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and burned-out tangled mess. investigators may find clues about how all of this began. in oakland today, remains of the valdez fire had become the kind of tourist attraction no city would want to advertise and no neighbors to live through. >> easily somebody could have died. >> reporter: to this point a suspicious mystery which could explain the presence of the alameda county district attorney's office, and the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms and others although they were not talking today. as residents returned home, some of them did. >> it's puzzling, because i don't know what i can and cannot do. >> reporter: neighbors left in such a hurry on friday morning that they didn't have much to bring back today. this is the view outside garcia's front window. she lived with construction there for a year, now faces demolition and reconstruction if she's lucky. >> we're going to try to stay here. but our landlord is quadrupling our rent. >> why? >> because he can. >> reporter: until the fire,
this had been a gentry fid neighborhood, rising rents the reason many suspect arson. >> some people say gentrification is good for business, some say it's not. some say it's leading to displacement and higher rent. >> reporter: hard times for the eateries on 23rd street. el burrito gordo should have been filled with construction workers. it looked like a ghost town instead. >> used to get 20 of them. now no more. >> reporter: in short, still more questions than answers. from oakland, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. investigators will be looking at similarities between friday's fire and arsons in may and last july that devoured another apartment building. it was just two miles away on the oakland emoryville border. that building was also under construction when the fire started. both in a sparewell. there's a $110,000 reward offered to catch the arsonist. this afternoon residents near the big oakland fire got
parking tickets when the cars were stuck in the evacuation zone may be getting a reprieve. after abc 7 brought the matter to their attention, the director said they will cancel the tickets. stay with abc 7 news for continuing coverage of the oakland fire. download the abc 7 news app to get the latest details on the investigation just as soon as it happens. san francisco police are looking for someone who threw a bathroom sink at a police car early this morning. take a look. this happened at 24th and mission streets. police were out there investigating the fatal shooting of a man around 3:00 this morning. that's when a bathroom sink crashed through the rear window of a patrol car. >> bizarre. >> right? police have no idea if somebody on the street threw it or just fell off a building. >> it was a large sink. it caused a lot of damage to the vehicle. and absolutely could have hurt
somebody. >> severely. >> absolutely. >> police have not made any arrests on the deadly shooting or the flying sink incident. they're trying to figure out whether the two are related. new clues and new reward money unveiled today in the effort to find the killer of a college student. >> calvin reilly was fatally shot in san francisco's aquatic park nearly one year ago. carolyn tyler joins us live from the newsroom with the latest developments. >> well, it is a cold case, but these major developments could help generate new leads. carrie ann reilly said the past 11 months have been hell. her son, 20-year-old calvin reilly, was shot to death while playing pock emon go on his phone. it happened august 6th of last year around 10:00 p.m. >> so important to our family to have closure. to find the person that shot my baby boy in the back. and make it so that he can't
hurt anybody else. >> reporter: congresswoman jackie speier represents san mateo county where the reillys live. today she announced the city of san francisco is offering a $50,000 reward. the u.s. park police are adding $10,000, combined with the $50,000 already put forth by the riley family. the $110,000 might be enough to tempt someone to talk. >> we do know that money motivates people. >> reporter: and there are new clues. today park police said a 2006 to 2009 black audi a3 suv like the one in this picture could be of interest. and the make of a white car they previously thought was a toyota was changed to a 2013 four-door hyundai so nata. since the murder, officers have passed out fliers and released this sketch of the suspect. now they're hoping for new leads. >> we're living a nightmare every day.
