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good morning, everyone. thanks for waking up with us. you're taking a live look at downtown san jose. seems like the sun might be peeking through some of those clouds. we appreciate you spending the morning with us. it is sunday. i'm bigad shaban in for kira klapper of course joined by vianey arana. vianey, good morning. >> good morning. >> what are you going to tell us about the clouds that we are seeing? >> much like yesterday. we got some good clearing especially if you were hanging out in downtown san jose. we had a little bit of a breeze going as well which made the afternoon feel a little bit cooler but today we're going to warm up. south bay right now 61 degrees. 53 degrees for the peninsula, tri-valley a cool 60, and yes, we do still have some areas of fog in san francisco and the
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north bay as well, so we've got some limited visibility right now. santa rosa down to less than a mile, down to about five miles in napa, struz doanta cruz coud mile. keep both hands on the wheel. keep a safe distance. afternoon temperatures today we start our warming trend because high pressure is starting to build in in and i told you that the clouds would clear and by 9:00 a.m. notice the icons are all sunshine. by 12:00, 77 degrees. eventually climbing into those mid 80s but that's not going to be your warmest spot. concord one of our warmer spots topping out in the upper 80s and some areas are expected to hit the 90s. i'll let you know who that will be coming up in about 15 minutes. >> 90s, you warned us it was coming. >> it is. >> vianey, thanks. we begin with two separate shootings in the bay area that left at least five people shot, one person is dead. the first shots rang out in the south bay just last night before
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10:30. a man was found shot at least once inside a red sedan near the corner of story and king in san jose. officers say the car crashed in a parking lot after the shooting. a victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. an hour later in san francisco, four people were shot in the city's western edition, it happened just after 11:30 at the intersection of fillmore and golden gate avenue. all four victims were taken to the hospital but police couldn't tell us what condition they're now in. no arrests have been made in either of the two shootings. and questions linger this morning, after a convicted sex offender and financier jeffrey epstein was found dead in his manhattan jail cell. two federal investigations want to know why he was left unsupervised after an apparent attempt at suicide. >> reporter: 66-year-old jeffrey epstein was accused of child sex
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trafficking and awaiting his trial set for next year. his death comes a day after a trove of court documents were unsealed detailing the charges against him and potentially implicating other people. his suicide means all his alleged victims may not get the chance to tell their stories in criminal court. >> he raped me, knew what he was doing. >> reporter: jennifer rose talked to nbc after epstein pleaded not guilty. "i'm angry jeffrey epstein won't have to face his survivors of his abuse in court. we have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives." multiple law enforcement sources tell nbc news he hanged himself in his cell. according to the u.s. bureau of prisons he was rushed to a local hospital, where they were unable to retus tate him. william barr was appalled to hear of epstein's death. lawmakers wonder what happened. >> there's something wrong when we tempted suicide july 28th, was not on suicide watch in his
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cell when he did commit suicide. >> reporter: multiple people familiar with the investigation confirm to nbc news epstein was on suicide watch after his july incident, but he was not on suicide watch overnight. cameron lindsay is a retired warden from three federal prisons and questions how epstein's case may have been handle . >> if the chief psychologist was contemplating taking the inmate off suicide i'd expect that issue to be discussed among the facili facility's executive staff. >> reporter: sergio quintana, "nbc bay area news." a sign of resiliency and peace in gilroy. last night, white doves released at the gilroy rodeo in honor of the three people killed at the gilroy garlic festival shooting. organizers weren't sure how many people would show up after the tragic and terrifying events two weeks ago but the doves flew high above the stands filled with crowds who decided to come anyway. as the south bay mourns the three people killed during that
