Skip to main content
Internet Archive's 25th Anniversary Logo

tv   7 News Today in New England  NBC  February 19, 2016 5:00am-7:00am EST

5:00 am
a student is attacked inside a dorm. the armed suspect still on the run. >> christa: and a mother and her young child waking up in the hospital, seriously hurt after being hit by a car. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good friday morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. sounds like it will be a challenging morning as far as getting to work for a lot of folks. we'll get to that, but first, how about your forecast. chris, you were talking about maybe 50 degrees this weekend? >> chris: both saturday and sunday. quite the turnaround versus last weekend. we were talking about coldest air in boston in almost 60 years. now we're talking about 50-degree weather for the weekend. 21 in boston. 15 in worcester. 11 degrees in orange. yes, it's a cold start this morning, but we'll keep the sunshine into the early afternoon, and then cloud up mid-afternoon into the evening. and temperatures above freezing today. now, tonight initially it's cold enough to support some snow showers working in, and most of this occurring any time after 9:00, 10:00 through midnight.
5:01 am
of some snow from boston out through worcester and out through metro west and perhaps up to an inch in the higher terrain of worcester county, but this will transition over to a couple scattered rain showers by the time we get into tomorrow morning. and i do expect much of the day on saturday to be dry. so we'll start off with clouds tomorrow morning, perhaps a sprinkle, and then we'll get partly sunny skies for a while in the afternoon and temperatures warming up into the 50s. so close to 50 at least both on saturday and sunday. do track in a couple storm forecast. more on that coming up. >> christa: let's go to developing news, and the mbta is warning of more delays again this morning due to a commuter signal problem caused by amtrak. >> sarah: that's forcing the "t" to make changes for today's commute. 7's victoria warren live at south station with what riders need to know before leaving home this morning. vicki? >> victoria: good morning. this affects folks who ride the commuter rail primarily into south station, and take a live
5:02 am
they have the board up. right now the board lists a lot of on-time and to-be-determined. that's going to change as these trains get going, but this morning at least they do have a plan in place. many trains being diverted to other stations. the only trains scheduled to arrive here at south station will be the commuter lines on the franklin and providence-stoughton line. commuter chaos as thousands of passengers cram south station where few trains were actually leaving. >> you have to take the red line the braintree. >> i'm trying to find out whether the board is correct and i'm actually on train 2175 going home in a few minutes. >> victoria: it started with a listening ride in. commuter trains essentially stopped in their tracks before getting to south station after a switcher problem linked to amtrak. >> it took me an hour and a half, two hours to get in this morning. we sat on the train for about 20 minutes now. now we're getting picked up. >> victoria: crews tried all
5:03 am
these are pictures from inside the amtrak tower where workers have been trying the identify the problem. >> it's like a traffic signaling system or an air traffic control system. it tells you whether it's okay for the trains to safely travel along the tracks. when this system, this particular one goes out, it has an enormous impact. >> victoria: some passengers started the day understanding these things happen, but by the evening, they had enough. >> at least they could do is try to get us better service at the end of the business day, have a few buses waiting to take us home. look at the size of the bus. they're sending one bus? this is not acceptable. >> it's a sign of the crumbling infrastructure in this country. nothing has been maintained. it's all falling apart. >> victoria: we will be monitoring this all morning long. the mbta is asking for patients saying they've been assured that amtrak continues to work on this problem. so if you're one of those affected commuters this morning, they want you to know if you're
5:04 am
line, those transfers are free. live this morning from south station, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: let's get a closer look at how commuters will be here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. as vicki mentioned, only the franklin and providence-stoughton lines on the commuter rail will go into south station this morning. if you're taking the worcester line, it's going into back bay. the needham line going into forest hills. the middleborough line will go into j.f.k. the kingston and plymouth line will go to braintree, and the center. the fair mount line will go to new market. the "t" is on time so far. if you're driving to work this morning, good shape right now. route 1 looking guys, as is 93 southbound. south of town from braintree to boston expressway northbound, that drive ten minutes. so no delays there. route 24, route 3, 95 all green, looking good. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston, no issues
5:05 am
let's take take a look at these drive times. ten minutes on the expressway. 128 to the zakim bridge, 10 minutes, as well. >> christa: police at umass-amherst are still searching for two gunmen who they say assaulted a student on campus. >> intruder alert. >> christa: an alert on campus warned sthiewns to shelter-in-place late last night. police say that two men with a gun attacked a student pierpont hall and took off. they flooded that area for nearly two hours. >> they came from off campus, from out of the area. we clearly have identified that student. >> before i knew it, alarms are going off everywhere. i'm getting emergency texts. >> christa: police gave the all clear after they figured out campus. the victim, meantime, is being treated at the hospital for a cut to his head.
5:06 am
mother and her five-month-old baby daughter being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a car. police say the mother was holding her baby girl while she was crossing humboldt avenue in roxbury late last night. they were taken to the hospital. the driver did stop. so far in charges have been filed. >> sarah: new this morning, the boston public schools announced the results of an internal investigation. it comes following student allegations of racism at the boston latin school. 7's nicole oliverio is live with school officials. nicole? >> nicole: sarah, what it means, nobody will be losing their job, but there was one instance in this review that said the school did violate policy. now, the school's headmaster here at boston latin, lynn mooney teta, will not be disciplined, but the internal review stated the school did not properly respond to the student's racial slur in one reported understand did. this after two students began a
5:07 am
#blackat bls to raise awareness for what they believed was the school's failure to address racism. last month the students dressed in all black as a silent protest. the district released its findings after looking at racial incidents from 2004 until january of this year. in total there were seven incidence and only where the school is accused of not adequately investigating. the school has come up with its own six-point plan they say will help address any issues that happen either in the school or online. live in boston, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." cricht crist we have new details about police activity in roslindale. police say a report of a person barricaded inside a home is being investigated as a possible hoax. according to the "globe," officers believe this was a case of swatting, when someone reports a fake mastering similar officers received the call thursday afternoon. a swat team swarmed that home, surprising the man who was
5:08 am
there ended up being no emergency at all and no one was hurt. the driver involved in a crash in leominster is now facing several charge, including driving to endanger. police say the crash split the man's car in half. look at that. this was last night. a state trooper says he saw the car go past the stop sign and speed off. the trooper followed and then soon found the wrecked vehicle. even after crashing, the driver still left the scene. police eventually found him in a store and made the arrest. >> sarah: right now police are looking for two persons of interest in connection with a crash that left a revere officer injured. revere police releasing these pictures of michael gustro and jacqueline murphy. they are suspected of starting a chase. the suspects are driving a gold honda. the officer crashed in chelsea enter two telephone poles. witnesses nearby pulled him out of his car. they say they saw the honda get away. revere police say the officer should be okay.
5:09 am
for the man in connection to the murder of a woman in malden earlier this week. 35-year-old kenneth manning was last seen in somerville. the victim's body was found monday night in her malden home. police say the victim was stabbed. officials say manning is known to carry a knife and should not be approached. >> christa: busy day on the campaign trail, the candidates trying to sway some undecided voters before tomorrow when two key states add their votes to the race for the white house. let's go to 7's nancy chen with the latest on that. >> nancy: christa, good morning to you. two parties, two states and two big nominating contests. voters head to the polls in south carolina's republican primary in less than 24 hours. and on the same day, the democrats face off in the nevada caucuses. the democratic race for president is tightening. hillary clinton and bernie sanders holding a town hall meeting in nevada ahead of saturday's caucus. polls show the race neck and neck there. a new national poll finds sanders within 11 points of clinton.
5:10 am
both candidates tried to win over key voters. >> i am a progressive who likes the make progress. i know how hard it is. >> i want to take 11 million undocumented people in this country out of the shadow, out of the fear that they are experiencing every single day. >> nancy: but they also traded jabs. she'll say. >> i don't know where all this comes from because maybe it's that senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. >> nancy: on the republican side, it's a battle between donald trump and the pope. after his trip to mexico, pope francis seemed to question trump's christianity because of his plans to build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border. and at a town hall in south carolina, trump downplayed the issue. >> i don't like fighting with the pope. i think he said something much softer than was originally reported by the media. >> nancy: at the same
5:11 am
i don't think it's appropriate to question donald trump's faith. he knows what his faith is. if he has a relationship with the lord, fantastic. if he doesn't, it's none of my business. >> nancy: the most emotional moment came when john kasich gave a supporter a hug. >> i have learned so much from, listen, everybody here. you have to celebrate other people's win, and sometimes you have to sit with them and cry. >> nancy: meantime, recent polls show donald trump with a sizeable lead in south carolina. in the control room, nancy chen, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy:>> christa: 5:11. we have much more ahead on this friday, including dramatic video that surfaced showing the moment a helicopter crashes into the water in hawaii. what witnesses report seeing moments before impact. >> sarah: and we'll introduce you to this week's class act. friendship, inclusion and bridging gap, how students are making sure everyone feels welcome.
