Skip to main content

tv   Today in the Bay  NBC  April 13, 2013 7:00am-8:00am PDT

7:00 am
>> reporter: the department in fact believes it is missing a key piece of evidence. she described it as a critical electronic device that has not been turned over. it appears the sheriff's department may have been hoping to get pictures relating to the case from that device. also, we received a statement, this statement from attorneys for the three boys accused if the case. it has four simple sentences making a strong point. quote, much of what has been reported over the last several days is inaccurate. most disturbing is the attempt to link audrie's suicide to the specific actions of these three boys. we are hopeful, the statement continues, that everyone understands these boys who have never been in trouble with the law are to be regarded as innocent. due to the juvenile nature of the proceedings, we believe it inappropriate to comment at this point. when it comes to how much of the investigation we can review, that's key.
7:01 am
this case is currently thought met the state's threshold to charge the three teenagers as adult. if the juvenile system details of the case will remain sealed. after months of investigating we have confirmed the case is currently it the juvenile court system balls the three accused are under the age of 18. if it stays in the juvenile courts it means any trial will not be open to the public and that also means all records and details of the district attorney's case will not be public. but that does not mean the case of remain permanently in the juvenile system. the judge can be asked to move the case to adult court. that decision and that hearing, if it happens, will not be public. so the next major legal move is a decision by the d.a. to possibly ask a judge to move the case to adult court. nbc, bay area news.
7:02 am
the pott family said the conversations happening right now in homes and school hallways about sexual assaults and bullying as a result of this attack are the only positive with a number of bay area death. communities dealing with these issues, a local college educator is hoping school districts around the country will use his guidelines to prevent another tragedy from happening again. nick is the dean of santa clara's department of counseling. he calls for schools to have safe zones where kids can feel comfortable to talk about tough issues. but no school district in the united states or in the bay area has adopted his guidelines. he says part of the problem is that talking about sex and rape is a tough sell for schools. >> i think it takes a lot of courage. i think it takes courage of administrators and teachers and parents to put some type of program like this together. and to be open to having this type of program.
7:03 am
>> an american school in berlin, germany, is currently the only school using the sexual assault prevention curriculum. the pott family wants a law in their daughter's name to increase penalties for anyone guilty of this kind of attack. we should note that our usual policy is to not identify the victims of sexual assault or suicide, but in this case her parents want people to put audrie's name and face to what happened in an effort to prevent something like this happening to anyone ever again. this morning, police are searching for a motive after they say a man stabbed another man to death then lit the body on fire. officers arrested 25-year-old steven burns in connection with the killing. 25-year-old christopher james is identified as an accessory to the crime. both men are described as transients. the victim was found tuesday night on the cotle road off-ramp to highay 85 south. the victim's identity has not been released, but police believe he and steven burns got
7:04 am
into a fight before the stabbing. more cash for guns today. no questions asked. congresswoman jackie speier is spearheading a buyback in san francisco. this is video of an event back in january. today participants will receive $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons. the gun buyback runs from 9:00 this morning to noon at the superior court's northern branch courthouse. that's located at 1050 mission road in south san francisco. a warning for parents in oakland this morning, after an attempted kidnapping near an elementary school. detectives say it happened right outside burkhalter elementary school. police say a stranger approached a 5-year-old boy and tried to pick him up. when a school employee intervened, the man ran off. he's described as tall, mid-30s, with a short buzz cut and was at
7:05 am
the time wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans. now, for a video that detectives on the peninsula really want you to see. police say this video shows a man walking into a roth department store in daley city. what he did before that is what has investigators looking for him. he's accused of attacking a 10-year-old girl in a restroom at a nearby office complex. they say he went into the restroom, and began groping the girl. the girl managed to fight him off and run to safety. take one more look, and if you recognize the man in the video, you are urged to call police. still ahead on "today in the bay," a man who spent 15 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit is speaking out about the police. and he's not saying what you might expect.
