tv Today in the Bay NBC October 7, 2010 5:00am-6:00am PST
the afghan war enters the tenth year today. where the war stands. a live look at the golden gate bridge. a sigalert affecting all the bridges coming into the city. a lot of crowds. i will show you why things are getting krouted starting today in the way. good morning. i'm laura garcia cannon. >> the pressure is on for rob to deliver a clear forecast for tonight's game. i think he is our ace guy and can get it done. >> i think i can last until the seventh inning. we have clear skies this morning for most of the bay area. a cool start and here's the important part of the let's jump to the afternoon forecast. san francisco should be pleasant. mid 60s and into the east bay. temperatures in the 70s. fleet week looks great. 70s around san francisco. look at that and the seven-day
forecast in a few minutes. >> in about 25 hours, tim lincecum will throw out the quest for a world series title. today in the bay, christie smith is live where the only thing hotter than the pancakes is
the playoff talk. good morning. >> if you believe the pessimists who are not here this morning, atlanta may have a better hitting game and it may be tough for the giants to pull it off at the next level. if you consider what's going on here, the niners are not giving us a lot to cheer about. the headlines for the giants are all good. it's something for the bay area to come on and cheer about. we spoke with a fan who said he wishes that he wishes that barry bonds were still on the team and thinks it will be tough. >> i think they are on the downside. >> really? >> it's going to be close.
>> are you going to be there? >> probably not. >> you are going to watch? >> oh, yeah. he will watch it more than me. he has a bigger tv. >> coming up in our next half hour,
we will be speaking with that woman who is a manager and has incredible timing. she bought season tickets and is the ultimate giants fan. she will be sharing her story and it's a good one. live in san francisco, christie smith today in the bay. >> she outfit and ready. >> the giants game is sold out, but you can get in if you are willing to pay. we checked out stub hub and there 60s available, but the cheapest we could find is $85 for standing room only. the cheapest seat is $89.99. about $90 in the upper deck and far down the first base line. the most expensive seats are field tickets at $1250 a pop.
the giants say stub hub is the only site where tickets are guaranteed to be real. if you see them listed on places like craigs list or you buy them from numbsomebody on the street buyer beware. if you are weighing a counterfeit ticket, you are out of luck. if you still want to see the game, you can watch it from the out field fence. you have to be aware because they will have a lot of company. you can't hang out for the whole game. you have to rotate. there is another option too although you won't be in the stadium. you might be able to get a place for a souvenir. you can make an online reservation. you can take your kayak out into mccovey cove and be in the area where they hit home runs and you might get a home run souvenir in the splash zone. for pregame coverage join us at 5:00 and 6:00. raj and the entire bay area news team is going to be at at&t park
getting the latest on the players and the feeling and the kplimt excitement as it builds. you can always logon any time you want to get the giants information you desire. >> a big break in the state budget crisis could come as early as this afternoon. lawmakers are set to vote on a deal that will close the $19 billion budget deficit. from our sister station reports from the capital that the new deal includes creative counting. >> they are spinning this as hard fought negotiations, but this is something the governor has been pushing for since the very beginning. pension reform. at least some form of it. here's the deal that was reached with the home to nearly half of all of the state's workers and what this pension deal means is that employees will pay 3% more
towards their pension and agree to one unpaid day per month. a 5% pay cut and in exchange, the union and members would receive no furlough days and no wage reductions in future budget delays. one last point is this rolls back formulas for new hires to pre1999 levels. both sides calling this a hard fought negotiation. however it's not over yet. the union needs to ratify the deal and also the legislature thanks to the agreement could be taking a vote to finally end what has been a record setting budget impasse here in the state of california. in sacramento, nbc bay area news. >> thanks a lot, mike. one of the people linked in a bizarre web of murders will be back in court. police found of bodies of his
wife and her friend and dozens of jars of chemicals that police said could have made explosives in his home. police call him a person of interest in the womens's deaths. they are trying to figure out if the deaths are connectioned to a killing spree involving 38-year-old af ran bald marro. he threatened officers with a knife following a high speed chase. the former operator of a hotel could be going to prison for tax charges. he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and never turned the money over to the city. he pleaded no contest. the 47-year-old will be sentenced december 16th. south san francisco leaders said when he surrendered, he owed the city $340,000 for taxes collected from guests at the comfort inn and suites. police say there people out there spying on people at the
