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>> i need to do something. i feel i need to do something to help. he is a landscaper by day and an artist by night. how a south bay man with a big heart and a paint brush is stepping up big time to help ukrainians. good evening, i'm juliette goodrich. >> i'm reed cowan in for ryan yamamoto. for a lot of people out there, memorial day is for barbecues and pool parties and holiday sales. but for gold star families whose loved ones died serving our nation, the day is somber in remembrance. >> we look at a fallen mountain view soldier and his mother who wants us to think differently. >> this is karen meredith standing behind her son's grave this morning at arlington national cemetery in virginia. it was 18 years ago today that her son, first lieutenant kenneth ballard, was killed in a tank accident in iraq. >> they're not a number. they're not this, you know, head
stone. and it's a real person behind that. kenneth was 26 years old. he was my only child. >> reporter: first lieutenant ballard enlisted in the army three months after graduating from mountain view high school. he was the fourth generation of army officer in his family. >> he really loved being in the military. >> reporter: he started drawing tanks on his homework at age 4 and was known to wear metallica t-shirts under his uniform. ♪ >> he needs to be remembered because he did put down his life for this country. and he loved being in the military. he loved serving. he loved his guys, they loved him, and it's important that we know who is fighting for their freedom, for our freedom. >> reporter: this memorial day, karen meredith wants people to think differently about this monday every year from now on.
>> my advice to people would be never say happy memorial day because it's not a happy day. it's a day to honor our fallen from the military. but that's my biggest advice is it's not happy. you can go and have your barbecue, but you do need to remember. >> karen has a favor to ask everyone tonight. she asks, if you can, to raise a toast to her son, first lieutenant kenneth ballard, and all of america's fallen service men and women. at golden gate national ceremony, andria borba, kpix 5. those ceremonies continued all across the bay area. tamil valley parade, people drove classic cars and brought their pets to celebrate. in the east bay, walnut creek welcomed military families and paid tribute to fallen soldiers at civic park. former secretary of defense and cia director leon pen net at a delivered the keynote address. the other top story this
memorial, fire crews urging extreme caution with all outdoor activities. barbecues are just one of the many activities that firefighters worry about when it comes to wildfires. yes, i am very concerned about wildfires because we haven't had that much rain up to this point. we just have to use our discretion and look at the area around us. make sure that, you know, i don't let it, you know, go unattended and cause a hazard. we're tracking some wildfires popping up around the bay area. a small fire broke out in the santa cruz mountains late this afternoon. it's burned less than two acres near fern drive north of boulder creek. fire crews initially had trouble reaching the fire, but now they're attacking it from the ground and the air. crews in sonoma county rushed to put out this small
fire that started this afternoon along lightning springs road in geyserville. crews had it surrounded a short time later. you may notice smoke near pittsburg and bay point. fire crews are keeping an eye on a vegetation fire burning in the wetlands. the flames torched about 200 acres on saturday. but when the winds picked up yesterday, the flames burned another 30 acres. crews expect it to smolder for a few more days. all of that said, we know mother nature is still in charge. meteorologist paul heggen is tracking a red flag warning. >> for solano county and it will remain in effect till 8:00 tomorrow. this is the only advisory around the bay area. the greatest threat is the central valley once again. because solano gets their advisory from the sacramento office of the national weather service, they are lumped in with all the counties in that office. the fire conditions will be borderline. winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour. humidity levels not as low as
they could be. not critical conditions, but still something we have to monitor. the good news is right now we don't have any of the monitoring stations around the bay area currently in red flag conditions. those are all through the central valley. the red circles on the map. good news, fantastic weather for this memorial day holiday. temperatures right about where they should be this time of year, but we are tracking a warm-up. we'll talk about that coming up in just a few minutes. >> paul, thanks. one person is dead, another injured following a hang gliding accident in milpitas around noon at ed eleven county park off of calaveras road. police say a man died at the scene and a woman had to be airlifted. no word yet on her condition at the hospital. video we took shows pretty good damage to the wing of the hang glider. this is the largest park in that area and a popular site for people who hang glide. vacaville celebration back in full swing today after a shooting last night. it happened around 7:45 p.m. man was shot in the leg near the live stage and beer garden.
