. fire spread to a half dozen buildings on frankford avenue shutting down services on the el. >> this is a a challenge because of the cold and wind conditions but members of the company are doing a good job to maintain safe operation. >> reporter: with temperatures in the teens water encased anything it touch in the thick layer of ice. >> we will see frozen lines, frozen ice on the buildings. so once you have water flowing in and this type of temperature, it freezes up
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quickly. >> reporter: now neighboring buildings, and she smelled smoke. >> i opened up my backyard door and i seen flames in the other backyard, and smoke coming through walls, the bricks on my side. >> reporter: she got out with her two dogs and cat, who were helped by red paw relief. red cross is assisting people displaced by the fire which took five hours to get under control, with nothing more than the clothes on her back she now worries about what happens next. >> i'm nervous. now we have to relocate so we don't know how much damage is in our building. >> reporter: fire crews and utility crews are expect to be here all night. the market frankford el, also, shut down, right now, in this area, likely will not, start operations again, until tomorrow. now, as we have said earlier, two people, two residents and one fire fighter were all taken to the hospital but they will all be okay. the owner of the the auto shop tells me he did lose his dog in the fire, a cause to this
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fire has not yet been determined. we are live from frankford, jeff chirico for channel six "action news". thanks, jeff. another fire ravaged an apartment complex earlier this morning in bucks county. flames went up at 5:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of veterans highway in middletown. crews brought the fire under control just after 6:00. the red cross responded to the scene and is now helping victims whose homes were destroyed. nobody was injured, no word on how the whole thing started. a towering figure in philadelphia's journalism has died. asa moore, former columnist and editor at philadelphia inquirer passed away last night. moore was among the first african-american reporters for the paper. he spent 43 years there, writing stories that shined a light on communities and people that lived there who would have otherwise gone forgotten. moore also mentored thousands of young people over the years and was founding members of the national association of black journalist. mr. more merries survived by
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wise wife, linda wright moore, his son hazel junior and his daughter. he was 75 years old. hundreds turned out today for an emotional good bye to a young boy who died during a house fire last week in norristown. "action news" reporter trish hartman has more. >> reporter: friend and family members called out his nickname, manman as his casket was lifted on a fire truck. sidewalk outside the church was lined with people who came to say good bye to sanford harling the third who died in the fire in his norristown home february 5th. >> he chose to go in and try to save his father. that is courage on his side. he didn't think about himself. he thought about his dad. >> reporter: family members tell us all five people made it out safely but manman ran back in when he thought his father, who was recovering from hip surgery was still inside. his father ended up jumping from a second story window. he is still recovering from a broken back at paoli hospital.
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a medical team transported him to the church for his son's funeral. the boy's mother was held up by loved ones as she left the church those who attended the services say focus was on harling's sacrifice and heroism. >> i think it was a heartfelt experience for all of us in the community, it makes us look at ourselves and ask the the questions would we make that same kind of sacrifice. >> reporter: while the services brought the community together to have grief, hopefully it gave them a chance to bring back good memories of a boy with a larger than life personality. >> manman, we would go on picnics together. >> he gave us a reason to smile. >> full of life, always joking around, had a good time, loved the coaches, loved his teammates. >> he was a good boy. he will be truly missed by each and everyone of us. he was a hero. >> reporter: reporting from norristown, trish hartman, channel six a "action news". friend and family with dozens of fellow officers gathered today to remember
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philadelphia police officer john pawlowski. they gathered at broad and olney in the logan section at the very location where officer pawlowski was shot and killed seven years ago this month. he died while trying to break up a dispute between man who ended up killing him and a taxi driver. the shooter has been sentenced to life in prison. much more to come on "action news", a local youngsters will create philadelphia a's next mural. plus intrepid souls at the beach today, oh, boy in sea isle city for a frosty dip in the ocean. we will take you to the 22nd annual polar plunge. plus jeff skversky has sports when "action news" comes right back. ♪
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>> more than 2,000 people, joined the miller pops and susan komen philadelphia today in the celebration of strength and survival. they attended a free concert at the kimmel center n between
