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Emails Show Egg Industry Trying To Take Down San Francisco-Based Just Mayo

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 19:26

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Emails from the American Egg Board revealed plans to stop its so-called “major threat,” San Francisco-based Hampton Creek. The food startup makes Just Mayo, an eggless mayonnaise alternative.

Its growing popularity had the egg industry scrambling.

“All of a sudden we’ve gone from just being here to having partnerships with Walmart and Costco and Whole Foods and Kroger. Compass Group, the biggest food service company in the world, really at record speed,” Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick told KPIX 5.

In the hundreds of emails obtained by The Guardian newspaper, members of the American Egg Board tried to stop Whole Foods from selling Just Mayo. The board even advised Unilever, which makes Best Foods mayonnaise, on its lawsuit against Hampton Creek.

“The amount of time that the egg industry and the USDA’s American Egg Board spent thinking and strategizing about how to take this company down does seem a little bit perverse,” Tetrick said.

Tetrick took the comments with a grain of salt, but there were some that stood out.

One member of the egg association wrote: “Can we pool our money and put a hit on him?”

A vice president of the board responded: “You want me to contact some of my old buddies in Brooklyn to pay Mr. Tetrick a visit?”

“That was a pretty strange one to read,” Tetrick said.

The American Egg Board responded with this statement: “We are aware of the comments made by an American Egg employee. While these comments were clearly made in jest, they were inappropriate and do not reflect out organizations values. We apologize for any offense.”

“This is an agency of the United States government and there’s much more important things to worry about,” Tetrick said.

Tetrick is expecting tensions to continue because they are not stopping with Just Mayo. They are going to unveil new products such as Just Dressing, Just Pancake Mix and Just Cookie Dough. Hampton Creek is also working on a plant-based scramble.

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South Bay Congressman Mike Honda Facing House Ethics Investigation

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 18:55

SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of California remains under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that he had congressional aides perform campaign work when they were supposed to be working on government business.

The panel announced Thursday that it is extending an investigation into whether the California Democrat broke House rules against using official resources for campaign work.

It released a report by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics that says it’s likely that Honda’s staff prepared campaign materials on taxpayer-paid time and may have used an office-sponsored roundtable event with a State Department official to boost Honda’s political support and perhaps raise campaign cash from influential South Asian donors.

The independent panel interviewed Honda and some of his staff aides. It said there is “substantial reason to believe” that he used taxpayer resources, including staff time, to help his campaign and improperly tied official events to political or campaign support.

For instance, according to notes taken at a staff retreat, Honda’s then-campaign manager told congressional staff aides that Honda’s campaign “takes (district office) events and uses them to raise $.”

When asked about this, Honda told investigators that “it’s open to a lot of interpretation, but it doesn’t look good.”

In a statement released by his campaign, Honda minimized the allegations.

“The issues addressed in the report simply do not represent congressional ethics violations,” Honda said. The campaign noted that many cases referred to the official House Ethics Committee are dismissed.

Congressional aides told investigators that they reported to Honda’s top congressional aide — she described herself as a campaign volunteer — when performing campaign work.

Honda’s staff also organized a February 2013 roundtable with a State Department official on business relations between India and the U.S. as the lawmaker began to represent a larger share of Indian Americans and was concerned that a candidate from that community would run against him. Lists prepared by Honda aides noted past political donations by potential guests.

Top Honda aide Jennifer Van der Heide sent an email to campaign and official aides asking “how are we doing outreach to them for $?”

Asked what she meant by that, Van der Heide told investigators “I don’t know.”

Honda’s campaign statement said the allegations involve “missteps” and “sloppiness” by his staff.

Honda narrowly prevailed last year over Democrat Ro Khanna.

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El Cerrito Homeowner Confronted By Relative Of Burglary Suspect He Shot

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 18:23

EL CERRITO (CBS SF) — A family member of a burglary suspect shot by an elderly El Cerrito homeowner showed up at the man’s door to confront him after the shooting.

The burglary suspect was shot in the head after he and an accomplice kicked in a back door to the man’s Cutting Boulevard home late Wednesday morning.

He was still able to run away but police caught up with him about 15 blocks from the home – with the bullet lodged in his head.

The suspect, 34-year-old Shawn Mulberry from Oakland, was hospitalized in stable condition. A second suspect got away unhurt.

The homeowner, identified only as “Harry” was later visited by on his front doorstep by a relative of Mulberry’s, according to police.

