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>> reporter: people made the park look like a crowded street fair. paramedics were summoned as people were over come by the heat. and the trip back up the hill was still to come. >> we are more than welcome to carpool and get everybody else out safe. >> reporter: coming up at 6:00 p.m. one very remarkable reason why people are willing to put themselves through this. reporting live, consumer editor tom vacar ktvu channel 2 news. livermore, some of the heat in the inland areas have been oppressive. this heat wave is about to break. ktvu's mark tamayo is here with a look at the temperatures. >> finally changes around the corner. day 7 of temperatures at or above 100 degrees. we have been talking about this since saturday morning. remains in place for a few more
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hours, till 7:00 p.m. tonight for the valleys, the south bay and the mountains. the temperatures above 100 degrees. livermore from last week, 28 through today, high of 102 degrees this afternoon in livermore. as far as current temperatures right now. it is still hot. watt mull creek -- walnut creak 100. oakland 78. cooler near the shoreline and san francisco. coming up, we will look at the fireworks forecast for this evening. the big change you can expect for friday temperatures and a quick peak at your weekend. getting into san francisco may be difficult due to the bart strike. a live picture of the toll plaza. it is backed up already. although the lanes in the middle are fast track. they are moving well. once you get on the bridge traffic flows well.
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it is getting through the plaza that will be the difficult part. if you are going into the city, ktvu's eric rasmussen is live in san francisco where public transportation options are limited because of the holiday today. eric? >> reporter: they are. what a difference a holiday makes. look at the terminal here. things still busy but nothing like what we have seen the last few days. no lines like there have been. special bart shuttles have been scaling back but a.c. transit increased their work load for the 4th of july. they added 11 extra bosses and operating on a sunday schedule. buses are arriving every 15 minutes rather than every half hour. a.c. transit added service to make up for the other agencies. we found people trying to find their way into san francisco
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for work and to celebrate the holiday. >> waitingwaitingwaiting for the bus. should be fine. bart is more convenient. >> reporter: things have also been very busy on the embarcadero all day. plenty of traffic on the roads and some traffic on our way into the city on the bay bridge today. muni is also providing shuttle service till 8:30 p.m. tonight. return service is from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. if the bart strike continues there could be extra bus service this weekend. eric rasmussen, ktvu channel 2 news. bart scaled back its bus service today. three buses each this morning. return trips from san francisco are sill 6:00 p.m. tonight. ferry service is also being
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scaled back due to the holiday. the san francisco and the blue and gold didn't provide extra service. weekend ferry service is expected to be back tomorrow. day four of the bart strike has negotiators and union members back at the table. >> ken pritchett is live with why it appears they remain far apart on a deal. >> reporter: unlike yesterday when there was a tight led on information today we heard quite a bit more in substance and tone. we heard from one union member this morning who said he is frustrated and frustrated and tired. >> working hard. there was a mix of sentiments as they resumed talks at 11:00 a.m. this morning. he called the talk as mess. >> they haven't addressed any of the safety concerns the
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unions have. >> reporter: mediators asked them to keep details of the talks quiet, bart complied. >> we are working to reach a fair contract for our workers. and to come to some agreements that will allow us to do what we need to do for bart. >> reporter: this afternoon negotiators left the talks for an hour taupdate workers on the -- to update workers on the picket line. there they suggested bart threatened to impose a contract because the talks are at an impasse. >> we are not at impasse. it is unlawful. they can't impose on us but they are trying to weaken us. >> reporter: that was the chief negotiator giving an update to striking workers at the bart station on july 4. it is not
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clear if that reflects the mood inside the meetings. the discussions going on now. we know the state mediators conducting the discussions between the parties. negotiators are in separate rooms. ken pritchett, ktvu chan news. >> we created a tab on our website for the bart strike. but live traffic maps to help you get around on san francisco firefighters made quick work of a fire this afternoon. the fire damaged a home on pine street. we are getting information on the extent of the damage and the circumstances. we know the fire started at 1:25 p.m. this afternoon and out by 2:00 p.m. 4th of july celebration may be to blame for a small grass fire in oakland today. he took these pictures of the fire along highway 13 about
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12:45 a.m. this morning. it may have by started by fireworks. crews put out the flames and no one was hurt but that area is considered a threat zone due to the dangerously dry conditions. firefighters contained a brush fire near the pass. it broke out before 10:00 a.m. this morning on interstate 5 a80. cal fire says it was sparked by car that caught fire. no structures were burned. today's hot weather has arborrer keeping a watch on trees. a tree was up rooted 4:30 a.m. this morning at an apartment complex. you can see there it is leaning on that building. four unionts it to -- units it to be evacuated. the hot weather is probably to blame. >> these trees will draw the water wait to the top on a hot day, creating excessive wait
