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consultan catering to wealthy families. he met rick singer yea singer yr >> he was confident about his ability to get kids in with certainty. and in my work, we don't deal in certainties. we deal in probabilities and we're excellent at increasing probabilities but we can never get to it 100%. >> was he offering 100%? >> he said it was done deal. and i didn't have to worry. >> the client won't to usc. his parent is charged criminally as part of the varsity blues college admissions scheme. a couple severe after first meeting, they reached out with a difficult case. reaching out. he was offering me the side door. i didn't understand his explanation. it didn't make sense to me. he talked about donations to his
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nonprofit. that that up in a profit in turn would make some sort ofdonatid legitimate but misguided development play. >> it is when a family donates significant funds to a school in the realm of millions over the course of ten or even 20 years. in this case, he said singer was only asking for a $500,000 donation to his foundation. >> he said by donating to his foundation, they have a relationship with the athletic department. and they could donate night way that would make a meaningful difference. i couldn't understand it. so i walked and i told my chinatown, this is not for you. >> it was last interaction he said we had singer until singer was charged criminally and became transfer his remaining students tohim.
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>> his response with enough time had will blow over and things will be fine. >> he also learned at least one other family he helped is also charged criminally. >> at any point did you think, i should take this to the authorities? >> well, no. i didn't think anything illegal was happening. >> it was simply explained as donation to the university. it was never a payment would be made to an individual who would pocket the money. >> he said most college consultants are mennors and educators and hopes the scandal won't taint their good work. he said he had one family who was sorry he was involved and he received a response thanking him for being a friend. >> so does he think the parents
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understood where their money was going when they paid him? >> he said some parents knew, some didn't know and he think some parents knew but did that want to know. i also asked him about the kids. he said he believes some of them absolutely knew unless they weren't submitting their own college applications which is one of the rules that they submit their own college applications. >> thank you so much. the federal education department has demand that had colleges tied to the scandals send documents including internal admission procedures as well as marketing statements to organizations that rank schools. yesterday, yale announced it is looking into at least two students who may have cheated their way in. admission for a third has been rescinded. a mystery remains over who paid over $6 million to get their children accepted into elite schools. prosecutors mention that had in court but didn't identify parent. many parents are expected in
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court friday. major league baseball today suspended the giants ceo larry baer for they have months without pay after the incident with his wife. it happened last month in the heys valley neighborhood. even been on leave since march 4th. this decision comes only days after the san francisco district attorney's office dechinld to press charges in the case. major league commissioner issued a statement saying i find that he should be held to a higher standard. as a leader, he is expected to be a role model to others. members of a hoke group say the punishment is reasonable. >> i really appreciated that. they mention that had hit to be strong consequences because of larry baer's leadership role. and i think that's key.
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>> larry baer also issued a statement saying, i respect and accept the commissioner's decision and appreciate the fair and thorough process undertaken by mlb and the giants. i made a serious mistake that i sincerely regret and i am truly sorry for my actions. still no sign of a man who went swimming at rockaway beach in pacifica. tyler collins was last seen around 3:30 a.m. as the group may its way out of the water. after spending thrive minutes, they called for help. a tourist with measles in santa chair at a county may have exposed others. i've way to lighted the 20 locations where the tourist from out of the country visited between march 16 and 22nd. they include restaurants and stores in the cities of san
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jose, palo alto, sunnyvale, cupertino, santa clara and mi milpit milpitas. health officials say this is not an emergency. they stay vast majority of people in the country are vaccinated and thus protected. >> if you're not one of the majority who is protected and you might have been exposed, to know what the symptoms are and watch from them. >> symptoms which you a rash, fever, runny notes, they can swe swell, they can develop 7 to 21 days after exposure. we have a list of the restaurants, the stores, the malls this tourist went to. it is all listed for you. we'll have more on the story on abc7 news at 5:00 and 6:00. we're committed to building a better bay area and that includes cleaning up our streets. in one east bay city, it is not
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as easy as you think. the business of trash are in berkeley. but it is owned by caltrans because it is beside or under a freeway. >> reporter: let me show you the issue. we're standing on berkeley's side of the road. you see right across from us. that belongs to caltrans. according to business owners, when they come to pick up the trash on their side, they cross the street and dump the trash on this side. so what they're asking is for caltrans and the city to work together. as you drive into berkeley along the frontage road, this is what you see. piles of trash that can't be missed. >> there was garbage everywhere. needles from drugs. and we have the issue with rats.
