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SF City Attorney To Appeal Court’s Ruling To End Ellis Act-Relocation Payments

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced on Wednesday that they would appeal a federal court judge’s ruling that quashes mandatory relocation payments for the city’s tenants evicted through California’s Ellis Act.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer declared the ruling unconstitutional and said that it violated property rights and punished the wrong people (landlords) for market conditions they didn’t create.

Under the law enacted in June, landlords were required to pay tenants the difference in their old and new rent for two years. In the case of the landlord who filed suit against the law, the amount was $118,000.

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Supervisor David Campos who authored the law is hopeful for a reversal of fortune.

“I actually think that the arguments we’ve made are very strong arguments we do have a shot before the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals],” Campos said.

The city attorney is not seeking an emergency stay in this case. The federal court’s ruling is on hold until Friday, giving the opportunity for appeal which Herrera has decided to take. The appeals process could take years.

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San Francisco Embarcadero BART Station Closed After Person Hit By Train

1 hour 40 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — All service in and out of San Francisco’s Embarcadero BART station was shut down after a person was hit by a Richmond-bound train Wednesday afternoon.

Service was interrupted shortly before 3 p.m., and Embarcadero station was closed.

A witness told CBS San Francisco producer Nicole Jones the person survived the jump.

“It was almost like an angel lifted him up.  He almost got splattered.  I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Rashon Sturdivant said.

However, BART officials told KCBS radio that a person slipped and fell off the platform and was helped back up

San Francisco’s BART Embarcadero station was closed due to a medical emergency Wednesday. (Courtesy: Nicole Jones)

The station reopened around 3:40 p.m.

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Santa Barbara Shark Attack Sends Woman Into Ocean

1 hour 44 min ago

SANTA BARBARA (CBS SF) — A shark attack on an outrigger sent a Santa Barbara woman into the water Sunday.

An apparent Great White about six-feet long chewed at the woman’s outrigger, causing her to fall into the water with the creature, but she was unharmed in the attack.

The shark swam away after biting twice.

The bites were on a part of the outrigger called the ama, which is used for balancing, according to KEYT TV in Santa Barbara.

No warning signs will be posted because of how far away from shore the attack occurred.

“We really don’t see it as an immediate threat to the local public so we don’t post advisories for something like this,” Harbor Operations Director Mick Kronman told the station.

Two kayakers were recently rescued off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base in separate attacks just an hour apart.

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Rob Lowe Named Public Enemy By Royals Fans

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Lowe’s tweets seem to have upset some Royals fans, but San Francisco still loves him...
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California Health Department Rolls Out Ebola Outbreak Public Information Hotline

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SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — State health officials have set up a Ebola hotline call center for public inquiries on the virus and outbreak.

In a press release, the California Department of Public Health Director (CDPH) Dr. Ron Chapman said the hotline was set up and staffed to answer questions from those concerned about the possibility of Ebola in California. “Our goal is to be available to eliminate the mystery of this disease and offer the facts to Californians as the situation evolves,” said Chapman. “This is one in a series of steps we have taken in the last few months.”

The hotline, 855-421-5921 will be in operation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The health department said there were currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases.

In August, the CDPH launched an Ebola informational website with general information about the outbreak and the preparations among California health care providers.

Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown met with healthcare workers in Sacramento on what the state is doing to prepare for any Ebola outbreak amid claims by nurses that hospitals are unprepared for treating Ebola patients.

 

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Caltrain’s Electrification Could Dramatically Reshape Palo Alto’s Land Parcels

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PALO ALTO (KCBS) – As Caltrain becomes electrified, sometime in 2019, the city is looking for ways to separate the train tracks from roadways, cars, bikes and pedestrians. One option is to place roads under the train tracks, but Mayor Nancy Shepherd says that would require the acquisition of over 30 parcels of land.

“As I look at this, as I look at the home takings, which are significant; they are completely reshaping our community in a way that none of us would ever have imagined,” Shepherd said.

That’s why she supports another, more expensive, option: digging a trench for Caltrain, estimated to cost up to one-billion dollars.

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The city council decided to seek more public input on the trenching idea. Palo Alto resident Omar Chaddy encouraged the council to think outside the box with Caltrain.

“This is Silicon Valley. We innovate, we do create. We need to practice creative destruction with Caltrain and stop perpetuating this monster,” he said.

Meanwhile, some residents have signed a petition calling on the city to establish a “quiet zone” in the downtown area, which would waive a requirement that train engineers blow their horns 15 seconds before crossings.

