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the new jersey pageant in 2013. she was a graduate of princeton. new jersey correspondent nora muchanic is live in our new jersey news room and nora, you've got more. >> reporter: jim, the former miss new jersey started a job as an anchor at a small tv station in south jersey just a few months ago. her colleagues there are devastated by her death. they say she was a funny talented person way big future cut short by this terrible accident. >> just warm, kind and also so funny. >> reporter: sports director mike frankel is remembering the young woman who sat in the chair next to him on the news desk of snj today in millville. >> his supporters were outside sharing their message. >> reporter: 24-year-old cara mccollum of margate a former miss new jersey and the small starterup station's main anchor died this morning from injuries sustained in a one vehicle crash along route 55 in pittsgrove township on february 15th. >> she hadn't been a news anchor for that long but she already sort of found her stride in terms of a way to speak with people.
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>> cara was in every sense of the word the total package. she was beautiful, she was smart, she was extremely hard working. >> cara mccollum. >> reporter: a graduate of princeton university cara mccollum was raised in arkansas. she was crowned miss new jersey in 2013 and represented the state in the 2014 miss america pageant. right before the competition she told our karen rogers she was happy competing as a jersey girl. >> being a jersey girl is about having some spunk and fire and overcoming any situation and that's something i've been living my whole life. >> reporter: mccool column started in television just a few months ago but already had fans. >> she came across like she was genuine. there's a difference you know what i mean. some people are -- she was always nice. >> reporter: miss america pageant today released a statement mourning mccool column's death describe leg as a vibrant intelligent exceptional young woman who was a proud advocate for women's education. her death was announced by her family on facebook where they
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praised her decision to donate her organs. >> ♪ >> reporter: with her anchor claire empty coworkers say they're grateful to have known cara mccool column. >> it'mccollum. >> it's an incredible lost. >> reporter: social media posts from her family say that she was -- they were with cara when she died. her coworkers scrapped tonight's regular newscast jim and tonight they're putting together a tribute to cara. live in our new jersey news room i'm nora muchanic channel6 "action news." >> authorities say they made a deadly discovery after putting out a fire at a cape may county marina. they were called to the mobile park at 3 o'clock. the blaze starred in there a maintenance trailer and spread to two boats. once the flames were out crews found the remains of an unidentified man inside the trailer. philadelphia police have issued an arrest warrant for
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mahogany terry. police say the 27-year-old mother left her young daughter at the center city mace macy's store after being caught trying to shoplift $1,400 worth of merchandise. the incident happened on february 11th. police say store security put terry in handcuffs but she managed to escape leaving her daughter behind. her three-year-old daughter is now under the care of relatives. holding nothing back, atlantic city mayor don guardian has mounted a full scale attack against plans by the state of new jersey to take over his city. "action news" reporter walter perez is live at the big board and walter, guardian pledged cooperation with the state for weeks but apparently he now thinks he has a better idea. >> reporter: that's right, jim and that idea entails more of a partnership with the state rather than a takeover but governor christie and many state officials say ac is on the brink of going broke and time for partnerships has passed. surrounded by city officials and local leaders, atlantic city mayor don guardian delivered a passionate 20
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minute speech that described the state's plan to take over ac as nothing short of a "fascist dictatorship." >> unilaterally sell lease or privatize all atlantic city owned assets unilaterally abolish nonelected positions and terminate all employees. >> reporter: guardian also says there is no way the state will be able to compensate for what he describes as an oversaturated east coast gambling market by simply slashing the city's budget. instead the mayor wants the state to come up with a proposal that would map out an economic recovery plan while allowing the city to maintain its sovereignty but many state officials say it's too late for that. governor christie's office released a statement a short time ago in response to guardian's press conference. it reads in part atlantic city's local leaders have been given over five years and two city administrations to deal with its excessive spending and structural budget deficits "atlantic city will either have the money to pay their bills or they will not. today was nothing more than
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political posturing. still officials from ac are planning to fight this proposal to the very end. >> this is an insult to democracy and to american citizens living in that atlantic city. >> reporter: now today's news conference also included threats of lawsuits something that officials who support the plan say comes as no surprise. either way though at the current rate it's estimated that atlantic city will go broke by this coming may. jim. >> thank you walter. delaware river port authority police have just released this video of jahlil okafor speeding over the ben franklin bridge last october. okafor was charged for driving at 108 miles an hour. last week the sixers center reached a plea deal to dismiss reckless driving charges. he paid a $439 fine for "quote unsafe operation."
