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justice in the 2010 san bruno pipeline explosion. and now he is very involved in the wildfire issue. judge allsop asked pac sxe to comment on his finding last week about the single most recurring callings of the 2017 and 2018 wildfires attributable to pg&e equipment. he wrote its power lines are susceptible to trees or limbs falling onto the lines during high wind events. in today's response filed in federal court pg&e does agree with the court that vegetation presents an acute risk of wildfire ignition across pg&e's service territory. the utility wrote cal fire determined 13 of the 18 northern california wildfires in 2017 were ignited when vegetation contacted pg&e power lines. and cal fire has identified one ignition point in last year's camp fire which could involve vegetation contacting power lines. i asked former california public utilities commissioner catherine sandoval why that admission is important. >> i think it's important because it just emphasizes
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really what is the risk that needs to be addressed in order to help to keep californians safe. >> reporter: before the next fire season judge allsop also wants pg&e to reinspect its electrical grid and remove or trim trees that could fall onto power lines. to rate each segment of the bridge for safety, to supply power only through those lines determined to be safe for the wind conditions at the time. but pg&e is opposing the order saying it gives them only two options, either remove an extraordinary number of trees along every segment of its electrical grid within six months or instead deenergize transmission and distribution lines, shutting off power across northern california and potentially beyond. >> pg&e has made it clear they're going to be very aggressive in court and not simply agree. so what i'm really waiting to hear from is the california public utilities commission and cal fire. >> pg&e says the judge's order would interfere with state and federal regulators and that the utility would not object to a federal monitor already assigned
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to the case, taking a more active role in reviewing pg&e's wildfire mitigation work. in its filing today pg&e also included a letter from environmental activists who object to cutting down trees that are too close to power lines. all of this will be decided at a hearing coming up in one week. dan and ama? >> and dan, you know, inspecting all those power lines, that has to be just a massive job. how is that even possible? >> 130,000 miles of power lines. >> really? >> according to pg&e. and they say that if they do it's way judge allsop wants it would cost them $150 billion. >> billion? >> billion. exactly. so with them on the verge of bankruptcy probably not going to happen the way he wants but we'll see what happens next week. >> thank you, dan. well, someone pulled an elaborate prank on pg&e today. a fake press release published on a website that mirrors pg&e's. though the url is slightly different from the utility's actual site. the release says the former president and chief operating
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officer geisha williams was donating her severance, $2.5 million, to camp fire victims. we e-mailed the address for press inquiries that was listed on the release. that generated a response. which thanked us for our inquiry and to please call a number for more information. that number actually belongs to pg&e. we called and their officials said the story is fake and they are looking into it. happening now, the oakland school board is discussing some proposed budget cuts in a meeting which is expected to be heated as parents and community leaders weigh in. you're looking at video that just came into the abc 7 newsroom. students and others gathered at lake merit to march to tonight's board meeting to protest against potential budget cuts in oakland's public schools. abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez is live from oakland where tonight's meeting is taking place. lyanne. >> reporter: well, right before in meeting i spoke to a board member who told me, you know, lyanne, we have to do this, we
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have to make these budget cuts. we waited way too long. marchers made their way to the oakland school board meeting, echoing their disapproval of budget cuts that could result in school closures. but there is no sugar-coating it. oakland unified has a big structural deficit. >> which means that their expenses are going to keep rising but the money they're getting to run the district is pretty flat. >> mimati hai is with the advocacy group go public schools. at this meeting he helped community leaders and parents understand the district's budget crisis. here is in part why oakland unified has a structural deficit. pension payments have gone up and special education costs have increased. in the meantime the state of california is not giving school districts like oakland enough money to meet those demands. in a recorded message to the community the superintendent kyla johnson tremmel highlighted what to expect at tonight's meeting. >> these cuts will include
