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new this morning, outrage in the streets of syria. a deadly weekend prompts massive protests as the u.n. condemns the government for a massacre that's killed more than 100 people. a new report questions the quality of the concrete in the new bay bridge construction. i'll have that story coming up. and nothing short of a spectacular ending to a weekend of celebrations. more on the 75th anniversary. and what do you know. here is a live look. what a difference the fog can make. this is a live look at the golden gate bridge all fogged in on this monday, may 28th, memorial day. this is "today in the bay."
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good morning, everybody. it's just about 4:31 in the morning. >> and a whole lot to get to on this memorial day. let's start off with a check of that forecast. good morning. >> good morning. we are going to get some gorgeous weather as we pay tribute to our servicemen and women today. and any sort of outdoor activities you normally associate with memorial day you'll be able to do comfortably. right now, it's a little bit on the mild side. cool up in santa rosa, 47 degrees, we're at 55 here in san jose. as you head throughout this afternoon, we will see those clouds break apart and the sunshine through, but we're expecting a mostly cloudy start. the temperatures today, close to 80 degrees. your full forecast, we'll talk about the beach weather coming up. 4:31, i'm going to send it back to you guys. >> we showed a shot of it at the top of the show. as the golden gate bridge celebrates the anniversary, another bay area bridge is in the spotlight for a different reason. >> safety concerns about the new span of the bay bridge.
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bob redell live with details of a potential construction flaw. bob, that can't be good. >> well, good morning to you, marla and jon. any time you're building a bridge, you have to use a lot of concrete, especially for the foundation and the pilings in the water. and workers are supposed to be testing that concrete as they poor it for the most part. but in one instance, they tested a 19-foot section of concrete that's in the foundation that supports the main tower of the new bay bridge. and they tested this concrete before it had a chance to harden. and now it's too late to perform that said test raising questions about whether that concrete cured properly. this is according to caltrans own records provided to and reported by the sacramento bee. the bee also found several errors in the testing of concrete in other parts of the bridge. caltrans says the bridge is safe and seismically sound in spite of these reports. >> bottom line, we are extremely
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confident with the quality of the foundation of the new bay bridge. we see no issues respect to that foundation. we'll be prepared to develop a point-by-point response to what was put forth. >> reporter: this bridge is costing the state $6.5 billion making it the most expensive public works project in california history slated to open next year, labor day weekend. reporting live, nbc bay area news. and keeping with our bridge theme, work continues around the clock on the dumbarton bridge. today marking the third day it's been closed to allow caltrans to install a steal plate. this will allow the bridge to move during an earthquake. >> so replacing the original with a new extended, that gives the deck an additional 18 inches of movement in a seismic event. >> officials say they'll have a better idea later today of when the bridge will reopen to
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traffic. the plan is now to have the bridge open in time for the morning commute bright and early tomorrow. of course the bridge everybody was talking about was the golden gate bridge, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this weekend. thousands attending the festivities, which were crowned last night by an incredible fireworks show. more on the weekend highlights coming up in about ten minutes from now. the bay area community is showing their support for the family of murdered nursing student michelle lei. a vigil was held sunday marking one year from her disappearance. balloons with notes written to her were released. the family of missing morgan hill teen sierra lamar also attended this event. lei was a nursing student and last seen leaving class at a hayward hospital. her body was found four months later in pleasanton. >> it's a reminder that it can be anyone's daughter, anyone's sister that can be taken the next day and not to take your loved one for granted. >> a former high school
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classmate has been charged with lei's death. the 28-year-old pleaded not guilty. her trial is scheduled for september 17th, which is exactly one year from when lei's body was found. san jose police are investigating a double shooting that left a 16-year-old boy dead. it happened around midnight sunday morning at a home near the interchange of 101 and 680. police say they found two people with gun shot wounds. the teenager died at the scene. a 23-year-old maintain to the hospital and he is expected to survive. police have not made any arrests, but say the shooting appears to be gang-related. new this morning, at least 24 more people are dead after a central syrian city was hit by artillery overnight. this brings the death toll to well over 100 after a violent weekend in that country. activists blaming government troops. this amateur video we have to show shows protesters filling the streets across syria on sunday after a massacre on saturday that killed at least 90 people.
