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. >> we put our trust in them. >> distrust and disappointment. tonight philadelphia's own district attorney is facing federal charges and the voters who put him in office have something to say about it. pulling their product. philadelphia's new soda taxes led to fewer choices for
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consumers? this video of two teens fighting. one of them is telling nbc 150 what made them stop and shake hands. bribery, extortion, wire fraud. instead of prosecuting those crimes, district attorney seth williams is the one accused. good evening. i'm jacquelin london. >> i'm jim rosen fooeltd. the cloud of suspicion has hung over williams for nearly two years, and today federal investigators announced their indictment. >> tomorrow the district attorney will be arraigned in court. he faces 23 counts. >> investigators also claim he took thousands from his own relative money that was supposed to pay for nursing home care. seth williams has announced he will not run for re-election. >> he has not said anything about resigning, and with months
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until the end of his term, this indictment has created a lot of questions about the cases coming out of his office. nbc 10's brandon hudson taking a closer look at that tonight. >> our team coverage begins with denise. you have looked over this entire lengthy indictment. >> yes. all 50 pages. it details how the d.a. allegedly went above the law to line his own pocket books even at the expense of a family member in a nursing home. >> philadelphia's top prosecutor seth williams is about to face the trial of his career. that of his own criminal case where a federal investigator says he used his office to commit bribery, fraud, and extortion. >> mr. williams simply took money that did not belong to him. then he lied about it. >> a federal grand jury handed down a 23 count indictment. it states that williams offered to help two business owners in exchange for money and gifts. according to the indictment business owner number one bought williams a $6,300 trip to punta
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cana and gave hem a $7,000 check, $2,000 in cash, an ipad. a louis vuitton tie and burberry watch and purse. in exchange, the prosecutors say williams offered to help him bypass security at philadelphia international airport as well as help the man's friend who was facing jail time. >> the action specifically alleged in this indictment, if proven, are violations of federal law and most importantly the public trust. >> when it came to business owner number two, the indictment states in exchange for williams making him a special advisor to the d.a.'s office, complete with a badge, helping him with a liquor license, williams received 16 round trip airline tickets and lodging to florida, san diego, and vegas. a jaguar convertible, and $900 in cash. according to the incould i want the money trail also led to $20,000 met for the care of a family member in a nursing home. used by williams to pay for his
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own personal expenses, including mortgage payments and tuition. >> his attorney released a statement asking people to respect the judicial process. seth williams is expected in court in hours for now. live outside the federal courthouse i'm denise, nbc 10 news. williams is from philadelphia. the city's first black district attorney and was seen as a rising star in local politics. >> nbc 10's brandon hudson continues our team coverage from the d.a.'s office. brandon, to voters who put him in office called today's news disappointing and embarrassing. >> he called it a number of things, jacquelin and jim. after the indictment broke, we spoke to a man who helped put him into this district attorney's office. he says the news of these charges is upsetting. >> reporter: outside this catholic church in west philadelphia we met larry butts. butts went to church with seth williams and is now concerned for the young people who looked up to the district attorney.
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>> somebody we trusted in to fall like that, it's embarrassing, you know? we put our trust -- >> defense attorney bill brennan knows williams as well. he says it's unclear what affect these charges will have on previous cases handled by the d.a.'s office. >> i predict that lawyers will attempt to exploit this, but i think that's a stretch. >> however, he says keep in mind the acting u.s. attorney indicted williams, not the district attorney's office. it's williams' job to -- now he finds himself on the other side. >> this case, unfortunately, will be tried in a courtroom, and it will be tried in the mind of the public. >> tarikial is running for d.a. said in a statement i trust in the justice system of this country and the validity of the allegation against a district attorney williams will ultimately be decided by a jury
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of his piers. that is what makes our country special. rich negrin told nbc 10 the new district attorney must restore the trust in the office. >> we can't have a real person that has real credibility and viability, then we don't have integrity at the top. >> we have a statement from the mayor tonight. he says public officials need to raise the bar and their behavior and show philadelphia that they can uphold the law. live in center city, i'm brandon hudson, nbc 10 news. as brendan mentioned, right now there are eight candidates in the race for district attorney. seven democrats, one republican. democrats will be narrowed down to one after the primary in may. >> for months the nbc 10 investigators tracked the ongoing investigation against seth williams. our own mitch blocker tried numerous times to get answers from the d.a. you can see what we uncovered and get all of the details from today's indictment right now by going to nbc turning now to the weather.
