<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - News as seen on - $cms.content.title]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on en-us Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:32:56 -0700 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:32:56 -0700 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[East Bay Superintendent on Leave After Ray McDonald Visit]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:28:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*200/1372607920485.jpg_w185.jpg

The Hayward school board has placed its superintendent on paid leave while it investigates his role in hosting former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ray McDonald, who has been accused of rape, at a school assembly designed to teach at-risk students self-discipline. 

Superintendent Stan Dobbs was placed on paid leave Wednesday at a Hayward Unified School District board meeting, the board’s president Lisa Brunner told NBC Bay Area via email. She said that Dobbs had to be removed in order to allow the investigation into McDonald’s visit to proceed.

Brunner also took the opportunity to clear the name of Tennyson High School Principal Lori Villanueva, who the superintendent had initially blamed for arranging McDonald’s February visit, according to Brenner. 

"The blame placed by the Superintendent’s office on Principal Lori Villanueva was unwarranted…the office owes Ms. Villanueva an apology," Brunner said, calling the need for the superintendent to take leave "prodigiously" apparent.

Dobbs has strong support within the Hayward community, despite previous reports that he shouted and made physical threats during board meetings.

In announcing the board’s decision, Brenner commended aspects of Dobbs’ performance as superintendent.

"The Superintendent has done many positives things with Board support and approval,"Brenner told NBC Bay Area. "It is the things that he has done without Board knowledge that concerns us."

The visit from McDonald, who is accused of meeting a woman at a San Jose bar, taking her home and raping her while she was intoxicated, sparked immediate outrage among some parents at the school after the East Bay Express published an in-depth story on the assembly.

McDonald, who also has been in court for domestic violence charges, could serve eight years if a jury convicts him. He is slated to appear before a judge in September.  

At the time of the visit, the school proudly displayed pictures on its Facebook page of McDonald and another 49ers player posing with students and smiling as part of a "Made in Hayward" event, focusing on "making the right decisions." Those pictures quickly went viral, throwing the school district into crisis mode.

Dobbs told the Mercury News on Thursday that he would pray for the board.

"I will always continue to put the Made In Hayward children first no matter what non-actions are taken against me in public,"Dobbs said. "I will just continue to pray for the board members and their decisions -- that is the best I can do."

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<![CDATA[Retired Pope Offers First-Ever Assessment of Papacy ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:39:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_96053773169.jpg

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to dismantle what he calls the Vatican's "gay lobby."

"Benedict XVI: The Final Conversations," is due out in September, the latest book-length interview that Benedict has conducted with German journalist Peter Seewald.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera, which has the book's newspaper rights, provided a brief overview Friday.

Corriere said Benedict recounts that he announced his resignation in Latin because he feared making a mistake in Italian. He recalls his "surprise" at Pope Francis' election and his "joy" at seeing him mingle with crowds. And he claims to have dismantled a group of powerful gay prelates in the Vatican.

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<![CDATA[Monae, Lamar to Perform at White House on Fourth of July]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:33:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MonaeWhiteHouse-AP_16183657821447.jpg

Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae and rapper Kendrick Lamar will help President Barack Obama celebrate his final Fourth of July at the White House. 

Spokesman Josh Earnest says the musicians are performing at Obama's annual Independence Day event for "military heroes." 

Obama and his wife, Michelle, welcome military families each year for a barbecue, concert and view of the fireworks on the National Mall. 

Both musicians are Obama favorites. The president once chose Lamar over Drake in a hypothetical rap battle. Obama also named Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as his favorite song of 2015. 

Monae was a guest at a White House state dinner in May. She also has backed White House efforts on voter registration, gun control and changes to the criminal justice system.

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<![CDATA['Games of Thrones' Villain Blasts Politicians Over Refugees ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:31:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LenaHeadeyMaisieWilliams-489457032.jpg

On screen she's a homicidal maniac.

But as the world watched Cersei Lannister unleash devastating revenge on her enemies, the actress who plays the brooding "Game of Thrones" villain was in Greece displaying a far more compassionate side.

Lena Headey went to Lesbos, the island at the heart of Europe's refugee crisis, and two migrant camps in northern Greece to visit refugees stranded by Europe's closed-door policies.

