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is still going to be a good alternate to use the almaden expressway to loop around towards curtner and get back on northbound 87. we are seeing a few brake lights there approaching that accident scene. and this is another accident. the same stretch of the guadalupe parkway, they both happen right after 4:00 this morning and obviously, you can see emergency crews out there. they are telling us that the fatal accident investigation is going to take at least another couple of hours from now. so the pressure is really going to build on some alternate freeways especially later on in the morning commute. we're talking about the monterey highway, 101, 280, so plan accordingly. obviously you can see, we're already seeing a bit of a backup there and there is a look at some of the emergency crews on scene. all right. we'll have much more on this coming up in a little bit. in the meantime, back to you. >> thank you. we are following another developing story. this one out of antioch. fire crews are looking into an
apartment fire at the 2800 block of gentrytown drive. we have now learned four units were heavily damaged this morning. witnesses reporting hearing explosions possibly due to ammunition in the home. fortunately, no one was injured. this morning, hundreds of nurses plan to go on strike at children's hospital in oakland. the walkout is scheduled to last three days. the key issues, pay and benefits. anne makovec is in oakland where the picketing is expected to start in just about a half hour. >> good morning. i have to say there's a lot of tension in the air this morning outside the oakland children's hospital. you can see the proverbial line in the sand here has been drawn. this is a tape line. this is private property. i can stand here because i'm not a striking nurse and this is public property. the sidewalk that is where the strike must remain according to hospital personnel. they even hired private security guard a brigade just passed us here and that is apparently not usually the case
here at the hospital. so it's going to be a big deal. we're talk 700 to 800 nurses on strike this morning for the next three days. the nurses are members of the california nurses association. working without a contract since july. one of the main disputes one we hear time and time again, healthcare costs as well as pay and other benefits. the hospital has reportedly lost almost $70 million over the past four years and is looking for ways to cut costs. as for the families served here in the hospital, one person says they will not be affected by the strike. but nurses say they certainly will. >> the strategy is to have the least impact on our patients and to let the hospital and the community know that we're fighting for our contract rights. >> reporter: all departments will stay open here at the children's hospital. they are bringing in more than 100 nurses from other states to
help cover the shift of the striking nurses. and again, out here live looking at the nurses starting to gather, the official strike starts at about 7:00 a.m. and we are talking about 700 to 800 nurses. both say they will return to the bargaining table when this is all done. >> all right, anne makovec thank you. it is 6:03. today it's the final showdown between jerry brown and meg whitman. it is the third debate between the gubernatorial candidate. they will be at dominican university in san rafael. it comes at a time when both candidates are caught up in scandals. a staffer for brown was conveniencely caught on tape using a sexist slur to describe meg whitman. and whitman is still facing questions about her treatment of a former housekeeper. the latest poll shows brown leading whitman among likely women voters 47 to 37%. the poll was taken after the
maid story broke but before the recording of the brown staffer became public. the heat is on. high fire danger today and certainly a concern. there is an excessive heat advisory in effect. let's check in with mark sayre on mt. hamilton one. areas where there is an official warning out today. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the national weather service has issued a red flag warning for the east bay hills and diablo range here on mt. hamilton, you can see there is an abundance of brown dry brush. that red flag warning includes all hills above 1,000 feet in alameda, contra costa and santa clara counties. the fire danger isn't just in the mountains. yesterday in vacaville a small brush fire broke out along interstate 505 keeping fire crews busy for the afternoon and the conditions remain ripe for still more fire trouble. >> we have had some
precipitation and cooler weather but these north winds bring the fire danger back up. the conditions are dry. the grass is extremely dead. >> reporter: you can hear just how dry this brush is on mt. hamilton. one. other concerns that they have, juliette, the potential for wind. some possible gusts projected up to perhaps 40 miles per hour over some of the ridgetops later on today. if there is any sort of fire ignition source those winds can send flames across the mountains. very concerned about that. mark sayre, back to you. >> thank you. lawrence has the forecast. >> i think the winds will be the major concern. you get those strong offshore gusts. we have seen some gusts of 30 miles per hour plus over some of the mountaintops now still have to watch that closely and as those winds move from the offshore they are sinking, warming and drying out. so fire danger running high. not only that but we have an excessive heat warning inside the san francisco bay. temperatures running in the 80s to near 90 degrees so folks
