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A “post-Toomey” Pennsylvania GOP…Temple prez moving onto campus…Chinatown roars back at Sixers arena plans…another name ...
12/18/2022

A “post-Toomey” Pennsylvania GOP…Temple prez moving onto campus…Chinatown roars back at Sixers arena plans…another name added to Phila mayor’s race…
Sunday 11:30am on 6abc Action News

Tam and I are a little sleepy doing the news this morning, but it was worth it!It was so special to see so many colleagu...
12/16/2022
Celebrating the storied career of Jim Gardner

Tam and I are a little sleepy doing the news this morning, but it was worth it!
It was so special to see so many colleagues, past and present and of course to honor Jim Gardner last night.
You’ve heard it a million times but it’s true - 6abc is a close family.

Join former and present coworkers, close family and friends, politicians and sports figures as we celebrate Jim Gardner's storied 46 years at 6abc.

Turned turned down more money from the Padres to play here.So let’s get this settled: do the Phillies hit him lead off? ...
12/09/2022
'I pictured myself in this uniform': Phillies introduce shortstop Trea Turner

Turned turned down more money from the Padres to play here.
So let’s get this settled: do the Phillies hit him lead off? Second? Behind Harper (when he returns)?

Trea Turner gets salaries of $27,272,727 in each of the next 10 seasons and $27,272,730 in 2033. He will make a $100,000 annual contribution to Phillies charities.

Police say he was born on January 13, 1953 and may have been from West Philadelphia. They still do not know who killed h...
12/09/2022
Philadelphia police identify child known as the 'Boy in the Box' as Joseph Augustus Zarelli

Police say he was born on January 13, 1953 and may have been from West Philadelphia. They still do not know who killed him.

"This announcement only closes one chapter in this little boy's story while opening up a new one. This is still an active homicide investigation and we still need the public's help in filling in this child's life story," Outlaw said.

Happy  !Join us as we help raise funds for local food pantry Philabundance during our telethon this afternoon.Details:
11/29/2022
6abc Dunkin' Holiday Food Drive Telethon

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Join us as we help raise funds for local food pantry Philabundance during our telethon this afternoon.
Details:

Join 6abc in our fight against hunger on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.

New front runner in the Phila mayor’s race?Will Josh Shapiro be Tom Wolf 2.0?Does GOP regret nominating Doug Mastriano?W...
11/20/2022

New front runner in the Phila mayor’s race?
Will Josh Shapiro be Tom Wolf 2.0?
Does GOP regret nominating Doug Mastriano?
Will impeaching Larry Krasner change anything?
11:30am Sunday 6abc Action News

Use this link to get full mid-term election results for our region, including some special election races for Philadelph...
11/09/2022
Election Results 2022

Use this link to get full mid-term election results for our region, including some special election races for Philadelphia city council:

Get the latest 2022 Election Day results from Action News

Mastriano was one of the most extreme nominees for a state-wide office in recent Pennsylvania history, though he still m...
11/09/2022
Election Results: Josh Shapiro projected to defeat Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania governor's race

Mastriano was one of the most extreme nominees for a state-wide office in recent Pennsylvania history, though he still managed to earn more than 40% of the vote. Shapiro disrupts a PA tradition where the governorship tends to alternate between parties, going back to the 1960s. The Democrat has deep ties to the Philadelphia suburbs, growing up in Abington.

Shapiro, the state's two-term elected attorney general, ran to the middle on several key issues and smashed Pennsylvania's campaign finance record in a powerhouse campaign, swamping Republican Doug Mastriano in a deluge of TV ads.

Fetterman was able to overcome concerns about his health and his performance during their only debate last month. Oz was...
11/09/2022
Midterm Election Results: Fetterman projected to defeat Oz in Pennsylvania Senate race

Fetterman was able to overcome concerns about his health and his performance during their only debate last month. Oz was unable to overcome his lack of deep ties to Pennsylvania, or use his television skills to connect with a broader portion of voters.
As of this morning, it is the only Senate seat that has “flipped”, giving Democrats hope they can retain control of the Senate.

