<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:26:36 -0700 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:26:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NYC Restaurant Owner Thinks "Nighthawks" Painting Was Set There]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:53:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nighthawk+diner.jpg

Artist Edward Hopper's famous "Nighthawks" painting has had admirers speculating for years whether the diner depicted was inspired by a real-life eatery, and one Greenwich Village restaurant owner is convinced he knows the answer.

Fiko Uslu, owner of the newly opened Classic's Cafe at Greenwich and Christopher streets, says he's so sure the space was the setting for the classic 1942 painting that he wants to rename the restaurant Nighthawks.

"We did a lot of research, a lot of legal paperwork," he said. "I don't want to get anything wrong."

The painting shows an all-night diner in which three customers are seated, lost in their own thoughts, under an "eerie glow," according to a description on the Art Institute of Chicago website.

Classic's Cafe manager, Alex Vigro, said they never thought about a connection until a mystery man named Mark stopped by last week and pointed out some similarities.

"These windows right there, the view in front of us, they still remain the same," he said. "The corner, I think everything, the design, everything is really similar."

It's not the only location that has been suggested as the inspiration for Hopper's painting, which hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago. A building housing what is now a flower shop is one of at least three Greenwich Avenue locations frequently discussed, and it's not lost on local residents.

"Certainly the shape of this building with the windows, and the way it comes to a peak, potentially," said Cynthia Kueppers.

Blogger Jeremiah Moss has chronicled his journey to find the real-life Nighthawks diner, writing in a 2010 New York Times op-ed piece that city folklore has suggested that Mulry Square -- a triangular lot at Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue South -- was the site of the diner. His research found that it couldn't be the case because a gas station stood there from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Hopper himself has said the painting was inspired by a "restaurant on Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet," according to the Art Institute of Chicago, but never got more specific than that.

Carter Foster, the curator of drawing for the Whitney Museum, which has 2,500 drawings donated by the artist's widow, making it one of the largest Hopper collections anywhere, said the painting was probably influenced by multiple locations on the avenue.

"There were three corners on Greenwich Avenue, not Greenwich Street, where Hopper walked by frequently that were roughly the same shape as the diner in 'Nighthawks,' and I think those were the inspiration in a very general way, as was the tip of the Flatiron building," said Foster.

The artist with the answers died in 1967, leaving behind his painting and the speculation that goes along with it.

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<![CDATA[3-Alarm Fire Burns Barn, Heat Appears on Satellite Imagery]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:59:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/barn9.jpg

A bunch of pallets began burning at a ranch east of Gilroy early Wednesday morning, and spread to a barn sending bright orange flames into the sky and shutting down roads in the area.

Uriel del Toro, the owner of the Del Toro Trucking Company which housed the barn, said he believes the fire may have been intentionally set, because he's had a few run-ins with homeless people including Tuesday night. He estimated the damage to be about $5,000, because most of it was junk and old cars.

The NBC Bay Area chopper flew over 2676 Ferguson Road at State Route 152, showing the bright flames surrounding burning bales of hay. The California Highway Patrol closed the roads surrounding the fully involved blaze, which was first reported at 4:47 a.m. The Gilroy Premium Outlets on Leavesley Road are three miles away.

The National Weather Service showed a satellite image of the heat the fire was creating.

A Cal Fire captain said the fire had spread to 10,000 square feet. And despite the size the the large flames, no one had been injured and there were no immediate evacuations. Morgan Hill Fire Battalion Chief Scot Witt said it was hard at first to find enough water - fire crews had to get water from nearby city fire hydrants.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.


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<![CDATA[JetBlue Unveils New First Class Experience]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:42:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1022-2014-JetBlueMint.jpg

Airline seats that fully recline and seasonal wine selections? It's a first class experience and it's taking off in the Bay Area.

"JetBlue is proud to launch MINT, which we believe will redefine the premium market in our transcontinental flights,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue Executive Vice President of Customer Experience.

JetBlue showed off its new MINT service at a media event in San Francisco Wednesday.

Passengers will experience roomy seats, a 15-inch TV screen with headphones, Wi-Fi, plush pillows, a privacy door on some seats, and fully reclined seats.

"It's a fantastic lie flat product so it truly reclines all the way,” Geraghty said.

The service will be available on JetBlue flights between SFO and New York’s JFK airport starting in January. Passengers will be served food from New York's Saxon + Parole.

"With what we believe is unparalleled food onboard so not your typical airline food,” Geraghty said.

For the SFO to JFK flights, the food can be paired with California wine. The selection was handpicked by San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor Jon Bonné.

"We'll have seasonal selections, and we have some fun stuff planned for spring and summer that I don't think anyone's ever seen on board before,” Bonné said.

On the new planes that offer MINT coach passengers will also have roomier seats, a 10-inch TV, and a cup holder.

Tickets for one of the 16 seats on a flight with the MINT service will start at $599.



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<![CDATA[Fremont Tech Company Paid Workers $1.21 An Hour]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:54:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1022-2014-EFI.jpg

A Bay Area tech company has been slapped with a fine and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in back wages after a United States Department of Labor investigation revealed the company paid workers $1.21 an hour.

The Labor Department said about eight employees of Fremont-based Electronics For Imaging were flown in from India and worked 120-hour weeks to help with the installation of computers at the company's headquarters. The employees were paid their regular hourly wage in Indian rupees, which translated to $1.21.

EFI, which posted third-quarter revenue of nearly $200 million, released the following statement on Thursday: "During this process we unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards."

