<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSat, 30 Jul 2016 21:28:06 -0700Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:28:06 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Drowns, Woman Rescued Near Sutro Baths]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:03:01 -0700 Jill Claridy on Flickr]]> Jill Claridy on Flickr]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/landsendsanfrancsico.jpg

Fire officials on Saturday rescued a woman and were unable to save a man who drowned in rough Bay Area waters, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesman said.

The two in distress were first reported to fire officials at 4:34 p.m. in dangerous surf near Point Lobos, fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter said. 

Baxter said the man was located out in sea after dropping anywhere between 50 to 100 feet from a cliff. Once police were able to locate the victim, he was taken to the closest shore line, where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not yet been released. 

Rescue boats were delayed because of the strength of the waves in what fire officials called "a very high risk rescue mission." 

The woman was not found in the water and was instead located injury-free along the shore at the bottom of the cliff. 

Rescuers with the San Francisco Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service responded. 

<![CDATA[San Jose Fire Sends Plumes Towering Over Highway 101]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:13:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SAN+JOSE+FIRE2.jpg

Bay Area fire departments sprung into action on Saturday when a vegetation fire broke out on Sierra Road in San Jose, sending plumes of smoke towering over Highway 101 and slowing traffic. 

Cal fire took the lead and San Jose and Milpitas Fire provided assistance, quickly getting the 80-acre fire under 50% containment within hours. 

A few homes were in the area, but officials determined there was not enough of a threat to warrant an evacuation. Fire crews will be staying overnight, however, to monitor the situation. A Cal Fire spokesperson said that was standard protocol. 


The cause of the fire is still being investigated. 

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<![CDATA[Piece of Metal Catches Fire, Causing Massive BART Delays]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:18:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+WALNUT+CREEK+BART+FIRE+VOSOT+-+17514901.jpg

BART reported major delays and a station closure in the East Bay Saturday afternoon, adding to pre-scheduled delays that affected commuters and weekend travelers alike. 

The Walnut Creek station was temporarily shut down after a large piece of metal covering the third rail caught fire around 3 p.m., according to BART.

No smoke was visible at the time of the fire, but a strong odor wafted its way into the air, BART said. According to officials, the fire burned a portion of the so-called third rail -- an electrified rail that powers the trains. 

It's unclear how the fire started. BART officials opted to shut down power to the station while the scene was under investigation. 

"We were waiting long enough to where we were able to get back on the BART. The single-track got us directly back in to Walnut Creek," said Eugene Pross, who lives in the Walnut Creek area. There was a little delay...but it is what it is." 

The station was reopened shortly before 5 p.m., although police did not speculate or say what could have caused the fire. A single train was being used to move trains in both directions.

The delays add to planned delays in San Francisco, where the Glen Park and Daly City stations were closed for general maintenance and bus-bridges were set up to transport passengers.

"It's a seamless transition from BART to bus and then back onto BART from these stations," said Taylor Huckaby, a BART spokesperson. He said they were organizing free bus bridges to take people between the stations. 

<![CDATA[Party in San Francisco Celebrates Harry Potter Book ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:48:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HARRY+POTTER+BOOK+RELEASE+RAW+SWH+1705+PDT+-+17145606.jpg

Many avid Harry Potter fans gathered Saturday at the Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco for the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”— a book based on the new London play -- as well as a chance to see some galloping gargoyles.

The book release party started at 2 p.m.at the book store—which has been decked out to look like Diagon Alley—and will continue until midnight, when the books will be delivered to the store. For many fans, the shindig will serve as a nostalgic reminder of the 12 a.m. book release parties that were wildly popular when author J.K. Rowling was publishing the original seven books.

The party includes things to do for all for all ages, including wizarding crafts, a children’s costume contest and a live owl visiting from San Francisco’s Randall Museum that bears a striking resemblance to Hedwig.

Other activities include adult trivia and a live staged reading by San Francisco’s Word for Word Performing Arts Company.

More than 75 people have been invited to the Facebook event, where the store has promised prizes “for the best and the brightest of wizards and witches.”

Bookshop West is currently taking pre-orders of the book at a 20% discount. It sells for $14.99 at most booksellers.

<![CDATA[March of the Penguins ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:17:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/_MG_0065edited1PenguinMarch.jpg

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<![CDATA[Armed Robbers Hit South Bay Bank, Remain At Large]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:47:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/generic+money+new.jpg

Police in Morgan Hill are on the hunt for two armed suspects that robbed a Chase Bank Saturday morning.

The suspects, boasting duffle bags, dark sweatshirts and masks, entered the bank located at 17599 Monterey Road around 9:15 a.m. and demanded that the employees empty the registers, police said.

One suspect was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and white shoes. The other suspect was reportedly wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, and Nike shoes with red, white and black colors, police said.

Both suspects were last seen fleeing west on W. Main Avenue in a blue Ford Focus, police said.

No one was injured in the robbery, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 669-253-4912.

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<![CDATA[Giants Do Little Things, Beat Nats to End Skid ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:24:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-584733548.jpg

You are forgiven if you forgot the names of some of the things the Giants did Saturday.

They got a “hit with runners in scoring position” and followed that up with the trusty “productive out.” A little later, there was the old “sacrifice fly with a runner on third.” The little things added up to a huge win for a scuffling team. The Giants beat the Nationals 5-3, snapping a three-game skid that’s part of a much larger slide. 

Bruce Bochy went for the jugular in an early spot and it paid off thanks to a bullpen that held on for the final five innings. Jake Peavy had good stuff early but gave up a two-run shot to Anthony Rendon in the third and another run in the fourth.

Hard-throwing right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was making his second career start and the Giants repeatedly let him off the hook in the first three innings. They left runners on in the first and third, and in between they left the bases loaded and wasted a leadoff double by Hunter Pence. In the fourth, they finally broke through.

Brandon Belt drew a leadoff walk and Joe Panik singled. After a strikeout, Bochy pushed his chips all-in, pulling Peavy for pinch-hitter Mac Williamson, who walked. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double to right-center that felt like the first second-half hit with a runner in scoring position. That knock scored two, and Angel Pagan’s grounder to first brought the tying run across.

Panik’s sacrifice fly gave the Giants the lead in the seventh. A bases-loaded walk of Trevor Brown added an insurance run.

Starting pitching report: Peavy ended up throwing just 74 pitches. He was charged with three runs in four innings.

Bullpen report: Hunter Strickland seems to have been moved down in the pecking order. Either way, he pitched well.

At the plate: There was a sequence where Madison Bumgarner was on deck, and then Denard Span (bruised quad) came up to pinch-hit. And then Span bunted into a force out and was replaced by pinch-runner Jeff Samardzija. Good times. 

In the field: Buster Posey threw two runners out at second and is up to 49 percent for the season. Makes you wonder what Bryce Harper was thinking.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,743 human beings who frankly didn’t give Yusmeiro Petit the ovation he deserved. 

Up next: The rough homestand closes out with Matt Cain facing Gio Gonzalez.

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<![CDATA[Overton Roughed Up, A's Fall to Indians]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-584793560.jpg

The Indians took aim for the seats against Dillon Overton and handed the A’s a 6-3 defeat Saturday night at Progressive Field. Overton, a lefty called up for his third stint in the majors this year, gave up three home runs and lasted just 3 1/3 innings. The Indians went deep four times total in a game that pleased the home crowd at Progressive Field and included some flared tempers.

A’s designed hitter Billy Butler exchanged words with Cleveland catcher Chris Gimenez in the top of the fourth, then flipped his bat demonstratively after crushing a 442-foot home run immediately after. Gimenez jawed at Butler more as he began rounding the bases, prompting home plate ump Tripp Gibson to stand between the two players as Butler crossed home plate and issue a warning to both benches.

