<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:22:09 -0700 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:22:09 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Saturday Rain + Jeff's World Series Forecast]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:51:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/wxjrbaseballwxjeff.jpg A quickly approaching storm will bring rain & wind by Saturday AM. As Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri explains it could impact game #4 of the World Series.]]> <![CDATA[Giants Fans Take in World Series from McCovey Cove]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:59:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000008719693_1200x675_347677251518.jpg So if you can’t get in the ballpark, how about getting around the ballpark--and in the coveted splash zone? McCovey Cove was the spot to watch the game Friday night for some bay loving fans. NBC Bay Area’s Ian Cull hopped aboard a ferry.

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<![CDATA[Mechanic Throws Out First Pitch at World Series Game 3]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:20:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/world_series_burke_first_pitch.jpg

Despite the bitter ending for the San Francisco Giants in World Series Game 3, there was a celebration for a very special mechanic.

Although disappointed fans left the stadium quietly Friday night after losing to the Kansas City Royals 3-2, they cheered earlier for a new fan favorite.

Frank Burke from Oakdale was at the dugout talking with Travis Ishikawa before the game. Burke took a friend battling cancer to the last game against St. Louis at AT&T Park and caught Ishikawa's NLCS-winning homerun ball--which launched them into the world series.

The die-hard Giants fan gave it back to number 45.

"He thanked me again for getting him that ball back," Burke said. "You guys all know his history. He was almost out of the game. I would have done it for any of them, but to me, it’s like a Cinderella story."

As a thank you to Burke, the Giants handed him a ball. He threw out the first pitch at Friday night's World Series game with Ishikawa catching.

He also got a special jersey and four tickets.

The mechanic is not a celebrity, but for Burke, it is all part of the magic of baseball.

"Things don’t mean as much as people and experiences," Burke said. "Nobody is going to be able to take this experience away from me."

The World Series experience is memorable win or lose. And tonight, Giants fans like Burke are looking past the loss to Game 4

Burke and his wife are sleeping off the loss in style. He said the Handlery hotel in San Francisco put them up in a suite Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Giants Edged by KC 3-2 in World Series Gm. 3, Down 2-1]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:12:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/457810112.jpg

Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series.

The San Francisco Giants were edged by the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 3 of the World Series and are now down 2-1 in the best of seven.

Down 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Giants rallied for two runs on a Michael Morse double and a Buster Posey groundout, but the Royals bullpen shut out the Giants for the final three innings.

But Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson and four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings, as Kansas City beat the San Francisco.

"This is the way our games have gone all year,'' said Royals manager Ned Yost, who made several lineup changes that paid off. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with.

"But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that,'' he said.

Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring double and Lorenzo Cain made two slick grabs in right field as the Royals backed Guthrie with nifty glove work. All night long, Kansas City looked perfectly comfortable playing in the tricky territory at unfamiliar AT&T Park.

Eric Hosmer had a sixth-inning RBI single on the 11th pitch of his at-bat against lefty Javier Lopez. It was the first World Series hit for Hosmer _ on his 25th birthday.

Cain drove in the first run with a groundout after Alcides Escobar's leadoff double in the first.

Game 4 is Saturday night, with right-hander Ryan Vogelsong scheduled to pitch for the Giants against lefty Jason Vargas.

"We've got to keep grinding. It's going to be a tough series,'' said Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson, added to the starting lineup in Game 3.

Yost moved Cain from center field to right in place of Nori Aoki for a defensive boost in the expansive outfield at AT&T Park. Cain chased down Buster Posey's slicing line drive in the first for a pretty catch from his knees, then snagged Travis Ishikawa's sinking liner in the second.

Gordon was moved up from sixth to second in the lineup and came through with his RBI double following Escobar's single in the sixth.

On a night that began with a remembrance of late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Kansas City produced just enough offense even without designated hitter Billy Butler. The Series shifted to AT&T Park and National League rules for three games.

The Giants had their six-game home winning streak in the World Series snapped. The unbeaten run dated to the 2002 wild-card club of Barry Bonds and Co. that lost in seven games to the Angels.

The Royals seemed unfazed by the fanfare and tough conditions in improving to 5-0 on the road this postseason. Of the first 56 times the World Series was tied 1-all, the Game 3 winner went on to win in 37 of those instances and four of the last five.

A cast of Giants Hall of Famers were celebrated on the field in a star-studded pregame featuring a "Play Ball!'' chant by Huey Lewis.

Pinch-hitter Michael Morse hit an RBI double with none out in the sixth to chase Guthrie. Yost turned it over to his fantastic bullpen, and Kelvin Herrera immediately walked Gregor Blanco.

With the hard-throwing Herrera clocking 99-101 mph on the radar gun, Joe Panik had a tough time attempting a sacrifice bunt. His high-bouncing grounder still did the trick to advance both runners, and Buster Posey pulled the Giants to 3-2 on a groundout.

