ABC7 Presents: More to Explore

ABC7 Presents: More to Explore

Host Dan Ashley provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak peek into San Francisco's new Exploratorium!
Roger Goodell defends Ray Rice ban

Roger Goodell defends Ray Rice ban

Roger Goodell defended the NFL's suspension of Ray Rice, saying that domestic violence is "not acceptable" while emphasizing that the length of the ban is "consistent" with other punishments issued by the league.
Iraq Vet who served three tours of ...

Iraq Vet who served three tours of duty, shot in Antioch

An Iraq veteran who served three tours of duty is in critical condition after being the latest shooting victim in Antioch.
Tour says Johnson leave 'voluntary'...

Tour says Johnson leave 'voluntary'

The PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine, according to a report on
Sergio Garcia leads Bridgestone by ...

Sergio Garcia leads Bridgestone by 3

Sergio Garcia doesn't know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career.
Chain reaction accident between a M...

Chain reaction accident between a MUNI bus and two dump trucks

A chain reaction accident between a MUNI bus and two dump trucks injured nearly two dozen people on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco


San Francisco power outage affects ...

San Francisco power outage affects more than 36,000 PG&E customers

More than 36,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco early Wednesday morning, according to PG&E officials. The outage, impacting 36,895 PG&E customers began late Tuesday night, according to PG&E officials.

No strike after AC Transit deal rea...

No strike after AC Transit deal reached

AC Transit and its bus drivers and other employees avoided a potential Wednesday strike when the two sides reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract. Officials with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 and the bus system agreed to the deal shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, less than two hours before 1,625 drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers had said they would walk off the job. AC Transit also wanted workers to begin paying a portion of their health care premiums.
Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may...

Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may shift

Court questions decision to remove Grant from train [...] the courts and the public have placed the responsibility for Oscar Grant's death entirely on the BART police officer who shot the unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform. [...] a federal appeals court ruling could shift some of the blame to the officer's supervisor and perhaps the transit system itself. Former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired the shot that killed Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and is also a defendant in the damage suit by Grant's father and four of his friends. [...] he said, an employer "shouldn't be responsible for the actions of a rogue employee, but for negligent supervision." BART has paid $2.8 million in settlements to Grant's mother and daughter, and could be assessed additional damages in the suits by Grant's father and the four friends, who spent hours in handcuffs at the transit agency's police station after the shooting.
Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Are...

Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Area

Critics of a regional plan to encourage development and growth in areas with easy access to mass transit filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday. The petitioner, a group called Bay Area Citizens that says the plan will hurt their property values, is being represented in court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento conservative organization. The lawsuit alleges that Plan Bay Area violates the California Environmental Quality Act by omitting alternatives to its plan to steer 77 percent of future growth near "priority development areas," including places like Mission Bay in San Francisco, Oakland's Jack London Square and downtown San Rafael, Walnut Creek and Fairfield.
AC Transit, union proposals move cl...

AC Transit, union proposals move closer

AC Transit also wants workers to begin paying a portion of their health care premiums. A bus operator's base salary is $55,000, but health and other benefits bring total compensation to about $103,000, Johnson said. The agency also originally wanted workers to contribute 10 percent to their health care premiums before switching to an agreement based on flat rates.
Car found, but Oakland woman still ...

Car found, but Oakland woman still missing

A car belonging to a missing Oakland woman has been found, but the whereabouts of the criminal defense investigator remain unknown, police said Tuesday. Coke, 50, who is a death penalty expert, works as an investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, helping government lawyers defend indigent clients accused of federal crimes. Family members are wondering whether she met with someone who purported to know where her dog was, or whether she met with foul play with someone connected to her work at the public defender's office.


Pit Bull, 2 Men Stabbed In 2 Separa...

Pit Bull, 2 Men Stabbed In 2 Separate Incidents Early Friday In SF

A pit bull terrier. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)A pit bull and two men were stabbed in two separate incidents that happened in San Francisco early Friday morning.
Vogelsong Pitches Gem; Giants Begin...

