High School Huddle 2017: Week Ten. Jeff Skversky reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on November 3, 2017. (WPVI)
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This time of year, there’s a lot to look forward to.
“It’s not too hot, not too cold,” said Andrea Russell of Philadelphia.
“Change in colors, change in season,” added Chester County resident, Mike Hall.
For Caitlin Daly, it was all about the pumpkin spice lattes.
“Pumpkin coffee, pump pie,” said Russell.
But, what about falling back?
“There’s a little more light in the morning,” said Hall.
“It gets dark too soon,” countered Russell.
“I could go either way with that,” said Roman Zulak of Philadelphia.
We’re talking about daylight saving time, a topic that comes with many misconceptions. From the extra “S” so many of us add.
“I would have said savings,” admitted Robin Benbow.
The practice, which is often incorrectly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, was first used in Germany in 1916, as a way to save electricity. Two years later, it came to the United States, where we still observe it.
But, does it even make sense?
“I think it’s better to stick to natural rhythms,” said Cynthia Bailey.
Perhaps that’s why Hawaii and Arizona remain on standard. The opposite of Massachusetts, a state that’s proposing to use daylight saving year-round.
Massachusetts even formed a special commission to study the issue, saying the permanent switch would mean less crime, fewer traffic accidents, and less energy consumption. Not to mention benefits for retail.
Now, it just need other Northeast states to consider doing the same.
By Sandra Gonzalez
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Netflix is cutting ties with “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey as the actor faces a growing number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The actor has also been suspended from the show.
In a carefully worded statement, the streaming network made clear that it would not continue to be involved with the show if Spacey has any part in the drama’s future.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey,” a spokesperson for the network said. “We will continue to work with [Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
MRC, which produces “House of Cards,” followed up with its own statement, announcing the actor’s suspension from the series.
“While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of ‘House of Cards,’ he has been suspended, effective immediately,” MRC said.
Netflix has also decided not to proceed with the release of the film “Gore,” which stars and is produced by Spacey, the statement said. The film had been in post-production.
The decision comes one day after several current and former members of the “House of Cards” production staff came forward with allegations of sexual harassment in a CNN report. One also accused Spacey of sexual assault.
Actor Anthony Rapp first made allegations against Spacey in a story published by Buzzfeed this week.
Rapp, who appears on CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” alleges Spacey made a sexual advance toward him at a party in 1986. Rapp was 14 years old at the time.
Spacey issued a statement claiming he did not recall the incident, but he apologized for what he said would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Production on “House of Cards” was halted on Tuesday, a little more than two weeks after filming for Season 6 began in the Baltimore area.
News that the show would be ending after Season 6 was made public in the days following the first Spacey allegation, but sources told CNN the decision had been known by the production team for months prior.
Spacey is currently seeking unspecified treatment, according to a statement from his representative released on Wednesday.
His publicist and talent agency, CAA, have since cut ties with him.
“House of Cards” is a five-time Emmy nominee for outstanding drama.
Spacey has also earned five Emmy nominations in the outstanding actor in a drama category.
On the series, Spacey played a morally bankrupt politician who climbs the D.C. power ladder.
In the final episode of Season 5, Spacey’s Frank Underwood resigns from office and his vice president and wife Claire Underwood assumes office.
The finale set the stage for a power struggle between the couple.
CNN’s Chloe Melas contributed to this report.
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Within a few minutes older men were sending the account pictures that are too inappropriate for broadcast.
The sexual advances were eye-opening but paled in comparison to the horrific sexual assault of one teenage victim who liked Kik. Her legal guardian has a warning for parents.
“It’s been very difficult, very heartbreaking,” said a family member of the victim who asked to remain anonymous.
That victim was just 14-years-old when she joined Kik to socialize with other teens.
“He wooed her, was very nice to her and befriending her on this application,” the family member said.
The two agreed to meet in a Delaware County park. But instead of meeting another teen, 40-year-old David Eugene Dewald was allegedly the man behind those Kik chats.
Authorities said he ordered the victim into his car, then drove four hours to Bloomsburg, Columbia County all the while forcing her to perform sex acts along the way, until they arrived at Dewald’s apartment.
“Just got worse and she was scared out of her mind, she was then sexually assaulted,” the family member explained.