Then, the Royals shut down San Francisco the rest of the way.

"I don't know if there's a better bullpen, because that seventh, eighth and ninth inning, and you get a tough go when you're facing those guys,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hopefully you get some runs early, but Guthrie did a great job on us.''

Herrera worked 1 1-3 innings, rookie Brandon Finnegan got two outs in his World Series debut, and Wade Davis pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Greg Holland got three quick outs for the save.

The four hitless innings of relief were the most in the World Series in 22 years.

"Our bullpen's been lights out. We've got 100 percent confidence in (those) guys getting their job done,'' Dyson said. "From an offensive standpoint, we're just trying to put runs on the board and get them in position.''

Guthrie, who attended nearby Stanford, retired 10 straight during one stretch and combined with Hudson to retire 20 in a row. That was the longest Series streak since the Yankees' Don Larsen and the Brooklyn Dodgers' Sal Maglie retired the first 23 batters during Larsen's perfect game in 1956, according to STATS.

"What a gutsy performance,'' Royals teammate James Shields said. ``He went out there and pitched his heart out. He did a phenomenal job.''

As a gorgeous Bay Area afternoon turned into a breezy night along the water, the 39-year-old Hudson left in the sixth to a rousing ovation from the orange towel-twirling sellout crowd.

Hudson waited 16 years for his first World Series chance only to watch Escobar hit the game's first pitch for a double. Escobar scored on Cain's groundout, and Hudson settled in nicely after the second. The right-hander retired 12 in a row before Escobar's one-out single through Hudson's legs in the sixth. Gordon followed with his RBI double.

GUTHRIE'S MARK

In a quirky stat, Guthrie became the fifth starting pitcher in World Series history to not record a walk or a strikeout through five innings and the first since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux in Game 2 of the 1996 Series for Atlanta against the Yankees.

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Royals: Vargas, an 11-game winner who pitched the ALCS clincher against Baltimore, attended Game 1 of the Giants' 2010 World Series at AT&T Park against Texas with his wife as a fan.

Giants: Vogelsong is the only pitcher to yield no more than one run in his first five postseason starts. That run ended in the NL Championship Series when Vogelsong allowed four runs in three innings of a no-decision against St. Louis. ... Bochy said he and pitching coach Dave Righetti discussed going with ace lefty Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 on short rest if trailing something they know he can handle physically despite his heavy workload.

The Giants will look to even up the series tomorrow with Ryan Vogelsong taking the hill.

Full Giants coverage here.



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<![CDATA[Ebola Quarantine Rules in Effect in New York, New Jersey]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:27:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_paciente_con_ebola_spencer_st.jpg Strict new quarantine rules are in effect in New York and New Jersey after another health-care worker who just returned from West Africa was placed in isolation over Ebola concerns. She is under quarantine while her Doctors Without Borders colleague is treated for the deadly virus in a New York Hospital. NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports with the latest developments.

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<![CDATA[Larry Baer: "Dream Sequence For Many of Us"]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:32:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/larry+baer+interview+-+10334211.jpg

San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is “feeling good" about his team.

Baer talked to NBC Bay Area right before the Giants took on the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park in San Francisco in Game 3 of the World Series Friday. The two teams are tied 1-1.

“We have a lot of travel and all that — hopefully we all got some sleep, we have a sleep consultant and he advises us on that — so let’s see what happens. We're pretty battle-tested in the post-season,” he said smiling. “Kansas City is a hot team and they are in the zone. I think it’s going to be a great series.”

As for the Giants formula for success, Baer said: “We have 14 guys that have World Series rings — that have won a ring somewhere — either with us or somewhere else … When you have that, when you have guys that are battle-tested that matters."

Baer’s message to fans: “Be loud, be throaty, give the team that 26th man,” He added that a big part of the Giants formula for success this year was their fans.

Baer also addressed the backlash against Fox announcers by some Giants fans.

“It’s a long season so they’re with you 4 or 5-6-7 months, and so when a new guy comes in talking about your team it’s almost like ‘what’s this outsider doing,’” he said. “I think Joe Buck, Harold Reynold and Tom Verducci do a fine job, it’s just that they’re not Kruk and Kuip or John and Dave. And when they are not the people that are your friends, that’s a problem.”

As for what it feels to be in a World Series game after winning two of the last four, Baer described it as a “dream sequence for many of us.”



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<![CDATA[Court Docs: CHP Officers Made "Game" Out of Stealing Private Pics]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:11:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chp-generic-pursuit-1.jpg

The California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing explicit photos from a young woman suspected of driving under the influence says it was all part of a CHP "game," court documents show.

Investigators say CHP officer Sean Harrington discovered and forwarded to himself six explicit photos while booking a 23-year-old San Ramon woman in August. The photos depict the woman, who is not being identified, in a bikini and in various states of undress.

Harrington says racy pictures were often stolen and shared with other cops, according to lawyer Rick Madsen, who confirmed that search warrant documents implicate more officers in the investigation.