Vogelsong Pitches Gem; Giants Begin Road Trip With 5-1 Win Over Mets

(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Ryan Vogelsong pitched a two-hitter for his second career complete game, Hunter Pence emerged from a deep funk with a triple and three RBIs and the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 5-1 on Friday night for their second straight win after a six-game skid.
Motor-City Sound Invades San Franci...

Motor-City Sound Invades San Francisco?Motown The Musical To Open At Orpheum Theatre

Diana Ross (C) and cast members attend the after party for the Broadway opening night for "Motown: The Musical" at Roseland Ballroom on April 14, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)The songs are definitely familiar, but the story may or may not be. Motown The Musical opens in San Francisco at The Orpheum Theatre on August 15th. Here's a little peak at what to expect.
New A?s Players Welcomed To Basebal...

New A?s Players Welcomed To Baseball?s Winningest Team For World Series Run

Sam Fuld #23 of the Oakland Athletics, Jon Lester #31 and Jonny Gomes #15 hold up jerseys during a press conference before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Coliseum on August 1, 2014 in Oakland. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)Jon Lester walked through the Oakland clubhouse doors to quite a greeting, from the snappy, patriotic marching tune blaring from the sound system to the handshakes and hellos from every corner.
Levi?s Stadium Ready For Its Closeu...

Levi?s Stadium Ready For Its Closeup: Earthquakes-Sounders Match To Test Transit, Parking

A general view of an entrance to Levi's Stadium. (CBS)The stadium is built, the ribbon-cutting is history, the trial runs are done, and now Levi?s Stadium is set for its first official sporting event Saturday evening.
Two Big Muni Accidents Injure Dozen...

Two Big Muni Accidents Injure Dozens In San Francisco

(CBS SF)Two different Muni accidents, both of which happened in the same hour Friday afternoon, have injured dozens in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.


Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police...

Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police Officers Were Veteran Detectives

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) -- The citizens of Santa Cruz are mourning the murders of two veteran police detectives who were shot and killed while conducting an investigation at a home on Branciforte Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The 35-year old alleged shooter, Jeremy Goulet, was also shot and killed minutes after the initial attack, investigators say.

"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."

The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.

"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.

When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.

Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.

Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.

Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.

Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.

Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.

(Copyright 2013, KRON 4, All rights reserved.)

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit ...

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit and Run Collision

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run collision in San  Jose early Tuesday morning, officers said.      Shortly after 1 a.m., police received a report of a traffic collision at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bellevue Avenue.      Upon arrival, police determined that a vehicle had struck a woman and the driver had fled before police arrived on scene.      The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries at 1:50 a.m., police said.      Preliminary police investigation into the incident revealed that the victim was crossing the street when a dark-colored vehicle struck her.  The vehicle did not stop and continued southbound on Monterey Road, police said.      Neither the driver nor the vehicle has been located and the incident remains under investigation, according to police.      The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin, police said.      Anyone with information regarding the incident or about the suspect vehicle is asked to contact local authorities.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of...

UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of Family Abandoning Boat Off Central Coast May Be a Hoax

(BCN) The U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search for a man, woman and two children who reportedly abandoned ship off the coast of Monterey County on Sunday afternoon saying that the report could have been a hoax.The search was suspended at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. Coast Guard boats and aircraft had been scouring the waters about 65 miles off the Monterey coast since about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, when the family made a distress call to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.The caller said he was on a boat, possibly named "Charmblow," with his wife, their 4-year-old son and the boy's young cousin.The man told the Coast Guard that the vessel's electronics system was failing, and then said over a choppy radio connection that the family had decided to abandon ship, according to the Coast Guard. Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said it is not clear how many life rafts the family had with them, but that there was no life raft. In the last dispatch from the boat at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the man said the family was trying to string together a cooler and a life ring to cling to. Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said there have been no missing-persons reports that would help identify the family. Lutz said the Coast Guard has checked local marinas for information about a boat named "Charmblow" or something similar, to no avail.However, although the search has been called off, the Coast Guard is still treating the incident as a legitimate distress call, Lutz said.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
San Francisco Symphony Oboist Colla...