that are sensitive to the heat, the elderly, some of the young, you need to drink plenty of water give some of the older folks a phone call make sure they are doing okay. those numbers are going to be impressive around the bay area. even at the coastline, expecting some 70s and maybe some 80s. you have 88 the forecast high in san francisco. 88 in oakland. 90 san jose. and about 97 degrees one of the hot spots santa rosa. so just when will we cool down? we'll talk about that coming up. >> thank you. the giants arrived back home this morning. the mantra, bring on the phillies. they are now heading to the national league championship series. >> and a chopper to third. the throw across. in time! and the giants have won the series. >> the giants beat the braves last night 3-2. they now head to philadelphia on saturday to open a seven-game series. tim lincecum will take the
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kidnap two sisters in pinole. as the morning commute gets you understand way, backups continue. fatal motorcycle accident in san jose has all northbound lanes of the guadalupe parkway shut down right there by the capitol expressway. chp has just started letting drivers squeeze by on the shoulder but as you can see, there are backups they are getting bigger and the pressure is also beginning to build on surrounding freeways. we'll have much more on what happened and your alternates coming up in traffic in just a little bit. >> thank you. 6:10 now. the search is on this morning for a man who tried to kidnap two sisters in pinole. investigators have released this sketch. they say the man approached the girls in a green jeep near sunny view drive and nob hill avenue. the girls say the man told them to get in his car or he would
shoot relatives. the grabbed the young girl, the sister pulled her away and both ran. kids in the neighborhood are scared. >> i was thinking it could have been my little sister or something like that because she was outside at the time, too. >> the incident appears similar to another attempted abduction last month outside pleasant hill middle school. dozens of school workers in mt. diablo could be laid off or have their hours cut. the city council is meeting today to discuss the futures of 20 maintenance workers and 41 school secretaries. they say reductions are needed because of state budget cuts and medical insurance costs. now, if approved, the changes could take effect as early as next month. the dalai lama is making rounds in the bay area today. he is on a four-day trip to silicon valley. he will be giving a lecture at the san jose convention center this afternoon. the teaching focuses on turning
obstacles into opportunities. and developing compassion for all things. turning 6:12 now. the former city manager of bell gets some unwelcome visitors. what was done to his home? >> and it's the biggest gourd of them all. we're talking live with the winner of the half moon bay pumpkin weigh-off coming up. and the sun coming up over what looks like another hot day around the bay area. even hotter than yesterday. just how hot will it get in your neighborhood? we'll talk about that in the forecast coming up. [ male announcer ] carly fiorina.
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good morning. the morning commute gets under way, unfortunately the traffic will get worse before it gets better. on the guadalupe parkway stacking up northbound 87 essentially all lanes are blocked right now at the capitol expressway all the way out to curtner avenue. chp is letting some traffic squeeze by on the shoulder. but check out all those brake lights. two accidents just after 4:00 a.m. investigators are on scene now. the almaden, monterey highway, 101, probably your best bets for at least another good
couple of hours or so. fatal accident investigation will take a while to wrap up. in the meantime, traffic looks like it's backed up close to highway 85. let's go out now to walnut creek. southbound 680 approaching north main street. we got a call from al with the kcbs phone force who told us about this accident. the left lane is blocked so traffic is stacking up towards treat boulevard so watch out for that. now a second motorcycle accident of the morning. this one in pleasanton. it is going against the commute in the eastbound lanes of 580 right there by santa rita road. drivers are coming to a halt we are told so traffic is just beginning to back up in the area. i think my producer is giving me a note that the metering lights were just switched on at the bay bridge toll plaza. so right now, you can see slight there's right now approaching the pay gates. and it's starting to slow up a little up the incline but no
big problems at the bay bridge. mass transit by the way if you want to use it everything is rolling along on time. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. that's your traffic. for your forecast, a warmer weather forecast, here's lawrence. beach weather! >> hard to believe getting hot around the bay area today but folks, we are going to crank up the temperatures. check out some of the numbers this morning in the 70s in some of the hotter spots already. clear all the way to the coastline. you got that offshore wind in effect and, of course, that's clearing out the fog, nothing to worry about there. but yeah, fire danger running high for today. especially over the north and the east bay hills expecting some gusty winds. we have seen some gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour already, very low humidity levels and, of course, those hot temperatures combining to raise the fire danger. excessive heat warning inside the bay temperatures in the 80s getting near 90 degrees there. and out at the coastline, great day to hit the beach. temperatures in the 70s and maybe a couple of low 80s. numbers outside now impressive.