The crowd unleashed a rain of boos on Butler in his final two at-bats 

Overton, called up to make this start after Daniel Mengden was sent down, impressed the A’s in spring training and won his major league debut in Anaheim on June 25. But homers have been a serious problem in four major league starts. It’s possible the A’s look to other alternatives at Triple-A Nashville the next time through the rotation. Jesse Hahn and recently acquired Ross Detwiler, the latter of whom would need to be added to the 40-man roster.

The A’s have now lost their first series in five that have been played since the All-Star break. They arrived in Cleveland 9-4 in the second half but will have to win Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Starting pitching report

Overton (1-2) has allowed just three home runs total in his 17 outings at Triple-A this year. But in four big league starts, he’s allowed a whopping nine homers in just 18 1/3 innings. He gave up Jason Kipnis’ drive to right in the first after falling behind 2-0. Jose Ramirez led off the bottom of the second with a shot to left. Then after Butler’s homer tied it 2-2 in the top of the fourth, Cleveland claimed the lead right back when Abraham Almonte hit Overton’s first pitch of the bottom half over the left field wall. Even when the Indians weren’t going deep, they were hitting Overton hard. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on 10 hits, giving him a 9.33 ERA over four starts with Oakland.

Bullpen report

Liam Hendriks entered in relief of Overton and allowed Mike Napoli’s two-run shot that made it a 6-2 game. Then Zach Neal the Indians off the board over the final three innings.

At the plate 

Butler, who entered the night hitting .327 over his past 38 games, turned on a 3-2 pitch from Josh Tomlin and mashed his homer, on the first pitch after he and Gimenez began jawing for reasons that weren’t clear. Marcus Semien added a homer in the ninth off Cody Allen to make the final score a bit closer. 

In the field 

A’s left fielder Khris Davis turned in a fantastic diving catch of Jason Kipnis’ liner to keep Cleveland from scoring another run off Overton 


The announced turnout was 32,850.

Up next

With Rich Hill on the disabled list, Sonny Gray (5-9, 5.43) takes the mound in Sunday’s series finale at 10:10 a.m. Because the A’s were off Thursday, Gray will still be on a regular four days’ rest. Corey Kluber (9-8, 3.44) goes for the Indians.

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<![CDATA[BART Arrest Sparks Public Outrage, Protest Planned]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:04:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfbartarrest.jpg

Some members of the public are up in arms after four BART police officers pinned a man face down to the ground during an arrest attempt Friday at the San Francisco Embarcadero Station.

Several eyewitness testimonies posted on social media claim that two people, a man and a woman, were being detained when the police reportedly used unnecessary physical force to apprehend the male.

Cell phone footage captured at the scene portrays two officers pinning a man to the ground as he squirms and attempts to evade arrest. The police officers position their knees on the man's back and legs to prevent further movement before the man appears to say something to one of the officers, prompting the officer to punch the man in the face.

BART issued its side of the arrest in a statement.

The transportation service reported that officers were instructed to detain suspect(s) involved in a possible armed robbery attempt onboard one of their trains. After locating the presumed suspect on a train at the Embarcadero Station, police removed a man from the train and attempted to make an arrest. The male suspect was allegedly uncooperative and resisted, leading officers to resort to physical force.

Later investigation revealed that the original armed robbery attempt was actually a verbal argument between the suspect and the victim, BART said. The suspect made threats to rob the victim, but no weapon was present.

After being detained by BART police, the male suspect was arrested for two counts of resisting arrest and five counts of battery against a law enforcement officer, BART said.

A BART spokesperson said that the officers' body cameras were turned on and an investigation is in the works.

"I have full faith that our officers will fully investigate and find out what happened," the BART spokesperson said.

A protest of the arrest is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Tech Companies Dominating Most Valuable List]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:45:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg

Facebook and Amazon’s market caps have pushed their way into the world’s top five most valuable companies list as of Friday, allowing a rare cluster of Bay Area tech companies to dominate in the morning stock trade.

The biggest U.S. company is Cupertino-based Apple – leading with $562 billion – followed closely by Mountain View-based Google at $519 billion and Microsoft at $439 billion, according to CNN Money.

Amazon pushed Exxon Mobil – rival gas company with Chevron – out of fourth place at $365 billion.

Exxon, struggling with oil prices in the U.S., suffered a crash in profits, which led to a shrink in its market cap, according to CNN.

Menlo-based Facebook pushed the multinational conglomerate company Berkshire Hathaway out of the top five with $362 billion.

The rise of tech companies like Facebook and Amazon allow for a stark comparison to its competitors like Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Brands owned by Buffet include a railroad company in Santa Fe and the ice cream company Dairy Queen.

This isn’t the first time that Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpassed Warren Buffet in the stock trade race. They did it in January and earlier this month.

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<![CDATA[Underprivileged Students Graduate from Facebook Academy]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:33:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/187265573-facebook-generic.jpg

Eighteen students will walk across a stage in Menlo Park on Wednesday as graduates of Facebook Academy, a six-week summer internship program that aims to give high school students from low-income or underprivileged backgrounds exposure to a career in technology.

The program, which has been around for the last five years, is a partnership between Facebook and an East Palo Alto non-profit "Foundation for College Education." Every year, both organizations select a group of rising juniors from the East Palo Alto, Belle Haven and Redwood City areas.

The students have an opportunity to intern in one of five departments within the company; communications, policy, finance, operations and information technology. Additionally, the students attend a weekly coding class and are given a mentor within the company.

"There is a lot of value in the students interacting with people at the company, particularly young professionals," Juan Salazar, the public policy manager for Facebook said. "The students are able to build their social value, engage in new projects and stay connected. They’re able to see a different facet of what business is like."

Although the program began primarily to expose underprivileged students to careers in technology, the initiative also started in order for Facebook to make sure they made deep connections within the Menlo Park community, according to Salazar.

Since Facebook Academy’s beginning in 2012, nearly 100 students have graduated from the program. With the first graduates of the academy coming out of college next year, Salazar said that the company is excited to hear how Facebook’s program has helped them through college and their other internships.

"Our goal is to grow the program every year," Salazar said. "We see our students’ success moving forward, and our hope is that they come back to work for Facebook and other tech companies."

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<![CDATA[New SF BART Station in the Works ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:16:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-riders-generic.jpg

San Francisco city officials announced a plan on Thursday to build a new BART station at 30th and Mission Streets, as part of a larger plan to invest in housing and small businesses, according to a press release.

The new station aims to link the Muni J-church line and connect the various modes of transportation that converge at this intersection.

A plan to build this station was first proposed back in 2003, but has only recently become possible because of engineering advances.

The group behind this proposal consists of Assemblyman David Chiu, BART Board Director Nicholas Josefowitz and District 9 Board of Supervisors Candidate Joshua Arce. They announced their plan to build thousands of new units of affordable housing and give more financial backing to local, small businesses during Thursday’s press conference.

Arce addressed several community members and local small business leaders who attended the announcement, ensuring that this project is working for the good of the community.

"Our plan will deliver housing for all of us, including low-income, worker, artist, teacher and middle-income affordability," Arce said. "Working together we will support the long-term success of long-time local businesses. All along the way, the plan will create good-paying local construction jobs and opportunities for local contractors and professional service providers."

There are many different building options for the new site, according to Arce, including a new Safeway in the parking lot of the BART station.

Josefowitz and Chiu came together to announce details of the plan as well as show their support for Arce.

"In the face of wrenching change, our communities cannot stand still or move backwards,” Josefowitz said in a statement. “We need leaders who can bring folks together to hammer out a vision for our future. Josh is that leader, and what he’s presenting here is that vision."

