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Santa Clara Water District Approves Hiring ‘Water Cops’ To Issue Warnings

3 hours 5 min ago

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — In a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county.

At the district’s board of directors meeting Tuesday night in San Jose, the board voted to spend $500,000  for up to 10 so-called “water cops” to investigate complaints and educate people about wasted water.

“So they’ll go out they’ll talk to the homeowner, talk to the business, they’ll let them know what violations — or what restrictions are in place in their service area and which ones they’re violating.  They’ll also talk to them about the drought,” said Jerry De La Piedra of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Money for the “water cops” will come from reserves, the district said, so rates won’t be affected.

The district is working with the 13 companies that buy its fresh water and other agencies in the county to cut water use by 20 percent from 2013 levels as part of its response to local drought conditions, district spokesperson Marty Grimes said.

 

 

Officials fear that if the current drought continues, the district’s groundwater reserves may fall to the “severe” level of 200,000 acre feet by the end of the year, Grimes said.

The enforcers would be looking for water violations listed by state regulators such as washing down driveways and sidewalks, landscape watering that results in excess runoff, using a hose with no shut off nozzle to wash a car and using drinkable water in a decorative fountain unless the water is recirculated.

The employees would not have the authority to issues fines and instead would deliver warnings to water wasters, Grimes said.

Water providers in Santa Clara County that purchase water wholesale from the district include the San Jose Water Co. – by far its biggest customer—and firms in the cities of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Morgan Hill and Gilroy, according to Grimes.

District officials have been receiving complaints from the firms all summer about people wasting water, but the district has had no employees to send out to investigate and neither do the companies, he said.

None of the cities in the county has moved to levy fines against those who fail to follow water conservation rules and are reluctant to go beyond warning perpetrators, Grimes said.

The effort by the district comes a week after the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento approved an emergency regulation to increase water conservation in California.

The state board said it expected large water suppliers to begin mandatory restrictions on outdoor irrigation of lawns and landscaping, which takes up to 50 percent or more of daily water use in the state, according to control board spokesman George Kostyrko.

Water agencies that fail to comply with the new rules of the enforcement order are subject to fines of up to $10,000 per day.

The control board permitted agencies to ask local courts to allow them to fine water wasters up to $500 a day.

Gov. Jerry Brown on April 25 issued an executive order directing the control board to adopt emergency water conservation regulations to ensure that water suppliers implement conservation measures.

On Jan. 17, Brown issued a drought emergency proclamation citing more than three years of dry or critically dry conditions.

According to the Nebraska-based National Drought Mitigation Center, Santa Clara County is in the highest-category stage 4 level of “exceptional drought” this year.

San Jose has had 6.1 inches of rain so far this year, 42 percent of normal, district officials said.

Local reservoirs in the county are at only 47 percent of capacity, with Chesbro reservoir at less than 4 percent, Uvas and Guadalupe reservoirs at 10 percent and the Lexington reservoir at 18 percent.

The reservoir with the highest water level in the district is Anderson, which is at 61 percent, Grimes said.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is also floating the idea of “water cops.”

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Elderly Woman Injured After Stray Bullet Enters Her Home In San Francisco’s Bayview

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An elderly woman living at a retirement home in San Francisco’s Bayview District was injured after a stray bullet entered through her window Tuesday afternoon.

According to witnesses, the shooter opened fire from a white pickup truck near Third Street and Newcomb Avenue shortly after 4 p.m.

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Miru Rasulalah, a man who heard the shooting, told KPIX 5, “It was like straight lightning and thunder.”

A bullet went through a window at the nearby Providence Senior Housing complex. San Francisco Police spokesperson Danielle Newman told Bay City News Service that the woman may have been injured by glass fragments.

“The resident came down the elevator to the administrative offices of the building with blood down her forehead, basically saying, ‘I was shot,’” said Ian Brown of Christian Church Homes.

