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I-280 Reopens Following Labor Day Weekend Closure For Seismic Upgrade

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Northbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco reopened Monday night following a closure over the Labor Day holiday weekend for a construction project to strengthen the highway in the event of seismic activity, Caltrans officials said.

A portion of the freeway from northbound Highway 280 from the U.S. Highway 101/Highway 280 interchange to San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was closed on Thursday afternoon for the project.

The roadway reopened around 9:45 p.m., about seven hours ahead of schedule.

During the closure, crews replaced hinges on two large sections of the roadway, according to Caltrans officials.

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The highway hinges were designed in the 1960s and an inspection seven years ago determined they were in need of replacement in order to withstand a large earthquake.

Motorists on northbound Highway 280 were detoured to Highway 101 as crews worked on the project.

The highway was also closed for similar seismic strengthening work during the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holiday weekends.

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Neighbors Say 49ers Player’s San Jose Pad Home To Raging Parties

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:13

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Ray McDonald drove his new Bentley down Bentley ridge drive Monday night, a street that’s typically quiet, except when neighbors say the 49er throws one of his raging house parties.

That was the case Saturday, when McDonald celebrated his 30th birthday. An empty wine glass still sits on the front lawn. Things looked tidy early on though. Teammate Vernon Davis Instagrammed this photo of the pool, saying he was enjoying the scene.

By the early morning hours, things turned serious. A call was made to the police department:

“Her fiancé was hitting her. She is ten weeks pregnant,” a dispatcher said.

Neighbors were too afraid to go on camera, but McDonald’s direct neighbors say the music was so loud it set off their window alarms. Another one said they had to go into another room in the house to deal with the noise

Police sources say McDonald’s fiancé showed officers bruises on her arm and neck.

This isn’t the first time neighbors have seen cops in the upscale community. In September, Aldon smith crashed his pickup truck into a tree and skidded onto someone’s lawn, apparently after leaving one of McDonald’s parties. Smith was arrested for DUI and marijuana possession.

Neighbors say these kinds of big parties happen about 5 times a season. Bringing unwanted crowds of late night drunks, and at least 40 cars to the block.

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Rockies Snap Giants Win-Streak

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:08

DENVER (CBS/AP) — The new kids got things rolling and the familiar face with the bushy beard brought the win home.

Charlie Blackmon lined a two-out single in the ninth inning off reliever Sergio Romo, helping the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 10-9 on Monday and stop the Giants’ six-game win streak on a long day at Coors Field.

Earlier in the day, the Giants broke away from a tie and beat Colorado 4-2 in a game that resumed after it was suspended May 22 in the sixth inning because of rain.

In the regularly scheduled game, Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins (3-2) blew a save in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Mike McKenry led off with a single up the middle off Romo (5-4). McKenry scored from third when Blackmon’s hit fell near the right-field line.

All this after the newest members of the team, call-ups Ben Paulsen and Rafael Ynoa, arrived from Triple-A Colorado Springs ready to contribute. Paulsen hit a two-run homer as a pinch hitter and Ynoa had the first three hits of his career.

“The hits were coming from a lot of guys you may not expect it from,” said Blackmon, an All-Star this season known for his unkempt beard. “It’s really positive to see that kind of contribution from not the usual suspects.”

Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer for the Giants. Pence also came up big hours earlier, when his tiebreaking double in the eighth led the Giants in the resumption.

Hawkins struggled in the ninth, giving up an RBI single to Buster Posey and another to Pablo Sandoval that tied the game.

It set the stage for Blackmon, who collected the Rockies’ seventh walk-off hit of the season. He said he was looking for a changeup from Romo since he saw nothing but fastballs in the earlier game.

“The pitch was way down,” said Blackmon, who was 0 for 5 before his final at bat. “I looked up and didn’t know where it was going to be. Then I realized it wasn’t going to be an out—and I ran to first. “

A bitter loss for the Giants to stomach in the middle of the NL West chase.

