<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - [BAY BLOG]Hashtag Trending]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 10:26:54 -0700Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:26:54 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Berkeley Makes List of 'Best Cities to Live in America']]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:13:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-52237594.jpg

Berkeley has made headlines recently for a rash of political protests and violence, but a new report puts the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement among the top 10 places to live in the United States.

Ranking and review website Niche unveiled its annual “Best Cities to Live in America” for 2017, and the East Bay city came in at No. 5. 

Niche said it analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to compile the ranking. 

The “Best Cities to Live” list was based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities, Niche said.

Located in Alameda County, Berkeley has just under 117,400 residents. In Niche’s report card, Berkeley earned an overall A+ grade.

Looking closer, the city, which Niche considers a good place in which to raise families, received an A+ for its public schools, diversity and weather. The city’s commute and and nightlife brought in an A grade, and its jobs a B.

Berkeley didn’t fare quite as well in other areas, though – getting a C+ in both housing, and crime and safety, and a D+ for its cost of living, the report showed.

Ann Arbor, MI. came in first place in the “Best Cities to Live” list, and was followed by Naperville, Ill. and Arlington, VA. 

Below are Niche's top 10 “Best Cities to Live in America” for 2017:

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Naperville, Illinois
  3. Arlington, Virginia
  4. Columbia, Maryland
  5. Berkeley, California
  6. The Woodlands, Texas
  7. Plano, Texas
  8. Overland Park, Kansas
  9. Boulder, Colorado
  10. Irvine, California 

See the full list here

NBC Chicago contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[World's Largest Plate of Nachos to Feature Cricket Chips]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:38:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NachosGeneric.jpg

There is a new addition to the wacky of unusual world record attempts.

Food aficionados in San Francisco this Saturday will attempt to break the world record for consuming the largest plate of nachos, but there's a tasty twist.

The monstrous dish won't house a layer of customary tortilla chips. Instead, it will feature cricket chips — the first ever chips made with cricket flour. That ingredient is created by mashing dried crickets into a high protein powder, according to creator Chirp Chips.

Aside from the one-of-a-kind chips, the enormous plate of nachos will also feature 1,000 pounds of nacho cheese, 800 pounds of beans and 400 pounds of corn and salsa, according to event organizers.

The record-breaking effort is slated to take place at 3:00 p.m. at the SOMA Streat Food Park located at 428 11th Street.

Tickets for the event are available via Eventbrite.

Chirp Chips was created by three college students back in 2014, according to the company. The students chose to use crickets as the main ingredient in their snack product after realizing that the bugs packed sustainable and nutritious value.

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<![CDATA[Five Bay Area Restaurants Among World's Best]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:51:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Benu_Sign.jpg

Before the official "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list is unveiled in April, organizers dished out the runners-up.

A total of five eateries in the Bay Area clinched a spot on the honorable mention list, which includes restaurants ranked between the No. 51 and No. 100 positions. Only nine restaurants in the United States qualified to make the bottom half of the top 100 list.

San Francisco's Benu checked in at No. 67 on the list. The French Laundry in Yountville slid in right behind at No. 68.

Atelier Crenn in San Francisco settled in at No. 83 while The Restaurant at Meadowood in Santa Rosa followed at No. 84. Manresa in Los Gatos rounded out the Bay Area selection at No. 90.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants List, No. 51-No. 100

51. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey

52. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan

53. Burnt Ends, Singapore

54. Lyle’s, London, England

55. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain

56. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

57. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden

58. Momofuku Ko, New York, USA

59. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy

60. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China

61. Hertog, Jan Bruges, Belgium

62. Quique, Dacosta Denia, Spain

63. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

64. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, France

65. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico

66. Estela, New York, USA

67. Benu, San Francisco, USA

68. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA

69. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

70. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany

71. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China

72. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau,Switzerland

73. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa

74. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

75. Sud 777, Mexico City, Mexico

76. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

77. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain

78. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India

79. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway

80. Le Cinq, Paris, France

81. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil

82. Chef’s Table At Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA

83. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, USA

84. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, USA

85. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal

86. Odette, Singapore

87. Per Se, New York, USA

88. Selfie, Moscow, Russia

89. Mingles, Seoul, South Korea

90. Manresa, Los Gatos, USA

91. St. John, London, England

92. Twins, Moscow, Russia

93. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France

94. Kadeau, Copenhagen, Denmark

95. Quay, Sydney, Australia

96. Epicure, Paris, France

97. Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan

98. Hedone, London, England

99. Florilège, Tokyo, Japan

100. Olympe, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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<![CDATA[Instagram Account Parodies Tesla's Office Parking Lot Woes ]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:47:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4132017carstesla.jpg

If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, these photographs convey an absolute mess.

Auto manufacturer Tesla routinely makes headlines for its cutting-edge technology. Last week, it even surpassed General Motors as the United States’ most valuable car company.

But on Tuesday the company got some unflattering attention for its overcrowded employee parking lots in Fremont and Palo Alto.

Tesla employs 6,000 people, according to the Daily Mail, but they have to squeeze their cars into 4,500 spaces – often with rather alarming results, as documented by its employees on social media.

The parking nightmare has sparked its own Instagram account: @teslaparkinglot.

Followed by more than 10,000 people, its 134 posts chronicle Tesla employees’ desperate efforts to park. Any space is game, and traffic laws have been relegated to myths, with cars parked diagonally in straight parking spaces and occupying spots reserved for motorcycles and drivers with disabilities.

One image – titled “smart mini collaboration. pun intended” – shows two compact cars jammed into a single parking space. Vehicles have also been photographed hanging over curbs and medians.

Other pictures exhibit rows upon rows of cars, all of which are squashed tightly together, begging the question: How does anyone get out?

Many drivers have parked their cars just a few inches away from neighboring ones, but some appear to have gotten into fender benders trying to force themselves into unavailable spots.

Even bicycle riders don’t seem to fare better. Photographs show they have been mounted on top of one another due to a shortage of space.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is aware of the problem and is said to be working on a solution.

A Tesla spokesperson said the company offers alternative transportation options to decrease the number of cars that need to be parked. Toward that end, it offers shuttles, subsidizes public transit expenses, partners with ridesharing and car-pooling companies, and incentivizes biking to work. 

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<![CDATA[Mansion in SF's Pacific Heights Hits Market for $40 Million]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 22:16:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GoldCoasthome.jpg

San Francisco’s real estate market just a hit a new high.

A newly-constructed 11,400-square-foot limestone house can be yours for a whopping $40 million.

The home’s astronomical price tag begins to make sense – kind of – when you realize that it is located in the city’s affluent Pacific Heights neighborhood. Taking it a step further, the residence at 2712 Broadway was built on the highly sought-after three-block stretch of land called the Gold Coast or, perhaps more aptly, Billionaire’s Row, according to the SF Gate.

Your neighbors could include Oracle founder Larry Ellison and philanthropist couple, Ann and Gordon Getty.

The sprawling mansion features seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four half-baths, courtesy of developer Bill Campbell. It also offers a gourmet kitchen, a spa, a gym and massage room, a theater and two wine rooms, the SF Gate reported.

And if your feet grow tired covering that much space, an elevator can whisk you away to the terrace. 

Campbell of Marble Management told the Wall Street Journal that he has applied for LEED platinum certification, having outfitted the house with a solar water heating system and underground tanks to store and reuse runoff.

And that’s not all.

Floor-to-ceiling windows – made of course of non-reflective glass – cater to jaw-dropping views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Sausalito and the island of Belvedere, the SF Gate said.

Campbell spent $7.8 million on 2712 Broadway in 2009. He demolished the clapboard that dated back to the 19th century, and then, over the next four years, built an “on-spec” home, the Wall Street Journal reported. That means he didn’t construct the house for any specific buyer.

Public records show that a nearby Gold Coast mansion sold for $35 million in 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Val Steele of Pacific Union International and Tom Biss of Sotheby's International Realty represent the property at 2712 Broadway.

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<![CDATA[Schwarzenneger Offers to Trade Jobs With Trump]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:50:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump-schwarzenegger.jpg

President Donald Trump took more than a moment at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning to pray for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and talk some trash on the new host of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

And "The Governator" lashed back, offering to trade jobs with POTUS saying he could do a better job.

The coast-to-coast tiff occurred within one hour, from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. PST.

"They hired a big, big movie star to take my place," Trump said at the prayer breakfast, after being introduced by Mark Burnett, the producer and creator of both “The Celebrity Apprentice.” "And we know how that turned out. The ratings went down the tubes. It's been a disaster."

Then he said: "I want to just pray for Arnold if we can."

At 7:01 a.m. Schwarzenegger took on Trump on the president's favorite platform, Twitter.

In a post titled, "The National Prayer Breakfast?" the former governor and longtime actor made a homemade video that looked like he was standing on his back porch.

"Hey Donald, I have a great idea," he said. "Why don't we switch jobs? You take over TV because you're such an expert in ratings. I take over your job because then people can finally sleep comfortably again."

Schwarzenegger's premiere night audience for "Celebrity Apprentice" in early January was a disappointing 5 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. Viewership dropped to 3.9 million viewers in the second week.

The season-to-date average for the first month was 4.7 million viewers, compared to 7.6 million viewers for Trump's final season as host in winter 2015.

Trump is still listed as an executive producer of "Celebrity Apprentice" and retains a financial stake in the NBC program, so he has incentive to want high viewership.

Thursday was not the first time Trump criticized Schwarzenegger over the show's ratings. Trump tweeted last month that Schwarzenegger was "swamped" in his "Celebrity Apprentice" debut "by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT."

"So much for being a movie star," said Trump's tweet, which continued: "But who cares, he supported Kasich and Hillary."

Schwarzenegger did endorse Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the Republican presidential primaries, but he did not endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Despite the back-and-forth, both Trump and Schwarzenegger share at least three things in common: They're Republicans. They're politicians. They're reality TV stars.

AP's Darlene Superville in Washington, D.C., and television writer Frazier Moore in New York contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[SF Startup Offers New Hires $10K De-Location Package]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:49:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/0929water1.jpg

Talk about an astonishing turn of events.

Citing the Bay Area’s astronomical rents, tech startup Zapier is paying new hires $10,000 to move away from here.

No, you didn’t read that wrong.

The company has replaced relocation packages with an experiment aimed at delocation, Zapier’s co-founder Wade Foster wrote in a blog post.

Zapier is behind a tool that enables different web apps to work together automatically, and all of its employees work remotely. Zapier's team includes an estimated 80 people, according to SF Curbed.

But people who live in the Bay Area should not be forced to pick between professional and personal development, reasoned Foster, who as a Missouri native is familiar with the challenges associated with living in what appears, at least on the surface, to be a “thriving tech scene.”

“If you work in tech in a small town, coming to the Bay Area is like coming to the big leagues,” Foster wrote. “You actually encounter people who understand what you do on a day-to-day basis.”

But look closer, and the blemishes appear.

A chronic housing shortage and steep rents are common across the Bay Area. So people, some of whom earn six-figure salaries, are unable to make it more than a pitstop.

“The housing crunch and high cost of living simply price out many families and, despite loving the area, the realities are many of us need to look elsewhere to create the life we want for our families,” Foster said.

But Zapier doesn’t want its employees to have to choose.

To that end, it will help employees looking to move out of the Bay Area with up to $10,000. The fine print of the package says that it will reimburse employees for “moving expenses you incur in the first three months while working at Zapier. We also ask you stick around Zapier for at least a year.”

Foster acknowledged that prohibitive costs of living are common in a number of other U.S. cities. Right now, though, this delocation package is available only to people seeking to leave the Bay Area.

Based on how this test goes, there is a chance the program will be expanded to help Zapier employees in other parts of the country, he said.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to Zapier, but has yet to hear back.

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<![CDATA[‘HOLLYWeeD’ Artist Hangs ‘Impeach’ Trump Banner in Bay Area]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:19:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ggbannermain.jpg

An artist claiming responsibility for the “HOLLYWeeD” sign prank on New Year’s Day struck again over the weekend by helping install a massive banner pushing to impeach President Donald Trump on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The artist, Zach Fernandez, on Sunday posted a picture of the banner with the caption “You’re Fired. #wethepeople.”

Fernandez recently turned himself into the Los Angeles Police Department after claiming he was behind altering the iconic Hollywood sign to say “HOLLYWeeD.”

Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol said no arrests have been made in connection to the banner that hung on the Golden Gate Bridge. An investigation is also ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

IM�� "You're Fired." �� #wethepeople

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<![CDATA[Full Circle: 'Full House' Cast Returns to Iconic SF Home]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:14:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FH+pic.JPG

It was a full house — literally — at the San Francisco home immortalized by the famous eponymous 80's sitcom.

The Tanners on Friday flocked to the Lower Pacific Heights home where they "lived." The classic Victorian home was bought — fittingly — by "Full House" creator Jeff Franklin. Talk about full circle!

Cast members, including Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber, Bob Saget, Jodie Sweetin and Dave Coulier, celebrated Franklin's purchase of the property at 1709 Broderick Street.

“I’ve never heard of a creator buying the house of an original series, but I think it shows how attached Jeff is to the show," Barber said. "This is, like, his baby.”

Outside, fans were starstruck.

"We just came down to take a picture of the house and it was so random that everything was happening," said tourist Ikram Kamal.

