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SF Police Detain Person Of Interest For Questioning In Case Of Human Body Found In Suitcase

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police detained a person of interest Friday night in a case involving a dismembered body found stuffed into a suitcase Wednesday in the South of Market neighborhood.

Police received an anonymous tip just before 7:30 p.m. reporting that a person of interest seen in photos released to the public earlier Friday could be found in the 400 block of Turk Street, officials said.

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Officers detained two people at the scene, one of whom has been confirmed as the person of interest in the grisly crime.

Both people have been taken to the Hall of Justice for questioning, police said. They have not been placed under arrest and are not in custody.

The San Francisco medical examiner’s office said Friday that the body parts found in the suitcase at 11th and Mission streets Wednesday afternoon belonged to an unidentified light-skinned male.

Additional remains were found in a trashcan half a block away from the original scene. The San Francisco Police Department said that some of the body parts were missing, but declined to say which ones.

“It was not a full body,” Officer Grace Gatpandan said. “We can’t confirm what body parts have been found.”

Investigators will tap the DNA lab at the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services for assistance in determining the identity of the decedent, according to the medical examiner.

Police released this photo of a person of interest in a case involving human body parts stuffed in a suitcase. (SFPD)

Earlier Friday police described the person of interest in the case as a white man in his 50s or early 60s, roughly 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a pinstripe baseball hat, a blue and orange jacket and light blue jeans. Police said he may be a transient.

The case remains under investigation and authorities are asking anyone with information about the death to call the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide unit at (415) 553-1145 or email Anonymous tips can be left at (415) 575-4444.

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Utah Jazz Upset Golden State Warriors 110-100

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 22:56
The Warriors struggled defensively for the third straight game as Gordon Hayward led the Jazz to a 110-100 upset win against the league's highest-scoring team.
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Mountain Lion Sightings In 3 Santa Cruz Neighborhoods Have Residents On The Lookout

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 22:16

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Santa Cruz police Friday received three separate reported sightings of a mountain lion walking by residences in central Santa Cruz, one of them on the grounds of an apartment complex only blocks from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The reports were unusual because the lion was seen wandering far into residential areas inside Santa Cruz and not near the mountains bordering the city where the wild animals live, police Lt. Bernie Escalante said.

At 4:45 a.m., a citizen reported seeing a mountain lion in the 100 block of Sycamore Street near Pacific Avenue, about a half dozen blocks north of the Boardwalk, Escalante said.

The person said the lion was walking through an apartment complex on Sycamore, Escalante said.

Then at 6:10 a.m., a Santa Cruz city employee reported seeing a mountain lion traversing through a parking lot near the intersection of Cedar and Elm streets, a residential area about four blocks north of Sycamore.

Not long after that reported sighting, yet another person notified police that they also spotted a mountain lion in the 500 block of Lincoln Street a few blocks west of Cedar and Elm.

Police officers were sent out to look for the lion, but they never saw one, Escalante said.

The case was turned over to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, he said.

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Man Arrested For Trespassing On Mineta San Jose Airport Property

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 22:08

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A man was arrested and cited for trespassing at Mineta San Jose International Airport late Thursday after he was seen walking on airport property, according to San Jose police.

The man was spotted by a security guard walking around 11:50 p.m. on a ground vehicle road on the airside, according to police.

When the guard tried to stop him, the man ran away and tried to climb a perimeter fence to get to the street, police said.

He was injured while climbing, however, and police and the airport security guard were able to take him into custody.

The suspect, identified as Jose Mendoza, 40, was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Police cited him on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and released him.

The airport experienced a series of security breaches last year, including two successful stowaways.

In April, a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy snuck into the airport and stowed away in the wheel well of a plane headed to Maui. The boy, who was running away from home, survived the 5 and a half hour trip and was discovered after the plane landed in Hawaii.

In August, Marilyn Hartman, a woman who has repeatedly stowed away and attempted to stow away on Bay Area airline flights, was able to board a plane in San Jose and fly to Los Angeles without a boarding pass.

And in November, Miguel Zaragoza was stopped while allegedly trespassing on the Atlantic Aviation ramp at the airport. When airport employees took him to a lobby to await police, he allegedly fled from them, stole a city maintenance truck and drove through the airport before he was apprehended.

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Do Life-Erasing Stellar Gamma Ray Bursts Mean We’re Alone In Our Corner Of The Cosmos?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 21:18

There’s plenty of real estate for extraterrestrial life, right?

Well, maybe not. An article recently published in the journal Physical Review Letters argues that much of the universe could be off-limits to complex biology.

The reason isn’t a lack of worlds. Scientists analyzing data from the Kepler spacecraft bumped the tally of exoplanets to 1,000 this week, with thousands more awaiting accreditation. Most of them will get it.

