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you see a much quiet erskine than usual and it he remain that way all evening automatic non-virtual gatherings are prohibited because of the state's stay-at-home order yet some parties posted online appear to be not be playing by the rules. stephanie sierra has the story. >> reporter: the world is celebrating hope for a fresh start a better beginning to 2021. all through a virtual lens. >> there are no new year's eve events in san francisco this year. >> the san francisco firework show has been cancelled but there are more than a dozen virtual celebrations scheduled across the city. according to sites like eventbrite. >> we're not supposeded to celebrate with anyone outside of our immediate living household. >> reporter: yet some posts on next door and event brite are listing addresses for shimmer
and shine or an in person new year's evidence masked ball ba x spd received complaints and will work to address them. >> any types of private events throughout the city we are investigating those events if we have the opportunity to work with either the business owner or the person promoting those events we're doing that. >> reporter: additional officers will be patrolling areas near union square, embarcadero and market street to ensure there are no large in person gatherings or illegal fireworks including firecrackers and sparklers. for those caught, warnings will beish shissued and criminal citations. >> whatever you do tonight, please celebrate responsiblresp. don't drink and drive. >> reporter: sfpd will conduct patrols starting tonight at 7:00
through 3:00 a.m. if you want to report a noise complaint, do so by dialing 311. stephanie sierra, a bc 7 news. three, two, one! [ cheers ] >> you can hear the cheers in london as big ben struck midnight around 4:00 our time. the firework show was cancelled because of the pandemic and a few people were out. tonight marks britain's final economic split from the european union years after brexit was approved by voters. happy new year in new zealand. a spectacular display to ring in 2021. crowds were allowed to gather to mark the occasion as the nation continues to record a new number of covid-19 cases on a daily basis. 2020 proved to be a year like no other down to the very last day. we sent abc 7 news reporter kris reyes over san francisco to gather scenes of this very strange new year's eve.
>> reporter: just call that sound our collective send off to 2020 and the scene that prompted it just another stab in the heart from an unrelenting year. the cliff house sign came down in front of a weeping crowd officially shutting down the restaurant after 157 years. >> i'm actually glad we had the earthquake this morning so we cleared it off the 2020 disaster bingo card. i was waiting for that. this is so sad for the cliff house to be closing. >> reporter: a crowd gathered for closing instead of a celebration on new year's eve seems to be the most appropriate way to shut down a year like 2020. >> good riddance. >> i guess we're pot going to get a break until maybe 12:01. >> reporter: expect no fireworks to ring it in. instead, a more common site with closed parking lots, barricades, caution tape and erie quiet. >> it is bizarre but a little comforting, too, because people are starting to listen.
>> reporter: a bizarre site, sir francis drake boarded up when they would normally get ready for a big new year's eve bash. 2020 ending with a big thud. you can definitely hear that thud at union square, no skating rink, no crowds and maybe even more bizarre we saw someone beaming with optimism. >> i'm looking forward to the new things that will come with change and see how i can adapt with change. >> reporter: back at the cliff house adapting to change isn't as easy. the crowd lingered taking in a site that will make it to the new year. >> i don't think things will get back to normal. >> reporter: in san francisco, kris reyes for a brks krrbc 7 n >> if you're sad or disappointed to be missing out on big in person firework celebrations, we have you covered. head to abc7news.com or our app for roku, amazon fire or apple tv for compilation of the show in san francisco that ushered in
2016. it's pretty impressive, actually. tonight, watch the ball drop on "dick clark's new year's rocking eve." it kicks off tonight at 8:00. we are working to build a better bay area every day which means looking out for our health. california saw the second highest number of deaths in a day. 428. yesterday set a record with 432 lives lost. the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in an icu remain at record high levels. but in a sign that the recent surge may be slowing, the number of newly diagnosed cases is below average for the fourth day in a row. and our test positivity rates are dropping. when we narrow in on the situation in the bay area, we can see the rolling average of new cases is down from the recent peak. nationwide, the united states reported another single day record. high number of deaths for the sec consecutive day. nearly 4,000. on our 3:00 p.m. newscast we spoke live with dr. rodo, a
primary care physician. she put all of that in perspective. >> 4,000 people a day in the nation is three people a minute we're losing to covid-19. almost three people a minute in this nation we are losing, and if that's not an emergency, if that's not a time for our elected officials to take actions and the actions that i'm talking about are not going to be french laundry and dining with your friends. those aren't the actions i'm talking about. i'm talking about real actions where there are mandates, where there are rules and looking out for each other in a very real way because losing three of our fellow americans every minute because of this pandemic that we haven't handled, it makes one sick. it makes me sick to think about those numbers. >> our thanks to the doctor for coming on with such candid comments. san francisco extended the stay-at-home order indefinitely.
