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Fire Retardant Dropped on Reporter on Live TV

A Cal Fire airplane dropped fire retardant on a Southern California fire and caught an NBC 7 reporter by surprise while he was reporting on live television.  Steven Luke was reporting from Riverside County on the efforts to control the Tenaja Fire. As of late Thursday, 2,000 acres had been scorched. San Jose Neighborhood Fed Up With Alleged Prostitution He was in the middle of his newscast report when suddenly, right before he tossed back to the anchors in the studio, a Cal Fire aircraft appeared from the other side of a hill and opened its cargo doors.  [[559518981,C]] Friends With Benefits: Facebook Dating Launches in US A large cloud of fire retardant landed on Luke, his photographer Scott Baird and a number of Kern County Hotshots in the area.  Instead of dropping his camera and running, Baird held the shot and – well, you can see for yourself – captured the retardant drop in all of its glory.  What Viewers Saw: [[559514722,C]] Luke said he heard fire crews behind him say, “Whoa!” and “Run!” seconds before it happened.  “It’s kinda of like pink raindrops.…

David Carr: Raiders players back Gruden, organization on Antonio Brown

If you’re wondering how the Raiders’ locker room is holding up throughout this Antonio Brown-Mike Mayock saga, look no further than David Carr. That’s right, not Derek — David. The ex-Fresno State star taken with the Texans’ first-ever pick in 2002 spilled the beans on what the Raiders’ captains told head coach Jon Gruden about the situation. A reminder of what this is all about: Wednesday morning at practice, Brown and Mike Mayock got into an argument that reportedly started over the star receiver taking his team-issued $53,000 in fines public on Instagram and finished with him threatening to hit the general manager. “You find yourself in a situation where, as a player, as a team, you go in as the captains did (Wednesday), and talk to Jon Gruden and say whatever you decide to do, because it was so bad, because of what happened to Mike Mayock and what happened on the field was so bad — they’re fine with whatever (the Raiders) decide.” .@DCarr8 has some new information the recent @AB84 situation in Oakland pic.twitter.com/BAtXa4kZ8a — NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) September 6, 2019…

East Bay city looks to get more seniors, disabled, riding shuttle

SAN LEANDRO — Fewer and fewer seniors and disabled are riding Flex shuttles around town, leaving city officials wondering what should be done to jumpstart the free program. A possible change might include scrapping the current system, which operates on two designated routes, and replacing it with a door-to-door service that would allow users to book a ride with a mobile application, similar to Uber or Lyft. “Everything in transportation is changing right now,” Marvin Ranaldson of Nelson Nygaard, a San Francisco consulting firm that specializes in transportation, told the City Council on Tuesday when it got an update on the Flex shuttles. “We really can’t tell what it’s going to look like in two years, three years, five years — even six months from now. That’s the only thing we know. It will not be the same as it is right now,” he said. The council took no formal action after the briefing. But council members offered support for possibly reducing service to two or three days a week but having shuttles on the street for more hours, and carrying out more multilingual outreach…

East Bay city looks to get more seniors, disabled, riding shuttle

SAN LEANDRO — Fewer and fewer seniors and disabled are riding Flex shuttles around town, leaving city officials wondering what should be done to jumpstart the free program. A possible change might include scrapping the current system, which operates on two designated routes, and replacing it with a door-to-door service that would allow users to book a ride with a mobile application, similar to Uber or Lyft. “Everything in transportation is changing right now,” Marvin Ranaldson of Nelson Nygaard, a San Francisco consulting firm that specializes in transportation, told the City Council on Tuesday when it got an update on the Flex shuttles. “We really can’t tell what it’s going to look like in two years, three years, five years — even six months from now. That’s the only thing we know. It will not be the same as it is right now,” he said. The council took no formal action after the briefing. But council members offered support for possibly reducing service to two or three days a week but having shuttles on the street for more hours, and carrying out more multilingual outreach…