San Francisco Symphony Oboist Collapses During Performance

SAN FRANCISCO -- A longtime oboist with the San Francisco Symphony remains hospitalized Monday after collapsing on stage Saturday night during a  performance at Davies Symphony Hall, a symphony spokesman said.      William Bennett, 56, the principal oboist, was performing Richard  Strauss' Oboe Concerto during an 8 p.m. performance at the hall, located at  201 Van Ness Ave., when he fell to the stage, spokesman Oliver Theil said.      The show was stopped and he was taken to a hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, Theil said.      He was still at the hospital this morning and was listed in guarded condition, according to Theil.      "We all think the world of Bill, and our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family," Theil said.      Bennett has been a member of the symphony since 1979 and has been  the principal oboist since 1987.      There has been an outpouring of support for Bennett over social media, including by the New York Philharmonic, which sent well wishes in a  tweet this morning.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Oakland Couple Feared Missing on So...

Oakland Couple Feared Missing on South America Bike Trip

(BCN) -- Family members and friends are worried about an Oakland couple who may have disappeared during a bike trip in South America last month.Garrett Hand, 25, and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, left on their bike trip in late November, and at the end of January all communication stopped, Hand's sister Larkin McGowan said today.She said there has been no financial activity on the couple's bank accounts or credit cards since Jan. 25. "That's the big alarm," said McGowan, who lives in Concord.The couple, who McGowan described as avid bicyclists and well-traveled, have been documenting their trip online. Social media posts dropped off around the same time the financial activity stopped, she said. The last post on Neal's Facebook was on Jan. 23, when the pair arrived in Cusco, Peru.Hand, a commercial fisherman in the Bay Area, posted in Spanish on his Facebook page from Cusco on Jan. 25 that the next stop of the trip would be Pucallpa, Peru, if the couple could find a bus.Neal, who is in her 20s and works at the Pedaler Bike Shop in El Sobrante, had been in touch with her coworkers through the end of January, shop mechanic Mark Lindgren said.The shop has pooled together a $3,000 reward for any information that will help locate the couple.Lindgren said Neal had taken time off work for the trip, and that regular customers and colleagues are concerned.Donations for the couple's families can be made at any Mechanics Bank by mentioning Hand or Neal, Lindgren said.On Feb. 13, the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, posted an emergency message warning of a potential kidnapping threat in the Cusco area."The Embassy has received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area," the message reads.The threat is listed as credible through the end of February.McGowan said the families are working with the U.S. Embassy and local authorities.Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homi...

Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homicide Arrested

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- A third suspect in a 2010 homicide in San Jose is in custody after being arrested Friday afternoon as he was on his way to court, police said.       Carlos Ruiz Paz, 21, a San Jose resident, was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. as he was en route to an unrelated court case, police said.      The victim, 22-year-old Jose Antonio Vega Calderon, was found stabbed and shot at the corner of Willard Avenue and San Carlos Street at about 9:30 p.m. on April 21, 2010, police said.       He was taken to a hospital, where he died later that night.      The killing was later determined to be gang-related, according to police.      Jose Torres, 22, and Alvaro Ochoa, 22, were identified as suspects and arrested in connection with the murder. They have been in custody since their 2010 arrests, police said.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)


Crews prep for Levi's Stadium openi...

Crews prep for Levi's Stadium opening game

Crews are working hard to get Levi’s Stadium ready for the first big event, a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game, Saturday night.

While it won’t be the 49ers breaking in the field first, officials say they’re planning a party they believe will appeal to fans of both football and soccer.

Tickets are sold out and fans can't wait for the doors to open.

"It's pretty cool. It's not every day you get to see a new stadium," says Landon Calannio of Santa Clara.

Friday afternoon workers tested the sound system, the power and workers walked the entire stadium making sure the wi-fi was working from every seat.

And while some put in new plants and polished the railings.

Others were tasked with stocking the stores with merchandise and the concession stands with cold beer.

Contractors came in to meet last minute deadlines.

"That's what we do. We're always about last minute craziness," says TIme Prater of Splash Events.

