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back in philadelphia and bound for a courtroom. delvon barnes will face a court today, one week after his alleged kidnapping victim was rescued. ready to rally. parents and students calling for an end to school violence after this teacher was knocked unconscious. and many of you once again waking up to fog this morning. a live look here. you can see some dense fog over part of the city. low-lying clouds there. and we are getting set for our last mild, pleasant day before that big blast of cold air settles into the region we've been tell you about. good morning. welcome to "nbc 10 news today" on this wednesday. i'm chris cato. and let's begin with meteorologist bill henley and his first alert forecast. and bill is on fog patrol this
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morning. >> and like yesterday, most of it has been in new jersey and delaware, while pennsylvania is mostly fog-free, but there are some low clouds moving into the city. this is the view from center city. you can see the clouds obscuring the buildings at this hour. those clouds are going to stay with us for hours, but we will see sunshine later today. right now the visibility's just fine north and west in pennsylvania, but as we go into new jersey, there you can see the dense fog. trenton, wrightstown both at quarter-mile visibility, down to half a mile at toms river. and look at the thick fog for atlantic city, millville, dover, georgetown and wildwood. they're seeing zero visibility this morning. so, there's plenty of fog across delaware and south jersey, and clouds across the rest of the area, keeping temperatures much warmer this morning. we are running 15 to 20 degrees warmer than yesterday. it's 57 right now in philadelphia. that's close to the normal high temperature for this time of year. during the day, yes, we'll start with fog, but clouds break at 9:00, and by lunchtime, we'll
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see a nice breeze blowing, and that will push the clouds right out of here and it will get stronger as the day goes on. your hour-by-hour future weather when i come back in less than ten minutes. first alert traffic reporter jillian mele is standing by with your wednesday morning traffic. good morning, jillian. >> good morning to you, bill. so far, so good on a lot of the majors out there. no accidents to report on 76. in fact, this is a live look at 76 near montgomery drive. you can see it's quiet in both directions the entire length of 76 is problem-free this morning, so that's a little bit of good news. we have a minor accident on the shoulder of 309 southbound by bethlehem pike. it's not blocking anything on the highway, so good to go there. construction on the northeast extension northbound between lansdale and quakertown as part of that long-term construction zone. chris. a couple new things from overnight to tell you about. a man was shot in north philadelphia and died at the hospital. nbc 10 was on the scene on north colorado street there. police say a victim, a man in his early 20s, was shot at close range just after 11:00 last night. so far, there are no arrests or no motives for the murder.
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also, investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at a vacant row home in philadelphia on mayfield street in kensington. firefighters quickly had the fire out. officials tell us there were squatters inside the home at the time. they made it out and left the scene. 3:04 now. and happening today, the man accused of kidnapping a philadelphia woman and sparking a three-day manhunt will appear in federal court in center city today. devlin barnes was transferred from a jail in philadelphia yesterday, held in virginia on separate charges that he kidnapped and raped a 16-year-old girl there. nbc 10's jesse gary is live in center city. jesse, barnes now has to face charges in the philadelphia kidnapping, so what will happen in court this afternoon? >> reporter: chris, barnes has not been assigned a lawyer, so that could be one of the things that happens at his arraignment inside federal court today. police say the 37-year-old is the same man in this surveillance video seen snatching carlesha
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freeland-gaither off a germantown street last week. tips, clues and store surveillance video helped federal, state and local lawmen track down barnes and rescue freeland-gaither in a few days in maryland. barnes faces federal kidnapping charges here in pennsylvania. coming up in 30 minutes, how and why barnes are going to be on trial here first, even though he faces state charges in virginia for an earlier crime. live outside the federal building and federal courthouse in center city, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. also happening today in southwest philadelphia, a rally will be held at bartram high school after the third assault of a teacher there in the past month. cell phone video here shows a substitute teacher lying in a school hallway last week. police say he was knocked unconscious by a student. the teacher is recovering from a concussion. parents, teachers and students say they will hold a rally today calling for an end to the violence at 3:00 this afternoon outside the school. the pennsylvania state police barracks where that trooper was killed in an ambush back in september will reopen today for full operations for
