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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. good afternoon, i'm allen martin. have things really got then
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bad? some students at an east bay middle school haven't had heat all week. it was an effort to save some money. anne makovec on why students wound up getting left in the cold. anne? >> reporter: yeah, allen. it was a move to save money and then it was the lack of money on the oakland school district's part that snowballed the problem, if you will, because their equipment is older and they have fewer people around to fix things. >> really cold, like we would be freezing. >> reporter: with temperatures already below normal the past few days in oakland, students have been bundling up. >> so i just brung a big jacket and some pants and some thermals under my pants because it is getting cold in there. >> reporter: yes, cold in the classroom. the oakland unified school district shut off the heat in all its buildings for the thanksgiving break to save money. it was supposed to be restored for school on monday. >> when we tried to restart the heating system particularly at some of our older sites we found parts were broken or
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things didn't start again correctly or as rapidly as we would like. >> reporter: in the case of frick middle school, a compressor had blown. about a dozen other buildings were affected as well. >> we have been scrambling to address the problem. >> reporter: frick's was three days without heat. the temperatures in oakland at 8 a.m. on those days on monday 37, tuesday 40, and wednesday 39 degrees. >> they said three days ago it would be on at noon but it didn't come on. >> reporter: does it make it harder to learn? >> no, it's just cold. >> reporter: the heat came on this morning and though the district is planning another blackout during christmas, the spokesman says they won't leave anyone out in the cold. >> the district apologizes and it's not acceptable. >> reporter: they say if they have problems turning the heat back on after the christmas break they wouldn't rule out something like canceling class altogether allen. >> okay. anne makovec, thank you. talk about adding insult to injury. hundreds of drivers who got stuck on the bay bridge during
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last month's standoff then got tickets. drivers were stopped when a man parked his suv midspan and threatened to blow up the bridge. well, the chp told drivers, turn around at the toll plaza. the only problem with that? fastrak cameras caught the action and automatically sent out tickets to several hundred drivers. the mtc says it has sent them all letters waiving the $36 ticket. protesters are gathering at the bart fruitvale station right now to discuss the sentencing of former bart officer johannes mehserle. a news conference is getting under way right now. organizers say mehserle should have been sentenced to more than two years of jail time after he was convicted in the shooting death of oscar grant at an oakland bart station. also today hearings begin for demonstrators who protested mehserle's sentencing. some of those are facing jail or prison sentences for participating in riots that broke out in november after mehserle was sentenced. one of the three federal appeals court judges appointed
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to hear prop 8 arguments next week said today he will not disqualify himself. the judge is stephen reinhardt. prop 8 supporters wanted him to step aside because his wife is involved in a legal battle over same-sex marriage ban with the aclu. reinhardt says he will be impartial. a senate committee got a personal plea this morning from the military's top brass to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." senator john mccain wants the ban in place citing concerns from combat troops. but defense secretary robert gates says it's important to pass a repeal already approved by the house of representatives by the end of the year. >> given the present circumstances, those who choose not to act legislatively are rolling the dice that this policy will not be abruptly overturned by the courts. >> in a 10 month study, a strong majority of military members about two-thirds said that they have no objections to
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a repeal of the law. president obama says he is optimistic that congress will work out a deal to extend bush era tax cuts. a group of lawmakers from both parties and tim geithner are reported to be negotiating a deal to extend the cuts for everyone for one to three years. but that isn't stopping house democrats from trying to push through their own proposal, a bill that would only extend tax cuts for the middle class. >> tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs. they haven't throughout the bush administration. >> however, the house bill stands almost no chance of passing in the senate, where republicans say they will not raise anyone's taxes. if no deal is worked out, taxes for everybody go up on january first. a quick check of wall street right now. the dow jones industrial average is up about 99, 100 points following yesterday's really big gains. now, we have a developing story in san francisco right now. a surprising and dangerous situation right in the middle
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of an upscale neighborhood. this is laurel heights. right now, investigators are sorting through evidence from a meth lab bust. they have apparently arrested five people. police uncovered this meth lab last night when they say that they found several people around that house. they started asking questions. and then they went inside to legislate and found the lab. police say it was highly volatile and very dangerous. >> it's really surprising. like you have people, you know, pushing strollers, people getting checked up at the ob/gyn at cpmc. the last thing you would expect at a meth lab but i suppose the best place to hide something is a place you never look, right? >> right now the state bureau of narcotics is cleaning up that site. no word yet on how long the lab had been in operation. narcotics investigators say whoever was running it had the chemicals to produce both meth and hgb. checking some other headlines around the bay area, another round of budget cuts could hit the city of san