“Hard-fought game, tough game,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s one that you see here in this ballpark.”

Trailing 7-2 in the sixth, the Rockies scored four runs off starter Tim Hudson. They tied the game the next inning on Josh Rutledge’s run-scoring single off reliever Jean Machi.

Paulsen gave the Rockies a 9-7 lead with a two-run homer.

Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring double. Pence extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his homer in the first.

Hudson gave up six runs and remained winless at Coors Field. Hudson acknowledged the last time he was in town that a victory in this hitter friendly-park remains one of the items on his baseball bucket list.

“This is a crazy place to play sometimes,” Hudson said. “Regardless of what the scores are throughout the game you have to keep pushing, you have to keep trying to (put) runs on the board. Because crazy things happen here.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: OF Michael Morse experienced soreness on his left side in batting practice before the first game. He’s considered day to day.

Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (left elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. The 30-year-old Logan was 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-3, 3.44 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season on Tuesday. He beat the Rockies 4-1 last Thursday.

Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles is making a second straight start against the Giants. He surrendered one run in six innings during a no-decision last week.

MORE CALL-UPS

Among the players the Giants are expected to bring up from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday is Bruce Bochy’s son, right-hander Brett Bochy. The team also will transfer INF Marco Scutaro (back) and RHP Matt Cain (elbow) to the 60-day DL.

STRANGE HAPPENINGS

There were several oddities in the game resumed from May 22 because of the long layoff:

  • Susac’s single in the eighth will now show up as his first hit in the majors, at least in the chronology of this season’s box scores. Until Monday, his first hit was listed as July 30, a few days after he was promoted from Triple-A.
  • The Rockies have four players appearing in the final box now on the DL—shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, outfielder Michael Cuddyer, catcher Wilin Rosario and righty Tommy Kahnle.
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Survivor Lead Singer Jimi Jamison Dies From a Heart Attack

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:00

MEMPHIS, TN (CBS SF) – Lead singer of the band Survivor Jimi Jamison died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. According to TMZ, the singer died Sunday, one day after performing at a benefit show with his band in Morgan Hill. He was 63.

Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts,love & prayers go out to his friends & family.


Survivor Official (@survivorband) September 02, 2014

Survivor is best known for the song Eye of The Tiger which was recorded by the band’s first lead singer David Bickler. After developing polyps on his vocal chords, Bickler left the band and Jamison then took his place. Jamison performed with the band from 1984 through 1988. Among his best known hits with Survivor included High On You and The Search Is Over. As a solo artist, Jamison is also known for penning the theme song to the hit television series Baywatch.

 

Survivor last performed together at CANcert, a benefit show at the Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill on Saturday, August 30th. The show was presented by ARTTEC, a not for profit educational organization. According to RollingStone.com, the band was scheduled to go on the road on September 12 in Parker, Colorado.

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‘Tears for Fears’ Announce First U.S. Tour in Three Years

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:00

OAKLAND (RADIO.COM) – Tears for Fears are one of those rare ’80s bands that sees their popularity return periodically, whether it is from use in the film Donnie Darko (albeit in cover version form) or their many contemporary covers of songs like Hot Chip‘s “Boy from School,” Animal Collective’s “My Girls,” or Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.”

For the first time in three years, the “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” performers will be hitting American soil with a select run of dates. The band is expected to release an album later this year or early in 2015.

Among the announced dates will be a stop in Portland for the first ever Pabst Music Festival, along with Modest Mouse, GZA and more. Other stops on the scheduled tour include Austin, L.A., Oklahoma and the Bay Area stop at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Maybe they just like things starting with the sound “oak?”

Check out the tour dates and cities at Radio.com

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Struggling Oakland A’s Beat Mariners, 6-1

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:49

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Adam Dunn is in a pennant race at last, and what an impression he made on his new team as the September stretch run began.

Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his debut at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders.

