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but both anna who prefers we only use her first name, and her husband just lost their jobs at pacific steel when federal immigration officials audited the company and demanded that those without proper documentation be let go. >> they started to fire us on the last day of october. >> we had to comply. there's no choice. and we had to terminate -- it will be 200 workers.
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>> reporter: that's pacific steel spokesperson elizabeth jewel who says, don't blame the company, blame the current administration. >> the department of homeland security came to the company and demanded all the immigration documents that the employees had submitted and, of course, the company turned them over. and then the federal government came back with a list of documents -- or a list of employees whose documents didn't check out. >> reporter: pacific steel says the audit comes at a bad time because they've been busy lately and have to try and find new skilled workers. for anna, it means having to find a job as the holidays approach. >> that's the worse part. when we are far away from our countries, from our families, this is the time of the year
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where we share time with our families, with our kids maybe. we are not able to give them big things. >> reporter: also because of the crackdown, former employees of pacific steel are unable to tell potential current employers about their time spent here. reporting live in berkeley, scott budman, nbc bay area news. speaking of the unemployed, california's unemployment rate fell in november to its lowest point since may of 2009. the state's jobless rate now stands at 11.3%. a look deeper reveals some mixed news. overall california added only some 6,000 new gooooooooooooooo jobs in trade, transportation and utilities. on the downside, 29,000 jobs lost in construction and business services. these numbers represent the second straight month of job growth. one u.s. attorney calls the sentence almost laughable.
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he says giants legend barry bonds received a slap on the wrist today for his obstruction of justice conviction. the home run king got two years of probation but will not serve any prison time. nbc bay area's traci grant is live in front of the federal courthouse in san francisco with reaction tonight. >> reporter: some of the lawyers who have been following this case over the years say that barry bonds was not treated like a celebrity today. they say he received the kind of sentence that any average person would have gotten and it's comparable to the kind of sentences that have been handed out throughout this balco scandal. but his lawyers are still planning an appeal. today was not the last time barry bonds will stand before a judge. the 47-year-old baseball giant was sentenced to two years probation, 30 days of location monitoring, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine for a felony conviction of obstruction of justice.
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it could have signaled the end to a case that had been playing out for the last eight years. but there will be more. >> there are a lot of people that will say, this was a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of energy on this particular case and was it worth it? that's a debate that's going to go on for some time. >> reporter: prosecutors went after bonds for allegedly lying to a grand jury investigating a bay area lab accused of providing steroids to professional athletes. after years of delays, he was convicted on one charge of obstruction of justice and the jury deadlocked on three other charges. some say prosecutors wanted a strong sentence to send a message that the nation's legal system is based on truth and lying will not be tolerated. but the sentence ended up much lighter than what the prosecutors asked for and the judge decided today to stay the sentence while bonds' lawyers appeal the case. >> just as we aggressively fought the case at trial, we intend to fight it on appeal and overcome that judgment so he can return to public life as a
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citizen. >> my gut overall is that mr. bonds will have some very strong arguments in the ninth circuit and it will be a very close call. >> reporter: now, the judge says she took into consideration the fact that barry bonds didn't have a previous record and she says he's done a great deal of community service over the years out of public view. now, this sentence dictates that barry bonds can't be in possession of any dangerous weapons. his lawyer made sure to clarify today that a baseball bat wouldn't be considered a dangerous weapon. live in san francisco, traci grant, nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much, barry bonds was the most high-profile name linked to the balco steroid scandal. and balco's founder, victor conte, has been an outspoken voice of the prosecutors what are you thoughts on today's sentencing? >> in the context of the other
