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he was the soul of america in many ways. >> tributes today for a man considered a titan in the fight for freedom and justice. hello, thanks for joining us, i'm eric thomas. >> and i'm dion lim. john lewis is being remembered as a man with impact, leaving a lasting impression on both politics and civil rights. >> he worked alongside the reverend martin luther king jr.
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confronting violent injustices with nonviolence and went on to serve 30 years in congress. abc news reporter rachel scott has a look at his legacy. >> reporter: born the son of alabama share croppers in 1940, john lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the big six civil rights activists, who in 1963 planned the historic march on washington. >> let us not forget that we are involved in a serious social revolution. >> reporter: lewis suffering a fractured skull on bloody sunday in 1965, as 600 peaceful protesters crossed the edmund pettis bridge in selma, alabama. they were met with violence from state troopers. elected to congress in 1986, representing georgia's frethio . today his colleagues remembering him. house speaker nancy pelosi calling lewis a titan of the civil rights movement, whose bravery transformed our nation. mitch mcconnell writing you did not need to agree with john on many policy details to be awed
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by his life. awarded the presidential medal of freedom, the country's highest civilian honor in 2011. >> generations from now when parents teach their children what it meant by courage, the story of john lewis will come to mind. >> reporter: former presidents honor the icon too. bill clinton writing john lewis became the conscience of the nation. and jimmy carter said all americans owe john lewis a debt of gratitude. president trump ordered all flags to be lowered to half stff as is customary following the death of a sitting member of congress. lewis, an outspoken critic of the president, skipping his inauguration and first state of the union address, often reminding people to choose love over hate. >> it doesn't matter whether we are black or white, latino, asian american or native american. it does not matter whether we are straight or gay. we are one people, we are one family. we all live in the same house. >> reporter: lewis spoke often about being in good trouble, and said he wanted to be remembered
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as someone who wanted to help out. his final public appearance just last month, most fittingly at black lives matter plaza in washington, d.c. rachel scott, abc news, washington. >> those here in the bay area who knew the congressman say his stature and his impact on equality and civil rights will endure. abc 7 news reporter cornell bernard continues our coverage. >> but there have been teachers, men and women throughout history who have stood and said no, you cannot take an eye for an eye. >> reporter: jeff steinberg reads from "walking with the wind" the memoir of his long-time friend and mentor, john lewis. >> he was the soul of america in many ways. >> reporter: steinberg is the founder of the bay area bay sojourn project, teaching students about the civil rights by taking them to where it
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happened. he has led some across the edmund pettis bridge in selma where lewis and other peaceful demonstrators were beaten by police, known as bloody sunday. >> i would challenge any of us, who's more courageous than john lewis? he was arrested over 40 times. he was beaten many times. and yet always nonviolent. >> i feel like i have an obligation to do what i can to tell the story because i was a witness. >> reporter: in 2015, the georgia congressman spoke with abc 7 news about his front-row seat in the 1960s civil rights movement. >> you'll be sitting there in an orderly, peaceful, nonviolent fashion and someone would come up and spit on us or put a lighted cigarette in our hair or down our backs. that happened. >> reporter: barbara lee said lewis was a close friend. she said he was inspired by the black lives matter muchlt. he even posed for this selfie near the mural in washington, d.c. >> the civil rights movement,
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selma, this was a movement of young people and john lewis saw our young people as a continuation in 2020 of that movement. >> reporter: mayor london breed honoring congressman lewis by having flags here at city hall lowered to half staff. tonight the building will be lit in red, white and blue, paying tribute to the civil rights icon. in san francisco, cornell bernard, abc 7 news. >> we sent this alert on our free abc 7 news app when we first learned of lewis' passing. we will continue to update our app and website all weekend as more tributes to the congressman come in. to developing news out of daly city where two people, including a child, are in critical condition following a fire this morning. it started just after 8:00 a.m. in a home on bismarck near mission street. firefighters saw flames coming from the kitchen and the house was filled with heavy smoke. they then found a man and child unconscious in a bedroom. the cause is still under investigation, but firefighters
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emphasized making sure people have working smoke detectors in their homes. they say there was delayed detection with this fire. to the east bay where flames tore through a building that was once home to hayward's iconic holiday bowl. the building on mission boulevard has been empty since the bowling lanes closed in 2005. it had been a popular bowling spot since 1960s -- the 1960s, and was once the largest bowling center in northern california. the massive fire started at about 6:00 last night. fire crews remained at the scene this morning dousing hot spots. the cause of this fire is still unkno unknown. now to major headlines in the coronavirus pandemic. california's positivity rate, a key indicator of community spread, is trending upward in the 14-day average. that word today comes from the state department of public health. south bay congresswoman ana eschew is demanding to know why the cdc was removed from the