“I can speak pretty passionately about it, these chances don’t come around very often, especially for some of us,” said the 34-year-old Dunn, who has never played in the postseason. “We’re going to take full advantage.”

Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn immediately became an imposing presence in the middle of Oakland’s order. Dunn is the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat with the team.

A 14th-year major leaguer, Dunn homered during a five-run first inning. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.

“That’s the most excited, anxious, probably call it a little nervous, than I’ve been in a long time,” said Dunn, who was thrown off by the celebratory tunnel formed by teammates in the dugout.

The A’s broke loose a day after manager Bob Melvin let them have it in a closed-door team meeting. He called his team’s play “embarrassing and “pathetic” after the A’s totaled just four runs in the sweep at Anaheim.

“They ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and the game was over,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It wasn’t our day.”

Dunn went 2 for 3 batting cleanup as the designated hitter. He provided a nice lift for an Oakland offense that has struggled since dealing Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Jon Lester on July 31.

With 461 career home runs, Dunn tied Red Sox star David Ortiz for 35th place on the all-time list.

Dunn quickly staked Jason Hammel (2-5) to a lead. Hammel also started the season in Chicago, and was traded by the Cubs in July.

“It had a little bit of a storybook-type theme,” Melvin said of Dunn’s debut. “We’ve really been lacking early energy, runs, he comes up to the plate and you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Boy, wouldn’t it be great? And he delivers. You got goosebumps. It was awesome.”

Hammel allowed three hits and struck out five in eight innings to end a three-start winless stretch. It was just his second win since joining the A’s from the Cubs on July 4.

Another recent acquisition, Geovany Soto, added a two-run single with two outs in the first that chased Chris Young (12-7) for the shortest start of his career.

A sellout crowd of 36,067 saw the A’s win after a stretch in which they lost five of six.

“That’s the best crowd I’ve ever played with,” Dunn said. “I’m serious. It’s unbelievable. If it’s like that every night here, it’s going to be a fun little ride.”

Brad Miller homered leading off the sixth for Seattle, which came into the series opener as the American League’s top road team.

Robinson Cano’s 21-game hitting streak against the A’s ended. It dated to Sept. 22, 2012.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: OF Michael Saunders, on the disabled list since July 11 with a strained left oblique, reported to Arizona to work on strengthening and get some at-bats in simulated games before the club determines the next step in his rehab.

Athletics: CF Coco Crisp will have more trigger-point injections for neck stiffness after colliding with the outfield wall Friday. He hit batting practice right-handed. C John Jaso (concussion) swung in the indoor cage and hopes to hit outside Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (4-1, 1.83) makes his first career appearance against the A’s as he looks to win his second straight start. Paxton is 7-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 career starts.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (13-7, 3.03) is 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in his first five starts against Seattle, his most victories against any team.

ROSTER MOVES

Mariners: Placed 1B-DH Jesus Montero on the suspended list. The 24-year-old Montero was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment Friday following a verbal altercation with a Mariners scout at a Class A Northwest League game. … September call-up RHP Carson Smith made his major league debut in the eighth. He threw two pitches and retired Josh Donaldson on a grounder.

Athletics: Reinstated SS Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list and he singled in his first at-bat since Aug. 13. He suffered a hairline fracture of his right index finger Aug. 4.

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Oakland Upholstery Shop Owner Says Business Down 90-Percent Because Of Caltrans Project

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:41

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The owner of a 30-year old business in Oakland says a Caltrans construction project is running him out of town.

Business at Joseph Sahagun’s upholstery shop is down 90-percent since Caltrans and the Alameda County Transportation Commission shut down part of 8th Street in July to build a sound wall next to I-880.

“They’re Goliath and I’m David. I’m running out of ammo in my slingshot,” he said.

No parking along with a ban on large commercial trucks on the street have forced Sahagun to meet customers blocks away in a grocery store parking lot to do business.

Caltrans also paved over the driveway to the upholstery business.

