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low clouds a little more extensive further onshore. the temperatures in the 40s and the 50s. maybe a little cooler outside by the afternoon. we'll have more on that coming up. >> okay. thank you, lawrence. and we go towards mass transit. that bart train that caught fire last night is still near the tracks in orinda. they are still having to single track it. still word of bart delays into and out of orinda. we'll tell you how this is impacting the other lines plus the morning commute in just a little bit. >> welcome back. >> thank you so much. >> how was vacation? >> it was good. i got some new bling out of it. [ laughter ] >> we missed you. congratulations. >> and got married, yeah. >> good to have you back. some developing news now as you wake up. at least one car and a camper were destroyed when the storage building in concord went up in flames. the fire at the building on via de mercados started around 11:00 last night. smoke and flames could be seen for miles. no word on how many vehicles were in that building and the
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extent. damage but no one was injured. the cause is under investigation. expect bart delays in orinda. >> a train caught fire on the tracks during yesterday evening's commute. da lin with more on that smoldering fire that scared a lot of people. reporter: the fire started under this bart car. you can see the flames and black smoke billowing out of several cars. this woman was on the way home sleeping at the time. >> i just woke up because i heard everybody standing up and i got out of the train and i thought it was out of service and when i stepped outside i see one of the cars is smoky. >> reporter: she took this cell phone footage of the evacuated passengers. many stood on the platform while smoke poured out of the train. the fire happened at the height of the evening commute around 6:00 as the eastbound train was pulling into the orinda station next to highway 24. >> fold us to get off and we saw the smoke coming out of the
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vehicle. they told us to get off. the smoke got progressively worse. >> reporter: firefighters believe a piece of equipment under the train shorted out cussing the fire. >> the fire was under the car, not in the passenger cars. they went under the car to fight the fire. >> reporter: this is the fifth car in a ten-car train headed to pittsburg. once it arrived at orinda, the operator separated the first four cars and drove them away to prevent the fire from spreading. many passengers say they are glad no one was hurt. >> i just took it calmly. everybody was able to evacuate safely. >> reporter: firefighters say that piece of equipment caught or fine was a semiconductor box. officials say it won't affect the morning commute. da lin, kpix 5. >> the orinda station was closed for about 2 hours even though trains were allowed to move through. new this morning, a group wants bart management to face criminal charges for the deaths of two workers on the tracks saturday. united public workers for action will hold a news
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conference prior to this morning's bart board meeting in oakland. it's calling for prosecution of bart managers and bosses for criminal negligence and murder. the ntsb spent about three hours reenacting saturday's accident. mannequins were used for the victims but the train did not hit them. investigators still are not sure why the two workers were caught off guard. the feds say it will be six to 12 months before they issue their report. the workers were operating under "simple approval" when they were on the tracks. they were responsible for their own safety and one was supposed to be a lookout. bart has suspended that procedure while the deaths are investigated. there are a lot of angry people in santa rosa wondering why sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy. the victim was carrying what turned out to be a fake assault rifle. take a look. a replica is on top. the ream ak-47 is below and as -- the real ak-47 is below and as kpix 5's brian webb reports,
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the community isn't going to let it go. >> reporter: a row of candles lit up a crowd with tears falling down as a community's sadness turns to anger. >> they can't make sense out of this that their classmate was gunned down walking through a field. >> reporter: 13-year-old andy lopez was shot several times and killed tuesday afternoon while holding a toy gun deputies thought was real. ethan oliver saw it all. >> he froze. he just froze. >> reporter: i bought a similar one in walmart. the orange tip shows it's a toy. some of his friends think he may have painted this part to make his gun look real. authorities showed off the fake and real gun side by side to show how much they look alike and said deputies told andy twice to drop it. >> as the subject was turning toward him, the barrel of the assault rifle was rising up around turning in his direction. the deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner and the safety of the
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community members in the area. >> reporter: the parents call the son a polite and popular boy and member of the school band. and they call what happened here wrong. >> what happened yesterday was really unfair. >> 1,000 memories with my son. >> reporter: it's not about a toy gun but about two sets of rules, one for the rich and one for the poor. >> if you put this same questioned that plastic gun and everything on fountain grove you know what, they wouldn't even touch him. >> reporter: brian webb, kpix 5. >> andy's parents say they had a rule to never take the gun out of the house. friends say the open field is often where andy would go out and play. the two deputies involved are now on administrative leave. a live look at the golden gate bridge where soon it could cost you more to cross. another toll hike is on the table. that's because the bridge district faces a $142 million shortfall over the next five years. tomorrow the board will start talking about a possible $1 toll increase as well as other
