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Friday, November 29, 2013

Assault Rifle Used To Rob 'Wild & Crazy Beauty Supply Store'

 Police say two guys broke out an AR-15-style assault rifle to commit a beauty supply store robbery in Hunting Park that was caught on surveillance video.
This happened Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. at the Wild & Crazy Beauty Supply store located at 4326 North Broad Street in Hunting Park.
Police say the duo entered the store with their faces covered, and one pointed the weapon at employees, demanding that they fill a dark-colored bag with money from the cash registers. The other stayed near the front door, acting as a lookout.
Police said that, after taking an undetermined amount of money, both suspects ran away in an unknown direction.
Police described both suspects as black males in their late teens to early-20s with medium builds.
The one carrying the assault rifle had his face covered with a black neoprene ski mask while wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, black colored pants, an Armani Exchange belt and dark-colored sneakers. The other had an animal print mask, wore a gray hooded Adidas sweatshirt with a logo in black on the front, dark colored pants and gray sneakers with bright red laces.
If you see these suspects, police say don't approach them; call 9-1-1 immediately. To submit a tip, call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text to PPD TIP (773847).
If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact Northwest Detectives Division at 215-686-3353/3354.

Lions Score 37 Straight In 40-10 Rout Over Packers

Lions Score 37 Straight In 40-10 Rout Over Packers

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions were dominant after a shaky start and snapped a few losing streaks.
Matthew Stafford made up for some mistakes with three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, to help Detroit score 37 straight points to beat the Green Bay Packers 40-10 on Thursday.

The Lions (7-5) had lost their last two games, five consecutive against Green Bay and a franchise-record nine straight in their annual showcase on Thanksgiving.

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City Of Philadelphia Gives Shoppers A Holiday Gift

City Of Philadelphia Gives Shoppers A Holiday Gift

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re trying to plan your holiday errands, the City of Philadelphia has a gift for you again this year: free Saturday parking at meters city wide at 11 a.m. starting tomorrow.

It’s a holiday tradition that goes back several years as a way to bring shoppers into the city.
Several people among the crowds in Old City on Friday love the idea.

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IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail
Other characteristics of this scam include:
  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at  Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website,

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Turkey Dinner Aboard Battleship New Jersey Gives Thanks To Those That Serve

Turkey Dinner Aboard Battleship New Jersey Gives Thanks To Those That Serve
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CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – An annual Thanksgiving dinner for active military and veterans in the region got a new home this year — aboard the Battleship New Jersey, on Camden’s waterfront.

An honor guard of flag-waving bikers and music by mummers greeted combined forces from McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Dover Air Force Base, as they boarded the ship for a traditional meal. Warm “thank you’s” and a trays of hot food welcomed former and current military members.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Vick Ready To Step In For Nick Foles If Needed

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Vick Ready To Step In For Nick Foles If Needed

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles not in uniform for today's game against the Oakland Raiders, looks on during pre-game warm ups at Coliseum on November 3, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named Nick Foles the starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2013 season, starting with this weekend’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals. Given the way he had been playing as the Eagles headed in to the bye week, the decision to name Foles as the starter for the final stretch of the season was an easy one. Kelly has handled the situation about as well as any first year head coach could have, and his players all seem to be on board with the decision, including Mike Vick.

“It’s not disappointing at all,” Vick said Tuesday after the announcement was made. “Obviously, as a competitor you want to be out there, you want to playand you want to help your teammates out, but you can only control what you can control, so I just have fun being a part of it.”

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Sixers To Retire Iverson’s No. 3 Jersey

Sixers To Retire Iverson’s No. 3 Jersey

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., (CBS) –  The Philadelphia 76ers announced Friday that they will officially retire Allen Iverson’s number “3” in a special halftime ceremony on Saturday, March 1, 2014 when the Sixers host the Washington Wizards.

Known as “The Answer,” Iverson led the Sixers to their first Finals appearance since 1983.

“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” said Philadelphia 76ers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil in a statement. “Allen left everything out on the court and no one could ever question his heart – he was relentless, fearless and pound-for-pound, was one of the greatest to ever play the game.”