Fellow visitor Emily Le agreed. “I think it’s awesome that they’re coming out for the fans and want to be here for their supporters and are actually here interacting with their fans as real people. I think it's something that a lot of people don’t get to do. So it’s really cool that they’re doing that," she said. 

The iconic home had been on the market since May at a price tag of $4.15 million. The house's exterior, then painted white, was used as the Tanner family's residence in the original show. 

Franklin paid about $4 million for the 2,985-square-foot house, which features three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. One of the first things he said he did after buying the property was have its front door painted red — as a throwback to the hit TV show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The previous homeowners had opted to paint it a seafoam green.

A listing on the Vanguard Properties website says the Charles Lewis Hinkel home was constructed in 1883 and is one of the city's finest examples of preserved Italianate, Victorian architecture. However, that means the house is something of a fixer-upper.

"We have to seismically retrofit it, redo the foundation, electrical, plumbing —that’s going to take awhile," Franklin said.

The restoration will also include five freshly imprinted and signed blocks of concrete.

Franklin is also laying the foundation for the "Full House" reboot — dubbed "Fuller House." Season two will be out on Netflix on Dec. 9.

“We want to come back here to shoot some new footage, some stock shots, do a scene leaving the house — I don’t know, exactly," Franklin said.

Franklin says he will likely rent the house after renovating it. Finding tenants in this housing-challenged city won’t be hard, he surmised.

"Full House" premiered on Sept. 22, 1987 so Sept. 22, 2017 will mark the show's 30th anniversary.

"That will be around the time that all of my construction will be done, so I hope to bring the cast up to the house and have a big slumber party here so people can drive by and actually see the Tanner family living there for one whole day," Franklin told The Hollywood Reporter. "That would be pretty fun."

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[A Sinkhole Named 'Steve:' CHP Names Big Hole on Highway 13]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:09:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-23-17_Highway_13_Sinkhole.jpg

It may not be the biggest sinkhole in the world.

But it’s possibly the only one with a name. At least a name conceived by the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP Oakland division named a sinkhole along Highway 13 “Steve” on Monday morning. “Please be careful as you pass Steve on southbound 13 in Oakland,” the CHP tweeted.

Later in the day, CHP tweeted out a video of crews filling up Steve with cement, thus marking its end. "No!!!!!!! Look what they are doing to Steve! #SteveTheSinkhole," they tweeted around 4:30 p.m.

And then for Steve's creation story: “Steve was born this morning at about 5:20 a.m. on southbound SR-13 just north of Broadway Terrace," the CHP wrote on Facebook. "Steve is approximately 5 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep.”

As far as the CHP Oakland knows, it could be the first time a sinkhole has ever been named. (Though, no agency is known to really track the naming of sinkholes.)

As for why Steve?

The CHP tweeted: "Why not?"

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<![CDATA[Uber Self-Driving Car Caught on Camera Running Red Light]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:53:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-609845718.jpg

It’s day one of Uber’s self-driving car test in San Francisco, and already trouble is brewing amidst reports of vehicles running red lights and California regulators threatening legal action.

The ride-hailing giant on Wednesday rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars, but ignored the state’s permit requirement. Uber agued that its cars do not meet the state's definition of an "autonomous vehicle'' because they are foolproof: a person will always be behind the wheel to monitor and intervene if needed.

However, that fail-safe, well, failed hours aftert the big launch when Uber blamed the car’s driver for running a light in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, the San Francisco Examiner first reported.

A company spokesman said in a statement “This incident was due to human error. This is why we believe so much in making the roads safer by building self-driving Ubers. This vehicle was not part of the pilot and was not carrying customers. The driver involved has been suspended while we continue to investigate.

Dashcam footage obtained from taxi company Luxor Cab San Francisco shows a slew of cars careening by in the final seconds of a yellow light on Third Street. One even scrapes by just as the light turned red.

The taxi stopped at the light, but a few seconds later, an Uber self-driving car cruised past the already red light. This, after a man had stepped onto the pedestrian crossing.

Earlier in the day, San Francisco-based writer and producer, Annie Gaus, tweeted: “Just passed a 'self-driving' Uber that lurched into the intersection on Van Ness, on a red, nearly hitting my Lyft.”

Her next tweet says, “(Not enough time to get a good shot, but...whoops!)”, and shows an Uber self-driving car that came to a stop partially into the intersection.

The San Franciso Examiner also reported that the city police department’s traffic division was in the dark of Uber’s plan to debut its self-driving fleet.

Meanwhile, hours after the self-driving cars took to San Francisco’s streets, the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordered Uber to cease the pilot program until it obtained the necessary permit.

Consumer Watchdog is urging the San Francisco Police Department to impound Uber’s recalitrant robot cars, and City Attorney Denns Herrera to file criminal charges against the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick.

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<![CDATA[Rogue 'Get Your S--- Together' Anti-Hate BART Campaign]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:48:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BARTshit.jpg

An unknown number of posters slapped up on BART trains began surfacing on Friday telling racists to "get their s--- together," but are not approved by the transit agency.

The poster, which has a very real-looking BART logo reads: "Attention BART riders: Racism, Sexism, Islamophobia, Homophobia, Transphobia and Xenophobia are prohibited in the BART systems at all times. Get your s--- together. #BARTbehavior101." And then it asks riders to report incidents to BART police."

Commuters were stunned.

"Racism — Oh my God! Have we come to that now?" Kathy Bertolucci said. And Brian Dorn admitted to being rendered "speechless."

Buzzfeed editor Sarah Karlan tweeted one of the posters, which has taken off around the web. Stephanie Vanegas of Santa Clara also spotted a poster, which she described on Twitter as "very concise and clear messaging."

Matt McGown saw a poster on the Richmond train Friday morning affixed in the bottom-right corner of a Warriors ad featuring Draymond Green. He likes the ad, albeit a little "flip," but in his mind, the Bay Area needs to "embrace diversity and denounce bigotry."

BART rider Warren Johnson agreed. "I think it's good because we all need to come together and that’s a good start right there," he said.

And while the message seems to be popular among some in the San Francisco Bay Area, BART spokesman Taylor Huckaby said the work is not that of the agency's. In fact, BART is working on its own, more toned-down tolerance campaign after a rider was verbally accosted because of her Assyrian heritage last month.

"We don't prohibit free speech," Huckaby said.

In a tweet, BART stressed that "one has the right to hold vile views. However the Bay is NOT fertile ground for bigotry. Look out for one another."

And in a separate reply to a rider, BART tweeted: "We want to create community and foster empathy, not authoritarianism."

Huckaby said he wasn't sure how many posters were put on the trains, and where this exact one was taken. But he said the posters will be taken down when they are spotted.

"We can't have people speaking on behalf of agency using our logo," Huckaby said.

He added: "Though we can appreciate the value of guerilla art, misrepresenting the District sets a dangerous precedent and is not allowed on the system even when art installations are permitted."

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Freebies, Discounts on Election Day]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:35:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Donas+getty+3+jun.jpg

In the spirit of election season, a number of vendors will be treating Bay Area voters Thursday while folks cast their ballots.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be handing out free treats Tuesday to those rocking an "I Voted" sticker.

Participating locations in the Bay Area include San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Union City and Fremont, according to the company.

Doughnut lovers in the East Bay won't be so lucky. Shops in Brentwood, Concord, Pinole and Vacaville will not be taking part in the promotion, the company reported.

Krispy Kreme vendors may request that voters show proof that they accomplished their civic duty, but that's illegal, according to the Voting Law Compliance Handbook. Rules state that "federal law prohibits anything of value being given in exchange for proof of voting" if a federal office position is being decided by voters.


Fill-up joints around the Bay Area will be offering coffee priced at $1, according to the chain.

Interested coffee drinkers must use the 7-Eleven mobile app to take advantage of the discounted drink.


Select vehicles will be available for free in the case that voters need to make a last-minute rush to the polls, according to the company.

The promotion, which waves reservation charges, will take place from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. local time.

The ride won't be entirely free as taxes and fees still apply, the company said. Available rides are also expected to sell out quickly so interested customers are encouraged to book their reservation early.


Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are offering discounts on rides to the polls on Tuesday.

Lyft is offering a limited number of 45 percent discounts between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The discount will be capped at $10.

First-time Uber users will be able to save $20 from their first ride by using promotional code: VOTETODAY.


Shoppers can take an extra 10, 15 or 20 percent off select items if they use the promotion code "VOTE" at checkout, according to the company.

Folks can also chop off $10 from their order if they spend $25 or more on certain pieces of merchandise.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Robot Roams Lowe's Aisles]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:55:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BUDMAN+SJ+ROBOT+PKG+-+00003013.jpg

“How ya doin'?”

That, from a shopper who — literally — ran into a robot while looking for a new refrigerator in San Jose.

Such is life at Lowe’s, which just rolled out its first shopping robot.

The robot, which had been tested at OSH Hardware locations (also owned by Lowe’s), is rolling through the aisles – coming to 11 Lowe’s near you.

Made by Fellow Robots of Mountain View, the robots come with 3D scanners to detect when people walk into the store, as well as laser sensors. They can also help track inventory for the stores. 

And, they come from comic books!

According to Kyle Nel of Lowe’s, the company saw the robot shoppers “in a comic book. So, we hired science fiction writers to make the idea come to life,” and then brought Fellow Robot on board.

It’s the latest example of robots coming into daily life, and if it works at a hardware store — who knows what’s next?

Scott tracks robots on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Tech Worry About Trump Leads to Silicon Valley Stock Slump]]>Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:56:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_456651566735.jpg

It’s natural to have some uncertainty about a new President-elect.

But in the case of Donald Trump, it’s costing Bay Area tech investors a lot of money.

Even as the Dow — fueled by bank and energy stocks — hit new record highs on Thursday, tech stocks tumbled. Apple stocks fell 3.3 percent, Amazon 4.3 percent, Google parent Alphabet 3.3 percent, and Facebook 4.7 respectively.

Blame uncertainty. Without knowing where Trump stands on tech, investors are backing away.

“The problem is there really isn’t a clear bridge between Silicon Valley and Trump’s administration," venture capitalist Hemant Taneja of General Catalyst said.

Without the bridge? Worry.

And with worry, comes more selling.

Scott tracks tech on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[The Great Twitter ‘Purge’: Are Accounts Being Unfairly Cut?]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:12:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/twitter+generic+logo.jpg

As if there wasn’t already enough tension surrounding politics and social media, but on Tuesday reports emerged of what some called a Twitter “alt-right purge” – the culling of accounts that spewed hate speech.

Twitter didn’t comment beyond pointing out that its rules prohibit abuse and harassment, but, as San Jose State media professor Richard Craig says, "We always have freedom of speech in America, but we don’t always have freedom from consequences."

A good point, but is Twitter cutting some accounts unfairly?

Andrew Torba, the chief executive officer of social media startup Gab, says he heard "the purge" was coming. He’s no longer on Twitter, leaving 23,000 followers behind. He says some of his fellow Trump supporters were purged, simply because of their political preferences.

“They’re not anti-Semitic, they’re not white supremacists,” he says. Just Republicans.

If you’re on Twitter, or the rapidly growing Gab, fear not. You can avoid hate speech, with filters that let you block not only users, but also phrases and words you find offensive.

Scott tracks tech on Twitter and Gab: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Hunter Pence Channels His Inner Napoleon Dynamite]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:22:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HunterPenceHalloween.png

San Francisco Giants' outfielder Hunter Pence may have a calling in the acting business once his time on the diamond is up.

The eccentric and crazy-haired ballplayer tapped into his inner Napoleon Dynamite this Halloween and dawned a "Vote for Pedro" t-shirt, wire-rimmed glasses and black moon boots. Pence capped his impressive display by busting his Napoleon-like dance moves while rocking out to Jamiroquai's single "Canned Heat."

Pence's soon-to-be-wife Alexis Cozombolidis even chipped in and sported a costume mimicking Napoleon's best friend Pedro.

In a true tribute to the 2004 comedy and the film's array of memorable lines, Pence captioned his Instagram post "Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!"

Pence certainly put his skills on full display. The video amassed over 123,000 views as of Tuesday afternoon and that number continues to climb.

And yes, according to Twitter, it appears as though the 33-year-old Giant shaved his scraggly beard for the occassion.

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<![CDATA[Ipsy's First Male Stylist Heads to SF, Dishes on Beauty Biz]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:56:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZamoraDiptych.jpg

Gabriel Zamora stumbled upon his love for makeup by accident.

The then high school student enjoyed acting, but found that his “small eyes” and “thin, sparse” eyebrows didn’t translate well on camera.

A Google search for “How to make your eyes bigger” revealed a cache of YouTube videos, replete with demonstrations and suggestions.

Instantly, the Los Angeles native was hooked.

“I’m not a trained makeup artist, I never worked at a makeup counter,” Zamora said. “I learned everything from YouTube. So I’m a product of my environment, in a sense, because now I’m working on YouTube videos with makeup.”

Zamora will join other makeup mavens, including Michelle Phan, Desi Perkins, LustreLux and Christen Dominique, on Nov. 5 and 6 at Ipsy’s Generation Beauty at San Francisco's Pier 27. This is the first time the sold-out event has come to the Bay Area. 

The journey that started with one product when he was 17 years old – white eyeliner to help his eyes stand out – led Zamora two months ago to the Los Angeles-based beauty-box subscription service. Every month, Ipsy members pay $10 for a Glam Bag that includes samples of a slew of trending beauty products, which they have the option of buying in full size.

