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in the storm... but there is more rain to come. the trouble some people in the south you're watching cbs5 eyewitness news. a bit of a break in the storm but there is more rain to come. the trouble some people in the south bay are bracing for. >> after 18 years working on this i witnessed the end to this destructive policy and these are tears of joy. >> for the first time in american history gays will be openly accepted by the military. the reaction from local activists and people in the community. it is the last weekend to get your shopping done before the holiday. what retailers are saying as the clock ticks down. good evening, i'm ann notarangelo. "this broadcast realtime captioned by becky lyon." soaked streets, car crashes and power problems today. this is actually the break in the storm that is expected to pound the bay area for the next few days. many in the south bay are watching and waiting.
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>> reporter: hi, ann. we are on the summit of the 17 where it is raining, foggy. the good news though the traffic is moving smoothly right now but residents here in the mountain communities are awaiting yet another night of rain and potential flooding. it has been a day of dangerous driving conditions on highway 17 with heavy fog and rain all day long. some drivers were just taking it too fast. >> slow down. take a little more time driving out there. >> reporter: this chp officer was one of the investigators where a truck slid out of control. the driver was not hurt. but the chp says there is little room for error with the slick continues. >> pay attention. try not to be distracted by your cell phone and stuff going on in the car. >> reporter: residents in felton are keeping an eye on the san lorenzo river. it can flood into nearby homes. >> what happens if you get a
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tree that falls into the river, what happens is it gets a bunch of logs coming down from boulder area, gets in here and gets a log jam and if we are not in that area to see it and it starts building up, and that's what happened to us last year. >> reporter: he says he will be getting up in the middle of the night again and hopes the impact of this storm will be a little less than anticipated. >> you get worried? >> yes, because 3 or 4 feet could do it. >> reporter: he is stocking up on sandbags before it is too late. >> it prevents it from coming into our garage. so we try to divert it so it goes out the storm drains. >> reporter: back here live on the 17. the chp says in terms of driving in these conditions, check your tire tread and your
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tire pressure, ann. in these conditions it is really easy to lose control especially at highway speeds. >> thank you very much. the stormy weather caused power outages on the peninsula but electricity is back on tonight. two separate outages knocked out customer to pg&e customers. more than 1100 people lost power around 11:15 a.m. and didn't get it restored until 7:45 a.m. in belmont nearly 400 customers didn't have power for nearly 600 hours just starting after 10:00 p.m. last night. so some weather delays, weather related delays at the airport. this is video from s.f.o. yesterday where the storm caused delays of more than 3. 5 hours. today there are departure and arrival delays of half an hour to an hour at s.f.o. no major delays at oakland airport.
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so when will the rain return? meteorologist jim bernard is in for lawrence. >> hello, ann. we will see more rain tonight. london heathrow was closed today as were many european airports due to blizzard conditions. we are much better off than many locations around the globe here as we see more rain due tonight. another surge of moisture with moderate to heavy rain possible. some isolated rain storms and hail. gusty winds up to 30, 40. copious amounts of snow expected. here is a look at doppler. we got a bit of a break today as that pineapple connection broke up and we saw shower activity for the bay area. more rain on tap. we will talk more about that coming up in your complete forecast in just a few minutes. >> jim, thank you. the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy will soon be
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history. >> it is adopted. >> in an historic vote for gay rights the senate voted 65 to 31 to overturn the military's ban on openly gay service members. the vote is a victory for president obama who made repeal a campaign promise. but republican senators say repeeling the bill will harm the effectiveness of service members. >> today's vote said if you want to discriminate it has no place in america. it has no place in the armed forces. it is said that we don't care who you love as long as you love your country. >> this is harmful during a time of war and irresponsible manner in which to change policies that the commandant of the marine corps has stated could actually risk lives. >> president obama is expected to sign the bill into law next week but the policy change could actually take as long as a year. here in the bay area gay activists watched the vote closely and celebrated the
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results. talking to one retired military member who had a person stake in the outcome. >> the house resolution 2965 is adopted. [ cheers and applause >> reporter: an emotional reaction as gay and lesbian activists activists watched of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." >> after 18 years on this i witnessed the end to this policy and these are tears of joy. i've got to tell you. >> reporter: at the center of the celebration, a lesbian and retired u.s. navy commander. she has been leading the fight to overturn the rule and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. >> it has been a very long journey and a lot of dark years where we thought we weren't going to make any progress. but we have. step by step. one step forward, one step back. but we did it. >> reporter: she retired three years ago. the policy came first came out and won. on the streets here of the
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castor district news of the repealed law spread quickly by word of mouth and by technology. >> i woke up and i got in line and i was just blown away by all the facebook messages and tweets that this went down actually. people are moved to tears by it. >> reporter: eugene and steven came down to the castro to celebrate the vote. >> i think it is really encouraging anytime the political process can make justice happen and it is just very exciting right now to feel inclusion and justice has taken a step forward. >> reporter: opponents of the repealed law estimate there are 65,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people serving in the military. in san francisco, cbs5. the legislation says the president and his top military advisors must certify that lifting the ban will not hurt the troops' fighting ability.