According to the documents, several officers made vulgar and dehumanizing comments to each other about photos taken from the phones of arrestees.

Madsen said he believes the evidence shows a pattern and practice of stealing confidential pictures and unlawfully distributing them.

"This is the worst case scenario come true,” Madsen said. “This sworn police officer illegally obtained Jane Doe's personal photographs and illegally distributed them at her expense. It's dehumanizing and it's criminal and it warrants felony charges."

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office is investigating, but so far nobody has been charged in the case.

The CHP says the five-year veteran based in Dublin has been assigned to desk duties during the probe.

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<![CDATA[Mayor's Fuzzy Math Claims San Jose Gang Crime Down]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:55:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mayor+Still.png

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says gang-related crimes have dropped 70 percent this year, but what he's not telling the public: He's just comparing two months of the year.

Reed spoke about the decrease in gang crime Friday morning at his gang task force meeting.

"It's a national model for a reason, because it works," said Reed about San Jose's gang task force reducing crime.

Reed's 70 percent number refers to the difference between total crimes in January 2014 and September 2014, with January being the highest this year, and September the lowest. He ignored crimes occurring in the months in between. It's unusual to draw conclusions from two different times of year in this way, but Reed says it's just simple math.

"I think anyone who has taken math can look at those numbers and see that we've had a significant decrease in gang crime this year, from 28 in January, to eight in September."

The months between January and September tell a different story. For instance, gang-related robberies dropped from eight to one between January and September, but these crimes spiked in February and March. In total, there were 36 gang-related robberies in this time period. That's up 63 percent from last year over the same time period.

This year, there were seven homicides, just under eight over the same period last year. As for aggravated assaults, police say they changed the way they categorize those crimes, so it's not accurate to compare this year's numbers to last year's.

Looking only at homicides, rapes and robberies, violent crime is actually up 42 percent.

"People can look at the data for themselves," Reed said. "They don't have to take my word for it. The math is the math."

The Investigative Unit uncovered last year that SJPD misled the public by inappropriately comparing gang homicide statistics. The police chief later apologized. SJPD told the Investigative Unit on Friday that it only makes comparisons year to year.


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<![CDATA[Palo Altans Complain of Increased Airplane Noise]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:37:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P-PENINSULA-PLANE-NOISE-VO---00572519.jpg

It’s part of the flight path into San Francisco International Airport, but a lot of people on the Peninsula are complaining about increased air traffic above their homes, especially in Palo Alto.

Some Palo Alto residents believe the skies above them have turned into an aviation superhighway with more and more flights flying overhead to get to and from SFO.

They say the increased noise has decreased their quality of life. For example, people claim they can’t work from home, they can’t enjoy their outdoor space and their sleep gets disrupted. To make matters worse, they say new air traffic technology, a Next Generation Air Transportation System, which allows planes to fly closer together and more frequently, emits a loud whistling noise.

Residents are hoping to band together and get this problem fixed. They believe flights have jumped from 70 to more than 200 a day in the last 14 years.

Aviation experts say there is increased traffic coming from the south, but point out modern jets are much quieter these days and that NextGen is not fully implemented at SFO. They also say the San Carlos Airport, which handles smaller, louder planes, has seen an increase in traffic and could be contributing to the problem.

The FAA and SFO did not immediately return NBC Bay Area’s request for comment, but other communities like Queens, New York, are also looking into the problem of increased air traffic.

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<![CDATA[Soda Tax Ads to Air During World Series, Thanks to Bloomberg]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:50:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*140/tlmd_10_michael_bloomberg_ap.jpg

Berkeley, meet Bloomberg, and the both of you, meet the World Series.

Ads promoting Berkeley's soda tax as a solid idea will air during the World Series, a big-time buy paid for by the former New York City mayor.

Michael Bloomberg is spending some of his billions – $200,000, to be precise – on campaign messages extolling Berkeley voters to support Measure D, which would slap a penny-per-ounce tax on drinks with sugar added, the San Francisco Chronicle noted.

Bloomberg's spending may help circumvent the ocean of campaign cash the soda industry has poured into the effort to defeat the tax. The American Beverage Association has spent $2.1 million to sway Berkeley's 80,000 voters, according to the newspaper.

Or enough cash to buy each registered voter several dozen Coca-Colas.

The ads, to be unveiled during Game 3, show AT&T Park with the message that there are enough obese Bay Area children to fill the Giants' ballpark "three times," the newspaper noted.

Berkeley's soda tax can pass with a simple majority. A similar tax on the San Francisco ballot requires two-thirds voter approval.



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<![CDATA[Twittersphere: Game 3 of the World Series]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:20:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/457803868.jpg

Game 3 of the World Series is here! And we're tracking reaction to the San Francisco Giants' performance from around the Twittersphere in the Storify below.