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now we can tell you this video has not been independently verified by nbc. u.n. observers say it involved the use of artillery shells which only government forces have. >> so the evidence is clear. not murky. and there is a clear footprint of the government in this massacre. we condemn, of course, this action as a flagrant violation of the resolutions -- >> syria's representative to the u.n. lashing out calling these observations lies. syria's government denies any involvement in the killing. >> on this day, president obama will lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknowns. one war in what appears to be the end of another. tracie potts reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: rolling thunder invades washington, hundreds of thousands of bikers remembering their fallen colleagues from vietnam.
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>> i have 17 brothers on the wall. and this is the best way to honor their memory. >> reporter: but 50 years later, they also mourn those lost and captured in afghanistan. bo has been a p.o.w. there for three years. >> you are not forgotten. and so help me god, you will come home. we will not leave you behind. >> reporter: thunderstorms cut short this weekend's memorial day concert featuring "american idol" finalist jessica sanchez. today with flags on every grave at arlington cemetery, president obama will place a wreath at the tomb of the unknown and visit the vietnam memorial. >> not just to remember them on memorial day -- >> reporter: his pullout from afghanistan scheduled for 2014 continues to draw criticism this memorial day. >> the entire region believes that the united states of america is withdrawing. they have to live in the
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neighborhood, and they are making the accommodations and that's not good for america. >> mccain joins mitt romney at a veterans event in california today. both candidates are vying for support from veterans and military families. >> reporter: our own "wall street journal" poll shows mitt romney with an eight-point edge among military voters. but a poll shows just the opposite, president obama leading with a lot of those voters in battleground states. from washington, i'm tracie potts, nbc news. well, veterans are gathering in san francisco this morning to take part in a very special cross-country journey. soldiers from the iraq and afghanistan wars along with other athletes will take part in the sea to shining sea bike ride. a way to honor troops and the american spirit. they will leave chrissy field today with a trek that will end on a virginia beach. now on this memorial day, a tribute to victims of the 9/11
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attacks. a remembrance event will be held this afternoon on the flight 93 memorial site at union city. the names will be read up to 40 victims considered to be heroes killed trying to stop the hijackers. people at stanford hospital will receive special honor this memorial day. as of today, all patients and employees who identify themselves as u.s. veterans will be given this. a red, white, and blue wristband. the idea is the wristbands will publicly identify veterans, giving a people a chance to stay thank you and encourage conversations between patients and visitors also their service. a stanford hospital employee came up with this idea. it is 4:39 right now. as we honor the people fallen in these wars across this country, let's check in to find out what kind of weather. >> yeah, my grandfather fought in two wars. today is significant just about to every single american. and as you pay tribute today, we're going to get spoiled with
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fantastic weather that you typically associate with memorial day. as we kick off the unofficial start to summer. temperatures today are going to end up in the upper 70s. warmer than yesterday by about 3 to 5 degrees. cool start yesterday, same thing today, mostly cloudy conditions for the first part of the day. that sun will be out in full force before the day is done. your future cast tells the story. all those clouds push back into the pacific. that's good news, that means the sun will come out and warm us up to about 79 degrees. this is how the breakdown works. bay side and at the coast. 58 degrees, most through cloudy conditions at noon, a pretty strong onshore flow. but by 4:00 p.m., that sun comes out and we get some really nice weather. wherever you're headed today, take a look at the beaches, inland cities, bigger festivals taking place today. i'm going to send it back to you guys. >> thank you. thousands came out for this weekend's celebration for that
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golden gate bridge, but for some, the bridge has a very personal connection. we'll their stories coming up next. plus, is facebook getting into the gadget market? a possible facebook smartphone. and a bit of serenity in an ominous storm where tropical storm beryl is headed this morning. and for all your news, weather, and traffic, checbc b out ay aonrea.eb search nbc bay area. hey, your high speed internet here at home... and on the go... ...with some really big news. it's b-i-g, big. high speed internet from at&t at home... includes wi-fi access on the go -- whoo-hoo! it's an unbelievable deal. it's an unbelievable deal. [ both chuckle ] well, gotta go! but, wait, there's more! [ female announcer ] go to the website below today and get high speed internet for the unbelievably low price of just $14.95 a month for 12 months with a 1-year price guarantee. it's all the speed you need at a great price.
