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at balboa park is impacted. we'll continue to follow this story throughout the newscast. stolen drugs, dirty dui, fake investigations, and cracked cops. tonight a dramatic turn in the private eye scandal that rocked several east bay police departments and brought a private investigator down. tonight a plea and a sentence. jodi hernandez has the details. she has been following the story since it first broke months ago. she joins us live with the latest. jodi? >> reporter: jessica, after months of keeping silent, private eye christopher butler admit admitted he's guilty to a long list of crimes from dealing drugs and robbing to planting illegal listening devices in the quars of dozens, butler put it all out on the table today. his attorney says he is ready to pay the consequences. >> it's a very disturbing video and it's about as strong
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evidence as one could have. >> reporter: this undercover video showing private eye christopher butler and drug enforcement commander norman welsh takinging part in an apparent drug deal that led to butler admitting he's guilty. butler stood up in front of a federal court judge today and in his own words described how he helped welsh steal drugs from law enforcement evidence lockers and then sold the drugs for cash. >> it's very hard for a defendant it to go into custody knowing he's going to do. >> presidea prison sentence. there's time to get it done. >> reporter: he admitted teaming up with welsh. he told the judge he helped open a massage parlor that provided sexual services in pleasant hill. he says he collected money from the women who worked there in exchange for welsh's police protection. >> he feels extremely bad for a
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lot of reasons. a lot of people got hurt by this and his family particularly. >> reporter: meanwhile, co-conspirator lombardi who pled guilty in january to his role in the scheme, is also heading to prison. a judge sentenced him to three years behind bars. >> on his behalf, i guess i would have to say there is no explanation and what he did was wrong and that he's prepared to pay the price for those wrong decisions. >> reporter: now christopher butler was immediately taken into custody with but he will be formally sentenced on september 11th. he faces a minimum sentence of ten years for that drug charge alone. now his attorney says that he is willing and ready to testify against the co-conspirators. norman welsh's attorney told me today they are currently negotiating with the federal government about a possible plea. we were unable to reach tanabi's attorney. reporting live, i'm jodi
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hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> a scandalous and complex story. an elderly woman is in critical condition following a house fire in san fran stran's sunset district. around 3:00 this afternoon firefighters got a call smoke was coming from a home on 41st avenue. inside firefighters found an unconscious woman. she was rushed to st. francis hospital. crews were able to quickly get the fire under control. a scare and an unexpected day off for some east bay students. the hydrogen fuel leak at a bus yard caused evacuation at a nearby school and the pixar studios in emeryville. the leak was reported at about 7:30 this morning when employees heard a noise and saw a small fire coming from a hydrogen fuel tank. the fire had burned itself out before fire crews arrived. no injuries or damage reported. hazmat officials say the hydrogen went straight up in the air making it unlikely anyone
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was exposed. >> there is some burnoff, which is a good thing, because that eliminates the possibility of any other explosion or major fire. we are trying to determine exactly what the cause of it was. >> the evacuation order at the bus yard, pixar and other places were lifted just before noon. emery's secondary school remained closed. >> the line between celebration and destruction tonight. businesses in the south bay are boarding up in preparation for tomorrow's big cinco dimaio party just in case. steffi chuang joins us tonight. >> reporter: there are personal, private ones, not one hosted by san jose officially this year. the concern was at this small business plaza there were windows smashed in and it's happened ten times in the last 30 years on cinco dimaio. the flip side is for people going to cinco de mayo
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celebrations, they worry that the it could bring crime. >> reporter: hector sandoval is returning for cinco de mayo for the first time in years. the 25-year-old from bill roy stopped going when he witnessed the secelebrations turning violent. in 2006 the night ended with nearly 60 arrests. >> after when it started getting a little more crazy, we ended up leaving a little early. it didn't look too good. >> reporter: he says the last time he was there, he saw countless people looking for trouble, some wearing gang colors. >> you'd be down the street another block, another large group, didn't look too good so we had to step out. >> i would avoid downtown. i've heard a lot of people get shot, stabbed. >> reporter: san jose police acknowledge they are worried about potential gang activity because of the large crowds. with tightened concerns after
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last friday's deadly stabbing of a 14-year-old boy, one of five killings this year police have connected back to gangs. >> we've had a couple recent homicides. it means we're all more vigilant. i expect we'll have more officers out being concerned about that. >> reporter: they'll step up patrols through the weekend with extra officers from the metro unit which targets gangs as well as support from parole and probation agents. sandoval says he isn't testing the waters. >> probably head back home and watch the fight, the boxing match, mayweather. >> reporter: a lot of people will be watching that fight. and police are increasing patrols in the downtown area where a lot of people go out to the bars and clubs. there was a stabbing last year. now police for security reasons are not disclosing how many more officers will be out on the streets but say they are
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confident for tomorrow. live in san jose, stephanie chuang. >> it is such a lively weekend. a great story now about community. businesses on san francisco's valencia street are getting plenty of support following the riot on monday night. district attorney george garcon paid a visit to some of those business owners today and ed lee also popped in for a visit. on monday night a fwrup splintered off from an occupy rally and smashed windows along valenc valencia. more than 20 stars and 17 cars were damaged. while insurance is covering much of the damage, some stores like western wear have remained closed to make repairs. >> it is very astonishing that on valencia street where everybody has managed to keep the big box stores out, valencia street was the target. >> a facebook employee set up a site to collect donations for the merchants, collecting about $7,000. now this weekend the city is holding a special sunday street in the mission to help give the boost to affected businesses.