anser hassan spoke with people that are struggling with contradictory messages from city, county and state lawmakers around this order. >> reporter: it appears there will be a lot of carryover. >> there is no way to plan for any downturn, right? we're at rock bottom. >> reporter: laurie is the co-owner in san francisco. she's not surprised the city's stay-at-home order was ex end the -- extended but says new rules need to come with financial support. >> we'll be in this another year because the restaurant industry can't bounce back quickly. >> reporter: san francisco announced it's extending the stay-at-home order indefinitely. that means personal care services like hair and nail salons remain closed and still, no outdoor dining at restaurants. retail and shopping malls will remain open at 20% capacity so, too, will outdoor gyms. small gatherings are still allowed but with restrictions. this couple was having lunch along the embarcadero. they support the stay-at-home
order but they don't think restrictions are helping. >> i think it's probably less cleanly to sit out here than it is in the outdoor dining where they are actually actively cleaning the space after every customer comes in and out. >> right now we are still in a total prohibition mote. >> reporter: san francisco supervisor matt says he's concerned there will be another spike because of the holidays but also concerned about blanket policies, which he says leads to public mistrust. he says lawmakers need to be more transparent about the data being used to form late poli fo policies. >> i'm concerned that we may be forcing people inside where it is much more dangerous and where most of the spread is occurring. >> reporter: san francisco lawmakers say they will reev reevaluate after the state stay-at-home order is lifted. anser hassan, abc 7 news. in the south bay, encouraging news as santa clara county continues the rollout of the vaccine distribution plan.
officials will give the second dose to thousands of front line health care workers as early as next week. this comes as icu capacity dropped to 8%. chris nguyen has the update from san jose. >> reporter: tonight, progress is being made on the covid-19 vaccine distribution front in santa clara county bringing new hope to a community that saw some of the first confirmed cases in the country last spring. >> having some people vaccinated in our community is not a pass to start taking off our masks and acting as though the virus is under control. >> reporter: as of today, nearly 95,000 doses of the pfizer and moderna vaccines have been delivered to the county with much more on the way. officials say the vast majority of acute care hospital staff county wide have received their first shot and work continues on vaccinating health care personnel in long-term care facilities. >> it's the summation of our individual and collective decisions and actions that
decide where this pandemic goes. we have in our power the ability to move this curve. >> reporter: earlier this morning, first responders began receiving the vaccine at the santa clara county fairgrounds as officials make their way through the cdc priority list. >> the sooner we get first responders through, the sooner we can move to the next tiers, the sooner our community members can get vaccinated. >> reporter: conversations have already begun with other provider groups as outlined in phase one of the vaccine distribution plan, such as community clinics and private practices as well as trade organizations including the santa clara county dental society. the county says those providers should be able to sign up in the coming weeks. while the vaccin rollout is certainly welcome, many are keeping a close eye on the rising case count throughout the county especially with another holiday upon us. >> our resources are strict and health care workers are continually being exposed and becoming infected as they care for your loved ones. >> another reminder that we are
nowhere near the end of this pandemic. in san jose, chris nguyen, a brks krrbc 7 news. on "midday live" today we asked viewers when hostmost americans will be vaccinated. a third thought most americans will have gotten the vaccine. if you have questions, go to abc7news.com/vaccine. it will take you to a form that will send your question to our abc 7 news vaccine team. i'm kate larson, coming up what a local psychiatrist and san francisco covid patient have to say about psychotic episodes possibly endu possibly induced by covid. i'm spencer christian, the new year will start on a dry note but not for long. they are a very big and powerful business in california, and they seem to be able to get away with a lot.
