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Livermore Police Shoot Woman They Say Drove At Them, Hitting Patrol Cars

LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — Officers shot a woman they say drove at them, striking two patrol cars, in Livermore Saturday night, sending her to the hospital, police said on Sunday morning. Around 11:51 p.m., an officer on routine patrol in the northwest part of town saw a vehicle deemed “suspicious” in the parking lot of a business in the 1000 block of Airway Boulevard, police said. A records check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen Thursday, according to police. Several officers arrived and ordered the vehicle’s only occupant, a 26-year-old woman, out of the vehicle, police said. The woman ignored the commands and drove toward the officers, hitting two patrol cars, according to police. Fearing for their safety, officers fired at the suspect, police said. She was struck by the officers’ fire, was given first aid and was taken to the hospital, police said. Her injuries were described as not being life-threatening. No officers were injured in the incident, police said. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call (925) 371-4777. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Foo Fighters Postpones Show Due To Family Emergency

LEXINGTON, KY (CBS SF) – Hours before taking the stage at a concert in Kentucky on Saturday, the Foo Fighters announced they had to postpone their show due to an unspecified family emergency.

On Saturday afternoon, reps for the band released a statement that the Foo Fighter’s October 21st show at Lexington’s Rupp Arena will be moved to take place on May 1st, 2018. “The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to returning to rock Lexington in May,” the statement read.

Fans can either opt for a refund or their tickets for the Saturday night’s show will be honored in May.

No other details about the family emergency was released.

The Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on December 2nd.

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British Newspaper Apologizes For Digitally Altering Solange Knowles’s Braids

LONDON (CBS SF/AP) — Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper has apologized to Solange Knowles for digitally altering an image of the singer on the cover of its magazine.

Knowles — who had released a song called “Don’t Touch My Hair” — complained on Instagram that an elaborate braided crown on her head had been digitally removed from the cover photo.

The magazine article featured the singer talking about her experiences spending time at her mother’s salon as a child. She also discussed braiding’s importance to her and praised it as “its own art form.”

The magazine said in a statement Saturday that the photo was altered for “layout purposes” but it was sorry for the offense caused. The statement said: “Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.”

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Knowles is in the Bay Area this weekend, performing two shows at the U.C. Greek Theater in Berkeley.

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1 Killed, 2 Wounded In 3 Separate Oakland Shootings; Suspects Remain At Large

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — One victim died and two others were injured in three separate shootings Saturday in Oakland, according to police. The first shooting occurred at 5:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The male victim suffered a gunshot wound and took himself to a hospital, police said. The suspect remains at large. The second shooting occurred at 6:04 p.m. in the 8000 block of San Leandro Street. The male victim died at the scene, police said. Police have not made any arrests in the case or identified any suspects. The third shooting occurred at 11:06 p.m. in the 1400 block of 34th Avenue. A male victim suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital, police said. The suspect remains at large, police said. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Wine Country Residents Return To Fields Of Lost Dreams

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Residents throughout California’s picturesque wine country returned to neighborhoods this weekend where fields of debris and ash stood in place of backyards filled with children, swing sets and weekend barbecues. The devastation was nearly total in neighborhoods like Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park, Fountaingrove and areas of Mendocino’s Redwood Valley. The death toll remained at 43 and more than 7,000 structures — mostly homes — had been turned to piles of debris by the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in California history. READ MORE: Wine Country Wildfires Lines were long Saturday at centers set up to help residents to apply for FEMA loans, state aid and to file insurance claims to begin the recovery process. Early estimates put the losses suffered in the fire to well over $1 billion. Throughout the region residents struggled with memories of those lost, a deep felt thankfulness to the heroes that emerged and an attempt to return to the new normal in the fire-ravaged region. On Saturday night, the sound of a high school band, cheerleaders, stands full of excited fans and the smell of fresh popped popcorn from the concession stand came from Napa’s Memorial Stadium where a prep football game took place.

“Football is really big in this community,” Debbie Kmiec told KPIX 5 as she stood at the concession stand. “I needed it…The kids needed it.” Vintage High player Demitrial Martin stood holding an American flag on the sidelines. “It’s a great feeling being out here again,” he said. “It means the world to everyone.” Merchants and winemakers spend their day on Saturday imploring the vital tourist trade to return to the valley. While their businesses were undamaged by the blaze, the lost of foot traffic caused by the fires was proving to be devastating to their bottom line.