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Allentown Woman To Face Death Penalty In Baby Death

Allentown Woman To Face Death Penalty In Baby Death
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EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in eastern Pennsylvania plan to seek the death penalty in the trial of a woman accused of giving birth in a sports bar bathroom, wrapping the newborn in a plastic bag and hiding him in a toilet tank.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Wednesday that 27-year-old Amanda Hein of Allentown deserves to be executed because she killed a child.

A cleaning crew found the baby’s body in the toilet on Aug. 19 at Starters Pub in Bethlehem, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. A coroner concluded the boy was born alive.

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School District Bus Driver Charged With Indecent Assault, Corruption Of Minors

School District Bus Driver Charged With Indecent Assault, Corruption Of Minors
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—The Superintendent of Centennial School District Dr. Joyce Mundy announced that a school bus driver was charged with indecent assault, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minors stemming from incidents that occurred outside his employment within the District.

The accused bus driver, Fred Brimmer, has been on administrative leave since October 22 when the District first learned of an alleged incident. Centennial School District subsequently notified police.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chip Kelly Announces Nick Foles Is Starter

Chip Kelly Announces Nick Foles Is Starter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chip Kelly made official what most people already assumed, Nick Foles is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly announced it today, and said Michael Vick would be the backup for the rest of the season. He said he’s talked to both players, and both are understanding of the decision.

“Nick Foles will be our starter,” Kelly said. “Mike [Vick] wants to contribute any way he can. He’s been a great leader and will be our number two [quarterback] this week.”

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Family Speaks Out After 4-Year-Old Girl, Mother Found Stabbed Inside Apartment Fire

Family Speaks Out After 4-Year-Old Girl, Mother Found Stabbed Inside Apartment Fire

LEVITTOWN, Pa., (CBS) — Authorities in Bucks County are investigating a murdery mystery.

A 22-year-old woman is killed along with her four-year-old daughter.
Both were found dead with stab wounds in their apartment in Levittown which had caught fire.

Family holds on tightly and wipes their tears after losing 22-year-old Ebony Talley and her four-year-old daughter R’Mani Rankins.

“It’s hard, my sister just gone and then my niece,” the victim’s sister Tatiana Talley said.

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CBS: Lara Logan, producer ordered to take leave

CBS: Lara Logan, producer ordered to take leave

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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, "60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan takes part in a panel discussion at the Showtime Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif. CBS has ordered “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence following a critical internal review of their handling in the show’s October story on the Benghazi raid. The show relied on an interview with a security contractor who said he was at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya the night it was attacked last year, but questions were raised about whether the source was lying.

NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS ordered "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence Tuesday following a critical internal review of their handling of the show's October story on the Benghazi raid, based on a report on a supposed witness whose story can't be verified.

The review, by CBS News executive Al Ortiz and obtained by The Associated Press, said the "60 Minutes" team should have done a better job vetting the story that featured a security contractor who said he was at the U.S. mission in Libya the night it was attacked last year.

Questions were quickly raised about whether the man was lying - something "60 Minutes" should have better checked out before airing the story, the report said.

The report also said Logan should not have done the story in the first place after making a speech in Chicago a year ago claiming that it was a lie that America's military had tamed al-Qaida.

CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who is also the "60 Minutes" executive producer, said he had asked Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, to take a leave of absence of an undetermined length.

Fager said he prides himself on catching almost everything, "but this deception got through and it shouldn't have." There was no word about whether Fager will face any repercussions for his role.

"The 60 Minutes" journalistic review is concluded, and we are implementing ongoing changes based on its results," said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair, not making clear what those changes were. McNair said Logan would have no comment.

The "60 Minutes" piece relied on testimony by Dylan Davies, a security official who was given a pseudonym in the report. The newsmagazine believed his account that he was at the scene even after informing CBS that he told his employers that he wasn't there - something that Ortiz said should have raised a "red flag" about his story.

A few days later, The Washington Post said that Davies had filed a report with his employer, Blue Mountain, that he was at his villa on the night of the attack and not at the mission. CBS went back to Davies, who insisted he had been at the attack scene and had told that to the FBI, so Fager defended the "60 Minutes" story.

A week later, The New York Times reported that Davies had told the FBI that he was not on the scene. Within hours, CBS confirmed the Times story, which was later corroborated by a State Department source, and said that a correction would be issued.

Ortiz said the FBI report "was knowable before the ('60 Minutes') piece aired." He said Logan and McLellan did not tap wider resources at CBS to try and track this information down. Ortiz mentioned no names, but CBS News reporter John Miller is a former law enforcement official with deep sources in the community.

