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3 Masked Men Tie Up Employees At Point Richmond Pharmacy, Make Off With High-Priced, Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs

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RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — Three masked men went into a pharmacy in Point Richmond, tied up 2 employees, and made off with a bunch of prescription drugs.

Police say the suspects who robbed the small pharmacy had no intention of taking money. They wanted to grab as many prescription drugs as they could — drugs that are harder to come by given recent regulations.
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After tying up the employees, the robbers grabbed the pharmacy’s most addictive, opiate-based drugs — Oxycodone, Oxycotin, and Oxymorphine.

Police said a UPS deliveryman walked in while the robbery was in progress. The suspects tied him up, as well.

Fortunately, no one was hurt during the robbery.

According to authorities, this is the second time this pharmacy has been robbed for drugs in the past 6 months.

Richmond police are still looking for the suspects, and they say this kind of robbery is becoming all too common.

Meantime, abuse of these opiates is becoming an epidemic, not only in Richmond, but in many other parts of the country. The scarcity of these pills on the streets adds to their value on the black market. They can sell for anywhere from $10 to $100 a pill.

Richmond police is offering a $2000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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Miracle Or Just Science? Physicist Explains Why SF Window-Washer Survived 11-Story Fall

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A window washer who fell 11 stories from the rooftop in San Francisco’s Financial District Friday and landed on a moving car remains in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

Onlookers, and even the driver of the car he landed on were astonished to find the victim landed on the ground, injured, but still alive. While it may seem like a miracle, the window washer’s survival is grounded in the laws of physics.

Physics professor and senior scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Dr. Paul Doherty, said because of all the factors involved there is no simple answer to how a window washer can fall 11 stories and live.

But, he said the car was crucial in minimizing the force of the impact, by spreading it out over time.

“You would have to spread out that impact over time, and the best way to do that is to hit something that crumples under you.”

Doherty said Hollywood stuntmen in movies do this all the time.

“They have a pile of boxes, or air-filled mattresses and they fall off the roof, and those boxes, or crumpling material, crumple 3 feet or more when they hit.”

He said the same factors played a role with the window washer, because the car minimized the impact by spreading.

“I looked at the images of the roof of this car. He hit the roof and it crumpled quite a ways… more than a foot of crumpling,” said Doherty. “That’s enough to really spread out that impact. Essentially, the car suffered, and he suffered less, because the car crumpled under him.”

Doherty also compares it to a vehicle airbag, which goes off and collapses under the body’s impact, more gently spreading the force of the impact on the body instead of the driver hitting the dashboard at 60 mph.

“There are people who have fallen from airplanes in WWII, 10,000 feet and cratered into the soft snow,” said Doherty. “They found themselves at the bottom of a 3 foot crater, and got up and walked away.”

The rear-end of the car the window washer fell on was destroyed, but the driver, identified as Mohammad Alcozai, was not hurt.

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Manhunt For Suspect Who Tried To Sexually Assault A 7-Year-Old In San Francisco

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 21:27

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police released a sketch of a man suspected of attempting to sexually assault a 7-year-old on Friday, police said Saturday.

Police responded to the Lafayette Park at 4 p.m. and said the victim of an attempted sexual assault is a 7-year-old, but declined to give any other details.

“No other information is available due to the sensitive nature of the incident,” police said.

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‘Amnesty’ Pond For Dumping Unwanted Goldfish Planned After Deadly Restoration Of SF’s Mountain Lake

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 21:07

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – People can soon start dumping their pet goldfish, carp and other unwanted fishy pets in a designated “amnesty” pond near San Francisco Presidio’s Mountain Lake.

Federal park officials in San Francisco say they’ve finished the first phase of an experimental — and deadly — attempt to restore native fish to Mountain Lake.

Apparently, disenchanted pet owners have been dumping non-native carp and goldfish into the four-acre pond.

Officials at San Francisco’s Presidio purposely poisoned the pond earlier this month. Officials said the plan is to restock Mountain Lake with native creatures after the foreign fish are gone.