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data collection process. the trump administration requires hospitals to report the data saying the cdc system was too slow. and marin county is set to decide on tuesday whether the county can fine shelter-in-place violators, including people who have gatherings. coronavirus cases are up 40% worldwide in just the last three weeks. here in the u.s., masks and in-person school are still big topics of debate. here's megan tevrizian. >> reporter: today the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rising around the country and the world. in the u.s., covid-19 cases up nearly 20% from last week. >> you have a choice. you can wear a mask or have a tube in your mouth. >> reporter: 28 states plus puerto rico and washington, d.c., now issuing mask mandates. more retailers like lowe's an home depot joining walmart, starbucks and cvs requiring face coverings at their stores nationwide. this comes as states like
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arizona and texas reporting record single-day death rates. >> you always wonder when i hear people say i'm tired, i'm ready to just go to heaven, i could never everyompathize with that covid hit my body. >> reporter: florida has more than 10,000 new cases but today governor ron desantis encouraging in-person classes in the fall. >> kids should be in school. their transmissability -- there's very little transmissability. the chance of getting infected is almost entirely from another adult. >> reporter: but this week 16-year-old hailey o'connell finally leaving the hospital after nine days on a ventilator. >> for families going through this, it's awful. >> reporter: other states like california taking other on governor gavin newsom saying schools in over half the counties won't be allowed to open in-person classes in the fall. >> we all prefer in-classroom instruction for all the obvious
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reasons, social and emotional foundationally. but only, only if it can be done safely. >> reporter: megan tevrizian, abc news, san diego. >> we've put together research and compiled a calculator that shows just how risky certain scenarios are with the coronavirus. whether it's going to school, to an outdoor restaurant or a play date, you'll findi it all at an artist is using his creative skills to promote social justice. the story behind this piece of activist art. we'll hear from the man behind the powerful message. and have you noticed some haze out there today? the latest on a wildfire in the central valley that's impacting our air quality. and i'm meteorologist drew tuma. it is a bright and breezy start to our weekend. we're actually tracking some cooler weather moving in i
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in the east bay a display of art and activism at a pop-up event in oakland this afternoon, condemning police brutality and systemic racism. abc 7 news was inside the gallery where artist deandre drake showcased his work titled my skip is not a crime. the centerpiece features an air-brushed casket with writing reflecting the thoughts of the community. drake said he was inspired by daughter mentioned that her dad changed the world, so it just resonated with me. i wanted to do what i could and do my part in what i could do to change the world so i used my art as my attempt to make
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change. >> the uncle of oscar grant, who was killed by b.a.r.t. police on new 09 ao shared his story. part of our efforts to build a better bay area include focusing on issues of race and social justice. today vendors and business owners in vallejo were urged to protest and promote the city at the same time. organizers called it a merch march. local vendors and business owners set up in front of city hall. organizers also set up a voter registration booth. developing news now, smoke from a wildfire burning in the central valley continues to affect our air quality. the fire started on monday in fresno county. flames destroyed four buildings and have scorched 37 square miles. evacuation areas are in effect in fresno county and evacuation warnings are in place in
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monterey county. that fire is expected to be fully contained by tuesday. but today as meteorologist drew tuma tells us, we may notice some hazy air in higher elevations in the bay area and certainly, drew, the smoke has been a problem since wednesday. >> yeah, you probably noticed in our sky hazy sunshine thanks to that smoke coming from the mineral fire emanating from the north into the bay area. it will remain in our atmosphere both today and tomorrow, so we do have an air quality advisory in effect for the weekend and it's really that smoke from the mineral fire that is impacting air quality most in the santa clara valley and along the coast and much of the central bay. now, air quality does improve later this week with cooler weather moving in. we'll have that in the accuweather forecast in a few minutes, guys. another company is going through a name change in an effort to be more culturally sensitive. no more trader jose. coming up, the effort to get a supermarket chain to rename some
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of its products. and we'll see how some bars in new york city are getting creative with their menus so that they can serve cocktails. and our one-hour special give where you live food drive. that airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. we go behind the scenes of food banks to discover how they're meeting the growing demands of fee feeding famil it's about to get bester baby! ♪ menutaur! make it a double, yeah! ce m tand make it a doublet for a buck more. order now with no contact delivery. - i'm szasz. [norm] and we live in columbia, missouri. we do consulting, but we also write.
