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"los angeles times" has documented the 400% increase in attacks on staff since early 2009 and a sevenfold increase in patient assaults dependence one another. this man says he has worked here as a public health nurse for 31 years. >> this hospital at this moment is out of control. >> reporter: he says that the suspect in this weekend's brutal beating of therapist george anderson comes weeks after that suspect was involved in another violent incident. significant number of the mental patients here are sent from prison he says and refuse treatment and medication. >> if any of these patients are not willing to do treatment, get treatment or follow our treatment protocol, medication therapy, rehab and all that, we should send them back to jail. >> reporter: the state department of member health did increase -- mental health did increase security measures after donna gross was killed in late october. the suspect in that case is charged with murder. in a statement released to the news media, the department says of saturday's attack, the
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hospital immediately added additional measures for scoring patients -- escorting patients about the grounds. >> i'm scared for my job but i will keep donna gross' memory alive by talking out. >> reporter: officials from several unions were representing workers here met with hospital management today about security. at last word, the weekend's victim george anderson was in serious condition with four skull fractures. live in napa, jim vargas, ktvu channel 2 news. a san leandro man in custody tonight on suspicion of sexually assaulting an 8-year- old girl who was shopping with her family. police say the girl wandered away from her parents inside a wal-mart store on davis street friday night. when she returned, she told them a man had touched her inappropriately. her parents yelled for help and a bystander tackled the 29-year- old who is now facing sexual assault charges. the incident comes a little more than a week after a 2-year- old girl was sexually assaulted at a dollar tree store in union
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city. a toddler who wandered away from his mother and fell into a fountain at a san francisco hotel has died in the hospital. the 18-month-old boy was with his mother, nanny and twin sister last wednesday when they stopped at the hyatt regency along the embarcadero to get out of the rain and take some holiday photos. the boy wandered away and was found several minutes later submerged in the water of the lobby fountain. police say the toddler's death was aan accident -- was an accident. the hotel has now installed a 3- foot tall barrier around the fountain. a 14-year-old boy from vacaville is in custody tonight as the prime suspect in a stabbing and sexual assault involving a 13-year-old girl and a stabbing of her 18-month- old brother. vacaville police say the sister and brother were home alone sunday morning when the teen allegedly broke into the house and stabbed the girl as many as 30 times. the baby was also stabbed repeatedly in the chest and stomach. we spoke to the girl's father this afternoon at the uc davis
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medical center. he said both children are now in stable condition. there is no word tonight on why the 13-year-old was left home alone with her brother. a 12-year-old kidnapping victim found in san francisco is back home tonight in virginia. police escorted her home today. she was found friday outside a safeway store in the city's richmond district. she was recognized while panhandling with her accused kidnapper, 32-year-old jeffrey scott easley. the girl's mother, who was easley's girlfriend was found dead last week at their home in virginia. police considered her death to be a homicide. an extradition hearing for easley is set for tomorrow in san francisco. a pleasant hillman being held in the contra costa county jail tonight accused of two recent robberies. they searched the home of 27- year-old graham poole and found evidence linking him to a bank robbery in martinez and another in lafayette earlier this month. investigator say poole may also be linked to another recent
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robbery in folsom. his bail has been set at $100,000. december 24th might be santa's busiest day of the year but today will most likely be the busiest day for shipping companies such as fedex and u.p.s. they expect high holiday traffic as more people are sending holiday presents and packages this season. ktvu consumer editor tom vacar joins us now and live at the oakland airport with the details. >> reporter: u.p.s. and fedex, major economic entities. but they pale in comparison to the value of the packages and parcels they will ship in the next 12 days of and until christmas. experts say internet shopping could expand by as much as 25% this year, a huge boost for online retailers such as as well as package shippers. fedex says today will be its biggest day of the entire season with 16 million packages, 13% more than a year ago today. and these days many online
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shoppers demand if they buy online, they not only won't have to stand in line, they won't pay for shipping. >> free shipping is a big motel slater for people -- motivator for people. we are seeing a lot of small business merchants adding that incentive to their sites. >> reporter: online shoppers we met in san francisco today agreed. >> it's a big indicator for me. almost anywhere you can find a deal for free shipping. that's a big part of it. >> that's a big thing. i've bot a lot -- bought a lot of things in the last three or four days that say free shipping on it. huge thing. >> you can get it wrapped as well and all done with a couple clicks so it's a good service for people. >> reporter: is this just robbing peter to pay paul? golden gate university business school dean terry connolly. >> i do not expect that to have a negative effect or if you will to cannibalize shopping at the big box retailers or department stores. >> reporter: and that's good news for the entire economy. the postal service's biggest day will be one week from today. u.p.s. says its biggest day will be on