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<![CDATA[Quarantine Issued After Deadly Citrus Pest Found]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:16:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/asian2.jpg

The California Department of Food and Agriculture detected the first Bay Area case of the Asian citrus psyllid this month, revealing a pest that causes a deadly disease for citrus trees, and leaves its oranges, limes and the like bitter and inedible.

As a result, the department is quarantining an area in Santa Clara County, where the pest was found earlier this month, according to a department news release issued on Thursday. The 99-square-mile area under quarantine is bordered by Alum Rock Park in the north, by Santa Teresa Boulevard in the south, by North Monroe Street in the west and by Joseph D. Grant County Park in the east.

The quarantine means that no one can move any citrus or curry trees from the area, and all citrus fruit must be cleaned of leaves and stems before moving out of area.

Because the infested area is small, the CDFA is hoping to eliminate the pest rather than simply control its spread. There is no cure once the tree is infected. Humans are not affected by this disease, according to Steve Lyle, spokesman for the Department of Agriculture.

Joel Nelsen, president, California Citrus Mutual, a nonprofit citrus growers association, echoed Lyle's comments about the impact on homeowners in affected area. Nelsen said homeowners will be asked to help stop the spread of the pest before it infects trees.

The pest quarantines are now in place in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura, and portions of Fresno, Kern, and San Luis Obispo counties. But only one case of the disease has so far been found in California - once, in 2012 on a residential property in Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles County.

The pest was first found in the United States in 1998 in Palm Beach County, Florida, according to information on CDFA's website. The Asian Citrus Psyllids were first found in California Aug. 27, 2008.

Residents in the area who think they may have seen ACP or symptoms of HLB on their citrus trees are urged to call CDFA’s Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899. To watch a video about the disease, click here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Twitter to Open "Learning Center" For Homeless]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:04:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-30-2013-twitter-generic.jpg

Twitter is giving San Francisco a place for the homeless to hone their tech skills.

Beginning next summer, the company will operate "The Neighbor Nest," a $1 million "learning center" where the city's homeless population will be able to learn computer abilities, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Twitter and other tech companies are obligated to give some kind of benefits to the city in return for a six year-long payroll tax exemption. The tax break came attached to "community benefits agreements" signed with the city.

The learning center will likely fulfill future obligations for the community benefits, the newspaper reported.

At the center, nonprofit Compass Family Services will be in charge, but Twitter employees will do some of the teaching.



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<![CDATA[Stock Sale Could Make Airbnb Worth $13B]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:15:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/airbnb-stock-image-airbnb-generic.jpg

Airbnb is already more valuable that the big hotel chains with which the online hotelier alternative is competing.

And the company could see its estimated worth balloon by another $3 billion via an employee stock sale, according to reports.

Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the company is pitching an employee stock sale to investors.

That would help the company's employees get some cash, the newspaper reported.

Up to $50 million could be raised in the sale.



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<![CDATA[Race for Calif. Education's Top Spot]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:25:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/10-20-2014-torlakson-tuck-education-election.jpg

With the midterm elections less than two weeks away, an unlikely race is heating up — the one for the California Department of Education’s top spot.

Former president of Green Dot Public Charter School Marshall Tuck and incumbent Tom Torlakson are vying for the position of state superintendent of schools.

Both candidates are Democrats with strong backing behind them.

Torlakson has the support of mainstream Democratic Party officeholders and the California Teacher’s Association, which is spending heavily on TV and radio advertisements.

Tuck, meanwhile, is the renegade Democrat, who ran then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s partnership for L.A. schools to improve the most underperforming schools in the city’s poorest areas.

He’s drawn support from education reformers, high-tech executives and even Hollywood stars. Celebrities Joel McHale, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, for example, starred in a web ad with Tuck.

Tuck says he wants to evaluate teachers based on merit and rid the state of the seniority system.

"That’s a piece of policy that doesn’t make sense for kids," Tuck said.

Torlakson, on the other hand, supports the tenure system and touts accomplishment during his own tenure as state superintendent.

"Our graduation rate went up to 80 percent, the highest in the state’s history for our high schools," Torlakson said. "Our eighth grade reading scores in California are higher than reading scores in any other state in the nation."

And while the position doesn’t hold much power, the race for the state’s schools chief is being watched around the nation.

The most recent poll has Tuck leading 31 to 28.



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<![CDATA[SF Police Officer Admits Stealing More Than $5,000 From Suspects]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:39:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SFPD3.JPG

A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption investigation has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.

Reynaldo Vargas pleaded guilty to four felony charges this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. In his plea agreement, Vargas acknowledged the thefts and said he and two other officers, Sgt. Ian Furminger and Officer Edmond Robles, took confiscated marijuana.

Vargas said he then gave the drugs to two people the officers were trying to recruit as informants, knowing they would sell the marijuana.

In addition, Vargas said he allowed the confidential informants to keep some of the drugs he supplied to them for personal use.

Prosecutors have agreed to drop a civil rights violation charge.

Furminger and Robles have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to go to trial in November.

