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Philadelphia Police Searching For Suspect, Victims In Sledgehammer Road Rage Attack

May 24th, 2018

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are searching for the suspect and victims involved in a road rage incident in Port Richmond on Tuesday.

Surveillance video posted to YouTube shows a man in a red truck following a silver car into the parking lot of an office building on the 2700 block of Luzerne Street in Port Richmond. The man in the truck gets out and smashes the windows of the SUV with a sledgehammer.

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When the SUV attempts to leave the parking lot, the passenger of the SUV falls out. Police say the driver of the truck hits the passenger with a sledgehammer and then breaks the rear window out of the SUV.

Both vehicles then leave the area in an unknown direction.

“It’s insane. It’s really insane. No one is safe,” said Eddie Thaxton, who works across the street and was on scene minutes after the confrontation.

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Others on scene say what happened in this parking lot was out of control and should have never happened.

“Society today is spiraling out of control and these are some of the results,” said George Gaynor.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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Jake Arrieta Aces Up, Phillies Beat Braves 4-0

May 24th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta aced up.

Arrieta struck out seven in 6 2/3 sharp innings, Carlos Santana’s swinging-bunt broke a scoreless tie and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The Phillies took two of three to win their first series against the NL East-leading Braves in four tries and closed within a half-game of first place.

Arrieta (4-2) allowed seven hits and lowered his ERA to 2.45. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner showed exactly why the Phillies are paying him $30 million this season.

Huge shutout win to take the series: #RingTheBell | #BeBold

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) May 24, 2018

“The reason we got him is because he can go through one of the best lineups in the league three times,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Never once did we feel he wasn’t in control.”

Even though it’s only May, Kapler called it a “big game” hours before first pitch.

“It felt a lot different,” he said.

Seranthony Dominguez retired the four batters he faced after entering with runners on second and third in the seventh. Hector Neris pitched the ninth to complete the eight-hitter.

Braves starter Luiz Gohara (0-1) gave up two runs and four hits in four innings in his first start of the season.

“They didn’t hit him hard,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “Overall, he was good.”

Gohara retired the first two batters in the third before Rhys Hoskins walked, Odubel Herrera reached on an infield single and Aaron Altherr walked to load the bases. Santana beat out a slow roller to third to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

That’s all Arrieta and the bullpen needed.

Picture perfect evening. 😍

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) May 24, 2018

“It’s shaping up to be a good division and we have to play good ball,” Arrieta said.

Arrieta escaped a jam in the second after the Braves put runners on second and third with no outs. Ender Inciarte led off with a single and Johan Camargo hit a double. But Dansby Swanson grounded out to third, Gohara struck out and Ozzie Albies bounced to first.

“That’s just a situation that determines that outcome of the game for me,” Arrieta said. “It’s an opportunity to preserve the game and I was able to get past that.”

Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single in the fourth, Maikel Franco had an RBI double in the fifth and pinch-hitter Nick Williams had an RBI double in the eighth.


The Phillies had two shutouts in the series, holding Atlanta to three total runs, only one of which was earned.

Since 1913, it was just the eighth time Philadelphia recorded at least two shutouts and allowed one or no earned runs in a series of any length, and just the second time since 1966. The other was at Los Angeles on June 9-11, 1995. Four of the team’s six shutouts this season have been against division opponents.


The Braves are 7-5 vs. the Phillies this season, but the teams won’t play again until they meet seven times in September during the final two weeks.


Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff will have tests on Thursday in Philadelphia before visiting a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome specialist in St. Louis about the twinges he felt in his fingers during a rehab start on Sunday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (5-1, 1.29 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game interleague series at Boston. It’ll be his first appearance against the Red Sox.

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.56 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game interleague series Friday night against Toronto. Eflin allowed eight earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut vs. the Blue Jays in 2016.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Principal: Russell Byers Charter School Teacher Suspended After Bringing Gun To School

May 24th, 2018

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A principal says a Philadelphia teacher has been suspended indefinitely after bringing an unloaded gun to school.

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The incident happened Wednesday morning at Russell Byers Charter School on 19th and Arch Streets in Center City.

School staff say police escorted the teacher out of the building once his gun was discovered.

No arrests have been made so far.

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The administration says it is grateful that no students were hurt.

Investigators are still looking into the incident.

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Family, Friends Continue Searching For Man Who Fell Off Boat In Delaware River

May 24th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In the grass beside the Delaware River, a prayer is said.

“His name is Dia. Dia Dabrah,” said close family friend Mazen Khalil.

Dabrah, 20, has been missing since Monday after falling off of a boat that he was on with four friends.

According to the Coast Guard, the boat hit a wake around 6 p.m. near Hawk Island and sent all five into the water. Only four of the men were able to be rescued. Dia couldn’t swim according to family members.

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Though the Coast Guard suspended their search Tuesday afternoon, friends and family of the 20-year-old college student have joined in on the recovery mission and continued throughout the day Wednesday, even renting a boat so that they could comb the river themselves.