“It’s an intimidation of a witness,” said neighbor Neil Swendsen. “That’s all it is, pure and simple.”

The confrontation led police to station an officer at his home.

Meanwhile, Harry’s neighbor consider him a hero. “We’re calling him Dirty Harry,” said Swendsen. “No, Harry’s absolutely a hero … What we’re thinking of doing is taking a collection of money to buy Harry a stronger gun because obviously the gun he had didn’t do the job.”

Neighbors said they hope Harry’s actions will stop the recent burglaries in their neighborhood.

“He did the whole community a service by putting this bad guys out of action. We’re very proud of him,” said Swendsen.

Mulberry is a parolee who had a warrant out for his the time of the burglary.

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Medical Examiner: Santa Clara Co. Jail Inmate Died Of Blunt Force Injuries

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 17:43

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Three South Bay jail guards have been arrested after an inmate under their watch was found dead of multiple blunt trauma, authorities said Thursday.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. James Jensen said the deputies — Rafael Rodriguez, 27, Jereh Lubrin, 28, and Matthew Farris, 27 — remain in custody without bail.

Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph O’Hara said that Michael James Pipkin Tyree, 31, died of multiple blunt force injuries, “visceral lacerations” and internal bleeding.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, her voice breaking and eyes tearing up, apologized Thursday to Tyree’s family and said “the disappointment and disgust I feel cannot be overstated.” She was flanked by 18 uniformed officers, and at least another dozen members of her agency in plain clothes attended a news conference.

She said the three officers, who she called “accused murderers,” were treated as anyone else as they were handcuffed, booked and locked in protective custody in the same jail where Tyree was killed. They’ve since been transferred to an unnamed facility for their own protection, she said.

Exactly what happened leading up to Tyree’s death remains murky.

Last Thursday, Tyree and other inmates in his jail wing were securely locked in their cells when the beating apparently took place. Smith refused to provide details but said the three officers were conducting a routine clothing search and left the wing.

She said about an hour later one officer re-entered the cell and issued a “man down” call. Tyree, naked and covered in feces and vomit, was declared dead by responding paramedics.

Smith said she apologized directly to two of Tyree’s sisters earlier Thursday, and repeated her “profound sorrow” over his death.

Smith said the day after Tyree was declared dead, the guards — who had begun working their regular shift — were removed from duty, stripped of their weapons, uniforms and peace officer status. It took several more days for them to be arrested.

They currently are on unpaid administrative leave, Smith said.

Attorney Paula Canny, representing Tyree’s family, commended the sheriff for an “extraordinary” response.

“This could have been dragged out,” Canny said.

Canny urged community members to think about “how we, as a system, treat mentally ill people” and said she hopes the district attorney will bring the officers to justice.

Raj Jayadev, director of local civil rights organization Silicon Valley De-Bug which works to support families of people in the criminal justice system, said he hopes there are investigations into other abuse complaints at the county jail.

His organization has heard frequent claims, he said, but filing complaints is challenging because it can put inmates at additional risk.

He said he’s hopefully Smith was sincere in her commitment to fully investigate.

Attempts to reach relatives of the deputies were unsuccessful Thursday.

Tyree was homeless and awaiting to be transferred to a mental-health facility when he died. He was serving a 5-day sentence on a petty theft charge.

A former girlfriend told the San Jose Mercury News that Tyree had hoped for a life of peace and tried, although unsuccessfully, to keep his bipolar disorder in check.

Lindsay Solomon, who dated Tyree when she was a teenager in Coral Springs, Florida, told the paper he could get “very agitated and agitate someone else. I could see it escalating.”

“But if you’re a police officer, or a guard, you should have better judgment than that,” she told the newspaper.

Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph O’Hara reports that 31-year-old inmate Michael James Pipkin Tyree died of multiple blunt force injuries, “visceral lacerations” and internal bleeding.

Exactly what happened to cause his death remained unclear Thursday afternoon. Tyree died last week at the jail. He had pleaded no contest to petty theft.

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15 Things To Do In The Bay Area

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 17:30

It’s Jayn with another excerpt from 15 Things You Can do In the Bay Area from GEICO.
1 – The Dave Matthews Band at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday, September 11th.
2 – The San Jose Sharks Fan Fest is Saturday, September 12th at the SAP Center.
3 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Company presents its annual Chocolate Festival at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco September 12th and 13th.
4 – Tokyo Police Club are at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco Thursday, September 10th.
5 – Explore technology and the future of DIY Projects at the “Make 2015 Festival” at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco on September 11th.