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and they uproot or break out. >> everyone has been allowed back into the units. the tree's roots broke a water line. police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing teen who has autism. he went missing at 10:00 a.m. this morning. he is 5'8", weighs 130 pounds. they are concerned because he has the mental capacity of a 5 to 7-year-old. a man arrested after a hotel stand off with police faces charges. police say he was swinging a hammer and threatening a 911 caller with a wooden board in the parking lot yesterday afternoon. he barricaded himself in his room and came out after officers threw tear gas through
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the windows. he was booked into jail. a business owner is furious after someone stole her delivery truck today and she caught the entire thing on camera. this is surveillance video shot outside the store. you can see the man approach the struck. fiddle with the lock and breaks in and then drives off with the stolen struck. the owner says her shop has been hit by crime before. >> i was still in shock. i don't know what to say. i am like 4th of july, they always use this holiday to do this nasty things. they were breaking the glass of the struck. >> the truck was loaded with a delivery for a client and she will have to reorder the class. people turned out in the heat for the 4th of july
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celebration. this is boston's first large public event since the boston marathon bombings. people who arrived to stake out a space found heavy security, police were screening people. many people didn't mind the tight security and were there to honor those killed and injured in the bombings. >> i am so glad to support boston and the country after what happened in april. we can't let them scare us or they would win. >> tonight is the 4thth annual concerts and fireworks show. -- concert and fireworks show. a soap box derby at camp augusta in nevada city, 8 teens were sliding down hill in a canoe when it flipped over and crashed. two teens were critically hurt, five went to the hospital. officials wouldn't comment on the san francisco.
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new at 5:30 p.m. the sights and sounds from forth of july celebrations in the city. >> and the bart strike is parking entrepreneurship. >> a big day in san francisco for the america's cup, hear when the ci will start and why all spectators will have a great view. first us get everything off the shelf, and to your home.
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to the yachts, the america's cup has been considered a race if the rich. >> the 34th america's cup opens. >> reporter: the theme was access for everyone. >> go everywhere you can on this peer. go in front of the vip space. >> reporter: the park on peer 27 and 29 features a view of the bay, prime viewing for the match sunday. >> tomorrow is exhibition and sunday the first of the challenge of matches. >> reporter: the races are set to feature the 72-foot sail boats. new safety measures are under scrutiny after a may death of a sailor. they drew a lot of attention
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along the peers. >> great. >> i would like to sail them. [ laughter ] >> reporter: and here you have a look at the late afternoon opening ceremonies for the race. at 6:00 p.m. the safety controversy that some say could think competition. david -- that could sink the competition. david stevenson ktvu channel 2 news. the statue of liberty is back open this 4th of july. it was the first time the statue of liberty has been open since super storm sandy. it caused $59 million in damage. ellis island is still close and uncertain when it will reopen. [ music playing ] bands, floats and the military participated in the national independence day parade in washington, d.c. hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets in the morning. there was a reading of the
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declaration of independence by reenactors. president obama used his 4 4th of july thank the members of the military. >> i want to say a special word of thanks to the men and women of the military. you defended us and you fought on our nation's behalf to make the world a safer place. >> he celebrated at the white house. the president is also celebrating his daughter's birthday as well. woman dangle from a cliff was lucky. -- dangling from a cliff was lucky. park rangers weren't surprised to get the 911 call. the swappen slipped on -- the woman slipped on a cliff above
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the river. >> she was yelling for help. they looked over and called us. this is one of four locations on the bluffs that we have rescues on a regular basis. >> rescuers lowered down and lowered her into a boat. rangers said she had been drinking. they are reminding people a compole ban is in effect throughout -- a alcohol ban is in effect throughout the holiday weekend. now to our meteorologist mark tamayo. >> for the past week we have been talk about the same thing, the cool temperatures and the hot temperatures. the excessive heat inland. that is all about to change. right now you can see showers and thunderstorms flaring up to the east. we had a few showers across the bay area this morning, especially between 8:00 and 10:00. right now we are tracking the fog with the fireworks and as you can see the closest fog
