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arrested this morning at ben franklin high school in spring garden. "actio"action news" reporter ven odom is live at septa headquarters. and vernon, what's the latest there? >> reporter: good evening, jim. ten suspects, all teens, all minors, locked up today. an 11th has not been formally charged yet. but police tell me he will be. he's 18 and may be charged as an adult in this case. the transit police chief meanwhile says redeployment of cops is coming and some other major invasions. >> the charges are aggravated assault and robbery, which are felonies. these are serious offenses. >> reporter: in this van, leaving ben franklin high midday, seven of the alleged subway attackers arrested today in last week's mob attacks on other high schoolers in the busy race-vine station in center city. ten suspects are being held at this hour identified in this bystander video as well as septa surveillance system. all but one is under 18. the chief says this mayhem is a
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citywide problem especially during the school dismissal hours of 3:00 to 7:00. >> in the very near future, we're going to have officers riding every train at school dismissal time. and we're going to have our text flying coming out very shortly so kids can let us know when they see problems brewing and we can intervene. >> reporter: nestel says this violent behavior is not only the result of bad parenting but rather group-think generated by a few rotten apples. he points to last night's horror story at the 46th and market el. it was round two of a dispute police say between teenage girls from as far away as north philadelphia, mt. airy in germantown. there was an attempted stabbing. then this. >> a 16-year-old victim had a aerosol can that was lit, firing at her like a torch that burned her hair.
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this is serious, serious stuff that's occurring with our young kids. >> reporter: indeed, jim. and with the coming of consistent springtime weather, the problem of violence only frequently increases. live in center city, i'm vernon odom, "channel 6 action news." >> thank you, vernon. philadelphia's beverage tax brought in more money than expected for the second month in a row. preliminary numbers show the city collected $6.4 million in february. so far, the beverage tax has brought in more than 12 million. the city hopes to collect $91 million this year. all right. the halls of congress have been packed with uncertainty all day, but this we now know the vote on the bill to replace obamacare will not take place tonight as scheduled because conservative and moderate republicans can't agree on a plan. it has been postponed until tomorrow morning, which is another way of saying that the meeting of the house freedom caucus at the white house failed to produce a breakthrough.
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they don't have the votes. the conservative lawmakers did gain concessions from president trump like eliminating guarantees of essential benefits but apparently they want more. "action news" reporter john rawlins is live in collingswood, new jersey, tonight. and, john, lest we forget, there are folks around here who don't want any republican plan. they want to keep obamacare. >> reporter: absolutely, jim. and some of those folks organized in various ways today. here in camden county, a democratic congressman's office held what was called a community conversation about the aca. it was during that conversation when the news came down that the big vote was put on hold. as for a reaction? >> that may not be good. >> reporter: why? >> because it gives our republican congressmen more of a chance to reconsider, the ones who were going to say no, gives them more of a chance to reconsider or being pressured into reconsidering. >> reporter: and saying yes. >> and saying yes. >> i had the same reaction.
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it's just postponing the inevitable which concerns me greatly. >> i original affordable care act -- >> reporter: a reaction from those at this aca gathering where they heard via video link from democratic congressman donald norcross. the fate of the aca on many minds in our region, more than 600,000 people are under obamacare's umbrella. it's possible repeal generating organized pushback. ♪ we shall not we shall not be moved ♪ >> reporter: at this sing-along rally, they praised brian fitzpatrick who said he would vote against the current gop plan. >> save our care! >> reporter: in delaware county, protesters gathered in front of republican-packed meehan's springfield office. meehan fears what will happen to those who lose insurance under the go. plan. >> i think that there are going to be thousands and thousands of people without health-care, and i think that real people are going to die.