atm. two men are behind bars for spying on atm customers and stealing cash when the victims accidentally leave cards behind. in some cases a pair got away with $400 in cash. if you forget to take your card, some allow you to push it back in and get access to the account. it happened 23 times this summer in north berkeley and near the cal campus. >> when i got my card a month ago and i forgot it. for a second i walked away and i was like oh, i didn't get it out of the atm machines. >> it does happen so police ask that you be careful. >> an air strike and ground raid killed eight. one of the insurgents a leader that organized deadly ambushes. that news comes out as the afghan war enters its tenth year. president obama wants to bring
the war to an end next year. forces are scheduled to start pulling out of afghanistan next summer. 1200 soldiers died in the war and the u.s. spends $100 billion a year to fund the fight. analysts say the beginning of 10-year offers a new opportunity. >> now is the time to give a new strategy one last chance. if this doesn't work, it's time for a back up plan. >> a white house report said for now there is no reason to change the war strategy. >> the majority of americans now support gay marriage according to a new poll released this morning. the big change also comes in a shift in the public's opinion on same-sex marriage during the past year. the research center poll said for the first time since the opinion was measured on the issue, more white main line protestants and white catholics now favor gay marriage than opposed. there is a change in opinion
among major religious groups. getting around san francisco on muni is about to get easier. they are working on an ap that gives realtime information on cost, distance, and time estimates for all of the transportations like light rail, busses and street cars. it's the first providing data on one network. they need to see how long it would take and how much it would cost to get there at the moment. 6:09 and heading out to the roadway. they will help you get to the bart station from at&t park. they are running longer training or giant trains for tonight and tomorrow. if you are not a giants fan, you have to walk to the ballpark. no luck for you. a nice live view here. the toll plaza looks smoothly.
we are seeing early slowing for parts of the east bay. that might be because folks are trying to get to work early and need to get out early. the south bay showed slowing at northbound 101 north of 680. there is an unusual slow down all the way towards 880. an early start and east bay might show slowing. even though the giants are playing on the water, a lot of folks are heading into and out of work because of the 6:30 game time start. back to you. >> also following the forecast. >> yeah, with rob and a look at the game day forecast. >> we are turning the corner to warmer weather. you need the jacket. we are in the mid 50s and not too windy. should see highs in the mid 60s. san francisco and the rest of the bay area warming up and
should see 70s and 80s towards saturday. what's left of the showers is off to the east as the system head away from the area. clearing skies and mild temperatures. 73 around san jose and close to 70 in oakland. north bay with highs in the low to mid 70s. the seven-day forecast starting to warm up and a change beginning tomorrow and big time for the weekend. mid- to upper 80s by sunday. >> 6:11 right now. a new list of america's most powerful women. who do you think ranks higher? nancy pelosi, sarah palin or lady gaga? we will show you. >> details on the death of actor gary coleman. what investigators now say. i'm bob redell live on board the uss macon island. we will tell you why this is touted as one of the most environmentally friendly vessels in the u.s. navy. [ male announcer ] taxes.
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6:14 and a nice looking shot for the bay bridge. hopefully it stays clear. we have fleet week in town and temperatures are looking good. we will be checking in with rob in a moment. >> new this morning, today marks the beginning of fleet week. they honor the military and the annual event is showing off the effort to go green. today in the bay's bob redell joins us from the uss macon, the world's most environmentally friendly military ship.
>> you can't miss it if you are driving in through san francisco. the commute to pier 30-32. it gives you a sense of how enormous this ship is. an aircraft carrier is roughly 1100 feet in length. this is a little bit shortner length. only about 800 or 850. it takes helicopters. navy and marine aircraft now. when the ship is open for tours, you will be able to tour one part. one part you won't be able to tour is the bridge. you have lieutenant commander. >> pleasure to have you aboard. >> the biggest reason is the gas savings we had from the hybrid propulsion plant which is the primary propulsion of the gas
turbine. they used a lot of fuel and they designed a system on the ship that has an electric drive. they produce electricity and drives the propulsion unit and uses to get them significantly less fuel than the gas turbine engine. >> 12 knots and burns about 25% of the fuel i normally burn. >> we have a few moments. over here is the steering wheel. i knew that. i was testing you. is it drive by wire? is that correct? >> it is drive by wire? it's drive by touch panel entry or we can handle it by the wheel. it does have a fail safe mode if they lose the electronics control. the manual control over the portion of the ship. >> you would be over here at the charting table. you use gps and you still have to rely on old school tools.
