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getting worse with too many hearses. >> malnourished. these horses' ribs are showing but their condition is not bad enough for the county to take them away. good afternoon. i'm katie marzullo. >> i'm larry beil. at least nine horses appear to be wasting away in a field off highway 01. one is a foal who is having trouble getting milk from its mother. the county cannot remove the horses but animal control is trying to help them.
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david louie joins us live in morgan hill with the details. david? >> reporter: well, there's a total of nine horses in this pasture but many more further back on the property. the renter of this land and operator of this horse ranch tells me that he can explain why they are skinny and what he plans to do about it. however, horse people say intervention is the only solution. this three to four month old foal is trying to nurse but it appears mom isn't producing any milk. neighbors, some of them horse owners, are growing worried the horses are not getting enough food. they believe some of them are 100 pounds underweight. >> i look now and i see several of them out here that i see ribs and i'm truly concerned. >> reporter: neighbors have been calling law enforcement agencies but nothing seems to happen. animal control officer carla setzer says the owner has been told to feed the horses. the horses are now being treated by a vet but she doesn't consider the horses abused
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neglected. >> he is in compliance with the vet and following the vet's feeding instructions. we are basically watching and making sure everything continues on the way it is. >> reporter: the operator of the ranch explains why the horses are skinny. >> those horses are skinny because i have other horses and somebody gave me skinny horses. >> reporter: monica operates an equine rescue center and would like to intervene. >> if they would help us pick up these horses it would change their lives. they will be healthy. they will be fed properly. they can't be fed like this. this is complete abuse and neglect. >> reporter: another horse owner stopped by with a higher quality of hay she believes the horses need. after dropping portions of a bale into the pasture, you can see how the horses responded. they perked up and feasted on the hay. but as complaints mount, some of the horses have disappeared and
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no one knows their fate. david louie, abc 7 news. unforeseen problems plague a fund-raising campaign to help with recovery efforts after the napa earthquake. >> it seems getting the financial help to those who really need it is not an easy task. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman joins us live in napa with that story. wayne? >> reporter: it was about a week and a half ago we were in napa reporting how fema was giving money back to the infrastructure, to the city and county. still local businesses don't have any federal money, nor do local people who are recovering from the earthquake. there are $10 million that have been promised by local companies for the community but so fashr, only $1 million has landed in their hands. why? it's complicated. in napa, this is an unfortunate sign of the times for small business owners. this tropical fish store owner for five more days. last month's earthquake left him
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with nine tanks out of 130. that's not the worst of it. here's the twist. >> i need my customer base back. a lot of my customers, up to 50% lost their fish tanks in the earthquake. they have no desire to put them back up. >> reporter: it's one small business challenge in a community stacked with them. one month after the quake, napa still has plenty of scaffolds and red tags, a few tourists. what small business owners like patricia really need is money. >> at this point there's nothing for us. believe me, i have beat the bushes. >> reporter: nothing is a bit of a surprise to many around here because shortly after the quake, the napa valley vintners association pledged $10 million but as of friday, only about $1 million of that has made its way into the community. >> we think we have about a $10 million answer to a $300 million question. >> reporter: it turns out they are handicapped by circumstances and government regulations. >> we are working as diligently as we can to get the dollars out
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the door as quickly as we can. we would like to be moving faster. the truth is, we have to balance that sense of urgency and compassion and care with the rules that the irs imposes upon us when we're talking about getting dollars ultimately into the hands of business owners or households. >> reporter: having lost $37,000 worth of unpaid-for merchandise, patricia trimble would love some of that money but she has to wait. she's not angry. just hopeful. >> they didn't have to do anything. they donated this money. this was donated. nobody told them they had to give it to us. we are still waiting for the feds. >> reporter: still waiting, still repairing, still napa. in napa, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. 5,000 firefighters face tough conditions battling the massive king fire in the sierra. officials report erratic winds along with a forecast calling for warmer temperatures and lower humidity. that fire has already charred 137 square miles since it broke out more than a week ago. flames have also destroyed ten
