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good evening and thanks for joining us on this thursday. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. not again. preventing a deadly pipeline explosion like the one in san bruno brought the department of transportation secretary to the bay area today, and he's pledging that changes to pipeline safely will soon be in place to protect us here. >> reporter: jessica, the secretary toured a site you see behind me from pg&e crews are working to replace 70-year-old pipeline, but he says what inspired him to make changes in pipeline safety was his private meeting with victims' families. the explosion in san bruno left eight people dead and destroyed 38 homes. deadly lessons learned here are prompting stronger federal enforcement of pipelines. that's why the department of
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transportation secretary, ray lahood, visited the explosion site in san bruno today with a pledge to the public. >> safety is the number one priority at d.o.t. >> reporter: he also toured pg&e pipeline work in progress in san francisco. crews are replacing pipeline from the 1940s with new line that can be more easily monitor had. congresswoman jackie spears says it's not enough. >> to the credit of pg&e, and i will give them credit when they deserve it and not give them credit when they don't deserve it.
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will be up for much higher civil penalties. reporting live in san francisco, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. plenty of champagne celebrations in the bay area tonight. a local ipo has the tech world buzzing. a lot of new manage millionaires. a company stirring up memories of the dot-com boom.
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linked in. business and tech reporter scott budman joins us from linked in headquarters in mountain view. scott, pretty close in mountain view to google literally speaking, correct? take it away. >> reporter: you know, it really is, raj. what a day. this is a company we've been following for weeks. it priced its ipo at 45, went out this morning at 83 and topped out at the close of $94 a share, a pop of more than 100%. yes, there are comparisons to google and also another mountain view dot-com pioneer, netscape. all of this put smiles on the face of other beay area social networking companies. as linked in wowed investors, another social networker, gild of san francisco, was taking notes and liking what it saw. >> i think this is going to be that moment where it really starts to emerge. >> reporter: this is gild's ceo.
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while linked in was scoring the biggest ipo since google, the future of gild was getting brighter by the minute. it too is in linked in's professional networking space. >> and everyone knows facebook, everyone knows twitter. but here's a company that isn't necessarily all that flashy, solving a really big problem, an important problem, and now the market is recognizing it's valuable. >> reporter: and linked in's stock price setting the pace for future silicon valley ipos. >> i think if you drive down sand hill road today, you probably heard the sound of champagne bottles popping. >> reporter: but there is a big difference between now and the dot-com boom. companies like linked in know to take it slow and make money first. >> it doesn't feel to me like everybody is out there partying like it's 1999 again quite yet. among other things, this is a real company with a real business model and real
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revenues. that alone makes it a lot different than it was 12 years ago or so. >> reporter: a good role model for companies like gild, waiting for their time in the spotlight. and now that linked in has gone public, the spotlight shining even brighter on other companies like facebook and zinga and at this point we have a fairly good idea how good they'll do. reporting live, scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> okay, thank you, scott. new tonight at 6:00, a judge is lifting restrictions on one of the bay area men accused of police corruption. norman welsh asked the court to leave the county for specialized medical treatment on his foot. that request was granted by the judge today. also the judge pushed back the plea date for the police officer on administrative leave after charges he stole cash, drugs and guns during police seizures. lombardi will have to wait another month to enter his plea. his attorney says the wait is especially hard because
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prosecutors aren't revealing what evidence they have against him, and now even the feds are involved. >> this is very difficult for a career law enforcement guy to be on the other side and have all sorts of allegations out there, many of which are false, and not have some of the discovery to be able to kind of sift through and see what's fact and what's fiction. >> lombardi is due back in court on june 23rd. welsh, a former concord investigator, christopher butler and steven tanabi will be joining him. all three were arrested in a police corruption probe. well, the lawyer for the man accused of ordering journalist chauncey bailey killed questioned the credibility of a key witness during closing arguments today. the defense attorney told jurors testimony from broussard does not prove yousef bey ordered the killing or was calling the shots. he also pointed out prosecutors offered broussard a 25-year
