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Palo Alto Climber Rescued From Yosemite Cliff Speaks Out After Ordeal

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YOSEMITE (CBS SF) — A Palo Alto man’s Easter climb in Yosemite ended with him being rescued from a sheer cliff by a CHP helicopter Sunday.

Blake Parkinson and Ben Tomsky of Palo Alto were tackling a difficult stretch of Higher Cathedral Spire in Yosemite National Park Sunday when Blake, an experienced climber fell, breaking his back.

“I went to pull a move, and I didn’t make it and I fell, and it was about 20 or 30 feet before the rope caught me,” Parkinson told KPIX 5.

Climbing partner Ben was panicked after seeing his friend fall.

“Whoa, this seems bad. It seemed bad that he was not responsive, that he was not shouting to us. Normally when a climber falls, they would say ‘I’m okay, I’m getting back on it’,” Tomsky said.

When Tomsky and other climbers reached Blake, he was in bad shape, and they called for help.

After careful maneuvering, with chopper blades close to the rock face, rescuers carefully reeled him up in what they call the littler basket, finally securing him after a few dicey moments.

“Yosemite search and rescue are the best in the world at what they do, and if you’re ever gonna get injured rock climbing, Yosemite Valley is probably the best place to do that,” Tomsky said.

Parkinson is recovering in a Modesto hospital.

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EBMUD To Ask Customers To Cut Back Usage While Buying Water To Fill Reservoirs

1 hour 10 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The East Bay Municipal Utility District’s board of directors voted Tuesday to ask their customers to continue voluntarily cutting their water use by 10 percent because the dry winter has reduced the amount of water in the agency’s reservoirs.

The board also approved the purchase of 16,000 acre-feet of water, which is about a month’s supply, to help meet the needs of its 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Water agency officials said its customers have already heeded their call to cut their water use voluntarily the past two months.

The water from the Sacramento River will flow into two East Bay reservoirs: the Upper San Leandro Reservoir in Oakland and the San Pablo Reservoir, which is located between Orinda and El Sobrante.

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EBMUD staff members said today that their worst-case water supply forecast is that the agency’s reservoirs could be less than half full by this fall.

But board president Andy Katz said in a statement, “A severe drought does not mean severe cutbacks” because of customers’ ongoing conservation measures and prudent water management by the agency.

EBMUD officials said if precipitation levels are low again next winter they could increase the amount of voluntary customer cutbacks beyond 10 percent, enact mandatory rationing or buy more Sacramento River water.

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Santa Clara Stowaway Teen Was In Plane’s Wheel Well Hours Before Flight To Hawaii

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HONOLULU (CBS/AP) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet’s wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight departed, according to an official briefed on the investigation.

The law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that video surveillance shows the boy on the airfield a little after 1 a.m. Sunday, walking on the tarmac and near airplanes in fenced and guarded areas. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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While it’s not clear how the teen spent all that time, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen was sleeping in the plane before the 8 a.m. PDT takeoff. He “literally just slept on the plane overnight,” Simon said.

High altitude and low temperatures knocked him out during the 5 1/2-hour flight; he didn’t regain consciousness until an hour after the plane landed in Hawaii, Simon said. Medical experts have said the boy may have survived the subzero temperatures and thin air of the plane’s 38,000-foot cruising altitude because his body went into a hibernation-like state.

When the landing gear of a Boeing 767 retracts, there is little room to maneuver in the wheel well. The boy would have had to curl up in the fetal position or crouch down the entire time. And there is no way to get into the main cabin or luggage compartment without removing large pieces of the aircraft’s interior, said Jon Day, general manager of Southern California Aviation, a maintenance yard in Victorville, Calif., that handles commercial jets.

The boy was resting Tuesday at a Honolulu hospital. Hawaii’s Department of Human Services said child welfare officials were arranging his safe return to Northern California.

Meanwhile, investigators were struggling to find out how the San Jose airport’s post-9/11 security could have been so easily breached.

Besides video surveillance, the airport has German shepherds and Segway-riding police officers and is surrounded by fences, although many sections do not have barbed wire and could easily be scaled.

The incident “raises serious concerns affecting passenger safety,” said U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who is asking the Government Accountability Office to assess airport perimeter safety nationwide.

