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closed captioning by closed captioning services,inc >> the president: whether you are seven or six or whether you're 76, you can find opportunities to make an enormous difference in your community. >> president obama and his family volunteered in a day of service as a tribute to dr. martin luther king, jr. today. the obama family helped build a school library in washington, d.c. and painted
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quotes from dr. king and the library walls. good morning, i'm kristen sze and i'm cheryl jennings. dr. king's dream for people to be a drum major for service and love carried out by hundreds around the bay area. amy hollyfield joins us from lake merritt with more on some of the projects. >> reporter: check out the intense weeding going on behind me at the lake merritt gardens. . sheryl has always wanted a garden and fruit trees. the old house she inherited from her grandmother needs a paint job and repair work. she is busy raising her 11-year-old grandson. today volunteers are helping her. >> it is support. this is just what it is, support, a helping hand. >> reporter: the lion's club is helping six in richmond do homework. one elderly lady needs a wheelchair ramp.
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others need old furniture hauled away. odd jobs to contribute to the national call for a day of service on martin luther king day. she thinks the civil rights leader would be proud. >> his heart would leap. it would be like this is the dream. >> reporter: the day of service idea calls on people to think of this as a day on not a day off. the lion's club is noticing the idea is catching on. >> last year rebuilding together probably had 25 volunteers working on a project like this. today we'll have about 150. >> reporter: they are seeing the same uptick in oakland. 450 volunteers today up from 300 last year. she helped drive the numbers up, she is volunteering today for the first time. >> i just wanted to give back to the community. bring out my two kids, of course. >> reporter: the help is essential around lake merritt, because of budget cuts there are only two fulltime gardners
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to take care of 83 acres. >> not about how old over young you are or who you are or where you live, how busy it is about what you do for others. >> reporter: there's still time if you want to participate today in oakland or anywhere in the bay area, if you have the day off, they want you to think about it as a day on. go to we've provided a link to the national website that can help you plug in and find volunteer projects in your community. amy hollyfield, abc7 news. meantime, a group of activists using the holiday to highlight economic injustice in the u.s.. dozens of protester are in front of federal reserve bank in san francisco. katie marzullo is there live. who are they advocating for? wrorb there are several dozen -- >> reporter: there are several dozen protesters here. the movement is called occupy the dream. organizers feel there's a very
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clear connection between the occupy movement and the message of dr. martin luther king, jr.. the effort took hold during a sunday service. >> martin luther king, jr. had a dream that all people could enjoy a high qualify -- quality of life. >> reporter: pastor mayberry encouraged his congregation to participate in the occupy the dream movement today. combining the principles of occupy with the message of dr. martin luther king, jr.. >> the foreclosures are much worse for black people. i'm under foreclosure, but all of us are suffering. that's why i'm here. >> reporter: the african-american community has the highest poverty rate in the country, 27%. demonstrators here today hope teaching the next generation will help turn things around. >> i wanted my daughter to be part of the day of service and recognizing that today is not a day off, buy a day on and we need to get active in our
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-- community. >> i believe today going to be the beginning of a new wave of excitement in the life of occupy and occupy the dream. >> reporter: occupy the dream is a national movement. leaders have called for demonstrators -- demonstrations at all 13 federal reserve banks across the country. katie marzullo, news that. a large crowd has be again gathering for the annual celebration at the center for the arts. hundreds of those attending crowded outside the station earlier this morning to board the freedom train this morning is the 28th year the ride has been part of the festivities. sky 7 is showing you the scene where the train has arrived and they are walking towards the center for the art force that celebration. freedom trains were established all over the country as a way for residents to memorialize dr. king's historic 1965 march in
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alabama. police are reviving an old murder case after a serial killer mentioned the town in one of his notes. joseph naso is accused of killing northern california women. prosecutors discovered a handwritten list with graphic descriptions of 10 women and a mention of the town. investigators are comparing dna evidence from so to evidence collected in the 1980s cold case homicide they've not named the specific case. sheriff ross mirkarimi says he will show up for work tomorrow even though he could be facing his first court appearance on misdemeanor domestic violence charges. the d.a. has charged the newly elected sheriff with domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness. all charges stem from ae5s?h'ew year's fight with his wife. mirkarimi's wife was by his side last friday when the charges were filed. he faces fines, possible jail
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time and could be banned from owning a firearm if convicted on all charges. mayor lee has the authority to suspend mirkarimi from office, pending the results of an ethics: cod a vote by the board of supervisors. there morning the oakland police department issuing a warning about a recent string of armed robberies linked to craigslist. each victim was use craigslist to buy or sell merchandise. rob res are creating a posting, advertising or responding to users selling merchandise. victims are robbed during the transaction. the end of the campaign trail for jon huntsman. >> today i am suspending my campaign for the presidency. >> what he says needs to change in the race for the republican presidential nomination. and his new words about front-runner and former rival,
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mitt romney. >> chaos inside a cruise ship after it capsized off the coast of italy. the search for two missing americans and why the captain is being blamed. -dad, why e you getting that? -that's my cereal. is there a prize in there? oh, there's prize, all right. is it a robot? no. is it a jet plane? nope. is it a dinosaur? [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] inside every box of heart healthy cheerios are the great tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. stickers? uh-uh. a perhero?