And what makes this breakthrough even more special?

“I’m the first boy,” Zamora crowed of his newly minted position as an Ipsy stylist.

The 25-year-old and a handful of other male makeup stylists – think Patrick Starrr, Manny Mua and Jeffree Star – are pioneers in an otherwise female-dominated field.

“Makeup has no rules, makeup has no boundaries, and now … makeup has no gender,” said Zamora, who will also be the only male makeup artist at Generation Beauty. “I think it’s really fun that we can normalize makeup on an everyday basis.”

It wasn’t always smooth sailing, though.

Zamora admits to struggling with self-doubt and anxiety because posting videos online meant he was vulnerable. It wasn’t until February that he was able to move past the crippling fear and post his work on YouTube.

“It takes a lot of talking to yourself [and] realizing that this industry is going to be a little harsh,” Zamora said. “I get great comments, but I also get those negative comments. There’s a lot of people who say, ‘Men shouldn’t wear makeup’ or ‘Why are you wearing this?’ or other derogatory comments. And you have to get a tough skin.”

It took time, Zamora acknowledges, but he is finally in a place where he feels comfortable filming himself on YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat and not focusing on the naysayers. Instead, he interacts with his supporters – and moves on.

That’s what success looks like to Zamora, as well as the feeling of being truly happy with what he does.

“Makeup is art at the end of the day and you can’t really put art in a box. Art is free … art is sometimes emotion; art should just be an expression of yourself and on yourself, sometimes,” he said.

By way of advice for other makeup stylists, Zamora suggested using social media to follow others in the field and study their craft. To makeup lovers, who want to try their hand at styling, but are instead stuck on the sidelines, Zamora said: “Just do it.”

Gabriel Zamora’s obsessions

Favorite social media platform: Snapchat

Favorite video editing software: iMovie

Won’t leave home without: Sunscreen

Loving that look: No-makeup makeup

Dying to get my hands on: tarteist PRO Amazonian clay palette

Foundation: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Concealer: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

Bronzer: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun!

Highlighting powder: Bronze Glow by Bobbi Brown

Blush: Cheeky by Tarte Cosmetics

Lipstick: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

Eyeshadow: Morphe’s 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: All Benefit Cosmetics all day

False lashes: Lilly Lashes

Makeup brushes: Morphe

Editor’s note: Gabriel Zamora’s beauty tips have been edited for brevity.

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<![CDATA[Social Media Comes Up Big During Election 2016]]>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:23:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Twitter-generic1.jpg

This was the election of social media.

While polls failed, research failed, and the so-called Clinton Mandate failed, social media soared.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton used Twitter and Facebook to reach out to voters. After the election, those voters — and other observers — used the same sites to celebrate, commiserate and reflect.

After a night where a record-setting 75 million tweets were sent, “People are sharing today,” San Jose State University media professor Richard Craig said. “Almost everybody is using it to vent.”

Like a baseball game or award show, it was possible to follow the presidential election, blow-by-blow, on social media.

And judging by the numbers, many people did just that.

Scott has elected to be on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Is Apple Gearing Up to Make a Foldable Phone?]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:11:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Apple+Patent.JPG

A newly issued patent provides a clue about the direction of Apple’s future iPhone: It might fold.

But not in a bad way.

The phone could have an interior flexible enough to fold, giving the user twice the screen, without doubling the size, according to the patent.

Now, admittedly, this is all speculative.

There is an entire website devoted to Apple's patents — it’s called Patently Apple and it's fun to sift through — most of which have not seen the light of day.

But foldable technology is coming. We’ve seen almost foldable phones, a foldable TV on Kickstarter, and of course VR goggles, which at least look foldable.

“You have no limitation anymore,” analyst Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies said about foldable mobile devices. “You’re immersed in the experience.”

An experience set to change very soon.

Scott is flexible on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Viral Letter Urges Nordstrom to Boycott Ivanka Trump's Brand]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:36:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Donald+e+Ivanka+Trump.jpg

Ivanka Trump is engulfed in a maelstrom of protests against her father.

A woman, whose Twitter name is Nasty Woman Laura and who uses the handle @SheWhoVotes, has written an open letter to Nordstrom, calling on the department store to boycott Trump’s clothing and accessories line.

Describing herself as a "lifelong Nordstrom customer," the woman admitted to turning to Nordstrom "for everything but groceries."

But that trend ended because the woman, whose husband she said is Jewish, is "increasingly conflicted about supporting a store that carries any Trump brands."

"The hate speech directed at African Americans, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, LGBT people, and women by the Trump campaign is unacceptable and does not seem to represent Nordstrom's values," she wrote, according to a copy of the letter that she posted on Twitter. "Yet Ms. Trump continues to defend it, and Nordstrom continues to defend her."

The author also accused Trump of providing insufficient maternity leave to female employees and using sweatshops where people are forced to work in "horrific" conditions.

The woman posted a copy of her letter on Twitter and included the #GrabYourWallet hashtag, which is an effort spearheaded by a Bay Area woman.

Shannon Coulter, CEO of DoubleKnown Marketing and Communications, said she was inspired after vulgar tapes about Donald Trump groping women surfaced earlier this month.

Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Marshalls, Amazon, and a slew of other retailers have also received calls and letters demanding that they stop carrying all Trump products.

The Business Insider reported that @SheWhoVotes’ now-viral letter has been shared on Twitter by upwards of 1,300 people.

Although the author does not hold Ivanka Trump "responsible for her father’s conduct," she does hold her accountable for being a "vocal surrogate" and defending him.

However, a spokesperson for Trump said that she is in fact not a campaign surrogate, but the presidential candidate's daughter. 

The boycott also ignores a statement issued by Trump following the release of the Access Hollywood tapes, the spokesperson said.

In it, Trump said, "My father's comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive and I'm glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people."

According to Women's Wear Daily, a survey conducted by research company Brand Keys showed that Donald Trump's brand has suffered significant damage during his run at the White House, while Ivanka Trump's has been spared.

“When the video surfaced on Oct. 7, she was not among the many surrogates and apologists to rush to Mr. Trump’s defense," Brands Keys president Robert Passikoff told WWD. "And, while there’s been large losses to the [Donald] Trump brand and its ability to bring added value to various products and services, Ivanka’s brand does not appear to have suffered the same fate as her father’s."

For her part, the woman behind @SheWhoVotes acknowledged that Nordstrom "cannot reasonably filter out every brand with questionable business practices or controversial figureheads." However, she stressed, "some brands are so toxic, they will hurt your business by alienating your customers, and this is surely one of them."

"I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support a store willing to do business with a company that devalues me, my husband, and most Americans," she wrote.

The woman has since tweeted that Nordstrom has not replied to her letter, and so she has begun shopping elsewhere.

Nordstrom has yet to respond to NBC Bay Area’s request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Does Facebook Allow Advertisers to Discriminate?]]>Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:39:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Facebook+Generic.jpg

The next time you check your Facebook page, notice the ads.

The social media giant allows advertisers to exclude certain ethnic groups from seeing an ad on their page, ProPublica first reported.

When you open the page to create an ad you can choose a target audience, but you can also choose groups to exclude based on so-called ethnic affinity. It even shows you how many millions of users wouldn't see the ad.

“I’m very much concerned about anything that's exclusionary in our society especially in today's climate,” said Rev. Jethro Moore II, president of the NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley chapter.

Targeted marketing is not illegal. However, if the advertiser uses the Facebook tool to exclude ethnic groups from housing listings or employment opportunities, attorneys say it would be illegal.

“I don't think on its face Facebook’s policy is invalid,” said attorney Rodney Moore. “I think it creates a great risk for the marketplace and a great potential legal liability for Facebook if it in fact is used inappropriately."

Christian Martinez, who heads U.S. multicultural sales at Facebook, took to the company's business page on Friday, and referenced concerns over housing and employment discrimination.

He wrote: “Our ad policies strictly prohibit this kind of advertising, and it’s against the law. If we learn of advertising on our platform that involves this kind of discrimination, we will take aggressive enforcement action."

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Cookie Cereals Set to Hit Store Shelves]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:01:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GirlScoutCookieCereal.jpg

General Mills will soon give you an excuse to satisfy your morning Girl Scout cookie craving.

Company spokesperson Mike Siemienas confirmed Monday that the juggernaut food company will soon roll out two new sweet cereals resembling Thin Mints and Caramel deLites, which you may know better as Samoas.

The Girl Scout cookie-styled cereals will be available on store shelves nationwide sometime in January, Siemienas said.

Further details regarding the breakfast treats will be available closer to the release date.

The Girl Scouts organization, which has been made famous for selling a variety of delectable cookies since 1917, has been empowering and providing opportunities to young females in the United States and around the world for over a century, according to the organization's website.

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<![CDATA[Ipsy's Generation Beauty to Debut in San Francisco]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:10:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-91853863.jpg

Christmas will come early for Bay Area makeup lovers.

Ipsy, a monthly beauty subscription, is hosting San Francisco’s first-ever Generation Beauty on Nov. 5 and 6. The two-day convention, which was hosted in New York in September, will be hosted at Pier 27 at the Embarcadero.

The lineup of popular stylists includes Ipsy co-founder Michelle Phan, Gabriel Zamora, LustreLux and Desi Perkins. Benefit, GHD, NYX, Tarte, and Jouer are some of the makeup brands that are slated to make a splash at Generation Beauty.

And as if that’s not enough, fans will receive a swag bag, which, Ipsy promises, will feature over $200 worth of treats.

Makeovers, tips and tricks – think bold lips, beauty bling, and hair hues – and up-and-coming products are also on tap at Generation Beauty.

Admission costs roughly $180 for both days. Generation Beauty will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit www.genbeauty.com.

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<![CDATA[Young Warriors Fan Shares Nachos with Kevin Durant]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:35:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591590684.jpg

Kevin Durant is quickly becoming a fan favorite in the Bay Area.

Video posted on Instagram shows the newest Golden State Warriors star sharing what is an unforgettable moment for one young fan attending the team's open practice late Wednesday.

Ronnie Holley's son, Khalil, was checking out the practice at Oracle Arena with nachos in hand when Durant leaned over across the scorer's table and asked, "Did you double dip?"

Khalil shook his head no and the NBA All Star proceeded to grab a chip, dip it into the fan's cheese sauce and eat it.

The moment was captured on video by Holley, who posted it on Instagram late Wednesday. The video has since gone viral, having been viewed more than 60,000 times and re-posted countless of times online.

The 7-year-old student from Turner Elementary in Antioch said Durant apparently got hungry "because when I was eating my nachos, he heard me eating them."

Khalil said his grandmother got him and his family tickets to watch the Warriors practice because of his good grades. 

The moment shared with Durant is something Khalil will never forget.

"My son is on cloud 9 right now," Holley wrote in an Instagram post following the encounter.

Holley in an interview with NBC Bay Area on Thursday said the encounter was surreal.

"What you don't see on camera is my wife tears up," he said. "I kind of hold my breath -- a shock and in awe moment. My daughters are frozen in time."

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<![CDATA['Impossible Burger' Makes Bay Area Debut]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:10:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1013-2016-ImpossibleBurger.jpg

Silicon Valley's well-backed plant based burger with realistic meat taste landed on two prominent Bay Area menus on Thursday.

The "Impossible Burger" has been developed over the past five years by Redwood City's Impossible Foods, a private company founded by former Stanford University biochemistry professor Patrick O. Brown. Though based in the Bay Area, the product was unveiled in the summer at Momofuku Nishi, a restaurant based in New York City.

Now it can be found on the lunch menu at Cockscomb ($19), a San Francisco restaurant operated by Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. In the evenings, it's available in the bar and lounge at chef Traci Des Jardins' Jardinière ($16), where it will be the only burger on the menu, dressed with caramelized onions, avocado, special sauce and a side of pommes frites (fried potatoes).

Cosentino, who is known for utilizing whole animals in his cooking (and will soon publish a cookbook called Offal Good), serves the Impossible Burger with caramelized onions, lettuce, Gruyère cheese, Grandma Helen's pickles, Dijon mustard and mixed greens. He also offers a pork-based "ham" burger on his menu.

At a press conference, both chefs praised the versatility of the "meat," made with ingredients including coconut fat, wheat protein, potatoes and heme, a nonprotein that contributes to giving meat its color and juicy flavor. As a result of adding heme, many reports have called the Impossible Burger a "bleeding burger." Though that's not quite accurate, it can lead to a juicy result if not overcooked.

Des Jardins noted how she liked that the texture and flavor changes as it is cooked, similarly to meat, while Cosentino enjoys how it can be caramelized and crisped.

"It's a delicious product that I think has the potential to change the way that we eat and the way that we make choices about what we eat," Des Jardins said.

The Impossible Burger's mission is to not compromise on flavor while delivering a much more environmentally kind and efficient product. It takes only a quarter of the water and five percent of the land that it takes to make a regular beef burger, with no animals harmed or killed in the process.

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<![CDATA[San Jose is 'Place to Be' for Electric Car Startup]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:02:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMG_7073.JPG

North San Jose is staking its claim as the next Motown.

LeEco moved in earlier this year, Apple is rumored to be building a car-oriented facility there, and today, NextEV opened up shop.

NextEV is a China-based company working on electric cars. Not only is it generating new jobs in North San Jose — 250 so far, close to 1,000 planned over the next several years — but also its leadership is generating a buzz.

