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hot temperatures hit the bay area -- for the start of an odd weather week. scott/2shot good morning, and thanks for joining us. i'm scott mcgrew. kris/2shot and i'm kris sanchez. ad lib toss to kari
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jose reaching into the upper 80s. and it will get up to 89 degrees, but the next couple of days we'll be watching a system that will bring us some cooler temperatures. but the heat will be peaking tomorrow. i'll talk more about that and look ahead to the rest of the week and a chance of rain. that's coming up just a little rlines sr. scott and kris. >> that would be some welcome news. southwest airlines says that its computer systems are all t wa to normal after a day filled with glitches. re delights delayed. it was a miserable sunday for in y passengers in the bay area and beyond. 25% of all southwest flights were delayed as passengers had their checked in manually. adding to the frustration of :" itsdelays many travelers say
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they didn't know why their travel was disrupted. >> it's just poor. velinpoor customer service. it's poor information. e... whough the southwest system only ago today, the airline is still advising people traveling amerhow up two hours ahead of flight time with boarding passes already printed. they did hand out pizza at ered s to try to appease the passengers. the glitch only effected southwest this time around, but united and american airlines they know how it feels because ect inad similar glitches in the last three months. new details on a controversial construction project in east san jose. vois morning mayor sam lacardo and council member visited lanes ling shops. business owners say they are losing big bucks because of a lanesed bta project to add express bus lanes in the area. osal nd to fire the project's contractor. and now the lanes may not be b ready until the end of the year. prop >> there's a proposal now for
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vta staff up to $25,000. [ inaudible ] council member and others add up to $15,000 we know there are businesses that have lost 2 or 300. ustomehould point out the end of next year. they plan to open a satellite office here in the neighborhood to stay in touch with merchants. it's working on a marketing plan e who saustomers know stores are vndeed open for business. police in san francisco are taking a look at surveillance video and interviewing people t strew a deadly crash involving tion. and a bicyclist. these are photos from the scene t sterday afternoon on market street near the montgomery b.a.r.t. station. police tell us the man was riding his bike between two buses when it appears that he tost his balance and fell. he was then crushed under the ators f a muni bus. this morning the medical
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dentiner identified that planeist as a 47-year-old man thi berk li. investigators say they'll need dental records to identify o== two people killed when a small plane crashed in south nanza ahoe this weekend. atut plane was registered to a man from the east bay. the single engine beach craft bonanza crashed into a wooded housing development saturday night. faa records show the plane was registered to 73-year-old conrad yu of oakley, but so far investigators are not saying if he was on board. >> he may have rented the aircraft to someone else? >> no. i'm sure no. >> why not? >> because he don't like nobody touch his plane. >> he's a pilot and he's a chemical engineer. ses some smarts upstairs. he didn't talk about it too much. >> nobody on the ground was hurt. ht sesses say the plane crashed in windy conditions shortly th tahtakeoff. bay area play write saw that tn south tahoe to see one of his n't soun a festival. lize had just settled into their
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vacation rental when the plane went down nearby. >> the whole house sort of jolted. and it felt like an earthquake, but it didn't sound like an earthquake. >> the two went outside and realized not an earthquake, a plane crash. only about ten feet from the ==use. eportingoving fast. the two were able to get to safety until firefighters arrived. gtoniran state tv is reporting that justices there have convicted a bay area journalist uho now works for "the washington post". 14 mn rezaian is from marin, former california bureau chief who moved to the post bureau in nhran. he's been in prison for 14 months now in iran accused of espionage. an iranian judiciary spokesman last night confirm that had olent cron but provided no other detail on the verdict nor what the sentence might be. i>> should violent criminals be wllowed to fight fires? vo== a push by some state as ders looking to boost the rtmber of inmates works outside teison walls to help firefighters on the front line. efightinw only minimum security