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the first time since the shooting. the state trooper who survived is now at a new york city hospital. alex douglass was taken there for surgery on monday. that hospital specializes in orthopedics. douglass was shot in the pelvis and corporal bryon dickson was killed in the september 12th ambush at the blooming grove barracks. the man accuseth of the shooting, eric frein, was arrested after a seven-week manhunt in the poconos. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. one of the men accused in that carjacking crash that killed a philadelphia woman and her three children is set to be arraigned today. cornelius crawford faces two dozen charges, including murder and sexual assault. police say crawford and jonathan rosic carjacked a woman, sexually assaulted her, then crashed her suv into a family on the sidewalk in the toga neighborhood. kisha williams and her children, ages 15, 10 and 7, were killed. the teen accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl last week has a hearing in darby borough today. police say kasim hill taunted
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police, telling them to come and get him the day before he surrendered to authorities. now to our coverage of "decision 2014" and the winner of new jersey's first congressional district race will be sworn in to office later today. democratic state senator donald norcross will take the oath of office in washington. norcross defeated republican gary cobb in last week's election. norcross will fill the seat of former congressman rob andrews, who resigned to take a job with the philadelphia law firm. and today, congress will be returning to washington for the first time since the midterm elections. lawmakers are trying to tie up some loose ends before the new congress is sworn in. on the agenda, a vote to expand the fight against isis, a temporary spending bill and funding for the fight against ebola. and the government's response to ebola is also on that agenda today. the senate appropriations committee will hear testimony from ebola experts about the handling of the crisis. now, this is the first hearing in the senate since the first u.s. case of ebola was diagnosed in dallas. and the last person to be diagnosed with ebola in the u.s.
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is now back at home. dr. craig spencer was released from a new york city hospital yesterday after being declared ebola-free. spencer treated ebola patients in west africa for five weeks. we learned overnight that president obama called spencer to commend him for his service and selflessness. los angeles laker and philadelphia native wayne ellington jr. is on a leave of absence now from the nba after his father was murdered here over the weekend. investigators say 57-year-old wayne ellington sr. was found shot in the head in the driver's seat of a car on marion street in germantown. his son is in his first year with the lakers. he played at the university of north carolina after finishing an all-star high school career at episcopal academy in marion. this morning, police have a man in custody, charged with vandalizing the graves of veterans at two local cemeteries. bensalem police arrested anthony carter yesterday after connecting him with five arsons that happened over the summer. police say those fires destroyed american flags and veterans'
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grave markers at rosedale memorial park and roosevelt memorial. investigators say carter voluntarily gave them a dna swab when an officer noticed him acting suspiciously in a cemetery late at night. >> they matched to the stems of the flags when he was pulling the flags out of the ground. he must have left his dna actually on the wood. >> investigators tell us carter being arrested on veterans day yesterday was just a coincidence. they just happened to get the dna results back this week. investigators in mercer county say one of the drivers in this crash involving a school bus and a car crossed over the center line, but they're still not sure which driver did that. the accident happened around 3:00 yesterday afternoon on route 206 in trenton. the bus, as you see there, ended up on its side. four people were hurt, including a 16-year-old student. all of those injuries were minor. now, nbc 10 was there as both the bus and the car were towed from the scene last night. the 16-year-old student is a student at rockbrook school in spillman.
