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a pilot is dead, after his small plane crashed in the east bay this afternoon. good evening. a pilot is dead, after his small plane crashed in the east bay this afternoon. the plane ended up nose-down in
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shoreline park near the water of san leandro bay. don knapp has the latest. >> reporter: we are just to the northeast of oakland old field. you can see the airplane where it nosed in on the tip of land that juts out into shoreline park in san leandro bay. we have a closer look. let's look at video. police officers and investigators continue to look at the wreckage, just a little bit ago, of this airplane that crashed right into hard ground, across san leandro bay across from bay farm island. the plane is a singl engine, with u.s. air force markings. the plane is an older, retired airplane. the pilot killed in the crash was the only person on board. some witnesses who were on a golf course said they thought the plane was having engine trouble. they spoke with alameda police lieutenant joe mcneil. >> we have witnesses in the area that saw the plane in the
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air shortly before it went down and they heard what sounded like the plane in distress, in terms of the engine. >> reporter: the plane had just taken off from oakland's older north field. witnesses say it never got very high before it crashed. the ntsb will investigate the accident, but it may be that it will have to wait until tomorrow to actually get under way. the ntsb said it will have a preliminary report within the week. no identities have been released. again, single engine aircraft from oakland's old north field has crashed. the pilot has been killed. ann? >> don, i had heard reports of people picnicking in the area. does it look like he was trying to avoid them? >> reporter: you know, ann, it's hard to speculate on what happened. i can tell you this, there is water there. you would think if he was coming in without power, he might have tried to splash down. this plane came in nose-first into hard ground, so it's
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really hard to say what might have happened. >> don knapp, thank you. two more southwest 737 airplanes are grounded after the airline found small cracks as well. another 300 flights were canceled nationwide today. this is two days after a hole ripped open on a plane midflight. >> reporter: investigators found widespread cracking on the fuselage of the southwest airlines 737 jet that made an emergency landing in yuma, arizona friday. >> was the aircraft well maintained and should it have been maintained better? that is exactly why we are here, to look at why this problem occurred, why it was not detected, and why this event happened. >> reporter: passengers on board the plane captured video of the 5-foot long, 1-foot wide hole in the fuselage. southwest mechanics will saw out that section of the plane's
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skin and send it to washington for testing by the national transportation safety board. investigators say the cracking would not have been visible to the naked eye. federal aviation administration records show multiple findings of cracks in the plane's fuselage during an inspection last march. they were all repaired. with the hole ripped open in flight, the cabin depressurized. oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling, and the plane made a rapid descent. >> the aircraft descended from 36,000 feet, cruising altitude, to 11,000 feet, in approximately 4 1/2 minutes. >> reporter: southwest grounded 80 of its 737's to conduct inspections. that led to 300 flight cancellations saturday and the airline expected to cancel another 300 flights sunday. >> i still think that flying is safer than driving a car. >> reporter: southwest says the cancellations will continue for at least a few days. in new york, cbs news. one man is dead, another
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injured, after a gunman opened fire inside his own home in oakland. the shooting happened on harriett avenue by virginia avenue, about 5:30 last night. one man was pronounced dead at the scene. the second victim is expected to survive. tonight, oakland police are searching for the 31-year-old suspect, 205 pounds, last seen driving a silver 2009 honda civic, with the license plate shown. tonight, lawmakers and law enforcement in san francisco and los angeles are condemning the beating that leaves a giants fan in a medically induced coma. they call thursday's attacks, quote, unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated. the suspects are believed to be between 18 and 25 years old. there's a $10,000 reward for information leading to their
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arrest. so if you're still texting or talking on your cell phone behind the wheel, watch out. the chp is cracking down. according to the national highway traffic safety administration, more than 5000 fatalities were blamed on distracted driving in 2009, and nearly half a million injury accidents. the worst violators were under 20 years old. anne mackovic, on how police will be on the prowl to catch those offenders starting tomorrow. >> reporter: most people know it's illegal and dangerous, yet many people still openly admit to using their cell phones while driving. >> i probably try and answer a text maybe, not very often. >> especially when it keeps ringing. it feels like something, something is emergency. >> if someone leaves me a message, i have to check. >> i reply yes or no at stop signs. >> it's a habit. >> reporter: the chp always
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enforces the laws against distracted driving, but this month, they are stepping it up. >> this is about life or death. this is a situation in which no matter how high the fine is, if you end up killing somebody, you cannot bring that person back to life. >> reporter: the drivers we spoke with know that this is illegal. now a local politician wants to up the ante in increasing base fines from 20 to $50. >> my goal is not to raise revenue. my goal is to save lives. >> reporter: the state senator- - >> my hope is for better holts with a somewhat higher fine and also a point on your driver's license if there's a second or subsequent offense. >> reporter: even though fines are relatively low with court fees, an offense will cost hundreds of dollars. how much depends on where you're busted. >> why do you still do it? >> because i guess we're not very smart when it comes to that. >> i'm trying to get better. i can't say that i have not