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Runners Set for San Francisco Marathon]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:05:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-fran-marathon170700426.jpg

The annual San Francisco Marathon will be celebrating its largest year yet this Sunday, with 27,000 participants signed up to race around the city streets.

Runners participating in either the full marathon, half marathon or 5K will be able to jog across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the Embarcadero’s waterfront as their view.

The race, which is now in its 39th year, will kick off at 5:30 on Sunday morning. Participants will trek the circular route, beginning from the starting line at Mission Street and ending on Folsom Street. The thousands of runners come from all 50 states and 67 countries around the world.

The runners are also given the opportunity to make their miles count by either donating to the marathon’s official partnered charities, such as Canine Companions and Miles for Migraine, or setting up a personal fundraising page for a cause of their choice.

All five runs have been sold out since June, but Michelle LaFrance, Vice President of marketing and strategic partnerships for the marathon, said that there are plenty of things to enjoy at the event even without participating in the race.

The "Bigger, Better Finish Line Festival" following the end of the race will feature food trucks, a beer garden and free massages. The marathon’s Expo offers interactive technology for the runners, including a Fitbit to track their run.

Sunday’s run is one of the few marathons that starts and ends in the same place, and the circuitous path offers many benefits for both the runners and those watching.

"I love that our marathon is a loop course," LaFrance said. "I get to see all of the excitement of the runners on the start line. It’s amazing to see everybody’s journey come together in the same place."

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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Finds Three Missing Jet Skiers ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:54:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/coast-guard-generic.jpg

Coast Guard rescue crews scoping the water in and around Rio Vista late Friday night and Saturday morning were able to locate three missing jet skiers.

A 36-year-old male, 22-year-old female and 10-year-old girl left Brannan Island State Park on a jet ski around 8 p.m. Friday night, but did not return, according to the Coast Guard.

A local resident's call into the Coast Guard Saturday morning revealed that the three missing jet skiers were stuck on a sandbar, according to the Coast Guard.

No injuries were sustained and all three people were found to be in stable condition, the Coast Guard said.

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<![CDATA[Four Stabbed in Downtown San Jose]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:13:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanjosestabbing.jpg

At least four people were stabbed in downtown San Jose early Saturday morning after a fight broke out on the sidewalk, according to police.

Two of those victims were reported to have suffered major injuries and were rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surguery. The two other victims were transported to the hospital as well, police said.

The stabbings occurred near the intersection of S Almaden Boulevard and W San Carlos Street around 1:30 a.m., according to police.

No other information was available at the time.

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<![CDATA[SFPD Arrests Man in Connection With 2015 Quadruple Homicide]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:29:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+SF+QUADRUPLE+HOMICIDE+VO+-+00001126.jpg

Police arrested a man Friday morning in connection with the homicides of four young men who were fatally shot at as they sat in a parked car in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood last year.

After investigating the homicides for more than a year, police recently developed probable cause to arrest San Francisco resident Lee Farley, police said.

Farley, 27, was arrested around 9 a.m. Friday at the U.S. Prison at Atwater, in Stanislaus County, where he was in custody on an unrelated charge, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to police. Court documents reveal he has a history of drugs- and weapons-related charges.

Officers then booked him into the San Francisco jail on suspicion of four counts of murder, four counts of shooting at an inhabited vehicle, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted narcotics offender, and one count of participating in a criminal street gang, police said.

The homicides occurred on Jan. 9, 2015, on Page Street between Octavia and Laguna streets.

Around 10 p.m., officers responded to the area on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered the four victims, all suffering from fatal gunshot wounds, inside a stolen car that had been double-parked on the street and was riddled with bullet holes.

The four victims were later identified as San Francisco residents Yalani Chinyamurindi, 19, Harith Atchan, 21, Manuel O'Neal, 22, and Antioch resident David Saucier, 20.

Friday's arrest drudged up a lot of emotions for Sala-Asalhaquekyah Chandler, the mother of Chinyamurindi.

"His life was taken before he could even get started," she said.

Chandler said she has been pressuring police to find the gunman for nearly 1.5 years.

"I could not rest unless they made an arrest," she said. "How could I say I love my son if I don't fight for my son?" 

Chandler said she hopes Farley's arrest is the first step toward justice for all the families involved. She wants the case to go to trial, she said, adding, "I want that for my child. He deserves that and so [do] the rest."

Meanwhile, San Francisco's Acting Chief of Police Toney Chaplin had a very personal reaction to Farley's arrest.

"I was the officer in charge of the Homicide Detail at the time of this homicide and later promoted to Commander of Investigations," he said in a statement. "I promised the victims' families that the San Francisco Police Department would do everything we could to solve this brutal crime."

He continued: "I am happy to announce that the department has arrested a suspect and begun the process of bringing justice and healing to the victims' families."

Police said their investigation into the homicide continues.

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<![CDATA[Power Failures Ail BART's 'Fleet of the Future']]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:23:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/N11P+ROCKRIDGE+BART+SHOOTING+VO+-+101548051.jpg

A key electrical component of BART’s new train cars has failed recent performance tests due to overheating, creating the possibility of a delay in getting the new fleet in service, NBC Bay Area has learned.

“We can’t afford to have a fleet of cars that are breaking down in our system,’’ John Garnham, manager of BART’s “Fleet of the Future” project, acknowledged this week in an interview.

Right now, plans call for deliveries to begin by early next year of the first in a total shipment of 775 new cars – a delivery date that can’t come too soon for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the agency that helped get the funding for the project.

“I think everyone knows the stakes with respect to these cars,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the regional transit agency. “BART is extremely crowded, BART is aged, it absolutely needs a new fleet.”

But in June of last year, however, when BART engineers learned that the portable transformers in the new auxiliary power supply equipment, or APSE system, had failed tests performed by its Japanese manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric Co.

The device serves the vital function of channeling the 1,000 volt current that powers BART trains and cutting it to safe levels to power the lighting, air conditioning and the three electrical outlets used to power floor cleaners during servicing.

Tests by supplier Mitsubishi, however, showed the initial unit design was prone to overheating and sudden failure. The electronics overheated, Garnham said, because of a lack of air flow inside the unit, which is about the size of a portable refrigerator.

Those tests revealed that the device was prone to failure when electrically powered floor scrubbers were plugged into the three outlets installed on the trains. The problem puzzled BART engineers and the experts with the main train contractor, Bombardier, which had made such equipment in the past.

Rather than risk putting the project off schedule, BART engineers opted to accept ten of the problem power supply systems for testing on new cars.

“We told them that we would accept interim units to put on the car while they corrected the problem for the production units,” Garnham said. The plan was to allow time for a redesign.

The flawed “interim” power system was on the sleek car that BART showed off in March of this year, with BART showing off its three doors instead of two on older models, improved air conditioning and a promised smoother, quieter ride.

A month later, however, the “interim” power supply system failed during early testing, causing the test car to go off the end of the tracks at BART’s Hayward test center and into an earthen berm. It was not damaged in the slow speed crash.

The embarrassment was soon blamed on a fluke: A frayed electrical cord on monitoring equipment triggered the short circuit that in turn shutdown the auxiliary power supply, leading to brake failure.

But engineers wondered why, after the short-circuit caused by the frayed cord, the power supply equipment did not reset – kick back on – as it was designed to.

Then in May, BART officials went to witness testing on the Mitsubishi’s newly reconfigured unit. The electronics were moved inside the unit, allowing for more airflow and stopping overheating, BART officials said.

But new overheating issues emerged. And Mitsubishi was still not able prevent shutdowns on the three onboard power outlets.