KPIX 5 reporter Andria Borba tweeted this pic of where the bullet entered the home.
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Authorities said the woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she underwent a CAT scan. As of Tuesday evening, she is in stable condition, but is being closely monitored because of her age. Contrary to previous reports, her injuries are not life threatening.

“The good news is that she’s alert, she’s conscious … they stated that she’s in stable condition,” said Captain Robert O’Sullivan of the San Francisco Police Department.

Newman said there was a hit-and-run collision that took place around the same time at Third and Revere Streets. Investigators have not determined if the people involved in the collision are connected to the shooting.

San Francisco police took several people into custody Tuesday, but they are not sure if they are connected to this case.

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A’s Fall To Astros In 12 Innings

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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year.

The Astros also earned their first three-game winning streak against the A’s in franchise history.

Hoes connected off Fernando Abad (2-4). The baseball-leading A’s (61-38) missed several chances to move a season-high 25 games over .500.

Pinch-hitter John Jaso hit a two-out single in the 11th and Jed Lowrie drew a walk from Jose Veras, who was replaced by Darin Downs (2-1).

Jose Altuve hit a one-out single in the 10th and tried to steal second. Initially called safe, A’s manager Bob Melvin challenged that second baseman Nick Punto tagged him in time. The call was overturned in 1 minute, 3 seconds.

That ended a franchise-record 28 straight steals by Altuve without being caught.

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President Barack Obama Lands At SFO For Latest Bay Area Fundraising Visit

3 hours 54 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT (CBS SF) — President Barack Obama has landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday night.

The president aboard Air Force One landed at 9:20 p.m. at SFO and will attend two fundraising events in the Bay Area on Wednesday.

Mr. Obama will attend a House Majority PAC event at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, then will attend a noon fundraiser at the private residence of Judy and George Marcus in Los Altos Hills to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

George Marcus is the founder of the real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap.

Other dignitaries expected at the noon event, which had tickets starting at $10,000, include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep.  Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto.

Obama will then depart from San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday afternoon to continue his fundraising tour in Los Angeles.

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Giants Hang On, Defeat Phillies In 14 Inning Marathon

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS / AP) — Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.

Crawford snapped a 2-for-22 skid with his two-out hit off the wall in left-center field and finished with four RBIs. Buster Posey, who doubled and scored in the 14th, sent the game into extras with a solo homer in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his third save.

George Kontos (3-0) earned the win for the second straight night. Lincecum, San Francisco’s ninth pitcher, got the final two outs for the save. Jeff Manship (1-2) surrendered four runs and lost.

The Giants (56-44) improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games and 6-0 on the road. The Phillies (43-57) fell to 6-7.

Posey had four hits, including two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Hunter Pence had three hits, including a fifth-inning homer. Pence is a lifetime .353 hitter with 14 homers in 34 games against Philadelphia.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fifth, giving him five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.

Marlon Byrd had a pair of RBIs on a double and a groundout and made a great leaping catch into the right-field wall to rob Gregor Blanco of extra bases in the sixth.

Yusmeiro Petit, making a spot start for injured Matt Cain, allowed seven hits across five innings, struck out five and walked two.

Roberto Hernandez limited San Francisco to three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings, walked three and struck out one.

Ken Giles allowed one run in the seventh after entering the game with a 14 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

Ben Revere had three hits and two stolen bases.

NOTES: Philadelphia is 6-7 in extra-inning games. … Giants 2B Joe Panik was pulled in the second inning. He suffered a right ankle sprain while running out a grounder in the first inning and is considered day-to-day. … Philadelphia placed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with left wrist inflammation and recalled outfielder Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … San Francisco OF Angel Pagan (back) took swings off a tee Monday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Pagan has not played since June 14. … One day after returning from a two-month DL stint because of a strained left elbow, Phillies LHP Cliff Lee felt fine Tuesday. “Some ordinary soreness in his legs,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Nothing with the arm at all.” … Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) is progressing slowly and could start taking swings in a couple days, Bochy said. … Wednesday night, Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (6-9, 4.08) opposes Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 3.38) in the third game of this four-game set.

