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tv   Today in the Bay  NBC  August 25, 2013 7:00am-7:31am PDT

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right now at 7:00 on today in the bay, the firefight continues near yosemite national park as the rim fire continues to burn out of control. we'll show you how crews are protecting the giant sequoias. >> in and the south bay, murdered murder murdered in broad daylight. >> and we'll look back on history. we'll show you how thousands honored the legacy of dr. martin luther king jr. ahead of the 50th anniversary of his historic "i have a dream" speech. this is today in the bay. good morning to you. and we're looking live at the start of the day in the south bay. a little cloud cover, cooler
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temperatures. at least for now. thanks for joining us. i'm chrkris sanchez along with anthony slaughter. it was a little warm yesterday for a lot of us. >> today, a little cooler. we have a cold front moving through. that's where we have low clouds, widespread across the area. even the golden gate shrouded with drizzle. that the cold front as we speak. by noon, we'll see sunshine. temperatures up by 3 to 4 degrees. we get close tofiant yesterday, closer to 80 today. again, not all that warm, but we're already starting off balmy. 66 degrees in san jose. 64 in san francisco. that's because of the low clouds and fog keeping things very insulated at the surface. the fog and drizzle is causing hour delays on arriving flights at sfo, and if you're heading to the 49ers game later today, that will be broadcast on nbc at 5:00, the vikings in town, and
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temperatures falling from the 50s to the 60s by 9:00. by the time we get to noon, plenty of sunshine. temperatures cooler than where they were yesterday. 83 in livermore. 77 in san jose. 66 in san francisco. not all that bad. >> thank you very much. we continue to follow the developing story near yosemite right now. that massive rim fire path of destruction is more than 200 square miles, an area larger than the entire city of san jose. some 5,500 homes are now threatened and right now, the fire is only 7% cub tained. crews are working tirelessly to protect two groves of giant sequoias and a reservoir. today in the bay's monte francis is there and joins us now with the latest. this has been a very tough fight. >> well, good morning. this may look like a foggy day in the bay area, but it's actually smoke from the fire. there are 2600 firefighters here and more than half of them have been sent to the community of
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tuwallomy city, that's because today, strong winds could push this fire farther northwest. four homes have been destroyed by the fire so far, but thousands more are threatened. evacuation orders are in effect for several small cities here. the fire is also threatening san francisco's water and power fly because it's burning so close to hedge hetchy reservoir where the city gets most of its water. pg&e had to shut down two hydroelectric plants at risk and the governor declared a state of emergency warning it could cause an interruption of the water service. however, that could change. an official told us last night the fire is burning less than four miles away from the water and it's headed that direction. >> it's quite possible it could reach it with the movement. the fire behavior is so unusual it's hard to predict anything.
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>> yosemite national park is open but the entrance on highway 120 remains closed. crews are also working to protect two groves of sequoias in the vicinity, but at this point, they say the fire appears to be moving away from the giant iconic trees. most of the park has been unaffected. the fire is burning 20 miles from yosemite valley and a spokesman for the park told me there were blue skies over the valley today. you can see here this morning, no blue skies here. a lot of smoke, you can see the sun in the distance glowing pink there. the real concern is for those homes today as the fire moves in their direction and pushed by strong winds from the south. live, monte francis, today in the bay. >> we know the fire behavior has been erratic so please be careful out there. to get a perspective of just how big the fire is, here is a view from above. nasa tweeted this photo from the international space station and
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it shows the massive amount of smoke coming off the fire. happening now, fire crews are gaining the upper hand on a much smaller wildfire burning in the sierra as well. this fire started yesterday afternoon near the community of georgetown in eldorado county. people were evacuated when the fire threatened more than 80 homes. stitt fire officials say the fire has burned 38 acres, destroying two structures. it is, though, 70% contained. >> now to san jose where the search is on for the suspect who shot and killed a man right in the middle of the afternoon. it happened in downtown yesterday near third and julian streets about four blocks from san jose state university. police say the victim was shot at least once then rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. his identity has not been released. people in a nearby building say they heard the gunfire. >> we heard seven gunshots while we were in class and really surprising to hear them close by, so the instructor went
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outside and checked out, see what he could see, and then he came in and shut the door and called 911. >> this shouldn't be happening at all and they need to do something about it. people, i mean, bullets don't have names on them. people walk down the street. and bullets are flying. anyone can get hit. anyone can be hurt. >> investigators say they are interviewing witnesses to try to piece together what may have led to that shooting and any information on the suspect. this is the city's 33rd homicide of the year. last year, there were 46 in all. >> in san francisco, police are hoping surveillance video will help them track down two men they say shot a woman during an attempted robbery. police say the woman was shot in the leg while inside a business on 14th near harrison street in the city's mission district around 7:10 last night. the two suspects, by the way, got away. the family of 22-month-old daphne webb said they're keeping hope alive that that little girl
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will be found safe and alive. yesterday, an expensive seven-hour search by authorities near merit college turned up nothing. at one point, someone did come across a hidden pick and some shovels, but police say it turns out the tools belonged to two boys who maintain trails in the area. daphne was reported missing by her father on july 10th. family members say they believe she's still alive. >> wherever she is, i hope she's well taken care of, but we want her back. she's got a birthday coming up in a couple months. we would love to celebrate her birthday with her in arms. so if you're out there and know something and somebody does, please call the police. >> there is a $20,000 reward in this case. and police say there is another area they intend to search, but they wouldn't say where or when they plan to send search teams out or why. new this morning, some photos richmond police want you
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to see. they say this man is a mail thief and was caught in the act last week. this happened at a home on the east side of interstate 80. if you recognize the man or young boy, you are asked to call richmond police. still ahead on today in the bay, remembering the dream 50 years later. >> the dream is far from being realized. >> we'll show you how thousands of people are coming together to honor the legacy of dr. martin luther king jr. and why his son says his father's dream remains unfinished. people go to a mattress store and essentially they just get sold something.
