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maddox drive. that's where nbc bay area joins us live. do they think the two gunshot rounds were connected. >> reporter: that's what they are trying to figure out. they are comparing shell casings to see if there's a match, and tonight many neighbors are wondering where the will next shooting happen next. neighbors were sound asleep when -- >> i heard four or five just loud bangs that woke me up, woke my wife up, woke my dog up. >> reporter: they later found out the loud bangs were gunshots. someone randomly fired their gun into the air last thursday. >> we walked over, and low and behold, there were seven casings. >> reporter: they found the evidence left behind, shell casings, and quickly called
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police. their home is right down the street from where the shooter fired the weapon. >> terribly scary. you can't have your children out in the street anymore here. >> reporter: tuesday morning, loud bangs were heard again. john mcmurray has lived here for almost 40 years. he served in the armed forces and knew these were not fire crackers. >> somebody eventually is probably going to get hurt, and i think that's the bad part about it. >> reporter: that's what worries everyone we've talked to. they are concerned a third time may not be so lucky. >> i know what a bullet can do and know it goes up in the air, it's going to come down somewhere. you hate to think it's going to go through a roof or hit somebody. >> investigators are trying to figure out if the shooter is fooling around or trying to scare someone. if you know anything, call police. nbc bay area news. >> george, thank you. new tonight at 11:00.
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for the first time ever san jose state might end preferential treatment for south bay residents. currently considered using minimum statewide requirements, but campus officials are having a university standard higher than the csu minimum. on friday, csu leaders are expected to decide whether the university needs to turn away about 1,400 south bay applicants who would previous be admitted. buyer beware, a gift card scam has crooks getting a cash bonus from you while you get ripped off. police just busted a scammer. joining us from belmont, simple question, how does it work? >> reporter: well, belmont police say they interrupted a gift card scam operation using gift cards from this safeway, but it can happen anywhere.
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the crooks use the old switcher-roo. the gift cards may turn out to be worthless. officers just busted a gift card scam operation. >> a detective had been reading a report about this problem we had been having and saw a subject removing a large quantity of gift cards from the rack. >> police arrested the man for evading arrest. investigators believe he was taking gift cards so he could alter them. here's how the scam works. crooks take the activation tab off one card and put it on another card then put the altered package back on the rack. >> you buy the card for $100. the card you bought is worthless because the tab that got scanned and card don't match the the suspect's card now is worth $100. >> when a checker swipes the card you are paying for, they are actually activating the crook's card.
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>> they'll either attempt to get cash value for the card or they'll buy an object worth $100. >> these home depot cards look the same, but one is altered. >> this is an altered card. it's attached at the bottom because the suspects have separated them and replaced this part from a different card, so in order to keep it on the backing they had to glue it to them. >> people have gotten creative. >> reporter: like most of us, brent smith has a gift card in his wallet and a layer of protection. >> if mine didn't work, i kept the receipt. >> reporter: your best protection, making sure the packaging hasn't been tampered with. be sure to look for perfect packaging before you buy a gift card and if you do end up with one worthless, go ahead and report it. it can't hurt and letting them know where the altered cards are coming from may help them zero
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in on the scammers. reporting live, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jean. the family of a 23-year-old charged with bludgeoning an elderly man is apologizing for his actions saying he was mentally ill. newly released court documents show dewitt told the 67-year-old he was looking for an imaginary woman named zoey. moments later, he killed him with a ceramic planter. they say their son is a paranoid schizophrenic. >> he struggled for the last five years. we've been fighting the system to get them to keep him in there for some long-term care. >> daniel is expected back in court tomorrow to are enter a plea. it's vandals who may want to repent on this ash wednesday after desecrating a church so badly police are calling it a hate crime. parishioners arrived this
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morning to find religious statues and walls spray painted. they destroyed a wooden cross too. parishioners say most disturbing is the timing, on the first day of lent. the 40-day season of fasting and prayer before the easter holiday. we check in now with decision 2012. mitt romney and rick santorum sparred aggressively tonight, the final debate before michigan and arizona. a new poll showing romney is still the frontrunner among california republicans with 31%. santorum has been given a big boost. tonight all four candidates battled over who's the true conservative. here's steve handelsman from washington. >> reporter: four candidates debated in arizona, but two are tied in the key race in
