August 09, 2020

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March of the Penguins still going at San Francisco Zoo
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Read the story: https://bayareane.ws/33HC4tW The San Francisco Zoo & Gardens held its March of the Penguins event on Saturday with a limited number of guests because of the coronavirus pandemic. Video courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
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Homicide investigation underway in Oakland
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OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland police are investigating a shooting Saturday evening near Lakeshore Avenue and Mandana Boulevard, just east of Interstate 580.Officers were called to the area at 5:56 p.m. for a reported shooting. Once on scene, officers located a man with at least one gunshot wound.Oakland police public information officer Johnna Watson tells KTVU this is a homicide investigation.No other details were shared by police.
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Photos: San Francisco Zoo’s annual March of the Penguins
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Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.Six Magellanic penguin chicks waddled their way to their new home on Penguin Island as part of an annual ritual, March of the Penguins, at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The chicks, five males and one female, were hatched May 19 and initially reared by their parents or foster parents before being sent to “fish school,” where they were taught how to swim, eat whole fish and socialize with their caretakers. During March of the Penguins, the chicks were guided by animal care staff to ensure their journey was a smooth one before entering Penguin Island’s 200-foot-long pool and habitat.The annual March of the Penguins is one of SF Zoo’s most popular events. But this year the pandemic forced a scaled-down version that was held today as a fundraiser with a limited number of invited guests lined up to watch the march in socially distant circles. During the past two weeks, a naming contest open to Zoo members and the general public also helped raise additional funds. At today’s event, winning names for two male chicks were randomly drawn ― “Talented Mr. Slippery” and “Rookie.” The six new additions bring the total number of Magellanic penguins at the zoo to 56 individuals.
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Arson suspect arrested following East Bay fire
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WALNUT CREEK — A fire that burned up some of a hillside and threatened a building Friday is suspected to have been set intentionally, and police said they have arrested a homeless man.Kyle Shields, 37,  is suspected of arson in the fire to which officers were called around 8:15 p.m., police said. The fire threatened the building on Tice Valley Boulevard near Rolling Hills Drive, and a witness described a person running from the fire moments after it started, police said.Nobody was inside the building, police said.Officers found Shields hiding behind a bus stop and arrested him there. He was being held in the Martinez Detention Facility on Saturday in lieu of $75,000 bail.
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With No Gallery Allowed, Golf Fans Peek Into Harding Park Through 'The Knothole'
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The PGA Championship at Harding Park is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic but that isn't keeping die-hard golf fans from getting a glimpse of the action. Vern Glenn reports. (8-8-20)
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Napolitano: Every student in UC system must get flu shot to ease burden on battered health care system
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BERKELEY — UC Berkeley students will have an additional requirement if they plan to continue their schooling this fall: A flu shot.Students at the university will not be alone in the sudden mandate. University of California executives issued the requirement of every student in the university system.In a statement, UC President Janet Napolitano said the executive order is part of a proactive strategy by the UC system to mitigate the burdens of flu season that are expected to be heaped upon a health care system already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.“To support the health and well being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a system-wide executive order,” a statement issued Friday from Napolitano’s office said.
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Live music is back, bands perform at Alameda County Fairgrounds
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PLEASANTON, Calif. (KGO) -- With their cowboy hats and boots, Ryan Klaus and Madeline Mahoney, came dressed for Friday's country concert at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. "We have been stuck inside for a while. It's always a good excuse to get outside and listen to some live music!" says Klaus, who lives in Mountain View. "It's better than nothing. It's that sense of community that we all need." San Jose local, Ryan Scripps, who gained fame as a contestant on season 13 of the "The Voice," was the first of three acts. He ignited the crowd, performing some of the songs that he sang on the show. Event organizers told the crowd that the Alameda County Fairgrounds is the only venue in the Bay Area that is currently allowed to host concerts. Here is how it works: It costs $120 per vehicle. You can bring as many people as there are seat belts in your car. Klaus and crew are group of six. Each vehicle is parked in a marked area with space to sit outside, eat and dance.
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Morgan Hill Protest Blocks Hwy. 101, Protesters Want ICE Abolished
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A protest that began at Morgan Hill’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office spilled onto Highway 101 Saturday night, blocking traffic for a time. Protesters say they want ICE out of their town, and ultimately, shut down altogether. They also want detentions and family separations at the border to be stopped.