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sentence for the murder and another man in exchange for his testimony. this year's rain is helping california get out of a crippling drought but it's also been crippling to local farmers. the fruit is literally rotting on the vine in some cases. we bring in damian trujillo. i know they're keeping a close eye on the skies like so many other vineyards and farmers. >> reporter: that's right. one more storm like the one we've had and they'll begin worrying here. this is their merlot and it just started blooming in the last day or two. let me show you what the rains have done to the recent strawberry crop here. one side of the strawberry looks really fruity and red but you turn it around and there's a damaged part. it's rotting right now as we speak on the vines, on the plant, there in the strawberry crops. the growers say that they are taking it -- they are really taking it hard right now because it's really damaging their profitability as well. also what's happening is that
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the consumers are also maybe hit by what's happening with those rains. no one is singing these days at gilroy's farms. that's because most of the crop isn't making it into the baskets, it's rotting. >> the rain is just public enemy number one out here for the strawberries. >> reporter: they don't know how big of a blow this week's rain has delivered, but speculation is the monetary loss could be in the five, even six figures. >> it's going to be pretty hard to recover from something like that. i watch the weather constantly, and lately it's been a bit depressing. >> reporter: cherries are also taking a hit. the rains split and cracked the fruit, giving local growers perhaps another year where they'll have nothing to deliver to market. >> it's quite open inside here and you can see how the sunlight is coming in right on top of these grapes. >> reporter: alan dewitt is the wine maker at the winery.
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he's fortunate to have sprayed his crop early on with a fu fungicide. otherwise the rains would have damaged his fruit. >> rain from this point forward? fingers crossed it's not going to happen. i want a nice even season to carry me through bloom. >> reporter: but the bloom is happening right now in strawberry and cherry fields across the state. >> ironic that it's red, because i see red ink. >> reporter: and the growers don't know just how much more the consumers will have to pay because of all the damage, but they say they will pay more in price for strawberries, cherries and perhaps other fruits and vegetables. >> thank you, damian. now to the state's ongoing budget mess. new legislation, though, could help some of the state parks on the chopping block. those parks may be able to stay open past the july 2012 deadline. the state assembly approved a
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bill that would make it easier for nonprofit groups to take over operations at some parks. the bill will now go before the state senate. unless additional funding agreements can be reached, $33 million in budget cuts passed by the legislature back in march would force the closure of some 70 state parks. and the california lawmaker on a campaign to ban shark fin soup is changing his controversial bill. this morning paul fong amended the bill to allow businesses that still serve it to keep serving until 2013. initially it would have gone in effect in 2012 and banned the delicasy in all restaurants. it's not clear if the change will lead to passage of the bill. the idea is offensive to some people in the chinese community. the assembly due to vote on the bill next week. happening right now, a big night for the bay bridge. construction crews are nearly done hoisting a major milestone into place on the new bridge. these are live pictures from our
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helicopter of the bay bridge. the cable saddle, which is a massive gray arch, is about 15 feet from the top of the new tower. there it is right there as our chopper zooms in. it will hold the bridge's suspension cables in place. it's the largest tower saladdlen the world. it's nearly 33 feet across and weighs 450 tons. the work is expected to wrap up around 8:00 p.m. so just in a couple of hours from now and it is not impacting traffic. over labor day weekend some of the eastbound lanes of the bridge will be shut down overnight. after that, drivers headed from san francisco into oakland will pass through a very slight detour, but you see that massive arch there right now. that detour is expected to help crews finish the new bay bridge ahead of schedule. the completion date should be late 2013. so live pictures right now of the bay bridge. now to the south bay. this could have been worse. our nbc helicopter over al viso and a slew there.