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and i want to ask the congressman if they're willing to accept the responsibility. >> reporter: well, congressman meehan of the seventh district in pennsylvania continues not to say how he will vote on the repeal and replace measure. according to an email from his staff that came before the postponement of the vote today, he says, he continues to review it. he's going to listen to his constituents and talk to his colleagues. live in collingswood, john rawlins, "channel 6 action news." jim? >> thank you, john. of course, "world news tonight" with david muir will have continuing coverage on negotiations to bring the health-care bill to a vote. that's next at 6:30 right after "action news." we have new information in the double fatal crash that claimed the life of a new jersey state trooper. autopsy and toxicology reports show that 61-year-old dr. lloyd ruddily did not have drugs in his system when he collided with williams. he lost control, crossed the
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median and hit williams' cruiser on route 55 in millville on december 5th. both were killed. the reports do not indicate if ruddily had a medical condition that contributed to the crash. a very nasty crash in allentown this morning, also turned into a crime scene and tonight a suspect is behind bars. live at fillmore and priscilla is "action news" reporter gray hall. gray what are the details? >> reporter: well, jim, quite the wake-up call for this neighborhood this morning. police still investigating this case, but what started out as a call to police about a suspicious person on this street ended in chaos. >> it was scary. every single one of the airbags was deployed and i couldn't -- i couldn't believe anybody came out of that alive. >> reporter: thursday morning, residents along fillmore street and allentown woke up to this chaotic scene. chopper 6 was above the area after two cars collided. police say the black bmw was at
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fault and slammed into this silver suv. residents living in the area shared images of the aftermath with "action news." >> everything was just so smashed up, and -- it was -- it was bad. i never seen a car tipped on its side like that. >> reporter: police say it all started a little before 8:00 a.m. when they got a call for a welfare check along wood and priscilla. they found a man in a bmw passed out at the will. an officer tapped on the window and the man sped off losing the officer. he didn't get far, but before police could catch him, he caused this horrible crash. a man and a woman were inside the suv. the suspect slammed into. the man only had minor injuries, but crews had to free the woman who was trapped on the passenger side. in couldn't can really see her until they actually took her out. but she was conscious, but she was slowly moving. so she was hurt pretty bad. >> reporter: despite how bad it looks, police say the suspect ran away from this scene and yet again was able to lose the
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pursuing officers. investigators set up a perimeter and were eventually able to arrest the suspect. police confirm he was wanted for several outstanding warrants including dui. >> when they were cleaning up or whatever, i sought the police take a weapon out of the vehicle. >> reporter: a gun. >> a gun, yeah. >> reporter: all right. so back out live. we did ask police about that gun. they would not confirm or deny those reports. i can tell you the vigtim is suspected to survive. no police officers were injured. not a whole lot of information about that suspect, no name, no age. but we can tell you, police tell us the car he was in was not stolen. live in allentown, gray hall, "channel 6 action news." jim? >> gray, thank you. a jury is now deliberating the criminal case against former penn state president graham spanier. the defense arrested today -- rested today without calling witnesses. he's accused of mishandling complaints that former assistant football coach jerry sandusky was molesting boys. the defense said there is no
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evidence spanier committed a crime. spanier faces felony counts of child endangerment and conspiracy. we have an alert for drivers. mlk will be closed between the art museum and sweetbriar drive as the streets department makes repairs to the road and the sidewalks. work is scheduled from 9:00 tonight until 5:00 tomorrow. and as long as we're talking about roads, the ben franklin parkway turns 100 this year. and the city is planning a major celebration. representatives from several organizations unveil plans today at the logan hotel in center city. it will be called parkway 100. there'll be 14 months of exhibitions and events, conversations, and promotions and that man, channel 6 president and general manager bernie prazenica revealed how channel 6 plans to play a role in the festivities. >> i think the biggest thing is we're going to participate in a special. and so we'll do a half-hour
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special that will be broadcast in september. and that will be all about all the partners and all the great things that are going on on the parkway. and we'll certainly make sure that our thanksgiving day parade celebrates the parkway as well. >> the celebration begins on september 8th. and coming up on "action news" tonight, the phillies honor former manager dallas green before today's game in clearwater. when rowan university finds out that some it students have to make a choice between tuition and books or a meal, they open up a food pantry on campus. i'm nora muchanic in glassboro. i'll have that story coming up. depilot all the sunshine, temperatures only climb into the mid-40s. i am tracking much warmer air on the way before cloudy, damp weather moves in and sticks around for a while. i'll explain. hi