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a day long search operation has failed to turn up any sign of a minnesota couple missing off a cruise ship. they are among the 16 who haven't been seen since the carnival cruise line ship ran aground and capsized off tuscany.
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six others have died. family and friends say the couple had been eagerly looking forward to the trip and they are praying for good news. >> i hope they are found. and i pray, that's a difficult thing to have to go through. >> this right here is home video showing the frantic scene when the ship the costa concordia hitted rocks. the crews line says the captain caused the crash by deviating from the course possibly to wave to friends of employees on the shore. he's now in jail facing charges of manslaughter. abandoning his ship. and causing a shipwreck. passengers are calling him a coward. john huntsman has withdrawn he has decided to back mitt romney. scott goldberg reports. >> reporter: for many republicans jon huntsman was the other moderate in the case. not mitt romney and not able to gain traction. >> this race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative
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and personal attacks, not worthy of the american people. and not worthy of this critical time in our nation's history. >> reporter: running low on>td cash and support, he trailed comedian steven colbert in one poll, today huntsman endorsed the gop front-runner he was hammering one week ago. >> i believe it is time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat barack obama, despite our differences and the space between us, on some of the issues, i believe that candidate is governor mitt romney. >> reporter: the former governor of utah and ambassador to china, under president obama, had been one of romney's harshest critics. his aides are scouring the web trying to erase videos highlighting romney's flip-flops. >> do you trust governor romney? >> he was hat put forth reason
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if give us a reasonq,e. for uso trust him. >> reporter: new hampshire was where huntsman played all his chips after finishing third he said his cam bull paid off. >> i say third -- third place is a ticket to raoeufpld >> reporter: six days later he's riding into the 2012 sunset. leaving romney up against four others who want to be his conservative alternative. one called huntsman's endorsement just a moderate backing a moderate. >> i'm not surprised. >> reporter: mitt romney did not show up to accept huntsman endorsement in person five days before the south carolina primary romney is doing all he can to win over conservative hearts. scott goldberg, abc news, new york. vice president biden will be in san francisco this wednesday for a fundraising luncheon. the event will be held at the ly reserve on battery street. tickets -- will range from $20
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phi00 to $10,000. the president and -- emotional tribute in weekend to an oakland whose donated organs saved the lives of several peep. the couple came to meet and thank charles -- butler, jr.'s family. butler was shot and killed december 22nd here his home. police have not made arrests. butler was about to start his first assign amount as a merchant marine. -- first assignment as a merchant marine. it is a gift of believe for me. i can go on living and i can watch my grandchildren go up. and i can go on. >> i feel myself within him some kind of way. and i intend to keep in touch with as much as i can itch >> i know that my -- my son won't be back, but guess what,
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he's living on and i'm thankful for that. >> butler pace family is organizing a year long organ donor -- drive to save to more lives. right now, we are following breaking news in redwood city. these are live pictures show you pictures of a fire at a mobile home park on the 1900 block of bay shore road i believe that's east bay shore road. there are a lot of industrial parks in ther that is east of highway 101 in redwood city no word on injuries or exactly what is burning itch we'll continue to follow the story and bring you updates on air and online as we get them. meteorologist mike nicco is here. >> a little breezy, 10 to 15 miles per hour the northeast anything southeast is going to get some of that smoke. we'll talk about how the winds will clash and now this will be the coldest night of the year so far. we have freeze warnings i'll show you where those are and the latest on the rain later this week. also, zappos gets zapped.