Garnham says the outlet problem is frustrating but fixable in the long run.

“We want it to be able to plug in our stuff and to be able to function, that’s what we want,” he said. “We think they have a solution, we still have to test it and verify it.”

The redesign failed some of BART’s durability standards.

“We do a test that will simulate how the system will work bouncing around a transit vehicle for 30 years,” Garnham says. While the redesign did not meet those standards, Garnham insists that a proposed fix will improve reliability to meet BART standards.

For BART to be satisfied, Garnham says, the overheating danger must be eliminated. “We can’t afford to have a fleet of cars that are breaking down in our system,” he said. “We need to resolve the issue.”

He noted that some of the units work under test conditions at the Hayward track, BART wants proof they will be able to handle temperature shifts from 70 degrees to well over 100 degrees.

“We don’t want to run up to Pittsburg and have (a unit) shut down -- we want to be able to run throughout our system.”

Garnham says engineers are not satisfied with the answers they have gotten so far from Mitsubishi.

“Right now we still think we are on schedule -- we believe we are on schedule and that these are correctible issues within the time table we have,’’ he said.

But, he pointed out, the window is closing.

“We have to be done this year because we are putting the cars into service,” Garnham said. “So we have to correct the issues this year.”

Rentschler, the spokesman for the regional transit agency, said the MTC has faith in BART’s engineers.

“We’re not concerned about it at this point, we kind of expect these teething problems,” Rentschler told NBC Bay Area. “I think BART’s engineers are very meticulous and they are going to focus on this and get it solved.”

Bombardier, the main train builder that ordered the problem power supply systems from Mitsubishi Electric Co., did not respond to an email seeking comment for this story.

In an email Friday to members of the BART governing board, Operations Manager Paul Oversier reminded the panel that “every project of this complexity and size faces technical challenges along the way.

“There is no question that the APSE is a critical component of the car; but at this juncture, all involved parties are working hard and constructively toward addressing the problem and doing

it in such a way that the car delivery schedule is not further impacted.”

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<![CDATA[Soberanes Fire Grows to Nearly 33K Acres, 15% Contained]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:39:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Soberanes+Fire-20.jpg

A fatal wildland fire that began one week ago Friday has grown to nearly 33,000 acres and destroyed more than 50 structures in Monterey County south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Cal Fire officials said.

The Soberanes Fire began on July 22 in Garrapata State Park north of Big Sur and has extended to 32,930 acres as of Friday, Cal Fire officials said.

There are 4,277 firefighters working to extinguish the blaze that has destroyed 41 homes and 10 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire.

Roughly 350 residents have been forced to leave the area while an evacuation warning remains in place for people in about 2,000 structures threatened by the blaze, which has also damaged two homes and two outbuildings, agency officials said.

The agency is utilizing resources on the air and ground to battle the fire, which was 15 percent contained late Friday, Cal Fire officials said.

A private contractor who died when a bulldozer he was operating overturned on him sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning has been identified as Robert Oliver Reagan III, 35, of Friant, a community in Fresno County, agency officials said.

Cal Fire's Serious Accident Investigation Team has been tasked with looking at the circumstances surrounding Reagan's death, according to agency officials.

Crews expect to face high temperatures today that will reach the 90s and low humidity levels combined with steep and rugged terrain with limited access points, agency officials said.

Investigators are figuring out what started the fire and estimate full containment will be reached on Aug. 31, Cal Fire officials said.

The county is under a state of emergency declared Tuesday by acting Gov. Tom Torlakson, the state's superintendent of public instruction who is filling in while Gov. Jerry Brown is away in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention.

The state's Office of Emergency Services has issued a Fire Management Assistance Grant that will help make sure necessary resources are bought in to help douse the fire, state officials said.

The grant also allows local, state and tribal agencies to be reimbursed for any eligible expenses, according to state emergency officials said.

Any trails or roads leading into the Los Padres National Forest are closed in addition to state parks in the fire area, parks officials said.

An evacuation center at Carmel Middle School closed at 8 a.m. today because of low demand by people affected by the fire, agency officials said.

Pet owners can contact the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County if they need help sheltering, rescuing or feeding their animals by calling 831-373-2631.

As of Friday, the shelter is caring for 49 pets evacuated from the blaze, SPCA officials said.

The nonprofit is also holding an adoption event for 94 pets starting today through Sunday to help make room for animals displaced by the fire at its shelter located at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway in Salinas, according to the SPCA.

People impacted by the fire can receive assistance by calling the Monterey County Department of Social Services at 800-755-4400 or the American Red Cross of the Central Coast at 866-272-2237.

<![CDATA[Dog Reunited With Bay Area Family After Being Lost in Mexico]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:36:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11P+BAJA+DOG+REUNION+PKG+-+00003722.jpg

How does a dog get from San Mateo to Tijuana and back to the Bay Area?

Duke's owner really wants to know.

Before being reunited with her beloved pooch, Dianna Mattes and her parents were nervous.

“My heart is racing,” Mattes said Friday in a Pleasanton parking lot. “I hope he remembers me.”

The family had been forced to give up Duke almost three months ago because their apartment was too small for a pet.

“I only wanted the best for him,” she said. “I wanted him to have enough space to run around and play – not be indoors in a tiny, old apartment.”

Mattes’ father’s cousin lives in Baja, right near the California-Mexico border. The Matteses believed Duke was enjoying a better life there — until they learned he was found in Mexico as a stray with a tic-born disease.

Judy Clayton, with the Paws 4 Thought rescue group, said a woman in Tijuana found Duke and "reached out to us on Facebook because she knew we rescued dogs." 

Clayton read Duke's dog tag and contacted the Matteses.

“We reached out to Diana and we said, ‘We believe we have your dog,’” Clayton said. “She was overwhelmed. She had no idea the dog was even missing.”

The Matteses greeted Duke on Friday with a “Hey, man, hey!” while her father Pablo Mattes wiped away tears.

Diana Mattes said her relatives finally admitted that Duke had been stolen awhile back. They just didn't have the heart to tell her, she said.

“I’m completely grateful,” said Mattes, who now lives in a home where she can properly take care of Duke. “I’m so blessed to have him here.”

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<![CDATA[Sheriff Cancels Controversial Training Program]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:38:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0905-2014-Sheriff.jpg

A law enforcement training program is now cancelled after causing controversy in the South Bay. The program is run by a private company known as Bulletproof Warrior.

Civil rights groups are upset. Silicon Valley De-Bug wrote an angry letter to the Santa Clara County Sheriff after hearing the office might host the program in mid-August.

The group says Bulletproof Warrior teaches an aggressive approach in dealing with citizens.

"Our law enforcement officers out on the street should not be thinking of themselves as 'warriors on a battlefield.' It's dangerous for them and it's particularly dangerous for our community," said Raj Jayadev, Silicon Valley De-Bug executive director.

The sheriff's office provided the following statement to NBC Bay Area on Wednesday:

"As of today, the class that was scheduled to be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium on August 17 and 18 is canceled. We have informed the class operator of this decision and we appreciate those community members that contacted us and voiced concern over this class and its provider. This training was not a mandatory class for any member of our office."

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<![CDATA[San Mateo Tenants Rally Against Evictions]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:50:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0729-2016-SMRally.jpg

San Mateo tenants facing eviction are unhappy about the city's laws that allow landlords to evict them without a reason.

The frustrations sparked a rally Friday outside an apartment complex, where one family says they are being evicted after complaining about rats, mold and cockroaches inside their unit.

"The garbage was not picked up for almost a week," tenant Jamie Delgadillo said.