The Transportation Security Administration said it has spent $80 billion on aviation security since its inception, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. That includes baggage and passenger screening, but not perimeter security, which is the responsibility of local authorities.

San Jose airport officials declined to answer questions about their security budget.

Swalwell said San Jose airport officials told him Tuesday they were still reviewing video from before dawn Sunday because there are multiple feeds from many cameras at the 1,050-acre airport.

Simon, at the FBI, said video they’ve found so far shows the teen right after he scaled the fence and going toward the plane.

The boy has not been charged with a crime, but much about him — including his identity and his motivation — remained a public mystery. Media were camped outside a Santa Clara home where his family purportedly lives, but no one came out Tuesday. Authorities haven’t released the boy’s name, but Jennifer Dericco, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Unified School District, said that he attends school in the district.

The FAA says about one-quarter of the 105 stowaways who have sneaked aboard flights worldwide since 1947 have survived. Some wheel-well stowaways survived deadly cold and a lack of oxygen because their breathing, heart rate and brain activity slow down.

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Sharks Defeat Kings In OT, Take 3-0 Series Lead

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LOS ANGELES (CBS / AP) — Patrick Marleau scored on a backhand 6:20 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks moved to the brink of the second round with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 first-round series lead.

Rookie Tomas Hertl tied it with 10:43 left in regulation for the Sharks, who survived a much-improved effort from their bitter California rivals after two blowout wins in San Jose.

Marleau ended it for the Sharks with his third goal of the series. His shot banked off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s stick on its way past Jonathan Quick, who made 36 saves in his third straight loss.

Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots for the Sharks.

Game 4 is Thursday in Los Angeles.

The Sharks have won five straight overtime playoff games and 10 of their past 11, with Marleau scoring four game-winning goals during that remarkable stretch.

Los Angeles has slipped to the brink of first-round elimination just two years after its Stanley Cup title run. The Kings were the NHL’s best defensive team during the regular season, but they’ve allowed 17 goals in the first three games of this series.

Only three teams have ever rallied to win a best-of-seven NHL playoff series after trailing 0-3.

Jeff Carter tipped in a tiebreaking goal for Los Angeles on a power play early in the third period, but Tomas Hertl evened it right after a power play expired with 10:43 left. San Jose dominated the third, but Quick made 23 saves to send the Kings into their first overtime playoff game at home in three years.

Matt Nieto got his first career playoff goal for the Sharks, and Brent Burns also scored.

Marian Gaborik scored and Jarret Stoll ended his 29-game playoff goal drought for the Kings, who stumbled back home after opening the series with two disastrous games at the Shark Tank.

The Kings’ nervous fans got quiet early on when Burns partly whiffed on a wrist shot and produced a knuckling puck that sailed past Quick just 10 seconds into a Sharks power play.

Stoll evened it with his first playoff goal in two years early in the second period. Stoll hadn’t found the net in the postseason since his series-clinching overtime goal against Vancouver in 2012.

Gaborik then put the Kings ahead all by himself, lugging the puck from the opposite blue line and beating Niemi with a vicious backhand.

San Jose evened it 1:18 later when Nieto, from nearby Long Beach, scored into an open net. Quick had been knocked to the ice by Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr moments earlier.

Carter capitalized in the waning seconds of a power play by tipping Anze Kopitar’s shot in front for his first playoff score since Game 2 of last season’s Western Conference finals, ending a personal 393:34 drought.

Hertl converted his own rebound midway through the period to even it again, scoring on the rink where a knee-on-knee hit from Dustin Brown sidelined the Czech rookie for 45 games earlier this season.

NOTES: The Kings scratched F Colin Fraser after recalling the two-time Stanley Cup champion from the AHL earlier in the day. Los Angeles also scratched F Kyle Clifford, who went scoreless with a minus-3 and 16 penalty minutes in the first two games, and D Matt Greene, a minus-4 in the series. … The Kings dressed F Tanner Pearson, who made his NHL playoff debut last season before he had ever played in a regular-season NHL game. … Los Angeles played its 41st playoff game in the past three seasons, the most by any NHL team in that span.

