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center. >> their joint concert kicks off at 8:00 p.m. some fans have been lining up for hours. >> here's a look at -- around the chase center, the area there transformed after years of construction as more concert attendees arrive today. traffic could pile up. >> that's been a concern since the project was announced. abc7 news cornel bernard is live outside the chase center with more. cornell? >> reporter: it doesn't getmy better than this. jon cooper from florida could be metallica's biggest fans. they were first in line. >> i've seen metallica, this will be my 21st show tonight. this is the pinnacle of all the shows you can get. ♪ how i waited my lifetime >> reporter: the lem dairy heavy metal band teaming up with the san francisco symphony. >> never been to san francisco. came here just for this. >> reporter: other than last-minute landscaping jobs,
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the new $4.1 billion chase center is ready for its close-up. >> this is it. this is the day we've been waiting seven years for. >> reporter: warriors president says the dubs will play their first game here next month but tonight it's all about the music. >> people ought to get here early. there's a chance to explore the building. doors open at 6:30 for an 8:00 show. >> reporter: getting here may be challenging if you're driving. an afternoon power outage in mission bay knocked out power to thousands and traffic lights on fourth street were not working. the third street bridge is down to two lanes due to construction and commuters are not thrilled. >> the combination of having third street bridge closed and working on the chase center was a really, like, double whammy. >> reporter: this morning it took us about 25 minutes in light traffic driving from the ferry building to the chase center. when you get here, parking is limited and expensive. if you're lucky enough to find a meter, it will cost you $7 an hour until 10:00 p.m. public transportation is your
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best bet. your ticket for any chase event will get you a free ride on muni. >> we will have extra staff. ambassadors pointing people to where they need to go. we're going to have extra trains running on the "t" line and running bus shuttles from the 16th street b.a.r.t. station. that will drop you off directly at chase center. >> so, hopefully folks take the shuttle and the transit options, right? >> let's hope. >> the weekend is supposed to be less hot than the past few days. >> meteorologist sandhya patel is here. >> the weather looks fantastic for tonight. live doppler 7 showing you fog along the coast. i want to show you what we are tracking for the upcoming weekend. this is why you're not going to feel any heat this weekend. there's an area of low pressure spinning off the coast. that's going to bring about a drop in the temperatures and an increase in the winds. so, windy tomorrow afternoon, a sampling of those temperatures. 64 in half moon bay. san francisco, 66 degrees. 73, breezy in oakland. walnut creek, 79 degrees.
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below average for this time of year. and 82 degrees in antioch. well let you know how that second half of your weekend is shaping up. it will be different than saturday. in south bay, san jose police are investigating a fatal shooting in a grocery store parking lot. it happened outside the food max store on meridian avenue. police found a man with a gunshot wound. he died at the hospital. there's still a heavy police presence in the area. this is san jose's 25th home side of the year. as coroners work to identify victims of the boat fire, another bay area man was aboard the conception. they say palo alto scientist sanil sandu was aboard. the coast guard says it is an operation that will take time in an effort to keep the vessel intact for further investigation. law firms are already reaching out to victims' families. now to the ghost ship trial
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and what happens next. yesterday defendant max harris was acquitted while defendant derick almena remains in jail after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. >> abc7 news reporter leslie brinkley has been following the case. she's live with the latest today from oakland. >> reporter: we tried today to talk to both derick almena and max harris but their attorneys said they're not yet ready to do interviews. we also know that all eyes will be on the city of oakland with an upcoming civil trial. we attempted to talk to the mayor. the mayor, we're told, is out of town and not available to comment today. i did talk to family members, though, and they say they're emotionally exhausted. david gregory shared these personal photos today of his daughter who perished in the ghost ship fire along with her boyfriend, alex vega. this family photo taken days before she died in 2016. he told me, it feels like we're
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never get closure. to money is going to bring back our daughter, he said. i i wanted criminal justice. many family members from the ghost ship fire are turning to how the city of oakland will respond to a civil lawsuit. >> you see the fresh flowers, too. >> reporter: outside the ghost ship warehouse today, oakland city councilman noel guyu point out the fresh flowers as fruitvale residents take it's an eye sore. >> we need to take responsibility. >> reporter: who? >> not only us but the property owner. i was surprised from the very beginning that they didn't bring the property owners to the forefront. >> nobody's going to win on this. i mean, you can bring the owners in. you can bring the city in. there's going to be a lot of money changing hands here apparently, but, no, there are no winners. >> reporter: 36 people are gone. and because of the outcome of the trial, defendant max harris'
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aunt hopes victims' families will stop judging harris based on what they heard in court. she spoke from seattle by phone. >> if the families could only realize that their perceptions are not based on reality, i think it will help them. otherwise they're going to be locked in bitterness. >> reporter: the trial may be over, but more trials may be ahead. the overwhelming feeling here in oakland is still one of sadness. i'm leslie brinkley, abc7 news. >> thank you. california legislators have tabled a bill that would have allowed pg&e to issue tax-exempt bonds that could have paid back 2017 wildfire victims. chad hayes of yucca valley, who authored the bill, said the
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committee didn't have enough time to debate before the end of the legislation. he hopes to bring back the bill next year. it would have transferred the company's financial burden to the rate payers. authors of the law regulating medical vaccines have reached an agreement with governor newsom. the l.a. times reports the changes include newsom's proposal to grandfather in medical exemptions before january 1st. a policy critics say would create a rush on exemptions. the bill in its original state passed legislature and awaits newsom's signature. the chains in the bill will need to be finalized by next friday. in the east bay, crowds rallied in two cities today in support of a guatemalan immigrant who has been receiving life-saving medical treatments here but is now facing deportation. >> abc7 news anchor eric thomas is live in hayward to explain exactly what is going on. eric? >> reporter: this is the second of the two rallies you were just talking about. we're outside hayward city hall.
