<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - News as seen on - $cms.content.title]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-onen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:39:29 -0700Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:39:29 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Rob Mayeda's Weekend Forecast]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:30:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SF_KNTV_2016_08_26_18_47_32_1200x675_752328259823.jpgThe marine layer will start the weekend close to 3,000 ft, coupled with onshore winds this will insure temps will be staying mostly mild even across our inland valleys. Areas of drizzle or mist are likely at times late night and early mornings as well. Temps should climb slightly early next week as the marine layer compresses slightly, but the trend is still looking even cooler than average later next week as a stronger area of low pressure settles in to the West Coast. Some model runs are hinting at showers and much cooler weather ahead for Labor Day Weekend. Indeed, the upper air temps associated with this system would be chilly enough to support snow across the highest peaks of the Sierra. Odds are more likely we'll see breezy and cooler conditions continuing out to the next 10 days, we'll have to wait and see if those shower chances are for real in coming weather model run updates.]]><![CDATA[Kerry: US, Russia 'Close' on Syria Agreement]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:30:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kerry-Lavrov-Syria-Talks-AP_897609403882.jpg

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the U.S. and Russia are close to a deal that could end the fighting in Syria, NBC News reported.

"Today I can say we achieved clarity on the path forward," Kerry said in Geneva, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have been negotiating on a way to reach a ceasefire. Kerry cautioned there is more work to do, but added, “we are close.”

Sources close to the negotiations told NBC News the framework of the agreement being discussed includes a nationwide ceasefire and unrestricted access given to humanitarian groups.

Still, some of those involved in the negotiations expressed concern that even if a deal was reached, it would not hold for long.

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<![CDATA[Police Searching for Escaped Contra Costa County Prisoner]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:36:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC+Bay+Area+Breaking+News+Image1.png

Police late Friday are searching for a woman who escaped custody in the vicinity of a Contra Costa County jail, authorities said.

A woman in the custody of the San Pablo Police Department was being transported to the Martinez Detention Center, but she ran off before they could get her into the jail, officials said.

The incident was reported on Twitter around 7:35 p.m.

San Pablo and Martinez police have set up a perimeter in downtown Martinez and are searching for the woman.

The woman is described as a 28-year-old black woman, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing black pants, a gray sweatshirt and was handcuffed.

No other information was immediately available.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[A's Held at Bay by Weaver, Fall to Cardinals]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:15:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-596018570.jpg

Luke Weaver put it all together in his third career start, and it came at the A’s expense.

The Cardinals rookie went six innings Friday and gave up just a solo homer to Yonder Alonso, collecting his first major league victory in a 3-1 win over the A’s at Busch Stadium.

Weaver, a 23-year-old who was a first-round draft pick in 2013, found the going rough in his first two starts since being called up. But he held Oakland to four hits, striking out seven and setting the tone in the opener of this three-game interleave series.

St. Louis, which currently holds one of the National League’s two Wild Card spots, jumped ahead in the first on Jedd Gyorko’s two-run homer off Ross Detwiler (1-3). That would be all Weaver and three relievers would need, as the A’s fell to 55-73, their worst record after 130 games since the 1997 squad went 51-79.

Starting pitching report

Detwiler had been roughed up in his previous two starts, and it looked like more of the same early. He allowed Matt Carpenter’s leadoff single in the first and then Gyrko connected for a two-run homer to center before Detwiler had even recorded an out. But the lefty settled in and surrendered just one more run over his 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Bullpen report

The Cardinals have had problems at the closer’s role this season, as Trevor Rosenthal struggled greatly with his command over the first half. He’s now on the disabled list with forearm and shoulder issues. His ninth-inning replacement, Seung Hwan Oh, closed it out against the A’s in the ninth. Alonso led off with a single, but Ryon Healy followed by hitting into a double play to squelch any hopes of a comeback rally. Oh, whose nickname in English translates to “Final Boss,” picked up his 13th save.

At the plate

Alonso, a .354 career hitter at Busch Stadium entering the night, got the A’s on the board in the second, jumping on the first pitch from Weaver (1-1) and launching a solo homer to center that cut Oakland’s deficit to 2-1.

Shortstop Marcus Semien, in his first game back from the paternity list after the birth of his son, doubled in his first plate appearance. He finished 1-for-4.

In the field

Neither team committed an error.


The turnout was 40,221.

Up next

Zach Neal (2-3, 5.49) has allowed nine earned runs over his past two starts, spanning 10 innings. He’ll oppose Mike Leake (9-9, 4.56) in Saturday’s 4:15 p.m. game.

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<![CDATA[Critics Say Millennium Tower's Sinking Was Foretold by Earlier Project]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:04:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JAXON+PKG+-+00035413.jpgThe now leaning and sinking Millennium Tower's troubles may have been avoided had the city building officials heeded experts' warnings, an NBC Bay Area News investigation shows. Jaxon Van Derbeken reports.

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<![CDATA[Millennium Tower's Sinking Foretold by Earlier Project]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:05:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JAXON+PKG+-+00035413.jpg

The now leaning and sinking Millennium Tower’s troubles may have been avoided had the city building officials heeded experts’ warnings that helped doom a similar project that was deemed at risk of sinking dramatically on Bay mud, an NBC Bay Area News investigation shows.

The 58-story Millennium was the heaviest and tallest concrete building on the West Coast when completed in 2009. But the tower at 301 Mission St. had sunk some ten inches soon after it was completed and is now leaning to the north and west.

It could ultimately sink nearly three feet, according to a study commissioned on behalf of condominium owners, who include the likes of 49ers legend Joe Montana. Owners have already started to file lawsuits stemming from the tower troubles.

At the corner of Mission and Fremont streets, signs that the tower is in trouble are everywhere. The sidewalk is cracked, the tower’s elegant stone facing is askew.