Last year, another company, Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, faced similar charges and was fined for underpaying employees from Mexico an hourly wage of $2.66.

Federal officials said both cases are particularly egregious, given the booming labor market and the wealth in Silicon Valley.

"It is certainly outrageous and unacceptable for employers here in Silicon Valley to bring workers and pay less than the minimum wage," said Alberto Raymond, an assistant district director for the United States Department of Labor.

EFI has been ordered to pay $40,000 in back wages to the employees. In addition, the company was hit with a $3,500 fine.



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<![CDATA[Injured Golden Eagle Rescued in Morgan Hill Completes Rehab, Released]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:36:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1022-2014-EagleCrop.jpg

A golden eagle that was found and rescued more than a month ago in Morgan Hill was successfully released on Wednesday by the Wildlife Education Rehabilitation.

The eagle, who was named "Morgan," was found injured with bloody wounds and a punctured air sac. She went through weeks of intensive care and rehab, officials said.

Authorities said they feared the eagle had been shot, but it was later determined Morgan may have somehow gotten impaled on a metal fence.


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<![CDATA[SJ Council to Consider Plan to Help Retrofit Buildings]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:38:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/1022-2014-Retrofit.jpg City Councilman Sam Liccardo is proposing a plan that will give incentives to building owners to remodel older buildings. Michelle Roberts reports.

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<![CDATA[Year Since Andy Lopez Shooting, Activists Demand Change]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:35:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-07-2014-andy-lopez.jpg

One year after 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot to death by a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy in Santa Rosa, community activists are demanding change.

The group Justice for Andy Lopez organized outside Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting, one day before the Oct. 22 anniversary of his death. They circulated petitions calling for the firing of Erick Gelhaus, the deputy who killed Lopez.

Gelhaus claimed he thought the pellet gun Lopez carried was an assault rifle.

Activists told the supervisors they want more diversity in local law enforcement – and that's not all.

"In our community, we very much want to see video cameras on all the police force, sheriff's and city police,” Justice for Andy Lopez’s Gail Simons said.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board approved the purchase of two empty lots at the site where Lopez was killed. The land will be made into a memorial park.

Gelhaus returned to patrol in August.

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<![CDATA[Old OSH Mystery Vault in San Jose Unlocked]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:32:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1022-2014-OSHVault.jpg The combination for a vault on the second floor of the old Orchard Supply Hardware building in San Jose has been missing for decades. The vault was finally opened on Wednesday. Damian Trujillo reports.

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<![CDATA[Former San Jose Cadet's Opinion Piece Prompts Investigations]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:41:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/reed1.jpg

The fallout from a former San Jose police cadet's opinion piece published in the San Jose Mercury News now includes both the city and police union calling for independent investigations.

Attorney Elyse Rivas, a former police recruit, wrote in the Mercury News that during her academy orientation she heard San Jose Police Officers Association President Jim Unland tells cadets to quit because it did not help the union's cause in fighting pension reform effects from Measure B.

On Tuesday, police union-backed mayoral candidate Dave Cortese called for a change in leadership of the POA in response to the opinion piece.

Rivas now acknowledges she did not hear Unland say "quit," but said it was clearly implied.

"The bottom line is the message was delivered by Jim Unlad that day during his orientation that it would be better for us to not be part of SJPD at the time because it undercut their cause," Rivas said.

Mayor Chuck Reed said he wants the city council to appoint an independent investigator to examine the union's actions, and sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag to investigate as well.

"Well this appears to be part of a coordinated effort by the police officers association to undermine the police department for personal gain," Reed said.

The POA fired back by calling for an investigation into Reed's actions, saying it was designed to help mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo's campaign.

Several people who were at the police orientation also signed sworn declarations.

"I was present during that time when it occurred and at no time did Mr. Unland use the words 'They should quit for the good of the department,'" said Officer Kevin Mank.

Unland also claims he did not tell cadets to quit.

"Last minute tricks by a campaign that is losing in the polls and is getting desperate," Unland said. "To be clear, I never told the recruits to quit."

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<![CDATA[WH Fence Jumper Taken Down By Dogs]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:48:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/456595274.jpg

A Maryland man is in custody after jumping the White House fence Wednesday, just weeks after a similar incident prompted the director of the Secret Service to resign.

Officials said around 7:15 p.m., 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya climbed the fence on the North Lawn and got about 20 yards past it when he was taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 dogs.

The officers were heard yelling, "Stop moving!" in a grainy surveillance video. Adesanya is then heard screaming, "I'm not!" 

Adesanya, of Bel Air, Maryland, was hospitalized after suffering dog bites to his arms, back, chest and knee, a Secret Service official told NBC News. He has since been released from the hospital and placed in custody.

Secret Service officials say two Secret Service K-9s, named Hurricane and Jordan, were taken to a veterinarian for minor bruising sustained during the incident after being kicked. Both K-9s have been cleared to return to duty.

The White House was locked down until just before 9 p.m. Officials say Adesanya was not armed. He has been charged with two count of felony assault on a police officer (K-9), one felonious count of making threats and four counts of resisting/unlawful entry, which is a misdemeanor. 

President Obama was at the White House at the time, law enforcement sources told News4.

Just last month, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez also jumped the fence, entered the White House and got to the East Room before he was arrested. The security breach prompted scrutiny of the Secret Service, which led to the resignation of director Julia Pierson Oct 1. 

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Secret Service K-9s made all the difference Wednesday.