The San Jose Earthquakes got in one final practice before the big game.

The team president says fans at this inaugural event are in for a treat.

"We're going to have a lot of pomp and circumstance both at pregame and at halftime. And of course all the action on the pitch," says Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes.

The halftime show, a tribute to championships, will have appearances by former champions both from the Earthquakes and the 49ers.

And there are keepsakes. Banners will be a free giveaway at the door and scarfs will be on sale for $25, so fans can remember the day.

"We have a lot of things that are one offs that we did for this game cause it's so special," says Kaval.

Now the time for practicing is finally over. Saturday's game will fill the stands to about two-thirds their capacity.

Still it will be a real test for everything from security to parking.

Officials say all the planning and hard work is about to pay off.

"Now we're here to enjoy that and I think people are ready for a party," says Kaval.

After Saturday’s soccer game there will be some time to evaluate what worked well at the stadium and what needs tweaking. The 49ers take the field for their first preseason game August 17th.

Bay Area Facebookers react to outag...

Bay Area Facebookers react to outage

For the second time in as many months the Bay Area-based worldwide social media site Facebook crashed, leaving untold millions of users without access to their accounts.  Though it was a short outage it had worldwide reverberations.

It made headlines worldwide and was the talk of Twitter and all other social media.

Los Angeles police even took to twitter to plead with residents to stop asking them when Facebook would be back up.

Facebook has become something of a utility that’s expected to work all the time.

"Consumers just expect it to be there when they need it. Its part of their life and when it's not there it's terrifically upsetting," says Kit Yarrow, Professor of Consumer Psychology at Golden Gate University.  Doctor Abby Metcalf, a Psychologist specializing in addictions says, Facebook and other social media stimulate the same brain pleasure centers that drugs and other addictive do.

"There are treatment centers across the United States.  There's only a few open.  There's three or four that I know of who are specifically treating social media addiction," says Dr. Metcalf.

One man we met in Berkeley says many of his friends sure seem addicted.

"People, that's their whole lives, so it's like, you know what I mean, they can't go without it, you know, Now that it's here it's here to stay," says J.R. Williams. 

Other folks we met in Berkeley, fully aware of alternatives, told us that they're not so concerned about a Facebook outage.

"If I was on it during an outage, I don't think I would care that much though. I'd just go on another website maybe," says Jocelyn Wu, a young Facebook user.

"It's not like a life or death moment like you have to be, get a connection on the Facebook and it's gonna hinder you in some way," says Jacob Johnson another frequent Facebook user.

However, one man told us that many companies use Facebook for marketing, ordering and customer service.

"I'm sure it is a big part of some peoples' businesses. They're probably using it all the time and being down, it's like anything else being down," says Andrew Hoffman.

Facebook ultimately did put up an explanation of what happened, but I think you'd have to have a software engineering degree to understand it. But, make no mistake Facebook is important. If Facebook's users were a nation, its population would be third only to China and India.

Arson to blame for fire near De Anz...

Arson to blame for fire near De Anza trail

Arsonists appear to have been behind a fire that destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a residential building along the Delta de Anza Regional Trail in Pittsburg Friday afternoon, a fire marshal said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 3:13 p.m. near the intersection of the trail and Railroad Avenue, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials.

The fire burned about an eighth of an acre of vegetation in addition to burning the two structures along the trail between Railroad Avenue and Crestview Drive, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, he said.

No injuries were reported.

The fire marshal said witnesses reported seeing someone start the fire a short time before it was reported. Fire district and East Bay Regional Parks District investigators are working to identify and locate at least one suspect.

Marshall said the fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the residential structure, but it is unclear whether anyone is currently living there.

Old Labrador who walked 30 miles ba...

Old Labrador who walked 30 miles back home adopted

An elderly black Labrador retriever who once walked 30 miles to return to a home that did not want her has now been rescued by an heiress with a soft spot for animals.

Lady was adopted by a family in Sedan, Kansas, after her owner died in 2012. But she did not get along with smaller dogs that the family adopted, so she was taken to a shelter.

