tv Action News ABC December 7, 2014 12:00pm-1:01pm EST
sunday, december 7 i'm nydia han along with eva pilgrim. >> here's some of the stories we're following on "action news." the defending super bowl champs are in town. the first place eagles are getting ready to take on the seattle sea hawks. >> protesters plan to hold a demonstration after the game we'll have the details. >> a ceremony in south jersey honors those who die during a date that will live in infamy. the. >> there are a lot of outdoor activities out there today. >> reporter: dress in layers you'll be fine. let's go live on sky 6 we'll show you what's going on. at least we have sunshine out there, we're seeing the gusty
breeze, cooler canadian air slide in, we're seeing sun that will help things out a little bit. that's the view in center city. you can see the camera bouncing around a little bit showing the winds. we're gusting to 35 miles per hour. 43 in philadelphia. allentown, 42, and millville, 43. you factor in the winds feels like the 30s out there. 37 degrees that's what it feels like in allentown, 26 for the poconos, 36 in philadelphia. only a pair of 3s in trenton. satellite and radar showing the clouds pulling eastward working their way out to sea. lots of sunshine from this point on, a few high clouds hanging across new jersey that's about it. the eagles taking on seattle at the linc, 4:25 start time. winds gusting 30 to 40 miles per hour staintd out of the north at 15 to 25. 44 degrees when they kick it
off. new information on on the coastal storm for tuesday, it could last through thursday now, we're expecting heavy rain, lots of winds and the potential for flooding i'll have all the issues for you and all the timing in the seven day in just a bit. >> right now only one lane of i-95 southbound near the airport is getting by following a serious crash this morning. take a live look from sky6 live hd. investigators are on the scene on i-95 in tinicum township, delaware county. the victim was struck by a passing car after he exited his car to help another motorist who was in a single vehicle crash. drivers on i-95 expect major delays in the area both ways. there's a lot of happening around lincoln financial field, volunteers involved in the search for a missing college student will be handing out
flyers before the game an an after the game protesters staging a die-in demonstration. john rawlins joins us outside lincoln financial field. >> reporter: first of all all we should say the pregame festivities, tailgating underway behind me, folks are gathering, we have two events before and after the game that we're going to take a look at, there will be the die-in with the attempt to stop traffic and pregame search for 21-year-old missing man. >> he lives in manayunk. >> we're trying to get it out there and hopefully something turns up, thank you. >> reporter: as tailgaters settled in this morning, family and friends of missing shane montgomery were on the move distributing missing person's
flyers, the college student who was 21 went missing early thanksgiving after leading kildare's on busy main street manayunk. people are asked to examine selfie photos snapped along main street. >> he is famous for photo bombing. so he might have photo bombed. >> they are getting desperate and want to bring him home. >> we'll take the long shot, long shots hit sometimes. >> reporter: after the game, a group of clergy an their flock plan a so-called die-in to protest the lack of criminal indictments in the death of michael brown and eric brown. the die-in is going to last 4 1/2 minutes, to symbolize the
time michael brown's body lay in the street for 4 1/2 hours after he was shot. live at the linc, john rawlins channel 6 "action news." >> a lot of going on, thank you, john. meantime on the field, the first place eagles are getting ready to take on the defending super bowl champs, seattle sea hawks. ducis rogers joins us live with a preview from lincoln financial field. >> reporter: good afternoon, nydia, this is the game of the week in the nfl. the birds 9-3. seattle 8-4. seattle has the top-ranked defense in the nfl. they have a great running back in marshawn lynch. the eagles know this is a challenge, but they are looking forward to it. >> this is what you look forward to. you want to play meaningful games, we take care of business we'll be in a good spot. we have to take it one game at a time and right now we have a big
task. we have the defending champs coming in, they are hot right now and defense is playing at a high level. >> this is a national football league this is made up a grown men we like to compete against the best we work hard all week all year and we don't want to go out and beat teams that we know we can beat. we want to see where we stand and what our work gets us, we have a huge challenge this week with the defending champs coming to town, we're working hard to compete. >> reporter: we're looking forward to it, we'll see you tonight at 11:30 on 6abc for eagles game day final. former eagles pro bowl receiver, mike quick will join me each and every week. this is an important game for the birds. reporting live from a very loud linc, testing out the sound
system, back to you. >> you can stay up with our sports team on twitter, they will be tweeting live as they do for every eagles game cruise the hash tag 6abc eagles. "action news" wants to hear from you before, during and after the game. >> the red cross is offering temporary housing to 11 victims of a west philadelphia house fire. the "action news" cam was on the scene. a fire broke out at 10:30 at a house in the middle of the row. everybody managed to get out safely, but the house is badly damaged. there's no word on a cause. a two vehicle crash on the schuylkill expressway blocked the highway for a good part of the early morning hours. the action cam was at the scene after 1:30 a.m. a van and car ran into each other, the van slammed into the barrier, parts of the barrier splintered and pieces flew into the opposing lanes.
