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. right now at 5:00, a major crash in the east bay leaves a number of people murpt new video from the scene and the latest from firefighters. plus, big changes in the bay area when it comes to the pandemic from masks to vaccines. what you can expect this week. first, calls for justice from the asian american community one year since the unprovoked attack on a thai grandfather in san francisco. >> the news at 5:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> i'm audrey asistio. they rallied to commemorate the
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death of the man from thailand who was violently shoved to the ground and died from his injuries. >> his killing sparked outrage and calls for justice for asian american victims of hate. kristi smith reports. >> reporter: san francisco's visit near the western edition transformed today as people marched through the streets. >> and to honor him as a symbol in a movement to stop asian hate. the 84-year-old died a year ago while out on his morning walk. after an attack that authorities say was unprovoked. outrage over the attack quickly spread throughout the asian community. >> i miss him every day. one year ago, my father was walking in this neighborhood when he was violently pushed. >> reporter: today his daughter addressed the crowd. >> we all have a right to stay safe and be able to walk in our neighborhood without fear. we feel so much pain for my
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father. >> reporter: city leaders came to show support, including mayor london breed. >> the fact that we are here today signifies hope. it signifies hope for a better future of what we can do when we come together. >> reporter: many highlighted the spike in violence against asian americans in the bay area and around the country since the pandemic began. >> we know when you add hundreds upon hundreds, thousands upon thousands of incidents, these are not coincidences. this is racism. >> yes, it is! >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now! >> carrying a banner that read justice for vicha, they retraced his steps on his last day. and led a march honoring victims and calling for change. and it wasn't just here in san francisco. similar events were held in about a half dozen other cities p. it's so important we come together and say we will not stand for the violence against asian americans.
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♪♪ >> reporter: in san francisco, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> the developing story for you right now. thousands still have no comcast service in the east bay after an early morning shooting. comcast's spokesperson confirmed around 15,000 to 20,000 customers have no service right now. they told us fiber lines near eastmont mall were hit by gunfire about 3:00 this morning. someone did fire 17 rounds into the air there. they went out, checked it out. didn't see any damage when they were out there. comcast, our parent company, says they are working to fix that problem. >> san francisco police are looking for a man who they say crashed into an uber ride killing the passenger inside. police say at around 7:30 last night, an audi suv collided with a honda at the intersection of 46th and lincoln avenue. that's right next to golden gate park. the honda was being operated as an uber at the time of that crash. this happened during that uber
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ride. he died shortly after. the driver of that audi took off and hasn't been seen since. police say the audi was reported stolen a couple of weeks ago in san francisco. now to oakley, a crash involving three vehicles sent eight people to the hospital. the accident happened just before 10:00 this morning near the intersection of east cypress road at summerlake drive. one of the cars ended up on its roof. you see there another one caught on fire. two helicopters and six ambulances were called in to help transport the victims. one is in critical condition. another has major injuries. the others escaped with less serious injuries. still not clear at this point what led up to that crash. this week, big changes in covid protocols ghog two bay area cities and they both start tuesday in oakland. restaurants, coffee shops, gyms and other indoor businesses will be requiring customers to show proof of full vaccination and a photo i.d. that's for people 12 and older.