investigators partially shut down the festival. police arrested an 18-year-old man from suisun city. a bay area landscaper is doing everything he can do to help those displaced by the war in ukraine. so you might ask, how can a gardener make any impact. kpix 5's kiet do with the story of the man who does good work with his hands. >> reporter: here in san jose, 6,000 miles away from ukraine, he can still feel the pain. he has been a landscaper for nearly 40 years. by now the work is second nature. >> i work my hand here. that's my work. my mind is work. >> reporter: the images from the front lines in ukraine evoke
anger, despair, and disgust. the one thing he refuses to feel is helpless. the 68-year-old puts down the leaf blower and picks up his most powerful weapon in the fight against dictators and authoritarian regimes, oftentimes he paints well into the night. >> i think about everything i need to do, good thing i need to do, and help every people thinking like that, and do like that. >> dao escaped communist vietnam by cramming into a boat with his family in the mid-'80s. they spent nearly a month adrift in the ocean with little food and water. he resettled with nothing in america but found a way to put four kids through college. as a war refugee himself, the bond with ukrainians is strong. >> i lost everything. they lost their relatives, their brothers, sister, family. i feel very hurt. people in ukraine look like us. >> thank you very much. [ applause ] >> reporter: and so after half a century of work, dao is putting
on what is perhaps one of the most consequential art shows of his life. this is titled "peace for you." it sold for $1,200. >> the thing i do, it's very small, but i want to put my hand in there to help people. ♪ >> reporter: the proceeds from that painting along with 20% of the total sales, will be donated to a nonprofit, nova ukraine. >> we're up to $3,740. i feel so good. i feel so good. >> reporter: can one person make a difference in the world? >> yes. >> reporter: if everybody does something it all adds up? >> if everybody do the good thing together, we will help everything change. lives will be better for the future. >> reporter: in san jose, kiet
do, kpix 5. that art show has been extended one more weekend. you can see it all day next friday, saturday skpuand sunday martha street. still ahead on kpix 5 and cbs news bay area, is ballooning inflation putting a damper on retail sales? what we found out that may surprise you. >> it really did break us because now we're all kind of lost. but we still have each other no matter what. a life changing surprise for a single father and his four children forced to live in a tent after the caldor fire. did you hear that? later, how you can help name the falcon chicks high above the cal
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into the economy. store owners tell our len kiese they see an increase in foot traffic. >> reporter: there's a lot of reasons why this could still be a down time for retailers. the pandemic is still around, there's high gas prices, and high inflation but despite that, people still want to get out, shop around, and spend some money. shoppers filled the sidewalks at santanarow, perfect weather and no restrictions seemed to put crowds in a buying mood, easing up on the purse strings and filling up the shopping bags. >> now we can come out and have a bit more freedom and spend the money we didn't get to spend. >> reporter: they're not alone. nationwide retail sales rose 1% in april, showing consumers are weathering the chilling effect of inflation. for many at this luxury shopping destination, they were buying the wants, not necessarily the needs. >> makes you feel good a little bit to spend unnecessarily. >> reporter: retail, restaurants, and the box office are also up.
top gun maverick had a $156 million opening weekend, breaking memorial day records. it's a bounceback for theaters, which were close to shutting down two years ago. >> a blockbuster like "top gun" makes it feel like pre-pandemic normal. the crowds are out. there's people all around having drinkers eating, and shopping. they're coming into the movies. it feels real normal. >> reporter: and it may only be the beginning. retailers just hope they can keep up with what they're calling the pent-up demand. inan jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. 700 homes for lost to the calder fire. one of them belonged to a father. for the past six months, he and his four children have been living in tents. this weekend they got a life-changing surprise. >> i was trying to keep going forward so i can get all four of them back with me full time in the house and not dealing with this. but i think they stayed more
positive than me. when i start breaking down, they pick me up. >> and it broke us up because now we're lost. but we still have each other no matter what. we don't really have a bathroom. showering, it's not so easy. >> that teen girl's teacher contacted a nonprofit to help the family find housing and this saturday the family got what they have been wishing for. take a look. >> i actually didn't tell you the truth because we got a trailer and it's coming up right now. >> really? >> are you serious? >> group hug. >> well, now they have a new rv, a safe place to call the home. emergencyrv.org gave them their new house on wheels. a cozy place for all of them, that's for sure. so nice to see. i'm sure they are so thankful. >> that is fantastic. >> good people out there everywhere. >> absolutely. okay, let's bring in first
