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Detailed Maps Offer Glimpse At Bay Area’s Underwater Landscape

34 min 26 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A joint effort by more than a dozen states has resulted in detailed maps of the sea floor in and around the Bay Area, offering a never before seen glimpse at the underwater landscape.

The maps were created as part of the California Seafloor Mapping Program (CMSP) that was started in 2007.  The maps have contributed to helping define habitats, provide a database of sediment distribution, and improve maritime safety.

The USGS is releasing the interactive maps, and video shot from the seafloor.

The maps will be used by scientists to monitor changes in the seabed, and explore possible connections between offshore faults.

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Masked Man Robs Concord Store Employee At Gunpoint

1 hour 3 min ago

CONCORD (CBS SF) — A masked man allegedly robbed a store employee at gunpoint in Concord on Saturday, police said Sunday.

Officers responded around 8:40 p.m. to a report of a robbery at a business in the Willows Shopping Center, located at 1975 Diamond Blvd., police said.

A man whose face was covered in a mask pulled out a handgun and told the employee to get money out of the store’s office, police said.

The employee complied, giving him an undisclosed amount of cash and police said the man then left the store.

Police said officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect, who was described as approximately 25 to 30 years old with a stocky build.

He was seen wearing all-black clothing, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Concord police at (925) 671-3030 or the leave an anonymous message on the department’s tip line at (925) 603-5836.

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Papers Of Dashiell Hammett, Creator Of SF Sleuth Sam Spade, Go To University of South Carolina

1 hour 49 min ago

COLUMBIA S.C. (CBS/AP) — A major collection of letters, photos and publications of the late crime fiction author Dashiell Hammett has been acquired by the University of South Carolina and will be made available to students and scholars within the coming year.

Hammett was a high-school dropout who created such iconic American characters as the gritty gumshoe Sam Spade in “The Maltese Falcon,” and the witty and worldly couple Nick and Nora Charles in “The Thin Man.”

University officials spoke with The Associated Press about the acquisition prior to its announcement, which is scheduled for Wednesday in Columbia at the Thomas Cooper Library.

Dean of Libraries Tom McNally said the collection includes hundreds of family letters, photographs, personal effects and documents from Hammett’s daughter Josephine, 89, and two of his grandchildren. It is bolstered by more than 300 Hammett books and rare first editions, as well as dozens of screenplays, files, documents and serialized magazines compiled by Hammett biographer and Columbia publisher Richard Layman.

A lobby card for “The Maltese Falcon” featuring (left to right) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Barton MacLane, Peter Lorre, and Ward Bond. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

The grouping includes a replica of the black Maltese Falcon statuette from the 1941 film that made actor Humphrey Bogart a sought-after anti-hero and leading ladies’ man. It includes 400 letters that Hammett wrote to his wife and two daughters as well as 70 letters written by Hammett’s off-and-on companion in his later years, playwright Lillian Hellman.

“This is THE collection of Hammett material,” McNally said in an interview. “There is no equal to it in terms of published materials, not to mention the Hammett letters.”

McNally said the acquisition was made through gift-and-purchase agreements with the family and Layman, supported by private donations to a university foundation. He declined to disclose the financial details.

Hammett was a high-school dropout who popularized pulp fiction in the 1920s and 1930s. Scholars argue his work elevated crime fiction to literary masterpieces. His stories were peppered with allusions to San Francisco streets and landmarks, including a scene in “The Maltese Falcon” that cites Hammett’s own apartment building at 891 Post St.

“He wrote for a magazine that had a blue collar audience,” said Layman, 67, a publisher of literary reference books who lives in Columbia. The Louisville, Kentucky, native has written or edited nine books on Hammett. “But his work was very good detective fiction. You could argue that two of his novels, ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘The Glass Key,’ were the first existential novels in America.”

Otto Penzler, owner of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and a publisher and editor of crime fiction, said he was pleased such a wide array of material about Hammett will be within the reach of researchers, students and teachers at a public university.

“Dashiell Hammett is the single most important figure in 20th Century mystery fiction,” Penzler said in a telephone interview. “The acquisition of the Hammett papers is a major coup for South Carolina.”

Born in Maryland in 1894, Hammett left high school after one semester to help support his family. He joined the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1915 and worked for the agency after he moved to San Francisco. He enlisted in the Army during World War I and contracted tuberculosis during his time in the service.