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been updating older labels. a spokesperson said the naming may have been rooted in a light-hearted attempt at inclusiveness but the chain recognizes it may now have the opposite effect. new restrictions have bars in new york state getting creative in order to stay open and keep pouring those drinks. they are aren't allowed to serve alcohol unless they offer food. now, this is all part of governor andrew cuomo's effort to crack down on crowding. also whatever is ordered, must be enough to serve the entire party, so a piece of meat or a slice of cheese, that won't cut it, so this has led to certainly some interesting menus. >> we have nine french fries, description, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 french fries. >> i appreciate he counted that out. another brewery was selling dum-dum suckers for a penny. but because of the restrictions that didn't cut it, so the item was replaced with crackers. i've got to give it to them for
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being creative, right, eric? >> creative, that's what i would call it, you're right. but weather, that's something else entirely. let's check in with drew tuma for a look at that. >> and you know what we're going to finding over the next couple of days eric and dion, cooler weather will move in here and my midweek we'll feel cool for july. when you look at the numbers on the seven-day forecast in one minute. live doppler 7 showing you a lot of sunshine but that coastal fog will be making a comeback over the next couple of hours. a live look from our san jose camera in the south bay and you notice we have that hazy sky right now. our air quality is being impacted by smoke from the mineral fire so again tomorrow you'll notice hazy sunshine as well. numbers, we've got a pretty wide range. it is cool in half moon bay at 63, but 98 in brentwood, 80 in san jose, 71 in oakland but it is 80 in santa rosa. to our east, though, it is a hot
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summer day. it's currently 100 in fresno 108 in vegas.1 in palm spng thankfully we're not going see any intense heat, numbers will trend downward the next couple of days. so overnight tonight we'll see that fog moving on back in from the coast. so patchy fog along the bay shoreline overnight tonight. numbers mainly will settle in the mid-50s as we head into sunday morning. so future weather, let's time out that fog for you. pretty typical pattern around here tomorrow. 6:00, 7:00 in the morning we do have cloud cover first thing and it will pull back to the coast by 9:00, 10:00 in the morning and we'll see a good amount of sunshine again on our sunday afternoon. a close look at highs on our sunday. 84 in san jose, 87 for morgan hill, 81 for sunnyvale, 82 for cupertino. 75 in san mateo, 78 for mountain view, the same for palo alto. downtown san francisco it's breezy and a little cool tomorrow at 64.
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the same for daly city. in te' hit 84 in santa rosa, the same in san rafael, 85 in sonoma, sausalito a high of 68 tomorrow. in the east bay a lot of 70s. 72 in oakland, 79 in union city, 78 castro valley. inland 86 in san ramon but 92 in pittsburg and 92 the high in livermore. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. morning fog to sun, that is the trending the next seven days but our temperatures really take a dip midweek. on wednesday i will actually track some early morning drizzle that will likely fall close to the coast. it's a cooler afternoon and those numbers will bounce back to more typical temperatures by friday and saturday. we'll see that typical summer spread we get with the hottest spots in the low 90s. >> you said drizzle. i'm going to go with that. all right, drew, thank you very much. we're going to go with some sports because i think the
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returning is getting closer, chris alvarez. >> yeah, a lot of sports are getting close. would you believe it, football season is around the corner. when you can expect teams to hit the nfl training camp fields. and baseball season just days
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oakland a's manager bob melvin making news today. he has named his opening day starter. that will be frankie montas.
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melvin also announced his first five starters to open the season. montas struck out 103 in 96 innings for oakland last year. he could sense this was coming. >> he can count, so i think he knew that he was going to start anyway, but confirming it yesterday. it's always a source of pride to be able to start the first game. there are a lot of things going on this year that are a little bit different. being able to pitch opening day is a special day, regardless of the circumstance. he got a big smile on his face and he's ready to go. he's excited about it. >> the blue jays will not play their home games in toronto this season. the canadian government deeming it unsafe for teams to travel in and out of the country. they are looking at alternate . nfl network reports training camp officially on as scheduled.
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rookies from the chiefs and texans can report as early as monday. all other teams expected to begin camp on july 28th. the niners open their season at home against arizona september 13th. san jose earthquakes return to the field tomorrow when they take on the chicago fc in orlando. with a win the quakes move into the knockout round. a thrilling come-from-behind win wednesday. >> it's good to have that resilience and be able to come back. it's one of those character games where you need that in a tournament. in these situations that can really go a long way. i think it's even bigger than just three points. i think that's one of those momentum changers. third round of the memorial tournament in ohio. tony finau is now tied for second with ryan palmer at 8 under. finau with the putt of the day. how about a 50-footer on 10 for birdie. boy, these guys are good but he is four back of leader jon rahm. four straight birdies on the back nine. he is your leader at 12 under
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chalk. the current guinness world record for the longest hopscotch course is 3.8 miles. tonight, america pays tribute to a titan of the civil rights movement. congressman john lewis dying at the age of 80. a driving force for justice and racial equality from the streets of selma to the halls of congress. standing courageously with dr. martin luther king jr., organizing the march on washington. his skull fractured on bloody sunday in selma. flags over the white house and capitol hill lowered to half staff for the man famously called the conscience of congress. tributes from both sides of the aisle and all living presidents. his message to the generations that followed -- find a way to get in the way. tonight, john lewis in his own words. tonight's other major headlines -- the coronavirus crackdown. police using helicopters to break up so-called covid-19


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