A gas station on the street is also on the brink of closing according to Sahagun, but received over a million dollars reimbursement from the county. Despite a request for reimbursement, and meetings with the county’s appeals board, Sahagun hasn’t received any money.

After KPIX 5 contacted Caltrans, the agency admitted it was wrong to pave over the driveway, and said they will repave it for Joe’s business.

Caltrans says the project won’t be complete until 2018.

 

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Promises of Prosecution After Nude Celebrity Photos Leaked—Is Cloud Storage Secure?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:14

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The publicist for Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is promising that the person who posted nude photographs of the star online on Sunday will be prosecuted.

Lawrence was not the only actress to have her nude photos taken from a server stored in the cloud by a hacker. Photos of Mary E. Winstead, and others, were also posted on 4chan, Reddit, Twitter, and Tumblr.

This latest round of leaks have many wondering how secure information is, that’s stored on the cloud. Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos, a global security company, gives a simple explanation for what the cloud is for those who may not know.

“It’s the ability to store your files on the Internet. It’s very convenient to have that sort of virtual hard disk in the sky, which is I guess why we call it the cloud.”

For people with iPhones, photos can automatically be stored away in the cloud without the user really even needing to tell the device to do so. “Whether it’s an Android or an iPhone, [mobile devices] have a tendency to enable this automatic synchronization to go ‘oh, you’ve taken a photo, we’ll make this available very conveniently in the cloud.’”

Wisniewski said very rarely do these devices provide any warnings (and that perhaps they should) about the risks of storing in the cloud and being seen off your device despite their convenience.

The benefits of cloud storage are clear, you can access files on multiple devices and if you have a lost phone or tablet, your information is saved. However, the security issue— highlighted by the nude photo leaks, is a growing concern.

“When you look at the idea of the cloud, in essence what you’re saying is; ‘I’m going to share my files on someone else’s computer.’ Whenever you put something on someone else’s computer, to a degree, they have access to it, of course for legal reasons and law enforcement,” he said.

Other than that, it’s really only protected by the password you choose for your device. Wisniewski said it may be a bitter pill to swallow, but that in order to protect yourself better, you may have to follow the online security advice you’ve probably already heard before that involves longer, more complicated passwords.

“We don’t really know what happened in this particular case with these celebrities, but more often than not when we see this it’s usually because folks had somewhat simplistic or guessable passwords.”

Another likely scenario for the leaks could be phishing scams where people have received suspicious emails from bogus senders posing as legitimate companies, like Apple, with malicious embedded links that should not be clicked on.

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Carrie Underwood Tweets Out Pregnancy Announcement

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:00

NASHVILLE, TENN (CBS SF/AP) – Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

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Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood’s publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

In honor of "Labor" Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier! http://t.co/bROrzuHJ4J


Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) September 01, 2014

The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning “American Idol.” She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year award.

She will be co-hosting the upcoming Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley this November.

Fisher, a 34-year-old center for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the start of the season.

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Oakland Residents Say Caltrans Sound Wall Project Leading To Spike In Crime

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:38

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Residents in an Oakland neighborhood say a Caltrans construction project is leading to a spike in crime on their street.

A sound wall project along East 8th Street is part of a Caltrans project to replace two freeway overpasses.

Neighbors along the street say now that Caltrans removed street lights, and freeway access is blocked off for the project, they have had to endure sideshows and celebratory gunshots in front of their homes.

“We know that a lot of crime happens in the dark,” one neighbor said.

A gas station where CHP officers used to park was recently overrun and looted by an unruly mob.

The manager there who wished to remain anonymous, says his store has been robbed so many times he has stopped reporting the crimes to police.

After KPIX contacted Caltrans, they promised to bring back the street lights.

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Big Rig Catches Fire In Martinez, Blocks Southbound Lanes On Interstate 680

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:20

MARTINEZ (CBS SF)— A big-rig carrying vehicles caught fire on southbound Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Martinez Monday afternoon, backing up traffic on the highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The car fire was reported shortly before 2:15 p.m. on southbound Highway 680 near the South Pacheco Boulevard off-ramp and the flames spread to the nearby hillside, according to the CHP.