"As the adage goes, 'Who let the dogs out?'" Holmes Norton said. "This time, the Secret Service let the dogs out. Had the dogs been out, Gonzalez would never have gotten into the White House."

This is a developing story. Stay with us for more.



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<![CDATA[Bochy: Lincecum Threw Up Before Game 1]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:24:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/452690994_8.jpg

It's highly likely pitcher Tim Lincecum doesn't feel so great about not pitching an inning as the San Francisco Giants attempt to win their third World Series in five seasons.

And, indeed, Lincecum missed player introductions before the beginning of Game 1 because he was sick. At least that's what his skipper says.

An unspecified ailment led Lincecum to be MIA for the pregame ceremonies, in the clubhouse throwing up, manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"That's the truth. He was in here throwing up," Bochy told reporters.

Lincecum, 30, was a key part of the 2010 World Series team but has had highly-publicized struggles in the years since.

He was dropped from the starting rotation late this year after tossing his second no-hitter earlier in the summer. He is available as a long reliever, a role in which he excelled in 2012, but has yet to be called on to pitch.

Lincecum told the Mercury News that he was late getting onto the field Tuesday and didn't want to interrupt things, leaving Bochy to inform the media of his pitcher's ill feelings.

Lincecum was available to pitch Tuesday despite the upset stomach, Bochy said.



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<![CDATA[Signature Drive Underway to Overturn CA Plastic Bag Ban]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:35:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_plastic_bag_ban_115.gif

Plastic bags need your help.

The plastic bag industry is mobilizing ahead of next summer, when single-use plastic bags become illegal in California, to get the public's help in re-legalizing single use bags.

The Vacaville Reporter has the story of the American Progressive Bag Alliance's efforts to collect 504,760 signatures ahead of Dec. 29. That's how many voters' signatures are needed to put a ballot initiative on the November 2016 ballot that would overturn Senate Bill 270, which banned bags.

California would become the first state in America to ban single-use bags. Shoppers will still get plastic, but the bags will be made of a "high percentage of post consumer content" 

The ban goes into effect July 1, 2015.

The argument on both sides is for jobs: The Bag Alliance says that some 2,000 bag-making jobs in California are at risk if the bags are banned.

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<![CDATA[Nurse Amber Vinson No Longer Has Ebola: Family]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:25:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambervinson.jpg

Dallas nurse Amber Vinson no longer has signs of Ebola in her blood, her family said Wednesday, one week after she was hospitalized at an Atlanta hospital with the potentially deadly virus.

Vinson will be transferred into a different unit at Emory University Hospital and is still being treated in the serious communicable diseases unit, the family said.

"Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition," her mother Debra Barry said, saying the news had "truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home."

Vinson, 29, was the second Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse to fall ill with the virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the United States. Duncan died Oct. 8.

Her coworker Nina Pham, who also contracted the virus after treating Duncan, remains hospitalized in good condition at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

It is still unclear how exactly both nurses contracted the virus.

Vinson had worn protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as she inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with Duncan's body fluids. She worked on the three days in late September when Duncan was producing "extensive" diarrhea and vomit.

Vinson was hospitalized on Tuesday, Oct. 14, one day after she returned to Dallas from a trip to Ohio to plan her wedding and visit family. She was diagnosed with Ebola one day after she was hospitalized.

Vinson's family has defended her decision to fly home to Dallas the day before she fell ill with Ebola, saying that she made the decision in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with guidance from her own hospital.

She had been cleared by the CDC to fly just before she boarded the flight, the CDC said last week, hours after the CDC chief told reporters she should not have flown.



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<![CDATA[Suspected Serial Killer Charged in Second Death]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:29:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Darren+Deon+Vann+new.jpg

A second round of murder charges were filed Wednesday against a registered sex offender suspected in the deaths of at least seven women whose bodies were found over the last weekend.

Darren Deon Vann, 43, was charged in the death of Anith Jones, a 35-year-old Merrillville resident whose body was found late Saturday night. Her family had reported her missing on Oct. 8.


Vann was charged Monday in connection with the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy.

Earlier Wednesday, Vann was ordered held in contempt of court when he refused to utter a word to the judge during his initial court appearance in the Hardy case.

"He will stay in jail for the rest of his life until this hearing takes place," Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sullivanwas said before putting the case on hold until Oct. 29 and agreeing to a defense motion for a gag order.

"See you in a week," she said.

Vann was then taken back to his jail cell, which is away from the general population and where he is under 24-hour watch from personnel.

Authorities said Vann, of Gary, opened up about previous crimes once he was arrested in connection with the Hardy case and helped police find six other bodies. By Wednesday morning, just three of those six had been positively identified: Jones, 28-year-old Teairra Batey, and 36-year-old Kristine Williams.

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey on Tuesday asked for the public's help in identifying two of the women who were recovered over the weekend. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Coroner’s Office at 219-755-3265.



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<![CDATA[Battle Heats Up Between SF, KC Librarians]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:07:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Juan+Marichal+and+Dan+by+Jim+Hart.jpg

The war of words is heating up between two public libraries 1,500 miles apart, as dueling librarians do their part to boost their hometown baseball team's quest to win the World Series crown.

Sounding a bit Shakespearean, Liesl Christman, the Twitter czar for the Kansas City Public Library, tweeted on Wednesday morning, hours after the San Francisco Giants crushed the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday, 7-1: "'Tis but a flesh wound - @Royals will rally! Tonight, #LetsThrowFire!"

If the Giants win it all, Christman promised Wednesday her library will buy and shelve San Rafael author Dan Fost's book, "The Giants Baseball Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle from New York to San Francisco."