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shooting, now a call to action. dozens came together in campbell for a town hall meeting on gun violence, including the family of one of the victims. "today in the bay's" marian favro has that story. >> reporter: mass shootings in gilroy, el paso, texas, and dayton, ohio, brought more than 60 people to this church. this woman's 13-year-old niece keyla salazar was killed in the festival shooting. she'd like to see strong uniform gun laws that apply to every state. >> we wanted to come here to bring our story, the story of key laand ask the legislators what are thinks they can support victims and prevent this from happening again. >> reporter: state assembly members agreed lawmakers need to do more. >> it's really about getting weapons that are designed to kill people that are war-time military weapons out of the
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hands of ordinary people. >> we should also be looking at interstate compacts and opportunities to review the second amendment. >> where are you failing -- >> reporter: many asked what can be done to keep kids safe and prevent them from living in fear? this woman shared her story of shielding her young son from gunfire at the garlic festival. >> i'm hoping that everyone knows and agrees that no one needs an assault rifle. >> reporter: marianne favro, "nbc bay area news." more than a dozen democratic presidential hopefuls attended a gun reform forum in des moines saturday. front-runner joe biden called for a cultural shift in how the country thinks about gun ownership. >> who in god's name needs a weapon that can handle 100 rounds? for god's sake. >> all the candidates agreed that campaign donations to republicans by the nra have prevented congress from moving forward on gun control. california senator and presidential hopeful kamala harris picked up a noteworthy
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endorsement this weekend. former iowa democratic party chairwoman sue dvorski and her husband threw their weight behind harris, it came hours before harris spoke at the forum on gun violence. she joined the call for reforms and more activism. >> history is going to show that you were the leaders who made something happen. >> harris joined several other candidates in calling for walmart to stop selling guns, urging walmart customers to shop elsewhere until the company makes a change. a follow-up on the plan to paint over a controversial mural at a san francisco high school. "the chronicle" is reporting that san francisco school board president steve cook is proposing a compromise. don't paint over it, just cover it with some panels, talking about the decade's old mural of george washington at the high school named after him. critics point out it includes images of slaves as well as a dead native american. in june the school board voted to paint over the artwork.
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that decision sparked controversy. now cook is proposing to cover the objectionable parts of the mural with panels. the school board will vote on cook's proposal on tuesday. and it's official, all trans bay buses will return to the sales force transit center in san francisco today. it was nearly a year ago when crews found large cracks in the fly-over bus platform near fremont street. after being fixed in july, the lower level opened and san francisco muni buses moved back. today the upper level reopens and ac transit service resumes. and for the second time in two days, rescue crews were called to a san francisco cliff around 12:30 yesterday afternoon, two men hiking near fort funston decided to go over the edge of the steep embankment but couldn't get back up. by the time first responders got there, one had reached safety. firefighters had to use pulleys to rescue the second man. >> we respond out here a lot. a lot of times a dog will get
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over the side and the owner will try to go down and help him, but we find a lot of times we get the owner back up and the dog gets themselves back up, or somebody gets too close to the edge of the cliff and want to explore a little bit and find they can't get themselves back up. >> fortunately no one was hurt. and stay with us. we still have a lot more for you. coming up on "today in the bay," we are live in washington to talk politics with chuck todd, moderator of "meet the press." plus, lady gaga helping those who lived through tragedy. the project she has planned for several schools in gilroy.
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welcome back, everyone. time for our weekly chat with chuck todd, moderator of "meet the press" and our own nbc bay area political analyst larry gerston is with me in studio. chuck, good morning. thanks for joining us. how are you doing? >> good morning, bigad and larry. all good.
