<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - News as seen on - $cms.content.title]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-onen-usTue, 06 Dec 2016 12:04:48 -0800Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:04:48 -0800NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Hindu Gods, Music, Art Inside Oakland's Sutya Yoga]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:02:58 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/inside+ghost+ship-22.jpgThe 'Ghost Ship' warehouse, also known as the Satya Yuga, in Oakland was filled with art, music and Hindu gods. It went up in flames on Dec. 2, 2016, killing at least 36 people. ]]><![CDATA[A's Minor League Video Coordinator Mark Smith Unexpectedly Dies at 41]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:00:39 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/282*120/as-hat-vignette-us.jpg

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mark Smith, the Oakland A’s Minor League Video Coordinator, passed away on Monday in Arizona. He was 41 years old. 

“The Oakland A’s suffered a tremendous loss today with the unexpected passing of Mark,” said Billy Beane, Oakland A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “He was a valued member of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” 

Smith served as the A’s Minor League Video Coordinator for eight seasons. He was instrumental in the creation of the department in 2009. Before joining the A’s, he was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998 – 2007. 

Funeral services are pending.

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<![CDATA[MLB Announces 2016 Postseason Shares: Giants Get Close to $2.5 Million]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:00:15 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gillaspie-conor-giants-bench-playoffs.jpg

A full Postseason share for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs was worth $368,871.59, while a full share for the American League Champion Cleveland Indians totaled $261,804.65, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Last year’s share amounts were $370,069.03 for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals and $300,757.78 for the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets.

The players’ pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.  The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games.  The 2016 players’ pool was a record total of $76,627,827.09, eclipsing last year’s $69,882,149.26.

World Series Champions

Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $27,586,017.75; value of each of full share: $368,871.59) – The Cubs issued 66 full shares, a total of 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.

American League Champions

Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $18,390,678.50; value of each of full share: $261,804.65) – The Indians issued 60 full shares, a total of 8.75 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,741.24) – The Dodgers issued 65 full shares, a total of 8.285 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

Toronto Blue Jays (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,045.09) – The Blue Jays issued 66 full shares, a total of 7.75 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $33,761.22) – The Red Sox issued 61 full shares, a total of 10.686 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $36,443.03) – The Giants issued 57 full shares, a total of 10.5 partial shares and nine cash awards.

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $38,422.69) – The Rangers issued 54 full shares, a total of 10.19 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Washington Nationals (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $35,442.68) – The Nationals issued 60 full shares, a total of 10.209 partial shares and one cash award.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

Baltimore Orioles (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $18,351.02) – The Orioles issued 52 full shares, a total of 8.36 partial shares and 30 cash awards.

New York Mets (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $17,951.65) – The Mets issued 51 full shares, a total of 12.75 partial shares and five cash awards.

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<![CDATA[Survey: Parents Binge on Media, Say They're Good Role Models]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:44:58 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPG

Parents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, computers and other screen devices while also giving themselves high marks as role models for their children's media use, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Among all those surveyed — nearly 1,800 parents in the U.S. — daily screen time averaged nine hours and 22 minutes, with the bulk of that, seven hours and 43 minutes, categorized as personal screen time and the other roughly 90 minutes spent on work.

The study also found they were enthusiastic about technology's role in their kids' lives but wary of the risks it may hold, including loss of sleep and online oversharing. Researchers from the nonprofit Common Sense Media group and Northwestern University's Center on Media and Human Development conducted the project.

Two-thirds of those surveyed, 67 percent, said monitoring their children's devices and social media accounts is more important than allowing them privacy.

Another finding: Latino and black parents expressed more concern about their kids' media use (66 and 65 percent, respectively) than white ones (51 percent). Latinos are more diligent in managing it than other parents, checking devices and social media accounts more often.

It was the gap between how much adults use media and what that might mean for their offspring that was particularly striking to James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media , which helps families and educators assess and use media and technology effectively. The group's first-ever deep dive on parents' tech habits mirrors its ongoing analysis of those of children and teenagers.