71 napa, 70 in redwood city and even 67 in pacifica. so yeah, you get the idea. high pressure in control, you got those offshore winds already blowing here in the bay area. and they are going to hold on. 91 los gatos. 80 in daly city. east bay temperatures up into the 80s and 90s as you make your way inside the bay. santa rosa 97 towards the afternoon.hot in the valleys although we'll cool inside the bay come wednesday afternoon. fog and low clouds returning come thursday and friday. and that should cool our temperatures off heading into the next weekend. that's a look at your weather. back up to you. >> thank you. here's a look at today's top stories. hundreds of nurses are going on strike this morning at children's hospital in oakland. they are upset about planned rollbacks in their healthcare benefits. management says those benefits are getting more expensive. replacement nurses will work
during the three-day walkout. for the third and final time, the candidates for governor will square off tonight. meg whitman and jerry brown will debate at dominican university in san rafael. the latest polls showing brown ahead by 5 points and by 10 among women. it was taken after the whitman housekeeper story broke but before the recording of a sexist slur from brown's camp. next stop philadelphia. the giants defeating the braves last night 3-2. they will now take on the phillies with game one on saturday and it should be a pitchers' duel with tim lincecum taking the mound against roy halladay. a jury will weigh in on the death of anna nicole smith. deliberations start this morning in los angeles. the jury will decide whether smith's two doctors and lawyer/boyfriend gave her too many prescription drugs, leading to her overdose and death in 2007. the doctors claim they
prescribed the drugs because smith suffers from physical and emotional pain. the army begins hearings today in the case of the alleged fort hood gunman. nadal hasan an army psychiatrist is accused of opening fire at the military base last november. 13 soldiers were killed. the hearings will determine if there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial. it will be the first time witnesses have testified about the shooting. 6:20 now. gap is going back to the basics. >> i didn't like it at all. i think it looks like something that my 3.5-year-old daughter could have come up with. >> the big mistake and why the store says it is exiting at the same time. -- it's excited at the same time. we'll figure that word out when we'll come back. ,,,, [ male announcer ] the turn changes everything.
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getting hot around the bay area today. heading out the door, something cool to drink for you. temperatures in the 80s and upper 90s. talk about when we expect a cooldown coming up. all right. 6:23. this morning, robert rizzo has some cleaning up to do. he is the former city manager of the city of bell. vandals trashed his porch with
toilet paper yesterday. it's unclear whether he was home at the time. rizzo posted bond last week to get out of jail. he is charged with several counts of fraud and corruption in connection with his high salary scandal hitting that city. the customers spoke and gap list and and they are excited about it. the company is going back to its original logo. last week, gap changed its logo to reflect its new style but shoppers hated the new look and let the company know in some pretty blunt online comments. >> i didn't like it at all. i think it looks like something that my 3.5-year-old daughter could have come up with. >> the gap iconic logo means so much to so many people that whether it was a cry to keep it or whether it was a cry to do their own version it's been incredibly exciting to see how much energy is around it. >> the company admits it might have been a hasty change before consulting its customers. all right. here's our question of the what is the secret to keeping your facebook friends happy? a new study tells you what not
to do. among the most common offenses, a bunch of random status updates or going off on political or religious rants. researchers say posting crude or racist comments will also get you defriended, as well. so you don't want to go there at all. >> i'm not even on facebook. >> why not? >> am i lik one of the -- >> i think there is a trend to get off all those social networking sites to go underground. >> it must be addictive to keep in touch with people. >> it is at first, and then you see how many friends you have. >> there is certain etiquette. >> exactly. less is more. >> that's why i'm not on there. [ laughter ] >> all right. >> here's our question. what are some bad habits you see on social networking sites?
