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i'm terry mcsweeney live in sunnyvale where arson investigators are close and, yes, a man suspected of 15 arson fires still on the loose this morning. can a new sketch bring him in? that's up to you. the story's coming up. >> also in the headlines, transportation leaders consider a proposal today to earmark $2 million for construction of bart's controversial light rail system to the oakland airport. >> check out this picture of downtown san francisco. that's the embarcadero and it is west of the drizzle we talked about is here. many hang around some neighborhoods all afternoon. update you on that and just how cold it's going to be today. >> i've got a developing hot spot in livermore with a big rig accident westbound 580 blocking the left lane. here's a live shot of interstate 80 in berkeley. not a great start. apparently six cars off the right-hand side after they hit debris. >> and family and friends will renew a demand today for answers
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from police about the murder of a well-known peninsula community activist. >> good morning on this wednesday. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. we're getting our first look this morning of a sketch of a man wanted for questioning in a string of south bay arson fires. one case he set a truck on fire while someone was sleeping inside. terry mcsweeney is live in sunnyvale with the story. terry, this is far beyond the prank stage. >> absolutely. and investigators know a lot about this guy. they know where he operates. they know how he operates. and now they may have a good idea what he looks like; but as of this morning, he is still on the loose. take a look at this new sketch you were talking about. the suspect described as hispanic, about 20 years of age, 5-9 give or take with a slender build. the arson fires tend to occur in bunches. nine were set september 1st, one week ago today. the most serious happened as you mentioned when the arsonist set
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a pickup truck on fire on sold san francisco road where i am with someone inside that truck. this is not a homicide because police helped rescue that man. since may this guy has set fire to trash, dumpsters and now two cars. >> people that tend to do this, they start small and start gradually as they build up their comfort level. start building up the intensity and the dangerness of what they're doing and that's why we're reaching out to the public because we're seeing the severity of it increasing. >> they're asking you to please take another look at this sketch. the sketch comes from a firefighter who saw this guy running away from one of the fires, all the fires happening in the same area of sunnyvale. fair oaks and old san francisco road on over to garland. investigators are saying that because they're all happening in the same area over a period of months, they're not ruling out the possibility that this person of interest lives right here in this area. live in sunnyvale, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news.
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>> terry, thank you. three richmond schools will stay open for at least one extra year after the city council approved spending $1.5 million to keep them open. the unanimous vote came before midnight to save the schools through the 2011-2012 school year. the city council meeting walls packed with worried parents and district officials. richmond settled a lawsuit with chevron for $114 million so it has extra money to spend. the council has a warning for the school board. >> they're gonna have to get their act together. we can no longer have the city of richmond be an atm every time they have a problem and they threaten us with an attempt to close schools. >> the school board president feared closing kennedy high would be dangerous because gang members from different parts of the city could be forced to mix together at remaining schools. >> it has been 90 days now since a peninsula community activist was gunned down and today
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family, friends and neighbors will push for police once again to find the killer. the group plans a vigil at 5:40 at the hillsdale shopping mall. that's where david lewis was shot to death three months ago. police have made no arrests in the case and why no progress has been made. they also want to make sure the case doesn't go cold. the environment, david lewis, worked with young people to keep them away from drugs and violence. >> the man charged with shooting and seriously wounding a fremont police officer will return to court at the ends of the month to enter a plea. half the fremont police department, some 70 officers, showed up for andrew barrientos first appearance in the courtroom yesterday. he shot todd young. young was working under cover. barrientos claims he never announced he was a cop. >> that's not true. i mean, i'm not gonna release information on the