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welcome back, everybody, on this monday morning. and look at that shot. you've got to love the way the fog lights things up out there. kind of seems like a christmas festive shot with the different glowing lights. that is kind of the minor fireworks show compared to what we had last night over in san francisco. celebration for the 70th anniversary of that golden gate bridge ended up with a big-time bang. >> spectacular fireworks and laser show lit up the iconic bridge sunday night. george kiriyama has more on the show and the people who braved the cold to watch it. >> reporter: an explosion of colors in the sky above the golden gate bridge did not disappoint the thousands who came out. >> it's the best -- >> live is always better. >> yeah.
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at home you can't experience it the way you can live. >> reporter: 75 years the golden gate has stood tall and proud in the bay. >> 75 years of the golden gate bridge. it's nice to be a part of it. >> it's majestic, i love it. i take it for granted too. but it's a beautiful part of the bay area. what else can you ask for? >> reporter: the bridge has deep symbolism for those who have laid eyes on it. love, prosperity, dedication, it touches people's hearts in different ways. >> we see our family. kind of symbolizes an act of family. >> my heart is here. and it -- it's got a lot of meaning behind it. >> families, friends, and those who have recently fallen in love. there's something special about this bridge. even a 6-year-old girl can sum up her feelings in one word. >> awesome. >> reporter: "today in the bay." >> you just saw thousands of people celebrated this 75th anniversary along the water front. but it was a little more
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personal for some. robert schultz is one of them. he's been driving this piece of history for a long time. this cadillac convertible was the first to cross the golden gate when it opened in 1937. schultz was a baby in his father's arms on the bridge that day and in 1958, he ended up buying the car for $10. now it's part of his family history. >> when i turned 60, i said, dad, i don't feel 60 years old. could there have been a problem on the birth certificate? and he said, you were 1-year-old when they opened that bridge and he said you peed on my jacket when that cadillac went by. >> and here you go. this woman came with this family to honor her late father. his name and memory printed on the back of their shirts. he spent four years building the bridge. she was also here crossing the golden gate with her father at the 50th anniversary and says she'll be here for the 100th. >> all kinds of great memories
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there. , this is rare colors from mother nature. and a rare sight for beach goers in south georgia. a double rainbow. how about this? caught on tape as tropical storm beryl churned off that coast. beach goers o out there had a chance to see this weather phenomenon yesterday afternoon. the double rainbow appearing just before the effects of tropical storm beryl could actually be felt. so kind of the beautiful calm before the storm. st. simons is in the general area where the storm made landfall overnight. always love the double rainbow. >> nice and calm comparatively speaking, though. >> yeah, a beautiful, beautiful day to get outdoors and enjoy, pay tribute out there memorial day, great-looking forecast. we are going to start off with a lot of fog and cool conditions. but looks like that sun will be out earlier than yesterday. by about one or two hours, and as a result, temps came up by about 3 or 4 degrees. once the sun came out, we had a really, really nice sunday. we stop the clock at noon,
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starting to get some nice clearing at that point, that marine layer will push out in the pacific. and for us with a really good-looking day and then a really, really warm week, i have to put 90 degrees on your seven-day forecast, 90 degrees here in the bay area. stay tuned, i'll let you know when that's expected. i know i have your attention now. 53 degrees at 8:00 a.m. inland, temperatures are going to warm up nicely. by 62 degrees at noon, 74 degrees at 4:00 p.m. a little on the cool side bay side and at the coast today, but still we're going to hit that sunshine, if you wanted to hit the beach. if you do have the day off, you'll be able to do so comfortably. we'll talk about which ones will be the warmest through the next couple of hours. 72 degrees in livermore. by tuesday, 75, take a look at thursday, up to 91 degrees. we've got a really warm end of the week ahead. and we're going to head into this warmth this weekend. tomorrow, you can break out the short sleeves and in jon
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kelley's case, the muscle shirt, back to you. >> always giving away my secrets, christina. facebook could be embarking on a brand new business venture. several facebook employees says the company hopes to release its very own smartphone by next year. they say the company has already hired more than half dozen former apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iphone and the ipad. one of those engineers said he met with facebook ceo mark zuckerberg who asked him detailed questions about the inner workings of smartphones. facebook has not commented on the report. roomier seats top the wish list of airline passengers. would you be willing to pay for that premium? airbus is pitching a version of the a-320s with wider aisle seats, 20 inches wide.
