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new at 10:00, san francisco police arrest more than 30 people after a crowd marched in protest of a deadly police shooting. good evening everyone i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. it was a tense stand off on the streets of san francisco tonight as protesters screamed obscenities at police. the protesters gathered at dolores park and started
marching about 6:00 this evening. they first went to the castro. others lit flairs and smoke bombs, some threw rocks. the sum of 150 people chanted and repeatedly yelled obscenities at police. police soon declared an unlawful assembly and started making arrests. amber lee is live and shows us what's happening right now. >> reporter: we want to show you what's going on behind me. there are still a few officers here. things are winding down. but the cable car service has just resumed. it's been out for the last hours we've been here. it lasted for about 3.5 hours and tension had been building throughout the night. about 8:00, police moved in and started arresting protesters who have expressed anger over the fatal shooting of 19-year- old kenneth harding. some protesters stood on cable
car tracks and shut down service. and others layed down in front of rasmussen records and stopped traffic. but one driver caught in the traffic back up during the march told us she disagreed with the protesters. and says it appears the shooting was justified. >> from what i've heard it seemed like the police certainly had reason to do it what they did. >> reporter: protesters went to the mission police station and threw smoke bombs and flairs. >> there's a whole lot of ranting and they shot the guy on the b.a.r.t. last week and now this. it's just ridiculous. >> reporter: to try to calm tensions, the mayor's office called a meeting this afternoon at city hall with community members. the press was not allowed to attend. we spoke with the mayor's chief of staff who organized the meeting. >> today, those test results came in. >> reporter: paul henderson told us harding's right hand found residue and indicated he
shot a gun. >> so that people are at least informed to what's going on and what the process looks like. >> reporter: this man attended the meeting but says there are still many unanswered questions. >> the names of the officers that killed young kenneth, that is not being made public. the public has a right to know. >> reporter: the mayor's office told us both officers involved in saturday's shooting are veterans. one has spent more than 10 years at the bay view police station. these protesters tell me they want an independent investigation by the fbi. reporting live at the cable car turn around, amber lee, ktvu channel 2 news. more now from police, they told us protesters knocked a motorcycle officer from his bike then kicked him when he was down. officer arrested two men for felony assault. on ktvu.com we're posting
pictures from the protest. investigators say a friend of jim mathieson called and asked the deputy to help a woman who was being threatened by an ex-boyfriend. so last night while off duty, the deputy went to help the woman. >> that evening he had text her and told her that he was going to kill her and her family because of the break up. >> reporter: investigators say halloren showed up at the house and the deputy tried to calm him down. but instead, halloren shot and killed mathieson. the deputy killed today had not always been in law enforcement.
he became a sheriff's deputy later on in life. >> reporter: people gather today in petaluma to grieve. jim mathiesen started his career later in life. becoming a sheriff deputy at age 40. friends and family are stunned. >> he was a great person and he gave his life by stepping up and doing that and he'll be missed. >> he literally would take his shirt off and give it to you if you needed it. he would do whatever you needed. >> reporter: mathiesen was killed while trying to help a family friend. >> my friend came and told me and i collapsed right there. i couldn't believe it.
>> reporter: she says he was a loyal friend who loved boating with his two grown sons. >> i knew i could call him night and day, and he would be there. he wouldn't think, he would not hesitate. >> reporter: mathiesen had been a deputy for five years. today the jail was closed to visitors giving coworkers a time to grieve. >> he was just a great guy. this breaks everybody's heart. >> reporter: the chief said jim died trying to help others, he was known for his kind heart and gentle nature. they are planning a memorial as loved ones here remember jim tonight. in petaluma, jana katsuyama, ktvu news. for the fifth time in seven weeks a person has been killed on caltrans tracks. officials say a southbound train hit a man at the lawrence station at about 6:45. it's unclear if the death was an accident or suicide.
