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ldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldldld in the news this saturday morning, a blast of wintry weather drops fresh snow in the sierra where chain controls are in effect. lisa argen will have the latest on this weekend's storm. a local father turns to youtube.com with a plea to his long-lost children. good morning everyone. i'm theresa garcia. round one of this weekend's storm system delivers rain and snow to northern california. the bay area got a good drenching last night before drying out a bit. but we are not finished yet. there are still some showers out there and we're expecting more than an inch of rain before the weekend is out. plus colder temperatures, too. the system delivered just what the sierra ski resorts were hoping for. take a look it's fresh snow just in time for the
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thanksgiving holidays. driving conditions are icy over the mountain passes this morning. caltran has chain controls in effect in the lake tahoe region. chains are required at interstate 80 over donor summit and u.s. 50 over echo summit and 89 in the lake tahoe basin. now time to turn to meteorologist lisa argen to find out what we can expect next from the system. >> a cold weekend. we've seen about a half inch of rain from palo alto to mill valley. a third of an inch in napa. orinda picked up about a half inch. live doppler 7 hd shows more rain scattered showers in the north bay. the cold front, the first one has moved on through and we're looking at more scattered showers from windsor to santa rosa, sea ranch and all the way through novato and marin county. more showers offshore. heavier rain is going to push through later on this afternoon with some cold air. in fact high temperatures are gonna stay in the 40s in some
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parts of the bay. we'll tell you how much more rain and when we'll see the heaviest rain coming up in just a little bit. theresa. >> lisa, thank you. bay area news this morning a father in walnut creek is making a very personal plea in quite a public way. michael smith has posted a video on youtube.com begging his children to contact him. he says they were abducted by their mother 13 years ago. more than 2,000 people have watched his video but he hopes it reaches his target audience, his children. >> i'm gonna speak to the two of you -- >> he didn't rehearse or write out what he was going to say. michael smith just sat down in front of a camera and spoke from the heart to his two children who he hasn't seen in 13 years. the video was posted on youtube.com an monday. he's been an emotional wreck all week. >> a million emotions all the way ranging from anger to despair to the what ifs and every time the phone rings, i
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just don't know. >> smith hasn't seen chelsea or zachary since they were 6 and 9 years old. he says their mother abducted them during their custody battle. she first accused him of sexual verbal and physical abuse. once all those allegations against him were cleared and he started to seek full custody, he says she took off. >> i want you to know that this entire time since december 19th 1997 i have loved you, never stopped thinking about you. i think about you daily and i miss you on a daily basis. >> he made this video now because he just heard from the f.b.i. chelsea and zachary have been located and they told investigators they don't want to see their father. >> i don't know anything beyond that. they're over the age of 18. the privacy laws kick in and rightly so. >> he decided to turn to youtube.com in the hopes his video will go viral and somehow be seen by his kids. smith feels very vulnerable
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having this video out there but sails he doesn't care. he just hopes this message will reach his kids. >> if they don't call me if they don't make contact i'll be extremely, extremely disappointed. but i hold no ill will towards them whatsoever. they're victims. >> he also hopes the video will serve as a deterrent and keep other parents from abducting their children. in walnut creek, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> smith's ex-wife is a fugitive. she is wanted for child abduction. a violence car crash brings a very devastating result. and this all happened in san francisco yesterday leaving several families in the east bay shattered. five teenagers were in this car. two died. one is barely hanging on and two others did survive. abc 7's lisa amin gulezian has more on this horrible crash. >> he was a nice outgoing guy. and it's a really big shock. >> students at castro valley high school still can't believe
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what happened when the car jonathan johnson was in crashed into a light pole on ocean avenue in san francisco. johnson and another 18-year-old benjamin powell were thrown from the car and died. a 16-year-old sitting in between them has life-threatening injuries. the two people in the front seat are uninjured. an 18-year-old passenger and the driver who's just 14 years old. >> it's horrible. and we just -- as a school district try to do everything we can to support the students and their families. >> johnson graduated from castro valley in june after transferring there from tracy last november. he immediately joined the drama class and made the wrestling team. jonathan's wrestling coach was one of the first to find out about the crash. he called school administrators who told teachers and guidance counselors. >> devastating to say the least. he was an outstanding student. and certainly one of the people i'll miss a lot. >> the weirdest thing to think he's not here anymore.
