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reprimanded or really severely punished for the things that he's done and that's what happens. they escalate and escalate. >> reporter: besides animal cruelty, anderson has prior convictions for car theft, theft from an elder, receiving stolen property and burglary. in 2009, anderson was convicted for several felonies related to the burglary and beating of a 74-year-old woman. >> certainly you have a guy that's a recidivist. he's committed cruelty to animals. he has done elder abuse where he commits a burglary or robbery on an elderly person, then beats her. but for that, he did go to state prison. to me, that begs the question why wasn't he given mental help? >> reporter: he was on felony probation when investigators say he hit and killed ivan while the boy rode his scooter in a crosswalk. >> the defendant is facing a possible term of life in prison. >> reporter: the judge ordered anderson held without bail. he is expected back in court wednesday morning.
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in hayward, laura anthony, abc 7 news. there is breaking news in san jose. a man with a gun at a senior facility near a school. abc 7 news reporter gulezian tweeted this picture. no one has been hurt and the school is no longer on lockdown but kids are being kept inside their their parents arrived. the ninth circuit court of appeals ruled in favor of sex offenders. a measure requiring offenders to turn over a list of internet providers and screen names violates their right to free speech. the court says the law is vague and burdensome. 81% of voters passed the proposition in 2012. the attorney general's office may appeal. a woman who claims she was raped by an on-duty san jose police officer is making startling new accusations
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tonight. according to the san jose mercury news, the woman alleges that officer jeffrey graves sexually assaulted at least one other woman months earlier. she says the department knew or should have known about his conduct but still failed to make sure he was with a second officer at all times. the officer is currently free on $100,000 bail and has been on paid administrative leave since march. abc 7 news tried to reach the officer and department for reaction and comment but have not yet responded. city council just wrapped up discussing possible solutions to the police force's shrinking ranks. they have fallen to the lowest level in three decades. the force will have fewer than 1,000 members by july, the lowest level since 1985. the biggest problems are retaining and recruiting officers. city officials say it's reached an urgent stage. >> i think everything is on the table. i think we recognize that we have very low staffing levels at
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this point so we need to look at all the options to ensure that our communities are safe and our officers are safe out there on the streets. >> the city council noted there are only 20 members in the current police academy with recent academies having an attrition rate of 20%. despite the shrinking force, city leaders say national data shows san jose actually has the lowest rate of violent crime of any big city. police arrested a high school student in union city today for making terrorist threats on twitter. the teenager is a student at james logan high school and is accused of making online threats against the school and the students there. he was arrested on campus a short time after the threats were made and police now say he was making those threats as a hoax. he is still in big trouble. bike thefts are on the rise in walnut creek. police say there has been a 63% increase in stolen bikes since last year. the spike is attributed to the rise in prices for certain bicycle parts. >> there is just more people biking. more people are getting around that way.
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i know that it's been, my own personal opinion, bo bike theft been a bigger problem in san francisco and berkeley. i think it's spreading more to the suburban areas. >> to help police get a grip on bike thefts, they are encouraging residents to register their bicycles. right now that costs about $35. over 25,000 are reported stolen, 15% of all of the bikes reported stolen in the country, by the way. police are investigating a theft of more than 750 gallons of diesel fuel from a fremont gas station. it happened early friday between 12:30 and 3:00 a.m. at the valero gas station on mallary avenue. this surveillance video shows what happened. the suspect siphoned off the diesel from ground tanks over two and a half hours without being stopped. they used a mini van to pull up to the opening of the tank with a pickup truck behind it. that diesel was worth $2900. rain and a good bit of it.
