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like we're not -- i mean, the kids, they're not safe on the street. >> he witnessed what happened as a driver veered from a san mateo street and right on to a sidewalk. four pedestrians including three special needs students were sent to the hospital. good afternoon. i'm larry biel. >> i'm ama daetz. carolyn tyler is live at the
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scene in san mateo. carolyn? >> reporter: well, those orange cones are wear that accident happened. the driver was coming in this direction when he suddenly ran up on to the sidewalk. those who were hurt were among 15 students who were with five teachers on a field trip so they could learn life skills. >> the kids, they're not safe on the street. >> reporter: he saw the accident which happened around 10:30 this morning. he was trimming a tree across the street. sky 7 hd shows the aftermath of what occurred when a black acura heading north on west hillsdale boulevard suddenly veered on to the sidewalk, shearing off a light pole and hitting a group of special needs students and the teacher who was leading them across the street. >> the woman was happy, was laughing with the kids, showing them nature or whatever. then this happened. i hope she's fine and the other kids, too. but she was the more damaged.
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>> reporter: she suffered head trauma but it's not life-threatening. the students have minor injuries. they attend special classes at nearby hillsdale high school and often walk in this neighborhood. >> it was part of their routine and getting, you know, having the students out in the community and walking. it normally would be a good spot for a walk and therefore, that's why they chose the route. >> reporter: police say even though west hillsdale boulevard is a thoroughfare, collisions are unusual. >> i hope that speed is not what caused today but we'll know further later. >> reporter: officers are with the driver in the hospital. carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. big signs of improvement for a 13-year-old victim of a napa earthquake. nicholas dillon is in a wheelchair and can't move his legs but he has been released from the hospitals. doctors say the prognosis is good and he should be walking in
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two to five months. he was hit by a falling chimney inside his home during the quake on august 24th. despite his injury, he is staying positive. hear from him coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00. officials said today there was no damage to the new eastern span of the bay bridge from the napa earthquake. it was the first big test of how it would hold up during a large quake. the metropolitan transportation commission and the bay area toll authority oversight committee say the bridge actually exceeded expectations. they say bolts that were installed in 2010 that had been under heavy scrutiny ever since they failed tests last year did what they were supposed to do. >> they performed well on all of the tests to date. the testing regime is not entirely complete, it's approximately 90% complete. everything's looking good. it looks like they will be fine. they will require some corrosion protection. >> there was also no damage to the old eastern span. officials also said today the contingency fund to deal with any bridge repairs following an earthquake is $25 million short
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and will have to find ways to make up the money. another bombshell today in the ray rice case. damaging the credibility of commissioner roger goodell, who has claimed the league repeatedly asked for but couldn't get video from inside the elevator where that punch occurred. >> a law enforcement official now says he sent the video of the former ravens running back punching his then fiancee to a league executive three months ago. that official played a 12-second voice mail to the associated press from an nfl office number on april 9th confirming that the video arrived. a female voice from that nfl number expresses thanks and says you're right, it's terrible. that contradicts what nfl commissioner roger goodell said in an interview yesterday with cbs news. >> did you know that a second tape existed? >> well, we had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator. we assumed that there was a video. we asked for video but we were
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never granted that opportunity. >> rice was initially fined and suspended for two games, but after the second tape was made public on monday, he was released by the ravens and then suspended from the nfl indefinitely. an nfl spokesperson released the following statement today. we have no knowledge of this. we're not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public. we will look into it. a napa family is in mourning after losing a loved one in last month's 6.0 earthquake. 65-year-old lori ann thompson is the first confirmed death related to the quake. she died at the hospital last friday. abc 7 news reporter katie marzullo is in napa. you talked to the daughter, correct? >> reporter: shannon johnson and her family were out of town when the earthquake hit but shannon's mom, 65-year-old lori thompson, was home, in a duplex she had only just moved into about three
