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mind. public transit will be your best friend. 4600 acres and growing. we're live near napa county where a large fire continues to burn. plus, how volunteers are helping with the fight. and teaching young people computer science. we're talking about a volunteer and a seventh grade student about a new program designed to give students a chance at a high-tech career. plus, the summer olympics officially kick off tomorrow. ktvu's scott reiss takes a look at some of the bay area athletes who will be competing for multiple countries into rio. [ music playing ]. nothing wrong with katy perry on a thursday morning. she is talking about green grass and sunshine. out our back window through the bar we are seeing clouds. we are seeing a little bit of drizzle. a cooling trend for sure. i picked this song, california
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girls, because we have claudine wong on "the 9". a california girl if ever there was one. the pride of benicia, if you will. so sal and mike enjoying a day off. alex savidge here as well. i will try to find a berkeley song for you. thanks for joining us this morning on "the 9". a lot happening and we are going to start in san francisco. a police standoff is now in its 20th hour. officers have surrounded a man on miramar avenue. these are live pictures of the situation. you see the area is cordoned off with police tape. a number of police vehicles there. police tell us the suspect stole an electronic device at a park. the victim followed him to the home. this started yesterday at 1:30 in the afternoon. officers say they are waiting him out, and they do believe the man may be mentally ill. we are told he is believed to be in his late 20s, maybe early 30s. police say they believe there are no hostages, but they are not sure if the man is armed.
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at in point a negotiator is still talking to the man, trying to talk him into surrendering peacefully of course. we will stay on it. and in the meantime, we have that big wildfire up north of the bay area. firefighting efforts continuing near lake barryessa. they are kicking into high gear now. >> right. we are talking about the cold fire. it's burned through 4700 acres since tuesday. >> ktvu's christien kafton is up there. he has moved near the fire lines. we are hearing that air support could be moving in any minute, which could be great news for that firefight. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. that's one of the keys they say to this, is getting that air support, because this is such a rugged and difficult to get to kind of terrain. let's give you a live look at the fire here. we are on the south side of lake barryessa. you can see the fire there burning on the north side of lake barryessa. we watched that fire burning along that ridge line this morning. we did hear an air survey team. we saw an air survey team in a helicopter over the scene a little earlier this morning. we are waiting.
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we heard a tanker earlier. we are waiting for the first tankers to drop some retardant on this area here, again on the north side of lake barryessa. so yesterday, of course, there were gusty winds in the afternoon and that really pushed this fire to the current 4700 acres estimate. steep dry terrain is making it tough for crews to get in and effectively control this fire. there is good news for residents in the area at the golden bear estates. the evacuation order there was lifted about an hour ago. residents now allowed to go back home now that the fire has burned past that home. there were about 35 homes. about 100 people in all affected by that order. meanwhile, there is still a standing evacuation order for the canyon creek campground area, which is really, really close to the fire line. now, as of yesterday we saw some residents, some campers who were still in that area. that area is a staging site for calfire. so some of those folks camping in that area say to me, told me that they felt perfectly safe
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because they felt since there was so many calfire firefighters in that area they felt comfortable being in that area. the strategy for today, here's what we understand, that they are going to try to keep that fire isolated to the north side of highway 128. they are going to try to keep it to the north side of lake barryessa to the more remote area. there is fewer residents, fewer homes in that area. they are going to try to keep it away from the areas. the unpredictable element the weather. yesterday high winds pushed this fire. it did something called slopping, which is spotting over different areas where the fire is not burning. they are trying to prevent that from happening today. as we are speaking just now i could hear a tanker in the distance. perhaps they are getting the tankers to lay down retardant and keep this fire retained. at this point 4700 acres. 15% contained. >> all right. thanks for that update.