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20-year-old ryan farrell faces homicide by vehicle charges. police say farrell was street racing 20-year-old christopher bloomfield along sandmeyer lane in somerton last july when they crashed. bloomfield's three passengers fill like that pea hernandez sabrina rose and yvette gonzalez were killed. police arrested bloomfield on saturday. he was charged with homicide by vehicle and dui. the wife of bill cosby had no coins but t choice but to gia deposition. camille cosby was deposed in a defamation case brought by seven women. sarah bloomquist is live at the sat center with the full story. >> reporter: camille cosby's attorneys tried but failed to stop this deposition which to our understanding continues at this hour. so, all day today behind closed doors bill cosby's wife of 52 years has been answering questions under oath.
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this is all part of a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women accusing cosby of sexual assault. camille cosby's attorneys arrived at the springfield, massachusetts, marriott this morning for her deposition. somehow she evaded television cameras outside. there inside a conference room in a cordoned off area of the hotel camille answered questions from the attorney representing seven of her husband's alleged victims who filed a defamation suit against the embattled comedian. over the weekend camille cosby's attorneys filed this emergency motion seeking to postpone the deposition. they argued that she is protected from testifying against her husband under massachusetts law adding a 71-year-old woman who has had no involvement with the facts or allegations underlying this case will be forced to testify at a public and unsecured venue creating an unnecessary media circus and personal security threat that serves no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her.
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but the attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that mrs. cosby would have relevant information because she served as her husband's business manager for years. the judge ruled last night that the deposition must take place. more than 50 women have come forward claiming cosby sexually assaulted drugged or raped them. in december bill cosby was charged in montgomery county with drugging and sexually assaulting a former temple university employee at his elkins park home in 2004. cosby has consistently denied all the allegations. with his wife standing behind him. depositions in civil cases are typically private and sealed from public view but there are cases when that testimony can become public. again, our understanding is the deposition continues at this hour. there's no way of knowing how late it will go tonight or if it will continue tomorrow. live in the satellite center, i'm sarah bloomquist, channel6 "action news. jim. >> thank you, sarah. from our new jersey news room tonight, a bill that would raise the smoking age
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from 19 to 21 has once again advanced in the legislature. an assembly committee approved the legislation today more than a month after governor chris christie declined to act on a similar bill. the bill would finery tailers up a thousand dollars if they sell cigarettes to anybody 20 years old or younger. it would not punish under aged smokers. if the bill passes, new jersey would become the second state behind hawaii to raise the smoking age to 21. more jobs, new lodging could be coming to wilmington riverfront. today a group of developers announced plans to build two new hotels, a 100 room home wood suites and a 200 room marriott. the developers say the hotels would create 200 jobs and generate millions of dollars in taxes. coming up on "action news" tonight, students in montgomery county went on quite an expedition today
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without ever leaving their classroom. >> phillies manager pete mackanin brutally honest about ryan howard's future. the story coming up in sports. >> warm and sunny here the past three days. i'm tracking two systems that will cause a big weather pattern change. i'll have all the details on that in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> those stories and much more when "action news" continues tonight.