On Friday, she told The Associated Press the trip had been life-changing.

Co-stars Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham joined her on the trip organized by the U.S.-based relief agency, the International Rescue Committee.

They had little to say about Season 7, still unconfirmed by U.S. pay television channel HBO despite drawing a domestic audience of 8.9 million for the season finale last Sunday. But when asked about the refugees they met, they finished each other's sentences.

More than a million migrants and refugees have traveled from the shores of Turkey to Greek islands since early 2015. Families crossed in dinghies and unsafe boats and continued to mainland Europe during the crisis, which triggered border closures across the continent. It also started an explosive political debate that emerged as a key issue in Britain's referendum to leave the European Union, and is likely to play a role in upcoming elections in Germany and elsewhere.

Headey described Europe's treatment of people fleeing war in Syria and other countries as "utterly ridiculous." Here are some of the actors' thoughts about the situation:


The British actress spoke with refugees who have been trapped in Greece for months.

"They just want a voice. That's what they all said to each of us — 'tell my story, tell my story' — and that's what we're going to do," Headey said.

"It was a life-changing trip to see firsthand the enormity of the loss of humanity that's at stake. These people can and want to contribute to the world. They are smart with education and skills and we're not allowing them to. We just stop them living. It can't continue."

Refugees, she said, were being deliberately misrepresented as a financial burden and security threat.

"I'd like to just erase the complacency and fear and replace it with humanity," she said.

"You go to these camps, and people communicate with their hearts. They have nothing left. It's a connection that we've lost in our complacent society. So it's incredible moving, and uplifting, and inspiring, and horrifying. We need to re-find ourselves and not shut our doors."


Dozens of refugee camps have sprung up across Greece this year, most set up by the army and assisted by aid agencies like the IRC.

Maisie Williams, who plays orphaned teenage noble-turned-assassin Arya Stark, was struck by her visit to Lesbos and a camp where dwellers tend to a small vegetable patch.

"They came up with the idea to give this fresh produce that they worked so hard to grow to the poorer families of Lesbos. These people have nothing, absolutely nothing, and they are still giving back. They don't want to come (to Europe) to take from these other countries. They are just people."

The 19-year-old native of Bristol, England, said she was concerned about the migration debate back home, where a surge of anti-immigrant hate crimes has been reported since the EU referendum.

"For me the scariest thing about leaving Europe is just the unknown," she said. "The general consensus is just to shut the door and walk away, and that really disappoints me. The responsibility for us is to hear (refugees') stories, bring them back and diminish this weird, false stigma around them."


The harshest criticism of Europe's policymakers came from Liam Cunningham, the bearded Irish actor popular for his portrayal of philosophical smuggler Davos Seaworth.

"There is a desire (by politicians) not to have these people here. They won't come out and say it. They won't be honest about it. So they do the old foot-dragging, bureaucratic foot-dragging. They want to make Europe undesirable to visit. That's the intention," the 55-year-old said.

"I'd love to grab those people by the back of the neck and take them to the camps and say: 'Look what you've done.' ... They are right-wing appalling human beings."

He added: "There are (refugees) in these camps who are oncologists, judges, successful people who've had everything taken away from them ... I was angry before but when you meet these beautiful people who are our children, our brothers, our sisters and you see what's been done to them. It's shameful."

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<![CDATA[Boy, 6, Killed by Mercedes Driver at San Jose's Oakridge Mall]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:54:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000017889686_1200x675_716885571551.jpg A 6-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Mercedes driver in the parking lot of Westfield Oakridge shopping center in San Jose on Thursday evening, while he was walking in the parking lot with his mother and sister, police said. Paola Reyes reports.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Maintains Edge in New NBC Battleground Map]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:18:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-clinton-june7.jpg

With both parties now having their presumptive nominees and with new battleground-state polling and maneuvering to chew on, NBC News updated its battleground map. The result: Hillary Clinton maintains her advantage, having 255 electoral votes in her column to Donald Trump's 190; 93 are in Tossup. Back in May, it was Clinton 253, Trump 190, Tossup 95. The big changes from two months ago: We moved Florida from Tossup to Lean Dem; Nevada and Pennsylvania from Lean Dem to Tossup; Utah from Likely GOP to Lean GOP; Mississippi and Montana from Lean GOP to Likely GOP; and New Jersey from Lean Dem to Likely Dem.