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happy sunday. >> you were in sioux city, and sat down with senator kamala harris. what were your takeaways? >> well look, i have been watching her candidacy and it's been fascinating to me. i think she is trying to create a space that we're going to find out if it's available, which is a space in between the progressive left of warren and sanders, and sort of the establishment wing of joe biden. and health care issue i think probably exemplifies this attempt better than any. while she's aspiring to medicare for all, she's got a process that will incrementally put it in and that's thank sort of was my takeaway from the conversation. she is very careful not to take definitive attacks or positions. she's coming across i think trying to send a message she doesn't make quick decisions, she's more nuanced on some of these things, and the only question i have is we live in a very black and white world these days, the gray areas and nuances don't get rewarded and social media don't get rewarded in our
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politics. they get sometimes penalized. i'll be fascinated to see if she can create this space, because if she can, she'll be the nominee. >> chuck, sandy hook, charleston, las vegas, now el paso and dayton, it goes on and on, with every mass shooting event, the clamor for gun control rises to a fever pitch, only to subside within weeks. do we have any reason to expect meaningful legislation this time? >> well look, i think people are right to be skeptical, if you're looking for new gun regulations. president trump talked about expanding background checks after las vegas, didn't happen. he talked about it after parkland and it didn't happen. one thing has changed, the republican party got hammered in the suburbs in 2018. i talked to a couple of strat jips strategists, who said the gun issue hurt republicans in suburban districts and you see
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it play out in the senate. republicans with states more populations, florida and pennsylvania those republican senators are calling for expanded gun regulation but the rural senators are not. they don't want to see anything. you have seen one sea change, larry. geography used to divide the democrats on guns. now geeing afee is dividing the republicans. ultimately it will be what does donald trump think he needs more, a solidified base or outreach to the suburbs? because what he decides on that will indicate where he really comes down on this issue. >> so assuming the status quo remains, do we expect any elected officials to pay a price in 2020 presidential or senat senatorial elections, maybe the conservative republicans? >>ing loo, i thi i think that's mcconnell pledged to vote on something. i think they're nervous about this. i think when you look at the politics of this has changed. you got a republican governor of
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florida running for the u.s. senate who came out for red flag laws and that helped him probably whin that senate seat. it didn't hurt him. you look at the senators they're most concerned about, susan collins wants expanded background checks in maine. john cornyn, texas is a state with a traditional gun culture, rising suburbs doesn't like some of these things, so i think when you look at mitch mcconnell's sole goal, which is keeping power, that's why he may relent on some of these votes, because i think he is nervous they could pay a price at the ballot box. >> chuck, appreciate the time and per executis perspective. catch chuck later this morning on "meet the press," exclusive interviews with senator kamala harris of california and acting secretary of homeland security kevin mclean. this is right after this newscast. larry will be back with us for a political segment in about 40 minutes. larry, we will see you then. >> you bet.
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oscar and grammy winning superstar lady gaga plans to help those impacted by the recent mass shootings across the country. the singer announced her "born this way" foundation will fund classrooms and communities involved in the violence. on facebook she posted about the project, she's still trying to cope with the emotions and saddened for families who lost loved ones. and day two of outside lands is in the books. tens of thousands of people showed up for the drinks, food and music. in response to the mass shootings across the country, security has been tighter at the venue in golden gate park, more police and fencing. one festival goer says she's being extra cautious. >> we didn't like to be on the outside of the crowd, just in case something were to happen there was no exit we could escape to. >> the last day of outside lands
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is today. some of the performing artists include paul simon and anderson pack. vianey arana is back with us for another check of the forecast. things are definitely warmed up compared to yesterday. >> yes, if you're going to be hanging out at outside lands during the day, it will be comfortable but again at night you know that fog creeps in and that typical san francisco breeze will get you. take a sweater if you are headed out to outside lands. we certainly have that breeze as well, not just along the coast but also in some inland areas yesterday and right now in the south bay, 61 degrees, the peninsula 53. tri-valley 60 degrees and we've got that fog rolling through in san francisco, 56 degrees. the north bay 55, and the east bay a cool 62. let's talk about the visibility, because we are definitely seeing some limited visibility. check out santa cruz, down to about a mile, that means visibility in terms of how far ahead you can see in front of your vehicle, san francisco down to about ten miles. santa rosa down to less than a mile. napa about five miles so just be