"I found the numbers astounding, the sheer volume of technology used by parents," Steyer said. "There's really a big disconnect between their own behavior and their self-perception, as well as their perception of their kids."

"Yet 78 percent of all parents believe they are good media and technology role models for their children," according to a survey summary.

The range of activities includes TV or other video viewing; video gaming; social networking or website browsing, and any other task on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Media consumed with a child or another family member along with solo use is included in the personal screen tally, according to Common Sense Media.

Personal media usage by educational level ranges from about nine hours for parents with a high school degree or less to about six hours for those with a bachelor's degree or higher.

White parents averaged six hours and 38 minutes on personal media, with Latinos spending about two-and-a-half hours more and African-American parents four hours more.

The top concerns among all parents about potential adverse media effects included the fear that children may become technology addicts (56 percent of parents); that their physical activity will be affected (50 percent) and their face-to-face communication and sleep habits will be hurt (both 34 percent).

When it comes to kids' online activities, parents worry about how much time is spent (43 percent), how much personal information is shared (38 percent) and whether youngsters are being exposed to pornography or violent images or videos (both 36 percent).

But nearly all parents, 94 percent, believe technology is helpful for children's schoolwork and education, with 89 percent agreeing it will prepare youngsters for 21st-century jobs. About three-quarters of those surveyed said technology increases exposures to other culture and supports kids' expression of their personal beliefs.

For parents seeking guidance on their family's media use, Steyer offers these tips:

— "No. 1 is role-modeling your own behavior so kids can learn from that. You have to start with the fact that when your kids are around, you have to use media the way you want them to use it," he said.

— Have times and places set aside that exclude all media devices. Steyer suggests family dinners, an hour or two before bedtime and, of course, never while driving. His group recently launched a #DeviceFreeDinner challenge.

— Use media with your kids and be engaged. "Learn from them, ask them questions, have an ongoing conversation," he said, including on topics they may otherwise be uncomfortable addressing, such as sex and drugs.

"Media can give you a lot of teachable moments, if you use it wisely," Steyer said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Vogelsong, Current Giants Stars Helped Recruit Melancon]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:30:15 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/giants-trophy-vogey-posey_1.jpg

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — When Ryan Vogelsong was let go after the 2015 season, many Giants officials insisted that the breakup would be a short one. It’s believed that Vogelsong, a fan favorite and contributor to two title teams, will eventually return in some respect, as a coach or team employee or possibly a member of the broadcast team. 

It turns out Vogelsong, who is currently a free agent, has already been playing a role for the Giants. He was a secret recruiter for Mark Melancon. 

On a conference call to discuss his four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants, Melancon said Vogelsong consistently had good things to say about the Giants when the two played together in Pittsburgh. The veterans were teammates for barely half a season, but Vogelsong, without being asked, often would sing the praises of the place that would become Melancon’s new home. 

“He was very open about how much he liked the Giants organization, and he never had a bad thing to say,” Melancon said. “And that was without prying, because I had no idea this opportunity would come up, and that speaks volumes and that kind of initiated my excitement (about the Giants). My visit to San Francisco (in November) basically proved Ryan’s point, and I saw what a great front office that we have and the ability they have to go out and get guys when they want to. I saw the reason that they’re such a good organization and why they want to win so much and the effort that they put into winning.”

In recent weeks, current Giants joined the effort. Melancon talked to George Kontos, who was a member of the same 2006 Yankees draft class, and Hunter Pence, a former Astros teammate and yoga partner. He listed Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford among the players who reached out.

The process is not a coincidental one. The Giants have focused on building a family atmosphere, and they have benefited from players serving as recruiters. Posey has attended meetings with marquee free agents in previous years, and other players talk quietly during the season about stars who have relayed that they would like to join the organization in the future. 

The list of recruiters has a common thread. Vogelsong has a son who was always around during his Giants tenure. Crawford has three children, Posey has two, and Belt has one. 

Melancon has two daughters, ages five and one, and a two-year-old son. He said the Giants made a big deal about the family-friendly atmosphere in their organization. 