>> reporter: anyone with information is urged to call u.s. park police. carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. we're getting a look this afternoon at new video of the challenges and dangers firefighters face battling flames every day. you're getting a helmet cam view provided by contra costa fire protection district. the camera rolled on friday while crews knocked down a fire inside a carport along micasa court in concord. nobody was hurt and the flames did not spread beyond the carport. dozens of wildfires are burning all across the west, and here in california thousands of people have been evacuated. including kids at a summer camp as firefighters work around the clock to battle the flames. abc news reporter don yeahbackas has the latest. >> reporter: 14 wildfires roaring in california. firefighters fighting the fast-moving inferno from the air and on the ground. the largest, the alamo fire,
growing to more than 24,000 acres. that's more than twice the size of manhattan. in santa barbara county, the whittier fire shutting down both sides of a major highway, surrounding 90 camp children and 50 counselors at a nearby summer camp. the kids and staff told to shelter in place, waiting for two hours as crews tried to reach them. >> they knew there was children trapped on the other side. and they had flames directly in front where they could not access these children. >> reporter: we were there as they were loaded on to buses and rushed to safety. this individual no showing how fast the fire spread across the county. it's now more than 10,000 acres. a camp in the area reduced to rubble and cars scorched. the camp director's husband taking us to their home on site. >> we've been here for 12 years. this is all that's left. >> reporter: it's now completely destroyed. helicopters continue to make water drops on the whittier fire
here in santa barbara county. and it's not just california. it seems like this one is happening across the west with nearly 40 other wildfires burning from the southwest to the rockies, now currently red flag warnings. in santa barbara county, abc news. with all the fires, is there any help for firefighters from the weather? abc 7 news meteorologist drew tuma is here with a look at the forecast. >> we're seeing seasonal temperatures here today. just to our south, they're still scorching across parts of southern california. live doppler 7 along with satellite showing you we have the coastal clouds. but they're very few and far between. live look at patchy fog at this hour. numbers, 61 in san francisco. mountain view about 59. warmer in san jose at 79d. gilroy at 90 degrees. walnut creek, nothing but sunshine. rather warm temperatures. look at concord at 94 degrees right now. 86 that current number in
novato. going to be very patchy in terms of the marine layer later on tonight. tomorrow morning it will be sunny for most. 7:00 tomorrow morning, a few clouds over san francisco and oakland. but the majority of the region is starting out with sunny skies. look at temperatures just to our south right now. take palm springs, 111 right now. bakersfield 103. l.a. warm at about 85 degrees. we're going to get a piece of that warmth from the south moving into our neck of the woods in the coming days. we'll talk about how hot we'll get coming up in the full weather forecast. >> drew, thank you. we'll see you then. wells fargo customers affected by the fake account scandals are close to getting money back. a federal judge gave preliminary approval for the $142 million settlement saturday. a hearing for final approval is set for january. wells fargo staff admitted to opening unauthorized accounts for customers in order to meet sales goals. several top executives lost their jobs. the bank has agreed to pay a combined $185 million fine to state and federal regulators.
we're learning more about how a potentially disastrous mishap was prevented at sfo. an air canada jet nearly landed on a taxiway instead of a runway. it was heading to taxiway c instead of runway 2a right. you're about to hear what pilots and controllers said late friday night. >> scary. both the faa and air canada are investigating. the flight from toronto landed moments later without incident. a search is on for two armed men who robbed volunteers trying
to rescue a hiker on a popular trail. it happened on saturday on the pacific crest trail. investigators say the suspects stole radios from two volunteers with a search and rescue team. the volunteers were not hurt. they walked back to the command post to get help. a helicopter had to be brought in to air lift the dehydrated hiker to safety. sounds like a grilled cheese experiment gone wrong. but hundreds of pounds of cheese burnt to a crisp in the east bay this morning. complete accident. sky 7 above interstate 680 in fremont where a big rig carrying frozen cheese caught fire around 11:30. it did cause traffic headaches for anybody out driving in the middle of the day. unfortunately all that cheese is a total loss. controversy on b.a.r.t. new questions about crime on b.a.r.t. trains and whether b.a.r.t. is keeping information away from the public. congress back to work, but is there any life left in the plan to replace obamacare. >> plus, these kittens pulled off a piece of
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to lambaste lawmakers for not having a plan firchlized to repeal and replace obamacare. the clock is running out. >> reporter: congress is back to work from the july 4th recess and republicans are right back to where they left off. battling to repeal and replace obamacare. >> i believe we can get this done. >> reporter: the battle just got tougher. one more republican dropped their support for the bill making it at least ten senate republicans voting no, when the party can only afford to lose two. >> it's probably going to be dead. >> reporter: on cbs, senator john mccain said enough is enough. even acknowledging the possibility of a plan b, working with democrats on a compromise. >> it doesn't mean they don't -- that they control it. it means they can have amendments considered. even when they lose, they're part of the process. that's what democracy is supposed to be all about. >> reporter: but this morning president trump is positive congress will get this new bill passed.