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laying off staff and will directly impact both the central office and school sites. >> reporter: roots international academy middle school will likely close next year. last friday during a teacher walkout some of them addressed the closure. >> we're fighting the closure. we're trying to get the school board to vote no on the proposal. >> reporter: the superintendent's financial team is recommending cuts between 14 and 25 million dollars at district level. and another 3 million to schools. this former teacher predicts the cuts will be devastating. >> oh, it's terrible what happens. sometimes you don't have paper. sometimes you don't have adequate janitorial services. security. >> there are significant concerns that if they don't reduce their spending that they're just kicking the can down the road. and frankly, they could be taken over by the county or state. >> reporter: and it's going to be a very long night. now, no decision will be made tonight, this evening. but the board must vote on
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january 30th. that's next wednesday. to approve budget reductions. i'm live in oakland, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. >> lyanne, thank you. abc 7 news spent all last week focusing on the teacher crisis in the bay area. their struggles to find housing and how to make ends meet. these stories are part of our commitment to building a better bay area. a focus on solutions and improvements to issues we face here. go to to learn more. one oakland teacher was surprised today with a $25,000 grant for a down payment on a house. dewey academy science teacher nestor gonzalez was one of the local teachers who applied for the grant as part of the college football playoff national championship game that was played earlier this month at levi's stadium. he says the grant means a lot to him given the struggles teachers face. >> i spent probably up to about $1,500 a year buying my own supplies for things that the school can't cover for me. i really feel loved, and that's a very important feeling that we
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teachers don't dtwsisedicioal sa house close to dewey academy so he can walk to work and be able to spend more time helping students. >> and teachers. new at 6:00, a victory for the 49ers is a loss for the santa clara unified school district and some other agencies. the santa clara assessment appeals board issued a ruling slashing the assessed value of levi's stadium, cutting property taxes in half. the 49ers are now owed $30.8 million in refunds including from the school district, which owes $13 million. the preliminary ruling is not ye final, but that money is owed by june. also new at 6:00, protesters gathered at the san mateo county district attorney's office today demanding transparency in the case of a man who died after deputies tased him. ♪ where we can trust the ones to serve ♪ >> abc 7 news was in redwood city where a group called for the release of video footage in
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the death of chinedu okobi. the sheriff's office says in octo-cobi attacked a deputy in millbrae. his family disputes that. >> they're going to get transparency unlike any other county does. when i make my decision i'm going release all of the videotape, all of the interviews, the coroner's report, the use of force report. if it's something i reviewed in making the decision, they're going -- the public is going to get to see it. >> activists also called for the san mateo county sheriff's office to cease all collaboration with i.c.e. we've learned tonight what it took for detectives to track down the 18-year-old man accused of attacking an 88-year-old woman who's still in the hospital tonight and she's drifting in and out of consciousness. abc 7 news reporter vic lee is in the newsroom with more on the story. vic? >> reporter: well, dan, it took technolo technology, and good old-fashioned police work. investigators took this case
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personally. they were determined to solve the case. >> what i can say is his actions speak to somebody that doesn't value human life very much. >> reporter: police chief william scott echoed what the public was thinking. the brutal assault january 8th on 88-year-old yik oi huang was so heinous it galvanized not only the community but police. they worked tirelessly over two weeks to identify and arrest him. today they explained how it all went down. january 16th, a week after the assault, police say 18-year-old keonte gathron was involved in a carjacking on visitation avenue. they say he abandoned the car at a gas station but not before it captured his face on a security camera video. two days later police learned that dna evidence taken from the scene of huang's assault matched gathron's dna sample in the data base from an old crime. >> there were some gloves, and