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They can’t clean the roadside unless encampment residents consent: Roadshow
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Q: Increasing traffic reminded me of Caltrans’ missed opportunity. We have all been sheltering in place for months and traffic has been the lowest in decades. Did Caltrans take this opportunity to clean up all the trash along our freeways? Nope.I understand that precautions are needed for conducting work in this era of COVID-19, but the ever-increasing trash problem on our freeways is embarrassing.Brad Hunt, San JoseA: And …Q: At the ramp entering north to Interstate 280 at Meridian Avenue, there is a large amount of debris on the hillside spilling onto the highway. Caltrans told me they cannot remove these items unless they are given permission by the homeless. Is this accurate?There is everything there from car bumpers to furniture. These items are a hazard and an eyesore.David Perez, San Jose
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SF Zoo's March of the Penguins Proceeds With Limited Guests
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The San Francisco Zoo held it’s annual March of the Penguins event Saturday, after the penguins returned from fish school where they learned to swim, eat whole fish and socialize with care takers. Due to the pandemic, only a limited number of guests attended the event.
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Here's what will look different when hotels reopen in SF
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco hotels are gearing up to welcome tourists back to the city by the bay, but only when it's safe. When the city allows it, hotels will be ready with a new set of guidelines for the health and safety of guests and employees. Delys Boone from Salt Lake City flew to San Francisco just for the day on Saturday. She said Union Square was disappointing. "Well, it's very empty, it's not what we're used to be the weather's great," said Boone. Delys won't need a hotel, a good thing considering most hotels in the city remain closed to tourists due to the pandemic, except those housing essential workers and some homeless. Kelly Powers from the Hotel Council of San Francisco says the pandemic has been devastating on the hotel industry. She says the council has developed new clean and safe protocols for guests and employees when doors reopen again. Some of them include:
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Sonoma County Opens Tip Line for COVID-19 Safety Rule Violations, Receives Hundreds of Tips
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Sonoma County is stepping up its efforts to get people and businesses to comply with COVID-19 safety restrictions like mandatory face coverings and social distancing.The county has opened a complaint line where anyone can blow the whistle on businesses that aren’t following the rules. The line lit up with tips on hundreds of possible violations in just the first two days.Anna Cortez of Santa Rosa said she rarely sees workers at any of the businesses without face coverings.
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Man shot to death in Lakeshore commercial district of Oakland
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A shooting Saturday killed a man in the Lakeshore commercial district of Oakland, police said.Authorities did not identify the man immediately, pending notification of his relatives, and they did not name a suspect. A person seen running from the area might be a suspect, police said.The shooting first was reported at 5:56 p.m. at Lakeshore Avenue near Mandana Boulevard, and police said it happened at a bus stop.The man died at the scene.Police have not established a motive for the shooting and remained at the scene. The location is a busy commercial area and many streets in the area were shut down for the investigation.Police and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for any information leading to the arrest of the shooter.  Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
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Hwy 101 reopens after protest in Morgan Hill, police say
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MORGAN HILL, Calif. -- Both directions of U.S. Highway 101 in Morgan Hill are reopened after being blocked Saturday evening by a group of peaceful protesters. The California Highway Patrol said the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 101 were shut down at the Tennant Avenue interchange with the freeway. The protesters were walking along Tennant Avenue when, at about 8 p.m., they walked onto the freeway. Southbound Highway 101 became congested at Cochrane Road, and northbound traffic begins to back up between San Martin Avenue and Tennant Avenue. Around 10 p.m. protesters began dispersing and returning to their vehicles, Morgan Hill police say.
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Police investigating homicide in Oakland
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland police say a man was shot and killed late Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Lakeshore Avenue and Mandana Boulevard, about two blocks east of Interstate 580. Police say the shooting was reported just before 6 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound, officials say. The man died at the scene. Homicide detectives remain on scene Saturday evening. There is no suspect information at the present time. There are no further details at this time.