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months ago. >> she was watching tv is what she told me, and the last thing she remembered is her tv hitting her in the face and she was on the floor with her tv laying next to her. >> reporter: an old tube tv just 17 inches big. shannon thinks her mom was unconscious for almost two hours, but she came to, called her daughter and in the hours that followed, she insisted she felt fine and she refused to see a doctor. an emergency room physician at queen of the valley medical center says that's not uncommon, but it's also the wrong attitude. >> if you're concerned, there's a change in the mental status of the person, confusion, vomiting, or you are at all worried, you should seek attention. that's what we're here for. >> reporter: the day after the quake, in the late afternoon, shannon's brother was with their mom when her condition changed. she collapsed and had a seizure. they took her straight to queen of the valley, where she was diagnosed with a sub dermal hematoma. she underwent surgery but it
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wasn't enough to save her life. she died this past friday. >> i keep thinking if i had gotten her to the doctor sooner, maybe it would have been different. god bless the doctors. they never said that to me outright. >> reporter: she and her family are still in shock and deeply saddened but they feel by sharing their mother's story, they can help other families know the seriousness and unpredictability of head injury. >> she would want me to tell her story and definitely try to help other people, try to help our community. >> reporter: katie marzullo, abc 7 news. a mechanic has sued an airline after he found a noose hanging in his work space last year at san francisco international airport. he claims the airline brushed off the incident after no one admitted doing it. he also says united destroyed evidence and failed to investigate. he is claiming racial harassment and civil rights violations. so far, united has not commented. an investigation has determined that last year's officer involved shooting death of a 34-year-old accused drug dealer was justified.
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six officers shot the suspect 29 times during an undercover drug buy a year ago last week in sunnyvale. the review by the santa clara county d.a.'s office found the officers were justified because he claimed he had a weapon and made a threatening move. no gun was actually found. police say the shooting took place during their sixth undercover methamphetamine buy from him. an autopsy showed he was high on drugs at the time. a mother and son in san francisco pleaded guilty today. they were accused of filing false documents with the dmv to obtain placards. each must perform 1,000 hours of community service benefiting the disabled community and pay a $4100 fine. the scheme was discovered after anonymous tips came in to the dmv. san francisco police have closed their investigation into the death of a sailor who was practicing for last year's america's cup and police say no charges will be filed in the case. andrew bart simpson of england died after the artemis racing boat capsized in may of 2013.
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investigators believe simpson drowned after spending about ten minutes submerged beneath that damaged vessel in san francisco bay. race organizers then implemented several changes in safety rules after simpson's death. a missing hayward teenager has returned home to his family after four days. 16-year-old minh ly was found at larkin street youth services this morning in san francisco in good health. investigators say somebody recognized his photo on the news and gave them a call. the straight a student left his hayward home saturday after arguing with his dad. search crews had been looking for the teen in the hills near his home until police learned late yesterday he apparently had accessed a facebook page from a library in san francisco. let's get our first check of the forecast now. >> spencer christian is outside with the update. >> the heat is on and our air quality is beginning to decline, i'm sorry to report. here's a look at live doppler 7 hd. we have sunny skies across the bay area right now. a few areas of clouds near the coast. it has been quite warm -- well, hot today. here's a look at high temperatures so far.
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we have seen mid 90s so far in santa rosa, fairfield, concord, livermore, 97. antioch, 96. 97, cloverdale. 80 so far here in san francisco. 84 across the bay in oakland. we have smoke continuing to billow down into the bay area. wildfires continue to burn up in the northernmost part of the state as you can see on this nasa satellite image. notice the path of the smoke traveling out to sea, then curving back around into the bay area, producing haze in the air, as you see here on the east bay hills shot. so with the smoke moving into the area and the atmosphere heating up, poor air quality expected tomorrow in the inland east bay and santa clara valley. a spare the air alert has been issued for tomorrow. i will give you a look at the complete forecast in just a few minutes. >> thank you, spencer. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, the family of a young man killed in last month's deadly highway 17 crash now wants big changes in the trucking industry. also, the amazing discovery of a british ship that sank
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during an arctic expedition more than 160 years ago. and new at 4:00, what we should expect to hear from president obama during his address to the nation on isis. also, michael finney taking your questions on twitter and facebook. he will answer them here live in just a few minutes. you can contact michael at facebook.com/michael finney abc 77. checking your traffic, this is 280 in san jose at the 17 split there. traffic is flowing smoothly. 280 south is the traffic heading away from us. stay with us. is it the biting? ...we need to break up. cuz i can stop?