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we were able to obtain a profile off those gloves that matched the suspect in this that tied him to the crime. >> reporter: police then put out this crime alert showing the gas station video. they now had their suspect. but during his freedom gathron allegedly committed other crimes. here on woolsey avenue as he rode a red bicycle he stole a 14-year-old girl's cell phone at gunpoint. then two hours later a new victim, a 17-year-old girl. >> the suspect approached the victim on the same red bicycle, punched the victim in the face, and stole her iphone. >> reporter: officers tracked the iphone to the sunnydale district. during a search there they found him after a foot chase, hiding in a car. they recovered his jacket. they say it was the same one he wore during the carjacking. now, prosecutors refiled that case last night. they added attempted murder to the seven other charges against gathron in the assault. a family spokesperson says yik oi huang is still in
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critical condition, so her long-term recovery still unknown. vic lee, abc 7 news. >> vic, thank you very much. we are on an unprecedented day 33 of the partial federal government shutdown. >> at 6:30, we'll have the latest on negotiations in washington and the way this stalemate is hurting people right here in northern california. but help is on the way, and it's taking all forms. i'm spencer christian. skies are mainly clear over the bay area tonight, and we can expect another early morning chill coming our way. i'll have the accuweather forecast in just a moment. if the oakland a's are successful in building their new stadium at howard terminal, what might this property at the coliseum look like in the years to come? i'm laura anthony. we'll show you. what does help for heart fait looks like this. entresto is a heart failure pill that helped keep people alive and out of the hospital. don't take entresto if pregnant; it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren,
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drone view 7 takes you over howard terminal in oakland, which the a's hope will become the site of their future new ballpark. this site is directly next to jack london square along the oakland estuary. >> sky 7 flew aboston a's' current home, the coliseum. it and neighboring oracle arena will soon sit empty once the a's, warriors, and raiders all relocate. >> so what will happen to the coliseum? abc 7 news reporter laura anthony has more. >> reporter: once the warriors, the raiders, and the a's move on, what will become of the oakland coliseum property? >> these different neighborhoods, as they will be established, will really be the beating heart of this area. >> reporter: if oakland a's president david cavill has his way it will look like this. plenty of open space, baseball
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and soccer fields, creeks, market rate and affordable housing and retail. >> instead of the current coliseum which is more or less a fortress cut off from the rest of east oakland we have a vision for this site that integrates it and reconnects it to the surrounding communities. >> reporter: while pursuing their new stadium project at howard terminal the a's are moving ahead with a design for 50 acres of the current ballpark site. biarca ingalls is the lead architect. >> so actually imagining a park that somehow reaches out and connects to every single adjoining neighborhood and every adjoining neighborhood reaching in and getting part of the park. >> reporter: the a's' vision for this property grew out of a series of community meetings. and concerns from residents that years after the pro sports teams leave this coliseum property might still look like this. councilman larry reid prefers the a's play at the coliseum site, but failing that he is relieved the team has a clear
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vision for the future. >> is this land pierre is priceless and the a's have come up with the vision to do something special for the residents of the city. >> reporter: first the property's current owners, the steve oakland and alameda county, must decide whether to lease or sell all or part of the property to the a's. in oakland laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> the a's are holding fanfest this weekend. it's on saturday at jack london square. more than a dozen a's players will be there as well as a's legends rolly fingers and dave stewart. it's free to attend and there will be free food trucks as well. there's a lot of curiosity and questions about the a's' new home at howard terminal, like how will fans actually get there? abc 7 news sports producer casey pratt wanted to find answers. last month he and jeff august from streets. literally. they walked from the coliseum bart station to championship plaza, the route fans take now to get to a game.
