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i'm saying maybe he wanted to just hit the beach. >> maybe he wanted a little warm-up. >> stay with us for "good morning america," and have a great thursday. good morning. i'm amy hollyfield live in san francisco. barry bonds will be back in court today, but this could be one of the last times to hear us say that. the story coming up. >> also this morning, an oakland fire department employee makes claims in a new lawsuit that paramedics gave oscar grant inadequate care after he was shot by former bart police officer johannes mehserle. >> san francisco fire chief is warning the city may have to personally close some fire stations if firefighters don't agree to wage concessions. >> a live look from downtown san francisco. hard to see but the clouds are there. they are moving deeper in the inland neighborhoods. it means the cooling is
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spreading. we talk about how much cooler it will be today. >> luckily, still looking good on the roads right now. a live shot of the bay bridge toll plaza. >> good morning. i'm karina rusk. >> i'm eric thomas. topping our news this half hour, former san francisco giants slugger bonds could learn today if federal prosecutors intend to retry him on perjury charges. he and his lawyer will be in court to demand decision from the government. amy hollyfield is live outside the federal courthouse in san francisco with more. >> barry bonds has been coming to the courthouse to face charges for 3-1/2 years. his lawyers say it's time to wrap this up and move on. prosecutors could announce today they want a new trial against bonds. if they do, bonds' lawyers say then the trial under federal law must start in less than a month. remember back in april, a jury couldn't decide whether he lied about taking steroids.
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bonds' attorneys say under federal law a new trial has to start within 70 days of the mistrial. the judge called for status conference today to get the date and intentions clarified. the government says it needs more time to decide whether to retry bonds. his attorneys say enough is enough. they'll put pressure toven government to make a decision. they are hoping the government decides to drop this. bonds was on convicted of obstructing justice in the steroid investigation and he is asking that the conviction be thrown out. there will be hearings on that issue. if the government decides not retry him on other counts, then the case against barry bonds could be wrapping up after three-and-a-half years. so, do you think that he should be retried? i love hearing from you. hit me on twitter or the facebook page and let me know what you think. live from san francisco, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thank you, amy. oakland fire department employee claims in a
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lawsuits that paramedics gave oscar grant inadequate care after he was shot by a former bart police officer. grant died more than five hours after johannes mehserle shot him in the back at the fruit vail station on new year's day morning back in 2009. sean gillis fired a whistle-blower lawsuit in the court. his lawsuit accuses the fire department of demoting and harassing him after reviewing grant's care. interim fire chief mark hoffman calls the accusations preposterous. gillis was not on scene after grant was shot. mehserle was released from prison monday after serving two-and-a-half-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter. berkeley police are asking for help to find a man injured while running from police officers. a woman noted a man prowling outside her window. when police approached the suspect he ran and partially impaled his leg climbing over a fence. the suspect is described as
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a black man between 19 and 22 years of age. six feet tall. 185 to 195 pounds wearing a hooded t-shirt. police say he has severe puncture wounds to his calf and thigh. >> four san francisco neighborhoods may receive reduced fire department service under worst case scenario budget wise. today, the "san francisco examiner" says chief hayes-white said her department might have to institute rolling brown outs. but the city may have to close one engine company per day if they forego wage-increased schedule to kick in next month. discussions will continue between the firefighters union and the city. brown-out would affect units in china town, mission, western edition about rich monday district. 4:34 now. president obama will travel to fort drum, new york to meet with soldiers in the fifth mountain division. this comes after he told the
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nation last night he'll start to bring service members home this summer. >> next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from afghanistan by the end of the year and bring home total of 33,000 troops by next summer. recovering the surge i announced at west point. >> the summer's drawdown may not be enough for war-weary american public and some members of frustrated congress. >> the american people want a significant and sizable reduction in troops. that means at least above surge level of 2009, which was 30,000. so i would suggest 50,000 at least would be a down payment. >> the u.s. is spending $120 billion in afghanistan this year alone. the president says the transition process will be complete by 2014 and the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. well, there is a lot of