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exactly two months ago today, a santa cruz man was on his way to work when a tractor trailer plowed into his car on highway 17. >> several cars were involved in that crash. a number of people were injured. daniel mcguire died and today, his family is asking for a major change in the trucking industry. >> abc 7 news reporter tiffany wilson joins us live with the details. >> reporter: danny mcguire was on his way in to work when that big rig slammed into him on this stretch of highway 17 behind me, and now his family wants to spare any others from the pain they suffered. photographs of daniel mcguire show milestones in a young man's life. graduation, with his girlfriend, going to a game with friends. now his family clings to those memories. >> there are no words for how my heart is hurting because of the loss of daniel. >> he had a bright future and
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was about to become engaged to marry the love of his life, jessica. >> reporter: the family suffered loss before. daniel's older brother andrew died in an accident six years ago. gail constantly worries about her daughter on the road. >> i'm terrified. i'm traumatized. i have seen truckers hauling dangerous loads. >> reporter: yesterday they filed a wrongful death lawsuit. they believe the combination of a driver with only three months' experience and poor truck maintenance contributed to daniel's death on highway 17. >> when you consider the challenging nature of driving big rigs over the santa cruz mountain range during peak commuter travel periods, this had all the makings of a ticking time bomb. >> reporter: the mcguires want the trucking industry to implement a grading system, rating roads based on degree of difficulty and drivers' experience level. then only the best drivers can take the difficult routes.
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this driver has navigated the country for 41 years. >> you can't give a guy three months and expect him to go from the east coast to the west coast without something happening. >> reporter: yet he's not sure the grading system is realistic. >> that's going to be hard to do. >> reporter: if the trucking industry won't cooperate, the mcguire family says they will pursue legislative action at both the state and federal levels. tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. a miraculous discovery in canada this week. >> archaeologists have found the wreckage of a british expeditionary ship, one of two sent to explore canada's northernmost territory that sank more than 160 years ago. >> experts are not sure whether this vessel is the hms arabis or hms terrible. both ships were part of an expedition in the mid 19th century. it was an arctic expedition that left england in 1845 in an attempt to chart an unnavigated portion of the northwest passage. canada's prime minister said the discovery answers a lot of
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longstanding questions. >> for more than a century, this has been a great canadian story and mystery. i would say it's been the subject of scientists and historians and writers and singers. >> the wreckage was found over the weekend by an underwater sonar equipped vehicle that scanned the waters of the victoria straits. back outside we go to spencer christian. warmer, sunnier, breathing conditions are going to be difficult for some. >> you are right about that. it's warming up and the air quality is declining. we might even see triple digit temperature readings inland over the next few days. here's a look at live doppler 7 hd. there are some patches of low clouds near parts of the coastline right now. let's travel down to south, where we still have the remnants of what was tropical storm norbert kicking up active weather off baja. check this out. snow is falling over parts of montana down near great falls,
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helena. a winter-like weather pattern moving through montana at the moment. we have summer-like weather here. a live view here looking out towards the golden gate, where there's a little finger of fog under otherwise sunny skies right now. current temperatures, 66 in san francisco. we had a high so far, temperature of 80 degrees. 77 in oakland. 88, san jose. 94 right now in morgan hill. 63, half moon bay. check out this view of the golden gate bridge with lots of low clouds gathering there over the golden gate. we've got temperature readings of 95 in santa rosa, 92, napa, 96 in fairfield and concord, 97 in livermore. you know it will be even hotter the next couple days. now looking eastward from the south beach camera along the bay bridge, these are the forecast features. hot inland next few days, spare the air tomorrow with declining air quality. heat will recede early next week. satellite image shows a huge ridge of high pressure dominating our weather picture right now and that's going to bring us this warm to hot
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pattern that will stay with us actually through the weekend. for the week ahead in livermore, our computer models project high temperatures reaching mid to upper 90s by friday, but indications right now are that we might even see closer to 100 degrees by friday and then declining a little bit on saturday and sunday. temperatures will moderate early next week. that will be the pattern for basically all of our inland areas over the next several days. overnight, look for mainly clear skies inland and around the bay. we will see patches of fog near the coastline. low temperatures overnight mainly in the upper 50s to around 60. then tomorrow, in the south bay, look for highs of 90 degrees in san jose, 96 in morgan hill. on the peninsula, numerous upper 80s, 88 in redwood city, 87 in mountain view, most 70s on the coast and 82, downtown san francisco tomorrow. north bay highs, 94, santa rosa tomorrow. 93 at napa. over in the east bay, look for 84 in oakland, 88 fremont, 89 castro valley. the inland east bay, upper 90s to near 100. 98 fairfield. 97 at antioch and walnut creek.