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now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> it is a foggy start this morning. that's a live view from center city. low clouds and fog in the area. plenty of clouds over center city and the rest of the area, keeping temperatures warmer. the thickest fog is in new jersey this morning. take a look. right now we're dealing with fog across delaware and new jersey, and like yesterday, it will clear, and we will see sunshine. in fact, bright sunshine. but it's going to be a windy afternoon. and riding in on those winds, cold air that arrives tonight. the temperatures will take a tumble. overnight tonight we'll drop into the 30s. right now, though, 50. 53 degrees in allentown. northeast philadelphia is 56. and millville, in spite of the fog, is at 58 degrees right now. there's another view from center city. you can see the low clouds that have been thickening up so far this morning. they are likely to get a bit thicker. fog north and west not a problem, no, but for trenton, wrightstown, dense fog in both of those locations. atlantic city is down to a
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quarter of a mile, along with millville, dover and georgetown, and it's holding at zero visibility in wildwood right now. it is a mild start, 56 degrees in philadelphia. at northeast, pottstown it's 52, and it's 57 degrees at philadelphia international. no sign of the 40s that we saw yesterday. skippack is down to 50 degrees, but it's 54 in eagleville. even farther north and west it's in the lower 50s to start with. but temperatures will climb into the 60s once we get rid of these clouds. the clouds thinning from a system that is offshore. the moisture is going to be thinning out with drier air rushing in this afternoon. you can see the radar. nothing is falling from those clouds this morning. we will see the temperatures climb after a warm start. by 7:00 this morning, we'll be at 53 degrees in philadelphia. as those clouds break out of here at 10:00, upper 50s. and then it's into the 60s this afternoon. say good-bye to the clouds and hello to the wind. look at these arrows all lining up. gusty winds this afternoon. i'll show you what that does to
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the temperatures when i come back in less than ten minutes with the extended future weather. okay, let's see what kind of effect, if any, the fog in parts of the area is having on the roadways right now. nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter jillian mele has a look at that through her various eyes in the sky. hi, jillian. >> good morning to you, chris. in fact, this is a live look in millville. very foggy conditions here. you can barely make it out, but this is one of those lines right there in the center of the road, very foggy, route 55 at route 49. so use caution there. we also have foggy conditions reported along various spots along the new jersey turnpike, including right near interstate 195, exit 7a. speeds are restricted to 45 miles per hour just as a precaution in that area. so, that's something important for you to know. if you're traveling any of the area bridges, no accidents to report. they're looking pretty good. but the tacony-palmyra bridge, we are following some construction, some overnight road work, so just keep that in mind. we have lanes restricted there. chris? well, a local school is taking a mobile approach to fighting childhood obesity. you'll find out how this unusual vehicle will not only show students what to eat but how to
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grow it. and homeless people turned away from local shelters. they took refuge elsewhere, but now time is running out on their temporary solution.
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we're trying to figure out through the fog exactly which view we're getting of center city. you can make out the peco building, maybe looking toward 30th street station. it's hard to tell. this is low-lying cloud cover over philadelphia. other areas, especially new jersey, delaware, seeing dense fog forming. we'll have that with us throughout the morning. meteorologist bill henley, though, says sun is coming out later today and warming up nicely into the low 60s before the cold air moves in. new this morning, some local children get a hands-on lesson
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about farming and fresh produce without having to leave their school. this vehicle, the philly farm explorer, will make its debut at amity bridgie school in south philadelphia later this morning. the van is equipped with garden beds and a mobile kitchen. it's part of an effort between the blue cross foundation and greener partners to teach students about fresh fruit and vegetables. >> so, it's really important, especially in some of the inner city public schools that a lot of the children don't have opportunities to go out to the farm and learn about how their fruits and vegetables are grown. >> the students will get to make a sweet potato dip today. mm-mmm. and take that home with them. the recipe, too. city officials are looking to see if food recycling would be beneficial for philadelphia. the city spends more than $6 million a year sending food scrap to landfills. officials say food waste recycling programs could save money, conserve energy and create some jobs. residents will be able to weigh in on the matter during a hearing this afternoon in