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the 22nd, which means that u.p.s. could conceivably also stand for united procrastinator service. tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. san jose city officials are set to consider a ban on plastic bags tomorrow. under the proposal, plastic bags would be prohibited and shop owners would be required to charge customers for paper bags. the aim is obviously to get more people to use reusable bags. several bay area cities also ban plastic bags and a southern california lawmaker is expected to reintroduce a statewide bag ban next month. a state agency that employs hundreds of people is moving out of san francisco. the state compensation insurance fund is relocating its office in pleasnaton, vacaville and sacramento. that means 755 of the 830 jobs will leave the city. a spokeswoman for the agency says it's part of a larger strategy to reduce its fingerprint in -- footprint in high cost areas such as san francisco. the move is expected to save
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the agency $200 million over the next three years. san francisco mayor gavin newsom announced a drastic new plan today aimed at reducing violence in golden gate park. it is an international icon for the city but the area has become increasingly dangerous especially after dark and ktvu's rob roth is live in san francisco now with more details on what the mayor is proposing to do. >> reporter: right now anyone can be here in golden gate bridge park any hour day or night but city officials becoming increasingly concerned about violence here and one proposal apparently gaining traction is closing golden gate park overnight. these transients told us they often spend the night in the park, not surprisingly, they didn't think too much of legislation mayor gavin newsom is proposing which would allow police to arrest someone for being in the park between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 a.m. >> thank you california for spending your money on -- i mean it's worthless. >> reporter: today a board of
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supervisors committee conducted a hearing on safety in golden gate park. the head of the recreation and park department said much of the trouble happens after dark. >> our biggest challenges in my view are at night. in my view, nothing good happens in any of our parks at 2:00 in the morning. >> reporter: police say most of the reported crimes in the park involve car break-ins but in recent months there have been two homicides, a stabbing and a pitbull attack and the park has suffered extensive vandalism to the golf course and rosebushes. >> we always see illegal activities going on in the park or just situations which we view as being unsafe for us. >> reporter: park officials say every major city in the u.s. closes its parks late at night except san francisco. police wouldn't comment on the proposed curfew but say they regularly patrol the park. >> we have certain hot spots that we spend time on, we follow the trends and try to respond to it that way and that's how we police the park. >> reporter: the supervisor say they will hold additional hearings on the matter and some
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at city hall say they expect some sort of park curfew to take effect sometime next year and they could also extend to mccarren park as well. reporting live in san francisco, rob roth, ktvu channel 2 news. there is late word tonight the plan to sell off a dozen state owned buildings is on hold once again. the california court of appeals this afternoon issued a stay on the sale of those buildings. today's order means that the schwarzenegger administration can no longer move forward with the sale of those properties. one of the buildings in question is the state building in san francisco's civic center. the court of appeals has asked the parties to submit briefs prior to the end of the year. a federal judge ruled today that part of the new health care reform law is unconstitutional. judge henry hudson ruled against what's called the individual mandate requiring most americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. the judge says the federal government has no authority to require citizens to buy health insurance. judge hudson is the first
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federal judge to find part of the obama administration's health care reform unconstitutional. >> one of the interesting questions is whether the justice department will appeal this decision to the fourth circuit. the appellate federal court. which already has one other virginia case ruling exactly the opposite on the same question. >> white house officials say they disagree with the ruling and are encouraged by other judges in virginia and michigan who have ruled in favor of the provision. the case is expected to wind up before the u.s. supreme court. president obama today signed a bill into law designed to provide health yes, sir meals to school -- healthier meals to school children. he signed the act while appearing with michelle obama at a washington, d.c. elementary school. she has been a long time supporter of the bill as part of her fight against childhood obesity. the measure will provide free meals for low income school children and enable the government to decide what kind of food may be sold in schools. a procedural vote in the u.s. senate today found overwhelming support to
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continue bush era tax cuts as part of a deal to restore unemployment benefits to some 2 million americans. the senate is expected to pass the measure this week but some democrats in the house of representatives say they want a better deal. john garamendi is one of them. he said today the senate and president obama gave up to republican pressure too soon. >> the republican senators put their foot on the neck of the unemployed and said there will be no extension of the unemployment insurance until you give our constituents the wealthiest 10% of america $90 billion more as if they needed more. >> garamendi says he is willing to stay in washington until new year's to take a vote on that measure. coming up, north bay resident takes serious action tonight to make a point. some customers at this north bay gas station have seen an unwelcoming message courtesy of an upset neighbor.