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towards monterey bay, closer to santa cruz. most of the bay area coast line in the clear. the hot numbers inland towards fairfield, concord, livermore. 100 degrees. temperatures not so hot coast side. lower 60s in half moon bay and downtown san francisco in the mid-60s. here is the forecast for this evening with the fireworks and all around the bay. all the red dots link up with the fireworks. you can get a listing on tonight evening, clear skies. biggest fireworks show is towards san francisco. lots of clear skies. we will have patchy fog develop late tonight after the fireworks show. this evening, clear skies. winds 20 miles per hour and temperatures in the lower 60s in san francisco. what will be happening tomorrow, the fog reform tomorrow morning. a deeper marine layer and that
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will transport the cooler air inland and as a result tomorrow temperature coming down easily a good 8-12 degrees. no more triple digits. the warmest spots approaching the lower 90s for tomorrow afternoon. tomorrow morning 50s and 60s. fog coast side. a few patches into the bay for friday morning and the fog forecast, tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m., here is the expected coverage. the clouds pull back to near the shoreline, patches around the bay by 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon the 60s coast side, lots of 80s inland and the warmest locations could be flirting with 90 degrees. but the triple digits will be out of here. the cooling we have been waiting for finally showing up. antioch 90. san jose 80. oakland 73.
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san francisco 67. five-day forecast with your bay area weekend in view we cool off for saturday and sunday. a little bit of a bump in the numbers on tuesday. coming up if we have major heat beyond the five-day forecast. major news from over seas. egypt has a new leader. a celebration in cairo as a new president is sworn in. what president obama is saying about this coup. >> coming up at 6:00 p.m. celebrating with family and fireworks, other are spending today trying to make sure everyone is safe and we monitor negotiations with bart and the unions. if there sachange we will -- is a change we will bring it to you, all that coming up at 6:00 p.m. ♪ roundup
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crews are making ground on the arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters. the yarnell fire burned 13 square miles. it is 45% contains. flames damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes or buildings. res dependent might be able to -- residents might be able to return home by this weekend. court documents show doctors treating nelson mandela said he was in a permanent vegetative state and advised family to turn off life support last week. there is a tribute outside the south african hospital. since the document was filed the government and nelson
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mandela's family have reported an improvement in his condition. today south african president said nelson mandela is in critical but stable condition. the remains of nelson mandela's three deceased children were reburied in their original graves today. family attended a ceremony today. nelson mandela's grands son moved the bodies -- grandson moved the bodies. but 15 other family members went to court last week to force the grandson to move the bodies back to their original burial site. egypt has new military leader today. >> huge crowds danced, cheered cheered cheered and watched fireworks in fireworks. mohamed morsi remains in
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military custody. they shut down tv stations and newspapers. one man was thrilled with the change in power. >> this time the people have the say about what will happen. not like last time. this time it is our revolution. >> the new president took the oath of office. adly mansour. in the united states of america president obama said the future can only be determined by the people. president obama said we are deeply concerned by the decision of the armed forces to remove mohamed morsi and suspected the cons-- suspend the constitutional. john mccain made a surprise visit to american troops in afghanistan to celebrate the 4th of july holiday. >> congratulations. [ cheers and applause ] >> john mccain presided over a ceremony. afterwards he said even though talks have been suspected over
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talk -- suspended he is hopeful there will be an agreement soon. >> we think the partnership agreement is very important. we hope it will be agreed to as soon as possible so that we could get about the business of making the proper arrangements for a long term american presence. >> afghan forces will be responsible for that country's security by the end of next year. celebrating the 4th of july in san francisco. >> that is right. the clock is ticking. live at the park with what folks are saying on this, america's birthday. >> the owner of the hot weather cool cars and what makes the 4 4th of july so especially here in antioch. >> and the owner of a dog that got sick after eating a poisonous meat balls is
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complete bay area news coverage starts right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news -- complete bay area news coverage continues right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 p.m. >> a sight today on this 4th of
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july. a day that reminds us all what it means to be an american. along with the parades and the fireworks show in the city, today is also a day to remember how the united states became the united states. ktvu's mike mibach in san francisco this evening with more of the sights and sounds on this 4th of july. mike? >> reporter: /, right now the stage -- frank, right now the stage is up, thousands of people are here ready to salebrate the 4th -- celebrate the 4th. one consistency folks are telling us, always there has been one word, freedom. >> reporter: a brilliant day in the city by the day. the games. the grills. the food. this is the 4th of july. >> very grateful. >> reporter: scattered across san francisco we saw the stars and the stripes. >> the 4th of july reminds us what it means to be america.