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athletes that were convicted of similar charges, they also got home detention and probation thereafter. so i think it was fair in that regard. however, i do think that there's a strong case for appeal and this is not going to end anytime soon. it will probably be a year from now or more before this appellate case is heard. >> now, appeals notwithstanding in another year or so on the case, a lot of people, i think the public views the bonds case is in some ways the end, the resolution of this case the end of the steroid era in baseball. do you believe that's true? do you believe sports is any cleaner today than it was ten years ago? >> well, i still believe there are huge loopholes in major league baseball testing. this ryan braun case recently shows that athletes are still continuing to use performance-enhancing drugs. three weeks before the braun test, i in an interview said they need to use something called cir testing to
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differentiate between synthetic and natural testosterone. there's a big loophole that needs to be -- they need to implement testing that can catch the people that i believe are doing that. >> do you think the technology behind the drug testing has to change, the tests are just not thorough or efficient enough? >> no, no. these tests have been around for a very long time, since the mid 1990s they've been around. it is a bit more expensive. but as an example, they're just now implementing growth hormone. cir testing costs about the same. growth hormone has been shown not to enhance performance. testosterone certainly enhances performance. the implementation of growth hormone is more for public relations purposes to make better use of the resources and implement these testosterone
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drugs. >> we appreciate your insight. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. california prison officials spent six years coming up with new rules for lethal injections. today a judge said they're not good enough and sent them back to the draw boogrd. there's been a moratorium on executions in the state since the drug system used here was ruled cruel and unusual punishmentment. the judge says the one drug injection method used in other states was never considered. today's ruling puts the state back to square one. the decision will be appealed but if it holds up, experts say the 718 death row inmates will get a reprieve that could last for years. new tonight at 6:00, behind bars for 68 years. that's the sentence handed to a union city gang member convicted of trying to kill a fremont police officer. andrew barientos was wanted by the gang task force.
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when confronted, he ran from undercover officer todd young. the officer was expected to die from his massive gunshot wound. but he is scheduled to return to the task force after 51 days in the hospital and months of intense rehabilitation. the shooter was arrested the day after the shooting. new information about what led to a deadly officer-involved shooting late last night in san jose. police spotted 24-year-old manuel fuentes drinking a beer and walking down the street in an east san jose neighborhood. when confronted, he ran into the home ofman, valente galindo. fuentes tossed what looked like a gun into the bedroom. one of the officers fired his weapon killing the 47-year-old man. this marks the eighth year this time that san jose police have fired their weapon at a suspect, four of those shootings have been deadly.
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there are also new developments in an officer-involved shooting in san francisco. a suspect who allegedly fired at police officers during a chase in the lower nob hill area this week has died. officers say the suspect ran away from them while firing shots during a traffic stop on wednesday. one of two officers on the scene shot the suspect in the head. police recovered a handgun during the search of the suspect. a group of mothers in oakland will gather tonight for a vigil, hours after a toddler killed in a shooting was laid to rest. close to 1,000 mourners gathered today at the akcts full gospel church to remember the toddler who was hit in the head during a mass shooting on november 28th. the boys' parents decided to take him off life support last week after his brain failed to respond during tests. the mayor addressed the audience during the funeral service. >> we can stop the killing in
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oakland. we can give -- break the cycles of violence, break the cycles of poverty. some people think that i'm naive or stupid for doing this. i don't. some people think i'm not tough enough. i think it takes a mother who doesn't give up on her kids to change a city. and we can do it together. thank you. >> tonight, the community group mothers against murder will hold a candlelight vigil for the toddler and another toddler who was killed on august 8. the animal that could reappear in california after nearly a century. and a bay area boy is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. why it's proving particularly hard to find a donor. i'm damian trujillo live at east ridge mall in san jose. coming up, the stories of hardship santa clara is santa claus is hearing this holiday season.
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and the plan to bring foreign entrepreneurs to the bay area. why there could soon be a floating city of sorts just off our coast. i'm jeff ranieri. warmer day out here with plenty of low 60s from san jose right up into san francisco. topping out at 61 degrees. as we continue through tonight, more 30-degree temperatures and patchy frost coming back. we'll detail your weekend for you coming up in minutes.