There’s a simple take-home message from that: The cosmos is packed with planets. A rough estimate of the number afloat in our galaxy is a trillion, and a crude stab at the count of worlds that might be similar to Earth is 10-100 billion.

Big numbers all. Consequently, it’s a fair and frequent conclusion that worlds with life could be as plentiful as commuter-lane cheats.

But two astrophysicists, Tsvi Piran and Raul Jimenez, the former from Israel and the latter from Spain, think that environmental catastrophe on a massive scale may greatly constrict just how many planets will ever beget multicellular life. They say that most of the universe will be devoid of any critters bigger than a paramecium.

The catastrophe in question is called a gamma ray burst. This may sound like an energy drink, and in a sense it is. When black holes or highly condensed stars collide, the result is a sudden flash of high-intensity, high-energy light — a gamma ray burst. Ditto when certain kinds of massive stars burn through the last of their fuel, and go ungently into the night with a glorious, gamma ray bang.

Astronomers detect about one such GRB each day. Because of their extraordinary brightness, we can see these dramatic eruptions even when they occur in galaxies billions of light-years distant.

There are flashbulbs going off in the cosmos. But the danger is this: A 10-second blast of gamma rays could be bad news for any inhabited planet lying within a few thousand light-years. The rays would cause chemical changes in a planet’s atmosphere and quickly destroy its ozone layer, assuming it had one. The effect would be similar to spritzing a gazillion cans of chlorofluorocarbon-laced hair spray into the air.

With the ozone taken out, ultraviolet light from a planet’s home star would mercilessly rain down on any life below, causing fatal mutations. This death-by-ultraviolet would last until the atmosphere rebuilt its ozone shield, a matter of months or even years.

The two researchers worked out the details of this unhappy scenario, and in particular decided where the danger from GRBs is greatest. Their conclusion is that you don’t want to be too near the center of your galaxy, and “too near” means closer than 10 thousand light-years. Otherwise, the chance is high that, even if your planet is on its way to producing trilobites or tyrannosauri, it’s not going to get there. Their predecessors will be fried by a GRB. This woeful computation suggests that we might not have very much clever company in space.

But I’m inclined to see the glass as still mostly full.

To begin with, recall that life is tough. I’m not talking about personal experience, but the fact that life on our world has exploited nearly every possible environment, no matter how unattractive. Everyone thinks they know the type of conditions required by terrestrial flora and fauna – access to oxygen, a variety of minerals, and temperatures warmer than freezing and cooler than boiling.

It’s not so. Extremophiles — a category of mostly microbial species that are the bread and butter labor of many astrobiologists — are happy to work their metabolic magic a mile underground, in a nuclear reactor, an aircraft fuel tank, a flask of acid, or a pot of boiling water. True, these aren’t the sorts of complex life that Piran and Jimenez believe are endangered by GRBs, but they are a good object lesson in avoiding too much conservatism when judging the conditions under which life might thrive.

And there’s this: Even if you rule out the inner 10,000 light-years of the galaxy, you’ve only cordoned off five percent of its volume, more or less. Yes, stars are more prevalent near the center, so this “no man’s land” might include 20 or 30 percent of all stars. But you know, even with 30 percent of all fast-food restaurants gone, there are still plenty of places to get a quick meal.

The idea that certain regions of many galaxies might be sterile — or at least limited to life that requires a microscope to see — is interesting and sobering. But pessimism about habitats for life has a bad track record. We once thought that in our own solar system, only Earth had the right conditions for life. Today, we know of a half-dozen worlds within the reach of our rockets that could support some biology.

My advice is to do the experiment. The theoreticians may point to the sky and say “it’s dead, Jim.” But unless you look, you’ll never know for sure.

Guest contributor Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research in Mountain View.

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New Measles Cases Confirmed In Marin And San Mateo Counties

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:39

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Health officials Friday evening announced that they have confirmed a third case of measles in San Mateo County, bringing the total new cases announced in the Bay Area Friday to three.

The announcement follows the news that two unvaccinated siblings have contracted the first cases of measles in Marin County since 2001.

The Marin County children were exposed outside the county as part of the Disneyland Resort outbreak and were not in contact with any children at their school at the time they could have transmitted the disease, county Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said.

As of Wednesday, the unvaccinated children at the siblings’ school have not been asked to stay home because of measles, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services said.

“If there were any evidence of a school-based exposures, we immediately would put our exposure plan into place and mandate unvaccinated students to stay home from school for the recommended period,” Willis said.

California law authorizes a local health department to exclude children unvaccinated for measles from that school for the maximum incubation period of 21 days.

The previous two San Mateo County cases were not connected to the Disneyland outbreak, according to county health system spokeswoman Robyn Thaw. Thaw said she did not yet know the source of the newest case.

Measles is a respiratory disease that is transmitted through the air. It spreads through coughing and sneezing and often begins with a fever, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body.