Topping the team is CEO Padmasree Warrior. A longtime Cisco executive, Warrior says she was inspired to join the team because of Bay Area traffic.

"I think any major industry — and maybe I’m biased — starts in Silicon Valley," she said.

To that, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo added: "This is the place to be, right?"

No cars to show yet, but an ambitious plan to take on the likes of LeEco and Tesla.

"You’ll see us testing our cars in the streets” soon enough," Warrior promised

Scott tracks EVs on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Muralist Salutes Colin Kaepernick in Oakland]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:47:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/colinkaepernick3.JPG

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received death threats and the dubious title of the most disliked player in the NFL this week.

But there are plenty of people who like what Kaep's been doing, too: Not standing during the national anthem over issues of equity and police brutality.

And now, the QB has an Oakland artist who's got his back.

A muralist who signed the work "FLC" painted a striking image of Kaepernick on what appears to be the back of a garbage structure at 22nd Street and Telegraph Avenue. Across the athlete's face are the words "We Got Your Back." A mural of Ray Charles is on the other side of the wall, and the entire art piece is a block or two away from the Oakland Burmese Mission Baptist Church and a main thoroughfare in the downtown-to-Temescal district.

The image caught the eye of Pendarvis Harshaw, 29, a journalist and senior communications associate at PolicyLink, who saw it on Thursday walking home from work. After tweeting out a picture of it, Harshaw garnered nearly 1,000 retweets in 15 hours.

"The illustration speaks volumes," Harshaw said. "It's about the community rallying around the athlete." But he also noted how significant that is in Oakland, home to the rival football team, the Raiders. Oaklanders usually never tip their hats across the bay to the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaerpernick has indeed divided the country over what constitutes patriotism and received scorn in less progressive parts of the United States. But the biracial football player is a hero to many in Oakland. Several high school students are now starting to grow out their hair in full Afros, which Kaepernick sported a couple of weeks ago. The city of Oakland is comprised of roughly 30 percent African Americans, compared to the rest of the Bay Area, which has just about 7 percent, Census data shows.

Most recently, his coach, Chip Kelly, who is white, told reporters Thursday afternoon that he also believes his quarterback is standing up, or sitting down, for the right reasons.

"He's shedding light on a situation that is heinous, it shouldn't happen in this country," Kelly said, regarding police shootings of black men. "You look at what's going on in Tulsa and Charlotte in the last two nights — it's an issue that's in the forefront of our country. It needs to be addressed. It needs to be taken care of because it's not right."

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<![CDATA['You're Fired': Bono Breaks Down Trump’s Wall at U2 Concert]]>Sat, 08 Oct 2016 21:52:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trumpbono.jpg

U2 took on Donald Trump at the Dreamforce benefit concert Wednesday night in the Bay Area via a virtual face-off: Bono vs. video clips of the Republican presidential candidate.

As thousands packed the Cow Palace in Daly City to watch the legendary rock band perform, the group’s lead vocalist slammed Trump’s wall with the help of a brilliantly-choreographed pseudo-conversation.

“Now candidate … the only question we have for you this evening is, what is your vision for this great nation?” Bono asked, to which Trump replied on a pre-made video clip to simulate a read dialogue: “I will build a great, great wall on the southern border of the United States.”

"A wall? Like the Berlin Wall? Like the Great Wall of China?” Bono asked, as a beaming Trump declared on a giant screen: “And I will have Mexico pay for the wall.”

Bono, who called Trump “potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America,” on Charlie Rose last month, didn’t hesitate to use the concert to send a strong message to the Republican presidential candidate. The Cow Palace, for the night, was nicknamed the “Cloud Palace” in honor of Salesforce’s massive technology conference in San Francisco.

“Now candidate, you understand, it’s not just Mexican people who are going to have a problem with this wall of yours,” he said. “It’s everyone who loves the idea of America. Like the Irish, for example, or the French, or the Brazilians. Everyone who believes what they read at the foot of the Statue of Liberty: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’”

“If I win they’re going back,” Trump declared in another pre-made clip.

“All of them, I mean all of us?” Bono asked. “Now candidate, you are going to make a lot of people very upset around here. Good people are not going to stay silent while you run off with the American dream. Alright, candidate? Hear me, candidate. Smart girls in the Bay Area are not going to stay silent, even the nerdy guys around here are getting revved up, not going to stay silent. And these people here, they know a little bit about the business of America. And these guys have a message for you candidate: “You’re fired.”

Bono then went on to play the now-viral clip where Trump makes the comment about how he wants to punch a protester in the face. “Guys like The Edge? Like Adam Clayton? Like Larry Mullen Jr.? Anyone who stands up to you? Anyone who speaks out, you want to punch him in the face?” Bono asks.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff supported U2’s message in a tweet: “Incredible & riveting political statement as @u2's Bono creates a pseudo conversation with @realDonaldTrump in a surprise set at Dreamfest!”

U2 raised more than $10 million from sponsorships and ticket sales Wednesday which will go toward helping pediatric care and research at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Many Salesforce employees and concert attendees also took to social media to applaud Bono.

“#Bono vs #Trump at #DF16. Feeling proud to work @salesforce who give a chance to those types of initiatives,” tweeted Olivier Girard.

“Slay him Bono,” another person tweeted.

As of 9 a.m. PST, Trump had not directed any tweets toward Bono.

During his interview with Charlie Rose, Bono didn’t hide his feelings for Trump either.

"I don't think he's a Republican," he said. "I think he's hijacked the party, and I think he's trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it's bigger than all of us. I think this is really dangerous ... Wise people of conscience should not let this man turn your country into a casino." 

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<![CDATA['Faithful Farm': Rooftop Garden at Levi's Stadium]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:36:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9-12-16-faithful-farm.jpg

It's no secret that spinach makes you strong.

So, it's no wonder that the San Francisco 49ers love their veggies.

In fact, last week, the executives at Levi's Stadium, where the team plays in Santa Clara, announced the unveiling of a new, 4,000-square foot organic vegetable and herb garden – nicknamed the Faithful Farm – to bring the first-ever rooftop farm to a professional sports venue in the National Football League.

Baseball has already gotten into the act. For instance, Bon Apetit runs a garden behind the centerfield wall at AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants play. And there' are rooftop gardens at National Park in Washington, D.C. and on the third base side of the Red Sox's Fenway ballpark in Boston.

Organizers said the Faithful Farm features nearly 40 crops and herbs that will be harvested for use in dishes served at Levi’s Stadium in club spaces during games and at the more than 200 private events hosted at the stadium each year.

Levi’s Stadium executive chef Dinari Brown of Centerplate is developing a diverse menu of dishes such as truffled summer squash and ratatouille nicoise, using produce from the farm. Plus, some of the food will be sent to the nonprofits, Hunger at Home and the Salvation Army, stadium officials said.

“We’re proud to reinforce Levi’s Stadium as an industry leader in environmental sustainability with the addition of the Faithful Farm,” Jim Mercurio, San Francisco 49ers vice president of stadium operations and general manager said in a statement.

The rootop farm located on the NRG Solar Terrace in Santa Clara has been producing crops such as tomatoes, summer squash, peppers, eggplants, herbs and more since July, organizers said. The Faithful Farm is expected to produce an average of 150 pounds of produce per week, or 7,500 pounds of produce per year.

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<![CDATA[Future Driverless Car Engineers: Your Class is Online]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:19:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/self-driving+car+video+Udacity+Nanodegree+Team+and+Students+-+00043607.jpg

The future will likely be full of driverless cars, whether you like it or not.

But, in order for the Ubers and Googles and Lyfts to roll autonomously, they’ll all need engineers to design and build them.

Enter: Udacity.

The Mountain View-based education company on Wednesday announced plans to put a class online that will teach engineer-types about careers in the self-driving car world.

Seem like a long shot?

Udacity President Sebastian Thrun says they have 250 slots – and 2,300 applicants, after one day.

“It’s kind of the hottest topic on the block right now,” he said.

Udacity will offer three classes, starting in October. Each will cost $800.

Now, get ready to study, and leave the driving to your algorithm.

Scott cruises on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Kaepernick Wears Socks Depicting Cops as Pigs]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:33:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kaepernick-pig-socks.jpg

The quarterback at the center of a firestorm because he says he will sit on the bench during the national anthem to stand up for the rights of people of color, has sparked a new discussion — this time over his socks.

Photos of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick at an Aug. 10 training session at Kezar Stadium and other practices are now surfacing, showing him wearing black socks with pigs wearing police hats — an obvious dig at police officers.

"I wore these socks, in the past," Kaepernick wrote on Instagram Thursday, "because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust. I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people. So before the socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately."

In the 16th century, the term pig was derogatory for all people, and then years later, became a popular and unflattering nickname for police officers, according to the Dictionary of Bucking Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence published in 1811.

For its part, the San Francisco police officers union has demanded an apology from Kaepernick for not standing during the national anthem. President Martin Halloran invited Kaepernick to a training academy to see what a police officer's daily life is like.

There was no immediate comment from the union on the socks. But the tweets and the digs flew as far away as Vermont, where the Burlington Police Department tweeted: "Wearing 'pig socks' cannot be compared to protesting oppression in broad, powerful messages like Ali, Smith & Carlos. Inspiring vs. crass."

The socks saga followedwhat Kaepernick told reporters in the locker room on Sunday, when he talked about his disdain for the practices of many in law enforcement, reported CSN Bay Area.

“There is police brutality,” Kaepernick said. “People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change.

"There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Amid the criticism over his protest, many veterans this week used the Twitter hashtag #VeteransforKaepernick, saying that they are behind the player's right to express himself. 

Kaepernick has said that he has "great respect for the men and women who have fought for this country" and his protest is not anti-military.

A test of how football fans will respond could come Thursday night. Kaepernick is set to be in San Diego when the 49ers play the Chargers in an annual Salute to the Military game.

The idea behind the salute is to pay "tribute to the hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego," the Chargers said in a news release this week.

In San Diego, the national anthem will be performed by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell from the U.S. Navy while 240 sailors, marines and soldiers present a U.S. Super Flag and service emblems from all branches of service. Color guards from the Navy, Marine Corps and Army will present the flag, the Chargers said.

Photo Credit: Ben Margot/AP
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<![CDATA[SpaceX Rocket Explodes, Takes Down Facebook Satellite]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:51:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/spacex-explostion-smoke.jpg

When the SpaceX rocket exploded Thursday morning during a practice test on Cape Canaveral, it badly damaged the reputation of SpaceX and Elon Musk.

But it took Facebook down a peg as well.

The Menlo Park-based social networking giant spent close to $200 million on a satellite, with the goal of providing internet access to developing countries.

In fact, while in Nairobi, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the satellite project, saying it will be used “to make sure that networks spread and reach everywhere.”

Good for Facebook, and good for people everywhere who want to be connected. But that will have to wait — the satellite was destroyed in the blast.

“You try to move forward,” says Sinclair Vass of Milpitas-based Viavi.

Vass knows. He’s been part of tech-related space programs before, and Viavi’s technology is about to help with the NASA launch of a rocket aiming for an asteroid next week.

“It’s always frustrating,” Vass said about failures. "But it’s part of exploring the frontier.”

And these launches will continue, with Silicon Valley technology on board.

Scott can be found stargazing on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Koko the Gorilla Jams With Flea From Red Hot Chili Peppers]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:49:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/2016-08-23_8-46-00.jpg

Most people know by now that 45-year-old Koko the gorilla, born at the San Francisco Zoo, knows sign language.

But who knew she could play bass guitar?

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea did. The Australian-born rocker, who apparently is one of the gorilla’s favorites, got to hear Koko strum - or rather, try to strum - at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. The foundation posted a short video of their jam session, adding: "Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain't nuthin."

The Aug. 19 post, also on the Chili Peppers Facebook page, has had more than 11 million views so far.

Flea appeared to be starstruck by Koko’s rudimentary bass playing.

“This is the greatest thing that ever happened,” Flea said. “I will never forget.”

The Gorilla Foundation's development director Jane Narich told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday that it was really great having Flea come to the foundation — the rocker emailed that he wanted to play with Koko about six months ago, and his wish was granted.

Narich added that Koko has had a long line of famous visitors meet with her over the years including Mister Rogers, Betty White and Robin Williams.

Koko is probably the world's most famous gorilla, all because she learned American Sign Language in the 1970s with Dr. Penny Patterson.

Narich is quite enjoying all the buzz. She's hoping the jam session will bring awareness to her foundation, which she would like to upgrade for the other gorillas living there.

Donations to support the Gorilla Foundation can be made at Koko.org.

Photo Credit: The Gorilla Foundation
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<![CDATA[From 'The Face' to 'Finger Wag': How The Olympics Get Social]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:15:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/phelps-face1.jpg

From “Phelps Face” to “Hijabi Zorro” to a single finger wave launching an international discussion, it’s clear that the 2016 Olympics are happening not just on the athletic fields, and certainly not just on your TV.

They’re social, with millions of tweets and Facebook posts flying around so fast that it’s easier to keep up with the Rugby hits and Volleyball spikes than the viral mentions.

“Everyone’s gonna talk about it,” says Sean Chauhan of NetBase, a Silicon Valley company that tracks online social trends. “Now, I can experience and participate with my phone and computer.”

And they are.

According to data science company 4C, Adam Peaty’s record in the 100-meter breaststroke set off more than 211,000 Twitter engagements; Ginny Thrasher of Team USA’s win in the air rifle competition got 220,000 tweets.