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96 in livermore. here's the seven-day forecast. once again, spare the air tomorrow. declining air quality, especially for the inland east bay and santa clara valley. on friday and saturday, we will see inland highs in the upper 90s to close to 100. upper 80s around the bay. then temperatures start to decline a little bit, start to moderate, i should say, on sunday. early next week, we will see high temperatures finally dropping down to about 90, upper 80s to 90 inland on tuesday and wednesday. it will be quite a little hot spell through the weekend. >> thank you, spencer. up next, the special bond between cheetah cub and puppy. new, sleepwalking right off a cliff. how a climber survived a 60-foot drop. taking a live look at your bay bridge toll plaza. traffic is moving easily, flowing right on through and on to the bridge.
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all right. a lively celebration today to mark an important milestone in the expansion of san francisco's museum of modern art. steel workers hoisted the highest beam of the museum's new ten-story addition into place this afternoon. sf moma is undergoing a $305 million expansion that will add 235,000 square feet of exhibition space. the museum is on track to reopen in 2016. if you want a sneak peek, we will have it for you on our website. a cheetah cub and puppy who became best friends at the san diego zoo safari park have helped each other through a tough time. >> when the cheetah had had surgery last week rgs h, his pul was right by his side. the doctors had to repair a growth abnormality in the
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cheetah cheetah foreleg which was causing a bowing of the limbs. >> he was actually looking for him. he started to turn forward again. >> animal trainers say the cheetah has been recovering well and should have a bright future of running. it's a normal practice for the part to pair domesticated animals. >> they appear to be best friends. >> until the cheetah's teeth get larger than the dog's head. just ahead on 4 4:00, a preview of the president's speech tonight regarding isis. also, a woman's outrage after she discovered by chance that her sister's convicted killer has a facebook page in prison. later, the controversy developing around san jose's effort to clean up and clear out
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wage a military campaign that will target islamic fighters with air strikes wherever they exist. he has also indicated he will expand those strikes across the iraqi border. abc news reporter karen travers with more from washington, d.c. >> reporter: the american people want action and tonight, president obama will lay out the next stages in the u.s. campaign against isis. but will it be enough to convince a skeptical public that doesn't think he's being aggressive enough? >> it's time to put the straw man aside and realize this fight, the fight isn't with his critics here at home. it's with isis. >> reporter: the plan the president will detail includes expanding u.s. air strikes in iraq and supporting the iraqis as they take the fight to isis there. today, secretary of state john kerry was in baghdad to meet with leaders of the new iraqi government. he said the iraqis can't rely on the u.s. military to beat isis. >> it will not just be reserved
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to bombs. it will be comprehensive with iraqi forces on the ground in iraq. >> reporter: the president will also say the u.s. is ramping up its support for the moderate syrian rebels, including more training by u.s. special forces, something the cia has already been doing covertly. president obama has told congressional leaders he needs congress to vote quickly to give him the authority to do that. he will also need funding down the road. but congress is divided on whether to vote for any further military action, with the midterm elections looming in november. >> it's critical we support our commander in chief as he takes this decisive action. let's be cautious, let's be deliberate. >> reporter: a large majority of americans support u.s. air strikes against isis in syria. the president's not expected to announce any decision on taking out targets there. but the president will emphasize the u.s. is ready to strike wherever necessary to defeat isis. karen travers, abc news, washington.