East Bay city looks to get more seniors, disabled, riding shuttle

SAN LEANDRO — Fewer and fewer seniors and disabled are riding Flex shuttles around town, leaving city officials wondering what should be done to jumpstart the free program. A possible change might include scrapping the current system, which operates on two designated routes, and replacing it with a door-to-door service that would allow users to book a ride with a mobile application, similar to Uber or Lyft. “Everything in transportation is changing right now,” Marvin Ranaldson of Nelson Nygaard, a San Francisco consulting firm that specializes in transportation, told the City Council on Tuesday when it got an update on the Flex shuttles. “We really can’t tell what it’s going to look like in two years, three years, five years — even six months from now. That’s the only thing we know. It will not be the same as it is right now,” he said. The council took no formal action after the briefing. But council members offered support for possibly reducing service to two or three days a week but having shuttles on the street for more hours, and carrying out more multilingual outreach…

East Bay city looks to get more seniors, disabled, riding shuttle

SAN LEANDRO — Fewer and fewer seniors and disabled are riding Flex shuttles around town, leaving city officials wondering what should be done to jumpstart the free program. A possible change might include scrapping the current system, which operates on two designated routes, and replacing it with a door-to-door service that would allow users to book a ride with a mobile application, similar to Uber or Lyft. “Everything in transportation is changing right now,” Marvin Ranaldson of Nelson Nygaard, a San Francisco consulting firm that specializes in transportation, told the City Council on Tuesday when it got an update on the Flex shuttles. “We really can’t tell what it’s going to look like in two years, three years, five years — even six months from now. That’s the only thing we know. It will not be the same as it is right now,” he said. The council took no formal action after the briefing. But council members offered support for possibly reducing service to two or three days a week but having shuttles on the street for more hours, and carrying out more multilingual outreach…

WB I-80 Near Berkeley Reopens After Fatal Crash

All westbound lanes of I-80 near Berkeley have reopened after a fatal accident Friday morning, CHP reports.  Lanes reopened at around 5:34 a.m.  Truck Carrying Chickens Catches Fire on I-80 in San Pablo No other information was immediately available.  Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Won’t Run for President

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will not run for president after exploring whether to do so earlier this year, he announced in a letter posted online early Friday. “My belief in the need to reform our two-party system has not wavered, but I have concluded that an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time,” Schultz wrote. 2020 Democratic Candidates Turn Focus to Climate Change Back in January, the 66-year-old billionaire said he was considering running for president on an independent ticket and hoped to appeal to moderate voters. In June, Schultz cut travel plans to meet with voters short after undergoing back surgeries, postponing his decision to start up an official campaign until after Labor Day.  In his Friday letter, Schultz decried an increasingly polarized two-party system that he said is out of touch with most Americans and has “extreme voices” dominating the “national dialogue.”  False Claims Blur Line Between Mass Shootings, 2020 Politics “I will spend this election cycle and the years ahead supporting bold and creative initiatives to transform our broken system…

Letter: Grateful to Walmart for its effort to end gun violence

Grateful to Walmart for its effort to end gun violence Re: “Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition” (Eastbaytimes.com, Sept. 3): I never in a million years thought I would say “thank you” to Walmart, but after learning that the corporation is discontinuing sales of handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition and will completely discontinue handgun sales, I am more hopeful about America’s future as it relates to ongoing gun violence. I hope that other retailers will rethink their gun-sales policies in the wake of this decision. If children dying in droves isn’t enough to make our politicians act, maybe having the largest retailer in the world “Just Say No” to gun violence will. Related Articles Letter: Carl Guardino, Sam Liccardo lament issues their policies cause Letter: So, the government pays homeowners’ mortgage? Letter: Impact on newspapers not germane to living-wage fix Letter: N. Korea will never give up nukes — why should they? Letter: Compassion is gone if we deport gravely ill woman One can only hope that capitalism can have that kind of positive effect on our nation. Theresa Hurley Concord   Submit your letter…

49ers at Buccaneers: What are keys to winning in Tampa Bay?