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our thoughts with the firefighters on the fire line today. well, a group of volunteers is helping the sheriff's office patrol the area around the soberanes fire near big sur. they are called the sheriff's emergency assistance team. they help the sheriff's office respond to any large-scale disasters or events. >> we can prevent traffic control, road closure systems as well as patrolling the areas where there have been evacuations or damage from the fire to keep looters out and just protect the property. >> well, the sheriff's office says the volunteers are helpful as an extra set of eyes and ears to help patrol a large area. the soberanes fire has burned 47,000 acres. a street in mountain view is cleared of parked cars as a new effort jets underway over concerns about people living in their vehicles near a city park. the owners of motorhomes, cars, vans and trucks were told to move from this street. some of those people say they feel like they are being targeted here because of an
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increase in crime near the park. now, this morning we talked to one person living in his vehicle. he says police told him they just wanted to street sweep in the area. he says the people who are living in their cars and motorhomes there are not what he describes as the run of the mill homeless. >> there must be anywhere from 45 to 60 motorhomes, and they also have, like i said, women and children. they have people that go to work every day. they have new trucks and new motorhomes. >> signs posted along that street say there is no parking from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. now, we still haven't heard from police on whether this is a sweep. we are following new developments in a knife attack that happened in london. we are learning the woman killed in that attack in london was an american. also, that an american was among the five people hurt in the attack. police are at the scene this morning in russell square. it's an area popular with
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tourists and close to many london landmarks. police have the suspected attacker in custody. he is 19 years old and the attack appears to have been triggered by mental health issues. listen as a man describes what he saw at the scene, i was coming back from the center a quarter past 11 and i approached the corner of russell square i encountered heavily armed policemen. there was wall-to-wall police and police vans and wagons. >> british authorities haven't released of information about the american woman killed in the attack. at this point only saying she was in her 60s. there are reports of an intervention in the works by republican insiders to try and refocus donald trump's presidential campaign. reportedly, the rnc chairman and former house speaker newt gingrich are trying to persuade trump to focus on campaigning against hillary clinton. they are concerned over trump's recent feud with the family of
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a muslim-american soldier and his refusal to endorse house speaker paul ryan in his primary next week. >> trump is still behaving as though it was the primaries and there were 17 candidates. he has not made the transition to being the potential president of the united states, which is a much tougher league. >> well, there is a new fox news poll showing trump now trailing hillary clinton by 10 points. meanwhile, hillary clinton campaigned in colorado yesterday. she detailed her jobs plan, which she says includes the biggest investment in infrastructure since world war ii. she says these days infrastructure is more than bridges and roads. she says the country's electric grid needs to be updated to distribute renewable energy across the u.s. and making sure that every community has broadband internet access. several airlines are changing their refund policies when it comes to travel to areas affected by the zika virus. the cdc is warning people not to travel to those affected
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areas. miami now is on that list after a dozen infections were reported in a nearby area. airlines such as american, jetblue, southwest and alaska airlines are issuing flexible flight plans. they are offering potential flight changes over even refunds. some travelers say they aren't ready to change their plans. >> if i had plans to go to florida, i would take more precautions. wear bug spray. be safe. >> the dates vary on when travelers have to meet deadlines to make the changes without facing penalties. travelers are being advised to check with their individual carriers for making any changes. the zika virus has been a concern. one of many for several people heading to the summer olympics in rio. in addition to the threat of a terror attack, crime, water quality, zika, our question of the day to you is this. if you got a free ticket to go to the olympic games in rio today, would you go despite all these concerns? of course, opening ceremonies are tomorrow. a number of responses on twitter. i will read two opposing ones.
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the coleman management says free trip to brazil? i am for sure going. i am not having babies anytime soon and i'll drink bottled coke. david lopez says, nope, i will watch it on tv. >> hard to resist the free tickets. >> i have a couple. doug said i would go. no chance of getting pregnant. if you're a guy not as much of an issue unless your significant other or you are worried about bringing it back. nicole said probably not. interesting during the u.s. women's soccer game, hope solo put instagram posts about the bug spray she is bringing. they were chanting zika, zika, zika during the game. it didn't bother her. certainly, it's an issue. >> right. we saw a number of american golfers pull out over concerns over zika. >> quite a few athletes. >> we love you for repeating and using our #ktvuthe9 when
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you talk with us about our question of the day. coming up on "mornings on 2: the 9", shocking allegations ahead of the opening ceremonies against u.s.a. gymnastics. what one newspaper uncovered involving the alleged sexual abuse of underaged gymnasts by coaches all over the country. plus, it's a good deed gone bad. the repercussions for a jack in the box worker after he was caught giving away free food to a veteran.