If the Royals win, Christman hopes the San Francisco Public Library will be forced to stock George Brett's "From Here to Cooperstown," which is about the Royals, on its shelves.

Michelle Jeffers, the digital guru at the library in San Francisco, said she'd consider the request, but from what's she's heard, that book is out of print.

"Even better!" Jeffers joked, adding that under different circumstances she and Christman might be very good friends.

Then Jeffers tweeted: "Guess we'll see what happens tonight when the Giants shhhhhhh-ut you down in Game 2."

No one is happier about the librarian smack talk than Fost, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter who is now a full-time author and freelance writer. Each time the Giants make it to the World Series – this is third time in five seasons – he is asked to write a new edition. "This is a mutually symbiotic relationship," he said on Wednesday.

As for the baseball book bet, Fost is also genuinely enthralled Kansas City readers may be flipping through pages he wrote.

"What a great idea to promote reading," he said. "I'm so moved."



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<![CDATA[Nextdoor Wants to Make Trick-or-Treating More Efficient]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:38:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nextdoor2.jpg

Nextdoor, the Bay Area company that lets neighbors communicate with each other about everything from local schools to local crime, is now turning its focus to Halloween.

The company's new "Treat map" will let users know which house has what candy, and how children can have a safe (and possibly more efficient) trick or treating experience.

As a Nextdoor user, you can let neighbors know that you'll be giving out candy on the 31st - just press a button, and a candy corn icon appears on your house. Along with fighting crime, and advertising the garage sale down the street, "This is just one of many ways we are leveraging the power of technology to bring you closer to the people who live right next door," says Nextdoor's Anne Dreshfield on the company's blog.

So, put on the costume, check the web (or your iPhone), and get that candy.

Scott's treats are on twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Survey Asks LA Residents About NFL Stadium]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:30:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FARMERS+FIELD+-+INTERIOR+-+VIEW+OF+SEATING+BOWL.jpg

A survey sent to thousands of Los Angeles residents asks several questions designed to gauge interest in an NFL team and what kind of features recipients would like to see in a stadium if a team moves to the region.

An email titled "We Need Your Feedback: NFL Franchise in LA" includes a survey that is part of a market feasibility study as the league considers "the potential of an NFL team in the Los Angeles area."

The survey was conducted by a consulting firm on behalf of the NFL, according to the Los Angeles Times. Questions include how likely recipients are to buy luxury seats, clubs seats and season tickets, and what types of amenities potential customers would like to see in a stadium.

The survey was sent by the NFL to 2,000 potential customers, according to the Los Angeles Times, which cited an individual familiar with the survey but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The market research might indicate heightened interest in a Los Angeles franchise, but the league has not announced plans to relocate a team or a timeline for such a move. Los Angeles has been without an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams left two decades ago.

Their departure has been followed by a 20 years of speculation that gained momentum with development plans around potential stadium sites. The survey sent Tuesday marks the first time the league has conducted a comprehensive survey of the market since the 1990s, the LA Times reported.

The more than 40-question survey includes the following questions:

  • Are you a fan of the National Football League?
  • Do you attend NFL games on an annual basis?
  • If a current NFL team relocated to the Los Angeles area, would the identity of the team change your attitude towards an NFL team in the Los Angeles area?
  • Would you be interested in attending other events at a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area?
  • How would you describe your (or your company's) interest in purchasing a loge box at a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area?

The survey also asks recipients to pick a favorite NFL team and express their interest other types of tickets and pricing plans.

At NFL meetings earlier this month, the New York Giants co-owner said officials discussed "a little bit" potential stadium sites in the Los Angeles area. Teams on short-term stadium leases include the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council extended for six months with AEG a deal proposed to bring an NFL team to a stadium that would be built in downtown Los Angeles. The sports-entertainment presenter agreed in 2012 to build the stadium and expand the nearby Convention Center, but that deal was scheduled to expire this month. As part of the extension agreement, AEG will pay for a study to expand the Convention Center with or without the stadium's construction.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week he "wouldn't bet the city on it," but expressed confidence that an NFL team will eventually move to Los Angeles.

Correction: An earlier verson of this article stated the LA City Council extended talks with AEG for six weeks, but the extension was for six months.



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<![CDATA[San Francisco Bathed in Orange for World Series]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:19:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/October_CityHall.JPG

The city of San Francisco is bathed in orange, and it's not because Halloween is right around the corner.

It's because the beloved San Francisco Giants - whose team colors are orange and black - are in the World Series, up one game over the Kansas City Royals with a stunning 7-1 victory during Game 1 on Tuesday night.

As the city has done twice before when the Giants played and won the World Series, key buildings shone bright in orange, and hung flags that showed off Giants pride.

Stop by the San Francisco International Airport, City Hall, Coit Tower, Davies Symphony Hall and the Ferry Building to see for yourself.

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<![CDATA[Photos Show Alleged Abuse of Wife]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:58:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-21-14-Lyvette+Crespo+Photo+Injuries.JPG

Photos and a voice mail recording obtained by NBC4 on Tuesday paint a dark picture in the marriage of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo, who was fatally shot by his wife during a confrontation last month.

Exclusive photos, given to NBC4 by Lyvette Crespo's attorney Eber Bayona, show Lyvette with a bruised right eye with cuts to her lip about two years ago -- injuries Bayona claimed are the result of longtime abuse by Daniel Crespo.

"From the time she was pregnant with Crystal at the age of 15, she endured his abuse," Bayona said.