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>> we will carry the president's address live tonight at 6:00 right here on abc 7. you can also watch it online. a 19-year-old colorado woman accused of intending to wage jihad is going to prison. she pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. she was arrested in april as she boarded a flight to syria, where she planned to marry a man she met online who claimed to be an isis militant. she faces up to five years in prison. she could receive a reduced sentence as part of a plea deal that requires her to help find others with the same intentions. the city of san francisco may set aside money to fund legal representation for children who have crossed the border. >> the supervisor is proposing a fund of more than $1 million. lyanne melendez is here with the details. >> reporter: they are one step closer to doing so. about 20 minutes ago, the committee approved the $1.2
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million to help refugee children from being deported. now it will go before the full board next tuesday. it was the first time we saw so many of these kids gathered in one place. walter traveled from the streets of guatemala to san francisco's city hall. he and other boys told san francisco supervisors they had no choice but to run from the violence and poverty that continues to cripple their country. they are just some of the many unaccompanied children from honduras, el salvador and guatemala who have made it to the san francisco bay area looking to stay with family members. at a hearing today, the supervisor david compos asked for approval for the plan to fund their representation. when they make it to immigration court, the children are given just a few days to find an attorney. if not, they could be deported. >> we have an obligation to stand up and say this is wrong.
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>> reporter: he spoke to a crowd of supporters who are behind his plan to help these children stay here. >> and we in san francisco are going to set an example for how we as a country should be dealing with this issue. >> reporter: listening were natalie and nodulie, who left el salvador to be reunited with their mother after seven years of being apart. their grandmother helped them along the way. she says it took them two months to get to their mom. for now, families are relying on nonprofit organizations to help them but these groups already have too many cases. >> each attorney is carrying a caseload of 40 cases. in addition to that, they provide legal counsel to as many people as they can. >> reporter: it's not clear if he would have the support of the full board of supervisors. some of these nonprofits are
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asking law firms in the city to help represent some of these kids pro bono. today, one firm said they would donate $50,000 and 1,000 hours. the facebook page of a convicted murderer has finally been taken down more than a month after an orange county family first voiced complaints. alan sullivan is serving 15 years to life for the murder of mary lewis nearly two decades ago. last month, lewis' sister typed his name into facebook just to see what would happen and there he was. >> he stabbed her 16 times and left her to die in the middle of the street. to see him in a picture hugging his mother, that hurts. that tears my heart out. >> he's sitting there gloating on facebook about killing and all this stuff. my sister can't do that. it is just thoroughly disgusting that he's able to do that. >> the family immediately called the state department of corrections. officials there said they would alert facebook to take the page
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down. accounts set up and/or monitored on behalf of an inmate are a violation of facebook's user policies. it was finally taken down this morning just hours after our sister station, kabc, broadcast the family's complaint. tomorrow, a judge in south africa will deliver her verdict in the oscar pistorius murder trial which began six months ago. pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, last year. the judge also has the discretion of convicting pistorius of a lesser murder charge or perhaps negligent killing. then again, pistorius can be acquitted if the judge believes his claims that he accidentally shot steenkamp, mistaking her for an intruder. bill and melinda gates are joining the battle against ebola. today their foundation pledged $50 million to support emergency efforts to contain the virus which has killed almost 2300 people. it is the worst outbreak of the virus since it was first identified nearly 40 years ago. the foundation plans to release funds immediately to u.n.
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agencies at international organizations to help them buy supplies and scale up the emergency response in affected countries. toronto mayor rob ford has been admitted to a hospital, believed to be suffering from a tumor. doctors say ford was complaining of stomach pains. an exam resulted in the diagnosis of a tumor. the mayor got international attention after he acknowledged using crack following months of denials. ford returned to work in june after entering rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. a bill designed to guarantee equal pay for women advanced through the senate today. supporters say the paycheck fairness act would close legal loopholes and compel employers to follow the law through increased federal enforcement. they cite figures from the bureau of labor statistics that show women nationwide earn 21% less than their male counterparts. >> we are serious here and we welcome our male colleagues because they, too, understand this. it's our wives, our sisters, our aunts, our grandmothers.