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this is an advanced party for a group of students from cal state east bay. that's where the young lady you were talking about got her degree. and today, even with a life-threatening illness, yes, she could be sent to a country where there's no treatment for it. >> there's no words to describe how grateful i am for all the support. >> reporter: this show of support for 24-year-old isabel took place outside oakland's benioff children's hospital. the participants are nurses and some have cared for isabel over the past 16 years. >> when i heard the story, i was horrified for per personally. >> reporter: isabel suffers from a rare genetic disorder, mps-6. her body fails to produce a key enzyme and there's no treatment for it in her home country of gauatemala guatemala. >> it hurs everything, the heart, the bone, the eyes, the teeth. >> reporter: isabel and her mom
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moved her for a clinical trial of a new treatment in 2003 when she was 7. she receives a life-saving drug in a six-hour treatment every week. the family got regular extensions every year under the deferred action program until last month when this letter from immigration officials arrived saying their latest request was being denied. >> it was such a shock to receive a letter forcing you to leave the country in 33 days. and it's just shocking. >> my fear is i'm going to become weaker and then i'm going to maybe not live long. >> reporter: isabel's story has gone national. here she's featured in the latest edition of "people" magazine. maybe that's why the feds have begun walking back their deportation letter. the u.s. citizenship and immigration service put out this statement saying it will, quote, reopen nonmilitary deferred action cases that were pending on august 7th. those denied requests that were pending on august 7th did not have removal orders pending and have not been targeted for deportation.
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and east bay congressman is also sponsoring the bill that would prevent the government from sending specifically isabel back to guatemala. also, isabel is scheduled to speak before congress next week about her plight. eric thomas, abc7 news. >> eric, thank you. the ceo of palo alto based company is creation ongoing protests with i.c.e. this protest was outside its headquarters at the end of july. they provide i.c.e. with tools to help detract, detain and deport immigrants. ceo alex carp wrote an op-ed in "the washington post" this week saying by picking and choosing contracts, tech ceos are including and help decide controversial officialse issues from officials. it reads, some silicon valley companies are taking the power
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to decide away from elected officials and judges and giving it to themselves. southern california firefighters are calling in the cavalry this fire season. >> we'll show you the two so-called super scooper planes on loan from canada. also hear concerns about smart speakers. 7 on your side michael finney explains what you can do to control your digital privacy. plus -- ♪ summertime summertime >> "american idol" held auditions in san jose today. we'll spruintroduce you to someo
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a bay area lawmaker and presidential candidate is sounding the alarm about election community. eric swalwell has introduced legislation that would require campaigns to inform the fbi of contacts with foreign governments. he says many of the controversy surrounding the trump presidential campaign have not
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been resolved for 2020. >> just because prior congress didn't imagine a campaign would do that and write a letter to tell the fbi, my legislation duty to report says if you're a candidate, you receive dirt on your opponent from a foreign country or a person from a foreign country, you have to at least tell the fbi. >> congressman swalwell says he also supports having a traceable paper trail that would allow officials to audit electronic voting. the cdc is reminding people about the warning over any and all pig ear dog treats. we told you last month about the treats being linked to a salmonella outbreak. the number of people sickened has risen to 143. no deaths have been reported. people can get sick after handling the dog treats. dogs, of course, can also get sick. the investigation into the outbreak is under way. whether you use amazon, google or an apple smart
