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experienc experience. the judge did not allow our camera in the courtroom, but this swim instructor nicolas hodges, his parents came today. in court their handcuffed son acknowledged them with a smile. john thai was also here. >> it was really disturbing to hear what happened. >> reporter: hodges taught thai's 6-year-old here at the swim school in the presidio. he was a swim instructor here for the past two years. parents liked and trusted him. hodges had also been with kids at the house trampoline park right next door to the swim school. he worked here, too, for several years. the charging documents say he had more than 600 files of child porn on his computer and cell phone, including explicit videos of children as young as two years old. hodges was arrested at the swim school in april after an investigation by the internet crimes against children's task force. the school issued a statement saying, the s.f.p.d. has not found evidence linking any of
our students to the charges against hodges. but john thai and perhaps other parents may have dodged a bullet. >> this person that we had trusted, trusted greatly, who only a couple days before he was arrested had solicited to come baby-sit for our 6-year-old. >> reporter: thai says this is what hodges told his child. i'll come over maybe on a friday night and baby-sit for you and then i can do magic tricks. >> reporter: as thai said he trusted hodges to teach his son to swim in deep water so why would he have not trusted him to baby-sit? vic lee, abc7 news. >> and you can listen to the full interview with the parent on our website, abc7news.com. >> new at iv, antioch police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank inside a super market a few hours ago. it took place inside a safe way in antioch just before 1:00. sky 7 shows the police activity outside the store. the website east county today.net reports a man with a
gun hopped the counter at the bank. a woman at the store requested medical attention. it is not clear if she was actually hurt by the robbery suspect. police continue to investigate a home invasion robbery. the family in pittsburgh, police a a group of armed robbers broke into their home around 10:30 last night. they ordered the family into a downstairs room then made off with several items including jewelry and cash. paramedics treated one resident but no one was seriously hurt. police are looking through surveillance video to see if they can identify the intruders. >> new details on the deadly police shooting at a restaurant on san francisco's market street last week. police just released some dramatic surveillance video of the suspect attacking a worker with a knife. abc7 news reporter jonathan bloom was at the community meeting where the police played the video for neighbors. jonathan? >> reporter: well, police have held a town hall meeting in san francisco for the past five years any time an officer is involved in a shooting. but this is the first such meeting under the new police
chief. [ inaudible ]. >> get back. >> reporter: in a community meeting a block from where it happened, police showed video of the moment 26-year-old nicolas was shot and killed by an officer. he had been in this subway restaurant where minutes earlier surveillance video appears to show him stabbing an employee in a fight behind the counter. other workers came to help, one apparently trying to subdue him by hitting him with a baking pan when police walked in. >> one officer discharged his firearm striking him. you will see that on video today. >> we'll warn you, the video is graphic. they released it in transparency. the officer fired one shot which hit him in the lower right back. he fell to the ground and died at the scene. >> this officer who had been involved in two shootings in less than four months. >> reporter: neighbors took issue he is the same off sore who shot and seriously issued sean moore over a restraining order in january. >> overarchingly one question of
an officer involved in an incident. >> reporter: some were grateful. >> it could have been my daughter, could have been my mama. >> reporter: to supervisor jane kim is how the new police chief is handling the investigation out in the open. >> it's the first time i've seen videos and photographs shared one week after an officer involved shooting. >> reporter: in san francisco, jonathan bloom, abc7 news. >> we first told you about this next development in an alert this afternoon through our abc7 news app. all charges have been dropped against a mentally ill unarmed man? january. the same officer involved in the subway shooting we just told you about also shot and wounded the man in this video, sean moore. police say he attacked officers outside his home. today prosecutors dropped charges against moore after a judge dismissed other accounts. prosecutors are now challenging that decision. police say the officer opened fire after police used batons
and pepper spray on moore. >> a popular fast food spot in the east bay is now closed. several customers say they got sick there. sky 7 was over the in and out in livermore off 580. it voluntarily closed after this incident. county health officials are investigating and they say members of a college softball team became ill after eating at the restaurant on saturday. they suspect it's the noro virus. abc7 news responds saying, quote, the health and well-being of our customers and associates is a top priority. we apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause. abc7 news reporter chris nguyen is at that in and out. he'll have reaction from customers on abc7 news at 5:00. >> all right. turning now to our weather and a pretty big cool down outside today. this is a live look from our mount tam camera. >> spencer christian is here with a look at the forecast. >> larry and alma, temperatures are down and wind is up. we saw bright skies, although clouds are increasing a bit. we had a sharp temperature drop.