>> she's a whistle blower who once worked for the california public utility's commission overseeing pg&e. tonight, her story of how the air again see misled the public into thinking pg&e was punished. it's the final episode of our n the holidays are a time for giving. to your friends... your family... to your teachers. in that spirit of giving, chevy's proud to give our employee discount to everyone. the chevy price you pay, ...is what we pay. not a cent more. because giving, ...and giving back, is what the holidays are all about. use the chevy employee discount for everyone to get a total value of over eight thousand four hundred dollars on this silverado. get the chevy employee discount for everyone today.
kidnapped. i couldn't speak so i made a little sign for my son to go get an a.k., his gun. >> reporter: ron's after he was being treated for covid at ucsf in the spring. >> i wanted to climb out of the bed and jump out the window and just crazy things. >> reporter: abc 7 was there when after 61 days ron was released from the hospital to much celebration. now seven months later, he's experiencing a painful relapse. >> now i consider myself a laung hauler. i've been very emotional, crying, upset, thinking, you know, when is this going to end. >> reporter: ron believes his delusions were caused by a combination of sedatives given to him at the hospital as well as the actual covid disease. there are others with much milder cases with requiring no meld case who also had severe delusions and psychotic episodes. >> the kinds of things that i
have seen as patients who have a sudden onset of a change in their behavior, they are much more suspicious of their family members. they're worrying or believe that people are trying to harm them or kill them. they believe that the nurses are talking about them or poisoning their food. >> reporter: this is a usfc neuro psychiatrist. he treated several patients with no history of mental illness a few weeks or months after a cocoa infection. >> these kinds of symptoms can be more disabling than the physical symptoms we associate with covid. >> reporter: although doctors across the u.s. and around the world are reporting similar cases, dr. data says it's quite rare. why would a virus cause these symptoms? >> this are a few theories. one is the virus itself may be a directly attacking the brain. the second, which is probably more compelling is that when you
have an infection, we produce an inflammatory response and some of those chemicals might be toxic to the brain. >> reporter: at this point dr. data says it's too early to know if the episodes are a short term reaction to covid or long-term health concerns. kate larson, abc 7 news. if you are someone you know needs help no matter the reason, you can find mental health resources at abc7news.com/take action. 2020 might have been a bad year overall but certainly not for investors. the s&p 500 and dow jones industrial average ended the year at record highs today. the dow closed at 30,606 climbing more than 7% for the year and the s&p was up 16% over last year's close. the nasdaq finished up 43% for
2020 but didn't quite hit a new record high today. 2020 is especially bad economically for so many people prompting unprecedented demand at bay area food banks. the alameda county community food bank saw a 1,000 percent increase in calls to its food help line this year if you can imagine and distributed 50 to 70% more food this month than a year ago. many seeking assistance are not just getting food for themselves. >> the boxes that we get we share with our neighbors. we have some neighbors that can't get out and this is real important. it helps a lot of people. >> second harvest in the south bay has doubled its food distribution since march. the san francisco marin food bank is serving 55,000 household as week while the food bank of contra cost to is providing food for 100,000 more people every month since covid hit. the need is tremendous. go to abc7news.com/take action to give where you live.
we have a list of local vetted organizations. we are getting a brief break in the rain just in time for the holiday. spencer has the forecast for the start of 2021 next. you can ring in 2021 from home with the big show on abc 7. watch the ball drop with host ryan seacrest, billy porter, lucy hail and sierra kicking off tonigh women with metastatic we breast cancer.rs.
