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Dying father leaves dozens of letters behind for family

A dying man's final gift to his family, came in the form of more than 30 letters.

Mitchell Whisenhunt lost his battle with Marfan's syndrome Saturday.

Shortly after his passing his wife discovered a collection of letters he left behind, along with notebooks of poetry.

She says reading his letters now that he's gone is surreal, and it's the letters Mitchell wrote to their one-year-old daughter that are the most special.

"If this is being read, I have passed. In this grieving period for my wife, the last thing I want her to worry about is the coming cost of my funeral," Ashley read.

"Her 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, birthday and on the 16th he wrote "Sweet 16" on the front, all the way up to her 18th birthday," Ashley explained of the letters to her daughter.

Whisenhunt's wife says she will honor her late husband's wishes ... And make sure their daughter opens a letter for each occasion her dad wrote one.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:16:57 -0700

4 big-rigs blocking traffic on I-880 in San Leandro

An accident involving four big-rigs is blocking traffic on northbound Interstate Highway 880 near the North Davis Street onramp in San Leandro, according to California Highway Patrol.

No injuries have been reported but two lanes are closed and CHP officers are on scene, said Officer Kevin Bartlett. Bartlett said a freeway service patrol tow truck first came upon the crash, but won't be able to tow the trucks.

Big-rig tow trucks are en route, he said, but there is no time estimate of how long it will take before the lanes are re-opened.

Bartlett said they do not yet know the cause of the crash.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:54:11 -0700

San Francisco tour guide goes on racist rant targeting Chinatown

A San Francisco tour bus guide went on a bizarre racist tirade on her last day on the job that was captured on cell phone video and later posted to YouTube.

In her rant she insulted people in Chinatown. In part of the rant the tour guide stated, "When you come to America you gotta assimilate a little bit, OK? And here in America we don't eat turtles and frogs." People on the bus could be heard clapping.

During the rant the tour guide took swigs from a brown bottle, presumably alcohol. She bashed just about everything in Chinatown from its noise, to its laundry and even its dragons.

The reaction KTVU received about her tirade was mixed. KTVU found one woman who agreed with the rant, while another said the tour guide's musings were out of line and ignorant.

"It's definitely hurtful. I'm of Filipino Asian descent and don't tolerate ignorance really and for people in a bus to clap for something like that - that's really unbelievable," said Nesha Hill of San Francisco. 

The supervisor of the district, David Chui, said he wanted an apology. He wanted the tourist bus company to come forward and the tour guide as well.

 City Sightseeing San Francisco later released the following statement:

"I deeply apologize to the residents of Chinatown and San Francisco, for the conduct of a former employee.

Comments made by this former employee on her last day of employment are absolutely not a representation of how much we love and support Chinatown, and every other community in San Francisco.

Due to this unfortunate incident, we have added additional training processes to ensure that each tour is up to our rigorous standard."

Warning: The video of the tour guide's rant contains graphic and offensive language. Watch the video here.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:29:54 -0700

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