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Jump On Tomorrow: Obama In The Bay, Caltrans Bridge Demolition, New Bitcoin Rules

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:19

(KPIX/KBCW NIGHTBEAT) — Getting a jump on tomorrow: President Obama will be at a luncheon in Los Altos Wednesday to help raise money for the Democratic Party.

The cost?

  • $10,000 just to get in the door..
  • $35,000 if you want to schmooze with the commander and chief.

From the current President, to a possible future presidential candidate – Hilary clinton will be at the Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland to talk about the importance of reading to children.  But, there’s no doubt she will be fielding questions about a possible run in 2016.  That event starts at 11 am, and drivers should expect traffic delays around the hospital on martin luther king jr way.

If you live around the old San Pedro Creek Bridge on Highway 1 in Pacifica, get ready for a loud wake up call as Caltrans will begin demolition on the bridge Wednesday at 6:30 am.
The project will install a longer and higher bridge over the creek that is supposed to be safer if their is a major flood event. Expect the loud construction noise through Friday.

New rules to regulate Bitcoin in New York will be published Wednesday in New York, essentially putting the same record keeping and cyber security systems in place that the big banks have. New york will be the first state to regulate the cryptocurrency.

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San Francisco Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Robbing, Hurting 8-Year-Old Girl Selling Candy

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:13

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A woman accused of robbing and hurting an 8-year-old girl selling candy in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood last week pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Ladonna Christian, 46, of San Francisco, hid behind a courtroom door to avoid news cameras while she was arraigned on robbery and child endangerment charges Tuesday.

Christian was arrested Thursday evening after she allegedly robbed and assaulted the 8-year-old girl on Divisadero and Eddy streets around 1:45 p.m. on July 14.

According to San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Leslie Cogan, the 8-year-old girl was selling candy in front of a store with her 10-year-old cousin when Christian allegedly approached her and used a rouse asking for bus money to distract the girl.

She then allegedly grabbed the girl’s wrist and twisted her arm, making her drop a bag of money, Cogan said.

“She’s preying on an 8-year-old,” Cogan said. “She’s a public danger to children and other people.”

Christian’s attorney, David Waggoner, told the court that he has known Christian’s family for 30 years and that Christian has no serious criminal record.

He said her last contact with police was seven years ago for a DUI.

Waggoner said she has lived in the same residence for the past eight years and has raised four children, three of whom are her own.

He said she suffers from medical disabilities brought on by years of abuse from her former husband who used to beat her and has since been convicted.

Christian’s older sister Sheila Williams said outside of court that she couldn’t believe that her sibling would commit such a crime.

She said before the arrest Christian was at her Diamond Heights home and that she had told her sister to surrender to authorities.

She said her sister claimed she didn’t hurt anyone and that she would get in touch with police soon.

Williams was accompanied Tuesday by other family and community members, including Christian’s 24-year-old daughter Nina Travis.

Travis said that her mother has been suffering from medical issues and that this incident may be a way for her mother to get help.

She said the attack on a young girl seems out of a character for her mother.

In court, Christian’s bail was lowered to $100,000 and she was ordered to appear at a pre-trial conference on Aug. 1.

She was also ordered to stay away from the 8-year-old girl and the block of Divisadero Street where the incident allegedly occurred.

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Homeless Man Falls Asleep In San Francisco Dumpster, Nearly Gets Crushed In Recology Truck

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:11

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A homeless man who fell asleep in a dumpster had to be rescued from being crushed after waking up inside a Recology cardboard recycling truck Tuesday morning.

The man was nearly crushed in the garbage truck, but was saved thanks to alert driver Mike Jones, who heard banging coming from the rear of the truck and drove straight to a nearby fire station.

The unidentified man was partially crushed by the truck’s garbage compactor, and crews rescued him just in time.