7:06 am
7:07 am
good morning once again.
7:08 am
looking live at the transamerica building in san francisco. you can see the blue sky that will chase you all around the bay as you go to work and play. a chicago man who spent nearly half of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit is now telling his story in hopes of helping law enforcement agencies here in the bay area. this morning terrill swift will be the keynote speaker at a law enforcement community summit at cal state east bay in hayward. he was just 17 years old when he was convicted of murder and sexual assault. and then dna evidence proved his innocence. he wants communities to have a better relationship with law enforcement. >> every officer is not bad. i think most people would say that i have every right to be angry, and hateful. what is that going to get me. i can't get 15 years back. i just want to make a difference for the next generation. >> law enforcement was responsible for the wrongful
7:09 am
conviction that happened to him. i think it's very important for law enforcement to take a hard look at themselves and say, are we doing business the right way. >> that was hayward police chief diane urban who invited swift to today's summit. she said his story can help officers better protect the people they serve. still ahead on "today in the bay," more space and new exhibits. we'll take you inside one of the bay area's most unique museums for a look at the new bells and whistles. a view outside this morning shows a little bit of a hazy start around oakland. sunny start to the weekend. we'll see cooler changes ahead. we'll look at your forecast when we come right back. there is no mass-produced human.
7:10 am
every signature is unique, and every fingerprint unrepeatable. and there is one store that recognizes it: the sleep number store. the only place in the world you'll find the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number bed: the only bed with dual-air technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs. each of your bodies. it's part of the sleep number collection innovations that individualize the way you sleep. from the perfect pillow... to temperature-balancing bedding. and it's the only place you can save $400 on the only memory foam bed with sleep number technology that adjusts to each of you. you will only find sleep number at one of our over 400 stores nationwide, where queen mattresses start at just $699.
7:11 am
sleep number. comfort. individualized. to find your store, visit sleepnumber.com. good morning. looking live at the san mateo bridge. traffic moving nicely now. but if you're driving over the bridge this weekend for work or for fun, you might want to build in a little extra time. the far left lane of the
7:12 am
westbound approach to the bridge is closed so crews can install an automated toll collection system at the toll plaza. it should be done in time for monday morning's commute. cal trans will complete upgrades for the rest of the lanes as well over the next couple weeks. one toll lane will be closed during each way and fastrack lanes will be shut down on the weekends. help is on the way for hundreds of people in the south bay who don't have health insurance. today andrew hill high school in san jose will host its fourth annual free family health fair. folks can find a variety of services from blood pressure tests to hearing tests. dentists and orthodontists will also be available. it starts at 10:00 this morning and ends at 2:00 this afternoon. i would take one of those. dozens of bay area families will receive a gift of a lifetime with a brand-new home of their own. 36 families will get the keys to a new condominium on mission
7:13 am
street. more than 10,000 volunteers donated their time over the past few years to help build the $13 million housing project. the project is the largest of its kind on the entire west coast. good job. in honor of earth day, the state park foundation is hosting all kinds of projects at state parks across california today, including here in the bay area. some of the projects planned as part of the 16th annual earth day restoration and cleanup include trail and camp ground improvements, trash cleanup, building bridges and planting trees as well as wildlife restoration. if you want to know the specifics about bay area events, you can go to calpark.org/earth day. now, let's check in with rob mayeda to look at the forecast. >> it should be pretty nice to be outdoors today. you'll notice the winds pick up at times heading into the afternoon and this morning. you may actually need a bit of a
7:14 am
jacket. 44 degrees in napa and santa rosa to start your day. 45 in morgan hill. 49 in san jose. 50 in san francisco and oakland. not much wind except as you get close to the car quinn as straight. some of our weather headlines through the next 24 hours. we'll have a few patches of low clouds in a few spots this morning. high clouds heading into the afternoon. cooler finish to the weekend as the winds start to pick up. and then monday we'll see more wind, cooling temperatures and maybe a slight chance of showers. the only chance we'll see after that, temperatures climbing up for the second half of the week. hour by hour we'll see passing high clouds at times, much like we have right now. the winds picking up for the afternoon. systems will continue to brush by the bay area as we go through the weekend tossing high clouds our way. as we head towards monday, perhaps changes in terms of the winds picking up and maybe a slight chance of a few showers. what we'll definitely see is a cooldown and winds picking up.