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investigation, but in trial we'll prove that's not true. >> officer young remains in a drug-induced coma. he faces more surgery. there will be another blood drive for him at the red cross blood zero in oakland today. >> the metropolitan transportation commission meets this morning to decide if it should release $20 million in state funds to help pay for a bart connector to the oakland international airport. a group of advocates held a protest against bart's plans to link its coliseum station to the airport with a light rail system. organizers claim buses can move passengers to and from the airport faster and cheaper than bart's proposed rail link. bart expects the system to cost nearly $500 million. >> a technical error prevented san francisco supervisors. just when supervisors would have gavelled the meeting into session, the problem was no public notice was published in a
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local newspaper. the city requires such a notice be published 36 hours before any regularly-scheduled meeting. the error was not discovered until after the long holiday weekend. >> if you like salmon, see if you like this. the government is close to approving genetically altered salmon saying it poses no threat to the ecosystem or people but environmental groups and consumer advocates are concerned. here's amy hollyfield. >> these fish are the same age. the developer of the bigger fish, aqua bounty technology, says genetically engineered salmon can grow twice as fast as regularly farmed salmon but there is growing conversation among buy ol justs. >> i think it's a horrible idea. >> a variety of interest groups are coming out against genetically modified salmon but consumers are open to it. >> talks, i think i'd be willing to try it. >> and that's what's driving the
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need to create more faster: the buyers. >> i would try it just to see what it tastes like. don't try it, you never know. >> the staff knows all about the popularity of salmon. it's the restaurant's biggest seller and in the off-season, people ask for it. >> something that is genetically altered just to make someone happy? no way. >> salmon are so revered here in the bay area, it's salmon month. the biologists are worried what these genetically altered fish could do to the echo system. >> the genes from these frankenfish could be introduced into the wild because salmon can reproduce with other salmon. >> they say the fish will never mix with the wild saying they will only be produced inland and sterile females will be sold but critics don't trust that promise. >> a lot for one company and commercial fishermen up and down
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the coast in jeopardy of losing their livelihood. >> amy holyfield, abc 7 news. >> mike talked about the drizzle we're going to face this morning. i tell you, that windshield wiper was going nonstop for a little while. >> you are absolutely right, sir. >> it is kind of moist this morning, isn't it, gang? not too heavy that it's showing up on live doppler 7 hd but it is heading up the coast. some of the roads around san francisco, also some of our bridges so watch out for that this morning. as a sign things are changing. back to fall-like temperatures and conditions with partly sunny to mostly cloudy from east to west today. in fact, cloudy along the coast with drizzle possible through the afternoon hours with temperatures upper 50s. low to mid-60s around san francisco, richmond, oakland, and san mateo. and then from san rafael through the bay into the south bay, mid to upper 60s. 68 livermore and vallejo. otherwise our inland neighborhoods in the east bay, north bay should be right around 70 degrees. all right. let's take a look at your accu-weather seven-day forecast.
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you can see today is the coolest day and the wettest and the one with the least amount of sunshine. we'll see more sunshine tomorrow and jump 2 to 4 degrees. jump another 4 to 6 degrees away from the coast friday and warmest weather should be sunday, monday and tuesday of next week. morning, frances. you have an update? >> yep. things getting a bit slower for folks heading through livermore because of this big rig accident. you see red, that's where traffic is moving under 20 mph. a big rig hit the center divide and looks like it will take longer to clear up this accident. traffic is slowing down right now. we're taking a look at the drive times. last check this is 18 minutes. it has grown to 24 minutes on westbound 580 from 205 to 680. we'll be watching that drive time. it has been a wet ride as you make your way up to san francisco. there had been lanes blocked up
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towards brisbane. that road is scheduled until 6:00 this morning. look out for that. the drive has been a little more challenging and there's some wet roads as you make your way up towards san francisco. eric, kristen. >> it's raining out there! frances, thank you so much. it's 5:10. >> the warning going out from the government to the makers of two popular drinks. >> if your morning routine includes a quick stop for a cup of coffee, why you should bring along extra change today. >> plus the answers from god. the florida minister planning to burn the karan says he's now seeking. >> and you want your children to do better in school? up next, a new study that suggests a radical idea. i've got power pain can't mess with. (announcer) new icy hot power gel. relief that's icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. and no mess. don't mess around with pain.