The girl’s family said he dropped her off but not before threatening to kill her if she told anyone. It’s been a year and a half since the brutal attack.
“She cries herself to sleep to this day. She has PTSD. She is just a mess,” they said.
Action News set up an account on Kik, with the screen name Litteen16, posing as a 16-year-old girl. Within an hour the account got bombarded by users that appeared to be older men.
The questions began with ‘do you like older guys’ or ‘what are you wearing’, but quickly turned sexual. And a few minutes’ later pictures started rolling in of genitals and the men began asking the fictitious teen to send her own nude pictures or begin a live chat.
“There are predators out there just throwing their line, wherever they can, and sooner or later they are going to catch a fish,” said Detective Sergeant Kenneth Bellis of the Internet Crimes against Children’s Taskforce in Delaware County. https://www.icactaskforce.org
Detective Bellis’ agency is part of a national network committed to bringing down child predators. His team arrested Dewald in May of 2016 as he tried to meet that same victim for a second time in Eddystone Park. Dewald allegedly told detectives, who posed as the girl, that when the meeting was set up quote “he said you know what you are going to do when I get you’.
And Bellis said their investigation uncovered more alleged victims of Dewald. He has plead not guilty and is currently awaiting trial.
“They are all over social media. Sometimes it’s a full-time job for these guys, these offenders, that’s all they do. It’s a problem,” Bellis said.
“He has ruined so many people’s lives. He is a coward. He is pathetic,” said the victim’s family member.
Their message to parents is the same as investigators, check your children’s phone or they too could face a long road of recovery.
“She is a bright, beautiful child who just really got caught up in a nightmare.”
Full Statement from Kik:
We take online safety very seriously, and we’re constantly assessing and improving our trust and safety measures.
There are two ways we do this. One is through technology and constant improvements to the product itself. We encourage users to report content that they believe violates the Kik Terms of Service and Community Standards. Users are also able to Block other users they no longer wish to chat with, or ignore chats from people that they don’t know. Actions are taken against users found to have violated Kik’s Community Standards and TOS, including removal from the Kik platform where circumstances warrant.
The other is through education and partnerships with organizations that help adults and teens understand the challenges of today’s online landscape and how to avoid bad situations. For years, we’ve had teams dedicated to this, and we will continue to invest in those types of tools, provide resources to parents, and strengthen relationships with law enforcement and safety-focused organizations.
This is a priority for us. We want all users to be safe on Kik and will continue to make Kik a safe, positive and productive place for our users to interact.
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Seven Philadelphia Police officers are being hailed as heroes after rushing into a burning home to save the people inside.
The fire started around 5:30 Friday morning on the 1500 block of West Oxford Street near Temple University.
The patrol officers spotted the flames and knew they had to act quickly as the fire spread from the first floor.
Three people were taken to the hospital for treatment but Eyewitness News was told all are expected to recover.
First responders sign up to put their lives at risk to save others but these officers reminded the community why it should never take that sacrifice for granted.
“It’s a real situation that you can practice all you want but there’s no coming back if you mess up,” said Officer Eric Stiess.
Officers Brian Hollman, Joseph Kochmer, Thomas Bergy, Joseph Sperry, Matthew Market, Kate Lankford and Eric Stiess knew there was only time to act.
They got three people out the front door of the burning building, but there were three trapped upstairs, including a child and an elderly woman.
So Kochmer and Hallman climbed up the back of the house and knocked out a window, forming a human chain with the other officers to pull people out.
“You go in there and do what you have to do. We’re underequipped of course when it comes to fire, there’s not much we can do but risk our lives to get everybody out and make sure everyone is safe and sound,” Stiess said.
They’re modest about their actions. Like so many first responders, they say they were just doing their jobs.
But to risk your life to save a stranger’s is anything but ordinary.
Each of these officers has worked a fatal fire in their career. They say those memories never leave them.
When they had a chance to save lives, they ran to it.
“We all have families. We all think, ‘Hey that could be one of our family’ and we just want to get in there and rescue as many people as possible,” said Stiess.
A fire isn’t normally the business of police officers but on Friday morning, these officers made it theirs in order to save the lives of strangers.
For that, they get three cheers.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Authorities in Radnor Township are testing brownies served at a pep rally after some students fall ill.