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there are lots of opportunities over the next few days around here. abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel is tracking these storms with live doppler 7 hd. sandhya? >> those storms will be coming in before the week oifis over. let's take a look at live doppler 7 hd. i will show you what it looks like. a lot of clouds, no moisture hitting the ground just yet. we are tracking some of it, about 72 miles away. when you take a look at our computer animation tonight at 7:00 p.m. when you are getting ready to sit down for dinner, just some clouds. as we head towards the early morning hours, 5:00 a.m., the start of the morning rush, we will see spotty showers and those showers begin to cover parts of the bay area, by 9:00 a.m. becoming more widespread. that's the first of three systems. i will be back with a detailed look at the other two and your weekend in just a few minutes. >> sandhya, thank you. a controversial plan to expand the oakland zoo is set
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for a final vote. the zoo wants to develop new exhibits in nolan park. environmentalists and neighbors have been fighting the project for years saying it will lead to loss of critical habitat. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman joins us from city hall. >> reporter: they are saying it's a final vote but there have been other final votes in the past 17 years. at least two of those, plus a court case, plus many protests like the one behind me, all over a place that is seemingly so peaceful. it's beautiful, it's controversial. nolan park in the oakland hills now embroiled in year 17 of a political tug of war. >> it's wild. it belongs to the city. and the people of oakland. >> all a matter of what is best for the entire community. >> reporter: if you haven't been paying attention for 17 years, here's a brief back story primer. the neighboring oakland zoo wants to build a native california nature area which would take 45 acres of the ridge. it has city council votes and $60 million standing by to get the project finished. but they don't have support from
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the friends of nolan park. among them, felda king who regards the plan as open space robbery. >> this is the crown jewel of this park. why should we destroy it? >> reporter: to hear the zoo's ceo tell it, the word destroy should be replaced with enhanced. >> we will add animals that are native to california that are both here like the mountain lion and black bear, as well as animals that aren't even here anymore but it's on our state flag, the grizzly bear, the jaguar and the american bison. >> reporter: a motorized gondola to the top of the ridge which happens to be home to endangered alameda whip snake. tonight the council votes on an easement to protect the whip snake and build the addition. have you ever seen an alameda whip snake? >> i have not. >> reporter: when is the last time you saw an alameda whip snake? >> well, really, i have not seen the alameda whip snake because i'm deathly afraid of snakes. >> reporter: at least the two
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sides agree about something. from oakland, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. the city of berkeley will decide tonight whether to slapstickers on gas pumps reminding people that burning fuel contribute to global warming. the plan is the first of its kind in the country. the labels are part of a plan berkeley voters approved to reduce emissions by 33% by the year 2020. opponents say the labels violate the first amendment. san francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that officials could vote on by next spring. we'll see. much more to get to tonight. the new plan to give buses priority over cars in three bay area cities. will it be a boon for commuters or a bust for the merchants? inexpensive tires. 7 on your side's michael finney shows you why some of them really are not bargains at all. grand reopening. how this can help you burn 200 calories an hour in a sport that's 5,000 years old. plus, paying to play in the big city.
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how a chihuahua is now the top dog in san francisco's mayor's office.
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this is what one of san francisco's busiest thoroughfares will look like in a few years. this animation shows van ness avenue as it might look in 2018 when the bus rapid transit system or b.r.t. starts rolling. you see the buses here in the center median instead of along the curb where they are now. we have a map of the section of van ness we are talking about. it's pretty much the entire avenue, starting from mission street all the way north there to lombard as you can see. >> the plan got final approval today but as you might expect in san francisco, there was some opposition.
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abc 7 news reporter carolyn tyler is live in the city tonight with the story. carolyn? >> reporter: well, this is all in keeping with san francisco's official policy of being a transit first city. it is a $125 million project that is going to transform busy van ness. it's not a new idea but it's the first for san francisco and it will reshape virtually all of van ness avenue. the bus rapid transit system or b.r.t. will give muni and golden gate transit buses one dedicated lane in both directions right down the middle of the street. that means instead of the current three lanes for cars, there will be two and more than 100 parking spaces will be lost. some businesses like the tattoo parlor on van ness think that will be a disaster. >> there is more cars registered in san francisco than there are parking spaces already. i think it's just going to be more of a hassle than it is going to be a convenience for
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anybody. >> reporter: b.r.t. is designed to improve reliability and speed up service for the 16,000 muni passengers on that corridor every day. >> these are changes that will allow us to operate transit very much like we do the metro system. >> reporter: at leftovers home consignment on van ness, the owner is pro-b.r.t. >> i'm excited to see that san francisco's stepping up their game with regard to transportation. i think it's needed. >> reporter: once the dedicated bus lanes are in, there will be no more left turns on van ness which means cars making a right will run into the next street, polk. the owner of johnson leathers worries about that impact. >> we are a small business. we need parking for customers. they are already frustrated with the lack of parking. >> reporter: get ready with officials approving b.r.t. construction on the three year project gets under way next year. in san francisco, carolyn tyler, abc 7 news.