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homes and 22 other buildings in el dorado county. 21,000 other buildings remain threatened by the fire which is only 18% contained. >> so sad for everyone involved and fire crews need all the help they can get fighting these fires around california. especially the king fire. >> let's go to spencer christian to see if there's any help in the accuweather update. spencer? >> well, weather conditions right now are not helping matters. let's take a look at live doppler 7 hd. i will give you a look at what i'm talking about. in the bay area, pleasant conditions, breezy, but over in the area of the king fire earlier today, this was the direction in which the smoke was drifting, to the west. as you pointed out, the winds have been erratic. they shifted during the midday hours and now the winds are blowing from the west to east and the smoke is now going in that direction towards the east, out towards lake tahoe and other points east of the fire. let's look at the bigger picture here. there's a dense smoke advisory in effect for much of this area, including the lake tahoe region
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until 8:00 this evening. then we have a red flag warning for high fire danger in effect from the foothills and western slopes of the sierra south of tahoe reaching northward up into the mountains of the extreme northern part of the state into southern oregon. that's in effect from tomorrow afternoon until tomorrow night, mainly because of strong gusty dry winds. as you pointed out, increasing temperature expected as well so it will be hot, dry and windy. that doesn't help the firefighting effort. i will give you a look at the local forecast in a few minutes. >> see you then. sky 7 hd shows the cleanup efforts after a 30,000 gallon tank burst into flames and started leaking liquid asphalt in vallejo. that fire broke out on lake herman road after 2:00 this afternoon. firefighters put out the blaze and contained the leak within about 50 minutes. no injuries reported. officials say there is no threat to the public. the company produces materials used in road building like concrete and asphalt. san jose police are looking for suspects in the weekend
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burglary at the home of 49ers defensive lineman ray mcdonald. someone broke in saturday night and stole some personal items while mcdonald was in arizona with the team. police arrested the 30-year-old last month at the same address on suspicion of domestic violence involving his fiancee. the owner of the baltimore ravens today defended his team's handling of the ray rice domestic violence incident with the video that followed. steve bisciotti refuted an espn report claiming that he and others tried to persuade nfl commissioner roger goodell and the new jersey judicial system to be lenient on rice following that february arrest. bisciotti called espn's reporting manufactured and said the unnamed sources interviewed for that story are working to build a case for rice's reinstatement. >> almost everything in there is anonymous but it's clear from the subject matter that it's ray's attorney, it's ray's agent, and it's ray's friends.
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>> espn released a statement saying they stand by their original story. espn is a sister network of abc 7. while the nfl grapples with stars involved in domestic violence cases such as ray rice, attorney general eric holder just unveiled a pilot program aimed at ending domestic abuse. it will kick off in four communities across the u.s., including contra costa county. organizers say it will help identify people who have become violent enough that they could kill their partners. the goal is to step in before violence escalates. this afternoon at 5:00, abc 7 news reporter laura anthony talks with the people in contra costa county who will be administering the new program. big traffic change coming, starting tonight at 11:00. you might have to take a different route to exit the bay bridge in san francisco. >> the folsom street exit will close for a construction project. you can use the same off-ramp to exit the bridge, but you will have to veer to the left and take the fremont street exit. thousands of people use the
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onramp that connects the bridge to both those exits every day. commuters worry about possible bottlenecks starting tomorrow morning. >> probably even worse traffic than there already is. >> i think this intersection's a little wonky. i think the harrison street exit is not too bad. probably in the long run, it will be better. >> planners say the exit will reopen early next year. when it does, you will see new traffic signals, new paths for pedestrians and new bike lanes. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, the new plan from the san francisco supervisor to close the pay gap between men and women. also, the city considered the best place to live in the bay area by "money" magazine. you might be surprised. 800 rounds of ammunition, plus more. new at 4:30, what prosecutors say the man who jumped the white house fence had inside his car. 7 on your side is taking your questions on twitter and facebook. they will be answered a little later.
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contact michael finney at facebook.com/michael finney abc 7. approaching 4:11 on this monday afternoon, our first look at the afternoon commute. this is the skyway in downtown san francisco. as always, the jam-up heading oncoming to the lower deck of the bay bridge for folks trying to get back to the east bay. much smoother sailing on the right-hand side of your screen for those driving toward 101 south.