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michigan, rick santorum and mitt romney, and romney in a change of tactics went after his rival. >> while i was fighting to save the olympics, you were fighting to save the bridge for nowhere, voting to raise the debt ceiling five different times. >> government in the size of the economy went down when i was in the united states senate. romney today adopting the occupy wall street rhetoric. >> ron paul was siding with romney, running tv ads calling santorum fake. >> because he's a fake. >> reporter: issue number two, birth control and president obama requiring church-affiliated organizations to okay birth control distribution. >> i don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, freedom, tolerance that we've seen in barack obama. >> santorum says birth control can lead to immorality. >> what we're seeing is a problem in our culture. >> i think the immorality creates the problem of wanting
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to use the pills. >> reporter: newt gingrich fought to get heard. >> it is possible to modernize the federal government and cut taxes and develop energy simultaneously. >> reporter: he's not contending arizona or michigan. that's where romney and santorum have their showdown tuesday. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. stay with nbc and nbc bay area news for the latest on the candidates and issues. complete coverage of the republican convention this weekend in burlington on air and online at just in tonight, another green light for another south bay stadium. this time it's the san jose earthquakes that are celebrating after the san jose planning commission gave them the go ahead. >> i think the key thing is we had a very successful night, i'm thrilled with the turnout, it was unbelievable. 50 or 100 at the door turned away. we were fire code in there, and i think it really carried the
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day. >> the venue will go up. the city had already approved permits for the facility, but neighbors had concerns about potential noise and lights and appealed the city decision. that appeal was denied tonight. the president of the earthquakes says crews will break down on the stadium this year. 49ers will also break down on their new stadium in santa clara this year. if you have a problem with one of your neighbors, probably not like this. an eyesore on the ground and the sky. the san jose trash pile visible on google maps. it's not a dump, it's a home in a quiet neighborhood. and you may never have to diet again. the fda giving the thumbs up to a weight loss pill that can help you drop 10% of your body fat. he makes his money by making men naked. it's a one of a kind start up creating a buzz in the bay area. good evening, jeff ranieri here in the nbc bay area weather center.
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temperatures 20 degrees above average with record-setting heat in santa rosa topping off at 80 and napa at 78. tomorrow still stays warm. we'll let you know how long this heat will be sticking around coming up in just a few minutes in my full forecast. [ female announcer ] off limits? not anymore. fiber one is bringing brownies back. at 90 calories, you can have brownies again. ♪ fiber one 90 calorie brownies.
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in the granola bar aisle. carol. fiber makes me sad. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you are eating a candy bar? you enjoy that. i am. [ male announcer ] fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. production came to a grinding halt, putting hundreds of bay area residents out of work, but the executives and bonuses live on. today a bankruptcy judge approved nearly $370,000 worth of bonuses for 20 employees at
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solyndra. the solar panel manufacturer declared bankruptcy last year. despite receiving a half a billion dollar loan from the obama administration, solyndra told the court it needs the money to retain key employees to help guide the company through bankruptcy process. in the land of pc versus mack. tonight the former hip hop writer is taking his experience and adding his own uniquely bay area beat to it. the outcome has men getting naked. we explain. >> i'm telling you, so many good things come from cold calls. >> he doesn't design or make suits. he's the marketing genius behind a new online company called naked suits by albert ming. >> it's made to be breathable. we have the sweat pads there. we want people to feel comfortable. >> comfortable with the suit and man behind the new retail line of high-end business wear that's
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even water proof. he used to be a writer for a hip hop magazine and then he switched careers, working in various positions for start-up tech companies and then he discovered online retail thanks to company founder. >> he's not over the top. he has swagger and brings extra pi nosh to the team. >> that may sound like a storybook ending, but his story is not that simple. he struggled to find a job when the economy suffered in 2009. he even took a job as a security guard to feed his young family. even though the company's headquarters is the size of a walk-in closet, it's where dreams are becoming a reality. >> it would all come down to the degree. we love you, but you didn't come from stanford, love you, you didn't come from berkley, harvard, or whatever. i didn't, i'm a self-taught kind of guy. >> a guy that doesn't dwell on