“We are calling anyone who has a boat,” said Khalil, “Anyone who could possibly help us and could maybe come out and do a search.”

There has been no shortage of generosity. During this month of Ramadan, dozens of loved ones who heard of the news, traveled thousands of miles to Philadelphia to comfort the family and help where they can.

Dia Dabrah

Dia Dabrah | Credit: CBS3

“The whole community is shocked. Not only us Palestinians but we have Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis from different communities. They are calling. They are checking on us,” said Khalil.

Several family members flew over from Palestine, heading directly to the Linden boat launch and then to comfort Dia’s immediate family at their Philadelphia home.

“All they want is to see their son however it is,” said Khalil, “They just want him.”

With so much support on the banks and in the water the hope is that when Dia’s body is discovered, he won’t be alone.


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Survivor: Ghost Island: Philly Native Wendell Holland Winner Of Season 36

May 24th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local contestant is the final “Survivor”! Wendell Holland just won $1 million by outlasting everyone on “Survivor: Ghost Island.”

Holland, 33,  lives in Philadelphia and grew up in Ardmore.

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A local contestant is the final “Survivor”! Philly's Wendell Holland just won $1 million by outlasting everyone on “Survivor: Ghost Island.”

— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) May 24, 2018

Holland formed an alliance with 29-year-old Laurel Johnson, originally of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to make it to the final show.

laurel johnson Survivor: Ghost Island: Philly Native Wendell Holland Winner Of Season 36

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This year’s win was truly history-making. It was a tie until Laurel cast the tie-breaking vote in Wendell’s favor.

CBS3 caught up with Wendell and Laurel in Los Angeles after the historic win.

“I was in shock. There’s never been a tie in the history of Survivor and I was kinda stunned. He came out and said he wanted to read the votes and that’s never happened before. Usually, he reads them back when he’s in LA,” Wendell said.

“It was a no-brainer. It was a tough decision, Dom and Wendell both played great, they both deserved to win. But I think in the end Wendell really pulled it out. Wendell is like a brother to me in this game,” Laurel said of the tie-breaking vote.

When asked what he was going to do with the $1 million — he said some cheesesteaks might be in order.

“I owe Laurel some cheesesteaks. We look out for each other. We were a great duo,” Wendell said.

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Borgata Designing New Venue For Sports Betting

May 24th, 2018

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Atlantic City’s Borgata says they will take sports bets on the first day state regulators allow it.

The Borgata plans to rename its facility for betting on horse racing as The Race & Sports Book. It also is finalizing plans for a new sports betting facility at the casino.

borgata Borgata Designing New Venue For Sports Betting

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“Utilizing MGM’s decades of experience operating sports books in Nevada, Borgata is working with New Jersey legislators and regulators to advance the state’s objective of a successful, well-regulated sports wagering marketplace,” said Marcus Glover, President & Chief Operating Officer, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “As soon as regulatory approvals are in place, we will begin taking sports wagers. Borgata is uniquely prepared to begin operations as the only Atlantic City casino with an existing race book. On the first day of sports wagering The Racebook will be renamed The Race & Sports Book. We are currently in the final design stages of a new venue that will offer an exciting environment for sports fans in the future.”

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(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Some Philadelphia Researchers Are Using Microbubbles To Improve Cancer Treatments

May 24th, 2018

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Microbubbles are FDA approved for use in ultrasound technology and researchers are hoping they will improve cancer treatments.

You would never know it by looking at Marilous Orgasan, but inside her body, a Star Wars kind of therapy is underway.

It’s a revolution treatment, microbubbles are blasting her liver cancer and she doesn’t feel a thing.

“I call it bubble therapy,” said Marilou Orgasan.

Radioactive beads have already been placed in her liver, a treatment called radioembolization, to cut off the tumors blood supply.

“In this trial what we’re looking at is can we use these bubbles to improve radioembolization techniques,” said Dr. John Eisenbrey. “Our early data is suggesting it’s having a pretty dramatic improvement on tumor outcomes.”

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Dr. John Eisenbrey, a researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, says the gas-filled microbubbles are circulated in the blood with an IV. When they get into the liver, they’re blown up or popped with engird from an ultrasound.

“We just popped the bubble now we’re able to see them washing back into the liver,” said Dr. Eisenbrey. “That popping mechanism within the blood vessels of the tumor temporarily damages them and makes the tumor more sensitive to radiation.”

Marilou gets to visit with her granddaughter during some of her treatments. Her liver was damaged by Hepatitis C by a blood transfusion in 1973 that eventually led to cancer. She is hopeful about this new treatment.

“I’m happy to know the results, that it has been helping to kill the tumor,” said Marilou.

“What’s interesting and exciting about this trial is it’s the first ever in humans worldwide to use this approach with radiotherapy to potentially improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Eisenbrey.

The Jefferson researchers are looking to enroll more patients, and also hope to eventually use the technology to treat other cancers by filling the microbubbles with oxygen or chemotherapy.

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The clinical trial has enrolled about 10 patients so far and is looking to enroll 52.

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