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ever done it. but i'm making a very good habit and effort not to do it. >> reporter: in san francisco, anne mackovic, cbs 5. rs will vote this week on a controversial plan to give tax in exchange checking other bay area headlines, san francisco city leaders will -- tax breaks to twitter in exchange for expanding operations in the midmarket area. social media company needs more space and was considering moving to silicon valley. the mayors plan would exempt twitter from paying payroll taxes on new hires. unions are opposed to what they see as a give-away and may try to put the issue before voters. the confessed killer of oakland journalist chauncy bailey will resume his testimony tomorrow. he says he acted on the orders of former muslim based leader faye. he is expected to provide details tomorrow of the 2007 killing in broad daylight in downtown oakland. and two bay area
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universities have applied to host presidential or vice presidential debates for the upcoming election. st. mary and dominican university are on the list of 12 schools vying for the event. both st. mary's and dominican have hosted major events in the past, including last year's senate and gubernatorial debates. a weekend fire creating new worries about potential fuel. and banning the sale of water bottles? the effort on one bay area campus to cut back on waste. in the cbs 5 weather center, sure looks nice outside right now, but folks, don't put those umbrellas away, not even thick coats. we'll tell you why, coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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trim the trees and vegetation around your home. yesterday, e in a wet winter leads to a lush spring and a familiar warning. trim the trees and vegetation around your home. yesterday, a fire seriously damaged a home in berkeley on queens road, an area near a park lined with eucalyptus trees, which are highly combustible. firefighters told the
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homeowners the fire could have been a lot worse. >> they mentioned that we are extremely lucky because the trees were trimmed. otherwise, the trees would have ignited, it would have been a different story. >> no word on what sparked the fire. one berkeley council member is urging neighbors to keep their cars in their garages, not on the streets, making it easier for firefighters to get to the scene of a fire. the sale of plastic water bottles may be banned on the cal campus. the issue will be put to a student vote next week. the proposal is part of an effort to cut waste on the campus by 75% next year. students buy hundreds of thousands of bottles of water each year, according to retailers. next week's vote is nonbinding, but could be used to influence administrators to phase out the bottles. the state has ordered a recall of sprouts that may contain salmonella. the sprouts are distributed by louis' foods of fresno. the recall includes louis' alfalfa sprouts mixed, 4-ounce
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cups and 16-ounce bags, louis' clover sprouts, louis' spicy sprouts, and broccoli sprouts. the products have a use by date on or before april 14. also recalled because of possible salmonella, packages of jennie-o's frozen all- natural turkey burgers. it sold in boxes of 12 individually wrapped burgers at sam's club stores. it has a use by date of december 23, 2011. 12 people in 10 states, including california, have gotten sick in the last four months. well, a spectacular day to be out and about. lawrence says it's only going to be better tomorrow. plus, spreading the message of healthier living. n]♪ ,,,,,,,,,, hey marcel, watch this!
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celebration in oakland today. t featured free heal aztec dancers opened the caesar chavez community health day celebration in oakland today. the event featured free healthy food, nutrition demonstrations, and urban garden demonstrations. volunteers planted fruit trees at the dover street park, which will become an edible park when the trees start bearing fruit. the event was a kickoff for a weekly organic farmers market at the park. as you saw there, a gorgeous day outside, but you heard, lawrence-- >> how could we be talking rain when it's still nice outside! but it's that time of year. you get into spring, the weather goes up and down. enjoy. we get the nice days in here and enjoy them while we have them. things are going to change again. outside today, a beautiful day, everywhere you went. sunshine and really pretty nice
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conditions outside, as temperatures running above the average this time of year. in the bay right now, couple of high clouds in the distance. other than that, you are looking very good. high clouds from our mount vaca cam, also looking good as we look towards a fantastic sunset in the bay area and pretty spectacular weather. high pressure sitting overhead. you can see some high clouds running right over the top of this ridge. that was about as many clouds as we had. i think for tomorrow, we're talking sunshine and even warmer temperatures outside. upper 70s, maybe some of the warmer spots. inside the bay, mid-70s. towards the coastline, plenty of 60s and sunny skies. but things are going to change as we get into the not too distant future. temperatures impressive today. how about 70 degrees in concord, 73 in santa rosa. 71 in napa. 76 in san jose. outside right now, temperatures in the 50s coastside, a little cool there. still 68 degrees in concord. you get the idea, working on a
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fantastic evening right now. 70s into the central valley. the highcountry, get up there and do a little spring skiing, nice in the morning hours, getting slushy. toward the middle of the day, temperatures warm out there. through the week, they are likely to get more snow coming in their direction. if you got a late week ski trip planned, bring the chains. right now, this ridge of high pressure dominating the weather, bringing with it more sunshine. offshore winds continue, strengthening towards monday. that will keep skies nice and clear. that's going to also help warm up temperatures outside. tomorrow afternoon, looking good. we'll see temperatures as high as 76 degrees in morgan hills, 75 in fremont, 76 in redwood city. 60s towards the coastline. inside the bay, probably find about mid-70s in oakland and alameda. 77 in antioch. also in brentwood. north bay temperatures, 70s by afternoon. 60s coastside. plenty of sunshine just about everywhere you go tomorrow. enjoy it, as early as tuesday starts to change.