“I’m a huge proponent of making sure that my family is taken care of, and I’m excited about that and all the guys I’ve spoken to on the team have backed that up,” he said. “My wife is extremely excited, and as you know, happy wife, happy life. My kids are already talking about San Francisco and they don’t even know what it is. They know about the Golden Gate Bridge and they’re excited. They’re five, two, and one, and they’re going to bleed black and orange.”

The Melancons will also bring their dog, Lou Holtz, to San Francisco.

The Giants hope the comfort factor leads to Melancon continuing the run that has made him a three-time All-Star. Over the past three seasons, Melancon has an MLB-leading 131 saves, but he has never been part of a team that has won a postseason series. As Melancon narrowed the field, the Giants’ tradition of winning stood out. Had those recruiters all gathered in one room, Melancon would have been looking at 13 World Series rings. 

“It was obvious that this organization knows how to win and that’s their top priority,” he said. “They’re set up with the Gold Glovers up the middle, Buster Posey, Crawford and (Joe) Panik. And being a ground ball guy, that’s a huge priority. Being on the other side, you can tell how much character is in that other clubhouse, so to be able to join it and join the group of guys that are veterans and winning, it was the total package in my opinion.”

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<![CDATA[Florida Marathon Runner Gets Lost, Goes Missing for 12 Hours]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:35:13 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000026847424_1200x675_825515075960.jpgA woman was missing for 12 hours after she got lost while running a half-marathon in Sarasota County. Ben Robick reports.]]><![CDATA[Possible Murder Charges in Oakland Warehouse Fire]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:33:33 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Oakland111206_MP4-148104976054900001.jpgA warehouse blaze that left 36 dead could mean murder or involuntary manslaughter charges for responsible parties, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said on Dec. 5, 2016.]]><![CDATA[Female DJ, Attorney, Teacher Among Oakland Fire Victims]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:17:59 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-627970946.jpg

The Oakland warehouse fire took the lives of musicians, artists and others trying to break down barriers with their performances.

Among them was a female disc jockey who encouraged women to get involved in the male-dominated scene of electronic music. A promoter who sought to launch the careers of new underground talent. An artist who had fought to stay true to herself.

The death toll from the Friday night fire that ripped through the dance party in the converted warehouse remained at 36 on Tuesday and Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern told The Associated Press he didn't believe more bodies would be found.

Here's a closer look at who they were:


Chelsea Faith Dolan was a brilliant DJ and producer who was beginning to get the recognition she deserved in a genre of music typically dominated by men, said fellow DJ Nihar Bhatt.

Dolan, whose death was confirmed by city officials on Tuesday, encountered overwhelming sexism and was working to get more women involved in electronic dance music, mentoring people and starting a musicians' learning group, Bhatt said. She generously shared feedback and reinforcement with fellow performers.

"She really was willing to give much more than she received," said Bhatt, who was outside the warehouse talking with a friend when the fire erupted.


Micah Danemayer, 28, was a promoter dedicated to bringing people together and showcasing new performers, Bhatt said.

His death was confirmed by city officials on Tuesday.

Bhatt was grateful for Danemayer for persuading him to do his first live solo show, a door he opened to many others.

He often projected films on a wall during other artists' sets, and was doing so the night of the fire.

"He was really a multifaceted person and talented as hell," Bhatt said. "He was so passionate for the underground, for people to have a chance."


Feral Pines, 29, a musician and artist from Connecticut, recently moved to San Francisco to be with friends, according to her brother, Ben Fritz.

"She was a kind and beautiful person who had the strength to be her true self even when she knew that was not an easy path," Ben Fritz, 39, told The Associated Press. He said she appeared to be the "happiest she had been in a few years."

Ben Fritz said the family was notified Sunday night that Pines, born Riley Fritz, was killed in the fire.

Their father, Bruce Fritz, told the San Francisco Chronicle he was flying to Oakland on Monday to identify the body. He said he would be joined by Ben Fritz, who lives in Los Angeles.

Feral Pines graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 2005 and the School for the Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2010. She lived in several places before moving to the Bay Area, according to her family.