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you know like i've never really, um, had anyone close to me pass away before. >> police say all three of the boys sitting in the backseat including johnson were not wearing their seat belts. >> this was a tragic event for the families involved, but there's the potential to save lives if those seat belts had been worn. >> the driver is charged with vehicular manslaughter while the front seat passenger whose father owns the car is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. >> turning to the economy now. a glimmer of improvement for california's jobs picture. although the state's newly really leased unemployment rate for october held steady at 12.4%, 39,000 new jobs were added to california payrolls last month. 5800 of them were in the east bay, 4800 in the south bay, and 3300 in marin san francisco and san mateo counties.
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and, you know many of those new jobs are tech positions. google is hanging out the help wanted sign to fill 2,000 positions. karina rusk has details on the company's quest. >> the good news from google is traveling fast. he isn't wasting any time applying for one of google's 2,000 job openings. he's been out of work since june with a background in engineering and project management. >> looking at a few positions that i think i may have some qualification experience to offer. >> the world's dominant search engine issued this statement to abc 7. google is aggressively hiring across the board with a focus in sales and engineering. the mountain view company is in a talent war with facebook.com twitter and others. the company recently announced a 10% pay raise and bonuses for all of its more than 23,000 employees. for engineers especially, the bidding wars are back.
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this google recruitment video emphasizes a stimulating, fun work environment with percs. >> we have yoga, we have pilate. >> when we mention the food. food by the way is great. >> the employment development department says in the bay area, engineers are among the fastest growing occupations. in the san francisco region, the ten-year projected job growth is 25 to 45% depending on specific engineering expertise. >> we verified that through our surveys. that yes, there is a big demand engineering and it is all over the bay area really. >> as the economy slowly recovers from a recession, he and many others hope google's hiring announcement has a ripple effect. >> we need more industry leaders such as google to basically inject some confidence into the market and boost the economy. >> and the demand for engineers
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at google and elsewhere is great for the overall economy. and that's because these are good-paying jobs of that a multiplier effect when those salaries are spread out whether it be shopping or remodelling or eating out. in san jose, karina rusk, abc 7 news. >> a south bay company is among the targets of a massive insider trading investigation. the "wall street journal" reports mountain view primary global research and goldman sachs are among the companies being examined. investigators are looking into whether consulting companies illegally passed along inside information to investors looking for an edge. sources say federal authorities are preparing charges that could involve consultants investment bankers and analysts from coast to coast. downtown pleasant she'll shopping district is under a new ownership. an investment group has purchased the 366,000 shopping area. the sales price wasn't released but the deal could be worth more
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than $70 million. the shopping district opened ten years ago and brought new life to pleasant hill. the area now boasts a 14-screen movie theater, a boarders books, a bed bath and beyond and several restaurants. a painkiller that's prescribed to millions of americans is being phase the out over safety concerns. the cardiac concerns that has the fda halting prescriptions of darvon and a recommendation for patients who already take it it is plus thousands of free turkeys delivered to bay area families this weekend. severa>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@>@
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>> 10 million people take darvon. they're pulling it off the market because of safety concerns. the active ingredient can lead to heart attacks. they're urging the doctor prescribing the drug patients should take it while doctors arrange alternate medicationings. a powder mailed to the los angeles tv studio where "dancing with the stars" is produced. the incident follows bristol palin's controversial advance due to audience votes. this envelope was delivered last night. it contained a threatening letter and a white substance that turned out to be just talcum powder. no arrests have been made. thousands will be celebrating thanksgiving early this year thanks to generous donations across the bay area. the up the of san francisco will hand out baskets of thanksgiving food to 120 families in need this morning. the event takes place from 7:30
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to 10:30. student athletes at day lasalle high school are giving away 200 turkeys at st. francis parish. the recreation center in oakland from 1:00 to 4:00s and 1300 turkeys at the san jose arms. the rain is gonna happen? >> rain happened last night. a little break now. still showers in the north bay. a little break here. you can see the clouds from our camera in the distance. boy, the break in the clouds making it cool. just in the low 40s. more rain more cold air. for a wet and slippery weekend, your forecast is next. >> also we've got something here to spice up your weekend. how about thousands of salsa dancers coming in from all over the world. they have gathered in oakland.