Ortiz said that Logan's claims that al-Qaida carried out the attack and controlled the hospital in Benghazi "were not adequately attributed in the report."

Logan's Chicago speech in October 2012 before the city's Better Government Association urged the U.S. to take action in response to Benghazi. Ortiz said it represents a conflict to take a public position on Benghazi and do the "60 Minutes" report.

Ortiz said CBS also erred in not acknowledging that Davies' book telling his Benghazi story, which has been pulled from the shelves, was published by a fellow CBS Corp. company. In correcting the report, CBS had already made note of this oversight.

Ortiz's report also said that questions have been raised about the authenticity of photos in the report, including one that displayed the schedule of the U.S. ambassador killed in the attack. Ortiz said those photos appear to be genuine.

"When faced with such an error, we must use it as an opportunity to make our broadcast even stronger," Fager wrote to his staff. "We are making adjustments at '60 Minutes' to reduce the chances of it happening again."

Congressional Republicans have insisted that the Obama administration misled Americans about the Benghazi attack, playing down a terrorist assault in the heat of the presidential campaign. Five GOP-led House committees have investigated, demanding documents and witnesses from the administration while complaining that the Obama team has been stonewalling.

A day after the CBS report, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would block President Barack Obama's nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and Homeland Security chief until the administration allowed survivors of the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission to talk to members of Congress.

The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America had attacked CBS' Benghazi report from the start. The group's founder, David Brock, said he had urged appropriate action and "the network has done that. We hope this serves as a lesson learned to CBS about the danger of misinformation."

Monday, November 25, 2013

Red Cross Gives Away 400 Thanksgiving Turkeys in West Philadelphia

Red Cross Gives Away 400 Thanksgiving Turkeys in West Philadelphia
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The line was long for a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway
at Red Cross House, in West Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The line was out the door and around the corner today for a free turkey giveaway at Red Cross House, at 40th and Powelton Streets in West Philadelphia that houses people displaced by disaster.

And two world champions were there to share in the holiday spirit.
Light heavyweight champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, 54-6-2, with 32 KOs, was happy to hand out turkeys and plenty of handshakes.

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Women Sentenced For Phony Dental Practice On The Main Line

Women Sentenced For Phony Dental Practice On The Main Line

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two Delaware County women who set up a phony dental practice along the Main Line will spend at least two months behind bars after their sentencing Monday in Montgomery County.

By day, Jessica Gullickson was a receptionist and Cheryl Laing was a dental assistant at Smilz 4 Life in Bryn Mawr. But after hours, prosecutors say they were doing dental procedures for patients who didn’t have insurance. The judge sentenced them to two to 23 months behind bars followed by four years probation.

They were also ordered to pay back the more than $5,000 in cash.

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NJ OKs Statewide Internet Gambling For 6 Casinos

NJ OKs Statewide Internet Gambling For 6 Casinos

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS/AP) — New Jersey gambling regulators gave six casinos the green light to offer Internet gambling statewide on Monday.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement’s decision, which came after more than four days of testing the technology involved in online betting and making sure gamblers are within New Jersey, allows the state to join Nevada and Delaware as the only ones offering Internet gambling. It authorized six of the seven casinos that hold Internet gambling permits to immediately offer online gambling throughout New Jersey.

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Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's video news coverage

Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's video news coverage 

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FILE - This Oct. 23, 2013 file photo shows TV host Katie Couric at the Somaly Mam Foundation Gala in New York. Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor a news program for the Internet company as it tries to expand its audience and sell more advertising. An announcement on Monday, Nov. 25, confirms recent published reports that Couric would diversify into online video programming after spending decades in broadcast television as a talk-show host and news anchor. The 56-year-old Couric will continue to host her daytime talk show, "Katie," on ABC even after she becomes Yahoo's "global anchor" beginning next year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming.

Monday's announcement confirms recent published reports that Couric is hoping to attract more viewers on the Internet after spending the past 22 years working as a talk-show host and news anchor at NBC, CBS and ABC.

"I am particularly excited about hopefully attracting other people to this platform and venture," Couric said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We are in a major, transformative time in terms of media in this country."