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inmates with no history of violent crime can take part in california's inmate fire fighting unit. the unit has 3,800 inmates but officials say it needs about victedmore. so the state department of corrections and rehabilitation is proposing opening up that beharam to inmates convicted of things like assault and robbery, o but only after years of good behavior. arsonists, kidnappers, sex offenders and inmates serving cree sentences would not be aklaidered. critics say the plan puts regular firefighters at risk. ed> oakland police say they've caught the man accused of crashing his car during a high speed chase and then fleeing the n leanleaving his injured antear-old daughter trapped in that car. kelvin govan surrendered to san ice sa droe police yesterday afternoon. er has wanted for a robbery er ie thursday. officers chased govan to oakland and that's when police say he " ashed his car and ditched it. his daughter had to have surgery because of her injuries. afer. ople in one san jose neighborhood have a hawk to
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thank for making streets a little safer. cot loosely stands for high intensity activated crosswalk. nceks sort of like a train signal really. it's a next generation signal they're testing on snell avenue near marshal cot l park. little getth the button there's a series of yellow and red acghts and gives pedestrians time to cross. some drivers say it takes a little getting used to. the mercury news reports several wi h.a.w.k.s are being rolled out across the bay area. ==> you could be $15 million richer. >> saturday's lot to plus winner lis not come forward. the winner was sold at a safeway e mega jose. it was sold here near monterey highway. listen carefully, you're winning numbers are 21, 28, 33, 34, 37 and the meganumber 17. remember, kris and scott told you those numbers. so what would you do if you won espeig prize? we ask the safeway shoppers.
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>> to be honest we'd probably keep very little to ourselves and we would probably help those around the world that really are suffering. because there's so many people like especially in south carolina right now there's so many people that are suffering. >> she's of course referring to the massive flooding that has hit south carolina. meanwhile safeway gets a $75,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. >> my first thought was i go to ay tway, my second thought is i r'dn't buy a lottery ticket. off.hat you have to do. yeah. 's wheds of people are gathered right now in half-moon bay to ner yout who is going to win this year's pumpkin weighoff. >> that's where nbc bay area's bob redell always is. bob, what's the word? any winner yet? >> reporter: still waiting. we've got more and more to go. you see right here is the winner of the best looking pumpkin contest. there's a pumpkin in the background on the forklift. he just won for best looking pumpkin. literally the pumpkins that are going to win as far as the weigh-off are much bigger than that orange board over here. let's look at the current board
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right now in first place with four to go jack leru, he won back in the '90s. we spoke with him this morning. he's weighing in at 1,685 pounds. if you look at the defending champion, who we also interviewed this morning. he thought his might come in at 1,500 or 1,600. his actually came in at 1,447. little lower than he was hoping. and one of his colleagues was saying who is also a napa grower saying because of the drought this year he thinks his california pumpkins are weighing about 25% less. his incidentally did come in lighter than he was hoping for as well. so we have 1,685 pounds. that is the heaviest. and that's from a grower out of washington. we still have four more to go. so what they're going to be doing is bringing out the final four pumpkins here within the next ten minutes or so. as you come out back live you can see on main street and half-moon bay hundreds of people out here waiting to see who's going to be the winner of the 42nd annual half-moon bay
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pumpkin way-off. last year's winner came in at just over a ton, 2,058 pounds. that set a north america at the time and currently the california state record. we're wondering is anyone going to be able to beat that this year given the fact we still have about just under 400 pounds to go with four pumpkins based on my experience. i'm going to make a prediction 21, 23 that's what's going to be the winner this year. i have no idea what i'm talking about but i guarantee i'm right. >> you totally know what you're talking about. you've been doing this for close to 15 years, right? >> that is true. >> you may be the world's leading expert. o> reporter: groundhog day. >> groundhog day on halloween. thanks, bob. can't wait to see if you're right. 2123. l see you in a bit. >> all right. you can count on it. up next at 11:00, governor out stgets out his veto pen. the laws he struck down and some that he approved over the weekend. and new movie about steve =ibs makes its premiere here in the bay area. his family says it's unfair.