That’s a lot of action – all on the mobile screen.

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Tech Boosting NASA’s Asteroid Mission]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 18:04:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NA60R+NASA+ASTEROID+MISSION+LAUNCH_09-08-16+-+000012011.jpg

It has everything, except Ben Affleck: A trip to an asteroid, an $800 million budget, five million miles of travel, and Silicon Valley tech along for the ride.

NASA successfully launched a rocket that, if all goes as planned, will end up on an asteroid called Bennu.

The goal is to scoop up a little of Bennu’s surface, which is said to possibly contain some of the same building blocks as the Earth.

Milpitas-based Viavi is providing an optical filter, to help NASA analyze what’s on Bennu’s surface.

“The end goal is to really understand the origins of human life as well as the universe itself,” said Viavi’s spokesman Sinclair Vass.

An ambitious project, with a little piece of the Bay Area on board.

Scott blasts on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Supermodel Tyra Banks to Teach Class at Stanford University]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:50:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_476387618231.jpg


Supermodel Tyra Banks is slated to teach a class at Stanford University next spring.

It remains to be seen whether smiling with the eyes – a phrase she coined as a host of America’s Next Top Model on the CW Network – will be part of the Graduate School of Business class curriculum.

Banks, 42, will, however, team up with professor Allison Kluger for the spring elective titled “Project You: Building & Extending Your Personal Brand.” In 2011, the businesswoman earned a Harvard Business School diploma in a nine-week-long Owner/President Management program.

The chairman of Tyra Banks Co. and founder of Fierce Capital, LLC was spotted at the Palo Alto school last month. According to Stanford, the Inglewood native discussed the importance of hiring the right people, making cold calls, and knowing when to pivot, as part of the university’s Women in Business series.

Banks and Kluger met at the discussion and decided to team up, the Mercury News said.

"For the first 30 minutes of the class, I'm raising my hand, I'm all into it, 'cause it's kind of like theory and just like, the social part of the case," Banks told VH1, the newspaper reported. "The last hour it's all like Einstein and algebraic equations and craziness.

"And I'm just like, what the (heck) is going on? Please don't call on me because it won't be pretty."

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<![CDATA[Zuckerberg Troubled by Castile Death on FB Live]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:39:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/AP_16189542220756-diamond.jpg

The man whose company created Facebook Live said on Facebook he was troubled by what happened in the viral video taken by Philando Castile’s girlfriend just after he was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t tout his new live-streaming video service in his three-paragraph post on Thursday, or say outright that his technology allowed for the world to see a graphic account of what has become a disturbing national trend: Black men getting killed by police.

In this case, the black man, a 32-year-old cafeteria worker, was pulled over Wednesday for a broken tail light and then was shot to death by St. Anthony, Minn. Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez as he was reaching for his wallet, as his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said in the live video. Castile also had a license to carry a concealed weapon, which his girlfriend said Castile also specificallly told the officer before he started reaching into his pocket.

Zuckerberg simply stated his grief and worry about what's being going on across the United States.

“My heart goes out to the Castile family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy. My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events,” he posted. His post, as of Friday morning, had been shared, more than 14,000 times, and received more than 200,000 comments.

The first person to comment, Edward Craig, praised Zuckerberg and the Menlo Park-based social media giant for allowing citizens to document history, good or bad, for all to see.

“Your Facebook platform is not just changing the entertainment world," he wrote, "but it's dramatically improving peoples' sense of themselves and their relationship to power. Mark, you've done good, kid. Thank you for giving the marginalized a voice. It was a serious history altering day, thanks to Facebook.”

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<![CDATA[Branding Expert Says Lochte Apology 'Not Enough']]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:14:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-08-19-at-11.58.01-AM.jpg

He did it on the web, and the web reacted.

American swimmer Ryan Lochte has had a lot of success in the pool. A bit less, lately, online.

After posting an apology on Instagram and then Twitter, it was parsed, largely because people said it didn’t go far enough.

At the center of this maelstrom is a late-night incident at a Rio gas station that the 12-time medalist insists was a robbery. Brazilian police, however, said Lochte and three other swimmers vandalized a bathroom and were confronted by armed security guards before they paid for the damage and left.

We showed Lochte's post to branding expert Jeff Holmes of a San Jose-based marketing company, 3 Marketeers.

His reaction?

"Every time he comments, he's in the media for another 24 hours. If he would stop, make his apology, it could go away," Holmes said.

He has a point.

Even Lochte pointed out that “there has already been too much said …”

But Holmes has a larger point.

Calling Lochte Gate the worst part of an otherwise successful games, he says Lochte did himself irreparable damage. The hashtag #LochMess even went viral on Twitter on Thursday.

“He's got the look, he's got the medals, he's got all that going for him, but he lacks integrity," says Holmes. "What brand is gonna want to stand behind somebody who doesn't have integrity?"

Scott swims through Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Could Drone Racing Be an Olympic Sport?]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:51:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+OLYMPIC+DRONE+RACING+PKG+-+00000000.jpg

It’s one of the fastest moving, fastest growing sports in the world.

Could drone racing be flying into the Olympic Games?

Rumor has it that it’s the latest sport to be thrown into the “should be in the games” mix, joining bridge, chess, tug of war, pole dancing, and others.

After 700,000 drones were sold last year alone, drone racing is catching on fast.

"Unlike a lot of other sports that require a very particular set of skills or body type, or strength, drone racing is open to just about anybody," Marque Cornblatt of Aerial Sports League said.

He also said many drone racers are 12 and 13 years old. It’s a growing sport, a young sport, and a fast-moving sport, Cornblatt said.

Maybe coming to a worldwide venue near you?

Stay tuned.

Scott drones on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Ayesha Curry Still Regrets NBA Finals 'Rigged' Tweet]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 03:48:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/517699976-ayesha-curry-steph-curry.jpg

Ayesha Curry regrets sounding off about the NBA Finals being rigged in a tweet after Game 6 that quickly went viral.

Coming to the defense of her husband, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, the 27-year-old Canadian native blamed the team's Game 6 loss on a "rigged" system.

"I've lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money... Or ratings in not sure which. I won't be silent. Just saw it live sry," she wrote in a tweet that was later deleted.

Curry was called for a foul during the game, and her tweet was rooted in the belief that it stopped the team from going on to a victory.

While Ayesha Curry subsequently explained she "tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for," nearly a month later she's airing her regret over the entire ordeal.

"I was just a fan in that moment so I didn't think about the ramifications," she told People. "I regret the way that I voiced how hurt I was. I felt hurt for [Steph], and I didn't mean to offend anybody. Obviously, what I wrote is not what I think about what he does for a living."

Reporter Pits Ayesha Curry Against LeBron James' Wife and Ayesha's Response Is Perfect

Though some time has already passed since the social media faux pas, Curry has bared the brunt of digital bullying.

"Since all this hoopla has happened, I have been a victim of reading the comments," she explained to the magazine. "It hurts my feelings because I didn't intend to hurt anybody. I apologized for it, and I feel like people should move on. There's a lot more serious things going on in the world."

Curry's husband has his wife's back.

"I know her intentions. I know where she was coming from," he told People. "You're not going to win any battles on Twitter, so I tell her, 'Keep being you. Keep doing what you're doing. Don't worry about what people are going to say.'"

Stars Playing Basketball

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<![CDATA[Dog Skateboards at Giants Game at AT&T Park]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:19:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/skateboard1.jpg

There are more questions than answers about a dog skateboarding - twice so far this season - at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

What's the dog's name? How did the black-and-white mix learn to skateboard? Who shot the video? Who owns the talented pooch?

The latest skateboarding sighting was June 28 at a Giants vs. A's game, following a June 13 sighting along the same concourse on June 13 at a Giants vs. Brewers game.

Perhaps none of this really matters, as the most important part is simply to get a giggle by watching this unusual feat. The dog's definitely got talent.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Ranked Top College in America ]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 17:11:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-493193647.jpg

Stanford University has been ranked the No. 1 Top College in the country for 2016, according to Forbes.

Following behind Stanford University was Williams College, Princeton University and Harvard University.

“No one could have imagined that in the following century–plus this startup school would emerge as the nation’s preeminent university, which in large part created today’s Silicon Valley, the cult of entrepreneurship and a global boom of digital disruption,” stated the Forbes article

In the list of the Top 25 Colleges for 2016 released by Forbes on Monday, the high ranking schools all prove to have the highest retention rates in the country with minimal student debt.

Described as “Higher ed in transition” the 9th annual Top Colleges rankings are based on a firm Forbes belief: What is the return on investment (ROI)?

A list curated alongside the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Department of Education, Payscale and the America’s Leader’s list looked for factors concerning students directly, not what is required to be accepted into the college.

The 660 colleges across the nation were ranked on categories of student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success.

The full list of all 660 schools will be announced on July 6, you can see the Top 25 Colleges of 2016 below.

The 25 Top Colleges 2016

  1. Stanford University
  2. Williams College
  3. Princeton University
  4. Harvard University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. Yale University
  7. Pomona College
  8. Brown University
  9. Wesleyan University
  10. Swarthmore College
  11. University of Pennsylvania
  12. Amherst College
  13. University of Notre Dame
  14. U.S. Military Academy 
  15. Northwestern University
  16. Columbia University
  17. Dartmouth College
  18. Tufts University
  19. Bowdoin College 
  20. University of Chicago
  21. Georgtown University
  22. Boston College
  23. Haverford College
  24. U.S. Naval Academy
  25. Davidson College

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Universities Rank High on Forbes America's Top Colleges]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:11:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-52237594_594_screen.jpg

The completed list of Forbes America’s Top Colleges has been released and Bay Area Universities are ranking high.

Not only was Stanford University ranked the No. 1 top college in the country, but UC Berkeley also made the list at No. 40 followed by Santa Clara University at No. 88 out of 660 schools across the nation.

But that wasn’t all; UC Davis was ranked No. 125 and UC Santa Cruz No. 200.

The 660 colleges across the nation were ranked on categories of student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success.

The list was curated alongside the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Department of Education, Payscale and the America’s Leader’s list looked for factors concerning students directly, not what is required to be accepted into the college 

The full list of the Top Colleges of 2016 is up now, but you can see all the Bay Area schools that ranked below.

America’s Top Colleges 2016

Stanford University #1

University of California, Berkley #40

Santa Clara University #88

University of California, Davis #125

University of California, Santa Cruz #200

University of San Francisco #231

San Jose State University #315

San Francisco State University #374

California State University, Chico #384

California State University, Sacramento #429

California State University, East Bay #465

California State University, Stanislaus #475

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<![CDATA[Tesla Creates 'Golden Ticket' Contest for 12 Model 3 Owners]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:08:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tesla-Factory-AP_924536002086.jpg

Who needs a Willy Wonka chocolate bar when you can drive a Tesla?

The Fremont, California company quietly created a “Golden Ticket” drawing for the 150,000 Model 3 reservation holders who placed a pre-order during the first day and randomly selected 12 winners to receive an all-expense paid trip to on July 29 the Gigafactory Grand Opening in Reno, Nevada, Electrek first reported on Thursday.

The site obtained one of the dozen emails sent to the lucky winners. The Model 3, which is expected out in late 2017, is starting at $35,000 and promises 215 miles of range per charge and can speed up from zero to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.

Tesla confirmed the offer was real in an email to Elecktrek.

The Verge reported that a number of Tesla VIPS have been invited to the party, but have to pay their own way.

The Reno Gigafactory produces lithium ion battery packs for Tesla cars.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Native Crowned Miss California]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:37:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MissAmericaCrown-GettyImages-56652160.jpg

First it was Miss North Bay 2016 and as of Saturday night, Jessa Carmack is the newly crowned Miss California 2016.

The 22-year-old Santa Clara native not only claimed the title, but also received a $20,000 scholarship. As a recent San Jose State graduate, Carmack is looking forward to using her scholarship to pay off her loans and help fund her graduate studies.

In an interview with the Fresno Bee, Carmack said, “I’m so incredibly grateful and proud to be representing the state of California and I cannot wait for my year to come.”

As the newly crowned Miss California, Carmack hopes to use her crown to reach out to people across the state and promote her platform, "Building a Healthy Future."

Despite her new title, Carmack is already mentally preparing herself for her next competition in September: Miss America.

“I know that these next months are going to be fast-paced and chaotic preparing for Miss America,” Carmack told the Fresno Bee. “Any chance I get, I want to thank my friends and family because without them I would be able to be where I am today.”

View the full report on the Fresno Bee.

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<![CDATA[Some Hawaii Neighbors Grumbling About Mark Zuckerberg's Wall]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:48:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FinishedWall-zuckerberg-6-30-16.jpg

HONOLULU (AP) — Some of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's neighbors are grumbling about a rock wall he's having built on his property on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Retiree Moku Crain said Tuesday the wall looks daunting and forbidding. Crain hopes and expects Zuckerberg will soften the wall's look by planting foliage around it.

The wall began going up about four to six weeks ago. It runs along the property next to a road in the semi-rural community of Kilauea.

"Whereas before when we drove along the road we could see the ocean and see through the property, it's closing off that view," Crain said. "So I think that's part of it. Nobody likes change."

Crain estimated the wall was about 6 feet tall and that another existing wall on the property was only about 4 feet. Few would complain if the new wall was built at the same height, Crain predicted.