it's unclear if the man's name has been released. police have been trying to identify a man who's body was found inside a u-haul truck. the truck might have been there for four weeks and collected four parking tickets before a u- haul worker arrived and opened the back of the truck then found the body. rangers at yosemite national park say they will resume the search for one or more bikers who may have fallen over a huge waterfall. more than 40 searchers focused their efforts around the 317- foot tall vernal fall and the missed trail. according to one witness, at least three hikers fell into the water about 1:00. rangers have not confirmed that number, they suspended their search at nightfall. the popular missed trail is closed until at least noon tomorrow. a 62-year-old wind surfer who spent 13 hours overnight
clinging to her board talks exclusively tonight about what went wrong and her dramatic rescue. in a story you will see only on 2, ktvu's debra villalon is live with how cathie vielle's ordeal began. >> reporter: the bay is relatively warm, about 70 degrees and she ended up spending the night. >> reporter: kathie shows us her beacon that did not work, her wet suit and board did. >> it was getting cold, so i had to keep swimming the whole time. >> reporter: this expert surfer is matter of fact. in the darkness she knew
searchers were out there, sometimes they would passed from 70 feet away but didn't see her. >> they were so close. yeah, and i looked it up my board and waved it in the air and made as much noise as i could. >> reporter: not scared expect when the tide pulled her toward the pilings of the san mateo bridge. >> i think i was more scared going through the bridge: i was afraid i might get caught up on something. >> reporter: after passing a second time at dawn, success. she was spotted. >> that was a real relief. yeah. that they actually seen me. >> reporter: then the ride up in the rescue basket guided by a coast guard swimmer. >> he told me, exactly how to do it and he says don't get out of it until you are in the helicopter and they tell you to get out. >> reporter: kathie declined a hospital check up and went home direct. though adrenaline kept her from sleeping for at least a few
hours. she says anyone who enjoys exercise would survive just like she did. but her husband thinks she's remarkable. >> i think she's a pretty strong character. >> reporter: and this retired doctor will absolutely resume the sport she loves but she will make sure that her radio and beacon are charged. right now she just hopes someone will find her board. it's a new one, her favorite, and she hated to leave it in the bay. >> and we have posted more of that rescue video at ktvu.com. just look for the right now section on the front page. people in san francisco will soon have another option for cable and high speed internet service although not everyone is happy about that. the board of supervisors today voted to approve a plan to bring at&t u verse to the city without an environmental impact report. that means at&t can install hundreds of metal utility boxes all across the city like the
ones you see there. people say the boxes will be an eyesore. the board of supervisors voted to reform the first cell phone radiation law. the new ordnance does not require the disclosure of radiation levels like a previous law passed last year. it had been challenged by the cell phone industry. strong profit reports sent and a new proposal to raise the debt ceiling helped push the dow industrial 202 points higher. the nasdaq also had a strong day gaining 61 points. the number of california homeowners entering the foreclosure process has
dropped. about 55,000 new default notices were sent out. declines in alameda showed a 19% drop in default compared to last year. stronger than expected sales are sending apples earnings soaring. apple says it sold 20 million iphones. customers purchased 9 million i pads. it's a mild evening out there, temperatures running up several degrees from yesterday. coming up, how much hotter we can expect to be for tomorrow. media mogul murdoch on the hot seat. why one person was detained. and it
media mogul murdoch faced tough questions from british politicians about the phone hacking scandal that has captivated the country. reporter emily smith tells us why murdoch says he is not guilty personally responsible for what happened. >> reporter: members of parliament did not give rupert murdoch a chance for opening statements. but it did not stop him. >> this is the most humble day of my life.
>> reporter: lawmakers honed in on what murdoch and son james who also testified may have known about phone hacking accusations. including murder victims, politicians and celebrities. murdoch's answer he had no knowledge of hacking or of payments paid to hacking victims. >> would you say you are responsible for all this fiasco. >> no. >> you are not responsible. who is responsible? >> the people i trusted and more importantly the people they trusted. >> reporter: the now closed tabloid was 1% of his news corporation that includes fox news and the wall street journal. but hacking allegations have spread to claims that journalists paid police for information. the commissioner and assistant commissioner resigned amidst ten arrests. one commissioner asked murdoch if the hacking extended to
9/11 victims. >> reporter: a man attacked him with a plate of foam. after asked if he considered resigning he answered no. >> frankly i'm the best person to clean this up. >> reporter: in washington, i'm emily smith. >> reporter: rebecca brooks told the economy the allegations are coherent. >> i would agree that after the evidence we acted promptly and quickly. >> reporter: brooks resigned last week. the company publishing news corp. uk newspapers. british authorities arrested brooks over the weekend on charges of hacking. brooks said she never knowingly
o. okaed a bribe. ktvu is a fox affiliate however we are privately owned and not operated by fox news or news corp. oakland police say they have detained two men who they believe may have been connected to a body that was found burning in the street in the rock ridge area of oakland. officers with the gang task force spotted the man on mcarthur boulevard this afternoon. officers set up a perimeter in the area and called in a helicopter to help with the search. both suspects were caught within the hour. five suspects in the shooting of a german tourist in san francisco pleaded not guilty to murder charges today. 50-year-old shorer was caught in the cross fire last august when a fight broke out outside a private party on mason street one block from union square.