>> absolutely. satellites are electronic and they can fail. gps is not foolproof and should we find we need to get by, we maintain the ability to navigate like sailors have for centuries. we maintain on board the ship and it has gotten easier and requires a lot of math. we use a computer to do that and that's the hardest part. in the old bay days, the nafidator had to know all that math. >> beautiful. >> it was nice meeting you. welcome to san francisco. have a good week. brent and laura, macon island will be open for tours starting saturday, running through monday here at pier 30-32. you will want to show up early. we will have the times for you later. people do show up early in the city to get on the ships. there is a lot of long lines and
waiting. >> it's interesting to get a sneak peek. thanks. >> actor gary coleman's death is now officially an accident this morning. utah police announced the ruling late last night. he died in may two days after medics found him unconscious in his home. an autopsy said he died of natural causes. there were questions about his death because coleman and his ex-wife had a history of disputes and she took him off life support two days after he was found. bill clinton is frustrated that aid is not making it to haiti. $1 billion was promised and none has been delivered. he toured homeless camps and listened to refugees. he is the cochair of the commission that is overseeing the recovery and promises that u.s. aid is going to arrive soon. >> the ousted city manager enduring city hall salary scandal got out of jail.
the former bell manager was released from the county jail in downtown l.a. before midnight. he was clear to be released after a judge determined that the properties being used as collateral to secure his bail were not tied to his alleged illegal activity. he and other officials were arrested for allegedly bilking taxpayers out of $5.5 billion in benefits. meg whitman is not the only politician breaking spending records. almost 600,000 was spent in the quest to be oakland's next mayor. his opponents are upset. he spent $137,000 in the past three months that exceeds the $95,000 campaign limit. quan spent nearly 200,000 so far and kaplan spent $125,000. they requested stricter regulations of the spending limits.
the mayoral candidates will take part in a forum and a reminder that election day is 26 days away. you can get the news on the races that are important to you by logging on to nbc bay area and go to prop where all the information is. michelle obama is the most powerful woman in america. >> it shouldn't surprise you that the first lady would top the list by forbes magazine. the way the rest of the list plays out might. lady gaga comes in at number seven. that puts her above house speaker nancy pelosi and janet napolitano, sarah palin and current supreme court justices sonia sotomayor and elena kagan. >> we have information on a record that nobody is proud of. scott said there now morn americans on food stamps than ever in history. >> that's amazing. if you are saying wait a minute, the economy has been worse than it is now, two things, food
stamps are relatively new. there more americans now than there ever have been. that and the fact that we are a bigger nation means 41 million of our friends and neighbors are now on assistance. that is a big number, but more startling is how quickly that number is growing. up 18% in the last year. it works out to about one in eight americans on food stamps. you hear verizon is getting the iphone all the time. maybe this time it's real. a reporter who 10s to always get the story right said apple will start building phones compatible with verizon starting next year. that doesn't mean the deal has to be with verizon. a compatible phone could be with a different carrier. a disturbing story coming out of duke university this morning will be the focus on the today show. a female student created a power point with the names and
pictures of many men with whom she had intercourse. she included detailed descriptions and ratings of the men and sent that power point to a few friends which became a few more friends and so on and so on and so on. she has gone into hiding. her name is right on it. >> and the point of it was? >> you read it and you think it might be interesting. it's horrifying. just awful. the point is who knows. she called it her senior thesis. who knows. sign of the times or something. it's really disturbing. >> sad. >> yeah. >> 6:22 right now and let's move on to giants. bay area getting wound up and philadelphia still winding down from a historic win from the phillies first game. roy halladay pitched a no hitter yesterday. just the second one in major
league history. the first one was in the 1956 world series. halladay had a perfect game earlier this season. he was the first to throw a no hitter in the regular and postseasons. phillies won, 4-0. . >> per definitely giants. i found the reason for the slowing in the south bay. in the middle lanes, i took it off of the map where the 16 mile per hour speed sensors are registering. it's down to about 35. north past the area you will see slowing and really slow up towards 880. once that clears, they are moving through 101. we are seeing the slow downs shifting north and southbound.
