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49ers Foundation hosts 'Players for a Purpose' fundraiser for Bay Area youth

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers gathered on the field at Levi's Stadium Sunday evening not to play ball but for a special cause: to tackle education and empowerment for Bay Area youth. The fundraising dinner in the end zone is the only event during the year where the entire team roster is present.49ers players took part in a friendly Family Feud-style game on stage, helped auction off exclusive packages and met with fans one-on-one. The mission of this fifth annual kickoff event was to raise money to help tens of thousands of young people."Coming off Friday night's game -- to have them...
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Bay Area air quality advisory issued, North Coast fires send smoke south

SAN FRANCISCO -- An air quality advisory is being issued for Monday for the Bay Area because wildfire smoke may drift into the region, air district officials said Sunday.This is not a Spare the Air alert, the officials said.Air district officials expect smoke from the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire to affect the San Francisco region. The fire is in Humboldt and Trinity counties.Pockets of elevated air pollution are possible, but the air is expected to remain healthy. Skies may be smoky, and residents may smell smoke.If residents smell smoke they are urged to stay inside, if possible, with doors and windows closed. Air district officials encourage residents with air conditioning to set their home and car units to re-circulate to keep smoke from coming inside.
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Bay Area Afghan community marks anniversary of U.S. withdrawal

FREMONT (KPIX) -- With the one-year anniversary of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan imminent, Bay Area community leaders say many challenges remain for the new arrivals who managed to escape that country as well as for the people who remain there. "We are trying to really help, especially, the new arrivals so they can settle down so they can understand the resources," said Rona Popal,  executive director of the Afghan Coalition based in Fremont. "We think these women and children are hostage by the Taliban regime."In the year since the Taliban captured Kabul and gained control of the country -- even...
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Kaiser mental health clinicians set to strike Monday

OAKLAND -- More than 2,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals in Northern California and the Central Valley are set to begin what organizers call an "open-ended strike" Monday morning.Negotiations involving management and psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and chemical dependency counselors ended without resolution Saturday.The National Union of Healthcare Workers said in a statement Sunday that Kaiser rejected "union proposals to increase staffing and end dangerously long waits for mental health therapy appointments."Employees plan to walk picket lines from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Kaiser facilities in San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, and Sacramento.The union said...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Raiders beat Vikings, move to 2-0 in preseason

LAS VEGAS -- One of the biggest questions facing Las Vegas Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels was where he would find the right pieces for his offensive line.McDaniels may not have all the answers after a 26-20 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but he's pleased with what he's seen in two preseason games."I think we have some depth at tackle and some competition," McDaniels said. "We've told them since the first day they got here that this was going to be a situation where guys earn their opportunities and they'll determine their role."Using numerous rotations for nearly...
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1 dead in fiery solo-vehicle crash on I-680 in Pleasanton

DUBLIN -- One person is dead after a fiery crash Sunday evening off southbound Interstate 680 in Pleasanton near the Bernal Ave. exit.According to the California Highway Patrol website, calls started coming in just before 6:30 p.m. that a vehicle exited the freeway and crashed into a tree, igniting vegetation, and engulfing the vehicle in flames.The CHP partially closed the slow lane and shut down the off-ramp, which was estimated to be reopened around 9 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguished the fire.Anyone with information about the incident can call the CHP's Dublin office at (925) 828-0466.
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East Bay community colleges offer financial incentives to boost enrollment

OAKLAND (KPIX) -- Since the pandemic, many community colleges have seen a decline in enrollment. Four city colleges in Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley are trying to incentivize students to return by offering free tuition."I've already registered and it's going to be free for me," said Omolola Atolagbe, the Laney College student body president.Atolagbe is studying film production and hopes to earn enough credits to transfer next year."UCLA is actually my first choice," Atolagbe said. "Right from childhood, I've always wanted to be in front of the camera but this time around, I'm trying to go behind the camera...
OAKLAND, CA

Labor of love brings smiles to Oakland school children's faces

OAKLAND --  It's a labor of love and back-to-school tradition for cancer survivor Dee Johnson. Every year, she brings smiles to the faces of Oakland school children during her annual backpack giveawayJohnson has given away more than 133,000 backpacks to low-income public school children in Oakland and Alameda County over the last quarter century."It's just unbelievable," she said as she looked at a sea of smiling faces during this year's giveaway at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School.The foster mother co-founded the Lend A Hand Foundation in 1997. "In 1996, I developed lung cancer, so I survived, and it meant my...
OAKLAND, CA

Estrada walk-off homer lifts Giants to sweep of Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO — Thairo Estrada hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 in a back-and-forth game Sunday.Evan Longoria, whose wild throw gave Pittsburgh the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, started the rally in the bottom half with a leadoff single against Wil Crowe (4-7).After pinch-runner J.D. Davis was forced out at second on a grounder by Mike Yastrzemski, Estrada cleared the wall in left-center for his 11th homer.Bryan Reynolds homered, doubled and drove in five runs for the Pirates, who lost their their...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Oakland police investigating shootings that left children wounded

OAKLAND -- Among the shootings detectives were investigating over the last 48 hours in Oakland were two that left children hospitalized with gunshot wounds.Oakland police said officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 900 block of 26th Street that occurred just before 4 p.m. on Friday.After officers arrived, they spoke with a child suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he was in critical but stable condition.Later officers went to a hospital and met with a child who doctors were treating for at least one gunshot wound. According to a preliminary investigation, that shooting...
OAKLAND, CA