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there will be a 60 day waiting period before the military implements the changes. another bill has gone down in defeat in the senate. the dream act which would have given thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the united states as children a pass to citizenship if they enrolled in college or joined the military. sponsors of the law needed 60 votes to advance the bill but managed to muster 55. president obama called the vote incredibly disappointing. it is now illegal to sit or lie on sidewalks in one bay area city. up next, the protest today against the ordinance. why it will not be enforced until february. and if you're heading to grandmas for christmas, how many more people will be traveling with you this season compared to past years. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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crash that killed one of his friends. the 16-year old driver was ng and speeding a nevada teenager sentenced to two years in juvenile hall
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after killing a friend. the boy pleaded guilty last month to gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving without a license. a 15-year-old was killed. three other teen passengers were injured. san francisco's sit, lie law is in effect and critics aren't taking it lying down. as you can see today, musicians knelt or sat on buckets not directly on the street. the law makes it illegal to sit or lie on public sidewalks between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. it officially went into effect yesterday. critics say the voter approved proposition unfairly targets certain groups like the homeless. >> the police are going to pick and choose. but we don't think police should have that power to pick and choose based on some gut
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feeling. they should have laws that target everyone. >> police will not enforce the law until february. officers still need to be properly trained on how to enforce it. the ordinance does have a few exceptions like those in line waiting. all right, well traveling for the christmas and new year's holidays is going to be a little more crowded this year. aaa more than 11.5 millions will be traveling over the holidays. that's an increase of 3% last year. the national average is also up. it is expected 92 million people will travel 50 miles or more for the holidays this year. that's also up 3%. >> and if you were out shopping this weekend this probably looks familiar. big holiday crowds at the mall. it is the last weekend to buy your family and friends their presents. christmas of course is a week from today. experts predict will be the second or third busiest shopping day of the year. many retailers are offering deep discounts in extending their hours hoping to cash in.
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san mateo drove to the san mateo meryl center for the annual toy run. santa arrived in an ambulance after they got there filled with toys to put under the christmas tree. the bikers also donated $1000 to the hospital. this holiday season why not give a brand-new blanket. today the bay area sikh community donated about 500 of them to the church. the church will distribute the blankets to the homeless. the sikhs are from india. they want to help the homeless this holiday season. they continue to accept donations. saint anthony's curbside drive got underway tonight. 23rd year the charity has been collecting donations for homeless and low income people. clothing, food and all kinds of household items and grooming aids are needed including
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toiletries. you can drop them off. hours this weekend are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you're heading about you probably need to listen to jim bernard because we have to dog these storms as they come in. >> we got a bit of a broke today. official canceled the deluge here this morning. still got wet out there as rain shower activity will be moving into the area here again tonight. we will see another little surge of moisture winding down tomorrow morning and then the whole week looks to be wet at. at this point showers on and off if not into christmas day. the city sky line all lit up for the holidays. we see patchy fog out there and light showers prevailing in and around the bay area. taking a look at our live high- definition doppler we see the scattered nature. hit or miss showers going on throughout the bay much as it all has. the deluge fell apart today as
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the pineapple connection broke up and rain drifted to our south. down around san luis ibispo. we saw scattered activity along here as well as the northern border here and the high country, the sierra, winter storm warnings up. copious amounts of snow expected there. they are talking 2 to 6 feet of snow through the weekend here. so if you're already there that's great news. you will be snowed in. trying to get there is going to be difficult to say the least here. and this is very wet snow moving into the high country so it does hang on to a bit of an avalanche potential here for the next couple days. here is that slug of moisture that moved through the area last night. as i mentioned the pineapple connection broke up here today. you'll see it as i get it underway. that was subtropical moisture streaming at us from highway. it is beginning to thicken up but it is taking a bit of a southerly path here and looks like the brunt of the moisture is going to miss us. we will see increasing clouds and rain tonight.