it is quite windy. current wind gusts, up to 35 miles an hour at fairfield, anywhere from 20 to 25 miles per hour at sfo, novato, concord, san jose. all around the area wind. check out the shaking camera here atop mount sutro looking out above san francisco. 60 degrees in san francisco, 65 in oakland, 71 in mountain view and san jose. 68 in gilroy, 55 at half moon bay. this is a view of partly cloudy skies. mid 50s in santa rosa, 65 at napa, 69 at livermore. explore exploratorium camera looking out over the bay. skies will be bright, temperatures in the low to mid 60s until about 9:00 or so. clouds increasing, temperatures won't drop very much. if you have plans, outdoor plans tonight get out there and enjoy them because we may have sprinkles tomorrow. i'll tell you about that a little bit later. alma? >> all right, spencer, thank
you. the state senate gandhi bait on a ploep sal to restructure one of california's landmark climate change initiatives. the measure would end the state's current cap and trade program and impose a perpetually escalating tax on carbon emissions. under the bill much of the revenue generated wiould offset higher bills for gas and energy. it is being considered to extend the program and prevent it from expiring in 2020. we have breaking news right now in san francisco. sky 7 is over an accident on the golden gate bridge. you're taking a live look. it's affecting southbound lanes. the chp says a gray range rover hit the median. right now only one lane of traffic is getting through. so definitely leave plenty of time if you are trying to get into the city right now from marin. we will stay on top of this and the traffic delays it is causing. be sure to download the abc7 news app and enable push alerts for updates. >> a rash of car fires in the east bay has neighbors concerned
and police alarmed for a possible fire bug. the latest happened this morning. one in lafayette, another in walnut creek. abc7 news reporter amy with this. >> reporter: they were asleep at their home inside padre street when they heard and smelled something suspicious. >> my wife woke up and heard kind of a pop. then we had the strange smell and then the car took off that way from around the corner. >> reporter: they looked outside to see their suv was on fire. >> we hadn't driven it since 2:00 in the afternoon. and so they told us last night that it was set. >> reporter: fire fighters then told him they had just put out another car fire 15 minutes earlier and only two miles away from his home. >> it's pretty strange. yeah. >> reporter: the first fire was in walnut creek on leroy lane. they weren't the only car fires this week in the county. take a look at this one. another car in a driveway. this one in martinez on monday at 3:45 in the morning.
fire fighters have kept all these fires from spreading to the homes, and no one has been hurt. they are investigating whether they are all related. a woman who lives near the two fires that happened this morning tells us she is feeling a bit nervous. >> we have a car in our driveway, too, and it's like, hum, maybe we'll try to clean out the garage a little bit so we can get it inside. you know, how do you stop someone from doing something like that? >> reporter: fire fighters have not made any a refrts and say they don't have any leads. the homeowner here did not want to come out and talk to us but the fire victim in lafayette is shrugging it off saying his car is insured. he's just glad no one was hurt. in walnut creek, abc7 news. >> one car crash this morning, we can do it together. shut down a stretch of a key connecting road between pittsburgh and walnut creek. sky 7 was above the scene in pittsburgh. the chp says the car was going nearly 100 miles an hour,
slammed into a power pole and knocked down an overhead line. you can see the crews there cutting the wire strewn across the pass. the driver was able to walk away without any significant injuries. the road reopened after 90 minutes. >> we got a better idea today of just what it takes to save a life during an emergency. abc7 news is at sfo where search a and rescue crews from the coast guard and fire department displayed some of their rescue vehicles. they also shared information about search and rescue procedures. the event included team based challenges for responders who say cooperation and collaboration are critical during times of the emergency. >> it's a hot spot in california but that is not necessarily a good thing. >> i think some of these have been broken in into more than once. >> a growing rash of mail thefts. >> and from the road to the roof, the next big solar step for tesla. >> you've heard the saying there is no such thing as a free lunch. how about a free cup of coffee? >> sounds pretty good.
