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  • Bonds Guilty Of Obstruction; Mistrial On Perjury

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) — The jury in the Barry Bonds trial found him guilty of obstruction of justice on Wednesday afternoon, but the judge declared a mistrial on several perjury charges after jurors indicated they couldn't reach unanimous agreement on those.

    >> Trial Tweets: >> CBS 5′s Joe Vazquez | >> KCBS' Doug Sovern

    Federal judge Susan Illston made the decision to declare a mistrial on the remaining counts after the jury foreman said the eight women and four men comprising the panel were deadlocked and further deliberations would not break the stalemate.

    Bonds sat stone-faced and displayed no emotion through the verdict, which came on the jury's fourth day of deliberations. It was unclear whether he would actually be sentenced to any jail time.

    >> Opinion & Analysis: Weird Verdict Is Road To Nowhere | There's Much We Still Don't Know | Hall Of Fame Still Possible After Trial?

    Bonds later walked out of the courthouse, impeccably dressed in suit and tie, and flashed

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  • Video Shows Door Staying Open During Muni Train Ride

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) — A shocking video shot by a Muni passenger last Friday showed a train full of passengers being operated with the door gaping open during the ride.

    On Friday night, Alex Merenkov boarded the L Taraval train during rush hour. At the Van Ness station, one of the passenger doors did not close, prompting Merenkov to record his commute.

    View the video on the train.

    Merenkov's video shows the train traveling through the tunnel at regular speed with the door open. At least two passengers were standing by the open doorway. The door begins to close just as the train arrives at the Church station.

    "My first thought was somebody push the red button, stop this train, this is dangerous, somebody is going to fall out of here," he told CBS 5.

    Merenkov did not hit the button himself because he wanted to document the dangerous situation.

    "It doesn't make me mad, it just makes me wanna go, like, 'Hello San Francisco, like San Francisco Muni does not care about

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  • SF, LA Mayors Respond To Giants Fan Beating; Sketches Released

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — City officials from Los Angeles and San Francisco along with the owners of the Dodgers and Giants released a joint statement Sunday condemning the actions of two suspects believed to be responsible for the severe beating of a Giants fan Thursday night.

    Bryan Stow, 42, was still in critical condition Saturday morning after two suspects kicked him repeatedly in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following an opening day game that the Giants lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, police Detective Lisa Governo said.

    "This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks," read the statement.

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made the announcement along with police Chief Jeff Godown; Giants Managing Partner Bill Neukom; Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck.

    A police spokesperson was unable to comment on the victim's condition as of Sunday evening.

    Stow, who works as a

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  • Low Tides Reveal SF Ocean Beach Shipwreck

    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) - Visitors who flocked to San Francisco's Ocean Beach because of Thursday's warmer temperatures were also treated to a glimpse of history as an old shipwreck once again became visible from the shoreline.

    The King Phillip was a 19th Century cargo ship that ran aground in heavy surf on January 25th, 1878. It is rarely visible.

    "I've been walking here for about 40 years and this is the first time that I've seen it," said one woman.

    Listen to the KCBS radio report.

    The heavy storms earlier in the month stripped the beach of much of its sand, and the tides were especially low Thursday.

    The wreck is visible on Ocean Beach off of the Great Highway at the end of Noriega Street.

    Photo caption: The 133-year-old King Philip clipper ship at Ocean Beach is only visible when the tide is low. (KCBS)

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  • Another Day Of Bay Area Record High Temps

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Several Bay Area cities experienced record- or near-record-breaking high temperatures for a second-straight day Thursday.

    >> CBS 5 WeatherCenter: Current Conditions, Latest Forecast For Where You Live

    A ridge of high pressure and an offshore flow of air were causing the atmosphere above the region to heat up, according to CBS 5 meteorologist Lawrence Karnow.

    The resulting high temperatures broke or tied records in Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Rosa on Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

    San Francisco tied its record high of 82 degrees set in 2000; Oakland hit 83 breaking its record also set in 2000 when the temperature reached 80 degrees; and Santa Rosa hit 83 too — tying its record from 2000.

    On Wednesday, record highs were reached in six Bay Area cities: Santa Rosa (85), San Rafael (82), Napa (86), San Francisco (82), Oakland (83), and Mountain View (79).