the people managed to weak -- walk away from the crash. people palled to remember the 2400 soldiers and sailors who were killed in the surprise attack 73 years ago today. the trumpet at the u.s.s. new jersey called dozens of veterans and family members to attention for the solemn ceremony to remember the attack at pearl harbor. a wreath was tossed into the river to remember those who gave their lives. the action cam was out in bucks county where santa claus was getting a lot of help with kids in the area today. marine corps toys for tot drive.
they hope to pass last year's drive, it turned out to be the second toys for tots fundraiser in the area. >> putting a lot of smiles on faces in the area. a new report shows how expensive child care is. philadelphia dance company is getting into risky business with the performance here at home before a big road trip. 6abc loves the arts has the preview. >> the philippines reeling from a devastating typhoon last year, hit again this weekend. we'll see how this storm compares. >> reporter: everybody have a, looks like we'll -- eva, looks like we'll be dealing with a big storm here at home, we'll have 2 inches of rain and strong gusty winds. >> high, i'm jordon and this is my wife marie, we're stationed
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in the meantime there's the view from penns landing, you can see the skaters on the ice. you can enjoy the skating there, feeling like winter today with the temperatures hovering in the low 40s. windchills in the 30s, you can see the flag whipping in the winds. we're seeing the winds and feeling the chill and some of the folks are enjoying themselves. 43 degrees philadelphia. winds down to -- dewpoint 21, winds, north 16 miles per hour. you factor in the winds, it feels like the upper 20s and 30s. temperatures ranging anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees cooler than yesterday at this time. satellite and radar, this is pretty much the rest of the day, you'll see clear skies throughout the remainder of the afternoon, these clouds start rolling in after midnight tonight that sets up tuesday's event. this is the upper piece of energy here that will dive to the south. that will help develop a coastal
storm off the coast of charlie ton, south carolina the two will come together and bring us a wall of water. all this moisture coming in off the atlantic. this is a coastal storm some people call it the nor'easter pretty much the same thing we'll see the winds out of the east/northeast. of right now the latest information showing anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain with the 3 beinger to the shore. if -- being closer to the shore. if this model pans out, it will show the storm pulling away quickly. other models show the storm lingering through thursday. it's important how quickly it moves out and how close to the coast it comes up. in the meantime, the rest of the day is quiet, most of monday is quiet, the clouds are lowering and thickening. monday night into tuesday, here comes the rain. tuesday morning commute looks
sloppy, lots of rain, ponding on area roads doesn't look like a pleasant trip into work. this model shows things clearing out nicely. the rainfall total is impressive running 1 to 2 1/2 inches. if this slows down the numbers will be higher. this particular model has an inch and three-quarters for philadelphia. a little more in allentown, 2 1/2 in the poconos a little bit more than 2 inches for will also. on top of that we'll see the gusty winds from 40 to 50 miles per hour right there on the coast, places like avalon, sea isle city. coastal flood threat flooding could be an issue for the shore points. mild air floods the entire region this is mainly a rain event. maybe wrap around snow wednesday into thursday, that would be snow showers up in the mountains. allen betown, -- allentown, suny
and wind, 42 degrees, cape may, 45, dover, 46 degrees. you can see all the gray here, sunny and cloudy, monday, 39. rain develops after midnight. tuesday a rain day, some of it heavy at times, 46 degrees. scattered showers wednesday, 45. spotty showers, thursday, 42. north and west if enough cold air moves in, showers wednesday and thursday could be mixed with snow, friday, clouds and sun, 44. saturday, partly sunny, 47 degrees that's one, two, three, four days with clouds and i couldn't yuck. >> philadanco is preparing for its are 45th annual season in january, before they hit the road they are putting on a show for their hometown fans. karen rogers has more in 6abc loves the arts. >> reporter: when joan myers founded philadanco in 1970 the goal was to use dance to
breakdown barriers to bring together with diverse backgrounds. with philadanco, myers-brown said the mission is to provide dancers with a nutter -- turret younurt youu are going environm. >> reporter: the show is dubbed risky business, it's the last in the u.s. before going abroad. >> people in philadelphia have seen us, i want toes this is -- i want to say this is something you haven't seen. we want something people haven't seen, it's taking creative thought, i'm going through my memory and see what works with
what. >> reporter: philadanco continues to preserve african-american traditions with performances. >> it reflects what i like in dance, i like people to have a good time and enjoy dance and feel good about what they see and enjoy what they see. fonchts tickets go to the arts in philly.org or visit 6abc loves the arts. karen rogers.