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the energy conscious whopeople among usle? say small actions can add up to something... humongous. a little thing here. a little thing there. starts to feel like a badge maybe millions can wear. who are all these caretakers, advocates too? turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing. walt disney company is mourning the loss of kathy burr man, wife of chris burr man. there were reports hr car struck the other vehicle from behind. it veered off the roadway, went down an embankment and
overturned. the other driver was an 87-year-old man and he also died. espn president john skiff called her death a devastating tragedy. sadly today is chris burr man's birthday and chris recently went into semi retirement. he and kathy had planned -- they loved maui and were planning on spending time away from their home in maui. our condolences go out to a colleague and dear friend. >> very sad. a rash of mailbox thefts is preding quickly across the bay area, martinez to livermore now to san jose. >> vandals have forcing residences from using their home address for mail. abc7 news reporter david louie has the latest example of this problem. >> reporter: larry and alma, you can see the vandals have already been through this street and this neighborhood. none of these mailboxes is secure right now. they've had their locks broken or they've been pried open. now, we are told this has been going off and on for six months. postal inspectors tell us california is number one in the
country for this kind of crime. entire rows of cluster mailboxes have been vandalized on some streets. a letter carrier said it is happening all over san jose. we talked to this resident of bradford way who asked his face not be shown. >> i think that one had been fixed actually. i was just lucky it wasn't done again. mr. damelin: >> reporter: with the postal doors open, there is little incentive for them to check for mail at their individual mailboxes because they are wide open. it is very much an open and shut case. thieves are stealing mail that can be used for identity theft. residents have to pickup their mail at the branch post office or wait to catch the letter carrier coming down the street. >> this is the first time i've seen such a bad situation where people are like, you know, get desperate just to get their mail. >> reporter: a year ago naabc7 news reported how they removed entire set of boxes even with a security camera aimed at them.
the postal service said the problem has grown so much it is taking responsibility for repairs. whether it owns the mailboxes or not. its goal to repair or replace broken boxes within 48 hours. >> at one time what we were doing is we would order the parts as needed. now we actually have to have orders on hand because these are happening more and more. >> reporter: postal inspectors are going after the thieves. there were over 1300 cases last year and over 2400 arrests nationwide. but the crisis has created a spike in demand for private mailboxes. >> i would say about 10% of my business in last i would say six months. >> reporter: in san jose, david louie, abc7 news. >> b.a.r.t. riders in oakland face another round of service disruptions this weekend. no trains will be running between the fruitvale and lake merritt station saturday and sunday as crews replace sections of the track. bart released video today. they are calling the work a drag, but saying it will be worth it. the work is being paid for by a
$3.5 billion bond measure passed >> speaking of bart, they are holding open house to get community input on transit facilities operation in oakland as well as redesign of the lake merritt plaza area. that project will be a three-story facility with retail and office space. construction is projected to begin in 2019. the open house runs until 7:00 at the metro center eighth street in oakland. >> tesla took a big step today in its move from being a car company to an energy company. >> yes, it began taking deposits on a new kind of solar roof tile. abc7 news anchor kristen sze here now with the details. kristen? >> larry and alma, do you have a thousand dollars i can borrow? if you have it, you can put down a deposit on these shingles that look like traditional roof tiles but derive energy from the sun using solar cells hidden beneath a glass surface. this is tesla video when elon musk
on the desperate wives set. he also posted this video on instagram. take a look. you can see hail canon balls destroying traditional roof tiles, but doing little damage to the tesla solar tile. >> looked better than normal roof, generated electricity, lasts longer, have better insulation, and actually have a cost and cut that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity. >> i now want to show you the calculator on tesla's website. so, say you have a home in san jose. let's put in 2000 square feet. right there. and let's say you have two stories in your home. so, your solar roof savings, i want to highlight that for you, is $54,000. darn thing. so, you save about $30,000 or $20,000 over the course of 30
years. so, the production will begin at first at the tesla factory in fremont and by the way, there is going to be a lifetime guarantee. so, about that $1,000, guys? >> i don't have it on me. walking around cash for spencer christian. >> unfortunately i'm not walking around today. >> so all this depends on getting a lot of solar power and we have less sunshine today. >> that's true. panels are going to be working hard the next couple days because clouds are thickening. we're going to have pleasant weather though. here is a live look at doppler 7. we have bright skies now, partly cloudy conditions and a bit breezy out there. much, much cooler that not it was yesterday at this hour. let's look at a current view from our rooftop camera at abc7 news at the embarcadero over the bay. as i said partly cloudy, a few thin high clouds going over the area. clouds will increase overnight. we'll see a chance of sprinkles tomorrow.