Ben Runnels, who played guitar and sang, was introverted but connected to people through his music, said Brendan Dreaper, who helps operate Mixtape, the Oakland-based company that managed his band.

Runnels formed the group Introflirt with Nicole Renae Siegrist, known as "Denalda," who is among the missing.

They named their last album "Temporary Heaven" to describe the fleeting nature of life and the moments of happiness when you feel completely comfortable with who you are, no matter how different from others you may be, Dreaper said.

That's also the message the two friends would want the world to remember about their music, Dreaper said. They dubbed their sound "croonwave" and made it their mission to create a "soundtrack for the insecure," according to Mixtape.

"You may feel like an outsider, but that's your advantage in life," Dreaper said. "They were completely comfortable with being themselves. I think they did achieve that. I know people connected to them. The music did that for them, as well. It made them feel happy about themselves."

Siegrist, who played the synthesizer, was an outgoing "free spirit" who used herself as a canvas, painting black streaks or bold marks on her face to contrast with outfits like a veil, halo of flowers and white dress.

Runnels was from the East Coast, and Siegrist the Midwest. They met in the Bay Area a few years ago.

The two went to the warehouse show with friends, including musician Travis Hough, who also died in the fire and worked with Mixtape. Runnels' roommate, Johnnie Igaz, is listed among the missing.

Siegrist's cousin, Rhonda Ford, said the musician grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and described her as someone who could talk to anybody and lived life to the fullest.

She said the family is awaiting formal notification of her death.


Ara Jo was a vibrant artist and community organizer who could make friends with anyone, anywhere, friends said.

Jo, 29, grew up in Los Angeles and was living in Oakland. Her parents flew in from South Korea after being notified of her death.

"She's a typical artist. She's got more causes than she has energy, even though she has a lot of energy," said her boyfriend, Terry Ewing.

Ewing said one of her latest causes was to raise money and awareness for American Indians and others protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline Project in North Dakota.

Friends mourned Jo on social media, calling her the heart of Oakland.


Alex Ghassan, was the father of twin toddlers. He was a director and producer who worked with Spike Lee and Talib Kweli.

His fiancé, Hanna Henrikka Ruax, is listed as missing. Ruax is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur and activist visiting from Helsinki, Finland. She arrived in Oakland in late November.

The pair had been dating long-distance, and Ghassan was preparing to move to Europe, said his roommate Vikram Babu.

"He was fed up with the U.S.," Babu said.

Ghassan previously resided in Orange, New Jersey. He has lived in Oakland on and off for about a year, Babu said.

Ghassan's mother, Emilie Grandchamps, told WABC-TV, that Ghassan often went out of his way to help other artists.

Before the fire, Ghassan posted video of the warehouse party on Instagram. "Oakland reminds me of (hash)JerseyCity so much at times," he wrote.

Ruax, meanwhile, is a social justice activist who organized a large protest in Finland after a neo-Nazi rally in that European country, Babu said. "She is very gentle," he said.

Ruax's Instagram account is filled with playful photos of her and Ghassan. Last week, she posted a selfie with Ghassan where both made funny faces into the camera.

"Sent this pic to my mumz after arriving home to my boo," she wrote. "Home sweet home!"


Travis Hough, 35, believed music healed people, including himself.

Hough was an experimental electronic artist behind Ghost of Lightning, a project in which he created music to explore and understand his own psyche, said Michelle Campbell, founder of Mixtape, an artist management company based in Oakland.

Hough worked by day as a therapist in schools in the Bay area, using music to help children cope with trauma, Campbell said.

"Really, his passion was his work in helping find ways to use music as a means of healing," Campbell said.

Hough played bass and keyboard and was a performance artist who was inspired by Prince and other male performers "who wear ruffles, glitter and makeup," she said. His shows included orbs of rhythmically pulsating light.

He enjoyed a good meal with family and friends and hiking through northern California's Redwood forests.

"He was definitely a radiant light," Campbell said.


Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, made a warm impression on friends and colleagues in California and Rhode Island as a musician, mentor and community advocate who most recently worked for an independent publisher.