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>> one flag on one site surrounded by thousands of others. >> great respect for everybody who put their life at risk and lost their life to defend our freedom. >> reporter: and flags waved outside of homes. she lived here since 1977. this independence day, a daddles her heart. >> freedom -- a day close taher heart. >> freedom. -- to her heart. >> freedom. >> reporter: on this day it pops wherever you look. the colors symbolizing opportunity in a new land. >> live a better life than where we were before. you know, being american means a lot to my family. >> reporter: and i gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today because there ain't no doubt i love this land, god
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bless the u.s.a. >> no other place better than america. >> reporter: words echoing here. folks getting excited for the fireworks show, celebrating america. live in san francisco, mike mibach, ktvu channel 2 news. on this 4th of july people all over the bay area may be celebrating by choosing to set off illegal fireworks. ktvu's janine de la vega tells us how police are cracking down. >> reporter: this fireworks stand had people waiting to buy before it opened this morning. >> when you light it it goes -- and then it blows up. >> reporter: safe and sane fireworks are legal in the city of gilroy. you can only buy them if you are a resident. he was the first customer who wanted to stock up for a party tonight. >> reporter: [ inaudible question ] >> you see it flying from -- in
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the air. but i couldn't comment on that. >> reporter: they are charged a 6% fee to pay for extra police officers looking for people setting off the illegal kind. over in san mateo county, where all fireworks are prohibits officers are using a shot spotter, it tracks gunfire and will spot fireworks. >> it is not fun anymore because they don't go boom because they regulate them so much. >> reporter: they are supposed to stay on the ground but we had people admit they launch these in the air and they take them outside of city limits where it is illegal. >> as long as they can prove they are in gilroy we can't control where they take them. >> reporter: they experienced the most fires on the 4th of july compared to any day of the year. >> safety is the issue. we don't want to burn any houses down. >> that is what law enforcement
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hopes people keep in mind. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. here are the fireworks shows scheduled around the bay area tonight. fireworks after the giants can game. sainey sonoma state at 9:15 p.m. and the port of redwood city. to find out more log on to and click on the 4 4th of july tab. all over the bay area there were barbcuse, parades and folks -- barbecues, parades and folks braving the heat. inland temperatures topped 100 degrees again today. ktvu's john fowler is live in antioch. how hot is it there now? >> reporter: i tell you, we just put this on. it is 103 degrees right here. a little toasty. i tell you it is not detouring the people who came out here for the car show, fireworks and parade here in antioch. it is all made possible by
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donations, $60,000 when the city ran out of money. >> we came together as a committee and decided that this had to go on for the people. >> nothing better than seeing the old cars. definitely. >> reporter: in danville and other small towns, a tradition seemed to be thriving. >> happy 4th. [ music ] >> reporter: we found patriotism rekindled today. >> we stopped doing our activities and we come together and celebrate our country together as a community. i think that is -- hits my heart. i always cry every year. >> reporter: no talk of taxes, healthcare and government.
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we found people reflecting on what is good in america. >> freedom to make choices. be who you are. >> reporter: some got a chance tostrut their stuff. he just started the -- to strut their stuff. he just started the sack phone. >> we -- saxophone. >> we did it for some. >> reporter: one girl got too hot. [ sirens ] >> reporter: live at the reviewing stand, the parade starts in 90 minutes and then fireworks at dusk. they expect 2, 3,000 people out here and this is especially because today is the 162 anniversary of the founding the of city of antioch. reporting live, health and science editor john fowler ktvu channel 2 news. anger and concern is spreading among residents in
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the neighborhoods over people poisoning dogs. >> it has to stop. we are on the watch. >> her dog found and ate a poisonous meat balls yesterday and became very sick. he was taken to a vet for treatment. after she discovered what he ate she her neighbors found -- she and her neighborhoods found four garbage bags full. >> there were 3, 4 of them right here in this plant. and then there were some even stuck up higher. it was not just a random placement. >> police are warning dog owners because there may be more. investigators are testing them but they suspect it is strychnine. getting home anyway you can, that is what a lot of
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people are facing. some of the creating commuting options for some people desperate for a ride home. >> we know about the dangers of drinking and driving but drinking and boating can be just as deadly. >> and british authorities reopen a missing child case. here why detectives believe she is still alive. ♪
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. police reopened a case tain the disapierce -- case in the disappear of mohamed mmm -- of madeleine mccann. they said there is new evidence and new witnesses. it is possible she is still alive. they want to trace 38 persons of interest in the case. 12 are british. the state of oregon is on the verge of a different way to pay for college. the bill would allow students to aattend college -- attend college without paying tuition but after college when they get a job they would pay the state 3% for 24 years. that would keep the amount they pay for school proportional to what they earn. the bill is waiting for the governor's signature. as the excitement bills for the birth of the royal err a gift was announced today.