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the new rules are for anyone spending a lot of time indoors. people not vaccinated must show a valid exemption and a recent negative test result. to san francisco we go. also starting tuesday, everyone who has been vaccinated can once again get rifd their masks in some indoor settings. people don't have to wear one in places like an office, gym or where there aren't many people but everyone inside must be vaccinated. now unvaccinated people will be allowed to enter megaevents with 500 or more people if they show proof of a negative test. and it's back to class for many bay area college students starting tomorrow. number of bay area universities are welcoming students back for in-person learning. uc berkeley, santa clara and cal state east bay are among the places reopening classrooms tomorrow. as always, there is a lot happening when it comes to covid. find all of our updates in one easy spot. go to nbcbayarea.com. our coronavirus web page is constantly updated with the latest news on how the pandemic
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affects you. go to nbcbayarea.com/coronavirus. 2 was a close call for a man in palo alto who chase offend car thieves. here's a picture of the suv the suspects were seen in. there could be as many as six involved. first car theft happened at around midnight here on south court. police say a man chased the suspect. one fired a shot at him before they ran away. the man wasn't hit. police say the suspects were also likely seen last night on tallsman court. this is another picture of a suspect on that same street. again, police said a victim saw between five to six people in a dark suv. no arrests have been made. it's another case of stolen bulldogs. this time two frenchies are missing after someone took them in oakland. here's a picture of the dogs, jamon and jimmy. the crime happened saturday morning. someone grabbed them from her
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car while she was at the safeway on redwood road. that's inside the lincoln square shopping center. in oakland. anyone with tips can call oakland pd. we are still following the storm that swept the east coast this weekend. this is a look at frosted homes in massachusetts. the storm brought not just heavy snow and ice but strong waves and bitter cold as well. some areas in massachusetts saw as much as 30 inches of snow. >> there are still thousands without power in the state. nbc's chris pollone has the latest from boston. >> reporter: boston, massachusetts, apparently no worse for the wear after a record-setting bay of snow. nearly two feet falling in 24 hours. >> we have not only survived a historic storm but really seen the incredible teamwork and collaboration to have the roads mostly clear at this point already. >> reporter: after several hours of blizzard, whiteout conditions that caused even the heartiest
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new englanders to give pause at the sheer scope of it all. >> it's a lot of snow for one time. >> reporter: the classic nor'easter dropped snow from the carolinas to canada followed by bitter cold. tens of thousands are still without power in massachusetts, mostly on cape cod and the south shore. cleanup could take days. >> it's pretty bad. it's not too heavy. but it's a lot. >> reporter: the region's airports full after most flights got wiped out saturday. >> i would not travel in this type of weather. but due to family member having a party, my niece, i got out in it. if it wasn't for that, i would have still been in alabama. >> reporter: the wild weather stretching all the way to florida where unusual cold temperatures caused a unique phenomenon captured by this 7-year-old. >> iguanas fall out of trees when it's cold outside? yes, they do. >> reporter: back in boston, schools will be open monday after a long cold day of digging
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out. in the hardest hit areas, elected officials are urging people to take it easy while cleaning up after the snowstorm. on long island, new york, leaders there said that at least three out of their four storm-related fatalities happened while people were shoveling snow. in boston, chris pollone, nbc news. still ahead -- red tape stopped them from being able to feed those in need. the potential compromise this week that could keep this church's mission going. how about a reason to celebrate christmas in january? the holidays are over but these christmas trees have new life on the beach and for a good cause. oh, christmas tree. next. no rain clouds but a stunning sunset taking shape right now looking west of san francisco. we'll talk about when the rain chances in our seven-day forecast when we come right back. ahead for us, extreme measures to prevent covid at the olympics, including even robot
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can you see my wall of smiles? when i first started using genesys technology i was kind of embarrased at all the love and attention i got from my customers. people are so moved by how much i understand about them. they start including me in their lives. that's helen and her friends. i arranged a wellness retreat for them. look at those ladies. such wisdom. mmm. but it's really genesys that helps me understand people and what they truly need. i'm just glad i can help. now a story that shows how when people work together it can move everyone forward. our story on a church in san jose that also runs a food pantry. the lighthouse ministries food pantry was told it could not stay open because it didn't have