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when times are tight, the holiday shopping list is a lot shorter. the last couple of years haven't been easy for santa claus hearing from children whose parents are going through difficult financial times. damian trujillo is live where he spoke to santa about some of this year's christmas wishes. >> reporter: santa claus is still inside taking orders. these days, he has to listen even though some of the things he's hearing are hard to swallow.
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>> hey, santa. look who i found! >> look what i've got for you. >> reporter: this is why he puts on the red suit, a child's smile goes a long way with old saint nick. >> i enjoy it. i look forward to it. >> reporter: his list grows by the minute. >> what would you like me to get you for christmas? >> reporter: the answers often vary -- >> a toy. >> you want a toy? okay. >> reporter: santa says electronics are big this year, but some wishes are stumping mr. kringle. >> health, everybody to be healthy. >> reporter: this coming from a man who just lost his mother to breast cancer. then there's the children who often share the family hardships. >> kids are more cognizant of what's going on in the house and the troubles their parents are having. and i don't have to tell you how
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many people have lost their houses. they're living in cars. they're living in homeless shelters. >> reporter: you hear all of that? >> i hear all of it. >> reporter: he remembers one little girl in particular. >> a child was saying she just wished she could spent more time with her dad. >> reporter: wrenching stories even for santa claus. >> it's very difficult. you sometimes have to just still yourself. >> would you like to visit with santa and take photos with him? >> reporter: he'll sit on his chair for nine more days. he'll listen and smile. and on christmas day, st. nick will reach in his bag, hoping everyone gets their wish. santa claus getting a little choked up today. he's here until 9:00 at east ridge mall and here for nine more days.
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we're live in san jose, damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. another example of a tough economy. a grocery store giveaway in san francisco closed a street for most of the day. ellis street is reopened after today's annual giveaway at the glide memorial church. volunteers come in before 6:00 a.m. and form assembly lines to sort the food that goes into each bag. and then what seems like a never-ending line forms of people who might not otherwise have a holiday meal. >> i knew that it would increase and i knew that the demand was more than what it was last year. but i'm just really kind of shocked at the fact that it is so many more people than what it was. >> glide's work is never ending. the church will hold a holiday toy giveaway and are serving meals on christmas eve and christmas day. drivers under the influence are being tracked down.
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today t over 17 days, over 150 checkpoints will be secretly deployed throughout the state. officials are hoping the checkpoints will help lower the amount of dui-related deaths. in 2010, nearly 800 people were killed in dui crashes, the lowest number in history here in california. dui deaths have been dropping since 2005. california's youngest students won a big prize today. the federal government is awarding the state more than $52 million for early childhood education programs. officials say they'll use the money to study and rate the quality of programs around the state. the goal? to find the best program and make them even more effective over time. early childhood education programs are designed to get kids ready for kindergarten. good programs help kids succeed academically as well as socially. i wonder if i had the same weather experience a lot of people did today.
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frost on the ground early this morning. middle of the day, oh, my gosh, when did the day turn beautiful? >> you needed to listen closer yesterday to my forecast. i told you exactly that, garvin. a real nice rebound as we headed throughout today. we're going to see the same throughout saturday and sunday. i'll forgive you for that one. we had our christmas party here last night. 61 in fremont. 63 in livermore. 64 in concord. 71 in santa rosa. 61 in san francisco. and 60 down into santa cruz. speaking of christmas, even though it is going to be cold tonight and into tomorrow morning, we're going to find nice weather if you have to do some last-minute christmas shopping. fairly light winds from the interior sections back into san francisco that will allow patchy fog to develop for us. but if you're heading south for a road trip this weekend heading on interstate 5, we're going to find the densest fog here across interstate 5 near fresno down into the los angeles area.