Workers retrieved 842 poisoned goldfish, carp and other fish that San Franciscans had dumped into the pond over the years.

Park officials plan to test the waters in May and then start restocking the pond’s original three-spined sticklebacks, Western pond turtles and chorus frogs.

The so-called amnesty pond is planned nearby so people can keep dumping their goldfish, carp and other fish.

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51st Anniversary Of Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 20:08

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Fifty-one years ago today, on November 22, 1963, Walter Cronkite announced that President John F. Kennedy had died.

The world was shocked and saddened.

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The President was just 46-years old when he was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

Kennedy arrived that morning at Love Field, along with first lady Jacqueline.

He was on his way to the trade mart to deliver a speech at a luncheon.

The route of the motorcade was designed to give him maximum exposure to the 200,000 people who came out to see him. It also exposed him to the assassin.

When the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza — Kennedy was just minutes from the trade mart.

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested just hours later for the shooting.

Oswald was killed two days later by Jack Ruby.

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Boy Who Survived 230-Feet Fall Off Cliff Awakens From Coma, On Long Road To Recovery; Mom Describes The Fall

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:24

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Little Sebastion Johnson is out of intensive care now and starting what is going to be a long, long rehabilitation program.

The 4-year-old suffered severe injuries in a tumble down a cliff at Bodega Head November 10, during a family picnic.

The boy is still unable to speak but his mother described what happened the day of the accident.

The family was picnicking at a familiar spot. Jamie Guglielmino remembers she was having fun throwing rocks with her son mere seconds before his fall.
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“I bent down to pick up a rock, and he bent down to pick up a rock. He got his rock first,” she said. “By the time I turned around to tell him not to go near the edge, he was already stepping off of it, trying to throw a rock.”
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Sebastion’s tiny body plummeted 230 feet off Bodega Head. His puffy jacket was the only thing protecting his fragile body from the rocky shore below.

“I was screaming, ‘my baby, my baby,’” recalls Guglielmino. “I dove for him… I was 6 inches away from catching his hood. I watched him tumble and fall down the cliff bank.”

She still has nightmares about it. “It was terrifying,” she said.

Sebastion landed in the tidal pools, nestled between two rocks.

Thanks to the firefighters’ quick rescue work, Sebastian survived the 21-story fall but his life is forever changed.

Saturday, doctors at Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland put him in a wheelchair. His arm and leg are broken and he struggles just to hold up his head. Doctors are still unsure whether he suffered any brain damage.

Doctors at Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland help Sebastion Johnson into a wheelchair. (CBS)


“The hardest part is seeing him in so much pain and not being able to do much about it,” said his mom.

She and his grandma stay at Sebastion’s side. In the days since the fall, signs of hope he will recover keep them going.

“He’s my miracle baby,” said Guglielmino.

Sebastion Johnson is still unable to hold his up his head, but he managed a faint smile. (CBS)


For the first time since the fall, behind his bandages, Sebastion gave a small smile. For the family, that’s a sign their little boy will be back to his playful self soon enough.

To help pay for his mounting medical bills, Sebastion’s family has set up a Go Fund Me campaign online. By Saturday afternoon, they had raised more than $1000.

His mom is especially optimistic. “Sebastion is going to get better. We aren’t sure how much better, but he is going to get better.”

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Stanford Routs Rival Cal In 117th Big Game; Clinches Bowl Eligibility

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 18:27

BERKELEY (CBS/AP) — Remound Wright ran for four touchdowns, and Stanford used a smothering defensive effort to rout rival California 38-17 on Saturday and clinch bowl eligibility.

Blake Martinez intercepted two passes and forced a fumble as the Cardinal (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12) created five turnovers. Stanford beat the Golden Bears (5-6, 3-6) for the fifth straight year in the Big Game, parading around Memorial Stadium with the Axe in front of an emptying crowd of 56,483.

Jared Goff tied Cal’s record for touchdowns and broke his own school record for yards passing in a season but had little to show for his milestones. He threw for 182 yards, one TD and two interceptions.

Cal can still clinch bowl eligibility at home against BYU next week.