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>> the suspected gunman in the shooting of three immigration agents in petaluma was arraigned today. 20-year-old victor flores was among 15 suspected gang members part of today's mass arraignment. arrested gled the predawn sweep. nearly all the suspects pled not guilty, but many are suspected of being illegal immigrants and will have detention hearings next week. the three agents shot happened during yesterday's raid are recovering from their wounds. authorities are not giving out specifics or the agents' conditions at this point. heavily armed police and federal agents fanned out overnight arresting 13 suspected members of violent bay area street gangs as well. a grand jury indict add total of 19 suspected gang members. four of those arrest ed are accused of killing three men they believe were rival members in 2010. weapons were confiscated during the sweep. investigators are not say iing
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they found a murder weapon. if convicted the gang members would be eligible for the death penalty. the other suspects face charges of racketeering and conspiracy. the man who blew the whistle on yahoo!'s resume scandal is getting what he wants, pressure on yahoo!'s ceo. let's bring in scott budman. scott, can this escalate here? can the new ceo be forced out? >> reporter: certainly, raj. a lot of pressure coming from shareholders and that often brings with about change at companies. we have a resume scandal that at this point the ceo probably wishes would just go away but it's not going to. talking about scott thompson and his resume which until yesterday included a degree in computer science that thompson now admits he never got. today a group of shareholders sent a letter to yahoo!'s board of directors demanding they fire thompson by noon monday or else they'll take further action no comment from yahoo! about the letter. the other big business story today, jobs. our economy continues to grow but very sluggishly when it comes to jobs. 115,000 created for april.
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a number small enough to send investors to the exits. we just wrapped up the worst week for stocks so far in 2012 because job growth is slow unless you're work iing in the tech industry. silicon valley companies continue to buck the national trend and are hiring at a break neck pace. this is where the jobs are. >> reporter: while the rest of the nation struggles, a10 note works is moving in, a bigger headquarters for the equipment company. they'll need it for the 100 people they're going to hire. 100 jobs in this builting? >> yes, within the next 12 months. >> reporter: up the road wepay is also expanding, pulling in a $10 million round of funding to hire more people. >> what we're thinking of is definitely hiring across the board in every single department. we have 40 people right now. we're probably going to double that very soon. >> reporter: in san francisco payment service square just
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announced plans to double its staff. its neighbor just banked a staggering $100 million in funding and has lots of jobs to fill. what's going on? is there a silicon valley secret sauce? >> oh, sure, the secret sauce is innovation. this is what happens here. companies figure out ways to innovate new products, new techniques, and they sell it to the world. >> it's about customer innovation. taking care of customers. >> reporter: so much hiring, companies are fighting over employees. >> we are definitely hiring. other companies are hiring and, you know, if anything there's a lot of competition out there for the best employ yaes. >> reporter: within a struggling nation, an industry that apparently has the code for job growth. wepay, a palo alto company is an online payment company which is taking direct aim at san jose's pay pal, another silicon valley
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job creation story. jessica? >> okay, thank you, scott. still ahead at 6:00, pushing the limits. take you inside the bay area lab that's helping push amputees to new heights. also ahead, junior seau's family makes an emotional decision in the wake of his death. and a new freedom. local fishermen come to the rescue of a whale in distress. and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri live in livermore. we're counting down the hours until the wine festival. we'll talk wine, beer, and food. you'll have the chance to meet executive chef and a chance to win a trip to hawaii.