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visibilities could be at a quarter mile and less for at least 50 to 75 miles. meanwhile for the bay area, no storm systems here across california. so it's going to be clear out here and also very frosty for tonight with areas of patchy frost forming. high pressure builds just offshore keeping us unusually dry here for about the next seven to ten days. what's that mean for our temperatures? start off at 34 in napa, 34 in nova novato. still may have 40s in san francisco and all the way over here towards concord. warming up down to the south bay, expecting mid-50s from san jose down to santa cruz. sunday morning, still another cold morning back with temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. if you're doing any traveling in the airplane tonight, delays possible here in new york and also into washington, d.c. more coming up on your seven-day forecast and what the first day
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of winter will be looking like. a genuine lone wolf excited state wildlife officials as we wandered within 30 miles of california's northern border but didn't cross it. so far the only wolves in california are in zoos. the last one was seen in 1924. gray wolves were reintroduced in yellowstone national park in 1995. some are in oregon. but the one who wandered near california's border wandered away from his pack. still ahead at 6:00, the health benefits of same-sex marriage. details of a new study. plus, quite the buzz, why a northern california pot club handed out marijuana for free today. and we've got the latest on
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jcpenney. it's not unheard of for fathers to hand down the family business to their children. but this isn't any ordinary business. >> this is a story about the raiders and family. and it has spanned generations. lawrence scott takes a look at this unique family tradition. >> reporter: at first glance, it looks like any other workshop in the bay area. but this is the layer where the silver and black get equipped and the men helping the raiders get in gear are a very diligent and passionate bunch. >> been kind of a fun ride for many years of doing this. >> reporter: outfitting the raiders from head to toe dates back to when al davis was head coach of the u.s. army team and had a quarterback from wisconsin that he made one of his coaches. then around a decade after that, davis brought richard romanski to the bay area to join him in his first year with the raiders.
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that was nearly 60 years ago. >> he called me up and told me to meet him here. so i met him. he says, i told you we'd be together one time. he says, now's the time to be together. >> reporter: now his son, bob, is the team's equipment manager, having also spent decades working with the team. >> when i got out of high school, it was kind of like a perfect fit. he needed somebody and they asked me to come and work with them. and i said i'd love to. 31 years later, i'm still here. >> graduated from high school. i said, what are you going to do now? i says, are you going to go to college? he says, no. i said, good, dress up with me and go to work with me every day. >> reporter: and now current raiders players rely on the family approach to getting exactly what they need for practice and gameday. >> he's my guy. he always takes care of me, whether it's needing something extra my bag that i may have forgot, always make sure the clothes are dry and all that.
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he makes things much more enjoyable. >> reporter: richard's other son, jeff, also works with the organization. and bob has a son who perhaps one day may also carry the torch. thus, it's impressive that even as much as things can change in the nfl, lasting bonds can make for an environment where true experience is passed down from one generation to another. >> it's been good. we fed off each other for many years on how to do things. he's taught me so much of how to pack and how to fit people and how to repair things. equipment guy is like a jack of all trades. he needs to know how to sew something and fix an electronic item and how to fix a helmet or shoe. the job description is endless. >> reporter: for nbc bay area news, i'm lawrence scott. still ahead at 6:00, it's the biggest ipo in the u.s. since google. just how did zynga fare in its stock debut? also ahead, the main witness in the jerry sandusky case gives graphic testimony at a key hearing today. what it could mean for the case.
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and a bay area girl fakes her own kidnapping. you might be surprised how much the hoax cost police. i'm marianne favro. a 4-year-old san mateo boy needs your help to survive. coming up, i'll have more on his desperate search for a bone marrow donor. this is an rc robotic claw. my high school science teacher made me what i am today. our science teacher helped us build it. ♪ now i'm a geologist at chevron, and i get to help science teachers.
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a san mateo boy is fighting for his life tonight after being diagnosed with a rare disease. >> now his family is hoping a simple test can help someone in the bay area save his life. nbc bay area's marianne favro joins us with more on their race against time. >> reporter: just a couple of weeks ago, kyle crawford was enjoying disneyland. now he's battling a rare blood disease. a bone marrow transplant could save his life. but because of his background, finding one is likely to be much more difficult. >> do you know why they're so angry, kyle?