For a change in recent seasons, the 117th Big Game actually had big implications for both teams.

A series of setbacks put the two-time defending Pac-12 champion Cardinal on the brink of missing the postseason, especially with a visit at No. 11 UCLA looming in the finale. The Bears went 1-11 last season — with the lone win against lower-tier Portland State — but had shown signs of progress in coach Sonny Dykes’ second year.

Instead, Stanford turned it into another Big Game blowout.

The Cardinal crushed Cal 63-13 last year — the largest margin of victory in the running rivalry — and tied the second-biggest road victory in Big Game history this time.

Wright ran for 92 yards on 23 attempts, becoming the first Stanford player to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Stephan Taylor in November 2010. Stanford lost top playmaker Ty Montgomery with a sprained right shoulder in the first quarter. X-rays were negative, the team said.

Cal’s conference-worst defense couldn’t overcome its own loss when safety Michael Lowe was ejected for targeting the head Austin Hooper on the first play from scrimmage. That was just the first in a series of mistakes for Dykes’ team.

The Bears finished with 12 penalties for 113 yards, while Stanford had just four penalties for 21 yards.

Kevin Hogan threw for 214 yards and one interception, and he also ran for a short touchdown as the Cardinal overpowered the Bears on both sides.

Martinez jarred the ball loose from Daniel Lasco on third-and-goal, and he intercepted consecutive tipped passes from Goff in the second quarter to sway the momentum Stanford’s way. Goff had not thrown an interception in his previous 159 attempts, a school record.

Goff entered the game one TD pass behind Pat Barnes’ record of 31 in 1996. He also was 110 yards shy of his own record of 3,508 yards passing he set as a freshman.

Goff’s eclipsed the first mark and broke the other but couldn’t bring the Bears back from a big hole — and sometimes didn’t even get the chance.

Freshman Luke Rubenzer, who has been used primarily as a wildcat quarterback, threw two interceptions in the second half. Cal also had touchdowns overturned on three consecutive plays — two runs by Rubenzer and a touchdown pass from Goff to Kenny Lawler — by video review before settling for a field goal.

The Bears recovered a surprise onside kick to give Stanford a brief scare, but the Cardinal quieted Cal for good with another stop and a score by Wright for a 38-10 lead.

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Elderly Man Dies In Fire At San Ramon Home With No Working Smoke Alarm

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:35

SAN RAMON (CBS SF) — An elderly man was killed in a two-alarm house fire in San Ramon Saturday morning, a San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire in the 100 block of Avocado Court around 7:45 a.m., spokeswoman Kim French said.

Arriving crews found smoke and flames coming from a one-story home, French said.

Fire crews searched the home to find the man inside and evacuated him, she said.

He received treatment at the scene and was transported to San Ramon Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries, according to French.

The blaze was under control within an hour after it was initially reported, she said.

The man was the sole occupant of the home and no other injuries were reported, French said.

French noted that there was no working smoke alarm at the residence.

She emphasized the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every room and every level of a home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Strong Quake Strikes Western China; 1 Dead, Several Injured, Collapsed Homes Reported

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:11

BEIJING (CBS/AP) — A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person, injuring 15 others and causing at least two homes to collapse, officials and state media said.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake had a depth of nine miles. It struck in the late afternoon about 20 miles from the town of Kangding in Sichuan Province.

A woman in her 70s died after being struck by a falling window pane, said the official Xinhua News Agency and the state broadcaster CCTV, citing Chen Yunbing, a doctor at the region’s Ganzi People’s Hospital. No additional information was given about the 15 injured.

A duty officer at the Kangding County government officers, who gave his surname as Xia, said that the quake lasted only a few seconds, and that there had been some reports of cracks in buildings and toppled walls. The area is frequently struck by earthquakes, and Mr. Xia said newly constructed buildings in the town of Kangding must be able to withstand quakes with a magnitude of up to 8, although requirements are less strict in the surrounding rural area.

Along with the two collapsed homes, Kangding’s regional airport sustained some damage, though flights were not disrupted, Xinhua said.