their race." send your answers to morning dot com. we are also on facebook and twitter. send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. or you can post your answers on our facebook page. we're also on twitter. we'll certainly share your responses and maybe we'll get lawrence on facebook. >> maybe i'll start tweeting. you never know. [ laughter ] >> you could with the weather updates. i would check in with your tweets. >> would you? >> maybe. not. [ laughter ] >> yeah, thanks. it is 6:26. a crackdown today in santa rosa. the one group police have their eyes on. plus, more drivers are fed up with fees at the bay bridge. the dangerous measures they are taking just to save a few dollars. and hundreds of nurses are about to go on strike. we'll tell you how this will affect the children, the patients and their families coming up next. and it is a brutal commute right now in san jose.
northbound 87 between the capitol expressway and curtner avenue, we have a live report with kcbs phone force's matt bigler coming up. >> so, ah, yo? got the mirrors all adjusted? you can see everything ok? just stay off the freeways, all right? i don't want you going out on those yet. and leave your phone in your purse, i don't want you texting. >> daddy... ok! ok, here you go. be careful. >> thanks dad. >> and call me--but not while you're driving. we knew this day was coming. that's why we bought a subaru. as ceo, she laid off 30,000 workers and shipped jobs to china. china. india. russia. poland. i know precisely why those jobs go. [ male announcer ] because fiorina shipped them there. to shanghai instead of san jose. bangalore instead of burbank. proudly stamping her products "made in china." 30,000 workers gone
just a few minutes. but let's go to elizabeth wenger on the traffic center with the way to get around a fatal mess this morning. good morning to you. >> yeah. hey, good morning, juliette. it was a fatal motorcycle accident just after 4:00 a.m. this morning. then there was another accident sounds like in that same area. so investigators are still on scene now. it sounds like they have the two left lanes closed close to curtner and traffic is just squeezing by on the shoulder near the capitol expressway. the mess is essentially causing traffic to back up all the way towards highway 85. basically the northbound lanes of 87 are almost entirely shut down between that stretch between capitol expressway and curtner as our morning commute continues to grow, the backups continuing to grow, as well. as far as alternates go, they were detouring cars off the capitol expressway and then on almaden which is still a good alternate for the stretch. also, monterey highway, use 101, obviously the pressure begins to build on those other
freeways in the area. but they are going to be better than the guadalupe parkway for the time being. again, traffic alert has been issued since about 4:00 this morning. and your best alternates almaden, monterey and 101. it actually looks better on 101 now than even just a short time ago. all right. speaking of motorcycle accidents, actually motorcycle riders are getting special attention from police in santa rosa today. cops are really beefing up enforcement in areas with heavier motorcycle traffic. spots with a high number of accidents in the past. police say speeding, drug and alcohol impairment and inexperience are major factors in motorcycle crashes. fatal motorcycle accidents are up, get this, 175% in california in just the last 10 years. and again, we are waiting for a live report from matt bigler from kcbs radio for that fatal motorcycle accident on the guadalupe parkway. so we'll have that coming up in
a little bit. back to you. >> thank you. an investigation is under way into an apartment fire in antioch. we want to show you some new video just into our newsroom. it happened at the 2800 block of gentrytown drive. four units heavily damaged in the morning fire. witnesses reported hearing explosions possibly due to ammunition in the home. fortunately, no one was hurt. in about 30 minutes, more than 700 nurses will strike at children's hospital in oakland scheduled to last three days. the key issues, pay and benefits. anne makovec is in oakland, where the nurses have been gathering all morning long. good morning to you, anne. >> reporter: good morning. there is a lot of tension in this air before the strike officially begins at 7:00 a.m. the official line in the sand is down here. hospital personnel taped this off about a half hour ago. this is private property, hospital property, and this is