Pennsylvania's Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will win the state's marquee Senate race, ABC News projects, handing Democrats a major flip in their bid to keep control of the 50-50 upper chamber.

Officially, the Multi-State Lottery Association says it is working on completing “required security protocols.” It will ...
11/08/2022
Winning numbers for $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot delayed; drawing to be held Tuesday

Officially, the Multi-State Lottery Association says it is working on completing “required security protocols.” It will not say which state lottery caused the issues. The results may be known sometime this morning.

The drawing for the $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot has been delayed as one participating lottery is still processing its sales and play data, lottery officials said.

It was one of the great at-bats of this post-season, a war between a struggling power-hitter (Phillies OF Nick Castellan...
11/04/2022
Verlander wins 10-pitch at-bat | 11/03/2022

It was one of the great at-bats of this post-season, a war between a struggling power-hitter (Phillies OF Nick Castellanos) and a future hall-of-fame pitcher who hadn't won a single game in the World Series before last night (Astros RH Justin Verlander).
Through the course of these 10 pitches (of which, as you already know, ended with the third out in the 5th) you see the beauty of baseball - how determination, persistence, grit and a little bit of luck all conspire to frame these moments.
A few more feet to the right and that Castellanos liner could have been the game-tying hit. A brief lapse in Verlander's concentration and one of those pitches could have ended up in the OF seats.
Verlander proved in that moment why he is one of the greatest in the game. Much respect to such a tough opponent.
I still like the Phillies in seven, by the way.

Justin Verlander escapes trouble in the 5th after winning a 10-pitch at-bat against Nick Castellanos, preserving the Astros' one-run lead

We could see not one, but two Philadelphia sports franchises win a title this weekend. Sons of Ben will be working overt...
11/04/2022
Philadelphia Union preparing for MLS Cup on Saturday

We could see not one, but two Philadelphia sports franchises win a title this weekend. Sons of Ben will be working overtime! (Or should I call it “extra time”…)

Action News and 6abc.com are Philadelphia's source for breaking news and live streaming video online, covering Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware.

I always felt like the Phillies’ best chance of winning this World Series was if it went to seven games, so let’s do thi...
11/04/2022
Game 5: Astros defeat Phillies to take 3-2 lead in World Series

I always felt like the Phillies’ best chance of winning this World Series was if it went to seven games, so let’s do this!
If they win Game 6 in Houston on Saturday night, they would carry momentum against an Astros team that has lost two of their last three World Series and whose manager has never coached a team to a title.
My money is still on the Phillies. You?

Justin Verlander overcame an early jolt to grit out the World Series win that long eluded him, rookie Jeremy Peña hit a go-ahead home run and the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Thursday night to head home with a 3-2 lead.

Never like to be one of those guys who looks too far ahead, but…..oh what the heck.The Eagles will not face a team with ...
11/04/2022
Jalen Hurts, Eagles beat Texans 29-17 for their first 8-0 start

Never like to be one of those guys who looks too far ahead, but…..oh what the heck.
The Eagles will not face a team with a winning record for another month:
Commanders 4-4
Colts 3-4-1
Packers 3–5
Titans 5-2

Jalen Hurts threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a slow start to beat the Houston Texans 29-17 on Thursday night for the first 8-0 start in franchise history.

Keep believing people!I said all along I thought this would go seven games. Still like the Phillies to pull it off.
11/03/2022
World Series: Astros defeat Phillies in Game 4; series tied 2-2

Keep believing people!

I said all along I thought this would go seven games. Still like the Phillies to pull it off.

Game 5 is on Thursday night in Philly. Astros ace Justin Verlander will again chase that elusive first World Series win when he faces Noah Syndergaard.

Trying to figure out if an opposing pitcher is "tipping" what pitches he throws has been part of baseball for decades. I...
11/02/2022
'I got beat': Lance McCullers Jr. disputes he was tipping pitches as Phillies mash 5 HRs in Game 3

Trying to figure out if an opposing pitcher is "tipping" what pitches he throws has been part of baseball for decades. It's not cheating. That being said, I think the Phillies saw something in Lance McCullers' delivery last night.