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the color of his skin, his focus is education. >> for anybody who's african-american who is looking at the tech world, i would say, one, study all day and night. >> that, he says, spells success. in berkley, cheryl herd, nbc bay area news. the neighbors aren't happy about a pile of trash surrounding a south bay home. the heap is so enormous it can be seen on google maps. this is a satellite image of the home on the 200 block of south claremont avenue. you can see the pile of trash wrapping from the front to the back of the house, covering the entire yard. the home reportedly belongs to a man named richard baker but it's unclear if he lives there. neighbors say the home has been a problem for decades but got much worse about ten years ago after baker's parents passed away. they are now calling on the city to clean it up. >> they should clean it up, and another thing too that they might just have to -- as much
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debris that's in that property there, if they start to clean this thing up, there's going to be heaven only knows what's going to pop out of there. >> it's been growing for years. the county supervisor says the mess will be cleaned up in a matter of movanths. myth busters return to dublin tonight. no apology necessary this time. instead, they got a warm welcome from students attending the engineering and science fair at dublin high. you may remember the show got some bad press back in december when one of their zany experiments went bad. a cannon ball zipped through a home. tonight they gave back to the community, sharing their passion for engineering and science with students. >> i really learned that i should pursue my passions in what i'm interested in, especially after seeing what their original ambitions were and what they ended up doing, which is the myth busters show.
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that was really cool. none of them wanted to become a myth buster. >> the engineering academy is supported by over $80,000 in donations and grants. tonight the livermore lab donated $10,000 to the cause. are you tired of seeing big numbers on the scale? the answer could lie in a pill. as we explain, the drug just cleared a major hurdle hitting pharmacy shelves. >> reporter: think of the capsule as a weapon in the battle of the bulge, it's called qnexa. today the drug got a big vote of confidence. an advisory panel voted to recommend approval for it. qnexa would be the first new prescription weight loss drug in more than a decade. >> the average person who takes qnexa can lose about 10% of
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their body weight and maintain that weight loss for up to two years. >> it's a combination of two appetite suppress ents. it was an ingredient that's the notorious weight loss drug taken off the market after it was linked to heart valve problems. qnexa had hiccups too. in 2010, advisers voted to reject the drug, but many doctors say they've been giving patients the medications that make up qnexa for more than a decade safely and successfully. >> when we use these types of treatments, people are able to stick with a low calorie diet program. they are more enthusiastic about exercising because they see success. >> nbc bay area news. >> it isn't a done deal yet, the fda is expected to make a final decision later this spring. let's turn things over to
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jeff ranieri. we head into thursday and this is the hot day, right? >> awesome outside today. kind of shaking my head around, what month is it out here, yes, it is still february but the numbers feeling like june and july for parts of the bay area. right now starting to cool off. somewhat mild, starting to drop off in san mateo with 51 and 54 in san francisco. keep it clear for tomorrow morning and throughout thursday, winds pick up across the hills. 15 to 30 miles per hour. starting to see cooler things coming our way. high pressure that brought us this heat the past two days. eventually to the east and weaken. so we do think for tomorrow we'll see more of that heat with plenty of widespread 70s and by friday that's going to be the transitional day with cooling at the coast. who will be the hottest tomorrow? we are looking at right now san jose hitting 75, livermore 75, oakland 73, all expecting to
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break records. santa rosa could top out close to 80 degrees at this point. the other thing to be concerned about is not only remembering to drink water with all this warmth, you can get dehydrated, but your allergies, pretty much in the high category. if you suffer from allergies and have asthma, tomorrow's going to be another rough go. in the morning, 45 in san jose and los gatos, low 40s near santa rosa. numbers in the south bay do look to stay widespread in the 70s and breezy across the hilltops. unbelievable. 75 in san jose, 74 in sunnyvale. those in the east bay are saying am i going to get 70s, yes, they are coming back for you too. pull out the shorts up in the north bay, we will have isolated upper 70s tomorrow and a string of records expected with 60s at the coastline.