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performances cancer survivors shared their stories and health care professionals were also there to help out about the latest in cancer treatment. a new mural is going up in philadelphia and today its design was unveiled. mayor jim kenney join members of the first episcopal district of the church in university city for the announcement. the mural features and honors richard allen. church mens started to bring vision to life. mural is expect to be completed and dedicated on july 4th. a 35th annual philly home show is underway this weekend. "action news" on the scene at the pennsylvania convention center in center city to check things out. features more than 300 vendors, sharing their know how and inspiration for your tea sign and renovation projects. home show runs through this weekend and then again, next week even. hundreds of people, bundled up this morning in a run for love and charity. they competed in the annual cupid's chase 5k run right there in west philadelphia. this event is actually run simultaneously in nine states
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jeff skversky has sports. huge weekend for the flyers. >> devils, rangers, two teams in front of them in the standings. claude giroux their captain jokes he has been checking the standings every two hours. it has been a roller coaster up and down, up and down, where the flyers stand in the playoff standings changes by the hour. this morning they woke up six points out of the final playoff spot, coming into yet another big weekend. we have have face painters for flyers games against the devils. first period, somehow, some way, he gets it by michael neuvirth, flyers fall behind
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one to nothing. off of his chest and in. early third still down one, their deficit disappears like a ghost, thanks to shane gostisbehere, his 11th straight game with at least a point. breaking nhl record by a rookie defenseman. the flyers tie it up at one. final minute in the third defenseman michael dellzotto goes crashing in the net. he leaves with the wrist injury. we go to overtime, flyers can win it, brayden schenn denied by corry snyder. even more frustrating, 40 seconds later, shorthanded, and that is it, adam henrik scores. flyers lose two-one. they pick up a point. they are five out. but they have lost four of their last five. eagles coach doug pederson is eyeing potential quarterbacks, who they can take 13th overall in april. carson lynn, to packs ton lynch, even connor cook. pederson believes there is a franchise caliber quarterback
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available. >> the ideal situation would be to get one of those guys and have him possibly sit for a year or two and learn your system, understand your community, understand your fan base and your immediate use before you just throw them out there to the wolves. but that is at deal situation. do i believe that there are a player or two in this quarterback draft that can come in and start right away. >> college hoops, villanova the number one team in the country will play in philadelphia a for the first time ever tonight as a top ranked team. cats facing saint john's at eight. they cannot wait, tip off at wells fargo in front of their fans. >> it will be cool. hopefully we get a as many people as we usually do but for us we try not the to think about that type of thing. one or five, or not rang at all we always get a good crowd. >> we val will you or philadelphia fans. we value our representatives as well, going down there and getting a chance to have our philadelphia fans to come watch us play.
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>> while nova is a lock to make ncaa tournament, st. joes hawks are flapping their wings. they are alive at 20-four. their best start since their undefeated season 12 years ago. next up lasalle, tonight at 8:00. delaware going for back to back wins after snapping their 15 game losing streak on thursday, blue hens hosting hofstra, first half, marvin king davis with the slam. delaware down 13. they come back to take the lead. they are upright now in the second half, also today drexel loses at northeastern, they are three-22. the sixers will not be represented in tomorrow's nba all-star game but in many ways philadelphia will be represented. all eyes are on former lower merion star kobe bryant. he is in toronto for his 18th and final all-star game. he will start with the west. among the most memorable all-star games, 14 years ago, in philadelphia, when he won mvp. but now all the 37 year-old is enjoying the moment.
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he still can't believe he is in the league. >> you know, at the this point it is just enjoying, this experience, and seeing these young guys and getting a chance to be around them. it is just crazy. i can't believe i'm still playing after all these years. you are literally eight years old my first all-star game, that is nuts. >> it is nuts. >> nba will not be the same without kobe bryant. >> true. >> final year, what a career. >> absolutely. >> thanks, jeff. >> sure. much more to come on "action news". taking a live look from sky six over penns landing, some brave souls spending this evening on the ice. meteorologist melissa magee has the exclusive accu weather seven day forecast when we come right back. the centers for medicare and medicaid
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services recently asked patients to rate the quality of over 3.500 hospitals. fewer than 6% received 5 stars. among them was cancer treatment centers of america in philadelphia. slash eastern.