The label on an evidence bad reads “Pot” but the truth is police are not exactly sure what is in this brownie.
“It could be marijuana it could be something more serious or it could be nothing at all,” said Lt. Shawn Dietrich, with the Radnor Township Police Department.
Parents at Radnor High School became alarmed after several female students– who police say may all be members of the cheerleading team–became sick after consuming brownies on school property during Thursday night’s pep rally.
“Parents advised the officer at the time that six students total had become sick, two of them in the emergency room. Both have been released but they are fine,” Dietrich said.
Police now believe the total number of sick students is three. Their main symptom? Nausea.
Investigators say at first they were informed that the students had no idea of what they took a bite of.
But there are conflicting reports.
“Then we are also getting reports that they knowingly ate it knowing that it contained something of a controlled nature,” said Dietrich.
RADNOR TWP., Pa. (WPVI) —
A minor traffic stop led a Radnor police officer to three women accused of shoplifting at a HomeGoods store on Lancaster Avenue. But not before the woman would flip their getaway car upside down as they tried to flee.
Chopper 6 HD captured the dramatic scene around 2 p.m. Friday on Newtown Road near Abrahams Lane in Radnor.
Only moments later, Officer Brian Bell stopped the car on Conestoga Road for a suspended vehicle registration. And that’s when things got crazy.
Radnor Police Supt. Bill Colarulo said, “When he stopped the vehicle, the vehicle took off. The officer never went into pursuit. The officer did what he was supposed to do according to policy, and he notified his supervisor.”
Moments later, officers received word that the car had struck a black SUV on Newtown Road and flipped over with the three women inside.
The women have been identified as 18-year-old Zamaya Nelson, 27-year-old Jennifer Teague, and 25-year-old Cherisse Todd. All are from Philadelphia.
Police say one of the women got out of the upside car and tried to carjack another motorist that was passing by.
“The woman did try to enter another young woman’s car that had a child,” Supt. Colarulo said.
But then, police say she got out of the car and made a run for it.
Lola Quigley says her mother saw the woman hiding in their wooded property.
“She got luckily one of the cops’ attention and pointed to the girl, and they got her so they cuffed her,” Quigley said.
Police noticed a lot of merchandise that spilled out of the car onto the roadway. They would soon learn the items were lots of bed sheets that were reportedly stolen from HomeGoods only minutes earlier.
Radnor Police Shawn Dietrich said, “They had over $2000 worth of sheets stolen at a retail theft.”
Officer Bell who made the traffic stop is a four year veteran of the force.
“I’m very proud of him and he followed protocol cause if he did pursue them and that accident resulted, people would have said, ‘well, if you didn’t pursue the people, this wouldn’t have happened.’ That wasn’t the case,” Supt. Colarulo said.
The three women face charges of retail theft, conspiracy, fleeing, and one of them with attempted carjacking.
All three are expected to be arraigned Saturday morning.
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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS) –An unusual DUI arrest for a woman in Florida.
Police say Donna Byrne was riding her horse while drunk outside Tampa.
When officers stopped her police say her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Byrne was charged with DUI and animal neglect.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 31 points and hit three decisive 3-pointers late, Ben Simmons had a triple-double and the Philadelphia 76ers moved above .500 for the first time in nearly four years with a 121-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Redick was 8 of 12 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead shot with 2:06 left, another 3 to barely beat the shot clock with 1:08 remaining and a third from the left corner to make it 119-110 with 46 seconds left.
Simmons had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double in a rookie season delayed a year because of injury. The Sixers (5-4) hadn’t had a winning record since they were also 5-4 on Nov. 13, 2013, but their painful rebuild appears near an end as they won their fourth straight game.
Victor Oladipo shook off a slow start to score 31 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 and Myles Turner had 11 points and nine rebounds in his return from a concussion for the Pacers. They were outscored 11-0 to close the game as their three-game winning streak was snapped.
After Redick’s 3 made it 113-110, Domantas Sabonis was called for a charge at the other end and fouled out. After two empty possessions that included Joel Embiid missing a dunk, Simmons slipped and it appeared Philadelphia was going to turn it over.
But Redick ended up with the ball and drilled an off-balance 3 as the shot clock expired.
Each team led by nine points in an up-tempo game before the Sixers took control behind Redick, who signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in the offseason.