it will be light and scattered. let's look if he 24-hour temperature change. cooler in novato and concord than yesterday. 15 to 20 degrees cooler than many other locations. quite a cool down along with an increase in the wind. right now it's 60 degrees in san francisco. we have mid 60s at most east bay locations along the shoreline. as we move farther inland you can find 73 at antioch, 71 at san jose. very few locations topped out at 70 or above today. overnight look for increasing clouds, maybe some drizzle along the coast line. overnight lows will be generally in the low to mid 50s and we'll have a full moon if you get out there early enough to catch the moon before the clouds thicken. here's our forecast animation for tomorrow. warning starting at 4:00 a.m. we'll see areas of light showers just off the north coast and then as we get into the mid-morning hours we will we'll see those showers moving inland mainly into northern sonoma county before they start to break up a little bit as they south ward. so, there is a chance of some scattered sprinkles tomorrow.
most people won't see any wet weather but there could be a few damp spots in the early morning hours if you're a morning commuter. give yourself a little extra commuting time. now let's take a look at our projection for rainfall totals. no measurable rain to 100th of an inch in most locations. santa rosa might get 400th of an inch that could be the wet est of the damp spots. high temperatures will reach into the upper 50s on the coast. we'll see mid 60s rather right around the bay and inland areas we'll see upper 60s once again not many location wills top out at 70. mothers day is looking good. let me back out of the way so we'll see mostly sunny skies. it will be a bit breezy especially on the coast around noon. windy conditions will develop by afternoon across much of the bay area. but high temperatures will reach into the low 70s inland on sunday. upper 60s around the bay. only upper 50s on the coast. so, if mom doesn't like the chill you might want to take her out somewhere near the bay or inland.
here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. we'll see bright skies friday through sunday. tomorrow will be relatively cloudy day. after mothers day clouds increase on monday and a chance of showers next tuesday. in the overall picture of things even though temperatures will be below average we're looking at a pleasant weather. >> thanks. >> soon to be cal glad is trying to make a difference in the life of veterans supported from the very country they served. >> just in time for mothers day, new moms and their cute otter pups. >> and in honor of asian pacific american heritage month, we are using our abc7 news bay area instagram feed to celebrate interesting places where you live. there are only three japan towns in the united states and two of the three are in the bay area. one is in san jose and one is in san francisco. pictured here in this photo from 1911. you can learn more on our abc7 news bay area instagram feed.
this is very cool. walt disney's original concept art for disney land is up for auction. got a hand drawn map from 1953 showing many of disney's ideas for the park that would open two years later. he used the ink and pencil sketch to show potential investors his vision for a disney park. imagine getting in on that. auctioneers expect the map to sell for as much as a million dollars when it goes on the block next month in los angeles. disney as you know is the parent company of abc7. >> here's proof canadian scientists have seen the movie ghost busters too many time. they unearthed this dig in montana. when it came to naming it the choice to them was obvious, zool after the horned demon dog from the ghost busters. its full name is, yes, okay, zo olc revatatur. >> i think you did better than i
did. 75 million year old species of armored dine sew armored dinosaur. they estimate it was 6500 pounds. >> you won't like it when he's angry. this is cuteness. on exhibit at the oakland zoo, abc7 news was there, showed off her otter pupz just in time for mothers day. two boys and a girl born in february just now old enough to go out in public. today they seemed more amused by their favorite blanket and who doesn't love their favorite blanky than the soo zoo visitors. >> they will find a leaf or a branch or blanket and they just can play for hours with them and keep their attention focused on that. i think that's wonderful. >> look at these little guys. the oakland zoo has one of the best river otter exhibits in the country, excuse me, in you're in my way. this is the most successful litter -- >> they can't get out. help me, help me. >> since 2011. we could watch this a whole hour. you can see the cute critters
daily in the children's zoo. we may be going there soon. >> they're sweet. a seismic shift in policy, what could soon be happening just off the east coast. plus. >> he was not doing a good job. >> more fall out after the firing of fbi director james comey. we'll talk live with a bay area congressman about what's next. internet speeds 20x faster. at&t fiber sounds amazing. wait a sec, i'm not done yet. less than 12% of at&t homes actually qualify. huh... hold on.
