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your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald twitter goes public debuting on the new york stock exchange and investors are snapping up shares of the company. good afternoon, i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. a big day and we have live team coverage of twitter's launch. cate caugiran is live in san francisco. first we go to kcbs radio's
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financial reporter jason brooks on what looks like a good start so far. >> reporter: i would say so. it was appropriate to see patrick stewart ringing the opening bill on the nys settlement. this morning for twitter. former "star trek" next generation actor doing so. the stock has been in warp drive since the beginning nearly doubling in value after starting out at $26 a share raising $1.8 billion. right now twitter's shares are up by 85%. and the company has a market value right now of more than $25 billion. this all happening even though the market is down. a lot of social media stocks have been selling off, facebook, yelp, groupon, linkedin, some of that money going out from them into twitter. after a record close for the dow yesterday it's down more than 100. >> thank you, jason brooks. cate caugiran is live at
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twitter headquarters here in san francisco and cate, i guess not everyone is excited about the launch today. right? >> reporter: right. inside the building, inside twitter headquarters, there are a lot of happy twitter employees watching the market but outside the building, take a look the people here outside care about a different market, and that's the housing market. >> what do we want? >> affordable housing! >> this used to be a working class neighborhood. >> reporter: as twitter's stock goes up so will their housing costs, they say. >> i live in oakland. so like a lot of people i can't afford to live in san francisco. >> reporter: dozens of san francisco neighbors and their supporters were here just before the opening bell rang to sound off about their concerns. >> since twitter and square have moved in, the local residents now refer to this neighborhood as silicon alley. >> reporter: organizers say tech companies are getting corporate tax breaks and are driving up rent prices costing
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evictions in the midmarket and tenderloin areas. >> we want all san francisco residents to prosper but there has to be a place for working class people here. >> reporter: it's the organization that holds twitter accountable to their community benefit agreement to bridge the digital divide in the area made as part of the tax break. you can see the group outside twitter headquarters still protesting. this is actually a significantly bigger group than what we saw this morning. earlier we had them with the coffin that said rip affordable housing. and ironically it was pro mosted under the hashtag thrown out by twitter, promoted on social media. actor patrick stewart of "star trek" fame and a boston police officer and a 9-year-old girl from marin county rang the opening bell early this morning. vivian harr raised more than $100,000 with a lemonade stand
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in fairfax to help free children around the world and credits twitter with much of her success in getting that word out. of course, listen to kcbs radio throughout the afternoon for the very latest on twitter's big ipo launch today. this evening, silicon valley will be home to one of the biggest college football games of the season. stanford ranked number 5 in the country will host third ranked and undefeated oregon. the cardinal and ducks both have a shot at reaching the national championship game. games at stanford stadium usually on saturdays always cause traffic problems near campus but today should be even more chaotic since the game begins at 6 p.m. during the evening commute. the father arrested for taking his two-week-old son and triggering an amber alert is back on u.s. soil and in an arizona jail. mesut guler appeared in court earlier today. whether or not he will return to california to face charges has not yet been determined. police say he took his son henry guler-romero tuesday from his sunnyvale home after an
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argument with the mother. guler made it into mexico where authorities and border patrol agents arrested him. officers say the father threatened to harm himself and the baby. we just got off the phone with authorities in arizona and they confirm the baby's mother will be flying to tucson today to reunite with her son. we could learn today what charges a 16-year-old will face after police say he set another teenager on fire on a bus. he allegedly set someone on fire as he slept on a bus monday night. the victim has second- and third-degree burns. bart is on the hot seat now and assembly committee is holding a safety hearing after two workers were killed on the tracks last month. kpix 5's anne makovec is live outside the state building in san francisco with the latest from that meeting. anne. >> reporter: this hearing was actually planned before those most recent deaths in response to two other worker deaths
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since 2001 all related to what's known as simple approval. >> it was brought to our attention that there were numerous cal/osha violations that hadn't been addressed. >> reporter: the committee on label and employment is putting bart safety under the microscope today in the first of several hearings to come. >> four people have died as a result of the i would say inaction of bart to fully implement all necessary safety procedures for the protection of the workers. >> reporter: two bart workers were hit and killed by a train near walnut creek on october 19. they were on the tracks under simple approval where workers are responsible for their own safety, provided no protection and given no advance warning of approaching trains. bart suspended that procedure. >> what we'll do in lieu of it we'll determine. the immediate effects will have impacts on our service efficiency. >> reporter: another worker died in 2008 while working
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under simple approval. bart was cited for that but continues to challenge that citation. bart says safety is paramount but agrees there is room for improvement. workers say that's an understatement. >> there's a serious lack of concern for safety for both our workers and our passengers. and that's something we want to address today. >> reporter: they were discussing some other things in this hearing other safety measures that could be taken like an early warning alarm system for oncoming trains or just better communication between train operators and workers. so bart says it might be implementing those in the future but people wonder why they aren't in place now. >> where does the investigation into the deaths stand now? >> reporter: the ntsb continues the investigation and in fact, there are a lot of things they can't specifically talk about in today's hearing because that investigation is ongoing. but it sounds like they have plenty of other safety issues to talk about in lieu of that specific incident. >> all right.