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it's our families. and we are going to fight until we win this. >> republicans blocked the debate on the paycheck fairness act three previous times. they say it will discourage employers from hiring women for fear of being hit with lawsuits. coming up on abc 7 news at 4:00, this is really living on the edge. the design that could one day have some people literally hanging off the edge of a cliff. remember the walking bear? he's back. we will tell you where he showed up this time. i'm michael finney. i'm still checking your questions on twitter and facebook. you can contact me at facebook.com/michael finney abc 7 and on twitter. i will answer your questions here live a little later. spencer christian, looking west from the east bay camera, looks a bit hazy as air quality is declining and temperatures are rising sharply. the forecast is in just a moment. at 4:36, another live look at the afternoon commute. kind of stacking up a little
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bit, oncoming traffic on the san mateo bridge from the peninsula heading back towards hayward. smooth sailing in the other direction. is it the biting? ...we need to break up. cuz i can stop? no! i love you and your show. it's cable. customers are more satisfied with u-verse. switch and we can stay together forever. forever? ow. i'm not gonna lie to you. it's also the biting. break up with cable. choose u-verse tv from $19 a month for 2 years.
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did you see it? there it is again. we're all jumping around. >> panic. that's one way to get your day started. a bat made an on-air appearance
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on the morning show in tennessee. came out of its hiding place, swooping around the anchors. what would you do? you would be screaming. you would be running out of here. >> i would be hiding behind you. >> under the desk, maybe? >> absolutely. at first i didn't realize, i thought it was like a bird like flies behind us, behind the set. that's really there with them. that will get your attention. >> they eventually caught it. i don't know how they caught it. >> none of those three caught it. i will tell you that. >> no, no. then it was released into a wooded area. somebody happened to have a net or something? >> i don't know. i don't know how you go about doing that. i'm not good with critters. the walking bear, i'm good with him. he's back. residents in a suburban new jersey neighborhood posted this new video to youtube showing the bear walking around on just his behind legs in their backyard. they nicknamed the bear vinnie. >> appropriate. totally. you may remember vinnie was brought in by wildlife officials in june. they think he's walking upright because his two front paws are injured. last month, officials say he is recovering nicely and should be
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able to walk on all fours again soon. i hope. >> i can imagine if he walked up to the door and rang the bell. i'm vinnie. he'll have his own reality show soon. take a look at this. an australian firm has designed what may be the scariest house ever. it's designed to literally hang off the face of a cliff, which overlooks the indian ocean. the house isn't real yet. what you're looking at is actually an artist's concept. >> i wish it was real. it looks so cool. inside the house would feature five floors including three bedrooms, an outdoor kitchen and jacuzzi and gigantic floor to ceiling windows because you're there for the view. steel pins would anchor the house to the cliff face. you got to hope -- >> that sounds sturdy. >> you have to trust your engineer in that case. when it's stormy, that would either be really frightening or really cool. >> frightening. i lean towards frightening. >> i would like to try living there for a little bit. let's check in on the weather with spencer. >> no. >> no? >> not even a little bit.
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not even on a sunny, calm day. no way. here's a look at live doppler 7 hd. we have some unusual weather going on right now. it's sunny and warm all across the bay area with a little bit of low cloudiness along portions of the coastline. let's take a look at our current temperature readings. i say unusual because we expected a warmup but not so quickly. it is still in the mid 90s at this hour in concord, livermore, 97. antioch, 96. 95 up at santa rosa. the heat is just holding on. it's not receding except near the coastline where san francisco has dropped from a high today of 80 to a current reading of 66 degrees. on we go to tomorrow's national forecast. look for a line of thunderstorms from northern new england down through the ohio valley into the lower mississippi valley. some showers in the upper midwest and dakotas and even into parts of minnesota. sunny and warm to hot in the west and southwest. check out california highs tomorrow.
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102 at fresno, 105 palm springs, 99, sacramento. 87 in los angeles. we continue to experience heat here in the bay area tomorrow. it will be mild at the coast with highs in the low 70s. we will see upper 80s, mid to upper 80s around the bay and upper 90s, close to 100 in the warmest inland locations tomorrow and it may be even hotter on friday and saturday. brace yourselves. >> thank you, spencer. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, the honor given today to the fallen heroes of the september 11th attacks on the eve of the and versniversary. a hiker plunges down a cliff while sleepwalking. i'm michael finney. can you i donuse a check that dt have an address printed on it? answer next.