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potential ways to raise some cash. >> no one likes a toll increase. weigh can't pretend that anyone does but at the same time, we cut internally and did technology improvements, most recently the removal of the toll collectors. >> the last toll increase was 2008. if approved, the new increase could take effect by april. bay bridge commuters are getting new scenery for the morning commute. palm trees the first of what will eventually be about 30 canary island date palms were installed yesterday on the eastern span of the bay bridge. they are up to 30 feet high. workers have to dig holes five feet into the ground to secure the roots. >> heading towards oakland, it creates a gateway to oakland and the east bay. as you leave the shoreline heading west towards san francisco yerba buena island,
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it says we're leaving land now we're on the water. >> contractors are willing to pay for more palms. if you have a couple of canary palms in the backyard, why not sell them? >> they look good. >> they put them along the embarcadero a few years back. they look cool. >> hey. how are you doing today? good to see you! we have low clouds around the bay area, a little more extensive onshore. but not as dense as it's been. so yeah, looks like we have some nice weather ahead although it will be cooler out there as we look toward coit tower. you have some clouds there in the distance but at least we can see it today. yesterday couldn't see the coit tower in many spots around the bay area due to all the dense cloud cover. outside now it is 48 degrees in concord. 53 in san jose. and 51 in san francisco. i think today's temperatures going to be running cooler than average maybe the coolest day of the week. usually in the 60s and the 70s. we are going to be well below the average in san francisco barely 60 degrees. about 71 in concord but some
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sunshine and about 77 degrees one of the warm spots in livermore. all right. time to check out your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thank you, lawrence. outside we go. let's go towards the south bay. we sent our photographer this morning to 101 near the mckee exit and everything is looking good at 4:approximately this morning. no big delays between san jose and santa clara. it is a different story, unfortunately, for bart. we are dealing with some delays near the orinda station. the repair work continues on the orinda line after the bart train fire happened last night. we have learned they are hoping to remove the train from the tracks within the next hour so hopefully those delays will begin to dissipate. the orinda station is open. a quick look outside at the bay bridge toll plaza, looking good coming into service. that's your also traffic. back to you. >> thank you. bail is reduced for the san francisco city worker accused of running over and killing a woman playing with her baby in a park. a large crowd gathered outside the courtroom before thomas burnoski stood in front of a
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judge. prosecutors say he ran over christine svanemyr at holly park last month. he pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and hit- and-run. burnoski's attorney says he veered on to the lawn to avoid an unleashed dog. >> he did not see any human being that was there. he saw the dog and he saw the dog he thought when he heard a bump. the dog scampered out from underneath the car. and he thought it was okay. >> i think it's very important that we send a very clear message that this behavior was grocery negligent and that is the reason why we're taking such a strong approach. >> prosecutors say burnoski did not leave the path to avoid a dog. they say he was taking a shortcut across the grass. 4:39 now. here's something that will make your skin crawl a little bit at this hour. bedbugs have infested an entire east bay apartment complex. people living in the concord building show kpix 5's juliette
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goodrich how bugs are literally eating them alive. >> very disgusting. reporter: 21 tenants living in the rosemont apartment complex along monument boulevard are fed up with the reoccurring bedbug problem and they are suing the landlord. we walked into one apartment unit where bedbug waist covered the ceiling. one woman even plucked live bugs off of her drapes. a common occurrence, she says. her mattress is now covered in plastic. jim larosa threw his out. >> i bought new furniture. and all infested again. it's just ridiculous. >> reporter: larosa has lived in this apartment complex for 16 years. how bad is the problem? >> it's bad. >> reporter: he shows us his bedbug bites. children were also covered in bites. the bugs feed on blood and usually bite at night. the apartment manager tells kpix 5 they have repeatedly sprayed and painted these units but the bugs keep coming back. he says it's not just this
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complex that has the problem. >> all the apartments have bedbugs. all of them. not just here. all of them. >> reporter: the lawsuit seeks monetary damages to eradicate the bedbug problem for good and quickly. in concord, juliette goodrich, kpix 5. >> the bedbugs have been there for months. they are difficult to get rid of because pesticides don't usually work and they can move quickly from one apartment to the next. developing news from massachusetts. counselors will be available today at the school where a popular teacher was killed tuesday. 14-year-old student philip chism is held without bail for the murder. investigators have not offered a motive for the killing or the cause of death. chism moved to the area from tennessee. >> i met him in lunch a few weeks ago and he seemed like a normal kid. it wasn't like he was a troubled kid. >> she was one of the nicest
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teachers at danvers, talked and said hi to everybody. it's a real tragedy. >> the body of the 24-year-old teacher, colleen ritzer, was found in the woods near the school after blood was found in a restroom. a new murder trial for michael skakel in connecticut. he is the kennedy cousin who was convicted in 2002 of killing a neighbor girl when they were both 15. the judge ruled his trial attorney did not adequately represent him. skakel's current lawyer is expected to move today to get him released on bail. he proclaimed his innocence at a parole hearing a year ago. happening today, president obama expected to talk about immigration reform. a bill passed the democrat- controlled senate back in june but it went nowhere in the house. the republican house said it would take up smaller bills than one large package passed by the senate. developers of the healthcare.gov website will appear before a congressional committee this morning. cgi federal is expected to answer some questions about the