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anne makovec live in san francisco, thank you. some other headlines now around the bay on this thursday. chp says a woman crossing westbound i-580 in oakland was struck and killed by a chevy truck shortly after 4:30 this morning near macarthur boulevard. the driver of the truck says he tried to avoid the woman but couldn't. investigators say it does not appear the truck did anything wrong. dozens of san jose police detectives are now heading out on patrol duty to make up for a shortage of officers on city treats. a total of 78 officers have been temporarily reassigned to patrol duty. a program known as flexcar is designed to reduce response times for emergency calls. another lawsuit to keep city college of san francisco open filed today. the save ccsf coalition went to court this morning. its sued is to block the recent decision to drop accreditation for the school. san francisco city attorney filed a similar suit back in august. you don't have to say no to transfat anymore. that's because the fda is doing
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it for you. the agency announced today it will require the food industry to gradually phase out the heart-clogging fats. fda says transfats that are found in partially hydrogenated oils are a threat to people's health. new york was the first city to ban the product. unbelievable scenes as flash mobs turned into flash throbs and rumble out of stores with racks of merchandise. what the thieves are targeting. >> another twist in the bullying investigation into an nfl player. why many teammates say they were shocked to hear the accusation. >> hi, i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow in the kpix 5 weather center. a mix of sun and clouds around the bay area now but some cooler temperatures to come and a monster storm hitting the philippines. we'll talk about it coming up. ook at this: the
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the troubling trend of "fla mob" robberies. groups hit th hority take a look at this. the troubling trend of flash mob robberies. groups hit three different sports authority stores in chicago this past week. they walk in and run out with racks of shirts and coats. no one has been hurt but an employee was trampled in the chaos. it's under investigation. sports authority is offering $5,000 for information that might lead to an arrest. frantic 911 calls from shoppers and employees trapped inside a new jersey mall as a gunman opened fire have been released. >> somebody is shooting up garden state plaza right now. >> somebody is shooting? >> somebody is shooting up garden state plaza right now. i'm in the back room at the shop. >> stay on the phone. how many people with you? >> three. >> are they in your store. yes. >> 911 calls came flooding in as the gunman fired several
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shots inside garden state plaza mall on monday. people hid in bathrooms and dressing rooms begging for police to get them out. the gunman richard shoop killed himself inside the mall, didn't shoot anyone else. the nfl is investigating allegations of harassment and racism against a miami dolphins player who says he was bullied on his team. nfl commissioner roger goodell has appointed a top new york lawyer to lead the investigation. jonathan martin a former stanford offensive lineman man on the right has accused dolphins teammate richie incognito of leaving threats and using racial slurs in voicemails and text messages. some teammates say they find the accusations hard to believe. >> i think if you had asked jon martin a week before who his best friend on the team was he would have said richie incognito. >> they did a lot of stuff together. so if he had a problem with the way the guy was treating him, he had a funny way of showing it. >> martin left the team last week. incognito is suspended. let's check the weather now. >> not bad. >> we have a little mix of sun
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and clouds out there right now. looks like high pressure finally weakening. so some changes in our weather coming our way as it looks like that ridge is moving to the east now but out the door we go looking at a nice afternoon. these temperatures going to cool down just a couple of degrees. you see some of the clouds passing by but really making for a nice afternoon outside. 70 degrees now in concord. it is 70 in livermore. 69 in san francisco. 66 degrees in san jose. i think we're looking at a very nice afternoon although these temperatures coming down just a few degrees. a mix of sun and clouds throughout the afternoon. then tonight, partly cloudy skies. we may see a return of patchy fog at the coast and changes continuing. the next couple of days maybe we get rain toward next week. that ridge of high pressure beginning to break down a little bit as it slides east. you can see the rainfall making its way up into the pacific northwest. that may just clip far northern california. they could see some showers there but we'll stay dry. just a couple more clouds and a cooling trend under way. all right. let's take you to the other part of the world. we're looking at the
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philippines. this is a super monster typhoon. this is an amazing storm system that's just now making its way onshore in the central philippines. get this. i didn't think it could get much stronger. it has! sustained winds 195 miles an hour, gusting to 235 making its way onshore in the next few hours at leyte island. they are going to see massive flooding with a storm surge maybe over 20 feet. this is a devastating storm moving right through the philippines and headed toward vietnam. temperatures in the 60s and 70s. as we look out over the next couple of days we are going to see a few more clouds coming our way and and chance of showers toward next tuesday. roberta gonzales is taking mobile weather lab for a different kind of spin. this one in san jose. roberta? >> it is such a beautiful day here in san jose. let's look at the mobile weather. 68 degrees but feels warmer due to the sun on plaza. in fact, we are just right
