<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - News as seen on - $cms.content.title]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-onen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:18 -0800Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:18 -0800NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Reads February to March]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:40:58 -0800

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. Our goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives.

The 2017 theme is “….and justice for all”— how bias affects fairness in our justice system. Be sure to go to http://siliconvalleyreads.org/ to see the 2017 Calendar of Events!

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<![CDATA[Cousins Thanks Sacramento: 'Wouldn't Trade It for Anything']]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:31:28 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/demarcus-cousins-kings-looking-up.jpg

The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the All-Star big man to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.

Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don't just consider you all as fans, you all are my family...and a couple thousand miles aren't going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. 
#LoyaltyisLove #sactownkingforever

Cousins, 26, averaged 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks and 34.4 minutes per game for the Kings this year.

Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don't just consider you all as fans, you all are my family...and a couple thousand miles aren't going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. #LoyaltyisLove

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<![CDATA[Mitch McConnell Address Trump Tweets ]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:20:43 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/McConnell_Tweet.png

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell distanced himself from President Donald Trump's tweeting habit on Tuesday, saying "I like what the President is doing," but that he would "serve himself better" to stop. ]]>
<![CDATA[Player-by-player Breakdown of the DeMarcus Cousins Trade]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:16:17 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hield-buddy-layup-world.jpg

SACRAMENTO -- The transactions came fast and furious over the last 48 hours for the Sacramento Kings and with the trade deadline still two days away, they might not be done. Gone are DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi and Matt Barnes. Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway have joined the fray in a huge roster shakeup.

Dave Joerger learned last season in Memphis that your roster is never set in stone and he will have his hands full trying to put together a makeshift lineup when games resume Thursday night.

ADDITIONS

Buddy Hield

Sacramento tried to move up in the 2016 NBA Draft to get their hands on the flashy shooting guard out of Oklahoma. Hield will eventually move into the starting lineup, with Ben McLemore either shifting to the three or coming off the bench with the second unit.

The 23-year-old wing has plenty of upside and he's under team control for the next four seasons. After averaging 25 points per game during his senior year with the Sooners, Hield has struggled a bit with the transition to the pro game.

Through 57 games, including 37 starts, the rookie is posting 8.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point range. In addition to the scoring, he's also posted 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.4 minutes per contest.

Hield, along with a 2017 first round pick, is the centerpiece of the deal for Cousins. Defensively, he is a work in progress, but the Kings landed an intriguing player that is known as a hard worker off the court and a solid locker room guy.

Tyreke Evans

Kings fans know Evans well from his four-year stretch in Sacramento beginning in 2009. The former Rookie of the Year has struggled with injuries over his last two seasons, playing a total of 51 games combined and has been on a minutes restriction in New Orleans.

He is still an effective scorer, rebounder and assist man, averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in just 18.2 minutes per game. And at just 27-years-old, there is a chance he can bounce back and become the multi-positional stat stuffer from a year or two ago.

Evans is in the final year of his deal. If he's healthy enough to play, he can step in and help the Kings at the small forward position that has been gutted by injury and the string of transactions.

Langston Galloway

Galloway joined the Pelicans over the summer after two seasons with thee Knicks. The 25-year-old point guard likes to shoot it, averaging 8.6 points on 37.7 percent from long range in 20.4 minutes per game.

The early talk had the Kings buying Galloway's contract out, but it appears he is part of the short-term plan. Barring another trade, he will play behind Darren Collison and Ty Lawson at the point guard position.

SUBTRACTIONS

DeMarcus Cousins

There is no question that Cousins' 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game will be missed in Sacramento. He has been the major cog in the Kings system for the last seven seasons and Joerger has limited options at the power forward position.

Sacramento can go big with second-year 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, who is coming into his own. Veteran Anthony Tolliver is also an option to step in and start as a stretch four next to center Kosta Koufos and rookie Skal Labissiere might get a look as well, depending on what the Kings record looks like in a weeks or two.