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go to any college campus and anything that has to do with food is a big deal. how good is it? when can you get it? but at rowan university, they have offered up a solution to another question: how much does it cost? if this is happening anywhere else, we haven't heard about it. nora muchanic has the story. >> reporter: it's opening day for the shop. rowan university's brand-new campus resource center that will provide free food and toiletries to struggling students. >> two dining halls on campus. we have all these eating options up and down rowan boulevard, but if you don't have the funds to pay for it, you can't access it. >> reporter: last spring, rowan did a survey. of the students who responded,
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51% said they'd either cut or skipped a meal because they couldn't afford it, some more than once. student activists pushed for a food pantry to help those dealing with food insecurity. >> so when they're thinking about how -- where's my next meal going to come from and i ran out of meal sites and i don't have money to go to burger king, hey, we just opened a food pantry. >> the shop was purposely placed in the middle of the campus on the bottom floor of a dorm. the idea is ease's access for those who need it. >> if i'm low on money -- >> reporter: t.j. has used food pantries before and says the shop will be a big help. >> especially forestudents who need it, students who are poor, students of color, things like that, who will definitely need this as a resource. >> reporter: it's an important issue on campus because there are consequences for students who go hungry. >> the lack of the ability to concentrate, to even get out of bed in the monk, to be able to focus on tests. >> reporter: the student government association and the university foundation helped stock the shelves here along with other donors. lessons will be offered on how
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to make nutritious meals. they want to get the message to students who struggle financially and don't get enough to eat. >> the community has your back. we want you to get through school. we don't want you to be hungry. >> reporter: in glassboro, i'm nora muchanic, "channel 6 action news." young ladies who attend middle school in camden received a lesson in leadership today. the leap academy university charter school hosted a women's history event at its puerto rican arts center. the event was designed to introduce students to female leaders in the community. the speakers shared their paths to success and encouraged the students to believe in themselves. >> implegt
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than cold medicine alone. shut your mouth and say goodnight mouthbreathers. breathe right. the phillies fans say goodbye to dallas green. >> lots of laughs and, of course, lots of tears down in clearwater as the phillies remember dallas green. his memory will last forever. and the stories could go on forever as well. that former phillies manager dallas green, a day after he passed away, teary-eyed larry bowa says, they don't win that first world series without him.
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before the phillies game today, there was a moment of silence to honor green, who died at the age of 82. phillies flags at half staff and they hang number 46 in the dugout as a tribute. bowa remembers how they would push their buttons in 1980 to win. >> he told me a lot about being mentally tough and giving everything unfortunate have, every pitch -- everything you have, every pitch, nine innings, never quit. he was a guy that told our team, look in the mirror. you guys aren't as good as you think you are. he said, anybody can win divisions. he says, go out and win a world series. >> and they did just that. with a heavy heart, bowa and the coaching staff with tough decisions as they try to finalize their opening day roster. spring training end next friday. herrera returns to the lineup today. he must be feeling better. first inning, he takes a swing.
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flips the bat. phillies jump out to a 2-0 lead. nola continues to struggle. he strikes out six and his longest outing of the spring but he a i hows 4 earned runs, 3 of them coming in third. phillies lose 4. 4-2. the flyers are running out of time. a ten-games to go including tonight in minnesota, they have to somehow make up an 8-point deficit in the wildcard standings to make the playoffs. the results have not been there, but the flyers say don't question their effort. >> i'm pretty positive, what have we been doing. leave everything on the ice. sometimes it doesn't work. but like i said, games like that, you have to find a way to win. i don't think -- the effort is there. sometimes things doesn't go well. and we don't play enough to be in a playoff spot right now. we have to find a way to win last nine or ten games of the season. like the flyers, the sixers
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are all but officially eliminated from playoff contention with only 11 games to go, the sixers' tough road trip continues tomorrow night in chicago where they have lost six straight to the bull pls the 76ers rocked once again by the thunder last night. despite getting jahlil okafor back. sixers blown out by 25 russell westbrook doesn't miss a single shot. sixers have miss the 16 straight to oklahoma city oklahoma city. high school hoops, they can win back-to-back titles when they face lincoln park in the class "a" championship game today. he has has a hard time stopping him from western pa. drew with more than 1400 points in his career including today, kennedy catholic celebrating their second straight state title. and we'll see if neumann-goretti can follow suit later tonight. hundreds of students from philadelphia went head to head today testing their knowledge of
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all things academic. the students faced off in the fishtown march madness competition at the is hisler rec center. participants had to correctly answer questions on topics such as geography, history and science. the event is one of the largest academic tournaments in the city. it is now in its 16th year. ♪ leave it to the pros? i am a pro. i made this lawn from seed pride, and less water than you'd think. to those who'd say the grass is greener on the other side.. i politely disagree. pennington smart seed. guaranteed to grow with 30% less water. reclaim your turf.
