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on "good morning america." or anytime at >> have a great fridid ♪ i'm jenelle wang live in san bruno. a possible cause in the pg&e pipeline explosion. i'm gonna tell you about those trouble-making microbes coming up. >> a federal judge is expected to decide today whether california can go ahead with its next scheduled execution. a san quentin death row inmate is set to die by legal injection in six days. >> a budget stalemate. governor schwarzenegger and leaders say they've reached a deal on the framework for a spending plan. >> check out this picture from ballmer peak, not a cloud in the sky, not a cool breeze to be found. we'll talk about a hot weekend in just a few minutes. >> a major problem with an
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overturned big rig in vallejo. it's blocking the off-ramp from interstate 80. a live shot of 80 and berkeley where things are flowing well but i'll have more details coming up. >> it is 4:31 on this friday morning. always sounds good to say that. friday morning. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's begin with a stunning new possibility in the investigation into the san bruno blast this morning. pg&e are looking into a bacterial cause and what's most frightening is it can be found anywhere. jenelle is live with the latest. jenelle? >> kristen, this has happened before ten years ago in the new mexico desert. a 13-inch transmission line just like the one that ran through the san bruno neighborhood ruptured killing 3 young children. called influence corrosion. microbes that go undetected in a
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tiny pool of stagnant water in the pipeline and eating away at the metal causing it to corrode. pg&e told state regulators last year that there was ongoing concern about the potential for internal corrosion along the 46-mile pipeline that ran from san francisco through san bruno down to milpitas. the corrosion has shown up in several tests along the line. an environmental microbe biologist outside of pg&e said any pipe as old as this one could have microbes hiding inside of it. the only way to check it is sending something in called a smart pig to check the walls or a cleaning pig which basically cleans out the gunk inside the pipeline. but the problem is the pipeline is too narrow and too many bends to allow either devise to run through the pipeline. another cause of the blast could be extension corrosion. the safety board is looking at all the possibilities. this investigation is expected to take up to a year.
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meanwhile crews are still coming in here clearing out all this debris. it started yesterday. there are 37 homes of that been incinerated or basically totally destroyed so the cleanup continues today and actually we're going to have access around 10:00 this morning to see what's going on. the project is expected to take three to four weeks. after that this is basically going to be a dirt lot and neighbors can start to rebuild but some neighbors say it will never be the same. reporting live in san bruno, i'm jenelle wang, abc 7 news. >> thank you very much. it's 4:33 now. cleanup efforts will continue today in san bruno as crews move the remnants of 35 destroyed homes. the san mateo county will manage the $2 million job. officials expect it to take a month to clear the rubble and hope to have it all gone before the rainy season begins. this comes as san francisco's fire chief received a detailed map of the gas transmission lines under the city two weeks after she asked pg&e for it. abc 7's amy hollyfield explains.
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>> here it is. the map of the gas lines running through san francisco. fire chief joanne hayes white asked for this a week ago. >> representatives of pg&e came to this building and hand-delivered a map to me as well as their pipeline integrity management system plan. >> a week ago pg&e refused to let her have it for security and safety reasons. we asked them about the change of heart. >> we looked at safety and security concerns, and realized there was a lot of interest from the public and a lot of concerns over the safety of our pipeline system and we wanted to do everything we could to allay that. >> now white thinks it's a tough decision. she understands why people want to know what's on this map. >> certainly as a mom of three boys and a property owner, you want to know where the lines run or how you're impacted. >> but she didn't let us see the map and tonight she told the fire commission pg&e had given her the information but didn't
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discuss the details. >> i understand to give global information to everyone in a post-9/11 environment should be a concern. i have concerns personal. >> she did tell us the lines in san francisco do not run in densely populated areas. and the lines in the city hold half the pressure the san bruno lines have. >> i think we're going to be able to reassure the residents and give them as much information as we can without truly presenting safety risk, that kind of thing. that's my goal at least. >> amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> 4:35. a federal judge is expected to decide today if california can proceed with the execution of a convicted murderer next wednesday. the same judge ordered california to stop executions in 2006 and demanded changes in the lethal injection process. death penalty opponents claim the state hasn't met those requirements. the state says they have followed a judge's ruling by building a new death chamber and
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has better trained staff. it wants to use the new facility at san quentin to execute albert brown on wednesday morning. >> the man accused of kidnapping jaycee dugard and holding her captive 18 years is expected back in court. phillip garrido's attorney may announce her client is mentally incompetent to stand trial. if the judge agrees to order a mental evaluation, it would put an immediate stop to the proceedings. both garrido and his wife nancy have pleaded not guilty. if he is found incompetent he will be sent to a state medical facility until he's competent to stand trial. >> california may be on the verge of breaking its budget stalemate. leaders agreed on a budget framework. they say they'll try to hammer out the details over the weekend and hope to announce a budget deal by monday and call lawmakers back to sacramento next week for hearings and a vote. >> what the framework actually means in real terms is that it's