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report published today, the indianapolis star reports that main governing body behind the sport in the u.s. did little to investigate numerous claims of coaches across the country sexually abusing underaged gymnasts. >> records indicate that complaints were made against as many as 50 coaches. "the star" uncovered four cases in which u.s.a. gymnastics received warnings about four coaches, but did not report them to police. and the coaches went on to abuse, says the paper, at least 14 underaged gymnasts. the paper claims u.s.a. gymnastics routinely dismissed allegations as here say unless they came directly from a victim or victim's parent allegedly because they were worried about damaging the reputation of the coaches in question. >> "the star" also reports this approach is likely illegal, since every state in the country has laws that require people to report suspected sexual abuse of minors to police. >> and u.s.a. gymnastics issued this statement in response to that report. it says, quote, addressing issues of sexual misconduct has
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been important to u.s.a. gymnastics for many years, and the organization is committed to promoting a safe environment for the athletes. u.s.a. gymnastics has been proactive in helping to educate the gymnastics community over the years, and we'll continue to take every punitive action available within our jurisdiction and cooperate fully with law enforcement. all right. happening now, a strike involving santa clara county court workers. we have been telling you about it for the last couple days. >> hundreds of people who walked off the job yesterday, which you saw live here on "the 9", at courthouses across santa clara county. >> they are demanding higher pay. ktvu's brian flores live outside the superior court house in san jose with what's happening now. looks busy, brian. >> reporter: yeah, certainly it is. we could be seeing this strike again tomorrow and perhaps the rest of the week. perhaps into next week as well. in terms of what's happening today, we are expecting more of the same thing that we saw yesterday. what we mean is that you are going to have several employees from the court picketing out here.
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if you have court business within the santa clara county court system, whether it be jury duty or paperwork, just expect delays. now, 330 employees ranging from janitors to clerks and processors walked off the job yesterday. they say they are short staffed and it's been eight years since they last had a raise. they are rejecting the court's offer of a 5.5% raise in the first of a two-year deal, plus money to offset employee pension contributions. earlier this morning on "mornings on 2" we spoke with the president of the union heading this picket. she was very candid on how not having a raise in several years has affected her. >> to be honest, i am living with my mom right now. i am 55 years old, and in a sense it's kind of embarrassing. so over the past eight years it's been very tough. especially living here in this area. it's so expensive. a lot of our members are hurting. >> reporter: now, in terms of the general public, if you have business with the court, expect
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long wait times and lines. all court divisions are hearing cases, but only on a limited basis. jury selection is continuing. if you have jury summonses, you are told to continue business as usual until you are formally excused from the court. certain clerks offices are closed including the family clerks office in sunnyvale, the criminal clerks office in palo alto, and the traffic clerks office in santa clara. in terms of the investigation -- the negotiation, guys, i just spoke with the president just a few minutes ago of the union here. they say there has been no timetable when talks will continue. the sticking point is that second year raise, which they say they will not be getting. it's going to take time until this negotiation is back in order and, again, it's going to be happening in terms of the strike possibly for the next several days. back to you. >> thank you. and of course we'll be monitoring those negotiations and let everyone know if there is any breakthroughs there. this story is apparently a good deed gone bad.