Vargas was fired from the police department in 2012.

As part of his plea agreement, Vargas has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution of the other officers.
 



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<![CDATA[Walruses, Tiger, Dolphin Root on San Francisco Giants]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:47:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/Siku_Uquq_sign3.jpg

By now, we're all pretty aware that the animals and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom are sports fanatics.

Remember Siku the Walrus doing pushups with 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh?

Well, now Siku and her furry pals are rooting on - who else? - but the San Francisco Giants, who play just minutes from their Vallejo amusement park. The team takes on the Kansas City Royals Friday at AT&T Park in San Francisco in Game 3 of the World Series. The two teams are tied 1-1.

Siku and Uquq mugged this week for park spokeswoman Nancy Chan, who caught them nuzzling whiskered noses behind a an orange and black sign that reads, "Together We are Giants."

Faruq the tiger clawed up a pole wrapped with rope, reaching for a "Go Orange and Black Sign."

And Liberty the bottlenose dolphin thinks he has a lot in common with Hunter Pence. He held a sign reminiscent of the ones drawn up by opposing teams' fans over the summer that said that both the dolphin and the Giants outfielder can hold their breath underwater for 10 minutes.

Chan said the park animals always get into the spirit of the national sporting stage. They posed for photos each time the Giants have been in the  World Series, and participate in Super Bowl "picks" every time the 49ers are in the game.

And of course, Chan pointed out, the park's new baby giraffe, Brandon, was named after Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, and Posey the penguin is named for Giants catcher Buster Posey - even though she's a female.

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<![CDATA[Relatives Jump Off Roof of Burning Home, Family Dog Dies]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:42:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/milpitas+fire.jpg

Family members leapt from the roof of their Milpitas home Friday morning as a two-alarm fire ripped through the house, killing their dog.

A grandmother inside the home was taken to the hospital, and the dog died during the blaze, which was reported just before 3 a.m. in the 2200 block of Farmcrest Street, Milpitas Fire Battalion Chief Americo Silvi said.

Silvi said he isn't sure how many people jumped off the roof, but said he heard it was a "couple of them." A grandmother, mother and two children were inside the home at the time of the fire, which is under investigation.

Several homes in the area were evacuated, and in the hours that followed, neighbors were seen outside on the sidewalk.

A worried-looking woman and two young children boy were seen in pajamas, wrapped in blue blankets sitting on the grass.



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<![CDATA[McCovey Cove Renaming A Hoax, Giants Say]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:48:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mccovey-cove.jpg

The San Francisco Giants are refuting a company's claim that the naming rights to the part of China Basin just beyond AT&T Park's right field wall, popularly known as McCovey Cove, have been sold and officially renamed.

"The claim that naming rights of McCovey Cove have been sold is a hoax and completely false," the team tweeted Friday afternoon.

According to the founder and CEO of Boatbound, a company that helps boat owners rent out their vessels, the name change was to take effect Friday as the Giants host the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the World Series, but the Giants said Friday the naming rights were not for sale.

In a telephone interview Friday morning, Boatbound’s director of marketing, Craig Battin, told NBC Bay Area the naming rights would last beyond the World Series, but when contacted, the Giants said the whole thing was a hoax.

"It is also completely disrespectful to one of the greatest #SFGiants of all time," the team said in a follow-up tweet.

The company posted a statement on its website Friday afternoon copping to the hoax, saying, "The public response was overwhelming and we wanted to jump in before it went too far."

Many Giants fan on social media thought the publicity stunt did go too far: "Don't EVER change the name from McCovey Cove!! What a slap in the face to Stretch," Sandi Wendland wrote on NBC Bay Area's Facebook wall.



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<![CDATA[Swiming 14,000 Laps In Memory Of Late Teacher]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:20:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/swim+to+remember+5.jpg

Mary Miller remembers thinking that if she felt just one-tenth as badly as Claire Buchser looked, she never would have considered coming to work.

But there Claire was in 2005, just months away from succumbing to breast cancer, showing up at San Jose's Presentation High School to administer the school's work scholarship program.

"I've never seen someone handle a life/death situation with as much grace as she did," says Mary, Presentation's principal, about Claire, a long-time math teacher at the school.

Mary was not alone in being inspired by Claire's bravery, and dedication, as she was being treated for cancer.

"From Claire I learned how to have grace and dignity while battling an illness," says Marisa Watts Cozort, Presentation's swim coach.

It was an example that Marisa did not want her school to ever forget, which is why, not long after Claire's death, Marisa organized the first Swim To Remember event at Presentation. They have been holding it every year since.

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"It just keeps getting bigger and bigger," Marisa says.

This year's Swim To Remember was held on a Thursday earlier in October. Starting at 6am dozens of students filled the Presentation pool, swimming lap after lap after lap. The swimming would go on all day and into the night.

This year's event, a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Connections of Palo Alto, and a scholarship in Claire's name, drew 90 swimmers to the pool By the end of the day they had completed 14,500 laps equaling a distance of 220 miles.