prosecutors said they will not seek the death penalty because all the suspects are 20 years old or younger. another man pled guilty to being an accessory to murder. transportation officials approved more than $57 million for the central subway project. the funds will help buy two tunnel boring machines and pay for the construction of a tunnel launch box. the project will extend the existing t line and connect communities from visitation valley to china town. we learned today the devil slide tunnel project has hit a big snag. and now it appears the project has been delayed by more than a year. and tom vacar tells us why geology is to blame. >> reporter: richard lives in pacifica and he commutes every day through devil slide.
>> the road does come down pretty often. we worry about the road closing. >> reporter: he was disappointed to learn today that the new devil slide tunnel scheduled to open later this year won't. much business comes his way across the slide expect in bad weather. >> our customers, obviously they get quite afraid when it rains and that will draw some people off. >> reporter: the problem, constantly changing conditions as boring goes forward. >> the wild card has been that those conditions changed more frequently than we thought. >> reporter: the problem with drilling through this earthquake ravaged country is sometimes you run into hard rock, sometimes you run into sand stone, and sometimes you run into mud or dirt. all of that slows the process down. >> normally you would plan on say maybe one month of blasting or one month of drilling and it was changing every week. >> reporter: that means removing whole sets of specialized equipment to bore one kind of material so crews can bring in other machines to
deal with another kind. especially softer soils that don't stay in place very well. >> we're going to need more bracing and in some cases everyone more than we had originally planned for. >> reporter: the $15 million price tag will increase. i'm consumer editor tom vacar, ktvu news. today's warm up will continue into tomorrow. we start the morning with relatively mild temperatures. milder than what we saw this morning. patchy fog burning off by 10:00 or so. and into the afternoon a five to 10 degrees jump expected for our inland areas. so our inland spots will be sitting in the upper 80s to mid- 90s around the bay. and 70s and 80s for our region. we start out the morning in the 50s and near 60 degrees.
by lunchtime already feeling a little toasty for the inland areas. low 80s and near 60s along the coast. widespread 70s and 80s across the bay. coming up in just a little bit we'll pinpoint your neighborhood and talk about how long this heat is going to last. for the second time this month, one of those bison that lives in bay park has died. her remains were taken to the zoo. there are only three bison left in the aging herd. it has housed cremates remains for more than 100 years. the plan to open a unique place to thousands of people. verizon claims its 4g lte is twice as fast as at&t.
a citizen's group filed a lawsuit challenging the project report. organizers say they want to make sure the housing and retail construction are environmentally sustainable. the san francisco attorney's office told us today it has not yet seen the lawsuit. it's a final resting spot for generations generations of san franciscans. david stevenson is tells us
more. >> reporter: it's one of the most exclusive living spaces in san francisco, and people are dying to get in. >> people want to be buried in the city they love this is really their only option for that. >> reporter: the neptune society broke ground on a new hall that will house more than 2,000 niches. in this neoclassical hall, ordinary families share space with california royalty. >> it takes more than an hour to polish this space right here. >> racoons running around, pigeons sleeping in the empties. mushrooms growing all out the walls. >> reporter: he considers himself a historian and a companion to those at rest here
in the hall. >> he had a sweet tooth and that rabbit kept all his cookies and candies into it. so he's put into the rabbit. >> reporter: enabling thousands of san francicans to remain in the city they love even after death. san francisco's controversial fee on cigarette sales can remain. a superior court judge ruled today that the 20-cent per pack fee goes toward paying for cleaning up cigarette butts and is not a tax in disguise. cigarette maker phillip morris had challenged the fee saying it violated state law because voters had not approved it. taxers need voter approval, fees do not. the oakland city council moved to increase the marijuana dispensaries in the city from two to eight. the council also approved a plan to charge a $5,000 fee to
apply for a dispensary permit and an annual fee of $60,000 to run a dispensary. federal agents tame down more than i tell ya, i work a long day, every day. i hang my head out the window. oh man, we're delivering everything you can think of: plywood, cement. i, i enjoy the breeze on my tongue. well uh, and every weekend, seems like we're headin' down to the lake. we're pullin' a boat or somethin'. i don't know why. i just do. it's not a problem. i don't mind as long as we always stop at chevron and get that techron stuff.
