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garvin: welcome back to our nbc bay area news special, "winter games: northern california's rush for gold." i'm garvin thomas. janelle: and i'm janelle wang. we're at squaw valley in lake tahoe, home to california's only winter games back in 1960. and check this out, we're on the funitel. the skiers get quite the views when they take this ride up the mountain. it's a slow trip up, which must feel like an eternity for a bobsledder. teams of two or four people are timed racing down a narrow, twisting ice track in sleds at speeds topping nearly 100 miles an hour. team usa trains at lake placid, new york. monterey's nick cunningham is one of those athletes.
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garvin: it may be a surprising sport for a guy who grew up surfing the california coast, but one day his parent suggested bobsledding. janelle: in addition to being an olympic athlete, nick cunningham is also a sergeant in the army national guard, both roles he takes to heart. what you're about to see is what an olympic bobsledder sees. in this case, nick cunningham's point of view as he pilots a sled skidding along a sheet of ice at close to 100 miles per hour, which might make what you're about to hear nick say a bit surprising. nick: believe it or not, i'm not a--i don't like to do death defying stuff. janelle: what the soon to be three-time olympian and monterey native means is that if you've trained hard enough and smart enough, what seems dangerous to others is just doing your job, much like, it turns out, nick's other occupation,
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a sergeant in the army national guard. a special world class athlete program allows nick to both serve his country as a construction engineer and train for the games. although this past year, those dual responsibilities forced nick to make a difficult decision. nick: my unit was deployed while i was in the world class athlete program. and the hardest decision i had to make as a soldier was, do i go with my unit, or do i try to represent my unit at the olympics? it was i couldn't do both. janelle: nick, who grew up surfing in monterey and went on to be a football and track star in high school and then in college, chose to stick with his sport. ultimately, nick decided his job is to make his country proud, and there is no greater theater in sports to do it than the olympics. nick: in the army, you have a great deal of respect for people that wear the uniform that are ranked higher than you. and you have generals reaching out to you on social media saying, "congratulations." and you know, they're happy what you're doing. like that's--you can't put that into words what that means.
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male announcer: not only does he get a spot in the olympic team, he guarantees himself a top five finish. garvin: we are all grateful for the service of our military men and women. olympic snowboarder nate holland from truckee spent time with the troops in iraq and afghanistan. it was an experience that left a lasting impression on him. you don't get to be an olympian if you don't take your sport, your job seriously. nate holland has taken his seriously ever since that day in fourth grade when he first put on a snowboard, although that very first day was more spills than speed. nate: i mean, my first day was pretty gnarly. and i mean, i must have loved it, and i did love it because i stuck with it. and yeah, the rest is history. garvin: three olympic teams and nine x game gold medals
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is indeed quite a history. but as seriously as nate takes his sport, he admits there is something silly about all of it, a perspective he appreciated not from any summit in the sierra, but from a place far, far away. nate: i've been in war zones, we've done two uso tours to iraq and afghanistan visiting troops when we were at war. garvin: it was an experience nate says changed him. nate: for sure. i mean, seeing what our military does overseas, i mean, i was there for a week and i was ready to leave. and our servicemen and women were over there, and for months on time, multiple tours, and less than desirable conditions. and so, and i mean, yeah, you'd hear bombs go off in the middle
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of the night and just be like, "holy smokes. like this is--this is-- this is real. this is gnarly." you go a mile that way and people want to harm you. male announcer: holland with a bobble. garvin: for nate, who always goes for gold and sometimes pays the price, it was a reminder that even his failures are only possible because of other's successes. nate: absolutely, absolutely. what our military does to protect us to allow me to become a professional snowboarder, i mean, it's silly. i stand on a snowboard and go down a hill faster than the next guy, and get rewarded for it. but it's something that i love, and they're making sacrifices so i can do that. garvin: and while nate's olympic hopes came up just short this time around, his appreciation of our armed forces is something he promises will continue long after his racing days are over.