49ers rookies Womack, Gray make strong early impression

SANTA CLARA  — Danny Gray's big-play touchdown catch from Trey Lance was the highlight from San Francisco's exhibition opener, though it was the performance of another rookie that could prove even more important to the 49ers.Fifth-round cornerback Samuel Womack built on an impressive training camp by flashing in his preseason debut, intercepting both passes thrown his way in a performance that could earn him a longer look in a bid to win the slot cornerback job in San Francisco."I've seen him make those plays in games and I've seen him make those plays in practice. So it wasn't a surprise...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Bregman homers as Astros down A's 6-3

HOUSTON  — Cristian Javier threw six shutout innings, Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros swept the Oakland Athletics with a 6-3 win on Sunday.Bregman's 16th homer against Cole Irvin (6-10) was his second straight day with a two-run shot in the first. He also hit an RBI double in the seventh.Jose Altuve doubled home two runs in the second as the AL West leaders built a big early lead in their fourth consecutive victory.Javier (7-8) allowed one single and walked three in his first win since July 1. He was 0-5 with a 4.40 ERA in...
OAKLAND, CA

What takes years and costs $20,000? A San Francisco trash can

SAN FRANCISCO  — What takes four years to make and costs more than $20,000? A trash can in San Francisco.That costly, boxy bin is among six trash cans hitting San Francisco's streets this summer in the city's long saga in search of the perfect can. Overflowing trash cans are a common sight in the Northern California city, along with piles of used clothes, shoes, furniture and other items strewn about on sometimes-impassable sidewalks.City officials hired a Bay Area industrial firm to custom-design the pricey trash can along with two other prototypes that cost taxpayers $19,000 and $11,000 each. This summer,...
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1 dead, 4 injured in horrific Highway 29 5-vehicle crash

NAPA -- One person was dead and four others injured in a late night 5-vehicle crash on Highway 29 just north of the George F. Butler Memorial Bridge.Napa police said dispatch received  multiple 911 calls reporting the crash at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.Arriving officers discovered one driver with fatal injuries at the scene and four others -- two drivers and two passengers -- needing transport to Queen of the Valley Medical Center and Kaiser Vacaville for treatment.The preliminary investigation has revealed that one of the involved vehicles drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 29 striking 4 vehicles driving northbound. Highway 29 north was closed at Highway 221 for several hours.Anyone with additional information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Davis at 707-257-9223 x 5235 or by email at adavis@cityofnapa.org.
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Webb stars as Giants beat slumping Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO -- Logan Webb struck out nine in eight sparkling innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Saturday night.Webb (11-5) allowed five hits and walked two in his second straight win. He pitched seven effective innings in a 6-4 victory at Oakland last weekend."His changeup was very good," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "He was able to execute it throughout the count, at any point."Camilo Doval got three outs for his 17th save. Greg Allen walked with one out, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. But Rodolfo Castro lined to left...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

FBI, DHS warn of threats to law enforcement after Mar-a-Lago search

Federal authorities are warning of an increase in threats to law enforcement officials following the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. The threats, which are "occurring primarily online and across multiple platforms, including social media sites, web forums, video sharing platforms, and image boards," were identified by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the days following the FBI's authorized seizure of 11 sets of classified documents from the former president's home, including four sets that were classified "top secret," according to the unsealed search warrant."The FBI and DHS would like to ensure that law enforcement,...
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Pistahan Parade and Festival in S.F. celebrates Filipino culture

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) -- The 29th annual Pistahan Parade and Festival in San Francisco kicked off Saturday after a pandemic hiatus and a popular new movie that draws attention to Filipino culture."I feel really proud of who I am and where I came from," said Jeana Rabanal, a vendor who started Mie Makes during the pandemic. "Growing up, there wasn't a lot of Filipino products that I wanted."Her brand of stickers, shirts and other items showcase cultural pride.Earlier this month the film "Easter Sunday" starring comedian Jo Koy and highlighting his character's Filipino family in Daly City opened in...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Fed up with break-ins, Chinatown merchants make changes

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) -- Small business owners in San Francisco's Chinatown are fed up with a spike in vandalism and break-ins. In an effort to prevent the next hit, some are making small changes they hope make a big difference.Asia Star Fantasy on Grant Avenue shared surveillance video that shows a burglar sitting on the ground outside the business in the overnight hours of July 18. He looks left and right several times then he breaks the glass door with a tool.About 40 minutes later, another camera captured what appears to be the same suspect communicating with an accomplice in...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Grieving mom hopes reward yields leads in San Francisco cold case murder

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) -- San Francisco investigators and a grieving mother are asking for leads in a cold case."My 17-year-old son, he existed. He lived. He was full of life and someone took him from me," said Paulette Brown, mother of Aubrey Abrakasa, told a crowd of supporters Saturday afternoon. Someone killed Brown's only son on Aug. 14, 2006. While the killer remains free, Brown feels trapped by the pain and the lack of accountability. "I feel like I'm in prison sometime and, like I said, this is not easy. I still cry after 16 years. I still cry. I...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Sharks Nikolai Knyzhov tears Achilles tendon

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov will miss the first few months of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.General manager Mike Grier said Saturday that Knyzhov got hurt while participating in off-ice training. Knyzhov had surgery Wednesday, and the Sharks estimate it'll take about six months to recover.The 24-year-old Knyzhov missed all of last season with a groin injury and the Sharks were hoping to have him back healthy this year.He played 56 games in the 2020-21 season, recording two goals and eight assists.
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