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>> wow. >> oh, man. believe it or not, more than 2,000 people jumped into the atlantic ocean on this brutally cold day. they took part in sea isle city's 22nd annual polar bear plunge. temperatures were hovering at about 20 degrees, and the water temperature registered a relatively balmy 37 degrees. either way. >> they dropped her in the water. >> well, you got to do what you got the to do. >> that is right. >> it is cold. >> it is so cold, walter. it will get colder as we wake up early tomorrow morning as that core of the cold air moves in. it is thanks to the arctic invasion. we will tell you what is going on. storm tracker six double scan radar has no precipitation. will although earlier today we had snow showers and snow squals that moved on through.
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you could see the action cam was outside earlier this afternoon there in center city. you can see light snow and flurries moving in underneath mostly cloudy sky. it is all because of the blustery wind and lake effect snow showers down wind of the lake. all that is starting to shut off at least for tonight but cold air is definitely sticking around. high today in philadelphia a a little deceiving. 24 degrees. little bit after midnight but for most of the the day temperatures were hovering in the mid to high teens, with wind chills, near zero. the wind gusts still a factor. not as bad as they were earlier today. the gusting to 31 miles an hour in philadelphia. thirty-three in dover. twenty-nine in millville. we have gusts a high as 26 in the poconos and 38-mile an hour wind gusts there in atlantic city. when you factor in the wind on your skin it feels much colder. so you will want to dress for wind chill numbers that are currently in the 0-degree range if not below zero. as we go throughout the overnight hours we can see
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that thin will number is where they should be for this time of the year which is why we have that wind chill advisory, that has been posted. it looks like the graphics are stuck. it is probably because of the coal. so if we can, just go to that backup seven day, the exclusive accu weather seven day forecast showing you what we will be in store for as we go throughout the rest of tonight and into tomorrow. sunday, less wind, it is still brutal for valentines day. a high of 17. but the record low tonight, it is setback in 1979. we are calling for overnight low of 4 degrees, and then on monday, period of light snow will be on the way with high temperature of 34 degrees and it looks like with the a arrival of the snow we could find anywhere from one to 3 inches of snowfall across the region on monday and temperatures rising as we get into monday night and early tuesday morning. so by tuesday a milder day, high up to 50 degrees but a good soaking is on the way on
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tuesday and keep in mind on tuesday the ground is pretty frozen, so with that soaking on the way as we go throughout the day on tuesday there could be an issue with areas of localized flooding because rain just cannot get soak into the surface. high otherwise of 50 and cloud with sunshine. high coming in at 46. forty-six is where we should this be time of the year. the arctic invasion well below where we should be for this time of the year. thursday is colder one with plenty of sun in at the 40 degrees. by friday a nice mixture of sun and clouds and 45. as we get into next saturday, mostly cloudy with a high of 56. something to keep in mind tonight, walter is that we do have that wind chill advisory and wind chill numbers are well below zero and it will stay that way as we wake up tomorrow morning, not much in the way of recovery as we get into valentines day sunday. >> cold, even storm tracker six froze up. >> we need a new clicker. you can find your seven day forecast, thanks, melissa
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and live look at storm tracker six double scan radar anytime of the day just go to six if you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a hippo, you need to hit to camden. the it is hippo awareness weekend at the adventure aquarium where hippo button and jenny are the stars. in addition to learning more about these fascinating creatures, you can also pick up kid paintings created by hippos and all of the proceeds go directly to care and preservation of the hippos all around the world. world news saturday is next here on channel six. don't miss "action news" at ten on phl17 tonight. then we're back here again on six abc at 11:00. for melissa magee, jeff skversky and the entire "action news" team, i'm walter perez. we will see you right back here at 11:00 o'clock. >> ♪ ♪
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welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news. supreme court justice antonin scalia has died. the longest-serving justice on the nation's high court, a towering conservative figure known for his blistering dissents, his strict interpretation of the constitution. the court and the conservative movement suffering a huge loss. team coverage tonight. and good evening. thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we do begin with that breaking news. supreme court justice antonin scalia has died. justice scalia was the longest-serving justice on the high court. appointed by president ronald reagan back in 1986. scalia passed away on a visit to texas, and abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas joins us with what we know at this hour. pierre? >> reporter: tom, law


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