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the .3-mile journey took eight minutes. then they tried walk from the lake merit bart station to howard terminal. one possible way to get to the new ballpark. that's 1.4 miles. that took 33 minutes. they also tried a third option. here's how that went. >> about to begin 12th street broadway to howard terminal again. what do you think, jeb? how's it been so far? >> this one i think is going to be probably the typical walk most people would take. it will be interesting to see how long it takes us and what we see along the way. >> this is the warriors practice facility. >> i think that was -- >> right there. >> so we completed our final walk, broadway 12th street to howard terminal. i found this to be a much easier walk. what do you have for the steps? >> it was one mile. it took us 21 minutes and 30 seconds. >> i like how they had their
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route highlighted in a's colors. >> clever. casey does some good stuff like that. nice day to be out and about walking for sure. >> yes, definitely. by the way, you can check out all those videos on spencer christian is here with our forecast. >> no matter what path you were taking it was bright today. mainly clear skies right now across the bay area with just a few thin high clouds moving through the sky. and it's getting kind of chilly out there but that's the pattern we're in right now. here's the view from our abc 7 exploratorium camera at pier 15 in san francisco. looking back at a portion of the skyline. it is 56 degrees right now in san francisco. we have mid 50s also at oakland, mountain view, san jose, morgan hill and 55 at half moon bay. and this is the view from the east bay hills camera. you can see some of those high clouds i was talking about, but generally we have clear skies at the moment. 56 degrees at napa. 56 degrees at santa rosa rather. oly 50 in napa. that's our cool spot right now. mid 50s petaluma and concord and low 50s at fairfield and
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livermore. and this is the view over san jose with a few clouds there as well. but again, generally clear skies and getting cool all around the bay area right now. let's check out our forecast features. we'll see mainly clear and chilly conditions overnight. mild sunny days will continue through the weekend into early next week. and this dry pattern will continue for the remainder of the month into early february. right now the reason we have these clear skies is this big high pressure system centered just offshore. you can see some of the high clouds moving in. but it's keeping us high and dry as you might say. and the storm track is being deflected well to our north. so any rain that's developing out there is moving into the pacific northwest, not headed directly for the bay area. for a while. so during the overnight hours look for it to get really chilly in the inland valleys as it has the last few nights. low temperatures in the early morning hours will drop into the mid to upper 30s in the north bay and inland east bay. down in the south bay about 40 will be the low at san jose but farther south only 36 at morgan hill. right around the bay shoreline we'll see low temperatures in the low to mid 40s overnight and
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low 40s on the coast. here's a look at our 12-hour day planner for tomorrow. 7:00 tomorrow morning about 20 minutes before the sun rises skies will be clear. it will still be quite chilly with temperatures still in the 30s in many inland areas at that hour but then the sun comes out, starts to warm us up and by late afternoon we'll see high temperatures climbing well into the 60s. not only inland but around the bay and even some low 60s on the coast. however, after sunset the temperature will start to drop rather sharply. highs tomorrow more specifically 61 in san francisco, 62 across the bay in oakland. look for 64, fremont 65 in san jose up in the north bay 66 at santa rosa, 65 in napa and going back east again 62 at fairfield, 61 in antioch. and for the remainder of the month this is what we can expect. january looks dry. the few remaining days. what do we have, eight days left? and next chance of rain looks to be developing for around february 1st or 2nd. and it's safe to get your car washed over those next few days. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. dry conditions and sunny skies
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mainly all the way through the forecast period. we may see a bit of an increase in high clouds after the weekend. and speaking of the weekend, how about those high temperatures? up to 70 degrees, perhaps even higher. inland upper 60s to near 70 right around the bay shoreline. and mid 60s opt coast. it's just going to be so mild and spring-like. >> yeah. incredible. >> makes you want to go out for a run or something. or watch somebody run. >> there you go. >> even better. >> thanks, spencer. good value and a good place to work. >> see which bay a ♪ they say you should always listen to your heart. and where better to do that, than the island of ireland? after all, your heart is the best compass there is. so get out there and fill your heart with the stuff that keeps it beating.
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the stock market notched another win today, the dow gained 171 points. the nasdaq and s&p both saw small increases. a worldwide first leads tonight's bay area business watch. the citizens of palermo, italy are going to vote on how to spend tax revenues generated by people sharing their homes on airbnb. this kind of vote has never been held before in any city where airbnb operates. its headquarters are in san francisco. the voting opens today in palermo, and people have six options to choose from, including turning a road into a garden, creating an artistic pedestrian path, and forming a community kitchen. oakland international airport is getting a new international option.