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the calm before the cold in west philadelphia. this was the scene near 54th street and city avenue. plenty of people out enjoying the spring-like temps. that is about to change. >> it's going to feel a lot different when you wake up in the morning. chief meteorologist glen "hurricane" schwartz has details on the big temperature drop. glen. >> you combine the temperature drop with the wind increase and boy is it going to be a difference. not a whole lot of wind at this hour, but the wind that we do see is out of the northwest and starting to bring some colder air in. not that cold yet. 51 in philadelphia. even 50 in coatsville, and in trenton. that's not very cold for this time of the night, but look what happens in the morning. about 5:00 a.m. it's 42. instead of the temperature going up, it's going down as we go through the morning hours. p.a. suburbs 37 down to 31 at 9:00 a.m. lehigh valley down to 29.
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this is just the temperature. now, get an idea of what it's going to feel like. feel like 25 by tomorrow morning, and even colder by noontime. we'll see how cold it's going to get at the bottom and how much it's going to go up coming up in a few minutes. >> all right. we'll try to brace for it all. fans of the ellen degeneres show, listen up. tomorrow could be a chance for you to be part of a live audience. >> ellen will have a television crew on walnut street tomorrow afternoon. you better bundle up. ellen tweeted out this message earlier today. i don't know what you have going on tomorrow, philly, but you better be free at 4:00 p.m. that is, if you want to be on my show. unfortunately, tomorrow's show could be an issue for drivers. the city is shutting down walnut between broad and 17th street. numbered streets between broad and 17th will remain open. a local family is suing boyar town's -- they say their son was forced to change in the
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same bathroom as someone of the opposite sex. the district allows students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. the lawsuit claims sexual harassment and says the bathrooms are open without warning to parents. local latino business leaders held a meeting tonight to discuss ways to stimulate business. they say deportation fears are keeping immigrant shoppers from buying their goods. the meeting comes after last week's announcement that -- has been canceled. the annual cardinale event brings thousands to south philly on sink yes demayo. many will still hold celebrations at their respective businesses. could a plan to repeal and replace be in jeopardy? tonight nbc news has confirmed 27 house republicans, they will not vote for this new health care bill. that includes pennsylvania's own brian fitzpatrick. republicans can only afford to lose 21 members for the bill to pass the house. right now that vote is scheduled for thursday.
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president trump travelled to capitol hill today in an effort to urge lawmakers to pass the health care bill. mr. trump told house republicans that if they don't pass it, they could be putting their own congressional seats in jeopardy. supreme court nominee neil gorsuch says president trump's attacks on federal judges are both disheartening and demoralizing. gorsuch made those remarks during day two of his confirmation hearing on capitol hill, but tonight the house republican fundraiser, the president pulled no punches when talking about judges. >> the courts are not helping us. i have to be awesome. it's ridiculous. somebody said i should not criticize judges. okay. i'll criticize judges. >> last month the president referred to the seattle judge who blocked his travel ban as a "so-called judge." >> new details in a special election for the pennsylvania house in north philadelphia. tonight we know a write-in candidate won that election. they won't announce who until friday when all of the write
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he-in ballots are counted. republican -- was the only name on the official ballot in the mostly democratic district. a vote of confidence today for the interim chief of the new castle county police department. lieutenant colonel vaughn bond has been acting chief since the start of the year. today new castle executive matthew myer nominated bond to become permanent chief. bond is a 25-year veteran of the force. if he is approved he will be the county's first black police chief. earlier today in dover the national organization of black law enforcement executives held their annual career fair. the event was held at delaware state university. federal, state, and local agencies from up and down the east coast gathered to meet future officers. a teachable moment caught on camera. how a total stranger got these two teenagers to put down their fists. fizzled out? why philadelphia's new soda tax could make it tougher to find your favorite drink. also, hitting the brakes.
