Woman Hospitalized After Being Struck By SEPTA Bus In Frankford

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A woman has been hospitalized after being struck by a SEPTA bus in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. It happened at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street around 4:45 p.m.

The woman was transported to Einstein Medical Center and listed in stable condition.

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There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the incident.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.

3 High School Students Charged In Assault Of 14-Year-Old Boy Behind Kmart In Delaware County, Police Say

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RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Three high school students have been charged after a video circulating on social media appears to show them assaulting a 14-year-old boy behind a Kmart in Holmes, Pennsylvania. Ridley Township Police say the three are facing charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

The video appears to show the ninth-grade student at Ridley High School being attacked by three teens behind the Kmart. Several other people can be seen recording the fight on their phones, while others attempt to break up the assault.

Police say they were made aware of the video Tuesday, but the incident occurred on Sunday, March 16.

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Police say the three alleged attackers will be petitioned to juvenile court to answer for the charges. Since the three are under the age of 18, their names will not be released.

One of the alleged attackers is a fellow student at Ridley High and two others attend Interboro High School.

Alleged Latin Kings Leader, 22 Others Arrested In Drug Trafficking Ring Bust, Berks County Prosecutors Say

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READING, Pa. (CBS) — Berks County prosecutors say they have busted up a drug trafficking ring in Reading. Authorities announced Tuesday details of “Operation Ice Dog.”

Authorities charged 23 people, including the alleged leader of the Latin Kings gang.

Investigators say the ring distributed 1 pound of meth a week.

“In this case, we found direct connections to the Latin Kings and I’m very pleased that we were able to identify those connections and arrest individuals who were members of the Latin Kings, including the leader of this organization, Jordan Jorge,” said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

Authorities say meth was seized from two houses in Reading.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper Named MLB’s Most Overrated Player In Anonymous Players Poll

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Bryce Harper has a new team, but he still has the same distinction among his peers. The vast majority of Major League Baseball players believe Harper is the most overrated player in The Show, per a new anonymous poll.

According to The Athletic, which polled “about a third of the league overall, including players from all 30 teams,” Harper is overwhelmingly the most overrated player at 62 percent. That’s up from 48.6 percent in the website’s 2018 players poll.

“It’s marketing. It’s star power,” one player told The Athletic. “But what has he done besides have one year?”

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“Especially now,” another player said.

Especially now. Especially after Harper, 26, signed a 13-year, $330 million record contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Feb. 28.

That contract stood as an American sports record for one month when the Los Angeles Angels re-signed Mike Trout to a 12-year, $430 million deal.

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The past two years are not the first time Harper’s held the distinction as the most overrated player in baseball. In 2014, anonymous MLB players also listed Harper, then 21, as the game’s most overrated player in ESPN The Magazine.

This comes with the territory as one of baseball’s most marketable players, one who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old, one who won the NL MVP at 22.

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One of the interesting nuggets from the players poll is the player who said, “It’s marketing. It’s star power.”

In a game that needs more star power, it’s ironic players view Harper as the most overrated, especially if marketing and star power is behind it.

Phillies fans will have the opportunity to cheer MLB’s most overrated player Thursday on opening day at Citizens Bank Park. Knowing Philadelphia, the fans will let the Phils’ new right fielder know exactly just how overrated he is.

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Baseball can use more Bryce Harpers, and jealousy is never a good look – for anyone.

Driver Accused Of Killing 2 Mummers In Head-On Crash Facing Third-Degree Murder Charges

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A driver accused of killing three people, including two Mummers, in a head-on crash in January is now facing third-degree murder charges. Keith Campbell is accused of stabbing himself multiple times prior to causing the car crash at 7th Street and Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.

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Police say Campbell, 29, was involved in a pursuit in Delaware before the deadly head-on collision. Campbell was suffering from 15 to 20 stab wounds at the time of the crash.

Police also say a letter was found in Campbell’s vehicle following the crash. Although they would not say what was in the letter, it is considered evidence.

Campbell has also been charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of Dennis Palandro Jr., Joseph Ferry, and Kelly Wiseley.

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Ferry and Wiseley had just gotten engaged over Christmas.

Police Investigating After Home In Pottstown Riddled With Bullets

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POTTSTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A family in Pottstown says their home was riddled with bullets Tuesday night. The shooting happened on the 500 block of West Street, around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say shots were fired in the area, striking the home several times.

No one inside the home or in the area was injured.

It remains unclear if someone inside the home was the intended target. The cause of the shooting remains under investigation.