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swoop, a low-cost airline owned by westjet, will add direct flights to edmonton, canada beginning in may. currently the only nonstop flights between edmonton and the bay area are on air canada out of the sfo. the most admired company in america is right here in the bay area. apple tops the list by "fortune" magazine. the cupertino-based company ranked highest on categories that include investment value, social responsibility, and the ability to attract new talent. apple is followed by amazon, berkshire hathaway, walt disney, the parent company of abc 7, starbucks and microsoft. the next bay area company lands at number 7, alphabet. that's google's parent company. it's followed by netflix at number 8, jpmorganchase and fedex round out the top ten. all right. well, we are more than a month into the federal government shutdown, and people are really hurting. next, the story of a recent law school grad who thought landing her first job with the government meant a successful start. but what she's dealing with now.
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it's day 33 of the partial federal government shutdown. on friday workers expect to miss another paycheck. federal employees protested outside senate offices today. tomorrow senators will vote on the president's proposal, which offers temporary protections for certain immigrants including dreamers, in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border wall. democrats call it a total non-starter. the democrats will also put forward a second plan that would temporarily open the government but not fund the president's wall. republicans say that isn't a real solution. and the stalemate continues. a new associated press poll finds 60% of americans blame president trump for the shutdown. 36% blame republicans. and 31% blame the democrats.
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opinions vary widely by party line. in another back and forth the president announced he will go forward with the state of the union address next week. house speaker nancy pelosi quickly disinvited him from speaking in the house chamber. pelosi says she will only invite him once the shutdown is over. >> here at abc 7 we've been reaching out to furloughed workers to hear their personal stories. >> reporter: today abc 7 news anchor eric thomas introduces us to one woman fresh out of law school whose once exciting and new government job has turned into a stressful strain on her finances. >> it's insane and it's childish. >> reporter: 26-year-old i in che on ema will take the california bar next month. one of the toughest in the nation. >> this is what i try to keep my focus on. >> reporter: this white board has written reminders of which subjects she needs to study because passing the bar is a requirement for her job with the federal government. her first job out of law school one she started last september and was furloughed from for the end of december. >> i'm good for this month but
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if this goes into february i'll have to start making some phone calls and moving things around and calling my parents and stuff like that. >> reporter: she's not supposed to say which exact federal agency she works for, but i'll give you a hint. it's very important to all of us every april. she's okay on food for now but facing $200,000 in student loans without a paycheck is a problem. > they sent me a text saying oh, you missed your first payment, call us if you need help with extending your due date. >> reporter: because her employer checks her tax returns and credit history once a year for issues that could make her susceptible to blackmail. in her line of work bad credit can be a career killer. >> i'm just trying not to think about it for now, but if this goes into february i don't know file be evicted. i don't know if my credit will probably plummet. i don't know. >> reporter: she's remarkably upbeat during this stressful time, probably because this is all very new to her. but if the shutdown goes into next month she says there may be more tears than smiles.
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in sacramento eric thomas, abc 7 news. well, alameda county supervisor wilma chan is calling for action to help those adversely affected by the partial government shutdown. chan is proposing that i million dollars be taken from the county's safety net fund to buy food for furloughed workers. the money would be used to help those who receive benefits from california's cal fresh program like leroy scroggins. >> not being able to get those snap benefits, i don't know what i would do. i don't know what my next step is. >> so as everyone knows, it's been one month since -- >> according to chan, one in six alameda county residents use the food bank, and she says supervisors must take action if the shutdown continues and the state doesn't offer assistance. abc 7 news was at a barbershop in san francisco that's offering free haircuts to federal employees who aren't getting paid.