There were 91 cases of measles in California as of Friday, 58 of which are linked to exposure at the Disneyland Resort, according to the California Department of Public Health. However, those figures do not include the newest San Mateo County case.

In addition to the Marin County and San Mateo County cases there are six cases in Alameda County and two in Santa Clara County. The largest majority of cases have been in Southern California, closer to the center of the Disneyland outbreak.

The measles outbreak has prompted criticism of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children and those who receive exemptions from requirements that school children be vaccinated. Some parents fear the vaccine is linked to autism, but a study that purportedly bolstered the vaccine-autism link has been widely debunked.

Marin’s exemption rate is 6.5 percent, a drop of 18 percent in the past two years, the Marin County Public Health Department said.

“We hope that increasing numbers of parents will choose to protect their children and their community from preventable illnesses,” Willis said.

“Stopping the spread of measles and other illnesses requires a community-side effort. We call on all families, individuals and communities to care for their selves and others by getting immunized,” Willis said.

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ConsumerWatch: Seniors Get Help From Virtual Animated Pets Backed By Human Caregivers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:12

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Eleanor has a real cat and a virtual dog. In addition to keeping her company, Pooki — a cute animated cartoon avatar — helps to care for the 93-year-old when her human caregivers aren’t around. Pooki even plays music and shows Eleanor pre-loaded pictures on her tablet computer.

Pooki is sort of like Siri for seniors and, like Siri, not every conversation is perfect.

But, unlike Siri, there’s a real live human behind Pooki, speaking from half a world away and even — in some cases — conducting several conversations simultaneously.

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The company behind Pooki is called GeriJoy ( and its founder and CEO, Victor Wang, explains that there’s a trained team of care providers based in the Philippines who can see their clients using a tablet computer’s built-in camera. They respond by typing their replies into a text-to-speech program.

The technology is meant to keep seniors like Eleanor cognitively engaged and keep an eye out for problems.

David Lindeman, with the Center for Tech and Aging, says supplemental virtual caregivers can be useful, so long as we don’t forget there’s nothing to compare to the human touch.

“We are seeing some research that, in some cases, avatars are preferred because they can be neutral parties,” he said.

And, like it or not, Lindeman says technology will play an ever larger role in senior care.

Eleanor is the mother of a GeriJoy employee. The device and service starts at $250 per month. According to Wang, potential caregivers hired by GeriJoy undergo rigorous training and only about 1 percent of those who apply are hired.

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PG&E Releases Thousands Of Emails With CPUC Amid State Investigation

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:15

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Public Utilities Commission Friday released roughly 65,000 email messages exchanged between PG&E Co. and agency officials between 2010 and 2014 as ordered because of a “judge shopping” scandal with PG&E, CPUC officials said.

Earlier this month, CPUC administrative law judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa ordered PG&E to provide the messages directly to the city of San Bruno and to the commission by the end of the day today. The emails were posted on the website shortly after 4 p.m.

The city of San Bruno asked for the release of the messages after a smaller set of emails appeared to show a cozy and improper relationship between the agency and the utility.

That set of private messages were sent by since-fired PG&E Vice President for Regulatory Relations Brian Cherry in Jan. 2014 to former Commission President Michael Peevey and Commissioner Michel Florio and to Peevey’s former chief of staff, Carol Brown.

In the emails, Cherry negotiated with the commissioners and Brown to influence the selection of a commission administrative law judge in a natural gas transmission and storage rate case.

The emails came to light after the city of San Bruno filed a lawsuit in February 2014 to force the CPUC to comply with four unfilled records requests dating back more than 10 months.

San Bruno officials became involved in legal proceedings against the CPUC and PG&E after a PG&E natural gas pipeline exploded in that city on Sept. 9, 2010, leveling a neighborhood and killing eight people.

The suit resulted in the CPUC handing over to the city more than 7,000 pages of communications between the CPUC and PG&E, exposing potentially illegal communication between the two. After those emails went public, PG&E disclosed additional emails and terminated three of its top executives.

In November, the CPUC imposed a $1.05 million fine for illegally judge shopping in the rate case along with an additional potentially multimillion-dollar penalty.

In her decision on the fine, Commissioner Carla Peterman wrote PG&E had “severely harmed the integrity of the regulatory process” by sending private emails to two commissioners and a top staff member in an effort to influence the selection of an administrative law judge.

PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley said today the utility company had “learned critical lessons” from the experience and is working to develop a “world-class regulatory compliance model that reflects the highest ethical standards.”

“We’re absolutely committed to doing the right thing and to interacting with our state regulator in a transparent and ethical manner that upholds both the letter and spirit of the law and the company’s own code of conduct at all times,” Earley said in a statement.

Earley said the “vast majority” of the 65,000 communications have been “completely appropriate” but in the few instances that they were not, the company took “immediate and definitive action.”