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speaker, should you be concerned about your privacy? >> michael finney talked with consumer reports about how concerned you should be. >> reporter: eric green and his family love using their smart speaker. >> hey, google, what's the weather? >> it's 75 with rain. >> reporter: they enjoyed their first digital assistant so much, they decided one wasn't enough. >> i believe we have five. >> reporter: but when it comes to how these connected devices work, eric has some concerns, especially when it comes to the privacy of his two young daughters. >> i'm concerned down the line when they start having conversations with friends and they get recorded. i wonder if that somehow impacts their privacy. >> reporter: amazon, apple and google all say they take steps to protect their users' privacy. they all three confirmed to consumer reports they have teams listening to recordings of people using their voice commands and interfaces. >> companies like amazon and google have a ton of consumer
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data. and they're using that data to make their products better. they're constantly working to improve their ai by having both people listen to the recordings and also through machine learning and technology. >> reporter: the companies say they use those recordings to improve how their smart speakers work. so, what should you do if you're one of the millions of consumers who own a smart speaker? >> if you turn off those speakers when you're not using them, you don't have to worry as much. but you also can go through and just spot-check your recordings. if you hear something you don't want them to hear, you can delete it. >> reporter: one thing to note, when you alter the privacy settings, you might be giving up some of the functionality of the device. as for eric, he'll continue to enjoy his smart speaker for now but will use them smartly and safely. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. los angeles county is adding two big weapons to their fire fighting arsenal. they are called super scoopers. they're capable of carrying 1600
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gallons of water. when scooping water out of the lake, the planes slow to 92 miles an hour to fill up their tanks and it takes just 12 seconds. the super schoolers arrive today from quebec, canada, which is leasing out the planes. that lease could cost the county as much as $7.5 million. remarkable technology. let's turn things over to sandhya patel because we have the weekend upon us. >> it will cool off. meteorologist sandhya patel is here. >> starting to feel like summer. if you're getting away, heading up to tahoe, the forecast for tomorrow, partly to mostly cloudy. gusty at times. 78 degrees on sunday. sunny and mild. a temperature of 72 degrees. morning about 38. so, if you're getting up there, here's your view. it's a pretty view from tahoe. bright skies right now as we look over the lake. and here's a look at live doppler 7.
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not so bright near the coast. we do have fog at the beaches. want in santa cruz, though. it is bright in santa cruz. a lovely view. 69 in oakland. 74 in san jose. most areas were warmer. half moon bay, 63 degrees. kgo roof camera, light breeze along the embarcadero but that wind will be picking up heading into tomorrow. santa rosa, 81 fairfield/conco fairfield/concord, 8 on degrees. emeryville camera watching the marine layer as it's moving back in. cloudier overnight with morning dr drizzle. cool for summer. windier tomorrow. we're looking at brighter, warmer conditions for summer. bay area airports tomorrow, gusty, 20 to 30 miles an hour. upper 60s to the mid-70s. if you're heading to honolulu, some isolated showers, 89 degrees. 77 in new york city. chicago, 74. los angeles, 85. all three cities mostlyunny le took at the
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hour-by-hour forecast going into tomorrow morning. we will notice a lot more cloud cover, a little bit of drizzle as well. in the afternoon, still a mix of sun and clouds. and it's going to feel more like late fall than late summer. winds will be picking up as well. 3:00 saturday afternoon. a little breezy. but watch what happens as we head towards saturday night. the winds increase. it will definitely be blustery saturday night going into early sunday morning. so, be aware of the fact that the winds will increase our fire danger a little bit. more than it already is this time of year because everything is so dry. so, first thing tomorrow morning, you may need those wipers. low 50s to low 60s. there be drizzle around in spots. tomorrow afternoon, south bay, 76. san jose, mild in gilroy. 82 degrees on the peninsula. 74, redwood city. 63 in pacifica and windy. 66, san francisco. 76 in san rafael. temperatures below average. 73, oakland. heading inland, 80 in concord.