6 – Get to the Lobster Clambake at Wente Vineyards Event Center in Livermore, Saturday, September 12th.
7 – Join a free AcroYoga class Sunday, September 13th at Sports Basement studio in San Francisco.
8 – Get trapped in a room with a zombie and get out through Verlocal’s Room Escape Adventures, September 10th.
9 – It’s “Film Night at the Park” featuring “Big Hero 6″at the San Anselmo Creek Park on Friday, September 11th.
10 – Join Road Runner Sports for a Scavenger Adventure Run Thursday, September 10th in San Carlos!

11 – Watch your San Francisco Giants take on the Padres in a three game series September 11th through the 13th at AT&T Park.
12 – Passenger is at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Thursday, September 10th.
13 – Join city leaders, nonprofits, and neighbors in a day of giving back at San Francisco’s Homeless Outreach Day September 11th at Project Homeless Connect.
14 – The Playground Improv Jam is at the Made Up Theatre in Fremont Thursday, September 10th. No experience necessary!
15 – The Parks and Community Services Department is hosting a Family Campout at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin Sept 12th and 13th.

See the complete list at 15 Things from Geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance.

Alice@97.3’s JAYN – WEEKDAYS 3PM – 7PM
Jayn dishes the best music, hot gossip, and scandalously-insider stories from the music world … she’s your best work friend!
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1 Dead, 2 Injured In Sacramento City College Shooting

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 17:18

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Police say three people have been shot and one of them has died near a baseball field on the campus of Sacramento City College.

Police say the campus is on lockdown Thursday night while they search for a suspect with no shirt wearing cargo shorts.

Sacramento police say the three victims were all men. One has been confirmed dead, and the other two are being taken to hospitals.

Classrooms and offices are on lockdown while police create a perimeter.

Full Coverage at CBS Sacramento

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Fremont Home Burglars Feed Broken Glass To Family Dog

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:45

FREMONT (CBS SF) — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects who broke into a Fremont residence and injured the residents’ dog by feeding it shattered glass last Friday.

A resident of a house in the 40800 block of Amapola Drive called Fremont police at 1:30 p.m. to report a burglary and animal cruelty incident that had occurred at 9:45 a.m. and was filmed on the residence’s private video surveillance, police said.

At least two suspects jumped the side fence into the backyard of the residence. The suspects looked through windows and eventually shattered the locked sliding glass door with an unknown object, police said.

They then entered the house and ransacked several rooms, stealing money and an estimated $2,000 worth of jewelry, according to police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

In addition, the suspects allegedly served cookies to the family’s dog on top of the shattered glass. The dog ate the food, which caused injuries to the dog’s tongue and caused its mouth to bleed. The dog is still under medical care but is expected to recover, according to Bosques.

Police describe the first suspect as a Hispanic man who is 18 to 25 years old, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, is about 170 to 185 pounds and has short dark hair and a distinctive goatee. The suspect was wearing a plain white T-shirt, tan cargo pants and black mechanic gloves during the burglary.

A second suspect was also momentarily visible during the video footage, but not long enough for a description, police said.

Video surveillance:

Fremont police urged anyone with information on the case or who may recognize the men to contact Detective Antonio Ceniceros at (510) 790-6900 or

“We would really love for as many people as possible to view and share the video and information,” Bosques said. “We are grateful for any help in resolving this case.”

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BART Transbay Tube Closed For Labor Day Weekend Construction, Other Transit Agencies Pitch In

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:11

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Transit agencies are pitching in get people between the East Bay and San Francisco this weekend as BART’s Transbay Tube closes for three days.

San Francisco Municipal Railway, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, San Mateo County Transit District and Golden Gate Transit will team up to provide 77 buses to take people across the Bay, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

Buses will leave every minute from BART’s 19th Street station in Oakland to San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal during most of the day and less frequently later in the day, Trost said.

Trost said the buses will run from 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday. Saturday service will start at 6 a.m. and last until 1 a.m. to serve people leaving the Billy Joel concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco, she said.

The buses hold about 90 people and drivers will be leaving even if the bus is not full, Trost added.

“There’s really no wait for the bus,” she said.

The trip across the Bay takes about 20 minutes under normal traffic conditions, she said.