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careful out on the roads. remember don't use your high beams. it reflects off the fog and makes it worse. use your regular headlights or low beams. satellite radar, yesterday the system that was impacting us in terms of cloud cover and drizzle over parts of far northern california now kind of trekking out northeast near portland. we saw that kind of lingering through the morning hours, but now we don't have to worry too much about it. what is going to happen, we have some building high pressure, so overall your microclimate highs are going to be a little bit warmer today and this is going to set us up for a much hotter work week ahead. so we've got that morning fog, but take a look at your afternoon highs, oakland 76. concord 89. down through the south bay 85 degrees, but yes, we do have some 90s in through the tri-valley. so hotter valleys, anywhere along the coast is going to be your best way to get away from the heat. half moon bay 65 and san
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francisco 70 degrees. let's talk about the tsetup. the coastal fog could mean drizzle on the camera lens but the high pressure moves in bringing the return of summer-like temperatures around here. it will stick around through about tuesday, wednesday and then into thursday and friday we're going to see cooling and also the gusty north dry winds will be picking up at times in through thursday and friday, soer witso we're going to monitor that. even though temperatures are going to cool, the winds are expected to pick up at times. over the next seven days, once again we'll be at about 70 degrees in san francisco. 73 by monday. tuesday we got that high pressure building in, and then as the other system rolls around, our winds kick up in through thursday and friday, and our temperatures start to cool off, not just for the coast but also in inland areas. now our hottest day so far is looking like monday, so tomorrow 93 degrees, in through tuesday and wednesday, we'll keep the 90s in the forecast and then thursday and friday, expect those breezy winds to kick up
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once again but so far overnight lows are remaining cool in the 50s and today should be an absolutely spectacular day. i hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy. in the next half hour a look at the summer jazz fest and day two of outside lands coming up. >> thanks. there's still much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, just how much money is flowing in to washington to influence the gun debate? we investigate next. from the couldn't be prouders
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now you can share data between lines, mix with unlimited, and switch it up at anytime. design your own data with xfinity mobile. it's wireless reimagined. simple, easy, awesome. guns, money and politics has become an almost inseparable trio. as lawmakers debate the issue, we investigate just how much money is being funneled in to washington and california, from both sides of the gun debate. >> sometimes you can't get out of bed. >> reporter: maddie scott lost her son to gun violence. george scott was only 24 years old when he was killed in san
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francisco's western edition neighborhood two decades ago. >> i don't want another mother to feel what i feel. we shouldn't be burying our children. it's not normal. >> reporter: maddie scott is president of california's chapter of brady united which advocates for stricter gun laws across the country including universal background checks for anyone buying a gun. >> i want to go to graduations, not funerals. i'm tired of going to funerals. i've been to so many, so many funerals. >> reporter: nationwide brady united spent $160,000 last year lobbying members of congress for tougher gun laws. ♪ in the wake of the recent shootings in gilroy, el paso and dayton, scott says change is long overdue. >> i've seen a mother on the news and i just saw myself all over again. here we are 2019, still losing the battle against gun violence. >> reporter: last year, groups pushing for more gun control shelled out $2 million lobbying congress, but were seriously
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outspent by gun rights groups which paid out more than $12 million. >> why do we lobby so hard? why do we not let downs? 'because we truly believe that what we do saves lives, a large vast number of lives. >> reporter: sam peretas heads gun owners of california which has spent more than $1 million labbying california lawmakers over the past 15 years for fewer gun restrictions. >> more laws, more regulations, more rules will do nothing to prevent mass shootings. that's what we have to get into our head. >> reporter: california, texas and ohio all sites of recent mass shootings, also happen to be the biggest recipients of congressional campaign contributions from gun rights groups. sitting members of congress in texas have received $1.5 million in campaign funds. $662,000 in california and
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$591,000 in ohio. so what did that money buy? in texas, less restrictive gun laws earned the state a failing grade from the gifford's law center which advocates for more gun control. ohio got a d for its gun laws. california earned an "a" rating for its tougher regulations, even though when you add up the contributions from gun control groups, california only received $224,000 but that's still the most in the country. virginia ranks second with 189,000 but still earned a d rating for its lack of gun restrictions. new york is third at 120,000 and earned an a-minus for its gun laws. >> the influence of campaign contributions really it's a wake-up call for the american people. >> reporter: do you see this as some in congress putting money above lives? >> that's what the american people is looking at. >> this issue is intense. we are going to keep fighting. we believe what we do saves
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lives and that's why we're in it all the way to the end, and we think we're going to win. >> if money talks, the gun debate certainly seems to be heating up. congressional campaign contributions from gun rights groups shot up 20% last year. while groups advocating more gun control gave a thousand percent more. much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, a possible shark sighting at a popular bay area beach. how city officials got the word out quickly. plus, a serious accident along the coast, but this didn't happen in the ocean, it was on land. the new warnings about umbrellas at the beach.
