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Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 75,402. It is one of the cities that make up Silicon Valley, and has the only deepwater port on San Francisco Bay south of San Francisco itself.

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Arrest made in fatal bar-bell beating at gym

A South San Francisco man was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly beat another man to death at a gym where they were both members, according to police.

Police were called to the gym on the 100 block of El Camino Real in South San Francisco around 9:30 p.m. yesterday on a report of an assault.

Witnesses told officers that a gym member, later identified as South San Francisco resident Kenneth Osako, 46, had attacked another gym member with a solid steel bar normally used to lift weights.

Osako, a plumber, allegedly struck the man in the head several times, the dropped the steel bar and left the scene, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died Thursday of his injuries.

Osako was located this morning and arrested by South San Francisco police and a special agent from the Department of Homeland Security, police said.

He has been booked into San Mateo County jail on suspicion of murder.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:37:20 -0700

Bay Area Scots await news of independence vote

UPDATE: Scottish voters rejected indenpendence and deicded that Scotland would remain part of the United Kingdom.

As voters in Scotland went to the polls in record numbers, Scots in the Bay Area watched and waited. "The momentum seems to be going very strongly towards a 'yes' vote," said Paul McGinlay from his store, William Glen & Sons.

McGinlay sells Scottish imports such as wool sweaters, kilts, and Scotch, and thinks his homeland has enough resources to survive without being part of the United Kingdom.

"Obviously a huge one is Scottish oil. Scotland has 96 percent of U.K. oil. That's big," McGinlay said. "As it currently stands, the massive amounts of money that are generated in Scotland, they just go straight to London to make London a world power and nothing really is channeled back into Scotland."

Hannah Law is a student in the U.S. and voted 'yes' by proxy.

"It's the biggest political thing to happen in my lifetime," Law said. "You know, we don't really live in a democracy. We're not represented."

At McGraw's Bar and Grill in Belmont, there is a house as divided as the country.

"My family are voting 'no'," explained Joan McGraw.

"I've got five brothers and sisters back home and they're all voting 'yes'. And I would, too, if I could," said Joan's husband, Eddie. "I just think it's time Scotland stood up for itself. Scotland doesn't need anyone else to lean on."

Wife, Joan, disagreed, "Scotland is a very small country and I feel we have to be part of Britain."

Either way, some Bay Area Scots will be seeking comforts of home.

As Law joked, "I will be drinking even more Scotch than I intended to otherwise!"

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:16:21 -0700

Bay Area travelers talk of Hurricane's chaos after returning from Cabo

It's been a long week for people who were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas. Hurricane Odile slammed into the resort area on Sunday and changed everything.

Now that the devastating weather has cleared, it's becoming clear how big this disaster was and how many people - including thousands of Americans - have been affected.

Christina Welcome-Lopez of Concord, who returned home Thursday, said, "It’s as if Hurricane Katrina hit Mexico."

Cabo has been severely damaged, and still, Americans are scrambling to escape the devastation.

"Hotel row and San Jose Del Cabo is demolished. All the hotels in Cabo San Lucas are demolished, all the stores, the Costco, the Walmart, Sam's Club have been looted," said Chris Harris after he arrived at San Francisco Airport.

Jelena Earhart and Liesl Ludwig, both of San Francisco, were on a "Girls Weekend" in Cabo with seven other women when the hurricane ended the party.

"We were told we weren't going to get out and to go home. We had no way to get home, we had no home. We had nowhere to go, we had no more food, we had no more water," said Ludwig.

The hurricane was bad enough, destroying hotels, ripping down trees and power poles, and causing flooding all over - but it's clear the aftermath is far worse.

You could hear the stress in Ludwig's voice, "I saw reports that there is scattered looting. There's not scattered looting. There's civil unrest. There is massive looting. It did not feel safe."

"Things had changed. Clearly people were getting desperate. And that's when it really got scary," said Chris Ludwig.

The airport is a fair distance from the resorts and to get there, Terry Fung of Castro Valley says he and his friends did something that might happen in a post-apocalyptic movie.

"We actually tried to highjack a school bus that was stuck in mud, all 13 of us tried to push the school bus, we got it to start, but we couldn't get it to move."

Eventually, they paid someone a lot of money to drive them in a van.

The airport, which was recently modernized, is devastated, and for a time, only military flights were coming and going. Liesl Ludwig said they had to fly through Canada to get back to San Francisco.

"There are a lot of people still there, and I hope they send more planes, there were not enough planes. There was not enough military, there was not enough police."

By phone, an official at the Mexican Consul General's office in San Diego, tried to be reassuring.

"Right now, the Mexican Army, the federal police, and all the entities that are required for security for the destination are in place," said Alejandro Sandandar.

Consulate officials added there were about 20,000 tourists, most of them American, in Cabo during the storm, and that about 5000 had left by early Thursday afternoon.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:09:07 -0700

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