the sidewalk where the nurses will be walking their picket line. there are extra security guards to make sure the picketers don't cross the line into private property. this is a small gathering of nurses here outside the children's hospital of oakland. soon to be joined by hundreds of others according to the union. they are members of the california nurses association working without a contract since july. the main disputes as juliette mentioned healthcare costs, pay and other benefits. the hospital has lost almost $70 million over the past three years and the union is behind the times, according to the hospital. as for the families here at children's hospital, a spokesman says operations won't be affected by the strike. all departments will stay open and they are bringing in more than 100 nurses from other states to help cover their shifts. but unfortunately, the families will be affected. >> yes, this is going to be disruptive, whether it be the
picket lines outside that are disruptives to families coming into the hospital or kids missing their nurses for the the next few days. but there will be many, many familiar faces on the inside of the hospital during the strike. >> patients will be affected by the strike and we're very sorry. we do this as a last resort and we don't do it lightly and we're sorry the hospital forced us to this point. >> reporter: back out here live now outside the children's hospital of oakland, you might have done the math there in your head. we're talking about 700 to 800 nurses striking and they are bringing in 125 nurses to cover those shifts. so how does that work out? the hospital says a lot of the striking nurses are only part time nurses and that they scaled back some things like scheduled operations so that they are able to still cover the shifts. but again, at the very least, families here will notice that there is a lot of tension in the air outside of the hospital. back to you. >> thank you. well, what a day around the
bay area. yesterday things heated up, today even hotter. we have talked about the red flag warning and temperatures in the 80s and 90s, not hottest we have seen but we haven't seen temperatures like this very often so those folks who might be sensitive to the heat pay attention to them today as they should drink plenty of fluids and keep cool. temperatures impressive around the bay area. 90s in many of the valleys.95 in pleasanton, 97 in santa rosa. 80s and 90s inside the bay. even at the coast 70s and 80s. there is a cooldown on the horizon. we'll have more coming up. >> thank you. firefighters in the bay area want people to be careful today. there are warnings out because of the hot, dry windy weather. mark sayre is in santa clara county checking the fire danger
on mt. hamilton. >> reporter: good morning. the national weather service has issued a red flag warning for the east bay hills and also the diablo range. we are here on mt. hamilton where you can see there is no shortage of dry brown brush. the red flag warning includes all hills above 1,000 feet ain alameda, contra costa and santa clara counties and the fire danger of course not just limited to the mountains. yesterday in the vacaville area, a few small brush fires broke out along interstate 505. that kept fire crews quite busy there yesterday afternoon. and the conditions remain ripe for still more fire trouble. >> we had some precipitation. we have had cooler weather. but these north winds that we're starting to see actually bring the fire danger back up. the conditions are dry. the grass is extremely dead. >> reporter: you can see this is the problem. any ignition source in this type of dry brush would simply go up. the other big concern they have is the wind, possible wind gusts over some of the ridges up to 40 miles an hour.
we are picking up a little bit of that right now here on mt. hamilton. some light gusts near 40 but you can definitely feel the wind already developing at this hour of the morning. that's the latest live from mt. hamilton. i'm mark sayre, cbs 5. back to you. >> thank you. 6:37 now. the candidates for governor will face off one last time tonight. meg whitman and jerry brown will debate for the third and final time. they will be at dominican university in san rafael. it comes at a time when both candidates are caught up in scandals. a staffer for brown was recently caught on tape using a sexist slur to describe his republican opponent meg whitman. and whitman is still facing questions about her treatment of a former housekeeper. the latest poll shows brown leading whitman with likely women voters taken after the maid story broke but before the recording of the brown staffer became public. sarah palin visiting the bay area this week. the former alaska governor will be in san jose on thursday.
