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>> reporter: 350 undergraduate students will be graduating from dominican university on saturday and jordan frahm should have been one of them. instead, the university will grant his diploma to his parents. now his mother says she has been crying nonstop for the last several weeks. tonight she is finally ready to talk about her son, about his passion, and about her pride. >> i do know he loved it. he loved everything about it. it made him feel alive. he loved being part of a team. >> reporter: she never thought her son would lose his life doing the one thing he loved most. but 25-year-old jordan frahm died with four other teammates when a massive wave hit their sailboat low-speed chase nearly four weeks ago. >> yes, it's cruel. he should've had another 50, 60 years, but i do take comfort in
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i saw him the day before and he had a big smile on his face and he was so happy. >> reporter: frahm had been sailing since he was 2 years old and was just on the cusp of turning his lifelong passion for the sport into a career. he was set to graduate from dominican university with a business degree. a degree he hoped would help him open his own boat restoration company. >> what he discovered at dominican was that if he talked about his passion, which was sailing, he could find his own voice and all of a sudden he learned to write and he learned to speak. >> reporter: frahm's management professor says he'll never forget the sailing presentation frahm delivered where he conquered his fear of speaking. >> within 30 seconds, he just kind of blossomed. and he loved sailing so much that you could just see it. you could feel it. >> reporter: the university president will award frahm's degree to his parents at this weekend's ceremony, a ceremony that will be bittersweet for his teachers, friends, and his
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family. >> i think it's the definition of cruel we didn't get to see him get his diploma. there's no other way to look at it. he worked so hard for it. he worked so hard and if he could see us now and i hope he can, i just want him to know we know how hard he worked and we're so proud of him. >> fromm's mother says she hopes the accident that took her son's life won't deter others from sailing. she says everything in life has risks. >> i think we would all like to find some reason to try to prevent these things from happening, but i don't think we can always. you know, sometimes life is just going to happen. and it's devastating when it does. >> reporter: now, the fromm family together with the university have set up a memorial scholarship in jordan fromm's name. if you would like more information on how to contribute to that scholarship, you can be find that information on our website, nbcbayarea.com.
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just to give you another look at how much jordan fromm loved sailing. he have scheduled to graduate here on campus at 10:30 in the morning on saturday. he had a race scheduled to sail in later that afternoon. in san rafael, i'm jodi hernandez. we have new details tonight about the man who was shot to death by san francisco police. officers have identified the man as 41-year-old dennis hughes, accused of beating to death his 66-year-old mother on tuesday. now, the two lived in the same home in rohnert park. he drove off in her suv after killing her. investigators tracked down hughes at his girlfriend's apartment in san francisco on post street. when police approached that apartment, hughes opened fire on the officers leading to that standoff. 200 neighbors were evacuated from the apartment building and surrounding buildings. hughes also started several fires inside of that apartment. at that time, police said he was
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an imminent threat and then shot and killed him. >> the fact that the shooter was contained without any other injuries. the fact that the fire was extinguished as quickly as it was, this was a testament to our men and women in uniform and their leadership. >> police say hughes had no major criminal record. investigators believe he killed his mother aer she asked him to move out of their home. new at 6:00, life in prison without the possibility of parole. that's the sentence for the man convicted in the murder for hire killing of the los gatos owner mark akile. today the district attorney convinced a jury that paul garcia hired a hitman to shoot and kill the former saloon owner back in 2008. garcia was found guilty two years later. his mother says her son plans to appeal today's sentence. happening right now, san francisco teachers are voting on whether to allow their union to call a strike.