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iwith something terrible to admit. i treated thousands of patients, risked their lives, while high on prescription drugs. i was an addict. i'm recovered now, but an estimated 500,000 medical professionals are still out there, abusing drugs or alcohol. police, airline pilots, bus drivers... they're randomly tested for drugs and alcohol...
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but not us doctors. you can change that: vote yes on proposition 46. your lives are in our hands. women's rights organizations are rallying around a new
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measure in san francisco designed to help bridge the gender gap when it comes to paychecks. abc 7 news reporter carolyn tyler here with the story. >> reporter: it's been more than 50 years since the equal pay act was passed, yet there is still a huge disparity between women and men. this legislation would help close the gender gap in san francisco. ruth worked as a machinist in san jose in the '90s and says she made $3 an hour less than her male counterpart doing the same job. >> i was outraged. i thought it was very unfair. i was extremely upset about it. >> reporter: she says things really haven't changed that much. according to the latest u.s. census data, the median paycheck of a woman who works full-time is job over $39,000. 78% that of men who earned $50,000. >> power to the people! power to the people! >> reporter: these demonstrators
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on the steps of san francisco city hall are supporting a new equal pay for equal work measure that will be introduced tomorrow by supervisor david campos. >> our legislation is landmark legislation that is really the first of its kind that says that anyone who contracts with the city must provide information about pay, not only by gender but also by ethnicity and race. >> reporter: he believes that knowledge has the power to close the pay gap. the city's human rights commission would investigate complaints. >> there will be consequences so this is going to be -- it's going to have teeth. it will make a difference and i think it will set a model for the whole country. >> reporter: ruth filed a grievance against her old company and now works as a lawyer for the legal aid society and the bay area equal pay collaborative. with women making up more than 50% of the work force, wage discrimination can have a significant and severe impact in
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a high cost city like san francisco. if this legislation passes, hundreds of contractors will have to divulge their data each year. >> we are also calling upon all city agencies to collect similar information. if we're going to require that contractors with the city collect this information, then it's only appropriate that we do the same. >> reporter: keep in mind this is just a proposal. a working group composed of appointees by the mayor, the board and the commission on the status of women would need to work out the details, and there will be hearings on this measure to give contractors a chance to air their concerns. larry? >> carolyn, thank you. women have been shaking things up in the corporate world. "fortune" magazine released its annual list of the most powerful women in business. the bay area is well represented. number one is 57-year-o jenny r. number two, mary barra, ceo of
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general motors. number three, indra newyi from pepsi co. meg whitman, the head of hewlett-packard and cheryl shandbershan sandberg of facebook. the list of the best u.s. cities to live in is out today. rankings might surprise you. only two bay area cities broke the top 50. according to the magazine, the highest ranking northern california community is milpedas. they like the city's proximity to silicon valley, its schools and of course, the great mall. pleasanton was ranked number 31. the author liked the city's eclectic downtown area. milpedas came in number 29. rounding them out, maple grove, minnesota, mckinney, texas took the top spot. its great schools, affordable housing, mix of european, east coast and west coast culture gave it the most value for families. >> something tells me a lot of
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folks in atherton aren't in a hurry to move to mckinney texas. but spencer, i checked the weather in mckinney, texas today thinking it would be like 1,000 degrees with 1,000% humidity. it was 85 and sunny. i really can't bash them. >> there isn't a caravan lining up to move. not yet. let's take a look at our weather which is quite pleasant here all around the bay area. a bit breezy but certainly pleasant as fall is about to arrive officially in a couple hours. here's live doppler 7 hd. we have mainly sunny skies with a few high clouds in the bay area sky right now. more clouds are lurking offshore. here's a live view from the golden gate bridge of mainly blue skies. some high clouds off to the right there. 68 degrees in san francisco, mid 70s in oakland, san carlos, san jose, 83, morgan hill. 66 at half moon bay. here's a live view, a different view of the golden gate bridge, looking nice at the golden gate right now.