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the coast guard will soon begin removing hazardous materials and fuel from this abandoned barge. this morning they used pads and boones to soak up fuel leaking from the vessel. so far it's not clear who owns the barge, but that person could face fines for abandoning it for more than a year. it will remain in the slew because maritime officials do not have the power to tow a vessel unless it's a hazard to navigation or the environment. >> that does look nasty. still ahead tonight, another day and another announcement from arnold schwarzenegger. also, the woman who came forward in 2003 claiming she was groped by the former governor. what she's saying about the scandal. a new map shows places in the bay area most at risk for landslides. i'm monty francis in fremont. i will show you that map and tell you if your neighborhood is at risk coming up. and a bump in the road. the major bay area freeway could be partially demolished to make
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way for the new high-speed rail line. and good evening, i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. some of the warmest weather we have had in over a week with mid-70s here inland. also for the north bay, still close to 80 in santa rosa. we'll call it cool for the south bay with 50s returning and we're talking about weekend changes. i'll let you know if this means rain coming up in a few minutes. v
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friends and family of two men shot and killed by oakland police last night say they want to know what happened. that shooting took place at 10:30 last night on curran avenue between 35th and coolidge. jody hernandez is at the oakland police department on what happened and why police aren't saying much. >> reporter: jessica, oakland police aren't talking on camera but the family of one of the suspects last night is and they want answers.
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>> they didn't have to kill him. they didn't have to kill him. they didn't have to kill him. >> reporter: a distraught mother believes police went too far when they say they shot and killed her 30-year-old son, fletcher antwan jackson during a police pursuit in oakland last night. >> i want to know everything, the reason why, how did this happen, please, please. please, please, please. please, god. >> reporter: oakland police declined to talk about it on camera, but in a written release they said it all started when they got a tip a violent crime was about to go down on the block. when they confronted three suspects in a car, they say two emerged with guns. police shot and killed two of the men during the confrontations that followed. >> i mean it just looked like the fourth of july, like somebody was just letting off, you know, fire crackers or something. >> reporter: this woman describes the gunfire that rang out just outside her front door, causing her and her two small children to duck for cover. she said she'll never forget the
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image of two men laying dying in her yard. >> i'm still pretty much in shock about it, happening at my house and being on my grass with my kid plays outside every day. to me that was kind of reckless to run up like in a residential area and that type of extreme gunfire was really dangerous for everyone around here. >> reporter: jackson's family is angry. they say police didn't have to shoot the men. >> they was running from you because they was scared, and you're going to slay them down like animals? >> reporter: though police aren't talking on camera, sources tell nbc bay area that police got a tip from a very reliable source that the three men were going into the neighborhood to do great bodily harm on somebody. we've also learned that the second suspect killed last night was a parolee who was on parole for a concealed weapons conviction. the third suspect, the one who is still alive, is also a parolee.
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reporting live in oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> all right, thank you. a busy stretch of 280 near at&t park could be demolished to make way for a planned high-speed rail. rail officials want the tracks too underneath 16th street, 7th street and mission bay drive. here's the map now. they say it would be dangerous for cars to cross the tracks. city officials said it would cause problems for muni and cut off mission bay from the rest of the city. another option for the city is to replace 280, at least that stretch of 280 with a parkway. the rail is expected to travel through the peninsula along caltrain's route. a potentially deadly virus has affected 800 horses in several western states including ten cases here in california. animal professionals are keeping a close eye on their stables, quarantining many horses in hopes of saving them from are something called ehv 1.