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and it will be a great day to head to the beach if you're off work for columbus day. temperatures inland heating up into the 90s. i'll let you know more about when the heat breaks and some rain coming up in the microclimate forecast. got a tip for nbc bay area's investigative unit? call 1-888-996-tips. or e-mail
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was for governor brown - who faced a midnight dene hopefully you had a good weekend. it was a busy weekend for governor brown. he faced a midnight deadline to sign or veto california legislation. among the laws that made the cut, the california racial mascots act. that new law will phase out native american terms used by public schools for nicknames or mascots. the governor also signed a tough
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new vaccination law requiring daycare centers to maintain immunization records about their workers and volunteers also signed a law banning smokeless tobacco products on the playing field at professional baseball parks and the sales of vapor products to minors even if they don't contain nicotine. >> one law did not make the cut and were instead vetoed, one is called the right to try law that would have allowed gravely ill patients greater access to unapproved and experimental drugs. also a bill that would have set new minimum penalties for campus sexual assaults conviction was vetoed. and the governor also vetoed a bill to span the state's unpaid family leave party to a greater number of workers across california. brown says the measure conflicted with federal law. twitter is reportedly planning company wide layoffs this week just days after jack dorsey was named permanent ceo. the tech log says it's unclear how many cuts will made but
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comes as twitter is restructuring engineering organization and making it more efficient. the san francisco based company has about 4,100 employees in 35 offices around the world. no comment from twitter, but twitter stock is down about 7% this morning. auto pilot isn't just for airplanes anymore. tesla will roll out new technology for electric cars. tesla ceo elon musk making that announcement on twitter. musk says drivers of model s cars will download software allowing the car to parallel park itself and change lanes automatically when the turn signal is on. musk says features meant to be used mostly on highways and straight simple roadways. >> what do you do? >> musicians play their instruments. i play the orchestra. >> he's a bay area legend and story hitting the big screens again. it was a star-studded premiere in san francisco last friday for the new steve jobs movie. obviously i was riveted. >> absolutely. now, this is one of many
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different steve jobs movies. this one is not going over so well. this has been released over the weekend to few theaters nationwide friday as family and friends say they think it's unfair and inaccurate. sheryl herd shows how this movie is different than all the other steve jobs shows. >> reporter: the movie is just three scenes and takes place in realtime. it explores the moments leading up to three apple product launches behind the scenes. >> before i knew what i wanted to do i knew what i didn't want to do. >> reporter: screen writer aaron thorken says he didn't want to make a traditional bio pick about steve jobs. he wanted something different. >> we just explore some very personal points of friction in steve's life. >> reporter: there's a lot of material to work with. jobs is a larger than life character. a silicon valley icon. who changed the way the world communicates through the computer and phone. and some thought he was a difficult man to work for. >> he was a bold man. as we know from what he
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achieved. >> it would be disappointing i think from my perspective it wouldn't be something very interested in take a conventional structure way we're approaching it. >> reporter: their approach is getting putback from jobs' widow. she says the movie is not an accurate portrayal of her husband. >> it wasn't an attempt to hatchet job, it was to investigate. >> reporter: a man apple co-founder steve wozniak knows very well. he thinks the movie is both a tribute and a critique of the apple giant. >> i think realize what he was like and it's up to you to judge did he have to be that way and the greatness of what he did is in the movie too. >> this was intense and kind of captured you from the beginning. and stuck with it the whole time. >> i don't think it demonized steve jobs. i don't think it glorified him. it was something in between. >> reporter: sheryl herd, nbc bay area news. >> she did a nice professional job saying some people say steve jobs hard to work for. lots of people it was very nice