Lindsay Andrews, a spokeswoman for the Silicon Valley billionaire's Kauai property operations, says the rock wall is designed to reduce highway and road noise. Similar walls are routinely used for this purpose, she said. The wall follows all rules and regulations, she said.

"Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbors," she said in a statement.

Other neighbors told The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai that the wall was oppressive, blocks breezes and views and "doesn't feel neighborly."

But software engineer Brian Catlin said the fence looks nice. He said it's an improvement on the barbed wire fence that was there. He said the complaining was limited to "just a few crybabies" and "nobody else cares."

"If they wanted to protect the view, they should have bought that land," Catlin said. "He paid a lot of money for that so he can do what he wants with it."

Catlin insisted the rock wall was less than 6 feet tall because that's how tall he is and he can see over it.

Forbes reported Zuckerberg paid over $100 million for the property, which spans more than 700 acres on the coast, in 2014.

Catlin said it was a good thing Zuckerberg bought the property because a previous landowner had plans to build a housing development on part of it, which would have increased cars and traffic. The Garden Island newspaper reported in 2014 that a 357-acre section of the property called the Kahuaina plantation had been subdivided for 80 luxury homes of up to seven acres a piece.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[President Obama Surprises Guests at SF's Twenty Five Lusk]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:03:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16175573082431.jpg

Folks taking in happy hour at San Francisco's Twenty Five Lusk were treated with quite the surprise when President Barack Obama strolled in Thursday.

Video posted on Instagram by Alex Dwyer shows Obama greeted with cheers while walking into the trendy South of Market District restaurant and bar.

"It's pretty cool," Dwyer said of the experience.

Dwyer, 27, who works at a tech startup just a block away from the restaurant, knew something was up when he arrived for happy hour with co workers.

"They said there was a special event happening and the whole street was blocked off," Dwyer said.

Dwyer said anyone entering the restaurant received an "airport security type pat down" before gaining access.

It was at that moment he had a hunch the president just may be stopping by. And when Obama arrived, it marked the second time Dwyer was able to see him.

"I met (Obama) during my first year in college randomly when he arrived at my church in South Carolina," Dwyer said.

Obama earlier in the day landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View. The president is in the Bay Area to headline the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium, where he will make remarks during a partner plenary scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Other speakers include Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and AOL co-founder Steve Case.

He will then take part in a Google Portal virtual conversation with entrepreneurs at the university shortly after noon Friday.

The president is scheduled to depart from Moffett Field at 1:35 p.m. Friday for Seattle, where he will speak at a reception for Gov. Jay Inslee and a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event.

Obama attended Democratic fundraisers during his last two visits to the Bay Area in February and April.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Major Movement Detected Along San Andreas Fault ]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:35:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/creeping+segment+san+andreas+fault.jpg

A new analysis of GPS data has revealed previously undiscovered movement along the San Andreas Fault, which forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American plate and spans much of California.

According to the analysis, which is built on records that have been available for over a decade, large sections of land on either side of the fault are moving up or down every year in what, seismically speaking, could be considered "major movement."

"While the San Andreas GPS data has been publicly available for more than a decade, the vertical component of the measurements had largely been ignored in tectonic investigations because of difficulties in interpreting the noisy data,” said Samuel Howell, the lead author of the study. “Using this technique, we were able to break down the noisy signals to isolate a simple vertical motion pattern that curiously straddled the San Andreas fault.”

The GPS records, which were studied by a slew of research teams from University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Washington and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, also reveal nearly 125-mile long "lobes" of motion that straddles the fault system. Although the motion has been predicted before, it had never been documented.

To anyone who isn't studying fault lines, the data may not mean much at this point. But many researchers have said that this new insight into how the fault operates could help them predict "The Big One" -- the large earthquake that many believe is overdue to hit California.

<![CDATA[Warriors Splinter on Repercussions of Game 7 ]]>Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-warriors-kerr-curry.jpg

After nearly nine months reaping the benefits of unity, being of one mindset, the Warriors are, in at least one regard, splintering as they approach Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

A loss would slap the term “failure” on this season, say guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

“Yeah, pretty much, because that was our goal from the beginning,” Curry said Saturday, on the eve of Game 7, echoing comments Thompson made two days earlier.

A loss would not define the season as a failure, says coach Steve Kerr, who took mild umbrage that someone would frame such a question.

“I don’t want to insult anybody,” Kerr said. “I think that’s an unfair question. And I never look at sports that way, and I think it’s insane.

“With all due respect to Klay, of course, it’s insane to actually say that. Like, really? Come on.”

What we have here may be less a difference of opinion than a disparity in perspective.

Kerr is 50 years old. He’s in coaching after completing a 15-year playing career, during which he won five championships with two different franchises. He’s a married father of three. He’s coping with the lingering agony of back surgeries performed last summer but have yet to heal.

He also carries with him, every day since he was 18 years old, the brutal assassination of his father, Malcolm Kerr. 

Curry and Thompson are, by contrast, two young men in the primes of their careers with a completely different outlook on life.

Curry and Thompson look at Game 7 as a referendum on them and their status in today’s NBA. 

Kerr looks at Game 7 as, well, Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

“Reputations from the critics, and that’s all part of this machine that the NBA is, and that’s why we all make a lot of money,” Kerr said. “That’s why it doesn’t bother me. So everybody’s reputation is at stake in terms of legacy or whatever and what people write. But in terms of the people that matter – your family members, your friends, your teammates, the people in the organization – nobody’s reputation is at stake. 

“We’re trying to win a game, and it doesn’t change anything about anybody on either team, win or lose. It changes the narrative in the media, and that’s the deal. That’s the deal we accept when we sign up for this stuff.” 

Kerr and his players do agree on the desire to win another championship. It’s there, in full, for all.

“We’re here on Game 7 with a chance to do it,” Curry said. “We’ve had two chances already and haven’t gotten it done. We have 48 minutes to do it. So if we come up short, we’ll all be very, very disappointed. No two ways around that.”

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<![CDATA[Google Reacts to Grandma's Super Polite Searches ]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:01:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/731664041.jpg

A U.K man's tweet about his grandmother's oddly polite internet use has gone viral, and its even garnering the attention of Google. 

It all started last week when Twitter user (and apparent nosy grandson) Ben John found his "nan's" laptop open and was immediately amused by her search queries. It became clear to him that she types "please" and "thank you" when using Google's search engine. Naturally, he tweeted a photo of his find and the whole thing went viral: 

John told BBC News he was curious about the odd habit and asked her why she did that. 

"I asked my nan why she used 'please' and 'thank you' and it seemed she thinks that there is someone, a physical person, at Google's headquarters who looks after the searches," he told the news organization. "She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker." 

His original tweet quickly went viral, for many different reasons. Some thought his grandma was sweet, some thought her etiquette was a throwback to generations past and others just got a good chuckle out of it. Eventually, the tweet made its way back to Google, whose company headquarters are in the Bay Area's Mountain View.

Apparently, employees there found the whole thing just as amusing as the 45,000 other people who favorited the tweet. The UK team even personally answered her question Wednesday — meaning that, this time, there really was a real person answering her query:

Ben's nan, whose real name is May Ashworth, hasn't let her newfound viral fame change her. Ben told CBC News they celebrated the "weird" experience with a cup of tea — and, in a toast to the internet age, a selfie: 

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<![CDATA[Tim Cook Reacts to Fla. Shooting]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:59:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-539895888.jpg

Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the massacre in Orlando and asked for a moment of silence Monday at the tech giant's annual developer's conference.

Cook spoke to the crowd Monday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco during the weeklong Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company touted its new line of smart watches and TV features. 

Cook wrote at length about being gay in a 2014 op-ed, and on Monday celebrated the multiculturalism of Apple’s own Cupertino-based workforce.

"At Apple, we celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward," Cook told the audience, saying the massacre of at least 49 people at a gay nightclub Sunday was a "senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate, aimed at dividing and destroying."

He called for silence, and as the audience hushed for a moment in the dark theater, Cook wiped a tear from his eye.

Having diversity in the world, Cook said Monday, “makes us stronger and moves everyone forward.”

Since Cook came out to the public, he's supported several LGBT causes, including last year when he lent his name to an anti-discrimination bill in his native state of Alabama

Last spring, under Cook's leadership, Apple announced it was giving $50 million to nonprofits to recruit a more diverse tech workforce. Most recently, in March, Cook and other tech leaders signed letters of disapproval to the North Carolina's governor over a state law derided by the Department of Justice for limiting legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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<![CDATA[SFPD on SF Pride Safety ]]>Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:13:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/sfpride172002475.jpg

Following Sunday’s deadly massacre in Florida and reports that another mass killing may have been planned in Los Angeles, San Francisco organizers are assessing security measures ahead of the city’s annual SF Pride festival.

The festival, which is slated to take place on June 25 and 26, draws thousands of people from all over the globe to celebrate diversity and gay pride. With such large crowds, many prospective attendees have expressed concern that the event will be a target for crazed gunmen like Omar Mateen, who on Sunday shot and killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 53 more at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Vigils have been planned across the Bay Area to honor the victims. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other Bay Area politicians quickly released statements expressing solidarity with Florida. 

SF Pride released its own statement that addressed some of the safety concerns. The hosting organization said the “most important thing” is to “continue our plans for our 46th annual parade and celebration and let terrorists against our community, and Democracy, know that we will be unbowed and unbroken by this attack.”

The organization said it was working with the San Francisco Police Department to do a security review and determine additional measures it could take to ensure public safety.

The city’s police department also released a statement saying it had been working with SF Pride for months to ensure a safe environment for the all-ages event, and that more security reviews were scheduled between Sunday’s tragic events and the festival.

In the meantime, the department announced that it would be increasing police presence in bustling areas, including areas with popular transit, shopping and entertainment locales. Officers were quick to remind the public that there was no known threat to San Francisco.

"We remind the public, if you see something, say something!” a spokesperson for the department told NBC Bay Area.

<![CDATA[Prankster Trolls San Jose Wikipedia Page]]>Sat, 04 Jun 2016 21:45:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trolling+San+Jose.jpg

A mysterious prankster has been altering the Wikipedia entry for the city of San Jose, and it appears the Stanley Cup Final taking place in the city may have something to do with it. 

The Wikipedia entry for San Jose has been altered in recent days. The page had listed Mike Sullivan, a former hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the team's current coach, as the city's mayor as of Saturday morning. It looks to be a jibe against the San Jose Sharks, who are facing off against the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final. 

By Saturday evening, the troller's edits seem to have been fixed and the real mayor, Sam Liccardo, was listed in his correct position.  

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<![CDATA[Trump Supporters Egged in San Jose]]>Fri, 03 Jun 2016 13:15:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_497860005643-trump.jpg

The unidentified woman who got egged Thursday night at a raucous Donald Trump rally became a flashpoint and a trending Twitter moment as the Republican presidential candidate spoke at the San Jose Convention Center.

Her identity remained a mystery on Friday. Even a front desk employee at the Hilton San Jose hotel where she was attacked, didn't think she was a guest there.

But her image was documented by reporters, citizen journalists and photographers, showing the aftermath of what happened to her: Her blond hair and cheeks were streaked with egg yolk.

Sara Murray from CNN also captured the woman, who appears to be in her 30s and wearing a red-white-and-blue USA Trump T-shirt, entering the hotel, which is connected to the convention center. Murray tweeted that the woman “flipped the bird and taunted” anti-Donald Trump protesters, who in turn, threw egg on her. Other witnesses told NBC Bay Area that the woman and her friend were harassing them, and yelling racist remarks before the egg was lobbed.

Before the egging, video taken by NBC News correspondent Jacob Rascon showed Trump haters holding Mexico's flag and yelled the F--- word at her, and blowing loud horns in a tense protest that left one police officer assaulted and yielded "a few arrests."

In an interview Friday, Rascon said it's possible the woman flipped off Trump critics earlier, but he didn't see it. He said he watched the scene for about two minutes and only saw her getting harassed. "She was rushed," he said.

After she was egged, the woman didn't flinch. Instead, she smiled and fist-pumped the air, despite being covered in goo.

Rascon said he didn't get the woman's name as she "went right into the hotel" after she was hit.

Whether getting egged was appropriate opened a vigorous debate about the First Amendment, which allows for free speech, but not for physical harm. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo had harsh words for Trump, but also for the violent protesters. Many on the right bashed "liberals" and Mexicans for being the likely perpetrators. Even those on the left said they were embarrassed for the unnecessary vitriol. The Associated Press noted that at least a dozen or more people were punched and Trump hats were snatched off heads and set on fire.

The anonymous woman wasn't the only person egged at a Trump-fest. In April, Santiago Mejia, a New York photographer, snapped a photo of a bearded man with glasses looking at some egg yolk on his shirt.

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<![CDATA[Petition Calls for Stanford Assault Judge's Removal ]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:57:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0607-2016-AaronPersky.jpg

After garnering nearly 1 million signatures, several advocacy groups will submit petitions on Friday calling for the ousting of the Santa Clara judge who ruled in the Stanford sexual assault case.

The petitions will be submitted 12 p.m. Friday at the California Commission on Judicial Performance office in San Francisco. A rally will be held outside on Golden Gate Avenue, according to activist groups. 

Santa Clara Federal Judge Aaron Persky has been the subject of national scrutiny following the six-month jail sentence he handed down to Brock Turner, a former Stanford swimmer who was seen and later convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at a university frat party. Many have also accused Persky, who is a former Stanford athlete himself, of showing bias in favor of Turner.