7:15 am
possibly with the cooler, drier air moving in tuesday morning, the winds back off, we may even have patchy frost in some of the inland north bay valleys. tuesday morning. as things calm down with the winds, we'll see the temperatures climbing into the second half of the week. jumping ahead now. sunday night into monday, watch closely here. you can see a few clouds coming this. perhaps a chance, very briefly, of a few showers early monday morning. that is the only chance showers you'll see in the forecast. after that, skies will clear and we'll see breezy conditions to start the work week. today a little breezy at times as we get into the afternoon. low 70s south of san jose. safely in the 70s around the tri-valley and east bay inland valleys today. winds picking up at times into santa rosa. we should see low 70s around the north bay valleys. a bit cooler for san francisco and oakland, highs this the 60s today. everybody cooling off heading into sunday and monday. highs dropping out of the 70s in
7:16 am
the inland locations to wrap up the weekend. stay tuned with the slight chance of early-morning showers on monday. but once we pass monday, almost a repeat of what we saw last week, except we think not the strength of winds we had on monday earlier this week. next week, though, looks like we'll see temperatures climbing back into the 70s and 80s. second half of the week, pretty summer-like sunshine. >> i tell you, we spent a week in new york for a wedding, came back, and it weather, you can't beat it. >> no. they're still having snow showers there. >> yeah. we left just in time. generations of bay area kids have enjoyed the wonders of the exploratorium. now it has a new waterfront home after more than 40 years at the palace of fine arts. after a $300 million renovation. we go inside and outside for a new look at the exploratorium. >> reporter: for over four decades, san francisco's famed exploratorium has found clever ways to enlighten visitors about
7:17 am
science. now, as it readies to open its massive new home on san francisco's waterfront, it seems it's the museum that's finding the light. >> we have windows for the first time, really, in the exploratorium history. we get to bring the outdoors indoors as well. >> reporter: after 44 years in the dim halls of the palace of fine arts, the museum is reopening in the 330,000 square foot glass wall palace on pier 15. >> when you have 44 years to prototype, and start with a blank canvas, what do you do differently. >> reporter: you start by bringing along the old science, and the 330-year-old stump of a douglas fir tree. >> we look at a very large organism in a different way. >> reporter: there's an exploration station where people can eyeball things like the
7:18 am
dissection of an eyeball from a cow. >> it still has blood vessels in the back. >> reporter: there's a spherical mirror that makes images appear to float in space. and a clock that gongs on the hour. even the exploratorium tinkerers are on full display. but with the bay now churning at all sides, some of the most compelling new exhibits were created by mother nature. >> the wire pier is a platform for us to do research working with local researchers and with noaa to really understand what's happening, the dynamics of the bay areas, the surface currents, the tides. >> reporter: workers are still installing the finishing touches in time for next wednesday's grand opening. still, this is one of the few places you'll find people celebrating a remodel project that may never end. >> we're still building it. and it will always be a constantly evolving institution. we're always making new
7:19 am
exhibits, new experiences. >> reporter: nbc bay area news. california lottery claims powerball is a boon to state schools, but still ahead, how the ball really bounces. coming up, a reality check on the powerball mask.