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been determined how much we will be spending in the coming year, how much we will be cutting in the coming year, what our levels of education funding will be and all the other details will be spelled out from there. >> republicans and democrats are split over whether to close the state's $19 billion deficit with tax increases or spending cuts. >> the state stalemate is putting another $932 million for transportation spending on hold, and that will affect the start of several projects in the bay area. our media partner the san jose mercury news reports the california transportation commission is delaying more than $32 million in contracts that would add merging lanes between university avenue and marsh road on highway 101 in san mateo county. also on hold more than $9 million for metering lights and chp pullout areas on 101 in san mateo county. and rebuilding the tully road interchange in san jose. >> the california field poll
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released today shows incumbent barbara boxer widening her lead over carly fiorina in their race. she's ahead of the former hewlett-packard ceo 47% to 41%. boxer's support has remained the same as the last poll in july but ever rena has slipped 3 percentage points. they are still undecided about the senate race increased meanwhile to 12%. it was 9% in july. >> 4:38 now. time to check the forecast and get a look at the first weekend of summer. >> yes. >> here on the first weekend of fall. >> and it feels really different from weekends we've had. oh, my goodness, mike. >> definitely will as we head to the afternoon hours. during the morning hours still pretty comfortable. still in the 40s this morning from half moon bay at 46, menlo park and napa 49. barely 50 in santa rosa, novato. and upper 50s to near 60 degrees with antioch, fremont and los gatos in the low to mid-60s. as far as the 24 hour temperature change, yeah, a little warmer in some areas,
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especially antioch, livermore, fremont, menlo park, mountain view. especially los gatos, 60 degrees warmer. san francisco and novato and santa rosa 2 to 5 degrees warmer. napa 2 to 4 degrees cooler. everybody this afternoon warmer than average from 74 at half moon bay under sunshine with low to mid-80s through most of the bay. we'll hit upper 80s to near 90 fremont, san jose. upper 80ss north bay valleys. definitely hitting the 90s over in the east bay valley. let's take a look at that accu-weather seven-day forecast. and the heat just keeps building through the weekend. the hottest afternoons will be sunday, monday and tuesday. especially monday we may hit triple digits inland, 90 around bait and even low 80s at the coast. it looks like it's going to taper just a little bit next week. but even thursday's temperatures are above average just about everywhere. frances has an accident you need to know about. >> mike, the hot spot for the morning and it's in vallejo due
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to this overturned big rig. happened 3:00 this morning, the west 80 columbus parkway off-ramp is blocked. columbus parkway brings you that way towards the east. in addition to that the east 37 to columbus parkway is blocked until about 6:00 this morning. so you'll need to avoid that stretch as a detour and chp is recommending you head down westbound 80 to redwood street, turn around, and that way you can get back to columbus parkway. just seems like right underneath or right near that section of interstate 80 on the columbus park off-ramp, that's closed. isn't an easy detour in place but signs activated because they expect to be out there a couple hours at least. eric, kristen. >> frances, thank you very much. it's 4:40. >> the rough water that could sink san francisco's chances to host the most prestigious boat race in the world. >> no more nellie. the new leader the golden state warriors are expected to get on
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she fought off the attack and escaped. if you have information you're asked to call the santa clara county's sheriff department. >> organizers insist they'll be flexible with san francisco even though the city won't meet a deadline to submit an official bid to host the race the end of this month. the oracle racing team will decide where the cup will take place. san francisco in the running with spain and an unnamed city in italy. the examiner reports the city and the team are still hammering out a few issues. the process could set sail next week if the proposal gets admitted to the board of supervisors tuesday. they claim it could pump $1 billion into the local economy. >> don nelson is expected to step down from his post monday before the team begins training camp. nelson became the nba's all-time winning coach last season but
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the warriors have new owners and indicated they want to move in a new direction that doesn't include the 70-year-old nelson. his top assistant keith smart will take over as head coach. >> just about 4:45. a plane full of people misses disaster by just 50 feet. up next the frightening mid air close call that almost caused a collision over a major u.s. city. >> and bad guys on bikes in berkeley. police launch a major crackdown [ female announcer ] this is a strawberry pop tart. but this is warm, fresh-baked strawberry toaster strudel. [ music ] see the difference? pillsbury toaster strudel, the one kids want to eat. and these e the ones you'll love on a school night pillsbury ham and cheese crescents with just a few ingredients, you have an easy to make dinner. they're crescents for the other 364. try them tonight.