Hammett’s health forced him to quit detective work. He started to adapt his experiences gleaned from city streets and back alleys for realistic stories peppered with true-to-life dialogue and believable characters, Layman said. His first four novels were serialized in the colorful magazine “Black Mask,” and 42 rare copies that include Hammett’s stories are part of the collection.

“He became a literary celebrity,” Layman said, adding that “The Maltese Falcon” became the first detective novel published in the prestigious Modern Library. “Hammett was sought after as a screenwriter in Hollywood and his works were widely adapted for radio,” Layman said.

The author returned to the Army during World War II and was honorably discharged, but his final years were troubled. His ill health returned, he was blacklisted and jailed for six months for contempt of court after he refused to testify about his left-wing connections. He died in 1961 of lung cancer in New York City.

Penzler lauded Layman and the Hammett family for making the collection available.

“Thank goodness there are people who do these sorts of things, because otherwise these documents might be lost forever,” Penzler said.

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12 People Displaced In San Jose 2-Alarm Apartment Fire

2 hours 58 min ago

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A two-alarm residential fire in San Jose Sunday morning displaced 12 people and caused up to $150,000 in damage, a fire captain said.

Firefighters responded to the 1300 block of Lick Avenue around 5 a.m. on a report of a fire, San Jose fire Capt. Barry Ehlers said.

Upon arrival, fire crews upgraded the blaze to a second alarm because Ehlers said they had received reports of a person in a wheelchair who needed help getting out of the four-unit apartment building.

Firefighters were able to make contact with all of the residents and ensure that everyone had self-evacuated safely but crews did rescue a dog from the burning building, Ehlers said.

A third alarm was called and later cancelled, Ehlers said.

2nd alarm apartment fire on Lick Ave. 7 adults and 5 children displaced from the 4 unit building. No injuries pic.twitter.com/KJYBeExrM1

— San Jose Fire Dept. (@SJFD) May 24, 2015

The fire started in the carport area of the apartment building, but Ehlers said fire investigators are still trying to determine what exactly sparked the blaze.

A resident who was sleeping with her window open smelled the smoke and woke up her teenage son, who then alerted neighbors, Ehlers said.

“There were no working smoke detectors in these units,” Ehlers said. “The only reason these people were able to wake up was that a woman smelled the smoke and happened to be sleeping with her window open.”

There were no injuries reported and Ehlers said the fire was contained within approximately 45 minutes.

The American Red Cross was on scene to assist residents in finding temporary shelter, Ehlers said.

Some of the residents will be able to return to their homes as soon as utility crews reconnect the gas and electricity to the units, but Ehlers said residents in the apartments closest to the carport will likely have to wait for repairs before returning.

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10 Years On, San Bruno Startup YouTube Now A Global Star-Maker

5 hours 9 min ago

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — It’s a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star.

Outside the three-story bookstore at the outdoor shopping mecca known as The Grove, hundreds of mostly young women have formed a line that stretches past trendy clothing stores and spills out onto a nearby street. They’re waiting to have Connor Franta, an affable 22-year-old Internet personality best known for delivering diary-like monologues on YouTube, sign a copy of his new memoir.

The irony of a YouTube star drawing a massive crowd at a bookstore isn’t lost on talent manager Andrew Graham.

“A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me,” said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. “I had one meeting, and they laughed at me. Here we are a year later at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client. I think that says it all. It’s a 180-degree turn.”

Franta isn’t a singer, chef, comedian or athlete. He’s a YouTube star angling to be the Oprah Winfrey for millennials.

YouTube celebrity Connor Franta. (via YouTube)

In its 10-years of existence, YouTube has evolved from a playground for kitty videos to a $20 billion visual menagerie. Along the way, it’s also become an incubator for a new type of celebrity — a digital Brat Pack that’s leveraging smartphone stardom to write books, drop albums, design products and break into Hollywood.

“It’s the most powerful marketing platform in the world for millennials,” said Graham. “If you’re trying to reach that audience of girls gathered downstairs, YouTube is the venue to do that. Look at an artist like Fred (Lucas Cruikshank). He went off to Hollywood, created some films, neglected his channel, came back to YouTube and … crickets. No one was there anymore. You can’t abandon it.”

In recent years, YouTube, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, has propped up YouTubers like Franta — “creators,” the site calls them — who attract millions of subscribers that regularly watch their online videos and the advertising attached to them.

