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who have cut their gps anklets off in two and a half weeks since this started. anyone signing up to get face book, twitter and e mail alerts was notified 45 times in that short span. >> we've never disputed the fact they can be cutoff. it's part of the benefit of having a gps. if someone does cut them off, we know the point and location where they're at at this point. >> the question is, how fast can they be rearrested? much of the listings still say "at large". the 8,000 ordered to wear the gps are mostly sex offenders, the state says the latest wave of aparoles are largely gang members. the state believes they're cutting them to avoid arrests m in recent sweepts. >> if they do cutoff bracelet and that is a violation of the parole terms, they go back to prison. >> robert cooms as an experiment wearing gps. the strap is made of rubber
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that scissors can cut through. >> you can cut it right there. >> that is not comfort together public. >> once this is cut, there is nothing to stop the guy from just walking away, and that dispose a real problem. i think that the problem has certain expectations of the technology that the technology can't bear out. >> still, supporters think the monitoring is worth millions of dollars california spends on this program. state senator george runner led a fight to require gps for sex offender autos there is no perfect solution. anything that we do is going to have some kinld of a challenge to it. because these are, we're dealing with, i think, evil people. >> the corrections department points out on any given month, dozens of gang members cutoff gps so this is nothing new. the department hasn't gotten back to me on how many of them are actually found.
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>> thank you. a furlough for state workers back on this friday. now, the california supreme court has ruled on the case. last week, an appeals court refused to let the governor move forward with his furlough friday program. the governor wants to furlough about 144,000 state workers three fridays per month, as a way to cut costs. until a new budget is in place. today, the state supreme court agreed to review the case to let furlough goes forward. workers say furloughs create a real financial hardship. >> but it's important to note furloughs are a direct result of the legislature failure to pass a budget, they're over two months late now that. is why we have to do furloughs. sair going to run out of in a couple weeks. >> the governor says the furloughs will save the state about $147 million a month. california is facing a $19 billion short fall. >> six more people came
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forward today claiming they were sexually abused by a former roman catholic priest serving in several communities. they filed a lawsuit today against the oakland dieo dees accusing them of covering up accusations against the priest, of failing to warn parents about previous allegations. >> nobody protected ugs. we're here to make sure this doesn't happen anymore. to any other innocent kids. that will have their lives traumatized. and so-to-hope they die. >> and asking then cardinal ratzinger, who is now pope benedict the 16th said the church needed more time. vatican defrocked him in 1987. the oakland diocese says it has not seen the suit. a public memorial being
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held for a virginia man shot and killed while in the bay area for a job interview at google. he was murdered during a robbery in downtown oakland. he had just $17 on him at that time. during the memorial people are also encouraged to donate to a fund that has been set up for his widow and three sons. >> i feel love and support from communities here. so that is why i needed to come here to express my appreciation to everyone. >> that begins in one hour on ninth street. you may like to donate to the cause here. go to abc 7, click under see it on tv. >> recall salmonella-contaminated eggs is worse than first suspected. it's just been expanded from 22 l million eggs to a new total of 384 million eggs.
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it's hit the bay area hard. 250 people have been sickened. santa clara county has more cases than in the state. abc 7 reports from san jose. >> matthew newell says he was sick about six weeks from salmonela poisoning. the health department determined it was an egg-based dessert served over memorial day weekend. >> said it was from dessert we ate z was pretty bad. fever was bad. lost almost 25 pounds. >> lab results from people sickened in three states helped track bacteria to an egg company in iowa. public health departments interviewed patients looking for a common food culprit led to a recall. >> this is routine surveillance, routine public health surveillance that picked this up. and launched this investigation. >> and the eggs were sold under 13 brands including those packaged by safeway and
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ravels. all recalled cartons have a four-digit number starting with the letter p. they're 1026, 1413, and 1946. the sell by dates run from may 16th to august 13th. saveway says it's pulled all eggs from store shelves, and they were not used in any stores other baked goods or food products. >> these were eggs for fresh egg sale only. so there were not products in other parts for consummation. >> a number of people were rushing to grocery stores today to see if they, indeed vrx the recalled eggs. this carton had a plant number but sell date does not fit the recall. >> if you want to keep it, if you're uncomfortable, i can give money back. i said i'm comfortable. so i kept it. >> the health department says there are probably more people out there who didn't get quite as sick as matthew and whose cases were not reported. in san jose, abc 7 news.