promising a beautiful new health care bill fully approved, and ready to go. but if he wants his party to come together, both moderate and conservative republicans must get onboard. a difficult task when moderates think the new bill goes too far and conservatives say it doesn't go far enough. senator ted cruz remains confident his party will repeal and replace obamacare. >> i believe republicans can come together to honor that promise, and i think the way to do it is to focus on lower premiums. >> the clock on health care is already ticking again, starting today republicans have just 15 days left before their august break. abc news, new york. today's the final day for public comment on president trump's review of 27 national monuments that could be downsized or eliminated. these monuments were created by the past three presidents. they include six protected areas in california. including snow mountain, north of clear lake and giant sequoia.
the national monument designation con serves hundreds of thousands of acres. president trump ordered to determine whether they're designated appropriately. comment by mail or online, we have a link at abc7news.com. state legislators are scheduled to meet tomorrow to consider a plan to buy over six acres of land in san mateo county from silicon valley billionaire koslov. he placed a gate on his property that blocked the only access to half moon bay. the state land commission is considering invoking imminent domain to buy the land. starting today travelers will have another chance to sign up for the popular tsa pre-check option at oakland international airport. it's bringing up the temporary pop-up booth after a successful turnout last november. it allows you to use special lanes when going through security. you get to keep your shoes and
light jackets on. the temporary center will be open weekdays through july the 21st, located in terminal 2 in oakland. three little kittens that started life inside a piece of construction equipment are close to getting a far more comfortable home. the kittens were rescued from a construction lift about a month and a half ago by the peninsula humane society. they received a call from a concerned neighbor. but reaching the kittens proved to be a little bit tricky. >> and so we could hear them, but we couldn't get to them. so what we did is we have a portable inspection camera that we use for instances like this. however, this is the first time we rescued anything from inside a piece of construction equipment. >> using the camera, they were able to retrieve the cats with a modified bird nest and nursed them back to health. they were raised in foster care before being placed for adoption today. anybody interested in these guys, how could you not be interested in them, can visit
them at the peninsula society in burlingame. nobody's listening to what i'm saying at all. an hour of kitten cam and everybody would be happy. >> great ratings, i'm sure. how are you going to top that, drew? >> we'll have perfect weather tomorrow, guys. warmer numbers move in for the weekend. live doppler 7, cool changes an the coast. high clouds. most of us seeing tons of sunshine. we'll take you outside from the east bay hills camera facing toward the west. you see a little bit of cloud cover. nothing says summer in the bay area like that fog along the coast. temperature-wise, we're running about five to six degrees cooler right now than we were this time yesterday. but you still see numbers inland, rather warm. concord 94 degrees. 90 in livermore. oakland about 66 degrees. san francisco 61. san jose about 79. that current number in fremont coming in at 78 degrees.