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in oakland the city council will decide tonight whether to advance the bus rapid transit project. that project would run on international boulevard connecting downtown oakland and the san leandro b.a.r.t. station. it is projected to increase ridership from 25,000 to 36,000 customers a day. the transit agency hopes to open that line in 2017. there is a plan for bus rapid transit on the peninsula. the dedicated bus lanes would run on el camino royale between palo alto and san jose. some are concerned the project will increase congestion on the local streets. a study has been conducted to determine the feasibility of the project. the findings will be revealed tonight at a public workshop in san carlos. on to consumer news. buying new tires for your car can cost a lot of money. amazing how expensive they have gotten. a lot of people maybe are tempted to buy cheaper models from overseas. >> but are they safe? consumer reports is partnering exclusively with 7 on your side's michael finney to find
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out. >> remarkable what we found. tires from china can cost far less than better known brands. consumer reports included three of these types of tires in recent tests and found they are no bargain. they didn't earn high scores for performance and one could actually be a counterfeit. tires are expensive. most suv truck tires consumer reports recommends cost more than $150 each. so this $95 tire from china, the pegasus advance suv seemed look a bargain. when consumer reports put a set of those tires through its standard tests, they came in at the bottom of the rating. >> these tires did not grip well in snow. they were short in terms of tread life when compared to the other model and made for a rough, noisy ride. >> even worse, the tires could be fake. the u.s. based company that owns the pegasus brand says it stopped using the chinese factory that made the tires three years ago.
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a letter from api's chief operating officer says many of our molds went missing. we have no idea who may have made these tires, nor what they put in them. consumer reports bought the tires from that website tires easy.com. its president says the tires came from an importer. >> we contacted the importer and several government agencies and unfortunately, no one is really owning responsibility. that leaves the consumer little recourse should something go wrong. >> consumer reports tested two other inexpensive suv tires from china, the $85 sunny and the $104 geostar. they didn't perform well in the snow and ice test and scored a much lower overall than the top rated michelin latitude tour that cost $168. >> the tires are a key safety component of your car which is why we always recommend that people go with the best performing tire they can afford. >> the least expensive all season suv truck tire consumer
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reports recommends is a $135 contact lx 20 echo plus. consumer reports also recommends michelin ms 2 for $190. goodyear assurance cs triple tread all season go for $160. they are recommended as well. and pirelli scorpion verde all season plus also $160. cooper discoverer srx for $157. the national highway traffic safety administration has not gotten any complaints about the pegasus advanta suv tires. coming up tonight, the one san francisco parking ticket you may not have to pay. i will tell you all about it in a special report tonight at 11:00. this is one of them. i will tell you all about this guy right here. >> stay up for that. >> thank you very much. in the middle east this evening, israel is already retaliating for the deadly
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attack on a jerusalem synagogue. prime minister benjamin netanyahu ordered the homes of the attackers to be demolished. i spoke with world news tonight anchor david muir about the attack earlier this afternoon. >> great to see you as always. the new images pouring in tonight. or correspondent inside after the three americans are targeted in a terror attack in jerusalem. in this country, as nou, a state of emergency now, 70 inches of snow, six feet before this is done. you will see the traffic nightmare across several states tonight. >> you are investigating cars, used cars. >> yeah. you got to see this. what happens when we ask about something discovered in those cars being sold on the lot. and did you like our made in america from the bay area last night? california olive oil. >> the best. >> "world news tonight with david muir" is coming up right after this newscast at 5:30 on abc 7. a game that was once banned in england is getting a new life in san francisco. this morning officials cut the
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ribbon to celebrate the reopening of the first green of the san francisco lawn bowling club. the green under went months of renovation that included new walkways, back boards and fences. the game is played with balls that are not perfectly round, interestingly enough. fans say that makes it more challenging than bocchi. >> small will be narrower, some will be wider. it's just a very challenging game. it's like chess, if you will, as opposed to the checkers of bocchi. >> the green was built 113 years ago by a legendary golden gate park superintendent. the club is the oldest municipal club of its type anywhere in the country. isn't that cool? >> that looks like fun. sinus up. meteorologist sandhya patel is outside. >> as long as it's not raining when we play. >> i will try to make sure of that. hey, it is getting chilly out here. your umbrellas, want to have them handy most of this week.
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they will get a workout because we have three opportunities for rain. let's check out live doppler 7 hd. right now, we are just tracking clouds but our radar will be tracking rain very soon here. as we take a look at a live picture just seeing a little peek of clear sky there. most areas are looking at cloud cover. 60 degrees in san francisco, san jose, oakland 58, half moon bay 64 degrees. boy the way, half moon bay was one of our warmest spots at 73 today, thanks to a south wind. but antioch, inland, only 59. one of the cool spots. speaking of cool, that's a nice view. temperatures in the 50s from santa rosa to novato, napa, livermore. here's the view looking out toward the financial district. showers arrive during the morning commute, brief heavy rain on thursday and we are looking at a basically wet pattern on saturday. when you take a look at the satellite and radar, here's our first system.
