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    This time is hectic if you have kids, to be sure your child has everything in order you will want to make sure their vaccinations are up to date. Holly Clarke is here to talk about what issues can arise if you don't vaccinate your kids.

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    A North Texas teacher's letter to parents about her new homework policy has gone viral.

    You've likely already seen it on social media, but maybe didn't realize the teacher is from right here in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

    Brandy Young is a second grade teacher at Godley Elementary School in Johnson County.

    Before school started today, Young sent a letter home to parents of her students, basically telling them their children will not have homework this year.

    Young explained her extensive research has been "unable to prove that homework improves student performance."

    So, instead, Young is asking parents to spend their evenings doing things that helps with their child's school success.

    She also requests that the children eat dinner as a family, read, play outside and go to bed early.

    The letter was posted on Facebook by one mother, Samantha Gallagher, who wrote that her daughter was loving her new teacher. The post has been shared more than 69,000 times.

    The superintendent of the Godley Independent School District, Rich Dear, said that teachers were encouraged to be innovative and to do what was best for their pupils.

    "And Brandy and some of our second-grade teachers felt like that reducing assigned homework was good for our kids," he said. "And I support them for putting our learners first."

    Dear said that a half dozen second-grade teachers were dropping homework for the year and would evaluate the results in their classrooms.

    "We're not saying we won't ever assign homework," he said. "We're just saying we aren't assigning homework just for the sake of assigning it. Meaningful homework will always have its place."

    One education professor, Harris M. Cooper of Duke University, disagreed with Young's assessment of homework. It can improve achievement for second-graders if it covers vocabulary, spelling, math and other subject matter that children learn through practice, he said.

    Homework can be beneficial in other ways too, he said. It can show children that what they learn at school can apply to what they enjoy doing at home. It lets them know that they can learn anywhere. It can help them develop strong study and time management skills. And it allows parents to keep up with what their children are doing in school.

    Assignments for children that age should take 20 minutes and should be short, simple and lead to success, he said. Children can be asked to read the back of a cereal box and discuss it in school or to apply math to sports that they like, whether goals scored in soccer or a batting average.

    "Make it relevant, make it fun and make it part of what kids want to do," he said. "That's her challenge, not cut it off entirely."

    A Met Life survey done in 2007 found that 60 percent of parents thought that schools were giving the right amount of homework, according to Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of The Brown Center Report on American Education, an annual report analyzing trends in education. Twenty-five percent said the amount was too little and only 15 percent said too much.

    Another poll conducted by Public Agenda in 2006 reported similar numbers: 68 percent of parents finding the amount of homework about right, 20 percent saying too little and 11 percent saying too much. And a third poll, by AP-AOL in 2006, had the highest percentage of parents saying too much homework was assigned, 19 percent, to 23 percent too little and 57 percent about right, Loveless said.

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    Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo played high school quarterback at Radnor High School and while there, "Coach Flip" decided he wanted a future in the NFL. He is now tasked with preparing Eagles No. 1 pick Carson Wentz for life in the NFL.

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    EpiPen prices aren't the only thing to jump at Mylan. Executive salaries have also seen a stratospheric uptick, NBC News reported.

    Proxy filings show that from 2007 to 2015, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's total compensation went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068, a 671 percent increase. During the same period, the company raised EpiPen prices, with the average wholesale price going from $56.64 to $317.82, a 461 percent increase, according to data provided by Connecture.

    In 2007 the company bought the rights to EpiPen, a device used to provide emergency epinephrine to stop a potentially fatal allergic reaction and began raising its price. In 2008 and 2009, Mylan raised the price by 5 percent. At the end of 2009 it tried out a 19 percent hike. The years 2010-2013 saw a succession of 10 percent price hikes.

    And from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2016, Mylan steadily raised EpiPen prices 15 percent every other quarter.

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    FILE - Mylan EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector.FILE - Mylan EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector.

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    The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are entitled to unionize.

    The Board said the decision reverses a 2004 ruling that concluded workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they were students at the universities, according to Inside Higher Ed.

    The ruling came from a case involving a bid by the United Auto Workers to organize graduate students at Columbia University.

    "The board has the statutory authority to treat student assistants as statutory employees, where they perform work, at the direction of the university, for which they are compensated. Statutory coverage is permitted by virtue of an employment relationship; it is not foreclosed by the existence of some other, additional relationship that the [National Labor Relations] Act does not reach," says the decision.

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    File image of the Columbia University Library in New York.File image of the Columbia University Library in New York.

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  • 08/23/16--15:20: 'Final Five' Set to Tour US

  • The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

    The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

    Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

    Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

    "I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

    Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

    "She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

    Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

    In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

    Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

    "There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

    "Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

    One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

    "Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

    As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

    "It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

    The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

    Photo Credit: AP

    The gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics team back from the 2016 Rio Olympics, from left, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez pose during their visit to the Empire State Building, Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)The gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics team back from the 2016 Rio Olympics, from left, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez pose during their visit to the Empire State Building, Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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    In July 2015, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Zion Harvey became the first child ever to undergo a double hand transplant.

    When he was just 2 years old, Zion lost both his hands and his legs below the knees to a life-threatening infection.  

    Now, a year after the transplant surgery, NBC News returned to visit him to see   what life is like for 9-year-old Zion.

    "I'm very excited. Because now I can do more than I imagined. Like throw a football. Play baseball. Or, I don't know, do a handstand," he said. "So when I got my hands, it's like, here's the piece of my life that was missing. Now it's here. Now my life is complete."

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    Zion Harvey, center, who received a double hand transplant in July 2015, shakes hands with a health care worker as his mother Pattie Ray, left, smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia.Zion Harvey, center, who received a double hand transplant in July 2015, shakes hands with a health care worker as his mother Pattie Ray, left, smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia.