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where drivers don't have to worry about getting caught on camera and could get some money back too. glen. >> yeah. roller coaster ride with the temperatures. it was near 60 today at 4:00. it will feel like 21 tomorrow at 4:00. then it's going to go back to 70 by the weekend. my first alert forecast is next.
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is. video has gone viral for all the right reasons. >> ain't no game out here. it's real out here, little bruh. >> he spod ttted the two teenag fighting and stepped in to break it up. he then said they shouldn't be fighting at all and made them shake hands. one of the teenagers, jamal, tells nbc 10, ali's message really sunk in. >> one thing he said that got
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through to me was that, like, he explained, like, all my friends, while i thought they were my frepds, all of them wanted to see a fight. >> this video has gotten so much attention. even nba superstar lebron king james tweeted his support for what happened. he reached out to ali who tells us he is humbled by the massive attention, but he says he doesn't want to be in the spotlight. also tonight, pulling their product. philadelphia's new soda tax has led to fewer choices for consumers. nbc 10's keith jones explains why pepsi is downsizing. pepsi says it's no longer profitable to sell their larger drinks in philadelphia, so some people are traveling across the city line to avoid the soda tax and have more choices. they shop in valley -- >> it's too much. it's too expensive. it's like a whole dollar.
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>> she's not surprised pepsi plans to pull some of their larger drinks, including two liter bottles, from city shelves like here at bell's market. they say the soda tax per ounce hurts their bottom line. >> we are the face that the consumer directs their anger to. >> maria says she feels daily complaints when the price is too high, and the tax too complex. >> every single day in a consistent basis, we have loads of products that have to come back on the shelf once the customers understand that their cost is excessive. >> we ask the mayor's office to comment. they say the soda industry is trending towards smaller sizes and it doesn't have anything to do with the city's tax. further, they point to a study that suggests soda accounts for only 4% of grocery sales, so they say the city's tax won't single-handedly shut down supermarkets. for customers, no pepsi means less choice. while some businesses say the
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soda tax hurts them, others outside of the city, look at this, they're taking advantage of it. keith jones, nbc 10 news. updating a story we first reported last night. police in chester county say 16-year-old will be charged with sending fake letters to people claiming they were caught on camera speeding. the letters were mailed to homes in westtown township demanding people pay a fine. investigators say the suspect's father turned him in. if you recently paid a ticket for making a right turn on red in wilmington, you may be getting a refund. the city has thrown out right turn citations given between last july and the past january. now more than $800,000 in refunds are being sent back to the drivers who paid them. wilmington's mayor also counselled the city's right turn on red safety program all together. if you are a wells fargo customer, you'll soon no longer need your bank card to get cash from the atm. companies upgrading all 13,000 of its atm's next week, so you
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can use your cell phone to access your account. here's how it works. customers get an eight digit code from the wells fargo app. they can enter it into the machine along with their pin to get the cash. wells fargo will be the first company across the country. we told you there were going to be a lot of ups and downs. you will definitely notice it as early as tomorrow morning. >> big changes coming. let's get your neighborhood forecast from glen "hurricane" schwartz. >> yes, the shocker may not be when you first get up. the fact that it's going to be even colder in the afternoon than it is in the morning, that may be the shocker. it's going to feel 30 degrees colder by tomorrow, and by late tomorrow in the early evening, close to 40 degrees colder than today. we're going back into the 50s friday, and you're 70 on saturday, but then cold and wet sunday, monday, tuesday. enjoy friday and saturday.