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council chambers. if you live in pennsylvania and you depend on medicaid, you're going to find out that your benefits are about to change. governor tom corbett's administration says this is part of an overhaul of the program's medical coverage plans. the exact plan changes, though, aren't yet available, because they don't yet have federal government approval. now, notices were mailed out to enrollees last week. the corbett administration says they will be sorted into one of two plans and those will go into effect january 1st. democratic governor-elect tom wolf opposes the changes, saying it reduces benefits for the poor. 4:16 now, and "businessweek" has just released rankings for the top business schools in the country, and no surprise, some of those are right here in this area. the wharton school of business at the university of pennsylvania was ranked number two, just behind duke university at the top of the list. penn state university came in number 40. and rutgers business school, newark and new brunswick ranked 65th on the list. and hundreds of top high schools were honored in washington, d.c., including some
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from this area. public and private schools across the country were given the national blue ribbon award for academic excellence and for supporting minority students. and here is a look at the local schools that received that honor. the academy of dover charter school in kent county, biotechnology high school in monmouth county, and in philadelphia, franklin towne charter high school and hill friedman world academy. suburban pennsylvania schools include merion elementary, mt. st. joseph academy, nazareth area middle school, new hope-solebury high school and norwood font bon academy. >> we appreciate the recognition and we love the fact that we have been so successful, people are starting to take notice that charter schools are really starting to develop in the country and that charter schools can be successful. >> the principal of franklin towne charter speaking there. he said his school's small size and community support are what set it apart. well, dozens of people who are homeless and living in a tent community in bucks county have one day to get off that
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property. with colder weather on the way, about 30 people who set up camp on private property near bristol pike in bristol are being told to leave or they will end up in jail. but some say they have nowhere to go because shelters are full. >> trying to figure out where to go. now it's up in the air. they can't get housing, can't get help. it's hard to get help 37. >> community organizations say there just aren't enough shelters in bucks county. some of the shelters have a wait list of six to eight months. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bhinl. >> clouds overhead, some areas of fog and the temperatures much warmer this morning. there you can see the clouds over the city. this is the view from here at the nbc 10 studios. those clouds like a blanket across the area, keeping temperatures much warmer this morning. 57 degrees right now in philadelphia. the normal high temperature is in the upper 50s. that's where we are right now. it's 11 degrees warmer than yesterday morning.
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you can see the low cloudiness over center city. no fog in this shot, though. that's a clear view right across the delaware. other parts of new jersey, though, are looking at thick fog. in delaware, too. dover, quarter-mile visibility, holding at zero in wildwood, at cape may. millville is at quarter-mile visibility and dense fog right up the coast at toms river. clouds overhead coming off a system just offshore, but to the west, we have a few scattered showers. don't expect these showers to move into the area, but behind these showers is the wind that's going to be blowing through the area this afternoon and clear things out in a hurry. look at that, no sign of clouds by late this afternoon. and then the temperatures get chilly tonight. 52 degrees at 8:00. look at the 40s north and west. the real cold arrives overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning. look the the 30s, allentown, reading, doylestown, pottstown dropping to the 30s. low 40s center city by 7:00 tomorrow morning, 30s in delaware and south jersey, too. so, it's going to get a lot
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colder on us and windier during the day. that wind will push the clouds out of here. so, even though we're starting off with fog and low clouds, like yesterday, we'll wind up with lots of sunshine. that's not a mistake. temperatures will be in the middle to upper 60s this afternoon. but they'll look nothing like that this weekend. the seven-day forecast when i come back in the next half hour. >> let us enjoy those mid-60s while we can, then, bill. thank you. 20 minutes after 4:00 and let us enjoy some problem-free roadways, hopefully, jillian? >> not in northeast philadelphia, chris. we just got word of an accident and our assignment desk sent a photographer out to the scene. cottman avenue closed between somerdale avenue and whitaker avenue. you can take tyson avenue as an alternate there. we had a minor accident on the shoulder of 309 southbound at bethlehem pike. that just cleared, so no problems to report on 309. and if you're heading out on 95, for the most part, it's pretty quiet. this is what it looks like right near cottman avenue in the midst of that long-term construction zone. chris? well, one exit along the garden state parkway in ocean county has closed for good.