Officials with Recology said this type of rescue is a rarity. “I’ve worked for this company for 21 years. This is the first time that I’ve ever seen anything like this,” said Recology spokesperson Robert Reed.

He was transported to the hospital with shoulder injuries, but is expected to recover.

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New Hampshire Woman Fined After Stopping On Highway To Save Stranded Ducklings

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:10

NEWFIELDS, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

Hallie Bibeau of Newfields says she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She says their mother and several of the ducklings were hit by a car. The mother died.

The 33-year-old Bibeau called 911, got out of her car and captured the two surviving ducklings.

A state trooper issued Bibeau a ticket for stopping in the median. Police say median stops are for emergencies, and they didn’t consider this to be one.

Officials say the ducklings were taken to a wildlife rescue in Maine, where one of them died.

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Southern Winds Producing Monsoonal Climate Also Warming Bay Area Coastal Waters

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:07

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The same winds bringing the monsoonal moisture causing atypical summer weather in the Bay Area are also causing a phenomenon along the coast – making the water warmer.

Southerly winds have disrupted the normal pattern of “upwelling” of Bay Area coastal waters, a process where deep, cold water rises to replace surface water pushed away by a long period of wind.

 

 

Northwest winds typically push across Bay Area coastlines, allowing colder water to well up toward the surface. Thanks to the sustained southerly winds, the process has been offset and the upwelling minimized.

That has allowed ocean temperatures along the coast to approach record highs – reaching the mid-60s instead of the mid- to upper-50s – nearly as warm as waters off Manhattan Beach and Coronado.

The monsoonal flow of moisture usually seen in the desert Southwest at this time has brought clouds, rain, thunderstorms and humidity to the Bay Area in recent weeks.

 

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Phil Matier: A’s Agree To 10-Year-Lease Extension To Keep Playing In Oakland

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:57

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The Oakland A’s have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to keep them playing ball at the Coliseum.

A’s owner Lew Wolff originally said he was ready to take the team elsewhere if the city council didn’t go along with the original agreement.

The deal comes after the Oakland City Council voted to modify a lease that the team had a negotiated with the agency that oversees the park. But does this mean we finally have a done deal?

It was a done deal a while ago as far as the economics go. What we have here is a little bit of face saving by the Oakland City Council.

When the A’s deal first came to them from the [Oakland-Alameda County] Joint Powers Authority, which oversees the Coliseum and actually administers the deals, they were reluctant. They didn’t think that the city and county were getting enough money and that the A’s were getting away with some parking money they owed.

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Basically what the Oakland City Council did was pull back on all the money demands and said maybe they could change a couple of the words and there. They wanted to be able to say that they made it better. Lew Wolff got word of that and hit the roof, but once everyone calmed down and actually looked at the changes, everyone realized they weren’t that big of a deal. Now after all the shouting, screaming and embarrassment, it looks like the deal is going to pass.

We call it a 10-year lease, but it really only obliges the A’s to stay at the facility for two years.

However, it does pave the way in getting the A’s involved in building themselves a new ballpark at the Coliseum site, despite Mayor Jean Quan’s wishes to have their new home built on the Port of Oakland.

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Selfie Of Arab-American Girl, Jewish Man Kissing Goes Viral

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:46

(CBS SF) — The selfie of an Arab-American girl kissing her Jewish boyfriend has gone viral, showing that despite the conflict in the Middle East, some Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.

The couple posted the picture while on vacation in support of an initiative called ‘Jews And Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies’ which has a Facebook page with over 6,000 likes.

The creators of the Facebook page want to take on the stereotypes associated with the conflict in the Middle East.

“Abraham and I were very upset with the stereo types generalizations and hatred  that surrounded our social media accounts,” Dania Darwish said.

The movement has gained support from the political sphere as well.

“It just gives another opportunity for education, educating young people that the two sides can live together,” Andy David, General Consul of Israel to the Pacific Northwest said.