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the owner of blades co believes people leave her shop not only looking better but feeling better too. >> in the '30s when there was a depression the only thing that made people feel good was to have a haircut and people would still line up for haircuts even though they didn't have any money. so come on down, get a haircut on us. >> they usually charge $50 for a men's haircut. it's located on columbus avenue near the transamerica pyramid. as the partial government shutdown remains, there are growing concerns about whether people will be able to pay their rent. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen tells us protections could soon be coming for those who live in san jose. >> reporter: san jose mayor sam liccardo is proposing an ordinance which would temporarily prohibit landlords from evicting a tenant if they receive section 8 to help with their rent. federal employees and contractors who haven't been paid because of the shutdown would also be affected. >> this is a tough area to live in. we have the highest housing
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costs in the nation. we know renters are trugling mightily. >> reporter: san jose is one of the first cities across america to consider such an ordinance. the city is already moving forward with plans to offer interest-free loans for tsa workers at mineta san jose international airport. the california apartment association, the group representing the rental house industry, is asking landlords to be patient, saying "we are confident that rental property owners will exhibit understanding under these difficult circumstances and work to keep residents in their homes." attorneys with the law foundation of silicon valley say they're ready to assist voucher recipients who are threatened with eviction. >> any kind of harassment of tenants or efforts to force tenants out in this period of instability isn't going to be tolerated. >> reporter: at sacred heart community service more federal workers are coming in for help as the partial government shutdown continues on. organizers say city leaders should also look at the bigger picture. >> we should be open to also talking about an eviction moratorium for all ranchers who are at rix of displacement in our community. >> reporter: the city council will meet for a special vote
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tomorrow afternoon. if approved the moratorium would last up to 90 days. in san jose chris nguyen, abc 7 news. >> if you need help or you want to help someone affected by the shutdown, just go to we have a special page where you can send us questions that we will try to answer for you. and we'd also like to hear your own story about the shutdown. that's coming up here, setting the record straight on the dark days of the aids epidemic. >> filled a vital role as a villain in this story. >> the truth about the man once accused of being patient zero in the aids crisis. it sounds classical, but now new worries about heavy metal. we'll explain the health warning
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of death by a thousand notes or more likely a few million or billion? musicians say their mouthpieces can last lifetimes and create signature sounds. now a note of change in the air. >> we're okay with people not liking us. what we're not okay with is people being exposed to toxic chemicals without them even knowing it. especially kids and lead. >> reporter: michael green, ceo of the non-profit center for environmental health. they tested mouthpieces for lead poisoning and they filed suit. >> well, i'm a jazz fan, and i will tell you, we are not going to ruin jazz. what we are going to do is we're going to protect the brains of future jazz musicians from neurotoix chemicals like lead. >> reporter: the suit names 12 different manufacturers of mouthpieces and two retailers. it wants them to get the lead out and warn customers about health risks. >> people have been manufacturing and playing these mouthpieces for centuries. >> reporter: chris leaf manages union music in san francisco. they're one of the companies named in the suit, along with the guitar center. >> it's going to hurt a lot of people. it's going to put some people
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out of business. ♪ >> reporter: for dr. greg johnson, who runs the jazz program at marin school of the arts, this is new territory. >> i personally don't think it's a health issue. but if there's some hard science behind, it i'd like to look at it. >> reporter: johnson says the shape of a mouthpiece may matter more than material. still, some of his students practice four to six hours a day. the center for environmental health worries about cumulative exposure. dr. johnson worries about his kids. >> i've played with tons of musicians who've been playing for 60, 70 years who have never had a problem. >> reporter: and now possibly he has a new and different problem. in novato, wayne dman,bc 7 ne inf exposureperhaps. >> yes. if you enjoyed today's weather you're probably going to like
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a new book recently unveiled during an event in the bay area is attempting to set the record straight on a dark moment of th hold valuable lessons for future health emergencies.
