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i'm terry mcsweeney live in the newsroom. that's a minute away. >> protesters disrupt the ride home for thousands of bart passengers in downtown san francisco. the hackers, anonymous, leave roving demonstration for the bart shutdown. a live look downtown san francisco. looks different than yesterday. we've got the clouds. they are back. it will be a minimal cooling trend. we have warm weather for the next few days before a bigger cooling trend this weekend. good morning. i have a sig-alert for you in the south bay and stall on the bay bridge. yes, thick fog on the coast. that's coming up. >> violating the cell phone driving laws could soon cost you more. bill heading to the governor's desk could fine you for talking on the phone while driving and not using hands-free device. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping the news, the police chief for oakland schools is off the job and under investigation for making a
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series of racial slurs against one of his offersers. abc7's terry mcsweeney joins us live from the newsroom. terry? >> reporter: investigated on july 18, story that begins on a golf course. the chief and three staff went to a charity golf tournament at sequoia country club in oakland. the racial slurs began while the four were driving after the event. white sergeant in the vehicle filed the complaint that started the investigation. joel sullivan is his attorney and tells us what happened that day. >> he called the african-american the "n" bomb several times and told him he had no right to live in la marinda because he was an african-american. he didn't use that word. he should be hung in the town square because he's african-american and he was the last african-american he would ever hire and he'd just as soon kill him. >> he was a lubt with the
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oakland poli -- a lieutenant with the oakland police. he had to resign that job when he crashed his state-owned vehicle while driving drunk. the "chronicle" reports he was trying to be funny after day of drinking at the golf course. he reports that his wife is african-american. live in the newsroom, terry mcsweeney, abc7 news. >> thank you. 4:32. bart service will -- [ inaudible ] rush hour protest shut down four stations in last night's commute. protesters were upset at the agency for shutting down cell phone service last week. abc7's lilian kim. >> friends and family filed out of the rosary service where they saw 3-year-old carlos nava junior lying in a small casket, dressed in a white tuxedo. his parents were touched by the turn-out. >> the reports, that's what they're amazed about. >> reporter: adriana gonzalez of the mexican
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consulate -- >> all right, that was alan wang's story about today's memorial for little carlos nava. we'll have more on the story including the court appearance by the second suspect arrested coming up in a little bit. right now, we want to tell you about fire investigators in daly city. they are looking into what caused a deadly fire. the late afternoon fire destroyed a detached rear unit on los alavos avenue. after the fire was extinguished they found a man inside the unit. his identity has not been released pending notification of his family. flames were contained to the rear unit. no firefighters or other residents were injured. federal findings just released show pg&e still can't find key documents related to last september deadly pipeline explosion in san bruno. national transportation safety board investigators hampered by a lack of information about the section of substandard pipe where the blast occurred at a flawed well. the "san francisco
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chronicle" reports pg&e relied on faulty or non-existent data to vouch for safety of much of the rest of the pipeline. investigators found pg&e does not know the thickness of the pipe's walls for 21 miles. who manufacturered most of the line. or how deeply much of it is buried. we were telling you about the second suspect arrested in the shooting death of the 3-year-old oakland boy. he will make his first court appearance this morning in las vegas in a few hours. a funeral service will be held for carlos nava. last night, family and friends held a rosary service for him. abc7's alan wang has the full story. >> reporter: friends and family filed out of the rosariry service where they saw 3-year-old carlos nava junior lying in a small casket dressed in a white tuxedo. his parents were touched by the turn-out. >> the diversity of the support is what they are really amazed about. >> reporter: adriana gonzalez of the mexican consulate says the boy's
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parents from mexico lost their jobs as restaurant workers shortly before their son was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting last week on international boulevard. >> this weekend, neighbors held a car wash and barbecue to raise money for the boy's funeral expenses. meanwhile, the oakland police announced the arrest of a second suspect. 22-year-old willie torrence. he was detained in las vegas on friday and is awaiting extradition. >> he was believed to be the driver of the vehicle in question. >> reporter: last week, investigators arrested the alleged trigger man. 26-year-old laurence denard. >> it was challenging at the beginning, but most of the information we received are from citizens who were just described as sick to their stomach about what they know happened. >> in oakland, alan wang, abc7 news. our time now is 4:36. a bill to boost fines for motorists and cyclists who talk and text while driving is now on the governor's desk. fines for motorists who talk
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or text while driving would increase to $50. that may not sound like a lot but if you combine it with penalties and court costs you look at more than $300 for a first to even ifs. cyclists will be dinged $40 for the first offense and $50 for second offense. the santa clara county is expected to approval proposal to let it protect 49ers stadium funds from the state. the council will vote on whether to opt in to the state optional redevelopment agency plan. it lets cities keep agencies and funds if they turn over a per sen tage of property -- percentage of property tax revenue to sacramento. santa clara share is $11 million this year and $2.7 million each year after that. cities which fail to opt in would lose their redevelopment funds. city leaders say holding on to some money is better than losing it all. 4:37 now. i think telling our kids that is important, too. >> what? >> about the money.