7:20 am
7:21 am
this week, california saw record lotto sales since becoming the newest powerball member, and it doesn't hurt that tonight's drawing is a whoping $70 million. in theory, this should be a big win for public education, which benefits from the lottery, right? investigating the claim that powerball will provide a shot this the arm for schools in this morning's reality check. >> reporter: with the debut of powerball in california this week, you practically can't go anywhere without tripping over something powerball related. lotto enthusiasts are amped up
7:22 am
about inflated jackpots. but also a waterfall of new money coming to california public schools. right? how much of a difference do you think powerball here in california will make in terms of school funding? >> oh, a huge amount. >> reporter: but it turns out the odds of plucking the red ball might be better still than seeing a cascade of money coming to california education from lotto. here's california lottery spokesperson, alex traverseo. >> it's one of the hardest things we face in our job every day is to get people to understand that the lottery wasn't created to fully fund education. ta wasn't the purpose. >> reporter: okay. but even as a supplemental fund, the lotto numbers might surprise you. according to the california department of education, overall spending for california public schools is about $68 billion annually. of that, $1.3 billion, roughly 1.9%, comes from lottery games.
7:23 am
then there's powerball which according toútraverseo is expected to bring in about $50 million a year. or roughly .07% of the overall budget. still think that's a huge amount? are you surprised to hear this? or is that in line with what you thought it would be? >> i'm surprised to hear that. you know, that's -- monetarily? >> tying it to education, we appreciate the money, but to say it's saving our schools is giving the wrong message to the public. because it is not. >> reporter: sheila jordan is superintendent of alameda county schools, which received about $45 million in lottery funding in the last reported year, 2011-2012. we asked her what an additional $50 million from powerball might be able to buy for california schools. >> in some districts, it can buy a portion of a teacher. that's about how much money we're getting. some people use it for art
7:24 am
supplies, field trips. >> we've been getting $45 million, $46 million next year as a result of powerball, do you think that will have an impact? >> you know, no. it's not going to change it. >> as you can see here, the lottery brings in a modest amount of money to california schools, relatively speaking. but the money that does get generated, how is it divvied up. that's the next question. 54% goes back to the jackpot to pay the winner. 13% goes to administrative costs and another 32% actually goes to the schools. then of that, some, about three-quarters of it, goes to k-12. it just gets parsed and parsed and parsed. we now know it truly is a supplemental source of revenue. sam brock. that's today's reality check. more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, it is not war they
7:25 am
want, it's black mail. that's what some experts say about north korea. new twists coming up.
7:26 am
7:27 am
a golden start to the day on the golden gate bridge. lots of blue sky. not just there, but whether you are on the peninsula, in the south bay, east bay, wherever you are, you're going to enjoy the weather at least for today. thanks for joining us. i'm kris sanchez along meteorologist rob mayeda. >> the only complaint might be the wind. that will pick up later on this afternoon. we've got pollen that will be showering across the bay area today. 40s outside. clear skies overnight. letting the temperatures drop off. not much wind for now, but that will change for the afternoon. a system is giving us the high clouds we're seeing right now. we'll see more through the day. but behind this system, you'll
7:28 am
notice the winds picking up a little bit during the afternoon today. i think more so for tomorrow. by lunchtime, pretty nice. 70s at times, and cooling as we head into the evening. tomorrow looks cooler. a lot cooler, actually, for the next couple of mornings. monday into tuesday could see 30s. in some of the valleys for the mornings. we'll talk more about the cooldown and warm-up for the second half of the forecast coming up. >> thanks, rob. secretary of state john kerry is it china this morning. kerry began his visit by meeting china's foreign minister in beijing. the obama administration hopes that that country can convince its neighbor and ally, north korea, to stand down. china is north korea's main trade partner, and financial backer. kerry is also expected to meet with other top government officials there later in the day. we are learning more about why north korea seems to be so belligerent lately. analysts say it really doesn't
7:29 am
want nuclear war, but that instead it is using threats as blackmail for aid and raising its own profile. >> the crisis, then they essentially expect payment to back off. >> analysts think north korea will test a missile possibly monday, then ask for money to not do it again. new video this morning of a dramatic rescue at sea in bali. that is a plane that is halfway submerged in the water, and more than 20 people were hurt when that plane carrying about 100 passengers to the island overshot the runway and crashed into the sea today. officials say everyone onboard was rescued, but 22 people were taken to the hospital for their injuries. the cause of the crash is under investigation. new this morning, at least 22 people are hurt after a strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattled parts of japan this
7:30 am
morning. the quake cracked walls and knocked things off store shelves and damaged homes soup of kobe. no tsunami warning was issued. breaking news back here in the bay area this morning, in san francisco, where police arrest a man they say is responsible for the city's latest homicide. police say a man in his early 20s was shot and killed at an apartment complex on pacific avenue near gough street around 2:30 this morning. witnesses say a 55-year-old man and the victim had some sort of argument before the shooting. that 55-year-old man is now in police custody this morning. police are not releasing his name nor the victim's name this morning. closer to home, we're following a developing story out of the south bay, where a young child is in the hospital this morning after falling from a second-story window in san jose. it happened at a home on worcester avenue north far from the key road and 101 around 11:30 last night. fire officials say the 5-year-old child was taken to the hospital.