typical there. sigalert for geyserville. southbound 101 with one lane block and one lane open. no major slowing and the bay bridge, we get a look at that live shot. we will take you back for the cash lanes. look for the metering lights. the forecast is coming up in a second. for now, back to the desk. >> thanks, mike. people are mad about how schools are being handled. we will see what they are doing about that up next. >> first here's a look at what's co001: [ male announcer ] carly fiorina.
as ceo, she laid off 30,000 workers and shipped jobs to china. china. india. russia. poland. i know precisely why those jobs go. [ male announcer ] because fiorina shipped them there. to shanghai instead of san jose. bangalore instead of burbank. proudly stamping her products "made in china." 30,000 workers gone while fiorina took $100 million for herself. carly fiorina. outsourcing jobs. out for herself. [ barbara boxer ] i'm barbara boxer, and i approved this message. students, workers and teachers are protesting in a continued lack of funning in california's education system. it comes in the wake of tuition hikes, lay offs and furloughs. it starts at 6:00 a.m. on bancroft and telegraph avenue. under way. also a noon really.
participants are expected to hold that until 5:00 p.m. and the weather this morning looks good. we will show you what's going on in terms of radar. over the sierra is where the showers are hanging out. no worries today. 73 in san jose and mid 70s inland around the trivalley. 60 no, sir san francisco and should be great for game time weather. low 60s around this evening and the east bay, 74 for consword and from here into the weekend. mid 70s inland by saturday and sunday. back to you. >> time now is 6:27. some people want to ban santa claus. meg whitman and carly fiorina could be avoiding a high profile republican. find out why. >> the giants's second season we l wilar klil loo lk at playoff fever coming up. choose from malibu, lemon herb, or hibachi chicken with all the trimmings!
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ready to pull out the orange and black. we will be talking live with giants fans. california's two big candidates could be avoiding a star from their own party. we will show you why. >> a live look at downtown san jose and 101 is where we have the big accident and the big slowing and the back up getting into the city. we will show you where the slow downs are and the ways around the back up today in the bay. >> good morning. thanks for joining us. >> 6:30 and we will take a quick look at the forecast with rob. good morning. >> pretty nice start so far. no need for the umbrella around the bay area. 50s to get the day started and low 70 said popping up around the trivalley.
73 today and fay is near 70. mid 60s for the afternoon for san francisco. they thinks a lot. new this morning, state lawmakers are set to vote on a budget. it will close a 19 billion dollar deficit. they say it does not include new taxes, but does include $7.5 billion in spending cuts to schools, child care, welfare and other social programs. it includes a large dose of creative accounting and 5.3 billion in help from the federal government. changes could be in store for the golden gate ferry. they will hold a public hearing on proposals to change the frequent rider discount fares and weekday schedules. that issate at the golden gate bridge building at 9:30. >> giants fans are geared up for the game. the giants start their march for the world series title. today in the bay's christie smith is live where fans are
getting ready for work and they are really focused more on the score cards than spread sheets. good morning. >> reporter: it's october and we are talking baseball by the bay. every pitch and swing is a nail biter. fans are here at the pine crest restaurant including the manager who may be the number one fan. good morning. you actually made a great decision to get season tickets. how is it going and what are you thinking about tonight? >> we are going to win. and tomorrow and the next day in atlanta. >> what's it going to take. atlanta is a good team. >> we have a good team too. we have tim lincecum and we are going to win. >> this has to be my favorite outfit of the day. you can walk us through it. i'm loving the shoes. >> the giants shoes. i have my nails of course. i got everything for my orange and my giants. my giants head band.