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we have to live within our means; we have to return power and decision making to the local level-closer to the people and no new taxes without voter approval. jerry brown the knowledge and know-how to get california working again. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. welcome back. sip your coffee slowly because the cost is climbing fast. coffee bean prices are at a 13-year high. arab ca is going at $19
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wholesale. the increase is a rough growing season for beans and increased in the number of people drink coffee. supply has not kept pace with demand. >> i was afraid you were gonna say that. the federal government is warning the makers of two popular drinks to stop making unsubstantiated claims about the nutritional value of their products. labels on sparkling green tea ginger ale claim it's fortified with antioxidants. it says the beverage does not meet federal guidelines to meet those claims. last month a similar letter warned lipton to stop saying they prevent high cholesterol. >> the pastor of a small evangelical church in florida says he'll pray to decide whether to burn copies of the karan on saturday. the reverent terry jones says he believes god will guide him in
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the right direction. right now jones intends on going ahead with plans to burn thousands of copies of the muslim holy book on the anniversary of september 11th. his plan has sparked protests around the globe. >> if we don't do it, when do we stop backing down? when do we stop giving into islam. >> muslims black, blue, yellow. we are all americans and need to stand together against ignorance and hate and division. >> bay area peace activists are organizing an inter-rally in san jose on friday and focus on the positive relationships among different religious groups. >> craigslist is still coming under fire even after it removed adult services section in the u.s. attorney general and a number of national nonprofit organizations are calling for the website to officially get rid of its adult service section globally. they claim there are still more than 250 other creation list
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erotic pages around the world that promote prostitution. last friday craigslist replaced its u.s. adult serviceless section with the word sensors. >> two new studies are revealing the facebook.com report of students using when they study. saw grades drop 20%. in the second study researchers discovered the site that it attracted people with high levels of narcissism. facebook.com users can be the site of self-promotion. that breaks down by gender, too. women are most likely to advance themselves with photos while men do so in written postings. i wonder what they have to say about twitter users. >> i know. >> i'm wondering. >> followers, aren't you. >> i'm going back while you talk
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about twitter in the forecast there. >> you do a good job. >> i get great story ideas and people comment on our stories. >> let's take a look outside, show you what's going on. i should post something today now. thanks. 5:17 this morning. a look at the golden gate bridge. as you can see, yeah, thin layer of moisture on the golden gate bridge as that drizzle has been a little thicker in some spots closer to the coast. we talked about it would be. then as you head to the inland neighborhoods where you still feel a little drizzle this morning. let's talk about temperatures. it is warmer. we have the cloud cover that kept our temperatures up overnight. upper 50s to low 60s around the monterey bay. cloud cover, drizzle and temperatures upper 50s to low 60s. a lot of highlights to talk about. changeable weather today. mostly cloudy to partly sunny in most neighborhoods. the cooling will be the deepest today. today will be the coolest day of the seven-day forecast. we'll still see some drizzle along the coast, even in the
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afternoon hours. we'll have drying and clearing north and south behind the cold front. the sinking air will take away some of the clouds and moisture in the air. it will be warmer and drier as high pressure moves in for the weeked. let's talk about what's happening in the south bay. with mid to upper 60s for the most part and partly sunny sky. mid to upper 60s also, same type of clouds over the peninsula. but as you head over to the coast, look at that drizzle, clouds socked in. temperatures mid to upper 50s. downtown south san francisco, mostly cloudy, drizzle on and off. even during the afternoon hours. sausalito 62. upper 60s to low 70s through the north bay valleys with increasing sunshine through petaluma and novato and sonoma. along the coast though drizzle, clouds, mid to upper 50s. partly sunny today with mid to upper 60s on the east bay shore. upper 60s san ramon valley. partly cloudy concord to brentwood, low to mid-70s.