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right now we're seeing temperatures in the upper 40s to the low 50s. that's 38 in millville with clear skies and light wind. the temperature trend is going straight up today. 59. but tomorrow the high of 41, and that may occur before you get up. now, 5:00 in the morning, neighborhoods right now, it's 54 in center city with pensport and fox chase down to 47 in chestnut hill. all of those numbers are pretty high for this time of night. as we go through the night, watch the feels like temperatures going down to 5:00 a.m. feeling like 22 in allentown. by 11:00 a.m. it's feeling like 13. 13 in the middle of the day. when we would normally get the highest temperatures of the day, feeling like 15 in allentown. 16 in doylestown. 19 in trenton and potstown. that's what i'm talking about. we're almost down to single
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digits in doylestown by tomorrow evening. teens everywhere, but it's not going to be a long lasting thing. this is going to last two days. thursday morning is the coldest, and then we jump up on friday. now, a couple of places like the p.a. suburbs and lehigh valley could see a little bit of a wintry mix first thing friday morning before the warmer air comes in. the rest of the air, as you can see, into the 50s, and then the weekend is going to be such a difference between saturday and sunday. warm on saturday. cold, windy, wet, nasty on sunday, monday, and tuesday. >> all right, glen. well, think you spend too much time staring at this some smartphone? >> we're also guilty, aren't we? tonight experts say it's not always a bad thing. plus, these aren't your average models. how the survivors brought some things very special to the runway.
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water was the focus of a meeting in west philadelphia tonight. nbc 10 at the over brook environmental education center for the led-free philly campaign event. officials from the water department you were on hand to alert residents for ways to identify sources of lead and ways to protect themselves from contamination. >> a fashion show for a good cause in center city. the second annual on the runway at the independence visitors center. survivors were models. march is national colon cancer awareness month. so great to see them strut that runway. now to a story that all those gamers out there can get behind. >> the -- of natural sciences hosted the benefits of screen time. it highlights how games and social media can be effective tools for learning and how certain games can help build
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social skills and creativity for kids. john clark, is that how you became so social. >> what are you doing? i agree with that study. thumbs up. flyers desperately needing a win tonight in winnipeg. they may have had some jet laying. joelle embeeb, his commercial debut, and second straight night, fight night in the nba. that is next. (vo) what if this didn't have to happen? i didn't see it. (vo) what if we could go back? what if our car... could stop itself? in iihs front-end crash prevention testing, nobody beats the subaru impreza. not toyota. not honda. not ford. the all-new subaru impreza. more than a car, it's a subaru.
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i'm john clark from csn. the flyers are desperate. they need another win. when is the last time you saw this? he loses his entire blade on his
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skate. he has to be helped off the ice. flyers strike first. 1-0, flyers there. now, third period game tied 1-1. it was wheeler for the jets. wheeler puts the jets ahead for good. flyers lose 3-2. they have lost 9 of 11 on the ro ed. 20 road losses. most in the eastern conference. philly -- he will rejoin the team after the world baseball classic. he says he sees a batting title in his future. manager pete mccannon agreeses. fifth inning against the twins. scoreless until freddy galvis, first homer of the spring. it is over the bleachers out of the stadium into the cabana. 1-0, philly. two hits. two rbi's. phillies beat the twins 9-5. working 9:00 to 5:00. joelle embebe's rookie season cut short. he is trying to find humor.
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he filmed a commercial poking fun at this long process. >> his first two seasons for -- and now out for the season after we shot this commercial with a rookie year lasting longer than a jolly rancher, joelle embebe. >> hopefully not next year. all right. another night. another fight in the nba. tonight it's robin lopez versus certainly -- lopez is usually fighting the other team's mascots, but tonight it is for real, and they kind of air balled their punches there. both were ejected. tonight 6ers at oklahoma city will get a little action going. a little brouhaha. i'm john clark. we're right back. ♪fast, rhythmic drumming
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>> i never know when to bring a heavy coat or not. it changes constantly. >> you alternate days. just getting two days of winter here, and it's going to be damp. really cold tomorrow. colder in the afternoon than in the morning. then it warms up for saturday, and then it gets cold again after that. >> tomorrow is a coat day for sure. definitely monday. >> i'm jim rosenfield. thanks for watching. have a good night. lause ] tomorrow. ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon." tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- jessica chastain, joe manganiello, musical guest gary clark jr.,


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