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in the world. ♪ >> shakin' it up there. the 9th annual san francisco international salsa congress kicked off yesterday at the oakland convention center. this three-day event includes shows, workshops and competitions. last night was amateur night where dancers performed just for the fun of it. this group is from calgary, canada. >> we have lots of exposure to the latin culture which we don't get at home all the time. so more dancers have been doing it their whole lives. that's exciting for us. >> tonight performances professional dancers and culminates with a salsa competition. nice and spicy inside but cold outside. >> we're talking temperatures well below normal and the coldest air of the season has not even yet reached the bay area. so more chill to come. as we head outside the snow definitely piling up here. a little break now but the
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winter storm warning goes into effect went into effect yesterday and stays in effect until 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. we'll be looking at heavy snow overnight tonight and day live look outside from emeryville. a few clouds around but breaks providing for some very cold numbers this morning, just in the 40s. we have picked up anywhere from about almost an inch to a half inch orinda dublin. a third of an inch, san francisco .42 a third of an inch petaluma and live doppler 7 hd shows more rain right now in the north bay. in fact a thunderstorm offshore here. to the south and east looking at rain. some light showers perhaps in san francisco. also around cloverdale, santa rosa but more activity offshore just off the coast of the peninsula. so some light showers for you this morning but the bulk of the activity will hold off until this afternoon. it's 48 in oakland.
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a chilly 43 fremont. mountain view a cold start with a cold and showery weekend. now over the peaks above 2,500 feet we've seen snow already around mount hamilton around the higher elevations of monterey county. with the unstable air mass chance of thunderstorms slides in tonight and tomorrow we see peaks of sun. restabilize the atmosphere. this area of cold air moves over the bay later on today and tomorrow. so the first cold front has pushed on through. it's south of morgan hill right now. and we're looking at some cold air still bottled up to the north of us. and these speckling of the clouds here indicate the much colder air. our time line computer animation shows that 6:00 this morning most of the activity to the south and east of us. as we head towards the afternoon hours, look what happens. 1:00, 2:00 more rain. scattered showers.
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by 4:00 across the bay a line of heavier rain to the south and east and then partly cloudy skies overnight. by 1:00 tomorrow, more unstable air and a chance of thunderstorms. sunshine. not making it to the low to mid-50s. so it's already a half inch of rain, moving to another inch in the north bay. about another quarter to a half inch along the peninsula and a quarter to a third in the east bay. so more to come, especially this afternoon and tonight. winter storm warnings with the heaviest overnight tonight. 1 to 2 feet at lake level and locally we could see some gusting of snow there around mount diablo and mount hamilton with temperatures today just in the low to mid-50s. only 40s in the north bay and down by the monterey bay more heavier rain later on tonight. the accu-weather seven-day forecast another cold front through this afternoon to the evening hours. scattered showers behind it and the cold air showers,
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thunderstorms tomorrow. and temperatures drop much of the work week. thanksgiving will be sunny and dry. not even 60. >> still not cold enough to leave our turkey outside and let it freeze. >> yeah! >> not in the bay area. >> we're gonna check out what's coming up at 7:00 on "good morning america." in new york joining us now. you're gonna talk about the patdowns. it is pretty controversial. >> it is. the talk of the country right now. looking at one of the busiest travel weeks of the year and that growing anger overs the patdowns. we'll tell you one horror story from a breast cancer survivor. a murder in beverly hills. was this a random act of violence or was she targeted. the royal engagement. preparations for the wedding
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underway. we'll have the latest on the question everyone is asking: who will design kate middleton's dress. ron hits the road visiting college campuses and searching for the best places where students go to grab a bite to eat. see if yours made the cut. ron travelled across the country. you'll see pizza was my favorite. >> looks really good. ron is a svelte figure there. >> i don't know. he does it once a year. he's on a diet the rest of the year. >> there you go! >> have a good weekend. >> bay area rivals clashing on the football field in berkeley today. the 113th big game between stanford and cal. you know what oakland talks morning sports. here's larry beil. >> good morning, everybody. the warriors hosted the knicks last night. monta ellis may have had the dunk of the year.