Their popularity is still eclipsed by music videos, which continue to account for YouTube’s most watched clips. Yet the fandom that creators are inspiring, and the ad revenue they’re bringing in, can’t be ignored.

With his playful grin and doe eyes, Franta currently boasts more than 4.4 million devotees to his personal YouTube channel, where he speaks to viewers about life, dating, candy, whatever at least once a week. He began posting videos in 2010 while still attending high school in La Crescent, Minnesota. Now, he’s releasing music compilations and a line of locally grown coffee.

For every Justin Bieber or Psy, perhaps YouTube’s biggest success stories, there are dozens of Frantas. It’s a form of celebrity that didn’t exist 10 years ago, when YouTube was born and made it simple to post video online. Franta, who continues to upload videos despite his other endeavors, is young enough to have been inspired by the YouTube vloggers that came before him.

“There are guys like Shane Dawson and Phillip DeFranco who I was a fan of, and now we’re friends,” said Franta, sequestered from fans behind racks of his book, “A Work in Progress,” in the Barnes & Noble stockroom. “Do you know how awkward it would be to tell some of my friends that I watched them on YouTube in my bedroom before I knew them? It’s weird to think of it like that.”

The creators’ importance to YouTube is evidenced by the Google-backed site bankrolling marketing campaigns the past two years featuring such famous (on the Internet) faces as Bethany Mota, Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig. While such creators vlog about very different topics, they usually share a similar aesthetic: improvised delivery, quirky editing and personalities that jump off screens.

Google has opened production facilities in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo for creators who have more than 5,000 subscribers to film videos. The studios are equipped with sets and equipment that transcend most YouTubers’ living rooms and webcams. The spaces also serve as social hubs for creators. Several of them will host 10th anniversary parties on Wednesday.

“For us, creators are the lightbulb of the ecosystem,” said Kevin Allocca, YouTube’s head of culture and trends. “Sure, YouTube was originally known for viral videos, and that was great and still is, but if you want to be able to build a business, you need to be able to create a following. I think it’s a very different model than traditional media. It’s about maximizing the connection with an audience.”

That’s not so different from the genesis of YouTube, which entered its beta phase in May 2005. The first-ever video posted on the site was a crude 19-second clip titled “Me at the Zoo” that featured YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim speaking directly to the camera about the “cool” elephants at the San Diego Zoo.

It’s been a decade, and while video lengths are longer and resolutions are higher, the sentiment is the same: watch me.

The next evolution for online video has seemingly already arrived, with such sites and apps as Twitch, Periscope, Meerkat and YouNow making it easier than ever to stream live video. That’s a feature YouTube has in its arsenal but the streaming video giant has yet to solidify itself as a live video destination.

“There’s a ton of opportunity for innovation there,” said Allocca. “As it becomes easier to stream and take advantages of audiences built on YouTube, there’s going to be some interesting stuff. It’s another one of those things that’s really hard to predict what will be next. I definitely think live experiences and people gathering around singular moments will continue to grow.”

If the rise of YouTube over the past decade is any indication, so will the lines to meet creators.

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House Cat Found Dead In El Granada Was Attacked By Mountain Lion

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SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — A cat found injured in El Granada on Friday afternoon had wounds consistent with a mountain lion attack, San Mateo County emergency services officials announced Saturday.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, the house cat was attacked by a mountain lion on the street in the 400 block of Bridgeport Drive of the Clipper Ridge neighborhood, county emergency officials said.

There were no reports of a mountain lion sighting, but a veterinarian who treated the cat determined it suffered wounds from a mountain lion attack, according to county emergency officials.

Personnel from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area have been notified, county emergency officials said.

The public is being asked to keep a watchful eye over pets and children due to a recent increase in mountain lion activity in the county’s rural and semi-rural areas, according to county emergency officials.

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3 Men Killed In North Oakland Shooting; Suspect Arrested

6 hours 33 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday at a North Oakland home where three people were killed, police said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home in the 900 block of 54th Street around 2:45 p.m., police Officer J. Moore said.

Arriving officers located the home where the suspect was barricaded inside with the three victims, Moore said.

Officers were able to establish communication with the suspect and negotiated with him, according to Moore.

The suspect eventually walked outside the home and was taken into custody, Moore said.