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janelle: travis ganong grew up skiing in his own backyard, where? this mountain, squaw valley in lake tahoe. the olympic alpine skier says racing is a fun full-time job. so, what does he do in his free time? ski, of course. a downhill ski race cannot be won in the middle of the summer. it can be lost, however. if travis ganong does not commit hours to the gym in the off season, he stands to lose fractions of a second on the course. and that, the difference between a medal and the middle of the field. at least that's what travis keeps reminding himself. travis ganong: sometimes, the days in the gym add up, and it's a lot of work and a lot of time out of the skis, where it's like a grind and it gets tough. but you just think about, like, the end result and, like, all the time you get to spend on the snow, on your skis. janelle: that last part of it, spending time on snow and skis is something travis has never had to push himself to do.
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it has been part of his life as long as he can remember. it's how his dad, a doctor in lake tahoe, actually commuted to work. travis: in the winters, he puts on his ski touring gear, and he skims up the mountain behind the house to the top of red dog, and skis down to the office. and then after work, he does the opposite. male announcer: but ganong looking good. janelle: but skiing to your job is different than skiing as your job. as a teenager, travis wondered if he even wanted to make ski racing his life. travis: i'm really glad i did because it's opened up a lot of amazing opportunities, like going to the olympics and representing our country, and it's--yeah, it's been great. announcer: look at his speed, almost 85 miles an hour. janelle: and in spite of his worries, the fun has never left him. no greater evidence of that than in those rare fleeting moments during a stressful race season when travis gets just a few moments of free time. how does he choose to spend it? on skis, of course. travis: there's so many different ways to slide down snow, and racing is a really stressful, high intense kind of way of doing it, but there's also like you can just go for a walk in the woods
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on a pair of cross country skis and have a great time, or like just anything revolving-- like, sliding on snow is just really fun and relaxing. and the racing part's intense, but then the other stuff is kind of grounding, and it's good to have both. janelle: an injury ended ganong's season. he tore his acl in his right knee after crashing in a race in december. he underwent surgery and is now doing rehab. ganong thanked his supporters and says he's excited to start working toward next season. garvin: the 1960 winter olympics put california on the map for winter sports, and really was the beginning of a year round tourism boom for the tahoe area. janelle: but it didn't always look like this. squaw valley was a ski resort with just one chair lift, two rope toes and a 50-room lodge in 1955. in four and a half years, a new town and olympic venue emerged. roads, bridges, hotels, restaurants were built, along with a new electrical, water, and sewer system. it would be hard to imagine what the tahoe area would look like
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today if it wasn't for the 1960 winter games. garvin: mogul skier kc oakley is something of an overachiever. the piedmont native managed to graduate from uc berkeley in just three years, all the while skiing at an elite level. but she says her biggest lesson she's learned in life has nothing to do with the medal or even a degree. it's something she learned from her late best friend. dreams can be a powerful motivator. the hope of one day competing at the olympic games has pushed kc oakley's body up and down the mountain many times when it would rather not. so, kc knows olympic dreams are important. they are not, however, everything. that a lesson kc began learning her very first day
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at uc berkeley. kc: so, i met jill walking into first day of classes. garvin: jill costello was a cox for the berkeley crew team. the two soon became best friends, roommates, and sorority sisters, each living their best lives until the end of their junior year. kc: june 2009, yeah. and you know, everything changed after that. garvin: jill was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. though her senior year would be filled with chemotherapy and radiation, jill continued going to school, continued to row. kc: the craziest thing within that year was she was waking up at 4:30 a.m. every morning with this smile on her face. and honestly, what probably inspired me most with my skiing still of, you know, if she can do that while she's fighting lung cancer, then you know, there's nothing to ever complained about with my skiing. it's always an easy fight. garvin: jill died not long after graduation. and kc, well, she returned to her olympic quest,
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but with a much different perspective. kc: generally, when you go through a situation like that, what you really realize is despite your love and passion for a sport, it's always--it's always your friends and family that are most important. garvin: with that in mind, kc honors jill to this day, running jill's legacy, and raising enough money over the years to fund a first of its kind young person lung cancer research study, a gold medal if you will of a different kind. kc: her situation has taught me the most in life of--out of any situation i've been through. garvin: all these athletes have learned from both their successes and their failures. male announcer: look at that 36.8, elena hight. garvin: when we return, how a two-time olympic snowboarder says both are pushing her to the next level. janelle: but first, more olympic trivia. ♪
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janelle: a new statue was recently unveiled in south lake tahoe paying tribute to local olympians.