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this turned into a track meet. a knicks meet. one of three former warriors making their return. landry knocking down the three. he had nine months. monta with authority in the face! this is what you called it. the knicks dropped 41 on the warriors in the second quarter. his prayer is answered! he had 35. knicks up big. he had 26. knicks leading by 18 at one point. you know the warriors are going to come back. monta to the rack. he has 40 to the fourth. reggie williams takes the triple. reggie with 15 in the 4th. not enough defense to golden state. clutched three. the warriors lose their first game at home this season. 125-119. just a couple years ago anthony randolph appeared to be on his way to stardom with the warriors. now he doesn't even get off the bench for the knicks.
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randolph part of the david lee trade, an early ankle injured hampered his game in new york. >> trying to learn the system. i had the injury early on in the season. trying to get acclimated and get back in the rotation. >> stanford can keep their pole host alive. needs one more win to become bowl eligible. a ton on the line today when cal hosts stanford in the 113th edition of the big game. could be the final big game for stanford's dynamic duo of the coach and quarterbacked. lutz almost certainly the number one overall pick. with that rookie salary cap coming at some point, lutz will leave tens of millions on the table should he decide to stick around. it's all about beating your arch rival. >> you talk about taking every game the same way. but there's a little bit more to this as far as emotional level. all the buildup, all the hype
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throughout the week. a special game. a critical time. >> i mean, it's a whole lot of pride going into this week. we've had it seven out of eight years. i'm not looking to give it up again. >> stanford seven point favorite to win the big game. never really know what to expect in a rivalry contest. he has no doubts. >> big game stanford. serious right now. andrew lutz all the way. said this earlier 35-13. >> bold prediction. wasn't close to 35-13. boise state hosting fresno state. up 10. play action tied it. 17-0 boise state. fast forward to 23-zip and it's war again. austin pettitte. 30-0. making his case for the heisman in this game. four touchdowns for broncos.
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10-0. the final 51-0. women's basketball, number three stanford making the truck to utah. jeannette with quick crossover. up 23-15. second half more from poland. the pop and knock down the three. a game high 19. the cardinals pull away. kayla peterson inside with stanford up 2-0. 62-53 victory. olympic skiing champion johnny mosley is a few dales away from his world skating debut. monday night abc premiers skating with the stars. mostly on a crash course in l.a. practicing his skating for hours every day. johnny's been on the ski slopes for years but he has not skated very much. natural athlete though. seems like finally clicking for him on the ice. >> i'm feeling great. like we had a choreography session today. i went through the rye teen. for the first time i didn't feel like a total goof ball so that's
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progress. >> johnny skates here monday night. oregon state football at 5 p.m. followed by another edition of after the game. have a great weekend everybody. i'm larry beil. >> next, the top stories at 6:30. all the fresh snow in the mountains means chain controls for sierra highways launching ski season just in time for the holidays. lisa argen will let us know what to expect throughout the weekend. and president obama is in
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so let's go straight to meteorologist lisa argen because she's going to give us an overall look what we can expect this weekend. good morning lisa. >> hi there theresa. we have seen about an inch of rain. orinda of a half inch. san francisco .42. not so much the north bay. yesterday the overnight hours. but looking at more rain right now. live doppler 7 hd says that we had some thunderstorms off the mendocino coastline here. right there. and also more rain offshore. it's going to be moving into san francisco, the peninsula. but this is not yet associated with a second cold front. that's going to bring much colder air heavier rain. that's going to be later on this afternoon throughout the evening hours for an additional half inch to an inch of rain and some low ceiling levels. details on that coming up in a little bit. >> thanks. we are mentioning snow lovers are chaining up and getting an early start on ski season.