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somewhere off the coast a swimming easiesw tonight thanks .county fishermen from so mo ma unfederal wildlife officials sa
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the crew helped free the whale from a large fishing line about three miles off the coast of the bay. the whale had been tangled in rope net and buoys for days. they say this is the same whale that was first spotted off the coast of orange county. you might recall on april 17th. yesterday the fishermen say they used 12 foot bamboo poles with hooks to untangle the mess. tampering with a whale is a violation of the marine mammal protection act but in this case federal officials say the crew is exempt under the laws of good is a m samaritan clause. perhaps there's scientific answers as to why junior seau chited suicide. today the san diego chargers team captain says the family will donate his brain to researchers to study any damage caused by concussions that he suffered during his 20-year nfl career. also today the 911 tapes were released in which seau's girlfriend first discovered his body. the call is so graphic we have chosen not to air it. on wednesday the former
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linebacker was found in a southern california home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. keeping campus protests peaceful is the focus of a new report released by the university of california this morning. that report outlines 50 recommendations for dealing with protesters. it suggests getting the permission of the campus chancellor before using force and releasing the list of what weapons campus police are allowed to use. it is part of the free speech and that police should be trained to handle them in a peaceful way. well, it can be one of the most frightening and dangerous maneuvers being done on bay area freeways. they released results of motorists and motorcycle riders on the subject of lane splitting. you've seen it. it's when motorcycles ride with the cars alongside them. the survey showed that over 50% of drivers think that lane splitting is actually against the law. it isn't.
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87% of motorcycle riders say they do lane split. while 7% of drivers admit to having attempted to stop it. >> i think you should have a rule. i think it should be a certain speed where you can split the cars. say 10 to 20 miles an hour, you know, where you can be visually safe. >> and, get this, california is actually the only state to allow lane splitting. according to the national highway safety research motorcyclists 39 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than people in cars. they're accused of firing shots into a crowd of people. police in the south bay need your help to find the suspects. milpitas police are searching for five involved in last night's shooting on shiloh avenue just east of 680 between ben rogers park and piedmont road. the group of men drove up to a home in a beige sedan. two men exited the car, one fired into a crowd of people.
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thankfully no one was injured. if you have any information about the shooting, you are urged to call local police. >> protesters infiltrating what was supposed to be a welcoming community event. two people have been arrested for disrupting the police department's first ever open house. the goal was to show residents the department had a softer side so it was offering music, refreshments, and a number of booths to illustrate what the department has to offer when it comes to jobs and community service. activities and department leaders. acknowledged, now they say the force has a big pr ahead of it and wants to get the message out that change is under way. >> this is really a part of chief jordan's attempt to really solidify and strengthen relationships with the community and we're hoping for a good turnout and a fun time for all. >> they got more turnout than they expected, though. some 2,000 protesters rallied outside the building saying they want the department to go on trial for officer involved shootings.
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and a lot of noise today but not protests this time. a celebration of oakland's rich history. today the city's 160th birthday. oakland officially incorporated on may 4, 1852. the leaders cut into a big cake from the local bakery and unveiled a model of city hall. you may remember it was damaged earlier this year when occupy oakland protesters broke into the building. well, for some of us the weekend starts a little early. we are here at work but then there's jeff ranieri. >> who is out gallavanting in livermore. >> i heard it was so beautiful and, in fact, it is this evening. the sun is shining bright. temperatures are right where they should be. it's all about the wine country festival. you'll be able to taste wine, maybe from a bottle as big as this. also get lots of live music,
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plenty of art displays going on as well. a lot of stuff for the kids and nbc bay area actually will have its own pavilion out there where you'll be able to come out, meet our talent and also meet this man right here, the executive ch chef. you're going to be cooking up food, right? >> exactly. i will be making a sauce. >> let's get busy and see you in action. what are you doing? >> here i am mixing it. here is some after vocados and tuna. you have to have fresh tuna. >> pretty easy? >> very easy. >> smells incredible. >> and a little sauce. >> a little bit of a hawaiian twist at the nbc bay area
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pavilion. >> toss it around, mix it up. >> ooh. >> finish it off -- >> simple. >> oh, very simple. >> you can do it with a tortilla? >> here you just put a little wasabi oil over the top. >> a little bit of heat. >> a little heat. and there you go. >> and a little bit of wine. a little bit of wine on 0 the table but, nonetheless, a lot of fun out here. a look at the weather maps. thank you for cooking that up. you'll be out at the nbc bay area pa vvilion, the executive chef tom muramoto. it's not drinking wine unless a little goes over the top of the cup. temperatures in the mid to upper 50s here for a lot of the bay area, and then as we head throughout the next 48 hours what we'll find is high pressure building offshore that will provide some offshore winds and dry air, maybe even some beach weather here as we head into sunday. now our day part forecast will
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bring temperatures up into the 70s and 80s as we head into the tri-valley into livermore and san jose and it's all about the 21st annual wine kcountry festival this saturday and also sunday. there's going to be wine, beer, a lot of stuff your family can do out here. look at this, jessica, one of the locals actually has a wine bottle and a label with your name on it. >> wow. that's nice for me, i think, jeff. >> i think we need to snag you this. >> and i would advise you not to drink that entire magnum by yourself. you will never make it back here. >> it's still sealed. >> that's a triple magnum. still ahead at 6:00, a woman is seriously injured, believe it or not, eating pizza. >> also ahead, is it safe?