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we are talking about 19-year- old alex who was fired from his job at a jack in the box in bakersfield. now, this happened after there was some surveillance video that caught him giving a military veteran free tacos. he admits that he gave the man free beans in the past because he is a veteran and regular. in the past two weeks, someone from corporate saw that surveillance video. >> since he did that, i don't think i should charge him for a coffee. it's like not even a dollar for a coffee. i know what i did wasn't right to them. but to me it's all right. >> well, jack in the box released a statement saying it would not be appropriate to provide complete details on an internal issue. the company says its actions were not based on just one incident, and had nothing to do with the guest's military experience. a mountain view company now has permission to -- for one big step on an incredible space journey. the company is called moon express. it's the first to receive faa approval to launch a spacecraft
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that goes past earth's orbit. they are planning to send a small robot lander to the lunar surface sometime next year. that lander will take pictures and video and then send them back to us. but eventually the company's founder has bigger plans. he told us he wants to set up mining operations and eventually take people to the moon. eugene cerning was the last man on the moon 44 years ago. getting news into the newsroom about a chp motorcycle officer involved in a crash 280 northbound in san jose near winchester boulevard. that's the area where the crash happened marked by the triangle. there is a hev red line. that means traffic in the area is not good. this happened when the motorcycle officer was involved with a crash with a car. the good news is the officer is okay. there was some property damage to one of the vehicles. some minor delays are happening in the area of 280 and north winchester. this is not too far from other major highways there. keep it in mind. it is towards the end of the
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morning commute. that's good news. >> we are glad the officer is okay. coming up on "mornings on 2: the 9", teaching young people computer science. we talk with a volunteer and a student working to bring high- tech jobs to people across the bay area.
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welcome back to "mornings on 2: the 9". google code core is a collaboration between the boys and girls club of america, americorps and google to provide people with a community science education. >> joining us this morning we have got preston, a volunteer at that site, and reggie brown. give us a wave. thanks for being here, guys. so tell us about this program. very, very school. preston, give us a lateout of really what the kids see. >> yeah. so like alex was saying, it's a
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collaboration between three big companies. it's google. it's americorps. it's boys and girls club. not many people know about americorps. it's similar to the peace corps. what we're trying to do is aiming to have that in the uraniums. the it's to help kids with a science education. >> who are you trying to reach? >> it's geared to kids 9 through 14. minorities. other kids that don't have the opportunity to get this education elsewhere. >> reggie, let's talk about the fact that you are going into the seventh grade and you are focusing already on what we call s.t.e.m. science, technology, engineering, and math. if you could look into the future when you are really old, like 35 [ laughter ] >> what do you hope to do perhaps in your professional life as you are getting a start
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now. >> i hope to become a multibillionaire tech engineer who gives back to the community. >> wow. high-five on that. who gives back to the community. i like that second part as well. >> how did you get involved in this program. >> i have always been into technology and computer science. so i thought maybe i should try this out. >> you were a techie before? >> yes. >> i would come to you with questions and you would have answers? >> most likely. >> right. so tell me what you came out of this with. what you learned as you finished. >> i learned that computer science is very, like, confusing in some ways. it's also all about technique and coding and yeah. >> preston, what do you see in the change in the kid when they come out? some may not have as much exposure to the technology.
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>> a lot of growth in the kids. those that haven't been exposed to computer science before, some kids walk in not knowing how to use a browser, a back button, not knowing how to use a mouse. to come out of it with basic computer science skills, some of the techniques we are teaching them. a lot of growth in a short amount of time. >> it sound like you are working with a lot of children who may not have the ipads and tablets and all this other stuff at home. how do you help the children continue what you have taught them even when they are not specifically in the program with you any more? >> i think that we really encourage them. there is a passport system. we give them a passport with their user name and log-in information. if they have a computer, they are encouraged to go before and beyond with the projects. there is a world of possibilities. endless that they can do. animation. you can create movies. can you create games. we really push for kids to go above and beyond.
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>> and you know you really hope for this in the schools. like all the teachers are trying to get ipads. you know, presidential candidates mentioning it and how important, you know, technology is to our infrastructure. how critical is a program like this do you think for the kids, especially if the schools haven't yet been able to kind of, you know, get all of the technology that they want? >> yeah. i think this program is really important. i know that there is a large gap between demand for computer science technology. the recent statistics is nine out of ten parents want their kids exposed to computer science. only a few schools offer it. >> it's good work. thank you so much. reggie, good luck in seventh grade, man. coming up on "mornings on
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2: the 9", a girl from walnut creek saw an opportunity to help those less fortunate. six years later, she will join us with her story. and with the doors open to cuba, a lot of people planning trips to the communist country. up next, the do's and don'ts if you are planning on heading to that island nation.