5:12 am
morning. 21 in boston. teens in the suburbs. this is the coldest we'll see in the next two days. as we go into the weekend, close to 50 degrees. not quite there yet this afternoon, but we'll see upper 30s. increasing clouds late this afternoon. maybe a couple scaferred snow showers tonight. more on that coming up. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. remember, if you take the commuter rail into south station, still dealing with delays in and out of south station. check your train ahead of time, and we already do have some delays. the roads looking good, though.
5:13 am
we're living in a very competitive global economy, and if we are going to succeed, we need the best-educated workforce in the world. we should be making public colleges and universities tuition-free. we're going to pay for it with a tax
5:14 am
the taxpayers of this country bailed out wall street. it is time for them to start helping the middle class of this country. i'm bernie sanders
5:15 am
>> christa: some of you may be feeling nostalgic for the snow. it's gone, i mean, not on the ski slopes and so forth, but it sounds like we might get a little bit more. just be warned about that. >> sarah: let's send it over the chris lambert with more on your forecast. >> chris: we still have about
5:16 am
we can get storms in here mid-february through mid-march. we'll have to keep an eye on things as we go. but one thing about this winter, any time we've had a push of winter weather come in for two or three day, it backs off, unlike last winter, which was just relentless. 18 in downtown boston. 20 in waltham. 20 in winthrop. 15 in lowe. tyngsborough at 13. a taste of winter-like temperatures this morning. it's a cold start through worcester county in the lower to middle teens and upper teens to near 20. duxbury at 23 degrees. borne coming in at 24 degrees. so it's a cool start, but this is the coldest air we'll see over next few days. we have a lot of sunshine this morning once that sun does rise, although more clouds down through the cape and down through coastal plymouth county at this hour. us. so we'll get that sunshine this morning and clouds increasing as we work into the afternoon. that's the leading edge of the milder air that's going to work in from both on saturday and sunday, and you can see it back through the midwest. look at this. this time of the morning, 65
5:17 am
chicago, and you take a bigger picture of what we expect this afternoon. 71 in st. louis. it won't be 71 degrees over the weekend, but we can get enter lower 50s back through detroit and over to pittsburgh. you note it's relatively quiet across the midwest. i don't expect any big storms over the weekend, although a couple nuisance-type fronts working on inch one will be tonight, a couple scattered snow showers out there transitioning over to even some raindrops, especially south of the mass pike. the reason for that, temperatures actually rising up by day break tomorrow, so we start off this weekend above the freezing mark. it's a milder day tomorrow. i can't rule out a sprinkle first thing in the morning. maybe a brief shower right at the end of the day. but much of the time this weekend is going to be spent on the dry side. although by sunday night there could be another quick-moving system that drops a couple more snow showers or a little rain or snow around here. so we'll call it seasonable this afternoon. sunshine to increasing clouds. 36 to 42. so just a little bit warmer than it was yesterday, and just enough cold air for a few snow showers and rain showers to work in tonight.
5:18 am
mass pike in some towns, close to midnight it's a possibility there. that one inch likely more on the higher terrain of worcester county up into southwestern new hampshire. ski country will get a few inches out of this storm system. if you're heading skiing over the weekend, i know they had a lot of rain come through a few days ago. it's been cold enough the make snow and getting a little natural snow as we go through tonight and early tomorrow. mostly cloudy tomorrow. mild and breezy. could get a passing sprinkle first thing in the morning. maybe a brief shower late in the day. temperatures overall tomorrow running mid-40s to lower 50s. so it will feel milder out there and certainly a long way away from what we had last weekend. wave of low pressure to the south of us sunday night into early monday, not a big storm, but it may throw a little rain and snow in here first thing on monday morning, but it's mostly out of here by 7:00 a.m. this is a bigger storm to watch as we roll into the middle part of next week, snow, mix and even rain out of this and it all depends on the track how much of what we see. we'll keep an eye on things for next wednesday. a couple scattered snow showers
5:19 am
no brutal cold on the seven-day forecast. >> sarah: all right. this morning we're excited to introduce you to standout students at auburn high school. >> christa: this is special. they make sure all students feel included in activity, not just inside school, but outside, as well. they're this morning's class act. is this rockets to rockets? >> yes. >> christa: we do this awesome segment called "class act." speaking of awesome, there is a lot of awesomeness in this room right here. rockets to rockettings is a group that plans events at auburn high. its focus is inclusion, for all students, especially those with special needs. i just wanted to pay special attention and give a special round of applause to kennedy and brianna. [applause] kennedy and brianna have turned the program into a success, uniting students inside the classroom and outside of school. >> i just really love it when i
5:20 am
>> every single one of you all have a purpose. >> we make sure that every kid, no matter what ability can, participate in some way, shape or form. >> do you want the try again? >> their adviser couldn't be happier. >> they're exceptional, and most important thing, they're natural. they just come in and instinctively and intuitively know what to do. it's not just when they're in the classroom, it's throughout the school day, it's going to the bus, it's sitting down at lunch. they just have a natural flow in the day to work with the other students and the make everyone feel included. >> christa: the two say the group has given them a career path. >> i want to be a special ed. teacher to, have a classroom that's mine with students and see them just succeed every day. >> i just love being in the program. it makes me happy. best part of my day. >> sarah: oh, gosh, that's amazing. >> nancy: >> christa: and when you hear she wants to be a special ed. teacher. that's amazing. and they do amazing work. kennedy and brianna say the rockets to responsibilities
5:21 am
others and making sure everybody is comfortable in group activities to neart what. it really shows. >> sarah: great story. if you know a student between 6th and 12th grade doing something outstanding in school, sports oar in their community, please nominate them online at whdh.com. >> christa: all right. we have much more to get to, including getting back into the swing of things. yes, the red sox looking forward to a healthy season, especially manager john farrell. what the skipper is saying about being back on the field after his health scare. >> sarah: and who is facing a fine this morning following that deadly circus tent collapse in new hampshire and how much they
5:22 am
5:23 am
5:24 am
>> sarah: the red sox will be getting to work today in fort myers. it's first official workout for pitchers and catchers. >> christa: home opener april 11th. >> sarah: so exciting.
5:25 am
farrell is glad to be focusing his attention on baseball. he was diagnosed with stage one lymphoma. in october he learned his cancer had gone into remission. now he's trying to make the sox a winning team once again. >> you appreciate every day that you have more so than taking things for granted. so, you know, again, it goes back to the relationships you have with people and the fortunate ability to be involved in a great game with a great organization. >> christa: the sox are hoping to avoid a third straight losing season, something that hasn't happened since 1994. >> sarah: the bruins were shut out by the predators in nashville. craig smith scored three minutes into the game. that was all the offense nashville would need. the bruins wrap-up the road trip by visiting tyler seguin and the dallas starts sunday night. >> christa: and the celtics not making any deals before the
5:26 am
c's president danny ainge didn't want to jeopardize the team's future by making a quick decision. >> sarah: up next at 5:30, commuters, listen up. the mbta is warning of delays after a signal issue threw the commuter rail off course. we'll go back live to south station for a look at how things are going so far. >> christa: and just one station is talking to a opinion who says state senator brian joyce took advantage of his family.
5:27 am
5:28 am
5:29 am
>> sarah: it could be a she ride into work for commuters. signal problems still causing trouble for commuter rail passengers in boston. >> christa: and arrested again. the woman known as "the serial stowaway" is back behind bars this morning. >> sarah: tired of hearing u.s. adults don't get enough sleep? a new government report finds which states are waking up after getting a good night's rest. >> this is 7news "today in new england."
5:30 am
throwing the massachusetts numbers off just in this newsroom alone. but anyway, thanks for waking up with us, sleep deprived or not. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: i'm sarah french. at least it's friday, right? >> christa: and what a weekend weather-wise. >> sarah: hard to believe it's going to be so warm this weekend when last weekend was like negative something. >> chris: minus 9 in boston. last weekend was a good weekend to catch up on some sleep. this weekend, the better weekend to get up and get adam over the weekend with temperatures above seasonal levels. 21 in boston right now. good morning, everyone. 15 in worcester. it's a cold start, but this is the coldest air we'll see over the next few days here. we have quite a bit of nine to go through this morning. more clouds arriving for this afternoon. even some scattered snow showers going over the rain showers overnight tonight. so sunshine prevailing through about early afternoon. temperatures topping off in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. so it's a nice rebound in temperatures. you basically draw a line along the mass pike back down into southern connecticut.