>> announcer: live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> and here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. a 28-year-old swim instructor was in court today to face child porn charges. nicolas hodges taught at the la petite swim school. they found no evidence linking hodges to children enrolled in swim classes. there is no line at a livermore inand out today. the company closed the store after a group of people reported feeling sick after dining there. abc7 news reporter chris nguyen has the story coming up at 5:00. also new at 5:00, abc7 anchor eric thomas is at a flour they want it converted to a cement mill, one doesn't.
house leader nancy pelosi is threatening to tuz a parliamentary maneuver on a bill to prevent possible contact between president trump campaign and russian officials. this comes 24 hours after president trump fired fbi director james comey. hergt has more from washington, d.c. >> reporter: president trump said he considered firing director james comey since the day he was elected. >> he was not doing a good job, simply, not doing a good job. >> atrocities and circumventing the chain of command in the department of justice. >> reporter: vice-president pence pointing to the three page letter from deputy attorney general rod rosenstein outlining miss step in the clinton e-mail investigation. >> president trump provided a kind of strong decisive leadership the american people have come to be accustomed from him. >> reporter: house and other officials say rosenstein ordered the firing of comey.
diane feinstein said the president requested the probe himself. >> he said the department's a mess. i asked rosenstein and sessions to look into it. >> reporter: and while members of both parties were critical of comey's handling of the clinton case, some lawmakers are suspicious of the timing of the ousting. >> if that was the impetus, it should have been done on inauguration day. not in may. >> nothing less is at stake than the american people's faith in our criminal justice system. >> reporter: but the republican leadership is pushing back against calls for a special prosecutor saying the ongoing congressional investigations are sufficient. >> calls for a new investigation. which could only serve to impede the current work. >> reporter: further complicating matters, in the days before he was fired james comey reportedly asked for additional resources and funding for his russia investigation. the fbi acting director will testify before congress tomorrow. abc7 news, washington. >> and we're joined now by bay
area congressman, a democrat who represents contra costa county. you've been extremely critical of the president and i'm going to read your tweet here. the comey firing raises serious questions whether this is nixonian like abusive power. what dough want to see going forward? >> we need to have an independent bipartisan effort going forward to do the investigation. a special prosecutor would be appropriate under the administration, but congress has to assert itself as well as a co-equal branch of government that the constitution put in this place to do this. but that requires partnership with the republicans and democrats. >> now, before the election, democrats were just as furious with comey as many republicans are now regarding his release about the clinton e-mail case, and in fact today president trump said comey wasn't doing a good job. so, given that both parties have been upset with comey over the past six months, was he actually doing a good job? >> it might be a sentiment or evidence that he was doing a good job that both parties were. i think that's less important than the constitution problem
we're in and the constitutional institutions of congress doing their job and that requires republicans and democrats and a very partisan atmosphere saying this is not about being democrat or republican, it's about being a member of congress and making sure there is an investigation so we find out. >> that is a nice dream or a wish, but i mean you've been around a long time. given the friction we currently have between the two parties, what are the chances of the two coming together to try to ensure an independent investigation into the possible russian ties with trump officials? it does n't seem like the party can get along much on anything. >> we can. there are things you don't get to this level where you see, but we have partnerships we are very different ideal logically, but that's the bay way the system supposed to work. because of these things, largely because of big money in our campaigns, it gets harder. this is one of those moments i really think that we are called to be -- to a higher level.