harbor, 73 years ago today. child care in the u.s. can top $14,000 a year for an infant $12,000 for a 4-year-old. how much you pay depends on where you live. parents in massachusetts spend more than any other state. the average there is $16,549. >> in "healthcheck" maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle can get harder as we get orderly. one group in georgia every month they gather for outdoor activities. maintaining an active lifestyle includes physical and mental health benefits. >> doctor said he wanted to put me on medication, he wouldn't have to if i started exercising. i said it's easier to exercise than go to the pharmacy and get blood pressure medicine. >> reporter: the group hike, zip
there mojo in motown. here's jeff skeverski. >> reporter: seattle quarterback is looking to get something from the philly, hopefully he only leaves with cheese steaks. speaking of food, marshawn lynch is not eating skittles, he is eating off opposing defense. he is one of the toughest guys to tackle, 17 touchdowns for the guy in the last 16 games. this will be one of the toughest games for the eagles to win. >> they are a great football team it will be a battle out there, i mean, they are going to come in here ready to fight. then we have played pretty well up to this point. this is a big game. we need this, they need this. >> reporter: there's not many on the sixers schedule if there's one game you're thinking this is a layup it's last night against detroit who lost 11 straight
games. sixers in motown against the second worse team in the nba. kj mcdaniels w-89 slam. sixers within 1. we picked it up, 1 seconds left, down 3. hollis thompson 3. michael carter williams one of his 15 assist with nerlens noel, sixers win. they have won two of their last three after starting 0-17. it felt like an never-ending road, the flyers have lost nine straight road games, it's been a wheel of misfortune for the for the flyers, but with pat sajak at the game they solve the puzzle. claude giroux scores. on the power play wayne simmons scores and steve mason for
texas. mason, 37 saves including this on former flier jeff carter, flyers beat the stanley cup champs 2-1. ending their 6 game losing streak. joe montana taking in the temple tulane game. will joe get a picture of this, temple wins 10-3 they are bowl eligible for the first time ever under matt ruhl. that's sports, i'm jeff skeverski. have a good day! >> people in dresden germany celebrated the annual stolen fest. it took hours to cut the cake which was handed out to thousands. the root of the festival dates back to the 19th century.
it'll come from my kitchen. the biggest surprise this season won't come from an upset, try our new philly cheesesteak pizza. a large for $12. add a red kettle cookie for $6 and a portion of the proceeds go to the salvation army. better ingredients. better pizza papa john's. >> happening right on "action news," volunteers, friends, family, searching for a missing college student are turning to eagles fans for help today. protests in california over a grand jury decision has turned
violent. >> new york city is bracing itself for a royal visit today. those stories, but first a check of the accuweather forecast, with meteorologist chris sowers outside. hey, chris. >> reporter: there we go, hello, [laughter]. we're doing all right out here, we have sunshine on the terrace, however, temperatures are cold. we're seeing windchills in the upper 20s and low 30s, air temperatures, 43 degrees in philadelphia. allentown, 44. of the 33 in the poconos. 41 this trenton, 41 lancaster and dover showing 41 degrees. the winds continue to whip around out of the north anywhere from 25 to 35 miles per hour. right now the poconos currently seeing a 0-mile an hour gust, allentown, 22. philadelphia, 23. millville, 24, wilmington and dover, close to 30 miles per hour. the satellite and radar clouds quickly decreasing pulling out to sea following yesterday's miserable weather as that system continues to pull to the east, it will take the remaining cloud cover along with it.