The response to the blaze shut down all but the far left southbound lane of the highway, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.

The lanes were expected to re-open at 5:30 p.m., but cleanup work finished about 15 minutes early with lanes re-opening at 5:15 p.m.

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Animal Update: Pets And High-Blood Pressure

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:04

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— High-blood pressure or hypertension is a fairly common condition in cats and dogs. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA recommends blood pressure is checked at every veterinarian visit.

The causes aren’t really the same as in humans and are usually due to a secondary disease process. “Usually kidney disease, heart disease or endocrine or hyperthyroid diseases,” are the main culprits for why pets develop this condition according to Scarlett.

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The health concerns for pets with high-blood pressure, however, are similar to what humans face. “In cats we see a condition called detached retina commonly associated with uncontrolled high-blood pressure.

Since this is a secondary condition, pet owners should keep their companions’ weight in check and healthy. Early intervention is key to prevention according to Scarlett. For more tips go to sfspca.org.

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Fire Burns Through Structures, Vegetation In Forrestville

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:01

FORRESTVILLE (CBS SF) — Firefighters are responding to a fire burning through multiple structures and vegetation in Forestville Monday afternoon, according to the Forestville Fire Protection District.

The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. in the area of Laurel Avenue and Summerhome Park Road, near the Russian River, a volunteer with the district said.

The volunteer said three injuries were reported and Cal Fire crews are also responding to the fire.

The fire was not under control as of 4:45 p.m., the volunteer said.

No further details were immediately available.

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BART Passengers Facing Delays Over Equipment Problem Near Bay Fair Station Tracks

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:34

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — BART is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes Monday afternoon because of an equipment problem on the tracks near the Bay Fair station.

BART issued a service advisory about the problem at 3:40 p.m. and an agency dispatcher said it is an issue with the routing system near the Bay Fair station at 15242 Hesperian Blvd. in San Leandro.

The Dublin/Pleasanton, Fremont, Richmond and Daly City lines are affected by the delays, according to BART.

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Survey Shows Shift Towards Cashless Society Driven By Millennials

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:54

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— When it comes to making small purchases, Americans prefer cash over plastic, but according to a new survey that’s likely to change.

“We are moving towards becoming a more cashless society,” said Creditcards.com Senior Industry Analyst Matt Schulz “Two-thirds of American card holders still use cash for purchases under $5.”
Age plays an important factor in what we prefer. For those who are over 50, they tend to use cash more than plastic.

“77-percent of people aged 50 or older use cash, but that number drops to only 52 percent for those who are younger than 50,” Schulz said.

18 to 29 year-olds actually prefer plastic for purchases of less than $5.

Schulz said technology has something to do with these age-based preferences. “The younger generation is a little more used to buying things online, using plastic,” he said.

Americans also have strong preferences when it comes to using debit versus credit. He said generally people prefer debit to credit at about a 2 to 1 ratio. For millennials that ratio grows to about a 3 to 1 ratio.

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Swimmer Rescued By Fire Crews Near Cliff House; 2nd Rescue In 2 Days

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:23

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco fire crews helped rescue a swimmer reported in distress near the Cliff House restaurant Monday afternoon, a fire dispatcher said.

The report of the swimmer out in the water came in at 1:13 p.m. near the famed restaurant at 1090 Point Lobos Ave.

Crews from the fire department and the U.S. Coast Guard responded and the swimmer was assisted, the dispatcher said.

A pair of teenagers had to be rescued Sunday after they were trapped by high-tide.

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Giants Promoting Manager Bruce Bochy’s Son, Pitcher Brett From Fresno Grizzlies

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:55

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy is keeping it in the family.

The Giants plan to purchase the contract for Bochy’s son Brett, who pitched for the team’s Triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Right-handed Brett posted a 3.57 ERA in 34 games for the Grizzlies, with 53 innings pitched.