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the 6,000-member union is taking the first of two strike authorization votes. the district wants to cut $30 million from teacher salaries and benefits over the next two years. the union contends it needs a 2% raise for teachers. there are only three weeks left in the school year, but they say it is enough time to call a strike. >> according to our constitution, we have to have this meeting where we talk about issues and what's going on with all of the concerns that we have around the negotiations before we can have a second meeting where we consider striking. >> now, the union contends sf schools are sitting on $80 million of cash. but the district says it's simply not the case. and we're continuing to follow an occupy movement on farmland in albany. occupy the farm began on earth day april 22nd. students set up illegal encampments to protest the farming practices. 50 protesters are still on the land, no one else is being allowed to enter including professors and researchers who say they're being kept away from
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their work there on the farm. >> i wanted to just show to the university that the -- research is possible, while we continue a dialogue about securing the future of the land which should be protected and to create a sense of urban agriculture. >> farm was closed off to cars yesterday. uc police will arrest anyone they say who was not authorized to drive on to that campus property. on the peninsula, a well-known animal shelter might be forced to shut down. tonight, a palo alto city council committee is expected to consider outsourcing animal services as a cost-cutting move. mountain view's recent decision to end a partnership with that shelter is triggering this recommendation. the move would close the palo alto humane society. but there's a grass roots effort to save the shelter. shelter managers are preparing to pitch alternatives to the closure. >> we are offering to help increase the revenues to the clinic. and we understand that the city
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is proposing budget cuts. and we ask the city to form a working group. we would develop ideas for the future of the animal shelter. >> the palo alto shelter serves palo alto and los altos hills with servicing shelters. at this hour, the families forced from hatheir homes by th massive overnight fire in the south bay will be allowed back in hopefully to recover any remaining belongings. the fire started last night in town homes being built near el camino real and scott boulevard. we join maryann favro with the latest on how this fire started. maryann? >> reporter: well, a witness told nbc bay area news that they saw someone suspicious pumping some kind of liquid into the construction site last night shortly before the fire started. investigators say that witness has not shared the information with them. and tonight, they are not saying
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whether they suspect that this was the work of an arsonist. >> reporter: the flames shooting 100 feet into the air, many could see the fire in santa clara from miles away. >> the intensity of the fire and the heat that generated, it's shocking. >> even more shocking -- >> somebody banged on that door and it was police and they asked us to get out. so we took a couple of bags and came out. >> the five-alarm fire started where four new townhouses were being built off el camino real and scott boulevard in santa clara. >> two buildings under construction that each had a four townhouses, those are a total loss. >> reporter: a loss totaling more than $1.2 million, and that does not include damage to nearby homes. the heat was so intense, it set off fire sprinklers and shattered windows in neighboring town homes. the flames destroyed don
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snyder's truck which he paid off three months ago. >> got up this morning and found my truck the way it is now. >> reporter: the fire also displaced more than 50 people, a handful were allowed to return back to their homes today, but others had to find other places to stay while investigators searched the area for evidence of how the fire started. well, fortunately no one was hurt, and we've just learned that the remaining people who were displaced by this fire are going to be able to return to their homes, likely within the hour. but firefighters are doing right now is they're going into the homes to make sure that their fire sprinkler systems are functioning properly, especially since the radiant heat melted parts of that system. they're double-checking everything is safe for them and the sprinklers will continue to function properly once they get the green light on that, they will be able to return back to their homes and sleep there tonight. reporting live in santa clara, nbc bay area news. >> okay. thank you. the marin county teenager
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accused of stealing a celebrity chef's lamborghini made his first court appearance today. the judge would not allow the 17-year-old's face to be photographed. wade is charged as an adult including attempted murder as police say he fired a gun at a teenage couple in mill valley. the attorney asked to exclude the media from any further court proceedings. >> this is a very complicated case. i'd ask that the public keep an open mind. one of the most important things in our society is a right to the presumption of innocence, a fair jury trial. >> now, as investigators were investigating wade for that shooting, they followed him to a storage locker they say where they found the yellow lamborghini belonging to chef guy fieri, it was stolen by a thief who propelled off the roof and into the dealership in san francisco. still ahead here at 6:00, the controversial new bill involving duis here in