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along with chicago and detroit. check our flight tracker at and have safe travel. here's kristen. >> mike, listen to this. the faa blaming a near miss over minneapolis over air traffic control errors. it happened last thursday. a u.s. airways jet is the yellow line in this animation. the red line is a cargo plane that took off on a parallel runway at almost the same time. the plane went through thick cloud cover and didn't see each other. check it out. they came so close the u.s. air pilot could hear the cargo plane passing him. >> on the left side! >> 1948 minneapolis, didn't make contact. possibly straight out. >> okay. we just had a -- heard it go by. >> sounded amazingly calm there. investigators say the planes were between 50 and 100 feet apart. the faa said the air traffic controller incorrectly told the u.s. airways pilot to turn when
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he shouldn't have. >> bike riders in berkeley beware. police are cracking down on cyclists that don't obey traffic signs. roll through a stop sign and you will be ticketed. some cyclists say it's not fair. >> it was as if they didn't even see the stop sign. one cyclist after the next after the next in berkeley ignoring this brought a sound no cyclist launch or expect to hear. >> stopping you will for going through the stop sign. >> it was a crackdown on bike safety. in the city of peace and love, cyclists felt like they got neither, let alone a break from the police. >> we're out here hoping to educate and force bicyclist riding hazardously or recklessly. we want people to slow down at intersections, look both ways, be aware of their surroundings, other vehicles actually. >> in two hours police issued 19
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tickets to cyclists, most of them because the rider blew right through a stop sign. it's a moving violation, the same as driving a car and it can come with a hefty price tag, up to $200. >> does it seem fair to you? >> no, not really. >> i think it's a great idea. it's about time. they're subject to the same laws as the cars. they should be stopping at stop signs, yielding, stopping at rhett -- red lights. >> this year alone 120 cyclists have been hurt on berkeley streets. it depends which side of the handlebars you sit. cecilia vega, abc 7 news. >> i always sat on one side of the handlebars, you know, the side with the seat. >> that's the side you're supposed to sit on. very dangerous to sit on the other side. >> yeah. >> 4:50 now. check the weather forecast. no danger, just a little heat. >> a little heat for now. could be a potential danger. why i was a little late because of the forecast next week
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calling for poor air quality as the heat builds through the weekend. because it is the weekend won't have poor air quality because not as many cars on the road and trucks. not the bearer of all bad news. it's 4:51. if you like the heat, i've got the weekend for you. a nearly calm bay. look at that. just a mirror of the bay bridge lights on the bay waters this morning. let's take a look at these temperatures. still fairly niles outside with 49 napa, half moon bay at 46. antioch, fremont, los gatos in the low to mid-60s. the rest of us in the. >> -- 50s. now most of us mid-50s, gilroy the exception at 48. sunny today, warmer than average everywhere. it will be clear and still relatively cool tonight. again, the key to the forecast and why we're not going to have excessive heat watches or warnings right now. weekends. our beaches, they'll be in the 80s. the ocean waters in the 50s. it might be a little refreshing.