The embattled judge slid into a new six-year term on Tuesday. Voters didn't get a chance to remove him from his post through the ballot, as he ran unopposed.

Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber, along with organizers from advocacy groups UltraViolet, Daily Kos and MoveOn, are slated to speak at the rally.   

"With one-in-four women sexually assaulted in college, we need judges who work to protect survivors, not their rapists," said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, announcing the rally. "The California Commission on Judicial Performance must move swiftly to remove Judge Persky from the bench and send a clear signal that rape apologists will never be tolerated as part of the criminal justice system."

All told, UltraViolet’s petition collected about 824,000 signatures since it launched earlier this week, while petitions from MoveOn and Daily Kos culled 167,000 combined. There have been a slew of other petitions calling for Persky’s removal.

The 6-month sentence, which a parole board recommended, roiled victims' rights groups and ushered the case to the forefront of a growing conversation about sexual assaults on college campuses. A searing, 12-page account of the attack that the victim wrote has been shared thousands of times on social media.

"My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me," wrote the victim. "You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today."

The letter, which has been haralded for its bravery, will also be read aloud next week during a meeting of U.S. House of Representatives. 

Since the sentencing hearing last month, a high school guidance counselor apologized for writing a letter supporting the assailant, and Vice President Joe Biden penned an open letter praising the victim for her courage.

"You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted—year after year after year,” Biden wrote. “A culture that promotes passivity. That encourages young men and women on campuses to simply turn a blind eye."

Turner, who is likely to serve three-months of his sentence, is appealing his conviction. He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders Fans Line Up for Miles in Oakland]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:42:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bernieoakland.jpg

As Donald Trump plans to descend on the San Jose Convention Center Thursday night, his polar opposite, Bernie Sanders, released a time-lapse video showing the progressive presidential candidate’s last stop in Oakland on Memorial Day.

Oakland police estimated about 20,000 people came to Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Center Monday evening to see Sanders speak – and don a Warriors cap, hours before the basketball team clinched the Western Conference Finals.

While he trails behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the polls, and it’s unclear who would better beat Trump in the general elections, Sanders definitely has loving fans in the Bay Area.

His Facebook video, which had more than one million views and 17,000 shares on Thursday, shows how the line to see him speak went on for miles.

“Hillary Clinton said the primary is over," the Sanders camp posted."Donald J. Trump thinks we can be ignored. Oakland California disagrees.”

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<![CDATA[Noah Builds Ark, Priest Builds Shark]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:14:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sharks+mache1.jpg

Well, Noah built the ark to save all the animals.

And Father Brendan McGuire built larger-than-life-size paper mache shark and penguin to root on his beloved hockey team on the steps of his home at the Holy Spirit Church in San Jose.

Together with friends and parishioners Jed DeTorres and Andy Perrucci, the trio cut wood and bent chicken wire, dipped newspaper into a gooey glue and painted the whimsical structures on Sunday, just after the last Mass.

“I promised Joe Pavelski that if they made it to the finals, I’d build a shark,” McGuire said on Wednesday, referring to the San Jose Sharks hockey captain, who is also a member of the church.

The Sharks made history by making it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in the team’s 25-year history and they’re playing the Pittsburgh Penguins – documented by the priest and his pals by the smaller paper mache object inside the big shark’s mouth. (Perhaps a reference to Jonah and the whale?)

On Monday, the Sharks lost to the Penguins 3-2 in Game 1.

The church is a hotbed of Sharks activity. The team’s trainer, Mike Potenza, “comes all the time,” McGuire said, adding that parishioners frequently offer him tickets to see the games.

For now, McGuire is getting a kick out of the hockey fans stopping by 6546 Crown Boulevard in San Jose’s Almaden neighborhood to pose and take selfies in front of the display. In fact, McGuire's been taking his own selfies, dressed in his collar as well as a teal Sharks jersey.

He may also be praying for a small miracle. Game 2 is on Wednesday at 5 p.m

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<![CDATA[Police Help Rescue Stranded Sea Lion in SF]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:18:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0531-2016-SFSeaLion.jpg

When duty calls, San Francisco police officers answer. Even if that duty is baby-sitting a stranded sea lion pup.

That's exactly what happened to them on Ocean Beach around 1 a.m. Monday.

The Richmond District Blog reports police received a call that the little mammal was in stairwell five, shivering and in distress. Responding officers found the sea lion and then called the Marine Mammal Center.

The facility's rescue van was too far away, so the center asked police to stay and watch the youngster until crews arrived.

The center estimates that the pup was about a year old and very malnourished and dehydrated. The sea lion is now being treated at the Marine Mammal Center.

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<![CDATA['Full House' Tanner Home For Sale]]>Mon, 30 May 2016 08:04:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tannerhouse.jpg

The Tanner House in San Francisco – “lived in” by the fictional 1980s “Full House” family - is up for sale, listed at $4.15 million.

Vanguard Properties is touting the three-bedroom home at 1709 Broderick Street as a “unique opportunity to own a rare piece of San Francisco history.” The Victorian was originally constructed in 1883 by Charles Lewis Hinkel.

Photos of the renovated home look nothing like the family-friendly pad where Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse and the rest of the girls hung out during the wildly popular television show that has a sequel “Fuller House” now on Netflix. Gone are the red door and comfy couches. Now, the interior is uber upscale. The ad mentions nothing of the goofy sitcom.

The real house on Broderick starred in the series' opening credits, but was mostly filmed at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank.

Fun facts from “Hooked on Houses:” On the show, the address was listed as 1882 Girard Street, which doesn’t even exist. Also, the Tanner House is not even one of the seven “Painted Ladies” that make up the colorful row of Victorian houses shown behind them when the Tanner family picnics at Alamo Square Park.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Man Devours Two Giant Boxes of Cereal in 17 Minutes]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 19:16:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mattstonie.jpg

It wasn't your average bowl of cereal.

7,700 calories, 586 grams of sugar and 17 minutes later, Matt "Megatoad" Stonie downed two giant boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in his latest eating challenge, according to the eating champion's Facebook page.

The San Jose native is no foreigner to eating copious amounts of food in no time at all. He is famously known for dethroning eight-time defending champion Joey Chestnut at last summer's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

This wasn't Stonie's first cereal devouring endeavor. He has completed Cap'n Crunch and Trix cereal eating challenges, according to Stonie's YouTube page.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Cheers on San Jose Sharks]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 09:22:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-534363282_594_screen.jpg

The Golden State Warriors have won an NBA champsionship. The San Francisco Giants have won three World Series. And the San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowls. Even the scrappy Oakland A's won their share of World Series back in the 1970s and 1980s and were featured in the film, "Moneyball," as a hardscrabble, underdog team.

And now, the Bay Area sports community is honoring the San Jose Sharks, the under-the-radar National Hockey League team who made to the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, the first such feat in the franchise's 25-year-history.

All sorts of professional athletes chimed in to congratulate the Sharks, using the hashtag #BayAreaUnite, including Warriors' hero Steph Curry, who smiled with a Sharks bobblehead of himself after the win.

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<![CDATA[Now's Your Chance to Buy the 'Full House' Home]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 07:04:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-84591059.jpg

One of San Francisco’s most iconic homes hit the market this week, and it’s predictably expensive.

The Pacific Heights Victorian made famous by 1980s sitcom Full House is now available for purchase for $4.15 million. The house, located at 1708 Broderick St., is prominently featured in the family-friendly sitcom’s opening and transitional scenes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that realtors are choosing to stress the home’s Victorian design rather than its famous history. The home’s façade is currently featured on Fuller House, a spinoff of the original show that is now playing on Netflix.

Prospective homebuyers should note that the home does not come with a golden retriever or a pair of cool uncles, but there might be some familiar faces just around the bend. 

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Mocks San Jose Sharks]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 15:31:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/234*120/2016-05-26_8-08-21.jpg

The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon had fun with the the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, after the South Bay hockey team made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in the franchise's 25-year history.

He riffed on a bunch of NHL players, including a pimply faced image of Mirco Mueller, who he said was the "most likely to sign a 3-year deal with puberty."

"That's interesting," Fallon said, his voice purposely cracking like he was a teenager, "because I didn't think he was going to sign."

Mueller is a 21-year-old defenseman from Switzerland. But he looks a lot younger than that.

Fallon also mocked Canada's full-bearded Joe Thornton, 36, as the "most likely to be manscaped at PetCo."

And he riffed on clean-cut Tommy Wingels, 28, of Evanston, Illinois as the "most likely to be saving himself for prom night." And last but not least in the Sharks mocking, Fallon nicknamed 27-year-old center Logan Couture as "Sexy Gilbert Gottfried," whose acting career involves playing the voice of a parrot in Disney's "Aladdin" movie.

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<![CDATA[Sharks: Black Kitten Jo Paw-velski Has Been Adopted ]]>Sun, 15 May 2016 21:32:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jo+pawvelski.jpeg

Jo Paw-velski, feline media marvel and the San Jose Sharks' good-luck charm, has a new home right here in Silicon Valley.

The black kitten who made it out onto the SAP Center ice before a San Jose Sharks playoff game on April 29 has been adopted along with another kitten by a local family, according to a news release from the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

"We are pleased to know that Jo has found a good, loving home," John Tortora, chief operating officer of the Sharks, said in the release. "I want to personally thank the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society Silicon Valley for the time and attention they have dedicated to Jo and the other animals in their care. I also want to thank our fans who immediately expressed concern for the well-being of the cat."

The 3-month-old feline, initially was mistaken as a male and named Joe Paw-velski, after Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. She made her Shark Tank debut during warmups before Game 1 against the Nashville Predators and became an instant social media sensation. Fans watched her make a beeline for the oversized, fiberglass shark's head, only to escape under the seats.

The venue’s engineering staff was able to safely rescue the cat the following Sunday, and Jo was taken to the Humane Society Silicon Valley for a health examination and microchip scan.

Finnegan Dowling of the Humane Society said at the time Jo is not of any special breed. "But she is the type of cat that helps hockey teams win games," she said.

Tortora said that a staggering number of people were interested in adopting Jo, a veritable Internet sensation.

NBC Bay Area's Ryann Vargas contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Ayesha Curry, Michael Mina Team Up for Pop-Up Restaurant]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 22:42:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/split2-curry-mina.jpg

Bay Area foodies rejoice!

Two local culinary powerhouses are joining forces  

Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina are poised to unveil a pop-up restaurant, named International Smoke, starting June 4. 

Since it opened doors last summer, Mina’s Marina-based Test Kitchen has offered diners a smorgasbord of Middle Eastern, Indian and Italian-American fare, according to SFGate.

Now, he’s changing things up.

The theme at International Smoke will be all things barbecue. The $45 four-course menu promises to be influenced by Curry’s Chinese, Jamaican, African American and Polish roots.

“As Michael and I talked, this idea was born. It embodies every aspect of the flavors I cook with and it is representative of the different cultures I grew up with and around,” Curry said in an email to SFGate.

The 27-year-old is married to Stephen Curry, MVP of the reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. 

In announcing International Smoke on her Instagram account, Curry wrote: "A lighter fresher take on barbecue from all over the world! Everything from hummus to chili to ribs and fixin's... Did someone say double dipped onion rings?!!! ������"

Diners can expect tweaks to the menu, which is slated to feature items from Curry’s upcoming cookbook, “The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well,” roughly every month, the SFGate reported.

International Smoke will be open Wednesday through Saturday nights until the end of the summer.

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<![CDATA[Google Tests Free Carpooling App in Bay Area]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 22:27:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Google26.JPG

Google on Monday jumped feet first into carpooling with the launch of Waze Rider.

The free app, available to 25,000 employees at certain Bay Area companies to start, matches riders with drivers who are using nearly identical routes. Drivers are able to accept or deny the requests to carpool via the Waze app. 

Riders are only permitted to seek carpools during rush hour twice a day — once to work and the other back home, according to the Waze website

Passengers are asked to pay the Internal Revenue Service's recommended 54 cents per mile, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. In its test phase, Google won't retain any percentage of Waze Rider's transactions, but that could change.

The Waze website also says riders and drivers will split the cost of gas for the trip. Payments are decided in advance and the money is transferred between the two automatically.

Companies located near Google's offices, including, UCSF, Adobe and Walmart Global eCommerce, will test Waze Rider in its pilot phase. If successful, the app will be expanded to other cities, the Chronicle reported.

Google announced its plans via an animated promotional video Monday, which indicates that Waze Rider will help reduce Bay Area traffic congestion while helping riders conserve gas and money.

“This is kind of an extension of what we do at Waze, to build this trusted community,” Josh Fried, head of partner development for Waze’s carpooling efforts, told the newspaper.

An estimated 700,000 Bay Area residents currently use Waze for directions, and police and traffic alerts. So, according to the Chronicle, Waze Rider is poised to render a blow to Lyft — which charges $1.16 per mile in San Francisco as well as other fees — and Uber — which charges $1.15 per mile and additional fees.

“Critical mass is a big reason carpooling hasn’t been able to be as successful as it could be,” Susan Shaheen, co-director of the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center, told the Chronicle. “It’s exciting to see how we can use technology in a socially and environmentally beneficial way.”

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<![CDATA[Curry Family on Cover of Parents Magazine]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 13:19:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477764290_Curry.jpg

It's not basketball, but fatherhood, that’s landed Warriors’ Steph Curry on yet another magazine cover.