Authorities say Lyvette, 43, shot her 45-year-old husband multiple times after he punched their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., in the face while inside the family's condominium on Sept. 30.

Bayona told NBC4 on Tuesday that Daniel Crespo hit his wife with his fists and belts, and once snapped when his wife was looking at a photo of an elected official on the computer.

"He took her face, smashed it into the computer and asked her if she found him attractive," Bayona said.

Bayona said he released the photos in a response to allegations made by Daniel Crespo's brother, William, at a news conference on Monday when announcing a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Lyvette Crespo.

The suit, filed on behalf of Crespo's mother, alleges that Lyvette Crespo threatened to kill her husband many times and used an unwarranted amount of force to kill him, concluding that she "is a cold blooded killer."

"She said she was going to divorce my brother when the kids turned 18," William Crespo said Monday. "The kids turned 18. My brother went and he got himself another girlfriend, and she got jealous and she was holding it all inside. I guess she just let it all out and killed him."

NBC4 on Tuesday separately obtained a voice mail allegedly left by a girlfriend of Daniel Crespo to his wife within the last year. The recording was confirmed by Lyvette Crespo through her attorney.

"Ly, answer me please. I know you don't want to talk because you said I was psycho whatever, but this is ridiculous," the woman can be heard saying in the recording.

"You act like he is an innocent man, and you know all the f------ s--- that he has done," the voice mail continues. "And I'm not asking you to feel sorry for me. I'm asking you to wake the f--- up."

NBC4 is not identifying the woman in the recording.

The night of the shooting, Daniel Jr. called 911 and told the dispatcher his mother "was defending herself" when she fatally shot her husband, according to a recording of the call obtained by NBC4.

Daniel Jr. and Lyvette Crespo were questioned by police for several hours, but both were released that night. Lyvette Crespo remains free as authorities investigate the shooting.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has not filed any charges as of Tuesday and declined to comment on the recording.



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<![CDATA[Man Guilty of Killing Teacher ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:58:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Allen+Prue.jpg

A Waterford, Vermont, man was convicted Wednesday in the brutal March, 2012 killing of a beloved St. Johnsbury Academy Science teacher. A jury of six men and six women found Allen Prue guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempted kidnapping. The decision followed a 10-day trial and roughly six hours of deliberations.

Allen Prue turned his head from news cameras and gently cried as the jury's foreperson delivered the verdict. There were also tears—of relief—from the family and friends of Melissa Jenkins who had gathered in the courtroom.

"It took a lot of weight off our shoulders," said Linda Gadapee, the aunt of Melissa Jenkins. "It's been a hard two years and I think justice is going to be served."

Gadapee and other relatives and close friends have been remembering Jenkins as a good mom to a toddler son, and as a smart and motivated science teacher who wanted to continue her education. Loved ones have traveled from across the state to attend the proceedings in Burlington.

While the crime was committed in Caledonia County, the trial took place in Chittenden County, where attorneys believed they'd have an easier time finding potential jurors who had not been exposed to pre-trial news coverage of Jenkins' disappearance, memorial services, and details of the case.

Prosecutors told the jury Prue and his wife Patricia developed an obsession with Jenkins, starting when the snowplow driver did work for Jenkins. That turned to a sexual fascination, Caledonia County State's Attorney Lisa Warren argued, that exploded with a plot to trick the mother into leaving her home to help the Prues through a roadside emergency with their car.

After having lured her, the couple launched a blitz attack, Warren said, stun-gunning, beating, and strangling Jenkins to death. They then dumped Jenkins' naked body in the Connecticut River, weighed down with cinder blocks, Warren told the jury. They also tried covering the crime by disposing of evidence, Warren said.

"On behalf of the state police, we're very, very grateful to this jury for their verdict," said Capt. J.P. Sinclair of the Vermont State Police. "This was the culmination of a lot of hard work. And I'm very grateful that these 12 jurors saw this case the way we did."

The decision will bring an automatic appeal.

Prosecutors are turning their attention now to Patricia Prue, who plans to use an insanity defense at her trial. "It's going to be the same evidence and then some," Warren told reporters after the verdict in Allen Prue's trial was announced. "It's a different defendant so there are different fact patterns that have to be addressed with Ms. Prue."

Warren said she believes the conviction of Allen Prue can be "very helpful" in assisting the state seek a conviction of Patricia Prue. She is expected to go on trial in early 2015, Warren told reporters Wednesday.

No sentencing date has been set for Allen Prue. The most serious conviction, first-degree murder, carries a minimum 35-year sentence in Vermont, with a maximum of life in prison.



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<![CDATA[County Department Director Fired After NBC Investigation]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:39:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JV+OUR+MAIN+GUY.jpg

The Santa Clara County Director of Child Support Services is no longer in charge.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to remove John Vartanian from the position in A closed session yesterday. The county announced the decision in today’s public board meeting.

It comes just weeks after NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit exposed Vartanian gained personal travel rewards from county-funded trips.

The Investigative Unit uncovered Vartanian used his personal credit card to charge more than $55,000 in county travel for MORE THAN 30 employees since 2008. Documents show he used rewards credit cards and applied his personal hotel rewards numbers to rack up bonus points, then WAS reimbursed by the county for the charges.

The Unit also found earlier this month the charges went beyond travel to include nearly $50,000 in parking spaces and $3000 in office supplies, totaling $162,330.48 of charges to his personal card for county expenses since 2003.

County officials had placed Vartanian on paid administrative leave since September 9 pending completion of an internal investigation.