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Gregerson Blows 3rd Save Opportunity In A’s Loss To Rangers

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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Michael Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Josh Wilson doubled to drive in the tying run just ahead of Choice, who began his career with the A’s.

Alexi Ogando (1-1) recorded one out in the eighth to pick up the win. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Luke Gregerson (0-1) took the loss after blowing his third save opportunity. He gave up two runs on three hits. Gregerson appeared to have pitched out of trouble when he threw out pinch hitter Mitch Moreland at the plate on a safety squeeze by Leonys Martin for the second out.

Martin stole second and scored when Wilson, who cost the Rangers two runs with a fielding error in the fourth, doubled.

Donnie Murphy had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who won their seventh in eight games.

Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard drove in runs for the A’s, who lost their second straight for the first time this season. Josh Reddick had two hits.

A’s starter Tommy Milone allowed three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out one.

Nick Martinez was recalled from Double-A to make the start for the Rangers. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out one.

Three of Milone’s walks came in the first inning, when the Rangers took a 2-0 lead. Murphy singled home one run and Robinson Chirinos walked with the bases loaded.

The A’s answered in their half of the first. Jed Lowrie doubled and scored when Donaldson singled. Cespedes hit a double, allowing Donaldson to score.

The Rangers regained the lead in the third. Alex Rios walked and went to third on Prince Fielder’s single. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit into a double play, with Rios scoring.

Kouzmanoff left the game after the top of the fourth with tightness in his back. Luis Sardinas entered the game at second base, with Josh Wilson moving to third.

With one out in the fourth, John Jaso singled and Reddick reached base when Wilson mishandled his grounder. Sogard hit a sacrifice fly and Crisp followed with his double.

Rangers relief pitcher Pedro Figueroa left the game with an apparent back injury after hitting Reddick with a pitch with two outs in the eighth. Ogando replaced him.

NOTES: A’s OF Coco Crisp, who fell hard and bruised his ribs during Monday night’s game, had X-Rays taken that were negative. … A’s LHP Eric O’Flaherty (Tommy John surgery) threw all his pitches at full distance during a bullpen session, encouraging A’s manager Bob Melvin to ask if he was available for an inning. . The A’s rejected the Oakland-Alameda County Authority’s 10-year lease proposal. … RHP Sonny Gray (3-0, 1.80) pitches for the A’s in Wednesday’s matinee game and will make his first start against the Rangers. He is currently 6-0 over his last eight starts dating to last year. … LHP Martin Perez (3-0, 1.86) will take the mound for the Rangers. He has not allowed a run over his past 17 innings. He will be making his sixth start against the A’s, his most against any team. … RHP Colby Lewis (1-1, 4.22) is set to start Friday’s game in Seattle but the rest of the weekend rotation is in a state of flux, with LHP Robbie Ross, LHP Matt Harrison, currently on the DL with a back problem, and RHP Yu Darvish all in the mix.

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FedEx Sued Over Deadly Northern California Bus Crash On I-5

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:55

ORLAND, Glenn County (CBS / AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

The negligence suit that seeks $100 million in damages is the first filed in connection with the April 10 freeway crash in Orland, said A. King Aminpour, the attorney for the plaintiffs.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Rosa Rivera, mother of Jennifer Bonilla of Los Angeles.

The Dorsey High School student had earned a college scholarship. She and other teens were heading north for a free tour of Humboldt State University when the bus was struck head-on by a FedEx truck.

Dozens escaped through windows before the bus exploded into towering flames, but five students, three adult chaperones and both drivers died.

“She had her whole future before her,” Aminpour said of Bonilla. “She was the first in her family to ever go to college.”

The California Highway Patrol has not determined the cause of the crash 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Some witnesses reported that the FedEx truck was on fire before the crash, and the lawsuit alleges that FedEx trucks have a history of catching fire from mechanical problems, driver error or improper cargo loading.

“Our heartfelt condolences remain with everyone affected by this tragic accident,” Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. said in a statement. “We remain focused on providing support to those affected and cooperating with the authorities as they conduct their investigation. This is not the time for us to discuss potential litigation.”

