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area news at 7:00. coming up, a south bay teacher who is charged with molesting a student. plus new surveillance video may help us find one of the men seen here. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is bay area news at 7:00. >> good evening. it is wednesday, june 15. i am gasia mikaelian, and this is bay area news at 7:00. tonight we are learning the parents of an antioch toddler may not have been at home when the little boy fell from a second-story window this afternoon. it is a story that we have been following for you on ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 and 6:00. and neighbor tells us she
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believes the boy and some siblings were home alone. >> i think they called a relative to come over. i think it is a girl could she is 18 and another is 13. >> responders say the boy is unconscious with major injuries. the parents are with the 2-year- old at oakland children's hospital, and we will continue to follow this story with a 10:00 news on ktvu channel to. robert honda was in the courtroom where he found out a teacher has been in trouble with the law before. >> reporter: 28-year-old colette phelps kept a low profile. she's accused of molesting a student, a 14-year-old boy who attended the private stratford
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school in san jose. she is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts. >> you have the right to a folks emanation. do you understand that? >> mrs. phelps will not be speaking about this at this time. she's embarrassed to be in this situation. >> reporter: police say she engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage boy. she was arrested june 1st. in a statement today stratford founder sherry adams says the school is taking the matters seriously and has terminated phelps' employment. >> it does not matter the gender of the teacher. we need to protect the kids that go to school.
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>> reporter: the prosecutor will discuss other issues including phelps' prior arrests including dui and driving with a suspended license. if convicted she faces a maximum of eight years three months in prison. we have new surveillance video to show you tonight. police want you to take a look at the man on the right of your screen, the one who is lighting a cigarette. he is a suspect in the murder of 51-year-old leo jansen. the motive in this case is still unknown. what you're seeing here is another shot from the surveillance tape. anyone with information is asked to call oakland police. officers say this video helps them arrest a sexual assault suspect. 47-year-old dion mcdaniels attacked a woman after breaking
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in last tuesday. the woman shot this video before the attack. police say he has 11 prior felony convictions. not to hayward where the hunt tucson for two young men who robbed a couple headed home from bart. investigators scoured the area. the paper is rods to teenage girls and men targeted a couple walking home from the bus station. the victim gave up their wallet and purse but then the robbers opened fire. >> you then shoot them? i cannot rationalize that. >> the young man who was shot three times is expected to survive. due to the a quick getaway it is likely that the robbers lived or spends time in hayward.
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a high-speed chase ended with the suspect crashing into a petaluma field around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. the men were wanted on suspicion of robbery and hit and run. they were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. this is a milestone day for arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords pg she went home from the hospital today. she was released five months after a gunman shot her in the head. she will live with her astronaut husband mark kelly. the congresswoman still struggles to speak and walk and will return to the hospital for intensive physical therapy. democrats used their power to pass the budget by a simple majority and approved the budget bill without republican support. lawmakers patched over a $10
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million shortfall by increasing sales taxes and vehicle registration fees. online retailers such as amazon will have to start charging sales tax. >> this is the reality this is what reflects the vision for the state of california. there are not enough taxes out there to satisfy our appetites. >> it also delays $3 billion in payments to schools and cuts another $300 million from higher education. governor jerry brown has until the end of the month to sign the budget. for a much closer look, click the link under the politics tab when you get to our homepage, an exclusive ktvu field poll says that california will reform the state prison system as long as they do not have to pay for it.