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80 in santa rosa, 78 in napa, mid 80s in fairfield, concord and livermore. here's a view of just a few high clouds traveling over the ski, mainly blue sky looking southward from ocean beach. these are the forecast features. fall begins at 7:29 this evening. that's the autumnal equinox. showers will arrive wednesday night, little bit of change in the weather pattern developing. here's why. an approaching energetic storm system, we haven't had any energetic storm systems recently but this one appears to be so. approaching wednesday into wednesday night, about 9:00, we will see the first wave of rain arriving up around ukiah, cloverdale and during the overnight hours wednesday into thursday morning, we will see a more widespread area of rain and showers which means it's probably going to be a wet commute thursday morning, so bear that in mind if you are a morning commuter. there will likely be a slowdown in traffic and wet spots on the
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pavement. by mid-morning thursday, we will see the system beginning to break up into little pockets of light rainfall. the projection for rainfall totals by thursday mid-morning are these. quarter of an inch to half inch in the north bay mountains. lower elevations, tenth to a quarter of an inch. parts of the santa clara valley may not receive measurable rain at all. overnight, look for partly cloudy skies, low temperatures right around or just above 60 degrees. tomorrow's highs will range from mid 60s at the coast, some locations will hit 70 at the coast. mid to upper 70s around the bay and low to mid 80s inland. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. chance of rain late wednesday night continuing into about early to midmorning hours on thursday. then we will get partial clearing late thursday. thursday will be the coolest day in the forecast period. friday, we start to get a little sunnier, milder weather, then it warms up over the weekend into mid 80s inland, 80 around the bay and upper 60s around the coast. the autumnal equinox will fall
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on us tonight. pun intended. larry and katie? >> thank you. >> well done. all i heard was showers. music to my ears. >> yeah. speaking of music, up next, lion king the musical roars its way to a record. there has never been anything like it in entertainment history. new after 4:30, the latest research on peanut allergies and what could be the raw facts on what causes them.
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♪ history for the lion king stage musical that is now the biggest grossing work in entertainment history, earning more than $6.2 billion worldwide. that makes it more valuable than any single harry potter film, "titanic" or any of the "star wars" movies. it is a production of disney, parent company of abc 7. lolo jones was the first
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contestant to be eliminated from this season of "dancing with the stars." tonight, 12 remaining couples take to the dance floor and they all have a common goal. >> hang on for dear life. >> reporter: week two is hear a here and the pressure is already on. the dancers have all discovered one thing. it's easier if you focus on the fun. >> every day we are as silly as we can be. that's really the key. every day it's like feeling blessed, feeling happy, being silly and making it fun. >> very goofy if rehearsal. i like to lighten it up. you need to have a good balance. at the end of the day, this is fun. you are making people smile at home. you want to have a great time and a great experience and not like get too serious. we're just dancing. we're not curing cancer. >> i think there's a lot of fun parts. first of all, the costumes are so fun. the hair and makeup, not having to do it myself, is very fun for me.
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it's a good experience. >> reporter: you are rehearsing a lost hou lot of hours, there's the pressure, there are injuries and bruises and pains and aches. where does the fun come in? >> i'm leaving. you just said it. bye, i'm out. no, you know what? it is all those things that you said wrapped up in a very, very fun box. it's a fun journey. that is all part of it. >> every single thing you do on "dancing with the stars" is fun. even the hard rehearsals and the soreness. it's like you go home and sit in a tub of ice every night and it's miserable because your legs are in so much pain but you're having so much fun because you're like i'm sitting in a tub of ice because i'm on "dancing with the stars." oh, my god. i'm on "dancing with the stars." >> reporter: tonight at 8:00 we will see the 12 remaining couples take to the dance floor, all performing favorite songs of the celebrities. >> here are the details again. "dancing with the stars" airs
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tonight at 8:00 here on abc 7. you can watch it on air or on the go on your tablet or smartphone with our watch abc app. just ahead, the white house intruder, what authorities say they found inside his car starting with 800 rounds of ammunition. also -- >> activists flood wall street making an urgent call to reverse global climate change. it is being called the zuckerberg fortress. the renovations to the facebook founder's home that are really getting on neighbors'
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here are the headlines as we approach 4:30. firefighters battling the king fire in el dorado county fear strong and erratic winds could whip that wildfire into a frenzy. it has already burned more than 87,000 acres and destroyed 32 buildings, including ten homes. firefighters extended their control lines around the wildfire today bracing for a possible change in the weather. the justice department announced extra funding for domestic violence homicide prevention on twitter today. it includes more than $2.5 million in grants and one bay area county will be part of a special domestic violence initiative. coming up at 5:00, we will see