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a new study by local researchers casts doubt about an anti-smoking drug. >> and the world remembers a music legend.
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a major shot at the children's hospital and research center. they have received nearly $3 million in grant money used to renovate the primary care clinic. plans include more exam rooms, more space for pediatrics. the hospital's teen clinic and the center for vulnerable children will also receive money. the affordable care act also known in some circles as obama care. in health matters a popular drug to help people stop smoking may be safer than initially
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believed. a study finds the drug chantix does not increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other part of the cardiovascular problems. the finding goes against earlier reports that suggested the medicine was dangerous. the study did not address the other problems linked with chantix, psychiatric problems including deregulars. a san francisco woman has received $2 million after a scary encounter with a slice of pizza. the 59-year-old almost died when eating at a roundtable pizza in san francisco. turns out a chicken bone in the pizza pierced her esophagus and caused an infection. she has had countless surgeries and spent months on a feeding tube. a jury found the franchise of the restaurant negligent as well as the supplier of the chicken strips. still ahead at 6:00, family members in the september 11 attacks arrived in guantanamo ahead of a court hearing. >> reporter: i'm marianne favro
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where new prosthetic and specialized training in helping amputees. i'll have that story coming up. cops ride the light rail for free while you foot the bill. last night we showed you a preview of our investigator piece on how tax dollars are slipping through the cracks. tonight, chief investigator reveals cheating and we follow your money
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breaking news out of pinole now. a suspect shot. a suspect apparently noticed the chp officer following him on state route 4. that's when that driver got off the pinole valley road exit. police say he pulled into the target parking lot and suddenly started shooting at the chp officer. that suspect is now in custody with nonlife threatening injuries after the officer surnd fire. the officer was not hurt in this exchange. now to a story you'll only
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see on nbc bay area news. tonight a hidden camera investigation. your tax dollars built santa clara county's light rail system. >> our cameras expose where many cheat the system. following your money tonight, tony kovaleski. >> reporter: members have been riding light rail, talking to riders. here is the issue. are the executives responsibly managing your tax dollars? our investigation has found by all indications they are ignoring a system failure and choosing not to fix a problem that's costing all of us more than $1 million each year. >> did you buy a ticket today? >> no. >> are you riding without paying? >> of course. >> reporter: it's a 42-mile light rail system paid with your tax dollars. one penny out of every dollar
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spent in santa clara county adds up to $172 million for light rail each year. >> heavily subsidized operation. >> reporter: he's the valley transportation authority's general manager. are you confident you're managing those tax dollars the way taxpayers would want? >> yes. >> reporter: $172 million tax dollars, money used to significantly lower the cost of tickets for more than 10 million riders each year. >> the whole system is based on a premise that people are honest. >> reporter: but our hidden camera investigation found many riders honestly admitting -- did you buy a ticket today? >> no. >> reporter: they don't buy tickets, bypassing the ticket machine, boarding the train, and never paying to ride light rail. >> you usually ride without one? have you ever gotten caught? no? >> reporter: during the past two months, nbc bay area staff
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members spent 100 hours riding the light rail. an investigation that covered more than 1,200 miles of train tracks. every day of the week. >> friday, april 13th, i am at the san fer nnando station. >> reporter: riding in the early morning, during midday, and late at night. really, they don't usually check at night? >> no. >> reporter: how often do you ride? >> every weekend. >> they'll never check this way. they never check it. they never checked. >> reporter: our hidden cameras quickly found experts, regular riders, experienced in gaining vta's light rail system.