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Apple Pay Allegedly Double-Charged Bank Of America Customers

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(CBS SF) — Some Bank of America customers are claiming they’re been double-charged on transactions made using Apple Pay.

According to CNN’s Samuel Burke, an item he bought at Whole Foods with Apple Pay appeared twice on his bank statement Tuesday — one day after Apple rolled out it’s new mobile-payment system. Reddit users also reported the same problem.

Burke said he called Bank of America to report the mistake, but was told it was a problem with Apple. After calling Apple’s help line, a customer service representative told him there was “nothing they could do about it,” since the company does not keep a record of transactions for security reasons.

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His money was eventually refunded after he got Apple and Bank of America talking together in a three-way-call.

Bank of America later tweeted that it was working to fix the problem.

@samuelcnn Hi Samuel, we apologize for this inconvenience and are working to correct this issue and reverse the duplicate transactions. ^bm

— Bank of America (@BofA_Help) October 21, 2014

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told the HuffPost in an emailed statement: “We’re aware of a Bank of America issue impacting a very small number of Apple Pay users. They’re working on a fix that will be available shortly and reversing any duplicate transactions.”

Meanwhile, Bank of America told HuffPost that the issue affected “only about 1000 transactions” and that all customers affected by the issue will be refunded, including overdraft fees.

 

 

 

 

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Series Of Inmate Deaths At Sonoma County Jail Prompts Review Of Procedures

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A series of inmate deaths at the Sonoma County Jail in Santa Rosa has prompted the sheriff’s office to hire an outside panel to review policies and medical practices at the jail.

Four inmates have died in the span of a month at the jail.

In a press release, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said it was researching a panel to evaluate patient care and medical standards at the Main Adult Detention Facility and the North County Detention Facility.

The panel will consists of medical, mental health, and detention professionals, according to the sheriff’s office. The statement said early indications showed no medical care was denied, or policies or laws violated, but that final determination wouild be left to the investigation through the In-Custody Death protocol.

“These recent deaths in such a short amount of time are very unfortunate and outside of the norm,” spokeswoman Sgt. Cecile Focha said in a news release. “We pride ourselves in delivering detention services in a professional, firm, fair and compassionate manner.”

In the most recent inmate death, an inmate booked into the Main Adult Detention Facility Friday was found dead Saturday night in a unit for inmates going through drug withdrawals.

 

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Triple Massive Solar Flares Send Streams Of Radiation Toward Earth, Potentially Disrupting Radios And Navigation

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(CBS SF) — A series of three massive solar flares over the past week has bathed Earth in higher than normal amounts of radiation, with the potential to temporarily black out radio communication and navigational equipment if the sun was hitting that part of the planet.

The atmosphere absorbs the harmful radiation from these classes of events, but the upper radio communication that relies on the upper atmosphere can be significantly effected. One legendary solar flare in 1989 actually shut down power grids in the U.S. and Canada. That was an “X15″ class flare.

An X1.6 class flare erupted on Tuesday. X is the strongest class, and an X2 is twice as strong as an X1.

An M-class or mid-level solar flare peaked at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday night, as measured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

A third flare, an X1.1 on October 19th also sent radiation toward earth.

These fireworks are occurring just days before  Thursday’s partial solar eclipse.

SOLAR ECLIPSE: Thursday Afternoon, 10/23

These solar eruptions can trigger larger than usual northern lights also known as the Aurora Borealis, sometimes making the glow visible as far south as Northern California.

Get alerts, see images, and learn what the X-scale means for solar energy at NOAA’s Solar Flare site.

An X1.6 class flare erupted from the lower half of the sun, as seen in the bright flash of light in this image from NASA’s SDO. This image shows extreme ultraviolet light with a wavelength of 131 Angstroms, which highlights the intense heat of a solar flare and which is typically colorized in teal.
Image Credit: NASA/SDO

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October 21st, 2014 Solar Flare

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Jefferson Award Winner Inspires Students To Connect With The Environment

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As a young woman growing up in Oakland, this week’s Jefferson Award winner found purpose in her family hiking and camping trips. Today, she is working to build the next generation of conservation leaders through a unique program that introduces young adults to the world outdoors.

Lesson one in the outdoors is always be prepared. And that’s what Bettina Mok is passionate about: preparing the next generation to be environmental leaders.

“We do it through hands-on service to the land,” she explained. “So it’s very important that the youth are learning through action and contributing through service.”