alert meteorologist paul heggen with our weather alerts. >> we do have the red flag warning for solano county. it's going to be a fairly narro offshore winds. that's not going to overlap with the lowest humidity levels, at least in solano county. as we head farther into the workweek, cooling off again by thursday. after a warm-up, we head down the other side with below average temperatures by the weekend. this storm system is actually going to try to send showers into the bay area by saturday night into sunday. a lot to talk about. let's start with the fire threat. right now the relative humidity level is on the low end between 25% and 30%. that's not that low. you can see the colors in the background outlining the lowest humanity levels, below 10% through the central valley where the greatest fire threat is going to remain throughout the duration of this particular system. offshore winds kicking in. the future cast indicates that those offshore winds aren't going to develop until late tomorrow morning. it's a pretty narrow window of time when they're actually going
to be with us, 3:00, or 4:00 before the onshore breeze takes over once again and the humidity levels aren't going to be that low until late tomorrow afternoon. the strongest winds and lowest humidity levels not occurring at the same time. hopefully be able to get through this red flag warning for solano without anything actually happening. right now blue skies, pleasant temperatures, just a bit on the cool side for downtown where it's 59 degrees. still 69 in san jose. 79 degrees in santa rosa. everyone's temperature warming up tomorrow. upper 40s and low 50s starting off. by noon warming up nicely already. some spots hitting 80 degrees by noon. some of the hottest spots up to 90. close to 60 along the coast. temperatures warming up nicely in san leandro for jesse, which is a chinese crest, doesn't have enough fur to keep warm, but
temperatures in the middle pof portion of the 70s. make sure pets have plenty of shade and fresh water. speaking of water, there's a chance of a shower saturday night into sunday. best chance of measurable rain is north of the golden gate. future cast coming up at 7:00. rain chance a little bit too far the line to get excited about the chances, but june the rain chances tend to be few and far between, so we'll take what we can get. temperatures will be warm over the next few days. straight ahead in sports, matinee, bay area big league ball, and the nba playoffs. let's go ahead and bring on finals week. it's a test, all right, of basketball skill, and will. coming up on our streaming service, cbs news bay area, asian american and pacific islander month heritage month comes to a close.
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crowned last night, but no ltim to let down. >> happy to get over the hump, but we have the golden state warriors waiting for us. >> indeed. the warriors, ready for the big stage. experience. the celtics roster, first finals appearance. it's a movie steph curry has seen before six times in the last eight years. >> i mean, the biggest thing is the chaos around and in between games. you got to adapt to the different flow of the day. my advice, you might have nerves the first six minutes, first quarter, but you settle in pretty quick. and then it's just basketball. baseball and the giants. with gabe kapler the outspoken skipper front and center for the national anthem in philadelphia. kapler paused his protest out of respect for memorial day. top of the nine, tied at 2-2. longoria hit the big three. another clutch homer today. his fifth for the year.
logan webb going for the complete game. what s kyle schwarber had other plans. ten strikeouts. we go extras. and curt casali, how about a two-run shot to left field? didn't move. his fourth homer for the year. giants beat the phillies 5-4. altuve, meet bettencourt. let's get to the fourth inning and see alvarez, swung on, gone. 470 feet. that's some man strength. eighth inning, it's alvarez again. this one only went 444 feet. he's got 14 home runs this season, second most in baseball behind aaron judge. astros beat the a's 5-1. stanford baseball, last
night won the pac-12 tournament in scottsdale. there's the final out. it is now on to the ncaa tournament. the cardinal ranked second in the country will host a regional this weekend with texas state, binghamton, and uc santa barbara. men's lacrosse on the line. anthony demayo racked upour f h. maryland won it 9-7, and the terps completed an undefeated season, 18-0, their fourth national title. i believe we only have one taper in the building, dave block, one of our producers. somewhere he's doing a silent dance for that. >> that's right. >> i'll have to look for him. >> and the need to build a bigger trophy case. thanks, vern. up next, we've watched these fluffy falcon chicks grow up above the uc berkeley campus. now you have a chance to name
all right, taking a live look now at the cal falcon cam. these are the falcon born above berkeley campus. >> oh, wow. i was just looking at them, reed. sorry. now you can help choose their names. [ chirping ] the baby falcons met humans for the first time just a few days ago, and as you can see, they banded the chicks. they confirmed their agenda. we got one boy, one girl. the group cal falcons is holding an online naming contest for the siblings. you can submit name ideas on their social media pages and the winner will be announced this friday. let's hope it up, vern. >> i got it. >> i knew it. >> from "top gun," name the boy maverick and name the girl goose. >> all right.
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captioning sponsored by cbs >> cordes: tonight, saying good bye to the victims of the texas school shooting. funeral services begin for the first of the 21 victims-- 19 children and two teachers. the justice department looking into law enforcement's slow response to the shooting. the push for gun safety legislation-- republicans and democrats try again to find a compromise. will things be different thi ti?s holiday travel woes: bad weather bamed for thousands of delays and cancellations, as the cost of that family vacation continues to rise. severe weather threats, the first hurricane of the year makes landfall, while thunderstorms and possible tornadoes threaten the northern plains.