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>> family friends and colleagues paid tribute this morning to one of the most influential names in philadelphia journalism. homecoming service for acel
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moore was held at the grace baptist church of germantown. he died on february 12th. he was a pulitzer prize winner and founder of the national association of black journalists. acel moore was 75. virtual reality came to a montgomery county school today courtesy of google and it appears the kids gave the experience an a plus. "action news" reporter katherine scott has that stor story. >> reporter: high above an outer space or plunging to the depths of the deep blue sea a virtual field trip. all they have to do is pick up one of these. >> just not just looking at one picture you actually feel like you're there. >> i thought we were going to just look at pictures like we would see in a book but when i saw it i was like misses awesome. >> reporter: third through fifth graders here today are taking turns trying out this technology. it's part of google's
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expedition pioneer program where for a year they're showcasing this equipment for free at hundreds of different schools. there's a phone inside this cardboard viewer. teachers can load up more than 100 different scenes from the great barrier reef to the great wall of china and guide a tour on their tablets. >> while you're in it it teaches how to tell what you're seeing. >> i think it's a great way to get kids to have a hands-on experience, get to kind of see what they're learning about. >> reporter: look up, look down, look all around. 360-degree photo spheres, 3-d images and video and ambient sound make it seem like you're there. teachers decide how they want to apply this tool to their curriculums. >> these can kids have grown up with technology. they're digital natives. they've hit since the moment they were born. it's what they come to expect and so any opportunity we have to engage them with technology is something that we try and do. >> reporter: right now these trials are free.
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google will eventually charge schools but there's no word yet on what the price tag will be. google is piloting this program at schools all over the world. to learn more about the possibility of getting your school involved visit us on our web site at 6abc.com n huntingdon valley katherine scott channel6 "action news. >> ♪
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>> phillies ready to start spring training in earnest. >> yes it will get going tomorrow. phillies full team will be on the field in the morning. position players were due to report today but miguel franco. >> in just yet. our jeff skversky joins us live from clearwater, florida, with more. jeff. >> reporter: hey, ducis. phillies third baseman miguel franco is still not here. it's a little unusual. most position players report at least a day before the first full squad workout but the phillies say he's not late and they're not upset with him. of course as long as he's here by tomorrow morning. one player who did report today, the big piece, ryan
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howard and despite the ultimatum hit or sit howard had a one big smile on his face today. >> i'm good, man. baseball is among us. >> reporter: baseball is among us and so is ryan howard but for how much longer? the longest tenured philly could be walking on the field in clearwater for the final time. the phils can walk away from his $125 million contract at the end of the season. >> let's say ryan howard is probably not in the future whether that's a year or two or three from now. it's not to say ryan might have a big year this year and get another contract for all i know. i'd like to see that happen because if that happens we're going to be a much better team. >> it would help if ryan howard had a good year. to be a leader on the team and to bto. >> reporter: he needs to hit. left-handed pitching. if not howard will platoon with darin ruf at first base. last week ryan only hit .130
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against lefty. and that's not going to cut it. >> if he hits well it's up to him. >> reporter: it's up to him. >> it's up 20 him. he'll determine whether or not that happens. >> reporter: howard will field questions tomorrow from the media. we'll have a lot to say. his friend and former teammate jimmy rollins signed a minor league deal with the lighter socks. live in clearwater jeff skversky channel6 "action news." >> interesting stuff there. the eagles do another deal for one of their players again that player is not named sam bradford. malcolm jenkins has resigned. the safety had a year left on his deal. he'll make a reported $40 million over the next five years. jenkins lab as steady as they come on the back end of the defense. he's played every game in the two years he's been here. he's played in 99.7 percent of possible snaps. it's funny the new coach doug peterson is focused on keeping players not getting rid of them. >> that philosophy changed more than anything this off season has been probably the
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thing that spoke the most volumes and that guys in the locker room have paid attention to and it gives you an incentive or you wand to be in this building and be an eagle you get proud of having that logo on your chest. >> the flyers are in every game counts territory. claude giroux is out. giroux took a big hit in friday's game against montreal. the team is calling it an upper body injury. it's reportedly a concussion. he's already missed one game. the coach says the the team has to just roll with it. >> everybody's got guys that are nicked up. for us obviously g is a very important player, he's our captain, he's or lead are, he plays in a lot of different situations for us but that being said somebody else steps up and into the role. >> we shall see who steps up and that's sports. >> thank you ducis. cecily tynan about to step up with the accuweather forecast when we continue in just a moment.