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exit 88 on the southbound side of the parkway closed monday night as part of improvements being made in lakewood. drivers will now have to pay a toll and use exit 89 to get to route 70. two new elevators will open today at dilworth park in center city. the elevators will allow people to get from the park plaza to the transit concourse. septa and the district have worked together to improve the mass transit stations connected to dilworth plaza. well, there is a new way to shop at the reading terminal market without leaving your home. the historic market in center city is offering same-day delivery, according to our news partners at the "philadelphia business journal." 32 merchants have partnered with the delivery service instacart. right now, the products are limited to prepackaged groceries, fresh produce and baked goods. it's time to remind you that it's time for you to vote. you can still vote in our next "high school blitz game of the week." it's an all-playoff edition. pottsgrove and undefeated
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springfield-delaware county. then we have a pair of teams with just one loss each, west deptford and glassboro, or west chester henderson at undefeated coatesville. to vote, just go to nbc10.com or our facebook page. you can also call or text your once-per-day vote to 610-624-4111. and of course, the game with the most votes will be featured on "the high school blitz," which airs saturday, 7:00 p.m. right here on nbc 10. well, scientists are trying to make some history this morning. next, the attempt at a daring trick in space that's under way right now. and home at last. where a good samaritan found a local zoo's stolen attraction. and comments about sexual assault that has this local college president apologizing this morning.
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it is a morning for the low headlights, the low beams, as you're driving on local roads this morning. some fog, especially in new jersey and delaware right now. as we're looking live at the aramark building, these are low-lying clouds over center city that are actually keeping our temperatures very mild this morning. we are at 56 degrees in philadelphia and warming into the mid-60s today. harpooning a comet. that's what the european space agency is hoping to do so the rosetta spacecraft can latch on for a historic landing this morning. it launched in the last half hour. this shows you what the mission may look like if it succeeds. there goes the landing module there. controllers decided to harpoon the comet after the descent rockets on rosetta failed. 4:25. from our south jersey bureau now, a lawsuit has been settled over fishkills linked to salem
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nuclear plant. environmental groups had sued new jersey's department of environmental protection. now the dep has to decide if the power plant needs to make upgrades to reduce fish kills. the group estimates that the plant is responsible for killing more than 3 million fish a year. and an update now to a story we first told you about yesterday morning. a parrot stolen from the cape may county zoo was found and returned. the african gray parrot named brutus disappeared sunday from his cage, which was latched but not locked. on monday night, two women brought the bird to middle township police station. the women said they found brutus on a road very close to the zoo. >> birds don't walk down the road at night. he didn't have his little knapsack to leave the zoo, you know. somebody left him there. >> investigators are looking at surveillance video. the bird cages at the zoo have now been padlocked to keep brutus and his pals safe and secure. at the philadelphia zoo, a
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male lion is now part of a family affair. mckeeny, the african lion, has joined his mate and four cubs in the big cat exhibit. the cubs were born in late june. since september, they've only been in public view with their mother, but now the whole family, the whole pride is on display, and you can see them every day at the philadelphia zoo. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> low clouds, fog and temperatures that are mild. we're in the 50s right now. 56 degrees. that's a live view from center city. the time is 4:27. jillian mele is in traffic. hey, jillian. >> good morning to you, bill. a live look at center city, philadelphia, the vine street expressway right at interstate 95. both highways looking pretty good this morning, but we do have an accident in northeast philadelphia. details coming up in just a few minutes. chris? and a former philadelphia police officer in jail for using mob-like tactics has been released by accident. next, how this mistake happened.
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back in philadelphia and bound for a courtroom. delvin barnes will face a judge today, one week after his alleged kidnapping victim was rescued. justice for a fallen police officer. the new law that's being used for the first time today to punish a woman connected to that local cop's death. and parts of the area waking up to fog and low clouds outside. take a look at that as we begin the last mild day before a big cold blast hits us. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. s,

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