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popular online show reactualer gives its customers important advice today. >> the 49ers in their first nfc championship game in 14 years. what you need to know if you are looking for tickets. i'm rie and keeps ca @ama
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the road to the super bowl with will have to go through san francisco. 9 49ers with will play in the nfc title game for the first time in 14 years -- after winning a thriller again the saints. san francisco will host the giants next sunday game time 3:30. winner of that game guess to the super bowl. tickets for sun -- goes to the super bowl. tickets can only be bought via ticketmaster on the team's we website or by phone. sales for ticket holders start at 10 a.m., general public
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1:00. [ unintelligible ] tickets range from $349 to $5,000. if you got it though. with >> mike were you saying wouldn't it be nice to have rain for the saints turns out we didn't need the rain. >> hopefully that $5,000 buys you a poncho definitely rain on the way, heavy rain coming our way and heavy snow in the sierra, winter is here. we felt it yesterday, you could feel it outside today. let's show what is going on to our north this is seattle, where they've had a couple of inches of snow already and they are expecting a couple more tonight. the kids, no snow day today, possibly tomorrow, especially if they are going to pack all that snow down and turn it into ice maybe a little treacherous there. snow in portland.
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definitely a change has happened. clear sky this monday you can look down and see it looks nice out there check out temperatures don't let that sunshine fool that you breeze was up 10 to 20 miles per hour and brought in the 40s mid to upper 40s in most neighborhoods, 50 at half moon bay. last week we were in the 50s and 60s guy this time, upper 40s to near 50 around the monterey bay inland salinas, 46 in gilroy. here are our highlights sunny this afternoon, chilly breeze will make it feel cooler especially if you in the shade. calm is key feature tomorrow the coldest night we've had so far. the first winter storm arrives wednesday one of possibly three that is going to roll in towards the back half of the forecast. clear lake stays in the 40s 47 today the rest of us will make a slow climb into the low to mid 50s mid 50s monterey bay inland mid to upper 50s with
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total sun. around the state a little snow one inch but something up in tahoe, 33 there, 32 yosemite, low 50s to mid 50s through the central valley. low to mid sick these southern california. areas -- mid 60s southern california. san francisco 38, san mateo -- everybody else below freezing tonight, 22 santa rosa could get into the teens in sheltered valleys inland. everywhere you see which is except the coast and san francisco under that freeze warning even monterey bay, salinas valley starts at 11:00 tonight 8:00 in the morning pets, plants and pipes, all three, especially in the teens. 7:00 wednesday morning storm system the north coming down maybe a little slower than it looked like this morning but it is coming down raining everywhere by thursday morning commute. then you can see how it gets heavier during the evening commute, tapers overnight friday and rebuilds friday
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morning into the afternoon hours. still too warm for snow in the sierra. then the colder air comes in saturday into sunday and watch the snow develop across the sierra while we are getting nice heavy soaking rain. getting to the see rather may not be difficult, getting home will be this weekend as feet of snow may fall up there. temperatures in the 50s back where we should be, we may spike to 60, but the big story is how cold it is going to be tote nine at rain for thursday to sunday. have a couple more -- taste to get the land ready and the gutters cleaned. if you shop at zappos reset your password now the company says hackers gained access to its internal net with work in ken kept. the criminals got customers' names, e-mail addresses pweurblgsing addresses and the last four digits of credit card numbers and encrypted passwords. zappos home page has new information on the security breach if you log in, it will
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property you to reset your password. it -- if inquiring minds want to know there is now an app for it. the national enquirer will have its own content including videos aimed at younger readers. they tend to have an other audience but wants to compete against online gossip sites like tmz. the app will cost 99 cents a week. it is not unusual to have an outdoor wedding. >> there's one couple whose love will weather any type
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later today getting financial aid for college may be more difficult. the proposed changes to the cal grant program that critics say will hurt low income students the most. finally, a minnesota couple said i dos in an unusual winter wedding ceremony. >> they say they love the chilly weather so much they decided to celebrate outside on a frozen lake in the snow! >> their wedding party including the bride and her father rode up the aisle on snowmobiles. the pastor says this was a first for him. >> with we can really say that was cool. >> very cool. >> she was rocking that look too. >> thanks for joining us. [ female announcer ] they've been off limits to dieters
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