the quake taking on the galaxy in the quarterfinals. tons of sunshine, 76 degrees by 7:15. by 9:15, as the game is wrapping up, falling to about 69 degrees under plenty of stars. here's the call. overnight tonight, really minimal fog out there. just patchy right along the coastline. and over san francisco. a little bit of fog over the east bay. the majority of the region will have plenty of stars out there. 59 in san jose. 51 in san francisco. and vallejo dropping to about 56 degrees. as we walk you through your tuesday hour by hour, minimal patchy fog out there early on. then it's nothing but sunshine, even along the coast tomorrow. shaping up to be a nice day, with the sunshine, temperatures spot-on where they should be this time of the year. 80s inland, coast going into the low 60s. highs on your tuesday, tons of sunshine. enjoy this typical july day. 83 the high in san jose tomorrow
afternoon. 69 in oakland. 63 in san francisco. we'll stay in the 80s inland. 87 antioch, 85 concord and santa rosa up to about 82 degrees. a live look right now, santa cruz folks are enjoying sun-soaked skies right now. very similar picture setting up for tomorrow afternoon as well. a few early morning clouds if you're lucky enough to head to the beach tomorrow. sunny by the afternoon. 63 the number in bodega bay. ocean water temperatures sitting at 56 degrees. i want to give you a quick update on one of the very rapidly weakening hurricane eugene right now. yesterday was a major category 3 storm, now it's weakened to a category 1 storm. winds right now 75 miles per hour. it will continue to move to the northwest, enter cooler waters and future weather showing you as it does that, it will continue to weaken. this is what we call a fish storm, it stays out in the open ocean, will not affect the lower 48. by friday morning you can see it rapidly weakening into a remnant low. the forecast will show you the next seven days, tomorrow enjoy
it. picture-perfect out there. temperatures where they should be for this time of the year. by wednesday, thursday, we're in a steady warming pattern. breezy by friday afternoon. really, just one day of warm air on saturday. hot in spots to start off the weekend. then we'll bring in slightly cooler air sunday and into monday. >> a fish storm? it only affects the fish, not a big deal. okay. unless you're a fish. >> unless you're a fish. >> thank you. this is one of the why couldn't it happen to us. talk about lucky, the california woman who won the lottery, not once, but twice. >> come on. >> yep. plus -- >> it can be a bear to keep track of all the deals. >> how to find the best deals as amazon prime day gets under way. and the other retailers who are trying to get your business. let's take a live look outside for you. golden gate bridge, folks going northbound trying to head home. they have a lot of fog to contend with. traffic-wise, the volume is okay
amazon's third annual prime day kicks off at 6:00 tonight with 30 hours of shopping deals. new deals will be offered every five minutes for 30 hours. amazon said this year will be bigger than ever, with discounts on hundreds of thousands of items. "consumer reports" anticipates the biggest savings to be on tvs, and electronic devices and home products. snagging the deals requires smart shopping strategy. >> amazon prime day can be a bear to keep track of all the deals. so they have lightning deals who disappear. new deals that they introduce every five minutes or so. so you need to revisit the site throughout the day to get the best deals. >> if you already have alexa, you can begin voice shopping two hours early, that kicked off at 4:00 p.m. these deals are only available to amazon prime members. "consumer reports" said the case for the $99 annual prime membership is strong, even if you're in it solely for the
shipping value. if you want to try prime out before committing, amazon offers a 30-day free trial. in response, walmart, target and sears are launching huge sales so may be worth shopping around. sears and kmart are closing at an alarming rate. the numbers so far this year is triple what it was in the same period last year. according to fung global retail and technology, a retail think tank. this makes 2017 the second worst year on record. the worst? 2008. yep, that was the great recession. the shift to online shopping is only part of the problem. retail bankruptcies have soared. >> shopping mall is going to be in big trouble in the years ahead. what are the odds on this, a woman hit the lottery twice within the span of just a few days. take a look at 19-year-old rosa do mingas holding two big checks. she won $555,000 with a scratcher bought in san luis oh
bis to county. two days later she bought another winning scratch worth $100,000 in monterey county. she plans on buying a new car with some of her winnings. tell us your secret, rosa? two brothers won a $750,000 jackpot in concord. that's the grand prize in the mystery cross word scratcher. they paid $10 for the ticket on willow pass road. everybody go there. >> yes. more intrigue in washington over the russians. >> i just think that's pretty much of a great big nothing. >> what we've learned about donald trump jr.'s involvement, and why some say it's politics as usual. summer in silicon valley, international students sharing their skills. could visits like this soon be a thing of the past? superior accuracy in the palm of your hand. the new accuweather app from abc 7 news. forecasts, plus realtime radar and alerts, keeping you safe.