The officers searched the residence and located the three victims, who all suffered from gunshot wounds, he said.

The victims, all men ranging between their 40s to 60s in age, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Moore.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

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Descalso’s 2-Run Homer Lifts Rockies Past Giants, 5-3

14 hours 56 min ago

DENVER (CBS/AP) — Yusmeiro Petit gave manager Bruce Bochy the start he wanted. It lasted one pitch too many and helped finish the San Francisco Giants’ winning streak.

Daniel Descalso homered and drove in three runs and the Colorado Rockies handed San Francisco its first loss in nine games, taking the second game of a rain-soaked doubleheader 5-3 on Saturday night.

Descalso had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth and added a two-run homer in the sixth off Petit (1-1). The homer off a 79 mph changeup from Petit put Colorado ahead 4-2, marking the first time the Giants trailed by more than a run since May 9.

“I thought he threw well. Did a nice job,” Bochy said of his spot starter. “That was going to be it for him and he made a mistake there his last hitter. That was a gutty effort. He gave us a chance to win.”

San Francisco, which won the opener 10-8 behind Brandon Crawford’s three RBIs, was seeking its first nine-game streak since winning 10 in a row in May 2004.

“It was a good run. You hate for it to end,” Bochy said. “The guys have been playing well. Made a couple of mistakes tonight but it’s a good run, they’ve been playing good ball.”

David Hale (1-0), acquired from Atlanta in the offseason but plagued by a left oblique strain in spring training, allowed three runs — two earned — over 6 2/3 innings in his Rockies debut.

John Axford pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances. Gregor Blanco singled and stole second, but was thrown out by center fielder Charlie Blackmon when he failed to slide while trying to advance on Angel Pagan’s fly out. Hunter Pence grounded into a fielder’s choice to end it.

Petit allowed four earned runs on seven hits over six innings.

After Crawford scored on a wild pitch in the second, Brandon Barnes tied it with an RBI single in the fourth and Descalso added a run-scoring groundout to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.

San Francisco tied it on Nori Aoki’s single in the fifth but Casey McGehee was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Carlos Gonzalez trying to score from second. McGehee was ruled safe by home plate umpire Paul Nauert but the call was overturned after a video review.

“If I could have done anything different I would have gotten my foot down,” McGehee said. “You’ve got to give him a tip of the hat because he threw a one-hopper right on the money. Good play. Sometimes that replay can see a little too much.”

The Giants pulled to 4-3 in the seventh when Blanco scored from third on Gonzalez’s throwing error. But the Rockies restored their two-run cushion on Ben Paulsen’s RBI single off Jeremy Affeldt in the bottom half.

Showers pushed back the opener 2 hours, 15 minutes and the start of the nightcap — a makeup of an April 26 rainout — also was delayed, this time for 58 minutes by lightning and thunderstorms.

These were the seventh and eighth games this season that were delayed or postponed by rain at normally bone-dry Coors Field.

All 10 of the Giants’ runs in the opener came with two outs.

“It’s awesome,” said right-hander Chris Heston (4-3), who picked up the win in the opener despite allowing eight hits, including three homers, and six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. “You think you’re heading back out there and then they put a couple of more on the scoreboard for you. It’s big.”

Santiago Casilla got the final out for his 12th save in 14 chances in the opener, retiring Wilin Rosario on a groundout with the tying run at first.

Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-5) got off to a strong start before a strained big left toe derailed his outing. He was charged with six earned runs on seven hits in four-plus innings.

Lefty Yohan Flande replaced Lyles after the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth. Flande allowed four earned runs in two innings, including Crawford’s two-run triple that made it 7-1.

Heston, who surrendered a solo homer to Ben Paulsen in the second, gave up a solo home run to Nick Hundley and a two-run shot to Charlie Blackmon in the fifth that pulled Colorado to 7-4.

“It’s a battle anytime you have to pitch here,” Heston said. “It’s a sparring match between two teams. You try to go as long as you can.”

TRAINING ROOM

Giants: San Francisco was encouraged by a pain-free outing from RHP Jake Peavy (strained back). He began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced San Jose on Friday night, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings against Rancho Cucamonga.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Tim Hudson (2-3, 4.01) closes out the four-game series at Colorado on Sunday.

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Volcano-Style Grill Uses Molten Lava To Make Barbecue

15 hours 25 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Don’t waste your time with messy charcoal or butane when you grill your Memorial Day barbecue.