“When we first discovered violations of the CPUC ex parte rules, we self-reported them, we held senior level officers accountable, and we are making independent law enforcement investigations into this matter,” Earley said.

In addition to the fine, the decision requires PG&E shareholders to absorb the cost of rate impacts to customers of a five-month delay caused by the investigation into the judge shopping.

Yip-Kikugawa is presiding over an administrative proceeding in which PG&E is seeking approval for an increase in rates levied on its Northern and Central California customers to pay for maintaining and modernizing its natural gas pipelines and storage facilities.

PG&E had already agreed in December to release the full set of emails to the commission by mid-February and has said the CPUC should develop and manage a process for “open public access” to the messages.

Yip-Kikugawa moved the date for release of the message to Jan. 30.

“Indeed, waiting until after the commission received the emails in February unnecessarily delays PG&E’s response to San Bruno’s data request,” the judge wrote.

San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane said the release of the messages marks “a significant victory in the city of San Bruno’s tireless efforts to expose corruption at PG&E and the CPUC and to promote transparency for the safety and benefit of all citizens.”

“San Bruno’s fight for justice originally brought to light a shocking and illegal relationship between the CPUC and PG&E,” Ruane said in a statement. “The city’s efforts have now culminated in PG&E fighting—and losing—the battle to keep all 65,000 emails out of the public eye.”

Ruane said the city is looking forward to reviewing the records and “uncovering the full extent of corruption that we hope will no longer jeopardize public safety.”

Ruane again called for an independent monitor at the CPUC to deliver a critical watchdog function that been neglected by current CPUC leadership.

“Eight San Bruno citizens died on that horrible night in September 2010 – innocent victims of the same pattern of collusion and deception that we have fought hard to eradicate at PG&E and the CPUC,” Ruane said.

“Now is the time for actual accountability, for meaningful reform of both PG&E and the CPUC and for those responsible for the public’s safety to abandon the business as usual mentality that contributed to disaster so that what happened in San Bruno never happens again,” Ruane said.

The emails are located on the CPUC’s website and can be accessed by following the link–emails01302015.htm.


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Narsai David: Great Cookbook For Gluten-Free Food And A New Seed Catalog

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:15

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The “How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook” really spells it out.


America’s Test Kitchen just does some wonderful work in researching the kinds of things that people use in their every day cooking in with home-style stoves and kitchens. This is not some high-tech process that takes place in a space ship; this is designed for everyday use. The research they produce really gets down to the core. Developing our own flour blend is sort of the beginning of the book and it describes about what they have learned about how different things work.

What appeals to me the most is this is not dependent on a cellulose fibre that’s mechanically extracted, nor any of the gums, such as guar and xanthan gums. Here’s what they use: white rice flour, brown rice flour or potato starch, tapioca starch and non-fat milk powder.

They explain how each of these things contributes to making the whole thing work. Then you go into their gluten-free pantry and it shows photos of the retail packages of so many different brands of flour.

Then there are the recipes: breads, cookies, pastries of all sorts—all well done.

(Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.)

“The Whole Seed Catalog” from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is another amazing reference work. There seeds for any imaginable flower or plant that you might want to grow.

I’m going to try some of the different beans they have listed.

You can it at

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2.7 Earthquake Shakes San Francisco, Daly City Along San Andreas Fault

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 18:40

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A small earthquake shook off the coast of San Francisco and the Peninsula Friday afternoon.

The 2.7 magnitude earthquake hit along the San Andreas fault at 5:23 p.m. about six miles west-southwest of Daly City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no reports of damage.

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Movie Review: Kevin Costner Takes Touching Look At Race And Family In ‘Black or White’

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:44

You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Black or White,” a drama centered around a custody battle with racial undertones between a child’s father (Kevin Costner) and grandmother (Octavia Spencer).


BLACK OR WHITE (PG-13) 121 min

This is one courageous movie. No wonder Kevin Costner used his own money to make it. “Black or White,” written and directed by Mike Binder, tells the complicated story about child custody and cultural perceptions. Costner plays a man who needs a meeting–he’s fighting alcoholism. Both his drinking and attitude are causing problems with his seven-year-old granddaughter (Jillian Estell).

She’s the child he’s been raising since his daughter died in childbirth the father left the scene. Her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) now wants custody believing that family love is more important than a life of money and prestige.

This is one of those rare films that show us both sides of a situation. Costner is at his best, and Spencer plays it with reality and heart.

This one will make you think about what really matters in this life. A smartly observed, touching film.





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French Laundry’s Stolen Wine Returns Home As ‘Evidence’

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:56

YOUNTVILLE (KCBS) — One of the Bay Area’s most famous restaurants had its stolen wine recovered after the discovery of 76 bottles was found in a private cellar in North Carolina last week but none it will be able to go back on the wine list just yet.

Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike told KCBS the wine was returned to the restaurant because it’s the best place where it could be properly stored. But, he said, the owner has been advised not to sell or open any of the bottles since it would still be needed as evidence if anyone ever faces charges for the theft.

Thomas Keller tweeted on Thursday night a photo of some of the returned bottles thanking Napa County Sheriff’s department.

Many thanks to Napa County Sheriff's Dept.! Very pleased to announce our stolen wine has returned to us undamaged.

Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) January 29, 2015

Burglars smashed in the door of Keller’s French Laundry restaurant in Yountville on December 25th, making off with more than 50 bottles–which included Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Screaming Eagle–and was estimated to be worth about $300,000.

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84% Of Kindergartners Not Up-To-Date On Vaccines At A Marin School, Majority Of Students Unprotected At Many Private Schools

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:42

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Bay Area is home to pockets of unvaccinated school children numbering in the thousands, according to data from the California Department of Public Health, and Marin public schools showed some of the lowest vaccination rates in the state with many private religious and Waldorf schools also reporting a majority of students not up to date on vaccines.

Marin County — which has one of the highest opt-out rates in the state — saw it’s first two cases linked to the national Measles outbreak diagnosed on Wednesday.

In reviewing data for Alameda County and Marin County — two places where the anti-vaxxer movement has been especially strong — data shows several schools with a majority of students unvaccinated. These were often small schools with only one or two kindergarten classes.

Marin County stands out for reporting several public schools where the majority of kindergartners are unvaccinated, including San Geronimo Elementary where of the 19 kindergartners are not up to date on their vaccines while 3 have received all their shots– a rate of 84 percent of students not protected from things like polio, measles, mumps, and chicken pox.

Of the 18 kindergartners at Greenwood School, a private elementary school in Mill Valley, only 7 of the 18 kindergartners are fully up-to-date with vaccinations.

“It’s pretty hard for us to say to a family ‘you have to be vaccinated’ when the state says you don’t have to be vaccinated,” Greenwood’s Head of School, Archie Douglas told KPIX 5.

“Children are infectious up to four days before they develop symptoms, so we want to make sure that protection is built in,” Marin County Health Officer Matt Willis said addressing a potential outbreak earlier this week.

Parents can check the data for their child’s school’s kindergarten class in the 142-page PDF report.


At Bolinas-Stinson Elementary in Marin County, only 2 of the 11 kindergartners are up-to-date. For the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine only, these schools report 26-36 percent vaccination rates.

Searching for schools with “Waldorf” in their school name, up-to-date rates were as low as the 20 percent range for many kindergarten classes, with several more showing the majority of kindergartners were not vaccinated properly at the time the data was collected.

“Up-to-date” according to the CDPH means kindergartners  have “four doses of polio vaccine (three doses are acceptable if at least one dose was received on or after the fourth birthday); and five DTP/DT vaccine doses (four doses are acceptable if at least one dose was received on or after the fourth birthday); and two doses of measles-containing vaccine, at least one of which must be measles, mumps, and rubella combined. Both doses must have been received on or after the first birthday; and three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; and one dose of varicella vaccine or physician-documented varicella (chickenpox) disease.”

Earlier this week KPIX 5 reported that one Marin family has called for a ban on unvaccinated children attending class, citing the fact that their child – who could not be vaccinated due to leukemia treatments – and others are placed at a greater risk of infection.

“I think every child in a public school needs to be vaccinated from those kind of diseases or they shouldn’t be allowed to go to the school,” mother Susan Cox said.

As of January 28th, there were 79 confirmed cases of measles in California in twelve counties, including Alameda, San Mateo, Marin and Santa Clara Counties.

Confirmed Measles Cases in California by Local Health Jurisdiction since December 2014 (Last updated: January 30, 2015)

Total number of confirmed cases CALIFORNIA 91* ALAMEDA 6       LOS ANGELES 16                         City of Long Beach** 2                  City of Pasadena** 3 MARIN 2 ORANGE 27 RIVERSIDE 5 SAN BERNARDINO 6 SAN DIEGO 13 SAN MATEO 3 (A third case was confirmed late Friday) SANTA CLARA 2 VENTURA 7

* 91 confirmed measles cases
Of these, 58 have some identified epi-linkage to Disneyland, 40 cases have primary linkages to Disney (as employees or visitors) where they are presumed to have been exposed, 18 cases are secondary or tertiary cases to the above 40.

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Gates Foundation Donating $50 Million To Stanford For ‘New Generation Of Vaccines’

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:27

STANFORD (CBS SF) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to give Stanford University $50 million over the next 10 years to help develop vaccines.

Stanford announced Thursday that the grant will establish a new Human Systems Immunology Center, which aims to find ways the immune system can be harnessed to develop vaccines.