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also ahead, it's not just another charity lunch in san francisco. we will have the -- famous bay area restaurants working in the kitchen. umbrellas back in the forecast. you're going to need them tomorrow. rain on the community. i'll tell you which cities will see the most rain.
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a north bay man is so fed up with the noise coming from a nearby gas station, he's taken serious action and spray painted his own home with graffiti hoping to send a strong message in fact it's so strong, some people say they are stunned. ktvu's john sasaki joins us live from napa with this story. >> reporter: this is the shell gas station at lincoln and silverado trail. you can see a fence and on the other side of that fence, a wall where the top of an expletive that we can't show you is painted.
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that message from gas station neighbor dave bryant has shocked some residents of this quiet city. the expression went up facing the gas station last month after a dispute over noisy leaf blower between an employee and the neighbor. >> when dave started reallycussing at bob because -- really cussing at bob, bob smiled at him, turned the blower up and finished his job. by the time he was done with his job, the words were on the garage. >> reporter: the neighbor, dave bryant, did not want to be interviewed but he told me this is about more than just a leaf blower. he says the gas station compressor makes noise all night, gas trucks come in late and there's loitering and trash on the property. the manager says the station is quiet by about 10:00 p.m. and most noise happens during the day. what do do you make of this? >> he's a childish old man. i'm sorry. but that's what i see, yeah, and i told you. >> reporter: people who pull into the car wash could plainly see the phrase. >> i'm all for the freedom of speech but kids come through
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here and stuff like that and that's not cool. >> reporter: napa police tell me it's not vandalism because bryant did it on his own home. >> normally when we have conflict between two parties, we try to find some resolution to the conflict if at all possible. while still respecting the rights of each person. >> reporter: the phrase was an eyesore until this afternoon when the gas station employees put up a tarp to block the view. bryant told me he might have just taken the message downif someone had asked. live in napa, i'm john sasaki, ktvu channel 2 news. a gutsy move by a 61-year- old woman in the east bay. she fought off two gahr jackers at a -- car jackers at a shopping mall parking lot over the weekend. it happened at the sun valley mall in concord. the woman was leaving the mall in the lower east parking lot between macy's and j.c. penney's when two men confronted her. the pair tried to pull the woman out of her car but she resisted and eventually was able to fight off her attackers. new figures show fewer
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american homes are underwater. a report from housing data firm core logic says 22.5% of all mortgaged homes were underwater in the july, september quarter. that's a slight decrease from 23% in the previous quarter. the worst state for negative home equity is nevada where 2/3 of homeowners there are underwater. arizona, florida, michigan and california are in the top five. some all star chefs today were in charge of preparing a special lunch and dinner at san francisco's glide foundation. members of the asian culinary association hosted the chefs without borders event. they planned an asia menu including eet and sour pork, chicken teriyaki and noodle salad to feed some 2500 people. >> want to express to all of the population here in san francisco that we are one community, we should come together and food is a great universal way of doing that. >> the chefs participating today include ki dwong,
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philippe and executive chef michael weller of the california culinary academy. birding enthusiasts are preparing for their annual count of birds across the bay area. tomorrow marks the start of the audubon society's annual christmas bird count, a count that spans three weeks is scheduled to begin in eastern contra costa county and spread to other locations through january 5th. the information gathered is passed along to scientists to track threatened species and get a better understanding of birds and their habitats. kind of a mixed day around the bay area, but looks like more rain is on the way for the latest on the forecast now, let's check in with our chief meteorologist bill martin in the weather center. bill. >> lots going on right now, julie. you saw the clouds increasing today. we had fog, high clouds. tomorrow a lot of high clouds, lower down and then rain develops just in time certainly for the afternoon commute in the north bay maybe for the morning commute.