The 13th overall selection, Giorgios Papagiannis, is also available to play minutes, although his readiness to contribute this season has been a question mark.

Replacing Cousins as an upper echelon NBA star is impossible this season for Sacramento. It might be years before they stumble on a player this good and that's if they are lucky.

Omri Casspi

Casspi was a key reserve last season for Sacramento, but lost his minutes early in this year to Barnes and Tolliver. Injuries also played a role in Casspi's limited opportunity this year. He played in just 22 games for Sacramento this season.

If he's given the opportunity in New Orleans, Casspi could be a really nice fit on the frontline with Cousins and All-Star Anthony Davis. He's shooting 37.9 percent from 3-point range this year after knocking down better than 40 percent from deep over the last two seasons.

Matt Barnes

Barnes became Joerger's go to guy at both forward positions and his influence in the locker room was tremendous. A lightning rod for controversy, Barnes was posting 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.3 minutes per game.

Evans can step in and fill some of that role as a jack-of-all-trades wing, but he doesn't have the size to play the power position. Garrett Temple will likely see increased action at the small forward as well once he returns from a torn hamstring.

CAP SITUATION 

The Kings saved money long-term with the deal. Cousins was due $18.1 million next season, not to mention the $219 million extension he was ready to sign. Casspi is a free agent this summer.  

Hield is on his rookie scale deal that pays him $3.7 million next season. Evans is an unrestricted free agent and Galloway will likely opt in to his $5.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season.

The deal frees up roughly $9 million in salary and cap space. In addition, the Kings used the stretch provision to extend Barnes' $6.4 million salary next season, breaking it up into three-years at $2.13 million and clearing up another $4.2 million in room for the summer of 2017.



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<![CDATA[Texas Can't Cut Planned Parenthood]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:36:59 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mv+planned+parenthood.jpg

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed making decision in January and essentially bought Planned Parenthood an extra month in the state's Medicaid program.

Texas is now at least the sixth state where federal courts have kept Planned Parenthood eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion services, although a bigger question remains over whether President Donald Trump will federally defund the organization.

Sparks' decision preserves what Planned Parenthood says are cancer screenings, birth control access and other health services for nearly 11,000 low-income women. Texas originally intended to boot Planned Parenthood in January but Sparks told the state to wait pending his ruling.

Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi and Louisiana have also had similar efforts blocked.

Like in those states, Texas health officials accused Planned Parenthood officials of making misrepresentation to investigators following the release of secretly recorded and heavily edited videos by an anti-abortion group last year. Investigations by 13 states into those videos have concluded without criminal charges, and Planned Parenthood officials have denied any wrongdoing.

A Houston grand jury indicted two activists behind the videos over how they covertly gained access inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, but a judge later dismissed the charges.

Planned Parenthood serves only a fraction of the 4.3 million people enrolled in Medicaid in Texas.

Anti-abortion activists emboldened by a new Trump administration are looking for the federal government to cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. That would cut nearly $400 million in Medicaid money to the group and result in roughly 400,000 women losing access to care, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

In one of his first acts as president, Trump last month banned U.S. funding to international groups that perform abortions or even provide information about abortions. Vice President Mike Pence strongly opposes abortion, citing his Catholic beliefs, and the newly confirmed health secretary, Tom Price, has supported cutting off taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.

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<![CDATA[Police Detain Man Suspected of Stabbing School Employee]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:47:36 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8-19-16-daylight-first-homicide-berkeley.jpg

Berkeley police on Tuesday detained a man suspected of stabbing a staff member at a private school.

The crime was reported around 1:45 p.m. at Via Center, a private, special education school located at 2126 Sixth Street, police said, and led to the victim being hospitalized for the treatment of a wound.

The suspect, identified as Angel Juarez, 20, fled the scene, according to police. He has brown hair and eyes, weighs about 100 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall. He was last seen carrying a "large knife," and dressed in a long-sleeved burgundy shirt, black pants and black sneakers, police said.