Couric's hiring is the latest coup for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as she brings in well-known journalists in an effort to create compelling content that will attract more people to the company's online services. In the past month, Yahoo has also lured away technology columnist David Pogue and political reporter Matt Bai from The New York Times.

Financial terms of Couric's contract with Yahoo weren't disclosed. She also declined to say how many more reporters will be added to her team at Yahoo.

Couric, 56, will continue to host her daytime talk show, "Katie," on ABC even after she becomes Yahoo's "global anchor" beginning early next year. She described her now role at Yahoo as a "work in progress."

"I will be involved in developing a lot of concepts, but not necessarily doing everything," Couric said. "I will be doing interviews, but not on a daily basis. Probably monthly at this point."

The Yahoo job appealed to Couric because it will give her an outlet to delve into breaking developments around the world that she regularly covered as the anchor of CBS' evening news from 2006 through 2011.

Mayer, since leaving Google Inc. to become Yahoo's CEO 16 months ago, has been trying to make Yahoo's services more alluring so people will visit them on a regular basis and dwell for longer periods. In doing so, she is hoping Yahoo will be able to sell more digital ads and boost the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's revenue, which has been lagging the overall growth of Internet marketing for years.

"News is a definitive daily habit for our users, and Katie will work with our talented editorial team to pioneer a new chapter of digital journalism," Mayer said.

Yahoo already operates the most popular online news section in the U.S. with 81.5 million visitors in October, according to the most recent data from the research firm comScore Inc. The audience's size is roughly the same as when Mayer became Yahoo's CEO. CNN ranks second in online news in the U.S., with 70 million visitors.

Couric first became a household name as a co-host of the "Today" show on NBC from 1991 until she left to join CBS in 2006.

It remains unclear whether Couric's current talk show on ABC will be renewed after its run ends in May.

The Walt Disney Co., which produces the show, and the owned and operated stations that air the program haven't decided at this point, said Bill Carroll, an expert on the syndication market for Katz Media. Couric also said she is still trying to figure out whether she still wants to do the talk show.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Short-Handed Sixers Beaten By Pacers 106-98

Short-Handed Sixers Beaten By Pacers 106-98

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Paul George added 19 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-98 on Saturday night.

Michael Carter-Williams scored 29 points and Evan Turner had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the short-handed 76ers. Spencer Hawes, the team’s second-leading scorer, didn’t dress because of a sore left knee and Tony Wroten (back) and Thaddeus Young (personal) didn’t travel with the team, leaving the Sixers with just nine players in uniform.

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Driver Killed In Crash At SEPTA Station In South Philadelphia

Driver Killed In Crash At SEPTA Station In South Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man is dead after he was ejected from a vehicle that crashed into a SEPTA subway station in South Philadelphia.

The accident happened just before 6:00 a.m. Sunday at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue.

Police say the unidentified man, 54, got into an argument with another man, climbed into an SUV, and then sped off eastbound on Oregon Avenue. The driver tried to make a turn onto Broad Street when he lost control of the SUV. The vehicle went over the median and crashed into the front entrance to the Oregon SEPTA station, ejecting the man.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hawes Lifts Sixers Over Bucks 115-107 in OT

Hawes Lifts Sixers Over Bucks 115-107 in OT
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evan Turner scored 27 points and Spencer Hawes got 11 of his 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime Friday night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that snapped a four-game skid.

The Sixers were trailing 98-88 with 2:10 to play and forced overtime with a 14-4 run that featured three 3-pointers from Hawes, including a fall-away at the end of regulation. Hawes also had 12 rebounds.

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Nearly Finalized Rules Mean PA High School Students Must Pass Test To Graduate

Nearly Finalized Rules Mean PA High School Students Must Pass Test To Graduate
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Controversial rules requiring Pennsylvania high school students to pass proficiency tests to graduate are nearly official. But opponents vow to continue their fight against the Keystone Exams.

A state panel this week approved a plan to make high school students pass Keystone Exams in biology, algebra and language arts before they can get their diplomas. Chester County Democratic State Senator Andy Dinniman has been a vocal critic.

“You could get all A’s in all your courses,” Dinniman says, “And because you don’t test well, not graduate. It just doesn’t make sense.”

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Thanksgiving Comes Early For Those Less Fortunate In Olney

Thanksgiving Comes Early For Those Less Fortunate In Olney
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Several hundred people in the Olney section of Philadelphia celebrated Thanksgiving a little early.