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there may even be some whiteout conditions in places. nanette miranda shows how people are preparing for a snow which coming holiday weekend. >> the tahoe area's first major snow storm of the season created a rush at local stores hours before. customers needed a variety of things for new boots for the unprepared like jimmy from orange account. >> just found out i had a hole in my shoe. >> to new shovels for local residents. >> i'm preparing. it's going to be 3 feet just down here. up will be probably double that. >> the caltran's maintenance station workers tinkered with equipment making sure they're ready for that storm. crews will work through the weekend to have roads clear. >> we could have whiteout conditions. that's when we stress to motorists reduce your speed if there's an area that you can pull off we would recommend
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that. >> snow! >> the storm though is great news for skiers and snow boarders. there's been some snow in some areas but fresh powder is always welcome. >> it means when i fall down it won't hurt as much. i won't be getting scrapes on my board from running over the dirt. >> and to have a major snowstorm blow through before the thanksgiving holiday weekend, it's the best scenario ski resorts could hope for. >> it's going to do a lot for the local economy. all the restaurants and gas stations and everybody are really excited because it's going to get the season kicked off a little earlier than it normally is. >> snowstorms routinely happen in the sierra which is why long time residents like david just shrug their holds. >> 26 years. i'm not that excited. >> folks here are hoping this storm convinces tourists to come up for christmas week. that's traditionally when they make the most money. chp and caltran are well aware there could be bliz conditions, whiteout conditions over the
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weekend and they are prepared to shut down interstate 80 and highway 50 if necessary. abc 7 news. >> a more than a dozen people in san mateo are homeless this morning after a fire raked through their apartment building. the fire investigators are trying to figure out what started this fire on north bay shore drive. six apartments are damaged or destroyed. 14 tenants are displaced, including some in wheelchairs. thankfully the american red cross is there and assisting. we have some developing global news about the war in afghanistan this morning. nato's leaders have just decided to reduce troop levels and hand over that control of security to afghan forces in 2014. president obama, afghan president karzai and leaders of the 28-member alliance met behind closed doors today for the nato russia council meeting in portugal. they signed an agreement for nato to maintain a long-term presence in afghanistan after 2014. the people of afghanistan still
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find themselves caught between the taliban and coalition forces and getting no help from the afghan government. nick reports from kabul. >> just 30 minutes from kabul muhammad's motorcycle repair shop is caught in the middle. down the road one way a secured capital. down the road the other way, a district infested with taliban. only in kabul is the security okay, he says. everywhere else security is bad. kabul is the only part of the country the u.s. has largely transferred to afghan control. this weekend president obama and nato will endorse a new plan, transition a handful more areas by june and the entire country by the end of 2014. there are a few safe areas that can transition first. much of the country has never been more violent.
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in many areas the taliban create their own checkpoints, run their own courts and actively recruit people like this man. during the day he is a civil servant. at night an insurgent. >> i join the taliban because of what the americans are doing to this country. they kill innocent people. >> with the help of 100,000 troops the u.s. has recently made large gains here. but improvement is slow. and often not backed up by any increase in governance. >> what do you think of the government? >> the government makes the rich richer and destroys the lives of the poor, he says. that's why there's no security in afghanistan. this weekend the u.s. begins a slow four-year march towards the exit. but that date will be nothing until afghans feel safer and are governed better. abc news, kabul. >> the loss of the house speaker position has not taken the political fire out of nancy pelosi's belly. in a defiant interview to appear
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in tomorrow's new york times magazine pelosi was asked about new house speaker's boehner's tears on election night. the republicans swept the house and boehner became nostalgic. >> i spent my whole life chasing the american dream. (applause) >> pelosi says he is known to cry. he cries sometimes when we're having a debate on bills. she also went on to say if i cry it's about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. but when it comes to politics no, i don't cry. boehner has cried several times on the house floor typically when discussing the iraq war. john boehner was selected this week by the caucus to be the next speaker of the house. we are looking for a very rainy weekend, right, lisa? >> no crying about that. tears of joy. a winter storm warning until 4:00 tomorrow. but right now breaks out there. had the showers last night.