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they say early detection is key to saving animals from the virus. >> it's very contagious and it's also in many cases very lethal. so if horses are identified early, we can treat them and actually get pretty good resolution, but we need to identify them early and treat them vigorously. >> now, the outbreak has been traced to a cutting competition at the western national championships in ogden, utah. a rally is set to take place this weekend to protest leash laws within the golden gate national recreation area in san francisco. it's a spot where dogs can go without a leash. the opponents want to protest the plan to restrict the places where dogs can roam free. they say city parks will be overcrowded if off-leash dog areas are cut back. the proposal from the national park service would reduce the size of off-leash areas for dogs at 21 sites, which would include ocean beach, crissy field and
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ft. mason. the march is scheduled for saturday morning at 10:30 at ocean beach. wow, today would have been a beautiful day to head outside and hit any park because it was really nice outside. >> sunny guys in the south and the east bay. 33 days until summer. we're doing the official countdown back in the weather center. i know a lot of you like this warm weather and we do have a lot more coming our way this week. my seven-day forecast, numbers up some 20 degrees from what we had on sunday and also monday when we had that cold winter blast. 76 in san jose. harv in los gatos calling in 78. 79 there. 74 in santa rosa. we take a look outside in san francisco and we do have some fog starting to push up against the golden gate bridge. winds more onshore here, at least in san francisco, so that is going to bring back the fog tonight. already numbers down at the coastline from your daytime highs with plenty of 50s. inland we haven't seen the
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westerly wind impacting temperatures too much. still on the mild side in livermore at 74. 77 in santa rosa. right now we are clear at the mid and higher levels here across the entire state of california. however, we are going to see that fog once again as we've been mentioning forming back at the coastline and impacting the peninsula tonight and also the north bay. we're going to be watching some weekend changes. we're going to be monitoring some cooler air that's going to slide in and move out this region of high pressure that's been producing this warm weather at least the past 24 hours. the good news is there's not much here in the way of rainfall expected across the western coast with that cool air. okay, for tomorrow we're looking at near 50 here for most of the bay area as we start off on our friday. yes, it's friday here. as we head throughout today, temperatures will bump into the mid to upper 60s. another warm day coming our way. we will tell you when our best chance of 80-degree weather will be coming back. i know you guys want it, right? >> we're ready for it. >> okay, good. >> thanks, jeff.
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still ahead at 6:00, it's one of the bay area's most scenic attractions, but it wouldn't be without the sweat and dedication of so many volunteers. well, tonight nbc bay area's doug mcconnell. yes, you heard the name right. takes you in-depth for a look at how concrete and rubble has been transformed into a lasting legacy in the city. also ahead, california researchers offer new insight into the devastating earthquake in japan. the one region they are now focusing on. and the ground-breaking today that will provide a state-of-the-art venue for anyone to become an explorer.
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well, it's leaving the palace of fine arts and moving to the waterfront. >> i love that place, so do my kids, but the exploreatorium is on the move. it isn't the only thing moving to the waterfront. here's nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. >> the first version of pier 15
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was built in 1914. it was entirely timber. >> reporter: over the decades, the waves of progress have swept down san francisco's waterfront. >> when they first built the area we're standing on right now, shore was actually back there a couple of streets. >> reporter: but this latest transformation is taking place at piers 15 and 17, where lumbering cranes pound giant piles 120 feet into the bay floor. >> we're doing a lot of work out here at the new sites. some of that is seismic retro fit and some of it is repair. >> reporter: the work will transform riding piers into the spiffy new home of the exploratory yum. currently the new museum will stretch across 330,000 square feet of bay front. >> this location gives us the opportunity to do exhibits about the water, about the environment, outdoor exhibits, about the city in the bay. >> reporter: plans have been in the works for eight years, but one thing its designers never counted on was its projected
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opening would coincide with the america's cup race. >> we're really excited about the timing of the america's cup because our goal is to be opening in the first half of 2013. the america's cup will happen in the summer of 2013. >> reporter: construction for the museum and the yacht race will change the face of the embarcadero. >> this all used to be produce over here and that's not here. the freeway was here, that's not here. >> reporter: if you ever pump into flicka mcgurin, you might want to rub her for luck. her pier 23 restaurant happens to be smack dab between the site of the new exploreatorium and the america's cup venues. >> i never would have guessed that i would be in the middle of all of this activity. it was just not in the cards that i thought i had dealt myself, so it's very exciting. >> what you see is some of the existing piles. >> reporter: the work will help the piers withstand a disaster the magnitude of the 1906 quake. and in its aftermath, give this
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edge of san francisco a whole new start. joe rosato jr., nbc bay area news. >> i'm looking forward to heading down there when it's opened. >> it's going to be great. still ahead at 6:00, a new investigation involving the unabomber and a mysterious rash of killings in the early 1980s. also coming up, new details tonight involving that fiery plane crash in southern california. what the plane was being used for. we have some answers. and the show is supposed to go on, but will schwarzenegger's acting career? a big announcement made today. >> reporter: and a new map shows the neighborhoods most at risk for landslides. i'm monte francis live in fremont. i'll tell you which places here in the bay area are in the danger zone.