The suit also names the estate of the FedEx driver and the bus owner, Silverado Stages, as defendants. The bus lacked adequate exit doors that would have allowed passengers to escape after the crash, the lawsuit contends.

A message seeking comment from a Silverado Stages executive after hours Tuesday was not immediately returned.

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Giants, Bumgarner Outdueled By Rockies In 2-1 Loss

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:45

DENVER (CBS/AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer leading off the fifth and Franklin Morales outdueled Madison Bumgarner, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Troy Tulowitzki also added a solo shot for the Rockies, who have hit seven homers in two nights against the Giants.

Morales (2-1) was masterful on the mound as he allowed five hits over seven innings, which matches the longest outing of his career. The left-hander’s only mistake was a hanging slider to Hunter Pence in the fifth. It was Pence’s second homer of the season.

LaTroy Hawkins got the final two outs in a rocky ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

Bumgarner (2-2) was nearly as effective as Morales, his only slipups on fastballs to Tulowitzki and Arenado. Bumgarner allowed nine hits in eight innings.

It was the first complete game by a Giants starter in 2014 and third of Bumgarner’s career.

Morales hasn’t fared all that well against San Francisco in his career, entering the game with a 0-3 mark and a 6.57 ERA. But he handcuffed the Giants most of the game.

He worked his way into a jam in his seventh and final inning when he allowed a two-out double to his counterpart, Bumgarner.

But Morales struck out Angel Pagan with a sinking cutter—his 99th pitch of the night—to end the threat. Morales pumped his fist and let out a scream before heading toward the dugout.

The previous time Morales pitched seven innings was June 28, 2012, at Seattle when he was with Boston.

Things got a little shaky for Colorado in the eighth, when the Giants had runners on first and second with one out. Rex Brothers was summoned and enticed Pablo Sandoval to hit into a double play to quell the rally.

Same thing with the ninth, when Hawkins took over after Brothers got the first out of the inning. Hawkins walked pinch hitter Brandon Crawford and allowed a single to Gregor Blanco, who was also pinch hitting. Hector Sanchez, the third straight pinch hitter, struck out and Pagan bounced out to short to end the comeback bid.

Arenado hit a solo shot into the seats in left to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games. He’s hitting .365 during the streak, with two homers and six RBIs.

Tulowitzki flashed his fielding skills in the top of the fourth and hitting proficiency in the bottom half.

With runners at first and second and one out, the smooth-fielding shortstop dove in the hole to snare Joaquin Arias’ grounder, quickly getting up and throwing to second for a force out. That prevented a potential run from scoring. Tulowitzki then caught Ehire Adrianza’s shallow fly to left to get the Rockies out of the sticky situation.

Leading off in the bottom of the frame, Tulowitzki homered to left-center. It was his third homer of the season.

Mixing a 93-mph fastball with a late-moving cutter, Bumgarner kept the Rockies off balance most of the night. He’s so difficult for lefties to solve that hot-hitting Charlie Blackmon was given the night off. Blackmon is hitting .411 this season with four homers and 13 RBIs.

NOTES: Ehire Adrianza wore jersey No. 6 instead of No. 53. … The Giants placed LHP David Huff (left quadriceps strain) on the DL and recalled OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno. … RHP Matt Cain (0-3) searches for his first win of the season in the series finale Wednesday. The Rockies will throw RHP Tyler Chatwood (1-0). … The Rockies have won five of their past six games.

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San Francisco Looks At Preserving Character Of Mission District

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:36

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — An influx of new people may permanently change the face of San Francisco’s Mission District. One city leader is looking at creating a cultural district to preserve the area’s Latino character.

City Hall is talking about setting up a special Latino district in part of the Mission. It would be similar to the city’s Japantown, which seems to have helped keep Japanese culture and local businesses alive. A similar attempt to preserve the predominantly African-American Fillmore District has not been as successful.

The proposed “Calle 24” district would stretch along 24th Street from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue.

“I think that preserving the cultural identity of a neighborhood is very important,” said Supervisor David Campos, who introduced the measure at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

If approved, the district could eventually help change zoning laws, give local business loans to make sure they survive and mandate more affordable housing.

“We’re hoping that by doing this, the city acknowledges and recognizes there’s a lot of history there,” said neighborhood activist Erik Arguello.