new at 10:00, the obama administration is considering offers free birth control. the idea is generating strong support and also strong opposition. heather holmes is live in concord to explain the controversy. heather-- >> reporter: well frank, if approved when women come here to the pharmacy to pick up their local birth control they would no longer have to shell
out copays. that includes payment for the highly controversial morning after pill. the decision to start a family is a personal one. and so too is the decision to use birth control. the obama administration tonight is considering weighing in on the sensitive issue. by adding contraceptives to the list of services fully covered under the president's health care law. >> we're thrilled. >> reporter: missy sales of planned parenthood welcomes the idea. the panel says women should have free access to all faa approved contraceptive. >> in this country more than half of our pregnancies are unintended. and we can point to the fact that birth control is too
expensive. >> i don't think we should give people these means to destroy life. >> reporter: pastor chuck mckenney says including emergency contraceptives so called morning after pills would include coverage for abortion. >> i believe that life begins at conception. i don't like that my government dollars are paying something for something that i'm completely morally against. >> reporter: in additional to birth control, they included counseling on sexually transmitted infection, screening and counseling for domestic violence, breast screening, the u.s. department of health and human services has the final say of which services will be offered. frank and julie is decision is expected next month. reporting live, i'm heather holmes. a new study out tonight finds the national c-section rate is now at an all time high
with more than one in three babies delivered surgically. the study found that in 19 states where data is available, 34% of single baby births in 2009 were delivered by c- section. in 2008 the c-section rate nationally was 27%. the study says there may be several reasons for the increase including the increased age of mothers, multiple births and the convenience of having a c- section. a glimmer of political compromise over the debt ceiling stand off on capitol hill. president obama said he's pleased that a bipartisan proposal was put forward by the so called gang of six lawmakers. it includes a trillion dollars in what sponsors are calling additional revenue and critics call higher tacks. today the republicans issued their own funded bill.
the bill is expected to fail in the senate. president obama threw his support behind senator dianne feinstein's bill. senator feinstein outlined her respect for the marriage act in washington, d.c. this morning. tomorrow the senate judiciary committee is scheduled to hold meetings on the matter. the act prevents among other things legally married same-sex couples from filing joint income taxes and receiving spousal benefits under social security. after 30 years of service, space shuttle atlantis is headed home for the last time. >> good morning houston, and to the great folks at the kennedy space center who have cared for these vehicles for the last 30 years, a special good morning to you. >> chris ferguson greeted nasa officials this morning before leaving the international space station. atlantis is scheduled to touchdown on thursday completing 30 years of space
shuttle service. federal agents arrested 13 people in connection with high profile cyber attacked on major corporations. j janine de la vega has the report. >> reporter: it was attacked by an international hacking group called anonymous. the department of justice has unsealed an indictment this afternoon in federal court here in san jose. >> greetings world, we are anonymous. >> reporter: the group anonymous has posted this mysterious posting on you tube about what they do. they say their motive is not to disresult but send a strong message. the fbi sent a clear message when they made arrests. >> these are kids, anonymous is not an organized group. it is a lot of individuals that are kind of falling underneath
that over all brand. each one has their own agenda. >> reporter: technology analysts says that anonymous is trying to get attention. the indictment says 14 people with online aliases coordinated an attack on paypal servers. anonymous did this because the group was upset that paypal has stopped donating money to wikileaks. some people are happy about the arrest. >> they're trying to send a message, but to me like a lot of innocent people are affected. >> reporter: but enderly says the government should look to those doing the most damage. >> if they took as much time going after the real criminals that are stealing identities instead of going after
anonymous. but it's the squeaky wheel, and it's causes controversy so anonymous is getting the attention. >> reporter: reporting live, janine de la vega, ktvu news. a new study estimates half a million undocumented immigrants live in the bay area. the study by the public policy institute of california found undocumented immigrants made up about 7.5% of the bay area's population in 2008. according to the study, napa had the highest percentage about 12% of the population. followed by santa clara county with a bit more than 10%. sonoma with nearly 9% was third, san francisco had the lowest percentage of illegal immigrants in the bay area with 3.7%. he wants pledged to serve the community as a police officer and defend this country as a marine. today he went to court to defend himself against criminal charges. for the first time in a week temperatures will be warming back into the 90s.