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relief among military families that troops will soon be leaving afghanistan. there is also concern. some are afraid once american fighters start leaving those left behind would be more vulnerable. lisa amin gulezian has more from san jose. >> as the president spoke, south bay blue star moms listened. there was silence as the commanderer in chief laid out his plans for troop withdrawal in afghanistan. plan that could impact everyone here. what many thought would be a speech to bring happiness and optimism is creating concern. >> i'm not sure what to feel yet, except i want it over. >> let's not rush this. let's get it done right. >> debbie parks and kathy crowder's sons are marines fighting in afghanistan. military experts suggest support staff and transportation and logistics should pull out first. those at home fear once a
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withdrawal starts the violence will rise. >> if they are going to get the one out in spring of next year, that is when the fighting is going on. heavy again. i want to make sure they're safe. >> lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. 4:37 is our time. san mateo county assembly managerry hill and state regulators say they intend to press pg&e to reveal more about the crew that installed the san bruno pipeline that exploded last september. the blast and fire killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. newly released documents this week show pg&e crews not contractors relocated the transmission line through san bruno in 1966. our media partner, the "san jose mercury news" report hill and regulators are concerned that flawed pipes installed by the crew may lurk under more neighborhoods in the bay area. 4:37. injured giants fan bryan stow continues to show signs of improvement nearly three months after he was brutally
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beaten outside dodger stadium. stow's doctor at san francisco general hospital upgraded his condition yesterday from critical to serious. they have always taken stow off two anti-seizure medications and reduced the dose of three others. but he still faces many obstacles. >> it is a long road to recovery from where we are. there are still many, many things that can go on with him such as infection or disorders of too much water on the brain or hydrocephalis. there are many things we have to be careful about. >> ultimately, we hope he returns to us the way he was prior to the event happening. >> doctors say stow is breathing without a vent lator and has been able to follow basic commands. 4:38. did you notice something different when you stepped out? >> cooler. noticeably so. mike nicco will tell us it will continue. >> i really think so.
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inland when the temperatures dropped from mid-90s to 78 degrees around 6:30, you could tell that the sea breeze made it to the inland valleys. here is the reason why, the area of low pressure to the north. the steering current out ahead of it coming off that cool ocean water. you can tell today if you go outside. i can tell when the wind is blowing inland because my gas mileage drops 10 to 30%. i'm nerdy like that. west wind gusting 32 at fairfield. southwest wind at sfo at 6. concord, 28. that is where you know the winds are shooting through. our delta community. that is a big sign, yeah, the marine layer is back. everybody, cooler yesterday, up to 12 degrees in this time. right now, 64 in antioch. mo of us in the mid-to-upper 50s. warm in the valley. maybe not air condition iing weather. we have mid-to-upper 80s for
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you. low to mid-70s in bay shore. upper 70s in south bay. upper 70 to mid-80s in north bay. along the coast, we have clouds and 60 degrees. minor fluctuation in temperatures with morning clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine. what about the morning commute? frances? >> the traffic is light out there. we have the connection ramp closed through hayward as we make your way through westbound 92 or jackson to southbound 880. that is blocked until 5 ver5:00. across the span, traffic is fine. show you a live shot of the golden gate bridge. different this morning. it's fog-free. no trouble as you make your way out of marin county to san francisco. eric, karina? >> thank you, frances. 4:40. >> still ahead, candidate cockpit. a pilot's private rapt about flight attendants that was broadcast for everyone to hear. we're on pothole patrol.
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4:43. southwest airline dispalestinianed a pilot who went on a rant with his cockpit mike open. he went on an expletive-filled rant about the age, attractiveness and s sexwell orientation -- sexual orientation of the flight attendant. they heard it all over the texas air space. >> over the top [bleep] homosexuals. >> in houston, which is easily one of the ugliest based, it's all these [bleep] old dudes and grannies and maybe a handful of chicks. >> yeah. southwest said the unnamed pilot was temporarily suspended without pay and took sensitivity training before reintated. don't have to tell you
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that the bay area roads are a mess with potholes. reminded every time we hit one. the roads are in bad shape and getting worse, according to the annual bay area pothole report. it shows that the worst roads are in rio vista, followed by sonoma county, larkspur, st. helena and orina. heather ishimaru has more. >> reporter: the metropolitan transportation commission annual pothole report rates roads on 1 to 100. for the second year in the row, the bay area average stalled at lackluster 66. the mtc says the regional target is 75. the rate of deterioration accelerates dramatically at 60. residents of oakland whose pavement quality among the worst, only neighboring town of el serrito where the blacktop was paid for by voters who approved a half-cent sales increase in 2008. across the border in richmond, among the worst on the mtc report, stretch of carlson boulevard is replaced.