The school hopes this effort will eventually lead to vaccines for viruses such as HIV and malaria. In many cases, vaccines that work in trials with mice and other non-human primates do not work in humans.

“What we need is a new generation of vaccines and new approaches to vaccination,” said Mark Davis of the Stanford School of Medicine, who will lead the center.

Researchers will also analyze why some people can effectively fight off pathogens better than others.

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Behind The Song

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:23
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Keidel: Perfect Confluence Of Timing, Talent, History For Mayweather

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:15

By Jason Keidel

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If you’ve read this column with any regularity, you know I’m hardly a Floyd Mayweather, Jr apologist. Nor am I a company shill. Neither my boss nor my editor has ever forced my pen in a particular direction. So despite the fact that Showtime broadcasts his fights, which means my boss (CBS) broadcasts his fights, I refuse to fall into the sequence of sycophants who stroke his back, butt, or ego, no matter his malfeasance.

Like most boxing fanatics, I’m conflicted when it comes to the sport’s biggest star. My clashing impulses over Mayweather the boxer and Mayweather the man probably parallel yours.

Mayweather is a savant in the sweet science, more boxer than brawler, who can unleash five whiplash punches before his foe fires one. His ability to slip punches, lean back an inch too far to be reached, to twist his front shoulder so that his opponent’s punches bounce harmlessly off, and his ability to taunt or torment all comers makes him the best fighter of the last decade.

But like all things Mayweather, he adds adjectives, octaves, and observations that make him virtually impossible to like personally, hence his maddening duality.

By now the world knows about the five-second summit between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the Miami Heat game, which then spilled over into Pacquiao’s hotel room. By all accounts, the meeting was formal but cordial and it was the first time each fighter eschewed their bloody barbs, cyberspace spats, and looked the other in the eye with way more respect than rancor.

But, in the name of the game we love, the original sport of kings, I will swallow my pride, a slice of my soul, to advance the cause of the final mega fight the sweet science will ever enjoy. And while the last thing Floyd Mayweather, Jr needs is another reporter kissing his hind parts, I will pucker up and smooch away.

Floyd, you’re great. While I can’t concede the greatest, and I wince when you compare yourself favorably to The Greatest (Muhammad Ali) and propel yourself past Ray Robinson – the original and only real Sugar Ray – I’ll give it that you’re the best of your time, bar none, not even close. You’ve vaporized all comers, and are two wins from equaling Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0.

Despite the conga line of luxury cars, mansions, harem and histrionics, you’ve somehow hurdled all the inherent obstacles of stardom. You never fell prey to the potholes of celebrity. You never smoked, drank, or drugged. Your monolithic focus and fitness is legendary, as are your impromptu, 2 a.m. workouts in the desert. While many fighters balloon to comical contours between fights, gorging on steak, Coke and cookies and cream, you can always wash your wardrobe on your abs.

But, as Freddy Roach recently asserted, you may be too glued to the goose egg on your record, Floyd. You’ve been perfect and are so close to retiring perfect that you may be blinded by the finish line, forgetting what got you here in the first place. As you often bark between sit-ups – your twin mantras of “hard work!” and “dedication” – you have fallen into the trap of excessive caution. You are, in football parlance, playing not to lose, rather than to win. And that coda isn’t what got you to the mountaintop, the highest perch in pugilism.

All great athletes have more than a modicum of arrogance. It’s part of what makes you do divine things in the ring. From Magic to Michael to McEnroe, there’s an inherent hubris in all savants. Like Malcolm Gladwell often writes, genius is not just a talent for X, but also a dedication to it. And, despite your epic sense of self, your gaseous assertions, and endless monologues, no one disputes your dedication to your craft, your mastery of the squared circle.

You have kept boxing in the national dialogue, Floyd. In the post-Tyson tumult, there’s been a slow drip on boxing’s soul. With MMA’s meteoric ascent and team sports poaching pugilism of the gifted 200-pounder, there’s been a profound dearth of decent talent among big guys. So if you buy the premise that boxing is only as important as the heavyweight division, then our beloved sport is in profound peril.

Not only did we lose Tyson, the post-Y2K talent pool has been drained to the floor. We lost Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Jr, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, and have been relegated to watching a very geriatric Bernard Hopkins get slapped around. Father Time keeps his record as pristine as Floyd’s.

But your manic obsession with your microscopic body fat content means you’re not your garden-variety boxer. In May you will enter the ring at 38, but with the body of 28, and the soul of 18. Your physical and metaphysical mores are spellbinding. In a pure, scientific sense you are a marvel. Though at the age when most fighters are slurring words between chattering teeth, gesturing with trembling hands, the scar tissue over your eyes swollen like almonds, you are remarkably fit and lucid and logical. And because you’ve slipped so many punches, you have not been robbed of your golden tongue, lightning reflexes, and uncanny showmanship and gamesmanship. You are alarmingly close to your prime despite being alarmingly close to pasture by any metric we use to measure boxers.