If the 49ers follow orders and snap out of their five-year tailspin, Sunday’s season opener at Tampa Bay is a necessary launching pad. Otherwise, offseason optimism might fade fast. Memories will flash of coach Kyle Shanahan’s previous slow starts — 0-9 in 2017, 1-7 last season. Or perhaps 49ers fans will recall past travails at Tampa in season openers. In 1986, Joe Montana injured his back and required surgery. In 1997, Jerry Rice blew out his left knee injury and Steve Young sustained a concussion. These Buccaneers, however, are beatable, all due respect to Jameis Winston’s career-reviving rout of the 49ers in last November’s 27-9 meeting. This time, Reuben Foster isn’t around as a potential distraction, nor is the afternoon heat expected to intimidate a 49ers team that spent the past two weeks creating suana-like workout conditions. Hence, a 1-0 start is coming, if the following happens: Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Steven Nelson (20) closes in to tackle San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10), right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Garoppolo…

Miss Manners: ‘Hey, neighbor, just ignore the noise from our house’

Judith Martin  DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m getting married at my family’s cabin. It’s on a small, private lake that we enjoy with neighbors, some right next door and others down the private gravel road we all also share. There will be about 30 guests, which, even with our best carpooling efforts, will result in added vehicle and foot traffic. I’m not expecting us to be an especially rowdy bunch, but some added noise from a larger party visiting our cabin seems inevitable. Related Articles Miss Manners: It’s not his fault he’s poor, but he got upset when I tried to pay Miss Manners: I invited this girl, and now I’m wondering where she’ll sleep Miss Manners: If I leave my hat on, am I a ‘country bumpkin’? Miss Manners: Men always play cute with me, and I’m sick of it Miss Manners: They seemed surprised that I wouldn’t pay for their drinks Should I alert our neighbors about the upcoming wedding? I feel odd sending them a note saying “We’re having a wedding and you’re not invited; please don’t mind the traffic,” but on the…

Letter: Carl Guardino, Sam Liccardo lament issues their policies cause

Guardino, Liccardo lament issues their policies cause I had to laugh when I read Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s CEO Carl Guardino’s response to the Mercury News’ lead article on the Aug. 30 front page — “Bay Area exodus: Thousands more fleeing region than arriving from other states.” Guardino, the Bay Area’s resident king of density, states, “We are hollowing out our middle class” and the housing shortage and traffic are our “Achilles’ heel.” The king, and his court jester, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, push policies and programs, like transit villages and Accessory Dwelling Units, that cause the exact conditions they now lament. Related Articles Letter: Grateful to Walmart for its effort to end gun violence Letter: So, the government pays homeowners’ mortgage? Letter: Impact on newspapers not germane to living-wage fix Letter: N. Korea will never give up nukes — why should they? Letter: Compassion is gone if we deport gravely ill woman Packing more people in, most of whom will never give up their cars, without improving our woefully marginal mass transit, only makes the quality of life worse for everybody. Did everyone…

Word Game: Sept. 6, 2019

TODAY’S WORD — LUDICROUS (LUDICROUS: LOO-dih-krus: Laughable because of obvious absurdity.) Average mark 29 words Time limit 40 minutes Can you find 38 or more words in LUDICROUS? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — WREAKED wade wader wake ward ware weak weaker wear weed week were wreak rake read reed reek eared eked ewer awed dare dark dear deer drake draw drawee drew To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: Words must be of four or more letters. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.

Woman Dead in San Jose Mobile Home Fire

A woman has been confirmed dead in a two-alarm mobile home fire in San Jose late Thursday night, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire with a possible trapped person at a mobile home park in the 200 block of El Bosque Drive. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Truck Carrying Chickens Catches Fire on I-80 in San Pablo According to Capt. Cesar Martinez the fire has been extinguished and the cause is under investigation. 

Aunt of Max Harris, Acquitted in ‘Ghost-Ship’ Trial, Speaks

The aunt of Max Harris, the man acquitted in the ‘Ghost-Ship’ trial, spoke out after the verdict was read. A jury on Thursday acquitted one man and could not reach a decision on another defendant charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deadly 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people.

Police Search for UC Berkeley Sexual Battery Suspect

Police have released surveillance video of a man suspected of groping a woman at UC Berkeley in the hopes of identifying him. Campus police said the woman was drinking from a water fountain in the Student Union building when the man groped her. Truck Carrying Chickens Catches Fire on I-80 in San Pablo Campus police have asked anyone with information to contact Detective Tinney at (510) 642-3658 or btinney@berkeley.edu. Photo Credit: UC Berkeley Police

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