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>> reporter: when he and his business partner own a time business across from the homeless encampment and trash. they say they have tried everything. >> as a community of business around here, we rented dumpsters and paid ourselves for many dumpster loads to be removed because the city is not supporting it. >> reporter: the city of berkeley points its finger at caltrans since they are supposed to clean it every two weeks. >> i think we've gotten to where the city needs caltrans' permission to clean it up because they won't clean it up. >> reporter: and they have sent out an outreach team. >> fremont, union
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hayward. caltrans does not have enough resources to address this. so if we can get more them on hire more crews, that will rep address the issue. >> they are working our local partners on find solutions. >> reporter: now the property owner said it can cost between $50,000 and $100,000. >> they gave a generic statement about solutions with the homeless problem. but what specifically are they doing? >>. >> reporter: that's a great question. they said they are coming every two weeks to clean. i've been calling them you a.
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a live look from our east bay hills camera. we have to give credit where credit is due. last night you nailed the forecast. you said it would be sprinkling but they would may. and you were right on the money. >> he doubts me all the time. >> the third game in the series tonight. i think there will be a pop-up shower at times. it will not be widespread and it won't last all that long. the picture at san jose, overcast skies. we're tracking some very light and very scattered returns. down into the south bay. i see some pops of green. it is a similar story as you look in the east bay hills.
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even over san francisco, there could be a light sprinkle. the main event will really get its act together as we approach midnight and really tomorrow morning. we're still keeping the level one system here. there's a chance that we could see a thundershower. kamala harris wants to give teachers a $13,000 raise a year. she wants to crack down on state tax loopholes. her plan would cost about $315
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billion over ten years. layoffs are coming. about 9,000 people work there nationwide. >> they say it is the changes being made. a reversal in the jussie smollett case has left people just shocked. all charges were drop. hear from critics of the decision and the one man who wants an apology. >> you see something as magical as this. and it makes you surprised and smile . >> spring is in full bloom. here's some vibrant proof. it makes the season more colorful. >> and a burger join that bills itself as a roadside burger stand is about to open in the north bay. we'll get a sneak peek and how
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the newest hoe indication of the shake shack will open tomorrow. friends and family of shake shack were the first on enjoy the burgers, fries and drinks. we were just discussing the fries. there will be menu items specific just to this location. >> we've been working on this
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very, very hard. the last four months. we did a lot of training and finally this week, we can open the doors to the public. >> the bay area's first shake shack opened in palo alto in december. we don't know the exact opening date just yet. >> talk about gilding the lily. >> it happens every year in napa. >> reporter: look over my shoulder. do those look like your normal calla lilies? it is what she is doing to them. don't worry. it only looks like graffiti.
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in a neighborhood where spring is busting out all over, here she comes again in napa. the woman renowned for taking white calla lilies and turning each into a canvas. >> at the peak of the season, i could have as many as 250 painted at one time. >> what's her name? >> i don't know. >> reporter: this is her seasonal rite of passage. >> they come out really nice and they hold their color a long time. >> it is environmentally safe and it doesn't hurt the plan or the bees that sit on the plan. >> reporter: you've been asked this before. >> i have. >> reporter: check the wall and this passion begins to make sense. she loves water colors and flowers. >> one day it looks like this and the next day it looks like something entirely different. >> reporter: and then you get your hands on it. >> i help it along. >> reporter: within one month, the entire alley will be filled
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with paintal lilies and crowds of people. be careful. she may be watching. >> reporter: do you ever spy on them? >> spy on the people looking at them? no. >> reporter: it is a wonderful they know you're doing. a rite of spring in what they call calla lily valley in napa. now you know why. >> all i am doing is remodeling the insects' homes. >> reporter: it is a lot more than that. here they are paint. we're told in 25 years, she has never done two lilies >> what was your question?
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it sounds like you have a question. >> yeah. is there a best time for this? have the lilies peaked yet? and does she really spy or not? >> reporter: wait a minute. one at a time. march 30th to the middle of may. what you're seeing is only a portion of it. all the way down that way. you have a whole bunk of himmies. there will be droves of people. if you show up with scissors, you're going to be in deep trouble. she's been known to come out of that room and come running down saying getaway with the scissors. >> so she is watching. don't step on the lilies. thank you. do you ever wonder what it is like for a rat in a maze? may be not. check this out. this is truckee. the streets look like mazes.