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inland cold front moving through the afternoon. possibly even measurable drizzle. low to mid-60s around bay and midland upper 60s. sunshine tomorrow afternoon. the temperatures respond about 2 to 4 degrees warmer and about another 4 to 6 degrees of warmth on friday and temperatures hang out close to what we have on friday all the way through the weekend. here's frances with an update. >> pretty crowded on westbound 80 through berkeley because of debris that was in the left lane. the chp had to stop all traffic for a while. several cars, they say six are off to the right-hand shoulder there and traffic a little slow as you make your way past the scene but they just cleared the debris. all lanes are open and right now the drive time from the carquinez bridge to the maze is still 19 minutes and no delays at the bay bridge toll plaza but delays are growing in livermore approaching airway because of an earlier big rig accident that hit the center divide. the big rig has been cleared
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from the left lane but apparently they still need to clean up the minor fuel leak, 3 to 4 gallons, and wait for the sweeper crews to get to the scene. we'll keep an eye on this one and you can always stay on top of it by going to our website, abc7news.com, to find the bay area traffic link under abc 7 extras. eric, kristen. >> frances, thank you. it's 5:20. >> still ahead, a new installation means inmates at one bay area county jail gets access to safe sex. >> a bay area school that's the first of its kind in california. and you only have to be there 20% of the time. jaguar platinum coverage is not just a warranty.
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sex among inmates is technically illegal but realistically it happens. sheriff michael hennessey says it's an extension of a safe sex program that began 11 years ago. a nonprofit paid for the condom machines. >> fishermen on some parts of the petaluma river will have to cast their line somewhere else for the time being. the department of fish and game has banned fishing in the area where a tugboat leaked up to 600 gallons of fuel on monday. the no-fishing zone extent between the pay run street bridge and highway 101. this ban is precautionary. no evidence any wildlife has been harmed by the still. >> the san francisco charter high school, the first of its kind in california, plus academy is the state's first five-day a week hybrid of online and in-class education. students receive 80% of their instruction online and 20% in traditional classes. teachers monitor progress and offer assistance when needed.
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like any other school, classes run from 8:00 until 3:00. >> the real difference and what's new is students can go at their own pace and the teachers help them when they need it. no more sitting in a long class being bored. here you go at your own pace. >> nearly 50 students are enrolled so far at flex academy. classes started yesterday at the st. francis hotel. in two weeks the academy will move to its downtown location. >> 5:25 our time. still ahead, what lou wolf is taking towards his dream of moving the team to san jose. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in sunnyvale where arson investigators have released a sketch of a person they want to talk to who may be connected with 15 fires down here. are people concerned? you bet they are. we'll hear from them in a couple minutes. >> we have new details on the lucrative deal mark hurd has reached with oracle. coming up, what oracle is willing to pay him.
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>> here's a look at temperatures across the lower 48. still kind of warm around phoenix and 99. steamy around new orleans and atlanta, d.c. with low 90s there. 85 in new york and 83 in boston but that's where we find our delays. flight departure delays out of boston's logan international airport. flight delays into laguardia. check out our flight tracker at abc7news.com and it can let you know specifically which flight is affected.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.dr
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i'm terry mcsweeney live in sunnyvale where there's an arsonist on the loose believed responsible for 15 fires over the past few months. now a sketch released. investigators looking for your help in tracking him down. the story coming up. >> also this morning, the richmond city council votes to spend $1.5 million to keep a high school and two elementary
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schools open for another year. a budget crisis forced leaders to consider the closure. >> here's a look at the embarcadero where it is wet this morning thanks to the drizzle we talked about yesterday. the cold front is moving through our neighborhoods bringing us the coldest day and drizzle in the afternoon hours. i'll show you where. >> and a stop reported on the upper deck of the bay bridge. we'll be watching the toll plaza to see if the backup develops. i'll have an update on drive times through the slow livermore area because of an earlier big rig accident on westbound 580. >> and union and government lawyers square off before california supreme court today to argue whether governor schwarzenegger is illegally forcing state workers to take unpaid days off. good wednesday morning, everyone. 5:29. thanks for joining us. a little drizzly out there. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. sunnyvale police are asking for the pubic lick's help asking to