Jury Could Soon Decide If Man Gets Sent To Death Row For Raping, Killing Girlfriend’s Adopted Daughter

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A jury could soon begin deciding the fate of a man who admitted to raping and killing his girlfriend’s adopted daughter. A jury could decide today if Jacob Sullivan gets life in prison or sent to death row in the murder of Grace Packer. It comes after the jury heard nearly two weeks of testimony, plus nearly three hours of closing arguments Tuesday morning.

Photo of Grace Packer. (credit: CBS3)

Sullivan is accused of raping, strangling and then dismembering 14-year-old Grace in 2016. It happened while her adoptive mother, Sara Packer, watched.

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At the Bucks County Courthouse Tuesday morning, Sullivan’s attorney argued to the jury his client admitted the crimes to police, despite his girlfriend telling him to keep quiet.

“Ask yourself, ‘Would we be here if my client didn’t confess?’ He accepted responsibility,” said attorney Jack Fagan.

However, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said “not all murders are equal.”

“The death penalty is reserved for the worst of these murders,” said Weintraub. “This is that murder.”

Pennsylvania doesn’t actually execute those on death row. Instead, killers sentenced to death often live about 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.

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Sara Packer took a plea deal last month and she will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Temple To Hold First Walk-In Vaccination Clinic Tomorrow Amid Growing Mumps Outbreak

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Temple will hold its first of two walk-in vaccination clinics on Wednesday after a recent mumps outbreak on campus has affected nearly 100 people. Due to the growing number of mumps cases, Temple University will be holding two walk-in vaccination clinics this week.

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Students, faculty and staff will be able to receive the Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) vaccine free of charge. The clinics will be held in Temple’s Mitten Hall’s Great Court on Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

No appointments are necessary, but you will need to have your OWLcard present.

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Officials say there are 99 confirmed and probable cases of mumps in the Temple community. Ninety-five are in Philadelphia and four are in the suburbs.

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Mumps is a highly infectious disease passed through saliva and respiratory secretions. While the incubation period is 12 to 25 days, symptoms often appear 16 to 18 days after exposure. The symptoms for the mumps are similar to the flu and often include tender swollen glands below the ear and along the jawline on one or both sides of the face and neck, headache, fever and cold-like symptoms. People with mumps are considered infectious from two days before swelling begins through five days after the start of swelling. You can learn more about mumps on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

If you have questions or are experiencing symptoms, you are encouraged to contact Temple University Student Health Services at StudentHealth@temple.edu or Employee Health Services at EmployeeHealth@temple.edu.

Dozens Of Spiny Dogfish Sharks Wash Ashore In New Jersey

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BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) – Authorities say dozens of spiny dogfish sharks washed up on beaches across southern New Jersey last weekend. And while it’s still not clear what caused the deaths, officials believe it most likely was a natural occurrence.

The state Division of Fish and Wildlife says conservation officers saw roughly 60 decayed dogfish during their patrols. The sharks were found from Brigantine to Longport.

Officials say the dogfish may have gotten caught on a salt marsh in the bay during an extreme high tide followed by an outgoing tide, dying either there or in a tidal pool. It’s also possible another high tide carried the dogfish to sea, with strong winds pushing them onto the beach.

Dogfish are members of the shark family that are commercially fished within state waters.

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Firefighters Battle Rowhome Fire In Port Richmond

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Fire investigators are looking for the cause of a rowhome fire in Philadelphia. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday on the 2900 block of Richmond Street in Port Richmond.

Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and worked quickly to bring the fire under control.

No one was injured.

Man Falls To His Death While Trying To Climb Masonic Temple In Center City, Police Say

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are investigating after a man was found dead in Center City overnight. Police arrived on scene just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the corner of Filbert and Juniper Streets, near City Hall.

That’s where they found a 26-year-old man dead on the sidewalk. Initial reports indicated the man might have been hit by a car or attacked.

Police say surveillance video from the Criminal Justice Center revealed the man was trying to climb the Masonic Temple and fell to his death.

It remains unclear why the man was attempting to climb the building. 

The man’s identity has not been released.

Portion Of Pennsylvania Turnpike Closed After Tractor-Trailer Crash Spills Dish Soap On Road

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DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed after a crash involving a tractor-trailer left a soapy mess on the highway, Tuesday morning. The crash happened on the eastbound lanes of the Turnpike, between Downingtown and Valley Forge.

Officials say the tractor-trailer and a car collided, just after 3 a.m. The tractor-trailer split in half and spilled jugs of dish soap across the road.

The eastbound lanes are expected to be closed for about three hours.

Two people were taken to the hospital. No word on the extent of their injuries.

New Jersey lawmakers approve bill allowing medically assisted suicide

NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy says he plans to sign a bill passed by the legislature Monday that would give terminally ill patients the right to end their own lives. 