Try hot, molten lava.

That’s what pair of professors at Syracuse University used.

They melted rock and created a lava flow to grill a menu of steaks, salmon and hot dogs.

It was part of the Syracuse University Lava Project. Geologist Jeff Karson collaborated with sculptor Bob Wysocki to make the volcano-style grill.

The lava grill gets as hot as 2000 degrees. Conventional ovens that only reach 500 degrees seem like refrigerators next to these infernos.

Prep time is a pain, though.

It can take up to 3 days to melt the rock needed to make the lava.

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Flash Grenades Launched, Arrests Made As Oakland Demonstrators Defy ‘Stay On Sidewalk’ Rule

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OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Just days after the mayor of Oakland and police said they wouldn’t allow non-permitted marches in the streets after dark anymore, an unpermitted march was happening downtown.

It began shortly after nightfall, Saturday. In little time, protesters and police were going head to head.

Flashbang grenades were launched as officers wrestled with individuals, making several arrests.

Police with loudspeakers followed the demonstrators, warning that violence and vandalism would not be tolerated.

Saturday night’s protest is in direct defiance to an announcement earlier this week by Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland’s police chief that marching in the middle of the street without a permit after dark would no longer be tolerated. They said it has never been legal. Police overlooked it in the past, but not anymore.

“We’ve not changed our policy. We have not enacted any new laws,” said Schaaf. “We’re just making better use of the laws that we currently have.”

The new policy comes in response to the vandalism that broke out during Oakland’s May Day protests. Demonstrators smashed windows at businesses and vandalized cars on Broadway’s Auto Row.

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Curry Unstoppable! Warriors Blast Rockets 115-80 To Take 3-0 Lead

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 20:58

HOUSTON (CBS/AP) — Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy, beating the Houston Rockets 115-80 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Warriors won the first two games by just five points combined. There would be no such drama in this one, with Curry leading them to a 26-point advantage in the second quarter.

Now the baby-faced MVP has Golden State just one victory away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975. Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.

Curry was unstoppable, making seven 3-pointers to break the NBA record for most 3s in the playoffs in a season with 64.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


MVP runner-up James Harden finished with 17 points behind 10-of-11 free-throw shooting, but made just 3 of 16 shots as the Rockets dropped three straight for the first time all season.

Jason Terry #31 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets look on in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA PLayoffs. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Dwight Howard, who played despite a knee injury suffered in Game 1, had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

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Rainbow Flags Fly In Ireland, First Country To Legalize Same Sex Marriage By Popular Vote

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 20:14

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS)–Ireland has made history. It has become the only country in the world to legalize same sex-marriage by popular vote.

Celebrations are underway.

Supporters of the referendum to legalize same-sex marriage cheered and embraced as the official results came in.

Sixty-two percent of voters overwhelmingly said ‘yes’ as did all of Ireland’s political parties.

Supporters in favour of same-sex marriage pose for a photograph as thousands gather in Dublin Castle square awaiting the referendum vote outcome. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)


Thousands celebrated the news on the streets, raising rainbow flags in solidarity.

“I’ve never felt happier as I have this day because we did it,” said Dean McCaorn. “I’m so proud of this country.”

Other Irish residents living abroad traveled back home to support the movement.

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“People were offering lifts, people have donated money for our flights to try to get us home because people realize how important this is,” said one resident.

Ahead of the vote, opponents including many living in rural areas and older voters voiced their concerns:

Some complain the law was rushed through.

As late as 1993, homosexuality was illegal in this traditionally conservative, Catholic country.

Five years ago Ireland legalized civil partnerships.

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San Mateo Bridge Closed, Plan For Delays, Leave Early

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Getting across the bay is taking a lot longer this Memorial Day holiday weekend because of the San Mateo Bridge closure.

This is Part 2 — the final phase of Caltrans’ resurfacing and maintenance project.

Caltrans shut down lanes in both directions around 10 p.m., Friday night.

The bridge is expected to reopen Monday morning at 5 a.m.

Caltrans said work is progressing as planned commuters should not expect an early opening.

“They’re going to use as much time as they can to advance this project,” said Caltrans spokesperson Stephen Williams.

KCBS Traffic: Current Road Conditions

Approaching the bridge on Highway 92, the eastbound closure starts at Foster City Boulevard. From the westbound approach, the closure starts at Clawiter Road, in Hayward.