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>> you've got the seven day accuweather forecast with cecily tynan. >> big changes on the way. you can put away your sunglasses for the next three days. >> i don't have sunglasses. >> you never use sunglasses. i'm putting away my sunglasses. take an umbrella. you have an umbrella. >> i do. >> you're going to need it. storm tracker6 live double scan showing you don't need the umbrella this evening. we are dry right now. but things are going to be changing but tonight a beautiful sunset. brendon tweeted this to me. the sun is setting on a very nice stretch of springlike
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weather. temperatures the past three days have really felt a little bit more like april than february. saturday 60. yesterday 61. today we dropped town to 53 degrees but still that's 7 degrees above normal but now temperatures are going to be cooling tomorrow and really the bigger deal the rain on the way. future tracker showing when all is said and done we're looking at probably about an inch and a half of rain. the bulk of this will be falling on wednesday but tomorrow's also going to be a little bit wet. right now 48 degrees in philadelphia. allentown 43. trenton 49. millville 42. and getting a sea breeze actually at the shore. wildwood currently 39 degrees. satellite6 along with action radar showing that there is some moisture developing to the south and it's a stalled frontal boundary, this low pressure that will slide to the south. this is the first of two low pressures and this is the weaker one. future tracker showing around 8 o'clock tomorrow morning generally light rain beginning to develop to the south. you'll notice as it pushes north could actually see a period of some wet snow the lehigh valley and the poconos
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could leave a little bit of a grassy accumulation but then really the rain takes over by the evening and then it pulls out. this is a quick hit. on wednesday morning a break in the action with clouds and light rain. however wednesday afternoon, wednesday evening this is when this low pressure really a powerful system h will cut to the west. what this means is the potential for heavy rain, an inch to an inch and a half. high winds higher in the atmosphere and this could lead to a gusty thunderstorm. could have localized street flooding. potential of wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour and the cold front will not be moving through until thursday and that could bring us additional showers. the next three days are going to look and feel a lot different than the past three days. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, tomorrow will be chilly, the high only 42 degrees with generally light rain. a break in the action wednesday morning. wednesday afternoon, wednesday evening this is when that
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heavy rain rolls in with the potential for some gusty thunderstorms. our high 56 degrees. we'll hit that late around midnight on wednesday and then on thursday breezy and mild, 57 degrees before a cold front moves through and that could bring us another passing shower and then behind that system finally we get to see the return of sunshine on friday with a high of 42. it will be windy, though. we're looking at wind gusts 40 to 45 miles an hour. the good news is this is all out of here by the weekend. saturday should be beautiful. little bit on the cool side, 43 degrees. on sunday we bump it up to 52 and monday mostly cloudy with a possibility of a shower with a high of 54 degrees. the next three days damp and dreary. next weekend, though, looking nice. >> beautiful. >> yes. >> thank you cecily. abc's world news tonight with david muir is next on channel6. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17. here we go with brian taff, sharrie williams, adam joseph and ducis rodgers. please join us for a special
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troubleshooters report right here on channel6 at 11:00, understanding medical bills can be a challenge and tonight nydia han offers up some help. >> we are cracking codes tonight. medical codes. to help you understand your bill and save you money. >> i think it's very important that consumers use a tool like this to check. >> how much should you be paying for your treatment or procedure? the "action news" troubleshooters have a freeway to help you find out. cracking medical codes tonight on channel6 "action news" at 11:00. >> and for cecily tynan, 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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breaking news tonight in the race for the white house. the major resignation. also, donald trump, is he now unstoppable? rubio and cruz, battling to be the alternative. but with both of them in, does it help trump? >> you're going to say, please, please mr. president. we can't stand it anymore. we don't want to keep winning. >> and tonight, has hillary clinton turned a corner? inside the seven hours of terror. the alleged uber gunman in court. six dead. and you will hear from the passengers who got into his uber car before and after the shootings. what he said to them. the storm system tonight, in the south, possible tornadoes, hail and about to move right up the east coast. major snow right behind it. the consumer alert tonight. the cdc now pointing to a popular home improvement item, saying there are possible cancer

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