construction site yet. some streets remain blocked out because windows at a neighboring office building continue to shatter, as they cool off there the fire. tiffany wilson was there as the mother of a man shot and killed while playing pokemon go, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer. james comey is denying comey gave him any memos about classified information about his discussions with the president. abc news this week tweeted a link to the full story as it broke this afternoon. also new details about a meeting during the president's campaign between one of his sons and a russian lawyer. with suspect ties to the kremlin. abc news reporter emily rowe has the latest. emily? >> kristen, this entire situation feeds into speculation about a possible connection between the trump campaign and russia. something donald jr. has
repeatedly called a witch hunt but now finds himself in the center of. team trump playing defense monday after a "new york times" report revealed the president's eldest son agreed to a meeting with a russian lawyer in exchange for damaging information about hillary clinton. sarah huckabee sanders saying nothing about don jr.'s meeting was inappropriate. >> there was simply no collusion. they try to create that there was. >> reporter: kellyann conway coming to his defense. >> he had no idea who this person was until she entered the room. >> reporter: now that detail raising eyebrows. why donald jr. would agree to a meeting at trump tower with an unknown russian lawyer who has ties to the kremlin and invite two of the most powerful people on the trump campaign to join him. after first saying the purpose of the meeting was to discuss russian adoptions, he now says it was to learn about information that would hurt hillary clinton. trump jr. saying the russian
attorney's statement about the democrats were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. when the topic turned to russian adoptions, he claims the meeting ended. democrats not satisfied. >> only when they are then presented with evidence they act to recant and acknowledge those kind of meetings. it is why we've got to continue this investigation. >> reporter: but republican senator roger whitaker downplaying the significance on cnn. >> i just think that's pretty much of a great big nothing. >> donald jr. has now hired an attorney to represent him in the russia probe. he has also tweeted out saying that he's willing to work with senate intelligence committee to share what he knows. >> do we know, if the president knew about the meeting at the time? >> reporter: kristen, the white house is saying he had no knowledge of the meeting, and just today sarah huckabee sanders said he learned of it in just the last couple of days. back to you. >> emily, thank you so much.
an active duty u.s. army soldier faces accusations of providing material support to isis. they arrested 34-year-old kang in hawaii on saturday night. sergeant kang belongs to the army's 25th infantry division. northwest of downtown honolulu. kang grew up in hawaii, due to appear in court today. now, the fbi has not released any additional details about the case against kang. the united nations fears that no end is in sight for humanitarian crisis in iraq's second largest city following the campaign to drive out isis. iraqi forces and the u.s.-led coalition have driven all but a few isis fighters from mosul. this follows nine months of bombings, and air strikes. mosul has a population similar to san francisco. more than 800,000 people. a u.s. army combat veteran is facing double murder charges following the shooting deaths of
his wife and a new york state police officer. the army says the suspect, staff sergeant justin waltders, has served two tours in afghanistan. officials claim walters shot his wife at their home near fort drum, along the canadian border. trooper joel davis was then killed when he arrived to check out a call of shots fired at the suspect's home last night. a preliminary hearing for a penn state hazing death continues tomorrow. sophomore tim piaza died after drinking in february. 18 fraternity brothers face manslaughter charges. today in court, prosecutors reviewed text messages the brothers sent telling others to keep quiet. piazza was visibly drunk and in pain as his brothers hid the alcohol before police arrived. >> he was left to die. and the evidence shows that. >> defense lawyers argue that the video does not show intent to hurt piazza. a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence to go to
trial. less than two weeks after b.a.r.t. finished installing security cameras on every train car, they're facing questions about what it does or what crime it does and does not tell the public about. >> kate larson joins us live in oakland now to explain. kate? >> reporter: cell phone snatchings of which there have been quite a few the past few months. some of the b.a.r.t. riders we've spoken to say they would like more information. >> it's pretty common where you hear police activity at west oakland station. but you never have any idea what happened. >> reporter: ben takes b.a.r.t. every day and said he would like to have more information about b.a.r.t.'s police activity and crime, since april there have been three cell phone robbery incidents on b.a.r.t. on friday night, an assault and robbery victim in berkeley said