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Phil Matier: What Happens To Oracle Arena When Warriors Move To San Francisco?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:09

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The city of Oakland’s fight to keep the Golden State Warriors appears to have ended with the team announcing that it’s inked a deal to buy a plot of land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay.

The team hopes to have a new arena open there in time for the 2018 season.

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There hasn’t been a peep out of Oakland city officials since the Warriors announced the news. Does that mean this was a foregone conclusion? Mayor Jean Quan said you couldn’t find a more loyal group and I couldn’t agree more.

The plan for the waterfront arena was becoming too complicated with regulatory problems, but this move, a $250 million move to buy land on unregulated land that won’t come under most of those conditions.

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It’s not just a concept anymore. The Warriors are pulling up stakes and moving to San Francisco. So what happens to Oracle Arena? I was talking with members of the Joint Powers Authority run by both Alameda County and Oakland. They really can’t put lipstick on this. They’re losing their tenant, but at the same time, they’re not going to close up shop.

When that new arena opens in San Francisco, it’s going to be an expensive venue to play. Oracle Arena will remain a viable option because you’ll be able to do a lot more for a lot less at that location.

Meanwhile, the A’s would like to leave, but they can’t so they’re re-signing their lease and the Raiders can’t figure out what they want to do.

So what does the Warriors move do to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s plans for Coliseum City? The A’s may not rebuild in Oakland because co-owner Lew Wolff would still like to get down to San Jose. The Raiders would like a new stadium, but they don’t have the money.

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El Sobrante Man Sought In Fatal Shooting

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:05

EL SOBRANTE (CBS SF) — The sheriff’s office is looking for a 20-year-old El Sobrante man suspected of fatally shooting a 24-year-old man in Tara Hills last month, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

The district attorney’s office has filed formal murder charges against Kyle Navarro for the fatal shooting of Nicholas Callen, who was found shot and killed at 2:51 p.m. on March 31 inside a home in the 2600 block of Cornelius Drive in Tara Hills, a small community near San Pablo, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

The announcement of Navarro’s alleged involvement in the crime comes after U.S. Marshals arrested another suspect, identified as Michael McQueen, 28, in Sonoma on April 16, Lee said. McQueen is being held in the Martinez Detention Facility under $2 million bail.

Anyone who knows where Navarro is or has any other information about the case has been asked to call the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. Tips can also be emailed to or over the phone to (866) 846-3592.

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Oakland Man Charged With Murder In Beating Death Of Woman Near Lake Merritt

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:46

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Oakland man has been charged with murder for allegedly beating a woman to death near Lake Merritt in Oakland earlier this month, police said Tuesday.

Prince Tsetse, 40, is charged in connection with the death of Kimberly Robertson, 23, who was found beaten to death at 6:40 a.m. on April 5 in the 1900 block of Third Avenue outside the Francis Marion Smith Recreation Center.

According to Robertson’s Facebook page, she had recently moved to Oakland from Dallas, where she grew up.

Robertson was in a criminal justice program at Heald College in San Francisco and has a daughter who will turn three in May, according to her Facebook page.

Tsetse, who was arrested last Thursday, is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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Chemical-Free Couch Cushions Now Available In California

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:31

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Couch owners who want to limit their exposure to flame retardant chemicals now have a new option.

The Safer Sofa Foam Exchange is a new program that helps consumers replace the old foam in their sofa and chair cushions with new foam that is chemical free.

The project links consumers up with five foam stores in the Bay Area that are now or will soon be stocking foam that is not doused with chemical flame retardants.

Those chemicals have been linked to cancer and other health problems.

Earlier this year,  California enacted new furniture flammability standards that are intended to minimize the use of the flame retardant chemicals in furniture without sacrificing safety.

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The owner of Foam Order in San Francisco,  one of the stores participating in the foam-exchange program,  estimates the average cost of changing  a single medium-sized cushion is between $45 and $65,  depending on the type of replacement foam chosen.

Ten percent of the sales through the program will  go to developing responsible ways of disposing with the old foam,  so it does not get reused into other household products,  like carpet backing.

The Green Science Policy Institute estimates that 80 – 100% of a couch’s flame retardants are found in the foam inside removable cushions.