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it's an 11-foot bronze sculpture called "spirit of competition." local olympic athletes are behind the inspiration. the statue shows three figures emerging from flames reaching for a ring. most of the athletes we talked to started either on skis or skates at a very young age. garvin: but olympic snowboarder elena hight was born in hawaii. she didn't even see snow until the family moved to tahoe when she was six years old. janelle: but that didn't stop her from succeeding in half pipe. elena hight: guess i was just kind of a daredevil from day one. garvin: daredevil or olympian? sometimes it's hard to tell one from the other. or perhaps, like elena hight, it takes one to be the other. elena: for me going into this olympics-- garvin: in fact, the 28-year-old south lake tahoe native's high-flying acrobatics have landed her
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in two winter games. in 2006, at just 16 years old, elena was the youngest member of the us team. in 2010, she was back, and it looked like her future in the sport was set for years to come. but then, well, then 2014 rolled around. elena: i didn't make the team in 2014. it was a really tough year for me and--yeah, i don't know, sometimes things just don't work out the way you expect them. male announcer: backside 900 right there. garvin: after so much success in the sport, elena was forced to face up to failure. announcer: elena goes down. garvin: it knocked her down, she admits, but not out. elena: even though i had this huge failure that really was hard on me and kind of felt like it was the end-all be- all at the time, when i got over it, i realized that i still love snowboarding for all the reasons i loved it
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in the beginning. and i'm still so passionate about it, and i didn't want to give that up just because i failed once. garvin: looking back on both the ups and downs in her career, and figuring out how to use both to make her better. elena: if you're paying attention, you learn from both. garvin: the falls, defeats, and injuries can sometimes be too much even for an elite athlete. stacey cook: i was about ready to quit the sport, to be honest. it was very frustrating to not be the best at it. janelle: the four words one coach said that got stacey cook on her skis. but first, our final trivia question for the night. ♪ now -- the chaos. we )re following breaking news..
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as the celebrations in philly... turn rowdy and dangerous. plus: would you let your kids -- take uber or lyft -- alone? we go undercover tonight at 11:30. tonight at 11:30.
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janelle: seven dollars and fifty cents in nineteen-sixty. tickets for an event in pyeongchang will cost anywhere between $20 to nearly $800. even with all of her success, truckee native stacey cook has often skied in the shadow of her more famous teammates. she's learned that's just the way it is. but it's also given her an extra motivation and a passion to teach children to never give up.
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in the world of elite downhill skiing, where every athlete faces the same course, every skier starts from the same spot, stacey cook has made a career out of playing catch up. stacey: there was definitely a point in time where that became more obvious. janelle: it began, stacey says, as a young girl skiing not on a resort team, but the local truckee recreational race team. stacey won races and says it was a blast, but it wasn't exactly preparation for success on an international level. stacey: i didn't even know that i didn't have the best boots. like, it just wasn't a thing to spend money on a sport. when i turned 15, 16, i think that's when i first realized that i was not in a position to keep up with some of the girls that i had previously. janelle: so, what changed? how does stacey, a three-time olympian, now find herself training for a shot at her fourth games?