Service is also doubling this weekend on the San Francisco Bay Ferry between Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco, Water Emergency Transportation Authority officials said. One additional ferry is also being added each day to the Vallejo/San Francisco route.

WETA officials are suggesting riders arrive early and have a backup plan because they don’t know how many people will be using the ferries.

Regular BART train service will resume for the Tuesday morning commute.

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Kentucky Clerk Jailed After Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 15:17

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis for contempt after she insisted that her “conscience will not allow” her to follow federal court rulings on gay marriage.

“God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” Davis told the judge before she was taken away by a U.S. marshal. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”

Bunning offered to release Davis if she would promise not to interfere with her employees issuing marriage licenses on Friday morning. But Davis, through her attorneys, rejected that offer and chose to stay in jail.

Gay and lesbian couples vowed to appear at the Rowan County clerk’s office for the fifth time on Friday to see if the deputy clerks would keep their promises.

“We’re going to the courthouse tomorrow to get our marriage license and we’re very excited about that,” said April Miller, who has been engaged to Karen Roberts for 11 years.

As word of Davis’ jailing spread outside the federal courthouse, hundreds of people chanted and screamed, “Love wins! Love wins!” while Davis’ supporters booed.

Davis’ lawyer, Roger Gannam, said it was the first time in history an American citizen has been jailed for believing that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. He compared her willingness to accept imprisonment to what Martin Luther King Jr. did to advance civil rights.

“Kim Davis represents the best of us and everyone should lament and mourn the fact that her freedom has been taken away for what she believes,” Gannam said.

Laura Landenwich, an attorney for the plaintiffs, rejected the comparison.

“Ms. Davis is in an unfortunate situation of her own creation. She is not a martyr. No one created a martyr today,” Landenwich said, adding “she holds the keys to her jail cell.”

Speaking earlier from the bench, Bunning said it would set up a “slippery slope” to allow an individual’s ideas to supersede the courts’ authority.

“Her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” Bunning said. “I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs … but I took an oath.”

“Mrs. Davis took an oath,” he added. “Oaths mean things.”

Davis is represented by the Liberty Counsel, which advocates in court for religious freedom. Before she was led away, Davis said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide conflicts with the vows she made when she became a born-again Christian.

“I promised to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul because I wanted to make heaven my home,” Davis said.

Miller and Roberts were denied a marriage license four times by Davis or her deputies since the June ruling. Miller testified that one of the deputy clerks told her to apply in another county. “That’s kind of like saying we don’t want gays or lesbians here. We don’t think you are valuable,” she said.

Rather than be fined, jailed or lose their jobs, five of the clerks told the judge they would issue the licenses. Her son, Nathan Davis, refused, but the judge said that wouldn’t matter and he wouldn’t be punished, as long as the others complied.

“I don’t really want to, but I will comply with the law,” said one, Melissa Thompson. “I’m a preacher’s daughter and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life,” she added. “I don’t hate anybody … None of us do.”

Davis, an Apostolic Christian whose critics mock her for being on her fourth marriage, stopped serving all couples after the Supreme Court ruling in June. Many supporters and even some Republican presidential candidates have rallied behind her.

“People are calling the office all the time asking to send money,” she testified. “I myself have not solicited any money.”

Davis said she hopes the Legislature will change Kentucky laws to find some way for her to keep her job while following her conscience. But unless the governor convenes a costly special session, they won’t meet until January. “Hopefully our legislature will get something taken care of,” she told the judge.

Until then, the judge said, he has no alternative but to keep her behind bars. Davis stood and thanked Bunning, pausing briefly to search the crowded courtroom for familiar faces before she was led away.

Later photos showed Davis being escorted from the courthouse in what appeared to be handcuffs with a towel draped over her hands. She was taken to the Carter County Detention Center in a white, windowless van.

It’s unclear exactly how long she’ll remain in jail. Davis’ attorneys said the judge’s order would keep her in jail indefinitely. But Bunning indicated he would revisit his decision in a week, giving the deputy clerks time to comply with his order.

“The legislative and executive branches do have the ability to make changes,” Bunning said earlier in the hearing. “It’s not this court’s job to make changes. I don’t write law.”

Davis served as her mother’s deputy in the clerk’s office for 27 years before she was elected as a Democrat to succeed her mother in November. As an elected official, she can be removed only if the Legislature impeaches her, which is unlikely in a deeply conservative state.