Mok is Regional Director of Student Conservation Association, or SCA, a national non-profit that here in the Bay Area focuses on urban youth — teens who often don’t have the opportunity to connect with the greater outdoors.

“I used to just stay in the house watching tv,” said 18-year-old  Velmoh Cooper. “(I) didn’t do anything for my environment.”

Cooper now loves being outside, and through SCA, took her first backpack trip near Ukiah this summer.

“It was one of the best times ever, even though we couldn’t take a shower for a few days, it was so amazing!” Cooper remembered.

Finding teens meaningful summer work in the environment is something Mok works hard to do. Some of her students are paid, others given stipends, but all return inspired.

“It’s very transformational,” she said. “They come back knowing about careers in the outdoors, knowing that they have some basic skills that could lead them to those careers.”

“I definitely want to continue doing outdoor stuff,” said student Leticia Rangell. “In this program it gives you the opportunity to continue with your leadership skills.”

These skills are reinforced during the school year. Rangell is a senior from San Lorenzo. She volunteers with SCA throughout the school year on weekends doing local projects in regional, state, and county parks, the very places Mok was inspired as a child.

“That added just so much in my life,” Mok said. “I learned to really care about the environment around me.”

And caring about the environment is the first step in protecting it.

“She really thinks we are going to be the generation that is going to bring the change and we can make it happen,” Rangell added.

So for making positive change happen for Bay Area youth, this week’s Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Bettina Mok.

Mok says more than 70% of SCA alumni around the country are still active in some form of environmental conservation through their careers or volunteer efforts. To support the work Bettina Mok and the SCA are doing, use this link.

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The ‘Hollywood Film Awards’ Announces Award Categories

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The “Hollywood Film Awards” are getting closer, and the awards ceremony has announced the 18 categories to be featured in its inaugural broadcast.

Airing for the first time on television Nov. 14 at 8:00PM ET/delayed PT, the “Hollywood Film Awards,” which mark the beginning of awards season, will be hosted by multi-talented actress, musician and talk show host Queen Latifah.

For 17 years the awards show has recognized excellence in cinema, and for its first broadcast, it will be doing just that within the following categories:

  •          Hollywood Career Achievement Award
  •          Hollywood Film Award
  •          Hollywood Director Award
  •          Hollywood Actor
  •          Hollywood Actress
  •          Hollywood Supporting Actor Award
  •          Hollywood Supporting Actress Award
  •          Hollywood Ensemble Award
  •          Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award
  •          Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award
  •          Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award
  •          New Hollywood Award
  •          Hollywood Screenwriter Award
  •          Hollywood Song Award
  •          Hollywood Animation Award
  •          Hollywood Blockbuster Award
  •          Hollywood Documentary Award
  •          Hollywood Comedy Film Award

Tune in to see if your favorites will be one of the night’s winners.

 

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Rallies Scheduled Wednesday For Teen Shot Dead By Sonoma Sheriff’s Deputy Last Year

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(CBS SF) — Events are planned Wednesday on the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy southwest of Santa Rosa.

Deputy Erick Gelhaus shot Andy seven times as he walked along Moorland Avenue with an airsoft BB gun designed to resemble an AK-47 rifle. Santa Rosa police, who investigated the shooting, said Gelhaus believed the weapon was real and friends of Andy have said an orange tip on the gun indicating it was fake was either taken or broken off.

There have been rallies and protests following the fatal shooting and after Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced in July that Gelhaus would not face criminal charges, as well as when Gelhaus returned to patrol duty in August.

Rallies will take place Wednesday at the State Capitol in Sacramento at noon, at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza at 1 p.m. and at Sonoma State University at noon and are part of a National Day to End Police Brutality and Stop Mass Incarceration.

There will be a potluck and candlelight vigil between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the shrine and memorial to Andy at the vacant lot where he was killed, said Ana Salgado, a member of the Moorland Neighborhood Group.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is trying to buy two properties at the site for an Andy Lopez Memorial Park and the supervisors heard more public comment Tuesday afternoon about the fatal shooting and the deputy’s return to patrol duty.

To mark the anniversary, Andy’s mother Sujey Cruz posted a letter on the Justice for Andy Lopez Facebook page.

In a preface to her letter, Cruz said the family wanted to “publicly thank everyone for all their support in this very painful tragedy, and also thank those in the media that have given clear and transparent information.”

Cruz also thanked attorney Arnoldo Casillas, who has filed a wrongful death suit against Gelhaus and Sonoma County.