Drivers can use the Dumbarton Bridge and the Bay Bridge as alternate routes. Be warned, traffic is definitely heavier than usual. Plan for delays, and leave early.

For more information, drivers can visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects2/sanmateobridge/.

If you are taking BART, be aware the line between the Fremont and Coliseum stations is closed all day Saturday and Sunday, and will reopen Monday at 8 a.m.

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#DubNation Fans Flood Warriors Team Store Grand Opening In San Francisco

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 17:41

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Hey Dub Nation, you can get your Warriors “on” now that there’s a team store in San Francisco that stocks all the blue and gold you can buy.

The first official Warriors Team Store opened this weekend on the third floor of the San Francisco Westfield Centre.

Fans flooded the 1800-square foot store, stocking up Warriors gear in preparation for Game 3 against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals Saturday night.

“I’ve been a fan since I was ten,” said one shopper. “Living the playoffs is like my dream come true.”

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There was a run on MVP Stephen Curry #30 jerseys.

This is the first official Warriors Team Store outside Oracle Arena in Oakland. It’s scheduled to close in June.

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Mormon LGBT Float Denied Participation In Utah Parade

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 17:13

SALT LAKE CITY (CBS/AP) — For the second straight year, organizers of two of Utah’s most popular parades have rejected a Mormon LGBT group’s request to participate.

Organizers of the Days of `47 Parade in Salt Lake City and the Freedom Festival Grand Parade in Provo denied the bid by Mormons Building Bridges to take part in the July events.

Greg James of the Days of ’47 Parade said organizers consider Mormons Building Bridges an advocacy group and the event’s rules bar advocacy of any kind.

Provo parade organizers didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Erika Munson of Mormons Building Bridges says she believes her group’s message of inclusion and love is consistent with values espoused by the Mormon church and she’s disappointed by the decisions.

Both parades are operated by private nonprofit foundations.

According to the mission statement on their website, the Mormons Building Bridges community “is made up of faithful Latter-day Saints who are dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all who identify as LGBTQI and those who experience same-sex attraction.”

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Seismologist Separates Fact From Fantasy In Quake Disaster Movie ‘San Andreas’

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:44

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood Sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hollywood’s favorite geologic bad guy is back in “San Andreas” – a fantastical look at one of the world’s real seismic threats.

The San Andreas has long been considered one of the most dangerous earthquake faults because of its length. At nearly 800 miles long, it cuts through California like a scar and is responsible for some of the largest shakers in state history.

In the film, opening May 29, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and jiggles the San Andreas. Southern California is rocked by a powerful magnitude-9.1 quake followed by an even stronger magnitude-9.6 in Northern California.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough accompanied The Associated Press to an advance screening of the film. Despite the implausible plot, she said the San Andreas will indeed break again, and without warning.

“We are at some point going to face a big earthquake,” she said.

JUST HOW BIG?

The San Andreas is notorious for producing big ones, but a magnitude-9 or larger is virtually impossible because the fault is not long or deep enough.

The most powerful temblors in recorded history have struck along offshore subduction zones where one massive tectonic plate dives beneath another. The 1960 magnitude-9.5 quake off Chile is the current world record holder.

The San Andreas has revealed its awesome power before. In 1906, a magnitude-7.8 reduced parts of San Francisco to fiery rubble. Nearly five decades earlier, a similar-sized quake rattled the southern end.

In 2008, the USGS led a team of 300 experts that wrote a script detailing what would happen if a magnitude-7.8 hit the southern San Andreas. They wanted to create a science-based crisis scenario that can be used for preparedness drills.

The lesson: It doesn’t take a magnitude-9 or greater to wreak havoc. Researchers calculated a magnitude-7.8 would cause 1,800 deaths and 50,000 injuries. Hundreds of old brick buildings and concrete structures and a few high-rise steel buildings would collapse.

Computer models show the San Andreas is capable of producing a magnitude-8.3 quake, but anything larger is dubious.

WILL THERE BE A WARNING?

In the film, Lawrence Hayes, a fictional seismologist at Caltech (a real university), notices spikes in “magnetic pulses” that light up California like a Christmas tree, heralding a monster quake.

Despite a century of research, earthquake prediction remains elusive. Scientists can’t predict when a jolt is coming and are generally pessimistic about ever having that ability.