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outside the beautiful rotunda at city hall in san jose. we came here because we wanted to talk about the fantastic program. a councilmember in san jose and the chair of the bay area air quality management district joins us. this program, the bay area bike share program, seems to be getting off to a good start. >> we are so excited. in two months we have already had over 11,000 riders. they have ridden almost 150,000 miles. >> reporter: for people at home unfamiliar with the program, pedal us through it. >> the bike share program is a way for anyone who becomes a member they can use any of the bikes at 70 different stations in five different cities from san jose to san francisco, mountain view, palo alto, redwood city. once they are a member the first 30 minutes are free. then they get charged for time after that. and the key is to allow people to get from any mode of transit whether they are coming from the caltrain or light rail, what have you, a bus, they can
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get on the bicycle, get to their next destinations. >> reporter: let's say i'm coming from pleasanton to san jose to a sharks game. i get on the ace and i can take a bike and ride to the sharks game? >> that's right. you can go to japantown, city hall, wherever there's a bay area bike share station. >> reporter: how much does to cost a day? >> it's free for the first 30 minutes and there's a small fee after tha annually it's $88 a year. >> reporter: if you want to know more about the bike share program, it's easy, visit us online at and click on "links and numbers." reporting from the rotunda at city hall, san jose, mobile weather, roberta gonzales, kpix 5. >> we'll be right back! ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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the former paralegal and mo of improving th a business trip to haiti changed the life of a pacifica woman. the former paralegal and mother of three is now dedicated to improving the lives of families by bringing clean energy and the hope of a brighter future. kate kelly introduces this week's jefferson award winner. >> pott is so extraordinary. it doesn't seem possible -- the poverty is so extraordinary. it doesn't seem possible. >> reporter: she couldn't believe it when she visited haiti the first time in 2009. >> something inside me just said you should do something. just something. >> reporter: so from her home in pacifica, michelle lacourciere started a small sustainable biofuel program to
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help with farmers. that was just the beginning. >> we begin tonight with breaking news of a major earthquake has hit haiti. >> reporter: january 2010, a major earthquake devastates haiti. user her contacts, michelle helped -- using her contacts, michelle helped organize the largest earthquake effort in the bay area and spurred her on to tackle a big issue. >> energy is a huge problem. only one in eight people has access to electricity. without any access, you are lock in grinding poverty. >> reporter: at a recent event in watch the, michelle showed off the center -- in washington, michelle showed off the centerpiece of her solution. >> it's a solar generator 1.5- kilowatt solar array to charge portable battery packs. >> reporter: even generator placed in a village can charge and recharge 100 portable battery pack. >> pack gets carried in, plug it in, it recharges. >> reporter: each portable pack can charge cell phones and light a home for 5 to 7 days
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before recharging. that's 100 homes at a cost of just $6 a month when an average haitian family spends that now for kerosene. >> watching a child turn on the light first time is astonishing. it's miraculous. >> reporter: the volunteer marvels at the impact. so far her nonprofit is operating 14 generators and battery packs serving 7,000 people. >> she is giving them the ability to make their entire life better. long-term. it's not a short-term thing. >> reporter: so for creating long-term sustainable changes that are improving lives, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to michelle lacourciere. kate kelly, kpix 5. >> michelle named her nonprofit siron cares after a celtic goddess of healing. if you would like to help use
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the link on the olympic torch taking a trip to the final frontier. more on this spectacular showcase when we come back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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pear se it's all about fruit today for our fresh grocer. tony tantillo sizing up the
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popular anjou pear. one of my favorites in the market in the fall. they are coming from the northwest season just starting and the freshness and the flavor is fantastic. but let's talk about selection and storage. let me show. when you buy it, see this right here? this beautiful color is what you want to look at all the way around free from in shilling or bruising and a slight give to the touch. when you bring them home, what i like to do is throw them on the counter. after about two or three days, they start to soften up a little bit, a beautiful aroma, then you just could enjoy them right out of hand. and loaded with nutritional value and flavor and dietary fiber vitamin c too. anjou pears in the market. the season started. enjoy. i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. coming up at 5:00, the see- through yoga pants caused a pr mess for "lululemon." how the company's founder is blaming women for the problem. that and more coming up at 5:00. an olympic first blasting
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into space. a three-man crew successfully brought the olympic torch to the international space station this morning. >> and we have liftoff of the soyuz rocket. >> they will take the torch on its first spacewalk ahead of the 2014 winter games in sochi. for safety reasons, the torch will not be lit. the flight is part of the longest torch relay before a winter olympics. i would think so. >> i was thinking that. how do they light that up there? >> they're not. >> don't start a fire up there, guys. >> have a great afternoon. captions by: caption colorado
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