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wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the march on washington and dr. martin luther king jr.'s famous "i have a dream" speech. yesterday, thousands of people gathered at the lincoln memorial to honor that legacy. >> i like you continue to feel his presence. i, like you, continue to hear
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his voice crying out in the wilderness. >> king's oldest son told the crowd his father's vision for america is unfinished. he called for stricter gun control, immigration reform, and economic relief for people of color. >> i have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream. >> an audience of more than 200,000 people witnessed this speech on the national maul on august 28th, 1963, three days before he made an important appearance on nbc's "meet the press." david gregory spoke about that. >> it's referencing and seeing this on "meet the press" and 50 years later, talking about what
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the dream meant then, what does the american dream mean now, not just in civil rights and equality for african-americans, but all americans and the promise of the country. that's what i think the resonance is about. >> following this news cast, we'll re-air dr. martin luther king jr.'s interview unedited and in its entirety. watch "memeet the press coming at 7:30. also, we're hear from a woman who was there for the landmark speech. we'll show you what she has to say about its place in history in about 15 minutes. we'll be right back.
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as we mentioned, wednesday marks an historic landmark in the civil right movement. since dr. martin luther king jr.'s speech calling for equality, there has been change on the national level, but what
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about here in california? political analyst larry gerston joins us with a look at the past century, and what have we seen in terms of racial ecallty in california? >> we have seen change, kris, no doubt, but not without a struggle, lots of struggles. a couple moments come to mind. in 1963, that's the same year as king's speech, the california legislature passed something very innovative, the fair housing act, which made it illegal to discriminate against african-americans and other racial minorities hoping to buy houses. in those days, it was very, very important. in 1964, the voters repealed that act through proposition 14. that was a bitterly contested ballot initiative sponsored by the california real estate association. and just a year or so later in 1966, the state supreme court declared proposition 14 unconstitutional, and in the process, restored the legislation.
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now, that was an incredibly big moment here, and it rippled nationwide. >> now, have matters improved? can people buy houses? do they have access to higher education? >> in some cases, absolutely. no question about it. red lining, that was the term for banks sealing off housing areas for purchase by minorities. that's largely gone. also, the states have enacted several programs to help qualify minority applicants gain acceptance into our education. major changes. >> but still major inequities that remain, and they're visible not just to the past generation, but the generation that is kind of color blind. >> that's a fair statement. two examples come to mind. looking at public education, we're always concerned about that. the dropout rate for whites in california, 14%. take a look at african-americans and latinos, my gosh, the rates are 33% and 31%. so no education means few jobs.
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and that takes us to another issue, incarceration. where we find african-americans comprise tlathd%, that's today, 38% of california's prison population even though they're 6% of the state. critics would point to racial profiling for much of the incarceration. take a step backwards, look at the whole thing, it's fair to say california has become more sensitive to racial equality issues, no question about that, but the fact of the matter is the state has a long ways to go. >> now, you know, you are a professor at san jose state university. you see the young people. i think it's fair to say their experience is very different from the experience of the young people who were following dr. king. >> no question about that. don't forget, we live in kind of a bubble here in northern california where there are all these kinds of groups who have come together in ways that we don't see in other parts of the country. even if you think about the
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riots and the rodney king riots in southern california, you have things like that here, but it isn't quite the same. do we still have racial profiling? absolutely. we hear about it all the time. but there's no question whatever is going on here, there is some sensitivity to that with all of these different groups. >> thank you very much, larry. now let's check in with anthony for a look at the weekend forecast. >> very good insight, larry. always good to talk with that guy. if you get a chance to see him on the street, just talk to him. such good insoithd. let's look at your sunday forecast and you'll notice temperatures will be cooler today than they were yesterday. we got close to 90 degrees in places like gilroy, even over concord and livermore. today, we're going to shave a few degrays off that. at the coast, low 60s for today. we're already starting off very balmy. 64 degrees in san francisco. 64 in napa. 66 in livermore, same in san jose, because we're looking at
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cloudy skies right over us right now. that's our cold front moving through. you can see the leading edge moving to the central valley. that was the first push of moisture, and now we're under that low blanket of cloud cover at least for the next couple hours. that's forcing delays at sfo, up to an hour delay on arriving flights. we're talking about major delays and once you look outside, it's shrouded in everywhere you go. with the exception of the south bay where we're starting to see a few of the blue skies peek through. the good news with the fire burning in the yosemite area, not going to affect the air quality at home. we're looking at good conditions for the air quality. the unfortunate thing is our pollen is about to spike up today. they're all moving to the high category today, and that's going to be the case at least for the next 24 to 48 hours. if you are an allergy sufferer, you may want to use that medication as a precaution for today. 75 later on in santa cruz, once we get rid of the fog. same in santa fe.