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house and senate leaders today honored the fallen heroes of the september 11th attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the tragedy. lawmakers presented a congressional gold medal to each of the memorial sites where thousands lost their lives in the terror attacks. one medal will go to the flight 93 national memorial in pennsylvania. one to the national september 11th memorial and museum in new
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york. and one to the pentagon memorial. >> with these medals we honor the heroism of first responders and ordinary citizens. we celebrate them in that capacity, but also we remember them as husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, families and friends. >> the gold medal is the highest civilian award the u.s. congress can bestow. a 27-year-old man really lucky to be alive after a freak accident while camping with friends in kentucky. ryan campbell was sleeping in his hammock along the grays arch trail in the red river gorge when friends watched him simply get up and sleepwalk right over the edge of a cliff. he fell more than 60 feet. emergency crews were called in to rescue campbell, who was not only alive but essentially unscathed. >> i was sure i was dead. or at least severely messed up. you don't think you're going to fall that far and walk away from it. it was surreal coming up the way
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i came down, because i got to see every foot of this cliff that i had just flown over. >> all he has is a black eye. turns out campbell landed in a hardy rhododendron bush that broke his fall. if the bush was not there, rescuers say the fall probably would have been fatal. campbell says he's hanging up his hammock, vowing never to put himself in that position again. san francisco city officials are rolling out the red carpet for next month's fleet week festivities. mayor ed lee says he's ready to welcome the tens of thousands of members representing all branches of the armed services when they make a stop in san francisco for the five-day event which kicks off thursday, october 9th. last year's fleet week celebration was canceled because of the federal budget sequestration. mayor lee says he wants his city to play an important role in the lives of those who serve. >> oftentimes they're here, away from their families and i know that sometimes that's hard for
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the men and women that serve our services, but i like to have them think of san francisco as kind of their second home whenever and wherever they are stationed. >> fleet week events include a parade of ships, concerts and of course, the u.s. navy's blue angels. on to consumer news. 7 on your side's michael finney answering questions sent by facebook, twitter and e-mail. we all experienced this kind of sticker shock. i filled my car at a gas station in san francisco and was shocked, they charged $4.99 per gallon, about $1 more per gallon than average. is this legal? >> yeah, completely legal. we don't regulate gasoline prices here. the only time it gets regulated is during an emergency because they don't want price gouging. other than that, any gas station can charge anything they want and that's why most people try to fill up before they come into the city rather than after they are already here. we often have the most expensive gasoline in the nation right here in san francisco. >> yeah. >> george g. e-mailed, why do we
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pay sales tax on a crv? >> that's good. california redemption value, that is not a deposit. we think about it as a deposit like in the old days when you put down a nickel on a bottle and when you brought it back you got your nickel. it is a fee for selling the beverage in a reusable container. the distributor passes that tax on to the retailer and the retailer passes it on to you, and that's why it is taxed. or not. it's not always taxed. for instance, infant formula is not taxed and milk is not taxed. there is a whole list of other liquids that aren't taxed. the majority of what you are going to buy is, however. >> i hate it when you give me the yes and no answer. just confusing. i need simple. all right. our next e-mail, i ordered a new box of personal checks. they did not print the address of the bank on the check. is it okay to use the checks.
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>> yeah. they don't have to have their address. as a matter of fact, you don't have to have your address. there doesn't have to be any address at all. what you need is a routing number at the bottom of the check, as long as it has that, it makes the check legal. often, you will see checks like this, and by the way, as an individual, you might want to put your name on your check but we are long past the time you should have your name or even back in the old days, you are going to remember this, you will not, social security numbers on checks. >> no. that's frightening. >> our parents used to put them on their check. that's how safe our society was. >> i'm not that old that i would remember that. but we do not. that's a crazy thought. >> it's amazing. i still had a brother-in-law that was still doing it a few years ago. i said what are you doing? >> bad idea. >> very very bad idea. >> thank you, michael. up next, cleaning up the jungle. the controversy san jose has started trying to help the people at a homeless camp.
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i'm dan ashley in the newsroom. new at 5:00, new developments in the search for a mountain lion that attacked a bay area boy. you will hear late details. plus, the new job protection for 40% of the state's work force may be you. that's next.