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here is a difference a year makes. the ball will drop to mark the new year but no crowds there to watch and usually, there are a million people. it closed to the public because of the pandemic but check out what's filling up the empty space. a row of inflatable tube dancers like you sometimes see in advertising. that gives it a little bit of a pep there in times square. ama, not bad. those make me giggle. >> and they still look a little socially distant. >> right. >> six feet apart. >> it different to see but, you know, we got to do what we got to do. rain coming for the new year, spencer. >> yes, even though when the clock strikes 12:00 tonight, it will get off to a dry start. a lot of rain coming our way before 24 hours will expire. here is a look at the city scape
of san francisco under mainly clear skies right now. temperature readings generally in the low to mid 50s in san francisco, mountain view, morgan hill and 48 in half moon bay and san francisco under mainly clear skies under the bay. low 50s san to rta rosa and low concord and livermore. here is our few ever viview fro rooftop camera. here is the forecast features with a dry new year's eve and day to start the day tomorrow but a wet pattern begins tomorrow night and we can expect a series of storms carrying us through the weekend into next week. high surf advisory remains in effect until 3:00 a.m. tomorrow. beaches have rough surf with large breakers and the danger of strong rip currents. stay away from the coastline if you don't need to be there. the approaching storm is a storm of light intensity ranking only one on the abc 7 storm impact scale. the rain will start late tomorrow night and continue into
saturday morning light showers we expect less than .15 of rain in most locations but of course, slippery roadways. on we go with the forecast animation tonight. notice skies remaining mostly for the arrival out new year and then clouds thicken quickly tomorrow in advance of this frontal system that will sweep in tomorrow night and bring showers starting in the north bay and sweeping southward and eastward as our storms often do and looks like it will wind down to almost nothing by mid morning saturday. rainfall totals will generally be under .1. some may receive just over .1. for tonight, expect much chillier conditions than we had last night as the skies are clearer and it will get colder in the inland valleys where lows will drop into the mid to upper 30s right around the bay shoreline and near the coast well see lows in the 40s. and then tomorrow under fairly bright skies, even as the clouds increase, it will be dry and highs will range from about 56 at half moon bay to 59 in san
francisco and many locations right around the bay shoreline will top out at 60 degrees as will many inland locations and north bay we expect a high of 62 in the south bay, 61 san jose and morgan hill. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast and rain will start to develop again tomorrow night, continue into saturday morning, a little dry break and the next storm starts to develop late saturday night into sunday and then on monday, tuesday, more wet weather, wednesday a stronger storm comes in rain nae a -- rainy and windy and showers linger into thursday. wet weather we've been waiting for is right around the corner. dan and am a. >> thank you. the final installment of our series, fire, power money. tonight a whistle blower explains how her agency let pg&e off the hook for punishment after breaking safety rules and sparking deadly fires.
pg&e's rates already some of the highest in the nation will go up by $160 a year for typical customer next year. the question is, why? >> customers will have to pay for more wildfire safety work even though a federal judge said pg&e should have paid for that years ago instead of pays billions of dollars to shareholders. the company won approval from the california utility's commission and shining a light on the state agency and how it let pg&e off the hook for sparking deadly fires. >> it's this year's final installment of "fire, power money" from our abc sacrament sacramento. after pg&e pleaded guilty to burning down paradise, the leader of the company's state government regulator declined our request for an interview, so did the governor who appointed her but the person who ran that agency day to day. >> two and a half years.
>> reporter: did talk. she didn't have a lot to lose at this point. executive director alice stebbons let us film her cleaning out her desk. >> friday will be my last day. >> reporter: why is that? >> because i whistle blew on the p.c. where i work. >> reporter: alice ran the public utilities commission. the agency in charge of the ma n notary publ -- monopoly license. >> if i'm negligent and kill someone, eventually if i do that enough, at some point i'm going to lose my privilege to drive. i'll lose my license. how is pg&e any different? >> they shouldn't be any different. but tahey're a very big and powerful business in california, and they seem to be able to get away with a lot. >> reporter: do you think we'll
get through the next decade without another pg&e disaster that killed you? >> no. >> reporter: why was pg&e invited into the governor's office? >> they murdered my father. i would trade whatever they pay me with the upper management spending the next ten years in prison. >> reporter: we can't prevent every fire. >> this is the hook that killed 84 people. >> reporter: but we can stop these. >> actions speak louder than words. >> reporter: this is "fire, power, money." ♪ ♪ when pg&e pleaded guilty to 84 felony manslaughter charges, the company faced very little punishment. no one went to prison, the come pa -- company paid a few million dollar fine but on paper, pg&e had reason to worry. why shouldn't the state look at revoking your monopoly license?