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<![CDATA[Gala Welcomes World Series to San Francisco]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:31:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1023-2014-OrangeCarpet.jpg The Giants hosted a pregame gala Thursday in preparation for World Series games held at AT&T Park this weekend. Jean Elle reports.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara School Board Censures Trustee Stampolis]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:32:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1001-ChrisStampolis.jpg

The Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education on Thursday approved a resolution to censure trustee Chris Stampolis after parents and teachers have called for his resignation.

The decision to censure Stampolis, which essentially strips him of his powers as a trustee, follows years of accusations that he harassed and threatened district staff. Most recently, he allegedly threatened the principal of his son's middle school, where a security camera caught images of him simulating shooting a gun on campus.

Stampolis earlier this month was served a temporary restraining order to keep away from his son's school, Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale.

"It’s unacceptable anywhere, but the idea this would happen at a school district and that threats of violence would be used by a school board member is so inappropriate that at this point we’re going to call for him to resign," said Michael Hickey, United Teachers of Santa Clara.

The board's decision to censure Stampolis authorizes district employees to refuse to meet with him or respond to his calls and emails -- essentially making Stampolis powerless.

"It’s absolutely appropriate. I just feel it’s almost too little too late," parent Anna Strauss said. "It’s very symbolic. I don’t think it’s going to change his behavior."

Stampolis said he shouldn't be censured because the move is based on inaccuracies.

"There are a number of factual errors. I would ask that it needs to be precise. It’d be accurate, that it’d be able to be checked rather than saying we have something an attorney has written," he said.



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<![CDATA[A's, SJ Renew Agreement to Continue Working for Ballpark]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:51:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/72542977.jpg

San Jose will keep trying to land the Oakland Athletics and build a Major League Baseball park in Silicon Valley -- even if it takes another seven years.

"The San Jose project is still alive," Mayor Chuck Reed announced to the San Jose Mercury News, after inking a deal to continue negotiating to bring the A's to San Jose for up to seven years.

The A's have signed a 10-year lease extension in Oakland at O.co Coliseum. But they can exit that lease to move to San Jose, the newspaper reported.

San Jose, however, is still San Francisco Giants country. The Giants have "territorial rights" under MLB rules to the South Bay city, and so far, court action by San Jose to get baseball to say if it would approve a move has been unsuccessful.

But San Jose will have another seven years to try to make it happen.

A's owner Lew Wolff called the deal "an option, and we want to keep our options open."



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<![CDATA[No More Tipping at 5 Bay Area Restaurants ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:51:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/food-restaurant-generic.jpg

Five Bay Area restaurants are saying goodbye to tips and replacing gratuities with a 20 percent service charge added to all bills, according to reports.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the changes are being made in part due to a rise in minimum wage and also due to widening inequality within the restaurant.

Comal in Berkeley, Camino and Duende in Oakland, and Bar Agricole and Trou Normand in San Francisco are all trying it out, according to the newspaper.



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<![CDATA[Petaluma Man Busted With 500 Pairs of Stolen Panties]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:29:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police_generic21.jpg

A Petaluma man's underwear-stealing crime spree is over.

Felony charges are pending against Benjamin Hawkins, 18, after police discovered 500 pairs of stolen panties along with firearms in his bedroom, according to the Argus-Courier.

Police say they were onto Hawkins for weeks, ever since a neighbor reported that she'd had two guns and some underwear stolen out of her home.

Cops contacted him and he told them that they could search his mom's home -- but not his bedroom, the newspaper reported.

So police got a warrant and searched his bedroom where they found 500 pairs of panties, two guns, and stolen jewelry, the newspaper reported.

He was arrested Tuesday, at which time cops found five pairs of underwear "shoved down his pants," the newspaper reported.

Police say that other victims came forward to report Hawkins had been prowling in other homes.

Hawkins is in jail on $40,000 bail.

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<![CDATA[7 Injured After Car Crashes Into Dublin Restaurant]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:11:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1023-2014-CarIntoRest.jpg

Seven people were transported to the hospital late Thursday after a car crashed into a restaurant in Dublin, officials said.

The driver, a 56-year-old woman, was trying to park in front of Los Pericos in the 7400 block of Village Parkway around 6:15 p.m. when she accidentally accelerated, police said.

She crashed into the crowded restaurant, injuring six people inside, several of them seriously. All injured people were taken to local hospitals for treatment, but police said all are expected to survive their injuries. The driver is also being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

Witness Zekeria Arabzai said the woman was parked in front of the restaurant and was trying to back out.

"She thought she was on the reverse gear, she wanted to back up, but she was on the drive gear," Arabzai said. "She wanted to stop it...since she was nervous she pushed the accelerator even harder."

Alameda County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Walsh said the accident could have been much worse.

"We just lucked out," Walsh said. "It wasn't as bad as it could have been as you can see people sitting at the window could have been severely injured."