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british babies born on the same day at duchess of cambridge's will get a gift, a lucky silver penny. 2013 coins bearing the shield of the royal arms. it is seen as a wish for good fortune and health. you might call it a crowd sourcing hoax. >> something called monkey style. which is new to me. >> a blogger for food beast put this video together about a monkey style burger from in and out. the idea gained so much steam the times and the post thought it was real. but they said there is no such thing. however you can always create one yourself by adding animal style fries to your burger.
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the bart strike forced commuters to get creative. >> sick of waiting for the bus? some people are getting offers for a ride. the strange reaction from one man when we asked why he is doing. >> dui check points, it is not just drunk drivers it police are looking for. >> the bay area is in the clear on this 4th of july. coming up the neighborhoods that will drop 15 degrees for your friday and the changes you can expect for this weekend.
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this week desperate commuters stuck in line are sold an opportunity it get across the bay in style but they have to pay up to do it. ktvu's eric rasmussen spotted limo drivers offering rides to folks but they weren't eager to talk about it. eric? >> reporter: we couldn't get a name, whether they were working on their own or with a company. today are quieter here at the terminal for the 4th of july but this week we have seen limo drivers walking up to people in line for the bus, trying to drum up business. >> reporter: we found him offering commuters a different way out of san francisco on wednesday evening. >> we don't want to do interviews. it is not for us to get rich. >> reporter: $15 to get out of the line for the bus and into this limo.
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they normally charge 25. >> we are not doing it for the fame or the fortune. i don't want to be on camera. >> i live in berkeley. yeah. >> after three days of nightmare commutes, she was willing to take a chance. >> tragic, we are going into random limos. we will see what happens. >> reporter: she wasn't the only one looking for an alternative. we watched others paying to get in. >> that is dangerous. >> reporter: he says limos offering this kind of service are breaking the law. >> they cannot walk to a person and say i take you. they have to have a phone appointment. >> reporter: but during week like this one don't expect anyone here to be complaining.
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>> reporter: cab drivers say they are also not allowed to offer unsolicited rides. they have to be flagged down. his business is down almost 30% this week because no one is coming into had city. live in san francisco, eric rasmussen, ktvu channel 2 news. this year police will be out throughout the region over the holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers. san francisco, santa clara, contra costa county and other counties will be staffing dui check point. san francisco police will start saturation patrols and setting up a check point saturday night. the california highway patrol released the numbers from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. this morning. they arrested 196 people for drunk driving.
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down from 220 last year. in the bay area, 28 arrests over night, down from 40 last year. on hot days lot of folks like to head to the water, but it could be dangerous, especially when you mix in alcohol. and muscular dystrophy association wants you to know -- madd wants you to know it is dangerous. >> alcohol is involved and we don't -- families may not think about planning ahead. >> planning ahead includes having a designated driver on the water and roads. . we are coming up to the fireworks show. mark tamayo would be worried about fog but we shouldn't be. >> we had fog this morning but winds sweeping it away. clear skies over san francisco right now.