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of her to put it that way. tough guy. >> we'll leave it at that. >> yes. here's meteorologist kari hall who's a joy to work with. >> and we've had some great weather these past few days. everyone's happy taking in the sunshine. but we need the rain. and it will be here. it looks like we'll have at least a couple of chances of rain this week after some really hot temperatures. it's starting to warm up already. look at all of the microclimates we see temperatures already in the upper 60s to lower 70s warming up quickly too. and we'll be up to 78 degrees in san francisco. the north bay looking at a high of 88 as well as 88 in the south bay. east bay 80 degrees. and the tri-valley topping out at 93. and the peninsula reaching 80 degrees today. our wind have really not much of a wind today. coming in from the north and northwest, so no breeze to help cool you off even as we go into the overnight hours it stays mostly calm. then we start out tomorrow with an offshore breeze. and then look at what happens
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very quickly. we get a quick change in the wind direction as we go into tomorrow afternoon. but the winds still won't be strong enough to cool down those temperatures. so we're in for another hot day. the cloud forecast keeps all of the clouds at bay. and then as we go into tonight mostly clear skies. we start out as we head into tomorrow with all clear skies across the bay area once again. those temperatures will be ramping back up once again. so looking at more of that sunshine in the forecast. and let's go hour by hour in san francisco. at 2:00, 4:00 it's 78. 6:00 we still have temperatures in the 70s. it cools off into the mid-60s as we go into tonight with mostly clear skies. and up to 93 degrees today in gilroy. half-moon bay a lot of people out there weighing pumpkins, celebrating those gigantic pumpkins. it will be 74 degrees. and delores heights 77. in napa 92. oakland topping out at 84. in livermore look for a high of
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93 degrees. we do have some changes on the way. i'm eyeballing this large swirl of clouds. this is an area of low pressure that looks like it could at least spread some higher humidities, some clouds and some cooler temperatures. and this is by early thursday morning some of this blue shows much higher humidity rolling into our area that could be just enough to spark off some scattered showers. also again on saturday we'll have another system moving in. it will help knock back these temperatures that have been way above average. in livermore we should be at 78 degrees. we're up to 96 degrees tomorrow. but heading in the right direction as we head toward the end of the week. scott and kris. >> well, could it go anywhere but down? thanks, kari. up next at 11:00, a portal to another world. we're taking you inside a shipping container that's connecting bay area residents to syria. coming up after nbc bay area news at 11:00, "access hollywood live" followed by "days of our
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lives" at 1:00 p.m. about the lives of people around
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the world. ==kris/2shot== it welcome back. it's one thing to hear stories about the lives of people around the world. >> but it is another one to see them from the people themselves. this is a little unusual. shipping container bringing people together. nbc bay area's joe resato jr. is here. >> reporter: we think of things like planes and cars as ways to
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travel to another place. but in the wee hours of the morning. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: in san francisco's hayes valley, a plain old shipping container has become a portal to a far off land. >> what's your name? >> my name is michael. >> reporter: an industrial vessel that once carried goods between nations is now transporting everyday conversation. >> how did you learn guitar and pia piano? >> reporter: what's unusual at the other end five teenage syrian girls living in refugee camp in jordan chatting through an interpreter in a similar shipping container. >> i'm 16 years old. and right now i'm living in -- >> where did you do that? >> reporter: this portal project is a public art institution by the group shared studios. the group has a dozen of these skype-enabled containers around the world connecting unlikely conversations. >> we create this door to kind of narnja, door.