The mellow Lab was again adopted, this time by a woman who lived 30 miles from the previous family with the small dogs.  She grabbed headlines when she walked all 30 miles to get back to that family -- a family that did not want to take her back.

At this point, the story becomes a fairy tale.

Helen Rich, the Wrigley chewing gum heiress,  recently lost her own senior black Labrador. She saw a Facebook post about Lady and decided to adopt her.

Rich sent her personal assistants Chet Ragsdale and Barbara DeCiocco on a private jet to Kansas to pick Lady up.

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And where is Lady now? Sharing space at an 11,000-square foot home in Odessa, Fla., with five other dogs and several cats. With a spot right next to Rich.

“The dog will be right there where she is,” DiCioccio said. “We already have a bed for her.”  (

Rich founded On the Wings of Angels Rescue and shelters scores of rescued animals on a large tract of land in Odessa.

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Brutal otter attack closes popular beach in Wash. [Warning: Graphic Content]

An otter attacked a boy and his grandmother in a popular park Thursday, leading park officialsto warn others to stay away.

 Two members of the Moser family left their favorite fishing spot on the Pilchuck River with wounds all over their heads and bodies.

"It was facing us and it came right up over his head,” Tabitha Moser said.  She watched as her 8-year-old son Bryce was brutally attacked by an animal they couldn't even identify at first.  She said Bryce was standing in the water that runs along Lake Connor Park when the animal wrapped its body around the little boy's.

"My mom is there like lightning-- she ripped it off.  She kind of ripped it off and it immediately attached on to her,” Moser said.

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They later learned it was an otter that nearly ripped her mother's eye out; she needed surgeries and more than 100 stitches.

"Her whole eye was kind of taken apart,” says Moser of her mother’s injuries.

Friday, the Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the beach and officers went searching for the otter.

"Most likely the animal will be euthanized,” Sgt. Jennifer Maurstad said.  But only if it’s found.

While a neighbor said us she's surprised to hear about the attack, she said it has happened before, relatively recently.

"On July 12th or 13th there were some people up river and there were some guys who came up and walked back and said there had been an otter attack up there,” said Sharon McDowell, who lives along the river.

Lake Connor Park security officials said they heard about a third incident.  None was as brutal as the one that happened to the Mosers, though.  Tabitha said if it wasn’t for her mother, her son may not have survived. 

“If she did not get in there like she did, if he took on the wounds that she did, I don't know if he would have made it without drowning because it was taking him under water," she said.

Man gets 40 years for 1992 rape, mu...

Man gets 40 years for 1992 rape, murder of 2 women

A 53-year-old man who in May pleaded no contest to the sexual assault and murder of two women 22 years ago in the Oakland hills was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in state prison for the crimes.

Monte Crawford pleaded no contest to first and second-degree murder charges in the 1992 deaths of Shirley Wynn and Tredis Penny.

Penny's naked body was found near Skyline Road in the Oakland hills on Feb. 24, 1992. Wynn's body was discovered five days later on March 1, 1992 about a half-mile away near Golf Links Road.

The murders went unsolved for 16 years until evidence linked Crawford to their deaths in 2008, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the DNA matches occurred shortly before Crawford finished serving a term in prison in Washington state for a sexual offense he committed there.

Crawford was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial shortly after the murder charges were filed against him in 2008, but he was found to be mentally competent in 2009.

Several members of the victims' families attended Friday's sentencing, and prosecutors read a letter to the court from Wynn's daughter describing her pain at the loss and what the loss meant to other members of Wynn's family.

Penny's son Jaron Penny, who was 12 years old at the time of his mother's murder, also addressed the court and had just one question for Crawford: "Why?"

"I'm glad they put him away," Penny said after the sentencing. "I don't know why he did that to my mom, but I'm glad he was sentenced for it. I'm glad he's in prison."

Penny struggled to fight back tears outside the courtroom as he was comforted by loved ones.

He said seeing the man responsible for his mother's murder sentenced has brought him a sense of closure, but he said he still struggles with the loss.

"I don't want him put to death like he did to my mom, but it has been hard for me, very hard," he said.

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