Wang Dan, a spokeswoman for the government of Ganzi Prefecture, which includes Kangding County, said rescue teams had been sent to the quake’s epicenter.

Xinhua said workers were restoring the electricity supply to Tagong, the town closest to the epicenter, where a statue of Buddha in a local temple was also damaged. About 100 vehicles were trapped by a landslide on a highway connecting Sichuan and Tibet, and railway service was also halted in the area while workers checked on damage to the line, Xinhua said.

No major damage was reported in the town of Kangding, where CCTV video showed residents strolling the town’s streets, looking up at the steep surrounding hillsides and talking on their cellphones.

Kangding and the surrounding county have a population of 129,320 people, about 70 percent of them Tibetan.

Western China is regularly hit by earthquakes, and reports said Saturday’s quake could be felt in the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu, on the plains below the Himalayan foothills. Sichuan was struck by a magnitude-7.9 quake in May 2008 that left nearly 90,000 people dead, many of them in collapsed schools and other poorly constructed buildings.

Construction standards have been significantly tightened since then, and the country’s disaster response capacity has improved with better equipment and trained rescue teams.

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Southbound Lanes On Hwy 101 In Santa Rosa Reopen Following Big Rig Accident

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:05

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Two lanes reopened on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa after an accident involving an overturned big-rig Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident was first reported at 5:49 a.m. near the College Avenue off-ramp, CHP officials said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 6:39 a.m., initially closing one lane, according to the CHP.

Another lane was closed around 8:15 a.m. and both lanes reopened around 9:10 a.m., according to the CHP.

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Squirrel Sets Off 2 Power Outages That Affect 2,000 Cupertino Customers

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:02

CUPERTINO (CBS SF) — Power has been restored to nearly 2,000 customers following two separate power outages in Cupertino Saturday morning caused by a squirrel, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

The first outage that was reported around 7:10 a.m. and impacted 1,192 customers in the area of Finch Avenue and Stevens Creek Boulevard, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

The second outage occurred about 20 minutes later affecting 698 customers impacting customers in an area including Miller Avenue, Greenwood Court, Atherwood Avenue, Candlewood Drive and Brookwell Drive, she said.

Crews were able to repair the outages and restore power for all customers around 8:30 a.m., Morris said.

The outages were caused by a squirrel that made contact with electrical equipment resulting in damage to two separate circuits, according to Morris.

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Magnitude 6.2 Quake Strikes Central Japan Near Nagano, Site Of 1998 Winter Olympics

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:09

TOKYO (CBS/AP) — A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring several people, officials said.

The earthquake struck near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake’s magnitude at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

One of the hardest-hit areas appeared to be Hakuba, a ski town west of Nagano that hosted events in the 1998 games. Ten homes collapsed there, said Shigeharu Fujimura, a Nagano prefecture disaster management official.

Nine people were trapped underneath the collapsed houses, but they all were rescued, and none had life-threatening injuries, said Hakuba official Tomoyuki Shimokawa.

Many houses also lost water, apparently because of a ruptured pipe, and landslides on two major roads blocked access to some areas. “We are afraid there could be some areas that may have been isolated, so we need to conduct a thorough assessment of damage after sunrise,” Fujimura said.

Ryo Nishino, a restaurant owner in Hakuba, told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he had “never experienced a quake that shook so hard. The sideways shaking was enormous.” He said he was in the restaurant’s wine cellar when the quake struck, and that nothing broke there.

Nagano prefectural police said there were several reports of injuries in Hakuba and Nagano city.

“We are trying to assess the situation as quickly as possible, and we’ll do our utmost for the rescue of the injured people,” Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters.

The earthquake was felt across much of northern Japan and in Tokyo, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Hakuba.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said no abnormalities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the affected areas. All of Japan’s nuclear plants are offline following a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami in 2011 that sent three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant into meltdown. Fukushima is about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of where Saturday’s earthquake occurred.