financially and says rojas and bettencourt were friends and no confidential information was released. >> none of it went to the hell's angels. it was by a waitress that worked at a restaurant that thought he was being stalked by a fellow. in news of the world tonight from afghanistan, a spokesman for the taliban says someone hacked into his phone then sent a fake message saying their leader is dead. omar has led the insurgency. he ruled most of afghanistan as leader. the plant operator at the bottom of reactor pressures are no longer climbing -- a
makeshift system to process contaminated water is now working properly and nitrogen injections are working. and at tokyo international airport fans welcomed home the women's soccer team that just won the world cup. on sunday, the japanese team beat team usa in a shoot out. today the japanese team members were taken to the prime minister's home and he thanked them for giving the country courage as it struggles to recover from this year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. there is more incentive tonight to give information on the beating of the giant fan bryan stow. they upped the reward by $25,000. that brings the total reward to $225,000. stow remains in serious condition tonight after being beaten in the dodger stadium parking lot. giovanni ramirez is the prime suspect in the attack but has
not been charged yet in the attack. friend of seven missing fishermen who disappeared in the sea of cortez are helping raise money for the search effort. the men five from the bay area and two from twalme county haven't been seen. the prickly pear restaurant is donating 20% of its proceeds tonight to the search effort. the manager there is still working on the final numbers but says business was brisk. the sunny vail based company released it's second quarter earnings. net revenue is down 8% from last year to just over $1 billion. earnings are up 11% to $237 million thanks to cost cutting measures. and iphone app for google plus is now available at apple's i tunes store. google unveiled the app today but hasn't released one yesterday for i pad or the i
pod touch. google plus is the company's social networking and is seen as a possible challenge for facebook. can a nuclear power accident half a world away affect what you pay for beef in affect what you pay for beef in the ♪ ♪ free access to chase atm's wherever you are. that's a step forward. chase customers can avoid atm fees with over 16,000 nationwide. take a step forward and chase what matters.
looks like the cost of beef is going up in california. ktvu's health and science editor john fowler tells us how all of this stems from the nuclear disaster in japan. >> reporter: moving the last of his 200 steers to a new pasture today. bill bishop jr. says it's basic economics. >> supply and demand. we have a short supply because a lot of the meat is going overseas. >> reporter: to japan mostly where beef prices plunged more
than half today as radiation weary consumer prefer california beef. but raising cattle here has never been so expensive. >> feed costs are as high as they've ever been. corn prices are high, hay prices are high. >> reporter: these cattle will be ready for market in about a year. then prices at the butcher shop could double. >> i'm looking forward the fish and chicken and stay away from the beef if it's going to go up that high. >> reporter: depending on cut and brand you might pay $35 a pond now. ready for a $50 a pound steak? >> i would buy less of it but would i stop buying it? no because my football player needs the meat. >> beef has been a good buy. prices haven't been this high in years and once in a while everybody has to make a buck. and the last couple of years have been good but we've had a lot of bad years. >> reporter: unless you yearn to be a cattle rancher consider this. bishop will gamble about a million dollars cash this year
buying cows. and after working 24/7, 365 he averages less than a fireman he once thought of becoming. john fowler, ktvu channel 2 news. if you rely on restaurant menus to help count calories you may be eating more than you think. nutritionist tested dishes at hundreds of restaurants and found those dishes had 100- calories more than they reported. restaurants they tested were chipotle where a burrito bowl has 240 calories more than estimated. researchers say they're surprise by what they found. >> it was more than a thousand calories than you would think. it was shocking. >> reporter: the numbers add up. eating 100-calories more than you think could mean up to 15 pounds in weight gain in a year. if you park your car at a
b.a.r.t. parking lot at the peninsula prepare to pay more. come august first it'll cost $2 to park your car for the day. the agency determines the cost of parking by looking at demand trends. bart says it will look at the parking numbers in another six months to determine if the price will stay the same, increase, or perhaps go back down. b.a.r.t. is teaming up with bmw on designing its new railcars. b.a.r.t. officials announced the partnership with design works usa which is a subsidiary of bmw. they will design the look and lay out of the new b.a.r.t. system which is expected to be ready in 2016. by tomorrow some of us may be saying it's a little hot. outside our doors sitting in the 60s and low 70s.