You’ve always cherished your fans, promising them that your only goal, other than living up to your “Money” moniker and opulent lifestyle, is to deliver the best bouts possible. Your professional pledge has been to fight everyone, duck no one, and leave the most glittering legacy in history.

If that’s still true, Champ, then you owe your fawning fans one final fight against the one fighter we all agree has the best chance to beat you.

And for all your flaws, you’ve never been branded dumb, Floyd. You’ve been brilliant in how you fight, whom you fight, and when you fight them. It’s no secret that Manny Pacquiao is not at his pyrotechnic peak. This is not the same fighter who pummeled Miguel Cotto or bludgeoned Antonio Margarito. Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Pac Man into the Twilight Zone. And, Floyd, we all remember you smoked Marquez the one time you fought him.

A conga line of luminaries – from the masses to media to retired fighters – almost unanimously predicting a Mayweather win. You’re faster, smarter, fitter, and are fighting at home, on the very weekend you’ve trademarked as a homecoming parade.

This is the time to fight, Floyd. And this is the man to fight, Floyd. This is a perfect confluence of timing, talent, and history. Even the most malleable estimates put your payday at $120 million, the most you will ever make for a fight. Manny has agreed to take a smaller slice of the gate, PPV dollars, rabid and rampant drug testing, and the bottom rung on the gritting marquee.

And in keeping with your alarming sense of self, your place in history, and your epic appetite for cash, you could not have a better event. This is the final fight that has a hold on the nation’s soul. And with a win, you could plant your flag as the finest boxer of your generation, if not ever.

Those of us who still adore boxing for its historical prerogative, its grip on our adrenal gland, and its singular spot as essential theater, see this fight through a dual prism. We’re excited to see one more Saturday night when the world stops for twelve rounds; and we’re sad to concede that we probably won’t see it again.

But if the sport is to erode, decay, and die, who else to give it a proper prologue and epilogue than you, Floyd? You are a perfect microcosm of the sport, both bold and ebullient, rich and rancorous, vulgar and victorious. You, like boxing, revel in the gory and glory of bloodsport. You could fight today, tomorrow, or at boxing’s bare knuckle-best.

Boxing, like America, is a meritocracy, kind to the gifted while devouring the weak. Boxing adheres to the laws of survival. And no sport epitomizes the outhouse-to-penthouse premise like the sweet science. Boxing was our first public melting pot. Before Jackie Robinson was Joe Louis. Before Curt Flood demanded his vocational freedom, Ray Robinson was demanding a slice of the receipts. While Frankie Carbo and Murder Inc was fixing fights and fighters at gunpoint, Carmino Basilio refused to shrivel before the Mafia’s murderous fist.

We all love you, Floyd.

So send us off in style, Floyd.

You owe it to us, your fans, and yourself, Floyd.

And who loves Floyd Mayweather more than Floyd Mayweather?


Twitter: @JasonKeidel

Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports. He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY, and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden.

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The 7 Players With Bay Area Ties That Will Decide The Super Bowl

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:07

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Oakland Raiders were one of the worst teams in the NFL (again) last year and the 49ers just jettisoned their best coach in a decade after one sub-par season. Now we are forced to watch two of the least-liked teams by locals vie for the big prize. How do we begin to care? It’s time to root for your favorite local guys to make the big play. Here’s a recap of who used to play ball in the Bay that could decide the Super Bowl come Sunday.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tom Brady, QB – Patriots
You’ve heard of him, yes? The former Serra High School graduate can match his boyhood hero, Joe Montana, with a 4th Super Bowl victory. You can bet folks in his former hometown of San Mateo will be rooting for him to get it done.

Lynch celebrates by driving a golf cart on the field after a victory in 2006. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Marshawn Lynch, RB – Seahawks
He may have been at media day just to avoid a fine, but you can bet the former Cal running back Marshawn Lynch will be doing everything he can to kick into ‘Beast Mode’ during the Super Bowl. He has a history of coming up huge in big games for the Hawks. Will we see a “beast quake” in the Super Bowl?

Shane Vereen #34 of the California Golden Bears runs for a touchdown against Aaron Hester #21 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half at California Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Shane Vereen, RB – Patriots
The Patriots have a Cal running back of their own. Vereen isn’t the workhorse Lynch is for Seattle (he only had four touches in the AFC Championship Game) but he’s been brilliant at times in New England, and his coach has been known change up who gets the ball from his backfield on a week-to-week basis.

Richard Sherman (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman, CB – Seahawks
Now a villain in the Bay Area for his infamous calling out of Michael Crabtree, Sherman quietly built a respectable career at Stanford as both a receiver and a defensive back during the Harbaugh era. There’s nothing quiet about Sherman now. If he makes the big play, you’ll notice. He’ll be the one jumping up and down pointing at himself.