my earrings too. >> you will be there tonight? >> i will be there tonight. >> can you add a giants sandwich to your menu. >> for sure we will have a special sandwich if we win. >> thank you very much. we are reporting live in san francisco. christie smith today in the bay. >> for all your pregame coverage of the giants, join us tonight with raj mathai and the news team will be out at at&t park getting the latest on the players. from 6:00 to 6:30, all giants all the time. if you have to get the fix right now, logon and we have a lot there to keep you in the game. >> to decision 2010 this morning. sarah palin is apparently chasing a couple of key republican candidates away from the big california gop fund-raise ther month. carly fiorina and meg whitman are supposed to be at a fund-raiser in anaheim on october 16th, but they can't
make it because they have other events scheduled. experts say they are really backing out because of palin. her numbers are less than stellar in california. according to a field poll, only about 33% of californians like palin. 58% are not happy with her. when you break it down by party, only 9% of democrats like palin. >> with the election day three weeks away, they will hold a joint conference call with reporters urging voters to pass proposition 22. if it passes, it would stop california from taking or borrowing local tax dollars. next citizen, the bay area will present the final debate. it will be moderated by tom brocaw and it starts at 6:30 am we will have preand post debate analysis on air and online for all the news on decision 2010, logon and search prop zero. >> we will take a peek at the
morning commute. >> we will take you to the south bay where we had the earlier accident that has been cleared. northbound 101 with all lanes cleared of the accident. that doesn't mean the slow down cleared. that's about the time when things slowed down anyway towards 680. that's the reason why we have speeds. this one registering at 23, but we have a more accurate 30 miles per hour heading north. we will find more slowing as more folks head over there and highway 85, any time you hear about an accident in this corner, folks are heading over to 280. that could disturb the flow. expect to see 280, 87 and 85 with a heavier volume of traffic. head out to the roadways earlier. sunol slowing as you approach the express lane. we have seen slowing off and on moving smoothly all the way down toward this is scene before you get here, you will see sleing
starting now and in the bay bridge toll plaza with the back up. the metering lights were turned on and the back up going to the overcrossing and building. no major issues that will follow this because once it stars, it spreads out. back to you. >> thanks so much. >> it spreads out. there is a call for santa-free zone this is holiday. we will show you who wants the change and why. >> we will show you what kids will be asking for. >> fleet week is here again. we will have a live report on the preparations coming up. we are watching the fleet week forecast and the giants this evening and a warming trend for the evening. stick around for a look at that today in the bay. i'm jerry mcnerney, and i approved this message. he worked his whole life, served his country
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>> welcome back. late or this afternoon, a big game time for the giants. temperatures in the low 60s and close to 65. gorgeous weather for the baseball game. take a sweatshirt. it will cool off a little bit. fleet week is an event we are watching into the weekend. upper 60s and by saturday and sunday, even around san francisco. we are talking mid 70s.
a bit of a warm up. by tomorrow and saturday, it will start to feel warmer. no worries about an umbrella. mid 60 no, sir san francisco. close to 70 in oakland and low 70s and the seven-day forecast looks very nice for the weekend as the highs hit the 80s and close to 70s on the coast. >> doesn't feel like it, but with the holiday season creeping up on us, vendors are in texas this week taking a look at what's going to be hot this holiday season. with the toy preview, they say bat man is popular. there a lot of bat-shaped walkie talkies. hello kitty is back with a hard shell case for your i pad. technology is really king this year. >> it's huge. children see their parents and their older siblings using technology and they want the
real thing. they don't want just a toy version. >> not the toy version, but the kid version makes it tougher like this 5.1 megapixel crayola camera that is pretty durable. he afghan war enters its tension year. and shipped jobs to china. china. india. russia. poland. i know precisely why those jobs go. [ male announcer ] because fiorina shipped them there. to shanghai instead of san jose. bangalore instead of burbank. proudly stamping her products "made in china." 30,000 workers gone while fiorina took $100 million for herself. carly fiorina. outsourcing jobs. out for herself. [ barbara boxer ] i'm barbara boxer, and i approved this message.