The problem is even evident at a distance, to a trained eye.

“You can even see it from the Bay Bridge, because the other buildings are plumb, and this one isn’t,’’ said Larry Karp, veteran soils engineer who said the Millennium Tower’s troubles are unique in his six decades of experience. “This is something new.”

But an investigation by NBC Bay Area shows that the building troubles might have been avoided had the city’s building inspection officials heeded warnings on the similar project, slated to be built on land now occupied by the Transbay Terminal.

The warnings came in mid-2004, when Millennium was still on the drawing boards. That was when the Department of Building Inspection ordered construction halted on a 52-story project at nearby 80 Natoma St. in part because of a threat that it could sink into the watery clay and sand South of Market.

The then head of the building inspection department, Frank Y. Chiu, said in a legal declaration in October 2004 that he ordered a work stoppage in light of experts’ warnings that the 80 Natoma St. project could sink more geotechnical consultants estimated in the sandy, watery clay soils South of Market.

One of those experts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology geotechnical professor Charles Ladd, estimated that the 52-story planned Natoma Tower would likely sink at twice the extent predicted by the builder’s consultants of five inches.

Ladd expressed what he called “considerable concern’’ that such a building could sink “under the stresses imposed’’ on the old bay mud beneath it.

Ladd warned the building might sink some 11 inches and tilt due to uneven soil conditions.

In response, the city’s top building official took the extraordinary step of stopping the Natoma project in mid-2004.

The official, Chiu, explained his rationale in a deposition concerning the stop work order.

“Settlement of this magnitude” he said, “could cause cracking of the building, displace adjacent structures, and increase the risk of serious damage to the building in the event of an earthquake.’’

While the Natoma project ultimately died, the same type of foundation design lived on through the Millennium project.

Like the Natoma project, Millennium’s foundation is a thick concrete slab supported by piles resting on bay mud and sand, not bedrock. Experts say that such a foundation poses a distinct sinking risk in bay mud – and the city building officials should have done more to account for that risk in the Millennium project.

“This is a much bigger building,” said engineer Jerry Cauthen, who was involved in the planning of the nearby Transbay Transit Terminal. “A much heavier building sitting on worse soil, designed apparently by the same geotechnical firm that designed the 80 Natoma building.’’

Cauthen said that given the warnings about Natoma, the city should never have approved a similarly designed foundation used by the Millennium project. The local firm that did the soils report on both projects – Treadwell and Rollo – has had predicted both of the buildings would sink just a few inches.

The firm declined comment for this story.

Back in 2004, a top official with the firm, Richard Rodgers, dismissed any doubts about the Natoma project.

The "company is not in the habit of designing buildings that are prone to failure” Rodgers said, adding that the firm’s “reputation stands on its own.”

The soils report on the Millennium project reviewed by NBC News reveals that the firm’s engineers did acknowledge back in 2001 that the millennium could sink as much as an inch in a quake. The saturated soil under its foundation, the engineers concluded, is “susceptible to liquefaction” in a major quake.

Karp, the veteran soils expert, worries that the Millennium Tower will lurch, not just sink in such a quake.

“That’s a real big problem,” he said. “If the building is now leaning and all of a sudden is subject to strong motion, it’s going to lean more.”

The Millennium builder said it obtained all city clearances and building officials said the engineer who was most knowledgeable about such projects was not available for comment.

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<![CDATA[Ultra-Marathon Runner Reunited With Missing Stray Dog]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:29:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gobi-the-dog-reunited-runner.jpg

An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.

Dion Leonard says the stray befriended him as he took part in the 155-mile Gobi March race, part of the 4 Deserts race series. The dog followed him for much of the race. He vowed to take the dog, named Gobi, home to the U.K.

Leonard, who lives in Scotland, says the dog was preparing to go into quarantine in China before traveling to the U.K. when she disappeared. Having learned that she ran away, he returned to China to find Gobi with the help of a crowdfunding appeal, using posters and the power of social media to track her down.

"On Tuesday night, I received a phone call around 9 p.m. at night saying, 'We've got Gobi. We think it is her. It looks like her in the posters, come round and have a look,' " he told the BBC. "Thankfully we went over and as soon as I walked into the lounge she came running across the room and into my arms."

"She was so excited to see me," he said. "I knew it was her straight away."

Gobi joined Leonard on the second day of the six-stage, seven-day race, and also ran along on her short stubby legs for days three and six.

"She ran 77 miles during those three stages, she slept with me during the evenings. And we just formed this bond that couldn't be broken during the race," he said. "I knew as soon as the race had finished — and even during it_- that I had to make an effort to try and get her back to the U.K. somehow."

He now hopes the dog will join him in Scotland before Christmas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

Photo Credit: Courtesy 4 Deserts Race Series / Gobi March / Onni Cao
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<![CDATA[BART Warns of Rash of Cell Phone Thefts]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:33:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-26-16-bart-rash+of+robberies.jpgPay attention BART riders. In the month of August alone, there have been 13 cases of stolen cell phones, three of which happened this past week at the Oakland and San Francisco stations. Elyce Kirchner reports.

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<![CDATA[Bridge Officials Respond to Suicides With Crisis Text Line]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:57:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+GGB+SUICIDE+BARRIER+PKG+-+00004119.jpgThe number of people younger than 25 who are coming to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide has increased five-fold in the past 14 years, and Bridge District officials have turned to text messages to help them. Christie Smith reports.

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<![CDATA[Tech on The Turf: Niners Practice With Robots]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:01:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tackling+Dummies+Sac+Bee+-+15045917.jpgBefore the San Francisco 49ers take to the field and hit actual people, they practice on robots. Scott Budman reports.

Photo Credit: The Sacramento Bee]]>