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how this plan will help stop the violence before it happens. since friday, two intruders have made it over the white house fence and on to the grounds. one of them even got inside the executive mansion through an unlocked door, believe it or not. now the secret service is taking the heat for that after more details surfaced about one of those intruders. karen travers explains. >> reporter: omar gonzalez appeared in federal court today, three days after he scaled the white house fence, sprinted the length of a football field and made his way all the way inside the front door. prosecutors said today gonzalez is a danger to the president. they say the 42-year-old homeless iraq veteran parked his car several blocks away from the white house. inside, 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a mache machete. he had several run-ins with law enforcement this summer. he was stopped but not arrested this august walking near the white house with a hatchet. police searched his car but found no ammunition. gonzalez was arrested in virginia in july, charged with
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possessing a sawed-off shotgun and eluding police. at that time, 11 different guns were found in his vehicle. but perhaps most troubling, virginia state police say gonzalez also had a map of washington, d.c. with a line drawn to the white house. they say they alerted the atf and secret service. friday night's security breach at the white house came just moments after the president and his daughters departed on marine one. mr. obama was asked about it today in the oval office. >> i'm grateful for the sacrifices they make on my behalf. >> reporter: the incident raises many questions. why weren't trained dogs used to stop gonzalez? why wasn't he tackled? why was the front door unlocked? law enforcement sources tell abc news the secret service agents had to make a life or death decision within seconds and they chose not to use lethal force. the secret service will now conduct a review of the security breach and the response. karen travers, abc news, the white house. >> president obama will attend this week's u.n. general assembly meeting and part of his
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agenda will include rallying the world against the extremist group isis. the president is looking for the international community to approve a new u.n. resolution demanding countries tighten existing travel laws and cut off the flow of fresh isis recruits. president obama will attend wednesday's u.n. security council meeting to make his pitch but stopping the group may be in the hands of the arab world. >> with the isil threat, it actually will only be defeated from within the arab and muslim world. they have to reject it. meanwhile, the situation in iraq is growing out of control. at least 40 soldiers were killed in recent suicide bombings carried out by isis militants. the group also called for muslims worldwide to kill civilians from the u.s. and france which are carrying out air strikes against the jihadists. three afghan national army officers who went missing during military training in massachusetts are now in custody. they were found today near the u.s./canadian border. law enforcement officials say
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the soldiers walked up to border patrol agents and said they were seeking asylum. the soldiers were part of a 14-officer contingent from afghanistan that had been participating in training exercises at joint base cape cod. those three men were last seen saturday at a nearby mall. the united nations will make an urgent call to reverse climate change. governor brown is among those addressing the u.n. abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez is in the newsroom with what's at stake for the bay area. >> yesterday we had a big demonstration in new york's upper west side with more than 300,000 people, the largest they have ever seen. now california will be represented at the united nations summit because being a coastal state, we will be impacted by the rising sea levels. this week's call for climate change began with demonstrations on wall street marching through lower manhattan. during the united nations summit on global warming which begins
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tomorrow, countries are expected to agree to cut emissions. governor jerry brown brings to that summit several environmental bills he recently signed into law, including the one introduced by state senator mark leno to reduce methane missions. >> the main component is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. >> reporter: researchers have proven these greenhouse gases are the cause of rising sea levels. san francisco is considered one of several sinking cities around the world. the san francisco tide station has been measuring the rise of the coastal water since 1854. over the last century, there has been an eight-inch rise. along san francisco bay, king tides seen in december through february flood the shoreline area. >> tparking lot in marin county
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is frequently under water on high tide days. there are other places in the bay that experience flooding during the king tides. >> reporter: environmentalists are especially watchful of the marshlands. a recent report by the u.s. geological survey found some of them will be inundated by the end of the century. >> one of the most important things is protecting our existing wetlands and making sure that they have somewhere to migrate so that as the sea level rises, they have somewhere to go. >> reporter: joe leclaire of the bay conservation and development commission says sfo is especially vulnerable. >> if it were to go down it would have a significant impact on our economy. >> reporter: in light of what is coming, there is talk of building a seawall right under the bridge as a possible solution. at 6:00 we will talk about the consequences of that, including a m a maritime traffic jam and damage to the fisheries. lyanne melendez, abc 7 news.