“The name of this beautiful and talented child was and remains ANDY LOPEZ CRUZ! And he is not alone. We will fight to achieve justice for him and for all the other fallen. RIP beloved Andy, you will never be forgotten, you are in our minds and hearts every moment of our lives and we will fight until we get you justice,” Cruz wrote.

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6-Pound Gold Nugget Going Up For Sale In San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale in San Francisco.

Weighing in at more than six pounds, the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the nugget’s owner asked dealer Don Kagin to keep his name and the location of the discovery secret.

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What’s known is that a gold hunter found it in July on public land in the Butte County mountains. David McCarthy, a coin and rare-minerals expert, told the Chronicle that he took a blindfolded ride to the site of the discovery so he would be satisfied the nugget was genuine.

The gold chunk will be unveiled Thursday at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.

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Vote Now – People’s Choice Awards Voting Is Officially Open

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The People’s Choice Awards announced that nominee voting is now open at PeoplesChoice.com!

Fans can vote for their favorites in 54 categories, including “Favorite Movie,” “Favorite TV Show” and “Favorite Breakout Artist”. In September, viewers got to choose new categories for the 2015 show.

“Favorite TV Character We Miss Most,” “Favorite Dramedy” and “Favorite Country Group” were added to the list of official categories.

Fans also have the option to write in their nominees if they weren’t included among the candidates provided.

Voting ends October 30th.

The top five nominees in each category will become official nominees, who will be announced during the annual People’s Choice Press Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The 2015 People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 on CBS.

Tickets to the awards show are also available to purchase through AXS.com.

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Eugene Levy’s ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Joins POP’s Launch

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) - POP has found its first original scripted program in Eugene Levy’s “Schitt’s Creek.”

POP, the newly announced replacement to TVGN, has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of the comedy series that was created by Eugene Levy and stars him alongside Hollywood legend Catherine O’Hara.

“Schitt’s Creek” is a character-driven comedy that centers on a formerly wealthy video store magnate and patriarch Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), his soap star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their two kids, über-hipster son David (Daniel Levy) and socialite daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy).

Once the family goes broke, they are forced to live in “Schitt’s Creek,” a small depressing town they once bought as a joke.

“It took a very special project like “Schitt’s Creek” to bring me back to television,” said Levy. “I’m thrilled to be reunited on-screen with my dear friend Catherine O’Hara and to have the opportunity to work with the wonderfully hilarious Chris Elliot, the up-and-coming Annie Murphy, and my son Dan, who is amazingly talented and a great partner — working together has only made me look better.”

The network is hoping to hit comedic goal while making a culturally-relevant show.

“This show answers the question — what would the Kardashians do if they woke up one day completely broke?” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment and Media at POP. “Not only is this project a clever cultural commentary where the 1 percent is suddenly the 99, but it fits right in the heart of everything we’re building at our new network. It’s a dream cast, it’s hysterically funny, and it’s sure to pop.”

Expect to see “Schitt’s Creek” in early 2015 after POP’s official launch. In the meantime, follow along on Facebook and check out the preview below.

 

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Murder Charges For San Francisco Alleged Stolen Van Driver In Crash That Killed Bicyclist

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man who allegedly killed a bicyclist while fleeing from police in a stolen van in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in July is now facing murder charges in the case, prosecutors said.

Anthony Wisner, 25, is accused of fleeing in a stolen van from a traffic stop at Larkin and Post streets, then crashing into a taxi three blocks away near Post and Jones street on July 28, police said.

The impact from the crash sent both the van and the taxi onto the sidewalk, hitting a bicyclist and a pedestrian.

The bicyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a serious head injury while the 60-year-old pedestrian, the taxi driver and a passenger in the cab were also hospitalized, police said.

Scene of crash of a stolen van, a cab and a pedestrian at the intersection of Post St. and Jones St. in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, July 28, 2014. (CBS)

The bicyclist died at the hospital on Aug. 16 and was identified by the medical examiner’s office as 29-year-old San Francisco resident Zachary Watson.

Following the crash, Wisner took off on foot and boarded a San Francisco Municipal Railway 38-Geary bus, but was quickly found and arrested, police said.

A woman who was in the van with Wisner was trapped during the crash and was also hospitalized. She cooperated with the investigation, police said.

Following Watson’s death, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to amend the complaint against Wisner and increase his bail.

The judge approved the amended complaint on Tuesday, charging Wisner with murder, mayhem, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs causing injury, as well as six hit-and-run counts and two counts of reckless driving causing great bodily injury.

He is also charged with unlawful taking of a vehicle, forgery and driving with a suspended license.