The quake was followed by 21 aftershocks, said Yohei Hasegawa of the Meteorological Agency’s earthquake and tsunami division. He warned of further aftershocks and urged residents to watch out for landslides. The area was struck by a magnitude-6.7 earthquake the day after the massive March 2011 quake.

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CBS Sports’ Tony Gonzalez Talks Broncos vs. Dolphins

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:48

The Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins are still both in the playoff hunt. Denver has dropped two of their last three while Miami has won two of three. Who has the edge when they meet this Sunday? CBS’s Tony Gonzalez gave his thoughts on both teams.

Denver got surprised last week by St. Louis. Should Broncos fans be worried or was this simply one of those “Any given Sunday” type scenarios?

Tony Gonzalez: “I wouldn’t be worried at all. First of all, they have Peyton Manning, one of the best to ever play the game. He’s going to get that offense going. Whether or not those guys come back from injury, it will be an effective offense. I think defensively they need to pick it up. They haven’t played that well in the last two games. I’ve got to believe with the talent they have there: Von Miller, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib, Terrance Knighton, DeMarcus Ware. It’s just a matter of time before they figure it out and they will because they’ve been there, done that. They played in the Super Bowl last year, they know how to win. They know this is the most important time of the season and they’ll pick it up.”

You and Shannon Sharpe were two of the best receiving tight ends in the league. Thoughts on the NFL now having more athletic TE’s like Julius Thomas, who have basketball backgrounds? Is this a fad or will this soon be the norm?

TG: “It’s the evolution of the position. Don’t’ get me wrong, I enjoy the blocking (tight) ends. Look back at my tapes. I am NOT a receiver. Yes, I can catch the ball but just like Jason Whitten, (Rob) Gronkowski I blocked a lot, especially when I first came into the league. Shannon Sharpe was probably the only TE to ever get away with that where when it was third and short or on the goal line he’d come off the field. I was in there every time dropping down, blocking, picking up double-teams during those plays.

I call it a ‘Flex’. Guys like Jimmy Graham, guys like Julius Thomas, these guys go out there and just catch balls. That’s not a tight end. That’s a flex tight end. But that’s part of the evolution of the position. It’s a huge matchup. Every team in the NFL is moving toward it because it works. You can’t guard it. Even if you do, I’m bigger and stronger than you. I can also jump higher than you because I have that basketball background. If you’ve got a good quarterback who can exploit that…it’s absolutely unguardable.

Teams are going to be looking for these guys and they’re out there. These ‘tweeners’ like myself were all undersized power forwards at the Division I level. We’re obviously athletic as hell because we played Division I but we just weren’t tall enough to make it in the NBA. That’s why we play in the NFL because we couldn’t make the NBA.”

Miami is 4-1 in their last five games and won their first game against New England, yet they still trail the Patriots by two games. Do you think they can overtake NE in the standings before the season is over?

TG: “I don’t know. It’ll be very tough. Right now New England looks like the best team in the AFC. They got something brewing on offense and Bill Belichick coming up with all of these defensive schemes. I don’t think Miami can catch them. They’re only hope right now is if one of the other teams slips up. But they can do it. They’re a good football team. They’re kind of my dark horse in the AFC. They have a championship caliber defense. They got guys who can get after the quarterback. They’ve got guys who can cover.

But (Ryan) Tannehill, Bill Lazor, the offensive coordinator, has done wonders for him. Tannehill has my vote for Most Improved Player. He’s really stepped his game up and he’s also running the ball well, which is huge. It’s very tough to stop. If he doesn’t turn the ball over and just be efficient, and takes what the defense gives him, which is what he’s been doing they pose a problem for New England. But New England’s playing great right now I think their (Miami) only chance of getting into the Playoffs is a Wild Card spot, which they could.

Two years ago you said you were 95 percent sold on retirement, yet you came back for one more season. This is Manning’s last season under contract for Denver before he can exercise his option. Do you see Manning retiring after this season regardless of the outcome? What would make him come back or decide to hang it up for good?