Juarez was spotted running westbound on University Avenue over the Interstate 80 overpass. Police said they believed he is armed and dangerous. Officers combed through the Berkeley Marina, Aquatic Park, and parts of west Berkeley for Juarez and urged residents in the area to shelter in place. It remains unclear where he was caught.

Check back for updates.

Bay City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Teens Help Navigate SF With New Crime-Mapping App]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:45:32 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/strangerdanger_screenshot.jpgFittingly named after the Greek goddess of protection, Soteria, the app recommends routes based on crime data, police social feeds and includes an emergency call feature.]]><![CDATA[US Senate Leader: Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home ]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:45:58 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mcconAP_17052667721745.jpg

Nearly 1,000 people jeered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he drove to a speech Tuesday where he told local business leaders that "winners make policy and the losers go home."

Protesters crowded the American Legion Post 34 Fairgrounds, kept at bay by several police officers and a chain link fence. The crowd chanted "No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call" -- a reference to full voicemail boxes at the senator's offices -- as McConnell drove past in a black SUV. It was the first of several scheduled public appearances for McConnell this week during a congressional recess. Protesters upset with Republican President Donald Trump's policies have vowed to follow McConnell to every stop.

A handful of dissidents were able to RSVP for a seat to hear McConnell's speech. One woman, 54-year-old Rose Perkins of Georgetown, stood and wagged her finger at McConnell as she asked him about the thousands of coal jobs that have disappeared in eastern Kentucky.

"If you'll answer that, I'll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren," Perkins said, a reference to McConnell invoking Senate rules to silence the Massachusetts senator during her speech opposing Jeff Sessions' confirmation as U.S. attorney general.

After a brief pause filled with gasps from the mostly friendly crowd, McConnell replied: "I hope you feel better now."

Nationwide, Republicans are facing angry constituents frustrated by the president's Cabinet appointments and plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law credited with drastically cutting reducing the number of uninsured people while also driving up the cost of monthly premiums. None have faced more scrutiny than McConnell, who is managing a narrow majority to push through the president's agenda and cabinet appointments.

President Donald Trump late Tuesday tweeted that protests in Republican congressional districts are being planned "by liberal activists."

Trump wrote, "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!"

 

Several people stood and booed as McConnell finished his remarks, including answering a few questions about the Affordable Care Act and regulations on the financial industry imposed by the legislation known as Dodd-Frank. McConnell was largely unfazed by those he called "the people outside," saying he was "proud" of them for expressing their views.

But he also told his mostly friendly audience that the protesters "had their shot," adding: "Winners make policy and the losers go home."

Specific details of a replacement plan have not yet been made public, a fact 32-year-old Robert Brown found troubling. He traveled from Lexington to protest McConnell while in the wheelchair he uses because of spina bifida. He worried that repealing the law would make it harder for him to get insurance.

"Sen. McConnell is not holding town hall meetings," Brown said. "He's holding private meetings with people that will pay to see him and that largely agree with him."

McConnell distanced himself from Trump's stated war with the media, telling reporters after the speech that "I like you guys" and "we need to have people looking at us and raising tough questions." He acknowledged Trump would be well served to tone down some of his tweets, but said: "He's not going to take my advice."

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<![CDATA[Analysis: The Instability of the Kings Did DeMarcus Cousins No Favors]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:31:25 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vivek-cousins-pete.jpg

SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins took a microphone at a local Sacramento restaurant on Monday evening and couldn't fight back tears. After almost seven seasons in a Kings uniform, the talented, yet enigmatic big man professed his love for the city that he has called home and the fans that have supported him.

"My love for this city will never change," Cousins can be seen saying via mobile phone footage. "Even though I'm gone, it will still be the same. I'm still looking out for these kids. Every family in this city matters to me. Every soul in this city matters to me. Everything's the same, I'm just not in a Kings uniform anymore."