Berkeley-based publisher Counterpoint Press said Monday it was devastated by the loss of an "extraordinary co-worker and a true friend."

"Whether he was recommending new music to listen to (and it was always so good), regaling us with tales of the bowling alley, offering his beloved truck for a ride if anyone needed it or sharing his much-appreciated opinions about a jacket or manuscript, he made everyone feel like they were his friend," the company wrote in a social media post. "He was kind, considerate, hilarious."

Gomez-Hall was a 2013 graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he concentrated in American Studies. The university on Monday said he "played an integral role" in the school's Swearer Center for Public Service. He volunteered to teach at an elementary school while an undergraduate and later helped run an after-school program.

He also became well-known in Providence's music scene for playing guitar and singing in the two-man band Nightmom.

Gomez-Hall recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He was originally from Southern California and graduated from Coronado High School.


Cash Askew, a 22-year-old musician from Oakland, was kind, gentle and a "total goofball," said her girlfriend, Anya Taylor.

The couple met about a year ago at a concert in Oakland and connected through their love of music.

Taylor told the Washington Post she rushed to the scene after hearing about the blaze, but "all we could do was stand there."

Leisa Baird Askew said her daughter grew up in a musical and artistic family.

Cash was one of two members of the band Them Are Us Too. She had been performing with bandmate Kennedy Ashlyn since 2013. The duo met while studying at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Ashlyn said Askew recently started becoming "her best self" after she came out as transgender about two years ago.


Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek, was a "sweet person" who gardened and taught at a Montessori school, friend Carol Crewdson told the Los Angeles Times.

Crewdson, 33, met Hoda in 2010 when they started a collective where artists and creatives could live, avoiding the San Francisco Bay Area's high rent.

They lost touch after the collective shut down. But Crewdson said while it was operating, Hoda was very active in the collective process.


Donna Kellogg, 32, of Oakland, was described as energetic and intelligent by friends and co-workers.

Josh Howes, an ex-boyfriend, said Kellogg wanted to be a healer, the East Bay Times reported. He said she was studying nutrition.

Kellogg worked at Highwire Coffee Roasters, where founder Robert Myers said she had just cut her hair and was on the brink of changes. He said all her co-workers enjoyed connecting with her through their shared interests in coffee and her quirky sense of style.

"I loved that she had a belt with her name on it and would wear it to work," Myer said.


The city of Oakland also identified David Clines, 35, of Oakland, and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of Hayward, as victims.

Another victim has been identified, but officials said they were withholding the name because the person was 17 years old.

One of the people killed was the son of a local deputy, Kelly said Sunday. He did not release the name.


Many friends and family members are still awaiting word of their missing loved ones as crews search for remains. Some gathered outside a sheriff's office for official confirmation on their status.


Griffin Madden was a DJ who was increasingly becoming an important promoter in San Francisco, Bhatt said.

"He took a lot of inspiration from the people around him," Bhatt said. "He wanted to bring in the next generation of things."

Madden was listed as missing.


Peter Wadsworth was thoughtful, caring and always willing to lend a hand, his friend Tammy Tasoff said.

Tasoff, 29, said Wadsworth looked out for her, doing little things that made her life easier. He would organize her messy files, give her advice and fix her computer if she needed help, said Tasoff, a dental student.

He bought video games because he knew she loved them, and he would often watch her play, she said.

"Usually he'd say, 'Let's play video games,' and then he'd say, 'No, I just want to watch you play,"' she said, crying. "He'd make me food. He took really good care of me. He was like my big brother."


Nick Walrath, 31, of Oakland texted his girlfriend, Alexis Abrams-Bourke, from inside the burning structure, saying there was a fire and that he loved her.

Abrams-Bourke said Monday that Walrath was among the missing. She spoke between sobs as she described him as a wonderful person who was open, vulnerable, goofy and generous.

"I feel like my future has been ripped from me," she said.

The two moved together from New York City several years ago after Walrath got a job as a clerk for the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He spent a year working as a judicial law clerk for the federal district court in San Francisco, and recently was hired as an attorney with the San Francisco law firm Durie Tangri.