    The combination of regional high pressure and offshore wind is

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  • Ex-Tenant: Bay Area Landlord Didn’t Fix Roach Problem

    OAKLAND (CBS 5) — As a controversial Bay Area landlord is being investigated over providing tenants tainted water; another former tenant has come forward with his horror story about cockroaches.

    Nate Silin thought a third floor apartment in an Oakland building would make a good home for his family. But within days of moving in he said, "We started seeing cockroaches."

    Within a few weeks, the insects were everywhere. "They were in our clothes, they were in our radio, our TV, our furniture. It got to the point where we would find them crawling on our bodies in bed," said Silin.

    Watch the video report on the roach infestation claim.

    Silin said it turned what should have been peaceful nights of slumber into nightmares for his young sons. "They had them amongst their toys and clothes. I mean we would have to shake off their clothes before we put them on. So, I think it is something they will never forget," he said.

    When the landlord wouldn't fix the problem Silin moved his

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  • Low-Level Radioactive Particles To Reach California By Friday

    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Wind patterns will bring a radioactive plume from the crippled Japanese nuclear reactors to the Aleutian Islands by Thursday and to the West Coast by Friday, according to projections.

    However, the low-level radioactive particles fall well within safe limits and pose little health risk, according to experts with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization.

    California Dept. of Public Health > Radiation FAQs

    Radiation Watch > EPA adds more monitors on West Coast

    "What really matters is the altitude that the plume is at," said Dr. Kirby Kemper, a physicist at Florida State University.

    Radioactive particles from Chernobyl that reached the United States stayed at such a high altitude that very little was deposited on the surface, he said.

    "You could have a plume, but it's a big area and a big volume."

    In this case, United Nations experts believe the plume will be so diluted that it poses no health consequences in the U.S.

    CBS News Coverage > Japan Disaster

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  • EPA Installs More Radiation Detectors On The West Coast

    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — While state and federal health officials are downplaying the risk of Japanese nuclear radiation to California, the US Environmental Protection Agency is deploying more electronic monitors to areas on the West Coast.

    The Environmental Protection Agency already monitors radiation throughout the area as part of its RadNet system, which measures levels in air, drinking water, milk and rain.

    California Dept. of Public Health > Radiation FAQs

    The additional monitors are in response to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, where emergency workers are attempting to cool overheated reactors damaged by last week's magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

    One of the monitors already sits atop a building in downtown San Francisco. It's on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's roof, and it is one of 124 already tied into the EPA providing real-time radiation monitoring.

    >>Tracking Radiation Fallout Online

    >>Bay Area Sees Run On Radiation Pills

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  • Tsunami Warning For San Francisco Bay Area After Big Japan Quake

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) — A Tsunami Warning was in effect for the San Francisco Bay Area along with the entire U.S. West Coast, following a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that killed hundreds and swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland there.

    The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center gave an estimated time of initial wave arrival at the mouth of San Francisco Bay of 8:08 a.m. Pacific Time. Other estimated tsunami arrival times in Northern California included Point Arena at 7:26 a.m., Point Reyes at 7:39 a.m., and Monterey at 7:44 a.m.

    The warning meant a large wave or waves were imminent and coastal flooding could be expected.

    Listen to live KCBS reports.

    Wave Estimates

    The tide began rising shortly after 7:30 a.m. along beaches in Crescent City, where the tsunami was expected to hit the hardest in Northern California.

    The National Weather Service estimated that waves

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  • Ripon Man’s Home Never Connected To Sewer

    CBS Sacramento

    RIPON, Calif. (CBS13) — When Allan Sloan hired a plumber to get to the bottom of his chronic plumbing problems, he discovered his home had never been connected to the city's sewer line.

    For more than 23 years, the Ripon resident's waste had been deposited underneath his front lawn.

    Sloan said sewage backed up into his home on a recent Friday night through the shower, toilet and sink, filling the house with a foul odor and forcing him to call for help.

    "It just backed up tremendously, it was just disgusting," Sloan said.

    The plumber dug into the residence's front lawn and found a problem he had never seen before: A 4-foot-wide gap where the connecting pipe was supposed to link the home with the city pipeline.

    View the video report.

    "Everything that was going into the toilet was coming out and was in my front yard," Sloan said.

    Sloan called the city, who had given the home a clean bill of health in an inspection decades ago, and asked them to pay for his plumbing

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