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the walls are 25 feet high in some places. it is almost 21 feet up on the mountain. it is like a cave. 43 feet of snow. it's raining tomorrow and some of it may be heavy. we've got some light showers really scattered in nature. isolated at best. still, we'll zoom into san francisco. you can a v lht retnom south sa daly city.
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approaching parts of the area. the main event is well offshore. within a picture? we'll show you satellite and radar combined. it will send more moisture our way over the next 24 hours as our second storm of the week. if you will be out and about for a jog or a walk with the dogs, you can see we'll slowly drop through the 50s. it is not widespread. the numbers in the 60s. 63 in san francisco 64 in oakland and a mild 63 in napa.
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it is down pours. we may get enough energy in the atmosphere to pop up a thunderstorm as well. 20 to perhaps 30 miles per hour. we'll stop the clock before 1:00 in the morning. we're beginning to see some showers in the north bay the early portion looks wet. by 5:00 in the morning you can see down pours with pops of yellow and red. we can see it in the east bay as well. another wave moves in as well. as you're out and about at noon,
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take umbrella with you. in the afternoon, if we get some peeks and pokes of shown, it could bring more energy into the atmosphere and we could see a thundershower pop up. we will track the chance of a thundershower as well. we could be dealing with some line out there. the highs on wednesday. upper 50s to mid 60s. 64 in fremont. 69 in san francisco with rain from time to time. about 62 in palo alto. we talked about the snow. the winter storm warning goes into effect for the western slope of the sierra. two to three feet of snow but 5,000 feet. some of the highest could see four feet of snow. the forecast back here at home. showers tomorrow. breezy. take umbrella with you. more showers on thursday. by friday, drier skies do
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prevail. a blechbld sun and clouds. temperatures in the 60s and 70s. tomorrow morning, definitely add extra time. >> all right. thank you. love the little dog rolling around. >> everybody loves that. >> we'll tell you who will take the stage this year. plus -- >> i'm from fremont, california. >> fremont! did you get the scoop on american idol with the bay area contestant? a hilive look at traffic rit now. this is the golden gate bridge in the background there.
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marking the day. they are increasing access including a new jeblder health center and an lgbtq temporary housing facility. >> santa clara county was the first to create an office of lgbtq affairs. my hope is that we are a model for other koents in santa clara and certainly across the country. outside lens has released the lineup for the big music festival. paul simon, 21 pilots headlining the three-day event. something for everybody. you can see the full lineup on abc7 news.com.
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♪ when i saw the break of day ♪ i wish that i could fly away >> we caught one her and asked what she thought about the different contestants. >> everybody brings their best to the table. especially at this point with the top 40, everybody has fought to be there. we all survived hollywood week. so i mean, you just have to put your best foot forward. everybody is so good and unique in their own way. >> did you see the expression by katy perry? whoa, she's good! >> big news for bts fans.
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they will soon have dolls that look just like them. we told you the mattell had secured the right to create dolls in the likeness. now you have an individual who took those laws, turned them inside out and upside down for inside out and upside down for only one thing. yoooh, hello yellow! at ross and you find... yes! that's yes for less. spring forward with the latest brand-name styles at 20 to 60 percent off department store prices. at ross. yes for less.
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. larry baer has been suspended without pay by major league baseball for this incident with his wife pam. the commissioner called the behavior sa and more than 100 cases of measles have been reported. we'll tell but a man who might have exposed countless people to the measles in the south bay. leslie brinkley sent out this photo of governor newsom. hear about his plans about affordable housing. today all charges were
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dropped against jussie smollett. he had been accused of faking an attack last month and reporting i as a hate crime. the mayor and the police chief are angry. >> reporter: jussie smollett's record will be wiped clean. the 16 felony charges against the "empire" actor dropped. >> not for a moment was it in vice president. i've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. >> reporter: chicago police accuse him of lying to investigators and staging his attack. in january he told police two men attacked him using racial and homophobic slurs and putting a noose around his neck. after investigating, them he orchestrated the attack and paid these two brothers $3,500 to carry it out. to boost his public profile and salary. >> do i think justice was served? no. where do i think justice is? i think this city is still owed an apology. >> they're standing by the investigation.