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it will feel like the 70s. on the three-day forecast, dry through friday, but take a look at this. hone in on those numbers, saturday the clouds start to increase, but numbers start to drop as we head into sunday with low 60s and by monday, tuesday, wednesday, 50s coming back and no big storms, but yes, mother nature's being kind of, sort of, a little bit generous, a few sprinkles by wednesday. >> it's a tease, it's a tease. >> i wanted to put rain on there, but it doesn't look like it. we can't even go showers, it's sprinkles right now. >> spf-30 on there. >> remember the sunscreen. up next, a bay area college grad talks about appearing in a commercial that drew national criticism during the super bowl. from anywhere. s easier than actually going to the bank. mobile check deposit. easier banking. standard at citibank.
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negative stereotypes of asian-americans. >> thank you, michigan senator debbie spend it now. you borrow more and more from us. your economy get very weak, ours get very good. >> the ad is part of the michigan senate race. it aired on super bowl sunday. chan has issued an apology on a facebo itag ang it take. back in a moment with sports. sweetheart. we need to talk.
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i can explain... jumping a ramp in a shopping cart. so 2005. wait, what? and only 3 likes? honey, it's embarrassing. carol's son got over 12 million views on that dancing squirrel video. don't you want that? i...i suppose. now go make your dad and me proud. tryomething funny. [ male announcer ] now everyone's up to speed. get high speed internet for $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one year term. at&t. bring in scott reese from our comcast sportsnet newsroom. there were a few cheers of eruption here during the warrior's game. we haven't said that in a long time. >> it was a great finish, a lot of excitement. we'll get to that, but we'll begin across town in arizona and actually hope spring's eternal, at the inevitable reality check
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with injuries. most of the time, though, this year, not so serious, minor tweaks and thankfully tim lincecum's bulky bat falls into that category. behold the beauty of scottsdale where timmy was back to work. he's slated to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. also on tap, position players report. most of them are already present and accounted for. >> giant's first baseman aubrey huff made an appearance here today hitting in the cage and also stopping to sign autographs for fans. while he's excited to get pack to work, spring training is more of a formality for veterans like huff. >> been here 30 minutes, got work in and really only talked to a few guys, mostly pitchers, position players aren't here yet. good to be back to spring training, excited for next season. >> looking forward to getting that first workout on friday, kind of getting everything going
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again? >> looking forward to opening day. spring training, 35 years old, done a lot of these, you love to get back to work, but, you know, it's a long spring training with a long season, so you really want to get your work in here and get ready to go for the season. >> huff's offseason workouts have been well documented, especially after his disappointing 2011 season. he's gotten back to pilates. reporting from scottsdale, jaymee sire for nbc bay area. that brings us to linsanity at madison square garden and our hero, jeremy lin, 17 points, dished out nine assists. he sat out most of the fourth quarter. knicks beat the hawks 99-8 #. oh, yeah, knicks against lebron and the heat on thursday.
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how about the dubs and suns, tremendous finish, not so great here. steph curry comes awkwardly, this is the drama which unfolded with one second on the clock, look at monta over grant hill. can't play defense better than that, ellis hit the shot. he had 26 and the dubs get their first win in phoenix since 2005. as for steph, the x-rays were negative but he'll more than likely not be able to defend his title at the all-star game this weekend. hopefully a minor setback, but this guy cannot seem to khealth. >> t healthy.ha >> tnk you, scothat. >> we'll be right back. t.
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finally tonight, if you have lemons, why not make, not lemonade, but dessert. chefs use your hand-picked
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citrus to make a variety of desserts. the restaurant will trade a half a dozen choice oysters for a 10-pound bag of your lemons. if you bring in a 30-pound bag of lemons they'll add your name to the menu. water bar's manager says the trade offer is about the green, but he's not talking about money. >> one of our goals here is to be sustainable and use local food and we thought this was a great way to do that and connect with the community. >> i love the water bar. spoon bar in sonoma is running the same trade offer for its second straight year. >> i'm getting the kids in the backyard, we have a lemon tree, they are picking them this weekend. tomorrow, sunny day, good day for lemonade. >> that sounds so good right now. temperatures mid to upper 70s, record heat. cool down by the weekend be low 60s coming back. get the shorts out. >> nice tasty lemon bar. >> enjoy that summer day
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tomorrow. we'll see you tomorrow.
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