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>> reporter: kyle crawford can't get enough of "angry birds." his mom says everywhere he goes, the san mateo 4-year-old makes friends. >> anyone who's known him, somehow he has this way of winning people over in such a pure -- in the purest since, as a child. and it's so endearing to be with somebody without any ulterior motives. >> reporter: watching the exuberant preschooler, it's hard to believe he's fighting for his life. kyle was just diagnosed with aplastic anemia. >> it's very serious. it's a severe blood disorder and so it's very rare, very rare. >> reporter: kyle needs a bone marrow transplant to survive but finding a match is even more challenging because of his ethnicity. he's half chinese and half caucasian. >> we already now for a multiracial individual that it's a challenge. so we're moving forward as
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aggressively as we can and we're just desperate. >> reporter: now kyle's parents are hoping people will take a few minutes to do a simple cheek swab and become part of the donor registry. the sooner, the better. kyle's immune system is so compromised, even the common cold could be deadly. they hope this christmas they will receive the gift of life for the boy who has given them so much. >> lots of life, lots of spirit. and someone that really is just so loving. >> reporter: there are two bone marrow drives for kyle coming up in january. the first is january 7th at serendipity preschool in san mateo. the second drive is january 14th at the haight ashbury free clinic in san francisco. even if you aren't a match for kyle, you may still be another donor for another patient in need. marianne favro, nbc bay area
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news. san francisco's waterfront could soon begin its transformation for the america's cup after overcoming a few hurdles. the port of san francisco passed key development rights along the city's waterfront. last night, the planning commissioner approved a report on the event's environmental impact to the city. time is a big factor since the first yacht races begin in ag months from now. the agreements mean the city can begin pulling permits for construction which includes a new cruiseship terminal. >> they can't wait and i can't wait for that new cruiseship terminal to show itself. >> environmental groups have vowed to appeal some of those agreements which could slow down the process. the city hopes to begin construction along the waterfront in the spring. topping our business and tech headlines, san francisco online gamemaker zynga went public today in what some are calling a lackluster showing.
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overall zynga's ipo is being called a disappointment. zynga priced its shares at $10 and sold 100 million of them, pulling in $1 billion on the day. but the stock closed at $9.50. so shareholders, including employees, ended up losing 5% at $1 billion zynga is the largest internet ipo since google raised $1.9 billion in 2004. new tonight at 6:00, in the race to launch businesses at sea, it looks like one bay area start-up may be the first in the nation. with foreign work visas in short supply, the company blueseed wants to dock a ship off san francisco to house foreign entrepreneurs. it's already pursuing funding for the project. the start-up says government rules are sinking other promising ventures. blueseed wants to accommodate about 1,000 people on a ship as a high-tech incubator with all the amenities. residents would be ferried ashore with temporary business
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or tourist visas for face-to-face meetings with investors. the main witness in a child molestation case took the stand today. as vicky nguyen reports, after he was done, a judge ruled two administrators accused of covering up the abuse will go to trial. >> reporter: for the first time, mike mcqueary spoke publicly about allegations he witnessed jerry sandusky having sex with a boy in a penn state locker room shower in 2002. in graphic detail and under oath, mcqueary, then a graduate assistant, says he first heard noises coming from the shower, then saw sandusky standing behind a boy with his hands around the boy's waist. he testified he wasn't 100% certain but he believed sandusky was molesting the boy. his testimony is key in the hearing for two penn state university officials facing perjury charges. prosecutors say tim curley and gary schultz lied to the grand jury about what mcqueary told
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them. >> most 6 or 7-year-olds understand what it is to tell the truth or to lie. >> reporter: legal experts say mcqueary's testimony was convincing and damages. >> the only question in this proceeding is what he described to curley and schultz. did he describe something that was necessarily a sexual act. >> reporter: curley and schultz's lawyers maintain their clients were not told by mcqueary about the sexual details. >> had he heard from mike mcqueary that this boy in the shower was being in any way sexually assaulted or there was serious sexual conduct, he would have remembered that. >> reporter: mcqueary is also facing criticism he didn't do enough to stop the alleged abuse. he says he was shocked and distraught and turned to his father for advice but did not go to police. instead he met with head football coach, joe paterno, and testified he told paterno what he saw. in a written statement, paterno says mcqueary told him he saw an older person fondling a young