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find him. a new police sketch. >> these fires have been getting bigger and bigger as the months go by. they're all happening in the area where i am. this is old san francisco road and south fair oaks. they've been happening in clusters, and they now have a sketch of a person they wanna talk to, a possible suspect. take a look at this man described as hispanic, around 20 years of age, perhaps 5-9 with a slender build. he was spotted running away from one of the fires. that's how they came up with that sketch. one of his fires was a pickup truck with a man still inside of it. police managed to rescue him. this could have been far worse than just an arson case. many apartment buildings down here in the arson area, people living in close proximity to each other. fire a big problem if one were to occur and people very concerned. >> he needs to be stopped. >> there was a car that caught fire. and it burned two pine trees and
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two mattresses and a vehicle. >> take another look at the suspect. the epicenter again, old san francisco road and fair oaks. four full-time investigators are assigned to this case. already one very close call. this guy is setting bigger and bigger fires. they're hoping to stop him before somebody gets hurt or worse. if you recognize that man, please give sunnyvale p. d. a call. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you very much. it's 5:31. some good news this morning for three richmond schools. the city council voted unanimously late last night to give $1.5 million to save kennedy high school and two elementary schools through the 2011-2012 school year. it was parked with worried parents and officials. they settled a lawsuit with chevron for $114 million so it has some money to spare but the
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council warned the west contra costa school board would have to stop coming to the city for money in the future. >> in a few hours the state supreme court will meet in san francisco to consider whether governor schwarzenegger has the power to order state worker furlough days. three lawsuits were filed by about 114,000 workers after the governor ordered them to take unpaid days off in the first round of furloughs. the lawsuits claim the governor lacked the authority to order furloughs for workers covered by union contracts. state law sets the work week at 40 hours. but the governor's office argues the constitution gives them authority to manage the budget crisis. a lower court ruled in favor of the governor in all three cases. >> an update on developing news in san francisco. pg&e says right now more than 4,000 customers don't have power mostly in the city's western edition and laurel heights neighborhoods. officials say at least three transformers have blown in various parts of the city and crews are working to repair them right now. they hope to have the lights
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back on for everyone before 6 a.m.. we will continue to bring you updates on the outage as we get them. >> there's a new development in the corporate battle over former h. p. ceo mark hurd. oracle plans to pay him $950,000 a year to be its co-president. in a filing with the securities and exchange commission this morning. the company says the former h. p. chief is eligible for fiscal 2011 bonus of $5 million. but the biggest part of hurd's pay package will be the 10 million in stock that oracle plans to give them. h. p. said they're suing hurd to keep him from taking that oracle job. he was fired after an investigation turned up violations of the company's code of business conduct. >> today the santa clara planning commission is expected to review and approve plans for the new 49ers stadium. $937 million stadium was approved by voters in june. it includes taxpayer funds. now the city must approve zoning
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changes and design plans. the stadium is expected to be one of the league's most technically advanced. yesterday team president jed york told business leaders about a ticketless stadium with 3-d televisions and touch jeans which would allow fans to place hotdog and beer orders from their seats. the a's are moving ahead with plans to build a new ballpark in san jose even though they lack league approve to move anywhere. lou wolf says he hired a kansas-based architect to design a new home. oakland has proposed three waterfront stadium sites. and fremont has also pitched a stadium at the former nummi auto plan. >> september should be the start of our indian summer. but the game today out in the field, it will be kind of wet. >> and the mud out there, great for players. they love that. tough for moms trying to -- >> get the stains out? >> that's right. mike?
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>> you have a little drizzle this morning. that's the cold front that's pushing through our neighborhoods. that will drop our temperature again this afternoon. good morning to you on this wet -- kind of wet wednesday. we have some slickness on some of our streets. we'll see temperatures in san francisco about 1 degree warmer today. 60 yesterday, 61, no big deal. 60 oakland again today. concord will drop 2 degrees, redwood city 7 and santa rosa 9 degrees cooler today than yesterday. we'll lose about 2 hours -- 2 minutes and 21 seconds of sunshine. let's break down our 8:00 temperature. drizzle around, cloudy everywhere. flight arrival delays into sfo because of the low clouds. as we look at the noontime temperatures, we see breaks in the cloud cover. low to mid-60s in most neighborhoods. half moon bay at 58. upper 60s san jose, antioch and santa rosa. as we look at the 4:00, we'll have even a few more breaks in the cloud cover. drizzle possible along the coast at 57 half moon bay. low to mid-60s throughout the bay and south bay.