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francisco. mayor gavin newsom is asking department heads to cut their bottom lines by 20%. newsom expects a budget gap of $380 million next year. he least office in january to become the state's -- he leaves office in january to become the state's next lieutenant governor. september's pg&e pipeline explosion in san bruno killed people and destroyed homes and has spawned dozens of lawsuits in san mateo county. today lawmakers for both sides working out a timetable for how to move forward with the cases. most of the cases accuse the utility of negligence. at the site of the pipeline blast, now a barren dirt pit lot there is a sign of hope, a christmas tree that was set up by rob hensel. his parents' home was destroyed in the explosion. his father barely escaped. hensel says he plans to rebuild the home. stray dogs in contra costa county might have to be spayed or neutered before being released to owners. the board of supervisors is considering the ordinance after the mauling death of a 2-year-
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old boy back in july. dog owners would cover the costs ranging from $50 to $150. danger to students, teachers and anybody that lives in the county. >> coming up, a chemical known to cause cancer and miscarriages approved to be used on strawberry fields near schools. plus, a mysterious disorder that affects one out of every 100 children. now a potential breakthrough detecting autism. >> and we have a chance of showers in the forecast for today. hi-def doppler showing a few light sprinkles out there now. best chance of showers will be for the afternoon. we'll take a look at your forecast and the weekend, more rain could be on the way then, too. i have your seven-day forecast crutch. -- i have yourself day your seven-day forecast coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,
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autism in children. glue you. doctors don't know what causes it but there may be a better way to diagnose autism in children. researchers have developed a brain test that they say was 94% accurate in detecting it early. it use an mri that measures areas of the brain that deal with language, social and emotional function. it could someday take the place of current methods but more studies are needed. a pesticide that causes cancer has been given the okay for growers to use it on california fruits and vegetables. it is called methyl iodine. the health problems associated with it are still controversial and there is of course a fight against using it. we'll have more on this story coming up tonight. all right. coming up here, et, are you out there? the tiny clue from the bottom of a lake in california that could finally provide the answer.
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mission.. >> i found that stress is an underlying risk factor for just about every condition. >> meet an east bay man on a mission to help all communities cope with stress, for free. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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fifa revealed this morning that some surprise picks we are
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told for host of two future world cups. it was revealed that the 2018 soccer tournament will be held in russia. then in 2022, qatar will host it. the first time a middle east nation gets the honor. the united states was also in the running for the 2022 world cup. not this time. >> what were those things? >> what are those horns calls? they're loud! vuvuzela! >> i didn't know if they were going to russia. hey. >> they will be in russia. >> you kind of get used to them after a while. to russia with love! how about a forecast with love? a little lover. here's a look out towards ocean beach. we had plenty of clouds for the morning. that will also be the drill for the afternoon. and we also have something else so let's look at our doppler here. we have a few light showers but they are still off the coastline. you can see them right here. they will be moving into the bay area and the best chance
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will be for the afternoon. we are not expecting heavy showers. best likelihood for light showers during the afternoon. here's a look at the forecast. 30% chance of showers later on today with include conditions. righta little rain, rain-snow mix and snow in northern california that lets us know there is a lot of moisture with this cold front. so once it moves into the bay area we are expecting some light rain showers for the afternoon as well as during the day tomorrow and also throughout the weekend. so cloudy with showers possible as this cold front moves through the bay area. it will also bring a chance of snow showers to the sierra with windy conditions for thursday. that will be today. friday also got some snow showers expected as well as saturday. so if you are thinking about heading up for the weekend, make sure you stay abreast of the weather. it could get a little slick
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slippery on your way up. 58 in fremont. 59 in san jose. 58 san francisco. 58 pacifica. we have a decent southwest flow so that's warming up temperatures and i used word "warm" sparingly there. temperatures are going up just a touch. 56 vallejo, 54 san rafael and the mid-50s in napa and santa rosa. so here's a look at that five- day forecast. that cold front comes in, then a low pressure system comes in back behind it and that's why we will keep a slight chance of showers in the forecast friday, saturday and sunday. do note, it's a 30 to 40% chance. we are not expecting an onslaught of rainfall but just a chance of a decent shower. monday and tuesday, plenty of sunshine and another round of showers wednesday. saturday evening, it is the hometown holiday parade in pleasanton. aren't those the cutest kids you have ever seen? cloudy with a chance of showers in the upper 50s. allen is like let me see. >> add. www, that's cute. >> told you!! and there is a tree lighting