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    Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney led Philadelphia’s police force from 1998 through 2001. At the age of 68, Timoney died of lung cancer.

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    As college students head back to class, Senator Bob Casey is calling on local universities to step up their reporting of campus crimes. NBC10’s Deanna Durante speaks to concerned students and parents.

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    A monster technology giant which hopes to become Camden’s monster employer is quickly taking shape on the Delaware water front. NBC10’s Cydney Long has more.

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    On the narrow street leading to the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, there are orders for no parking and no stopping.

    Unless you're invited, there is no way to reach the house serving as backdrop for the third Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser in SoCal in just two days.

    The Democratic presidential nominee will wrap her a two-day visit to Los Angeles and Orange counties Tuesday with a star-studded fundraiser at the Timberlake-Biel Hollywood Hills abode before heading on to two fundraisers in Laguna Beach.

    It's at the home of the iconic pop singer where a luncheon running at $33,400 per person will be held.

    Everyone from actors Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Aniston to TV producer Shonda Rhimes are expected. 

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    The event was punctuated by a tweet from the super-star couple with Clinton sandwiched in the middle, featuring the hashtag "I'm with her."

    The event was originally scheduled to be hosted by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. A change in the production schedule for DiCaprio's upcoming climate change documentary meant the Oscar winner could not attend, according to People magazine, which cited a source close to the event. 

    Clinton will then hold another $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser in Laguna Beach, which includes a photo with Clinton. Couples paying $100,000 are also admitted to a host reception with Clinton, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

    Clinton will conclude her Southland visit with another Laguna Beach fundraiser, with tickets priced at $2,700, the maximum individual contribution to a presidential candidate in the general election under federal law. Guests raising $27,000 are admitted to a host reception with Clinton.

    The $33,400 figure is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

    Clinton began the visit Monday by taping an appearance on the ABC late- night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and holding two fundraisers. In her appearance with Kimmel, Clinton made light of both the revelation that the FBI collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioning her health.

    Clinton told Kimmel "my emails are so boring and I'm embarrassed about that."

    When Kimmel asked 68-year-old Clinton about the questions about her health, she offered up her hand and said "take my pulse," explaining "to make sure I'm still alive."

    Kimmel then took her hand and gasped, telling the audience, "Oh my god, there's nothing there."

    Clinton implied that the stories are baseless, saying sarcastically, "With every breath I take, I feel like it's a new lease on life."

    Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration. Giuliani urged voters to "go online and put down `Hillary Clinton illness,"' in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, saying the next morning that she "looks sick." Trump has questioned her stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS".

    When Kimmel asked about her preparations for the three debates with Trump, Clinton said she's taking the match-up seriously but is getting ready for "wacky stuff."

    Her first fundraiser Monday was at the home of Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin "Magic" Johnson near Beverly Hills, with co-hosts including actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The second fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban, the chairman and CEO of the Saban Capital Group, Inc., whose assets include the Spanish-language television network Univision.

    Tickets began at $2,700 per person, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

    Like nearly all fundraisers for presidential candidates, the events were closed to reporters.

    Clinton's visit began one day after the Republican National Committee released a 19-second paid web ad critical of "Hillary Clinton's liberal elite summer tour with frequent stops in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Cape Cod."

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    Hillary Clinton is scheduled to hold a $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 at the Hollywood Hills home of entertainer Justin Timberlake and his actress wife Jessica Biel.Hillary Clinton is scheduled to hold a $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 at the Hollywood Hills home of entertainer Justin Timberlake and his actress wife Jessica Biel.

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    Fifteen of the 42 people hurt at a Snoop Dogg concert in Camden earlier this month have retained one of Philadelphia's top injury attorneys, who said Tuesday that he would provide an update on the possible class-action case.

    The scary scene Aug. 5 inside BB&T Pavilion, the large music venue on the Delaware Riverfront, was captured in several cell phone videos. The surreal visuals show a sudden collapse of a railing and a mass of fans falling roughly eight feet down a wall to a concrete walkway below. One person suffered serious head injuries.

    Snoop and another performer were rushed off the stage, which was set up in a location just feet from the walkway that normally separates the venue's seated area and the general admission lawn. 

    Attorney Robert Mongeluzzi, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, will give an update Wednesday morning on his firm's investigation into what caused the collapse, he said in a statement.

    He did not say initially whether a lawsuit would be filed, but a day after the collapse, he urged the operator of BB&T, LiveNation, not to reopen until definite answers were known about the cause of the collapse.

    “Railing collapses at concerts occur because they’ve either been: improperly designed, poorly maintained, or due to a lack of or lax security personnel," Mongeluzzi said.

    The venue, which has previously been called Susquehanna Bank Center and Tweeter Center, was inspected hours after the incident and cleared by Camden county and city officials to host a concert the next night.

    LiveNation went ahead with the scheduled show, though the entertainment company did issue condolences to the injured fans.

    "We were saddened that several dozen people, including Live Nation employees, sustained injuries resulting from a railing section collapse during the Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa concert at Camden's BB&T Pavilion on Friday night," company spokesman Victor Trevino said in a statement Aug. 6. "Live Nation is closely following the recovery of the injured fans and employees as well as actively working with authorities and structural engineers to determine the cause of the collapse."

    Several videos shared with NBC10 shows dozens of people tumbling on top of each other. Snoop and Wiz were ushered off the stage as security moved in to help the fans.

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    Ask just about any climate scientist and they’ll tell you that the climate is warming, and most of that warming is due to human activity. Period. But ask if a record flood, or hurricane, or blizzard, or wildfire, or drought has been made worse due to climate change (or global warming, depending on which term you choose). You’ll probably get a lot of different answers. THIS is where debate among climate scientists is REAL.