5:31 am
coating to perhaps as much as an inch of snow in the higher terrain of northern worcester county with the weak system coming in overnight tonight. not that big of a deal, but it's the leading edge of some warmer air that's going to work in. that will send temperatures back to 50 on saturday and sunday. more on the weekend forecast coming up. >> sarah: a signal problem forcing the mbta to make changes to today's commute. >> christa: second day of this. very frustrating for so many people. the mbta plans to run a normal commuter rail schedule with some trains stopping at earlier stations. let's get the latest right now from 7's victoria warren at south station. vicki, once again we're hearing about possible delays. how long are we talking about here? do you know at this point? >> sarah: well, we're talking about some delays. some trains scheduled to get into south station may not make it here. we'll keep an eye on the board.
5:32 am
they did work through the night and this may be some updates coming soon. we're trying to firm all of that out, but yesterday was definitely a commute to remember for folks. thousands of people poured off commuter trains that couldn't get to south station. they were told to pack on the subways that were already at capacity. it's all because of a signal problem on an amtrak track. problem. they've worked all night long. passengers say they understand that this wasn't caused by the "t" or commuter rail, but by the high. some people felt the long day ended with no back-up plan. >> they could try to get us better service at the end of the business day, have a few buses waiting to take us home. look at the size of the bus. they're sending one bus? this is not acceptable. >> it's a sign of the crumbling infrastructure in this country. nothing has been maintained. it's all falling apart. >> victoria: so we actually have some great news. i was eluding to the fact we were getting some information
5:33 am
from the mbta spokesperson joe pesaturo that the trains are now scheduled to come into south station, that the problem has been fixed. we're going to get a few more details to update that, but that information literally coming in, in just the last minute. that should be welcome news to commuters. of course, with all of the changes and all of the back-up plan, there may stille some residual delays. you'll want the check the "t" alerts before you leave your house, but just in the last minute or so from the mbta spokesperson, we're told all those commuter rail trains will be making their final destination south station this morning. live at south station, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: that's wonderful news. thank you so much, vicki. let's go to danielle gersh for the latest on fastrac. >> danielle: thanks, christa. great news. you just heard all the trains will go in and out of south station this morning. so hopefully a much smoother
5:34 am
this morning and on the "t" this morning. will let's go to the maps. this is the expressway. we have an accident on the expressway northbound on furnace brook parkway. that's causing a back-up onto morning. south of town on route 3, 24, 95, no major issues to tell you about there. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston, 93 from lawrence over 128 into town looking good, as well, as is let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. 12 minutes into town on the pike from 128. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 12 minutes, as well. back to you, guys. >> sarah: police at umass-amherst are searching for two suspects that robbed a student at gunpoint. students were ordered to "shelter in place" for about an hour following last night's attack. police later determined the armed men had left the campus. the victim was treated for a cult to his head. a mother and her baby daughter are recovering from serious injuries in the hospital
5:35 am
by a car in roxbury. police say the woman was crossing humboldt avenue with her five-month-old when they were hit last night. the driver did stop, so far no charges have been filed. >> christa: now to an interview you will see on just one station. this morning the son of a former dry cleaner owner is speaking about his father's relationship with state senator brian joyce after federal agents raided joyce's office earlier this week. that man says what started as a small favor turned into more than a decade of free dry cleaning. joyce claims it was all in exchange for his legal help. >> it was never a barter system. he did perform a couple legal services for my father, and he was paid for those. there was billing and he was paid for those. i think he definitely took advantage of a guy who was trusting. >> christa: the f.b.i. and i.r.s. raided senator joyce's law offices on wednesday. officials are said to be investigating his relationship with people in his district. >> sarah: the man who was arrested at a hotel in boston is
5:36 am
before traveling to connecticut to face a domestic assault charge. officers say the man was in a room at the marriott hotel in south bay, but he refused to leave on thursday. a swat team was called to the hotel as a precaution. officers eventually went into the room and arrested him. thankfully no one was hurt. new details on the deadly circus tent collapse in new hampshire. federal safety officials are proposing more than 33,000 dollars in fines against the florida-based company that put the tent up. a severe storm knocked the tent down on the fairgrounds in lancaster last august. they say the company ignored weather warnings. 41-year-old robert young and his 6-year-old daughter annabelle were killed in that collapse. dozens of others were injured. the company now has 15 days to respond to the proposed fine. >> christa: and still ahead on "today in new england" this morning, the woman known as "the serial stowaway" is back behind bars. what police say she did this
5:37 am
>> sarah: it's no surprise that many americans don't get enough sleep. now new government data reveals who the sleep deprived are and where they live. >> chris: cold start outside. temperatures close to the seasonal level of 40 degrees this afternoon. and if that's not warm enough, how about this weekend? back into the lower 50s on saturday and sunday. will it stay dry? take a look at forecast ahead. >> sarah: >> danielle: breaking news if you're taking the "t" this morning, we're hearing all trains will run in and out of south station, so no need to reschedule your plans on the commuter rail this morning. we're also hearing the signal from yesterday that was causing the delays, the amtrak signal has been fixed. if you're driving on the expressway, we have an accident northbound at furnace brook
5:38 am
the new caramel macchiato from dunkin' donuts. let hand-crafted layers of espresso, milk, and a caramel-flavored swirl uplift your mood. indulge in a hot or iced macchiato today.
tv-commercial
5:39 am
they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial orities for their part in the crisis that put seven million and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. for wall street because it's riggedt by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders,
5:40 am
oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh-oh-ooh, oh hearts are made for sharing. spread some sweetness with dunkin' donuts' cookie dough and brownie batter donuts. heart-shaped happiness too sweet not to share. america runs on dunkin'. >> christa: instant photos are making a comeback. for decades polaroids were a pop culture phenomenon, but as the focus shifted to digital cameras, the company declared bankruptcy twice. today polaroid is back with new
5:41 am
yeah, millennials who like the retro feel, i guess. polaroid's c.e.o. says instant photography is magical to the under-30 crowd because it's something they didn't grow up with. remember that song "shake it like a polaroid picture?" >> sarah: oh, yeah. i love my polaroid. philadelphia's finest want the help bail kanye west out of debt. last month the rapper revealed he's $53 million in debt. philadelphia police tweeted this picture and offered kanye a position in their department, referencing a base salary of about $48,000, they estimate he 3122. >> christa: fans of oprah winfrey will be able to get their hands on some of her high-fashion items. starting next month the talk show host will auction off more than 250 pieces of clothing and accessories at e-bay. bidding will start at 99 cents. all proceeds will go to the oprah winfrey leadership academy
5:42 am
look at that closet. >> sarah: isn't it incredible? >> christa: probably one of ten she has. >> sarah: everything you need to know and go is coming up next, if you had trouble getting out of bed this morning, you weren't alone. a new study out today shows americans aren't getting enough sleep, but coming up, we're going to tell you which parts of the united states are getting plenty of shut eye. >> christa: we have breaking news at south station. >> reporter: commuters going to be very happy. that problem yesterday with that
5:43 am
5:44 am
5:45 am
>> christa: it's 5:45. it's friday. lots to get to in our know and go segment. >> chris: good morning, christa, good morning, sarah. good morning, everyone. it's friday. we're warming up into the weekend. 21 in boston right now. wind out of the west-northwest. wind-chill factor at 10. dress warm this morning, but you can shed a layer or two this afternoon. 15 in worcester. 19 in norwood right now. and the winds fairly consistent in the city of boston. but you look through many of the suburbs and there's hardly a breeze. if you're going to deal with a cold morning, you might as well deal with the cold morning without the wind from norwood to bedford into nashua, new hampshire. very little wind showing up as calm. cloud cover coastal plymouth county, down through the cape. for the rest of us, a lot of
5:46 am
afternoon. you see a little snow back in the western edges of new york into western pennsylvania, and there will be a little snow shower and rain shower activity overnight tonight. and first thing tomorrow morning, passing rain shower and then last thing in the day could get another brief passing rain shower, but overall much of the weekend is going to be on the dry side. tonight the best chance of a coating of snow or perhaps up to an inch of snow, basically along and north of mass pike, especially the higher terrain of worcester county, southwestern new hampshire, it may be even a few towns across the berkshires and southern new hampshire, the highest gaps in western new hampshire, a couple inches of snow. look at the mild air, kansas city, 65 degrees. you won't get that warm, but there's 45 in chicago, 40 in cincinnati, 35 in detroit. this is the air mass working in just in time for the weekend. so sunshine to incourthousing clouds today. we'll call it seasonable this afternoon after the cold start. upper 30s to near 40 degrees. then a few rain and snow showers overnight tonight. the tendency is to actually have temperatures warm up overnight. so even though we're getting
5:47 am