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10-Year-Old Martinez Pit Bull Victim Has Get-Well Items From Pro Wrestlers Stolen

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:21

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A Martinez boy who was mauled by pit bull dogs last year has been victimized again after items donated to him from his favorite pro wrestlers were stolen – and then sold on Craigslist – according to a published report. reported 10-year-old Hunter Kilbourn underwent two skin graft surgeries after he was attacked by two pit bulls while at a friend’s house last August.

He suffered bites to his arms, head and face and part of his ear was severed, the report said.

During his recovery, he received an autograph book & poster from several World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstars to cheer him up, according to the report.

His mother, Melody Ralls, told

“I am trying to locate the person who bought them not knowing they were stolen and NOT for sale, so we can get them back. His name is inside the book as wrestlers wrote “Hunter, get well soon”, etc. It is not just a “program book” to us but a part of healing. I’m assuming the person is in the Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord, East Bay Area.”

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KPIX 5 Poll Finds Strong Support For New Warriors Arena In San Francisco’s Mission Bay

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:04

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — After the Golden State Warriors announced they are opting to build a new arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood instead of the Embarcadero, a new KPIX 5 / SurveyUSA poll has found many city residents are supporting the plan.

The poll of 500 San Francisco adults found 68 percent support the idea of a new arena, while 17 percent said they are opposed and 15 percent are not sure.

Respondents are also overwhelmingly in favor of the Mission Bay location, with 65 percent of those surveyed in favor and 18 percent opposed.

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While the arena is receiving widespread support, San Francisco residents are also concerned about the height of buildings proposed along the waterfront. 36 percent of those surveyed said they are very concerned about building height, and another 29 percent said they are somewhat concerned.

On Monday, the Warriors said they have reached an agreement to buy a 12 acre parcel of land from Salesforce for an undisclosed amount. The land, which is near AT&T Park and the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, is bounded by Third Street, 16th Street, South Street, and Terry Francois Boulevard.

Previously, the team sought to build an arena on Piers 30-32, but faced opposition from neighborhood groups. Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, who led a group that opposed the Embarcadero plan, said Monday that he supports an arena in Mission Bay.

The poll has a margin of error +/- 4 percent.

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Claudia Wells, The Original ‘Jennifer’ From ‘Back To The Future’ Appears At Wondercon 2014

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:00

(CBS SF) – You may not recognize Claudia Wells now, but back in 1985, she caused a stir as Michael J. Fox’s on-screen girlfriend Jennifer Parker in the first “Back To The Future” film.

In the second & third films, “Jennifer” was played by NCIS’ Elisabeth Shue. Wells had to step back from the role due to her mother’s diagnose with cancer. Fans never did forget the first “Jennifer” as they paid her a visit at her booth at this year’s Wondercon in Anaheim.

Wells is a proud San Franciscan, but she was born in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Her family moved to the Bay Area when she was 7 weeks old. Wells grew up in San Francisco and went to school at Marin Country Day School & French Bilingual school and still has family in the area.

She now owns a boutique for men in Studio City called “Armani Wells” where she sells high-end men’s clothing at discounted prices. Wells carry the current styles from casual to formal and she actually tends the store when she is not traveling or making appearances.

Wells is also very active with her charity, “Kids In The Spotlight” a ten-week entertainment industry program for foster children. They teach children how to act, write scripts and filmmaking. In October, “Kids In The Spotlight” puts together a “Oscar” type event for the work the children has done.

Claudia Wells took some time from her busy schedule to talk to & Warrior’s “Hype Man” Franco Finn at this year’s Wondercon at the Anaheim Convention Center, where she was signing autographs and meeting her fans.


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Wells plans to return to acting soon. In the immediate future she will be traveling to Las Vegas, France and is making plans to visit family here in the Bay Area.

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1 Hurt In San Francisco Bayview Shooting

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:57

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police were investigating a shooting that injured one person in San Francisco’s Bayview Heights neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Shortly after 3 p.m. today police were dispatched to the intersection of Jamestown Avenue and Jennings Street on a report of shots fired, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

When officers arrived at the scene they found one victim suffering from injuries not considered life-threatening, Esparza said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for medical treatment.