    It’s called “Attribution Science," and it is a rather recent development. For decades, climate scientists and meteorologists kept quoting the same line after each weather disaster: “No single extreme event can be blamed on global warming” (or something close to that). It quickly closed any debate environmental activists tried to start. It was easy. But it’s not easy anymore.

    Computer models of future climate have long shown that the future will include:

    *more (and worse) heat waves

    *more (and worse) droughts

    *more (and worse) floods

    *more (and worse) wildfires

    But the question always was: “How far in the future do we expect this increase to start? “ Many of us talked about how all these above things would happen in decades to come. But a series of incredible record events got some thinking differently. Had the expected future changes already started?


    I remember questions about the possible effect of global warming on the Blizzard of ’96 in Philadelphia, when we broke our all-time snowstorm record by an amazing amount. The old record: 21.3”. The new record: 30.7”. How can a place with detailed records going back 120+ years break a record by so much? There were a lot of articles about the possible connection, even in our local papers:

    ….and many more….

    But most scientists (including me) repeated the established line: “No single storm can be blamed on global warming.” We even did an in-depth special report on the possible connection. I got the chance to interview the late Dr. Jerry Mahlman, Director of the GFDL, a top government research organization. Even though he said, “The debate is over,” when it came to whether global warming was real (1996!), he scoffed at the idea that the blizzard was caused (or even significantly aided) by global warming.


    As the 90s came to a close and the new century began, we started noticing more and more extreme weather-from heat waves and drought to record snowstorms-and incredible floods. With each event, our “defenses” got a bit lower.

    All of the below happened in the U.S. There were obviously many others in different parts of the world (info from NCDC-National Climatic Data Center):

    1998: severe drought/heat wave- kills 200

    1999: severely dry and hot-kills 500

    2000: drought/heat wave-kills 140

    2001: remnants of Tropical Storm produce 30-40 inches of rain

    $11 billion damage-kills 43

    2003: record 1-week total 400 tornadoes-kills 51

    2004: series of hurricane strikes in Florida-kills more than 150

    More than $70 Billion damage

    2005: Katrina-kills 1800+. Damage $154 billion

    2006: numerous wildfires-kills 28. Record area burned

    2008: 2 separate tornado outbreaks-kills 70. Total 320+ tornadoes

    2008: massive flooding in Midwest-kills 24. Damage $11 billion

    2008: Hurricane Ike (largest on record)-kills 112. Damage $33 billion

    2011: Blizzard Midwest to Northeast-kills 36

    2011: 4 massive tornado outbreaks-kills 545. Total 746 tornadoes

    2011: Drought/heat wave-kills 95. Damage $13 billion

    2012: 6 separate outbreaks with 20+ tornadoes-Damage $17 billion

    2012: Superstorm Sandy-kills 159. Damage $68 billion

    2012: Drought/heat wave-kills 123. Damage $31 billion

    2013: Drought/heat wave-kills 53. Damage $11 billion

    This was a 15 year period that started getting more and more meteorologists and climate scientists wondering more and more about whether we can ATTRIBUTE at least some of those events to the changing climate.

    We started hearing experts saying that “the dice are loaded” toward more extreme events, and that “it’s the atmosphere on steroids." And those who didn’t agree with those statements had to say it over and over. Every time a major disaster occurred, the debate rose up again.


    But most of us needed something more than suspicions. We needed to see a concrete, specific reason for the extremes. What is the cause and effect relationship?

    One of the first widely publicized studies was from Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers. As you saw above, the year 2012 had numerous extreme events, and that was the year her research became known:

    Her theory was that the rapid ice melt in the Arctic was causing:

    1. Warming in the Arctic (more of the sun’s rays get absorbed in water than over ice)

    2. This leads to less of a temperature contrast from the Arctic to the mid-latitudes and tropics

    3. Since jet streams are related to temperature differences, they become “wavier," instead of more west to east

    4. This leads to more cut-off LOWS in the upper atmosphere

    5. Which leads to more intense and slow-moving storms

    That seemed like a reasonable cause and effect, and later papers expanded on that theory. It even helped explain the unprecedented sharp left turn that Sandy took. Since her papers came out right around that time, they gained even more publicity. And, in time, other climate scientists either agreed with the theory or did their own research that agreed with it.

    That seemed like a reasonable cause and effect, and later papers expanded on that theory. It even helped explain the unprecedented sharp left turn that Sandy took. Since her papers came out right around that time, they gained even more publicity. And, in time, other climate scientists either agreed with the theory or did their own research that agreed with it.


    So now, every record-smashing event seems to be tied to climate change. Just recently, the devastating floods in Ellicott City, MD and Louisiana have been added to the list. And, at the same time, major wildfires were hitting California-again.


    Yes, it would be easy to say that every record event in weather has been created, or made worse, by climate change. But we’ve seen extreme weather and record weather ever since the beginning of time. Weather is naturally variable, so how can we tell that any single one has an “unnatural” aid? Attribution Science is trying to answer those questions.

    Below is one such attempt-from the National Academy of Sciences. Some types of extreme events have more obvious ties to climate change than others. Note how both extreme heat and extreme cold are at the top of the list.



    It will take months of research for respected scientific papers to come out and see how much of a tie there is to climate change. Attempts are being made for those attribution studies to come faster than they used to.

    Was there more moisture in the atmosphere because of the increase in water vapor due to climate change? Yes. But was it enough to say that there wouldn’t have been devastating flooding without climate change? The added moisture probably made it worse, but was it 2% worse, 20% worse, or more? The science is still too primitive to say with confidence.

    Below are a few articles related to this subject, if you’re interested in more detail.

    These extremes of the past 15-20 years have me wondering if 15-20 years from now, scientists will be wondering how we missed such obvious changes in our climate. By then, the extremes of today may seem modest by comparison.

    Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz,

    Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia

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    A Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer was taken to the hospital following a car crash on Roosevelt Boulevard.

    The officer was driving in a marked police vehicle southbound in the inner lanes of the Boulevard at Red Lion Road at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by another car.

    The officer was taken to Aria-Torresdale where he is expected to be treated and released. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

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    The first sight -- and more notably, sound -- of Montgomery County's $36 million upgrade to its emergency dispatch system will be some of its 4,700 new radios Wednesday.

    The Norristown police department are receiving the initial batch of radios, which will eventually be distributed to the county's police, fire and EMS departments before the system upgrade comes online in 2017, county officials said Tuesday.

    A cloud still hangs over the system, however, in the form of a holdout town that county officials have been unable to persuade to install a 180-foot antenna needed to complete the system's radio coverage.

    That town is Upper Merion, which County Commissioner Josh Shapiro and some staff called out last week during a monthly board meeting.

    Assistant County Solicitor Josh Stein suggested Upper Merion's elected board of supervisors were obstructing the installation of a county antenna on Hughes Road. The location, he said, is owned by the state police and already has a 150-foot antenna.

    Stein and a county spokeswoman pointed to a local ordinance enacted by Upper Merion in November 2015 -- months after the county first approached the town about a new, taller antenna -- that restricted installation of any new "communications towers" throughout the entire town.

    Without the antenna, parts of Upper Merion, Bridgeport, West Conshohocken and Lower Merion could have spotty coverage within the emergency dispatch system.

    "They're having a negative impact on their surrounding communities," Shapiro said of Upper Merion.

    The network of antennas are an integral part of the upgraded system, expected to significantly improve the ability of county dispatchers to communicate with emergency personnel like firefighters and police.

    "More towers are needed to increase coverage and increased capacity (number of channels) is needed because the system gets bogged by the volume of use during major events," according to a county report on the project.

    Upper Merion Manager David Kraynick disputed the notion that the ordinance restricting new towers and antennas was put in place specifically to stymie the county.

    "It was not site specific and had nothing to do with them," Kraynick said Friday of the ordinance. "We've had other communications companies come in and put up these [antennas]. Communities throughout southeast Pennsylvania are having the same issue. This is a very common thing that’s happened as these telecommunication companies have been putting in these antennas."

    He reiterated what he said earlier last week after hearing about the county's public protestations.

    "I think they're either confused or raising an issue that is not specific to the heart of the issue," Kraynick said. "They have to go before the zoning board and seek a variance."

    He said one of the main issues remains: Eight households along Hughes Road are close to the antenna site.

    County spokeswoman Lorie Slass dismissed the claim that other towns have enacted similar restrictions.

    "If other townships in the region have enacted similar restrictions, they did not impede our ability to build or improve the towers like Upper Merion has," Slass said. "At this point it is about ensuring the radios work and protecting public safety.  We believe there is a simple path forward – by creating an exception only in support of public safety uses – that will accomplish that goal and we want to work with Upper Merion to move it forward.  The Commissioners will be reaching out to them this week asking them to join us in making this happen."

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    A proposed 180-foot antenna is at the heart of a fight between Montgomery County and Upper Merion.A proposed 180-foot antenna is at the heart of a fight between Montgomery County and Upper Merion.

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    Friends and family are mourning a man who was shot and killed in front of his grandmother’s home in Darby Borough.

    Police say Darryl Curry, 27, was visiting his grandmother’s apartment on North 6th and Fern streets Tuesday around 2 a.m. when he was approached by a group of men. After speaking with Curry the suspects pulled out weapons and opened fire. Curry was struck several times in the torso and other parts of his body as he fled to the front door of his grandmother’s apartment. He then collapsed to the ground.

    Responding officers tried to perform CPR on Curry but he died from his injuries.

    No arrests have been made and police have not yet released a description of any suspects. Police say they believe the motive was robbery. They also believe Curry was specifically targeted.

    Curry’s death marks the first homicide of the year in Darby. Police have stepped up their patrols in the area where the deadly shooting took place. They are also asking anyone who saw Curry between midnight and 2 a.m. Tuesday to come forward.

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    A Bucks County family is taking on the U.S. Navy over chemicals that bled off local military bases and into their drinking water as well as water used by close to 70,000 other people who live and work nearby.

    Toxic chemicals, called PFCs, were used for decades in firefighting foam at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster. PFCs have been linked to cancers and numerous other ailments. 

    The Giovanni family, who declined an interview, has lived virtually across the street from Willow Grove, since 2003. Test results of their well water showed PFC levels 40 times higher than what's considered safe over a lifetime by the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit does not say if any family member is suffering health-wise from exposure to PFCs, but no one really knows the long term effects of these unregulated chemicals.

    In the complaint, filed Tuesday, the family asks the Navy to cover the cost of monitoring the future health of the parents and three children. But the big ask is for the Navy to pay for a health assessment and/or study that includes blood testing not just for the Giovannis, but for the close to 70K others exposed in Warrington, Warminster and Horsham Townships where both the public and private water supplies have been contaminated with PFCs.

    To date, the Navy has rejected calls by lawmakers, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, to test the blood of community members and have not responded to NBC10's recent requests to discuss the issue. In late May, however, the director of Base Closure Management Office, Greg Preston said the Navy wasn't prepared to pay for blood tests because they'd hadn't found any value in the testing. "Because we're not really sure, the experts are not really sure what to do with those results at this point in time -- what they really mean and how they translate," Preston said.

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    The U.S. Navy has rejected calls for blood testing and monitoring of people who worked on local military bases as well as community members outside the bases. The Navy did pay for bottled water when public and private wells were shut down for PFOA and PFOS contamination levels above what the EPA considers safe over a person's lifetime.The U.S. Navy has rejected calls for blood testing and monitoring of people who worked on local military bases as well as community members outside the bases. The Navy did pay for bottled water when public and private wells were shut down for PFOA and PFOS contamination levels above what the EPA considers safe over a person's lifetime.