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>> reporter: by not scanning her rclpeip card when inspectors don't check it she admits she rides for free. >> all you have to do is show your clipper. >> reporter: rider after rider told our hidden camera how to beat vta's system, how to avoid the fare inspectors, how to ride for free. >> reporter: and our review of records also raises questions about the impact of fare inspectors.
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>> reporter: records show vta's fare inspectors only check 24 tickets per hour and only write four citations on average in an eight-hour shift. >> i never see them over here. >> reporter: our review found when inspectors identify a fare evader, 70% of the time they don't issue a citation, opting for only a warning. it's a culture that leaves v it ta with the highest fare evasion rate in the region. take a look at what we found. san francisco muni's rate, less than 3%. sacramento's less than 2%. cal train only 0.1%. vta's fare evasion rate 7.2%. should the average taxpayer be outraged by what we found? >> i think they should be concerned.
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>> reporter: chris advocates for transit riders in the south bay. by all indications management has ignored this problem for a long time. >> i think it would be great if the agency actually did something about the situation. >> reporter: you're running a system that has a fare evasion rate of 7.2%. is that acceptable? >> it's not acceptable. >> reporter: it appears this fare evasion problem is not a priority here. >> well, it's one of the priorities. it is a priority. >> reporter: with all due respect, your numbers show it's not a priority. >> well, i disagree with you. i understand your numbers. >> reporter: but you're the worst in the region. here is why priority comes into question. a half dozen nbc bay area staff members rode for 100 hours on 22 different days, a total of 1,200 miles and vta inspectors only asked us to prove we purchased tickets four times. what does that say about vta and
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its tafare inspection program? >> either the fare inspectors aren't doing a good enough job or there aren't enough fare inspectors out there. >> reporter: ultimately a review of vta's records and our hidden camera investigation exposed a culture in question. at the rate of fare evasion, our analysis shows the agency allows more than $1 million in free riders every year. do you think you should change the culture? >> i think riders should expect that they're going to be checked. >> reporter: that's not a reality. >> you asked me what i expect. that's what i would expect. >> ten years and gotten checked three or four times. >> really? >> i don't even buy one anymore. >> reporter: your culture has not created that expectation. >> i recognize that our rate is higher than it should be, yes. >> reporter: taxpayers want to know you're going to take this information and fix the problem. can you say that? >> i can say absolutely that we will do everything that we can to try to reduce fare evasion
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within the resources that we have. >> reporter: now you should know that v itta disagrees with ou l calculations. an interesting parallel. in san francisco muni had had a high fare evasion rate. mappingers there used exist iin resources and significantly lowered its number of free riders. and one other important note for you, if you are caught riding light rail without a ticket, it's an expensive lesson, more than $200. >> okay. thank you very much, tony. now if you have a news tip, we want to hear from you. 888-996-tips or send us an e-mail. a major step towards justice for families of 9/11 victims. they arrived at guantanamo bay, cuba, today to watch the arraignment of the accused mastermind behind those terror attacks, khalid shaikh mohammed.
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four others will be arraigned tomorrow. a televised feed of the proceedings will also be seen at four military bases around the united states. the five men face murder and terrorism charges and could receive the death penalty if convicted. china and the united states have made a deal. chinese activist chen guangcheng will be allowed to apply to study for an american fellowship reportedly at nyu's law school. chen originally wanted to stay in china after escaping house arrest last week and fleeing to the u.s. embassy in beijing but he changed his mind after concerns for the safety of his family. u.s. embassy officials and an american doctor visited chen today at a bay jang hospital. he suffered three broken bones in his foot during his escape. still ahead at 6:00, a remarkable story of technology and courage. how local researchers are helping amputees reach new heights. and he helped put hip-hop on the map. the music world mourns the loss of a legend tonight.