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and stroll piedmont avenue in oakland cloudy with a chance of showers saturday night with temperatures in the upper 50s and boy, a lot of nice christmas lights out there already. >> a lot of cute kids. >> there are. >> especially when they dress them up. nasa is revealing some new information today in the search for evidence of alien life. it's true. they say that they have found microbes in monolake here in northern california that could lead to finding out more about alien existence. they are studying the microbes further but it may be that life as we know it isn't the only way that life could develop. life is stressful particularly around the holidays. kate kelly shows us how this week's jefferson award winner is helping others cope for free. >> reporter: growing up in india, bidyut k. bose or bk for short first learned yoga with his father. it's a discipline he practiced
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throughout his life. and it helped him cope with the stress of a silicon valley career. but he noticed the toll that stress was taking on those around him. >> i became a student of stress, i found that stress is an underlying risk factor for just about every chronic condition, hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, depression. you name it. neck relaxed, leading with your hips. >> reporter: bk cites studies that show chronic stress can affect emotions, focus, even self-control. >> so you start to realize that if we can indeed lower stress and increase self-control, in a could have a profound impact, a powerful catalyst that transform us. >> reporter: 10 years ago he left his technology career to start niroga institute an oakland-based nonprofit that brings yoga and mindful movement to a whole new audience. like these seniors participating in one of the 100
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free classes he offers at 40 sites around the bay area. john will be 90 in march and wishes he started yoga earlier. >> the counting during the sessions is very important because believe it or not, just counting takes your mind off of whatever you think daily. >> reporter: a big part of the niroga institute's mission is to change the face and the zip code of yoga. and that means bringing yoga into communities where it's most needed like hospitals, juvenile halls, and inner city schools. >> raise your hand if you have a question. breathe out. >> reporter: last year, niroga's yoga teachers led after school classes at richmond's lincoln elementary school. amal worked as the after-school program coordinators. >> students were a lot more peaceful and focused, not just inside the classroom but outside the classroom just as a whole. >> the silence part, i like that part. it makes me like think what i did wrong and then now i don't
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get in that much trouble anymore. >> reporter: part of bk's mission is to teach a diverse group of instructors so they can help him share yoga with communities that otherwise have no opportunity to experience its benefits. >> we know that this is a really powerful catalyst that has tremendous potential to transform healthcare and education and violence prevention. >> reporter: and is he doing it one breath at a time. so for transforming lives with the well-being of yoga practice, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to bidyut k. bose. kate kelly, cbs 5. >> the niroga institute can use volunteers and donation. if you would like to help, go to, click the cbs 5 at the top of the page then jefferson awards to find the link in our story about bk. well, grammy nominations are out. we are going to tell you about the surprise sweep. friday backlash. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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you inhale, they inhale. millions of children continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke. secondhand smoke causes asthma, a disease that cannot be cured. protect your loved ones.
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well, today's tip of the day is with roma tomatoes.
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they are not in season in local growing areas in the u.s. but some stuff being imported is coming in a little bit on the green side to make market so if you don't select them right the first time now what's going to happen. they are going to taste bitter. and that you don't want. when you buy them, and do not compromise, come over here, let me show you, i love saying come over here, i bring you over with me, you want to make sure red all the way around. some of these displays they are green, not a lot of meat, the redder the better and nice and heavy. let them ripen up on the counter a little more at home a couple of days. there are coming in 50/50 now but if you buy a good one they are going to taste fantastic. i like to cut these in half, put a little olive oil, salt and pepper in the oven broiled for five minutes, take them out in a blender with some garlic
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and you make a sauce. make sure you take the skin off. oh, let me tell you, with some spaghetti and fresh mint? oh!! it's heaven. and i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. i got to set this guy up with the mic. i told him i was here. coming up tonight at 5:00. black friday backlash. a store's failed promises that are causing consumer out rage. plus, alcohol might not be completely off limits for pregnant women. can that be true? we have the results of a new study with dr. kim tonight. those stories and more coming up at 5:00. well, now we know that the grammy nominations are out and one artist is in position to sweep. >> not the way you lie by eminem featuring rihanna. >> eminem led the field with 10 nominations including album of the year. bruno mars came in second at 7 nominations. the nominations took place downtown l.a. big show last night featured live musical performances from kd perry, justin bieber and
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train. the winners here on cbs 5 coming up on february 13. until then, a lot of speculation. >> speculation, who is bruno mars? >> they made -- i don't know. [ laughter ] >> you got me, too. >> i know eminem. >> i know. >> my kids introduced me to eminem and then i unannounced them to eminem. >> because of the lyrics. >> you got to preview them. that's it for us at noon. the next newscast at 5:00. have a great afternoon. stay dry. 3q
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