But his ultimate goal was to work for the American Civil Liberties Union, according to Abrams-Bourke.

Helping people is what drove him.

"He could really step outside of himself and care and listen to other people and feel their struggles, and want to help," Abrams-Bourke said. "Not everyone is equipped to help in that way, and he knew he was, you know, and that was his gift."

District Judge Jon Tigar said in a statement that Walrath was an "exceptional" law clerk in his chambers.

"Nick brought his brilliant intellect, cogent writing skills, curiosity and relentless work ethic to everything he did," Tigar wrote.


Barrett Clark, 35, was a popular sound engineer at the San Francisco club, The Bottom of the Hill. And his friends say he appeared to be everywhere.

Parker T. Gibbs, chief operating officer at Magnolia Media Productions, said when he'd walk into a rave full of strangers, he'd always spot Clark. "I knew where I'd be for the rest of the night," Gibbs said. "Right next to him."

Authorities have listed Clark among the missing.

Friends say the Santa Rosa native was a sound engineer and DJ who was a "standup guy" and appeared always ready to help musicians and fellow DJs.

"Mourning Barrett Clark — so supportive to us," composer and musician Holly Herndon tweeted Monday. "Played mesmeric live techno. Best sound engineer. Always laughing & making things work for ppl."

Lynn Schwarz, co-owner of The Bottom of the Hill, said Clark was the engineer she hired to impress popular bands.

"You couldn't shock the guy," Schwarz said. "He had all kinds of friends."


Friends and family were holding out hope that photographer Amanda Allen, 34, would be found safe.

The Chelmsford, Massachusetts, native is a dancer with a passion for music, loved ones told The Lowell Sun.

"We are all praying for a miracle and coming together as a family," said her mother, Linda Smith Regan.

Allen's husband, Andy Kershaw, a DJ, called her vibrant and magnetic.

Allen graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2004. She and Kershaw moved to San Francisco from Boston in 2008.

Chelmsford native Shannon Fisher said Allen took ballet as a child and later embraced "that underground musical life." Fisher described Allen as smart and funny, with a laugh that comes easily.

A photography website belonging to Allen says she shoots portraits and events.


Johnny Igaz, 34, reportedly was playing a set when the fire broke out and was among those still unaccounted for Tuesday.

A close friend recalled him as a thoughtful, talented DJ who was involved in music throughout his life.

Demitria Ruiz-Sauliere, who knew Igaz from the close-knit house and techno music scene, said he had a "unique warmth and charisma" that earned him friends and fans. She described him as a punk rocker who grew up in the Bay area.

He loved synthesizers and electronic music and had been offering free tutoring sessions to younger musicians to help jumpstart their careers, Ruiz-Sauliere said.

He was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and pushed for social equality.

"He was a revolutionary," she said. "If there's any person who could be the root for any kind of widespread grassroots movement, it was Johnny."

He was listed on Facebook as a record buyer at Green Apple Books and Music in San Francisco.

His Facebook page was filled with tearful posts from friends who called him a beautiful soul and a true friend.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Trump Makes Surprise Tower Appearance]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:33:01 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_trump1206_1500x845.jpgIn an surprise appearance at the Trump Tower lobby, President-elect Donald Trump answered press inquiries before heading up for a day of meetings with potential White House cabinet members on Dec. 6, 2016. Trump told reporters that the Boeing contract for Air Force One is "totally out of control" at what he claims were $4 billion. ]]><![CDATA[What They're Saying: Klay Racks Up 60 Points in Less Than 30 Minutes]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:15:05 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/curry-steph-background-klay-thompson.jpg

On Monday night against the Pacers, Klay Thompson racked up 60 points.

In the process, he took social media by storm.

[RELATED: Mychal Thompson's message to Klay: 'You should have had 70']

Here is what people around the basketball world had to say about the historic performance:


Klay went 21-for-33 from the field (8-for-14 on 3s) and 10-for-11 from the free throw line.

Photo Credit: CSN Bay Area staff]]>