what we'll see on the backside of that storm is strengthin'ing wind expect good gusts throughout the remainder of the afternoonful that's the call from accuweather, it will be windy with a high of 45 degrees, overall not a bad finish to the weekend. as i mentioned earlier we'll see a decent amount of sunshine. we'll bundle up in layers, especially if you're heading to lincoln financial field for the eagles game, start time 4:25, just a light flimsy coat is not going to hack it, you'll need to wear layers today. back inside to you. >> happening around lincoln financial field, volunteers involved in a search for a missing college student will be handing out flyers before the game and after the game, protesters are staging a die-in demonstration. john rawlins is the following both events. he joins us at lincoln financial field john. >> reporter: tailgating is well underway, as you can see behinds
me. they don't extra curricular events around the game. a die-in and efforts to find a 21-year-old. >> he lives in manayunk. hopefully something turns up. thank you. >> reporter: as tailgaters settled in this morning, family and friends of missing shane montgomery were on the move distributing missing persons flyers, the college student went missing early thanksgiving after leave kildare's on a busy main street in manayunk. people are asked to examine selfie photos snapped along main street to his if there are any images of the young man. >> he is fame of photo bombing. they will take whatever they can get. >> we'll take the long shot, long shots hit sometimes.
>> reporter: after today's game, a different issue will come to the fore outside the link. clergy and their flock will protest with die-ins. they will block post game traffic at pattiso in and broad street intersection. it will symbolize michael brown's body laying in the street after he was shot. pg social media organizers asking those who wants to assembly with them to come here at 7:00 p.m. live at the linc, john rawlins. >> most protests around the country have been peaceful, but a march in berkeley, california turned violent. two police officers were hurt with the protesters. demonstrators went into the town's business district and
looted several stores including a radio shack. >> next thing you know that window breaks that window was breaking these two windows break. >> guy with a crow bar comes in and starts stealing stuff. >> some police cars were damaged and officers used tear gas to disburse the crowds. they made several arrests. in new york city grand central station hundreds demonstrated and chanted i can't breathe after eric garner was put in a chokehold by officer pantaleo. the demonstrations were peaceful. a few protesters in paris were in front of the eiffel to your with protest signs in english. there were no reports of anyone
getting injured or any arrests. president obama is speaking out about the deaths of american hostage luke somers in yemen. the photo journalist was shot during an early morning raid yesterday. the president ordered the rated because he believed that somers was in immanent danger. the rated was carried out by u.s. special forced backed by yemeni troops. >> special forces were unable to save luke. >> luke somers was murdered. >> the militants killed pierre korkie a south african hostage. u.s. forces saw the militants enter a building on the compounds where they think they shot somers and korkie. north korea is denying carrying out the stiesh attack on -- cyber attack ony.
some say the hack is similar to the attack on south korean companies, the attacks were blamed on north korea. a $10,000 rewards was offered for information on a string of church fires in delaware. they are search for who is responsible for setting three churns on fire on tuesday, healing hands was the most seriously damaged. him fires were set at the log mennenite church call 8885tf fire. a fire started in a vacant home on the 1500 block of west 4th street. high winds caused the fire to
spread to our other homes, two homes were empty, families live in the other two, nobody was hurt in the fire, investigators are trying to figure out what started the blaze. the fire bird festival went off despite a destructive act of arson in phoenixville. organizers worked auto day to make sure the parade and bonfire would not be stopped. word spread of the crime and neighbors went to work rebuildings whether a they could of the wooden bird so the traditional lighting could takes place last night. festival attend. he -- attendees, say that the it embodies exactly what the festival represents.
