Golden State Warriors End 2018 On Winning Note

PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant added 25, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 132-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

The Warriors beat the Suns for the 17th straight time, including eight in a row in Phoenix.

Golden State was 14 for 28 on 3-pointers, with Curry going 5 of 9.

Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five of six. T.J Warren added 24 points and Devin Booker 20.

Golden State led for all but 1 minute, 17 seconds of the first quarter, and went ahead 39-31 on a 3 from Curry with 10 minutes to go in the second. Curry had 12 points in the second quarter and added a team-high nine rebounds for the game.

The Suns scored the next eight points to tie it, and were even at 45 before the Warriors closed out the half on a 24-7 run.

A 3 from Andre Iguodala, a layup and free throw from Jonas Jerebko and Iguodala’s pair of free throws gave the Warriors a 69-52 lead at the break.

Ayton’s hook shot with 6:19 left in the third quarter cut the Warriors’ lead to 82-72, but Golden State took control again. A 3 and two free throws from Durant gave the Warriors a 100-81 lead with 1:38 to play.

Quinn Cook knocked down a 3 just before the third-quarter buzzer for a 108-87 lead, and Curry’s two 3s early in the fourth quarter helped Golden State go up by 27 points.

DEFENDING DEANDRE

The Warriors, in the absence of a true big man, used starters Kevon Looney and Draymond Green plus Jordan Bell off the bench to guard the 7-foot-1 Ayton. No Golden State defender on Ayton was taller than 6-9.

Bell was the most physical of the group and was rewarded with extended minutes. He blocked Ayton’s shot under the basket in the third quarter and forced Ayton to work at the other end by making all five shots he took for a season-high 10 points.

TIP-INS

Warriors: For the 10th time this season, the Warriors’ starting lineup was Durant, Green, Looney, Klay Thompson and Curry. They’re 6-4 with that group. … Curry has scored 30 or more points in 13 games this season. … The Warriors’ point total was the third-highest in a game this season.

Suns: Backup C Richaun Holmes missed the game due to illness, the second game in which he’s not played this season. That opened up minutes for seldom-used Dragan Bender, who played for the first time since Dec. 17 and scored for the first time since Dec. 11, 10 games ago. … F Josh Jackson fouled out late in the third quarter and played only 14 minutes, his lowest total since Nov. 21. … C Eric Moreland made his Suns debut when entered the game in the fourth quarter. Moreland signed with Phoenix on Dec. 10.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Houston Thursday night.

Suns: Host Philadelphia Wednesday night, the fourth game of a season-high seven straight at home.

Rain Doesn’t Stop Partygoers Celebrating The New Year At Navy Pier

CHICAGO (CBS) — The rain is relentless for New Year’s Eve partygoers, but that isn’t stopping people from celebrating the holiday and coming out to see the fireworks.

Soggy NYE Rain Doesnt Stop Partygoers Celebrating The New Year At Navy Pier

For some the driving rain did little to dampen the spirit of the New Year. The chilling winds knocked down signs and shook shrubs in the process.

But many look forward to a clean slate in 2019.

Weather forced many to wait inside at Navy Pier rather than reserve a spot to watch the fireworks over the lake.

“My daughter said I can’t feel my face now,” one person said.

“I feel like I’m in the North Pole,” another said.

About 75,000 people will watch the layers of light above, wearing more than a few layers in the process.

Thousands of people will find comfort inside, welcoming in the New Year with a DJ and tunes.

 

 

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Body Found Under BART Train At Castro Valley Station

CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) — A search for a person reportedly on the BART tracks at the Castro Valley station Monday evening came to a gruesome end when a body was discovered under a train, authorities said.

The discovery triggered major delays in the Dublin/Pleasanton and Daly City directions.

BART sent out an initial alert at 6:24 p.m. saying trains were no longer stopping at the Castro Valley station reportedly because someone had been spotted on the tracks.

Police and firefighters searched the tracks and did not find anyone but later discovered the person under a train. The coroner has been called to the station to investigate the death.

By 8 p.m., BART officials said service had been restored to the Castro Valley station.

Federal Employees Union Sues Government Over Lack Of Pay

(CNN) — A federal employee labor union is suing the US government for requiring “essential” employees to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

The American Federation of Government Employees alleged Monday that the government is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by forcing employees deemed essential to work without pay.

About a quarter of the government has been affected by the shutdown, including correctional officers, Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and transportation security officers. Across different government agencies, about 380,000 federal employees will be furloughed and 420,000 will work without pay due to the shutdown continuing into the new year.

AFGE filed the suit in the US Court of Federal Claims on behalf of all essential government workers, as well as named plaintiffs Justin Tarovisky and Grayson Sharp, who work for the Bureau of Prisoners.