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website has been very slow and unresponsive. the developer has taken partial blame but says the ultimate responsibility lies with the government. a pack of wild bores is taking over a bay area neighborhood. what's behind the invasion of the pack of wild boars. >> the construction boom is bringing hundreds of new renters to the city and getting around isn't easy. how san francisco plans to help you navigate it all coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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the golf course now has waye than 18 holes. golf course workers are now patrolling the area through the night. animal intruders roughing up a bay area country club. it has a lot more than 18 holes. course workers are patrolling overnight looking for wild pigs. kpix 5's kiet do was also there last night and saw the intuders for himself. reporter: in almaden valley when the sun goes down, the pigs come out. this pack of a dozen wild boars got spooked and ran off before we could get closer. >> i was so upset because it's
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like africa. they're wild pigs. >> reporter: for the past month as many as 40 of them some weighing up to 300 pounds have been coming down from the hills looking for food. they are getting bolder oftentimes just walking down the street. drought conditions have forced them into the neighborhoods where they have dug up as many as 10 lawns looking for grubs to eat. >> it's a real problem and nobody seems to want to do anything about it that i heard of. >> they are just getting it in their snout. >> reporter: the pigs did thousands of dollars of damage at the almaden golf and country club. the general manager called everyone for help but so far, no luck. >> we are concerned about the human issue now and the pigs being on the street and we're looking at it as a country club and with our neighbors around us, they are wanting to have them protected. >> reporter: this map shows the pigs are getting around. the blue dots are golf course damage. the yellow dots are torn-up lawns. the boars are likely treating
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into the hills shaded in red. the country club has installed fencing but experts say the animals are very adaptable and where there is food and water the pigs will follow. kiet do, kpix 5. >> santa clara county vector says the pigs avoid humans unless you corner a mama with her babies and so far there are no plans of catching and relocating the animals. >> if you love your lawn and you wake up and see that mess, boy, that would kill you. >> incredible what they can do. a lot of farmers have problems because they uproot their crops. >> guess they got to eat too. >> they get hungry too. around the bay area, plenty of low clouds extending further onshore this morning. no dense fog. a sea breeze is mixing out the fog down below. clouds extending well onshore 40s and 50s. by the afternoon cooler, highs in the 60s inside the bay but cool 50s out toward the
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coastline. maybe only low 50s in some spots. and then mid-70s inland. how about this? we have that big blocking ridge of high pressure overhead with a couple of lows spinning around one off the coastline that's going to pay a visit just to the southern parts of the state over the weekend but that will be enough to probably bring clouds here to keep the temperatures down a bit the next couple of days. so staying cool but dry. looks like it's going to stay dry for a while now. around the state 80s in the central valley clouds and sunshine into monterey bay 58 degrees and some drizzle in eureka. temperatures are going to be down today. 68 degrees in san jose. 50s at the coast coast. east bay where yesterday you had some 80s, today back into the 70s. then inside the bay we'll keep those temperatures generally in the 60s. 50s toward the coastline. next couple of days we are going to keep the numbers down a few more clouds coming our way. slightly warmer over the weekend. then we cool down and less cloud cover next week. let's check the roads with elizabeth. >> reporter: thanks, lawrence. i guess it's been a rough week traffic-wise but i brought the good traffic with me. everything is quiet out there,
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no big hot spots, no major accidents. let's take a look outside. we'll show you what we're talking about. a live look at the san mateo bridge. the right side of your screen that is only a 16-minute drive time between hayward and foster city. so everything looks good on the flat section and the high-rise part of that span. out towards the bay bridge and so far no metering lights. so before 5:00 everything is cruising along all the way across the span into san francisco. a little bit of lower deck on the lower deck on both spans but not enough to slow you down or impact the drive time. live look for silicon valley commuters westbound 237, leaving milpitas, so far it's a really quick trip towards sunnyvale and 101. bart can't catch a break. there was that train fire on the tracks last night. that train is still there. so they are trying to remove it into a yard. they are hoping to do this for the next hour or so. in the meantime, expect delays through the orinda stop. they are having to single track it. the orinda station is open so it is picking up passengers and
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dropping them off. just a heads up for the next hour. san francisco is in a construction boom. many of those buildings will be new homes but how are all those new residents expected to get around? in a story you'll only see on kpix 5, the metropolitan transportation commission tells our sharon chin how they plan on transporting people faster. >> reporter: elizabeth deals with the daily crush on the n- judah. >> like a sardine can jam- packed in there. you can barely find a spot to stand. >> reporter: her downtown commute could get more crowded. a slew of newhousing units is opening up from now through the beginning of next year. nearly 20 new buildings are rising from downtown to the dogpatch and other areas. more than 2500 units to buy or rent along a mile of the market street area alone, we found a half dozen construction projects promising nearly 400