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    A husband killed his estranged wife then stabbed himself inside a South Jersey high-rise overnight, according to officials.

    The incident played out inside an apartment in building C at the Heights of Collingswood along White Horse Pike (U.S. Route 30) and Collings Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey Monday night, said Camden County law enforcement.

    Police arrived at the apartment around 7:50 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic dispute. When they went inside the bedroom of the apartment they found Joseline Perez, 36, suffering from multiple stab wounds. They also found her estranged husband Timothy Moorman, 41, suffering from wounds as well.

    Officials say Moorman stabbed Perez and then stabbed himself. Perez was pronounced dead at 9:52 p.m. Moorman was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he is currently in critical condition. He is charged with first-degree murder though his bail has not been set.

    Neighbors overheard the couple, who recently separated, arguing prior to the stabbing, according to sources.

    The couple's three children were home at the time but didn't witness the killing and weren't harmed, said sources.

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    Donald Trump’s new TV ad on immigration creates a misleading comparison, saying that under Hillary Clinton, “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay” but under Trump, “terrorists and dangerous criminals” are “kept out.” In fact, Clinton has said she would deport “violent criminals, terrorists, and anyone who threatens our safety.”

    The Trump campaign did not respond to our questions about the ad. However, Clinton has supported measures, including the 2013 bipartisan Senate immigration bill, that would have allowed those living in the U.S. illegally who committed fewer than three misdemeanors, not including minor traffic violations, to stay — provided they met other requirements. This could be what the ad means by criminals “get to stay.”

    If so, the ad, titled “Two Americas: Immigration,” misleads the viewer by contrasting Clinton’s plan with Trump’s proposal to keep “terrorists and dangerous criminals” out. That’s no different from what Clinton has proposed on illegal immigration. There are certainly different definitions of the word “dangerous,” but Clinton has used the same language in talking about whom she would deport. And the bill she supported barred convicted felons from becoming legal residents or citizens.

    The Republican presidential nominee’s ad began airing Aug. 19 on a $4.8 million ad buy over 10 days in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, the campaign has said.

    The ad begins with the narrator describing immigration “in Hillary Clinton’s America: The system stays rigged against Americans. Syrian refugees flood in. Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay. Collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open.”

    In contrast, the narrator gives this description of “Donald Trump’s America”: “Terrorists and dangerous criminals: kept out. The border: secured. Our families: safe.”

    We’ve written about a few of these claims before. Clinton hasn’t supported “open” borders, as the ad falsely implies. The 2013 Senate immigration bill — the most recent comprehensive immigration legislation, which Clinton has said she backed — would have made large investments in border security, including additional border fencing, and Clinton said during a Democratic debate in November, “Border security has always been a part of that [immigration] debate.” As we’ll explain later, the immigration plan on her website talks about deporting some individuals. That’s not an “open” border.

    The ad also uses a deceptive image of people crowded on top of train cars when it says “our border open,” as if anyone and everyone could stream in legally. That’s not what Clinton has proposed or supported. The 2013 Senate bill would have set up a path to citizenship for those who had entered the country prior to Dec. 31, 2011.

    The ad also leaves the impression that “illegal immigrants” would be “collecting Social Security benefits” under Clinton’s presidency, but that would only happen if those immigrants became citizens or had legal status. And that’s the case under current law. As we’ve explained before back in 2009 and 2006, those in the country illegally are barred from collecting Social Security. Once an immigrant gains legal status, then that person can get credit for the Social Security taxes he or she paid when working illegally.

    As for whether Clinton would allow a “flood” of Syrian refugees, that’s a matter of opinion. Obama has authorized the acceptance of 10,000 Syrian refugees for fiscal year 2016, while Clinton has said the number should be as many as 65,000. For context, there are nearly 5 million Syrian refugees displaced by the country’s civil war, which began in 2011. And the U.S. is set to accept a total of 85,000 refugees from around the world in fiscal 2016.

    Trump has said that no Syrian refugees should be admitted to the U.S., because terrorists may be among them, and Clinton has said the refugees should be admitted “only if we have as careful a screening and vetting process as we can imagine.”

    The claim that piqued our fact-checking interest, though, was the assertion that under Clinton “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay.”

    ‘Criminals Stay’?

    The ad includes a graphic that says “criminals stay” and a citation of “NBC News 7/9/16.” We tried internet and Lexis Nexis searches to find a relevant NBC News article on that day, but we came up empty. We asked the Trump campaign to point us to the article in question, and spokeswoman Hope Hicks told us over the phone that she would take a look at our emailed request. We have not received a response, but we will update this article if we do.

    However, Clinton has talked about deporting criminals as part of her illegal immigration plan.

    Clinton’s proposal says that she will send a plan to Congress that will include “a path to full and equal citizenship” within her first 100 days in office. That plan “will treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog, uphold the rule of law, protect our borders and national security, and bring millions of hardworking people into the formal economy.”

    The plan goes on to say that she would defend Obama’s executive orders to delay deportation for so-called DREAMers and the parents of citizens and lawful residents. But she specifically talks about deporting other immigrants, saying, she would “focus resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety.”

    During a March Democratic debate, Clinton was asked about allowing immigrants to stay if they lacked a criminal record. She said: “But if you are asking about everyone who is already here, undocumented immigrants, the 11-12 million who are living here, my priorities are to deport violent criminals, terrorists, and anyone who threatens our safety.”

    In a speech to the National Immigrant Integration Conference in December 2015, Clinton also talked about “prioritiz[ing] whom to deport.” She said: “Dangerous criminals? Yes. DREAMers and their families? No.”