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>> there is a list of the 13 brands affect fwhaid recall in all lot numbers at abc 7 just click under see it on tv. >> the sutter pacific medical foundation telling 3,000 patients they need to get revaccinated for serious illnesses. it's not dangerous, just ineffective including for diseases ranging from whooping cough and the flu, to polio. >> we apologize for this terrible inconvenience. these vaccinations are free. we want people to come back. there is a number they can call. we'll take people back and schedule them quickly. we want them to be protected. >> that number if you don't have time to write down, it's posted on our web site. >> people trying to stop
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installation of pg&e smart meters are facing a set back tonight. a judge refused to grant a moratorium on the controversial meters. michael finney is here. not everything went pg&e's way it didn't. interesting case. the judge declined to immediately rule, but says the likely to make a ruling twon weeks. the city and county of san francisco petitioned state public utilities commission to freeze installation of smart meters back in june. since then, claiming another 425,000 smart meters have been installed, today asking judge sullivan to immediately rule on a moratorium. >> we think there is enough evidence in the records, we don't think pg&e dispute that had evidence. >> pg&e says it's installed 6 and a half million smart meter as cross the state, confirming 43,000 of those meters have had problems. the state has received nearly 2400 complaints about faulty
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meters some customers believe led to inaccurate billing. but pg&e says to stop installing them now would be costly and could lead to layoffs. >> i don't have numbers on those costs. i think it would be difficult and near impossible to quantify it. >> the division of ratepayer advocates challenge that had statement saying pg&e supplied witness confidential information about the cost associated with a moratorium asking information be made available to everyone, and judge sullivan agreed. >> i'm not inclined to order pg&e to provide cost data, which, within much public as you can and. >> this coalition went on record opposing orders. however, judge sullivan declined to change his mind. he also refused to make a ruling on any moratorium until
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shortly after that happened. >> i think the commission should wait to see rurlts of the independent investigation. and at that time, determine what action, if any is necessary. >> the structure group was hired to examine meters and expected to release findings in two to three weeks. >> this city's position is is that there is no need for hearings to impose a moratorium, right now. >> and this city and county of santa cruz and capitola and scots valley joined san francisco in supporting a moratorium. we'll be keeping close track. >> it's been snow balling. >> it does. >> san jose firefighters plan to vote on reducing their own pay and benefits to possibly rehire firefighters laid off this month. the firefighters union says it will members vote on cutting their package by nearly 9%. and also vote on paying more for health and retirement
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plans. 49 firefighters lost their jobs in san jose, closing several spaces to help close the deficit. union leaders say they've not received guarantees that laid off firefighters will be retired -- rehired if those cuts do get approved. >> officials in marin county spent the day destroying several illinois legal marijuana growing operations. authorities say they were near foothills in west marin county. you can see from our video, authorities used a helicopter to lift plants to a waiting truck to haul it awaichl the marin county sheriff and several other state and federal law enforcement agencies took part in this operation today. 50 and still to come a school district demanding more from students. >> i like helping people. it's fun. and it's -- better for them, too.. >> next, where kids are required to volunteer in order to get their diploma. >> i'm sandhya patel. a one-day warm up is coming up. one day z then, get ready for
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considerably cooler weekends. vile more in the accu-weather forecast. coming up. >> and that is all coming up here next. then, at 5:30 on world news, how dogs may actually help children learn to read.
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. high school students in novato have one more requirement, they must volunteer for community service and some are not happy about it. they're not the first. >> nope, they're not. there are other districts doing this, dan n 2002, san jose unified decided students must complete 40 hours of community service over four years and now want their students to be part of the civic generation.
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keenan is putting in hours volunteering at his school. his buddy, lance mcquinn leads this project. >> we're redoing this sign here. and are going to replace this to get it back together. >> from now on, high school students in novato swril to volunteer 10 hours of community service per year. that is 40 hours over four years. >> i like the experience. just, the kindness. i like just, like, working with people and schools. >> students who don't will not graduate. the principal of san marin high came up with a proposal. the school board approved it. he says volunteering can help boost chances of getting into college. >> this is a pretty good way for schools that value that kinld of thing to make a determination about particular students. >> now, some believe mandatory
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volunteerism is a contradiction in terms. if you volunteer it should be of free will that. is wuchbt main argue gums made by opponents. >> if you're going to volunteer have you to sort of do it from within. and it shouldn't be something mandated on you. >> despite holding that position several weeks the principal of novato high changed his mind. he does get the board to agree to allow some students to opt out. >> do you have circumstances where students are working full time to help parents or medical issues. maybe some special education students are not cable to -- able to work independently and might need supervision. >> each school will keep track of the hours. >> here is something interesting. a study points outs after high school, students continue continue to volunteer in, 2005, a report show that had 3.3 million college students were doing community service, up
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20% since september 11th. the federal corporation for national and community services really tracks these numbers set a goal, they want the number to go up to $5 million students volunteering a year. cheryl? >> thank you very much. >> and president obama sat down today with an ohio family to hear their struggles in the recession, visiting a middle class neighborhood and met with neighbors for a backyard chat during the day, he sat at the kitchen table with joe and rhonda wiseman and two kids, rhonda is unemployed. >> the economy was shrinking about 6%. economy is now growing. so we've made progress but let's face it. progress hasn't been fast enough. >> associated press poll shows public increasingly frustrated, only 41% approve of the handling of the economy. 56% disapprove. 51% believe the economy has gotten worse under his watch.