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gusty winds developing as well. still some moderate to heavy rain potential here through the evening winding down by tomorrow afternoon and then hit or miss showers continuing pretty much through the week. you see the brunt of the moisture here will likely fall in the north bay and across the santa cruz mountains through tonight into tomorrow. by tomorrow morning we will see things beginning to dry out here as we can expect out of this next surge of moisture 1 to 3 inches in the mountains and half-inch across the bay. much less than forecast earlier this week as the virtual fire hose looks like it has been turned off for the time being. we are not out of the wet yet. we will continue with threat of showers. potentially thunderstorm activity tomorrow as things lighten up for monday and tuesday. the next round of serious rain looks like south to north on wednesday. and then at this point christmas day is looking a bit soggy as well. but that's an indoor day. >> well, unless you get a
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bicycle and you want to take it outside. >> get mud flaps. >> speaking of indoors. lots of basketball going on today. >> christmas coming a little early for some nba teams. two nba trades. three former warriors with a new address. butler proves to stanford that last year's title run wasn't a fluke. sports is next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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jason richardson and gilbert arenas and hoped they would one
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kim start off with the nba. lots of action today. >> you have to check out the head of hair on dennis o'donnell. back in 2001 the warriors drafted richardson and arenas and hoped they would one day become the face of the franchise. >> just powered over you. what would happen now? >> what would happen now. >> probably do the same thing. >> but the fun didn't last long. two years later arenas left for washington and in 2007 richardson was traded to charlotte before being dealt to phoenix. now the two have been reunited in orlando after the magic completed two separate trades with the suns and wizards to acquire arenas, richardson and earl clark. here is a look at the rest of the deal. suns get vince cart, another former warrior. two players and a first rounds pick. while the wizards pick up rashard lewis. >> last year butler stunned everyone by making it all the
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way to the title game. today stanford found out the clock hasn't struck yet. end of the first half butler in bounding with 4 seconds left. to matt howard who makes the pass to smith for the layup at the buzzer. just perfect execution with a little show time mixed in. butler led 41-32 at the break. the bulldogs on the run again. zach hawn sends it ahead to howard. he lays it in for two of his game high 27 points. butler would lead by as many as 39. they them out 83-50. st. mary's after a win over long beach state. sophomore mitchell young scored career high 28 points. over in berkeley cal beat cal poly. college football's bowl season has arrived. the first of 35 bowl games is
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in the books. new mexico bowl. cougars freshman throw three touchdowns. 500 yards of offense. may have to work on giving their coach a gatorade bath. 52-24. placing travis on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury in thursday night's loss to the charger. lavoy had five sacks in the first season with the niners. kicker was also placed on injured reverse. broncos rookie quarterback tim tebow will start tomorrow against the raiders. >> fans want to see tim tebow. everybody in america loves tim tebow. so everybody wants to see him play. >> makes you feel very good when people want to see you play. so anytime i can get an opportunity to play, i love that because i'm a competitive player but also it is nice to
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have that support. >> over on the raiders side darren mcfadden needs just seven more yards rushing to reach 1000 for the first time in his career. quite an accomplishment for a guy who didn't even have 1000 yards combined in his first two seasons with the raiders and no one has enjoyed watching him run more than quarterback jason campbell. >> got to run. how you like that quarterback. he is going to make big plays for you and in the pasting game you chuck the ball down to him and he takes a 10-yard catch and goes 50. it is not many guys that can make plays like that. i'm excited for him because i know when i got here, people were saying different things about him and he never blamed anyone. it was straight forward. now his true abilities is really coming out. >> the raiders are two wins behind the chargers and chiefs in the afc west but at this point they own all the tie breakers and still play the chiefs in week 17. >> a lot of times are already
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getting out of it. and we are still in the fight, still in the hunt. still have a chance to win the division. we have to take care of our business because we can worry about anything else that is going on. >> the 5th quarter will be on following the jets and steelers. peyton manning is coming to town for the final home season game for the raiders. day after christmas. >> wow. >> two big games. >> thank you, kim. that's it for eyewitness news at 5:30 p.m. we hope to see you back here in half an hour then at 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. jim is working on the forecast for all of us. we will have our news updates for you on cbs5.com. have a good night. captions by: caption colorado, llc 800-775-7838 email: comments@captioncolorado.com
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