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this cold front is getting closer and that means the rain is getting closer. now, a fast mover comes through on thursday. that trough you are looking at. then a wetter system on saturday so quite a bit of moisture tapping in to that system there. so wednesday morning, 5:00 a.m., when you get going, spotty light showers. do expect some slick roadways around 9:00 a.m., little more coverage of the wet weather and really, the afternoon, things start to taper. by evening it's long gone. system number two comes in with some moderate to heavy rain thursday morning, noontime when you are grabbing lunch, make sure you have the umbrella with you. really, the showers continue behind that cold front into the afternoon. tapers in the evening. let's take a look at the rainfall estimates with this first system coming in tomorrow. up to half an inch in the north bay mountains, most lower elevations 5/100 to 15/100 by 4:00 p.m. wednesday. second system has more energy to it. north bay mountains up to an inch.
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most lower elevations, 15/100 to about half an inch by thursday evening. we will talk about some higher rain totals hopefully with that saturday system. tomorrow morning, upper 40s to mid 50s, certainly not going to be as chilly as it was this morning with all the cloud cover around. make sure you allow the extra time for the morning commute because you will run into some slow spots due to slick roadways. make sure you have the umbrellas well into the afternoon. a coat or a jacket. it's going to be cooler. mid 50s around clear lake to upper 50s around san jose. the seven day forecast, cool and wet tomorrow, burst of rain on thursday and possibility of a thunderstorm or two. we will go with mostly cloudy on friday before the third in the series of system moves in. saturday is looking like a rainy day, then dry for your sunday, the second half of the weekend. early next week it is milder. you are going to notice the change in the temperature as we head towards tomorrow so make sure you have your winter gear pulled out.
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an executive with uber is apologizing for saying the company should spent $1 million to dig up personal information on critics of the ride sharing service. in his apology, the senior vice president of business, emmil michaels said his remarks were born out of frustration during a debate during which file is sensationalistic media coverage of the company i am proud to work for and do not reflect my actual views and have no relation to the company's views or approach. he says he made the comments at a private dinner in new york city. the head of uber says the comments are wrong but not a fireable offense. you may be surprised to know there is food all around us.
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that's the message two uc berkeley professors are trying to teach their students. they recently took those students on a field trip to sycamore avenue and south 45th street in richmond to show them the bounty of food in unlikely places such as lawns, sidewalk cracks and along fences. the professors say they chose richmond because it is considered a food desert that has more fast food chains than grocery stores. the professors hope to eventually educate the community about all the free food growing around them. >> that's a clever idea. on the subject of food, our abc 7 thanksgiving food drive is under way. abc 7 and our parent company disney are giving $75,000 to local feeding america food banks. >> the food banks help feed the one in eight people living in contra costa and solano counties at risk of going hungry every month. you couldn't do that without dedicated volunteers. >> abc 7 news weather anchor spencer christian is live in contra at the food bank of contra kcosta and solano.
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>> the volunteers are really busy preparing food for distribution. a few minutes ago, country club cleaners came by and made a $1500 donation which translates into 3,000 meals. if you can't come by and make a donation, you can text the word feed, f-e-e-d to 80077 for a $10 donation giving your time or your energy or non-perishable food items and money all helps. dan and cheryl? >> fantastic. spencer, thank you. doing a double take at city hall. >> why the mayor of san francisco today is a dog.
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in the abc 7 newsroom, coming up new at 6:00, accelerating electric cars. tonight, the effort by one of the greatest research labs to help build a better battery. and the east bay city at a crossroads giving its residents
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a whole new way to get from here to there. that's all coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. >> thank you. >> see you then. you could say san francisco politics went to the dogs today. >> at least one dog. take a look at frieda, a chihuahua mix that got to be mayor for the day. look at that hat. >> frieda got a special commendation from the board of supervisors this afternoon. her owner, dean clark, bid for the honor during the animal care and control's 25th anniversary deal. >> you are unleashing the story behind the story. it's to highlight the plight of dogs in animal shelters. >> it's for rescue dogs and for animal welfare. >> frieda thought the whole affair wt as j treat. >> in the end she figured politics was not for her. she gave up the title of mayor this evening and has gone back to caring for her two pups and joining the chihuahua groups in the city. thanks for joining us.
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i'm cheryl jennings. >> i'm dan ashley. appreciate your time. welcome to "world news tonight." breaking now, a state of emergency now declared. the crippling storm, drivers trapped for hours, the interstate shut down, and the new images of that system moving in. more than six feet of snow before it's over, and the freeze warnings tonight all the way to the south. the terror attack, three americans among those killed in jerusalem. tonight our correspondent now inside. the seven minutes of horror. the dramatic rescue here at home, the plane crashing into this home, the husband and wife inches away. breaking at this hour, authorities now calling for the airbag recall to grow by millions. tonight our investigation, we ask about the air bags in some of these cars being sold on the lot. how they answer.

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