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Crowds rally in SF to protest ICE detention centers
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Protesters marched to the San Francisco offices of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on Saturday afternoon to call for the release of immigrants in detention, starting with those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Organizers with the Committee to Close the Camps and Free the Children conditions are too unsafe to remain in custody. "ICE continues to hold individuals, families, and even children, who are fleeing desperate situations and just exercising the human right to migrate," said AJ Napolis, an organizer for Committee to Close the Camps and Free the Children. Napolis added, "COVID-19 has made conditions even worse, with no opportunity to safely social distance, and Governor Newsom is sleeping on the job. We're tired of the inaction." The rally and march started at noon at Embarcadero Plaza, 1 Market St. and ended at ICE offices, 630 Sansome St.
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Reopening: 'Disappointing' Behavior At Jam-Packed Dolores Park In San Francisco's Mission District
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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The sunny and mild weather attracted a large crowd of people to Dolores Park in San Francisco’s Mission District Saturday, but not everyone was mindful of the COVID-19 risks.From a view from the top park, it was hard to distinguish the chalk circles meant to encourage social distancing. While some people respected the rules, others spilled outside the circles, or overcrowded them.Required mask-wearing was also spotty.“It doesn’t matter if you’re inside or outside, if you have enough noses and mouths together, it doesn’t take very far for the virus to jump from somebody’s droplet to somebody elses nose or mouth,” said UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.Chin-Hong called the behavior in video shot by KPIX 5 disappointing. He said while the risk of getting COVID-19 goes down when you’re outdoors, the circles, which were first drawn in May, can still create a health hazard.
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Police investigating fatal shooting in Oakland
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland police say a man was shot and killed late Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Lakeshore Avenue and Mandana Boulevard, about two blocks east of Interstate 580. Police say the shooting was reported just before 6 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound, officials say. The man died at the scene. Homicide detectives remain on scene Saturday evening. There is no suspect information at the present time. There are no further details at this time.
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Police Search for Suspects in Palo Alto 7-Eleven Armed Robbery
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Police on the Peninsula are looking for two men suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven store Friday night in Palo Alto. Police say the suspects pointed guns at the clerk and took cigarettes and cash before driving off.
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Berkeley Introduces COVID-19 Self-Testing
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The City of Berkeley is piloting a COVID-19 self-testing kiosk that ensures accurate test results in just 24 to 48 hours.At a pop-up self-testing site at the Berkeley Adult School parking lot on San Pablo Avenue, the actual process of self-testing for COVID-19 takes about 20 seconds.Appointments are made online but walk-ins are also welcome.NBC Bay Area’s Ginger Conejero Saab took the test herself to see how exactly the self-testing site would work. She reported that everything is done by the person getting the testing to ensure sanitation and less exposure.
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San Mateo police ask for security footage, tips in beating, assault of...
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San Mateo police are asking the public for security footage and tips to help identify a man they say is suspected of brutally beating and sexually assaulting a woman late Wednesday night.Authorities said they responded to a report of a sexual assault at 9th Avenue and S. El Camino Real in San Mateo at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday and found a woman in her 60s. The man had run away in a southwest direction, police said.Police said the suspect was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, having an “average build and height,” had dark, “outgrown or slightly curly hair.” He wore a red sweatshirt or sweater with the word, “LIFEGUARD,” dark pants and was carrying a backpack or satchel at the time of the assault, police said.Police said detectives have located the red sweater they believe the suspect wore, along with a silver bicycle that police said he was seen with at the time.
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SF Giants, Austin Slater chase Clayton Kershaw early, win despite outfield gaffe from Hunter Pence
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On a night when the San Francisco Giants enjoyed a historic offensive performance against Clayton Kershaw and right-hander Johnny Cueto carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Gabe Kapler’s squad was in position to secure a rare blowout win against their more talented rivals from Southern California.Giants outfielders Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski combined for three home runs and four RBI to chase Kershaw from Saturday’s game in the fifth inning, but no lead against a potent Dodgers offense is ever safe.That’s particularly true for a Giants team that continues to play shockingly bad defense.A stunning misplay from left fielder Hunter Pence ended Cueto’s no-hit bid and eventually cost the 13th-year veteran a chance to secure the Giants’ first quality start of the season, but an impressive night from Kapler’s bullpen helped San Francisco hold on for a stomach-turning 5-4 win.
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