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those are the worst numbers president obama has seen since taking office. >> now, on to weather. there is a massive warm up lasting just a day. >> massive? >> not really. >> very generous here in the weather department. it doumz warm ups, i try but this doesn't happen. we'll give you one day that, is it. then we're going to go down hill through saturday then, we may see a shift in the weather pattern heading towards next week. perhaps bringing some of right weather again. here is a live picture. there is a view of beautiful lake tahoe. now, lake tahoe is reporting 78 degrees, and breezy, sunny. expect upper 70s to low 80s, upper 30s and it's going to remain breezy. here is other live shots from san jose. sunny now just a beautiful view. no matter where you look. there is a another live
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picture from our camera. there are signs that the clouds are coming back. very shallow layer, but it's expected to move back in, over the coastal areas, bayside communities, and we'll start out with cloudy skies tomorrow morning. across most of the bay area, here are the readings, into the 60s at beaches, you saw the sun again. 80s inland. there is a couple good dayses at least. warmer inland. cool, breezy for weekend and there are signs of warming early next week. well see it with a word of caution. there is another sunny afternoon with lots of sunshine and there is tonight do expect clouds to build into our locations with temperatures into low 50s into another bay valleys.
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half moon bay, you get inland. mid up toer 50s so there is a mild night in terms of temperatures. here is what you going on, we have a trough just hanging back, preventing temperatures from rising today, remaining cooler than after ridge with a trough hanging back here. this will kick out of here, tomorrow, temperatures coming up at least for inland communities tomorrow afternoon that. is the one day warm up, then going back down. highs looking like this, 77 in cupertino. up to 76 in santa clairea. anyone anyone slarks start out with gray, you'll see sun. millbrae, 70 degrees. los altos into upper 70s, coastal areas into low to mid-60s, pleasant weather there. it's as far as we're concerned. downtown san francisco, 66 degrees, north bay you're looking at temperatures into upper 70s for sonoma, nappa. east bay, 70 for oakland. 73 union city.
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and there is a warm afternoon. for the monterey bay, 63 degrees in monterey. here is the accu-weather forecast. there is a wide range of temperatures tomorrow, 62-906789 drizzley nights and mornings. and there is sunday, temperatures don't come up until early to middle part of the week. 60s at beaches. at least there is a sign summer-like weather may be returning. >> it's owed. >> it is. >> and still head a facebook feature being unveiled now some say violates your privacy. >> despite recent violence they want to keep the party going. @ú@ú tañañpñpñpx
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facebook wants to know where you are when you log on, announcing a new geo location feature, saying it's a great way to keep track of your friends, critics are raising concerns about privacy and say this is all about facebook making more money with targeted advertising. >> there is people that would love to know where you go that you don't know. people think about stalker scenario but it's a bunch of intrusive little brothers who like to see where you hang out and what you're interested in. >> there is david louie is at facebook head quarter goesing to get into the specifics at 6:00. >> a new report says bay area is the fifth best place in the
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country to find a bargain. reality track says there are still big discounts for those looking for a home skpin vestors looking for rental properties saying 45% of the first-quarter home sales in the bay area were foreclosed properties. the average foreclosure sold for $327,000. memphis, tennessee ranked number one. >> and just ahead you can get rid of weeds old-fashioned way or go state of the art. just [ banker ] when ashley's violin teacher told her parents she was gifted, they were thrilled. she's a natural vibrato. oh. we started saving for this music camp in vermont. so i told them about some of the wells fargo online savings tools like my savings plan,
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what this droid does will change how you do web connections.
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this creates a mobile 3g hotspot, powerful enough to fuel multiple devices at will. putting you at the center of your own world wide web. introducing the new droid x. the next generation of does. hope you'll join us new in half an hour. a six flags rollercoaster gets stuck, mid ride. you'll find out what happened to the people that got stuck on it. >> strange summer weather's affect on a precious crop what. grape growers are doing to get the most out of vines. >> a woman bought a power washer that just doesn't work.
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putting the pressure on to get money back, coming up at 6:00. >> and now, san francisco is showing off an environmentally friendly new machine that kills weeds without pesticide. >> it a cool thing called green steam machine. it's one of the only devices anywhere in the united states. >> now, it works by using steam to burst walls and plants that kills them. >> san francisco parks department says it will lou them to eliminate the use of pesticide in childrens's gray grounds, parks and other public area autos there is a small demo at the children playground at civic center about three weeks ago. and near the end of the demo there was a family pushing their child in the swing. maybe about 20 feet from where we're treating. we can never do that with any pesticides. >> and officials plan to buy those weed killing machine autos it's clever it is clever. >> we want to rent one.


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