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it's been a notable stay. state geologists released a new map today showing places across the bay area and across the state most at risk for
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landslides. >> we actually saw landslides earlier this year taking down backyards and threatening to destroy homes in many parts of the bay area. the new information is now being used by emergency responders to estimate the amount of damage that a landslide could cause to a particular neighborhood. nbc bay area's monte francis is in fremont with more for us. >> reporter: well, we're here near mission peak where there was a massive landslide way back in 1998. in fact you can still see where the land gave way more than a decade ago. because a landslide happened here before, geologists say there's a high risk of it happening again. dozens of multi-million dollar homes sit just below mission peak in fremont, a spot ranked at the highest risk as vulnerable to a landslide. >> the high susceptibility is because you have a weak rock on a steep slope. in this case you have a pre-existing landslide that the rock has broken already and is prone to sliding again. >> reporter: this homeowner was here when the earth gave way more than a decade ago, but he
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says he's not worried. >> it's the nature. this can happen any time. why worry. >> the bay area has a bunch of areas which have high susceptibility. >> reporter: geologist chris wills of the california geological survey has spent months working on this map, showing where landslides are most likely to occur. the darker the color red on the map, the higher the risk. the risk is also assigned a number on a scale from one to ten. >> what we're able to do that we were not able to do before is for this projected winter storm scenario, we're able to use this and then go on and project the amount of damage that would occur statewide. >> reporter: the east bay hills where the bay area's most recent landslide damaged homes in san pablo is just one of the spots that ranks a nine. other high-risk spots include much of marin and sonoma counties, spots on the peninsula and a large area in the santa cruz mountains. >> we have tornados there in the
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east coast and slides here and sometime earthquakes here, so you have to take the good with the bad and bad with the good. >> reporter: of course you also have to consider what triggers a landslide, factors such as rainfall or earthquakes. if you'd like to take a look at this map and zoom in on your neighborhood, we put a link on our website. just go to and search for the word "landslides." >> bet you lots of people will be checking that out. thank you, monte. new tonight at 6:00, scientists sifting through data from japan's massive earthquake back on march 11th are making some important discoveries. a cal tech research group is urging close monitoring of a region just south of the quake's epicenter. it's an area they didn't suspect had devastating seismic potential, but neither was the place -- but it wasn't the place where the march quake struck. police in japan now report 15,000 people were actually killed in that earthquake.
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9,000 people are still missing. well, the scandal continues. former california governor arnold schwarzenegger made another big announcement today. this one about the future of his hollywood career. also, a woman who accused him of groping her back in 2003 ihaving her say. jennifer bjorklund from our station in los angeles has the very latest. >> arnold, are you comment? >> reporter: when arnold schwarzenegger left his office earlier this week, he may have suspected it would be a while before he came back. now he's confirmed his re-entry into motion pictures is on hold. governor schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or time lines the statement from his office says. this includes projects under consideration. we will resume discussions when governor schwarzenegger decides. meantime a divorce for maria shriver after 25 years if it comes to that could be a costly one, $200 to $400 million according to various reports. shriver has hired celebrity
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family attorney laura wasser. and the women who blew the whistle on them alleging he groped them back in 2003 say they do feel vindicated now. >> arnold schwarzenegger was finally having the day of reckoning, okay. and this situation was finally, finally coming out to light. >> reporter: the "l.a. times" national correspondent who worked on that story and has continued to work on uncovering details of schwarzenegger's daily anss said they lost subscribers, but they were right and the women who came forward did the right thing. >> when the accusations landed in 2003 with all these women coming forward claiming he had abused them on movie sets, a lot of the public reaction was, you know, that they were lying or they were trying to get attentn or there was a big wave of negative reaction in some corridors against these
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women who i think were very courageous. >> that was jennifer bjorklund reporting. for complete coverage of the aurnlt arnold schwarzenegger story, go to our website a we've posted several story, including which tv show is already taking a crack at the former governor. that's a burned-out tanker jet that burned off a runway is now being looked over by federal investigators. the ntsb said the engine fire during takeoff caused the incident. it also ignited 150,000 gallons of fuel that was supposed to be used for training exercise. no one was seriously hurt during that fire. three people escaped unharmed. the mothers of those two berkeley hikers jailed in iran have reportedly begun a hunger strike today. shane bauer and josh fattal are said to be fasting in their cells. as a show of solidarity, their mothers have joined the fast and bauer's fiancee, sarah shourd, said she will to on saturday.