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mid to upper 60s the north bay and east bay valleys. your accu-weather seven-day forecast, we'll see clearing skies tomorrow, extra sunshine, about 2 to 4 degrees warmer. about another 4 degree jump friday. the weekend low 80s inland, low to mid-70s around the bay, 60 at the coast. good morning, frances. >> mike, traffic moving at 9 mph as you make your way through livermore because of an earlier big rig accident. it was supposed to be cleared 5:00 this morning but they're waiting to clean up the minor fuel leak. 3 to 4 gallons of fuel spills and just need absorbent. shouldn't take long once the cleanup crews get there. things jam up out to airway. adding about an extra 15 minutes to your drive now. over half an hour on westbound 580 from 205 to 680. that's slow early this morning. and we'll go outside and check out a live camera shot for you. bay bridge toll plaza, no delays but that stall on the upper deck
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of the bay bridge. we'll show you a shot of the south bay at the 101 and 880 interchange. looks clear but as you make your way up the peninsula, a difficult drive up towards san francisco with a pretty thick drizzle out there now. eric, kristen. >> thank you so much. it's 5:37. >> violent crime dropping in a troubled community. what police is credited for the welcome turn. >> those coveted free parking spots in some of san francisco's most crowded neighborhoods are about to become even tougher to find. >> the heat governor schwarzenegger is taking now for planning a trip to china in the middle of the state's budget middle of the state's budget crisis. as governor, he cut waste got rid of the mansion and the limo budgets were balanced. $4 billion in tax cuts. world class schools and universities. clean energy promoted. 1.9 million new jobs created.
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california was working. i'm jerry brown. california needs major changes. we have to live within our means; we have to return power and decision making to the local level-closer to the people and no new taxes without voter approval. jerry brown the knowledge and know-how to get california working again.
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. welcome back at 5:40. the san francisco municipal transportation agency has voted to add new parking meters covering more than 1300 parking spaces in ten neighborhoods. the san francisco chronicle reports officials will start planting the meters this fall in the most congested neighborhoods, including fisherman's wharf, the mission, lower knob hill and around at&t park. the new meters accept credit cards, debit cards, parking cards and coins. rates on half the meters will be programmed depending on demand and time of day. >> east palo alto, the police chief says targeted police enforcement and violence prevention programs have helped reduce the city's overall crime rate so far this year. our media partner, the san jose
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mercury news reports chief ron davis says homicides dropped 33% during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period of last year. assaults with a firearm fell 51% and robberies went down 38%. however, reported rapes and auto thefts are higher. davis says the department is ramping up its efforts for the final four months of the year, a period that saw a spike in crime the past two years. >> governor schwarzenegger is touring a santa clara company this morning, marvel semiconductor wants to do more business in china and will join the governor on his trade mission to asia beginning tomorrow. but critics around sacramento and beyond are not happy that the governor is leaving with the state two months past its budget deadline and about to issue iou's again. the governor points out he's promoting trade in california goods and can come back early if necessary. >> jobs, jobs, jobs in the economy. and just because the legislature has failed to do their work, it doesn't mean my office, the governor's office should fail to
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do my work. >> you live in modern times. if the governor is there or here, we can engage in important conversations. >> critics say the governor should still be here to make sure lawmakers come to a budget agreement so state services can continue. >> 5:42 now. health insurance may be about to get more expensive. we've got the bloomberg business report straight ahead. >> also, parents, listen to this one. child booster seats put to the test. what new tests reveal about the best and the worst ones out there. >> plus neighbors don't want it. now apparently neither does the owner. still ahead on the morning news, why the owner of a controversial san francisco gun shop says he's forced to reopen. >> don't panic. won't be anything like the movie armageddon but an asteroid event has