Delgadillo said rats showed up inside his apartment after trash from the entire complex piled up outside. He shared pictures with NBC Bay Area that show mold growing on the bathroom walls. Now he said his children suffer from asthma and flea bites.

Delgadillo said he has complained several times to his landlord, Heritage Realty.

Now, after the complaints he has received a 60-day eviction notice.

On Friday, a small crowd rallied and prayed on Delgadillo's behalf.

"Ask these landlords and landlords throughout San Mateo to search into their souls and have a heart," San Mateo Deputy Mayor David Lim said.

If passed, an initiative on the November ballot in San Mateo would give tenants like Delgadillo more protection.

"It would require, if landlords are going to evict tenants that they have a good reason," said Daniel Saver with Community Legal Services.

Currently, it is legal for landlords to evict tenants for no reason. Attempts to reach out to Heritage Realty for comment were not returned.

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<![CDATA[Woman Tries to Track Down Man Who Ran Over Her Mother]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:54:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+VALLEJO+GRANDMOTHER+ATTACK+PKG+-+00012924.jpg

A Vallejo woman is on a mission: To find the person who she believes stole her mother's car and then ran over her. 

Her 61-year-old mother's vehicle was taken from in front of their home Tuesday. The victim spotted the car parked down the street the next night, only to be assaulted by a man and woman when she tried to take it back.

“He locked the car door and caught my mom's shirt, and dragged my mom when he put the car in drive, and rolled over her as he U-turned and took off,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being targeted.

She continued: “It's horrible somebody would run over my mother for something that's not even theirs. We just want him caught.”

The suspects have been driving the stolen grey Honda Civic and trying to use the victim’s credit cards all over the North and East bays this week.

“They used her cards all day and went on a shopping spree,” the woman said of her mother’s property. “They even washed the car as if it was their own.”

The woman uncovered surveillance video of the man she believes is responsible and has posted it on social media and shared it with police.

Police say, with her help, they’re confident they'll catch the suspects and are fairly certain they already know who is behind the crimes.

The victim’s daughter says she doesn't want anyone else to be attacked.

“My mom could have been killed for what? A couple thousand dollars. My mom's life is worth way more than that,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Deputy Tied to Petrov Beating 'No Longer With Department']]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:59:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1113-2015-DeputiesVid.jpg

A third deputy disciplined in connection with the beating of a suspected car thief in San Francisco is no longer with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, officials said Friday.

San Francisco prosecutors have filed charges against two deputies who they say wielded batons and used excessive force in the incident captured on video last fall. A third deputy, Shawn Osborne, was placed on administrative leave.

Osborne is "no longer with the department," Sgt. JD Nelson said.

Witnesses claim Osborne took the victim's necklace and gave it to them, apparently to buy their silence.

The alleged assault came at the end of a high-speed pursuit involving Stanislav Petrov, a suspected car thief, that stretched across the Bay Bridge in November.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is not elaborating on Osborne's departure.

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<![CDATA[Man Saves 'Very Brave' Woman From Would-Be Kidnapper]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:02:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+SAN+LEANDRO+ATTEMPTED+KIDNAPPING+PKG+-+00001707.jpg

A man who likely saved the life of a 23-year-old woman as she was being maced and abducted in San Leandro Thursday isn't patting himself on the back. He's just glad the victim is safe, he said.

Surveillance footage shows Yong-Sung Leal leaving his apartment complex to go to work around 7:45 a.m. Minutes later, he said, he saw a "small-framed" woman on busy Washington Avenue being dragged into a silver Nissan Sentra.

"She was very brave," the San Leandro man said. "I can’t imagine being in that situation."

Leal explained what he saw and why he reacted the way he did.

"I see the perpetrator trying to pull this girl into his car and while he’s macing her," he said. 

The 31-year-old continued: "I pulled her ankle out; her torso was almost in the vehicle. He was macing me, and we were running around his car. Eventually he got into his vehicle."

Leal, who said he weighs just about 150 lbs and stands about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, knew he had to do something the moment he saw what was happening. 

"I was saying, 'You know, it's going to be someone. It's going to either be you or me, but it's not going to be her,'" Leal recalled. "I was going to do ... everything I had to do to make sure she was OK."

He said Friday that he decided to speak out about the incident to encourage others to act when something doesn't appear right. 

“You don’t have to be tough to do the right thing," Leal said. "Just react."

San Leandro police are searching for the man accused of making a violent attempt to kidnap the woman as she headed to a bus stop en route to work Thursday morning. 

Lt. Ron Clark of the San Leandro Police Department called the attack "completely random" and "disturbing." Without Leal's intervention, the victim "could have ended up the next body [dumped] somewhere else," Clark said, adding that "there is no way to know."

Investigators worked with the victim and witnesses to create a suspect sketch. He was reportedly clad in a collared shirt, and jumped out and maced the woman after parallel parking his car, police said.

Leal, who fought off the attacker even after being maced, described the suspect as "very unassuming." He was a "handsome gentleman, well dressed, well put together," he said.

He suspects the kidnapping attempt was "premeditated" because the man was "just yelling, 'She stole my wallet, bro. She stole my wallet.'"

Police are afraid that the suspect, who is on the lam, may strike again.

Detectives have set up a hotline dedicated to this case and are asking people with information to call (510) 577-3259.

Photo Credit: Yong-Sung Leal
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<![CDATA[Crews Battling 2 Fires in Clearlake, Evacuations Lifted]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:29:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0729-2016-ClearlakeFire.jpg

A 10-acre wildfire prompted evacuations in Clearlake, Lake County late Friday afternoon.

Cal Fire said the blaze was reported at about 3 p.m. near Highway 53 and 18th Avenue. Nearby St. Helena Hospital was told to shelter in place while crews worked to contain the blaze.

Firefighters are battling two fires Friday afternoon burning in Clearlake.

Officials said at least one structure was destroyed in another nearby fire, which charred 15 acres in Clearlake Oaks. It was unclear if the structure was a home or outbuilding.

Both fires were 50 percent contained at 5 p.m.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Software Company Hits it Big in IPO]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NASDAQ+OPENING+BELL+HD7292016+-+063007181.jpg

The NASDAQ confetti dropped Friday morning on what has become an unusual target: A Silicon Valley tech company.

Shortly after Twilio hit it big by going public, a second straight tech IPO made big money for its investors.

The stock value of Talend, a Redwood City-based software company specializing in Big Data, as it is called, soared more than 40 percent on its first day of trading.

“I think we put ourselves on the map today,” said Talend’s Ashley Stirrup. And he’s right. Previously under the radar, Talend is now flush with $95 million in IPO cash and it plans to use the funds to grow.

So expect more hiring, and, likely, more tech IPOs.

“It shows a robust economy in the Bay Area,” according to Talend Vice President Mike Pickett.

It also shows investors are willing to look beyond big tech companies and invest in startups.

Scott tracks tech stocks on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[SJ Property Crimes Decline Despite Depleted Police Force]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:50:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San-Jose-AP_050422011853.jpg

Property crime rates in San Jose are on the decline despite a dwindling police force, according to the department's chief.

Burglaries dropped from 5,167 in 2014 to 4,896 in 2015, Chief Eddie Garcia said. That decrease, however, comes at a cost to an exhausted police department.

“It’s a rough time right now,” Garcia said.

San Jose police officers arrested four suspected burglars in the Evergreen neighborhood this week.

“It’s really shocking,” resident Sashi Yukhi said. “We think the neighborhood is very good. When something like this happens, it’s really scary.”

The burglars are accused of knocking down doors and breaking windows to gain entrance to homes. But, thanks to a speedy response by the San Jose Police Department, they soon ended up facedown on a creekbed nearby. 

"We are very happy," Yukhi said.