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99:00. let's check twitter. our question of the day today was given all the concerns about what's happening just ahead of the rio olympics, zika concerns, possible terror threats, bat wear quality would you go if i gave you a free ticket? >> free. >> still some people are -- what do you have? >> i have more quick no, no, no, no. but then there is a couple. jdh says yes because how often are you ever really going to go to an olympics for free?
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someone else, ernie said an overwhelming yes. i'd sight see. talk to locals about organic coffee. relishing there. >> i see a lot of no's is what i'm seeing. a lot of people wouldn't want to risk it. >> this one says i would love to go. thanks for talking with us through twitter. speaking of traveling, this fall more airlines are expected to launch flights to cuba as tourism to the once forbidden country booms. >> what are the do's and don'ts of heading to the communist island? >> a media consultant for cuba ventures, he joins us this morning via skype. good morning, veto. >> good morning. >> let's talk about the biggest don't you are going to pass on, and it involves driving. you are saying don't drive yourself when you go to cuba. why? >> that's correct. there is a controversial situation that happened some years back. a canadian youngster by the name of corey, he got into a
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minor fender-bender out there and he was prevented from leaving the country because in the cuban court system, when you get into a car accident, you are basically prevented from leaving the country until the situation is resolved in a local court. i mean, it's not that you have to worry about going to jail, but you can't leave the country. it's a huge inconvenience for travelers. in his situation, he was stuck there four months before the canadian police were able to get him out of there. >> that's a longer trip than people have planned, i am sure [ laughter ] >> what is your best advice? someone is saying, hey, i am thinking about it. maybe what's my best planning advice, you know, before going? >> well, yeah. basically, the other major issue is the fact that most american credit cards are no good in cuba. that's being worked out. for that reason we advise travelers to bring as much cash as they need before going out
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there. you can't go to an atm in cuba and pull out money. another issue, cuba, unlike other destinations, there isn't a huge consumer culture there. there are very few retail stores and a lot of scarcities of basic items. we advise people to pack up whatever drugstore items they need, everything from over the counter drugs and tylenol and bayer. that sort of thing. shampoo, deodorants, that sort of thing, before going out there. we advise travelers to do that. another issue in terms of luggage actually is that there is an overcharge, overfee i should say. if you carry over 44-pound of luggage, your bill -- you're charged $2 per pound over that weight. >> and how are visitors being received? i mean, all of a sudden cuba has this flood of tourists.
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how do you believe that the visitors are being received down there? >> first of all, cuba has been a tourist economy for the past 20 years. even though we have a trade embargo in effect against the country, the rest of the world engage with cuba. as a result, cuba now has a very huge tourism industry of over 3 million visitors. most people from western europe and canada. i think dan is 2 -- i think, canada is 25% of the visitors. there is an uptick in anticipated american travelers to cuba. >> i can't let you go without talking cigars. how many? how much? >> first of all, yeah, under the obama -- american travelers up to $400 in merchandise. that includes 100 u.s. dollars
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worth of cigars and rum. the whole thing is, when you come back from cuba, you can haggle with u.s. customs in terms of what you can actually bring back because that $100 could range from a few smokes to two boxes depending who you are talking to at u.s. customs. so, i mean, there is room for haggling. >> it seems you have to be a little bit willing to be flexible, a little adventurous, and you have to keep up on the changing situation of travel if you are going to cuba. enjoy the adventure, it seems. >> and it's more of an adventure outside of havana? if you want to travel beyond the big city? >> the whole thing is, the european canadian experience have had extensive experience. they go to other places because those are main beachfront destinations. in fact, it's cuba's answer to cancun, if you will. as americans, when we think of cuba, we only think of havana. we don't know anything else. so i think for the time being
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most americans are going to fly to havana to get to know the place. they will venture out to the other parts of the island. keep in mind that cuba is the largest island in the caribbean. in times it's going to be a popular tourist destination. there are a lot of things to do and see in that area. there are a lot of possibilities there. also, cuba is a bucket list destination due to the fact you have a number of film companies out there. vin diesel just did a film out there. you also had michael baez, the new transformers film. so there is a certain buzz, if you will, about cuba that's never been there before. >> thank you for joining us this morning. i have to say based on his information, you know, haggling and u.s. customs and, you know, just a little cuba 101.