Every warning sign scrutinized – animal behavior, weather patterns, electromagnetic signals, atmospheric observations, levels of radon gas in soil or groundwater – has failed.

“We wish it were as simple as the movie portrays. It isn’t. Researchers have scoured every imaginable signal trying to find reliable precursors, but nothing has panned out,” Hough said.

The latest focus has been on creating early warning systems that give residents and businesses a few seconds heads up after a quake hits, but before strong shaking is felt.

Japan has the most advanced seismic alert system in the world while the U.S. is currently testing a prototype.

A TSUNAMI IN SAN FRANCISCO?

Unlike the film, the San Andreas can’t spawn tsunamis.

Most tsunamis are triggered by underwater quakes, but they can also be caused by landslides, volcanoes and even meteor impacts.

Giant tsunami waves are formed when the Earth’s crust violently shifts, displacing huge amounts of seawater. The larger the magnitude, the more these waves can race across the ocean without losing energy.

The San Andreas is strike-slip fault, in which opposing blocks of rocks slide past each other horizontally. A big San Andreas quake can spark fires and other mayhem, but it can’t displace water and flood San Francisco.

Hough said the movie got one aspect right: The tide suddenly ebbing out signals a tsunami is coming.

More than 80 – mostly small- tsunamis have been observed along California’s coast in the past, triggered mainly by faraway quakes.

WILL THE EAST COAST SHAKE, TOO?

In the movie, the scientist warned that shaking would be felt on the East Coast.

Even the largest possible San Andreas quake won’t rattle the East Coast (Sorry New York).

While seismic waves from great quakes can make the Earth reverberate like a bell, the ringing can only be detected by sensitive instruments because it’s so low.

Historical accounts show shaking from the 1906 San Andreas quake was barely felt in western Nevada and southern Oregon, Hough said.

DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON!

When the ground starts to shake, the seismologist played by Paul Giamatti makes a public service announcement: “Drop, cover and hold on.”

Since 2008, millions of people in California and elsewhere have participated in yearly disaster drills in which they practice diving under a table and learn other preparedness tips.

If you’re outdoors when the ground moves, experts recommend bracing against a wall, similar to what search-and-rescue helicopter pilot Ray Gaines, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, told scared survivors in the movie.

“Having Paul Giamatti shouting, “Drop, cover and hold on!” and The Rock telling people to crouch against a wall if they can is one heck of a PSA,” Hough said.

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Are Injured Veterans Worth The Risk In Fantasy Baseball?

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:30

By Sam McPherson

It happens every spring: Former All-Stars either get hurt in Spring Training and miss the first six weeks of the season, or they get off to a slow start to end up on the waiver wire by the end of May. This is the time to look over those offerings and see if you can’t grab some good production when the other owners in your fantasy baseball league aren’t looking.

Of course, this doesn’t come without risk. The older the players are, the more likely they may get injured again. So assess the injury itself and whether or not the team took its time bringing the player back to the major leagues. Often, contending teams with no depth can rush a player back too soon, and that kind of risk is not one you want right now.

Look for veterans with reliable track records and few DL visits in their careers; those players work out best in terms of risk. With pitchers, it’s often good to pick them up and stash them on the bench for a little while until they make a few appearances to work out any hitches on the mound.

Players to Get Onto Your Roster Now

1. Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers: Forget the negativity coming from the Los Angeles Angels organization, and also forget Hamilton’s monster years with the Rangers back in 2010-12. He’s not going to reproduce those numbers. But Hamilton will be better than he was last year in L.A. when he had shoulder problems that impacted his swing, so you can probably get 15 home runs and 60 RBIs out of him for the rest of the year. That’s better than what most guys that have been playing since Opening Day will give you over a full season.

2. Jaime García, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: This guy should have been Rookie of the Year in 2010, and although he’s made only 37 MLB starts since the start of 2012, they’ve been good starts. García is coming back from a shoulder injury, which is better than coming back from an elbow surgery. Plus, you know how the St. Louis organization develops its pitchers; trust in that when you grab him off waivers.

3. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Texas Rangers: Not only will he benefit from having Hamilton in the lineup, but Choo is also recovering from that horrendous start to the season now. Grab him quickly; at his best, he’s a 20-20 player, and his worst is already behind him this season. Look for him to finish the season with numbers like he put up in Cleveland three years ago (.283, 16 HR, 67 RBI). Since the slump is out of the way, you’ll reap the rebound benefits all the way to October.

4. Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants: He got off to a hot start last year and then faded, but Crawford’s career is trending up. His OBP and SLG have improved every season, and he’s now 28 years old. Don’t expect the current .906 OPS to last for the rest of the year, but it should stay close to .800 by the end of the season. That’s good for a shortstop, of course.

Players to Sit/Drop This Week

1. Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds: You had high hopes when you drafted him, but in leagues where strikeouts matter, Leake just hurts any fantasy owner. With just 30 Ks in 54 2/3 innings this year, once again he is a liability in your rotation. On the whole, he’s giving up fewer hits than ever before, but that could change at any time with Leake. There’s little need to keep him on your roster.

2. Chris B. Young, OF, New York Yankees: He hasn’t hit more than 14 HRs in a season since 2011, and now that Young already has six this year, you know he’s due for regression. There’s a reason he’s with his third team in three seasons, and Young shouldn’t be taking up a roster spot on your team.

3. Addison Reed, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Do not drop him. Just bench him for awhile. Reed isn’t closing any more for the D’backs, but he will again soon. Believe it. He’s only 26, and Reed saved 101 games from 2012-14. This is just a temporary bump in the road for a kid with a good arm (220 Ks in 207 career IP).

4. Jean Segura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Yes, he’s injured, and with any finger/hand/wrist injury, there’s always a risk when they come back that the swing is off. But Segura isn’t worth keeping on your roster, either way. He has limited power, and his speed isn’t what it was back in 2013 when he stole 44 bases. He’s about half that player when healthy, and Segura isn’t healthy anymore.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball and fantasy sports for many online sites, including CBS, AXS and Examiner.

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Gov. Brown Proposes Amnesty On Traffic Debt For The Poor

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:37

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for Californians who can’t afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court penalties.

The push by the Democratic governor spotlights growing concern among lawmakers and court administrators that California’s justice system is profiting off minorities and low-income residents.

Brown’s spokesman Evan Westrup said the issue has prompted discussions between the state and U.S. Department of Justice.

It’s not clear if the Justice Department has launched an inquiry into California’s court system. The department did not return requests for comment, and Westrup declined to provide details.

Advocates for the poor have criticized California’s courts as a pay-to-play system.

The state has suspended 4.8 million driver licenses since 2006 related to traffic fines. In that same time, only 83,000 licenses have been reinstated.

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Beer Can-Littered Boat Abandoned On Ocean Beach Matches Description Of Vessel Stolen From SF Yacht Club

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:20

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A boat found grounded on Ocean Beach Friday afternoon and abandoned might have been stolen from a San Francisco yacht club, according to a U.S. Coast Guard official.

The boat, a white vessel named Daisy, was reported on the beach around 3:30 p.m., according to Coast Guard Lt. Marcia Medina.

A witness put the location at near Lawton Street.

National Parks Service and San Francisco Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and found the boat already grounded. It contained “multiple beer cans” but there was no one aboard, Medina said.

A witness told National Parks Service officials that he saw the vessel run aground, and an individual jumped off and came ashore. The witness attempted to speak to the person, to see if they were ok, but the person did not answer and left the scene, Medina said.

A boat found abandoned on Ocean Beach may have been stolen. (CBS)

Investigators are looking into whether the boat is one by the same name and description reported stolen from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco recently, Medina said.

The Coast Guard is working with the owner and the yacht club on salvaging the boat, and also working to determine how much fuel is on board and make sure it is safely contained, Medina said.

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Woman Arrested After Dozens Of Zipcars Mysteriously Disappeared In San Francisco

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:47

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A woman has pleaded not guilty to several counts of auto thefts, after dozens of Zipcars in San Francisco mysteriously disappeared earlier this year.

Police said the service, which lets customers reserve rental cars by the hour or day in designated areas, had 76 of their vehicles mysteriously disappear over a six-week span.

The crime wave stopped, police said, after authorities arrested a suspected car thief.

“We were able to build a case, and we were able to prosecute an individual, and currently, since that prosecution has taken into effect, Zipcar thefts in the city have gone down tremendously,” Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian told KPIX 5.

The suspect, identified by the San Francisco Chronicle as Ray Charles Dipo, is due back in court next month.

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