he was followed off b.a.r.t. by the suspects who attacked him on te uc berkeley campus. taylor huckabee said how and when b.a.r.t. puts out a press release is up to b.a.r.t. police and b.a.r.t. management to decide whether the crime on b.a.r.t. is of public interest. >> whenever our police department does not have anyone to identify, whenever our police department does not, especially when it is involving juveniles as the last two incidents have occurred, the police department makes the determination there is not a public interest in sending all that information out. >> it seems like it's something people take every day. i feel like people should know whether or not it's safe. >> reporter: the b.a.r.t. spokesman also says they have not released video of the cell phone robberies in recent months, because many of the suspects are juveniles. b.a.r.t. does point to something called crime mapping.com, a site where they say they do report all of their crime data. but many of the public, many of the b.a.r.t. riders not yet
familiar with that site and how to use it. kate larson, abc 7 news. back to you. >> kate, thank you. construction on the central subway project in san francisco is running behind, not by a few days or weeks, but by nearly a year. that's according to research by the san francisco examiner. the new muni line was supposed to carry passengers into chinatown the day after christmas next year. now the project is not expected to open until november 2019. the central subway program director told the examiner the delay stems from the contractor filing paperwork late. parini is disputing that saying they changed some designs which delayed the start of work. two major wildfires in california have forced thousands of people out of their homes. this is more fires continuing to grow across the state. the special guest presenter at this year's espys, and the local athlete who's already a winner. i'm meteorologist drew tuma.
a picture-perfect day on the way tomorrow. before we start to see the numbers warm up once again. the details in the accuweather forecast ahead. live look at the traffic now. 680 in walnut creek. on the left-hand side that is the northbound traffic. normally the heavier commute direction at this hour. southbound is moving nicely. back with more on abc 7 news at back with more on abc 7 news at (hard exhalation) honey? can we do this tomorrow? (grunts of effort) can we do this tomorrow? if you have heart failure symptoms, your risk of hospitalization could increase, making tomorrow uncertain. but entresto is a medicine that was proven, in the largest heart failure study ever, to help more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren. if you've had angioedema while taking an ace or arb medicine,
on metcalf road. this is a live look from the san jose camera. that's not clouds right there, that's a big plume of smoke from this fire. a vehicle, fire sparked the flames of the right now, this is between 10 and 15 acres, just updated. cal fire said it has the potential to grow to 500. this is happening in the hills southeast of san jose. crews ordered the evacuation of the 8000 block of san road. we'll keep you updated. as we can see, the beginning of a very serious and potentially record-breaking fire season here in california. north of sacramento, thousands of people have been evacuated as a fire burns in butte county. 17 structures have burned, including ten homes. the fire is just 35% contained. governor brown has already declared a state of emergency in the area. right now, there are more than a dozen active wildfires
burning across the state of california. 5,000 firefighters are on the fire lines. so far, the number of acres burned is more than twice what it was last year. abc 7 news reporter better view of how people are dealing with it. >> reporter: hosing hot spots on this hillside. this contra costa fire station is keeping busy. >> we're getting fires all hours of the day and night. we're stretched pretty thin right now. >> reporter: cal fire officials say the amount of acreage state wide this year surpasses last year already. the scorched hillside in the glen cove neighborhood is a reminder of the fire danger. >> the fire came up really fast. >> reporter: neighbors are concerned about a car catching fire at the bottom of the highway. the flames traveled up to their homes. that's what happened three weeks ago. kit lee said she wants a barrier installed. >> i think that will help
tremendously, as far as keeping the fire from spreading up. i think also having goats come once a year. >> reporter: she's making sure all the homes have defensible space, something officials say every homeowner should do. >> do their defensible space, get the 100 feet of clearance out now. below 80 degrees, above 100% humidity, not starting fires at 9:30 in the morning. now your accuweather forecast with drew tuma. >> satellite showing you clouds banked up parts of our coastline from san francisco to san mateo. keeping us cool there. but away from the coast, we are still rather warm. 94 that current number in concord. brentwood updated to 97. a little bit cooler in san jose. still on the mild side at 78 degrees. overnight tonight, patchy fog right along the immediate coastline. for the majority of the region, it's plenty of stars out there. from the coast to the bay and inland, will hold in the 50s as
your starting temperatures on your tuesday. tuesday is picture perfect. temperatures pretty much where they should be for this time of the year, about 85 the high in concord. sunny skies, 83 in san jose. 6 # in san francisco. a comfortable 69 in oakland. 79 that number in napa. the accuweather forecast, seasonable tomorrow, and a warming trend midweek. the hottest day we have right now is saturday, where we're nearing 100 degrees inland. cooler, slightly cooler air will arrive sunday and into monday of next week. >> you like that? >> much welcomed. bay area athlete is going for much more than gold. >> trained so hard, and i love the olympics so much. >> this special award. j.k.