here, i think a lot of us are 35 to 38 degrees by daybreak tomorrow. easiest launch to 50 from there. 52 on sunday. could have a little snow late sunday night, tapers off by monday morning commute. wednesday, bigger storm coming up the coast. wintry mix to rain. that's the way it look right now. >> christa: let's get right to the breaking news. it's good news if you take the mbta. the agency says the signal problem that commuters experienced all day yesterday has now been fixed. >> sarah: that should mean an easier commute for you this morning hopefully. 7's. >> victoria:victoria warren live at south station with breaking details. >> victoria: hopefully is right. we just learned about 15 minutes ago that amtrak worked through the night. they fixed that signal problem that. signal was to blame for the commuter line being severely affected yesterday. take a live look at the board up behind me. right now they have everything running on time. that may change as the morning goes as they get everything back on to the schedule it should be. yesterday was clearly a very different story. this signal problem reported
5:48 am
then the domino effect as the morning went on was tremendous. the commuter line trains for the most part could not make it to south station. they were diverted to other stations. thousands of passengers poured off. they were told to get on the subway lines. the subway lines were already at capacity. a lot of frustration that commue. and then overnight, the "t" did put a plan into place in case the signal problem was not addressed this morning some you're trying to avoid a lot of those scenes. live look out here right now, we just learned about 15 minutes ago that contingency plan is no longer needed. so if you do ride the commuter line into south station, what we're being told right now is all of those trains will make it all the way here to south station, but, of course, follow these "t" alerts and you may want to double check because there could be a few delays as the morning goes on. but amtrak working through the night, getting that signal problem fixed. live this morning from south station, victoria warren, 7news
5:49 am
>> sarah: let's get a look at how the roads are doing for everyone driving in this morning. here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. we do have a couple incidents. this is the braintree split. we have an accident on the expressway. brook parkway. shoulder. you can see the red. so it's causing some back-up there. south of town, route 3, 24, 95, no issues to tell you about. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston, mostly green with a little bit of slowing as you head into town. from lawrence over 128 into boston. route 1 looking pretty good. let's not take a look at those drive times and back to you, guys. >> christa: okay, danielle. thank you. happening today here, 5:49, with your headlines, the so-called affluenza teen will appear in court to learn whether he'll be moved to an adult court. 18-year-old ethan couch was moved from a juvenile facility in texas to an adult jail two weeks ago. he and his mother were arrested back in december in mexico. officers say he was on the run
5:50 am
probation for a deadly drunk driving crash. that was in 2013. defense attorneys claim that couch was too privileged to know right from wrong. the woman known as the serial stowaway is facing charges yet again. police arresting 64-year-old marilyn hartman at chicago's o'hare airport on wednesday. officers say she violated her probation, and due to her prior arrest, hartman is not allowed to even be on airport property. she's been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and a felony charge of petition to violate probation. five people recovering in hawaii after a helicopter crashes into the water. the tail of the helicopter was smoking when it suddenly plunged toward the rocky shoreline there. several good samaritans rushed to the people's aid there, helping them out. they were trapped inside the helicopter as it started to sink. one person was critically injured. a 16-year-old. a witness thinks the people did a good job. >> i've seen the helicopter.
5:51 am
feet, and the pilot did what i would say would be an amazing job. as it was sputtering and coming down, he put it right just off of the shore where everybody was. as soon as people saw what was happening, they started running. >> christa: authorities are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong here. >> sarah: new details on the water crisis in flint, michigan. the latest water samples show lead removal filters are working for homes with high lead levels. meantime, flint will receive an extra $2 million from the state to help replace its old lead water pipes. the michigan house also approved $30 million to help people who live in flint pay their water bills. the trials for five baltimore police officers accused in the death of freddie gray have been put on hold. next month maryland's court of appeals will consider whether a sixth officer charged in the case, officer william porter, can be forced to testify against the other five. porter went to trial last year,
5:52 am
he's expected to be retried. gray died last april days after suffering a spinal injury during his ride inside a police van. his death led to riots in baltimore and protests nationwide over police brutality. >> christa: let's go to 7 the healthcast here on your friday morning. a new study suggests that obesity can quickly affect the blood pressure of children and teens. researchers found a link between increasing body mass index and rising blood pressure within three years. obese children were three times more likely to develop hypertension than those who stayed at a healthy weight. also new sleep studies show that more than one-third of americans are not getting enough shut eye. sleep experts generally recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night. wow. sleeping less than that has been linked to health problems like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. by the way, massachusetts falls on the average two out of three adults here sleep seven or more
5:53 am
that kind of surprised me. >> sarah: that would be nice to sleep seven or more hours a night. >> christa: that's a weekend, chris, right? >> chris: two out of three? i think we need another six people to counter the three of us here. lack of sleep on the morning show, especially if you have a little kid at home, right? take a look at our forecast this weekend. may want to get up and adam early this weekend and in the sleep in like last weekend. the reason for that, nicer weather coming in. a cold start right now. 21 in boston. it's in the teens and single digits across northern new england. nice bounce-back in temperatures this afternoon. back close to 40 degrees. close to seasonal levels. increasing clouds this afternoon. a few snow showers working in this evening, transitioning over to a couple scattered rain showers after midnight tonight. for snow, not huge amounts here, coating to an inch of snow, most of that north of the mass pike, and temperatures rising overnight tonight. so even by tomorrow morning, i don't expect any slippery spots out there as temperatures first thing in the morning starting off in the mid to upper 30s, once you start off in the mid to upper 30s, it is easy to climb
5:54 am
the southerly wind and a little bit of sun that will try to break out late morning into the early afternoon. how about the ski forecast over next couple days in last weekend brutally cold across central and northern new england. this weekend temperatures much better. they're even going to catch a few inches of natural snow here tonight into saturday itself. weak system sunday night, early monday morning. could throw a little rain and snow into southern new england, but it's done by 7:00 a.m. and this will be the focus mid-week of a coastal storm trying to work up the eastern seaboard and that will likely bring a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain to the area. but that's not until wednesday. plenty of time to look at it. >> sarah: let's get back the breaking news on the rails with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. this is great news. we're hearing yesterday's signal problem at south station has been resolved. all trains will depart and come into south station. so good news for everyone taking the commuter rail this morning. here's a will be at the braintree split. let's go to the maps. we have an accident on the
5:55 am
and this is at furnace brook parkway. this is northbound causing some delays there. south of town, route 3, 24, 95 looking good so far this morning. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston an easy ride, as well. 93 southbound, slow and go, and route 1 looking good, as well this morning. back to you, guys. >> sarah: and there's still another hour of 7news ahead. up next at 6:00, the results of an internal investigation into alleged violations of non-discrimination policies at boston latin academy school. that's out this morning. we'll have details coming up. >> christa: also concerns on the umass-amherst campus after quite a scare. police still on the lookout for suspects this morning after a student was attacked inside a dormitory. >> sarah: and a mother and young child struck by a car. how both are doing after the
5:56 am
we're living in a very competitive global economy, we need the best-educated workforce in the world. we should be making public colleges and universities tuition-free. with a tax on wall street speculation. the taxpayers of this country bailed out wall street. it is time for them
5:57 am
of this country. i'm bernie sanders and i approve this message. il farm, spice is the that's why our craftsmen season every sausage perfectly. so you can coax out great p hillshire farm. because it's g right. at hillshire farm, there's a reasond turkey taste so fresh seconds after carving, we not only seal every slice, we double seal
5:58 am
sa e farm. because it's worth doing right. the world a president has to grapple with. sometimes you can't even imagine. that's the job.
tv-commercial
5:59 am
in nuclear weapons... ...standing up against the abuse of women... ...protecting social security... national guard... million children... job in the world real difference for you. i'm hillary clinton and i approved this message. >> christa: widespread delays expected again today on the commuter rail. >> it's been very frustrating. >> there's in excuse. this keeps happening. >> christa: what the mbta is saying about your morning commute. >> sarah: the hunt for a possible gunman at umass-amherst
6:00 am
>> christa: and boston police storming a home in roslindale. why it may be a case of swatting. >> sarah: donald trump backing down from his fight with the pope. >> the pope made the statement, and i think it was probably a little bit nicer statement than was reported. >> sarah: plus the democrats in dueling town halls as the race tightens. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: we also have breaking news from the mbta, good news for your morning commute. they are reporting the amtrak signal failure on the commuter rail is now fixed. train service restored to south station. look at that. all green there. on time this morning. that is wonderful to see. good morning, everyone, on this friday. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. more good news if you like warm weather. we have a warm-up this weekend, and chris lambert is here with more on that. >> chris: we'll take it. 50 degrees, sarah. saturday afternoon. lower 50s on sunday and mainly a dry weekend. got to get through this cold start this morning. but the cold easy to deal with when you have light winds. we have very light wind outside.