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california. also ahead, a close encounter the high-profile surprise fish and game warden. speaking ohe photographs, wy facebook's deal to buy instagram may be delayed by feds. some of the bay area's biggest companies, tonight the investative unit reveals why smaller companies may have been short-changed. and good evening, in the nbc bay area weather center, feeling more like late june and also july here. temperatures still mild to warm in our interior sections with 80 in livermore and 76 in san jose, even at the coastline, that wind kicking up a small-craft advisory. and into your friday forecast, temperatures go up even more. we'll talk about 90s in your mother's day weekend in just a few minutes. e
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we've heard so much about federal stimulus dollars. tonight the investigative unit follows the money to find out who got it and what they did
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with it. one of our lead investigative reporters stephen stock did the math and discovered surprising winners in the quest to land millions of our tax dollars. he joins us with the preview of this investigation. >> well, raj, we found that 17 of the biggest, most recognized companies in the bay area received at least $94 million stimulus total. it's cash meant to save jobs, kickstart the economy, and keep businesses and organizations afloat through tough economic times. but some critics and small business owners say that at least in some cases, the government overlooked the little guys when doling out those big stimulus bucks. >> i think it's clear there were some flaws. >> reporter: sam rosen serves as a fiscal policy analyst in the nation's capital. he says the federal stimulus program for the most part is successful. but he admits some smaller companies that should've received money didn't. >> there is sort of this tension between getting the money out as
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fast as possible to the people who need it the most. but at the same time, making sure you're spending that money in an effective way, in a responsible way. >> yes, we had -- >> reporter: he and his three business partners at wiviu technology applied for a $1.5 million stimulus grant to hire 13 people and build a video conferencie ining system to ser rural hospitals. >> if it had come in at the right time, we would have been in a much, much different state. >> reporter: wiviu technology went out of business. an example, critics say, that showed the stimulus failed to live up to some lofty goals of helping small business and creating jobs. >> we were hoping that the companies would stay afloat. they would put people to work or keep them at work. >> now, coming up tonight at 11:00, we break down exactly which major silicon valley companies actually received
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those stimulus funds, including one project that totaled $25 million for one project. that's coming up tonight at 11:00, we'll see you then. raj, jessica? >> we'll look forward to that. and if you have a tip for our investigative unit, we want to hear from you. 1-888-996-tips or send us an e-mail to theunit@nbcbayarea.com. the biggest ipo of all time may be hit with a big slap. >> our business and tech reporter scott budman is here with the questionable deal, scott. >> well, raj, and by deal, we mean the $1 billion deal to buy instagram. now the government may be focusing in on the photo-sharing app. the federal trade commission wants to take a closer look at the deal. that's not all that uncommon for a buyout of this size. but we don't know what it means in terms of what's happening in the next couple of weeks. no comment from facebook on
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whether the ftc probe will delay the buy or the planned facebook ipo. san francisco, meanwhile, giving a positive review to yelp and the company doing the same to the city. signing a lease for close to 100,000 square feet south of market neighborhood. the deal means yelp will remain in the bay area through at least 2020. the company plans to hire hundreds of people and needs a bigger place to put them. and he is one of the most successful businessmen in the world. today he came to silicon valley from india to get the tech museum's global humanitarian award. he has used his fortune from that company to help those in need, especially in india. he spoke to us at the tech awards ceremony today about how technology a those who create it can help those who need it most. >> i do believe that technology has a very important role in bringing joy and happiness to
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the poor people. and then for making this world a better place in terms of peace, harmony, equity, and overall understanding. >> joins previous award winners as bill gates and jim morgan, former ceo of applied materials after whom the award is named. >> very prestigious. >> thank you, scott. >> you bet. let's turn our attention over to jeff ranieri. and what would you like in the forecast since it's mother's day? >> nice and warm. >> let me get my note pad. done, check. inspired by the heat you have on with the orange. taking you live on the hd sky net camera, here in san francisco, a sign of what's going to be coming our way this weekend. you can see, not much left in the marine layer. an onshore flow, numbers below average for some of the coastal low occasions, but plenty of heat on the way. let's get you to the daytime