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Larry Magid: Survey Shows Lack Of Satisfaction For Users Of Common Social Media Sites

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:48

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Some people may be addicted to social media sites, but many are less than pleased with what they’re getting. A new customer survey rates social media sites as the fourth lowest in satisfaction.

The only industries to fare worse are airlines, subscription television and internet service providers. One thing these all have in common is that they are commonly complained about, but are widely used. Think about it; how often do you boycott flying on an airplane or actually cancel your internet service provider’s subscription?

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The same is mostly true for social media sites. Facebook did have an 8-percent-increase over last year, so it’s gotten better. Their satisfaction rate is still only 67 percent. Pinterest by comparison has a 67 percent satisfaction rate.

With Facebook it almost seems to really depend on your friends. When I go on my experience depends on who’s posting and what they’re posting.

If people post things that are interesting and fun then I’m likely to feel good about my experience. When people go off about extreme politics that I may disagree with or if they’re annoying or make comments that somehow bother me, then I’ll probably have a less positive experience.

I had a relative that used to complain about her husband on Facebook (she finally divorced him). It was very annoying to read, but do you blame Facebook? No it’s really up to who you choose to associate with.

I was surprised by LinkedIn’s low satisfaction rating. Maybe it’s because they’re not getting the dream job they wanted; I’m not sure.

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Running Water Restored To Pleasanton Apartment Complex After 5 Days

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:44

PLEASANTON (KPIX 5) — Residents of the Springhouse apartment complex in Pleasanton were excited Tuesday after water service restored after a five day absence.

The complex had no water service since Friday, following a water main break.

During the outage, residents used porta potties that were placed in the complex’s parking lot. Some even shuttled water back-and-forth from the pool to flush their toilets.

“I went to work this morning without taking a shower. It’s gross. It’s not ok,” Springhouse resident Rachael Perez told KPIX 5 on Monday.

Residents complained that they received vouchers to stay at hotels during the outage, but could not check into hotels because they were booked.

The owner of the complex said no one will be charged for the five days the water was turned off.

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Family Of Man Killed In Oakland Corvette Crash Trying To Forgive Daredevil Driver

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:34

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The family of a man killed in a crash is trying to forgive a daredevil driver with a history of reckless driving.

Yvonne Obenchain’s 25-year old son Nicholas Obenchain, who was a passenger died Monday night from injuries after a rollover crash on I-580 in Oakland. The driver, Corey McDonah is accused of drinking, driving, and speeding when he lost control of the Corvette and overturned on the MacArthur Freeway.

“Nick loved people, he loved being social, loved going places. His one fault was being too trusting,” she said.

McDonah pleaded no contest to reckless driving in May and was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days with the sheriff’s work squad and community service.

In that incident, a CHP airplane spotted McDonah speeding on his motorcycle along Interstates 80 and 580 at more than 100 miles an hour, weaving in and out of traffic, popping wheelies and performing other stunts on April 2. McDonah was tracked to his home where he was arrested.

On Friday, McDonah was driving his silver Corvette while under the influence, wrecking his car, according to the CHP Oakland Facebook page.

Both men were thrown from the car in the crash early Friday morning also along Interstate 580 in Oakland near Park Boulevard.

But, Obenchain’s mother doesn’t blame McDonah for the crash.

“He was just irresponsible.  I don’t.  I hold him responsible, but I’m trying to forgive him because it wasn’t intentional,” she said.

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Puking Inside A San Francisco Taxicab Can Earn You A $100 Vomit Cleaning Fee

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:32

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Getting into a San Francisco taxi cab while nauseatingly drunk may cost you plenty if you can’t keep it down.

Cabbies are invoking an article of the city’s Municipal Transportation Code that allows them to charge anyone who vomit’s inside their cab a $100 clean-up fee.