Wisner’s bail was increased from $350,000 to $1 million, according to the district attorney’s office.

 

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US Journalist Recovers; President Obama’s Ebola ‘Czar’ Gets To Work

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WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama brought together top aides and his new “czar” to coordinate a national response should an Ebola outbreak happen.

Two nurses remain hospitalized after catching the virus from a Liberian man who came down with Ebola symptoms after arriving in the U.S. and died at a Dallas hospital. Because of their cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more stringent safety guidelines this week and is working with states to spread them to health care workers across the country.

“Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling,” American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo said in a statement Tuesday from the Nebraska Medical Center. “Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I’ve been. I’m very happy to be alive.”

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The virus has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, nearly all in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, got it while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He has been at the Nebraska hospital since Oct. 6, the second Ebola patient treated there.

The hospital said that tests show Mukpo is now free of the virus and he would be allowed to leave its biocontainment unit Wednesday.

Debra Berry, the mother of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, said Tuesday her daughter is “doing OK, just trying to get stronger” while being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Fellow Dallas nurse Nina Pham’s condition has been upgraded from fair to good at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.

Meanwhile, members of California’s largest nurses’ union met with Gov. Jerry Brown and other health care experts in Sacramento Tuesday a day after federal health officials issued new guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

Amid increasing anxiety over the Ebola response, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States is calling on President Obama to mandate uniform standards and protocols for the treatment of the virus.

Deborah Berger, who is co-president of the Oakland-based National Nurses United, said they have been contacted by nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas reporting ill-preparation by the hospital that treated Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, including leaving him in areas with other patients and sending his lab specimens though the hospital’s pneumatic tube delivery system for sending samples.

“The result is that the entire tube system, [through] which all lab specimens are sent, was potentially contaminated,” she said at a press conference last week.

Executive director of NNU Rose Ann DeMoro said the union has sent a letter to the president, urging him to mandate hospitals provide full bio-containment suits, hands-on training, a 2:1 nurse-to-patient staffing ratio and more for Ebola cases.

Although California has no confirmed cases of Ebola, Bay Area public health officials aren’t taking any chances.

Amy Nichols, Director of Infection Control at UCSF, said hospital workers are regularly trained in infection prevention.

“They’re the same strategies that were in place in the early ‘80s when HIV came on the scene. As a matter of fact that’s what drove many of these strategies. They work when they’re done correctly,” she said.

Ebola patients aren’t contagious until they start displaying symptoms so it’s critical that if hospitals start seeing people with flu-like symptoms who have either traveled to or been in contact with someone in an Ebola-infected area, they let officials know immediately. 

As the CDC and Department of Homeland Security beefed up screening at five of the nation’s busiest international airports in early October, federal officials could decide if California airports are next, depending on the number of international passengers and travel patterns.

San Francisco International and Los Angeles International airports already have CDC quarantine centers that are ready when needed, but unlike the five airports doing the screenings, none of the three Bay Area international airports have direct flights to Africa.

At the White House, Obama was meeting with his new Ebola coordinator Ron Klain and top aides Wednesday afternoon.

Under heavy criticism for the government’s handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed within the U.S., Obama reached for help last week from Ron Klain, a veteran political operator and former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden. Klain will coordinate the array of federal agencies dealing with Ebola in the U.S. and helping to tackle the crisis in West Africa.

The Obama administration has resisted pressure to ban travel from the Ebola-stricken countries but was tightening rules in an effort to ensure that all arrivals from the three nations are screened for the disease.

Under restrictions taking effect Wednesday, air travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must enter the United States through one of five airports doing special screenings and fever checks. A handful of people had been arriving at other airports and missing the checks.

A total of 562 air travelers have been checked in the screenings that started Oct. 11 at New York’s Kennedy airport and expanded to four others last week, Homeland Security officials said. Four were taken from Washington’s Dulles airport to a local hospital. None had Ebola.

The other airports are Newark’s Liberty, Chicago’s O’Hare and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson.

The tightened rules for West African travelers come as Rwanda — an Ebola-free country in East Africa — said it would begin checking visiting Americans for the disease because of the three cases that occurred in the U.S.

Many U.S. lawmakers and members of the public have been pushing for a ban on travel into the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Obama and federal health authorities say that could make the situation worse, by making it harder for foreign doctors and aid workers to get help to nations that desperately need it and can’t stop the outbreak on their own.

There are no direct flights from the three countries into the U.S. The government has said as many as 150 fliers per day arriving by various multi-leg routes was typical, but that number has dropped since the Ebola outbreak began in March.