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>> what's your favorite topic in school? >> we like english. >> oh nice. what's your dream about the future? >> reporter: over 20-minute sessions visitors get to chat with someone in another part of the world with at least most topics, fair game. >> they try to avoid the superficial how's the weather type thing. >> reporter: it's an example how any conversation even one carried out over 7,000 miles will slowly flush out life's personal stories. >> pictures of everything around us. >> reporter: in this case the san francisco visitors learn the young refugees have an eye for photography. >> take pictures of our house, of our family members. >> technology is often a way to push people apart and this is a way to use wonderful technology in a much more immersive experience. >> reporter: millions have been displaced sending many to stark refugee camps for an indefinite
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stay. >> wish for the future is to travel. >> reporter: putting even the most modest dreams out of reach. >> please pray for us so we can go back to syria. >> they're just normal people that were in an unlucky situation. >> reporter: despite their different circumstances. >> don't you have any camera to take our picture? >> reporter: visitors discover the hopes and dreams in one shipping container are just like any other. joe resato jr., nbc bay area news. >> that's nice they can talk about just about anything. >> because kids will be kids. yes. up next at 11:00, a congressional investigation into one thing becomes a congressional investigation into something else. but the target doesn't change. ==scott/ots== the first
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democratic debate is tomorrow - but today - the big question to decision 2016. the first democratic debate is tomorrow, but today the big political question is will he or
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will he not run, we are talking about joe biden. if the answer is yes, we could see biden on the main stage tomorrow night. here's nbc bay area's trace see. >> he's a difficult guy he will make that decision for himself. >> reporter: even if he announces hours before tomorrow's debate, the rules would allow him to participate. he supports the transpacific trade partnership. bernie sanders joins opposing it. >> we need to stop stumbling backwards into these trade deals that offshore american jobs and america profits. >> reporter: the other big question who is replacing john boehner as house speaker. republicans, even those who want the job themselves are urging budget chair paul ryan to run. >> i think he'd be a wonderful speaker. >> we need a toughness that we just don't have there right now. >> i don't think it's about personalities. i think it's who's going to go
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to the conference and say i'm willing to fight for our beliefs. >> reporter: the new speaker's first job will be coming up with a budget and beating another debt limit deadline. >> we always get right up to the deadline. now it's do or die. and you're forced to do it. and that's a stupid way to run the government. >> reporter: tracie potts. >> one of the expected conversations will be the investigation into the benghazi attack. hillary clinton is squarely at the center of that controversy. >> now she's getting support from an unlikely source a republican investigator on that select committee. here's nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: increased scrutiny this morning or the congressional committee investigating benghazi after studying claims from one of the former investigators, a career intelligence analyst air force major bradly poodliska. >> i do not believe this was set out to go after hillary, i
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believe it ended that way. >> reporter: he resisted pressure to target clinton. >> as i stated, hillary clinton has a lot of explaining to do. we however do not need to shift resources to hyperfocus on hillary clinton. >> it's a damn lie and that's not a word i often use. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with nbc news, trey gowdy denies claims saying he was fired for poor performance. >> he was a lousy employee and that was evidence by the fact he mishandled classified information and he wouldn't do what his supervisors instructed him to do. >> reporter: podliska's attorney denies he mishandled classified information and plans to file a lawsuit charging that the committee's leadership was n, quote, not interested in revealing the truth about the benghazi attacks but rather they intend to use the select committee on benghazi for their party's political gain. and he claims the committee retaliated against him for taking leave for several weeks to go on active duty in germany. if true that would violate a
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federal law. the dispute could be a lifeline for hillary clinton as she prepares for tomorrow night's first democratic debate. and now to an investigative unit exclusive. when federal workers blow the whistle about safety issues, regulators are supposed to respond swiftly to those complaints to protect the public. but our investigative unit showed what actually happens. we looked at all complaints filed with osha whistle blow nationwide we found in 2015 it took osha more than a year to investigate and close out most of those complaints. the law says it has to happen in 90 days or less. and we learned fewer than 2% of the cases that osha investigates actually results in a positive finding of merit for that whistleblower. >> the national level of the osha program has been so counterproductive i view it as a
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tr trojan horse. >> osha declined to be interviewed but the director said the agency spent more than a year improving the training for osha investigators. tonight, hear from a whistleblower investigator who was fired for speaking out. what he says whistleblowers need to know. we investigate tonight at 6:00 and 11:00. if you have a tip for our investigative unit give us a call at 888-996-tips or send an e-mail to more school shootings last week this time at college campuses in texas and arizona. statistics say school shootings happen on average at least once a week. >> and in today's reality check sam brock looks at where those school shooting numbers are coming from. >> it is a very serious problem plaguing our schools and our communities. after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, the gun safety group every town tracked all school shootings in the u.s. the findings are both staggering
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and inciteful in figuring out how we define school shooting. >> exchanging shots with him. >> reporter: one week ago. >> massacre on campus, a mass shooting at an oregon college, police rushing to the scene. >> reporter: a month ago. >> one student was kill and had two others wounded by gunfire thursday at sacramento city college. >> reporter: and maybe the worst of them all, three years ago. >> here's lester holt. >> good day, we're back on the air with our continuing coverage of the horrible tragedy -- >> reporter: newtown brought the country to tears and propelled cat sokolokis to action. >> parents in other countries are not sending their children to schools with bullet proof backpacks that are sold in america. so i think newtown changed many things. we have to get guns out of american schools. >> reporter: she joined moms demand action part of the much larger every town, michael bloomberg's gun reform counterpunch to the nra. >> i don't think any of us can truly feel the pain that they have had to endure.