she is scheduled to speak and answer questions at the san jose center for the performing arts. and the november elections three weeks from today and today, several rallies are planned. among them, a group of east bay mayors, city council members, fire and police officials. they will gather in livermore. they are urging support of proposition 22. if passed, prop 22 would stop the state from taking local taxpayer funds designed to be used at the local level. and today in oakland, medical marijuana users are expected to officially throw their support behind prop 19. that's the state measure to legalize pot. it comes just after the feds raided several pot clubs in the south bay. with only three weeks before californians vote on prop 19, some dispensary operators think the raids are politically motivated. the bureau of narcotics enforcement would not comment on the raids.
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roadway. kcbs radio's matt bigler is in san jose where northbound lanes could be closed for a while. matt. >> reporter: that's right. most of the northbound lanes of 87 are closed down right now. traffic is just barely squeezing by on the shoulder around this accident scene which is just over this direction on northbound 87 at curtner. curtner is right behind me. here's what happened. sometime just after 5:00 this morning, a motorcyclist was involved in this accident with one, possibly two cars. i drove by the accident scene just a couple of minutes ago and it looked like there may have been more than one car involved in this. somehow, the motorcycle rider was struck and was killed. the fatal investigation is now going on. like i said, traffic is just barely squeezing by. if you can avoid northbound 87 this morning, that would be advisable. almaden expressway is the preferable route. you can get around that section of 87 because 87 northbound is a nightmare in the morning
without any accidents. so this morning it's going to be bogged down. do everything you can to avoid it while this fatal accident continues. matt bigler live for cbs 5 in san jose. as matt said that's probably the best advice just avoid the guadalupe parkway. those northbound lanes of 87. traffic is just squeezing by on the shoulder as you make your way past capitol expressway. and the backup extends to about highway 85. so let's talk about alternates. matt mentioned the almaden expressway. that's going to be a good alternate as well as the monterey highway or 101, which hasn't looked too bad so far this morning. again, this closure is likely going to be in effect for at least another couple of hours. i just want to mention quickly another couple of accidents we have been following, as well. this one in walnut creek. southbound 680 approaching north main street. they just opened all lanes. two left lanes were blocked for the last half hour. traffic is stop and go from at least treat boulevard. and westbound highway 4 there was an earlier crash as well approaching hillcrest. and now all lanes are open but
check out the backups. they extend off the antioch bridge. speeds do improve closer to pittsburg and bay point. metering lights on at the bay bridge toll plaza and traffic is already backed up to the maze. lawrence has the forecast. >> thank you, elizabeth. checking some of the winds, gusting good over the east bay hills, over 20 miles per hour but it's also offshore winds starting out on a day like this. what a gorgeous looking day it's going to be!! clear skies all the way to the coastline. autumn weather here in the bay area but you have to be careful. red flag warnings are up. we have fire danger running high especially in the north and the east bay hills. headed out the door, though, temperatures something else already in some parts of the bay area. up into the 70s in the warmer spots. 60s inside the bay clear to the coastline. by this afternoon, going to be hot in many spots especially inland. you're looking at 80s and upper 90s in some of the warmer spots especially in the north bay. heat advisory or heat warning i should say is in effect inside the bay. temperatures there expected to be in the 80s near 90 degrees and out toward the coastline
what a great day to get to the beach if you can. 70s and some low 80s expected for some highs there. all right around the bay area right now you have 73 degrees right now in vallejo, 71 napa, 70 fairfield. some of these temperatures on the hotter days in the summer. even warm at the coastline, 67 at pacifica. that ridge of high pressure holding on. it builds into the pacific northwest and over the great basin you get offshore winds kicking in around the bay area that cranks up the heat and it's going to be hot in places. 91 morgan hill, 90 milpitas, 89 fremont. lots of 70s and 80s at the beaches here. east bay temperatures running easily into the 80s and some 90s inland. north bay temperatures some of the hottest. you are going to spike in santa rosa today again. 97 degrees there, 94 in petaluma. and about 89 degrees in san anselmo. all right. here we go. next couple of days, hot temperatures continuing inland may start to cool slightly heading towards the coastline
by tomorrow afternoon i think more extensive cooling thursday and friday. low clouds and fog return to cool it down headed in toward the weekend. back to you. >> thank you. new traffic data from the bay bridge shows more drivers are avoiding the busiest morning hours because of higher tolls. in july, the toll between five and ten a.m. increased from $4 to$6. also the bay area toll authority says drivers keep pulling over to the shoulder ride before 10:00 a.m. to save money. chp warns drivers not to do that because it is dangerous. okay. 6:46. stock futures fell in premarket trading this morning. so it's time to get an update on wall street. here's jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. >> caution is the catch phrase this morning. we are going to get the minutes from the latest from the federal reserve policy meeting at 11:00 a.m.