Rarely has Sacramento had a player kick and scream to stay. That is what happened behind the scenes over a wild weekend. Cousins made a commitment to remain in Sacramento, likely for the rest of his career. He spent All-Star weekend expounding his love for the city and his team.

The Kings weighed their options and went a different direction. That new path is a youth movement that was already underway.

Cousins wears his emotions on his sleeves. He can't help it, regardless of what people think. Watching him grow from a 19-year-old kid to a 26-year-old man has been one of the more intriguing aspects of covering the Sacramento Kings since 2010.

Every night was different. Every mood was different. Be it a serious look from across the room and the 6-foot-11 big man summonsing you over to explain a tweet, or Cousins seeking council after picking up another tech, there was never a doubt that he was real.

Watching him hug and take pictures with kids at his basketball camp showed one side of Cousins. Seeing him come unglued on a reporter while wearing just a towel demonstrated another. There was very little middle ground.

The instability of the Kings did Cousins no favors. Six coaches, three general managers and two ownership groups in seven seasons helped perpetuate the cycle of confusion and chaos. But that doesn't mean that anything would have worked out differently.  

Loyalty isn't just a brand for Cousins, it's how he lives his life. He's been trapped inside a fishbowl from a very young age. Rarely has he let people into his world. His kids have always been off limits. His family history has remained mostly anonymous as well. The larger than life persona on the court has never consistently matched the man you see off it.

The locker room won't be the same. Maybe that's a good thing for Sacramento. Maybe the Kings will turn a much needed corner and become something other than a perennial lottery team. But there is no question that they just gave up the best big in the league and a player who never wanted to leave.  

Sacramento invested time and energy into Cousins. In the end, they had to make a tough decision. Could they win with him? If not, would they ever be able to move the star big when his price tag read 40 or even 50 million?

There were only two options - sign him to a max deal or trade him. Don't let anyone tell you differently. His value as an asset was diminishing by the day, despite his incredible production on the court.

They chose to rip the band-aid off in one quick pull and start over. Their decision has sent shockwaves around the league, but very few people know what it feels like to walk in the Kings' shoes. Sacramento knows they have a new building to fill and they know they got less than market value, yet they still made the move.

The return is not what was expected, but this wasn't a normal transaction. Cousins' talent is unquestionable. His on court production was incredible. His generosity in the community is legendary. But pieces were still missing from the overall puzzle.

This wasn't about Buddy Hield or a draft pick in the stocked 2017 NBA Draft. This was strictly a decision to step off of one long and winding path and choose another direction.

Kings fans will watch Cousins continue to make All-Star appearances. He will likely be a first team All-NBA player this season and he and Anthony Davis might make the best big pairing since Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

The Kings will likely struggle to win 30 games for the next season or two and maybe longer. They might never stumble on a similar talent. But it wasn't working, end of story.

For the last seven seasons, the Sacramento Kings have been the most interesting bad basketball team in the league. Relocation is over and now DeMarcus Cousins is gone. The focus will now be strictly on hoops, which might be the scariest proposition of all.



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<![CDATA[Trump Condemns Racism, Anti-Semitism]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:36:09 -0800//media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Immigration0221_MP4-148771155634700001.jpg

President Donald Trump spoke out against racism and anti-Semitism Tuesday following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Trump’s comments followed 10 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and the vandalization of more than 170 Jewish graves in a Missouri cemetery on Monday.

The president’s concessions, however, were called inadequate by some Jewish advocacy groups. Critics have previously focused on the new administration’s failure to mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day and its silence on anti-Semitic attacks across the country, which increased from 13 to 28 in New York when compared to the same period in 2016. Pressure for the White House to condemn anti-Semitism rose further on Thursday, when the president interrupted a reporter from an Orthodox Jewish magazine asking about bomb threats made against Jewish centers recently.President Donald Trump spoke out against racism and anti-Semitism Tuesday following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.]]>