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person and identified the man as sandusky. paterno told mcqueary he would pass his concerns up the chain of command. but he did not go to authorities. vicky nguyen, nbc bay area news. soon city police are out $30,000 after searching for a girl who faked her own kidnapping. officials received a report that the 17-year-old was missing but the girl reportedly made up the kidnapping to get sympathy from her family. an amber alert was issued and she was found safe in a home in vallejo. the district attorney is deciding whether charges will be filed against the teenager. still ahead at 6:00, quite a buzz outside a northern california pot club as customers line up for a free pot giveaway. we'll tell you why the dispen dispensary decided to do it. plus, why same-sex marriage appears to be good for a person's health. and good evening, i'm jeff ranieri. about 3 to 6 degrees warmer
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today, even popped up to the low 60s in san francisco and oakland at 63. as we continue through tonight, getting even colder with plenty of low 30s. we'll let you know if your satellite loop is going to stay this clear for your weekend in just a few minutes. d
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legalizing same-sex marriage may have some unexpected health benefits. researchers at columbia university say gay men who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal have lower health care costs and make fewer trips to the doctor. in one state, researchers found a 13% drop in health care visits for gay men after same-sex marriage was legalized. the reason columbia officials say happiness and health are closely tied and couples who are
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married tend to be happier. customers of a sacramento county medical marijuana clinic called today buzz kill friday. why? well, the clinic is closing. the upside, they got free samples. at the peak of today's pot rush, more than 100 people lined up outside magnolia wellness in orangeville. the medical marijuana cooperative is among dozens of dispensaries closing after the state's four u.s. attorneys announced in october they were cracking down on cultivation and retail sales. >> this works for me rather than ten medications. why not just one? i don't think i'm doing anything wrong. i think that they should be closing up the ones in the county. >> the store also offered a 15% discount on larger quantities to help customers stock up for what they're calling the federally induced drought on weed. okay. let's talk about our forecast now. >> chief meteorologist jeff ranieri joins us. >> there's discounts all over
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the place during the holidays. >> yes, exactly. >> doesn't matter where you go. yes. well, there is abundant sunshine coming our way. sometimes transitioning is the best part in live tv. sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't. a live look at the golden gate bridge. we'll talk more about your weekend forecast and whether there are any showers in the next seven days coming up. and who's in and who's out for the 49ers and steelers' monday match-up? and find out how jackson finds his happy place. you'll be shocked to find out the answer. e
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it doesn't get any better than this! >> who needs a reindeer when you have a hog. a member of the traffic division traded in his uniform for a red suit today and rode through the city passing out toys to children. santa even posed for photos, making lots of friends. the toys are purchased with money donated from oakland's police motorcycle drill team. >> that's the real deal. love that story. now to another holiday story, a bay area man is now in his 33rd hour of trying to reach a world record for continuous
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bell ringing. it's all part of the salvation army's kettle bell program. >> nbc bay area's joe rosato, jr. caught up with him today and shows why he won't be content with just reaching the record. >> reporter: with any passion or pursuit, there is someone who will strive to do it better than anyone else. it just so happens butch soriano's passion is ringing a bell. >> i'm trying to break the world record for bell ringing. >> reporter: he isn't just content standing in union square ringing his bell collecting money. he wants to ring it longer than anyone ever has. >> i'm trying to break the 36-hour mark. however, there's a catch to it. this year, there are 24 participants there are trying to break the record as well throughout the country. >> reporter: this record-breaking quest began thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. and except for a ten-minute
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break every four hour, his bell-ringing continues. >> it's interesting seeing the people coming out that late at night and early in the morning, stumbling around. >> reporter: if soriano doesn't stumble, he'll reach the old record of 36 hours at 9:00 p.m. tonight. but that's not the finish line. >> if i can make it through 59 hours, i'll do 59 hours. i have to quit at 59 hours because my daughter has a performance at 8:00 saturday night. >> it really is a game of physical and mental stamina that's going to win the world record tighter. >> use your fingertips and every once in a while, i flip the bell. it's a change of pace. >> reporter: and soriano needs distractions since the rules don't allow him to eat, which is tough when you're between a chestnut stand and a hot dog cart. >> right now, i'm not hungry because i passed the point of starvation. >> reporter: while his stomach may be empty, his spirit is enjoying a steady diet of kindness. >> i just told him i hope you break the record.