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but still hot temperatures inland. you can see the boat traffic out there, everybody getting in position to get a nice view of the fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. triple digits towards concord, fairfield, antioch, livermore. morgan hill 99. san francisco mid-70s. pacifica in the upper 60s. right now on live storm tracker 2 showers and thunderstorms to the east of the bay area. we have patchy fog to contend with around monterey bay, closer to santa cruz. current numbers, hot inland. livermore 100 degrees. heat warning in place till 7:00 p.m. tonight. oakland 78. san francisco 64 degrees. headlines for tonight, clear skies, a breeze. tomorrow the cooling begins. you will notice the change and the weekend morning fog and temperatures cool off. today the last hot day as the high pressure begins to move out of town and temperatures
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tomorrow come down 5-15 degrees from today's highs. and you can see this area of low pressure moving in. this will be the source of cooling for friday right on into had weekend. the excessive heat is moving out of town. here is one change. the fog regrouping tomorrow coast side and around the bay and with the presence you can see into the afternoon hours that will cool us off for your friday. highs tomorrow afternoon, in the lower 90s, warmest locations inland, vacaville. santa rosa mid-80s. no more triple digits. oakland 73 degrees. san jose highs around 80. morgan hill mid-80s. san francisco back down into the upper 60s. patchy fog in the morning, becoming partly cloudy skies. five-day forecast with your bay area weekend in view cooler weekend for saturday and sunday. might be able to warm up by
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tuesday. coming up here, something you almost never get a chance to see, ken wayne went to the top of the tower. a really remarkable trip. it didn't go quite as planned. >> tonight on ktvu channel 2 news at 6:00 p.m., fire concerns highs. crews try to keep it safe. monitor the bart talks. we will check back in to see if anything has changed. plus how the strike is effecting 4th of july plans. these story and more coming up at 6:00 p.m. ♪ roundup
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joey chestnut has done it again. he beat his record in the nathan's hot dog eating championship. >> so hard to watch. joey chestnut wins $10,000 and a championship's belt. jaws downed 69 hot bogs and buns in 10 minutes. >> 69, the magic number. came out here, crowd pushed me. they wouldn't let me slow down. awesome. >> in the women's competition, sutro tower won by -- sonja
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tops won. >> incredible. one of the most famous structures is celebrating a anniversary today, sutro tower. ken wayne got a chance to ride the elevator inside to see what sutro tower looks like up close. >> when you think of the most imposing land marks you think bof the golden gate bridge -- think of the golden gate bridge but the structure of all is 1811 feet above sea level, sutro tower. we took a ride in the elevator to look at the tower that is celebrating 40 years in san francisco. we got stuck. >> that is not good. >> reporter: a small hiccup. and we resumed. we stepped out on the cat walk to the amazing vista. our guide has been up here
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before but never gets tired the of view. >> you see clearly. >> sutro tower began service on july 4, 1973 as the broadcast tower. providing tv and radio signals before cable and satellite and wireless and digital were common. >> just about everybody got their tv signal thanks to the broadcast from sutro tower. 40 years later even though technology changed, even if you have cable or satellite you are still getting your tv picture through sutro tower. >> everyone in the city, bay area uses his tower to get their television. there is still a million people who get their signal in the bay area over the air. >> what started with a handful of broadcasters, including ktvu, grown to dozens of
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companies and emergency services using the tower for communications. >> we don't see a decrease in the use. we are always getting calls from more people, more agencies. >> reporter: run out of space? >> there is no space limitation for that. >> reporter: in the 1970s there was concern about radiation. >> people were araid of it. -- afraid of it. >> reporter: those fears subsided and the region except and honor this structure. been the suggest of art exhibits. >> sutro tower is the most visible icon in the city. people have tattoos of sutro tower, which is amazing to me. >> reporter: with maintenance it is believed saturday saturday will see -- sutro tower will see another 40 years. ken wayne, ktvu channel 2 news. now at 6:00 p.m.
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the crowds are converging on san francisco's water front for the fireworks show. how much it will cost to park your car. >> it is day four of the bart strikes strike and some are -- bart strike and some are describing it as frustrating. >> fireworks and dry weather conditions are always a concern. how local communities and law enforcement are trying to reduce the risk this 4th of july. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news at 6:00 p.m. >> good evening. hello. i am gasia mikalian. >> and i am frank somerville. >> celebrations are underway today and we are now just a couple hours away from highlights of the holiday. the fireworks shows. ktvu's mike mibach joins us live from san francisco where the crowds are showing up in anticipation of a big watt front show and the weather --
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water front show and the weather looks perfect. >> the party is underway. we are here at the park along san francisco's northern water front, well known hot spot on this 4th of july and i would say the celebration started around noon. that is when we noticed the crowds piling in the blankets, grills, coolers all in use as folks cooked up lunch and diner while thinking about what the forth means to them. >> should be a tradition handed down. just to recognize and appreciate the independence of america. >> today is about celebrating our independence. >> reporter: freedom and independence words we have been hearing a lot of. thousands here, thousands more on their way. with no bart parking


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