6:01 am
suburbs, 20 in the city of boston, and a little cloud cover and scattered snow showers west of us. the clouds will increase this afternoon. and as we get into this evening, even a couple of these scattered snow showers starting to push in. so high temperatures upper 30s to near 40 today. that's seasonably cool for this time of year. a few snow showers working in tonight. transitioning over to some scattered rain showers by the pre-dawn hours tomorrow, and close to 50 both on saturday and sunday. not expecting a lot of snow out of it. but there will be a few towns that pick up a coating of snow perhaps up to an inch in the higher terrain of worcester county up into southwestern new hampshire, and by tomorrow, there shouldn't be any slippery spots even first thing in the morning because temperatures tonight are running into the upper 20s close to midnight will actually once back into the mid to upper 30s by daybreak tomorrow. we'll enjoy temps near 50 in the afternoon. more on that weekend forecast in the seven-day forecast ahead. >> sarah: back the breaking news. the mbta says all trains to south station are back on track. service has been restored, and the signal problem fixed. >> christa: the problem was
6:02 am
after the whole day was taken up by this yesterday. it look like that won't be the case. that's great the hear. here's 7's victoria warren live at south station. vicki? >> victoria: yeah, christa. the breaking information coming in just a short time ago. it is very welcome information to commuters that all of those commuter trains that are supposed to come all the way to south station will indeed this morning come all the way to south station. a live look at the board right now. everything is listed on time, and that's a far cry from what happened yesterday morning with this signal problem related to amtrak. and it had this spiraling effect on the commuter rail. and this is video yesterday of these packed stations as commuters had to find alternate ways to get to and from work because most of the commuter trains could not make it all the way to south station. they were diverted to other stations, and then commuters were told to pack on to already-packed subway stations. all of this we're being told was related to a signal problem with amtrak. we have some video of workers. they worked all yesterday
6:03 am
evening, all through the night to try and address this signal problem. it was a very critical part of the system that if it went down they were left with only manually using this signal, and that meant very few trains could make it in and out of south station. so overnight they were able to fix the problem. they had cob -- contingency plans in place, which commuters were made aware of. those contingency plans not needed. the boards say on time. anyone who takes a commuter rail train into south station can expect that train this morning to go all the way to its final destination. live this morning at south station, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: let's go to fast track traffic with danielle gersh. what's the latest on the roads? >> danielle: thanks, christa. here's the expressway. it's a slow drive from braintree the boston. let's go to the maps. the good news, our earlier accident northbound at furnace brook parkway, that's cleared, but you're still slowing right as you head up to the gas tank on the expressway northbound.
6:04 am
on route 3, 24 or 95 this morning. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston looking like a pretty easy drive. ed 3 southbound, slow and go boston. morning. and great news, the commuter rail, they have resolved the issue at south station. so trains running in and out of there. back to you, guys. >> sarah: police at umass-amherst are searching for two gunmen who they say assaulted a student on campus. >> campus intruder alert. >> sarah: an alert on campus warned students to shelter in place last night. police say the two men with a gun attacked a male student at pierpont hall and took off. about an hour later they gave the all clear after determining the suspects were no longer on campus. and clearly we had information that people saw them getting in a vehicle and leaving. they were, in fact, running from the building, getting in a
6:05 am
they were gone. >> sarah: the victim was cut to his head. >> christa: this morning a mother and her five-month-old baby daughter are being treated for serious injuries after they were hit by a car in roxbury. police say the mother was holding her baby girl and was crossing humboldt avenue last night when they were hit. they were taken to the hospital. the driver did stop and so far in charges have been filed. in boston, police say a report of a person who was barricaded inside a home in roslindale is being investigated as a possible hoax. according to the "globe," officers believe this was a case of swatting, when someone reports a fake emergency leading to a swat team response. officers received the call thursday afternoon, and the swat team broke into the home. they surprised a man who had been inside at the time. police say there was no emergency and no one was hurt. >> sarah: right now police are looking for a driver who they say threatened a revere police officer with a syringe before leading him on a chase. during the pursuit, the officer lost control and slammed into
6:06 am
the officer suffered a concussion and bruises to his face and body. but he is expected to make a full recovery. police released these pictures of michael gouthro and jacqueline murphy. the suspects tried to stab an officer with a syringe during a traffic stop. police say the crash split the man's car into two pieces last night. a state trooper says he saw the speed off. the trooper followed and soon found the wrecked vehicle. even after crashing, the driver still left the scene. police eventually found him at a store and arrested him. >> christa: new this morning, boston public schools revealing the results of an internal investigation into accusations of racism from students at boston latin school. 7's nicole oliverio is there investigation revealed. nicole?
6:07 am
one will be losing their job, but this internal review showed there was one incidents where the school violated policy. boston latin's headmaster lynne mooney-teta will not be disciplined, but the internal review stated the school did not properly respond to the student's racial slur in one reported incident. now, the review came after two students began a social media campaign with the #blackatbls to raise awarenesswhat they believed was the squall's failure to address racism. last month the students dressed in all black as a silent protest. last night the district released its findings after looking at racial incidents from 2014 up until january of this year. now, there were seven incidents in total, and only one where the school is accused of not adequately investigating. the students met with the school board last month and as a result of that, the school immediately said it was going to implement its own six-point plan the deal with teachers and students for anything that may happen in
6:08 am
live in boston, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: in the race for the white house, we're just 24 hours from the democrats facing off in nevada and the republicans in south carolina. and this morning donald trump is dialing down his argument with the pope. 7's nancy chen is here now with the overnight development. >> nancy: good morning, sarah. two parties, two states and two big nominating contests. voters heading to the polls in south carolina's republican primary in less than 24 hours. and on the same day the democrats face off in the nevada caucuses. the democratic race for president is tightening. hillary clinton and bernie sanders holding a town hall meeting in nevada ahead of saturday's caucus. polls show the race neck and neck there. in a new national poll, sanders is within 11 points of clinton. her lead was 25 points a month ago. both candidates tried to win over key voters. >> i am a progressive who likes to make progress, and i know how hard it is.
6:09 am
undocumented people in this country out of the shadows. out of the fear that they are experiencing every single day. >> but they also traited jabs. >> the secretary will say what she will say. >> i don't know where all this comes from. maybe it's because senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. >> on the republican side, it's a battle between donald trump and the pope. after his trip to mexico, pope francis seemed to question trump's christianity because of his plans to build a wall to be u.s.-mexico border. at a town hall in south carolina, trump down played the issue. >> i don't like fighting with the pope actually. i don't think it's a fight. i think he said something much softer than was originally reported by the media. >> nicole: at the same gathering, jeb bush refused to pile on the front-runner. >> i don't think it's appropriate to question donald trump's faith. he knows wha his faith. is and he has... if he has a relationship with the lord, fantastic. if he doesn't, it's none of my business.