the winds generally light. but coming in from the west more than that westerly sea breeze. we're expecting partly cloudy skies, patchy around the bay area. and then it will be burning off early. meanwhile our air mass continuing to warm up wednesday, thursday. so again starting out with a little bit of patchy fog tomorrow. we'll be sitting around the 70s and 80s at the bay area. upper 60s near 70. but it's going to be the inland spots that take a huge jump any where from five to 10 degrees earlier today. your fog forecast, just a shell of marine layer off the coast right now. but while we sleep it will begin to push in just a little bit. by tomorrow morning, we wake up with mostly clear skies. and by tomorrow night we're back up at the coast again. forecast lows expected tonight and into tomorrow morning. slightly warmer than yesterday. or i should say this morning and it's because of the highs
today. widespread 50s and 60s in livermore and san jose. mountain view expected to start the morning 60 degrees. 90 for the afternoon high. san helena upper 80s. around the bay area, berkeley, oakland down into san leandro. upper 70s expected. but just go farther inland and take a look at that heat up. 95 expected in walnut creek, 93 for pleasanton. south bay also going to be a warm day. 88 for us, santa clara. looking at 87 san jose and the hotter spots, morgan hill as well as gilroy mid-90s expected in your neighborhood. along the coast upper 60s, daily city. pacifica mid-60s and we're looking at 73 degrees for san francisco. widespread 80s right around mountain view. as well as redwood city. you're extended forecast here, so a warm one tomorrow just as hot on thursday. as we slide into the weekend, a trough similar to what we had last week. temperatures along the coast are going to cool and the
inland spots once again will be below average getting back to comfortable weather in the 80s. >> kind of mild. >> very comfortable. >> not bad. thanks rosemary. state officials have launched a new campaign to protect children against an infectious illness. >> don't wait, help protect your child and community. >> reporter: this new public service announcement was released this week for the whooping cough vaccine. a new law requires all seventh grade through 12th graders get the whooping cough vaccine before going back to school. whooping cough was declared an epidemic last year. a state assemblyman wants to ban cities from prohibiting circumcision. the move is in response to an initiative that got on san francisco's ballots. los angeles democrat mike gatos says if the council
it will submit a proposal by october. new york city is offering $9,500 to help the winner to build that campus. mark is here now with sports, and the giants keep finding a way to win. >> playing slick baseball. really, really solid fundamental baseball along the way. you always hear baseball is the microcosm for life. the giants right now on the money. they call up brandon phelps for the brandon. guess who tonight's hero is. you will see him but check out the woman who gets the foul ball. look at the little boy behind. he's a little upset that he did not get that foul ball. and he is ticked off. you will see from him a little later. and ticket to ride, solo shot. giants lead it 1-0. down in the fifth, sandoval continues to
sting the baseball. two more hits tonight. this one fetches the run that ties things up 3-3. now in the seventh. two on, cody ross walks intentionally. wrong he slices one down the left field line. that's a two run double that provides the game deciding run. and oh by the way, the little kid did get his ball courtesy of the san francisco giants pr department of course. madison baumgartner a great game. sandoval was shaken up. freddy sanchez out indefinitely. so they're required to bring up
in keffinger. in detroit tonight, we did have reason to believe. matsui with a shot to right. base hit going to fetch a pair in a 3-1/5 inning and the a's take the lead over the tigers in detroit. it was short drive however. miguel cabrera one of the best in the game. that is a blast to left field. he stands and admires it up. tigers in front for good, 8-3 your final. for several years now, you never know what you're going to get from the 49ers one they hit the playing field. out in the community the winning spirit continues. out in conjunction with the university, york and kopbd and rice talking about their latest project to help youths. doing a good job out in the
community. that's the sporting life for a tuesday night. giants are working the playing field. >> boy, they sure are. >> they are. >> and the hello parents, it's going to be a big school year. your kids are going to climb rope. they're going to have a year long tug war with the ceiling. and by the time they get out of 8th grade, they're going to do it with sweat on their brow and achievement in their hearts. so, this is what they're gonna need: running shoes, t-shirts, tube socks, fruit cups, cheese sticks, energy bars, rope climbing gloves, rope burn ointment, and a jump drive. not sure what that is, but they're gonna be jumpin'. school takes a lot. target has it all.