7:31 am
but the extent of his or her injuries are yet unknown. the investigation now under way to try to figure out how the child fell from that second-story window. we will continue to follow this story for you and bring you more information as we get it. new questions are being asked this morning months after the sexual assault of a los gatos teenager. an attorney for the family of audrie pott said she was sexually assaulted several times while she was unkpgs at a house part last september. days after that assault, the 15-year-old took her own life. authorities arrested three 16-year-old boys on felony charges last week, more than six months later. the pott family says that the conversations that are now happening in homes and school hallways about sexual assault and bullying are the only positive thing to come of audrie's death. now a local college educator is hoping his guidelines will prevent another tragedy from happening again. "today in the bay's" george
7:32 am
kiriyama has the story. >> reporter: five years ago, he and his colleagues at lehigh university in pennsylvania developed this. a 242-page curriculum on sexual assault prevention for school districts. >> nothing is fully preventable. we won't be able to fully prevent sexual assault unfortunately. but if it does occur, we can have a system where kids can go to teachers or designated people to help them get help that they need. >> reporter: his curriculum calls for schools to create safe zones, where kids can feel comfortable to talk about difficult issues. >> it's not just the counselors, but if the teachers have training in this, then teachers also can be the first line of intervention. so a kid will say, you know, i'm feeling depressed, or the teacher may notice some behavior. >> reporter: he believes an honest conversation must begin at schools. it's already happening at palo alto high school. >> it's never, her or his fault.
7:33 am
it's always, always the rapist's fault. so what if he's drinking, or she's drinking, don't rape. >> reporter: the cover story focusing on high school student rape came out days before the development of saratoga high. >> we were hoping for, if not change, at least this course. and this happening so quickly afterwards. it's very, very sad. >> reporter: no school district in the united states is currently using a sexual assault fre vengs curriculum, but he said it's talking about sex and rape. >> i think it takes courage for administrators and teachers and parents to put some type of program like this together and to be open to having it type of program. >> that was george kiriyama reporting. although there are no schools in the bay area or in the country using ladani's curriculum, there is one school, one american school in berlin, germany, that
7:34 am
is. there is a man who served an entire 15-year sentence for a crime he did not commit. and this morning he is the keynote speaker at cal state east bay and he's telling his story hoping that what happened to him will help educate officers. "today in the bay"'s" cheryl hud has the story. >> i don't want to hurt. i want to get the story out and make changes. how are you doing today? nice to meet you. >> reporter: terrill swift is dedicated to making changes in the community and telling his story about spending almost half his life behind bars for a crime he did not do. >> i was 17 years old. i spent 15 1/2 years in prison for first-degree murder, sexual assault for which i did not commit. >> reporter: swift is from chicago. his story made national news. now almost three years after dna evidence helped exonerate him, swift was invited to come to hayward to be a keynote speaker
7:35 am
for a law enforcement community summit. >> law enforcement was responsible for the wrongful conviction that happened to him. i think it's very important for law enforcement to take a hard look at themselves and say, are we doing business the right way. >> reporter: hayward police chief diane urban met swift at a conference in san diego and thought swift's story would be a great fit to help her officers connect with the people they serve. >> what a great opportunity for local bay area agencies to talk about it, to make sure that our investigators don't involve themselves in work like that, bad interrogations, bad interview techniques. >> reporter: swift says walking into hayward's interrogation room brings back memories he would rather forget. >> a whole lot different. >> reporter: but now he would like to focus on the positive. >> i truly believe every officer is not bad. i think most people would say that i have every right to be angry and hateful.