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we can't bring back their loved ones -- >> reporter: the group's website lists at least 144 school shootings in america since 2013, or roughly one a week. we wanted to know the criteria being used to make that list. >> i think a common sense way to look at school shootings is any time a gun is discharged in a school building or on school grounds. >> reporter: that definition covers a lot of ground. some cases detail high school or college students opening fire in cafeterias. others can be incidental. an idaho professor accidentally shoots himself in the foot during chemistry class. or unrelated to the school other than the location tworks florida men fight over crab traps and walk onto school property where one shoots the other in the hand. we read through the entire list. we found nine cases of guns accidentally fired, 27 shootings on school grounds that didn't involve anyone connected to the
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school and 15 cases of suicide or attempted suicide on campus. do all of these cases qualify as school shootings? as they're commonly portrayed through incidents like roseburg. >> the whole area of gun violence is such a complicated and multifaceted thing that the mass shootings are the most visible and the most disruptive societally, but there are a relatively small number when you think of a huge number of deaths we have overall by gun or other means. it is a problem because passions are so high on this issue that people grab the numbers that make their side look better. and sometimes we might not be aware of the full nuance of that number. >> somehow this has become routine. >> reporter: the only number president obama or parents like sokolakis care about is zero. that's how many massacres, deaths or discharges they want to see on campus moving forward. >> we can implement these better
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laws and get guns out of schools, out of criminal hands and make these types of mass murder situations a lot less frequent. >> i hope and pray that i don't have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. >> reporter: for reality check, i'm sam brock. up next at 11:00, artifacts not seen by the public for years. bones from under the berkeley bell tower. one north dakota small town reason schools are playing football again. clear blue skies as we get a view from the north bay and temperatures going up today and tomorrow. but we may be in for some rain this week. i'll detail that coming up in the microclimate forecast. got a tip for nbc bay area's investigative unit? call 1-888-996-tips, or e-mail
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town in north dakota. welcome back. football season has special meaning this fall in one tiny town in north dakota because for years there weren't enough kids to make up a high school football team. >> can you imagine that? people miss the game. and now after almost 30 years they are celebrating the return of the comets.
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nbc's mark potter has their story. >> reporter: homecoming day in alexander, north dakota. and the high school fool comets are on the field after a very long absence. it's been decades since alexander had its own team. cheering them on is leslie beiber, the school's superintendent who fought hard to get football back to the community. >> they have something they've been starved of 27 years. so you can feel that energy and that pride. >> reporter: football ended in alexander in the late 1980s when small farms collapsed and there weren't enough kids for a team. but seven years ago an oil boom began attracting new families. and this year the comets are back. there are only 13 players, but it's enough for a six-man football league. so how are they looking today? >> looking pretty sharp today actually. miles from where we were a few
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weeks ago. >> reporter: a few weeks ago many of these boys had never even played football. and still have a long way to go. but in a pre-game rally it's clear the whole town loves them. on wednesday the weather turned bad. after very heavy rains it's now cold and windy, but the town still turned out. and they couldn't be more enthusiastic even though the comets are having a tough day against a more experienced team. >> oh, gosh, we're loud. and usually the loudest team out there even if we're losing. >> reporter: for her son number 25 this team is really important. >> i used to be a bad kid. and football saved my life. i owe everything i have to football. >> reporter: one more reason no one really cares about the lopsided score. the fact they're losing big, do you care? >> that don't bother me. >> reporter: a source of pride for everyone here especially the boys who are now a team. they are the alexander comets. mark potter, nbc news,