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highs. all over the board, the onshore flow was less. 78 in oakland, 73 in fremont, and down to the south bay, still warming up to 88 and also 86 in the valley. not a bad day with above-average numbers at 85. not record setting, but 10 to 15 degrees above average for some cases. still finding 70 in san francisco, 74 in san mateo, this time yesterday already had 50s and 60s at the coastline. it's a sign of the onshore flow starting to weaken. however, we do think it's going to hang around for the next 18 to 24 hours, a little bit of the cool, coastal breeze that will moderate our temperatures and keep some fog here at the coastline as we head primarily into tomorrow morning. also near marin. but as we head throughout the afternoon hours, that fog's going to get scoured out and there's not going to be too much of it left here as we head into the upcoming weekend. allergy forecast going to stay very high in the next 48 to 72 hours. no relief there, but we do think that air quality will get a
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little better in the forecast. 51 in livermore, and also 50 in napa. on your day planner, temperatures will be topping out in the mid to upper 80s by 4:00 p.m. on friday. and the weekend's going to be getting even hotter with this area building offshore. here's a sneak peek for the moms out there. if you're thinking of heading to the beach to santa cruz, not so bad. we'll have the full forecast coming up. well, the federal education law no child left behind is trying to be left behind by state education leaders. it was championed by george bush in 2001. and the law mandates that every child be at grade level in math and reading by 2014. california is joining the 37 other states that have sought relief from the strictest part of that law. state board of education today voted to ask the federal government for a waiver. 11 states have already been excused from meeting the 2014 target and another 27 have applied. california, though, may have trouble meeting the standard for
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teacher and principal evaluations which is required to get that waiver. the state says it simply doesn't have the money to create that standard. but the stay might be able to get an app for something like that and seventh graders from menlo park may be the ones to do it for them. they created this app and teaching others to do it too. the four boys from menlo park have published their own apps and as they told me in an interview, they're now running their own app academy too. >> every sunday from 9:00 to 12:00, we would start learning how to make these and eventually we kind of just brainstorming one day and came up with an idea of teaching kids how to make the apps who don't really know how. >> and when you started this -- >> now they're running a summer apps camp on class action, my top show of education, you can find out about it, how they did it, and how to join in. >> when did seventh graders get so smart? still ahead at 6:00, used to sleeping in on the weekends? why it could be bad for your health.
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plus, did "time" magazine go too far? the controversial new cover. we'll hear from the woman whose stance on breast-feeding helped inspire it. and a big honor for a local pioneer. we'll introduce you to the woman with a remarkable story of keeping the bay area beautiful. we're back in two minutes. se
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the young male wolf from oregon who first visited california back in december is back in the state and had the first close encounter with people. and those people had a camera. look carefully. coincidentally the federal trapper game warden and biologist were visiting ranchers -- visiting ranchers in modock county. indicated he was in that area. they managed to snap this photo
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of or7 as he's known. he was apparently hanging out with coyotes. and he seemed curious about the people, they say he was careful to keep his distance. >> got to hang around with coyotes because there's no other wolves. tonight a palo alto woman is being recognized in washington, d.c. >> nbc bay area's marla tellez has her inspiring story. >> there's nothing more beautiful than a marsh in evening as the sun sets. >> reporter: florence's love affair with the wetlands began more than 50 years ago. >> it's just a place that you get -- that you know has some value and should not be destroyed. >> reporter: but that's what happened in the 1960s not far from her palo alto home. developers began building where wildlife thrived, and that sent lariviere into action. >> i read this little note that said if you're worried about what's happening to the marshes, come to my office tomorrow at
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10:00. >> reporter: with the help of don edwards, this very determined and passionate woman helped establish the first urban national wildlife refuge in 1972. >> and it may sound corny, but it was democracy in action. >> reporter: today it's known as the don edwards san francisco bay national wildlife refuge. its beauty captured from high above. the refuge covers the southern part of the bay and it spans some 40,000 acres. here in fremont, a section of it is named after florence. >> reporter: these days, her efforts are enjoyed by so many. this man has been visiting the land for 45 years. >> and now i know where the name came from, that's great. >> reporter: now she's adding to her wall of recognition. lariviere is the recipient of this year's award. at 88 years wise, she says the acknowledgment is never expected. >> you work on the things you care about just because they're important to you.