The union’s president, J. David Cox, called the requirement that some federal employees work without pay “inhumane” in a statement Monday.

“Our nation’s heroes, AFGE members and their families deserve the decency of knowing when their next paycheck is coming and that they will be paid for their work,” he said, adding that many of the affected workers are veterans or law enforcement. “Our intent is to force the government and the administration to make all federal employees whole.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.

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Crews Prepare For National Championship Game In South Bay

SAN JOSE (KPIX) — In exactly one week, one of the biggest sporting events in the world is taking center stage in the South Bay.

While crews still have seven days before the College Football National Championship, they were already hard at work transforming downtown San Jose into a college football campus for the thousands of fans expected to arrive in just a few days.

The game against Clemson and Alabama will be held Monday night at Levi’s Stadium, which can hold up to 71,000 fans. The sporting event is sold out, according to a spokesperson with College Football Playoff.

“Pretty exciting! It’s pretty, pretty cool,” said Original Joe’s General Manager Joe Patane.

The restaurant sits just steps from Cesar Chavez Park, which is part of what’s being dubbed as the “Championship Campus” where football fans will be entertained during the days leading up to the game. Many of the events, including concerts, will be free.

Patane, along with other nearby business owners and managers, are expecting a huge increase in sales this week. January is typically slow for the industry.

“We’ve been anticipating this for months and we know that this entire area is booked,” said Patane. “All the events are going to be right across the street in this area.”

The game is expected to bring an economic boost to San Jose and Santa Clara. A couple years ago, both cities were left in the shadows of San Francisco during the Super Bowl. Many thought the NFL event would bring in millions to the South Bay, but were disappointed.

“Normally, you know, the Super Bowl is traditionally very slow for this restaurant. So we normally close for Super Bowl,” Patane said. “That particular year, we anticipated it to be very, very busy. And it didn’t turn out that way. We were pretty slow.”

This time San Jose is center stage. Crews are already setting up concert stages in Discovery Meadows and Cesar Chavez. Several downtown hotels, including the Marriott and Fairmont, were completely booked throughout the weekend.

Cal Trans crews even cleaned up parts of highway 87 and 280 Monday morning to beautify the city for the thousands of fans who will arrive in San Jose.

O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, the official bar for the Clemson team, will have all hands on deck. The game is a touchdown for the South Bay, which is rolling out the red carpet for its future college football visitors.

“This week is going to be a black-out week. We’re going to treat it like the Christmas to New Year’s week or like for us St. Patrick’s Day,” said bartender Ben Nunes. “Nobody gets it off, you know? You’re going to be here. You’re going to be working.”

South Bay Warming Shelters Open To Help Homeless People Escape The Cold

SUNNYVALE (KPIX) – The cold and chilly nights have cities around the Bay Area taking extra measures to protect their most vulnerable residents who sleep outside on the streets. They are setting up warming shelters for homeless residents.

But when it comes to when these shelters open up, it’s all about the numbers. Over the past couple of nights, those numbers have added up to a lot of misery and suffering on the streets.

At the Sunnyvale shelter on Hamlin Court, just like homeless shelters all across the county, they are gearing up for another windy, frigid night.

They do so by making space for temporary beds. In reality, it’s just a thin mattress on the concrete floor.

Andrea Urton is the CEO of Home First Services. She was homeless herself for several years as a teenager.

“What does a 2” rubber mat mean to somebody on a night like tonight? Well, they’re not in the mud somewhere,” says Urton. “They’re inside a building where they know they’re going to be warm. They’re offered a clean blanket. They’re offered a hot meal.”

Santa Clara County recently bumped up the temperature range under which the shelters open.

The overnight low only needs to drop to 40 degrees or lower. When there’s a 50 percent chance of rain, or 48 hours or more of precipitation, shelters open when it dips to 45 degrees or lower.

“I think it’s great,” says Urton. “I think it provides more people the opportunity to come in and be safe and be warm, they don’t have to wait until they’re absolutely freezing. They know that when they start to get bitter cold, they will have a respite.”

Michelle Covert with the county’s Office of Supportive Housing, says the cold weather has triggered a total of 150 temporary beds to open up at two dozen churches, community centers, and even libraries.

“They’re kind of de facto safe places for people to go,” says Covert. “I think libraries and community centers have always informally been daytime centers for homeless individuals. Now, it’s a more official program.”

Brian Hargrave is homeless. He says a shelter on a freezing night is a blessing.

“You tend to have peace of mind you know. You don’t constantly have to look over your shoulder and worry is this guy gonna attack me, or what’s gonna happen here, you know,” says Hargrave. “It takes a lot of the stress, worry and day to day stress away from you.”

Hargrave says the shelters don’t just keep people warm. They save lives.