6:10 am
moment came when john kasich was asked about a hug he give a supporter earlier in the day who said he found meaning in kasich's message. >> i have learned so much from listening to everybody here. you have to celebrate other people's wins and sometimes you have to sit with them and cry. >> nicole: recent polls show donald trump with a sizeable lead in south carolina. in the newsroom, nancy chen, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: the body of justin antonin scalia will lie in repose at the supreme court today. the court will hold a private ceremony this morning before the hall is open to the public. funeral services will be held tomorrow at the national shrine in washington, dc. >> christa: still ahead, a wild scene at a boston hotel last night when the swat team comes storming in. see how the standoff ended. >> sarah: a seriously close call. a school bus filled with children nearly hit by a train. and it's caught on camera. >> christa: also for this week's class act, you will head off to auburn high school, an inspirational story of
6:11 am
bridging gaps both inside and outside of class. >> chris: talking about temperatures near 50 degrees over the weekend, but before we get to that, we have some work to do. it's on the cold side this morning, 13 in fitchburg, 21 in boston, 18 in worcester. temperatures throughout the day seasonably cool. a lot of sunshine into the early afternoon. and then clouding up later on this afternoon foreshadowing some snow showers tonight. more on that weekend forecast ahead. >> sarah: and we continue to follow breaking news on the commuter rail. the amtrak signal problem at south station has been fixed. and the mbta says all commuter rail trains are running in and out of south station. there might still be some delays depending on where you are, but the signal problem that started yesterday has been fixed. we'll have details coming up on
6:12 am
tv-commercial
6:13 am
they're one of that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. for their part in the crisis that put seven million and millions how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's riggedt by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders,
6:14 am
6:15 am
>> sarah: we continue to follow breaking news involving the mbta. all trains to south station are back on track. a signal problem has been fixed and service to south station has now been restored. it was expected the problem would extend into today, but it look like that won't be the case. of course, we'll have updates for you on that coming up in fast track traffic. >> christa: still expect some delays. they're sending out a tweet saying the framingham/worcester line is operating ten to 15 minutes late, as well. be prepared for that. as for the weather out there, chris, kind of a cold morning to be waiting at those platd -- platforms. >> chris: the wind speeds pretty much dead calm. even the city of boston only 10mph. it's a cold start. temperatures into the teens and 20s now, but it's a seasonable day. that will put temperatures this afternoon close to 40 degrees. and if you want milder air, just wait another day. we're close to 50 both on saturday and on sunday. we do have a few rain and snow
6:16 am
winthrop coming in right now at 19 degrees. it's 21 officially in boston. 19 in melrose. 20 in waltham. lowell at 13. hampstead, new hampshire, at 13. hudson, new hampshire, at 10. so we have some colder spots that are in the upper single digits and lower teens, lower teens stretching from fitchburg down 290 there into 190, as well. all the way into the city of worcester. 21 in foxborough, west bridgewater at 18. and west wareham at 21 and borne checking in at 23 this morning. you get the picture. it's a cold start, but very little wind. about 9mph in the city of boston. calm in a lot of the suburbs. with the sunshine this morning, it will warm up fairly quickly. however, that sunshine fades into the afternoon as clouds advance in from the west. best chance of some scattered snow showers going to scattered rain showers will be overnight tonight. we'll call it a 60% chance of that. on saturday 30%. even within saturday, you really have to book end it with the rain chances where you have a chance of scattered showers first thing in the morning and
6:17 am
close to dinnertime, but you're getting a lot of dry hours in there on saturday with temperatures close to 50 degrees in the afternoon. in terms of the snow showers tonight, not a big event for us. but there may be towns that get away with a coating to an inch of snow, especially in the northern pike in the hillary terrain of worcester county. if you're heading up skiing, it looks like a good two, three, four inches of snow across central and northern new england. travel today, quiet across a lot of the country. look at that 71 in st. lucie. 59 in chicago. it won't get into the 70s over the weekend, but we'll get a piece of the warmth working in as we roll into saturday and sunday, has the milder air works in and again perhaps a late-day shower, as well, for tomorrow. milder start on sunday. temperatures starting off in the 30s to near 40. low 50s in the afternoon. and despite being that warm, weak area of low pressure sliding quickly to the south of us on sunday night, may provide a little bit of rain and snow to the area, but i do expect that to be done by 7:00 on monday morning.
6:18 am
back into the low 40s monday afternoon. next chance for more significant storm system mid-week. we'll keep an eye on that traffic. >> sarah: for the latest on your morning commute, let's send it over to danielle gersh with more. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. great news. service has resumed at south station in both directions. and the "t" running in and out of south station. so that's great news for all of you taking the commuter rail this morning. but keep in mind, we still do have some residual delays on the commuter line, like, for example, on the framingham/worcester line. so i would still check your train ahead of time. let's head outside now. least the expressway. slow drive. let's go to the maps. you can see from braintree into boston, that's 24 minutes. south of town, this is an accident on 24 northbound right at 128 causing some minor delays there. no major issues to tell you about on the pike or heading into town on 93 or route 1. back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. this morning we're excited to introduce you to some standout students at auburn high school. >> christa: what's really special about them is they make
6:19 am
in activities, not just in school, but outside of class, as well. so they're this weekend's class act. is this rockets to rockets? >> yes. >> christa: we do this awesome segment called "class act." speaking of awesome, there is a lot of awesomeness in this room right here. rockets to rockets is a group that plans events at auburn high. its focus is inclusion, for all students, especially those with special needs. i just wanted to pay special attention and give a special round of applause to kennedy and brianna. [applause] kennedy and brianna have turned the program into a success, uniting students inside the classroom and outside of school. >> i just really love it when i see people including everyone. >> every single one of you all share the same purpose. >> we make sure that every kid, no matter what ability, can
6:20 am
or form. >> do you want to try again? >> their adviser couldn't be happier. >> they're exceptional, and most important thing, they're natural. they just come in and instinctively and intuitively know what to do. it's not just when they're in the classroom, it's throughout the school day, it's going to the bus, it's sitting down at lunch. they just have a natural flow in the day to work with the other students and the make everyone feel included. >> christa: the two say the group has given them a career path. >> i want to be a special ed. teacher, to have a classroom that's mine with students and see them just succeed every day. >> i just love being in the program. it makes me happy. best part of my day. >> christa: they are so gifted and such great instincts. i can't wait the see them some day in the classroom, as well. they say the rockets to rockets program gave them a new perspective on other people and just making sure everybody is comfortable in group activity, no matter what. i think they're really succeeding with that. >> sarah: incredible story. if you know a student between 6th and 12th grade doing something incredible, outstanding in school, sports,
6:21 am
site, whdh.com. >> christa: all right. so it's 6:20 a.m. we're following some breaking news. and it's positive news for morning commuters on the mbta. the agency says it's now fixed a track. train service is now restored to south station, but we need to let you know there are still some delays. a live report from the scene coming up. >> sarah: plus more on f.b.i. senator. hear from man who says brian joyce took advantage of his family. >> christa: did we need another excuse to enjoy our morning joe? >> sarah: why not? >> christa: researchers say it could reverse damage done by alcohol.
6:22 am
6:23 am
energy supply rates keep going up and down. at eversource, we don't like it any more than you do. it doesn't mean more money for us. it means that the market price of the energy we buy for you has changed. so we're working with partners across the region to increase our natural gas supply and bring in affordable, clean hydropower from canada. we're leading the way toward the solution... because more energy means lower energy supply rates for you. ever new england.
6:24 am
>> christa: the red sox will be getting down to work today in fort myers. this is first official workout for pitchers and catchers.
6:25 am
is glad to be focusing his attention on baseball again. he was diagnosed with stage one lymphoma in august and was forced to misadvertise rest of the season. in october he learned his cancer was in remission. he's excited to be back with the team and the sox are hoping to bounce back following a second straight last-place finish. >> everyone in this locker room, everyone who plays this game, all we want to do is win. if we have a lot of talented players in this clubhouse and guys we think are capable of doing what we want to do by the end of the year. >> it doesn't change the intensity or the thoroughness that you go about each and every day. we just want to put every guy in a position to succeed, and that should allow us as a team to hopefully get off to a good start. >> sarah: the sox are hoping to avoid a third straight losing season, something that hasn't happened since 1994. >> christa: well, the celtics decided not to make any deals before thursday's nba trade deadline. they had been rumored to be interested in several big-name players, but c's president danny ainge says those deals didn't
6:26 am
to jeopardize the future for a short-term fix. boston is currently third place in the eastern conference. and the bruins shut out by the predators in nashville. craig smith scoring just about three minutes into the game, and that was all the offense nashville would really need. the b's lost it 2-0 and they wrap up their road trip by visiting tyler seguin and the dallas stars coming up saturday night. >> sarah: still ahead, a crash on camera. terrifying moments in hawaii as a helicopter hits the water. >> christa: and an out-of-control wildfire tearing across the midwest. look at that seaboard. they're calling it a fire tornado of sorts. >> we'll have the latest on the mbta coming your way. good news. that signal problem that everybody was experiencing yesterday causing massive delays has now been fixed. but some minor delays still remain.