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>> reporter: in palo alto, marla tellez, nbc bay area news. well, coming up at 6:00, a controversial new dui bill in california. and a bay area high school student prepares for the race of his life. swimming towards a spot on the 2012 olympic team. and did it go too far? it is certainly raising eyebrows. the "time" magazine cover and its connection to breast-feeding. and the backlash of president's support of gay marriage. why it might cost him crucial votes. [for our families... our neighbors... and our communities... america's beverage companies have created a wide range of new choices. developing smaller portion sizes and more low- & no-calorie beverages... adding clear calorie labels so you know exactly what you're choosing... and in schools, replacing full-calorie soft drinks with lower-calorie options. with more choices and fewer calories, america's beverage companies are delivering.
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gay marriage, they say, is not what this country needs. >> reporter: as he walks into sacred heart church, he stops to give his opinion on president obama's support of gay marriage. the democrat says the president's decision will lose him the rodriguez household vote. isabel says she won't vote for mr. obama again. >> well, i think it's pure -- pure politics. he's the consummate politician. >> reporter: a christian republican and isn't surprised by the latino backlash, but bob rucker is. he formed the gay and lesbian outreach ministry at st. julie catholic church. >> i can't understand why pundits want to say this is risky. this is what you call leadership. >> reporter: a group called the catholic democrats of california agree, and today endorse the president's announcement. and according to the pew
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research center, gay marriage is at the bottom of the list when it comes to voter concerns. it ranks 18th behind the economy, jobs, and terrorism. he says mr. obama has changed, but he'll still go inside the church and pray for his president. >> and on the flip side, i saw many catholic latinos on facebook who feel the president was courageous in his decision. many say they will vote for him in november. nbc bay area news. >> okay, damian, thank you. any minute now, president obama will arrive in the home of george clooney, studio city near hollywood. clooney is hosting a sold out campaign fundraiser with tickets costing about $40,000 each, the event is expected to raise a record-setting $15 million. who's coming tonight? robert downy jr., barbara streisand and toby maguire among
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many of the high-profile guests. >> i'm hopeful i can get back into my house after work. >> it's exciting for us. sometimes you have to live with little inconvenience. >> much of the $15 million being raised tonight is coming from the general public. thousands of people donated $23 each for a chance to win a ticket to the high-profile event. he is sorry. presidential candidate mitt romney is apologizing for something that may have happened 50 years ago. today romney said he's sorry for any stupid high school pranks that may have hurt or offended someone. this comes after a report that a former classmate said he was bullied by romney and his friends because they presumed he was gay. romney says he doesn't remember the incident and says homosexuality was the furthest thing from his mind in the 1960s. it's the cover that's causing controversy. the article inside this issue of "time" magazine is about attachment parenting.
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but the cover has some foaming at the mouth. >> reporter: "time" magazine decided to give attachment parenting a check-up. guidelines that include breast-feeding beyond infancy were first published in the baby's book in 1992. but the model on the cover with her son was raised this way before the baby book was published. >> that's what came naturally to me. >> in a first ever interview, jamie's mom told me that she nursed her daughter until she was 6. >> it was not, oh, i'm standing up and having her stand on a stool like, you know -- come on, she was in our bed. >> reporter: jamie was one of several attachment parenting moms that "time" photographed. but here's the image, and the staging with her son on a chair has whipped up a web reaction well in advance of her newsstand debut. >> i can't believe this is as big as it is. >> reporter: there is outrage and there is reports. snide remarks, disgust, and
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offense. but the mom of the mom wants her daughter and grandchild to be respected and the practice of breast-feeding beyond infancy which is recommended by the world health organization to be recognized for its benefits. >> it's going to get people talking and maybe it'll help some moms. and that's all anybody cares about in our family. >> brent cannon, nbc bay area news. >> you can see an interview with the mom on that cover tomorrow morning beginning on "today" at 7:00. new tonight at 6:00, an unlicensed driver entered a guilty plea to killing a 4-year-old santa rosa boy killed in a hit-and-run last year. he faces up to 5 1/2 years in prison for killing christopher buddy rowe back in august. they were heading to soccer practice when he struck him in a marked crosswalk and sped off. garcia will be sentenced june
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29th in sonoma county. stopping a get out of jail early card. madd is lobbying against a bill that would allow californians convicted of drunk driving to skip out on jail time and community service requirements. the bill's author was ironically charged with drunk driving just last week. the charge stems from an arrest in concord back in march. the bill would allow even a repeat dui offender to attend parenting classes or classes on how to find a job instead of going to jail. they would even be allowed to serve their jail time at their place of employment. eight hours at work would equal eight hours of jail time. the group madd says taking away jail time takes away the dui punishment and deterrence. >> it's so broad reaching that it would allow offenders who are convicted of multiple duis who are convicted of duis in which someone is injured or killed to get out of jail and just go to work the job they held before they were sentenced to jail.