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christien kafton is live. >> reporter: in overwhelming numbers says that overcrowding is a serious problem. the supreme court says that population has to come down and now californians are looking for a way to do that. california's prisons now house nearly twice as many inmates as they were designed to house. a new field poll says californians are taking the issue seriously. >> the supreme court mandated that california must be at least 30,000 inmates from state prisons. this is a very serious issue for most people. >> reporter: the state's three strikes law indicating that criminals convicted of three felonies must spend life in prison was supported in 1994. in 2004 voters decided to withhold these three strikes law. >> reporter: voters are split roughly 3-1, most saying they
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support giving judges and juries more discretion. >> i think it depends on what the primates. >> reporter: with the minority wanting to stick to the 1994 law. >> that is good enough for me. >> reporter: voters also narrowly approve of governor jerry brown's proposal to keep lower inmates out of the state prison system and put them into the county jail. >> democrats are more supporters are bringing that -- of bringing that down to the local level. >> reporter: 60% of california voters are adamant, they do not want to see a tax increase to pay for prison reform. christien kafton, ktvu channel 2 news. economists say the u.s. economy is still not in full recovery mode. the u.s. is likely to add
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between 150000-200000 jobs a month to 2013 and the u.s. economy should grow at 3-4% per year. even that will not be enough to reverse economic damage or job losses caused by the recession. the median home price fell 9% to an average of $3,702,000. the data company says it includes a loss of the federal tax credit and a high percentage of stressed home scales sales. alameda, contra costa, and solano counties in streams double-digit drops. pandora shot out of the gates today. we will explain what the company has to offer investors, coming up in about five minutes. the start of summer is just a few days away. in san jose five of six
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community pools are open. in downtown los gatos people cooled off in the mountain. they have been waiting impatiently for months. a big crowd visited waterworld california in concord to cool off. today's attendance was more than double what they see on a normal weekday. how long will this last? it meteorologist mark tamayo hazard forecast, coming up. barry bonds attorney asks judge to change his conviction to an acquittal or schedule a new trial. back in april a jury convicted bonds of one count of obstruction of justice. bonds was acquitted of perjury charges. some san francisco taxi drivers are calling for a strike to protest the rising cost of doing business. they say they are angry about a
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new big elation that allows cap companies to charge drivers 5% of every credit card strain jackson. the group is behind a call -- for every credit card transaction. the group is behind a call for changes. >> we get charged 5% for every credit card. that is most of my income. >> most of the drivers we spoke with today were not aware of calls for strike. there is a new average in san francisco to ban goldfish sales. plus a hero's welcome for the sailors who dispatched osama bin laden. >> another round of high temperatures today. i will have the timing of the return of the blog and i will highlight the coolest day for
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>> writers lashed out at the government in athens greece today. thousands of protesters threw gas bombs as police fired tear gas. lawmakers are debating budget cuts and other measures as part of a bailout for greece at kodak. high prices increase is also weighing on the euro. there are fears that investors would dump bonds in other countries. that sent stocks into a tailspin, wiping out all of
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yesterday's big games and then some. the popular music streaming site pandora went public today. tom descartes tells us that the bay area ipo farewell for a company who has yet to make a profit. >> reporter: pandora music had a field day. not bad for a company who does not make money. >> there act is the number 1 app for smart phones. they are the number one application and things like tvs. you see it in cars and they have a 19 million subscriber base. >> it streams where ever you are all over the internet. >> if you listen to pandora for
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free you can also see ads. if you pay a monthly fee, no ads. >> there is a revolution in how people access music. pandora is at the front of that revolution. >> itunes has been the biggest success so far but there are a lot of other interesting players out there. >> reporter: probably what it is already like for thousands of music file sharers. >> everybody downloads their music for free. >> you use a loophole to get u.n. permission from a different website, import it into itunes and put it on your ipod. california will receive a lion share of federal funding to shore up benefits. california will get 840 million of a $7 billion pool. it comes from the recovery act
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and goes to state's got qualify. a former star today spoke out about her online relationship with embattled congressman anthony weiner. >> i did not sext anthony weiner. i did not to send photos to him. >> she says she exchanged about 100 e-mails but they do not have a sexual relationship she also said he asked her to lie about their correspondence. wiener is under pressure from congress to resigned. a big welcome home today for the u.s. carl vincent after what many call a historic deployments. sailors lined the rails of the aircraft carrier. the crew was stationed in the north arabian sea, reporting to the group of navy seals at checkout osama bin laden in