TG: “If he wins a Super Bowl, I think he’d seriously consider retiring. Because at that point why continue? He’s on his way, he might get another MVP which would give him six MVPs and a two Super Bowl rings. It ain’t about money anymore. It ain’t about legacy. That would solidify him as probably the best player to ever play in the NFL at that point.”

Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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Well-Rested Warriors Roll Past Jazz

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:00
The Golden State Warriors used a blistering start to beat the Utah Jazz 101-88 for their fourth straight win.
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Car Jumps Curb, Fatally Strikes 2 People In Oakland

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:48

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Two people were fatally struck by a car near the Interstate 980 freeway in Downtown Oakland Friday night.

According to authorities, a white sedan jumped the curb near 27th Street and Northgate Avenue shortly after 8 p.m.

Police said one of the victims died at the scene. The second victim was taken in an ambulance and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Both victims are believed to be males.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities, police said. The incident is under investigation.

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Amid Obama’s Immigration Order, UC Expands Legal Services For Immigrant Students

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:47

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The University of California is planning to offer legal services at six campuses to students who are living in the U.S. illegally or have parents who might be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama’s new immigration order, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday.

The pilot program designed to make legal advice available to immigrant students at UC campuses without law schools will be staffed by recent law school graduates working under the guidance of an experienced immigration attorney and faculty at the University of California, Davis, which has operated an immigration law clinic since the 1980s, said Kevin Johnson, the dean of the law school at Davis.

The idea came out of an advisory committee Napolitano named after she became UC president last year and her previous role as homeland security secretary sparked protests among immigrant rights activists who opposed the increase in deportations under her watch. University spokeswoman Brooke Converse said the project has been in the works for several months and that Napolitano’s office is providing $577,860 to fund it.

“We want to create a model for other UC campuses and universities across the nation to provide legal representation for undocumented students on their campuses,” Napolitano said in a statement.

The university estimates it had 2,000 undergraduates and 1,100 graduate students enrolled last year who are in the U.S. illegally, Converse said.

Claremont Graduate University education professor William Perez, who is part of the panel that has been advising Napolitano on immigration issues affecting students, said that many of those students could apply to have their deportations suspended under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Obama initiated in 2012 and which was overseen by Napolitano.

Because the application process is complicated, many students have not applied, and that is something with which the university’s new Undocumented Student Legal Services Center could assist them, Perez said.

The center also will be well-positioned to help students apply for the grants and loans the state of California is making available to students who are ineligible for federal financial aid because of their immigration status, he said.

“These are among the brightest students in the country, the UC system has that reputation, and this particular group of students has a challenge that is unique to their circumstances,” Perez said. “In the same way that colleges and universities provide financial aid services, help with admission and applying and college counseling, it is all to insure access, to make sure no one who is admitted is excluded from pursuing their education goals.”

The campuses being targeted are located in Merced, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Riverside. Johnson said the goal is to have the program operating early next year, by which time he and other legal experts will have a better sense of how the actions Obama announced Thursday might benefit students.

“There is more work to do. But it is a good thing because there is more relief for the students and their families,” Johnson said. He added that Napolitano “was quite confident the president was going to do something on immigration, and she was quite right.”

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U.S. Navy Sailors Sue Japan Power Co. For Radiation Exposure During 2011 Quake, Tsunami Rescue

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:20

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Rare cancers, blindness, birth defects and now, two deaths.

Hundreds of U.S. sailors who took part in rescue efforts following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami say they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Now a federal judge has ruled their class-action lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company can go forward.

It has been more than three years since U.S. Navy Lt. Steve Simmons’ ship, the USS Reagan, got the call to help survivors of a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. Within hours there was more bad news: the quake had triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Sailors were ordered to scrub decks, stop drinking ship water and seal the ventilation system when the ship sailed into the nuclear plume.

“We sat in this plume for over 5 hours,” said Simmons.

All the while his commanders insisted there was no danger.

“I’ll be honest, I hit the ‘I believe’ button,” he said.

But within months, Simmons, once an avid hiker, began feeling weak and sick with uncontrolled fevers and severe night sweats. Soon he was in a wheelchair, unable to walk. He says military doctors would never tell him what was wrong.