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79 degrees in livermore. quick attention to hurricane dorian, holding onto cat 1 status. it did make landfall earlier this morning, outer banks of north carolina. continuing to pull away. it will intensify to a category 2 later on tonight as it heads towards nova scotia. they'll feel the impacts of a category 1 going into the weekend and early next week. accuweather forecast, low 80s tomorrow for the warmest spots. warmer on sunday, though, and monday. temperatures will come up to summer-like levels, mid to latter part of the work week with mid-90s inland by then. >> no one will ask for their money back. >> i don't think so. >> thanks. hundreds of singers dreaming of hollywood were in san jose auditions for "american idol." >> we'll show you some
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chris nguyen was there for today's auditions and he's live there now. chris, did you get your shot? >> reporter: no, more on that in just a bit. first, the auditions wrapping up lear here in san jose. ♪ i hear that train a coming ♪ it's rolling around the bend ♪ and i haven't seen the sunshine since ip don't know when ♪ >> reporter: kosh cajosh came t jose hoping to be the next "american idol." >> johnny cash, ray charles, all of them, they all have soul. i know we're missing a lot of soul in the music we have nowadays. >> reporter: as josh awaited his fate, we met preschool teacher who wowed the judges.
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>> i'm so happy. i'm so grateful and happy i'm going onto the next round. >> reporter: nicco now one step closer to fulfilling his dream. ♪ you ain't nothing but a hounddog ♪ ♪ crying all the time ♪ well you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine ♪ >> reporter: rhett hill also getting a golden ticket. ♪ i feel it in the air ♪ rise above ♪ a season like you stare honey i'm on fire ♪ ♪ i feel it everywhere nothing scares me anymore ♪ >> reporter: the teenager battling nerves but making it to the next round. >> before you get up, you feel nervous. as soon as you start, you let loose and it feels great. >> reporter: in this first phase of competition, contestants sing for producers of the show. >> how i sing and that emotion that i can, you know, show people and they can, like, relate to how i'm singing and what i'm singing and the lyrics. >> reporter: the celebrity judges come later down the road.
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>> of course, like, i want to imagine myself getting that golden ticket to hollywood. but if it doesn't happen, like, i know there are other opportunities for me and it's not the end of the road. >> reporter: these singers hoping to make their mark. ♪ sunshine sunshine ♪ sunshine >> reporter: if you weren't able to make it down to san jose today, can you still submit an online audition. we'll have more details on our website, one of the thinkigs i learned today, you have to be between 15 and 28 years old. so, sadly, my chances of becoming the next "american idol" are over. live in san jose, chris nguyen, abc7 news. >> tosses a lot of us out. >> chris, if you hadn't said nild anything, you would pass for under 28. monday is the raiders last time in oakland before it moves
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to las vegas. >> the super fans who wear costumes and paint faces. >> we talked to better known characters of raider nation to see what that move means to them. >> you've got vegas and then you've got oakland. ♪ >> the best part of game day is the preparation. >> for the other teams looking at black holes and see skeletons. it's nothing like the raider nation. >> i'm getting ready for the last year before they move to vegas. wherever they play, i'm going to be there.out when i was 5 years old. i took my fandom to the next
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level. dr. death the fan lives and dies here in oakland. >> the black hole, raider nation, you have people from all walks of life. when we're together, it's like a family reunion every sunday. >> that's a lot of fun. the story continues on check out our website and app for an extended story on those super fans. see how they transform into their characters and why some are, instead, putting an end to their raiders fandom. >> let it live and breathe as long as you can. you can catch monday night raiders game on abc 7 against the denver broncos. months of waiting came to an end for bay area students.
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coming up new at abc7 news at 6:00. the abc7 news iteam has the sentencing recommendation for the local parents who pleaded guilty as part of a college admissions cheating scandal. plus, answering your questions. when it comes to changing all electronic tolls on bay area bridges, we're finding out the information that you wanted to know as part of our effort to build a better bay area. all of that and more coming up at 6:00. the bay area hosted the college football playoff championship game earlier this year and it's paying off for local schools. >> it sure is. abc7 news was at manzanita school as they got to see their renovated library. >> it's one of three in the bay area that received a makeover. that's the charitable arm of the college football playoff championship. >> look at those excited kids. brand-new library. that's awesome. "world news" is next. we appreciate your time. >> for all of us here, thanks for joining us tonight.
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>> we'll see you again at 6:00. tonight, hurricane dorian makes landfall in the u.s. the rescue underway as we go on the air tonight. slammed into the carolinas, the outer banks. families trapped, surrounded by water. rob marciano in the path. standing by with the new track. and humanitarian crisis unfolding in the bahamas right now. also developing tonight, new deaths linked the vaping. where the newest cases have been reported and tonight the cdc investigating. what authorities are saying and the new warning tonight. just in, actress felicity huffman responding that she serve a month behind bars. tonight what huffman is asking for instead. the letter in her defense


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