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better than losing it all. keeping some of it. kids give it all away. >> we're keeping the clouds. bring it all back. mike? good morning. >> good morning, more cloud cover this morning. we have a thin area of dry air above it. we'll see sunshine rapidly today. even if we miss out on an hour or two, it could shape the temperatures compared to yesterday. right now, step out. 48 in san rafael. 61 in antioch. everybody else in the mid-to-upper 50s. by the afternoon hour, you can see the extent of the clouds much more along the coast. keeping half moon bay at 64. low to mid-70s around oakland and san mateo. upper 70s to low 80s. 79 in san rafael. low to mid-80s in napa and santa rosa. upper 80s to low 90s. warmest weather in east bay valley. low to upper 80s around hollister, gilroy, morgan hill. heading to the monterey bay, more clouds than yesterday. 66 at monterey. low to mid-70s for santa cruz, watsonville and
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salinas. the accuweather seven-day forecast -- wednesday, thursday could be a little bit warmer. slight cooling trend friday. saturday and into sunday where the temperatures could be four to six degrees cooler. sunday looks to be the coolest of our day. we may have potential problem in the south bay. sue? >> saratoga is back. thank you, mike. we have a sig-alert already in effect this morning. highway 9 east of heather hights road. accident is blocking lanes there. and c.h.p. is on scene. they are getting one lane of traffic by alternately. this is a big problem right now for saratoga. let's take a look at the bay bridge. we have reports eastbound. stall at treasure island in the right lane. right here, you can see the traffic heading westbound. that looks like it's moving well. toll plaza, light. metering lights are off. not even one car going through. there we go, a couple of cars. >> just for you, sue. 4:39. thanks. >> the head of the state
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good morning. >> we'll say it together. good morning everyone. 4:41 on the abc7 morning news. look from the high definition rooftop camera. embarcadero on the left. bay bridge in the background, with the ferry building. as you can see there, if there is some cloud cover there, it's above the buildings there. mike will tell us where exactly all of that is and sue hall will take a look at traffic that appears very light this morning coming up. >> bart service will be back to normal after rush hour
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protest shut down four stations in san francisco in last night's commute. protesters were upset at the agency for shutting down cell phone service last week. lilian kim has the story. >> reporter: cell phone service at the civic center platform was working this time. but dozens of protesters continued with the planned protest to speak out against bart, who shut down the underground cell phone network last thursday as part of an effort to prevent demonstration. >> when they clatch down on people's free speech and voice, i get offended and realize i have to show support for the american free speech, which is the most important. >> the group anonymous organized this and that culminated with protesters trying to block the door of a bart train. the officers declared the station closed and ordered everyone out. protesters carried on. they walked down market street in hopes of entering the other station.