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and good evening. i'm jeff ranieri. it's all about the livermore wine country festival. we'll tell you how you can enter to win a trip to hawaii at the nbc bay area pavilion and your seven-day forecast. aloha!pe
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they start ed out as a pupg rock band but became famous as rappers and shook up the music world. one of the members of the beasty boys died. adam yauch, known as mca, had been in cancer treatment since a tumor was found in 2009. he was 47 years old. he co-founded the beasty boys with mike diamond and adam horowicz back in 1979.
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but the group re-invented themselves as a hip-hop act and made it big with their smash 1986 album. >> a lot of my friends brought hip-hop to the suburbs and that was a huge thing. >> changed the game. in addition to his work as a musician, he launched a film production company in 2002. >> they were big in high school. i sure remember that. sad loss. let's turn things over to jeff ranieri. he's living la ve at that low ka in livermore at the wine festival. >> wow. you have a ride home back to the studio, right, jeff? >> of course, yes. i would never do this, work, and drink at the same time. it's all about the livermore wine country festival. we're going to talk weather. we're going to talk wine and given you the lowdown on this festival that will bring over 150,000 people this weekend. that and how to win a trip to hawaii. look at this, our seven-day forecast is getting lined up. what's up, guys?
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center making all the difference. >> reporter: this man's leg was amputated when he was 3, so he's learned to live with limitations until now thanks to a specialized prosthetic he can do eight-minute miles and complete half marathons. >> the psychology is leveling the playing field where amputees can really become truly athletic if they want to be. >> reporter: carlos gonzalez lost his leg after he was shot by gang members in san francisco. now thanks to a computerized prosthetic leg, he can do martial arts and boxing, complete with kicks. >> honestly, it makes me feel whole, it makes me feel complete, that i belong. after you go through some really hard core tragedy, you feel displaced again. you don't feel like you belong and you're different, so martial arts got me back into what i love to do. >> reporter: here at the human perform 0ance center amputees are testing 0 out new
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prosthetics and receiving specialized training that will help them excel in sports. steiner plans to do the long jump and 200 meter run in the paraolympics in london this summer. these new prosthetics are giving amputees much more flexibility. for example, ken here can switch his leg from walking mode to cycling mode with the click of a remote. kent brown says it's a big improvement over the prosthetic he had as a teenager which he described as a peg leg. with the new comfort comes new confidence. >> with the change in personality but not only change personality but fiphysiological change as well, patients are toned, they're going to the gym more often, and that's what we want to see. >> reporter: kent brown says it's a big improvement over the prosthetic he had as a parnlg which he described as a peg leg. with the new comfort comes new confidence. no longer looking at limitations, these amputees are taking chances and reaching new heights. in san francisco, marianne favro, nbc bay area news.
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>> that is remarkable to see, isn't it? >> it sure is. let's turn our attention back out to jeff ranieri, our chief meteorologist, who is now our chief wine correspondent from the livermore wine festival. >> but i didn't forget you guys. look at this. there's three glasses as my photographer pans on over. i haven't touched either one of yours either. those have been freshly poured. take a look at this down here in livermore we're getting some food arriving now and that's the best part of the livermore wine country festival, the 21st annual happening this saturday and sunday. a lot of local restaurants and bars, so it's about a lot more than just showing up at a tent and tasting some great wine. the executive director of this festival is here, rye shell, we talk every year about this is a big hit. over 100,000 people come out, right? >> absolutely. everybody who is anybody is here. we're real excited. you have to go to the reception.
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we have chefs from maui out here doing cinco de mayo hawaiian style so you have to watch some of his food demonstrations and there's even a hawaii trip being given away. somebody will get to go to maui. >> go down to the nbc bay area pavilion, plenty of wine, beer, and also a kids section, too. so it's not only 21 and up. >> absolutely. this is for everybody. even if you don't drink wine. i don't know a lot of people that don't drink wine. however, if you don't, there's so much to do. come and be a part of it. >> quickly now, we do have some food out here. let's pan on down. we have about 20 seconds. this is phenomenal. what do we have? >> you have a beef italian tenderloin. in the middle is the seafood with sauce and then this is the lopster and wonton. >> wow. >> the red wine with it.