The senior Bochy’s predecessor Felipe Alou managed his son Moises from 2005 to 2006.

 

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Bill To Protect K-12 Students’ Online Records Passes State Legislature

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:17

SANTA CLARA (KCBS)— California’s state legislature passed a bill whose goal is to protect K-12 students from marketers and identity thieves, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Dubbed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act, SB 1177 would prohibit the disclosure and sale of schools’ online student data, making it the nation’s toughest student privacy bill.

“I think that most parents would agree that student information should be kept confidential unless the kids or the parents want it revealed,” said KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid.

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“The fact is that now a lot of companies are now involved in providing educational resources, often with Internet or cloud-based services. Both privacy and security of online student data are becoming increasingly important,” he said.

Many schools are outsourcing the management of student records to private companies.

Crista Sumanik with Common Sense Media which has been lobbying for the bill and said it sends a strong message to companies that hope to profit from student data.

If signed by Gov. Brown, the bill would require that educational data be kept secure.

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Central Valley Farmers’ Legal Efforts To Stop High-Speed Rail Plan Could Be Coming To An End

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:12

KINGS COUNTY (KCBS)— Central Valley farmers opposed to construction of California’s high-speed rail may face their last legal stop this week. Attorneys will petition the State Supreme Court to halt the rail plan dead in its tracks.

Plaintiff’s attorney Stuart Flashman said his clients want the rail plan stopped because they claim the state violated the terms of the voter-approved ballot measure back in 2008.

“One provision basically said that the High-Speed Rail Authority had to prepare a funding plan and present it to the legislature before they asked the legislature for money,” Flashman said.

He said he hopes the State Supreme Court justices overturn an earlier appeals court ruling, which basically said the state got it right and the rail system can move forward.

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“There’s 100 years of court precedents that says when you put a bond measure on ballots and it’s approved by the voters, you’ve got to do what the voters said and you can’t do anything the voters didn’t say.”

The brewing battle began with Central Valley farmers upset that the planned first leg of the rail system would run right through their properties.

“One of my clients is a farmer in Kings County and the high-speed rail project would run right through his land and cut it in half,” Flashman said.

The High-Speed Rail Authority hopes to break ground on that first section of track sometime in 2015.

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Drone Video Shows Massive Apple Headquarters Under Construction

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:07

SILICON VALLEY (CBS SF) — The office will eventually look like a UFO, and the unidentified flying object buzzing above it this past week was able to capture an amazing look at Apple’s $5 billion new headquarters dubbed “The Spaceship.”

In aerial GoPro video shared with CBS San Francisco, a drone-mounted HD camera rises up over the mile-wide dirt expanse near Interstate 280 in Silicon Valley known officially as Campus 2.

The photographer was clear to point out on his Youtube page youtube.com/jmcminn that “The quad copter remained under 400 feet as per FAA Advisory Circular 91-57 for remote controlled airplanes and helicopters and did not go within any airport no-fly zones.”

The video has already had 1,270,000 views on Youtube since being posted August 24th, 2014.

Right now, the facility looks like a giant circular hole in the ground, maybe the foundation of a modern-day Stonehenge where worshipers come to pay homage to the gods of ubiquitous pocket-sized technology, but the building will be so unique it may actually stand up to its moniker of “The Spaceship.”

Even the glass used in the windows will be special, made in a curved form by a German company that had to double its factory capacity to finish the project, which will require 6 square kilometers of glass.

Opening of the Cupertino facility has been delayed by almost two years, and the cost has increased from an initial $3 billion to the estimated $5 billion since  Steve Jobs announced it at what would be his last public appearance, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

The building will be a “net-zero energy” facility, meaning it will be designed so that it will create its own energy, using 700,000 square feet of solar panels, creating 8 megawatts of power.  That’s actually not enough, however, and Apple is working to procure other sources of on-site power.

13,000 employees will call the giant donut home when it is finished in approximately two years.

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