However, it's adorable shots of daughters, Riley and Ryan who steal dad's spotlight on the June issue of Parents Magazine.

Inside, Curry and wife, Ayesha, talk about co-parenting, the pitfalls of social media, and how Riley calls daddy "Steph Curry" once he steps into his Golden State uniform.

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<![CDATA[Twitter May Stop Counting Links, Photos in 140-Character Limit]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 14:40:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Twitter-generic1.jpg

Many Twitter users — and more importantly, the billions more who don't use Twitter — feel constrained by the company's somewhat archaic 140-character limit.

Is it time to ditch it as Twitter searches for ways to grow its stagnant user base?

The limit was created so tweets would fit in a single text message, back when people used Twitter that way. But most people now use Twitter through its mobile app, where there isn't the same technical constraint.

And Twitter users already employ creative ways to get around it. They send out multi-part tweets, or take screenshots of text typed elsewhere.

CEO Jack Dorsey, in a screenshot that he tweeted in January, appeared amused by the fact that people — not to be constrained — are finding creative workarounds such as the text block photos. Maybe it's something Twitter could build on.

"(What) if that text...was actually text?" he mused. "Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That's more utility and power."

This suggests that the company is at least thinking about creative ways to keep the spirit of the 140-character limit while giving people more freedom to share their thoughts and rants. But there's history, nostalgia, and the Twitter brand being inexorably tied to quick, short bursts of text. Twitter is still often described as a "short messaging service," after all.

Dorsey called the limit a "beautiful constraint" that inspires creativity, brevity and a "sense of speed." Twitter, he wrote, will never lose the feeling.

A few months later, Dorsey insisted to "Today" show host Matt Lauer that the 140-character limit was here to stay, even as Twitter itself evolves.

But a news report this week, citing unnamed people, said the company was planning to stop counting Web links and photos in the 140 characters, a move that would further erode that limit. Twitter declined to comment on the Bloomberg report.

Gartner analyst Brian Blau called the idea "a good compromise." Twitter already shortens long links to give users more room to write. This might be a logical next step.

Easing the character limit, though, might not be enough to reverse Twitter's stagnation. The San Francisco company, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday, has long lagged behind Facebook as a place for everyone. It has 310 million users, less even than the professional networking service LinkedIn.

Facebook, meanwhile, has 1.65 billion users. Even though many people are familiar with Twitter, at least in name, the company has not been able to persuade them to use the service. Twitter remains hard to understand for many people, with its own lingo of hashtags and "at" symbols.

Although it makes sense that Twitter doesn't want to alienate existing users with too many changes, Blau said, Twitter has to "fundamentally revamp the service and make it more appealing to more people."

Getting rid of that limit might be a start.

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<![CDATA[Black Cat Spotted Skating Before Sharks Game is a Girl!]]>Mon, 02 May 2016 17:29:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jo+pawvelski.jpeg

It's a girl! 

A black cat that surprised NHL fans in the Bay Area Friday and brought good luck to our home team, the San Jose Sharks, underwent something of an identity change Monday, but is in good health, the team announced Monday.

The small feline, who crept out of the player bench area Friday and scurried onto the ice before the Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 at the SAP Center, was renamed Jo Paw-velski.

The cat, mistaken as a male, was initially named Joe Paw-velski, after Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.

As the Sharks warmed up for the first game of their best-of-seven playoff series, fans watched Joe making a beeline for an oversized, fiberglass shark head, only to escape under the seats at "the Shark Tank," as the arena is known.

The venue’s engineering staff was able to safely rescue the cat Sunday and Jo was taken to the Humane Society Silicon Valley for a health examination and microchip scan.

Although the Sharks didn't provide any information about her owner or if they even know who the person is, team officials on Monday said Jo is doing well at her temporary home. 

"We are pleased to hear that Jo is doing well at the Humane Society Silicon Valley," Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora in a statement. "They have a fantastic facility for animals with an amazing staff. We are confident that Jo is receiving the best care possible and look forward to a happy resolution of the story when Jo is placed in a loving home."

Finnegan Dowling of the Humane Society said Jo is not of any special breed. "But she is the type of cat that helps hockey teams win games," she said.

Jo isn't up for adoption because shelter staff is trying to determine whether she has an owner and give the person time to claim her. If no one steps up by Friday, though, the animal shelter will begin the adoption process and oversee it.

Tortora said that a staggering number of people are interested in adopting Jo, a veritable Internet sensation.

"If [she] is indeed a stray, our goal is to find the best home for [her] with the support of our local animal shelters," Tortora said. "If families are interested in adopting [Jo] but unsuccessful, we strongly encourage you to consider adopting another animal in need of a good home from one of our terrific local animal shelters."

You can watch Jo via the Humane Society's live camera here

NBC Bay Area's Ryann Vargas contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Humane Society Silicon Valley
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<![CDATA[Oakland Firefighters Free Pigeon from BART Wires]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:44:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pigeon1.jpg

Firefighters are known for rescuing humans from burning buildings and cats from trees.

But this weekend, Oakland rescued a pigeon that was trapped in wires at the Fruitvale BART station.

The Oakland fire union tweeted and Facebooked the daring feat, showing video of a firefighter on engine 18 climbing up a ladder, untangling the bird from the wires, and saying “there you go buddy,” as the pigeon flew off into the sky.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Clock Tower Penthouse Listed for $8.5M]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:00:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/clocktower1.jpg

Real estate watchers are excited about an iconic property that has just hit the market.

The penthouse of San Francisco's Clock Tower building at 461 Second Street in SoMa has been listed for $8.5 million.

Prospective buyers would only be the second to live in the two-bedroom, three-story space, which was converted into a residential penthouse in 1993. And while they would get to enjoy close proximity to the clocks, they would not be responsible for their maintenance; that falls on the building's Home Owner's Association.

The 94-year-old building was originally the home of Schmidt Lithograph Corp., the biggest employer in the city at the time, according to SFGate

The owner told the publication he never got tired of watching the hundreds of thousands of cars commuting across the nearby Bay Bridge each day. "It's fun to be part of this living art," Tom Burkhart said.

Sotheby's agents Rob Levy and Eric Turner have created a special website for the listing, complete with music. A brokers' tour is scheduled for Thursday, with additional showings available by appointment.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Rob Levy & Eric Turner - Sotheby’s International Realty and OpenHomes Photography]]>
<![CDATA[73-Cent Beer All Day at Lake Chalet]]>Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:54:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-521065172.jpg

One Oakland restaurant is offering the celebratory, albeit boozy, deal of a lifetime in honor of the Golden State Warriors, who made basketball history Wednesday night with the most wins in a season.

Lake Chalet restaurant on Lakeside Drive will serve handcrafted ales for 73 cents all day long. Yes, if you haven't clued in, the Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies at the Oracle Arena, giving them the historical honor of winning 73 games in a single NBA season. The team who last did that was the Chicago Bulls in 1995, when they won 72.

The restaurant has a few caveats though: The offer is limited while supply lasts.

And the management (as always) has the discretion of kicking unruly customers out.

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<![CDATA[Lucky Oakland Students Win Warriors Tickets]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:26:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Warriors-Beat-Cavs-AP_713923010428.jpg

Three lucky Oakland students will get to watch the Warriors attempt at making history at the Oracle Arena Wednesday night, thanks to the generosity of power forward Draymond Green.

The Warriors announced that Dyllon Louis of McClymonds High School, Travon Hadnot a 12th grader at Dewey Academy, Joseph Martin, a 10th grader at Coliseum College Prep Academy were the winners of Green's largesse.

They will get to meet No. 23 ahead of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, where the Warriors are trying to win the most games in a single season in NBA history.

Warriors spokeswoman Lisa Goodwin said the team worked with the schools to find the type boys that Green was looking for, and released brief bios of each of them:

  • Joseph, who was born in Liberia and grew up in a refugee camp along the Ivory Coast, is an honor roll and point guard at his school's basketball team. He is one of eight siblings. He has a 3.2 GPA.
  • Dyllon moved to West Oakland after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans left his family homeless and his mother very ill. She sent him to live with his godfather and instilled in him the drive to get good grades. He now has a 3.73 GPA.
  • Travon was raised in a single-family household and struggled at a mainstream high school, but is turning things around at the academy where he plans to graduate.

The last team to set such a record was in 1995-1996, when the Chicago Bulls won 70 games that year. Warriors coach Steve Kerr played for the Bulls back then.

Without Green's offer, these three students likely would not have had the means to attend the game. Tickets on Ticketmaster are going for more than $300. Courtside tickets are going for $17,000.

But Green wanted even those who couldn't normally afford such an event to be able to be present for possible history.

"Going to buy 3 tickets and find an underprivileged kid in Oakland and allow them to witness history Wednesday!!! Let's get it fellas!!!” the forward tweeted.

In an interview, he followed up on that thought: "When you do right, good things happen to you."

NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Hello Kitty Food Truck Returns to SJ]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 10:08:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/hellokittycafesf.jpg

A food truck called the "Hello Kitty Cafe" will sell sweet treats and cute merch is coming to the Bay Area.

The vehicle, a pink Mercedes, will park and open for business at Saturday's Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco. The Hello Kitty Cafe will also visit Santana Row in San Jose from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 1.

One does not merely waltz up to the Hello Kitty Cafe, which has been greeted with huge lines at previous appearances in San Jose and San Francisco, though. Plan accordingly to avoid disappointment and experience the desired cute overload.

Those who brave the waits will have the chance to purchase brand new Hello Kitty treats such as a box set of French macarons featuring a surprise Sanrio character, a three-piece cookie set, mini cakes, t-shirts, water bottles and mugs.

Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe USA Facebook Page]]>
<![CDATA[Snoop Dogg Deletes 'Ganja' Tweet ]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:13:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/snoop5.jpg

Rapper Snoop Dogg turned into a Super Bowl 50 “reporter” during the Broncos and Panthers press conference in Santa Clara Thursday, chatting up Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and telling Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis to “go to work” with a broken arm.

"That's your spirit. Go to work. And when you get a sack, dab with your broken one, for me," he told Davis, referring to the "dab" dance move newly popular with football players and other athletes.

The rapper tweeted a photo of him shaking hands with Manning: “Legend. #TurfdUp,” he wrote, referring in the hashtag to his YouTube sports show. His next tweet was a selfie, followed by a photo of himself acting as a reporter for DirectTV's "The Rich Eisen Show."

Snoop also sent out a couple of tweets promoting Merry Jane, his Marijuana lifestyle platform he hopes will act as an icebreaker for people who take pride in their love for marijuana.

One said: “ganja proving 2 help athletes with sports related injuries,” with a photo of a rolled up ball of weed.

The tweets were removed from his timeline after some time. It wasn’t immediately clear why the rapper took the tweets down.

The NFL has a strict drug policy, but many question whether it is out of date. According to media reports, marijuana is coveted by NFL players as an invaluable painkiller, and for younger players, smoking weed is normal.

"There are so many people in the closet, and we are giving them an opportunity to come out of the closet and just admit they like to smoke," Snoop said at the Merry Jane launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in September. "I’m a smoker, my name is Snoop Dogg, and I’m a stoner."

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<![CDATA['This Is Huge For Me:' Cam Newton Makes Sunnyvale Mom's Dream Come True]]>Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:17:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/camfammain.JPG

Cam Newton didn’t just take time out of his super busy week to fulfill a cancer victim’s bucket list wish — he went a step further.

Scot Sieczko first became captivated with Newton in 2010 (even though the rest of his family were loyal 49er fans).

“One day he called me in the middle of a Florida Gators game,” his mother Trae Sieczko, who lives in Sunnyvale, said. “You have to watch Auburn mommy, there’s this kid quarterback you have to see,’ he told me.”

Trae Sieczko and the rest of the Sieczkos have been Cam Newton fans since then. “We followed his career and became Carolina Panthers’ fans because Cam Newton went there,” she said.

When Trae Sieczko lost her son to cancer in 2014, she knew there was one thing she wanted from his role model – “tick it off Scot’s bucket list,” as she describes it: Have Newton sign her son’s jersey.

“To me this is a connection to my son — how silly this sounds that a signature would mean so much to someone,” she said. “But this signature represents a wish that Scot didn’t get to fulfill. So he lives through me. I keep going as his mom, as any mom would do for her kids.”

On Monday night, that wish finally came true, only in a bigger way.

Newton went a step durther, signing a Panthers jersey for Scot after meeting with his mother and the rest of Scot’s family at the SAP Center for Super Bowl 50 Opening Night.

Trae’s efforts to reach Newton was the result of a long chain of events — It caught the attention of Jaime Mathews, the mayor of Santa Clara, who then reached out to 49ers CEO Jed York, who had the team’s VP of communications Bob Lange get in touch with the Panthers’ Director of Communications, Steve Drummond.

“Cam said he wanted me there at Opening Night so he could sign Scot’s jersey,” Sieczko said. “I’m still in LaLa land and can’t believe it happened. But it did. Checking this off Scot’s bucket list is huge for me.”

Trae Sieczko is keeping Scot’s memory alive by forming a non-profit to help children with cancer.

Scot’s motto was “Shred childhood cancer.”

As for their support for Newton: “We will follow him wherever he goes,” Sieczko said.

I want to Thank Cam Newton for taking a few minutes of his time to sign Scot Sieczko's jersey. Now I can check that off...

Posted by Trae Sieczko on Monday, February 1, 2016

Photo Credit: The Sieczko Family]]>
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