that if the president is innocent as he asserts, i wish he would join us in saying, i'm innocent, we need an independent investigation and it should be open and part of the constitutional process. and then we'll find out. if he's not, you take it where it takes you, where the truth takes you. >> all right. congressman, thank you so much for coming in and giving us your perspective on all this. >> thank you so much for having me. >> appreciate it. >> thank you. >> all right. in other news today workers on the hanford nuclear reservation are making preparations to fill that 400 square foot hole over a tunnel containing radioactive waste. this is as washington state's governor is asking for an investigation. nael >> reporter: radioactive materials are stored, this area was collapsed. >> i am concerned about what happened and how the department of energy can give us confidence this will not happen again. >> reporter: the hanford nuclear site in washington state where
plutonium was once extracted for nuclear weapons has been closed for 30 years. the only work there now, clean up of enough radioactive debris to fill the super dome. the cave-in prompting fears of a radioactive leak and leading to the evacuation of hundreds of workers. >> they told us take cover and make sure we were safe and all accounted for. >> reporter: officials say no workers were injured. there is no risk to people in nearby communities and they found no radiation was released. still, they are taking no chances as they fill that 20 foot by 20 foot hole. >> the person inside that excavator is wearing filtered air and personal protective gear. our goal is to perform this work safely, employee safety is our number one focus. >> reporter: officials at the sielt have not yet said what caused the tunnel to gave in. mar city gonzalez, abc7 news, los angeles. >> the inter tier yor department is moving forward on seismic surveys as a first step toward possible offshore drilling in the atlantaic ocean.
they push for the mid and south atlantic surveys, no surveys have been conducted in those regions for 30 years. environmental groups oppose the survey saying loud sounds from seismic air guns could hurt marine life. >> the unfriendly skies, passengers' growing frustrations on airlines. >> plus the warriors back on the practice court gearing up for the western conference finals and how they say they're going to stay focused. >> i'm spencer christian and here come the clouds. skies will be much cloudier and i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up. >> walnut creek 680 is moving both directions better on the right-hand side. the traffic is heading southbound.
the warriors back at practice today after a day off following their sweep of the utah jazz monday night. abc7 news was at the team's practice facility. steph curry and kevin durant were trading jump shots. they do this all the time at the end of practice on the same court. fun to watch. they are focused on their next opponent, waiting to see whether they play the rockets or the spurs. even though fans are thinking ahead about a possible title rematch with cleveland. >> as a basketball fan that's what i'd want to see, you know. so, i mean, you hear all the talk about it and you know it's there, but yet we have four more games to win before we can reach an nba final. >> warriors have another day off
tomorrow. won't play again until sunday at the early est, perhaps tuesday, depends whether the houston san antonio series goes a full seven games. >> oracle is staying oracle for at least the next two years. the joint powers authority for the coliseum complex announce a new lease agreement with the warriors that will keep the dubs in oakland throug 2019. the rent is increasing but the coliseum didn't say by how much. the agreement includes options if the team needs more time before moving to san francisco. the new chase center is supposed to open in 2019. and dub nation, we want to you share your playoff excitement with us. use the hashtag dubs on 7 when you post your fan pictures on social media so we can find them. like the little kiddy with the shirt on. >> kids are so cute. >> adorable. >> also cute, not quite as some of the kids or critters, but spencer christian. >> not quite. >> it's close. >> neck and neck. >> here's a look at live doppler
7. we have increasing cute clouds over the bay area. this is how it's going to being loo every night. there might be drizzle near the coast line and it will be a full moon but you need to catch it before the clouds get too thick. low temperatures overnight will be low to mid 50s. let's talk about the full moon, a flower moon because it comes when the plants are in full bloom. moon will rise at 8:05 at which time we expect the skies to be clear enough you'll be able to see that moon rise. tomorrow mostly cloudy skies, spotty drizzle is likely. but not very widespread. high temperatures will reach into the mid 60s right around the bay, upper 60s in the inland areas and here is the accuweather seven-day forecast forecast. a little slow there, but it finally popped in. mostly cloudy tomorrow. windy and cool on friday. but skies will be sunny and breezy on saturday. mothers day is looking nice. a few clouds around, high temperatures getting into the low 70s inland on sunday so a great day for mothers day. clouds will increase on monday. a slight chance of showers on tuesday. and lingering clouds next
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well, hits just keep oncoming for air travel in the u.s. more unruly passengers, flight attendants caught in the cross fire, even pilots contributing to a culture in the sky that is anything but friendly. abc7 news reporter emily rau has the latest. >> reporter: police called it a near riot in fort lauderdale when spirit airlines canceled or delayed dozens of flights on monday. the airline blaming the pilots for a work slow down in the middle of contract talks. >> very tense, very angry, angry, angry people. >> reporter: and that move prompting a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to get the pilots back to work and tensions below boiling.