“We were on track to have our best month and best year ever,” said Walt Wines Thrace Bromberger. “Now all is on hold…People are scared to come back.”

Bromberger said on a normal fall Saturday, the winery’s tasting room in downtown Sonoma would host about 150 people. But this week, they will be lucky to get 50 as the vital tourism trade is slow to return. Meanwhile, in one Santa Rosa neighborhood, residents spend Saturday searching for a woman called the ‘Fire Angel’ who appeared out of the smoke and flames to join a bucket line that took water from a resident’s pool and helped beat back the Tubbs Fire. Local resident, Casey Mae Wells, wants to thank the woman in person. “We arrived at our house while she, along with other amazing people, were running back and forth from Elizabeth’s pool to put out the fire across the street,” she wrote on Facebook. “I would love to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts  to this woman … As horrific as last Monday was, I’ve never seen so many come together so selflessly to help.” And many on Saturday many remembered those who were lost. In Mendocino’s Redwood Valley, relatives of 14-year-old Kai Logan Shepherd, recalled his beautiful spirit. He was killed as he attempted to flee the deadly flames with his family. His parents and sister were badly burned and continue to battle for their lives.
“He was just an amazing boy,” said Mindi Ramos, Kai’s aunt. “I wish everyone could have seen that smile of his in person and known what a strong, brave, wise soul he was. Fourteen years was not enough.” With the fires nearly totally contained, the thousands of firefighters who rushed to aid in the battle began to return to their homes in the Bay Area, California and the West Coast. Included among those brave crews were local firefighters — many who lost their own homes — and volunteer firefighters who raced to battle the flames. Signs were everywhere across the valley, thanking them for the bravery and courage. “They put themselves into some pretty bad spots,” said Sonoma Valley Fire Battalion Chief Bob Norrbom. “They were right in the middle of it. They did a great job.”

Driver Shot In San Francisco Attempted Armed Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A driver was shot during an attempted armed robbery in San Francisco Pacific Heights neighborhood Saturday night, authorities said. Police said they received a call reporting the shooting at Clay and Laguna at around 8:52 p.m. Arriving officers discovered the driver with a non-life threatening leg wound. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment. Investigators said the car had a Uber sticker on it, but could not confirm that he was actually a Uber driver. They were searching for two suspects who remained at large. There was no description of the suspects released. Police said they were following up on leads.

‘Everything Changed’: San Francisco Firefighter Remembers 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rescue

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — This week marks the 28-year anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake that killed over 60 people and injured thousands in the Bay Area. The earthquake registered a magnitude of 6.9 and changed the lives of many including former San Francisco Fire Captain Gerry Shannon. Shannon became a hero that night when he saved 56-year-old woman Sherra Cox from a burning apartment building in San Francisco. The fire captain had to use two different chainsaws to free Cox from her building before it burnt to the ground. Shannon’s story is featured in a new Smithsonian Channel series called “Make It Out Alive.” This six-part series focuses on people who survived both natural and man-made disasters. Shannon spoke with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about what he remembers from the night of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, how he and Cox made it out of the building alive and why that night changed his life forever. DJ Sixsmith: When I say October 17th, 1989 what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Gerry Shannon: I get a kind of tightness in my chest. I picture that fire that ended up signaling the fifth alarm. I think about that whole insanity of that evening and what preempted it and our view coming down the hill in the firetruck. It looked like a war zone. DS: There was a woman stuck in the house when you got there. Her name was Sherra Cox. What were you thinking when you first heard her voice? GS: It was confusing because everyone was telling me not to go into the building. They didn’t even want me going near it. Hearing her voice was confusing to me because I had no idea what to do, there was no game plan. DS: Sherra was crushed inside the house and couldn’t move because her hip and pelvis were shattered. You had to cut her out with two chainsaws. How did you deal with the fear of that fight or flight moment? GS: It’s funny that you use that phrase fight or flight because that is exactly what kicks in. You have to rationalize that this is your insurance policy and it’s time to pay it off. You have to get in the mindset and it doesn’t sound right, but you don’t want to think. DS: The whole theme of this series documenting heroes on the Smithsonian Channel is making it out alive. How did you, Sherra and your team make it out of the house alive in 1989? GS: I think somebody up there likes us because there were times I was thinking about how am I going tell my kids all this stuff. You have to keep focused on what you need to do. You cannot let your mind wander and start thinking about whether or not you will make it out. Once I made contact with Sherra, heard her voice and grabbed her hand, you can’t leave. DS: What was the scariest part of the whole experience? GS: It was when I got in there and realized now I’m in. Once we cut through where she was, my chainsaw went dull and I had to sit back and wait for another chainsaw. I started to think that this place is full of gas and one spark could blow this whole place up. There was a time for a minute or two that I was leaning up against the wall and watching the place get brighter and brighter. DS: Once you guys finally got out and Sherra was on her way to the ambulance, she stopped because she wanted to know your last name. She called you her hero. What did it mean to you that you saved her life? GS: It meant everything that night and the 20 years that it was my privilege to know her. I got to know who she was in that moment when she had herself wedged against the entrance of the ambulance. They were trying to get her in and she said I’m not going in there until I get his last name. Sherra lost everything and she told me it was just stuff. DS: How did that day and those moments in the house change your life? GS: I was a bouncer in a bar playing softball and all of that stopped. Everything changed. I just wanted to be a better person and learned a lot from Sherra. I started going to meditation retreats. All of the things that I thought were valuable didn’t mean anything. My family meant a whole lot more. Episode two of the series entitled “San Francisco Earthquake” airs this Sunday, October 22nd at 9pm EST/6PM PST on the Smithsonian Channel. The Smithsonian Channel is a joint venture between CBS Corporation’s Showtime Networks, Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution.