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you can bring back a few cigars. >> all right. let's talk weather. guess who's here? guess who brought the mist and drizzle. >> a friend of mine went to cuba. loved it. >> tom vicar went to cuba. >> yeah. cooler. if you are in san francisco and the coast, you are like, what are you talking about? it's already cold. the inland areas are going to cool down today. alternate sides yesterday or 100 -- 90s yesterday. 100 today. inland temps dropping 10 to 15 degrees. by the way, it is 13 degrees cooler at the cold fire in yolo county today compared to yesterday. that will help big time. cooler probably into sunday. >> thank you. so today san francisco chinatown association leader raymond chow is set to be sentenced or murder and racketeering charges. tara moriarty is live outside the courthouse. tara, it's in less than half an
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hour? >> reporter: that's right. the murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence. also an additional 161 counts regarding racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder connected to a second killing. so it will be interesting to see exactly what judge breyer does in this case. he has been very harsh in his criticism of the defense over the course of the trial. now, during the trial chow said that he was a reformed chinatown mob ter who mentored troubled youth. prosecutors say he killed a rival in 2006 and took over a group whose members engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and top shelf liquors. chow mein taped his innocence. he said he was the victim of unkuip lus -- unscrupulous prosecutors. he said he turned to meditation and was working on a biography when he was arrested in 2014. prosecutors have been very harsh. they wrote in the sentencing
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memo that chow is deserving of a life sentence because of his absolute lack of remorse even in the face of his most recent conviction. so again that sentencing will begin at 10:00 this morning. we will be there and have a live report at noon. >> thank you. let's turn to the summer olympics in brazil where the u.s. women's soccer team faces france on saturday. yesterday they shut out new zealand 2-0. the goals came from carli lloyd and former cal stand outmorgan. brazilian soccer fans were chanting zika zika zika after hope solo touched the ball. well, bay area universities well represented among this year's athletes. in fact, 41 from cal. a number of them do play water sports. they won't necessarily compete for team usa. ktvu's scott reiss introduces us to two of the swimmers.
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>> u.s.a.! >> reporter: soon enough we will be hearing that chant on two continents. but at cal, it's not that simple. the women's swim team is a study in geographic diversity. >> it's unique in the fact that you have team usa and then team egypt, team canada, team spain, team hong kong. >> reporter: camille cheng was born in hong kong, attended high school in beijing, spent time in palo alto and enrolled in cal. >> i am torn a lot of different ways. it helps me to connect to people, understand different things and look at swimming in like a more creative way. >> reporter: creative and effective. camille was not a high school hotshot like so many of her teammates. she was a recruited walk-on, which means even competing collegiately was far from a given. now she will compete in three olympic events. >> every day there is a culture of excellence. they push you to be your best.
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>> camille just blossomed. not only a fabulous swimmer, but one of the captains on our team. >> hopefully, we can find more camilles. >> reporter: you'd be hard pressed to find another fer eat a osmond. she grew up in egypt. not exactly a hotbed for olympic success. >> being a female in egypt as well and with all the unrest, it's an amazing story. i used to change cultures every few months. i didn't really have any stability. so it affected my training. i use it as like a motivation. just something i want like other female athletes back home to look at and like hopefully inspire them to like do the same thing. >> 58.83. >> reporter: they have spent years in berkeley training and bonding with a cadre of cal olympians. they will reunite in rio as competitors, yet they will all
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remain teammates. >> it's definitely nice when you are going to like a big international meet having people that you train with every day and just having that i guess support system regardless of what country they represent. always know that they are cal bears. >> i think it's really fun. i feel like it's very motivating to just have like people like towards the same goal and we always push each other to swim faster and better. >> definitely the thing i am most proud of is having women from the same country and different countries being in a different situation where they support each other for their individual best. >> reporter: now the goal is to achieve those individual bests at just the right moment in time on the world's biggest stage. >> my goal is to final in the olympics. i think that would be a big achievement. i would be so proud to do that because i will be the first female egyptian. actually, egyptian in general. >> semi-final would be great. final would be amazing. i mean, i would be happy just
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going and swimming a best time and just enjoy it. yeah. >> reporter: in berkeley, scott reiss, ktvu fox 2 news. >> amazing. >> enjoy it. good for them. >> their stories are amazing. >> talk about a transition. these are not olympic swimmers, but not something you see every day. a family of bears splashing around in the waters of lake tahoe. coming up, why experts say scenes like this are actually becoming more and more common. good morning. out here in the parking lot behind the wheel of a ferrari california. look at this car. it is beautiful. we are going to talk about a one of a kind rally, if i can get this into gear, a one of a kind rally in california to raise money for a very good cause.