Although glad, the victims' neighbors were surprised that officers nabbed the suspects so quickly.

"I really appreciate their hard work," resident Ahmer Bhatty said. "It's not easy to be called and actually catch the people."

Sources told NBC Bay Area that the officers who made the arrests were working overtime or putting in hours on their days off.

And Garcia isn’t sugarcoating the situation: His officers are tired and overworked, he said.

They’re also mentally fatigued after hearing repeated reports of officers being killed in the line of duty across the country.

“They’re under a tremendous amount of stress,” Garcia said. “It’s a very tired police department, but they’ve been operating, doing so well for a long time with so little.”

The department, which is chronically understaffed, needs to fill 240 shifts per week. Right now, all of that is filled by officers working overtime.

“They’re working a lot of hours and they’re still answering the call, so they’re dealing with it,” Garcia said.

According to Garcia, however, one of the key ways to attract more applicants is for voters to invalidate the Measure B pension reform at the ballot boxes this November. Otherwise, he fears, more officers will head for better opportunities in other cities.

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<![CDATA[Feds Propose Fine Against Hunters Point Contractor]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:27:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Hunters+Point+Still.png

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday proposed a fine against a government contractor after it found the company deliberately falsified soil samples at a superfund site in San Francisco that’s slated for homes, shops and parks.

The NRC is proposing a $7,000 penalty against Tetra Tech, the company in charge of cleaning up radiation at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

The Investigative Unit first exposed in 2014 that the Navy caught Tetra Tech mishandling soil samples and falsifying radiation data when cleaning up parcels of land and various buildings on Hunters Point. The NRC launched an investigation, which determined two Tetra Tech workers deliberately falsified soil samples in 2011 and 2012.

When reached by email, Tetra Tech spokeswoman Charlie MacPherson said the company took corrective actions to resample the suspect areas.

The commission said it did not find any information to suggest that suspect buildings or land had been inappropriately cleared for unrestricted use, which includes future development.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit first exposed in 2014 that former Tetra Tech workers questioned the cleanup of radiation at Hunters Point. The Investigative Unit uncovered an internal Tetra Tech report that details how the company believed employees mishandled soil samples and falsified radiation data.

In March, a Tetra Tech worker told the Investigative Unit that his bosses ordered him to conceal radiation on the site. He said supervisors told him to replace potentially contaminated soil samples with clean ones, dump potentially contaminated soil into trenches on Hunters Point and sign falsified documents that were later submitted to the government.

Tetra Tech has 30 days to pay the NRC’s proposed penalty or request in writing that the fine be withdrawn.

If you have a tip for the Investigative Unit email theunit@nbcbayarea.com.

<![CDATA[McDonald's Gilroy Garlic Fries Taste Test]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:44:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/Gilroy-Garlic-Fries-Header.jpg

We taste tested McDonald's new Gilroy Garlic Fries, which debuted at 240 Bay Area locations this week.

The regional rollout was timed for the Gilroy Garlic Festival; the 38th edition began Friday and continues through Sunday. McDonald's uses garlic from the family-owned Christopher Ranch in Gilroy.

A formal review would have incorporated at least one more visit to try the item (which cost 69 cents more than the plain salted fries), but the first impression on a casual taste test is that they're cheesy. They're cheesier than they are garlicky, though the subtle hang-on of the bulb might make you want to consider brushing your teeth afterwards. Bay Area palates can probably tolerate more garlic and less cheese in general, though.

The biggest issue in our taste test was crispiness; the garlic topping, which also includes parmesan, parsley, salt and olive oil, has an immediate affect on the texture of the fries. They quickly become soggier than average, which left us jonesing for the usually reliably crisp fry that keeps millions addicted.

That could be avoided by serving the garlic topping on the side, but it then becomes a less convenient item for some customers. It might need a little work to nail the texture, especially since they're fried in oil and then topped with a sauce containing more oil, but it's still encouraging to see an idea that supports regional farmers.

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<![CDATA[Local Deals for National Chicken Wing Day]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:20:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SD-County-Fair-2016+093.JPG

Whether you like them smothered in a tangy buffalo sauce, crispy and fried, or dipped in ranch, there isn't really a wrong way to enjoy chicken wings. And on Friday, chicken wing fans can eat this finger-licking food all day long to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day.

In 2016 alone, the National Chicken Council expects an estimated 28 billion bone-in chicken wings to be eaten by consumers.

No matter how you like to eat your chicken wings, there are deals to munch on across California.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering half-price wings at participating locations. Wingstop is offering five free wings with any wing order from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hooters is celebrating by offering all-you-can-eat traditional wings for $14.99 and boneless wings for $12.99 at participating locations.

Here's a round-up of other deals

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<![CDATA[Internet's Favorite Dogs Meet for Facebook Power Lunch ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:11:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/facebookdogs_n.jpg

Two social media powerhouses joined together for a business lunch at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday, no doubt striking a few business deals, comparing notes on the best brands of dog food, and arguing over who really is the internet's favorite dog. 

The dress code was, ahem, collar optional. 

Beast Zuckerberg, sporting a professional top-knot (or is it a dogbun?), invited social media star Doug the Pug for a sit down chat. The meeting's minutes and agenda were not released to the public, so there's no way to know for sure what the pooches were plotting. 

However, a photograph Beast's personal assistant, Mark Zuckerberg, posted to Facebook does provide some hints: 

"Apparently Beast had an important meeting at the office today with Doug the Pug," Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. "They agree that Facebook needs more kibble and belly rubs. Beast also wants some sheep."

After their clandestine luncheon, Doug the Pug used his vast social media following to share a picture of the new business buddies, although Doug couldn't help throwing a little shade in the process. 

Beast has yet to respond to this potential dig via his personal Facebook.

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<![CDATA[BART Weekend Shutdowns Between SF, Daly City Stations]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:34:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-generic.jpg

BART is set to start multiple weekend closures between the Daly City and Glen Park stations starting Saturday.

The weekend closures are needed to make track repairs, including work to reduce noise from trains, officials said. Other work scheduled to take place during the closures include improvements to the Balboa Park station, which will be closed, and tree trimming along the trackway.

The closure is expected to cause 20- to 40-minute delays for passengers. San Francisco International Airport and Millbrae passengers should add one hour to their trip, according to BART.

Free shuttle buses from SamTrans will be provided for commuters between the Daly City and Glen Park stations. The SFMTA will also provide a free shuttle for the Glen Park, Balboa Park and Daly City stations.

Here's a list of the scheduled weekend BART closures between Daly City and Glen Park stations:

  • July 30-31
  • August 13-14
  • August 20-21
  • Sept. 3-5
  • Sept. 17-18
  • Oct. 1-2
  • Oct. 15-16
For more information, visit BART's website.

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Light Streaks Across California Sky ]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:22:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/meteor3.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[South Bay Teen Gets Overwhelming Response To Offer Of Free Swim Lessons For Low-Income Children]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:47:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/free+swim+lessons+2.jpg

Diving into the deep end.

For a competitive swimmer, that is not a metaphor. It's simply how they get things started.

Carson Myers has been doing it since she was 9-years-old.

Which if fortunate because not soon after Myers founded her very own volunteer program the deep end is where she found herself.

"At first, I was a little overwhelmed," the 17-year-old from San Jose said.

Myer's desire to help others was sparked during her freshman year at Presentation High School when she volunteered at a food drive for San Jose's Sacred Heart Community Service. Coming face-to-face with members of her community without enough money to feed their families was an eye-opener for Myers.

She felt guilty. At least, at first she did.

"Then I kind of realized I don't have to feel guilty. I can step up and do something about it," Myers said.