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>> welcome back. time for your california forecast. near 60 degrees in big sur and eureka. sacramento, 81. head to the sierra. check out tahoe. 60, breezy, scattered thunderstorms with a snow level tonight that could drop down to 8500 feet. >> mike, it's 5:46. >> a look at the stories we're following this morning. good news for three richmond schools. last night the city council voted unanimously to pay $1.5 million to keep kennedy high and two elementary schools open through the 2011-2012 school year. >> the state supreme court meets in san francisco in just a few hours to review a challenge to state worker furloughs. three unions claim the governor lacks the authority to unilaterally cut hours for workers with state union contracts in place. all three challenges were denied by a lower court in sacramento. >> the metropolitan
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transportation commission meets this morning to decide if it should allocate $20 million in state funds to help pay for a bart connector to the oakland international airport. critics claim the current air bart shuttle buses can move passengers between the airport and the coliseum station faster and cheaper than bart's proposed rail link. the very latest on all these stories coming up for you at 6 a.m.. oil giant b.p. released an internal report this morning about the massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico. says multiple companies and work teams contributed to the spill that dumped millions of gallons of oil into the waters for months and destroyed wildlife. the 193-page report describes the accident that arose from a complex and interlinked series of mechanical failures, human judgment and engineering design problems. b.p. took some of the blame for the april 20th explosion that killed 11 workers and started off the worst oil spill in u.s. history. the report was conducted by a
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team lead by operations. >> the insurance institute for highway safety released its latest test results for car booster seats for children. overall the results are good. there are more better-rated seats. the safety belt of 72 different booster seats were tested. 21 were rated best bets and 7 were rated good bets, better than last year's results. the cast fron tee, 85 and the crawford and harmony comfort deluxe here. >> the lap belts lie flat across the upper thigh, not across the stomach and the clip helps keep the shoulder belt in the middle of the shoulder so they're in good position to provide protection in the crash. >> eight did not meet standards including the eddie bauer deluxe. for the best seats go to abc7news.com and look under "see it on tv." >> it's 5:48 now.
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power lines down by high winds are being blamed for starting dozens of fires in detroit. neighbors say this one started in a garbage -- rather a garage yesterday and quickly spread to nearby homes. the fires scattered to three neighbors. the city's understaffed fire department is stretched to the limit but no injuries are reported. >> a wildfire burning in colorado has destroyed 92 structures but it's not clear how many are homes. the 7100 acre fire which started monday is burning in the foot hills west of boulder. it isn't close to containment. officials say it will be at least two days before any of the 3,000 forced out of their homes will be allowed to return. authorities are investigating reports the fire started when a car ran into a propane tank. >> time for a look at our weather. 5:49. mike's been checking the maps and radar. we have drizzle out there. >> yes. let's check flight arrival delays at sfo. and they are already posted.
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a 48-minute flight arrival delay into sfo. check our flight tracker at abc7news.com. it has what specific flight is affected. clouds and drizzle make for an interesting morning. yeah, after we had record -- close to record heat just a couple days ago. let's talk about temperatures. the clouds have actually kept them up. most of us in the upper 50s to low 60s. we have san francisco around 56 and los gatos some of the cooler spots. around the monterey bay and inland, we have clouds, even drizzle here and temperatures upper 50s to near 60 degrees. let's talk about our highlights. lots to talk about because the weather's going to change a lot in the next 24 to 48 hours. today more clouds. we'll have cooler weather today, probably the coolest day in the forecast and the drizzle will hang around the coast and parts of san francisco could be dealing with that also. drying and clearing from north to south as high pressure moves in and the cold front moves to our south that brought us the drizzle.