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one protester went so far to up at the the public. a woman we talked to said any sympathy she had for them is now gone. >> they did a slippery slope with the cell phone. >> finally came to a head at the embarcadero station where the protesters tried to get past security gate. officers emerged and formed a line. the crowd eventually disbursed. by 7:45, all downtown stations were back open. the spokesman didn't have much to say other than customers are angry and frustrated. lilian kim, abc7 news. 4:44 now. the u.s. attorney's office begun gather iing information about the group behind the campaign to draft interim mayor ed lee to run for a full term. the "san francisco chronicle" reports that progress for all, behind the
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run, ed, run campaign is the suspect of complain from aaron peskin and retired superior court judge. they want investigation in campaign finance issues and that progress for all was coordinating the activities with lee in violation of election law. workers from recology helped draft signatures to help lee run. >> the chairman of the public utilities commission goes on an all-expense paid trip to sweden and travelling with him is executives with pg&e, the very organization that the chairman is involved in regulating. a situation many consider too cozy. abc7's mark matthews has reaction from the state lawmaker. >> the san bruno disaster that killed eight and destroyed 38 homes brought a lot of things to light. including how the public utilities commission failed to enforce regulations. 11 months before it
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happened, i interviewed the chairman about the latest trip to sweden. >> i've gone to sweden a number of times sponsored by the swedish government. these aren't junkets. >> he called it a fact-finding mission. he has been on 16 of them since his appointment nine years ago, often taking his wife and other commissioners along. >> no reason to be apologetic to go to sweden, spain, germany or anywhere else. that's the way we learn. >> ally of peevy's on the commission said the trip, particularly the swedish trip is more of a party. >> we spend an awful lot of hours drink iing, easting. >> doing it mostly with executives from the utility committees. brown said he never went to another one because it did not pass the smell test. this week, jeffrey brown did join mike peavey on another trip to sweden.
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the companion is peavey's chief of staff. the attorney representing san bruno says the governor needs to replace peavey. >> when you are having dinner, breaking bread with people and drinking cocktails or having a good time with the same people then the next day you have to regulate, i don't like it, i don't believe it and i don't think it should be tolerated. >> from the citizens of san bruno we heard from, the trip isn't going down very well. >> it's not okay. >> mark matthews, abc7 news. coming up, mixed bag in financial markets overseas this morning. we'll see the influence it will have on wall street today. >> president obama will announce a jobs plan today but it may not be enough for anxious americans. i'm karen travers and i'll have that story coming up. >> more is better but even a little helps. next just how 15 minutes of
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welcome back. the coolest weather, seattle, great falls, boston, new york, 70s. 80s around the country until you get to the gulf coast. new orleans, 95. 100 around dallas and phoenix. good news if you are traveling by plane. nothing going on in the major airports right now. any delays that develop, the flight tracker will have them. you can, too. abc7news.com. kristen? >> all right, mike. thanks a lot. 4:49. wall street may see an end to the rebound when the stock market opens this morning. the dow futures are trading lower this hour after closing more than 200 points higher yesterday. asian markets were mixed in overnight trading. hang seng in hong kong lost some. trading in european markets is lower at this hour.
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>> president obama wakes up the iowa and is expected to unveil small business initiatives. he also finds drop in his poll numbers. karen travers has more on the president road trip. >> today, president obama will announce a new initiative for the rural areas. the white house says it will spur growth and create jobs in part through $350 million investment through the small business administration. the president is on a three-day bus tour to get the groove back. the approval ratings are sinking. he is taking heat from the presidential contenders. the team bus tour is official business. >> i know it's not election season yet. >> but he looks and sounds like a man fighting for his job. he blasted the entire republican field for refusing to support any deficit deal that had tax increases. >> none of them will take
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it. >> think about that. that is just not common sense. >> out on the campaign trail, the republican challenger smell blood in the water. >> understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy. is finally essential in the white house. >> he is going to talk about jobs but only job he cares about is the one he's got. >> president obama says the jobs plan is ideas that republicans traditionally supported. with the campaign already in full swing, getting support now may be difficult. karen travers, abc news, washington. 4:51. yesterday afternoon, nice, warm. today, do we retreat? >> in a few areas, a few degrees. but maybe not noticeable until this weekend when the real cooling trend moves in. we have minor fluctuations in the next few days. a lot has to do with the cloud cover that you're seeing here. some days is thicker like today. some days is non-existent