Julian Edelman. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman, WR – Patriots
Brady’s most frequent target on the road to the Super Bowl also grew up on the Peninsula. Edelman was a quarterback himself at College of San Mateo after graduating from Woodside high. No matter how the Patriots get him the ball, number 11 moves the chains.

(credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Doug Baldwin, WR – Seahawks
The Seahawks aren’t a passing team, but when they do chuck it, like they were forced to at the end of the NFC Title game, they like to go to this Stanford alum. Baldwin somehow put up 100 yard receiving in a game where his QB struggled to connect on a single pass. He could well lock horns with former teammate Sherman in this one though. Tough matchup.

Robert Turbin #22 of the Seattle Seahawks beats Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers on the play but Turbin can’t hold on to the pass in the first quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on October 18, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Robert Turbin, FB – Seahawks

Turbin, a fullback, is the least likely name on the list to be holding the MVP trophy at the end of the game, but he could be a big factor if he can open up holes with his blocking for fellow Oakland native Lynch. Turbin played for Irvington High School in Fremont and has a couple of touchdowns on the season already.


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Telemarketer’s Phone Call Saves Oregon Woman Being Beaten; Ex-Boyfriend Arrested

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:52

LEBANON, Oregon (CBS SF) — A telemarketer’s timely phone call may have saved the life of an Oregon woman being beaten and choked by her ex-boyfriend in her home, according to police.

Meanwhile, the man arrested in the attack was given a conditional release a day after the alleged assault.

On Wednesday, a worker for Americare Health and Nutrition in Las Vegas placed a routine sales call Wednesday and heard the sounds of the woman getting beaten, KLAS-TV reported.

The telemarketer asked her manager Tina Garcia to come listen in. “She said, ‘Tina, you need to hear this. I don’t think this is a joke. Something’s happening. I think this lady is getting hit,’” Garcia told KLAS. “The young lady on the other end of the phone never said hello. There was just a horrible whimper.”

Workers at the call center heard the woman’s screams as a man was heard yelling at her, “Get up!”

“You could actually hear the blows as if he was hitting a punching bag,” Garcia told CBS News.

The call center alerted authorities in Linn County, Oregon. Mario Gonzalez, president and CEO of American Health told the Albany Democrat-Herald said the assault lasted for another 15-20 minutes until deputies arrived and said the woman was being beaten most of that time.

Walter Ruck (Linn County Sheriff’s Office)

When deputies arrived at the home they found 33-year-old Walter Ruck holding the woman from behind, according to authorities.

The sheriff’s office said the woman told deputies Ruck had assaulted her, held her down and smothered her head and face with pillows – and at one point got out a rifle and asked her to shoot him.

Ruck was charged with fourth degree assault, menacing and strangulation.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley told the Democrat-Herald the woman didn’t intentionally answer her phone. “At the very least it was lucky. At the most it might have been providence,” he said.

Ruck, was charged with fourth-degree assault and strangulation on Thursday in Linn County Circuit Court. Both crimes are misdemeanors.

The judge gave Ruck a conditional release based on his lack of criminal history, the Democrat-Herald reported. Terms of the release include Ruck not being able to possess firearms.

In court Thursday, prosecutors said Ruck was “highly unstable,” an assertion that Ruck – who said he was a military veteran – disputed, according to the Democrat-Herald.

Ruck next scheduled court appearance is February 17.


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San Francisco Police Release Photos For ‘Person Of Interest’ In Body Parts Case

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:50

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) – The San Francisco medical examiner has determined that the human remains found inside a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street belong to an unidentified light-skinned man.

Meanwhile, police released photos from a surveillance video from Wednesday of a person with the suitcase.

Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said the suitcase was found abandoned Wednesday afternoon in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. More body parts were found nearby.

Police say the case is under investigation, with determinations about the cause and manner of death pending.

The person of interest is described as a white male, 50 to early 60s, standing at 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches, wearing a pinstripe baseball hat, blue and orange jacket and light blue jeans.

Gatpandan said he may be a transient.

“I believe the photo is being shown around and there was Goodwill employee who stated to the media he saw the photo,” she said. “However, from that employee, you’re unable to tell whether or not the suspect is a male or female.”


Homicide investigators went door-to-door Thursday in a San Francisco neighborhood looking for surveillance camera video, or anything that could be a clue to the case.

Two men and a woman were detained Wednesday night but they were all released.

Police said that anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Homicide unit at 415-553-1145. Anonymous tips can be left at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip at TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.

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Baldwin Headlines Group Of Unheralded Receivers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:13
Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving. He ranked 42nd in the NFL in both categories. Forty-second.
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