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>> the bill is supposed to help ease jail overcrowding but madd says letting drunk drivers off the hook to free up jail space is not the answer. governor brown's plan to give more money to state public schools is taking shape in sacramento. today he delivered petitions with 200,000 signatures to the registrar's office. the governor wants to raise the sales tax and hike income tax for those making over $250,000 a year. the $7 billion raised would then be applied to education and public safety. california's taking another step back on the road of recovery. for more than a decade, the budget has been screwed up, an incredible mess, bringing down our credit rating, causing a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. campaign announced today had gathered 1.5 million signatures for the initiative. polls show that californians support the governor's tax increase, but he'll have competition from a rival measure
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which would raise taxes on californians on a sliding scale. be warned, major local bridge will be shut down on memorial day. the dumbarton bridge is getting renovated. caltrans leaders are laying out their plan for the major seismic retro fit starting at the end of the month. construction crews will replace a major joint across all six lanes of the bridge from alameda county to san mateo county. they're using new technology to help with this project. >> reporter: the seismic joint that's going in over memorial day weekend allows the bridge to move a bigger distance over a seismic event. it'll be able to move up to 37 inches during a seismic event without damaging the deck. >> what does it mean for the traffic flow in the next few weeks? well, they're working on memorial day weekend because of the lighter traffic. now the bridge will be closed friday night, may 25th until tuesday morning before the commute on may 29th. still ahead at 6:00, the
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landmark decision in the fight against hiv and the connection to the bay area. and why sleeping in on the weekends might just be bad for your health. all right. good evening, i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center, temperatures down then back up and down and back up again. mid-80s expected by 4:00 p.m. and maybe heading with mom on mother's day into san francisco, not a bad weekend for brunch. temperatures look like they'll be in the low 70s. we'll have your full weekend forecast in a few minutes.
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in health matters, a landmark decision in the ongoing fight against hiv. an advisory panel for the fda endorsed the use of the first drug shown to prevent hiv infection in healthy people. the daily pill is sold by the foster city based company. the panel's decision marks the first time that government advisers have advocated giving antiviral medicine to healthy people. the fda is not required to follow the advice and a financifinal decision is expected by june. catching up with sleep over the weekends after a busy workweek. but you may be causing your body more harm than good. researchers in europe have coined the term social jet lag. a new study found that people with different weekday and weekend sleep schedules had triple the odds of being overweight and experiencing other health problems. >> yay for all the soccer games we have to get up early for. it's keeping me healthy. >> or -- >> so we're not sleeping in on sunday, essentially.