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four simple words, stacey says. on the verge of quitting the sport, a coach from her home mountain of mammoth told stacey, "you're better than this." she decided he was right. stacey: you never know what moment can change their life. like, he said four words and it changed my perspective of where i belong in the sport. janelle: for more than a decade, stacey has been among the best downhill racers in the country. and while she has yet to stand atop a podium during the games-- male announcer: whoa, whoa, she's down at the fastest part of the course. stacey: i had a string of bad luck at the olympics. janelle: she is more proud than ever of what she has accomplished. stacey: it's very nice being an older athlete and being able to see sport with perspective, which is something that's very hard when you're 20 years old. janelle: and perspective that helped stacey see the benefit in helping the next generation of skiers. from her seat on the board of the mammoth mountain community foundation, stacey introduces skiing to school children who might not otherwise get on the slopes,
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kids in some way starting just where she did. stacey: it means a lot to me to give kids the opportunity to experience the way i've been able to live in this world. if i could give one kid that opportunity to live this lifestyle, and to travel the world, and be that small town girl that takes on the world, that is very, very powerful and worthwhile. all: we can do this. garvin: most of these athletes have had to deal with injuries at one point during their career. slalom skier lila lapanja is no exception. but to deal with it, she adopted a philosophy that was unusual for a racer. for someone who has spent 20 of her 22 years on this planet striving to go faster on skis, lila lapanja not long ago discovered the secret to olympic success might just exist in slowing down.
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lila: that's actually a good point, slow down to go faster. yeah, less is more, all of those little analogies. garvin: it was not, lila adds, an easy lesson to learn. ever since she first strapped on skis at the age of two, speed is what lila has been after. at first, it was just keeping up with her ski-racing father. lila: we'd always have little races. i would say, "i'll race you to the car," and, "i'll race you to the mountain, i'll race you down the hill." everything was a race. garvin: but as lila rose through the national ranks as a slalom skier and made the us ski team, she pushed herself ever harder. intense is the first word lila uses to describe her athletic style. her coaches and parents urged her to relax a bit, but it wasn't until her body spoke up in 2015 that lila had no choice but to listen. lila: i think i was overtraining a little bit, and then there was just a moment of time in training where
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i hit a bump and my back said, "nope, we're done. okay, you can't ski anymore, you have to stop. you have to slow down." garvin: lila battled back, struggling to learn smarter ways to train and ski, sometimes wondering if it was all worth it. lila: it was almost impossible. i mean, my whole life i've seen myself as an athlete. and to suddenly not be able to move and be athletic, it felt like someone had stolen my soul. garvin: but finally standing atop a world cup race course in austria last year, lila knew the answer was yes. lila: it was a magical night, and it was snowing, and there were probably 20,000 people in the crowd. and i just remember thinking, "this is exactly where i want to be. this is exactly the feeling i want to feel." garvin: the only better feeling lila says would be one day doing the very same thing at an olympic game.
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in spite of all their training and hard work, athletes can still be superstitious. janelle: when we come back, they share their pre-competition rituals and good luck charms. and olympics and other northern california athletes competing in the winter olympics. ♪
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chaos on the streets. as the eagles win their first super bowl. plus: we investigate kids philadelphia, chaos on the streets of the eagles win their first super bowl. we investigate kids using uber and lyft, sometimes with serious consequences. the important lesson you need to know. or meal, or a good luck charm they believe will help them perform better.
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karen: i have this necklace that i've worn ever since i was nine. i guess it just makes me feel comfortable. david: but i always put the right ski on the right foot, the left ski on the left foot. i probably always tap my pole before i drop in. hannah: my dad like charged up a crystal in the sun, and i had it in my pocket. and if i get nervous, i like grab the crystal, and it definitely did something i think. but i'll have to have him charge up another one now that we're talking about it. kc: moving my goggles a lot, like they're never comfortable. that's where i really feel all my angst, so i'll just move it right before i push out of the gate. garvin: if you want to know more about this year's winter games and find out more about the athletes we introduced you to tonight, go to we have profiles there on all our northern california athletes. janelle: the olympic countdown is on. five more days until the opening ceremony in pyeongchang, south korea. garvin: i'll be there with the athletes, bringing you live coverage from the games.