6:27 am
6:28 am
this lucky boy... he has no idea what's coming. so huge, yet so unexpected. i'm liken a ring. a small boxer. n't expect much... then, wham! with a whole lotta creamy goodness! left! right! uppercut! ing taste buds... ciously dizzy! his tongue is knocked out! ! mom steps into the ring! g it, girlfriend! eamy, 100% natural cheese. mini babybel. k a little bigger. we're living in a very competitive global economy, and if we are going to succeed, we need the best-educated we should be making public colleges and universities tuition-free. we're going to pay for it with a tax the taxpayers of this country bailed out wall street. it is time for them to start helping the middle class of this country. i'm bernie sanders
6:29 am
6:30 am
epidemic head-on. 7news rides along with the task force. taking opiates off the streets. >> we're trying to save lives out here. we're trying to help the addicts. >> tonight at 10:00. >> sarah: breaking news. service on the commuter rail is restored this morning after a major failure on the tracks caused severe delays. >> christa: and 7news talking to the son of a local dry cleaner owner about his father's relationship with a state senator under investigation. >> sarah: you might think he definitely took advantage of a guy who was trusting.
6:31 am
>> sarah: a swat team stores as be hotel. see how standoff ends. >> christa: and a tourist helicopter falling out of the sky. good samaritans dive in to help. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good friday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> and i'm christa delcamp. so you heard it a second ago. south station. the regular commuter rail schedule is back. we do have some delays, though, to talk about this morning. we'll have a full report coming up and a key interview, but first a check of the forecast. here's chris lambert with that. >> chris: good morning, christa. if you're headed out to the stop, we need to bundle up, the hats, the gloves, the heavier winter jacket as temperatures once again back in the teens outside the city of boston, 21 in boston. the winds fairly light. we don't have a constant gusty wind this morning. a lot of sunshine once the sun comes up. we have more clouds off to the west of us. those clouds spilling in this afternoon, foreshadowing some snow showers to arrive this evening. now sunny skies through about early afternoon.
6:32 am
upper 30s to near 40. so completely seasonal for this time of year, and i don't expect a lot of snow. the best chance for a coating to perhaps an inch of snow north of the mass pike this evening. and we'll even watch some of those snow showers transition over to a few rain showers as we work into the pre-dawn hours tomorrow. so it's a mild start on saturday. temperatures over the weekend running close to 50 degrees. and the best chance of passing shower on saturday first thing in the morning and perhaps a brief passing shower late in the day, otherwise mainly dry over the weekend. >> sarah: so again, we're getting some good news this morning on the commute. the amtrak signal issue has been fixed and all south-station trains are become on track. >> christa: frank depaula, the general manager of the mbta, joining us now. thank you for taking time out to talk with us. >> thank you. >> christa: can you tell us what the cause of the signal malfunction was and why it took amtrak roughly now 24 hours to get this thing fixed? >> the actual root cause appears
6:33 am
where they lost the program that controls the movement of the switches. amtrak personnel actually traveled up from their headquarters office near d.c., and they actually had a laptop with a new program on it. they had to reprogram all of the units here in order to restore that function, but they did that overnight, and by about 5:30 a.m., control was back to normal. >> sarah: we're taking a live look at the board right now at south station. it says all trains on time, but are you expecting delays throughout the day because of what happened yesterday? >> there were some residual delays this morning because we had started our morning service before everything was restored. we think over time those will dissipate and barring any other mechanical or electrical problem, we expect to run a normal schedule this morning. >> christa: so there were a lot of frustrated commuters, as you know. we're taking a look at some video with some of these packed stations yesterday.
6:34 am
and a lot of anger, frankly, about the lack of communication in their view. what can you tell people now 24 hours into this about why it took so long to get this fixed? >> well, first of all, we want to apologize to our customers and we want to thank them for their patience. mbta and key owe la staff had to react in relatively few short hours to come up with a complete alternative schedule to get people home who had come into the city. as i said earlier, it took amtrak sending up experts from their home office in order to fix this problem. the technology was beyond the local maintenance staff. attention. it was people worked all night soon as possible. >> sarah: so you said it was a software problem. how do you try to prevent or try to guarantee that something like this won't happen again in the future? >> we plan on sitting down with amtrak officials and going over
6:35 am
we don't want to touch the system right now. it's running. but we think over the next 24, 48 hours we'll do a debrief and figure out if we need to do something to make it more resilient going forward. >> christa: all right, frank depaula with the mbta. we thank you so much. i know a lot of people were waiting on pins and needles trying to see what this morning commute was going to bring after such horrible experiences for so many people yesterday. so that is really good news that this morning. so as we say good-bye to him, we want to introduce gurr -- danielle gersh, who has been watching these delays. as we take a live look at the board, danielle, some minor delays, is that what we're talking about? >> danielle: delays are much better. we have a few ten to 15-minute delays, but for the most part everything is running in and out of south station. here's the expressway. not a bad drive. let's go to the maps. you can see 16 minutes from braintree into boston. a little bit of slow and go.
6:36 am
this is in randolph on 24 northbound right at 128. so that's causing some back-up on 24 northbound there. the pike from framingham green. 93 southbound, as you head over 495, no issues. a little bit of slowing as you head into boston through somerville, route 1 looking pretty good so far this morning. back to you, guys. >> sarah: the man who was arrested at a hotel many boston is expected to be arraigned today before traveling to connecticut to face a domestic assault charge. officers directed the man after a swat team stormed the hotel. police say the man was in a room at the marriott hotel in south bay, but he refused to leave on thursday. officials eventually went into the room and arrested him. no one was hurt. >> christa: now to an interview you will see here on just one station. this morning the son of a former dry cleaner owner is speaking about his father's relationship with state senator brian joyce after federal agents raided joyce's office earlier this week.
6:37 am
small favor turned into more than a decade of free dry cleaning. joyce claims this was all in exchange for his legal help. >> it was never a barter system. he did perform a couple legal services for my father, and he was paid for those. there was billing and he was paid for those. i think he definitely took advantage of a guy who was trusting. >> christa: the f.b.i. and i.r.s. raided senator joyce's law offices on wednesday. officials are said to be investigating his relationships with different people in his district. >> sarah: still ahead, a dramatic chopper crash into the water. how bystanders raced in to save the people inside. >> christa: also a serial stow ohway is arrested again. the woman who can't stay away from the airport apparently. >> sarah: and a revere police officer injured in a crash. the search this morning for a person who allegedly tried to stab him with a syringe. >> christa: and breaking news at 6:37 for your morning commute. if you take the mbta, it looks like that signal problem that
6:38 am
yesterday evening's commute is now fixed. the general manager with the mbta just telling us moments ago this was all due the a software problem and technicians from the nation's capital had to come up
6:39 am
6:40 am
6:41 am
>> sarah: welcome back. 6:40 this morning. five people are recovering after a helicopter crashes into the ocean in hawaii. the tail of the helicopter was smoking as it crashed into the shoreline. several good samaritans rushed started sinking. injured. a witness thinks the people did a great job. >> christa: i seen the helicopter start sputtering about 500 feet. the pilot did what i would say was an amazing job. as it was sputtering and coming down, he put it just off of the shore. as soon as people saw what was happening, they started running. >> sarah: authorities are trying the figure out what went wrong. >> christa: a bus driver in houston gets fired after a train has a close call with her bus filled with students at the time. the whole thing was caught on cell phone video. you can see the back of the bus is just inches away from a moving train. the school bus drivers are
6:42 am
feet from the tracks, open the door and then look and listen for any oncoming trains. after this all happened, the woman went back to the school saying because the students were being so loud, she couldn't drive the bus safely. >> sarah: the woman known as the serial stowaway is facing charges again. police arrested 64-year-old marilyn hartman at chicago's o'hare airport on wednesday. officers say she violated her probation. due to her prior arrest, hartman is not allowed to be on airport property. she's been charged with a misdemeanor trespassing charge and a felony charge of petition to violate probation. >> christa: know and go is next with breaking news from the mbta this morning. >> sarah: >> we're live at south station. commuter trains are once again running as planned. ism and how did he survive? a driver fleeing police walks away from this crash. >> christa: and another enormous benefit the drinking
6:43 am
we'll tell you what it is coming
6:44 am
6:45 am
>> christa: we start things off at 6:45 with breaking news. an amtrak signal problem that caused disruptions all day coursed. the regular schedule back up. we do have some minor delays, but as you take a live will be at south station where trains
6:46 am
morning, the board looks like it's on time. apparently it was a software glitch that led to that signal trouble. we'll have much more coming up in know and go with your day's top stories. >> sarah: but first a check of the forecast. we have a warm-up in store for the weekend. >> chris: we do, sarah. temperatures close to 50 degrees if not just above it by sunday. saturday too near 50 degrees. we have a ways to go here. batting the cold air this morning, suburbs down into the teen, very little wind. 13 in bedford now with a calm wind. 17 in norwood with a calm wind. 9mph breeze in boston. 21 degrees. more clouds to the west of us. to get to that milder air, you need a warm front to come on through, and that will push in some clouds for us this afternoon. and then some scattered snow showers this evening. perhaps a coating up to an inch north of the mass pike. and the best chance of an inch of snow if not maybe a little more higher terrain, northern worcester county, up into southern new hampshire. for the rest of us, the snowflakes transitioning over the a couple sleet pellets and raindrops late overnight tonight as the warmer air moves in. so a milder weekend.