the energy conscious whopeople among usle? say small actions can add up to something... humongous. a little thing here. a little thing there. starts to feel like a badge maybe millions can wear. who are all these caretakers, advocates too? turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing. back to our breaking news out of san jose right now. over the scene of a brush fire on san philippe and metcalf road that could get bigger quickly. you see the smoke rising.
and you see the charred areas of the hill. that is pretty close to highway 101, a vehicle fire actually sparked these flames. right now the fire is between 10 and 15 acres. but cal fire says it certainly has the potential to grow to 500 acres. you can see that area certainly just ripe for the burning. you can see air tankers there dropping retardant on the area as well. happening in the hills southeast of san jose, crews have ordered the evacuation of the 8000 block of san felipe road right now. we'll keep you posted as the brush fire progresses. >> doesn't look like there's any homes there. on wednesday night, catch the espy awards on abc 7. former first lady michelle obama will help salute the founder of the special olympics, eunice kennedy shriver. mrs. obama will present the arthur ashe courage award to shriver's son timothy. eunice kennedy shriver began the special olympics in the late
1960s to empower people with intellectual disabilities. she died in 2009. her son timothy chairs the special olympics. 25 exceptional special olympics athletes are also being recognized with honorary espys. abc 7 news was there as an inspirational bay area woman got hers. here's abc 7 news anchor ama daetz. >> reporter: stephanie ching is swimming her haurt out like she does every time she competes. >> i trained so hard, and i love the special olympics so much. >> reporter: stephanie is from cupertino, her first special olympics event was a tricycle race when she was 7. over the past 26 years, she's participated in all kinds of sports, and been a role model for other athletes. abc 7 news first met stephanie in 2004 when she shared the special olympics oath. >> let me run, but if i cannot win, let me have fun. >> reporter: she's won medals, been inducted into the san jose
sports hall of fame and serves as an athlete member on the special olympics board of directors. >> i am a global ambassador. it's like speaking in public. >> reporter: stephanie's been to washington, d.c., ten times to lobby congress for funding for special olympics schools and health programs. her parents and brother have also been tireless volunteers, coaching, fund-raising and sharing a critical support system. >> we get to meet a lot of friends, and we practically have a special olympics family because we have children who has developmental disabilities. >> reporter: stephanie's parents say special olympics helped to turn their daughter into a brave, self-confident young woman working at the stanford athletic department. >> you can see how she developed, and you are really hoping that all the other people, all the other families can have that chance. >> reporter: stephanie was just chosen to receive an honorary espy for living the mission of the special olympics.
abc 7 news was at her house when the award was delivered. >> this is excellent. >> reporter: she even had an acceptance speech ready to go. >> i just want to say thank you to my parents, who coached me really hard. and i'm really honored for this award. >> reporter: congratulations, stephanie. ama daetz, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >> that is so awesome. stephanie already got her espy, but other athletes including kevin durant and katy ledecky will have to wait until wednesday night to find out if they've won. i'll be live at the espys wednesday on abc 7 news, at 4, 5, 6 and 11. watch the espys at 8:00 right here on abc 7. >> stephanie is such an inspiration. >> of course. there is hope for a family fighting to save their son. reviewing new evidence in the case of charlie guard.