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd and Bay City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Seized Phones Send Hopeful Message]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:26:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cop-phones.jpg

This picture isn’t just worth a thousand words. It’s also worth about $2,500.

Cellphones seized from inmates at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison near the Arizona border are now in San Jose, where a battered women's support group called Next Door Solutions is refurbishing them.

The group can sell the phones and earn more than $2,000 to help pay for the services it offers.

A prison spokesperson says it's an appropriate gift, since some of the phones were seized from inmates who are serving time for domestic violence.

“Now they are being used to help survivors,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Johnny Gogo said.

Chuckawalla Prison Sgt. Curtis Carney said the prison used to seize about 300 contraband cellphones a year, but that’s slowed to about 35 a year since a blocking system was installed.

Next Door has raised $5,000 this year from cell phone donations, and about $28,000 overall since its donation program began in 2003.

Anyone who would like to donate old phones is asked to contact Donna Knowlton at (408) 501-7550 or email dknowlton@nextdoor.org.



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<![CDATA[Giants Return Home, Ready for World Series Weekend]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:35:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000008703975_1200x675_347149379841.jpg The San Francisco Giants returned to the Bay Area on Thursday with a 1-1 split of the first two World Series games in Kansas City. The series continues Friday at AT&T Park. Mark Matthews reports.]]> <![CDATA[Animal in Water Main May Have Contaminated San Jose Water]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:57:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/new-boil-map.jpg

Homes in northeast San Jose remain under a boil water notice after water in the area tested positive for E. coli.

Several people are sick after drinking the contaminated water, which the San Jose Water Company said was likely caused by an animal that got into a water main.

The water company first issued a notice to boil water on Friday to residents on Lisbon Drive, Lisbon Court, Sydney Drive, Rowley Drive, Madrid Drive and Madrid Court in the 95132 zip code area of San Jose.

In addition, Milpitas Christian School and a resident at Stonewood Lane were notified, officials said.

Officials on Thursday said Sydney Drive was the only street that still had contaminated water.

Crews have been flushing out pipes and testing fire hydrants and hoses in the area.

San Jose Water Company spokesman John Tang said crews are working around the clock until the water is clean.

Lakisha Rodriguez said her entire family and two children who attend her in-home daycare have been sick, suffering from nausea and diarrhea.

"It's very frustrating," Rodriguez said. "It's very disappointing in a lot of ways."

The problem is also costing Rodriguez $300 a day in lost business because she can only care for two children until the water is safe.

"It would have been too difficult to flush the toilet, wash their hands and keep them clean without getting sick," she said.

The earliest the water will be clean is Sunday, Tang said. Residents have been receiving free bottled water while crews work to flush out the contaminated water.

E. coli, or Escherichia, are mostly harmless bacteria living in the intestines of people and animals but some strains lead to illnesses with diarrhea and vomiting and in about 5 to 10 percent of cases, what is called a STEC infection that can cause a life-threatening complication, hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the website of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[ Ex-SJPD Officer Says Mayor Reed Aide Told Him to "Lie"]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:25:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/aaron-ettinger.jpg

More serious fallout from the allegations by a former San Jose police recruit: Now a former San Jose police officer tells NBC Bay Area he received a phone call over the weekend from Victor Ajlouny, a political advisor to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

Former officer Aaron Ettinger claims in sworn testimony, under penalty of perjury, that Ajlouny told him to “lie” regarding allegations made by former cadet Elyse Rivas.

Rivas claims the SJPOA president told cadets during training that they should all quit for the betterment of the union cause, an allegation president Jim Unland denies.

Ettinger said Ajlouny asked him to corroborate Rivas’s story and in return Ajlouny would help Ettinger get his job back.

Ettinger was a police reserve until he joined the force full-time this year. But Ettinger says two paychecks into his new job as a cop under the Tier-2 pension system he decided he couldn’t make ends meet and resigned. He asked for his volunteer job as a reserve back, but the department has not granted him that wish.

In sworn testimony, Ettinger also claims Ajlouny would meet with him, the mayor, and the city manager and sue the POA.

Reached by phone in Omaha, Nebraska, Ajlouny denied the allegations to NBC Bay Area.

Ajlouny, who is a long-time friend with Ettinger’s parents, said he would never ask anybody to lie and thought the allegations were “unbelievable”.

After reading Ettinger’s signed declaration, Ajlouny called back NBC Bay Area and said he had retained an attorney and will take Ettinger to court.



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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: SF Tour Guide Goes On Racist Rant]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chinatown-tour-guide.jpg

A San Francisco sightseeing company is apologizing after a tour guide was caught on video as she went off on a racist rant about Chinatown during a bus tour through the neighborhood.

The clip — “San Francisco - city sightseeing tour guide at her last working day” — quickly went viral after it was posted on YouTube Tuesday, garnering more than 212,000 views and nearly a 1,000 (mostly angry) comments as of Thursday morning.