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>> reporter: when the aids crisis first exploded into the national consciousness, it unleashed an intense focus on the gay community, a climate that researcher richard mckay believes was ripe for scape goething, especially in the case of a canadian flight attendant named gaetan dugas, who would become known worldwide as patient zero. >> gaetan filled a vital role as a villain in the story. >> reporter: in his new book "patient zero and the make of the aids epidemic," mckay sets out to debunk what he considers the myth of a single super carrier. he says the misunderstandings began when a government study linked a cluster of early aids cases in california to ex-is'll act between gay men. dugas was originally referred to as patient o because he lived outside the study area. but a small change at publication would cast him into the spotlight. >> study referred to this individual as patient zero. and so that's the way that ten terd t it entered the literature. >> reporter: but he believes it
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was celebrated san francisco writer randy schilts that gave it its deadly implication. schilts would track dugas's active sex life and worldwide travels in the years leading up to the epidemic in his groundbreaking chronicle of the aids crisis "and the band played on." >> randy was a natural storyteller and he had a really strong sense of what his readers would find engaging and the way that the book entered public awareness in 1987 it fulfilled some of the worst imagined stereotypes of the gay community. >> as fear spread, the city of san francisco closed gay bathhouses and launched major safe sex campaigns to control new infections. but finger pointing accelerated. in a recent presentation at ucsf mckay recounted tabloid headlines naming dugas as the man who broad us aids. in the audience dr. paul volberting who founded the city's first inpatient aids
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clinic and briefly treated dugas. >> the labels contribute to the stigma. that's been a chronic problem with this disease. >> reporter: mckay says experts soon discovered the long periods hiv stays dormant in the body and developed a better understanding of how it travels. enough science to debunk the myth that a single person was responsible for the crisis. he believes setting the record straight now is critically important to preparing for a future health crisis. >> i would like people to be more cautious about using the phrase patient zero if we're ever in a similar epidemic. >> now, despite the controversy, author randy schilts was given the stonewall book award in 1987 for "and the band played on." he died in the 1990s from complications of hiv. now to the woman once called the next steve jobs. elizabeth holmes was a college dropout who founded the blood testing lab theranos in palo alto. now she's facing the prospect of decades in prison for fraud.
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abc's rebecca jarvis has been following the story for years. on midday live reggie mckee and kristen sze asked jarvis about holmes's intentions. >> was she diabolical or delusi delusional? or something in between? >> yeah, this technology, it was supposed to make blood tests not painful anymore. it was supposed to completely revolutionize blood testing. and one of the things that you'll see in both our "nightline" documentary as well as here in the six-part podcast, both by the name of "the dropout," is the deposition testimony of elizabeth holmes. for people who have followed this story from the beginning, that's one of the things that they've desperately wanted to hear. elizabeth holmes called into account under oath. that's what you'll hear for the very first time. >> and you can see a special preview of "the dropout" at 12:35 a.m. on abc 7 right after "jimmy kimmel live." the "dropout" podcast also launches today and features new episodes every wednesday. >> be sure to check those out. let's go back and update this wonderfully warm spring-like
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weather coming. >> yeah, spencer's here with that. spencer. >> sunny days and chilly nights. sounds like a song title but it's actually the description of our upcoming weather. and the weather we have had so far this week. here's a look at live doppler 7. clear skies right now, and this is going to be a chilly night. overnight lows will drop to about 36 at santa rosa. 38 at antioch. 37 livermore. 40 at san jose. 36 in morgan hill. and mainly low 40s right around the bay shoreline. and then tomorrow it will warm up a little bit. we'll see mid 60s at livermore, fremont, palo alto, san jose up in the north bay, 66 at santa rosa, 67 cloverdale. napa 65. over around the bay shoreline 62 oakland, 63 san mateo. so it's going to be a nice, pleasantly mild day, and it's going to get milder as we get toward the end of the week. look at friday, saturday, sunday, and monday. inland highs near 70 degrees. upper 60s to near 70 around the bay shoreline, especially over the weekend. and mid 60s on the coast. even next week as a few clouds go into the sky we'll see a little bit of a drop-off in
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temperatures, not much. >> thanks, spencer. a little baseball, a little basketball to talk about. >> anthony flores is in for sports. >> we're talking about the a's and their fans on the edge of their seats waiting for a decision. just ahead the a's continue to play the waiting game with kyler murray. and we know they can dominate the game of basketball. how some of the warriors players
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the warriors are in d.c. to
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take on washington tomorrow night. this would be the trip where as defending nba champs they would visit the white house. but this year everyone's quietly doing their own thing. steph curry is appearing at howard university for the premiere of "emmanuelle," a documentary he co-executive produced about the killings of nine african-americans at a church in south carolina in 2015. while kevin durant, who is from the area, officially opened the durant center in prince george's county, maryland to help low-income students get into college. >> this is the start of something, but i'm looking for this to be here for a while, to sustain for a while. so enjoy this. like i told them earlier. it might have my name on the side of the building, or our name on the side of the building, but it's your home. so enjoy it. make it yours. and the future starts here. ola. one player who won't thereby is kyler murray. the a's are still waiting to find out if the heisman trophy-winning quarterback is going to take their best pitch.