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>> thank you. health officials in sierra leone have lifted a three-day lockdown in this country, a desperate effort to stem the spread of the deadly ebola virus. nobody was allowed to leave their homes during the lockdown. workers went door to door to one million households to check for ebola patients and to distribute critical health information about the outbreak. world health officials estimate more than 2600 people have already died from ebola. residents in sierra leone and neighboring countries, including hard-hit liberia, are listening. >> i would die but i don't want to die from ebola. >> $6 million of medical supplies donated by humanitarian groups have arrived in west africa. 100 tons of gloves, masks and antibiotics and pain medications are headed to several west africa countries. clorox is shutting down operations in venezuela.
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the oakland-based company cites restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. the company says that for three years, it was forced to sell the majority of its products at prices frozen by the government. after realizing significant price hikes would force them to operate at a loss, they decided to pull out of the country entirely. still to come on abc 7 news at 4:00, he is all riled up and ready to go. >> we will start slow but we are always, always going to finish fast, no matter what the score was, we are going to finish hard. >> guy's got some intensity to him. you will hear why this high school football player may have a future as an inspirational speaker if the sports thing doesn't work out. i'm michael finney. today's 7 on your side is just ahead. i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. you can contact me right now. i will answer your questions here live in just a little bit. i'm spencer christian. we see mostly blue sky over the
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bay right now but clouds are coming our way and some early autumn rain. i will have the accuweather forecast in just a moment.
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you want to meet this guy. a running back for the east view patriots high school in austin, texas. >> we have to warn you, his enthusiasm is contagious.
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be careful. take a listen. >> i'm not going to lie. they had us. we were undefeated but they had us. but it took guts, it took an attitude. that's all it takes. that's all it takes to be successful is an attitude. that's what our coach told us. he said hey, it's going to be tough, it's going to be hard, you are a're going to go out thd battle and fight. do it for each other, do it for yourself, do it for us and you will come out with this win. >> tell you what, whatever he eats, i want some. >> i'm going to cue that up every morning. he was that fired up after his team's narrow 42-41 come from behind victory over a competing high school. >> his victory speech is gaining a lot of attention online. it's even inspired a twitter hash tag, start slow, finish fast. spencer christian joining us now. you and i start slow and fade. that's monday through friday strategy. >> exactly. this week, however, starts dry and will finish wet. it will finish wet because rain is coming our way. right now we have no rain.
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here's live doppler 7 hd. actually, it won't start with live doppler 7 hd. here's a time lapse, by the way, of smoke from the king fire blowing across lake tahoe. notice the increase in smoke later in the afternoon. very, very concerning situation there as the smoke continues to blow over and the fires continue to burn. here's our live doppler 7 hd. just a few light clouds over the bay area right now. more clouds coming our way tomorrow and some rain wednesday night into thursday. so here's a look at the national weather picture for tomorrow. look for showers and thunder showers in the southeast. we will see some thunderstorms up near fargo, north dakota and some over western texas and eastern new mexico. across the state of california tomorrow, mainly dry, sunny and warm to sacramento and hot from yosemite to fresno to palm springs. here in the bay area tomorrow, we will see mainly sunny skies. a few high clouds up north and low clouds near the coast. high temperatures will range from upper 60s to near 70 at the
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coast, mid to upper 70s around the bay and low 80s to mid 80s inland. we do have some midweek rainfall coming. fall oh fsfficially begins at 7 this evening. tomorrow will be the first full official day of fall. >> it's going to be fall, going to be fall, going to be really fall! thank you, spencer. still ahead, a warning going out to parents in texas about a hospital worker who may have exposed hundreds of newborns to tuberculosis. the renovations at st. antho anthony's dining room that will greatly improve services for people in san francisco who need help. i'm 7 on your side's michael finney. what are you supposed to do when a magazine keeps renewing your subscription and charging you without you even realizing it? that answer is coming up.