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follow me on twitter @garvinthomas and instagram, garvinthomasnbc for the best olympic moments. janelle: thanks for joining us. garvin: good night. ♪ ♪ on the east coast. first the win.. then the celebrations. right now an nbc bay area, following breaking news on the east coast, first the wind, now the celebrations, the situation in philly turning rowdy tonight. good evening, thanks for joining us on this sunday night. i'm janelle wang. >> history in philadelphia, but it's getting ugly at this late hour, arrests and injuries, the
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eagles won the super bowl about four hours ago. the party is in full swing. the awning at one of the totals there, thousands of people we're going to show you, the ritz carlton, here's the video yooer talking about, the people there, not quite sure about the extent of injuries thus far. 2:30 in philadelphia, we're seeing a lot more damage. >> thousands of people flooding streets after the eagles won their first super bowl. this is what you get, one of the most passionate sports teams in america celebrating philly style. celebration in the bay area for the eagles tight end who scored the winning touchdown. live from the field in minneapolis. what a game and story for this danville, family. >> yeah, tell you, yes, certainly for the danville family, but not just danville that can celebrate this. zach ernst made this catch, amazing catch, philadelphia's
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version of the catch, people in santa clara and san francisco can celebrate too. that's what happens when local boy makes good. >> caught over the middle, and into the end zone. >> a catch, almost not a catch, zach ernst in the end zone with 2:20 to go in the game. he's got it, then he doesn't, then he does. >> if they would have overturned that, i don't know what would have happened to the city of philadelphia. so glad they didn't overturn it, wow, world champions. >> people all over the bay area can claim ernst as theirs. grew up in danville, went to monte vista high. >> my family's out there, obviously still, i wouldn't be here without my mom and my dad and my brothers. they pushed me along the way. my mom got us everything we needed to. she made sacrifices she didn't have to. we're world champions now.
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>> ernst played college ball at stanford, coached my jim harbaugh, and david shaw. this local guy made an indelible stamp on philadelphia. >> world champions. >> show you what's going on here at u.s. bank stadium in minneapolis, clearly the game's over, and the guy with the leaf blower is actually blowing the confetti to the middle of the field, trying to let the bud light crew know the party's over, they don't think it is. they've been blowing confetti on top of the partiers. our party is over, we're out of here. terry mcsweeney. >> very nice, terry. stay for another two hours for us. we'll use you for your morning. tonight it is danville, the sign outside of sweet street on hearts avenue.
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hometown pride. wait until school comes back tomorrow at monte vista. ertz's alma mater. philly, the monday morning hangover will be painful. this guy riding through the streets on top of that car in his underbear. super bowl coverage will continue throughout this newscast. new at 11:30, super bowl parties have the chp out in full force tonight, drunk and impaired drivers. on top of that, possible side show activity. nbc barry is on a ride along with chp. how did it go, cheryl? >> it went pretty well, from my vantage point, right now, janelle, the roads look safe and clear. the chp telling me tonight they will have their hands full. we went on that ride along, and within 15 minutes, we were pulling over a suspected dui
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driver. tonight, san francisco chp officer tim scott will be looking for impaired drivers. that's not all. he'll be looking for. on this super bowl sunday, a side show, like the one that happened this morning near foothill boulevard in high street in oakland is a concern. >> as soon as one we know one's occurring we send all available units right away. because it disrupts traffic, and it's also incredibly dangerous. >> also dangerous on our roadways on a night like tonight, impaired driving. >> anytime you have big sporting events like this, we're going to see a big evening. >> reporter: chp just completing its enough is enough campaign against zero tolerance against dui drivers. between january 22nd and the 31st, 307 people were arrested for dui. up from 267 last year. with the chp officer recently killed in another severely injured by drunk drivers,
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officer vu says impaired driving is taking a toll on officers. >> you kind of forget sometimes that it's really dangerous. >> reporter: there are extra patrols out there on the roadways, and we can't say it enough. don't drive while impaired. there are so many other alternatives out there. reporting live in berkeley, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. a 5-year-old girl is recovering from minor injuries this evening after an off leash put bull attacked her on a local hiking trail. it happened before noon today. photos from the fire department which responded along with a chp officer. >> she was bit in the chest by the pit bull. luckily when i landed and made patient contact it turned out it was a minor injury to her chest. however, the pit bull did grab her and drag her for a significant amount of time prior to releasing her. >> pretty traumatic for that
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little girl. she was wearing a puffy or big jacket, which minimized the bite. animal control responded, but we're not clear if the dog is in their custody. hardly a house cat, palo alto on alert tonight after a rare sighting seen roaming through the streets, a mountain lion, two miles apart, one on wildwood lane, sutter avenue, off oregon expressway. nbc's -- what does the neighbor see? >> reporter: the neighbor saw a big cat crossing the street right in front of her as she was headed home. >> right in front of us was this large cat walking across the street. it was about the size of a large dog. so i would say probably over 100 pounds. >> nancy schullman was in her car at the time and started honking her horn worried the moi mountain lion in front of her would attack her cat nema.