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that wind will switch directions, becoming more onshore flow. that means clouds start to move in. that means as we head toward the latter part of the week, chance of showers, temperatures well below average heading towards thursday and friday, lucky to get into the 60s. that's a look at weather. here's dennis with sports. a's going for their first win of the year. dale, jr. tries to end a 99- race losing streak. and the stanford cardinals on the road to the ncaa semifinals. the incredible finish is next. ♪ when you need a lift, just sing a song ♪ ♪ and have a good daisy ♪ have a good daisy with a natural treat ♪ ♪ have a good daisy, healthy foods to eat ♪ ♪ when you want some joy, dance to the beat ♪ ♪ and have a good daisy [ female announcer ] enjoy the fresh, 100% natural choice in cottage cheese. ♪ have a good daisy ♪ have a good daisy ♪ hmmm.a good daisy ahh. yeah.
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with 6 minutes left against texas a&m...that's all that
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separated the cardinal from the championship game tuesday night. tara vanderveer appearing in her tenth final four with wumike separating the cardinals from the championship game tuesday night, vander veer in her 10th final four with stanford. stanford up by 3, 16 points in the first half. team stanford had a season-high 21 turnovers. second half, texas a&m erases that 10-point deficit. white gives the aggies a 1- point lead, with 19 seconds left. everyone in the gym knew stanford would go to her and she delivered, 31 points. stanford back up by 1 with 9 seconds left. >> here she comes, open! texas a&m with the lead! >> and with the win, texas a&m
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stuns stanford to advance to the national title game for the first time in that school's history. >> we talked to the men's volleyball team before we came out to indianapolis and they said that the most important thing isn't the end, isn't what -- either what you're striving for or what happens. it's the journey there. and i, i wouldn't pick anyone else in the world to spend this journey with. like kayla said, i would lose with this team any day over winning with another team. kim coyle will be on game day with a complete wrapup tonight. one of tomorrow's national championship teams was ranked in the preseason polls. it was uconn. butler is back in the national championship game for the second year in a row, and they are america's favorite underdog. >> only time we address the butler way with our team is in this regard, is that people know they have seen and felt something special. they just can't put their
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finger on it. >> these two programs, mid, upper, lower conference, i -- none of that means really much to me. the thing -- i want to win the game and our kids want to win the championship. butler and uconn in tomorrow night's championship game, right here on cbs 5. coverage starts at 6:00. we'll see you after the game. if you graded the oakland a's through two games, they would get an f. no defense, no offense, shaky bullpen, 0-2 record. but that grade did get better after today. japanese heritage day, a's raised over $65,000 for tsunami relief in matsui's homeland. down 1-0, crisp hitting .419, tying the game. crisp would make a triple from the get-go, just a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle. 1-1 ball game. justin smoak, base hit.
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a's blow it open, matsui got his 2500th career hit as a pro earlier in the game skies one, drops in for a base hit, drives in his first run with the a's and they win their first of the year, 7-1. >> it was just a boost of confidence when bob goering went out there and let me finish the job. >> did you have to convince him to stay in the game? >> absolutely not. i'm sure he was 100% dead set on me finishing that inning and it was pretty exciting. kraft in a business come lpga. -- while she was lifting hardware, lewis was making birdie putts, outduels sang to win the first tournament of her career and it's a major. 69, good enough for a three- stroke win. that deserves the traditional jump in the water with her
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caddy, and i think it was her mom and dad. phil mickelson gearing up to defend his green jacket next week. final round of the houston open, final shot, went with the 8-iron. good decision. despite the hole in one, however, he finished 9 shots back of that man! i tell you what, mickelson was nothing short of brilliant. one point, he birdied 5 straight holes. this was the opening hole for birdie. he shot a 63 yesterday, 65 today to take away all the suspense. mickelson's first victory since last year's masters, also moves him up to number 3 in the golf rankings. >> you bunch of hot dogs! short track in mart inside vail, martin truex, jr.'s throttle got stuck causing a crash. his car was destroyed, amazingly truex was not. dale earnhardt, jr. took the lead with 20 laps to go, in the
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driver's seat for his first win since 2008. but kevin harvick makes the late pass to take the checkered flag for the second week in a row. too bad for junior, finishing in second place. harvick wins back-to-back races for the first time since '06. he actually apologized afterwards, because dale, jr.'s the most popular racer. that's it for eyewitness news. 60 minutes is next. have a good night. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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