our time and also intel the world's biggest chipmaker reports its earnings after the closing bell. as far as the fed goes, it's going to be looking for further clues as to qualitative easing such as buying more government debt to push down borrowing costs even further from the current record lows as a way to try to stimulate the economy. and right now investors are banking on the fact that the fed will go ahead with the plan like that. as far as intel is concerned, they are expected to report , another big quarter with revenue of about $11 billion and probably beat estimates for a fifth straight quarter. but the company did warn a couple of months ago that pc demand was down. and what they say about the current quarter going into the holiday season will be very important. there is a huge supply of chips out there and if there isn't much demand, that's going to cause problems for intel and other chipmakers like advanced microdevices. right now the stock market is lower as the dow is off by 76 points below 11,000 again.
nasdaq is down by 14. the s&p is down by 8 points. wall street firms are paying out even more money these days than over the past couple of years. "wall street journal" says in the top three dozen firms, the compensation this year will probably be $144 billion. that's $5billion more than last year. interestingly, although profits have been coming back from the financial crisis, expected to be about $62 billion this year, that's down about $20 billion from the record in 2006. yet during that four-year period, compensation is up 23%. that's going to be affected in the coming years by new financial regulation. wall street managers say they have to pay top dollar to keep their top performers. >> no doubt. thank you, jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. have a great morning. >> you, too. >> thank you. 6:48. it's big, orange, it weighs more than 1500 pounds. we are talking about the biggest pumpkin in the country. joining us live now is ron root from citrus height. he actually won the half moon
bay pumpkin weigh-off. congratulations, ron. >> thank you. thank you. >> i have so many questions four. first and foremost, uhm, congratulations, how did it feel to win? >> a some of feeling. best feeling i have ever had in my life so far. >> okay. i'm looking at you actually some video, is that a picture of the pumpkin? >> this is one i entered in morgan hill california last saturday. it weighed 1,355. the half moon bay winner has to stay down at half moon bay for the rest of the week for their festival. >> gotcha. so we have video of the one that won. that was 1500 pounds. where did you grow it and what's the secret? can you give that up? >> i grow it right here on this farm not in this location of course. some of the secrets are having really good soil, a lot of organic compost, seaweed, and a lot of luck and you need the
right weather and a lot of sun and hard work. >> did you have a feeling you were going to win this year? how much bigger was your pumpkin compared to the other ones? >> they're all close. it's always a toss-up. you don't know who is going to win until get on the scale because you could be bigger in size but smaller pumpkin could outweigh it because it's denser. >> i can't imagine transporting that. how did you do that? >> well, here we use a special sling system to pick the pumpkin up. here on the farm they have all the tractors and loaders so it's easy and we sling it on a lowered and put it on a pallet and put it on the truck. >> just sling it on a loader! [ laughter ] >> the pumpkin stays is the half moon bay. do you bring it home or what do you do with the winning pumpkin, what happens? >> well, my plan is right now is to bring it here to the farm so that schoolkids can enjoy it. >> aw, absolutely. what do you do for a living? >> i'm retired. >> you're retired.