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the mountain lion ran past her cat, jumped this fence and took off. more than three hours later, someone else called palo alto police to tell them they spotted a mountain lion a mile and a half away. police suspect it was likely the same big cat. >> our officers checked both neighborhoods extensively, and have remained in the neighborhoods throughout the rest of the night, and into this morning. >> the sighting comes less than five months after some schools were alerted when a mountain lion and her cub were spotted near webster street. this man plans to keep his dog inside and his child. >> i have a small baby, that's kind of a shocker. >> in palo alto, marianne, nbc bay area news. random targeted attack, a woman hit by gunfire in san jose. the search is on for the shooter
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tonight. it happened near campbell. the woman was shot at least once. he's in the hospital with life threatening injuries. no arrests have been made. tonight we have a first look at what sparked the fires in santa rosa back in october. the city issued the first reports to date by any government agency of those deadly fires that wiped out so many holmes, and changed so many communities. nbc bay area sam brock is in santa rosa for us with the response. sam? >> reporter: good evening. the report that we're talking about really only deals with a couple smaller blazes. it doesn't assign blame. it's more of a sterile assessment of what happened and why. the source is chased back to power lines. the catalyst, the wind. >> it was like this fireworks show of green sparks coming down. >> john parker caught the fiery chaos from his bedroom window, the fire started with heavy winds blowing sparks down from power lines, those sparks blosz
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somed to a full grown blaze. >> i lost the house. >> devastating? >> yes. >> these are pictures of what gong found in the light of day, where the home once stood, the fire which also wiped out the place next door, found itself featured in the first incident report filed yet. >> looking at the conditions and the interviews and the witness accounts, and the evidence physically in the field itself, we're able to bring it back to ultimately the wind playing the primary factor in it. but ultimately you have that source of ignition that does come from the utility. >> despite gripes and lawsuits pending over the maintenance of pg&e power lines, any finger pointing is absent from this report. melanie parker lives near where those flames started. she's not ready to jump to conclusions. >> before the fire is lit we were all looking around at this weather and the hot wind and thinking this is really weird. >> more comprehensive reports
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from cal fire will follow in months to come. sam brock, nbc bay area news. investigative unit has uncovered key findings about the north bay wildfires, to see our exclusive and extensive reporting, go to slash investigations. get ready for round two, a live look at the capital where house democrats could seek another boat on releasing the mem low with controversial. president trump's declaration says the memo clears him in the russia investigation. leaders from both sides of the aisle say they hope robert mueller's work will continue without interference. yesterday the president tweeted about the classified gop memo alleging the fbi abused surveillance powers, saying it totally vindicates him in the russia probe. are you okay taking under 18? >> uber drivers breaking the rules, giving kids rides without
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adults in the car. still ahead, we go undercover to see how often this happens and how it's putting kids at risk. plus, let the games begin. our team has arrived in south korea. tonight your first look at the winter olympic venues, where dreams will come true. i'm chief meteorologist jeff vornery, record setting heat today, how long this lasts and a side effect to the warm weather that could have you feeling sick. details coming up in eight minutes. ♪ "im on the phone"! ♪ towel please! ♪