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last week they delayed the trial without any word or explanation. both were accused of spying after they were caught crossing the iraq/iran border. the unabomber is being investigated for another series of crimes, the unsolved tylenol poisonings in chicago that killed seven people. he was asked to provide dna samples to the fbi but he refused unless the government stopped its online auction of his personal items. but the auction went on with proceeds going towards the $15 million he owes to his victims. he said some of the evidence seized from his cabin may exonerate him in those tylenol killings. he is currently serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in 1998 for killing three people and injuring 20 others in a mail bombing spree that spanned nearly two decades. well, still ahead here at 6:00, a lasting legacy. what makes san francisco's crissy field one of the most te beautiful places in the bay area, and how volunteers helped
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make it happen. nbc bay area's doug mcconnell will have that for you in a moment. and inside the eye of a tornado. the amazing video tonight. unbelievable. after one of the deadliest outbreaks in decades, no severe weather right now. today was the warmest weather we've had in over a week. san jose hitting 76. tonight we'll call it chilly with temperatures dropping down into the 40s and we do have some weekend changes coming your way. i'll let you know what that means coming up. au
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stunning to see, amazing new video tonight of a massive tornado that swept through alabama late last month. that twister was tearing through a parking lot, debris flying, trees blowing wildly. a man pulled out his camera and captured what happened.
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moments later the tornado can be seen skirting just slightly away from his vantage point. that killed more than 30 people and injured 600 others in tuscaloosa. here's an interesting one. dinosaurs may have had huge bodies but they had little brains. humans, by comparisons little bodies and big brains. a group of paleontologists say the reason is as plain as the nose on your face. in fact it is the nose on your face. experts have determined that 200 million years ago it was a keen sense of smell which drove a huge spurt in brain growth. that gave mammals a big advantage over the dinosaurs. many modern mammals, such as dogs and bats, still have that excellent sense of smell but the sense has diminished in humans as our brains continued to grow even larger. how about that one. >> how about sharks? they need a reversal of fortune and fast. the good thing is they're home for the next two games. >> they need a pep talk from jessica. >> they need to win four of
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their next five potential games and that is no easy task at this point because vancouver is firing on all cylinders. the a's bombed today at the coliseum but the moef disappointing loss is the oakland native who left the game e onof the really good guys on the giants suffers a painful injury where it's hard to tell exactly what happened. a very frustrating scenario for mark derosa. and good evening, i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. a life look at the golden gate bridge. currently relatively clear here. we'll tell you about weekend changes coming up in a few minutes. of
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our newsroom was buzzing tonight. we have a new team member here and we're thrilled. we can go over a laundry list of career accomplishments but the best way to describe him, he's uniquely bay area, right? >> yes. a reporter that you know from reporting on every bay area background around is here with us tonight. there's only one doug mcconnell. we are so honored and so excited to have you here now. >> i'll thrilled to be here with you guys. i'm big fans. >> no, that's our line. that's our line about you. >> i'm thrilled to be here. >> you're going to be joining us doing environmental stories which is really what you loved about the bay area. >> we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we have a spectacular natural environment with all kinds of stories to tell within it and so it's my joy, my pleasure to get out there, find those stories and bring them back. >> and tonight you're starting with one of jewels of san francisco. >> absolutely, jessica.