What Myers decided to do was combine her love of swimming with her newfound desire to help others by offering free swim lessons to children whose families couldn't afford them.

Thanks to the generosity of Swim South Bay, Myers was able to find a place to house her program. She then spread the word around South Bay human services organization and waited for the swimmers to sign up.

And waited. And waited.

"We actually did not get a lot of signups. We learned very quickly that families didn't have swimsuits or goggles and they weren't able to signup because of that," Myers said.

Once she was able to arrange for donations of the equipment her slots started filling up, fast.

"We now have over 65 swimmers," Myers said.

Myers now works with children from ages 2 to 17. Many of her students have never had a swim lesson before in their lives. Some, have never even been in a pool before.

That was the case for a 15-year-old girl Myers taught.

"On the third day we got her swimming across the shallow end on her own.then we moved her to the deep end. She swam across the deep end on her own. Once we finished our first lap she just started crying because she was so overwhelmed," Myers said.

Those are probably not the last tears of joy that will end up the pool this summer. Just like this will probably not be the last time Myers chooses to do good rather than feel guilty.

"The things that I can do can really make a difference and have an impact on these people's lives."

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<![CDATA[BART Receives $6 Million Grant for 19th Street Station ]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:17:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart37.jpg

Officials from the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Bay Area Rapid Transit received a large grant Wednesday from the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration.

A total of $6,321,668 was granted to BART to use for upgrades to the 19th Street Station, house officials said.

"BART is a critical part of our public transit system and these funds will help ensure safe and green transit for its riders, in the East Bay and throughout." Congresswoman Barbara Lee said in a statement.

Additionally, funding will also be used to enhanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the uptown area connecting to the BART station.

<![CDATA[Raiders Aldon Smith Enters Treatment Center: Report]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:29:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/aldonsmith4.jpg

Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith is reportedly seeking help at a treatment center, according to TMZ.

A source did not reveal to the online tabloid what caused Smith to seek help, but the move does come a mere days after a controversial video that may have shown him holding a blunt surfaced online throuh Periscope. 

In that video, Smith's face is never shown. A man's voice is heard talking to a woman, saying "They don't know it's me. It's not like I put 'Aldon Smith on it." 

A day after the video went viral in the sports world, Smith took to Twitter to deny that it featured him. 

Smith has been to rehab before for alcohol-related issues stemming from two  DUI arrests in 2013.

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<![CDATA[Hyde Could Have Special Season for 49ers]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:42:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/kharloshide.jpg

Carlos Hyde has played just 21 games in the NFL and, in two seasons, he’s rushed for just 803 yards.

But as Hyde prepares to open training camp with the 49ers this weekend, many view the running back as the key to the San Francisco offense under new head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly insists his fast-paced, spread attack is a run-first offense, despite its use of three- and four-wide receiver sets.

So much rests on Hyde and his ability to produce – and stay healthy – in his third NFL season. This week, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Hyde’s ability to stay on the field is one of the 49ers’ five key questions for 2016 heading into camp.

He noted that the bruising, 6-foot, 230-pounder missed just two games because of injury in his career at Ohio State, but already has missed 11 games over two NFL seasons.

Wrote Lynch: “Hyde’s physical style has invited an obvious question: Should he incorporate a bit more finesse in an effort to stay on the field? In June, he offered his answer: ‘I’d rather just try to run through you.’ ”

Hyde is 100 percent as camp begins, fully recovered from surgery to repair damage to his left foot suffered early in the 2015 season, his first as the team’s No. 1 running back.

Kelly has praised Hyde as an all-around back. He’s eager to see what Hyde can do as both a runner and receiver. Hyde, too, says he wants to be more involved in the passing game.

“(Hyde) has the skillset to be an outstanding running back at this level,” Kelly said recently. “He can do everything. You don’t want the ‘he’s just a third-down back’ because that kind of diminishes what we can do with him on first and second down. You’re looking for a guy who can be a three-down back, and that’s certainly what Carlos is.”

Plus, the 49ers likely will have more depth at the position to keep Hyde fresh and healthy. Second-year man Mike Davis, rookie Kelvin Taylor and returning veteran Shaun Draughn lead a group vying for carries and receptions behind Hyde.

Bryson Vesnaver of the analytic website Pro Football Focus recently wrote that Hyde is poised to flourish in Kelly’s offense, based on the production in Philadelphia of versatile back LeSean McCoy, who had 709 touches in two seasons under Kelly. Vesnaver also noted that Hyde is better at breaking tackles than McCoy, with an “elusive rating” far higher than McCoy’s: 78.7 (the second-best in the NFL in 2015 and a hair above his 74.2 mark as a rookie) to 48.8 (in McCoy’s best season).

“There’s not a huge sample size, but Hyde may be the most elusive RB that Kelly has coached in the NFL,” wrote Vesnaver.

Said Kelly recently: “Carlos is a stud. He’s as advertised. To have someone that size that is that agile, has that vision, it’s really impressive to see him work every day. He’s really good. We’re really excited about him.”

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<![CDATA[With Rehab Complete, Raiders' Nelson Returns to Field]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:45:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/rrnneellssoonn.jpg

New Raiders safety Reggie Nelson wasn’t able to participate in practices the entire offseason because of an ankle injury he suffered with the Bengals in a playoff game.

That makes Nelson one very eager football player now that he’s fully healthy.

Coming off a Pro Bowl season with the Bengals and joining a new team for his 10th NFL season, Nelson said this week at the team’s Napa training facility that he’s “excited to be here and get back to playing football.”

Nelson is expected to form one half of a new safety tandem in 2016. He’ll take over for the retired Charles Woodson at free safety, with No. 1 draft pick Karl Joseph projected to earn the job at strong safety. Joseph, too, missed all of the offseason workout program because of a knee injury, but is set to go.

Nelson told Raiders.com this week that the chance to sign with Oakland was an easy choice.

“They’re up and coming,” he said. “I like their defense. They’re young, and it was a no-brainer. I just wanted to be a part of something special and you know Raider Nation is crazy, so I just wanted to be a part of that fan base.”

Nelson and Joseph will form half of what could be a much-improved secondary, with cornerbacks Sean Smith and David Amerson.

Amerson told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com that he can’t wait to get to work with his new teammates, including Nelson.

“I know I’m definitely excited to get out there and work with those guys, move around with them on the field and just get familiar with them playing with them on the field,” he said.

Signing with the Raiders reunites Nelson with his former head coach in Jacksonville, Jack Del Rio.

“Coach Jack is always preaching ‘sharpen your tools and get in your playbook’ and everything else will come,” Nelson said. Even though Nelson hasn’t been able to participate in on-field activities since signing with the Raiders earlier this year, he’s immersed himself in study and is ready to roll. He’s eager to get on the field.

“It’s all about you getting better and getting the chemistry down pat with all of the teammates and stuff,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Gilroy Garlic Festival Returns for 38th Showcase]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:13:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000018304720_1200x675_734854211623.jpg

It's that time of year again. The smell of fresh garlic bread, fries and savory pastas is about to take hold in Gilroy for the 38th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. 

This year's showcase, which takes place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Christmas Hill Park, will see a return of live cooking shows, face painting for kids, and "Gourmet Alley," where the famed "flame up" demonstration will show expert (and rather brave) chefs doing a pyro show on huge iron skillets, according to the festival's website. 

Holly Baker, who works with the festival to organize press, said that this year's event will host a few new additions to the usual lineup:

"We have a competition that is called "Champions for Charity," and it consists of first responders. They're going to be doing like a "Chopped"-like competition," she said, referencing the competition show that regularly airs on the Food Network. "The winning team will receive $3000 to go toward their charity of choice." 