“Every one of them wanted to discredit radiation as a possible cause,” Simmons said.

In a final report to Congress the Department of Defense found radiation doses were less than the exposure a person would receive during an airplane flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

“It may not be taking in evidence that the doses that were assumed to be on board the USS Reagan may have been under-reported,” said Dr. Robert Gould, a former Kaiser pathologist who is president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

He points to transcripts of phone calls that recently came to light in which a Navy administrator on board the USS Reagan at the time of the disaster says radiation doses were “about 30 times what you would detect on a normal air sample” — much higher than the DoD estimates.

“Given that there is more information that has come out, I think you would have to re-look at the entire situation,” said Dr. Gould.

That hasn’t happened yet but hundreds of sailors, including Simmons, aren’t waiting. They have filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Japanese utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

“These young sailors have come down with leukemia, ulcers, testicular cancers, brain cancers, very rare cancers,” said their attorney Charles Bonner. He’s representing 200 soldiers and their families.

Under federal law he can’t sue the U.S. government, but says the case is clear against TEPCO. “They didn’t have emergency standby vehicles, they didn’t have batteries to pump water into these reactors which at the time were melting down. This was totally inadequate,” Bonner said.

After 16 years of service, Lt. Simmons was able to retire this year with full benefits. He hopes the lawsuit will help younger sailors who have had to retire with no pension or medical coverage.

“One of the things they always taught throughout my naval career is ‘sailors first last and always,’ you always take care of your sailors no matter what. And we are not doing that right now.”

The sailors have set up a website (still under construction) at: www.fukushimaradiationvictims.com

TEPCO STATEMENT:

We are thankful to the United States for coming to the aid of the people of Japan, and appreciate the service of all the men and women of the United States military who provided the Japanese people with humanitarian and disaster relief in Operation Tomodachi.

We would refer you to the report submitted in June of this year by the Department of Defense to the Congressional Defense Committees*. In that report you will find a description of the steps taken by the US military to limit the exposure of its service members, including the use of the Reagan’s sophisticated radiation detection equipment to monitor radiation levels.

The Navy and Department of Defense also have assessed the level of radiation exposure of US service members, not only those on the Reagan but all those on or near the mainland of Japan. Radiation doses were calculated for more than 75,000 DoD-affiliated individuals.(P.2 of the report) The radiation dose estimates were peer reviewed by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), a non-governmental panel of radiation health experts, which “concurred with the scientific methods used to develop the dose estimates.”

The report concludes that “[t]here is no objective evidence that the RONALD REAGAN sailors experienced radiation exposures during [Operation Tomodachi] that would result in an increase in the expected number of radiogenic diseases over time.”(P.5 of the report) The report further states that “it is implausible that these low-level doses are the cause of the health effects reported by the RONALD REAGAN sailors.”(P.3 of the report). We are responding to the claims that have been made in this lawsuit in accordance with the judicial procedures of the United States.

NAVY RESPONSE:

Immediately following Operation Tomodachi, the Department of Defense established the tri-service Dose Assessment and Registry Working Group (DARWG) to study available data and develop estimates of radiation exposure received by U.S. personnel in and around the main island of Japan during Operation Tomodachi. The DARWG estimated radiation exposures for approximately 75,000 U.S. personnel on ships or at shore facilities on the main island of Japan during Operation Tomodachi.

The DARWG’s report on radiation exposure received by Fleet-based individuals, which was peer reviewed by a non-governmental council of subject matter experts, determined that the highest whole body dose to any U.S. fleet-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is much lower than levels of radiation exposure associated with the occurrence of short or long-term health effects. For perspective, the worst-case radiation exposure for any U.S. fleet-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is less than 25% of the average annual radiation exposure to a member of the U.S. public from natural sources of background radiation, such as the sun, rocks, and soil.