Former Republican President George W. Bush nominated David Bunning for a lifetime position as a federal judge in 2001 when he was just 35 years old, halfway through his father’s first term in the Senate. But Bunning has been anything but a sure thing for conservative causes, ruling against a partial-birth abortion ban and in favor of a Gay-Straight high school club.

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49ers Final Preseason Tuneup Vs. San Diego Chargers On KPIX 5

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:54

WATCH on KPIX 5 – 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers, Thursday 7:00 p.m.

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — The San Francisco 49ers will complete their preseason scheudule Thursday night with their traditional exhibition matchup with the San Diego Chargers.

The 49ers bring a 1-2 record into the final preseason game against the 2-1 Chargers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The two teams have played an exhibition game against each other every year since 1987.

Both teams are expected to rest the majority of their starters Thursday night, but for those who are playing, the game could be their final opportunity to impress coaches and win a spot on the team.

All NFL teams have until Saturday afternoon to cut their rosters down to the 53-player limit.

The 49ers will open the regular season on Monday night, September 14th against the Minnesota Vikings.

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SF Student Rising Above Fends Off Hunger, Homelessness Risk To Set Example Of College Success For Family

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:03

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – At a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, Jacky Lu did something no one else in his family has done before: he graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Biology.

His mother, brother and twin sisters crossed the country to watch him cross the stage. They’ve all come so far and now, Jacky says, they can go further.

“Graduating college means finally escaping the cycle of poverty that has troubled us for so many years. It’s hope that if I can finish college so can my siblings, and we can finally build a better life for ourselves.”

His mother needed no words to tell him what it meant. She gave him a hug – “a really big hug” – he remembers fondly.

When we first met Jacky in 2011, he and his family were living in low-income housing in the Mission district. He was still in grade school when his father began to succumb to a gambling addiction and alcohol. He began to become violent, and then one day he packed up and left. They later found out he hadn’t paid the rent for a year.

His mother was able to borrow some money from her sister in China, but they lived month-to-month, scraping by on food stamps and eventually some government aid.

“Food stamps were not enough to cover a family of five,” Jacky told us. “I was afraid of not getting fed, being homeless.” His mother didn’t speak English, so Jacky became translator, managed bills and wrote checks and helped his mom find low-income housing for the family.

“He really is the man of the house,” his dean at school, Kate Garret told KPIX.

Jacky got a scholarship through something called “the Smart Program”, and went to San Francisco University High, an exclusive private school. His siblings were also able to get scholarships. Mom always pushed education on her kids but because she didn’t speak English, Jacky was the school contact for his sisters.

“He’s pretty unstoppable. If he wants to achieve something for his family, he’s going to figure out a way to do it,” said Kate Garrett, his high school dean. She called him, “a quiet hero.”

College was the game-changer.

“College is a new breakthrough, a step in our family’s lives. We’ve been working to go to college and now it’s happening, and I’ll be the first one!” he told us when he was in high school, with excitement in his voice.

The family’s perseverance has paid off. Now that Jacky is a college graduate with a degree in Biology, he is going to work for a division of the National Institute of Health via a very prestigious training program, which is more of an award than a job. When he’s finished there, he wants to get his PhD in biology.

His brother is also Students Rising Above, attending the University of Southern California. His two sisters are still in high school. Jacky will send part of his paycheck back home to help support them. He says that college degree sets the example for his siblings.

“Being able to see that their brother can do it means that they can do it too. And for us it just means that we are starting to break out of that financial struggle,” he said.

It means hope he told us, and finally, breaking the cycle of poverty.

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2006 Murder Conviction Tossed In Oakland Family Thanksgiving Day Massacre; Brother’s Conviction Upheld

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:00

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A state appeals court in San Francisco has overturned the conviction of one of two brothers in a 2006 triple murder in Oakland, but upheld the guilty verdict and sentence of life in prison without parole for the other.

Asmeron and Tewodros Gebreselassie were convicted after a four-month trial in Alameda County Superior Court in 2011 of murdering their brother’s widow and her brother and mother during an extended-family Thanksgiving dinner in the mother’s North Oakland apartment on Nov. 23, 2006.

A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal on Wednesday unanimously upheld the conviction and sentence of three life terms without parole for Asmeron Gebreselassie, 53, who was identified by witnesses as the gunman in the shooting.

The court overturned the conviction of Tewodros Gebreselassie, 49, who was said by prosecutors to have aided his brother by signaling that the in-laws had gathered and then letting him into the apartment.