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dave kaval, the a's' president, stepped into the batter's box with kristen sze on abc 7 news at 4:00. he touted fanfest and what a's fans have to look forward to this upcoming season. he also shared how the organization is patiently waiting for murray to decide between baseball or football. >> he's a great athlete. you know, obviously baseball and football. we want to make sure he makes the right decision for him. and we've put forward a great plan for him to play baseball for the a's and we're kind of just waiting to make sure it makes sense for him and we'll see what happens. >> are you telling him that baseball players have longer careers than nfl players? ? they have great careers. so i think he's evaluating all the options and we hope it works out for the best for everyone. the giants are honoring their former boss. peter mcgowan will be added to the team's wall of fame. he'll become the first non-player to receive a plaque on the wall of fame at oracle park. mcgowan led the drive to keep the giants in san francisco in
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1992 when an investment group wanted to move the team to florida. the ceremony will take place the before the start of the team's annual fanfest. the giants are adding another left-hander to their rotation. today they signed drew pomeranz to a one-year contract. the deal is for $1.5 million but with incentives could be worth as much as 5 million bucks. pomeranz, who once pitched for the oakland a's, won 17 games two years ago for the red sox. last season he battled injured while posting a 2-6 record with an e.r.a. of more than 6.00. the best of the best in the nfl who are not preparing for the super bowl are living it up in paradise. they're practicing for this weekend's pro bowl in hawaii. tight end jared cook is repping the silver and black. the 49ers have three players in fullback kyle yus czech, d lineman deforrest buck and derek
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kyl. eric ebron also wears number 85. >> we're out here. >> doesn't matter. do you remember this? klay thompson with a third quarter for the history books. it's the four-year anniversary of thompson scoring an nba-record 37 points in the third quarter against the kings. he made nine three-pointers while going a perfect 13 for 13 from the floor during the period. he finished with a then career-high 52 points. he would later go on to score 60 against the pacers. and it seems like every game he's doing something spectacular. the warriors will take on the wizards on thursday night. that pro bowl is in orlando. still paradise. not hawaii but still paradise. >> still not bad. >> no one's complaining. >> all right. thank you, anthony. join us tonight at 9:00 on
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kofy tv 20, cable channel 713. sunday's eclipse, hope you saw it, was amazing. just an incredible spectacle in and of itself. but a tiny flash of light seen that night is generating even more buzz. that's at 9:00. and then on abc 7 news at 11:00, free fuel for furloughed workers. hear why one bay area gas station owner felt it was his duty to help out. >> those stories and a lot more coming up this evening. here's the line-up tonight on abc 7. starting at 8:00, catch "the goldbergs," "schooled" and "modern family." then at 9:30 "single parents" followed at 10:00 by "match game" then stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. >> all right. that is going to do it for this edition of abc 7 news. look for breaking news anytime for spencer christian, anthony flores, all of us here, we appreciate your time. we'll see you again tonight at 9:00 and 11:00.
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