County Executive Jeff Smith told the Investigative Unit the county cannot comment on personnel matters, but that interim leadership will be put in place until the board appoints a replacement.

“All I can say is that the department is going to be run by the county executive’s office at this point,” County Executive, Jeff Smith told the Investigative Unit. “We will keep it going well until the board appoints a new director.”

Smith acknowledged that leadership changes are not usually handled in this way in the county:

“It’s a little peculiar, usually there’s not a break in leadership but at this point we will have an interim,” Smith said. “The department will continue to function well. They are good people and know how to do their work, so I’m not worried about that.”

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<![CDATA[Healdsburg's Plan to Raise Legal Smoking Age Moves Forward]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:15:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tobacco-Cigarettes-generic.jpg

The City of Healdsburg's plan to raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21 has sparked a polarizing debate.

A second vote on the ordinance is scheduled on Nov. 3. If approved, Healdsburg would be the first California city to raise its smoking age to 21.

"If we can make it a little harder for people to buy cigarettes, we think it will reduce the amount of smoking," Mayor Jim Wood said. "We thought this was a positive way to try and make this a healthier community by keeping young people from smoking."

Healdsburg's city council voted 4 to 1 on Monday to move the proposed ordinance forward. The ordinance calls for anyone purchasing cigarettes, chew and other tobacco products in the city to be at least 21 years old.

"Federal and state has said when you're 18 you're an adult, you can go to work, you can sign contracts," said Gary Plass, the lone council member who voted against the ordinance. "Now we're saying 'you know what, I don't think you can make up your mind about cigarettes.' For me it's education."

Plass also added he is concerned about small businesses that could be hurt financially.

"Are we pushing the issue out of our city limits? Are we hurting our small town, ma and pa vendors?" Plass said.

Residents interviewed Tuesday said 18 year old should be considered an adult, who should have the right to make a decision on purchasing cigarettes.

"We're sending troops out at 18 to fight for our country," resident Stephanie Gray said. "I think having a cigarette at your own leisure, at your own discretion is your own problem -- and 18 is old enough to make that choice I think."

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Dumpster at Milpitas Recycling Center]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:40:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dump.jpg

A body was found at the Republic Services of Santa Clara County recycling facility in Milpitas, the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office confirmed.

The body was found Tuesday about 4 p.m. in one of the dumpsters at the facility ag 1601 Dixon Landing Road.

The coroner's office did not release any more information and the San Jose police, which has jurisdiction over the dump, also did not release any more information.

The company, founded in 1998, operates in 39 states and recycles more than 4 million tons of recycled materials a year, according to its website.

The facility takes in recycling from 8,000 San Jose and Milpitas businesses and 85,000 households.

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<![CDATA[Wildlife Officials Hold Meeting Over Mountain Lion Sightings]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:31:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1008-2014-SJ-MtLion.jpg Safety has been a hot topic in San Jose after recent multiple mountain lion sightings. Peggy Bunker reports.]]> <![CDATA[Pet Bobcat Escapes Again]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:25:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Rocky+the+Bobcat.JPG

A pet bobcat escaped from its Jersey Shore home for at least the third time this year, a little more than a month after a judge told its owner the feline would be removed from her home permanently if it got out again.

Authorities were notified around 9 a.m. Tuesday that the bobcat, named Rocky, escaped from Ginny Fine's home. Stafford Police said Wednesday the 38-pound cat was found in a humane trap Wednesday morning. It is currently being held at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey.

Fine was issued another summons after the cat escaped, and she could lose custody of the animal because of its previous escapes.

It's the third time authorities have had to round up the elusive cat this year. In one escape, the partially-declawed feline was missing for days, leaving neighbors concerned.

A judge ordered Rocky to undergo DNA testing to determine if he was a full-blooded bobcat, which are illegal to have as pets in the Garden State. Fine said he is a hybrid. The test came back inconclusive. 



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<![CDATA["Game of Thrones" Debate Moment]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:41:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NECN_102114_winteriscomingNHdebate_10p_1200x675_346016835790.jpg

A University of New Hampshire political science professor's three word pop culture reference in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race debate Tuesday night in Concord had the audience laughing and the Internet buzzing.

"Winter is coming," Dante Scala said in kicking off a question on rising energy costs directed at Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.

NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, who was moderating the debate, quickly said it wasn't in reference to HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones." 

The light moment in an otherwise testy debate came as Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown face a close race.

A recent WMUR Granite State poll showed Shaheen leading her GOP challenger 44 percent to 38 percent among likely voters at the start of the month. Seventeen percent remained undecided.

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<![CDATA[Cortese Calls for Change in SJPD Union Leadership]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:37:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dave_Cortese.jpg

The San Jose mayoral race took a strange turn Tuesday when the police union-backed candidate, Dave Cortese, called for a change in leadership of that union.

The call came after a former police cadet wrote an opinion piece in the Mercury News accusing the union president of urging recruits to quit because of ongoing pension reform fights with the city.

Cortese caused a stir with his statements, but his opponent Sam Liccardo called the statements “murky.”

Political analysts say the two candidates have staked out positions that intertwine around the police staffing issue: Cortese, backed by unions, stresses public safety, and Liccardo focuses more on the fiscal issues.

So it was a surprise to many to hear Cortese call for a change in union leadership after the former cadet made her accusations that union president Jim Unland was encouraging recruits to quit. The former cadet later reportedly said in an interview Unland did not literally tell cadets to “quit.” Still, Cortese said a change is needed.