When the Ebola screenings began at five airports, U.S. officials said about 6 percent of arrivals from the affected nations were coming through other airports that didn’t have the fever checks.

By changing that, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “We currently have in place measures to identify and screen anyone at all land, sea and air ports of entry into the United States who we have reason to believe has been present in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea in the preceding 21 days.”

Homeland Security officials at the airports use no-touch thermometers to check for fever, which can be a symptom of Ebola infection. People who have been infected with the virus may not develop a fever and illness for up to 21 days, however. The Liberian patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, wasn’t showing symptoms when he entered the United States, officials said.

In addition to Mukpo, three American doctors and an aide worker, all infected in Liberia or Sierra Leone, have been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and recovered.

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Pittsburg Teen Critical Condition After Being Shot In Head

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PITTSBURG (CBS SF)– A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition Wednesday after being shot in the head in Pittsburg on Tuesday night.

Police said the boy was in the garage of a home in the 300 block of Schooner Way around 9 p.m. Tuesday when a suspect shot him through an open side door facing the street.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Police said the suspect fled the scene and was not located by responding officers.

Investigators are following leads and speaking with witnesses in the area but the suspect has not yet been found or identified.

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Police said the shooting victim is known to associate with a local gang and has had prior contact with the Police Department.

The residents inside the home where the shooting occurred appear to have been the intended targets, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Pittsburg police at (925) 427-7369.

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John Ondrasik To Premiere New Song On ‘Hawaii Five-0’s’ 100th Episode

5 hours 55 min ago

“Hawaii Five-0” is celebrating its 100th episode in a huge way when Grammy Award-nominated artist John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting performs his new song.

Titled “All For One,” the song will premiere during the special milestone episode on Friday, Nov. 7 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

“I’m excited to contribute to Hawaii Five-0’s landmark moment by writing and performing an original song that will close Episode 100,” John Ondrasik said. “The song ‘All For One’ reflects the Ohana bond McGarrett and company have developed over the last five years.  There is no show that has a more iconic music theme than Hawaii Five-0. As a fan of the original and current series, it’s a pleasure to join the Island good guys’ ongoing legacy.  Book ‘em, Danno!”

The song is said to “perfectly convey the themes and emotions” of this special episode by “Hawaii Five-0” Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

Additionally, “All For One” will be available for download on iTunes Nov. 7 immediately following the east coast broadcast of the episode. 

 

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Partial Solar Eclipse To Appear Over Bay Area Thursday – But Don’t Stare At It

6 hours 17 min ago

(CBS SF) — On Thursday afternoon, Bay Area residents and visitors will be able to view a partial eclipse of the sun in the southwestern sky, but experts warn that looking at the sun for more than a glance without proper protection or a filter can damage eyes.

Many observatories, science centers and colleges in the Bay Area are holding viewing parties where people can view the eclipse using a filter or other protective equipment.

 

 

“It’s really a fun event,” said Foothill College astronomer Andrew Fraknoi.

He said the eclipse will look “like a giant black bite being taken out of the sun.”

The best time to view the eclipse locally is between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. At 3:15 p.m., about 40 percent of the sun will be covered, the maximum amount that will be covered in this event.

The eclipse will begin in the Bay Area at 1:52 p.m. and end at 4:32 p.m., according to astronomers.

An eclipse of the sun happens when the moon gets between the sun and Earth and covers up some or all of the sun.

“They don’t happen every day,” said Ben Burress, staff astronomer at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Burress added that most eclipses are partial eclipses and Bay Area residents and visitors may see the earth’s sunlight dim Thursday.

Other eclipses go without notice among a majority of the population, Burress said.

The Foothill College Observatory in Los Altos Hills will open at 2 p.m. for an eclipse party and safe viewing. The Chabot Space & Science Center will be open to viewers at 1:45 p.m.

On their own, viewers can use special glasses or create a way to project the sun to view the eclipse.

The best way, Fraknoi says, is to make a pinhole projector by taking two pieces of thick paper or cardboard and making a clean pinhole in one. Facing away from the sun, people can hold the cardboard or paper with the hole in it and allow the sun to project an image through the pinhole onto the other paper.

To get a sharper image, people can cut a square in one of the pieces of paper or cardboard, tape a sheet of aluminum foil over the square hole and poke a pinhole in the foil. Allow the sun to pass through the hole in the foil.

Nowhere on earth will the eclipse be total, Fraknoi said.

 

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