The DARWG’s report on radiation exposure received by shore-based individuals, which was peer reviewed by a non-governmental council of subject matter experts, determined that the highest whole body dose to any U.S. shore-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is much lower than levels of radiation exposure associated with the occurrence of short or long-term health effects. For perspective, the worst-case radiation exposure for any U.S. shore-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is less than half of the dose an average member of the U.S. population typically receives annually from natural background radiation sources, such as the sun, rocks, and soil, and less than three percent of the annual Federal limit for occupational radiation exposure.

Radiation exposure to U.S. personnel supporting Operation Tomodachi did not present any risks greater than risks normally accepted during everyday life.

The full DARWG report can be found at

http://registry.csd.disa.mil/registryWeb/Registry/OperationTomodachi/DisplayAbout.do

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Internet Superstar Grumpy Cat Makes Live Appearance In San Francisco Macy’s Holiday Window

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:22

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Fans of Grumpy Cat, surely the Internet’s most famous feline, began lining up early Friday evening, outside Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square — watching and waiting for hours to see that adorably grumpy face, live and up close.

“(She’s) the most famous cat on the Internet! I love her so much,” said Bryanna Cleland, who came here from Fairfield. “A very special cat, yeah,” added Jermey Womack.

They weren’t disappointed. There she sat on a red cushion, surrounded by lights and cameras, facing her adoring fans. Then she fell asleep, while her owner looked on.

Hundreds queued up to get the fluffy meme’s “pawtograph,” one frownie face after another. There was one rule: no petting allowed.

“That’s good enough for me,” a Grumpy-groupie told us.

Grumpy Cat, the famed Internet superstar, made an appearance at Macy’s in Union Square on Friday. (CBS)

The point of it all, ostensibly, was to promote Grumpy Cat’s less famous feline friends, kittens who are wards of the SPCA, up for adoption and on display in Macy’s holiday window.

Grumpy’s effort, if you could call it that, was much appreciated.

“We are so thankful for Grumpy Cat to be here and kick off this event for us!” exclaimed Beth Power, an SPCA volunteer.

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Stockton Teacher Accused Of Dragging Student Into Pool In Incident Caught On Video

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:17

STOCKTON (CBS SF) – A gym teacher in Stockton is on paid leave and faces criminal charges after he allegedly tried to force a high school student into the swimming pool during class.

The August 24, 2013 incident at Edison High School was caught on a cell phone by a friend of the victim. The video claims to show teacher Denny Peterson trying to pry the resisting teen, who goes by Miss Garcia, and drag her into the pool. At one point, the girl is seen kicking the teacher in the stomach, trying to get him to stop.

The girl said before her friend started recording Peterson touching her, she had been trying to get away from him in the pool. Garcia said she swam the required laps, but refused to put her head underwater.

 

 

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Petaluma Man Previously Convicted Of Flying Plane While Intoxicated Now Accused Of DUI

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 21:51

PETALUMA (CBS SF) – A Petaluma man who was convicted in 2012 of flying a plane while intoxicated was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence, the California Highway Patrol said.

Michael Ferrero, 65, drove his Toyota Tundra into a ditch off Old Redwood Highway near Highland Avenue in Petaluma around 6:10 p.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Ferrero told the officers he was coming from the Petaluma Airport and heading home when he went off the road.

The responding CHP officer noted Ferrero appeared intoxicated, and after an investigation he was arrested for DUI, Sloat said.

The CHP officer found an open bottle of vodka in the truck and Ferrero was booked in the Sonoma County Jail for DUI, violating his probation and having an open container of alcohol in the truck, Sloat said.

Ferrero was on probation following his conviction in May 2012 for flying his plane while intoxicated. He was sentenced to four days in jail, three years’ probation, 30 days of home confinement and 26 days of volunteer service.

The blood-alcohol level considered intoxicated while flying is 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent when driving.

The CHP was on routine patrol on state Highway 37 in Sonoma County on Jan. 3, 2012 when it spotted Ferrero’s plane flying recklessly.

The plane was flying as low as 50 feet above ground and within 100 feet of the highway, according to the CHP.

Officers smelled alcohol on Ferrero’s breath when he landed the plane at the Petaluma Airport. He was cited for flying under the influence after failing field sobriety tests, the CHP said.

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