and you grow pumpkins. well, ron, thanks for joining us this morning. it's very exciting. we love our half moon bay pumpkin contest and we so glad we got to feature you this morning. so have a great holiday halloween, thanksgiving, are you going to make pumpkin pie out of it? >> uhm, you can eat them but they're not as tasty. >> such a cliche question i just asked. all right. hey, ron have a great day. thanks so much for being with us. the pumpkin -- >> thank you. >> -- can be seen at this weekend's harvest festival in half moon bay. time now 6:51. the secret to keeping friends on facebook is simple. don't post random status updates or rants according to a new study out of denver so that was our question of the day. what are some bad habits you see on social networking sites? li y need to know that
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and the strike is expected to last three days. they are members of the california nurses association. there are picture signs on the other side of the -- picket signs on the other side of the street here in oakland. if the union is right there will be a lot of nurses carrying those signs in a few minutes. the main dispute is healthcare costs as well as pay and other benefits. the hospital says it's lost almost $70 million over the past three years and has to cut from the union contract. but obviously, the nurses don't want that to happen. a lot of tension in the air here at oakland children's hospital. now, the hospital says the operations will not be affected in fact they brought in dozens of other nurses about 150 other nurses from other states to cover the shifts of the striking nurses but that doesn't really add up if you have done the math. we are talking about 800 striking nurses. apparently a lot of them are part time nurses and now the people they are bringing in will be working 12-hour shifts to cover it. the tension, here's an example of that there is a proverbial line in the sand drawn here.
hospital staff came out and taped this area off this morning. this is private property and this is public property. so this is where the picketers will be staying. but obviously, patients and their families will be having to pass by this on their way into children's hospital this morning. juliette? >> all right. anne makovec, thank you. the investigation is under way into an apartment fire in antioch that happened at the 2800 block of gentrytown drive. four units were heavily damaged in the morning fire. live pictures from the apartment complex. witness reported hearing explosions, possibly due to ammunition in the home. fortunately, no one was hurt. and today the final showdown between jerry brown and meg whitman. it is the third debate between the gubernatorial candidates. it comes at a time when both candidates are caught up in scandals. a staffer for brown was recently caught on tape using a sexist vulgarity to describe
his republican opponent and whitman is still facing questions about he treatment of a former housekeeper. the giants will take on the phillies. they are now heading to the national league championship series. they beat the braves last night 3-2 in a nail biter. they now head to philadelphia to open a seven-game series on saturday. >> i wore my orange. >> orange and black. i didn't get a chance to say it yet. >> yes. >> that's the spirit. >> it is really excite. >> and i know it's been a busy morning also a serious morning with the commute and also fatal accident so talk about that. >> really rough start to the morning commute in san jose. we still have chopper 5 live over the scene. essentially avoid the guadalupe parkway right now. all lanes of northbound 87 are pretty much shut down between capitol expressway and curtner. chp is letting some traffic by. okay. i just got in my ear that all lanes are just opened.
all lanes are just opened. that's great news because we thought that they were going to have those lanes shut down until close to 8:00 this morning but obviously that is not the case. my producer just got in my ear and said all lanes are open northbound 87 at the capitol expressway. you can see brake lights backed up solidly to highway 85. lawrence has the forecast. >> just slow down and enjoy the sunshine. haven't had many days like this all season long. going to be hot around the bay area. fire danger running high and heat warning in effect inside the bay as though temperatures running up into the 80s near 90 degrees. lots of 90s in the valleys today and at the coast. how about some 70s even 80s? maybe some slow cooling out toward the coastline tomorrow. still going to stay hot inside the bay and the interior but looks like temperatures will cool down toward the weekend. >> it's a mixed bag. do you have your pumpkin yet for jessica? >> i'm growing one in the backyard but it's small compared to the half moon bay one. >> are you feeding it seaweed? >> i didn't