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here we have clear skies this morning and no breeze. without that breeze, we don't get the free air conditioning which means 6 to 12 degrees warmer today with 70s around the coast, 80s around the bay and 90s in our inland valley. the heat will peak on monday with hundreds in our east bay valleys, 90s the north bay and the south bay and up across parts of the peninsula and east bay shore with 80s all the way out to the coast. it's also monday when we could have poor air quality the east bay valley and santa clara valley. enjoy the fresher air this weekend. start with our temperatures today. remember, we're building up to that heat over the weekend. 80 dublin, low to mid-90s the rest of us, pleasanton 90 degrees. richmond the cool spot at 81, oakland 84 all the way to castro valley and fremont. mid to upper 80s south bay. possibly near 90 los gatos. on the peninsula today low to mid-80s with sunshine and on the
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other side of the mountains, low to mid-70s along the coast. downtown san francisco and south san francisco and sausalito upper 70s to low 80s. we'll have mid-80s san rafael and vallejo but upper 80s to near 90s most of the north bay valleys. 70s at your beaches. 74 monterey and 90s morgan hill, gilroy and hollister. tonight 60 in san francisco, oakland, san mateo, fremont, san jose, concord and antioch. but everybody else in the 50s. accu-weather seven-day forecast, about 2 to 4 degrees warmer tomorrow. another 2 degrees on sunday and a couple of more on monday where the heat peaks near 100 inland, 90 around bay and upper 70s along the coast. a stretch of warm and dry weather for your weekend. hi, frances. >> hi, mike. we're going to be following this hot spot all morning. it looks like it will be out there for a while. an overturned big rig in
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vallejo. and it does have the west 80 connector ramp and eastbound 37 connector ramp to columbus parkway closed until further notice. so they're saying if you do need to get to columbus parkway, you can continue westbound 80, take redwood street and that will get you around the area. it's actually just in the tunnel right underneath interstate 80. as i take a look at the drive times for you if you're considering taking westbound 80, it's really not slowing traffic at all from the carquinez bridge to highway 37 or vice versa. so it looks good on the freeways on 80 and also on 680. you can always get personalized drive times by going to our website on you'll find it under the bay area traffic link. eric? >> frances, thank you. it's 4:54. president obama is using his last days with the u.n. general assembly easing rolling maritime tensions between china and southeast asia neighbors.
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yesterday the president of iran made allegations during his u.n. speech that were so extreme it caused the u.s. delegation to walk out. emily schmidt has more. >> president obama's speech at the united nations general assembly advocated working towards peace in the middle east. and working towards peace with iran. mr. obama said the door to diplomacy remained open should iran choose to walk through it. but that door seemed much more likely to close after iran's president took the floor. mahmoud ahmadinejad said americans were behind the september 11th terrorist attacks to help the american economy and to save the zionist regimen of israel. at that point the u.s. delegation and 27 others got up and walked out. a white house official found the remarks deeply offensive, especially so close to the site where the world trade center once stood. some said mahmoud ahmadinejad's words were not surprising. >> just like him to change the
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subject, change the focus from him and his stewardship of iran to issues that he's much more confident talking about. >> today president obama has an interviewed scheduled with bbc persia. it will be a chance for him to talk directly to the iranian people. emily schmidt, abc news, washington. >> a computer worm that experts think was designed to attack an iranian nuclear power station is causing international alarm. they believe it caused the facility to malfunction in june. the worm has since spread and infected about 45,000 industrial networks around the world. experts say the virus is so sophisticated it could only have been created with the backing of a government. experts say the worm can be transferred between machines by memory sticks. one says congress needs to give utility regulators authority to mandate protection. >> it's 4:56 now. coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00, a u.c. berkeley graduate freed from an iranian prison hopes to
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deliver a message to iran's president in new york. >> i'm jenelle wang live in san bruno. a possible cause in the pg&e pipeline explosion. i'm gonna tell you about the tiny, tiny particles called microbes coming up. >> and a hearing by a little-known house committee is getting all the attention in washington. why an appearance by comedian steven colbert has ring ring. progresso. i look great in my wedding dress with the help of your amazing light soups. now we're adding even bigger pieces of white-meat chicken. oh, so when's the big day? oh, we got married years ago. but the point is, i fit in it. well, good for you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. should we order panda blossom, panda moon... how about chinese at home with wanchai ferry? you can make it in just 14 minutes. mmmh, orange chicken. great. i didn't feel like going out anyway. [ male announcer ] wanchai ferry. restaurant quality chinese in your grocer's freezer.
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