Police said that based on their preliminary investigation, the suspect fled the scene toward Bayshore Boulevard following the shooting.

A possible suspect was described only as a black male in a black Honda, according to Esparza.

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Tesla Renovating Shuttered Distribution Facility In Central Valley

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:40

LATHROP, San Joaquin County (CBS SF) — Electric car manufacturer Tesla is taking over a vacant distribution facility in the Central Valley town of Lathrop, according to a published report.

The City of Lathrop confirmed a report in the Manteca Bulletin that Palo Alto-based Tesla has started renovations on a 431,000 square foot facility that used to be a Daimler-Chrysler distribution center.

Lathrop City Manager Steve Salvatore told the Bulletin the permits were for “manufacturing modifications” and that work has already begun on overhauling the facility, which was used for parts distribution and shuttered in 2009.

Job listings on the Tesla website show it will be mainly used as a computer numerical control (CNC) and machining facility.

It would also appear to be too small for the company’s $5 billion planned “gigafactory” to make advanced lithium-ion batteries.

Tesla has said it is looking at four states – Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas – as sites for the gigafactory which would employ some 6,500 workers.

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5 Juveniles Arrested For Attacking Man Jogging Near San Leandro Park

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:26

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — Officers arrested five juveniles for attacking and attempting to rob a man jogging home near Memorial Park in San Leandro early Saturday morning, a police lieutenant said.

The victim was heading home on Callan Avenue after friends dropped him off on Bancroft Avenue at about 2:45 a.m. when a group of juveniles ran after him and demanded his property, according to San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt.

The victim tried to run away, but the juveniles caught up with him, Brandt said.

One suspect punched the victim repeatedly in the face, according to Brandt.

The victim was able to escape and reported the incident to police, the lieutenant said.

Officers were able to locate the five suspects in the area and the victim positively identified them, Brandt said.

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Larry Magid: Earth Day Tech Tips

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:15

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— To mark this year’s Earth Day we’ve compiled a list of what tech users should be concerned about when it comes to the environment.

Our devices make a significant impact on the environment. It starts by simply reducing power consumption. If you’re not using a device, either turn it off or put it into sleep mode.

Almost all Macs and PCs do this by now if you’re not using them in a matter of a few minutes. Try to make sure you have your sleep mode enabled.

Don’t use screen savers. They’re not really necessary for modern displays and they waste energy. You’re better off just having a blank screen.

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So what about passive power? This is all those charger devices and adaptors we have laying around and often times we have them plugged in for no reason. Your cell phone charger does use some energy even when they’re not being used. Not by much, but when you multiply it by everyone else who has theirs plugged in, it adds up.

There is a USB charger that turns itself off automatically, but unfortunately it costs $20. Most of us have chargers that were either free or that we paid very little for that aren’t so energy efficient.

The good news is that sometimes new equipment is more energy efficient. If you have an old PC, consider getting one that is ENERGY STAR certified. Consider printers that automatically print on both sides of the page. Spend a little more money on printers with larger ink or toner cartridges. They waste a lot less plastic and cost less to use.

As far as your old equipment goes; you should see if it can be reused, donated or somehow kept in service.

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San Francisco Supervisor Introduces Resolution To Improve Late-Night Transit Options

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:11

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A lot of people don’t think of San Francisco as a 24-hour city, but city Supervisor Scott Wiener disagrees. The lawmaker has taken preliminary steps to improve late-night public transportation options.

“We have a very robust late-night economy. It’s a $4.2 billion economy,” Wiener said, citing a 2011 Economic Impact Report conducted by the city economist. “We also have a lot of workers who go to work very early in the morning.”

Wiener knows that the city’s public transportation system does little to serve that 24-hour nature with few late-night transit options.

He is introducing a resolution to form a working group that will draft a plan to increase those overnight options.

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But he also said improvements can be small at first, like better publicizing the nighttime routes that are operating and having better cab service.

“There are other things that we can do that are not monumental. So it’s about the small things in the short run and the bigger things in the long run,” Wiener said.

Wiener doesn’t know how much making these improvements will cost or how they will be paid for, but he doesn’t think they will involve a huge expense.

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