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alarming news for hundreds of parents in texas. more than 700 newborns at an el paso hospital were exposed to tuberculosis. a worker who worked in the
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post-partum facility and nursery tested positive for tb last month. he had direct contact with newborns. parents received a letter from providence urging them to get tested for tb as soon as possible. >> one cannot say that 100% of all employees at any hospital will be free of any communicable disease because that is not possible. but we do the best that is out there in terms of recommendations. >> 40 hospital employees may also have been exposed. they have been asked to get tested as well. tuberculosis can spread to the kidneys and spine. researchers may have discovered what triggers peanut allergies. a recent study suggests roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than raw nuts. chemical changes caused by the dry roasting process are not recognized by the body's immune system and that may be what sparks future allergic reactions. this study was done on mice so the next step will be to determine if the findings are
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also relevant to humans. st. anthony's foundation in san francisco is gearing up to open its brand new dining room next month. the dining room doubles as a job training program for men in recovery from addiction. it will also allow the foundation to eventually serve thousands more through a more flexible layout and state of the art equipment. >> father alfred, our founder 64 years ago, always insisted that this is a dining room and not a soup kitchen, and as you can see, it is really a nice dining room, a place where people can eat, share community, get to know each other and feel the respect that's due to them just because of who they are as human beings. >> for more than six decades, st. anthony's has offered a gateway out of poverty and currently provides countless services for people in need. the new dining room opens to the public on october 4th. 7 on your side's michael finney answering questions sent by facebook, twitter and e-mail. the first is from kathy g. who
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e-mailed two years ago i subscribed to a magazine i never asked to renew this magazine but they sent it and charged me anyway. what can i do? >> i never heard that before. actually, i worked very, very hard to change this law about five, maybe six years ago and we did. we have one of the strictest laws in the country here in california. first of all, they are not allowed to do this. you may not owe them a dime. they can't do it unless they tell you in advance there is going to be an automatic renewal and you agree to it. they have to tell you, you have to agree to it. then even if you do agree, they have to give you a toll-free number to call where you can cancel it. look up the magazine, look for that number, call them up and say they never told you they were going to do this, knock it off. they should in the state of california. >> i need that tip as well. george g. e-mailed where does the uncollected crv refund money go? >> great question. there is so much money involved here. i'm always looking around going is somebody doing something and as it turns out, no, generally
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not. here in the state of california we pay more than $1 billion a year for our crv tax, fee, whatever, and we get about 85% of that back. we return that much of it or the people that collect it from our curbside containers get that much for it. the rest of the money, the 15% that the state gets to hang on to, what they do with it, they spend it on youth programs, revolving around recycling and other recycling programs like curbside service. your money doesn't get ripped off, doesn't get wasted, it does not go into the general fund. >> if you are not getting it back, something good is happening. >> absolutely. >> a twitter user asks please help. air france won't let us cancel our tickets until 24 hours before we leave but the same flights have been canceled every day because of a strike. >> the pilots are on strike, if you haven't heard about it, and air france, when they have a strike, tend to last a few weeks, if not longer. they are kind of famous for
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this. do they have a right to do this to you? the answer is absolutely they do. they are allowed to set up any of their own rules. they are hoping that the strike ends and then you will get on the plane. what you should have done and you guys have heard me say this quite a bit, because you have got to get travel insurance in today's world. that would have covered that. i checked today to see if anybody was still selling travel insurance, because we are beginning to get some inquiries. once the strike starts, if you buy travel insurance after that point in time, even if you buy the insurance, it won't cover that strike. all she can do really is wait to the 24 hours before. >> thank you, michael. up next, a massive ongoing renovation that mark zuckerberg's mansion that won't have neighbors pressing the like button any time soon. killing them with kindness. new at 5:00, the bay area city getting rid of the welcome mat for panhandlers. plus the man who may be the luckiest person on two wheels right there.