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>> or the schedule, when i get to the weekend, i want to get up early, like 6:00, 7:00. >> that's really early. >> i'm crazy. >> give us the forecast. >> if you're -- if you're getting up early for tomorrow morning, we'll have some fog. we'll be talking about that when that fog will clear out for your commute in the morning and also how hot it's going to get this weekend in a few minutes. coming up in sports, an athlete who will prove size doesn't matter. a little person driven by a huge competitive spirit. hang with us, sports is coming up. ♪ jimmy bond i'm sticky and uncomfortable. try gold bond powder. medicated to protect, absorb, even relieve itching. think bond. gold bond. ♪ this stuff works
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well, feels like we bypassed spring and went right to summer. >> i know, i was going to say, it may say may on the calendar, but the weather calendar at least when you look at everything, it's going to feel like july in this upcoming weekend. we did top out today 10 to 15 degrees above average out into gilroy with 88 degrees, 85 in livermore. also 82 in san rafael and warmer in san francisco and also oakland. temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80. that onshore flow was just not as strong as it was yesterday. so therefore those numbers did warm up. and still holding on to impressive 70 in san francisco, and 75 in san mateo. so still having this kind of heat at this hour is a sign of what's going to be coming our way this weekend and that is some warmer weather. we're going to crank things up another 3 to 6 degrees as we head throughout friday.
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it'll still be hazy out here. pollen will be an issue for you, and saturday and sunday temperatures will go up, an additional potentially 4 to 8 degrees. what we had happening is storm activity, it's about 2,000 miles out here. we could use this to clear out the atmosphere and get rid of that haze. but there's no hope of that happening at all. this area, high pressure's going to be firmly entrenched just offshore. and it's going to be stronger than the one we had earlier this week with that string of upper 80s and low 90s. therefore the skies will not be too clear here as we head into saturday's forecast. and if you do suffer from respiratory problems, another tough go for us. what we'll also notice is the winds will be slightly onshore, it'll still come out of a little bit of a drying direction and that will bring our temperatures into the 90s inland for saturday and even some beach weather mixed in which will mean some 70-degree temperatures at our coastline. 6:00 a.m. on friday, we'll have the coast with fog here near marin, also across the san francisco peninsula traveling over the golden gate bridge and the bay bridge. you'll encounter the low clouds
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down to santa cruz. but by the afternoon hours, everyone expecting a sunny finish into friday around 1:00 and 2:00. smooth sailing into this weekend. air quality will be in the moderate levels for the most part here across the bay area. the slight breeze at the coastline is keeping us out of the unhealthy category. that is at least a shred of good news if it's been tough for you this past week. we'll begin with 54 in los gatos, low 50s in livermore, 50 in napa, and 48 in santa rosa. let's bring you into friday. it sounds great, right? friday always sounds good. 88 in morgan hill, 87 in evergreen, 86 in los gatos. we'll still be about 4 to 8 degrees away from record-setting highs here on friday. but nonetheless, it'll be warm, close to 90 in pleasanton. upper 70s and low to mid-80s back in the bay. san francisco for our friday will be in the mid 70s and close
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to 80 in berkeley, and oakland with 84 in santa rosa. on your three-day forecast, temperatures right at about 90 degrees here for saturday and sunday as we head into mother's day weekend. and look at that down near the coast on the bottom tier of numbers. we have a on there. what you'll see are low to mid 70s at the coastline. and that's my colleague christina loren's favorite kind of weather, that beach weather. she loves when it gets warm out there. and as we head throughout monday, tuesday, and wednesday, we'll still find those conditions in the upper 80s to near 90. may get a little bit of drizzle with fog on monday, but not going to be a big storm by any means. looks great. >> thank you, jeff. >> you're welcome. cue up the olympic music. the flame that will burn throughout the summer olympics is on its way to london. the lighting ceremony took place outside a 2,600-year-old temple at the birthplace of the ancient games in greece. they do this every time.