Fraternity members from Kappa Alpha Psi helped serve pre-Thanksgiving meals to folks at Philippian Baptist Church Saturday.

“This is my second annual ‘Feeding 1000′ where we bring families together who may not otherwise have the opportunity to sit down and have a hot meal for Thanksgiving,” State Representative Stephen Kinsey said.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Philadelphia Police Officer Helps Mother Who Went Into Labor On The Street

Philadelphia Police Officer Helps Mother Who Went Into Labor On The Street

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Kimberly Anderson says her infant son, “came in here with a bang.”

Baby Sadeem has lived a very eventful life in his first few hours. He wasn’t supposed to born for a few weeks , but Sadeem couldn’t wait.

Anderson started experiencing contractions Friday around 7 a.m. and took a taxi to the hospital.
“We are riding down Broad Street contractions were getting real severe,” she remembers.

By the time she got to Spring Garden and Broad Street, the baby had started coming out.

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State Dept: NKorea confirms it's holding American

State Dept: NKorea confirms it's holding American 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department said Friday that North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn't granted diplomats consular access so the person's identity is not yet confirmed.

Expectation is that it will be Merrill Newman of California. The 85-year old Korean War veteran's family says he was detained at the end of a tourist trip to North Korea last month.

Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that Sweden has been informed by Pyongyang that it is detaining an American citizen. Because the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, Sweden oversees consular issues for the United States there.

Psaki says the Swedish Embassy is requesting access daily to the American.

"We are working in close coordination with representatives of the embassy of Sweden to resolve this issue. They have requested, actually on a daily basis, consular access," Psaki said. "They haven't been granted that access."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Philadelphia International Airport Displays New Art Exhibition

Philadelphia International Airport Displays New Art Exhibition

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Mo'Nique, Oscar de la Renta and Paul Shaffer 
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Mo’Nique, Oscar de la Renta and Paul Shaffer

That’s the name of the collection of art work from Philadelphia photographer Scott Weiner that is on display at Philadelphia International Airport.

It highlights 50 celebrities who are either from or visiting Philadelphia, and they are holding an “I’m In Philly” sign.

Leah Douglas is the director of exhibitions at Philadelphia International Airport.

Douglas says, “We have Monique, Charles Dutton, Jon Bon Jovi, The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and Michael, we also have David Spade and one of my favorites is Dame Edna.”

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Police Investigate Quadruple Shooting In West Philadelphia

Police Investigate Quadruple Shooting In West Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Police are investigating a quadruple shooting Thursday night in West Philadelphia’s Haddington neighborhood.

It happened shortly after 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of N. 60th Street.

A 24-year-old man was shot once in both feet.  He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  His condition is unknown at this time.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sixers Waive Brown And Morris

Sixers Waive Brown And Morris

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Sixers have waived two players, a league source said Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski, of Yahoo Sports, released the news on Twitter that the 76ers had let go Kwame Brown and Darius Morris around 5:15 p.m.

Sixers coach Brett Brown confirmed the information a short time later.

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Police: Referee Allegedly Assaulted By Parent After Calling Penalty Against Son’s Team

Police: Referee Allegedly Assaulted By Parent After Calling Penalty Against Son’s Team
Marcos Jimenez. (credit: New Castle County Police Department)
Marcos Jimenez.
WILMINGTON, Del., (CBS) – Police say a Newark man has been arrested after he was allegedly involved in an assault on a referee after the official called a penalty against his son’s soccer team.

New Castle County Police say 42-year-old Marcos Jimenez was charged with abusing a sports official.
On Sunday afternoon at 2:52 p.m., County Police responded to Delcastle Recreational Park at the 800 block of McKennans Church Road in Wilmington for an assault.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chip Kelly Says He’ll Sit Down With Michael Vick And Nick Foles

Chip Kelly Says He’ll Sit Down With Michael Vick And Nick Foles
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Michael Vick, Nick Foles

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Michael Vick’s hamstring injury has prevented him from being available to play for the Eagles, but it’s also given head coach Chip Kelly a bit of an out in any “who is the starting quarterback” question. Very soon, that will not be the case, and Kelly says he’ll deal with it when the time comes.