There was talk, mostly rooted in Bryce Harper's pre-at-bat conversation with Alec Bohm, that Lance McCullers Jr. might have been tipping his pitches on Tuesday night. McCullers didn't want to hear any of it.

We are one week away from Election Day. Watch as we react to the most-talked about debate of this campaign season with P...
11/01/2022
How will Fetterman-Oz debate impact the outcome of election day?

We are one week away from Election Day. Watch as we react to the most-talked about debate of this campaign season with PA Capital-Star chief John Micek and our panelists:
Mark Segal - Phila Gay News
Sam Katz - Filmmaker
Melissa Robbins - Political Strategist
Brian Tierney - Ad Executive


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Host Matt O'Donnell, John Micek, Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, and the panel discuss the fallout from the debate for PA Senate, the as a virtual newsmaker and discussed the John Fetterman (D) vs. Mehment Oz (R) debate and the effect it could have on the PA Senate Race.

Collect them all!Now let’s beat those Astros…
11/01/2022

Collect them all!

Now let’s beat those Astros…

Who would have thought Philadelphia and Houston would have competing games in different cities in different sports? Tell...
11/01/2022
Phillies vs. Astros: MLB releases revised World Series schedule

Who would have thought Philadelphia and Houston would have competing games in different cities in different sports? Tell us how you plan to stack televisions on top of each other so you can watch the Phillies-Astros and Eagles-Texans on Thursday night…

"It's always a tough call when the current weather might be playable, because you're relying on a forecast," commissioner Rob Manfred said.

The Fetterman/Oz debate with Pennsylvania Capital-Star chief John Micek and our panelists on  Sunday 11:30am on 6abc Act...
10/30/2022

The Fetterman/Oz debate with Pennsylvania Capital-Star chief John Micek and our panelists on Sunday 11:30am on 6abc Action News

10/28/2022

We have a friendly World Series wager going on with the ABC13 Houston morning team. They are our comrades and friends! Barbeque vs. cheesesteaks.
We also wanted to remind them about a certain thing in the Astros past involving trash cans...
Philadelphia Phillies

Ready.You?
10/28/2022

Ready.

You?

Wanted to make sure everyone remembers the Philadelphia Phillies are the last team to beat the Houston Astros this year.
10/27/2022

Wanted to make sure everyone remembers the Philadelphia Phillies are the last team to beat the Houston Astros this year.

Fetterman addressed his struggles to speak early on, while Oz never made it an issue.Both would not directly explain the...
10/26/2022
John Fetterman faces Mehmet Oz at Pa. Senate debate 5 months after stroke

Fetterman addressed his struggles to speak early on, while Oz never made it an issue.
Both would not directly explain their flip-flopping on the fracking issue.
Fetterman said he would support President Biden if he ran for reelection.
Oz said he would support former President Trump if he decided to run in 2024.

The meeting was the first and only major statewide debate this year in Pennsylvania, since Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano couldn't reach an agreement on terms for a gubernatorial debate.

This will be the only debate between the candidates. The senate race has been among the most expensive in the country an...
10/25/2022
Fetterman, Oz meet for highly anticipated Pennsylvania Senate debate

This will be the only debate between the candidates. The senate race has been among the most expensive in the country and the most closely-watched.
The PA governor’s race, at this point, does not have any debates scheduled.
You can watch the debate live on PHL 17 at 8pm.

The high-stakes debate - the first and only in the contest - comes just two weeks before Election Day in what polls say is a close race to replace retiring two-term Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

She doesn’t know what she will do with the ball. Perhaps the Phillies will call and prove the Bryce is Right!
10/25/2022
Meet the Phillies fan who has Bryce Harper's Game 5 homer

She doesn’t know what she will do with the ball. Perhaps the Phillies will call and prove the Bryce is Right!

"We were all cheering and the ball was coming right towards us, and then hit the ground, and there was a scramble for the ball," recalled Tracy Oldziejewski.