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new condos and apartments in all. but to fit the philosophy there won't be garages for new residents sending more people on the already crowded muni metro. >> there will be longer delays at the metro stops in advance of where i get on. >> reporter: we asked muni what it's doing for riders like elizabeth. so with hundreds of people moving into the upper market area and people complaining that the metro is jam-packed, is it fair to call san francisco transit first? >> san francisco is a transit first city and has been for decades. it's something that not only mta takes seriously but city hall takes seriously as well. >> reporter: so what is the city doing? paul rose of the sfmta says most of the biggest improvements in the upper market corridor are still at least five years away. for now, there are some smaller changes to speed up service. muni's has added a third car to accommodate more passengers. >> people who get passed up in a station will be able to get on the three-car train and get
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them to the destination downtown. >> reporter: and next month muni plans to experiment with double loading on light rail where back-to-back trains can load at the same time. >> people don't have to wait for the train to move out of the way to get into the platform area. >> reporter: and if that's not enough -- >> i'm going to have to get up earlier to get on an emptier train. [ laughter ] >> reporter: sharon chin, kpix 5. >> as far as how much those new homes will cost, some start at more than $700,000 for a 600- square-foot space and go into millions for larger units. >> buy a lottery ticket. >> guess so. 4:52. up next, it was a priceless moment when a little boy heard his father's voice for the first time and now five months later the progress this deaf 3- year-old is making. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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father's voice for the first time. fast forward a couple of months.. and dr. jon la-pook other incredible the look on a little boy's face was priceless when he heard his father's voice for the first time. fast forward a couple of months and dr. john lapook shows us other incredible things little grayson is able to do. >> reporter: this is 3-year-old grayson clamp hearing the voice of his father len for the very first time. >> daddy loves you -- daddy loves you! >> reporter: grayson was born without the nerve that helps connect the ear to the hearing center in the brain. in april, he became the first child in the u.s. to receive an auditory brain stem implant as part of an fda-approved clinical trial. [ laughing ] >> reporter: this is grayson now with his mother nicole. >> five months have gone by since the operation. can you describe what's happened, what grayson's development has been like? >> it's like a little miracle every time he hears something to me. >> reporter: the clamps became his foster parents when he was
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7 weeks old. a year later they learned he was deaf. when you found out he was profoundly deaf, did you have any misgivings about going ahead with the adoption? >> no. we talked about what kind of parent does a deaf child need, does that child need to be with deaf parents, hearing parents? what's the best situation for him? and it seemed like it was to stay with us. >> reporter: grayson's teachers say he spontaneously says a few words like up, go and bye-bye. >> bye-bye! >> reporter: he also just learned one new word. >> bald. and i know that because i told him to go get the ball and he just went and got the "ball" > >> reporter: do you want him to be a normal kid? >> no, actually extraordinary. >> reporter: dr. john lapook, cbs news, durham, north carolina. a lesson in gun safety goes wrong at an elementary school near l.a. how students all ended up in the hospital.
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>> reporter: after this weekend's deadly bart train accident, there are new calls for murder charges and changes in procedures. the latest coming up next. ,,,, is ,,,,,,,,
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i see one of the cars is all smoking. >> a bart train catches fire in the midst of the evening commute. meanwhile, one group is calling for criminal charges against bart management for the deaths of two workers on the track last saturday. >> you put this same kid and with that plastic gun and everything on fountain grove, you know what, they wouldn't even touch it. >> the question this morning why sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying what was a toy gun. >> no word on what caused this fire in concord. a car and a camper were destroyed when the storage building went up in flames. >> i'm so upset because it's like africa, they're wild pigs.
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>> reporter: this golf course has a few extra obstacles and the animals. when the sun goes down, the pigs come out. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning. it's thursday, october 24. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 5:00 on the nose. let's get some traffic now. we have problems with bart? >> once again, bart delays this time out of orinda due to the fire on the tracks that happened last night on the bart train. the train is still there. they are working to clear this now. in the meantime, they are having to single track it. they are hoping by 5:30 to get the train out to the yard. expect delays. we just got off the phone with a bart manager, 10 minutes or less not in the commute direction so fortunately these are just minor delays right now. and the orinda station is open. so it is picking up and dropping off passengers. but expect delays if you are heading towards pittsburg-bay point. 10 minutes or less. but in

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