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as you remember this is a story about a big community zubs. as you remember ten years ago crissy field in san francisco kind of rose out of the debris of an old military dump site, the presidio and became a sparkling national park jewel. all kinds of people gave their time, they gave their money, they got involved to make this happen, and so i would say really as lincoln might, this really is a park of the people, by the people and for the people. >> you can see alcatraz, the golden gate bridge, the green space, the people. >> reporter: this is crissy field in san francisco, part of our golden gate national recreation area. it's a place where people gather, and where nature touches the city. crissy field as we see it today is only ten years old, but it's become an instant and beloved icon for those who live here and those who come from far away. >> it feels good to be down here. >> reporter: 100 years ago part
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of this was a grand prix racetrack. then for many decades after that, an army air field. and then ten years ago this month, crissy field was absolutely transformed into 100 acres of parkland, now visited by more than a million people a year. it is a national treasure, right in our own backyard. today this national treasure has a 20-acre tidal marshland. restored dunes covered with 100,000 native plants. a promenade more than a mile long, and clean beaches giving way to world class views. but as these before and after pictures show, 70 acres of asphalt and rubble first had to be removed from the abandoned military site. thousands of volunteers joined in the effort. the community eventually raised almost $35 million to grow crissy field. more than $18 million coming from the evelyn and walter hoss
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jr. fund, the largest cash gift ever given to support our national parks. >> we in the national park service are privileged to be the managers and in some ways care takers of these areas, but really they're owned by the community. and i think the legacy of crissy field is that it reminds people that they own these precious landscapes. >> reporter: another enduring legacy here is the crissy field center, which has become a model for environmental education nationwide, reaching young people who may otherwise never visit a national park and benefit from nature. for those who have led the transformation of crissy field, the true success of this community achievement can be seen every time they walk the promenade. >> the joy, i think, for all of us comes from being out on a park on a day like today when you see how much your joy is transformed to the millions of people that come to these parks every year. >> reporter: and it's a joy i experienced in the close company of a great blue heron at crissy field. >> oh, what a shot that is.
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>> boy, i tell you, that's such a beautiful place, such a wonderful thing. i just want to point out if you go to crissy field, we can continue to help. if you go to crissy field and you buy some coffee or good organic food -- >> at the warming hut. >> or the beach hut cafe, all that money goes to fund the environmental education programs at crissy field center. >> and the warming hut has great little gifts that you can buy people and give to people. >> we were all talking about taking our kids there and our dogs there and enjoying it. for so long it was unused and not usable. it's been so great these last ten years. >> it's so great to have it reborn. it's just one of many parts in our golden gate national recreation that have really come alive thanks to the works of the park service and park conservancy and all the volunteers. 30,000 volunteers every year. >> you're going to be back tomorrow. >> one more wonderful story of
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the park service, conservancy and volunteers, taking you out to redwood creek in southern marin county that is being transformed, restored, the landscape is changing. in part to save endangered salmon and steelhead trout from the brink of extinction. >> so a few days aweek, we'll have doug mcconnell on our team. do you still have the red jeep in the parking lot? >> who knows, it may be out there. >> good to have you here, doug. let's get to jeff ranieri now. >> yes, yes, welcome, doug. let's take a look outside right now in oakland across the bay towards crissy field, but you can't see much of crissy field right now because the fog is starting to roll in. we do have winds west at 12 and that will keep it cool, already dropping to the 50s and the 60s but a nice night for maybe some dinner outside. still holding on to mid-70s. tonight we'll see that patch of fog across the coastline and the peninsula. for friday it still stays warm with 70-degree weather coming on back. so we have high pressure that
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will keep us warm tomorrow but this is what we're watching for the weekend. it's some cooler air arriving throughout saturday and sunday and will knock down our temperatures so let's just enjoy this mild temperature that we'll have with those 70s inland and then we'll start to knock those temperatures down once again for the weekend. as we head throughout tonight we'll see patchy fog and stratus forming along the coastline and the santa cruz mountains. also the south bay and peninsula but it's going to clear out and we'll see a mix of sun and clouds as we head throughout friday's forecast. 49 in san jose, 53 in san francisco and for tomorrow, yes, it is true. mid to upper 70s coming on back. 77 in evergreen, 75 in los gatos, 76 in dublin. and for the peninsula, atherton mid-70s, 75 in redwood city. palo alto mid-70s. san francisco, crissy field, close to 70 tomorrow. by the early afternoon we should be in on some sunshine. that should help to warm us up. we can do everything here at nbc bay area. we're very multi-tasked. can you believe that, guys?