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almost a half inch downtown. i'll detail how much more to come and how cold it's going to get next. >> and plus we're gonna let you know why this will be the last big game at berkeley's memorial stadium for a
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>> we've got frightening moments aboard a delta flight when a cockpit window cracked at 30,000 feet. >> you guys take a look what we're dealing with. >> what they were dealing with is this. the copilot said the crack spidered across the glass. passengers were headed from atlanta to santa ana california but the pilot said they needed to land as quickly as possible. >> no air's leaking into the airplane, no glass breaking or anything. just we cannot continue on to santa ana. >> well passengers say the updates from the navy veteran pilot kept them calm during an ear-popping quick decent and an
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emergency landing in dallas texas. the faa is investigating what caused that window to crack. waking up this morning, a little lull in the system. we have a lot more rain on the way. >> yeah. a half inch to an inch in the wettest locations. almost an inch and snow around mount hamilton. so pretty important system on the way. impressive one that went by. as we head outside we are looking at sfo. no delays here although it's cold, only the upper 40s. the sun officially up this morning at 6:55 setting at 4:55 and emeryville looking at a lot of cloud cover. so far we talked a little about the rain. you'll notice that the east bay, you picked up a third in dublin, orinda over a half inch. san francisco almost a half. this is 5:00 this morning. mount saint helena only a 10th with petaluma about a third. live doppler 7 hd showing not only rain but thunderstorms. that's in the forecast
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throughout the entire weekend. cold unstable air associated with the system that went through and also the other one that is to come. so off the mendocino coast the sonoma coast, looking at more wet weathered. widely scattered showers. the rain has been light around santa rosa and winds are up. also some off the coast here of marin county. also the peninsula. this will be rotating through. it's not associated with the cold front yet. that's later today around the dinner hour to around 8:00, 9:00 when heavier rain moves our way with the next cold front. 44 napa and fairfield this morning with 43 in mountain have you, 38 los gatos. everyone with as much as 5 to 10 degrees colder this morning. a cold and showery weekend with the snow level at 2500 feet by tonight. and we're looking at the chance of thunderstorms mixed in with the shower activity today, tonight, and tomorrow. so here's the first cold front pushing through the south bay
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right now. and then parts of the central coast getting wet but it's all this cold air and that next area of low pressure that's gonna sit up here to the north for a while and energy rotates around it. that's going to bring the rain later on today and the even colder air mass that's going to stay with us right through monday. here's a look at the time line. a little break in the action. but we are looking at more rain by the early afternoon. the heavier rain looks like it's going to push on through by 3:00, 4:00. in fact, that's when we can see cobb mountain with a few snowflakes down to mount hamilton and then by tonight with pockets of cold air we could see some 30s around the bay. sunshine tomorrow only destabilize the atmosphere more for a better chance of thunderstorms. seen about a half inch of rain. maybe another half inch for a total of an inch and a half later tom. total of an inch the east bay coming your way and probably
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another third in the south bay. so below snow levels 1 to 2 feet. at lake level 3 to 5 feet above 7,000 feet with low to mid-50s generally but only in the 40s in the north bay. we should see 60s this time of year so not only cold but wet with temperatures well below the average and a good decent soaking of rain. it's not going to be an all-day rain but today much rainier than tomorrow and a cool week but dry. >> a cool week but at least a dry one so we can get out and about thanksgiving. family and friends and dry and cold. >> yeah. (laughter) >> thanks lisa. you know today's big game will be a big milestone too. this is because it's the last big game in memorial stadium before it undergoes a major renovation. while the work is being done, the bears will play their home games across the bay next season. laura anthony has the story. >> touchdown! his first by a cal player! >> the sounds of a game will
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soon be a distant memory at u.c. berkeley's memorial stadium as it stands now. >> so many great things have happened here. >> doug turner has worked here 41 years since back in the days when the stadium looked much like it does today. >> i think it was 2972 when steve sweeney call the a ball in the end zone with no time left with mud dripping off him. >> turner was there too for the play in the big game of 1982. built in 1923 as a tribute to world war ii soldiers, memorial stadium has oathed presidents and football greats like college hall of famer joe kapp whose son will is on the current staff. >> the stadium, it's holy. it's a holy place for thousands if not millions of people that support the golden bears. >> but now the stadium originally built for $1.4 million and one that sits on the hayward fault is getting a $321
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million retrofit. >> it's really about two-thirds of the stadium will get basically replaced with a new concrete and steel structure. we don't plan on changing any of the minor imperfectionings in the stadium wall. >> when the work is done on the outside, the stadium will look pretty much like it does now. but on on the inside things will be much different. the field will be 4 feet lower. one thing that won't be repaired the 4 inch gap under seat 22 row 75 section kk. a product of first movement, it will perhaps serve as a reminder of the stadium's rich history and an opening for all the new memories yet to come. >> i can't wait for that first game in 2012 when we beat ohio state. >> in berkeley, laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> all right. don't go away. up next a u.c. student called 7en your side for help over his tuition nightmare. >> a cal student is charged
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$40,000 too much and can't get
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switching to progressive could mean hundreds more in your wallet year after year. feed me! saving you money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today. >> the university of california is openly recruiting out of state students because they pay much higher fees than california residents. but one cal student whose lived here all his life realized he received the out of state rate and the school refused to refund the difference. >> greg is a live long california resident. he grew up here in orinda and now attends cal berkeley. like all california residents greg is entitled to a big break on his tuition. however, greg received no such break. >> the school owes me 44000 and they refuels to give it back. >> here's what happened.