police have not found the arsonists responsible for burning the original phoenix. rail service on the norristown high speed line has been replaced with shuttle bus service along the entire route. the rail service will be down until crews remove the tree at the park view station before making repairs. expect delays while traveling on this line. free parking with the ppa because of credit card transmission issues. parking at other locations including single-space meters will still be enforced. now if the problem continues tomorrow, the ppa says be prepared to pay with cash at kiosks. philadelphia naacp has a
new leaders, "action news" was there as members of the local chapter cast their ballots yesterday. minister rodney mohammed who leads the nation of islam mosque in philadelphia promises to bring renewed stability to the area. he said his primary goal is education. >> we're concerned with deep poverty and hunger in the city of philadelphia, but more so we want to aggressively educate the citizens in this land so they are not so vulnerable, so they are not so weak when it comes to issues that are impacting their lives. >> earlier this year, the national naacp suspended jerry mondesire and three board members in the public squabbling and confess about -- owe questions about the handling of
finances. christmas concert from 1 to 3378, the saint charles seminary will hold an open house, it is open to everybody. prince william and his wife duchess kate are on a plane flying to new york city. they will attend a reception tonight for the american friends of the royal found addition in new york. tomorrow prince william will travel to washington to meet with president obama. william will return to new york to visit the 9/11 memory with the wife and host a benefit at the metropolitan museum of art. it's a dream come true this weekend for a local navy veteran who decided to go back overseas to serve his country. the big surprise was made by his favorites team the eagles. he reenlist the in the endzone apt lincoln financial field.
his brother who served in the u.s. army did the honors and his nephew a boy scout folded the american flag. >> this is like a dream come true, i've been in for 14 1/2 years, this could be my last reenlistment and take me out to my 20 year mark. >> i'm so proud of him, he accomplished a lot of in his life. >> as family will be together in sicklierville, camden county to watch the eagles play the sea hawks. hopefully they can give him a win. >> much more to come on "action news" with sunday. a letter written by abraham lincoln was sold in philadelphia. >> a little girl unhappy with the title of a book pushes a publisher to change it. taking a live look at sky6 live hd over atlantic city, look at the sun bouncing off the water. too cold to swim, but pretty to lack at.
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hundreds of activists gathered ton a pra peruian beach. they are raising awareness of global warming, peru is hosting the climate change conference. speaking of warming, let's go live on sky, it's blustery and chilly, we have winds gusting to 30 miles per hour, with temperatures hanging out in the low 40s, it's making it feel cooler than what we were dealing with yesterday, although the trade off we're seeing sun, and yesterday's miserable weather is out out of here, all of us would rather have the chilly temperatures than the rain. wilmington, 44.
allentown, 44. trenton, 41. poconos 33 degrees, feels-like temperatures, allentown, 37. millville, 35. wilmington, 37 and trenton, 33. so again, it's bluster out there, it's chilly but we're seeing the sun. all these clouds are pulling away that means lots of sunshine from this point on, should be a nice-looking finish to the weekend. here's where the issues start to develop. monday and tuesday it's this area of high pressure that's going to create the problems. when this coastal storm develops it will develop tomorrow. if this high wasn't here, let's assume it's gone, this system coming across the great lakes would kick the coastal out to sea, we would see clouds and showers and that's about it. with the high sitting here, as the low comes up it will hit the high and slow down and crawl you will the eastern seaboard and the system gets absorbed from
this one approaching from the west and it looks like a mess for the mid atlantic and the northeast tuesday and wednesday. some computer information has this lingering through thursday. we've seen coastal systems before, it's not a huge deal, but it could be a big deal for beach erosion and coastal flooding. inland we're looking at windy conditions and heavy rain. monday, clouds lower and thicken. monday after midnight, here comes the bands of heavy rain, some of it coming down heavy at times. lots of ponding on the roads tuesday morning. oranges and yellows on the maps. rainfall total could amount to 1 to 3 inches. the model shows the system pulling away rapidly that would be outstanding news if this were to happen. right now most of the reliable forecast models suggest the form is slow together an long
duration event. heavy rain between 1 to 3 inches. coastal flooding more than likely. winds could gust 40 to ma miles per hour. maybe the possibility of mixing or even a period of snow for the poconos. even the mild air is too strong and win the battle. 45 degrees is the forecasted high. heading to lincoln financial field, 4:30 when when the game takes place when we kick things off against seattle. feels like 34. in the 4th quarter it will feel like the 20s, you'll have to bundle up in layers, the winds will whip through you. overnight tonight, partly cloudy and colder, 22 degrees outlying suburbs, 28 for center city. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast becoming cloudy tomorrow, 39 degrees, periods of heavy rain tuesday, 46, scattered showers wednesday 45, still a chance of showers on thursday, 42 and home e hopefully we get clearing friday and saturday with highs on the
chilly side in the upper 40s. >> stay on top of the changing weather situation with 6abc.com. visit 6abc.com/weather for storm tracker 6 live radar both the hourly and seven-day forecast, the latest video from our "action news" meteorologists and our collection of weather related photos and videos. a seven-year-old girl got a publishing company to change the title of a book. little parker took a book home from the library and it made her anger. the title was biggest baddest book of buggings for boys. it was pirates monsters and beasts and bugs and the seven-year-old said why just boys. >> i told them that we needed to do something. >> reporter: what did you do? >> i a wrote a letter. >> and the publishing company wrote back a months later the publishing company is printing a
series for both boys even girls, parker said she wants to be a writer when she grows up among many other things. my one word to describe ac would be laid back. relaxing getaway fun unique beautiful serenity shenanigans refreshing shopping surprising happy place you know what i mean? i want to say friendly. exhilarating adventure the boardwalk #nosleep it's a great weekend. there is so much to do here. it's so great to have it so close. it's just a great location, a great place to be.