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the right permits. after we helped bring the story to light, the san jose mayor and council member worked towards a compromise. on tuesday they plan on urging the city's rules committee to waive the permit fees for the duration of the pandemic and then after the pandemic is over, they'll discuss waiving the fees permanently. >> i really appreciate the city of san jose's support but even since the last media, or the last time you guys did a story here it brought in so much support that attorneys came in. other entities like second harvest stepped up. love the fishes, martha's kitchen, hunger at home, they all stepped in as partners to help this entity stay in place and continue feeding this community here. >> talk about working together. that's great. the permit fees are about $15,000. it's on the corner of 17th and julian streets. if your power was out in
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livermore all day yesterday, here's why. chp says that pickup truck hit a power pole about 10:00 yesterday morning. hundreds were still in the dark this morning. now pg&e says everyone is back online. no word from police on what caused that crash. we have seen old christmas trees turned into mulch and even used at local zoos. what about using those trees to protect communities? that's what's been happening along the jersey shore. here's ted greenberg from our nbc station in philly. >> reporter: for kids who live in a vulnerable community surrounded by water, a lesson in protection and sustainability. using christmas trees. >> it means a lot to me because we're helping the community with the dunes in case of the next hurricane. >> pack it down. >> students from the community school's surf club providing a helping hand to the city's public works crews. they are putting the trees down
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on the sand to build up and fortify dunes. >> the dunes are a huge factor in protecting us from storm surges in the ocean. we can utilize natural resources to help protect our barrier island and protect our properties. >> reporter: for years people have dropped off their christmas trees to the city so they can be repurposed in this way. the branches help trap blowing sand and the dunes grow as that sand piles up. >> we use the trees to hold the sand. >> reporter: authorities here also issued a warning about how dried out christmas trees can become a fire hazard. it's believed trees were a factor in two recent fires in philadelphia that killed 12 people. >> this year i believe people removed their trees a lot sooner than later because of all the publicity on the tree fires. >> reporter: in the years ahead, the trees will naturally disintegrate under the sand and they'll eventually provide
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nutrients to dune grass that gets planted here. >> this is a good way to use them instead of just wasting them. >> reporter: christmas trees spared from the trash instead recycled into this coastal landscape. >> that works. that was ted greenberg reporting from our nbc station in philly. rob mayeda joining us now. i've got nothing to say that could match what you have behind you there. >> we put itty in screens behind you, too, terry. >> i like yours better, though. it seems brighter. >> full screen. what we're seeing is high clouds coming through. if you have enjoyed some beautiful sunsets around the bay area, we'll get another one here coming up in the next hour. gold and red sunset. very appropriate coming up tonight around the bay area. 56 in emeryville. one change is that wind out of the west. a little sea breeze which will bring moisture in. patchy low clouds across the bay into the evening.
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53 in san francisco. hazy skies in walnut creek. 59 degrees. and san jose right now, 56 degrees. and the wind technically for now is a bit of a sea breeze. onshore wind which carries a little more moisture will probably see more areas of low clouds heading towards tomorrow morning. but as the winds turn offshore, late tomorrow into tuesday, that's going to lead to bigger changes in the forecast heading toward the middle part of the week. for the morning with onshore winds, moisture in the air. probably not quite as cold. we should see mostly low to mid-40s for the bayside locations. i think some valleys may see upper 30s for the morning and then by noon, numbers in the mid-50s. increasing clouds. high level clouds. they'll not bring us rain. but it's part of a weather pattern that's going to set off some gusty, dry offshore winds. hour by hour tomorrow, notice the patchy low clouds. there come another band of increasing high clouds but this is not a rain-producing pattern with high pressure too close to the west.
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areas of low pressure drop down to our east and that sets up these north to gusty dry winds during the nighttime hours into tuesday morning. 8:00 a.m., look at the hilltops here. elevations above 2,000 feet, napa county, lake county, sonoma county. you'll see wind speeds picking up into the evening. we could see wind advisories for the north bay mountains. the wind speeds not too strong. in san jose, you'll probably not notice it. as you head higher up to the hills, look at the areas in purple. those will be dry winds that could be gufth as high as 50 miles an hour on the higher peaks of the north bay. tomorrow evening to tuesday, that's the impact of those dry offshore winds and with high pressure holding on, not only the wind at times. tuesday, wednesday, into thursday. but no storms on the seven-day forecast. so wind will have to watch that. sunday night into tuesday. trending mild.
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first few days of february feeling more like spring with no rain in the forecast. temperatures climbing. probably better weather once we get past this wind tuesday through thursday. next weekend could see upper 60s to get into saturday and sunday. back over to you. >> rob, thank you. the demand to keep children in classrooms has been a divisive topic during the pandemic. while most kids are back at school, one district in dallas has other plans. the program they're launching in the fall.