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the origins from those clouds from a mid latitude area, warmer area, moisture air which usually means more rain for us. filtering over the bay. cooler air pulling in up north of here but with this system snow levels remain around 6000 feet which is relatively high. here's how it looks as we go into tomorrow, rain and clouds developing in the afternoon, and pretty significant rain probably around 3:00, 4:00 in the afternoon, 1/4 inch, 1/in some areas -- 1/2 in some areas. weather headline the stormy wet weather pattern sticking with us for a number of days. breaks but on and off. overnight lows in the 50s. when you get warm overnight lows like that, that gives you an indication there's a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, there's a warm kind of thing going on and that's what i was talking about with the mid latitude clouds. they hold a lot of water and we are going to see about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch tomorrow and this is just the first of a series of weather systems over the next week, week and a half if all plans out. so the heaviest rain in the
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early afternoon and that will have an impact on your afternoon commute. so here we go. snow in this computer model. a winter storm warning goes into effect in the mountains for tomorrow. 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning maybe sprinkles showing up north. most of the activity from san francisco north. morning commute okay, real light drizzle stuff put then as we get into lunchtime it's raining, raining in santa rosa, rain nog sacramento, rain -- raining for sacramento, raining for everybody. you come back tomorrow for our 5:00 and 6:00 broadcast, we are going to be talking about the afternoon commute. that's going to be the bull's- eye for this rainfall. is this a huge storm? no but it's a huge series of storms. so this thing is not huge. there's one teeing up behind me right now. not just one event, not a huge event but there's a bunch of them lined up out there. day by day with this and it will be fine. it's winter in the bay area but it's going to be a wet one. noon we are going to have temperatures in the 50s. 3:00, rain showers for the bay area, basically the entire bay
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area. i mentioned the winter storm warning in the mountains, lake tahoe plenty of snow up there, and then a five-day forecast that is going to be very much on the wet side as we go through time and you'll see it coming up here in just a minute. we will get it to you there coming up on the five day. there's the forecast highs for tomorrow and you'll see lots of 50s out there and here comes the five-day forecast. it is a wet one. >> yes, especially this weekend, huh? >> yeah, this weekend real wet. i'll have an update at 10:00. >> thank you. it's a first for a sanford university, what a record number of students are applying for during the next school year. put first here's a looking at the -- look at the closing numbers from wall street. the week started off on a mixed note after a lackluster day of trading, the nasdaq lost 12 1/2. the dow gained 18. ktvu channel 2 news wishes you happy holidays. closed captioning for this program brought to you by
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the record number of high school students seeking early admission to stanford university. today the university announced this year about 6000 students applied early. that is the most ever and it's up 7% compared to last year. the school admitted 754 of those early applicants which is only about 13%. overall more than 26,000
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students are expected to apply for admission this year. there still is hope it was a great day for the 49ers yesterday. mark here to fill us in on what happened. >> usually if you have a 5-8 record at this point, separate year, long gone but the 49ers make sure they are very much in the playoff scenario conversation anyway. after a trouncing of the seattle seahawks yesterday and much of it put on their quarterback, hasselbeck who just played terribly but give great credit to the 49 defense, they created five turnovers and they converted those turnovers into quick points. shawn goalson returning an interception for a touchdown and mike siblingleary -- singeltary has had time to view the film. >> they tackled better, as a defense they did a nice job. they were just patient. everybody did their jobs. everybody was on the same page, communicated well and it worked
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out well. >> now this is almost hard to believe, yesterday new york jets strength and conditioning coach sal alosi disciplined severely by the team, he stuck his knee out kind of suddenly on the sideline there and he tripped dolphin corner back nolan carroll and knocked him down flat. just kind of sutley stuck his knee out. the coach alos ooh has been suspended -- alosi has been suspended without pay for the regular season and postseason as well. meantime the as finally find a free agenting that willing to come out to oakland. this is hideki matsui. he's going to sign a contract probably, although details have not yet been confirmed, look for it to be a one-year deal, matsui hit .274, 21 homers, 84 rbi for the angels this past year, 36 years old and he will be the as dh. mean time have lows -- have
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lows signing a -- velez signing a minor league deal today. >> thank you. coming up on bay area news at 7:00 on tv 36. >> for more than 60 years, thousands of visitors have come to christmas tree lane in alameda but this year someone has taken a bit of the sparkle and shine out of this holiday tradition. the story of the grinch stealing some of the christmas spirit in 30 minutes on tv 36 and that is our report for now. i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. have a good night.
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