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tomorrow at 8 a.m. the prancing ponies rally. the first rally will take off from san francisco for a three- day trip down to santa barbara. >> the goal of the foundation is to send high school graduates abroad for three months and inspire young women to take up leadership roles. >> we sent alex savidge outside where he is joined by the founder of tomorrow's rally. alex. >> good morning you to guys. boy, i could barely get ferrari into gear. you are the founder of prancing ponies. and you guys are ferrari owners, local ferrari owners. you are raising money for a very good cause i know with this rally that's going to happen coming up here? >> yes. we are raising money for
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prancing ponies foundation. our goal is to create women leaders one girl at that time. we send young girls abroad to immerse them in culture and teach them leadership skills. >> reporter: this is all women. all ferrari owners like yourself. you are going to be cruising down the california coast? >> absoluteliful we are going to be heading down san francisco to santa barbara. we are going to make a few pitstops along the way, of course. it's so beautiful. why not? take some pictures. and then we will end up in santa barbara. >> reporter: you are going to be helping the young women who are college bound young women and you are going to be raising money so they can travel abroad and have that experience of living abroad. why did you feel like this was an important cause? >> yeah. you know, i graduated from the international university of monaco. it changed my life, the experience of living abroad. i thought the fastest way to help young girls with their self-esteem, self-confidence is
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to make them travel. so the idea for the foundation came about. of course, combining it with my passion for driving was a natural way to raise funds for the organization. >> reporter: i was reading some of your background. do you mind if i hop behind the wheel again? >> sure. >> reporter: give it a shot for another try in. >> absolutely. >> reporter: you were the first african-american women to own a ferrari in northern california? >> yes. so far that's what i understand. >> reporter: and as i get behind the wheel here, describe for me what is the allure of the ferrari? >> oh, the allure? >> reporter: i mean, i can get inside and certainly get an idea. >> first of all, it's a sexy car. >> reporter: i would agree with that. and that's why you drive one? >> exactly. >> reporter: so tell me what i need to know here. >> start the car. push on the gas. and then you want to hit this. >> reporter: it's can feel the power. >> yeah. and that puts it into first
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gear. >> reporter: so it's a rally. not a race that you are holding. >> no, it is not a race. it's not a timed event either. we are just enjoying the drive down the coast. you know, creating a really great community of women. >> reporter: what do i need to know for take-off? >> just push on the gas. >> reporter: okay. [ laughter ] >> reporter: how hard is it to push on the gas? >> let's start lightly. >> reporter: we will take it easy. as we take a spin here, i'll go easy in my red ferrari, i want everybody to know you can go to ktvu.com for more information on the rally that happens august 5th through 7th. if you want more information on how you can donate to the cause. >> he just doesn't care. he is in a ferrari driving away. >> we will probably never see alex again. >> he is driving very slowly right now because it is not his toyota. they are not going to run after him. >> what he was saying as he was
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driving off into the sunrise we have much more information about the rally coming up on ktvu.com. now, switching gears to another incredible story, when she was 11 years old a walnut creek girl started the warm winters project after noticing a homeless man wearing jeans and a t-shirt on a cold day. >> she started collecting clothes to donate. well, six years later it has grown by a lot. it's now a nationwide mission with 32 ski resorts distributing about 32,000 items of clothing. >> and she just received a $36,000 grant for her commitment to her community. really our community as well. corrine heinz joins us live on "the 9" this morning. >> thanks for coming by. >> thanks for having me. >> i love the way you saw something and thought, hey, i can make this work better. tell me about what you saw? >> so i -- it was probably the coldest day of the year. i know i was just 11 years old. something about seeing that man on the streets wearing