“[Expletive] your pre-schools … making all that noise at 6 a.m. … [Expletive] your salons ... [expletive] your seafood markets, with your little turtles and frogs inside — OK? Here in America, we don’t eat turtles and frogs,” the guide says on her last day at work, as perplexed tourists on the bus look on.

Christian Watts, CEO of City Sightseeing San Francisco, apologized Thursday for the behavior of the company's now-former employee.

"Comments made by this former employee on her last day of employment are absolutely not a representation of how much we love and support Chinatown, and every other community in San Francisco," Watts said in a statement, adding that the company was adding additional training to ensure "each tour is up to our rigorous standard."

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu called for an apology as soon as he saw the video. He said he was saddened and disheartened that comments like that would be made in 2014.

“The Chinatown community has experienced, over the years, enormous racism. In the 19th century, in the 1800s, there were anti-Chinese exclusion laws and history of racism,” said Chiu, whose district includes Chinatown. “But I certainly had hoped and thought in recent decades and years that we moved well beyond that. This dredges up a lot of intense perspectives from many residents in San Francisco.”

The tour guide — who remains unidentified — also seems annoyed by other typical Chinatown sightings: laundry hanging from windows, noise, parades, dragons and ginseng.

The guide goes on to say the Chinatown in her hometown, Los Angeles, is “way cleaner, way better restaurants.” 

“If you are considering moving to San Francisco, although this is the cheapest neighborhood, do not live here,” she warns. “I’ve learned my lesson.”

[Warning: Some viewers may find the language used in the video disturbing.]



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<![CDATA[Stunt Riders Pop Wheelies, Taunt CHP Officer ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:52:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/000ggdgdcms1.jpg

Video of a pack of what appears to be stunt riders popping wheelies, speeding along the highway and waving off a California Highway Patrol officer is fueling an intensified hunt to find the motorcyclists who seemed to enjoy taunting the cop.

CHP Officer Ross Lee said the San Jose-based agency was alerted to the video "Cop Chases Bikers Then Bikers Then Biker Makes Cop Leave," on Wednesday, after the Mercury News first reported it.

The video was posted on Oct. 21 and by Thursday had nearly 250,000 hits on YouTube.  Lee said it was taken on Oct. 11, in the afternoon, when about 50 riders were traveling south on Interstate 680 in San Jose. The riders can be seen standing on their bikes, driving in between cars and refusing to stop when the unnamed CHP officer tells them to.

Lee said the officer asked for backup, but the group ended up exiting on McKee Road before help arrived. No one was arrested, Lee said, because the officer decided not to pursue them, fearing it would be too dangerous.

If the riders are caught, Lee said, they could be charged with reckless driving, exhibition of speed and evading an officer. All are misdemeanors unless someone gets hurt, which could then make that behavior a felony.

The person who posted the video, GuruStunts, emailed back and forth with NBC Bay Area on Thursday. He did not want his real name to be used, and he insisted that he didn't take the video, was not part of the ride and has "no affiliation with them. It was sent to me by an anonymous rider."

He wrote that he "strictly buys and posts videos on YouTube as the brand GuruStunts." He also represents StreetFighterz clothing and merchandise, which states on its website that the company is a Streetbike Freestyle Stunt Team based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

The stunt team began releasing underground films in 2000, the website states, and its riders travel the country "living through every experience like its our last."



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<![CDATA[Armed Couple Robs Jeweler, Steals 25 Luxury Watches]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:56:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/couple12.jpg

Palo Alto police are looking for a man and woman who robbed a jewelry store at Stanford Shopping Center at gunpoint, escaping with 25 high-end wristwatches.

"It was very brazen act, time of day, middle of the mall," Officer Brad Young said Wednesday. "Very daring...I'm very confident that we will put a lot of effort into solving this one."

Sgt. Brian Philip said Gleim the Jeweler employees called 911 about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday to report their store had just fallen victim to an armed robbery.

Witnesses told police that a woman had an employee to show her some wristwatches. Once the employee opened the case and handed a watch to the woman, the male suspect entered the store with a semi-automatic handgun, ordering three employees to the ground, Philip said.

Then the woman pulled out a gun of her own. Witnesses told police she then went behind the counter and emptied about two dozen luxury wristwatches into her purse before she and the man ran away on foot. The exact dollar loss during the robbery is undetermined at this time.

There were no other customers in the store at the time of the robbery.

The robbery was captured on the store's video surveillance system, and a still image of the man shows he was wearing an ACE hardware white cap with a red bill, a navy jumpsuit like a mechanic would wear and a white elastic dust mask and white gloves. He is between 35 and 40 years of age, with a medium build and a beard.

The woman is described as being about 30 years old, with a thin build and shoulder-length wavy hair that the employees believed to be a wig. She was wearing a United States Postal Service vest over a white T-shirt, and dark pants. She carried an over-sized purse with a flower design.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.



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