The court said the trial judge, Vernon Nakahara, should not have allowed a police sergeant to testify that he believed Tewodros Gebreselassie did not tell the truth when he said in a police interview that he did not know his brother was coming to the apartment and did not open the door for him.

There is a reasonable possibility that the improper opinion testimony “tipped the scales in the jury’s assessment of Tewodros’s credibility and thus denied him the fair trial he was entitled to,” Justice Peter Siggins wrote for the court.

The brothers were part of a close family of 11 siblings who had emigrated to Oakland and Berkeley from Eritrea.

Asmeron Gebreselassie mistakenly believed that the in-laws were responsible for the sudden death of his brother Abraham Tewolde in 2006, prosecutors said at the trial.

The victims were Tewolde’s widow, Winta Mehari, 28; her mother, Regbe Bahrenegasi, 50; and her brother, Yonas Mehari, 17.

The decision requires a new trial for Tewodros Gebreselassie, unless prosecutors successfully appeal to the California Supreme Court or decide not to retry him.

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Study: Most Young People Balk At ‘Millennial’ Label

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 13:07

(CBS SF) — Millennials once again prove that nobody puts them in a corner, especially if it’s labeled “Millennial.”

A new Pew survey suggests that out of the 75 million Americans born between 1981 and 1997, only 40 percent say the term Millennial describes them. About a third of them born in the early to mid-1980s consider themselves part of the next older cohort of Americans born between 1965 and 1980, or “Generation X.” 

The “Boomer” generation, people aged 51 to 59, were most likely to identify with their generation.

Meanwhile, the oldest cohort of Americans is by far the least likely to embrace a generational label. Less than 20 percent of those ages 70 to 87  actually see themselves as part of the “Silent Generation,” the term applied to people born from the mid 1920s to early 1940s.

Generational names are largely the constructs of social scientists and market researchers, which may be why Millennials who are largely associated with lazy, self-absorbed and non-conforming traits, are trying to shake off the category altogether.

So much that one techie “Millennial” created a Google Chrome browser extension to replace every use of the word “Millennial” with the phrase “snake people.”

Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets


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Anchor Michelle Griego Brings New Morning Team Member To The Newsroom For The 1st Time

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:38

Q: Hey Roberta! When does Michelle Griego return from Maternity Leave? Anna Cole; Martinez

A: Funny you should ask! Michelle returns on Monday, September 6.

There is a new addition to our KPIX Morning News Team! Meet Michelle and her husband Macario’s baby girl, Ciera Lola.  Yep, that’s her in my arms! She is the most precious baby with the fullest head of black hair I have ever seen! She feels good, smells good and if Michelle is lucky, I will give her back!

I hope all of you will tune in on Monday, Labor Day, and send “welcome back” greetings to Michelle on our KPIX Facebook page! We will be reading your notes on TV! And by the way, we all want to thank the very talented (and hysterically funny)  Maria Medina for filling in for Michelle while she was away.

Maria now returns to Reporting for KPIX , covering the Santa Clara Valley for our Evening Newscasts. We will miss her, but we are extrememly happy (and a little jealous) she never has to set her alarm to wake up at 2am again.

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Apple, Google, 3 Other Tech Giants Settle On $415 Million In Employee Poaching Scandal

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:45

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and two other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

The settlement will pay more than 64,000 technology workers about $5,800 apiece.

The approval granted Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ends a lengthy legal saga that exposed internal emails that cast former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an unflattering light. Koh had rejected an earlier $324.5 million settlement of the case reached last year as inadequate.

The lawsuit accused Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems of forming a secret cartel that agreed not to recruit each other’s workers. Lawyers for the employees argued the pact illegally suppressed the wages of the affected technology workers.

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Dorsey Trending As Likely Pick To Be Twitter’s Future CEO

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:11

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –  The spotlight is on Twitter’s board meeting, with investors hoping the company is getting closer to naming a permanent CEO, three months after Dick Costolo stepped down.

Bloomberg says people close to Twitter’s board have told them that chairman and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is the top candidate, although that would likely require Dorsey to give up his CEO post with mobile payment service Square, which is set to go public after filing confidential IPO papers in July, allowed to be kept secret by the SEC because Square’s annual revenue comes in under one billion dollars.

The report says that while Twitter has reached out to other potential candidates, many have expressed doubt that they were seriously considered while Dorsey sits in the corner office.