6:47 am
morning. and a brief passing shower near day's end. and then that's it. sunday looks dry during the daylight hours. and then sunday night we'll track this weak area of low pressure that's zipping on by to the south of us. that may throw in another period of some raindrops or some wet snow sunday night, but it's a quick-moving system, so i do expect it out of here by the monday morning commute. sunshine to increasing clouds today. it is seasonable. the average high in the city of boston, 40 degrees. and this part of february, we'll be very close to 40 degrees in the city of boston this afternoon. a few rain and snow showers overnight tonight. again, those snow showers transitioning to some rain showers. and a little bit of accumulation north of the mass pike. temperatures going from the upper 20s this evening back into the mid-30s to upper 30s by day break. and back close to 50 degrees for saturday and we're near 50 on saturday. we're certainly going to be near 50 on sunday. monday afternoon, back into the lower 40s. next bigger storm system not until wednesday. could be snow mix over to rain.
6:48 am
>> sarah: all right. now to the breaking news. the mbta signal failure due to amtrak has been fixed and service to south station has been restored. >> christa: we have some might beer -- minor delays to deal with. victoria warren has been there all morning. vicki, we have now learned what caused those signal trouble, as well. >> victoria: we're getting more information and more details. it turns out this was all related to some type of a computer problem. a live look at the board here at south station, and commuters very happy today to find out that things are going to be running close to on time as they were originally planning on diverting a lot of these commuter rail trains to other stations. but now they could all come to south station because amtrak getting word around 5:30 this morning that that signal problem has been fixed. what we've just learned is they had to send somebody up from washington, d.c., to actually reprogram their entire system. and around 5:30 in the morning, everything was back to normal. but what we're being told from
6:49 am
be some residual delays because they started their morning service before the system was restored, so some passengers were already using the contingency plan. now passengers from this point forward can ride their trains as normal. we spoke with massdot. they did an interview with us a short time ago, and they explained that they will be looking at how they handled this situation in the days to come. >> there were some residual delays this morning because we started our morning service before everything was restored. we think over time those will dissipate over the next 24/48 hours we'll this a debrief and figure out if we need to do something to make it more resilient going forward. >> we'll be getting an update from amtrak soon. they -- there was such a nightmare for commuters. they were told to get on subway trains and there wasn't
6:50 am
one woman got a hotel room because she gave up on trying the take any type of public transportation home. but things are looking up. and the breaking news this morning is that they did fix that signal overnight. live this morning from south station, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: all right. for more on your morning commute, here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. as you heard, great news. trains running in and out of south station. we do have about ten-minute delays on the needham line some keep that in mind. let's head outside. we also have an accident. this is in stoughton. sky7 is over this blocking the shoulder. let's go to the maps. this is on 24 northbound right at 139 here. so causing some back-up. our earlier accident on 24 northbound in randolph has cleared. the pike looking good this morning. no major issues to tell you about on 93 heading into boston or route 1. the expressway from braintree into boston is a 23-member drive. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. police at umass-amherst are searching for two gunmen they say attacked a student on campus.
6:51 am
>> christa: students were warned to shelter in place last night after police say two men with a gun assaulted a male student in pierpont hall and took off. about an hour after that, they gave an all clear after determining the suspects were no longer on campus. the victim meantime was treated head. >> sarah: a mother and her baby daughter recovering from serious injuries in the hospital this morning after they were hit by a car in roxbury. police say the woman was crossing humboldt avenue with her five mold ---month-old when they were hit last night. the driver did stop. so far no charges were filed. >> christa: boston police say the report of a person barricaded inside a home in roslindale is being treated as a possible hoax. according to the "globe," officers believe this was a case of swatting when someone reports a fake emergency which leads to a swat team response. officers received the call thursday afternoon and a swat team broke into that home to surprise the man who had been inside at the time.
6:52 am
and there was no emergency. police are looking for a driver who they say tried to stab a revere police officer with a syringe before leading him on a chase. during the pursuit, the officer lost control and slammed into two telephone polls in chelsea. the officer suffered a concussion and bruises to his face and body, but he is expected to recover. police are looking for these people. michael gouthro and jacqueline murphy. investigators say gouthro tried the stab the officer with a syringe during a traffic stop. the suspects were driving a gold honda. >> christa: the driver involved in a crash up in leominster is now facing several charges, including driving to endanger. police say the crash split the man's car in half. a state trooper says he saw the car go past a stop cyber and speed off. the trooper followed and found the wrecked vehicle. even after crashing, the driver left the scene according to officials. police eventually found him and made the arrest at a store.
6:53 am
nicole oliverio live with results of an investigation into claims of racism at the boston latin school. nicole? >> nicole: no one will be losing their job, but this internal review showed there was one instance where boston latin violated school policy. now, this all happening after two students launched a social media campaign with the #blackatbls to raise awareness of what they believe is the school's failure to address racism. last night the school released their findings after looking at racial incidents from 2014 until january of this year. in total there were seven incidents and only one where the school is accused of not adequately investigating. those girls brought their concerns to the school committee, and since then the school decided to implement its own six-point plan to make sure to that they address all concerns that happen here at school or online. live in boston, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." ism we're following breaking news. mesh warplanes have struck
6:54 am
hitting an isis training camp. the strike was targeting a senior tunisian operative linked to two major terrorists attacks in tunisia last year. 30 isis recruits are believed to have been killed. there will be much more on this story coming up on the "today show." >> christa: well, in the race for the white house, we're now 24 hours from the democrats facing off in nevada and the republicans in south carolina. this morning donald trump doing little backtracking when it comes to his argument with the pope. so get the latest overnight developments from nancy chen. >> sarah: christa, good morning to you. >> nancy: this was the donald versus the pope. after a trip to mexico, pope francis seemed to question donald trump's christianity because of his plans too build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border. trump initially had a pretty strong response but later dialed back his rhetoric. >> i don't like fighting with the pope actually. i don't think it's a fight. i think he said something much softer than was originally reported by the media. i think he heard one side of the story, which is probably by the
6:55 am
he didn't see the tremendous trouble the border is causing us with respect to illegal immigration. >> nancy: at the same gathering last night, jeb bush said he would not comment on trump's faith. the democrats held a town hall in nevada and things got a little heated. >> you ran a campaign. the secretary will say what she'll say. >> i don't know where this all comes from. maybe it's because senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. >> nancy: a new poll finds sanders within 11 points of clinton nationally. on the public side, donald trump seems poised for another win in south carolina tomorrow. in the newsroom, nancy chen, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: the body of justice antonin scalia will lie in repose at the u.s. supreme court. the court will holds a private ceremony this morning before the hall is open to the public. meantime, funeral services will be held tomorrow at the national shrine in washington. >> sarah: drinking multiple
6:56 am
reduce the risk of suffering liver damage from consuming too much alcohol. researchers in england say drinking two cups of coffee per day can reduce a person's risk by 44%. four cups a day is even better at reducing the risk by more than 60%. so we can all be pretty good here. >> christa: we're not vogueing overdoing it, but coffee has so many benefits. >> chris: a good three or four cups in the morn canning cosome wonders, especially when you're up nice and early. cold start this morning. hot cup of coffee not a bad idea. 40 degrees this afternoon. look at this over the weekend. we're close to 50 both on saturday and on sunday. could be a brief sprinkle or a shower first thing tomorrow day. some scattered snow showers weekend ahead. >> christa: all right. want to remind you, as you head out the door, looks like that signal trouble with the mbta that snarled your commute for so fixed. we have minor delays we'll track through the morning. >> sarah: all right. everybody. we'll have much more on the
6:57 am
be back at 9:00. >> christa: all right. have a good one. have a great they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities for their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works
tv-commercial
6:58 am
because it's riggedt by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders,
6:59 am
7:00 am
good morning. holy war of words. donald trump responds after the pope questions his faith for wanting to build a wall along the mexican border. >> he has an awfully big wall at the vat cann ican vatican. >> we'll talk to donald trump live. on the democratic side, hilla clinton is booed for a dig at bernie sanders. >> doesn't know what the last democratic president did. it's true. it's true. >> as our new poll shows that race tightening. paying respects. the body of justice antonin scalia set to lie in repose at the supreme court today. president obama scheduled to be

66 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on