According to Article 1100, Section 1124:

(4) Cleaning Fee. Drivers are authorized to collect a cleaning fee of up to $100 from any passenger who permanently stains the interior of the vehicle or who renders the vehicle temporarily unfit for for-hire passengers because of spillage of any substance such that the vehicle must be taken out of service and cleaned. 

The vomit fee was publicized in San Francisco neighborhood news portal Hoodline.

The vomit cleanup fee is a trend being seen in other cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Ottawa and Calgary.

Other cities have proposed similar cleaning fees.

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Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy Clarifies Comments Made About Openly Gay Draft Pick Michael Sam

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:34

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy has clarified comments attributed to him about Michael Sam, the University of Missouri player who came out as gay before the draft and could become the league’s first openly-gay player if he makes the final roster cut.

Dungy told the Tampa Tribune he would not have selected Sam if he had been coaching.

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

The comments created an outpouring of reaction on Twitter and other social media, with some welcoming Dungy’s comments and others criticizing him, noting he was the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl, has dealt with  racially-charged incidents, and has written a book titled ‘Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL.’

Dungy was also openly advocated for Michael Vick to get a second chance in the NFL after being convicted of running a dog-fighting ring.

On Tuesday, the former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach released a statement to NBC Sports/Pro Football Talk, saying he was surprised to read his quotes from an interview he gave “several weeks ago.”

I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that I would not have drafted him.  I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team. At the time of my interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael’s first season had been announced.

I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL.  He absolutely does.

I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process.  It should not.

I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team.  I would not.

I have been asked all of those questions several times in the last three months and have always answered them the same way—by saying that playing in the NFL is, and should be, about merit.

The best players make the team, and everyone should get the opportunity to prove whether they’re good enough to play.  That’s my opinion as a coach.  But those were not the questions I was asked.

What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams.

I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization.

I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction.  Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.

I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his sexual orientation.

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Apple Posts Biggest Earnings Gain In Nearly 2 Years

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:23

CUPERTINO (CBS / AP) — Apple’s growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

The latest evidence of Apple’s mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company’s fiscal third-quarter report.

Earnings rose at the highest rate in nearly two years as Apple Inc. sold 35.2 million iPhones during the period. The iPhone shipments climbed 13 percent increase from the same time last year, even though many people are believed to be holding off on new device purchases until the next version comes out this fall.

“From an execution perspective, we did a really great job,” Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said in an interview with the Associated Press. “We have some things in the pipeline that we think people will really be excited about.”

Apple earned $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per share, for the three months ending June 28. That represented a 12 percent increase from income of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per share, at the same time last year. It’s the first time that Apple’s earnings have increased by more than 10 percent since the quarter that included the September 2012 release of the iPhone 5 – the last time that the company boosted the device’s screen size.

The earnings per share for the latest quarter exceeded the average estimate of $1.23 per share among analysts surveyed by FactSet.

Revenue rose 6 percent from last year to $37.4 billion – about $600 million below analysts’ forecasts.

If media reports based on leaks from Apple suppliers prove accurate, the iPhone 6 will boast a screen of at least 4.7 inches compared to the current 4-inch display. Some analysts also speculate Apple will simultaneously unveil an iPhone with a 5.5-inch screen.

An iPhone with a larger screen probably would unleash a flood of sales among Apple fans interested in a smartphone that would make it easier to read and see other features. A bigger-screen iPhone might also tempt consumers already accustomed to the larger screens on a variety of smartphones running on Google Inc.’s Android operating system.

Apple is also widely believed to be gearing up to release a smartwatch, a move that would mark the first time the company has entered a new device market since Tim Cook replaced Steve Jobs as CEO nearly three years ago. Jobs died in October 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

The chances of Apple unveiling a high-tech watch as a complement to the iPhone looked even more likely Tuesday when Apple was granted a U.S. patent for a touch-screen device designed to be worn on wrists. Sketches attached to the filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicated that Apple intends to call the device, “iTime.”