    As for Trump, he initially talked about deporting all immigrants living in the country illegally, but his stance has recently softened. At a February debate, he said that all immigrants with illegal status “will go out,” adding that some will “come back legally.” Last November, he talked about using a “deportation force” to deport all of the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

    But in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Aug. 22, Trump said that “we’re going to get rid of all of the bad ones,” mentioning “gang members” and “killers,” and talked about using the existing deportation process for others. “As far as the rest, we’re going to go through the process, like they are now, perhaps with a lot more energy, and we’re going to do it only through the system of laws,” Trump said.

    Trump described his deportation approach as similar to past administrations, including the current one. “What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country. Bush the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing and I just said that,” he told O’Reilly.

    The candidates obviously differ on what to do about noncriminals who are illegally living in the United States: Clinton would create a path to citizenship, while Trump says he would keep existing laws and deportation processes. But as far as prioritizing whom to deport, both have said they’d focus on criminals and dangerous individuals.

    What about the measures Clinton has supported in the past? The 2013 Senate immigration bill included a years-long path to citizenship, but that path would not have been available to those convicted of a felony, three misdemeanor crimes (not counting “minor traffic offenses”), a foreign crime or unlawful voting. Also, an individual would have been ineligible if there were “reasonable grounds to believe” that the person “is engaged in or is likely to engage after entry in any terrorist activity.”

    That would mean that an immigrant in the country illegally who was convicted of two misdemeanors could have stayed under the bill — provided that person met other requirements including paying a $500 fine and back taxes. Becoming a citizen then required other measures, such as having a steady work history, knowing English, passing background checks and more.

    The bipartisan legislation, also known as the “Gang of Eight” bill, said that it would be possible for the secretary of homeland security to waive the barring of those convicted of three misdemeanors for “humanitarian” or “public interest” reasons. Under federal immigration laws, a misdemeanor is an offense punishable by up to a year in prison.

    There are similar exclusions for felons and other criminals in Obama’s executive order on deferring deportation for so-called DREAMers, those who came to the United States at a young age and are attending or have graduated from high school or have served in the U.S. military. Among the requirements to apply for a two-year deferral of deportation proceedings: “Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    Such language leaves open the possibility that some convicted criminals — if their offenses were misdemeanors and fewer than three — would be allowed to stay under the types of proposals Clinton has supported. But contrasting that with a Trump plan to keep out “terrorists and dangerous criminals” is a misleading comparison. Clinton, too, has said she would deport “dangerous” and “violent” criminals, “terrorists” and “anyone who threatens our safety.”

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    A judge has ruled in favor of a Southern California museum in its 10-year legal battle over the ownership of two German Renaissance masterpieces that were seized by the Nazis in World War II.

    U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter ruled last week that Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, where the paintings "Adam" and "Eve" have been for more than 30 years, is the rightful owner of the two life-size oil-on-panel paintings.

    The museum called the decision mindful of "the facts and law at the heart of the dispute," the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

    Marei von Saher alleged that the paintings were seized from her father-in-law, Dutch Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, after his family fled Holland during the Holocaust.

    The Norton Simon countered that it legally acquired the works in the 1970s from the descendant of Russian aristocrats who had them wrongly taken by the Soviet Union in the 1920s.

    Lucas Cranach the Elder painted the works in around 1530. In 1971, they were acquired by the museum for $800,000, the equivalent of about $4.8 million today. They were appraised at $24 million in 2006.

    Depicting mankind in the ominous moment before the biblical Fall, the painting's ownership battle, too, points to a period in human history fraught with uncertainty: a 20th-century Europe ravaged by war.

    The dispute is one of many to emerge in recent years involving precious art looted by the Nazis.

    The judge said that because Goudstikker's art dealership decided not to seek restitution for the works after the war, his family thereby abandoned their claim to the art.

    "Obviously, Ms. von Saher is disappointed with the court's decision," representatives from her legal firm, who plan to appeal the decision, said in a statement to the Times.

    They also criticized a legal motion exchanged with them by the museum's legal team, presenting evidence that von Saher's father was a member of the Nazi Party.

    "Using this information in an attempt to discredit Ms. von Saher is nothing more than a distasteful device to evade responsibility for refusing to restitute artworks that were indisputably stolen from her husband's family," the attorneys said.

    A statement from the Norton Simon Art Foundation said in part, "We take seriously the fiduciary responsibility to the public that our ownership of such important artworks confers. We have placed the panels on near-constant public display since 1971 and will continue to ensure they remain accessible to the public for years to come."

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    Adam and Eve, c. 1530, by Lucas Cranach the Elder. The paintings were at the center of a 10-year legal battle over the ownership of the masterpieces that were seized by the Nazis in World War II. A judge ruled that Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum is the rightful owner.Adam and Eve, c. 1530, by Lucas Cranach the Elder. The paintings were at the center of a 10-year legal battle over the ownership of the masterpieces that were seized by the Nazis in World War II. A judge ruled that Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum is the rightful owner.

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    Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, made the baseless insinuation that Donald Trump compromised national security by inviting a man with Russian ties to his intelligence briefing.

    Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mook said Trump was accompanied to his first intelligence briefing on Aug. 17 by “someone who’s on the payroll of the Russia Times, which is a basically a propaganda arm of the Kremlin.” Mook claimed this “gentleman” — whom he did not name — “was sitting two seats away from Vladimir Putin” at RT’s 10th anniversary gala in December, and he demanded that Trump disclose “whether his advisers are having meetings with the Kremlin.”

    Who is this mysterious, unnamed gentleman? The Clinton campaign told us Mook was referring to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who until two years ago was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama.