A slew of local musicians will also take the small stage for the nearly 100,000 people that are expected to show up to the festival throughout its three-day run. Although most of the slated performers are country artists, a few rock bands and some Top 40 hits will be covered by the Sugadaddy Band. You can view the full lineup here: 

By the numbers: 

  • On average, attendees gobble down 2 tons of fresh garlic from Christopher Ranch per festival.
  • The Festival Association, which plans the shindig every year, has given out close to $11 million to local nonprofits since its founding in 1979
  • More than 4,000 volunteers work to put on the festival, representing 140 nonprofit groups in Gilroy and nearby areas. 
  • Since 1979, more than 4 million people have flocked to the festival. 

<![CDATA[Fire Crews Battle Brush Fire on Highway 17]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:11:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-29-16-campbell+fire.jpg

A fire on the side of Highway 17 in Campbell sent plumes of acrid smoke into the air early Friday morning. 

At around 7:30 a.m., Campbell police received reports that trees were on fire on the side of the highway, near Camden Avenue exit and the local creek and trails on the southbound route. 

Fire crews were on the shortly before 8:00 a.m. and started working to knock down the flames. The far right lane of the southbound route was closed to traffic. 

This story is developing. Check back for updates. 

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<![CDATA[The Clintons and Their Balloons: A Love Story]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:43:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-584450894.jpg

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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot in SJ Marks City's 29th Homicide: Police]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:50:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+generic3.jpg

A man was fatally shot in San Jose late Thursday night, marking the city's 29th homicide of the year.

About 10:05 p.m., San Jose officers responded to reports of a person shot in the area of Willow and Sherman streets. Upon arrival, they found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No motives or details about the shooting were available, police said, and no suspects have been identified.

The victim's identity will not be released until the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office has confirmed it and notified next of kin, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 408-947-7867.

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<![CDATA[More Than 420 Marijuana Plants Found in North Bay Grow House]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/9a8506b46d654b479418bf75ecfd00ff.jpg

The Solano County Sheriff's Office arrested a Vallejo man Wednesday on suspicion of growing more than 400 marijuana plants worth more than $40,000 in a northeast Vallejo residence.

Narcotics detectives served a search warrant at the residence in the 6000 block of Elkhorn Court after a four-month investigation prompted by an anonymous tip, according to the sheriff's office.

All but one door and a window were boarded up or fortified, and some interior walls were removed or reconstructed.

The 428 plants were in various stages of growth, and additional plants had already been harvested and removed, according to the sheriff's office.

Jason Johnson, 39, was inside the residence when the warrant was served, and he was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a place to sell, give away or use a controlled substance, according to the sheriff's office.

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<![CDATA[Giants Lack Clutch Hit in Loss to Nationals]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:50:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/giants-728.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO — It was the same story, just with a slight twist on the ending.

This time, the Giants threatened late, loading the bases and scoring a run. But once again, for the 10th time in 12 games since the All-Star break, they took a loss. After a 1-7 road trip, they have lost three of four back at home. For most of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Nationals, AT&T Park was rather lifeless.

That changed in the ninth when Jonathan Papelbon, who has the Nationals even more desperate for a late-inning arm than the Giants, put two on with one out in a three-run game. Oliver Perez loaded the bases and an error scored a run and kept them packed. But Denard Span struck out against his old team and Angel Pagan swung through the final pitch of the night.

“We did such a good job in the ninth battling back,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We could have used a big hit there … We dodged a lot of bullets and just couldn’t quite finish it. It would have done a lot for the club.”

The Giants went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. On the other side, the Nationals got a series of two-out, two-strike singles to push Johnny Cueto’s pitch count and take a 3-0 lead.

“Gosh, he got two outs and two strikes on three hitters and they all found a way to get hits,” Bochy said.

Cueto settled in after that, but the damage was done. Tanner Roark allowed just four hits and the struggling Nationals bullpen bent but did not break. Cueto said he just had “a bad inning.”

“I was trying to get outs, but unfortunately, nothing went my way,” he said.

Bochy hoped that Joe Panik’s return would provide a spark, but the top three in the new-look order went 0-for-13. The hope now is that others can provide a needed jolt. Hunter Pence should be back Saturday. Before that, Eduardo Nunez is expected to report Friday.

Nunez was traded to the Giants before Thursday’s game in exchange for Adalberto Mejia. He is a year younger than Cueto and also from the Dominican Republic, but the two have not crossed paths often.

“I don’t know anything,” Cueto said, smiling. “I know he’s Dominican.”

All the Giants care about is the fact that Nunez is an All-Star-caliber hitter. After the way the past two weeks have gone, that’s exactly what they need.

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<![CDATA[Fatal Wreck in South Bay Kills 24-Year-Old ]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:40:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N43A+MIKE+SUNNYVALE+DEADLY+VO+-+00000618.jpg

Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a fatal car wreck in Sunnyvale early Friday morning, arriving to find a mangled car and one person clinging to life. 

California Highway Patrol say that the car, which was carrying five people, spun out shortly before 2:00 a.m. on the Mathilada onramp and landed on its roof. 

When officers arrived at the scene, a 24-year-old male passenger in the car was found to have major injuries. He later died at the scene, CHP confirmed. 

The four other people in the car only suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. 

The 237 onramp was closed while police investigated the wreck. It reopened at about 4:30 a.m. 

Police did not say whether alcohol or drugs factored into the crash. 

<![CDATA[Football Star, East Bay Native Dies at Army Ranger School]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:24:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic2shotTele.jpg

A 21-year-old soldier from Walnut Creek died after falling ill during his first day of U.S. Army Ranger School in Georgia earlier this week, Army officials said.

2nd Lt. Michael Parros, 21, died Wednesday after being treated for hyponatremia, a condition in which the level of sodium in the blood is too low, according to Army officials at Fort Benning where he was in training.

Parros fell ill on Monday and died on Wednesday. He had reported to Fort Benning for training on June 27 after graduating from the U.S. Army Military Academy in May.

Parros was a former football player at Concord's De La Salle High School and went on to play football, hockey and soccer while at West Point while also being a member of the school's Cultural Affairs Club, Army officials said.

"This is a tragic loss," Lt. Co. Matthew Weber said in a statement. "While 2nd Lt. Parros was only with us for a short time, he showed so much potential and was the epitome of the kind of soldier you want to serve with. We are truly saddened to lose a member of our Army family."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parros family and friends during this exceptionally challenging time," Weber said.

Parros played multiple positions for De La Salle's football team, which won the state title in December 2011 in his senior season before he graduated in 2012.

<![CDATA[Quakes Stars Get a Kick Out of Hosting MLS All-Star Game]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/mls.jpg

The Major League Soccer All-Stars lost 2-1 to England's top club, Arsenal, on Thursday night at Avaya Stadium. But the outcome of the match held little relevance compared to what the experience meant for a couple of Bay Area natives.

Chris Wondolowski and David Bingham, both members of the host San Jose Earthquakes, said it was a special night for them.

"Being an all-star is an honor; being able to play it in your home stadium is even better and something very few guys get to do," said David Bingham. "So I was very fortunate."

Wondolowski couldn't have agreed more.

"You look at the stadium and what they've done to bring back MLS in the Bay Area," he said."I think it just shows what this whole community has really done for soccer in the area."

The teams played even for a good part of the match until Chuba Akpom scored the late winner in the 87th minute for Arsenal, of the English Premier League.

MLS All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear, who grew up in Fremont, was equally moved by having the match in his hometown area.

"As a kid, I went to Earthquakes games," he said. "I've been lucky enough to be a fan and player a coach. And now to coach the best in the MLS in this wonderful new stadium, it's a great story, and I'm glad to be part of it."

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