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>> that sounds like it's going good with my red wine. a little bite of this and your weather forecast which is pretty much perfect for this weekend. as we get a look now, the current numbers are in the 50s and also the 60s for the most part but this breeze is kicking up here in the tri valley making it feel chilly out here now. as we head throughout this weekend, it will be getting hotter especially intounday and it's all about high pressure offshore as well starting to move on in and bring this dome of warmer air, also some dry winds from the north, lower humidities down into the teens and also the single digits p potentially by sunday. slightly increasing the fire danger. a little bit of beach weather mixed in as well. for tonight temperatures for the most part in the upper 40s it to low 50s and then we'll expect the daytime highs near 80 degrees back here in livermore for that festival which, once again, will be happening on saturday and also sunday beginning at about 10:00 a.m. and lasting through about 5:00
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in the afternoon. come one, come all. it's all about that livermore wine country festival, the 21st annual one happening again this weekend. on our seven-day forecast it continues to get even warmer as we head throughout sunday, monday, and also tuesday. raj and jessica, just because i know you love it this year, every year, we bring back that live human seven-day forecast. >> love it. >> how are you doing? they're doing good. it's monday. i know, raj, you have a problem returning back to work but you've had a big smile on your face all evening long. what are we expecting monday? >> monday is going to be sunny, mid-80s. >> yes. you're feeling pretty good about that? >> i love mondays. i have monday off. >> a great forecast and her day off. all right. we'll see you later. we have to wrap it up. i'm going to save you some out here. i have a little bit of white, too. >> very nice. >> we love monday. thank you, jeff. >> you've got it. see you later. let's turn our attention now to sports.
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let's bring in mindy from our comcast sports net newsroom. wine and sunshine, can you top that, mindy? >> who cares about the weather when you have good wine? that's all i have to say. you can take your wine and beer and head over to at&t park tonight. there's a pitching matchup not to miss. tim lincecum, it's only happened five times before facing off against the fellow cy young award winner. they are both on the mound. both won that prestigious award in 2009. greinke was with the royals back then and has never faced the giants before. they've had a much better start to the season. lincecum gave up 16 earned runs in the first three starts combined. definitely a change for the better giving up only one run over his last two starts and picked up back-to-back wins. jaymee sire has more on the matchup. >> mindy, only three of the giants hitters have actually
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faced greinke and all are in the lineup tonight. a little bit more familiar with tim lincecum, of course. in fact, lincecum has faced the brewers eight times in his career. he is 3-3 with a 4.50 e.r.a. >> a good one, a good, young pitcher with great stuff. he's a tough matchup. >> just try to put the ball in play. make solid contact and see what happens. a tough pitcher to hit. >> he's getting to watch him for so many years and it's going to be a battle. that's for sure. ready to go with every pitch. >> it's great hitting the mound. there's no getting around that. with your number one guy and we're going to need him. we're facing a tough pitcher. always that sense of confidence when he hits the mound for this team. >> and shortstop crawford is not in the lineup tonight. he will not be out there tomorrow either against the
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lefty and are you in the lineup tonight? okay, he is. that does it for now. mindy, back to you. >> all right, thank you so much, jaymee. they will be without pablo sandoval who underwent surgery to remove the broken bone in his left wrist. assuming he has no complications he will return to the team in four to six weeks. and mint juleps anyone? the people at golden gate field are gearing up for the kentucky derby. one derby contenders tasted victory. that was daddy nose best. the world's winningest jockey russell baze. we will have a big day of coverage planned for you kicking off and closes out the day and we have a race with post time around 3:24. watch it at home or enjoy all the festivities including the hat contest at golden gate field. be sure to have your minute juleps or the wine from
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livermore, which ever you prefer. fancy hats make it fun. i always love the run for the roses. >> kentucky derby here on nbc bay area tomorrow. bet on daddy long legs. >> okay. >> got to go with the most fun name. >> 50-1 odds. for a full half hour, watchon ta 0.10:3etentral tonight at 10:30.en what'll it be?
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harbaugh was joined by 49ers legend ronnie lott and several other standout athletes and coaches. facebook sponsored the event and all the proceeds go to job training. it is the nonprofit organization that helps people in the silicon valley turn their lives around when job training and job placement. >> all right. let's turn things over to brent c cannon and find out what's coming up at 7:00. >> a possible deal to allow a chinese dissident to come to the united states. we'll talk with the man who played a big part in that international ordeal. plus, lane splitting. that's when motorcycles zip between you and another car on the bay area freeways. it is legal but should it stay that way? a closer look. an in-depth report of that coming up in a couple of minutes on comcast 186. >> thank you and enjoy your friday night. we hope to see you back here at 11:00 as well. [ mom ] to me, chex is not just a little bowl of cereal,
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