this brawl on board a southwest jet that just landed in burbank shows a flight attendant caught right in the middle. >> i see the stewardess trapped below in between seats on the ground and she was being pump he willed at the same time as the other guy was being pump eld. >> reporter: southwest giving props to employees calling them everyday heroes delivering hospitality. this kansas city nurse not feeling the love from united. >> a, i'm going to need to go, this is urgent, i have an overactive bladder. you know, can i use the rest room. >> reporter: she says there was no mercy from the flight attendants leaving her no choice but to literally pee in a cup. >> there was just no, you know, no customer service, no compassion. >> reporter: that woman posted her story on facebook because she said she couldn't get united to acknowledge her complaint. social media and cell phone video both playing a big part in this ongoing story. emily rau, abc7 news, new york.
>> well, airlines may be getting a lot of bad publicity lately, but the latest j.d. power survey shows overall customer satisfaction has its highest ever. lowest bump rate ever recovered. the results continue a trend that stretches five consecutive years. >> time now for #askfinney, 7 on your side michael finney. answering questions via facebook twitter and e-mail. phil asks can you tell me the best airline tickets for travel to the holy land? >> there are some great deals for the holy land. all the problems in travel, you have to be very careful. october is the cheapest month to travel to tel aviv, while july is the most expensive. weather wise it's mild est in october and november. but whichever month you go, you need to keep in mind the religious holidays during that time of year can make the place really, really crowded.
so, you need to check it out on all the religions and see what is going on. >> good advice. warren from san mateo asks, i shipped a package to a friend ripped open at the post office. i filed a claim but haven't heard anything. what should i do? >> let me tell you no news is good news when it comes to the post office. your claim can still be approved. i want to follow-up anyway and show your items were compromised if they were lost or broken. store receipts, postal receipts, the items you shipped, anything you have. now, if they don't come through, i want you to call me here at the station. the number is 415-954-8151 and we'll pick it up from here. really, it's good news. that means they haven't rejected it yet. it just takes time. >> patience. i have none. i keep getting e-mails from a doctor in canada on issues about my health and ordering medicine. do i need to do this?
>> no, no, if i understand this correctly, run in the opposite direction. if you receive an e-mail from an alleged doctor whom you never met, it's a scam. don't reply to this e-mail. if you reply and say don't bother me any more, ah, they'll answer their e-mail. so, do not reply. let me remind you that doctors don't contact you with a cure, you contact a doctor and ask for a diagnosis. the a-1 thing you need to know. now, if you have a question for in, you can make a 10 to 15-second video, share it on social media use the hashtag #askfinney, we'll answer it right here. >> the day of house calls are over. how are you feeling today? [ laughter ] >> thanks, michael. >> all right. if you like coffee, there is a free offer this week that is going to perk you up. take a look at this. pete's coffee posted this on facebook. the chain is offering for free any drink of any size. i read this and i thought, what was the catch? it's got to be a catch.
i have to do something. apparently not. the offer is good this friday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. only. i guess that's the catch. limited coffee drinking time there, peet's says it is a way to kickoff peet nick summer to kickoff the summer lineup. >> a central valley woman got a big surprise when she gave birth to a big bundle of joy. >> oh, my gosh, he's a toddler, he's so big. >> she says she was preparing for 10 or 11-pound baby. raymond surpassed her expectations. her son weighed 13 pounds 5 ounces at birth even shocking some of the nurses. he arrived via c-section april 30th. he did have to be treated for medical complications, but he's now healthy and at home in merced. so, a lot of pregnant women are heading to a unique pizza place in north carolina and it's not just a craving.