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u.c. berkeley mistakenly classified greg as an out of state student so he was charged the non-resident fee for the past two years. instead of charging $5,000 per semester this year u.c. charged him more than $16,000, $11,000 too much per semester. but what's worse when he pointed out the mistake u.c. berkeley refused to give him his money back. >> seems like they're fighting me more than helping me. >> to see cal cheat a student out of that amount of money is appalling to me. >> what makes this even harder, greg's college fund was a legacy left to him by his father john reading who died from cancer when greg was just 13. here's greg hanging on to his father's back a few years before the onus struck. his father made sure to leave enough money so greg and his sister could go to college. now a huge chunk of that legacy was gone. >> definitely should give it
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back. it's not their right to keep it. >> we tried to save money for the kids to get an education. and for them to not refund the money that's due to him because of their mistake, it's appalling. >> greg said he never questioned the tuition amount because cal is such an acclaimed university and the money was coming directly out of his trust fund. he didn't question it until he noticed a friend was paying so much less. by that time u.c. berkeley said it was too late for greg to get his money back. >> they're saying there's a statute of limitations and it's 30 days and i think it's ridiculous because it's my money and it was their fault. >> their fault because greg had filed this statement of legal residence as required to get the lower tuition. u.c. berkeley claimed it never received the form. luckily greg's mother miranda kept copies of the statement and this receipt showing it was sent by certified mail. miranda showed all of this to
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the university and still u.c. berkeley said no refund. i tried to explain to them the situation. they basically just say don't repeat yourself. your case has been denied. go seek counsel. >> miranda was furious. that's when she contacted "7 on your side" and we took the problem to the university. and finally u.c. agreed to review the case. >> i don't know what happened with that first package that he sent to us. he definitely has the proof that it was received but from there it was mislaid. >> u.c. berkeley registrar ann deluca couldn't explain what happened to the residency form. but since greg had proof he mailed something, u.c. agreed to refund the overpaid fees, $41,752 in all. a few weeks later, the money was back. >> i'm grateful that they finally did the right thing. >> we're glad. we wouldn't want a student to
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pay an amount they didn't rightfully owe. >> thank you so much. we wouldn't have been able to do it without "7 on your side." >> so take it as a warning, the u.c. berkeley registrar tells us if you don't file that registry form you will be charged out of state fees even if you lived in california your whole life. file on time and as this mother did, keep your receipts. i'm michael finney "7 on your side." >> good reminder on the receipts there. still ahead does harry potter and the deadly nñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñnñjñaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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the new harry potter film is already a hit at the box office. more than 2,000 screenings for harry potter part one are already sold out. you know the highly anticipated film version of the 7th potter book hits the theaters this weekend. you can check it out. arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez, he checks the magic on the aisle. >> the stronger he gets! >> i must be the one to kill harry potter. >> the evil lord with a bad nose job out to get harry so he can dominate the world. harry and ron away from the protective environment of hogwarth facing danger at every turn. baldmar are after him and harry
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and friends need to destroy it. a lot of effects make early potter films positively primitive. danger lurks everywhere, even the neighborhood coffee shop. there's another undercurrent, a little psycho drama. per flexed about their feelings for each other unsettled. this sets up a finale in part 2 due in theaters in 3-d in july. >> help me! >> they're coming! they're coming! >> well, we've grown up with these actors. they have matured and sove the films. there's a certain richness of the picture. you better are read the books or seen the film or you may not know who's who or what's what. one warning there's a romantic scene that's almost r-rated. i think this could be the best harry potter yet.
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no magic wand needed. i give it a full bucket! i'm don sanchez, abc 7 news and we'll see you on the aisle. >> looking like a good weekend to stay indoors. >> yeah! rain in the north bay but going to see more of it today. very cold air mass. thunderstorms through tomorrow only near 50 today. >> thanks for joining us. our next newscast starts at 8:00 this morning. i'm theresa garcia. "good morning america" is up next. captioned by: closed captioning g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g
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