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<![CDATA[Parolee in Palo Alto Fires Stun Gun at Cabbie: PD]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:17:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Amir+Sakaev.jpg

Police arrested a San Jose parolee Thursday morning in Palo Alto after he allegedly refused to pay a taxi fare and fired a stun gun at the driver, police said.

At 3:05 a.m. dispatchers received a call from a taxi driver who alleged a passenger was outside the cab firing a stun gun at him as he protected himself by staying locked inside the cab on El Camino Real at Military Way.

Officers arrived and arrested 27-year-old Amir Sakaev in the 3900 block of El Camino Real and alleged they found him with a stun gun, according to police.

The taxi driver told police he picked up Sakaev in San Jose in a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria and drove him to Palo Alto. When he reached Sakaev's destination, allegedly Sakaev made no attempt to pay.

The driver got out of the cab to demand payment but allegedly Sakaev pulled out a stun gun and started firing at the man.

The gun fired an electrical arc and not probes as a Taser does, police said.

The driver ran back to his cab to protect himself and called 911 as allegedly Sakaev continued firing. Allegedly, Sakaev stopped a short time later and walked south before police arrived.

The taxi driver escaped injury, according to police.

Police booked Sakaev into the county jail on suspicion of armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a stun gun and the probation violation, police said.

Officers discovered that Sakaev was on parole for criminal threats and on probation for vandalism and violation of a court order.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or texted or left as voicemail at (650) 383-8984.

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<![CDATA[Up to 116 Civilians Killed in Drone, Other Air Attacks: US]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:11:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/YemenDroneAttack-AP_335275368359.jpg

The Obama administration says between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. 

Friday's disclosure was the administration's first public assessment of the number of civilians killed in these types of operations. Some human rights advocates say the number is significantly higher. 

Obama also signed an executive order that makes protecting civilians a central element in planning U.S. military operations. 

While sketchy details often emerge about individual drone strikes, the full scope of the U.S. drone program has long been shrouded from view. It is a key tool of Obama's counterterrorism strategy. 

The civilian casualties disclosed do not reflect U.S. air attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria.

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<![CDATA[Charleston Church Shooting Victims Sue FBI Over Gun Buy ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:00:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Charleston-Church-Shooting-Day-2.jpg

The FBI is being sued by survivors of the shooting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, who say federal mistakes enabled Dylann Roof to buy the .45-caliber handgun he used.

Lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five who were slain say the FBI negligently failed to conduct a thorough background check before Roof bought the gun last year.

If the agency had done its job, Roof's prior drug arrest would have shown up, and the bureau would have denied his purchase, the lawsuits filed Thursday allege.

Attorney Andy Savage said Friday that his clients hope the litigation will lead to improvements in gun safety.

"In this case, you had an unqualified purchaser that slipped through the cracks," Savage told The Associated Press. "And the result is what happened on June 17."

Federal officials didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.

The June 17, 2015, shootings by a young white man of nine black parishioners who had welcomed him to their Bible study renewed debates about race relations in the South.

Roof, who posed online with the Confederate flag, had told a friend he intended to kill people at the historic black church to start a race war. The shooting led to the battle flag's removal from many places of honor.

Law enforcement agencies have acknowledged since last summer that mistakes were made involving Roof's April 2015 gun purchase. FBI Director James Comey has said the transaction should have been denied, and he promised a full review.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon told the AP that a jail clerk entered incorrect information for Roof's February 2015 drug arrest, and that while the mistake was noticed within days, it wasn't fixed in a state database.

So when Roof sought to buy the gun two months later, an FBI examiner spotted the arrest, but called the wrong agency to get his record. Without the necessary documents, the purchase had to go through.

Congress has limited federal background checks to three days, although states can extend this window.

South Carolina legislators filed a number of bills to increase the window after the shootings, but none advanced. The Senate Judiciary chairman ultimately promised a hearing this summer, but it still hasn't been scheduled.