The bill allows a terminal patient given six months to live the right to ask a doctor to prescribe a life-ending medication.  Assemblyman Jay Webber, Republican from Morris County, urged a “no” vote.

“A bill like this, when it passes, would create a new class of citizens among us. A class of citizens who can be killed by another citizen,” Webber said. 

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The bill’s sponsor, Gloucester County Democrat John Burzichelli, countered that ultimately, the decision would be made by only the patient. 

“It would be up to the person whether they want to fill the prescription. Then it would be up to the person if they want to ingest the prescription. Only that person can make that decision,” Burzichelli said. 

Gov. Murphy in a statement said allowing terminally ill people the dignity to make end-of-life decisions is the right thing to do.

New Jersey would become the eighth state to allow doctor-assisted suicide.

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Boxing Champion, Former Glen Mills Student Bernard Hopkins Hopeful School Can Be Salvaged Amid Abuse Allegations

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania officials have ordered the emergency removal of all children from Glen Mills School amid abuse allegations. The facility has a month to remove and place students into other facilities.

Eyewitness News spoke with a well-known former glen Mills student, who is hoping the program can be salvaged.

“They gave you discipline in a way where you know that if you screwed up, you screwed up, and I’m not talking about beating,” middleweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins said.

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Hopkins knows the inside of Glen Mills School all too well. At 13 years old, a judge ordered him to the Delaware County placement facility.

Though Hopkins says he was never abused, he says he has heard stories.

“There are stories of aggressive counselors. Grown men who took it a little far,” he said.

Those stories of aggression captured the Department of Human Services’ attention. An emergency removal order now has the facility scrambling to find new placements for 64 juveniles.

“We will not tolerate any situation in which young people are placed in direct danger or harm. There should be no abuse,” Philadelphia city councilwoman Helen Gym said.

Just this past summer, Hopkins spoke at Glen Mills. Now that it’s ordered to close, he’s concerned where those boys will end up.

There are more questions that answers, and above all, uncertainty. But Hopkins is hopeful there’s a way to salvage the program.

“You cut that out, if that’s cancer, you cut it out,” he said. “If that’s something that’s going to affect a whole body of work over decades of years of achievement.”

In a statement, the Department of Human Services said, “this removal is one step of an ongoing process, and DHS is committed to seeing this investigation through to ensure that any individual responsible for endangering the welfare of children and coercing silence can be held responsible. As this investigation continues, it is important that we understand the full scope of incidents and mistreatment that occurred at the school.”

The school said in a statement that they “are assessing the situation and will continue to work with all state and local officials.”

Temple University Mumps Outbreak Grows To Nearly 100 Cases, Officials Say

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– The mumps outbreak at Temple University continues to grow. There are now 99 confirmed and probable cases of mumps in the Temple community with 16 confirmed and another 83 probable.

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In Philadelphia, there are 95 cases and another four in the surrounding area.

Temple will have two clinics to provide the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines through this week, with one on Wednesday and the second one on Friday.

These clinics will be free to all Temple students, faculty and staff.

National Weather Service To Test New Jersey’s Tsunami Preparedness Tuesday

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Weather Service will simulate a tsunami drill Tuesday to judge the East Coast’s preparedness for a natural disaster. New Jersey will be among the states whose preparedness will be tested.

The annual LANTAX 19 test will simulate a hypothetical magnitude 8.5 earthquake located 125 off the coast of Puerto Rico, which would generate a catastrophic tsunami in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Initially, a watch would be issued in New Jersey and other coastal states, followed by an advisory. At the end of the exercise, officials will evaluate each state’s response and safety precautions.

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Officials note that although 85 percent of the world’s tsunamis generate in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic has had its share of powerful disasters, so it is important for coastal states to have the proper precautions in place.

Camden City Council Member Plans To Reintroduce Controversial Bill Limiting Permanent Memorials

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CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Camden is looking toward the future, but a new city ordinance proposed by one city council member could remove certain symbols of the past. Day in and day out, as time passes and life moves on, memorials of lost loved ones remain.

Glimpses of a sorrowful event, a person gone too soon.

“We had a great good relationship. I loved him to pieces,” Nereida Lamberty said.

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But on a sunny afternoon five years ago, Lamberty’s grandson Troy, just 15 years old, was shot and killed while walking home from school. His killer was never caught.

“It was unbelievable,” Lamberty said.

In the spot where Troy Lamberty died, his grandmother placed an angel.

“That represents life,” she said.

It’s now grown to become a permanent memorial, which she visits multiple times a year.

“He was alive. He used to walk through here,” Lamberty said. “He used to play through here. The church right across the street, he got baptized there years before. It represents all of that.”