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good morning everyone. thanks for waking up with us on this sunday. you're taking a live look at downtown san jose. pretty cloudy start to the morning. it is heating up though compared to yesterday, but then as always
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in the bay area, it's going to cool back down. thanks for watching, everyone. i'm bigad shaban in for kira klapper. vianey arana is here with me in studio with another check of the forecast. >> so we've got another cloudy start, bigad, but i said that would eventually get some sun, it is kind of what will happen today, too. the temperatures will be warmer. san francisco waking up to the fog. we've got some limited visibility down to ten miles in some areas are seeing less than a mile in terms of visibility up through the north bay and also through the santa cruz mountains as well. let's look at your temperature trend through the afternoon by about 10:00 a.m. we'll already be in the 70s so we're going to be a lot quicker to warm today, and we'll be climbing into those mid 80s. now yesterday if you were out and about, anywhere near the south bay, you probably notice that it was getting a little cooler into the late night hours especially when the winds picked up. we'll get some breezy conditions once again tonight but as we head in towards the interior valleys it will be a lot warmer.
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concord 89 degrees. it will be sunny and very warm and ase head in towards monday and tuesday, expect to see a greater warmup, because right now, we have some high pressure building in, and i'll break down exactly what that means for the bay area coming up in about 15 minutes. >> how about that for a teaser. vianey, thanks. we begin this morning with two separate shootings in the bay area that left at least five people shot, one person is dead. last night before 10:30 a man was shot inside of a red sedan. the car crashed in the parking lot after the shooting. the victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. an hour later four people were shot at the intersection of fillmore and golden gate avenue.
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questions remain after jeffrey epstein was found dead in his manhattan jail cell. >> reporter: 6-year-old jeffrey epstein was awaiting his trial set for next year, his death comes just a day after a trove of court documents were unsealed detailing the charges against him and potentially implicating other people. all his alleges victims may not get the chance to tell their stories in criminal court.
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>> reporter: i'm ans angry he won't face the charges of his abuse. multiple law enforcement sources tell nbc news he hanged himself in his cell. he was rushed to a local hospital where they were unable to resuscitate him. william barr said he was appalled to hear of epstein's death. lawmakers are wondering how this happened. >> there's something wrong when he attempted suicide july 28th, was not on suicide watch in his cell when he did commit suicide. >> multiple people familiar with the investigation confirmed to nbc news epstein was on suicide watch after his july incident but he was not on suicide watch oversight. cameron lindsay is a retired warden from three federal prisons, questions how epstein's case may have been handled. >> in f my program coordinator fos contemplating taking the inmate huff suicide i'd expect that issue discussed amongst the
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facility's executive staff. >> reporter: sergio quintana, "nbc bay area news." last night white doves released at the gilroy rodeo in honor of the three people killed at the garlic festival shooting. organizers weren't sure how many people would show up after the tragic and terrifying events two weeks ago but the doves threw high above the stands filled with crowds who came anyway. as the south bay mourns the three people killed at the gilroy garlic festival shooting, a call to action. dozens came together in campbell for a town meeting on gun violence including the family of one of the victims. marianne favro has that story. >> reporter: mass shootings brought more than 60 people to this church. k she'd like to see strong uniform
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gun laws that apply to every state. >> we wanted to come here to bring our story, the story of keyla and ask the legislators what are some things they can do to support victims and prevent this from happening again. >> reporter: state assembly members agreed, lawmakers need to do more. >> it's really about getting weapons that are designed to kill people that are war-time military weapons out of the hands of ordinary people. >> we should also be looking at interstate compacts and opportunities to review the second amendment. >> where are you failing -- >> reporter: many in the audience asked what can be done to keep kids safe and prevent them from living in fear? this woman shared her story of shaig shielding her son from gunfire. >> i'm hoping everyone knows and agrees that no one needs an assault rifle. >> reporter: marianne favro, c "nbc bay area news." >> hearts are heavy for chp
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officers in solano county. it's been one year since officer kirk grist was killed along i-80 in fairfield. he and another man were killed when a car slammed into them during a traffic stop. sean matthew walker faces two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. investigators say he was looking at his cell phone at the time. this summer a portion of interstate 50 in vacaville will be named in the officer's honor. april similar crash yesterday exactly one year since the tragedy, investigators say an impaired driver hit a solano chp sergeant on the side of the roadway near the crash site. that sergeant was released from the hospital and is expected to be okay. it's official, all trans bay buses will return to the sales force transit center in san francisco today. it was nearly a year ago when crews found large cracks in the fly-over bus platform near