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>> he did this all in the name of self-promotion and he used the laws of the hate crime legislation. >> reporter: prosecutors s thou say it was a question of resources and they don't believe he is a vit individual. >> this was not an exoneration to. say that he was exonerated by us or anyone else. s is not true. >> he is forfeiting his $10,000 bond to the city of chicago. his criminal record will also be sealed. a statement from 20th century fox television and fox entertainment now owned by the parent company disney says they are gratified that all charges against smollett have been dismissed. abc news, los angeles. nflt here's the time line of events in the smollett case. a letter threatening smollett arrived at the chicago studio for "empire." seven days later, they told police that they physically
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attacked him at 2:00 in the morning. the next day they released men. then on february 13, chicago police pick up two nigerian brothers who had worked on the show "empire." two days later the police that they were considered suspects. then they were released without charges. then on february 20th, police announced smollett is officially classified as a suspect for filing a false police report. then a grand jury returns a 16-point felony against smollett. the emergency declaration stands. >> a new battle is brewing within the department of defense and its ability to reprogram funds without congressional approval.president's national emergency will stand.
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>> two-thirds not being in the affirmative. the veto of the president is sustained. the house falling 40 votes short of the veto of the resolution to terminate his border wall emergency. at the time, the president said -- >> people hate the word invasion. that's what it is. an invasion of drugs and criminals. >> mostly families seeking asylum. but hitting historic numbers. up to 76,000 crossing in february. processing stations across the southern border over capacity. under an overpass behind chain link fences. the battle may be over in the senate but the battle continues. >> to look at the pentagon as a piggy bank slush fund. >> reporter: they okayed to build 57 miles of fencing, roads
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and services committee tried to block it.it.t >> you are not asking for permission. you can understand that the appropriations committee would no longer give the reprogramming authority. >> we understand the significant down sides of losing what amounts to a privilege. >> reporter: congress has long allowed the pentagon to ensure flexibility. now there's talk on capitol hill of changing that in the next budget. abc news, washington. a federal appeals court is considering whether president trump and other elected officials can block people from their social media accounts. last year a judge ruled the president is violating the constitution when he blocks twitter users. the justice department appealed saying the twitter skt his personal platform. not an extension of the federal government. on today.ew federal ban on bump
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they allow to fire semiautomatic rifles continuously with only one trigger of the finger. the justice department made a ruling on fully automatic weapons would also apply to bump stocks. the new effort to get rid of some of those annoying clouds moving back in. and more rain is on the way. we'll have the timing and the forecast ahead. for now, let's look at the traffic. nobody is really moving. even the car pool lane. it's quite slow. but
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tto harrison, the wine tcollection.. grace, you get the beach house, just don't leave the lights on, okay? to mateo, my favorite chair. to chris, the family recipes. to craig, this rock. to jamie, well, let's just say, enjoy the ride. the redwoods to the redheads. the rainbows to the proud. the almonds to walter. the beaches to the bums. and the fog to, who else, karl.
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i leave these things to my heirs, all 39 million of you, on one condition. that you do everything in your power to preserve and protect them. with love, california. five years after colorado legalized marijuana. there's a new study out. it shows more people are going to the emergency room. >> recreational weed has been legal in colorado since 2014. now researchers here at the university of colorado hospital say it's not just smoking pot that's a problem. but edible marijuana. things like pot infused brownies, candy and drink that's are causing a spike in people rushing to the emergency room here. they say even though edibles
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make up only .3% of all pot sales, they're linked to more than 10% ofr. ts. hhe than expected. the symptoms are serious. preferring the had a loose nations and panic attacks to irregular heart beats and heart attacks. they say when you smoke it, you feel the effects immediately. when you right it, it can take three hours to feel the effects. so people take more of it and they make the mistake of eating more and more and that can lead to an overdose. abc news, arecord, a could have. the maker pakill o acd a new level. they say they overstated the
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risks a risks. house democrats plan to roe out new health care legislation on the heels of the justice department saying it supports a federal judge's ruling that the entire affordable care act should be overturned. democrats want the expansion of medicati medication, medicaid. now they're declaring all out war on the health care of the american people. >> the gop will never stop trying destroy affordable health care. we're trying to strengthen the protections and to lower health care costs. >> the federal -- snooxt. this was a rain bow. a little sliver behind larry. >> it was pretty for a moment.