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basically nothing to keep him warm, just really stuck with me. there is just a moment where i said, you know, i have to find a way to help him. >> so what kind of response did you get when you thought of this idea and you said why don't we do this? how hard was it to get to going? >> not that hard. i had a lot of support from my mom. city it together with my -- i did it with my best friend katrina. we worked together to approach our first ski resort in tahoe. from there it's beenboroing over -- it's been growing over the years. >> it strikes me that you saw something as a 11-year-old that we as adults have seen many times. we never thought about this. do you think maybe it was the fact that you were 11 and you thought, hey, this isn't right? you saw something most adults didn't see. >> i think part of it had to do with my youth and innocence. seeing something was wrong and feeling like i had do something
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to fix this. >> you talk about 32,000 items of clothing. you have all these resorts and you are still in school and, you know, live your life. how do you work it all out? >> it's actually a very simple small process. what we do is approach the ski resorts over a phone call or email. once they are on board we have our team volunteers pick up the clothes from the resorts. they are usually like warm coats, jackets, gloves from the lost and found. they donate them to the local shelter. >> and then it's easy. so where does the grant money go? how does it expand? >> the award is going towards my college, actually, to further my education. >> where are you going? >> i don't know yet. i am going into senior year. >> no pressure. no pressure. [ laughter ] >> yeah. it's going towards me being able to get an education that will allow me to grow more winters to a global scale and really take back what i learned
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from college and put it towards my community service and towards changing the world. >> what do you think the biggest lesson is that you did learn? >> i think the biggest lesson i have learned so far with warm wint ser that probably no idea is too small, and that really anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish. and it's really not that hard to make a difference in the world, you know? you don't have to change everyone's life, but just changing one life is absolutely amazing. >> so well said. it's not just coats and scarves. it's personal. you know, it's socks. it's deodorant. it's toothpaste. even smaller items can make a huge difference. >> exactly. it's those things that people don't normally think of. the personal care product items. a lot of people think to do coats and jackets. >> big things? >> yeah. it's the small things like lotions and shampoos that people don't really often think that you are necessities. >> do you ever get to meet a recipient of one of these
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coats? >> absolutely. we pass them out face to face, me and katrina. we go to san francisco and pass them out face to face. it's amazing to see the way their faces light up when we hand them something they didn't expect to have all year. >> incredible. core inheinz, thank you so much. warm winters. you go. good for you. thanks for joining us. sorry about the pressure where you are going. >> it's totally fine.
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all right. we have some breaking news that we're following for you. northbound 101, take a look at the map on your screen, it is completely shut down. this is in palo alto at embarcadero road. here is what we know. there has been a fatal motorcycle crash. it happened around 30 minutes ago. at this point the chp not giving us any indication on when the roadway is going to reopen. what we do know is that traffic is getting through. they are doing it on that shoulder and the off-ramp. but if you are going through that area, you should expect major delays. the arrow actually on your screen shows how far back traffic is backed up, and that's about four miles. so the speed right now only 6 miles per hour. obviously, when you have a fatal crash and a collision, they are going to do as much as they can out there to reconstruct and take their time and figure out exactly what happened. before we leave, what sounds better than a dip in a cool lake on a hot day? sounded like a good idea to
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these guys. mama bear. her two cubs. this could be me. this is in south lake tahoe. this was taken last week. you may think it's cute, and it is, but wildlife experts say these are not teddy bears. they are wild bears. i am stunned by how close some people are getting to the bears. if you see them, leave them alone. give them their space because you are in their backyard. still great video. >> they are having a blast. is that car still in the parking lot? >> let's all go. yes. ♪keep on the sunny side of life♪
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