This is a great scouting report on the World Series. Yes, the Astros are stacked with pitching, but the Phillies have co...
10/24/2022
What the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros need to do to win the 2022 World Series

This is a great scouting report on the World Series. Yes, the Astros are stacked with pitching, but the Phillies have come up big in big moments. Let's win games 1&2 with our aces, try to steal a bullpen game and bring Wheeler back for game 5.

Phillies vs. Astros: What has October taught us about each of these teams? What do they need to do to come out on top? And which players could be the difference-makers on both sides?

World Series schedule (times yet to be announced):Game 1 Friday 10/28 - HoustonGame 2 Saturday 10/29 - HoustonGame 3 Mon...
10/24/2022
Phillies defeat Padres to advance to World Series

World Series schedule (times yet to be announced):

Game 1 Friday 10/28 - Houston
Game 2 Saturday 10/29 - Houston
Game 3 Monday 10/31 - Philadelphia
Game 4 Tuesday 11/1 - Philadelphia
Game 5 Wednesday 11/2 - Philadelphia
Game 6 Friday 11/4 - Houston
Game 7 Saturday 11/5 - Houston

The Philadelphia Phillies have clinched their first NL pennant since 2009.

This political researcher doesn’t want to know the “how many” - he wants to know the “why”.Find out what Engagious presi...
10/23/2022

This political researcher doesn’t want to know the “how many” - he wants to know the “why”.
Find out what Engagious president Rich Thau is hearing from swing voters in PA.
Plus our panel on how the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles seem to have an impact on Philadelphia’s murder rate.
11:30am 6abc Action News

Milt Thompson was so excited this morning, he was considering trying to get added to the starting lineup. Bryan Michinok...
10/21/2022

Milt Thompson was so excited this morning, he was considering trying to get added to the starting lineup. Bryan Michinok was so excited, he woke up early to spend his AM with me at the ballpark.
Let’s do this!

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We should organize one of those stadium sized tributes to Eddie Van Halen at the Lincoln financial field with hundreds of local musicians and singers from all over Philly/pa together to play A Van Halen song, That would be so awesome! Ask Jacky Bam Bam 💥 and Matt O’Donnell he would be into it playing his drums! May be an issue right now with the covid, but I think it would be very cool to try to put together in the spring of 2021 it would definitely go viral all over the world 🌍

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Matt you are ignorant!
Not all Philadelphians
Are Eagle Fans!
I don't like the smart comments that u made about Dak Prescott. An Injury like that is serious and I applaud Wentz remarks. U need to learn some manners.

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Born and raised in Philly
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Can you tell me why there is no mention of the First Lady about the virus but all about him and the White House
Heavy wind blown rain here in Vineland NJ
Hello. Just watched your video about the murder hornet in Washington state. Was that a black cat’s head peering at the trap on the right side of the screen? Had to look a few times. Lol.
Wow I just read the storyline for Microwave Massacre. That’s definitely a MUST SEE! Lol
It is so hard to see what is happening in our world.a pity .I can say i have lived in good times.and now im sad to see it go down hill.God bless our America.
Pro-Life America Radio, the local Havertown based Pro-Life voice for the Unborn, hosted by St. Pius parishioners John Williamson, Bernie Long, Tom Clark, Charlie Defeo, John Ferry Jr. & Mike Gallagher announces that Archbishop Nelson Perez will join the show this Thursday, 7/16/20, 7:00pm Broadcast. They will interview His Excellency on how his presence in our Archdiocese will influence the course of the strong Pro-Life movement in the Philadelphia area.
This is an internet based broadcast that you can access through website http://www.prolifeamericaradio.com
July 16, 2020 7:00pm
Here you go, Matt! Maybe this will help people understand why we should wear masks.
CH6 used to be my go to news show, now its a bunch of talking heads pushing a liberal agenda. Starting at 4:30 every morning!
How co me no Monica malpass in the fifty year special , hope u see this Matt , encourage them so a real special on the employees not stories lol
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