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abc 7 is honoring hispanic heritage month with our post to instagr instagram. today we recognize the garza family, owner of marin county's first habitat for humanity home. they will be at the groundbreaking for a new community tomorrow at 9:30. more details are on abc 7 news bay area. >> here's a look at tonight's lineup. a new episode of dancing with the stars followed by the series premiere of forever, then abc 7 news at 11:00. visit watch abc.com for details or download the free app by searching watch abc in your app store. you will find no parking signs, hear power tools or see plenty of evidence of a building
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boom in one san francisco neighborhood. some folks, not happy with all the work going on at mark zuckerberg's home and other nearby houses. sergio quintana joins us with more. >> reporter: that project is the most high profile in this neighborhood right now. a local writer recently dubbed it fort zuckerberg because of all the renovations going on at that project but it's only one of nine different construction projects i counted in this neighborhood and along with all of those construction projects are a whole bunch of these signs which are causing a lot of headaches in this neighborhood. for more than a year, this house has been under constant construction. the size of the project and its duration are wearing on neighbors' nerves. >> it is a problem due to the fact that parking has always been very tight in this neighborhood. >> reporter: he owns a property nearby but didn't want to use his name. he did point out all the no parking signs to accommodate the
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construction crews. the supervisor scott weiner says his office is constantly fielding calls about parking in his booming district but the famous owner of this house isn't the only one raising the ire of other residents. >> mark zuckerberg is a big name so that gets focused on but this isn't about any one project. we have home projects happening throughout my district, throughout the city. >> reporter: if you take a short walk down 21st street, there is tow away sign after tow away sign after tow away sign. i counted nine different construction projects within a two block area. >> you can't park two blocks away and carry sheetrock or whatever. it's difficult anywhere in the city, if you ask me. >> reporter: robert is a contractor working on a project right next to the zuckerberg house. he says all this construction is just part of the building boom the city is experiencing. even the resident we talked to agrees. >> can you blame someone for buying a property and deciding to renovate it the way they want? >> i don't think you can blame a
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person. i think the reality is now san francisco has become very desirable. >> reporter: as for all the temporary tow-away signs, if there is a construction project that goes dormant for weeks, residents should report them to 311. that might get the signs removed. sergio quintana, abc 7 news. >> thank you for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm katie marzullo. i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 begins right now. the nation's top cop weighs into the debate over domestic violence. how he wants one bay area county to be a role model for putting abusers in jail. a tank containing 30,000 gallons of asphalt ruptures. hear how authorities are cleaning it up. plus a massive wildfire in northern california, containment is growing but so is the size. and -- >> it's not just a women's issue. it is an american issue. >> the plan to make paychecks worth the paper they're printed on. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel.
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the seasons change tonight. so does the pattern this week which means when. i will let you know when, coming up. contra costa county will be in the forefront trying to curb domestic violence before it happens. good evening. i'm katie marzullo in for cheryl jennings. >> i'm larry beil in for dan ashley. attorney general eric holder announced the east bay county will be among just four in the united states selected to launch a special program designed to identify and stop potentially lethal offenders. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony joins us in concord with the story. laura? >> reporter: eric holder cited the nfl when making his announcement today but this program has been in the works for some time now. here in contra costa county, this agency stand will be among those involved specifically targeting the communities of brentwood, concord and richmond. >> domestic violence is a devastating crime that claims
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far too many lives. >> reporter: taking his cue from all that's gone on in the national football league in recent weeks, attorney general eric holder released a video statement announcing that contra costa county and three others in the country will receive $2.6 million for a pilot program to identify potentially lethal domestic abusers. >> studies have shown that on average, three women die every day in america at the hands of their partner or ex-partner. three women every day. from 2009 to 2012, 40% of mass shootings started with the killer targeting a girlfriend, a wife, or an ex-wife. >> reporter: the announcement comes in the wake of several high profile incidents involving nfl players, including here in the bay area. ray mcdonald continues to play for the 49ers after his arrest for domestic abuse. but others like the cardinals' jonathan dwyer and most notably, ravens running back ray rice, have been

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