Kelly has repeatedly said that he makes his decision on who starts at quarterback based on health. As Michael Vick has been injured, there hasn’t really been any decision to make. Foles was the starter, even though Kelly generally refrains from make the proclamation until late in the week. However, with the bye week on deck, and Vick’s health improving, Kelly will no longer be able to lean on ‘health’ as the reason that Nick Foles is the starter over Michael Vick.

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Pastor Awaits Sentencing After Being Found Guilty Of Violating Church Law For Officiating Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Awaits Sentencing After Being Found Guilty Of Violating Church Law For Officiating Same-Sex Marriage

SPRING CITY, Pa., (CBS) – A minister prepares to learn his fate.
His church found him guilty of violating religious law by officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage.

It’s now a waiting game for Pastor Frank Schaefer.  He was found guilty Monday of violating the United Methodist Church law after he officiated his son’s same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.  And Tuesday night, he waits for the jury’s sentencing.

“It’s exhausting,” Schaefer said.

A district superintendent from the church says a penalty could be as harsh as defrocking him or:
“You could be suspended and beyond that it’s up to the jurors,” Michele Bartlow, of United Methodist Church said.

Those that know the pastor are divided.  He has a strong support system outside of where the jurors are deliberating, but some of his church members like Christina Watson believe pastors must follow the law.

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Gettysburg Address: A short speech long remembered

Gettysburg Address: A short speech long remembered 

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John Voehl portraying President Abraham Lincoln, covers his hart during a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa. Lincoln's speech was first delivered in Gettysburg nearly five months after the major battle that left tens of thousands of men wounded, dead or missing.

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- In solemnity, thousands gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered.

The inspirational and famously short Gettysburg Address was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of freedom, liberty and justice amid a Civil War that had torn the country into pieces.

"President Lincoln sought to heal a nation's wounds by defining what a nation should be," said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, calling Lincoln's words superb, his faith deep and his genius profound. "Lincoln wrote his words on paper, but he also inscribed them in our hearts."

Echoing Lincoln, keynote speaker and Civil War historian James McPherson said the president took the dais in November 1863 at a time when it looked like the nation "might indeed perish from the earth."

"The Battle of Gettysburg became the hinge of fate on which turned the destiny of that nation and its new birth of freedom," McPherson said.

In the July 1863 battle, considered the turning point of the war, Union forces fought back a Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania. Lincoln's speech was delivered more than four months later, at the dedication of a national cemetery to bury the battle's casualties.

In the short oration, he spoke of how democracy itself rested upon "the proposition that all men are created equal," a profound and politically risky statement for the time. Slavery and the doctrine of states' rights would not hold in the "more perfect union" of Lincoln's vision.

"In 272 words, he put together what everyone was thinking, what everyone should know," said park historian John Heiser. Because of varying transcriptions, scholars generally put the text at 268 to 272 words.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia administered the oath of allegiance to a group of 16 immigrants, telling them the national identity is unique, illustrated by the existence of the word "un-American" and by the people's "fidelity to certain political principles."

Greta Myer, 44, decided to make the six-hour trip from Akron, Ohio, with her husband and son after spending a week in Gettysburg earlier in the year.

"It's something we've never done before," Myer said. "It was a historical event that we wanted to be a part of."

Among many re-enactors on the grounds were at least two Abraham Lincolns, including one who recited the address.

"Lincoln would have been surprised by the reverence accorded to him by future generations," McPherson said, noting Lincoln himself held in high regard the country's founders.

"Would they preserve that heritage, or would they allow it to perish from the earth?" McPherson said.

He said the Gettysburg Address, despite its short length, managed to weave together themes of past, present and future; continent, nation and battlefield; and birth, death and rebirth.

"Men died that the nation might live," McPherson said. "Yet the old nation also died," and with it, the system of bondage that enslaved some 4 million Americans.

Part of the event was a speech delivered by suburban Philadelphia high school junior Lauren Pyfer, who won a contest to write a contemporary version of the Gettysburg Address, but at the same short length.

She urged the crowd to do their part to "nurture and preserve the rights of humanity, equality and freedom, across all nations."

"It is impossible for one country to close its doors to other countries and still thrive," Pyfer said.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who also adopted Lincolnian brevity, said the Gettysburg battle stands at the vortex of American history and the Gettysburg Address at the vortex of national consciousness.

Lincoln, she said, called the country to its unfinished business, and he also came to symbolize the country's "greatest virtues of humility, of honesty and decency."

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