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it's a sign of cases dropping. courts are reopening again in santa clara county. the county closed courts because of the omicron surge. many workers got sick, there weren't enough people to keep the courts open. but as the surge slows, the county is ready to lift the restrictions. starting monday, clerks offices and courts will reopen to the public. schools in dallas are adjusting to the challenges brought on by the pandemic by launching a virtual-only option for students. it's an option that debuts in the fall. some supporters say it offers greater stability for families. here's candice swift from our nbc station in dallas. >> reporter: the pandemic has caused quite a bit of uncertainty. school districts face decisions about in-person classes, virtual learning or hybrid models. mask mandates still cause contention, and new variants remain at the forefront of concern. >> everything that we've done to date with the virtual learning
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has been in response to one of those multitude of things you just listed. >> reporter: in the fall of this year, dallas isd will offer a different virtual learning experience. a more permanent adaptation. >> during the pandemic we learned there are many students who not only prefer the virtual learning model but also thrived in it. did better in their education than they'd ever done before. >> reporter: monica morris is the newly selected principal of what will become the ilearn virtual school for grade 3s through 9. she says there will be a building for the stand-alone school that she'll report to along with the teachers. the students will remain at home. the goal is to ensure students get a comprehensive academic experience, as if they were inside a classroom. >> our youngest learners have the -- what they're used to. the middle kids have elective and honors courses. and as we grow into our high school grades we'll have ap and dual credit. >> reporter: she hopes the new school will provide a sense of
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stability during a time when it is so desperately needed. >> i'm hoping that students and parents at ilearn are going to find a place they call home. where they find the community of learners who are just like them who thrive in this virtual environment. >> that was candice sweat reporting from our nbc station in dallas. after another singer drops spotify, the company says it's making a change to battle coronavirus misinformation. that's next.
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spotify is announcing some changes today after another singer ditched that platform over covid misinformation. this time it's joni mitchell.
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she's following the lead of neil young who pulled his music over issues with joe rogan's podcast. rogan's podcasts have been criticized by professionals who say he has a history of spreading misinformation about covid. spotify says it will now add a content advisory for any podcast episode related to covid-19. it will point listeners toward its own covid-19 database which includes information from trusted doctors and scientists. today is fred core matsu day. he fled the internment camp order. one of the events was a virtual event put on by santa clara county. korematsu was just 23 years old when he took a stand against the order to report to the camps. he was arrested and convicted 40 years later he was finally exonerated. it included a presentation of a 40-star flag signed by internment camp survivors to
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korematsu's daughter. >> this is incredible. first of all, i know my father would be so touched and thrilled that his story and struggle for justice was inspiring to you to create such a phenomenal, incredible project. no one has ever thought about this before. >> fred korematsu day is the first day in u.s. history to be named after an asian american. it's been celebrated since 2010. we're back in a moment.
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can you see my wall of smiles? when i first started using genesys technology i was kind of embarrased at all the love
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and attention i got from my customers. people are so moved by how much i understand about them. they start including me in their lives. that's helen and her friends. i arranged a wellness retreat for them. look at those ladies. such wisdom. mmm. but it's really genesys that helps me understand people and what they truly need. i'm just glad i can help. sometimes homes are divided during big sports matchups. we're finding out the white house is no different. >> take a look here. this is a picture tweeted by doug emhoff with vice president kamala harris. harris is rooting for the niners tonight. emhoff is going for the rams. vice president, of course, is a bay area native, former da of san francisco. the second gentleman grew up in
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los angeles and earned his degree at northridge and usc before starting his own law career. >> no arguing now between you two. "nightly news" is next. >> we'll see you again at 6:00. tonight, the northeast digging out from the blizzard of 2022 more than two and a half feet of snow in some areas houses today completely frozen. streets that were flooded by the storm turning to ice tens of thousands without power, just as temperatures plummet, and record lows go as far south as florida, where frozen iguanas are falling from trees. >> he fell right out of the tree. and now he's trying to warm up. a steep decline in covid nationwide, dropping by nearly half in some major cities this past week alone. the former cdc director saying it's the most optimistic he's felt in years

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