"We need the public to know that these kind of toxic relationships are going to go away,” Cortese said, “and we're going to get back to the business of helping people and theirs neighborhoods and not be distracted."

Liccardo wants an investigation into whether the union is sabotaging police recruiting.

"The union bosses are inviting other recruiters from other cities to come to the union hall and recruit officers away,” Liccardo said.

Two Polls were released Tuesday. A labor-backed poll showed Cortese opening up a 12 percent lead, but a Liccardo campaign poll indicates their candidate has a slight 3 percent lead. San Jose State University political Analyst Melinda Jackson said that's not surprising with so many undecided voters. Jackson said, in her view, Cortese might have a slight edge because public safety may be a higher priority than pension reform at this point.



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<![CDATA[SJ Residents Told to Boil Water After Tests Confirm E. Coli]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:54:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/new-boil-map.jpg

Residents of a northeast San Jose neighborhood are being told to boil any water they use for drinking or cooking after water in the area tested positive for E. coli.

Three people have reported becoming ill, a San Jose Water Company spokesman said Wednesday. They reported having stomach problems, among the symptoms of some strains of the bacteria along with vomiting and diarrhea, and the company recommended they seek medical attention.

Officials said the water is safe for regular household uses like showering, washing clothes and dishes. Crews have been working to flush out the water main.

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

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

The water company provided bottled water and set up a water distribution location at Fire Station 19 on Sierra Road after the notice was sent out.

Representatives from the San Jose Water Company said they expected the boil-water order would remain in place for a couple days.

Water company officials are not sure how the water became contaminated, but work crews had been replacing a water main pipe in the area and it is possible that a squirrel or another animal got into the pipe and defecated or became stuck inside and spread the bacteria, he said.

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

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Voters to Decide on Artificial Turf Installation at SF's Beach Chalet Fields]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:46:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1021-2014-soccerball.jpg

The video of a group of techies scrapping with a group of young people over the use of soccer fields in San Francisco’s Mission has sent one undeniable message loud and clear: People in the city are passionate about their soccer fields.

Another example: The battle on whether to install artificial turf on Golden Gate Park’s Beach Chalet Soccer Fields has now lasted six years - the length of World War II.

"It is probably the most vetted soccer field in U.S. history," said San Francisco Parks and Recreation director Phil Ginsburg.

On a recent day, Ginsburg paced the green fields at the western edge of the park, jamming his hands and feet into gopher holes to illustrate the perils of playing soccer on the fields.

"This area here is just not safe for kids,” Ginsburg said. "Or safe for sports."

Ginsburg said the gophers and required maintenance keep the four popular soccer fields closed for half the year, greatly limiting its use. A plan to renovate the soccer fields with artificial turf and add lighting has slogged through numerous city hearings, court battles - and will now appear as competing ballot measures in November.

Prop H would ban the city from adding artificial turf to the Beach Chalet fields, while Prop I would allow the city to go ahead with the plan - as well as add artificial turf to other city parks.

"Golden Gate Park was created to be a refuge for city people, adults and children, from city life," said Katherine Howard, a Sunset neighbor who opposes the artificial turf. "If you start doing things like the project that’s planned out here, then you start to chip away at that refuge."

Howard and other opponents have come at the issue from varying fronts; some say the addition of artificial grass and new lighting will destroy wildlife habitat.

"The artificial turf of course is dead," Howard said. "So it does not provide habitat for all the birds and animals that come through here."

Other opponents are worried about the environmental hazard of artificial grass which is installed in a layer of crushed tires-broken into bits resembling a coarse black sand.

"This particular turf that has ground toxic tire crumbs," said Kathleen McCowin, whose daughter grew-up playing soccer on the fields. "That blow all over that are ingested and the children breathe them."

The City Fields Foundation, a group supported by the Fisher family of Gap fame, has already revamped several fields around the city with artificial turf, including Minnie & Lovie Park in Oceanview. On a recent day, teams of young players, from elementary school to high school, coveted the fields - running through drills and scrimmages.

Soccer dad Mark Lorenzen said so far, the fields have been a good addition, adding a reliable place for kids to play. Lorenzen said he supports the city's plans to revamp the Beach Chalet fields.

"I’m a bird lover and a nature lover," Lorenzen said. "I’m also a soccer dad and I’ve been driving all over the place. I think the Beach Chalet’s a great area and I’d like to see it get not closed when it’s rainy and muddy."

Ginsburg reasons artificial turf would add 10-thousand hours of playing time to the Beach Chalet fields, and save the city five-million gallons of water a year.

Patrick Hannan who runs the City Fields Foundation and is actively campaigning for the new turf, understands why passions are so intense over this prime strip of green abutting the Great Highway.

"When it comes time to introduce something to change things and allow more people to play," Hannan said. "There’s inevitably a conversation that’s going to happen. This one has gone on for quite some time."



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Company Develops Hoverboard]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:43:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hoverboard-raw-two---00005717.jpg

Lots of companies talk about their "float." For the employees of Los Gatos-based Arx Pax, their product has extra bragging rights. It really does float. It's a working hoverboard. Kind of like what you remember Michael J. Fox riding on in "Back to the Future Part 2." 

NBC Bay Area got a chance to glide around the Arx Pax warehouse in it for a little bit, and watch real surfers take it for a very fast very cool spin. This is the real deal, part of a Kickstarter campaign to get the hover technology into the hands of developers, while possibly keeping us safe from future earthquakes.

Earthquakes?