Cal Loses To Arizona In Double Overtime

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Arizona running back Zach Green couldn’t bring himself to watch California’s two-point conversion attempt in overtime and instead stared at his helmet. Tight end Bryce Wolma tried to look away, too, but forced himself to take a peek — just in time to see freshman linebacker Colin Schooler’s game-saving deflection. “I was looking at the scoreboard throughout overtime when we were on defense,” said Wolma, whose touchdown moments earlier put the Wildcats ahead. “The very last played I turned. I’m like, ‘I have to watch this.’ I’m glad I did.” Quarterback Khalil Tate ran for 137 yards and a touchdown and passed for two more, including a 22-yarder to Wolma in the second overtime, and Arizona held on to beat California 45-44 on Saturday night. The two teams combined for 984 yards of offense but it was Schooler’s defensive play that made the difference. Green scored the Wildcats touchdown in the first overtime and had a 3-yard run to open the second extra period before Tate scrambled in the backfield to avoid a sack and found Wolma open near the goal line for the game-winner. California answered with Vic Enwere’s 1-yard touchdown run but came up short on the two-point conversion try when Schooler knocked away Ross Bowers’ pass intended for Jordan Duncan near the back of the end zone. “We felt like the overtime two-point was that our best chance to win,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. “It was my call. We were playing to win the game and that’s what I felt like was the best.” That the Bears went for two instead of trying to force a third overtime rankled some of the Wildcats defenders. “We took it kind of personally how they thought that they could go for two when they didn’t need to,” Schooler said. “Luckily they didn’t get it.” Bowers completed 29 of 49 throws for 301 yards and two touchdowns, one in the first overtime, but was intercepted twice. The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) wasted leads of 21-7 and 28-14 before holding off the Bears (4-4, 1-4). That bodes well for coach Rich Rodriguez’s team, which is heading into the meaty portion of its schedule. Arizona next plays No. 15 Washington State in Tucson followed by a road game at No. 11 Southern California on Nov. 4. “The difference at the end just came down to making plays,” Rodriguez said. “They had a good play called. We just had a freshman step up and make a big play.” Tate continued to give Arizona’s offense a lift. The Wildcats sophomore quarterback has rushed for 694 yards and passed for 468 in three games since replacing Brandon Dawkins. Arizona outrushed California 345-172, a big chunk coming on Tate’s 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Wildcats did so despite losing running back J.J. Taylor to an ejection in the first half. California tied the game in the fourth on Patrick Laird’s 8-yard touchdown run with 5:07 remaining in regulation. The two teams then exchanged field goals before Arizona missed a chance to win in regulation when Tate’s deep throw was intercepted by Ashtyn Davis at the California 1. TAMING TATE
Like Colorado and UCLA before them, the Bears tried loading the box in order to limit Tate’s scrambling. While he easily eclipsed the 150-yard mark for the third consecutive game, Tate’s rushing yards were his fewest since taking over at quarterback.
“They didn’t like just all of a sudden Cal started loading the box up or bringing safeties down fast,” Rodriguez said. “(Defenses) have been doing this for 2-3 weeks now.” MEMORIES
Before Saturday, Arizona last played California in 2014 when the Wildcats won on a Hail Mary pass as time expired.
“Coming here I was aware of (that) Hail Mary pass,” Tate said. “Being in this game kind of made it seem like it’s something that Cal and Arizona is destined to do.” THE TAKEAWAY
Arizona: This was a big win for Rodriguez’s team. The Wildcats had two players ejected and lost linebacker Tony Fields to an injury in the fourth quarter but hung on for the win. They did it after twice blowing 14-point leads. With the next two games coming against ranked opponents, Arizona has a chance to prove its worth in the Pac-12. California: The Bears put up a gutsy effort but couldn’t carry over the momentum from their first win over a Top 10 team since 2003. The loss definitely stings, especially because Cal’s defense was coming off its best game of the season. The offense had four scoring drives of 11 plays or longer that helped make up for the issues on defense, but it wasn’t enough. UP NEXT
Arizona: Returns to Tucson to host No. 15 Washington State on Oct. 28. The Wildcats have dropped two straight and three of four to the Cougars.
California: The Bears play three of their final four regular season games on the road, beginning at Colorado on Oct. 28.