    Flynn is not “on the payroll of the Russia Times.” He was merely one of many speakers at RT’s anniversary conference on Dec. 10, 2015, in Moscow. RT is a Russian government-funded TV station once known as Russia Today.

    Mook made his misleading assertion about Flynn shortly after he claimed that “real questions being raised about whether Donald Trump himself is just a puppet for the Kremlin.” Host George Stephanopoulos questioned Mook about that claim — which has been part of the Clinton campaign’s attacks on Trump ever since it was reported that Russia was likely behind the successful attacks on computer servers at the Democratic National Committee and the release of DNC emails.

    Stephanopoulos: You’re saying he’s a puppet for the Kremlin?

    Mook: Well, real questions are being raised about that. We — again, there’s a web of financial ties to the Russians that he refuses to disclose. We’ve seen over the last few week, him parroted Vladimir Putin in his own remarks. We saw the Republican Party platform changed. She saw Donald Trump talk about leaving NATO and leaving our Eastern European allies vulnerable to a Russian attack. The gentleman he brought with him to his security briefing just last week is someone who’s on the payroll of the Russia Times, which is a basically a propaganda arm of the Kremlin. He was sitting two seats away from Vladimir Putin at their 10th anniversary gala.

    There are a lot of questions here. And we need Donald Trump to disclose all of his financial ties and whether his advisers are having meetings with the Kremlin.

    Trump has praised Putin and has called for improved relations with Russia, but he has denied that he has had any financial ties with Russia beyond holding the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow in 2013. Also, Trump’s personal financial disclosure report required of all presidential candidates does not show any investments in Russia.

    However, Paul Manafort, who until last week was Trump’s campaign chairman, did have business dealings with Russian-aligned leaders in Ukraine, as uncovered by the New York Times. With Manafort gone, Mook redirected the campaign’s guilt-by-association attack on Trump by questioning Flynn’s associations with the Kremlin.

    Trump was joined at his first intelligence briefing on Aug. 17 at FBI headquarters in New York City by Flynn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As Huffington Post wrote, Flynn “was paid by a Russian state-funded television network to speak at its 10th-anniversary gala,” and Putin attended that conference. Reuters reported that Flynn “was pictured sitting at the head table with Putin” at the conference.

    In an Aug. 15 article, Flynn told the Washington Post that his speaking engagement was arranged by his speaker’s bureau and that he was paid for it. He said he was introduced to Putin, but did not speak to him.

    Flynn was one of many speakers at the conference. Others included former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and liberal U.S. media commentator Thom Hartmann.

    Flynn sat for a one-on-one Q&A with RT correspondent Sophie Shevardnadze on the Islamic State terrorist group and the crisis in the Middle East. His conference topic coincided with the announcement that he is writing a book with Michael Ledeen on the Middle East called “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.”

    The Clinton campaign provided no evidence that Flynn is “on the payroll” of RT or that he is “having meetings with the Kremlin,” as Mook alleged. It forwarded us a Politico story from May that said Flynn “makes semi-regular appearances on RT as an analyst.” Politico wrote that Flynn is “presumably” paid for those TV appearances, but the retired lieutenant general told the Post that he is not paid by RT or any other TV stations, because “I want to be able to speak freely about what I believe.”

    Steve Sestanovich, a senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told us that Flynn’s appearance at the conference certainly raises a question about Flynn’s “judgment and good sense,” but it probably doesn’t make him a security risk.

    Flynn served for more than three decades in the military, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. He became the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama in July 2012. He was asked to resign after two years and quickly became one of the Obama administration’s most vocal critics on foreign policy. “I was asked to step down,” Flynn admitted in an interview with Foreign Policy. “It wasn’t necessarily the timing that I wanted, but I understand.”

    Trump reportedly considered Flynn during his search for a vice presidential candidate, but ultimately picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

    The Clinton campaign certainly has legitimate questions it can raise about Trump’s foreign policy positions, such as his comments that he would “certainly look at” pulling the United States out of NATO, because it is “obsolete” and “is costing us a fortune.” But Mook goes too far in falsely claiming that Flynn is “on the payroll” of the government-funded Russia TV station and insinuating without evidence that the retired United States Army lieutenant general is a security risk.

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    File- Robby Mook speaks at a news conference on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.File- Robby Mook speaks at a news conference on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    A South Florida teen beat the odds to survive a brain-eating amoeba thanks to some quick-working doctors in Orlando.

    Every brain-eating amoeba patient Dr. Humberto Liriano has ever treated died. The cases are so rare that only four people have survived in the past 50 years.

    One of the survivors is 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon, and talking about him brings Liriano to tears.

    "We woke him up, we decided to take the breathing tube out and within hours he spoke," Liriano said Tuesday. "Since then he’s done very well. He’s walking, he’s speaking. I saw him already this morning. He’s ready to go home."

    DeLeon was infected by swimming in a private lake in Broward County. He and his family were visiting theme parks in Orlando when he suffered brain-crushing headaches and severe light sensitivity.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only four out of 138 people have survived being infected with the amoeba in the past 50 years, including DeLeon, according to the hospital's doctors.

    Emergency room doctors at Orlando's Florida Hospital for Children first thought he had meningitis, but gut instinct pushed doctors to perform a spinal puncture test.

    DeLeon tested positive for the amoeba and the race against the clock to save his life was on. Luck was on their side as amoeba-fighting drugs happened to be local.

    "By 4:00, he was already cooled, intubated, in a coma and received all five medications," Liriano said.

    For 10 days DeLeon has been recovering and getting stronger. He beat grim odds to a deadly reality that claims 97 percent of its victims.

    "We are so thankful that God has given us the miracle through this medical team and this hospital for having our son back and having him full of life," mother Brunilda Gonzalez said. "He's a very energetic, adventurous, wonderful teen, and we are so thankful for the gift of life."