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fremont street. that was fixed in july and the lower lefrl eer level of the c reopened and san francisco muni buses moved back. tooled the upper level reopens and ac transit service resumes. for the second time in two days, rescue crews were called to a san francisco cliff. around 12:30 yesterday afternoon two men hiking near fort moneyston decided to go over the edge of a steep embankment but couldn't get back up. firefighters had to use pulleys to rescue the second man. >> we respond out here a lot. a lot of times a dog will get over the side and the ownler try and go down and help him but we find a lot of times we end up getting the owner back up and the dog gets themselves back up or otherwise somebody too close to the edge of the cliff and want to explore a little bit and find they can't get themselves back up. >> fortunately no one was hurt. in a possible shark sighting prompts a warning in half moon
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bay. pacifica police sent out a text notifying people through an alert system. a great white shark was spotted about a quarter mile south of pillar point harbor. no beaches are evacuated but they are warning that people should be careful. and another warning about a summertime staple beach umbrellas. they can pose a safety risk even deadly, when the wind kicks up and they blow away. a teenage boy was seriously injured after being hit by one yesterday. joling kent has the story. >> reporter: it was a scene of horror on this beach in gloucester, massachusetts. >> there was a lot of blood. >> i saw the kid on the ground just laying down. >> reporter: after high winds picked up a beach embrul laand drove it right into the shoulder of a 13-year-old boy, seriously wounding him. >> there was a really large gash in his shoulder, and by the time i got over there, there was about three or four people there. >> reporter: medics treated him on the scene before he was rushed to the hospital.
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scenes like this aren't uncommon. this toddler almost hit in july last year, the same mouth a metal umbrella spike pierced the ankle of a british woman at a new jersey beach and in 2016 another woman killed when an umbrella struck her in the chest at virginia beach. medical researchers later calculated thembrella hit her with a force equal to 800 pounds. >> why are you prepared? >> we're tired of getting killed on the beach. >> reporter: lrnd 2,800 people were injured by beach umbrellas between 2010 and 2018. it's recommended to get an uhm el umbrella and stake it 12 inches into the ground. if it comes up, this is what's coming at you. >> block your head, always look up. >> reporter: always watching for an umbrella? >> all the time. >> i wish more people would really think about the safety of it and how they're putting their umbrellas in.
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>> reporter: joling kent, nbc news, coney island, new york. still ahead on "today in the bay," the call for gun control grows louder after three recent shootings. political analyst larry gerston rejoins us here in the studio to discuss where the gun control debate goes from here. but first, football is back in the bay area. the 49ers and raiders both in action, one rookie had a dazzling debut. we'll tell you about it. let's get down to business.
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football is officially back in the bay area. the 49ers hosting the cowboys in their first preseason game. most of the starters not suiting upjimmy garoppolo. the 49ers youth movement jaylen hurd catches his first touchdown, it was the first of
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two on the day, the 49ers win 17-9. and in oakland the raiders hosting the rams head coach jon gruden hoping for a bounce back year. pick it up in the second half, backup quarterback nathan peterman drops back, scrambles and takes off, picks up 50 yards and his teammates love it. raiders go on to win 14-3 and now for a look at other sports headlines here's brodie brazil. >> brodie brazil at the xfinity sportsdesk. in baseball in four games the a's have played against the white sox, undefeated against the south siders and outscored chicago 28-5 but could the green and gold continue their dominance in chicago? it's game two of three in this series, we had right to the seventh inning, white sox leading 2-0 on the scoreboard, bases loaded for chad pin der, john jay making a great catch for the white sox saving a run or two or the game for chicago. top knipe, runners second and
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third, a's down 3-0, chapman gets one past the third baseman, two runs score and it's a one-run game. later bases loaded for chris davis, he strikes out swinging and the white sox win 3-2. bottom of the second, giants hosting the phillies up 1-0, evan longeria with the two-run shot to left an the giants take a 2-1 lead. fast forward to the bottom of fifth, kevin pilar, nobody on, 0-2 count, solo shot to left center his 15th long ball on the season and giants extend their lead to 3-1. top of the eighth, tying run at the plate, jeff semavje gets scott kingery into the 5-4-3 double dipper. he pitched eight innings of two-hit ball at one point retiring 20 batters in a row as the giants go on to win 3-1 the final score.