7:36 am
what is that going to get me. i can't get 15 years back. i just want to make a difference for the next generation. >> reporter: cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. a pay area mother who lost her son in the iraq wars helps keep his memory alive in an interesting way. a post office will be named after kenneth ballard today. he was killed in 2004 after an accidental discharge of a weapon mounted on his tank. in addition to the post office honor, ballard's mother said her son was awarded three bronze stars and a purple heart during his nine years of service. much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, steve jobs' widow speaks out for the first time since her husband's death. what she has to say about his legacy, plus her new endeavor coming up. there is no mass-produced human.
7:37 am
every signature is unique, and every fingerprint unrepeatable.
7:38 am
and there is one store that recognizes it: the sleep number store. the only place in the world you'll find the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number bed: the only bed with dual-air technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs. each of your bodies. it's part of the sleep number collection innovations that individualize the way you sleep. from the perfect pillow... to temperature-balancing bedding. and it's the only place you can save $400 on the only memory foam bed with sleep number technology that adjusts to each of you. you will only find sleep number at one of our over 400 stores nationwide, where queen mattresses start at just $699. sleep number. comfort. individualized. to find your store, visit sleepnumber.com.
7:39 am
looking live at oakland. a very nice start to the day. especially if you're an a's fan. they've won nine in a row. maybe the tenth at 1:00 today. the widow of steve jobs is breaking her silence for a purpose. lauren powell jobs gave her first public interview since her husband's death. she would not comment on his death, but did open up about what he left behind with her family. >> we miss him every day. and having the -- kind of the body of work surrounding us is actually a really beautiful reminder. >> powell jobs is now working to establish her own legacy. she is teaming up with a filmmaker on a documentary that focuses on the dream act. if passed, the legislation would give the children of undocumented immigrants brought to the united states a chance to become citizens after earning a high school diploma. >> let's make this a true land
7:40 am
of opportunity. we're also a land of rules and laws that should be enforced. let's fix this problem. and then let's let people flourish. >> the film is called "the dream is now" and is directed by the same director who won academy awards for his 2006 documentary with al gore about global warming. see "the dream is now" tomorrow on msnbc. still ahead on "today in the bay," nearly seven decades after jackie robinson paved the way, major league baseball is seeing drastic decline in the number of african-american players. the possible reasons behind that drop coming up next. and here's a view looking out from san bruno mountain. low-level haze out there. high clouds above. going to see changes this weekend. winds picking up, temperatures cooling off. will the changes include any showers? we'll have a look at that when we come right back.