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you get back to the east bay, warmest conditions. 82 in concord, 83 in livermore. the vikings in town taking on the 49ers at 5:00. you can catch that here on nbc bay area news. your seven-day forecast, temperatures climb each and every day. thursday and friday, another system heads our way and that will actually give us the potential for more fog and drizzle. otherwise, no major fluctuations on the weather front. >> okay, we like it nice and steady. thank you, anthony. still ahead on today in the bay, the big game may be on the show. we'll show you where the legendary football showdown is expected to be held next year.
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well, the giant are hoping for a series split today as they wrap up their four-game series against the pirates. the giants jumped out to an early lead yesterday. top of the first, buster posey hitting a broken-bat single to left.
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scutaro scores, and later in the inning, blanco singles to left, bringing home brett hill. the giants score four in the first and go on to win 6-3, snapping a three-game losing streak. and the a's taking on the orioles in baltimore. top of the ixisth, the a's down by a run. lowry doubled to right. suzeky scores. welcome back, kurt. game tied up at one. top of the ninth. crisp homers to right, and the a's win a close one by a final of 2-1. emirates team new zealand could clinch a spot in next month's america's cup finals with a win today over luna ro a rossa. they beat them in race seven of the louis vuitton cup final yesterday, but race eight was called off due to dangerous winds. new zealand needs just one more win to take the series and move on to face oracle team usa. you can watch today's action at 1:00 this afternoon on comcast
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channel 186 or over the air on channel 11-2. >> the big game could be on the move. the chronicle's reporting this morning that the 2014 big game between cal and stanford will be held at the brand new levi stadium instead of at other campus. berkeley was in line to hoesz the game. the game will now be played at memorial stadium in 2015. from college football to the pros now, and the 49ers are on nbc tonight as they host the vikings on sunday night football. the game starts at 5:00 right here on nbc bay area. then following the game, make sure to check out our sporting preseason special. >> still ahead, our coverage of rememb the dream continues. a woman remembers what it was like to see dr. martin luther king jr.'s "i have a dream" speech and how it transformed her life.
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a bay area woman was one of the people who gathered in washington, d.c. 50 years ago to protest discrimination and inequality. this morning, she reflects on that legendary day and its place in history. >> i have a dream. >> there was a definite buzz and excitement and expectation about hearing dr. king. >> one day to live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. >> the promise of change, the promise of a different and new america. >> she said she wanted to be a part of that new america. she was a young new yorker who set out on a bus ride to washington, d.c. to hear dr. martin luther king jr. speak. >> this was the poster that we received from the march. >> now, a ceo of the oakland private industry counsel, she's
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looking back on that speech 50 years later. >> to be part of that generation and to have observed the changes in america since then is just -- just profoundly humbling. >> humbling because she can look back on her life in the '50s and '60s. she remembers she had no other choice but to ride in the back of the bus. and she can recall the colored-only signs alt restaurants and stores. the "i have a dream" speech for her brought about hope for the future. >> we were all in it. we were all in it. we could see our brothers and sisters in the south, very, very brave young people who were willing, literally, and did put their lives on the line. so we felt this was the least we could do. >> cynthia taylor is an assistant professor of religion and history at dominican university of california. she wrote a book on civil rights activist a. philip randolph who
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was one of king's mentors, but she says it was king's speech that captivated the nation. >> the day after, oh, this is going to erupt into violence. everybody was praising it as a great demonstration. >> cobb said she can't believe she was a part of that history. >> i think it's a very unusual experience i've had and i'm very grateful. >> free at last, free at last. >> in oakland, nbc bay area news. >> and we have much more on our website, there under the dream day tag, you'll find video and a slide show of photos from the day as well as events marking the 50th anniversary. president obama plans to mark the moment by giving a speech this wednesday from the very steps where dr. king did 50 years ago. we want to thank you for making us a part of the abbreviated morning. no 5:00 or 6:00 tonight either, it's sunday night football night in america.
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followed by nbc bay area. here is "meet the press" special edition, remember the dream. i'm david gregory. thank you for joining us for this rebroadcast of a special "meet the press" with dr. martin luther king, jr., and naacp director at the time, roy wilkins from 50 years ago. the previous months were tumultuous ones in the civil rights movement. images of brutality were widely publicized. police turned fire hoses and attack dogs on demonstrators in birmingham. the ncaap medgar evers was murdered in june in jackson, mississippi. it was against that back drop that a fearful nation's capitol prepared for the march on washington. one official said it was like getting ready for d-day and now "meet the press" from august 25, 1963, three days before dr. king made history with his "i have a dream" sp.


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