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>> it's what we do. >> on your seven-day forecast, a little inside joke there, you can see by the weekend we'll see upper 60s and low 70s so we'll cool off, but no rain right now for saturday or sunday. that is the good news. >> that's great news. it's been a gorgeous day into a gorgeous weekend. >> yes, we look forward to it. okay, now for the sharks. this is going to be a little tough. let's bring in lawrence scott. . good evening. it's not a deep hole yet. that will come if the sharks lose tomorrow, but it seems a little bit like deja vu. last year the sharks lost the first two games. that was at home. now they return to the tank at home after getting blasted last night. the canucks score five unanswered goals. now this, rough and tumble fight with patrick marlo. just a hard game to watch in the second and third periods last night. the sharks are far from out of it. the way the game was lost, well,
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hopefully will be some extra motivati motivation. tomorrow is truly pivotal. >> i think when we're down, different guys like to step up. you know, it's been the case during the course of the year. and we wouldn't expect anything different. we're down two games to nothing, but we know guys will step up and lead the way. >> vancouver did a good job at home. that's what you've got to do in the playoffs, win home games. we tried to steal one there but it didn't happen so we're going to have to regroup and win our home games. >> it's frustrating. i don't think it's a lack of people not caring, but i think at times you want to win so bad we get frustrated and lose composure a little bit like last night. we've just got to respond. >> comprehensive coverage of every bay area team is on sportsnet central every night at 10:30. a full 30 minutes of coverage, including exclusive sharks playoff analysis and inside access. go deep with sportsnet central every night at 10:30.
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the giants and a's bay bridge series will be renewed tomorrow. it will be right here starting at 7:00 p.m. the a's with a day game today against the twins. it was a disappointing day for an oakland native. tyson ross has been a nice addition in the fifth starter role with dallas braden done after shoulder surgery. now the a's will be without ross for a while. just seven pitches in he calls for the trainer and leaves with a left oblique injury. he was replaced by david percy. with the twins up one, percy gives up a solo home run in the second. and the twins were just getting started. top five, justin morneau gets to craig brez low for this two-run homer to right. minnesota added six more runs in the eighth and the a's bring a couple of losses into the battle of the bay, getting bombed 11-1 today. the giants and dodgers playing one more after cody ross was the hero last night with the three-run homer to win it in the ninth. but there was also a confusing
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and difficult moment. earlier in the game mark derosa at the plate and without swinging reinjures the left wrist he's had surgery on twice since october of 's 09. today he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with emmanuel burress coming back to help the team. this is a frustrating situation for derosa. he keeps fighting through this injury and now yet another setback. finally a former cal football star was back in the east bay today. desean jackson bringing an important message to a high school. he was spreading the word of an anti-bullying campaign today. tomorrow he'll be at palo alto high school. his stance on this and other non-violence efforts related to kids has been well documented. jackson has shown some real class in supporting kids who have been the victims of bullying. doing some very nice things. one kid he brought a jersey to on a talk show that just made that kid's life. desean is enter superabout this. >> thanks, we're back in a moment. dry mouth is uncomfortable.
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slow it down. today the golden gate bridge highway and transportation district held the first of two public meetings to decide whether there should be a speed limit for bicyclists on the bridge. the initial plan would hit riders with a $100 fine if they didn't slow down to 5 miles an
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hour around the towers or 10 miles an hour through the entire bridge. cyclists are up in arms over the proposal but the district feels speed limits may be needed for safety. they have clocked some cyclists going at 20 miles an hour. it's dangerous considering how crowded the golden gate bridge can be, especially at peak commute times. here's what we're working on for our 11:00 newscast. inside the mind of a child predator. meet a man who spent ten years behind bars for multiple counts of child molestation. now he's talking to us about what motivated him to choose his victim. it's information that helps sex crime investigators explain who parents should keep a close eye on when it comes to their children's safety. >> the main thing i would say the parents' reaction is that they never thought that person would be doing it. and then, of course, they didn't think anything was going on with their child because if they did, they said they would immediately would have done something. >> it can be some very useful information. vicky nguyen takes us in depth tonight at 11:00.
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>> we'll see you then. bye-bye.
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