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>> yeah. like drew. >> thank you. >> and that rainbow was an indication that we have a couple of light showers. we'll zoom into the core of the bay area. you can see some height returns in marin county even into the east bay. nothing widespread at this hour. a sprinkle around highway 85. scattered showers and down pours. rain continues in the even a few showers. you can see the heaviest in the north bay. you can see the pops of yellow. we'll have more showers in the forecast. planning the next seven days,
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tomorrow's showers, thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. more rain likely on thursday. we'll dry out by friday. the sunshine really returns over the weekend. and right now, all indications of saturday and sunday. a quiet weekend. the temperatures rebounding nicely into the 60s and 70s. >> the weekend looks great. a big surprise for scientists watching one of greenland's most important glaciers. they say it is getting thicker. until now it has been the fastest thinning and moving. researchers think koog ocean water brought about this change. however they say it is still melting faster than it grows which adds to global sea level rise. a low credit score can stand in the way of your dreams buying a
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snpt have you been to the gas station lately? we reported the plant released excess emissions last weekend
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and it prompted a health alert. i forced parts of the plant to shut down to fix the problem. now aaa says prices have gone up by 15 cents in only one week. the increase is expected to last at least a week or longer. having a good credit score is important to get a loan for a home or aer today. what happens if it is not good enou enough. >> reporter: dialect is a rap artist and educator. he decided to settle down and buy a house with his partner pamela. but a credit score he hadn't checked in years came back to haunt him. >> i never had any reap to think it was bad. >> then he checked his score and saw that it was in the 500s. >> when the bank refused to give him a mortgage because of his score, he started to work on his credit. >> it can take months or even
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years to raise a low score to a good score. say 700. it takes discipline. >> one of the most important things you can do is pay all your bills on time. that accounts for 35% of your fico score. that's the most common scoring system. if you have credit cards, try to keep your balances to no more than 10% of your available credit. anything more could show elevate credit risk. >> another tip is to consider taking out a personal loan to pay a credit card debt. having a greater variety of credit types might help your credit score. >> if you kcan't get a credit card because of your credit history, go for a secured credit card. that requires a deposit. make timely payments and your credit score will improve.
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>> finally, request a credit score from all three agencies once a year. you can do it through annual credit report.com. it appears there i an effort to stop all the annoying robocalls. that makes up the ma rt jo of my phone calls every day. not me calling out. the company offered a paid blocking app for $3 a month that tries to block them by comparing them to known robo a chef is why she is
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>> they expect to have sort of a performance art if you will. every time they go to a restaurant, they expect to have an experience they've never had before. that's really different than the way i was trained. it was really good enough to have great food, wine, she explained what she men when she said she's tired of fine dining. she said she's evolved and prefers creating casual comfort food which is what she is doing at her other eateries. people are toasting this year's release of a special craft beer by the russian river brewing company. the board says the county received a $4.2
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year. that's good news forinsttill st the wired firs. highly regarded that people travel from 42 states and 14 countries. all right. check out this photo. a foal with what looks like a wine glass on its head. the caption says it was clearly meant to live in sonoma valley and asks what her name should be. >> goblet. that's terrible. you've seen super blooms all over california. one bay area man has created his own super bloom right in his
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backyard. and what's coming up? every device within 60 square blocks. this is about to be unleashed on the city of oakland. how it could save the lives of thousands. plus, saving the whales. a new man could put folks out of a job. and acres and acres of forest about to get permanent protection.
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coming up, american housewife, then the kids are all right. stay tuned for abc7 news at 11:00. spring is here and the flowers are starting to bloom. >> one man started with his love of gardening into a beautiful gesture. he has his own little super
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bloom and it is open to the public. >> it's jbetifu come inperson >> the bulb guy started manning bubs in 1985. each year he keeps count. he spem nearly five months creating this botanical oasis. >> i think it puts you in a place of peace and appreciation. >> it will be open every day through the he said of the month. >> i do get drained but i get if i haved the week of the show. when i look at the people's faces. >> it's free to get in. but visitors are encouraged to make a donation. d how much ofifree oll t personan b theulb guy said he'sd about $19,000 for charter over
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the past they have years with his work. thanks for joining us. if a family happens to be traveling with a baby, they should be watching for symptoms. >> that means traveling to the great mall thousands of owing residents are about to get an earthquake alert. find out what you need to know. >> the deal to save one wildlife at the expense of another. and acres and acres of redwood forests are about to ge. we'll again with a health warning for the south bay. thousands of people could be at risk because of possible exposure to measles.
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thank you for joining us. >> health officials stay threat can be traced to one person. a trav tre >>haer wen to at least 19 places. all of them filled with people. the traveller, we don't know if it is a man or a woman, started at t-mobile in sunnyvale. then went to ihop in san jose. >> then to hoover tower, had some lunge, went shopping at walmart in mountain view landfall meal at the fish market in santa clara and then went to macy's. >> that adds up to seven cities. you see how many people could have been exposed. >> officials say this is not a public health emergency. they stay vast majority in the county are vaccinate.
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