Twitter’s shares have been on a dive since the beginning of 2015, falling 20-percent on weak earnings and the inability for the firm to grow its user base or keep it engaged like Facebook can.

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Killer At Large Following Fatal Shooting In SF’s Bayview District

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:00

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man fatally shot in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Wednesday morning has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 23-year-old German Blanco.

The shooting was reported at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Paul Avenue west of Third Street, police said.

Officers found Blanco, a San Francisco resident, who had been shot. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Thursday morning, but police are seeking a man in his mid 20s and a silver SUV in connection with the shooting.

Anyone with information about the homicide is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

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Tim Lincecum’s Season Is Done; Future With San Francisco Giants In Doubt

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 09:38

(CBS SF) –- One of the San Francisco Giants’ most popular and recognizable players in franchise history may have played his last game for the team.

Two-time Cy Young Award-winner and three-time World Series champion Tim Lincecum is out for the season because of a nagging hip injury. Giants General Manager Bobby Evans told KNBR 680 Thursday morning the 31-year-old pitcher, who has been on the disabled list, would not be back on the roster this season.

Jon Heyman from CBS Sports reported Lincecum underwent hip surgery Thursday morning after seeking multiple opinions over his condition, including from world-reknowned hip doctor Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo. on Wednesday. The problem has affected Lincecum’s velocity

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says the team would meet with Lincecum upon his return and decide what the next step is. Lincecum becomes a free agent after the season and will earn $18 million in the final year of his two-year contract.

“The next step for him is to do everything he can to come back and get well … what that leads to in terms of his progression health-wise will really dictate what opportunities he has with us or elsewhere,” Evans told KNBR Thursday.

The Washington native, nicknamed “The Freak” for his ability to pitch powerfully despite his small stature, is a four-time All Star and was the face of the franchise after his breakout season of 2008 when he won the first of two back-to-back Cy Young awards. He is 7-4 this season with a 4.13 ERA in 76 1/3 innings.

Lincecum was drafted in the first round in 2006 by the Giants and has been with the organization since. In his nine years with the big-league club he’s 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA and 1704 strikeouts in 1643 2/3 regular season innings.

Lincecum is fourth on the Giants franchise all-time career strikeout list, and second in the San Francisco era.  He one of only two pitchers in Major League Baseball history with multiple World Series titles, multiple Cy Young Awards, multiple no-hitters, and multiple All-Star Game selections. The other is Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.



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Bay Area’s Only Private Island, Once $22M, Can Now Be Yours For $5M

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 09:32

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A private island in the San Francisco Bay has had its priced slashed and is now for sale for $5 million.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Thursday that Red Rock, a 5.5 acre span of rock, sand, vegetation and minerals, was for sale for $22 million in 2012.

The price was slashed to $9 million without any takers.

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Red Rock can now be picked up for the price of many homes in San Francisco.

The island comes with an interesting history. In the first quarter of the 19th century, Russian hunters landed there to trap otters.

In 1964, Mendel Glickman, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, purchased it for less than $50,000 with unsuccessful dreams of building a destination hotel.

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It is the only privately owned island in the Bay, straddling Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties.

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Three Correctional Deputies Arrested On Murder Charges After Santa Clara County Inmate Found Dead

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 08:59

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Three Santa Clara County correctional deputies have been arrested Thursday on suspicion of murdering an inmate.

Rafael Rodriguez, Jereh Lubrin and Matthew Farris were arrested in the death of a 31-year-old man who was an inmate at the jail, sheriff’s Sgt. James Jensen said.

UPDATE: Medical Examiner Says Santa Clara Co. Jail Inmate Died Of Blunt Force Injuries

The trio was arrested on suspicion of murder, conspiracy and assault.

They are being held without bail and are scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, according to jail records.

Court documents identify the jail inmate who died in custody as Michael James Tyree, a 31-year-old white man whose address is listed as “transient.”

Tyree was arrested for petty theft, but he has a history of drug arrests and mental illness.

The sheriff’s office, which runs the jail, said officers found him dead in his cell last Thursday.

“A correctional deputy was doing a welfare check, came across an inmate who was unresponsive,” said Sgt. James Jensen of the Santa Clara Co. Sheriff’s Office. “He called for other deputies.  Medical aid was rendered, fire and paramedics were called, and they pronounced our inmate deceased at the scene in the jail.”

The San Jose Mercury News cited unnamed sources who say Tyree was involved in a use of force incident with correctional officers over taking his medication, hours before he was found dead.

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