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>> carlson is as bad as it gets i think. i haven't noticed it being bad elsewhere in richmond. carlson is a stand-out. >> pothole repair has traditionally been paid for in the state gas tax. it hasn't gone up in 17 years. el cerrito found a solution. >> would you be willing to pay more to fix your pavement? >> certainly. >> something i can specifically see being done as opposed to wastefulness. i would be more than happy to pay. >> the mtc says in order to bring the bay area up to good quality pavement would require tripling current spending from $350 million to $1 billion annually. in oakland, heather ishimaru, abc7 news. >> okay. 4:45. coming up, a new stur vay reveals about the changing face of families in california. the f.b.i. crosses a man off their most wanted list. james whitey bulger is captured. i'm john hendren. i'll have more on that coming up.
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>> plus, the first thing you need to ditch from your diet if you want to lose weight. >> the waiting is over this morning. harry potter awe for j.k. rowling believes -- reveals her next big thing.
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welcome back. temperatures trending cooler across the country, low to mid-60s in seattle, and portland. minneapolis to boston. 82 in atlanta today. hot in dallas. phoenix 110. we have flight departure and arrival delays in new york. we have a chance of severe weather from kansas city, memphis, to new york today. there will be delays. the flight tracker will have them. you can, too. eric? >> thank you very much. 4:48 is our time.
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members of the san jose city council are donating funds from their office budget to help keep domestic violence prevention program operating. they are giving the program $20,000. councilmember donald rocha and mayor chuck reed are contributing $100. the announcement coinsided with the domestic violence training day for santa clara law enforcement. funds for the program fell victim to budget cuts. >> we are going to have to do more scrimping than we normally do, but we'll make it happen. this is an overriding need. >> domestic violence touches everybody's lives. it doesn't affect just one socioeconomic group or one neighborhood or one race or one religion. >> pete constance to saw there. cochair of the san jose domestic violence advisory board. f.b.i. captured mobster that earned a place on the ten most wanted list.
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agents arrested james whitey bulger near los angeles yesterday. he spent years on the run. he's accused of taking part in 19 murders. abc's john hendren explained. >> he had been on the lam, wanteded for more than a decade. he's a predator in every sense of the word and took advantage of the community he was from. >> alleged mobster james whitey bulger fled boston in late 1994 as the federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with 19 killings, racketeers and other crimes that spanned the early 1970s to mid-1980s. >> do you know who i am? >> he was so notorious he was the inspiration for "the departed." a 2006 martin scorsese film starri starring dicaprio, jack nicholson. >> bulger has to be caught. sooner the better. >> the f.b.i. recently stepped up the efforts to find his girlfriend. kathryn. they disappeared in 1995 with a $2 million reward for information leading to his
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capture. the 60-year-old faces charges of harboring a fugitive. recent publicity produced a tip to lead agents to santa monica. they were arrested without incident. kathryn was known for her multiple surgeries and her hygiene. she made monthly visits to a dentist for cleanings. john hendren, abc7 news. cal's baseball team will try to keep the magic going at the college world series in omaha today. the golden bears will play virginia in another elimination game today at 4:00. cal beat texas a&m to stay alive in the double elimination tournament and send aggies home. the run to omaha comes after supporters of the program raised $9 million in donations. the university had cut the baseball program, because of budget woes. okay. 4:51. as you mentioned, we have already noticed the cooldown. >> it's nice to walk outside this morning and have it envelope you. warmth from yesterday.