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alexander, north dakota. >> got on the board. good for them. good for the comets. >> you know it's a huge part of high school experience for a lot of people. it's good for them. >> and a small town to rally around as well. >> what else are you going to do on friday nights? >> exactly. hundreds of thousands not many people know about you can call a treasure-trove. >> it's been hidden for most of a century right under the uc berkeley belltower. nbc's jacob rascon has this story. >> reporter: high above the university of california berkeley, hidden inside the bell tower a unique collection from a forgotten time has been gathering dust for decades. >> i don't want it to be a secret although it is really fun to show someone for the first time. >> reporter: only a select few have keys to this restricted area where hundreds of thousands of fossils are coming back to life. >> this is actually the skull of one of the ground swaths we had
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here in california. >> reporter: ph.d. student eric holt, like a kid in a candy store. they're just absolutely cool. >> reporter: from saber tooth cat skulls some of these bones sat undisturbed for a century. >> we had camel in california, mammoths and mastedons. >> the fossils moved from the tower, brought down here, laid out, cleaned, measured, classified, analyzed. >> reporter: they're also cataloged online. and paleontologists from around the world are noticing. scientists at berkeley say the fossils are key to understanding the california ice age some 30,000 years ago. they could reveal why these animals became extinct and how humans and climate change played a part. >> that's exactly the sort of crisis that we're facing now. >> reporter: 20 tons of fossils in the heart of campus still largely a myth to students. >> kind of like a secret society
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type thing almost. >> reporter: the historic bell tower striking a link between the past and the present. jacob rascon, nbc news, berkeley. >> he's trying to tell me about all these fake animals that aren't actually in there. >> land shark was totally a real animal. it was back in the ice age. >> now i'm terrified. let's take you out live to half-moon bay. so this is the great pumpkin weigh-off that bob redell has been telling us all about. this is the second to last pumpkin. and you have some numbers here, right? >> yeah. so so far the number to beat is 1,806 pounds. that is far below bob's top number. he said that the winning pumpkin is going to be 2,123. >> that was his prediction for this year. >> not so close so far. again, this is the second to last one. so we'll have to see. >> we will tell you what the last one weighs. in the meantime while we wait
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for this weight and that wait, check in with kari. talking about the drought effecting those pumpkins. we're going to get a little bit of rain in here, but i loved earlier today when we checked in with bob we asked what do they do with those pumpkins afterwards and they said sometimes they just lift them up on a crane and let them go. that would be pretty cool to see something that large. but let's take a look now at san francisco. it's the last day of fleet week. you can go out and tour the ships, the battle of the high school bands going on. and we've got some sunshine and spectacular weather continuing from the weekend. it is now 67 in san francisco. the east bay is heating up. it's 79 degrees. as i take you to the north bay those temperatures are warming up too. it's 82 degrees and san rafael at 80, santa rosa in the mid-70s. not much of a wind today. it's been coming in from the north. so we have nothing to help cool us off. and the temperatures will continue to go up as we go into tomorrow morning we see the
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winds coming in more from the northeast blowing offshore. but it's a pretty calm wind until the onshore flow kicks in during the afternoon. and you see those winds are only at about five to ten by then the damage will be done. those temperatures will be way up once again. so we're in for today and tomorrow more of this hot weather. and a cloud free sky for the most part. not even seeing the morning clouds and fog. especially as you head over towards san francisco. we start out with mostly clear skies. going hour by hour in walnut creek, wow, this is one of the spots we've been watching those temperatures go up quickly. they'll be up to 94 degrees by 3:00 this afternoon. staying in the 90s for a couple of hours. and then by tonight we only see those lows in the mid-60s with mostly clear skies. and all of the microclimate showing mid to upper 80s for the south bay. and some upper 70s for san francisco. low 90s in the north bay, santa rosa 90. also in brentwood and pleasanton today topping out at 91 degrees.