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pakistan. here at home, lake merritt might smell better after a demolition project was completed. workers began tearing down the aqueduct along 12th street. it has been restricting the flow of water from san francisco bay into the lake. they hope to have the aqueduct torn down by september. a new proposal in san francisco will ban pet stores from selling tropical fish. david stevenson tells us how this has evolved. >> reporter: pet store owners and shoppers reacted with disbelief. >> i think it is kind of ridiculous. it is too bad. we give them a good environment. >> reporter: they say it's not about store conditions, that
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this proposal is part of a larger plan aimed at fighting puppy mills that supplies some stores and discouraging impulse purchases. >> we thought, where do we start? first it was dogs and cats, small animals, exotic birds. what is last? amphibians, reptiles, and tropical fish. >> we have a lot of creative ideas that come out of san francisco. marriage equality, universal healthcare, being on the cutting edge of the environment. i do not think the idea of banning pets right now is one that is going to get a lot of traction. >> it depends paid a lot of tropical fish are endangered. >> reporter: some say the proposal raises questions about the environmental costs of catching these colorful fish. >> it is easy to disrupt the natural habitat they are in. >> reporter: they may be able
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to grandfather in pet stores but right now they are seeking these funds are on the san francisco board of supervisors. a coalition of agencies and community groups sponsored the clean slate clinic. volunteers provided haircuts and meals, and his doctors were on hand for free checkups. they helped 40 people clear their records. in these efforts give people a better chance of finding a job in getting back into society. ibm is marking its 100 year anniversary by giving back to the community. workers put a solar panels -- put up solar panels in the bayview points neighborhood. the solar panels will help the
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homes to be totally self sustainable energy wise. the warmest week of the year so far could create problems at yosemite national park. we will explain the warning being issued this week for visitors. and meteorologist mark tamayo tells us a pulldown is coming. you can watch bay area news at 7:00 and all of our ktvu newscasts on your computer and mobile device. we are streaming live online at ♪ [ alarm buzzing ] another victim of frequent flyer red tape. [ tires screech ] seat restrictions got him stuck in a vicious circle. it's just not right! i keep earning miles, but it seems like i can never use them. the all-new rapid rewards doesn't have any of that nasty red tape. here he comes again. let's set him free! [ male announcer ] join rapid rewards and enjoy unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and no red tape. ♪
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>> national park service has issued a flood warning for yosemite national park. visitors are being advised to camp on higher grounds. also rafters are nice to be on the lookout for faster flowing currents. water levels will peak tomorrow but warnings will remain in effect until the end of the week. >> i was just checking the latest information. the current river stages around 9.3 feet and flood stage is 10 feet. it could be typing flood stage as we head into thursday and possibly friday. right now we have clear skies. we have clearing skies toward
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san francisco, oakland. wind speeds have been changing. winds gusting to 27 miles per hour and see onshore breeze will result in a cooling trend. the current numbers, it is still warm. it is currently 85 degrees in livermore. san jose at last check reporting 74 degrees. temperatures today in general across the bay area with upper 60s coast side and upper 70s inland. the warmest locations approaching the low to mid 80s thursday. strong high-pressure returns which resulted in a warm-up not only today but yesterday. the system will move into the north -- moved in from the north and by saturday the
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warmest locations only in the upper 70s. we will begin to warm things up for the second half of the weekend and into next week. here is our temperature forecast model. some 50s out their across most of the region could we will want things up into the afternoon hours. temperatures -- the general range in the 60s to 70s. some locations approaching the low to mid 80s. if we could have some patchy fog develop coast side, warmest locations will be approaching the mid-80s. san francisco at 66 degrees. here's a look ahead at your five-day forecast. more sunshine, warmer temperatures by sunday. with the field announced for america's cup, san francisco mayor ed lee is ready for some racing.
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>> let's get it on. >> organizers announced the deal at this morning. it another challenger is stacked -- another challenger is set to be determined and that is a report for tonight. i am gasia mikaelian. our coverage continues online at and with our 10:00 news on ktvu channel two. "tmz" is up next right here on tv 36.
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