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like yesterday. you can barely see the top of the bay bridge. i suspect there is drizzle along the coast also. talk about the temperatures stepping out. 48 in san rafael. 61 in antioch. everybody else in the mid-to-upper 50s. cloudy conditions around the monterey bay. inland to salinas. mid-to-upper 50s there. not as cloudy around gilroy, 51. the highlights, sunny this afternoon. near normal high temperatures. minimal changes through friday. and then more clouds and cooler weather as we slip in to the weekend. for today, here you go. one degree cooler in concord and san jose. same in oakland and san francisco. one to two degrees warmer than fremont and santa rosa. that's how negligible the change will be. 13 hours, 35 minutes of sunshine. here are the clouds. they're not making it in the east bay valley. fog is forming in the north bay valley. by 9:00, we're seeing the retreat. by noon, it's back to the
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coast. unlike yesterday, it will hang stubbornly at the coast. keeping you in the 60s. 70s, 80s, 90s farther east. we start down in south bay. 80s about everywhere. 82 in san jose. los gatos the warm spot, 87. peninsula, mid-to-upper 70s until you head to south bay. mountain view and los altos. low to mid-80s there. low to mid-60s along the coast. notice how stubborn the clouds are compared to yesterday. downtown south san francisco and saucelito. mid-to-upper 60s. even the 70 at saucelito. san rafael, 79. low to mid-80s through the north bay valley. low 60s at your beaches. on the east bay shore, we'll be in the low to upper 70s from 70 at berkeley, to 79 at fremont. the hold-out in richmond, breezy and 68 degrees. we have the upper 80s in the san ramon valley. dublin may be cooler at 86. highway 4, pittsburg, antioch, brentwood. hollister, 82.
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morgan hill, a lot of sunshine. mid-to-upper 80s. mid-60s to mid-70s in bay. travelling the state today. 100 in fresno. 111 in palm springs. that is the heat that is slowly creeping toward us to keep the east bay valleys pretty close to normal, if not warmer the next few days. all right, a tough game last night. 6-2, the orioles took one from the a's. 7:05 first pitch. mostly clear. 62 dropping to 57. if you are following the giants, wilson blew it. three runs in the bottom of the ninth against the braves. tough game, too. 50 degree weather tonight. drizzle along the coast. we have to get the baseball teams playing better. here we go. wednesday, thursday, friday. close to average. you can see the cooling trend with more clouds in the morning for saturday and sunday. have a great day. sue? >> good morning. just a reminder we have roadwork in san rafael. and novato. 101 in both directions. you are looking at a live shot of the golden gate bridge. fog is thick if you come up
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and over the waldo tunnel and on the span. you need wind shield wipers. limited visibility. saratoga, map here and sig-alert. westbound highway 9, east of heather height. accident is blocking lanes there. only one lane getting by alternately. for traffic information, abc7news.com is the website. you just click on the bay area traffic icon on the left of the computer screen to get the latest. kristen, eric? >> thank you. 4:55. 150 children with chronic illnesses are arriving in san francisco today for a special week-long vacation. these are chronically ill kids that come from other states, canada and israel. they're medically supervised adventure will take them to six flags discovery kingdom, ranging waters, oakland a's game, jelly belly factory and circus show and more. fire department will welcome them this afternoon with water salute. it's free and sponsored by kids of courage.
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a little bit of exercise could go a long way. the government recommends getting at least 2-1/2 hours of exercise week. for most of us that is a big job. study in journal "lancet" finds half that time offers significant benefit. researchers in south korea found 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase life expectancy by three years and cut risk of dying by 14%. they say every additional 15 minutes cuts risk of dieing from cancer by another 1%. while researchers have long known that physical activity has major benefit for the heart, until now no study had broken down exactly how much exercise was necessary. >> get up and move in the commercial breaks. we're all set. >> okay. 4:56 now. next on abc7 news at 5:00 -- the swat team in the north bay under fire for letting children play with an assault weapon. oakland police made another arrest in the murder of a 3-year-old boy. this guy has quite a criminal history. the details coming up.
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tightening the laws on smoking. while a lot more apartment houses across california could soon be smoke free zones.
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good morning. i'm amy hollyfield, live in oakland. there is a major new development here in a murder case that shocked this city and brought segments of the community to

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