7:41 am
7:42 am
7:43 am
here's a nice view looking outside. high clouds over parts of the pay area this morning, mixed with sunshine. not much wind outside right now. but later today, especially heading into sunday, we will see those winds picking up as cooler air tries to rush into the bay area. speaking of cooler temperatures, you've got the outside right now, at least for the next hour or two, mainly clear skies. the temperatures drop off overnight. temperatures eventually climbing into the 70s inland. the winds will be picking up more out of the northwest heading into the afternoon. winds 15 to 25 miles per hour later on today. should be a nice day out at the ballpark. oakland a's taking on the detroit tigers. mid to upper 60s throughout the game today. breezy toward the end of the game. the same story around the rest of the bay area. high clouds at times. that's what we're seeing in the future cast for today, dropping from north to south. that is really the outer fringe of systems missing us off to the
7:44 am
north. that's where the showers will stay for the weekend at least. monday morning, perhaps a slight chance of seeing a few changes. the jet stream here still off to the north. and we'll see breezy conditions at times this weekend. monday and tuesday, cooler air spills in. this is going to set us up for chilly mornings, and maybe, just maybe a slight chance, watch it happen here, sunday night into monday, jumping ahead, you can see maybe a few passing showers just before sunrise on monday. that's the only chance of any april showers we'll see for a while here in the forecast. second half of the week, you'll see the temperatures climbing up again back into the 70s and 80s. today, 70s mainly south of san jose. and 60s closer to the inner bay. mid-70s around the tri-valley locations, maybe upper 70s in some of the hills. and for the north bay, you'll see the highs in the 70s, and turning cooler tomorrow as we see the wind picking up out of the northwest. coming in off the ocean.
7:45 am
a few extra clouds. stay tuned to the early monday morning forecast. may have a stray shower or two. gusty winds, dry air moving in. tuesday morning we could get cold enough if the winds back off. we might have a little bit of patchy frost on tuesday morning down towards the salinas valley. wednesday, thursday, friday, high pressure builds in. looks pretty nice. 70s and 80s as we head into next weekend. a little windy at times as we wrap up the week. >> as windy as we saw last week? >> we don't think right now as strong. but still, we could get gusts up to about 45 miles per hour monday into tuesday. you'll want to keep the lawn furniture tidied up and close to the house. >> yeah. i told you what happened to mine, flipped all the way over. >> into another zip code. >> maybe we'll put the umbrella down. opening weekend for historical drama. the new movie called "42 documents: the rise of jackie robinson. "for all that he accomplished
7:46 am
and great strides made over the last two decades, there has been a major decline in the number of african-americans playing baseball today. kimberly tere shows us one of the possible reasons why. >> reporter: 42 brings us back to the 1940s, as jackie robinson was recruited to play for the brooklyn dodgers. the first black player in the major leagues, changed the game that had been divided by color. now nearly seven decades after robinson paved the way, major league baseball is seeing a drastic decline in the number of african-american players. >> jackie was an exception, a force for all americans. but if he came along in this day and age, he probably would be much more involved in football or basketball than america's first sport. and that's a sad commentary on
7:47 am
where we seem to be headed. >> reporter: on this season's opening day roster, the percentage of african-american players was 8.5%, down from 90% in 1995. and 27% in 1975. the world champion giants are among several clubs without a single african-american player. >> that's going to become more and more a sad but predictable norm if things don't change in the decades ahead. >> reporter: what's behind the declining numbers? san jose state african-american studies professor dr. steven mill ner said baseball has become very costly to play. he said youth are drawn to sports that will give them more notoriety and a big salary straight out of college. >> when they look at major league baseball, it's like, you know, i don't want to play major league baseball, because i don't even see anyone that looks like me out there. so why should i want to go in that direction.
7:48 am
>> reporter: damian is part of the african-american baseball league in oakland. he says it's important to keep the sport jackie robinson loved so much alive for black youth. he's also hoping playing in the local league will inspire them to take more interest in the history and the future of the game. kimberly tere, "today in the bay." still ahead on "today in the bay," it could be a devastating blow to the lakers. the latest on kobe bryant's injury last night. that's coming up. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios
7:49 am
has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love.