A new ordinance proposed by Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes would allow public works to remove these memorials, which are often placed on private property after 15 days.

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“You have to be mindful to those homeowners, to those taxpayers, who say they want to sell their home or they have children who are asking, ‘Hey what happened here?’” Fuentes said.

Some memorials are regularly maintained. Others are not.

“I’m concerned about the image of the city,” Fuentes said.

One near Victor Rossa’s house has broken glass and trash littering the street.

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“If someone on the outside comes into the city and they’re watching all of these memorials, they’re going to the thing, ‘Wow this is a killing field here,’” Rossa said.

Rossa supports a compromise, where a vacant lot could be used to erect a permanent memorial. One location where all families could grieve and all the dedications scattered throughout Camden could finally be removed.

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“It’s dropping the property values of these homes,” Rossa said. “I don’t believe that’s the cause of the property values going down. It’s the crime itself.”

But with the debate continuing, at least for the time being, the memorials – symbols of death for some and life for others – will stay put.

Fuentes said he’ll continue the dialogue and he does plan to reintroduce a new version of the bill come April or May.

Police release video in hopes of finding person who killed man in West Philadelphia road rage incident

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have released footage from a deadly road rage incident in West Philadelphia. 

Shaquile Mac, 25, was murdered on Friday night at 52nd and Warren streets while his children were just feet away from him. 

“The kids were witnesses. Don’t know how old they are, if they were able to comprehend and understand what happened. But if they were, it’s still a horrible set of circumstances,” said Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

Police are calling this road rage. 

There was almost an accident between two cars that caused them to drive parallel to one another. 

When the cars stopped, the drivers got into an argument.

That’s when someone pulled out a gun and shot Mack, who was unarmed, killing him. 

Four people in the car saw the shooting, including two of his kids, their mother and her young nephew.

In the video of the car linked to the crime, a black Chrysler 300 is seen speeding south on Girard Avenue away from 54th Street. 

The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information please call 911. 

“If you were out there and you saw something, maybe saw someone speeding away fast and you got some or all of the license plate,” Kinebrew added. 

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Without Ben Simmons, Sixers Fall To Magic For Second Straight Loss

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held the Philadelphia 76ers without a field goal for a stretch of nearly 12 minutes Monday night in a 119-98 victory. Evan Fournier scored 24 points for the Magic, who outscored the 76ers 30-5 over a second-half stretch in which Philadelphia missed 15 straight shots.

The Magic completed their first 5-0 homestand in franchise history and moved a half-game behind Miami in chasing the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They visit the Heat on Tuesday.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Playing without point guard Ben Simmons, the 76ers led 60-57 after shooting 61.5 percent in the first half. Shake Milton’s jump shot cut the Magic’s lead to 78-77 with 4:32 left in the third quarter, but Philadelphia did not score in the remainder of the period, falling behind by 14 points.

When Zhaire Smith hit a 3-pointer with 4:50 remaining in the game, it ended a stretch of 11 minutes, 42 seconds without a field goal for the 76ers, who then trailed 108-85.

Embiid overcame four early turnovers to put up 14 points and eight rebounds in the first half. His 3-pointer opened a 10-0 run that quickly erased Orlando’s seven-point lead midway through the second quarter.

Fournier’s 14 points in the third quarter helped Orlando move ahead, and Vucevic’s 3-pointer put the Magic ahead to stay midway through the period.

TIP-INS

76ers: Simmons sat out the game with a stomach virus, missing his first game since Oct. 23. … T.J. McConnell got his second start of the season at point guard. … F Mike Scott left the game with lower back tightness in the second half.

Magic: G Michael Carter-Williams, who was Rookie of the Year for the 76ers in 2013-14, signed a second 10-day contract. … The Magic used the same starting five for a 27th straight game. … The NBA and Walt Disney World Resort announced Aug. 12 as the opening date for NBA Experience, an interactive theme event at nearby Disney Springs.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Magic: Play at Miami on Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Plymouth Meeting’s Men-Only Cuddling Group Aims To Heals Through Power Of Cuddling

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County group of men is looking to help other men through the therapeutic power of cuddling. According to their Meetup page, the Men’s Therapeutic Cuddle Group’s goal “is to provide a safe, structured, and platonic environment for men to experience ‘the three As’: Acceptance, Affirmation and Affection.”

The group is accepting of men from all backgrounds, but notes “men with back or knee injuries, or those suffering from obesity may find it difficult to fully participate.”

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The group establishes “safe touch boundaries” before every session and only allows non-sexual cuddling. Participants must remain fully-clothed at all times and must shower before meetings.

The Meetup page also notes that “most men experience some level or arousal during cuddling. This is completely normal…we’re all guys. We just ignore it. There is no shame here!”