"In the event of an earthquake," says company Co-Founder Greg Henderson, "the ground can shake, but the building would stay still." This would happen if the magnetic technology that floats the hoverboard were used underneath your house.

How does it work? A magnetic field pushes the board into the air. Four circular hover engines generate an electromagnetic field over the copper flooring, which creates an opposing field. The two fields then repel one another.

Henderson's co-founder, Jill Avery Henderson (yes, they're married – it's why the hoverboard is called the "Hendo") adds to the long-term mission: "It's not all about hoverboards. It's a wonderful springboard to take it where it really needs to go, a better world."

A world where we might float, instead of shake.

Scott rides the "Hendo" on Twitter: @scottbudman



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<![CDATA[SF, KC Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay During World Series]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:15:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP159460407870%282%29.jpg

Forget Ned Yost and the Kansas City Royals bunting their way to a World Series title.

The real action is in the concourse, with tech-savvy fans whipping out Apple's brand new app to pay for Cracker Jacks.

Forbes is reporting the news that Apple Pay, which launched this week, is bringing "contactless acceptance" "to ballpark food and beverage concessions." 

To the average sports fan, this means that your Apple Pay-equipped iPhone 6 is as good as your wallet when loading up on garlic fries and Giants dogs at AT&T Park, or whatever it is they eat in Kansas City.

MLB Advanced Media, Major League Baseball's "digital media company," says that anyone with an iPhone 6 with the Apple Pay app can "simply [wave] your phone" at a vendor to pay for purchases throughout the World Series, according to Forbes.

For the curious nerd: Apple Pay uses EMV cryptography, and when coupled with a passcode or other security features "such as Touch ID," "every payment and tokenization" is approved "via MDES," Forbes reported.

Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium and AT&T Park "will be the first professional sports facilities to accept Apple Pay," Forbes said.

Could a Google Wallet-equipped stadium be next? 



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<![CDATA["Polite" Librarians Talk World Series Smack]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:59:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lib-th.jpg

You know things are getting intense when public librarians start talking smack about the World Series.

In a series of back-and-forth tweets, the city librarians in San Francisco and Kansas City began taunting each other – with book titles, of course – over which team is going to win Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, the Giants or the Royals.

"We're polite but fierce!" the San Francisco library tweeted. "Get ready to cry some blue tears for @Royals when @SFGiants take the win tonight."

Michelle Jeffers, the social media guru for the San Francisco library and the mastermind of the tweets, had an obvious answer for why she was dissing the Kansas City library 1,500 miles away.

"Well, they started it," she said with a laugh.

In fact, they did. At 11 a.m., the Kansas City Public Library, tweeted: "Hey @SFPublicLibrary we have a book for you!" The link showed this title: "So, You Think You Know Baseball? A Fan's Guide to the Offical Rules," by Peter E. Meltzer.

"What? They think we don't know the rules?" Jeffers joked.

Liesl Christman, the digital contest specialist at the Kansas City library, happily admitted to "starting it." And she said she chose the baseball rules book while flipping through the catalog, trying decide what bibliophile zinger to fling.

"Yeah, I was hoping to get a response," Christman said from Kansas City by phone. "I just didn't realize it was going to go on so long."

The Twitter tete-a-tete went on for so long, partly, because Jeffers wasn't going to take it lying down.

She shot back: "Thanks, but maybe you should read this." And she sent them a link to Dan Fost's book, "The Giants Baseball Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle from New York to San Francisco."

Kansas City took aim again, pointing out that the Giants haven't always been in San Francisco - the team was once a favorite in the Big Apple. Christman tweeted a stack of "fairy tale" books with the hashtag #TaketheCrown.

Jeffers fired off another dig, albeit a courteous one, simply stating that the Giants history has been amazing "coast to coast."

"I didn't want to diss them too bad," Jeffers said. "I was trying to be polite because we're librarians here."


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<![CDATA[Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:40:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/137613147.jpg

One of the great figures in American journalism has died.

Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, passed away at the age of 93.

The family says he had been in hospice care suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

His death was reported by The Washington Post Tuesday.

Bradlee skyrocketed to fame in the early 1970s when he allowed the Post to look deeper into the burglary at the Watergate Hotel. His collaboration with young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein eventually brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency and established the Washington Post as one of the world's top newspapers.

"He had the courage of an army," Woodward and Bernstein said in a statement Tuesday evening. "Ben had an intuitive understanding of the history of our profession, its formative impact on him and all of us. We loved him deeply, and he will never be forgotten or replaced in our lives."

Bradlee's Watergate fame was sealed with the movie "All the President's Men," in which he was portrayed by actor Jason Robards.

Bradlee lived a life as rich as his family name. Born into privilege in Boston, he graduated from Harvard. As a young man he lived in Paris for a time, working for the American embassy. He then joined Newsweek and eventually the Washington Post, where he served as the executive editor from 1968 until his retirement in 1991.

A prominent figure in the glamorous days of the Kennedy Administration, he was a close friend of both John and Jackie Kennedy.

Bradlee was a major player in those heady days when Georgetown dinner parties probably shaped government policy more than Congress.

He added to his stature in 1978 when he married the young style section reporter, Sally Quinn, who was 20 years his junior.

Since retiring, Bradlee wrote a memoir entitled "A Good Life" in 1995 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama last year.

"A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better," President Obama said in a statement Tuesday. "The standard he set - a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting - encouraged so many others to enter the profession."

As for journalism, Bradlee once said, "I don't mean to sound arrogant, but we are in a holy profession.”



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