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>> while we look at the back up, we want to get the latest. >> let me take to you a different back up first. westbound 580 and slowing out of the pass. 21 minutes now registering and continuing to build for the travel time. the accidents i'm showing is off of westbound 580 and that takes you north of the freeway itself. there is a big rig and a mustang reported. property damage, but keep it in mind if that's your alternate, you will have to get into that slow down as well. this will continue to build. slowing off northbound 238 as well. south out of hayward and the bridge itself moving smoothly. southbound side of 880. typical slow being this time every day. we will see how things are going past the coliseum. past the coliseum is smooth, but look at the volume. you have about a 14 or 15 minute
drive up towards downtown oakland. that would build and folk folmo are heading there. towards west grand avenue and growing fors the foot of the maze and we are not quite there. 880 is very slow. we also have slowing coming out and we have low clouds that are hovering. those are clear. >> patches of low clouds around the bay area. we are kind of cool. you want a jacket if you are headed out. 48 in gilroy and 56 in san francisco. 55 degrees in oakland. not much wind this morning. that's good news and not much in the way of showers. those are on and off to the east. mike pointed this out and patches of low clouds and mostly mild for the afternoon and the weekend is 80s coming back to the forecast. we can see here as the system heads over lake tahoe, a chance of shower thundershowers and snow maybe near 8,000 feet.
for the bay area, gorgeous weather and mid 60s. 70s inland as we head into tomorrow. especially for the weekend, high pressure builds in for the south and this leads to warming temperatures as highs soar into the mid 80s and probably 70s near the beaches by saturday and sunday. clearing skies today with a few clouds around for the morning. 73 in san jose and 75 in morgan hill. mid 80s across the north bay and highs in the low 70s. today, tomorrow, and the weekend ahead, we warm up. highs on the coast near 70 and the 80s inland. back to you. >> the afghan war enters its tenth year starting today. 12,000 americans have died. tracy pots is live in washington, d.c. with more on how that war might end. >> good morning, everyone. the casualties you mentioned include 119 californians who have died and nearly 700 who have been wounded in this car.
as we now enter this tenth year, lots of questions remain about when the war may end. the taliban is talking with the afghan government. not a lot of details about the secret high level talks. there is still the question of whether president obama will be able to begin pulling out troops next july as he promised. some critics say instead of fighting insurgents in a civil war, we should go after al qaeda. the big concern now, this week in particular is getting supplies to u.s. troops. u.s. troops killed two pakistani soldiers. pakistan in response to that has shut down some supply lines and they are having a hard time getting the supplies into our troops into afghanistan. just this week, dozens of nato supply trucks were attacked by militants. the u.s. now trying to figure out how to get the supplies into our troops. we are live on capitol hill, today in the bay.
>> california may have a budget just 99 days overdue. we have creative math. >> the budget this lawmakers will vote on probably today makes fairly rosy assumptions. it means more cuts and depens on money that doesn't yet exist. there will be more cuts to schools and there will be more cuts to child care. welfare cut as well. lawmakers have to close a 19 billion deficit now. no new taxes and new fees, but the math calls for a 5.3 billion in federal help, money that hasn't come yet. other money shuffling includes cutting $200 million from universities with the hope that is the feds will make up that money. 820 million from inmate medical care and 200 million saved by assuming the prison population will go down, not up. $60 million cut from daycare, higher payments from medi-cal
patients as well. they need a balanced budget passed. it has to balance on paper. whether or not in the future it will actually work out, some of it is a bit hazy. >> occur i do that with my credit card? >> that's what i was going to say. >> i will have money for my kids's college because some day in the future i will get a raise. that's true. >> really? you are getting a raise? >> it could work. that's kind of where they are going with this. >> thanks a lot. >> san francisco and the bay area all for the start of fleet week later today. the blue angels will start practicing. fun to watch. it's showing off the military's effort to go green. today in the bay's bob redell joins us on board one of the navy's largest environmentally friendly vessels. good morning, bob. >> reporter: good morning, laura. a beautiful view of the bay at the bay bridge east at about 85 feet above the water here at
pier 30-32. we are on the flight deck of the uss macon island arrived in town for fleet week this week. it's an enormous ship. not as large as an aircraft carrier. an aircraft carrier is just over 1,000 feet in length. this is close to around 850 feet in length. it doesn't handle jets. it handles helicopters and hairier jets. those are the ones that do vertical take offs and landings. this is used for a.m. fibbuous assaults. it can dip into the water and let a marine force come and go using the hover craft and the tanks to have the capability to float in the water. you will see it has the number eight pasted on the side because it's the eighth type of its class. this is the eighth ship that was type that has ever been built. the first time they had a hybrid