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet declined to comment on the filing or patent approval.

The iPhone’s third-quarter sales growth was strongest in Brazil, India, Russia and China, where device sales increased 55 percent from last year. The gains are testament to the ongoing allure of Apple’s marquee product seven years after the first iPhone came out.

Apple’s trend-setting tablet computer, the iPad, seems to be losing some of its appeal amid a bevy of less expensive alternatives. The Cupertino, California, company shipped 13.3 million iPads in the latest quarter, a 9 percent drop from the same time last year. It marks the second straight quarter that the iPad’s sales have fallen from the previous year.

Meanwhile, Apple’s sales of Mac computers increased 18 percent from last year.

Apple is counting on a partnership forged with IBM Corp. last week to help boost iPad sales to corporate customers and government agencies.

Some analysts believe a larger-screen iPhone could also undercut iPad sales in future quarters, but Cook didn’t sound worried in a Tuesday conference call with analysts.

“We still think there is significant innovation that can be brought to the iPad and we plan on doing that,” Cook said.

Investors have been flocking back to Apple after an extended stretch of disillusionment. Just 15 months ago, Apple’s stock had plunged by 45 percent from its peak reached in September 2012 amid concerns about tougher competition and the company’s ability to innovate without Jobs.

Propelled by high hopes for the next iPhone and the potential release of a smartwatch, Apple’s stock has surged 18 percent this year. After closing at $94.72 Tuesday, the stock is just $6.01, or about 6 percent, away from setting a new high. The shares shed 62 cents to $94.15 in Tuesday’s extended trading.

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Mexican Immigrant-Stanford Law Professor Unlikely To Follow Conservative’s Footsteps As Newest State Supreme Court Nominee

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:53

SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— California Governor Jerry Brown has nominated a Stanford Law School professor and former advisor to President Obama on Immigration policy to the State Supreme Court.

A Mexican immigrant, 41-year-old Mariano Florentino-Cuellar, was tapped by the governor to replace Justice Marvin Baxter, one of the court’s most conservative members. Although he has no judicial experience or record to evaluate, many say his nomination signals a new direction for the high court.

St. Mary’s Political Science Professor Dr. Steven Woolpert says the appointment clearly signals that change is coming.

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“It’s a shift from a Republican appointee to a Democrat appointee, which is likely to change the voting behavior of the court,” he said.

Governor Brown had been under pressure to appoint a Latino to the court, since there isn’t one now, and Cuellar’s name has been prominently mentioned.

“He has a compelling story,” Woolpert said. “He was born in Mexico, walked across the border every day to attend school in Brownsville, Texas, and then moved to the Imperial Valley when he was 14. He went on to graduate from Harvard, Yale and Stanford.”

The professor’s nomination will now be reviewed by the bar association and the state commission on judicial appointments with state voters weighing in, come November.

Brown still has a second vacancy to fill yet for another opportunity to reshape the high court in his own political image.

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Woman Accused Of Leaving Baby, 10-Year-Old In Car While At Rohnert Park Casino

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:47

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A San Jose woman was arraigned on two felony child endangerment charges in Sonoma County Superior Court Tuesday for allegedly leaving her two young children in a parked car while she visited the Graton Resort & Casino near Rohnert Park last month.

Maria Mondragon-Barboza, 37, delayed entering a plea until August.

Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested her June 30 on a misdemeanor child endangerment charge after a deputy saw a small child in the back seat of a Honda on the upper level of a parking structure at the casino.

The 10-year-old girl in the Honda told the deputy her mother left her to care for her 1-year-old brother while she went into the casino, sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

The deputy contacted casino security and brought Mondragon-Barboza to the Honda in about 20 minutes, Focha said.

Mondragon-Barboza told the deputy she was going into the casino for only a few minutes and didn’t want to bring the children because the infant was sleeping.

She was booked on the misdemeanor child endangerment charge and an aunt picked up the children, Focha said.

 

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