Turner hadn’t played since sustaining a concussion in Indiana’s season-opening win against Brooklyn on Oct. 18. Pacers coach Nate McMillan had Turner come off the bench, and after a rusty start, he helped Indiana dominate inside in the first half.
Turner had a thunderous dunk over Dario Saric late in the first quarter and blocked Embiid’s jumper early in the second. His 3-pointer ignited a late 9-0 run that helped Indiana to a 63-56 halftime lead.
But Turner struggled with his shot in the second half and Embiid got the better of him late, scoring against him in the post midway through the fourth quarter.
Embiid had 18 points and nine rebounds. Robert Covington scored 22 for the 76ers, who shot 50 percent from the field.
Pacers: F T.J. Leaf didn’t return after spraining his left ankle early in the second quarter. . Damien Wilkins (personal reasons) was inactive.
76ers: Richaun Holmes had several loud dunks during an effective third-quarter stint in his season debut. The center had been out since breaking his left wrist in the preseason.
Embiid was called for a Flagrant 1 foul late in the first quarter when he swatted Thaddeus Young on the head on Young’s dunk.
The Pacers visit the New York Knicks on Sunday night.
The 76ers have three days off before starting a five-game trip out West on Tuesday night at Utah.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former prosecutor claims his decision in 2005 not to charge Bill Cosby with drugging and molesting a woman led to the comedian paying his accuser a settlement “well into the millions of dollars.”
Bruce Castor’s assertion in a lawsuit Thursday against the accuser, Andrea Constand, and her lawyers is the first time anyone has put a value on the confidential settlement.
Castor alleges the women harmed his reputation and cost him a chance to return as district attorney in suburban Philadelphia by publicly criticizing him and suing him for defamation days before the 2015 election.
Castor’s lawsuit doesn’t explain how he would know how much Cosby paid Constand. Castor’s lawyers and Constand’s lawyers, Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz, didn’t immediately return messages.
Castor ended the investigation after four weeks, announcing Cosby would not be charged because the evidence had shown both parties “could be held in less than a flattering light.”
He said he was concerned that Constand had stayed in touch with Cosby and waited a year to call police. He said last year that the decision was intended to let Cosby speak freely at a civil deposition.
Cosby testified in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand’s lawsuit against him.
A new prosecutor reopened the case and charged Cosby after excerpts from that deposition about giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with were made public.
After Cosby’s June trial ended in a mistrial, Castor said he was disappointed but not surprised.
“My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault,” Castor said. “‘Probably’ does not win criminal trials.”
A retrial is scheduled for April.
Another woman who says Cosby sexually assaulted her, Kathrine McKee, has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider her defamation case against him. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month refused to revive her lawsuit against Cosby.
The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee’s allegations he raped her decades ago.
A lower court judge who dismissed her lawsuit said the letter was protected by the First Amendment. McKee is challenging the three-judge panel’s conclusion that she was a public figure, which makes it harder to win a defamation claim.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
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Associated Press reporter Alanna Durkin Richer in Boston contributed to this report.
PENNSYLVANIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is allowing a school code bill, approved by the Senate last week, to become a law.
A decision that’s drawing its fair share of criticism.
Governor Wolf isn’t signing or vetoing the bill, meaning it will take effect next week.
In a statement, the governor says parts of the bill, like delaying the Keystone Exams and expanding opioid education in schools, are necessary.
But he admits he has concerns about some components, in particular, when it comes to laying off teachers for economic reasons, schools districts can do so based on performance evaluations and not seniority.
That’s the major concern for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, who represents nearly 200,000 teachers and school employees throughout the state
They tell us it’s “disappointing” that any factor other than experience be used when it comes to teacher furloughs.
But, the PSEA calls this bill “significantly better” than other ones Governor Wolf has vetoed in the past.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS) – It was no joke when a doctor in Nashville delivered a baby on Halloween in costume.
Dr. Paul Locus, an OBGYN at the Henry County Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, didn’t let work get in the way of his Halloween fun.
Locus, who dressed like the Heath Ledger version of The Joker, opted to stay in character to deliver Justin and Brittany Selph’s baby daughter, Oaklyn.
Justin writes on Facebook that his baby girl is healthy and doing well.