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the same flame will arrive in east london just in time for the opening ceremony on july 27th. and we'll be live in london for our olympics coverage. and hopefully this young man will be coming with us. a local teenager is this close to making the team. but it's not team usa, here's scott budman. >> reporter: another afternoon -- >> ready, go. >> reporter: another training session for tom kramer. high school senior and olympic hopeful. >> let's do one more. >> reporter: boosted by his coach, tom is on his way to the european championship where he hopes to make the israeli olympic team. >> my golden ticket right now is kind of my 200-meter fly. that's probably my best event. >> reporter: thomas already shattered the high school books. he'll attend stanford in the fall. first, though, he and his coach hope to make an olympic detour. >> my coach sat me down a few
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months ago and said i have this plan for you, you're going to hate it, you're going to hate me, you're going to hate swimming. >> i wanted to help him see what's possible and what he's capable of. >> if you stick to it, you know, i think there'll be great things ahead. >> reporter: great things ahead after plenty of sacrifices like giving up late night parties for early morning training. >> every time you give him a task, you give him a challenge, he can finish it. >> it changes things, definitely. but i'm trying to keep it as something i love to do. >> don't lose that momentum. >> reporter: enough to put aside distractions and focus on making the team. in saratoga, scott budman, nbc bay area news. and so the countdown continues. only 77 days left until the olympic summer games right here on nbc bay area. you can also get complete olympic coverage on our website at nbcbayarea.com. let's get to sports. joining us from our comcast
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sports net newsroom with all the buzz that's happening tonight, henry? >> absolutely, we begin with a great story. strength, speed, and size are all variable characteristics that humans possess. and while it's rare that one athlete is gifted with all three, some athletes actually go against the qualities they were born with. one example of that is in santa rosa. and brodie brazil has the story. >> reporter: in his starting position, you would not notice anything different about chris sparrow. but when the gunfi fires, a 4'6 sprinter is hard to miss. >> people that are 4'6", okay, have a hard time catching a break in life. >> you know in the beginning, it was -- oh, you have a little person -- yeah, you know, he's going to beat somebody today. >> reporter: sparrow is a 23-year-old freshman at santa rosa junior college and it is
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fair to wonder what drives him. >> motivation pushes me. parents, friends, family. pushes me. i love competing with people taller than me. it's so much fun. it's a little bit easier. >> he inspires a lot of people to do their best. we're all feeling, oh, i'm having a bad day, i can't do this. he's out there just chugging along. and oh, man, i can't quit now. >> clearly the greatest challenge for chris is the length of his stride. he estimates it takes between two and three paces just to keep up with every one of an opponent's. >> everything's relative. so he's got shorter levers and takes more energy to run faster. >> you see almost like little pistons for 100 yards, 200 yards, or whatever. and you're spell bound because you want to see how he does. >> sparrow defines his own attributes with efforts, but it is his self-confidence and courage which stand out most.
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>> he's not scared to go out there and perform. he likes that. i want him to go home at the end of the day knowing that whenever he's faced with a challenge that he's done something harder in track practice and overcome anything. >> it tugs at your heart strings because he's decided not to give up. he's decided not to go ahead and accept whatever he's had to deal with once. he's gone after things. and that's truly inspiring. >> i -- i still see myself not doing anything without sports. >> everybody's goliath, but he's -- he's courageous. that's for sure. and he perseveres. >> reporter: nbc bay area sports. >> i love that story. thank you. over to the silver and black. raiders receiver darius hayward
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bay has been charged with dui after being arrested on 2:00 in the morning on april 7th. according to the california highway patrol, the 25-year-old was seen speeding and weaving while driving his 2012 range rover on the bay bridge. hayward bay failed a field sobriety test, was booked, and released. he's scheduled to appear in san francisco court on may 31st. if found guilty, he could face up to six months in jail. over to the 49ers, rookies reported for camp today but as expected a veteran stole the spotlight. all eyes on randy moss as he worked out with other veterans. appeared to be in football shape despite taking a year off from the game. quarterback, oh, you know he's going to love this. he's got a new weapon. >> it's tough to tell he missed a year of football. i certainly don't see any rest. i mean, it's probably a better question for him. but from my perspective, i don't see anything. running well, catching well -- i mean no surprise he's a pro and already has a really good
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understanding of the playbook out there. because we're throwing a lot at everybody. it's not surprising. i haven't seen anything. >> we'll see how that pans out. don't forget, oakland a's in action later tonight, all your highlights coming up at 11:00. love that feature story that brody did. chris, he was getting beaten by his teammates, but he's still faster than me. clearly faster. >> for a full half hour of local sports coverage, watch sports net central tonight at 10:30. >> back in a moment.
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