7:50 am
looking live at the coliseum this morning. the a's taking on the detroit tigers today. first pitch 1:05 this afternoon. beautiful weather for it. the a's continue to be the hottest team in baseball. game one of the series last night against the tigers would go to extra innings. bottom of the 12th, donaldson homers to right. the a's win 4-3 to extend their
7:51 am
win streak to nine games. while the streak continues for the a's, the giants' win streak of four games snaps in chicago yesterday. the orange and black mounted a comeback in the ninth inning to go ahead 3-2. but then closer sergio romo blew the first save of the season. and the cubs win 4-3. bum gardner on the hill for the series today. first pitch 10:05 this morning. from the diamond to the court, and the warriors will be back at home on monday to take on the san antonio spurs. but last night they were down south visiting the lakers. horrible news for the lakers. kobe bryant may have torn his achilles in the game. he will have an mri later today. but despite his injury and a 47-point night, they beat the warriors 118-116. what a bummer. the third round of the masters is now under way.
7:52 am
and one of the major story lines is a 14-year-old who is the youngest player to ever make the cut in the pga sanctioned event. meantime, tiger woods will look back to bounce back today after bad luck yesterday. he shot into the water. he would bogey the hole. the outright leader is jason day at 6 under. much more ahead on "today in the bay." including the story of this little poodle who believe it or not was blind when he was rescued, and now he's not. we'll tell you how that worked out coming up.
7:53 am
7:54 am
this morning we have our special friends from pets in need. this time, very, very special lisa simmons brought arthur who is ready for a new home.
7:55 am
you were telling me he was blind when he was rescued. and there goes the robot. there we go. he was blind when he was rescued. but now he can see. >> he can. he was blind, and we went ahead and rescued him. he's an incredible little dog. luckily we had the funds, a donor made a fund to help special little dogs that need the little extra, that sometimes it's difficult for a nonprofit to afford. so we were able to have -- we took him to a specialist. he had cataract surgery. and he can see again. >> that makes him a lot easier to place in a home. >> absolutely. he's sort of -- he's just the sweetest little dog. even blind, his tail was constantly wagging. sometimes they get afraid of things. not him. he just loves people. other animals. he's just incredible. >> this brings us to something that i think is interesting. not everybody's in a position to adopt a pet.
7:56 am
not everybody is in a position to take on something like that. it's a big responsibility. there are other ways you can help as well. find out more about fluffy's fund, or about arthur who's ready for his forever home at pets in need.org. lisa, thanks so much for coming in. >> thank you. >> thank you for joining us this saturday morning. we'll be back with you bright and early tomorrow.
7:57 am
- if you've come looking for some fun or a chance to be most anyone there's a little shop i know you'll find it on "the chica show" follow me and step inside imagination is your guide pick a costume off you go now you're on "the chica show" cowboys dancers astronauts and much more adventure is thing we always have in store so join our funny family - there's me! - and me! - and me! - and me! - the clothes are cool the fun is free
7:58 am
so-o-o welcome to "the chica show" - all right, raul, i found some beary nice mitts to go with that polar bear costume. let's try 'em on- let's see. oh-ho-ho, look at that. - gr-r-r-r! - ooh, ah-ha! you got me! - i'll take it. - oh, good. - all, right, let's go get changed. thank you, kelly. - no problem. - [chica squeaking] - oh, really, chica? no bears, why? - [chica squeaking] - yeah, i guess it is a pretty hot day to be a fuzzy bear. - [chica squeaking] - a hula party! what hula party? - did someone say hula party? - aloha! - hula-hula-hula
7:59 am
- a wickie wacky - hula-hula-hula - what is going on? - the coola-hula party! - it was chica's idea. she's been planning it all summer. - [chica squeaking] - oh, i'll say! those grass skirts are so grassy you could mow 'em, right? a-ha-ha-- anyone? okay! so tell me about the hula party. - [chica squeaking] - these pineapple smoothies are pineapplicious. thanks, chica. - hula-hula-hula - a wickie wacky - hula-hula-hula [wind howling] - whoa, too much wind in the sail! drop anchor, drop anchor! - i'm on it, mr. c! wha-whoa, wh-what a cold wind for a summery day, huh?

59 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on