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people not sleeping well. grouchy. >> not anybody we know. >> no. no. >> the a.c. did breathe a sigh of relief this morning as i walked past. dude, i need a break. >> no kidding. after running for three days straight. guess where the power outage hit yesterday. your place? >> my place. >> for an hour and ten minutes. it wasn't home. thankfully. happened at 4:30 when it got to us. good morning. a look at the clouds as we look back from emeryville. you can see the clouds, the marine layer and cooler weather is on the way. it did cool down yesterday but it's still hot. especially in the east bay valley. concord was 94 with livermore and antioch. 98. the temperatures were four to seven degrees cooler than the day before. the big cooling as we expect along the coast. 20 degrees cooler in pacifica. 54 to 14 degrees cooler in san francisco. 64, 12 degrees and 14 degrees cooler in redwood city, san jose, san rafael
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and santa rosa. yesterday was the biggest drop. it's comfortable this morning. check out temperatures in the 50s to 64 in antioch. the cooling will move inland. the clouds will stay near the coast while the rest of us see sunshine. we have morning clouds and afternoon sunshine every day of the forecast. that will keep our temperatures nearly steady. we will see fluctuations, but nothing more than like three to four degrees per day. today, one degree warmer in santa rosa and two degrees cooler in fremont. four in san jose. concord, nine degrees cooler than yesterday. back in to the mid-80s. a look at what is going on, the cloud cover hanging around. 5:00. 6:00, 7:00. 10:00, or 11:00, back to the coast. you ku see what the breeze does. the temperatures from the 50s to the 80s today. much cooler than yesterday. start in the east bay valleys where it's the warmest around the bay. comfortable. 82 in dublin.
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87 in brentwood. they're almost 20 degrees cooler than two days ago. upper 60s in richmond, berkeley, hayward. low to mid-70s for the rest of the shore. mid-70s to mid-80s in the south bay. 76 at sunnyvale and milpitas. 84 in los gatos. on the peninsula, low to mid-70s, millbrae at 68. we have upper 60s along the coast. mid-60s in south san francisco. heading through the north bay, 68 in saucelito. 74 in san rafael. 84 in santa rosa. 59 at bodega bay. we have 70 in santa cruz. 60 in monterey. to mid-80s in morgan hill and gilroy. traveling the state today, cooling hit sacramento and chico. 111 in palm springs. the accuweather seven-day forecast -- you can see it might be slightly warmer tomorrow by two degrees but then we drop four degrees saturday, a couple more sunday. you ku see we hang around the mid-80s inland. the mid-70s around the bay. low 60s at the coast. good morning, frances. >> good morning. a lot of the roadwork clearing in the next few minutes.
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especially as you make your way through southbound 242. to southbound 680 in walnut creek. all the lanes should be opened shortly. traffic is looking good. southbound to 24. check out san rafael. you may have encountered roadwork southbound approaching lucas valley. all lanes are open making your way through san rafael. in the south bay, check out the 280/17 interchange. traffic looks great out of the downtown area for headlights moving northbound 280. mass transit systems report nothing delays. but the real mccoy ferry is out of service because of mechanical problems. you can get the latest on >> thank you. 4:55. new figures released today by the u.s. census now includes statistics on same-sex couples. the census reveals that nearly 1% of california house holds for 126,000
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homes are headed by same-sex couples and a quarter of them are raising children. they found same-sex couples in every corner of the state. in many suburban and rural areas are more likely to have kids. if you are trying to lose weight, experts recommend cashing in the chips. obesity experts say potato chips are worse than soda, candy or ice cream. according to the new england journal of medicine if you eat a one ounce serving every day, that is just 16 chips you will gain two pounds over four years. eating sweets and desserts will add half a pound. some of san francisco's top architects and engineers have come up with a plan to help fight hunger in the city. you can see the project. this cable car is made out of canned goods. other can sculptures include
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a depiction of the giants closer brian wilson's beard. okay. the san francisco food bank will eventually distribute all the cans to the china township gate -- chinatowngate. the mystery is solved. harry potter fans learned that the magic adventure of boy wonder will be on ebooks in the fall. there was a website this morning it's ending a hold-out from digital publishing. the author written 18,000 new words of material for the interactive site. it will include information that the author says she has been hoarding for years about the book's characters and settings. next on abc7 news at 5:00 a.m. -- barry bonds heads back to federal court today. we're live with a preview of the big decision federal prosecutors could announce this morning. the nation's war on
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drugs takes a new twist today. coming up, the push to ease coming up, the push to ease the country's pot laws. like many chefs today, i feel the best approach to food is to keep it whole for better nutrition. and that's what they do with great grains cereal. see the seam on the wheat grain? same as on the flake. because great grain steams and bakes the actual whole grain. now check out the other guy's flake. hello, no seam, because it's more processed. now, which do you suppose has better nutrition for you? mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal.
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