hawthorne's in charlotte offers a special pie to induce labor. it's called the buffalo wing pizza. many moms swear by it saying they went into labor within 24 hours of having a slice. the owners say they plan to change the name of the pizza to the inducer. i don't know. >> don't eat that pizza too early. are you craving anything at this point? a >> right now i'm obsessed with egg salad sandwiches. that's my current craving. i'm not quite ready for the pizza. >> before your due date we'll take you. >> wait till october. >> congratulations, by the way. >> thank you very much. >> moving on, veterans kicked out of the country that they served. >> it's the on the way they can come back to this country is if they're dead, the day after they die >> they're trying to make a difference for veterans without a country. >> and dan has what's on the abc7 news at 5:00, dan. >> thank you.
the interim head of the fbi, we'll tell you who he is. old flour mill sparks new outcry. development plans that are dividing the city of vallejo tonight. oh, snap, the company reports its first ever earnings and they are terrible. the crane accident caught on video. you'll see it. those stories and a lot more with kristen and i on abc7 news at 5:00. stay with us.
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and marine, at 36 soon to have a master's degree from the u.c. berkeley graduate school of journalism. >> no, i'm not the oldest person by far. there is another soldier here, former soldier who is 50. >> reporter: his experience in the military and what he's learned at cal has helped him to create videos that highlight issues pertaining to veterans. >> as a 14-year military veteran myself, i decided to visit the grand canyon state. >> reporter: while on assignment in arizona, he learned about the hundreds of u.s. military veterans who have been deported. that prompted him to visit this support house in tijuana where 60 are in limbo. they don't consider themselves to be mexicans while at the same time the u.s. no longer wants them. >> these guys who came to the united states, served in the military and then wound up getting a felony or major misdemeanor at some point in their life. and served a sentence and got kicked out. >> reporter: maurice is one of them. >> easily 160 combat missions.
>> the only way they can come back to this country is if they're dead. they can come back and be buried in the national cemetery. >> reporter: bush wants america to know their stories. >> i want to make sure it's told correctly by the people who have been there and the people who have done it. >> reporter: bob is one of his professors. >> all the stories he's done, it's all about the passion for like who are we as veterans and maybe we don't get seen. >> reporter: what do you want to be when you grow up? >> i want to be a kid. >> reporter: he knows he'll probably have a military created career teaching others how to walk a mile in his boots. at u.c. berkeley, lyanne melendez abc7 news. >> a bill is gaining momen the state capital. it would provide legal representation for military personnel who are hahn wraably discharged but have since been deported for minor crimes like drug use. >> thanks for joining us for abc7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil.
>> and i'm alma daetz. abc7 news at 5:00 starts now. >> there was never going to be a good time to fire him. >> the timing first of all is outrageous. >> bay area officials on the firing of the fbi director, the political repercussions are only just beginning. >> in-n-out in livermore, the health concern that shut it down. >> from dust to dust. protest signs are in full force, the proposed cement plant not mending any fences. >> plus former oakland raider reps, their team is finally done. >> the ban on laptops has been purportedly extended. >> translator: live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> do your job. do your job. >> protests after the white house bomb shell, the president now says he'd been considering firing the head of the fbi for months. >> wasn't doing a good job. simply, he was not doing a good job. >> atrocities in circumvent
being the chain of command in the department of justice. >> that's the deputy white house press secretary speaking there. tonight democrats are firing back. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. thanks for joining us. in a tweet the president says dems have been complaining for months and months about director comey. now that he's been fired they pretend to be aggrieved. phony hip crits. >> they say what's wrong. >> abc7 news reporter laura anthony caught up with several lawmakers. she's live in walnut creek. laura? >> reporter: kristen, we talked with lawmakers in the bay area today. while there are 3,000 -- from the goings on in washington, the reaction to the comey firing, no less blunt. >> it really shows that the white house is in chaos and they're totally incompetent. >> reporter: oakland democrat barbara lee is among the chorus of bay area lawmakers upset about president trump's sudden firing of fbi director james