The FBI makes about 58,000 checks on a typical day, handled by about 500 people at a call center. The agency has reported that about 2 percent of the checks end without enough information to give an answer.

Roof is currently jailed pending death penalty trials in both state and federal court on charges including murder and hate crimes. His federal trial is scheduled for November, but state prosecutors want their case to start first.

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<![CDATA[Richards-Ross Tries to Extend Career at Trials ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:11:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rossAP_30770964916.jpg

Reigning Olympic 400-meter champion Sanya Richards-Ross calls them gold-medal moments, when a complete stranger walks up to her and thanks her for a career that's included plenty of celebrations, along with some tears.

Those moments are priceless for Richards-Ross, even more so with the 31-year-old retiring after the Rio de Janeiro Games. She's a long shot to make the American squad at the Olympic trials because of a painful big toe that's haunted her for years and a hamstring ailment that recently surfaced.

Richards-Ross insisted she's OK if she doesn't make the team — that it's just as much about soaking it all in one last time.

Still, that competitive nature is hard to switch off. The four-time Olympic gold medalist and American record holder won't go without one final kick down the back stretch.

"As an athlete, you're optimistic until the very end. I can't help but be that way," said Richards-Ross, who begins Friday with a first-round heat. "If I'm in it, I can win it. If I don't, I'm grateful that I made it this far."

It's been a stroll down memory lane for Richards-Ross since she arrived in Eugene earlier in the week. She and her dad went to the track and took a casual trip around it. Her dad has been by her side through her triumphs (her crowning achievement, 400-meter gold at the 2012 London Olympics) and her heartaches (finishing third at the 2008 Beijing Games when she struggled down the stretch and was later found crying underneath the stands). Not only that, but the health concerns, too — she spent five years fighting a painful autoimmune disease called Behcet's syndrome, only to discover it may have been misdiagnosed.

"To walk the track with my dad and reflect on this amazing journey I've been on felt perfect," Richards-Ross said. "I'm trying not to get too emotional, because I need to give everything on the track."

Her big toe is a big reason she's calling it a career. Before this season, she had her third surgery, but the pain remains a "10" when she runs. Her shoe company, Nike, designed a spike for her to train in to take the pressure off her foot and it helps, but the pain persists.

"There's a quality of life thing where I don't want to run to the point that I can't walk," she said. "I want to run with my kids one day and not say, 'Well, I used to run but that was only when I was young.'"

She's long been the gold standard in the 400 since her days at the University of Texas. She was a member of the last three 4x400 relay teams that captured Olympic gold, but an individual Olympic gold eluded her until London.

Richards-Ross would love nothing more than to defend her crown in Rio, but it's going to be difficult with a field that includes Allyson Felix — even if she has a sore ankle — up-and-comer Courtney Okolo and Francena McCorory, to name a few. Making matters worse, Richards-Ross hurt her hamstring in a race a few weeks ago, limiting her practice time. This after finishing seventh, more than 2 seconds behind the winner, during the Prefontaine Classic in late May at Hayward Field.

"Just taking it one race at a time," said Richards-Ross, who's trained under legendary coach Clyde Hart.

She's already thinking about her post-race career. At the top of the list, she'd like to start a family with her husband, NFL defensive back Aaron Ross. She's also in the process of writing a book, owns several businesses — including a luxury car service with her husband and a salon with her sister — and wants to launch a broadcasting career.

"Be the female version of Michael Strahan, because he transitioned so well," said Richards-Ross, who lives in Austin, Texas. "I want to do something with as much fire and passion as I did my sports career."

While there's a chance she could be in the U.S. relay pool if she doesn't finish in the top three, there's also a chance this could be it. If it is, Richards-Ross said she's not sure how she will punctuate her final big race on the track.

"It's impossible to rehearse for something like this," Richards-Ross said. "I want to be in the moment and whatever my emotions lead me to do, that's what I'm going to do."

As for how she wants to be remembered, that's simple: Giving every race everything she had.

"I hope that fans were inspired by my effort," Richards-Ross said. "As I was leaving the track (Tuesday), this father tapped me on the shoulder and said to me, 'Sanya, you've been such a good role model for my daughter.

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