meaning electric power and after that it reverts to gas turbine power which is common on many, many ships. it's charging those batteries. we have lieutenant shawn murphy. thanks for having us. welcome to san francisco. >> thank you very much. >> you can give me an idea of what kind of mission the ship will be used for? >> to put marines on the beach by air or by sea. whether combat or humanitarian efforts. >> this type of class was used in haiti? >> that's correct. >> welcome to san francisco. you guys getting any time off for leave? >> we will see the city and we are going to love it. >> welcome. if you want to check out the uss macon island they will be doing tomorrow through monday, 9:00 to 3:30 here at pier 3032. you want to get here early. a lot of people lining up to see
the ships. especially this one with an enormous size. >> thanks for giving us a great preview. >> a christmas controversy is brewing ahead of the holiday season. a catholic church group wants to ban santa, saying santa is too hyped up and an invention of the advertising industry and distracts people from the true meaning of christmas which is the birth of christ. they want santa-free zones and replace the elf version with the patron saint of children. >> save to say nba players may not have been eject friday a game like this. it happened in vancouver between the toronto raptors and phoenix suns. grant hill slip and fell down. he got up and slapped reggie evans on the behind. evans slapped hill back and hill gives evans another smack. the ref throws both out of the
game. they left laughing about the whole thing. >> kind of interesting. the excitement is building because the baseball playoffs officially begin today for the giants. game is tonight against atlanta. christie smith is live in san francisco where excited giants fans are up. they can't wait. christie? >> reporter: we are at the pine crest restaurant kind of on the edge of union square. a lot of big hotels are around here. if you talk to people, a lot of them are not from the bay area. these folks are from north carolina. what they are telling us is it doesn't matter. they caught giants fever and they are here to cheer on the team and they are talking about baseball in october. this morning when you look at the people here and the manager and the workers, it's orange and black. we are taking on atlanta. no easy task. we just spoke with a new yorker who is here and visiting. he said he is not a yankees fan.
he is all giants. >> at least they keep the ball moving and keep up the pace. similar to what you see in championship games where the winning teams have the pace that they demoralize their opponents. they will be okay. >>. >> of course the game is tonight. they have two screens here. the manager is a huge giants fan. she is decked out from head to toe and said she will be at the game as soon as the game comes on, they will have everything on the giants. that's the latest from san francisco, today in the bay. >> thanks a lot. we appreciate it. we have all kinds of stuff. >> you put in the window. >> look at this. >> what about traffic into the game? >> there is a game tonight and tomorrow. bart is running longer trains. you call them giant trains.
he was spurring me on. a nice flow of traffic. no delays reported. keep in t in mind. the tent and flag celebrating the start of taiwan. keep those all in mind. 87 and 85 now seeing some of that taking on the folks avoiding 101 with the earlier back ups. almost stopped there approaching express lane. we will check on that and bring you the updates. >> will you have to bundle up? >> a little bit of that. it will be chilly, but at least i'm not being a pessimist to talk about rain and showers. upper 50s outside. notice the skies. the clouds are moving off to the east and the chance of showers also moving to the east. as you look at the game time
forecast just after 6:30 this evening. should be in the 80s with patchy low clouds and eventually dipping into the 60s. a sweatshirt will be fine. temperatures today hour by hour. 50s and lunchtime low 70s inland and topping out in the mid 70s in the warmest places. san jose and livermore. 63 in san francisco. the seven-day forecast shows fleet week will be fine. downtown san francisco should see temperatures in the mid 70s this weekend. mid 80s coming back to the bay area through the weekend. could turn warmer next week. showers are gone and summer. >> crazy talk once again. some people i guess when they think of george washington think of cherry trees and wooden teeth. i usually think of him as being the first president. a group of brewers think of fresh brandy. the brewers including some from
california went to the first president's former home in mount vernon, virginia. they drank some of that distilled peach brandy. they used fires to heat it and buckets instead of pumps. early reviews said it's pretty good and the state might bottle it and start selling it. >> interesting. a lot of people are talking about the makeover for your driver's license. a sample here. the dmv unveiled the changes that include laser etching to verify the names and birth dates by touch and images can be seen only through ultraviolet light. >> this is interesting. drivers under 21 will be vertic vertical. have a great day. hi! welcome to progressive.com. come on in, and i'll give you a free quote. quote and compare in about 8 minutes. now, that's progressive. call or click today.
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