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    This undated photo released by Florida Hospital Orlando, shows Sebastian DeLeon on a fishing outing. Deleon has survived a brain-eating amoeba that kills most people who contract it, after he was treated at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Officials say the infection has a fatality rate of 97 percent, and it's often contracted through the nose when swimming in freshwater.This undated photo released by Florida Hospital Orlando, shows Sebastian DeLeon on a fishing outing. Deleon has survived a brain-eating amoeba that kills most people who contract it, after he was treated at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Officials say the infection has a fatality rate of 97 percent, and it's often contracted through the nose when swimming in freshwater.

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    The New Jersey Department of Education has decided to shut down an Evesham District elementary school. Florence Evans Elementary School will close July 1, 2017. A transition plan has already been put into place.

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    World War II veteran and Camden, New Jersey native Walter Stridick was presented with a plaque to commemorate his time in the navy Tuesday.

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    Mosquitoes that may be carrying the West Nile Virus were found in Abington, Montgomery County. The township is warning residents of the threat and has scheduled sprays to control the insects.

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    A young girl and a woman who were struck by foul balls in back to back Philadelphia Phillies games are speaking out for the first time.

    Siena Eden, 9, of Margate, New Jersey, was with her family Saturday night sitting behind the visitor's dugout during the Phillies game against the St. Louis Cardinals. During the bottom of the eighth inning, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis hit a foul ball that went into the stands and struck Siena in the face. Galvis, the players and spectators looked on in anguish as the girl was carried out of the stadium and eventually to the hospital.

    "I thought like, about how sad he probably was to hurt me," Siena told NBC10. "I thought if I were him I wouldn't be able to sleep at night."

    Siena suffered swollen lips and broken teeth after being struck.

    Less than 24 hours later during Sunday's game, Erin Neyer of Eagleswood Township was struck by a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake in the sixth inning. Neyer was sitting with her 6-year-old daughter in an area near where Eden was sitting Saturday.

    "I saw it coming right at us so I pushed her out of the way and I literally saw it come and it smacked me right in the face," Neyer told NBC10. "My bottom teeth are all chipped here. And I have a crack through the top of my front tooth."

    Neyer said the foul ball that hit her was actually the second one that went towards her during the game. She said she reacted fast enough to the first one and was able to slap it away with her hand.

    Galvis said before Sunday's game that the team should extend the netting from behind home plate all the way to left field.

    "The fans give you the money, so you should protect them, right?" Galvis said. "We're worried about speeding up the game. Why don't you put up a net and protect all the fans?"

    The incidents have raised concerns regarding whether there’s enough netting to protect fans during baseball games.

    “It’s hard to dodge a ball coming that fast and it’s kind of coming so fast in a big group of people,” said Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola. “Some people are trying to catch it I guess and some people are trying to dodge it.”

    Mike Stiles, the Phillies Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer released a statement on netting Sunday.

    “The Phillies expanded our netting this season to the sides of the dugout near home plate, as was suggested by Major League Baseball,” he wrote. “We decided earlier this season to consider the possibility of further expansion next season.  In making that determination at the conclusion of the 2016 season, we will take into account a number of factors including the opinion of our uniformed personnel and, most importantly, the wishes and safety of our fans.”

    Siena Eden's mother Christine Eden believes something more needs to be done to protect fans.

    "My challenge would be for them to do more," Christine Eden said. "If netting isn't the answer, what is?"

    The Eden family told NBC10 they haven't decided yet whether they would go to another game in light of the incident. Neyer said she'll go to another Phillies game, though she won't sit in the same area of the stadium unless safety nets are extended.

    "It's evident right there that that is a problem in that section so without a doubt I think that needs to be extended," Neyer said. "Now with sports comes hazards, there definitely is. But in this case I really feel like there's something we can do about it to make it better but still make it fun."

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    A white producer at 97.5 the Fanatic is accused of impersonating a black man, creating a fake radio caller. NBC10's Denise Nakano is in South Philly with reactions from fans of the station.

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    U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

    In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

    The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

    By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

    Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

    When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.

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    Target Corp. is refunding millions of dollars worth of sheets after finding a textile supply company was pawning off phony fabrics as luxurious Egyptian-cotton.

    Approximately 750,000 sheets and pillowcases manufactured by Welspun India Ltd. were labeled to be 500-threat count Egyptian cotton, Bloomberg reports, but found to be a knockoff instead.

    “After an extensive investigation, we recently confirmed that Welspun substituted another type of non-Egyptian cotton when producing these sheets between August 2014 and July 2016,” Target announced Friday.

    The Minneapolis-based retailer has since pulled all Welspun products – sold under labels Fieldcrest and Crowning Touch – from its stores and website.

    “Neither Target nor Fieldcrest had any knowledge of this substitution,” the company said in a statement. “These sheets were produced by a number of vendors and only one of those vendors was substituting product.”

    Falsely labeled products were sold for as much as $175 per set, Business Insider reports, amounting in $90 million in potential refunds for Target.

    Target has terminated its partnership with the Mumbai-based supplier, which responded by saying it was investigating the claims.

    “We have initiated immediate actions to investigate the root cause. We are appointing an external auditor (one of the Big Four) to audit our supply systems and processes,” Welspun wrote in the release. “This is an issue of highest priority for us and we will take all necessary steps to address it.”

    By Sunday, Welspun’s shares had fallen 20 percent, the most in a decade, according to Bloomberg.

    Welspun managing director Rajesh Mandawewala maintained to Bloomberg Monday that the “error” was about “fiber provenance” and not about quality.

    Customers who purchased the products during the timeframe can request a refund in the form of a gift card on Target’s web form here.

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    A newly-opened Target store built on land where the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project once stood is shown on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.A newly-opened Target store built on land where the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project once stood is shown on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.