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at least the wind has gone. it feels so much warmer. >> so much better. >> so much better. >> and it's still ten degrees below normal. it's going to feel a lot better tomorrow. and then a whole lot better on saturday. >> keep bringing the good news. >> then the bottom drops off. but, hey, at least saturday looks nice.
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stormtracker 6 live double scan, showing no rain out there and very few clouds. the action cam in wilmington, delaware, bellevue state park, a great day to be out with the sunshine. notice a lot of the trails. that snow is finally melting away. but we do have a little bit of wintry weather moving into the poconos tomorrow morning. there's a warm front that will be moving through. it will bring some light precipitation north and west of philadelphia. temperatures cooling off that it could come in the form of some brief snow, sleet and freezing rain. so the national service has issued a winter weather advisory for the poconos. 8:00 tomorrow morning until 1:0. but what that front will do is lift temperatures in the 50s tomorrow. and future tracker showing saturday afternoon, 73 degrees in philadelphia. however, there is a backdoor front, a cold front up to the north. new york city, 56 degrees. that front will move in overnight saturday into sunday. and that will bring us a quick
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change in the weather. so definitely the better of the two days will be saturday. right now, still on the cool side. philadelphia, 45. allentown, 44. wilmington, 44. cape may, 41. trenton, 43. temperatures running about ten degrees below normal. and satellite and radar showing we still have high pressure in control. that brought us all the sunshine today. and you can see it's kind of keeping the clouds at bay. here's the warm front. stretching from the midwest into kentucky. so it will take a while for the clouds to get here. so tonight, clear early, then clouds rolling in after midnight. temperatures a bit on the cool side, 36 is the normal low for this time of the year for philadelphia. we'll drop down to 32. but this morning, we're at 24. so not nearly as cold as this morning. future tracker showing tomorrow late in the morning around 11:00, this is when you can see some of that mixed precipitation across the poconos. could even have a few sleet pellets kind of mixed in across the northern lehigh valley, northern berks county.
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but it's very brief. by 1:00, the moisture has moved up to the north. still very plenty of clouds. but be patient. late in the afternoon tomorrow, we should see the return of sunshine, about 5 there. mostly sunny -- 5:00, mostly sunny skies. 55 degrees. 56 is the normal high for this time of the year. some mixed precipitation across the poconos early. sunshine by the afternoon. and then saturday saturday is when temperatures climb up into the 70s. 74 degrees. if you're thinking about going to the shore, though, temperatures only in the upper 50s on the beach. quite a difference. that back cold front again will slip through bringing us clouds, temperatures back in the low 50s. so the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast, late sunshine, 55 degrees tomorrow. saturday, 74. temperatures in the 50s down the shore. sunday, it's cloudy. it's damp. it's cool and breezy. kind of a raw day. 53 degrees. we keep that chance of showers monday and tuesday, an unsettled start to the week.
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temperatures in the low 60s. wednesday, i think we could have a lingering shower in the morning. the clouds break for sunshine. 61 degrees. and then next thursday, finally, bright sunshine is back with a high of 58 degrees. the weekend, if you have outdoor plans, saturday, if you have some indoor plans, do them on sunday. something for everyone. >> it just works out that way. >> i love it. >> all right. thank you, cecily. abc's "world news tonight with david muir." "action news" continues at 10:0, sharrie williams, adam joseph, and ducis rodgers. then please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel 6 can. for cecily tynan, jeff skversky, 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. no deal on health care. chaos on capitol hill. the big vote postponed. a major setback for the president. millions of americans waiting for answers. the face of terror. daytime bloodshed in the heart of london. the woman who jumped for her life. the american on his wedding anniversary, swept up in the attack. tonight, new details about the attacker and new suspects. string of assassinations. another critic of clad mere putin gunned down. brian ross on the chilling price some pay for taking on putin. the disturbing new allegations. the suspect, an army veteran, in court accused of coming to new york city, stalking black victims


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