he's dying from a rare genetic disease. his parents want to bring him to the u.s. for experimental treatment. they've lost several court appeals. charlie's mother said her son deserves a chance to live. >> he's our flesh and blood. it should be our right as parents to decide. >> more than 350,000 people signed a petition urging officials to let charlie come to the u.s. for treatment. the next court hearing will be on thursday. smartphones have helped stanford researchers learn more about the tie between obesity and how many, or how few steps people take each day. they're calling this activity inequality. they consider this a public health risk. the stanford study appears in the journal nature. sensors inside the phone follow the activities of 717,000 people in 111 different countries. those who are step poor faced a higher obesity risk than the step rich.
san francisco did score high for being a pedestrian friendly city. basically, the more you move, the better shape you're going to be in. j.k. rowling said she has a secret manuscript tucked away in her closet. she wrote a fairy tale several years ago, scribbled the words on a dress and wore it on her 50th birthday. >> the theme of my 50th birthday, which i held at halloween, although that's not really my birthday, was come as your own private nightmare. i went as a lost manuscript. >> rowling said she doesn't know if the manuscript on the dress will ever be published. the dress is still in her wardrobe. dry clean only i'm sure. >> for sure. bright minds from all over the world learning about silicon valley. >> the state is a bigger market. more people. >> what they hope to take away from three weeks spent in
silicon valley. what's coming up at 5:00? >> thanks a lot. coming up next, the demand for answers. a federal judge calls open city leaders into court to answer for a police sexual misconduct scandal. also, would you buy a home without ever seeing it in person? more people are doing that. what is behind the home buying trend. i'm faster than the cars. >> in a city where there are more bicycles on the road than cars, they're trying out a high-tech strategy to keep things moving.
coming up on abc 7 at 8:00, "the bachelorette" followed by the gong show at 10:00. stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. immigrants founded half of all the startups in silicon valley. silicon valley remains a magnet to bright minds. abc 7 news reporter david louie introduces us to new arrivals participating in the summer program at san jose state. >> reporter: to spend three weeks in silicon valley is a golden opportunity for these engineering and computer science college students. they're from china, taiwan, south korea, brazil and spain. and some may become part of the next wave of immigrants to do a successful startup here. >> i think silicon is better,
because in the states, it's bigger market, and more people. and more opportunity. >> reporter: they'll be getting inspiration by visiting google, and google. this comes as some budding entrepreneurs are starting to think going back home to do a startup might be better. >> china has a high speed economic. so i think there will be more opportunity. and certainly i think china has some very big population. the market will be perfect. >> reporter: the program is in the third year at san jose state's dave ison college of engineering. it gives overseas students introduction to the valley culture. it's estimated any curtailment of the entrepreneur visa program might only impact 3,000 people.
but who knows among them who might be the next founder of another facebook or google. david louie, abc 7 news. thanks for joining us. i'm larry beal. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts now. oakland city leaders face a federal judge today. he's demanding answers about the city's police sex scandal. a lasting impact. we hear from neighbors and business owners struggling following the construction site fire in oakland. a desperate father is on a mission to get answers in his son's disappearance on the peninsula. the runway mistake today at sfo that could have ended in disaster. i'm meteorologist sandhye patel. live breaking news. the breaking news is in the southeast san jose area tonight where a brush fire is burning on a hillside, and it could threaten some homes. a car fire caused flames to
ignite a hillside. officials have ordered the evacuation of residents in the 8000 block of san filipe road. this is happening not far away from a pg&e substation. >> we'll keep an eye on that. sky 7 is over the scene. right now the fire is at about 5 acres. but cal fire said this thing could grow quickly to 500 acres. we have a crew on the way to the scene. we'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more information. more breaking news from martinez where a small wildfire broke out seconds after a car went out of control and crashed at 3:30 this afternoon near the glacier road overpass. >> a police officer fought the flames with a large fire ex ping wisher. they had it under control in a few minutes. busy monday. good evening. thanks for joining us. >> we appreciate your being here. now to new fallout following the