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san jose has triggered some controversy as it tries to clean up and clear out a homeless encampment called the jungle. >> the goal is to get housing and services for the homeless. abc 7 news reporter matt keller has the story. >> reporter: volunteers with the most holy trinity church had to hop the curb to get into the parking lot just outside the jungle homeless encampment in east san jose today. they bring food every week but were told access was going to be limited at the largest homeless encampment in the south bay. >> we do this every work day.
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we have to know when they are not going to allow us anymore. >> reporter: you don't know if they will let you come back in or they will give you a key to the gate? >> i have no idea. >> reporter: these pictures show crews dropping off giant boulders on september 3rd. yesterday, city workers started lining them up in the parking lot next to storrey road and installing a gate. nonprofits and churches will be allowed gate access as long as they're working with the city. >> educate the people down here where they can get other resources, where they can find housing, where they can find, you know, places to where they can get jobs. we have a job training program that they can come enlist in. just to help them get back on their feet and off the street. >> reporter: regulatory agencies are putting pressure on the city to solve the pollution problem on coyote creek which runs right through the jungle. the city's goal is to have all 200 plus residents in a stable living situation by the end of the year. which will also allow workers in to clean up the area before the rainy season. the city says since 2013, it has
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housed 80 people living at the site and 60 more people have housing vouchers. the big problem, though, is finding a place to use those vouchers. >> i don't think there's enough housing available. i think there's enough vouchers but i could write you a piece of paper right now and tell you it's worth $1 million but if you have no way to redeem that, what do you have? >> reporter: the city says the bowl boulders and gate will not be used to cut off necessary support to the homeless. matt keller, abc 7 news. sometimes even animals can be overcome with emotion, whether it be excitement or panic. >> in the central valley, a group of fainting goats are getting a lot of attention. people from as far away as china and russia are heading to fresno county to see lily and paul's collection of fainting goats. >> watch what happens when they are startled by a loud sound. hopefully we will see it. apparently -- wait. they're not in pain. wow! apparently that's a natural reaction of their breed. >> the fainting begins when the goats are only two weeks old. they sometimes just lock up when
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they're excited over something as simple as meal time. how bizarre. >> strange. all right. thank you so much for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. the news at 5:00 begins with dan and cheryl. the kids are not safe on the street. >> a witness is shocked after watching a car plow into a class of special needs students, sending five people to the hospital. plus -- i feel a lot better. >> we check in with a teenager hurt in the napa earthquake. his goal once he gets out of the wheelchair. landmark legislation. 40% of the state's work force is about to get paid time off they have never had before. maybe you. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. near triple digit temperatures today. spare the air alert tomorrow. i will let you know what's in store for the weekend coming up. we're lucky to have police and fire as quick as we did. >> paramedics rushed to help
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high school students. they were out walking when they were struck by an out of control driver. that driver just drove right on to the sidewalk. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm cheryl jennings. everybody involved in this accident is expected to survive. now, it happened as a group was walking on the sidewalk on west hillsdale boulevard in san mateo. abc 7 news reporter carolyn tyler is there. >> reporter: it could have been much worse. a school district official tell us there were 15 special needs students and five teachers who were in the group. those who were hurt were walking or standing right where you see those orange cones. sky 7 hd was overhead as police investigated the accident that happened just after 10:30 this morning. a man in his 50s driving a black acura heading north on west hillsdale boulevard suddenly veered on to the sidewalk. his car sheared off a light pole and hit a group of special needs students, and the student
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teacher who had been leading them across the street. >> the kids are not safe on the street. >> reporter: it happened right in front of armand as he trimmed a tree across the street. >> the woman was happy, was laughing with the kids, showing them nature or whatever, and then this happened. i hope she's fine and the other kids, too. but she was the more damaged. >> reporter: she suffered head trauma but it's not life-threatening. the students have minor injuries. they attend special classes at nearby hillsdale high school and often walk in this neighborhood. >> it was part of their routine and getting, having the students out in the community and walking. it normally would be a good spot for a walk and therefore, that's why they choose the route. >> reporter: police say even though it is a thoroughfair, collisions are unusual. >> it's a residential street. generally people are respectful of that.

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