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warmer, brighter and drier with that high pressure for the weekend. east bay valleys, in the 90s a couple days ago. upper 60s with the san ramon valley and livermore all the way to brentwood. under a partly sunny sky, mid to upper 60s across the board on the east bay shore with oakland 63 degrees. down in the south bay, partly sunny also with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s, mainly upper 60s like 68 san jose. on the peninsula mid to upper 60s, partly sunny. notice the drizzle along the coast, downtown south san francisco, mostly cloudy today with low 60s. same in sausalito. upper 60s to low 70s with a partly cloudy over the north bay valleys but cloudy with drizzle and mid-50s at your coast and monterey bay and inland, best chance for organized rain, maybe even measurable with low to mid-60s monterey bay. mid to upper 60s inland. heading to the game tonight? cloudy and kind of humid. a little damp with 63, the first pitch 7:05, dropping to 58. you can see the clearing that's
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starting to take place as the high pressure moves in. in the north bay that means cooler weather, santa rosa. napa, fairfield 51. the rest of us low to mid-50s. accu-weather seven-day forecast, expect more sunshine tomorrow. temperatures slowly climbing. in fact, the warmest weather probably sunday. by then 4 degrees warmer at the coast and about 8 to 12 degrees warmer around bay and inland. here's frances. >> mike, looking pretty ugly through livermore. the big rig has cleared. the problem is they're waiting for the cleanup crew to get there to clean up a 3 to 4 gallon fuel spill and they need absorbent and sweeper crews. traffic is jammed out of the altamont pass for those folks driving out of tracy. it's done a number to the drive times, now almost 50 minutes. that's an extra half hour for the westbound 580 ride from 205 to 680. so that's the worst spot this morning. and really there aren't any good
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alternates around westbound 580 but if you can take ace train, so far reporting no big delays. the incline section of the bay bridge, they're pushing that earlier stall off into san francisco so things still moving along fairly well. no major delays at the bay bridge but it is a pretty slick ride into san francisco as you can see with the flag shot of the golden gate bridge. get the latest traffic conditions and drive times for your route to work by going to abc7news.com. it's all under the bay area traffic link. eric, kristen. >> frances, thanks a lot. it's 5:53. >> you may be paying more for health insurance. and just how much money can you save buying store brands. >> here's jane king with the morning's "moneyscope" report. >> good morning. expect to pay more for health insurance and about to raise premiums. blue cross blue shield plans and other carriers have asked state regulators for permission to hike insurance rates as much as 9%. the insurers are blaming higher costs caused by the obama
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administration's healthcare overhaul. small business owners are most likely to see health insurance go up. people employed by large companies will not be affected. president obama on a blitz this weekend. today's cleveland where he's expected to propose businesses can completely conduct the cost of new equipment. things like tractors, computers and solar panels. investors ignores initiatives. stocks tumbling on renewed worries about the european debt crisis. store brands are just as good and some cases even better than name brands that cost a lot more. "consumer reports" says filling your shopping cart with store brands at the grocery store can save you $1500 a year. looks like no more naked pictures at the airport after complaints about privacy. company making those near naked image body scanners delivering updated software. a scanning executive tells us the software update will give every passenger their own avatar. looks like a guy wearing a
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baseball cap. in other words, workers will no longer be able to look at a naked image of your body. i'm jane king with the bloomberg business report. >> the san francisco planning commission meets today to determine if a gun shop owner can open a store in the city. andy closed san francisco's only gun shop late last year after more than 50 years at the same location in the mission district. he applied for a permit to open it again so he can legally set up his wholesale office in the back room. the city said he can't because the planning commission says his building is zoned only for retail. >> if i don't open the retail shop. >> we would like to see something in the store front that supports the neighborhood like dry cleaners, a coffee shop, those kinds of things. >> other object because they say a gun store brings in the wrong element. police say most neighbors e-mailing engel side station are
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against having a gun shop. >> after three years of public talks went nowhere, negotiations to fix california's water problems have quietly gone behind closed doors. they're trying to burn a log jam over the bay dealt to conservation plan before governor schwarzenegger leaves office in a few months. it's a canal, tunnel or pipe system that would carry sacramento river water around the delta reducing reliance on pumps that can kill delta fish. >> we're halfway through a celestial double feature. two asteroids pass by us after 2:00 this morning. the second one about 23 feet across will whiz by around 2 p.m. this afternoon. don't worry, other asteroids have passed this close. rare to see two zooming in at the same time. no chance for collision.
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>> we talked to bruce willis, he was ready to go. ben aflac, all ready. >> at 6:00 find out why millions of people's morning fix -- you know what we're talking about -- is about to put a bigger dent in their wallet. >> the question for google, why did they do the doodle? a new twist in a growing internet mystery and why it could be a clue to a big announcement today. >> a serial arsonist on the loose but a critical clue could be the key to catching
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