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dangers of riding alone and under age. investigative report liz wagner goes under cover. >> janelle, we showed you a peninsula teenager who said friendly conversation turned sexual on a ride that never should have happened. both uber and lyft tell drivers, turn down trips to kids riding alone. as you'll see, they're not enforcing the rules, possibly putting thousands at risk. >> i've had a lot of fun, enjoyed it, good extra income being retired. >> mike is a driver for uber and lyft with 4,000 trips and counting. we are riding shotgun as he points out the places he's pinged by kids. >> i see it on the east side, palo alto, menlo park, san mateo. >> they're everywhere, and not just once in a while. >> today was three in a row. >> kids should know better these days, he warned, than to get into cars with strangers. >> one time, one incident, and it's a tragedy. >> orange county, uber drivers
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accused of raping an unconscious teenage passenger. >> alleged predator lyft driver. >> claim after claim of assault and rape. according to both companies' guidelines, kids under 18 can't ride alone, and drivers can't pick them up. uber says customers and drivers risk losing access if they violate the rules. lyft says they can be permanently banned. still, mike says he declines up to 10 kids a week. but someone's driving them around. >> do you think the companies are turning a blind eye? >> sometimes there is a little bit of turning away. >> why would they do that? >> money. they need as many rides as they can get. >> we hit the streets near schools to see if drivers and kids are paying attention to the policies. >> we are here in san mateo county. our producer signed up to drive for uber, and when we turn on the app. >> four minutes. >> calls from kids, like this one on the peninsula.
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>> are you over 18? >> i'm not. >> and this teen in the south bay. >> are you over a 18? >> no. >> for many it's routine? >> have you taken one before? >> i've taken lots of ubers. >> do you ride uber a lot? >> after our producer declined these teens, and alerted the company. >> unaccompanied minor. >> we watched another uber pick them up. we got pinged to pick up more than a dozen kids in five counties. when he we turned them down, again and again and again another uber followed. and what about lyft? >> quick question for you. >> we wanted to see what drivers would do when we called cars for these kids at the mall. >> if they wanted to go alone with you, they're not 18, is that okay? >> yeah. >> that's okay with you? >> sure. >> are you okay taking under 18? >> this one didn't flinch. >> okay, so you're fine with it. i'm 12, and my brother's 14. >> are you okay with under 18?
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>> this one agrees, but tells our team to keep quiet about his age. out of a dozen drivers, only one said no to our 12 and 14-year-olds. the rest had no problems, even popping the trunk for their bags. the state's public utilities commission requires ride share kids to fingerprint drivers and cross check child abuse records like a day care would. that doesn't apply to uber and lyft background checks because their apps are for adults. the state relies on the companies to enforce their own rules. >> we think that's a mistake. >> joanna mcfar land is the ceo of hop, skip, drive, a company designed for kids. anyone who ever drives children should go through extra vetting. >> we have driven hundreds of thousands of children. i think given the scale of some of the general ride share companies it is certainly possible that they are driving vast numbers of unaccompanied minors. >> what's important is to establish the full facts.
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>> that's nick van johnny. he says the commission will take up the issue at a meeting. we found it's been on the docket since 2016. >> this has been an ondoing issue for years. >> there's been a need to develop a host of regulations, all of them are significant issues, and i wouldn't downplay the one you're particularly concerned about. >> should uber and lyft drivers be subjected to the same sort of rigorous background check process other drivers have to go through? >> this is an issue they will be established into the open proceeding. >> i cannot take them. >> mike bugs both uber and lyft every time he gets called by a kid. the problem is getting worse,s and puc needs to pump the brakes. >> regulators should make sure the riders and drivers get the education that this is not acceptable. >> uber and lyft declined to appear on camera. they say they'd tell drivers to report underage riders.