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watching our next system that will be moving in to bring us a change in this weather. and break this heat. because we've just had high pressure just sitting right over us. well, here's a swirl of clouds, an area of low pressure some disturbed weather that will be moving off towards the north and bringing in some showers, at least in southern california. computer models have picked up on that very well, but they've been drying out the showers as they move into the bay area. and as we go toward the weekend we'll have a front moving in and out ahead of that a steady line of showers. once again models showing that drying up. but there will be at least an increase in humidity, a little bit more disturb in the atmosphere and that could be just enough to spark off scattered showers on both wednesday as well as saturday before things cool off and dry out once again. a look ahead to the weekend forecast. more clouds moving in after some pretty hot temperatures to start the week. it is looking much cooler toward the end of the week. and we'll have that chance of rain on saturday.
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highs mostly in the 70s and low 80s. look at sunday as it clears out. we're going to see the highs only reaching up to 78 degrees in the tri-valley by the end of the week, which of course is normal for this time of year. we haven't seen that in quite a while, kris and scott. >> normal, no we have not. thanks, kari. we will be right back. high schools are gearing up for
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their homecoming festivities. one school decided to go well, high schools gearing up for their homecoming festivities, one school decided to go all out with a tom hanks themed float. and word got back to the actor. >> hey, if it isn't the entire class of -- high school. hey, everybody. >> the oscar winner filmed that special video for the central valley school. students impressed him by channelling their inner "forrest gump." a league of their own, toy story and big students were ecstatic
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when the hollywood star took the time to honor their efforts. >> thank you for making the video. it was really cute. >> why cry when tom hanks sent you a personal video onset of his new movie. >> all those at the high school signed typewriter to say thanks for the tribute. >> we had themes but not tom hanks. >> i wouldn't have thought that. >> strangely random theme. when we come back, one final check of bob redell at the half-moon bay pumpkin weigh-off. all show long. the half moon
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bay pumpkin so we've been talking about it for the last hour. the half-moon bay pumpkin weigh-off. >> yeah. that is where we find nbc bay area's bob redell. so, bob, do we have a winner? >> reporter: we do. he's standing right in front of us. we spoke with him this morning. we are talking about steve of pleasant hill, oregon. this morning he was thinking his pumpkin was measuring in around the 1,800-pound mark. they took it off the scale but it came in one of the best years 1969, 1,969 pounds. the winner of this year's half-moon bay pumpkin festival. there you can see soaking in the attention getting his picture taken. steve, congratulations. if you don't mind turn you a little bit this way. what's your reaction to winning? >> you know, it feels good. >> reporter: yeah? >> what's the secret? >> you know, we don't have secrets. we work all year. we worked really hard. we're all doing the same kind of thing. we had really good weather.
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and i say my folks, my wife, they're always there. yeah, it's a good year. >> reporter: i don't want to turn you a little bit in the sun more. we were talking to you this morning about 1800 pounds, were you sandbagging? >> no. you don't sandbag. we've been heavy before. we've been light before. you just never know. you know what the chart says it should go. a lot of these seeds have history. and you can kind of go with that, but this seed has gone heavy and light. to predict the stuff. >> reporter: if you look at your california competitors they came in lighter than they were expecting, we're in a different climate, slightly different than oregon, how much do you think the weather up there and not having severe drought help you? >> the heat helped. too hot sometimes they grow too fast. maybe we were in the right spot where we didn't have so much heat that they got heavy. that's kind of what you hope
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for. >> reporter: they just announced your prize money. what are you going to do with the money? >> my wife would like to remodel the kitchen. >> reporter: is that enough nowadays? >> no, but it's a good start. >> reporter: congratulations. >> thank you. >> reporter: second place was a grower out of napa, no, ron, he came in at 1,800. last year john napa came in at 2,058. so this year we regressed by roughly under a hundred pounds. look at a trend since 2000 it goes up a hundred pounds each year. for whatever reason this year they are running a bit lighter. what was that? >> people taking pictures with it. >> reporter: trying to get their picture taken. yeah, this is part of the ritual. if you want to see the winning pumpkin, you can come out here. >> all right. another win. bye-bye. >> see you tomorrow. today on "access hollywood
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