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the nation is once again mourning those lost in mass shootings. some believe the source of these tragedies is linked to the large number of guns in the united states. nbc bay area political analyst larry gerston is here to talk to us about this topic. thanks for joining us again. >> of course. >> how pervasive are guns in america? >> they're there, the numbers are big. guns play a major role in america's culture, bigad, and have for more than 100 years. there are 330 million people here and about 393 million guns. 40% of americans own a gun or live at home with one. these days guns cause more deaths in traffic, about 36,000 each year and here is how they break down in terms of their use. 61% of gun caused deaths are suicides, followed by 35% which
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cause homicides. we often look to guns as weapons to harm others but you can see the mental health element here is really critical. >> so i know there's certainly a difference between how governments handled it at the state or federal level. how would you describe that? >> this is where it gets interesting. it's incredible. at the federal level there's precious little legislation. machine guns have been outlawed since the 1930s, otherwise between 1994 and 2004, senator dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban outlawed assault weapons, according to politifact, the number of assault weapons however, those deaths from them jumped by almost six-fold after the ban expired in 2004. in 1998 congress passed a background checks law but only for those people who are legal, buy guns from licensed dealers, about three-quarters of all purchases. the real action on gun legislation bigad has occurred in the states, for example seven states including california have
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banned assault weapons, and those states have the lowest death rates, the lowest death rates from firearms, california ranks seventh among the safest states in this area. of course the problem lies with the states that have no such legislation, now we get back to the gilroy mass killing that happened a few weeks ago, that shooter bought his assault weapon legally in nevada, brought it to california. >> which shows regardless of how strong our laws are here in california, we're only as strong as the weakest state with the weakest laws nearby. where is the public stand on this? >> for years the public expressed overwhelming support for some gun related measures. check out the overwhelming support from the public and gun owners alike on universal background checks. the mentally ill, and convicts. large majorities here, also support longer waiting periods for gun purchases and a ban for people on no fly lists. on all these topics, the public and gun owners are amazingly in
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sync, more than we might think. >> given that, larry, where does it go from here? >> now it gets tough. it's likely to be for two reasons a real serious problem to deal with this in the near future. the first has to do with gun industry opposition. critics tend to focus on the national rifle association but in fact it's the gun manufacturers who provide millions of dollars to the nra each year to do their bidding. that's important to know. the second reason centers on the public's lack of intensity. we've seen this over and over again. we talked about it with chuck earlier, the public gets upset after a gun related tragedy, and within about two or three weeks the issue moves to the back burner. until now, the public has not maintained outrage on the gun control issue and those two things really make a dbig difference. >> what with you expect? >> we can expect two developments i think. one is certain and the other uncertain. first, the gun industry will continue to resist virtually any
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federal legislation arguing that the second amendment allows unbridled gun ownership instead. of course we know that congress is legislated on guns in the past and the democrat controlled house recently passed legislation tightening background check rules which await senate response and here is a second thing we need to think about, elected officials will not move without any sustained, remember, sustained demand from constituents. legislation of this in the controversial area will occur only and i mean only if the public demands it from their elected officials. so the question is, will these recent events this time be the tipping point for change and for that, we're just going to have to wait and see. >> that's the answer that everyone wants or the question that everyone wants answered. larry gerston for us, appreciate the time. thanks. and still ahead on "today in the bay," spreading some goodwill, why the man you see in this picture has been dubbed the flight angel. >> that is a sweet story.