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lyft says drivers don't take hits on their ratings when they do. they send reminders about their policies concerning kids. mike, the driver you heard from, says in two years he's gotten one alert from uber, and just last week, after we started asking questions, he got his first one from lyft after driving for a year. janelle and -- >> thanks, liz. if you have a story, give us a call. 888-996-tips. send an e-mail as well. we are just days before she's scheduled to compete in the olympics, but now this northern california athlete suffered a nasty fall. take a look there. downhill skier stacy cook crashing during the final world cup event today, head over boots before sliding across the hill into that red safety wall. she is okay. early reports say she is talking and walking at the hospital. so that is good news. cook was born, as you might
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know, in trucky, and lives down south in mammoth lake, fourth olympics. >> now that the super bowl is over we are focusing on the winter games in south korea. >> many athletes are already in pyeongchang. so is our own garvin thomas. >> reporter: greetings from south korea where it is already monday. we're standing where starting on friday with the opening ceremony will be the center of the sports world for two whole weeks. the pyeongchang winter games. we are now in what's called the coastal cluster, home at a lot of events taking place in stadiums. the one back there bathed in blue and purple light, short track speed skating and figure skating. over here, the large building is for long track speed skating. and up here, the hockey center, one of the two arenas that will be used for the hockey competition. now, if you look around there's not a lot of snow here. for the snow you've got to head
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west. the bus ride that takes you from the coastal cluster up to the mountains is about a half an hour, going through more than a few tunnels, rising a few thousand feet, and dropping quite a few degrees. you end up here at the main mountain cluster where most of the skiing and sliding sports are taking place. you see right behind us there is the hill where they're going to be doing ski jumping, of course the opening and closing ceremonies are going to be here as well. the competition starts on thursday. but they are going to light the torch on friday, followed by 18 days of competition. and we'll be right here for all of it. reporting from pyeongchang, garvin thomas. >> thanks, garvin. garvin had free time today, watching the super bowl. how the nbc crew in south korea watched the game. dw garvin has been tweeting video since he left.
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the countdown is on, the games begin this thursday, opening ceremony friday, and you can watch it all right here on nbc bay area. >> i want to go, i want to go. >> makes me want to go. doesn't it? it's too late, too late. >> we've got to be here to cover all the other parts. >> we will support garvin from here in the bay area. >> so exciting. i love the olympics. >> it is so exciting. quick look at the weather as well coming up in that weather forecast. we, of course, with the exact opposite, not the cold, cold temperatures they're facing in south korea. but some mild record-setting heat here for the bay area, in case you missed i, the warmest record today with santa rosa reaching 80 degrees. the only reason it's getting this warm for the start of february is high pressure. it's sitting in about the same spot it was this weekend as we head all the way through this week. so we get warm air moving in from the south and the rainfall track continues off to the north. now, i want you to be prepared for a side effect on this that
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could have you feeling sick throughout this week. the pollen report as of tonight has increased, trees in the high category. do what you need to do to get ready for possibly sneezing, coughing, itchy, watery eyes. bring you to tomorrow's forecast, see, as you get the kids back to school, yourself to work, cold in the tri-valley, 47 degrees, patchy fog possible. south bay at 51, 40s for the north bay, san francisco, partly cloudy and 51. continue through tomorrow, temperatures will be, again, be 10 to 20 degrees above average and more records are likely. santa rosa and napa with upper 70s, 76 in concord, 76 in san jose, and more low 70s here from oakland to san francisco. and some slight cooling near the coastline with a little bit of onshore breeze there, half moon bay 69. i don't see a change in this forecast the next seven days. san francisco stays dry, no
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rainfall into next sunday. temperatures will return to the 60s here. throughout the interior valleys, more dry weather in the forecast and we'll slowly see those temperatures beginning to slide down. what about our rain prospects? it's dry all the way through the 17th at this point as we head into february 17th. maybe some rainfall after that. i want to push things ahead past the bay area weather. we're going to take a look at the poyeongchang olympics. the forecast this week had temperatures in the 30s for friday as we head into the second day of competition, and also into the opening ceremony. now, did you know there's a lot of different facts here, 102 events, 15 disciplines. it's the first winter olympics to award over 100 gold medals, a total of 102. we are super excited about this. i'm going to be hosting a show coming up this thursday. >> the olympic zone. >> 4:30.


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