>> welcome back, sky6 live hd taking a live look for us over penns landing, you can see the camera jumping up and down a little bit, it's winds and cool, bundle up as you head out this afternoon. a letter handwritten by abraham lincoln was sold this weekend. it was unveiled at the union league in philadelphia. lisa thomas-laurey has more on the prized piece of history. >> reporter: the letter gives a rare glimpse of lincoln before he assumed the presidency. >> this is the age before the typewriter. so lincoln wrote the letter himself. >> reporter: the letter was written secretly to a friend it was hidden away in a library for a century. >> this was lincoln stepping out in the national limelight.
he supported zachary taylor for president in 1848 anticipate worked hard for taylor. >> reporter: when taylor was elected, lincoln thought he could influence jobs for people in illinois. what's attempting in the letter. >> he is trying to find a job for the person who had done a model for the patent. >> reporter: the person was david who appealed for lincoln for a political appointment, something the former president hope to arranged. he knew that a move like that would be sensitive. if you look at the letter you'll notice he wrote it will be better for you and me for you to say nothing about this. the robb collection is the nation's leading dealer in important historic documents. the letter joined several others historic artifacts. this is an order signed by lincoln ratifying a treaty
between the audience u.s. and china. this revolution war document was signed by george washington to thank his troops at the end of the battle. the lincoln letter is valued at $40,000. lisa thomas-laurey channel 6 "action news." >> when "action news" continues an update of our top stories. >> plus a look at the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast.
routes 291 and 420. the man is critical condition. volunteers are look looking for shane montgomery by handing out flyers at eagles game. he has been missing since thanksgiving. protesters will have a die-in after the game protesting two black men killed by white police officers. >> reporter: if you're heading to the game, bundle up. the eagles get things going around 4:25, the windchills will be in the upper 20s. 39 degrees tomorrow, 46 tuesday, that's the coastal storm,
periods of heavy rain, gusty winds, wednesday a few scattered showers possible, it lingers through thursday, spotty showers, 32, friday and saturday it starts to clear, it's chilly highs in the 40s. giant christmas tree was lit up in theiblical town of bethlehem. the tree is in the square in front of the church. nativity. fireworks lit up the night sky as the crowd began the christmas celebration. holiday moments on ice is next on channel 6. >> "action news" continues tonight. for eva pilgrim, chris sowers, and the entire "action news" team, i'm nydia han.
>> coming up, some of the world's greatest skaters come together for a holiday celebration of skating and music. world champions kimmie meissner and todd eldredge, united states champions ryan bradley, michael weiss, and alissa czisny. the husband-and-wife team of elena leonova and andrei khvalko. olympic gold medalists ilia kulik and brian boitano will spread their holiday cheer alongside the music of mannheim steamroller. welcome to "pandora unforgettable holiday moments on ice." "pandora unforgettable holiday moments on ice" is brought to you by... [ cheers and applause ] >> welcome to the jacksonville veterans memorial arena in jacksonville, florida, and