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it's so selfless for him to do that. >> reporter: soriano will tell you this really isn't about a bell or a record, it's about helping people in need. but when his bell has rung its last, you can bet there will be a celebration. >> when it's over, i can go up those steps and raise my hands, i won! ♪ >> reporter: joe rosato, jr., nbc bay area news. >> i love that. what a great story. >> let's hope before he runs up the steps, he stops and has a sandwich. >> a lot of food carts right there. the weather is going to be great for the last few hours over at union square in san francisco. >> it's going to be cold. going to be nice and refreshing. he can do it, come on! today's highs, definitely warmer out here. even close to some 70-degree numbers into the north bay with 67 in napa, 62 in san rafael. 61 in san francisco. los gatos with 55. 59 in the almaden valley.
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frosty start but a 40-degree jump in our temperatures. san francisco is always ready for the holidays with all of our city lights. 53 right now. winds out of the west at 13 miles per hour. we're already starting to get some 40s on the board, namely in fairfield and in novato. 55 in san jose. but more 30s tonight. also areas, isolated 20s. where we find the 20s, no doubt we'll have more patchy frost for tonight. great for your saturday. and i'm ordering you to get those cars washed. we have dry weather here the next seven to ten days. not going to get wet or messed up for you. light winds tonight. that is going to bring patchy fog back here across the bay area. we have no storm systems at the mid and high levels. just the areas of low clouds that may form in the north bay primarily where we get that fog that we definitely could see that visibility reduced. meanwhile, out here in the satellite loop, it is clear, storm-free.
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this looks more like july and august out here. storm track well up into the gulf of alaska. no sign of this pattern breaking not only for the next 48 hours but for the next ten days. most forecast models showing dry weather. unfortunately we could use the rain. it's just not going to be happening. saturday, 60s inland. sunday, plenty of sunshine for the afternoon. we'll have to get over a little bit of that morning patchy fog throughout saturday and sunday. upper 20s and low 30s. 33 in livermore, 37 in san jose. 42 down into santa cruz. let's get you into your saturday forecast. numbers, just as warm as today for many of you. 6 2 in evergreen. half moon bay to san francisco, upper 60s. 61 in concord. 62 for napa. and right to sonoma, santa rosa
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and lakeport a mix of upper 50s and low 60s. more anytime at you'll find that that seven-day forecast is dry all the way through next friday. the first day of winter, no rain, no snow, sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s. at the coastline, plenty of upper 50s to near 60 degrees. we're not the only ones on the map not dealing with winter conditions. over towards the east coast, they're really doing pretty poorly when it comes to winter weather, too. it's like the whole nation is just kind of locked out of any kind of winter weather. >> the one week of the year they want snow. >> yeah. unfortunately not going to happen. >> thanks, jeff. sports is next. henry is in the newsroom with all the details. >> plenty of football to talk about. 49ers dilemma as the regular season winds down is one that every team would like to have.