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you have to stick around for that. also stick around for my forecast, because the sun is peeking through. thin are going to warm up. how much warmer are we expected to get, and hey, a look ahead at your work week. i'll have the details coming up. stay with us.
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good morning. it is 7:53. buenos dias. i feel this is what it looks like when you have a good dream. this is supposed to be san francisco, the golden gate bridge but you can't see it because of the fog. i'll step out of the way so you
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can just dream on a sunday. go out and chase the dreams because today it will be beautiful thanks to the high pressure that's starting to build in, we will be a little bit warmer, so satellite radar there goes that low pressure system, that brought just some rain to the california/oregon border. now we don't have to worry about it off to the northeast as the high pressure begins to build. one thing that will happen is even though we've got the clouds and the fog along the coast now, we'll get some good clearing by the afternoon for inland areas and this is what's going to happen once we do heat up. through the tri-valley our warmest spots, concord 89, antioch 89 degrees. oakland 76 degrees, down through the south bay 85 for san jose, and if you're going to be in san francisco, it is san francisco, so even though we're warming up into the 70s keep in mind that once those clouds roll in late at night the breeze kicks up and it gets a little chilly in through the afternoon. let's talk about the next five days because we have got this setup for you, talking about the high pressure what this big "h"
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means, rolling in, expect to see the coastal fog tomorrow morning and this high pressure is going to warm us up and also going to clear us out in terms of the cloud cover in through monday, tuesday and wednesday, which will allow for hotter inland valleys. now, as we head in towards thursday and friday, later into the week, we could see some gusty northerly dry winds at times but that's also going to cool us off thanks to a nearby low pressure system into thursday, friday and saturday, so we're going to warm up the next couple days and then we cool back down a little bit towards the end of the week. let's talk about some of the events happening once again if you didn't get a chance to check out the jazz summer festival, today it is pleasant, 83 degrees by 2:00 and our temperature also remain in the 80s, downtown san jose does not get as cold as areas along the coast but we'll see some breezy winds at times picking up into the evening hours so just make sure to carry a light sweater so you don't get caught off guard. by 3:00 we'll stay in the mid 80s and this is your outside
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lands music fest. i saw a lot of people on twitter posting how it was cool that night. if you are visiting from out of town that's typical for san francisco but i'll help you out so you help plan it. again we'll stick to the mid-60s with you climbing into the upper 60s, low 70s. once the sun goes away we've got the coast that breeze kicks in, the clouds roll in again and it gets a little chilly, guys. so again if you're headed to outside lands and visiting us from out of town, welcome to the bay area. san francisco gets cold no matter what. the next seven days we have 73 degrees through tomorrow, that high pressure is going to help warm us up probably our hottest day of the week for the coast, and inland areas we'll see our greatest warmup as well in through monday, 93 degrees, tuesday 91, and then notice by thursday and friday, that's when that nearby system starts cooling us off, kicking up those winds but all in all a gorgeous sunday even though it's a little bit warmer, we are in summertime. >> parts of the country looking at that the hottest temperatures on the coast? it's like in the 70s in august?
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i know, i go's that's why we live where we do. >> microclimates, there it is. >> we'll get to this story, you love this story. not all heroes wear capes. a stranger he's holding a woman's hand on a flight from san diego to nashville. the woman who took the picture noticed the elderly woman was tightly clutching the young man's arm as soon as the flight took off. the elderly woman told the man next to her she hadn't flown in 15 years, and she was scared, so that man comforted her during the entire flight. the 96-year-old woman says she was flying to celebrate her birthday with family in kansas city. what a sweet story. >> that is sweet. i think about my own grandma and now she can't fly alone but at the time back then, i would have loved to have seen somebody nurture her. >> hopefully she felt loved. >> happy 96th birthday. >> thanks so much for you for tuning in today and waking up
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this sunday, a nation on edge as two communities mourn. >> we need to heal. then we need to love one another again. >> president trump lashes out at his critics. >> they're very dishonest people. that's probably why he got, i think, about zero percent. >> and democrats unify in opposition to the president on guns, race, and white supremacy. >> he is a big hit with white supremacists. >> this is white nationalism. >> will the shootings lead to new regulations on guns? >> i think we can do meaningful, very

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