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the seats would be marketed to larger passengers and those traveling with small children and they'd cost perhaps $10 more. not bad. no word on whether any airlines are actually signing on. 4:50 now. well, the galaxy avengers, "men in black iii," raking in $55 million domestically in the first three days released. will smith and tommy lee jones blasted disney's "the avengers" in second place after three blockbuster weekends on top. took in a nice $37 million. checking in at third place, "battleship" which brought in $10 million during the second weekend in theaters. i saw mr. smith on "ellen" last week, he alluded to "men in black iv." we'll have the highlights of
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the game against the marlins. and then a refreshing end to a t day at the indy 500, the winner next. hey guys, can i get next? here you go kid. hey aren't you. yep. vogelsong and posey did you check the rating? the rating? yeah, it's simple. always check the rating symbol on the front and read the content descriptor on the back now that's a good call. thanks guys. ahh son, i don't think this game is for us. maybe you should get this one. this kid can play.
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when someone gives blood and a life is saved, that moment when heartbreak turns to hope, you're there through the american red cross. every day, the red cross responds to nearly 200 neighborhood emergencies. and your support makes it possible. use this moment to join us today. visit welcome back here. it's a live look. very picturesque, lit up san francisco, bright and early on this memorial day. your time now is 4:53. well, marla, heading into last night's game, it was no secret, the giants' record down in miami was brutal.
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the orange and black dropped 10 of the last 13 games against the marlins in south florida. the g-man turning that around last night. melky cabrera steps up, puts a little flex appeal on that one, giants get on the board following the cabrera home run. then, top of the sixth, giants up 2-1, buster posey goes ahead and gets into one. sends that one out of the yard. cabrera scores, giants 3-1, giants go on to win by a final of 3-2 ending their two-game skid. meantime, the a's not so good over the weekend against the yankees at scored two runs and shut the a's out 2-0 and swept that series. from baseball to nascar. cooler weather here, but things are heated in the midwest from the indy 500. hundreds of people had to be treated for heatstroke at the speedway. the temperature reached 90 degrees during the race.
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>> little beer probably added to that problem too. >> oh. meantime, things were even hotter on the racetrack. final lap, kumosato tries to go inside. his third indy 500 win. >> milk always does a body good after that race. that's how they do it. all you can eat with healthy foods. speaking of healthy foods, palestinians in jerusalem tried to create the largest buffet with >> it was an effort to promote a healthy way of life. helping make the buffet and hope to have entered the guinness book of world records. at this point, it's actually unclear how many dishes were available on the more than 754-foot long buffet. eat up. >> yeah. >> giving sizzler a run for
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their money. >> yeah, that's nice. 4:55. still ahead on "today in the bay." also a new report puts the bay bridge in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. why watchdogs say there could be structural problems with the bridge's new tower. and for all your news, weather, traffic, and all sorts of good updates, check us out. all you have to do is search nbc bay area.
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developing news out of vallejo this morning. an active crime scene right now. what appears to be an officer-involved shooting. i'm christie smith with that story coming up in a live report. a possible defect in some of the concrete used in the new bay bridge. i'm bob redell. we'll be here live at the toll plaza with response from caltrans. and happy memorial day to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren. this morning, a cool start, but that sun will be out to accommodate all your outdoor
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plans. your forecast in moments. and as we salute our fallen heroes today, a live look outside at arlington national cemetery. it is monday, may 28th, "today in the bay." good morning, everybody, thanks for joining us on this memorial day. almost 5:00 a.m. i'm marla tellez in for laura garcia-cannon. >> and new this morning, a very busy one for vallejo police officers, dozens were out overnight working on an investigation that appears to involve another police shooting. christie smith live in vallejo right now. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon. right now there is at least one city block that is completely behind crime scene tape this morning. police officers here on scene walking back and forth in


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