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how do you play out the regular season with the playoffs already assur assured? do you play everyone to stay sharp or rest your key guys to stay healthy? brodie brazil has the scoop. >> reporter: with their playoff spot secured and home field advantage locked down for the opening game, all that remains for the 49ers is earning a first-round bye. their dilemma now is either resting injured players like patrick willis or giving in to their desire to play. >> whenever patrick's ready to play, whether it be this week or next week, he'll be ready to play and he'll go right back in there. i really don't look at it as resting him. he's rehabbing. so when he's healthy, he'll be playing. >> reporter: defensive coordinator went on to say he would not feel comfortable with willis playing this week, given the fact that he has yet to take the practice field. >> probably not. when you're dealing with a hamstring injury, the guy has a shoulder he can run.
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>> reporter: running back frank gore today declared himself healthy and ready to go for monday night's contest following a week in which he only got ten touches and pulled himself out of the game after the very first play. >> i was good, i was good. i landed funny and i had to stay back. >> reporter: your arm? >> yeah, my arm. >> reporter: earlier this week, the head coach said frank was not 100%. gore's response? >> everybody in the league gets nicks and bruises here and there. that's what nfl football is, it's a physical sport. but i'm good enough to go out there and try to get my team the win, do the best i can. >> reporter: in santa clara, brodie brazil, nbc bay area sports. one of the steelers' top
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weapons is linebacker james harrison. but his one-game suspension was upheld today. so he will miss the game against the 49ers monday night. in the past three seasons, harrison has been fined five times for illegal hits on quarterbacks. when you picture guys who represent the silver and black, you might think of tough guys like art shell or steve wisniewski or maybe coaches that will get in a player's face. but hugh jackson might change your perception of the silver and black. he likes to get pedicures and manicures, a ritual detailed in a recent publication. whatever works for him. hugh will also find comfort in the return of one of the raiders' top weapons. moore is listed as questionable but expected to play this sunday. his return stretches the field for the raiders and gives quarterback carson palmer a trusted target. >> obviously he's a playmaker.
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he knows how to make plays and can make plays. it gives you another weapon that you haven't had at your disposal. he's very dynamic with what he does. it helps. but by no stretch of the imagination is he going to be the key to winning the game by himself. over to stanford football, the team has tagged an alum to be its honorary captain at the fiesta bowl. on his blog, tiger woods says he's the captain. woods hasaplypi agreed to serve in that capacity january 2nd when stanford plays oklahoma state. before we get out of here, oakland's own andre ward makes weight. the big fight taking place tomorrow night in atlantic city. the wbc champion weighed in at 187 1/2 pounds. ward is the wba champion. he's undefeated a perfect 24-0. he weighed in at 168 pounds.
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that's going to be a very good fight. those guys look like they're in tiptop shape. i used to look that way a long time ago. i know that's hard to believe. i used to have like a 25 pak, 26 pak. i was bodybuilder size. >> you're all covered up, henry. >> if i show you this gut now, you guys will start screaming immediately. >> thanks, henry. for a full half hour of bay area sports coverage, watch sportsnet central on comcast bay area central. [ female announcer ] martinelli's gold medal sparkling cider
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tonight at 11:00, it's down to the wire for holiday shoppers across the bay area. get ready for some of the lowest
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deals of the season. we have super saturday specials you're going to want to hear about. plus, some drivers putter around. others patiently wait. whatever the strategy, we have a sure-fire plan of attack to helping you find a primo parking spot at the mall this afternoon. it's not an app but something else altogether. find out what it is tonight after an all new "dateline." brent cannon has a preview of what's coming up. this barry bonds thing, so many levels to the story. there's the drugs, the legal -- >> we're going to delve into that. home run king barry bonds sentenced for his obstruction of justice conviction. we're going to sit down with a legal analyst to get his take at what happened in court today and where we go from here. plus, a little boy who's in desperate search of a bone marrow transplant, we talk to a bay area nonprofit who's helping. that's coming up in a couple. >> thanks so much. comcast 186 and over the air
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