Giants Shake Up Coaching Staff; Righetti Reassigned To Front Office

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochy’s field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans. The club announced Righetti’s role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations. Evans said the club is interviewing for a pitching coach and hitting coach. He said it was too soon to say whether hitting coach Hensley Meulens would remain in his role but that at least one hitting coach position is open with Decker being reassigned. “Ultimately a change for us in the clubhouse is really an opportunity just to put a new voice with our pitching staff and try to keep pushing to the heights that we aspire as an organization and a club,” Evans said. “Changes sometimes are needed as much for the sake of that new voice as anything. That was really the priority here. Change can be for the good of both your staff and your players sometimes. This is certainly not going to eliminate Dave Righetti’s voice in this organization, in some ways it may even enlarge his voice, but it gives the players a daily perspective on perhaps new ways to approach the game or new ways to approach their work.” Righetti’s 18 years as pitching coach marked the longest run in the position in San Francisco history. He was one of only five Giants coaches since 1900 with at least 10 years on the staff. San Francisco went 64-98 for a last-place finish in the NL West and avoided the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1985 during the final weekend of the regular season. The Giants, long defined by dominant pitching, had a 16th-ranked 4.50 team ERA and lost ace Madison Bumgarner for nearly three months after his dirt bike accident in Colorado. Right-hander Johnny Cueto also was out for significant time on the disabled list with various injuries. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12 and ’14 — making this season all the more shocking given a roster that looked as if it could contend coming out of spring training. “It does raise the level of attention to change when you struggle as much as we have,” Evans said. “You’re always contemplating making changes to try to help keep pushing your guys and make sure that you continue to have different perspectives and new voices and reflections on how to get the most out of them.” The 58-year-old Righetti, a left-hander who pitched 16 seasons in the majors and was the 1981 AL Rookie of the Year, threw a no-hitter for the Yankees against the Red Sox on July 4, 1983. Evans discussed the role change with Righetti in September and they have since spoken by phone multiple times. “His heartbeat is in uniform as a coach, that’s his heartbeat,” Evans said. “But he also loves this organization and loves our players and our pitchers, particularly, and wants to make an impact and wants to be open to how that could look in a different role. I’m sure it’s still hard to imagine even for us Dave not in uniform. But at the same time there’s so much that he can offer in this new role.”

UC Berkeley Student Fights Off Attacker

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A student jogging on the fire trails above the University of California at Berkeley fought off a man who sneaked up behind her
and tackled her to the ground, campus police said Saturday. The man tackled the woman, then tried to take off her shorts and fondled her, but she fought him off and he ran away, police said. The suspect is a man in his 50s, with a medium build, gray collar-length hair, a full gray beard and dressed in khaki pants. Anyone with information about this offense should contact campus police at (510) 642-0472 during business hours or (510) 642-6760 at other times.