>> that's up to the other people to address. >> reporter: those other people are p grgpg and e regulators. they set the billions of dollars in rates pg&e collects, they have power over the company's spending. the commission can even impose the corporate death penalty on pg&e by taking its monopoly license away. >> it is the most powerful state agency. >> reporter: the leader is president bacher, a former gambling lobbyist appointed by gavin newsom. bacher wouldn't talk to us after the campfire crimes. >> we can work together. >> reporter: you still don't have a good answer? >> no. >> reporter: prosecutors said the cpuc refused to cooperate in the criminal investigation. when we asked why, the puc gave a misleading answer and agency spokesperson pointed to a law restricting the shares of information with the general
public, which isn't the same thing as sharing it with law enforcement. the agency also said it had to protect the integrity of it own separate investigation. >> item number 34 is er rechtschaffen's item. >> pg&e caused 15 of the wildfires resulting in unprecedented damage. over 100 people killed. 25,000 structures destroyed. >> reporter: the commission decided pg&e deserved a fine 50 times bigger than the one it paid in criminal court. $200 million. >> the fine is clearly appropriate here. >> reporter: but what pg&e deserved isn't what pg&e got. >> it just amazing to me. and i, you know, i was there the day they made that decision. >> reporter: pg&e argued the
fine was too big. pg&e declared bankruptcy to force its wildfire victims to negotiate a settlement. the company everybon tried to m the victims pay the fine. >> i rejected pg&e's proposal to pay the fine out of the victim's trust. >> reporter: instead of telling pg&e tough luck, the commission decided this. >> i recommended that the payment of the fine be permanently suspended. >> reporter: the california public utility's commission wrote pg&e a $200 million ticket and voted to rip the ticket up. >> i. >> president roger? >> i. >> the vote for item number 34 is unanimous. >> reporter: that. >> that's the decision i want to express my deep appreciation for the safety and enforcement division here. >> it was my honor to participate. i'm sorry. it was not okay to do that.
i mean, pg&e, how many passes can we give them? san bruno. paradise. it's not okay. >> there wasn't a principled basis for saying, oh, let's just make them not pay the $200 million. >> reporter: law professor kathryn sandoval used to be a commissioner. she explained gavin newsom's pen provided the rational. he signed the multi billion-dollar wildfire fund not to fix pg&e's power grid but fund damages pg&e would have to pay if it sparks more fires, a way of convincing wall street this bankruptcy plan would work. the law came with a deadline to tap into the new fund pg&e had to exit bankruptcy by the end of june 2020.
>> so that's the pressure tactic bankruptcy created but not really an excuse for why they shouldn't have to pay that much of a fine, right? because again, there were massive multiple violations and these violations killed people part of the purpose of the penalties is to detour to conduct. have you really detoured this conduc conduct? >> reporter: alice didn't get a vote on the punishment. she carried out what the five commissioners decided. what would you say to the people of paradise? >> that i'm sorry and i'm sad. i don't think we held pg&e accountable. and i think i know we made the wrong decision. >> she's the first person in all of this i heard say she was
sorry, she did something wrong. >> reporter: depending on who is reporting you read that day, you might have seen headlines about the commissioner's waving that big fine or you might have seen something that looked exactly the opposite. a record setting penalty almost $2 billion headlines echoing the puc's press release but when we handed that to alice, it only took her a few seconds to change her mind whether it told the truth. the bulk of this, 1.8 disexpenses. they can't argue. >> no. >> reporter: it was never allowable to begin with, right? >> correct. >> reporter: is this a bunch of window dressing? >> yeah, i mean, the media for the puc is really good. they know how to write. >> reporter: so almost the entirety of what's the biggest
penalty ever was something they weren't really allowed to charge customers for anyway? >> yes. >> reporter: that $1.8 billion dressed up as a penalty required pg&e to pay its own expenses for the wildfires it caused. it's a lot like punishing a drunk driver who killed people by making them pay to fix their own car, pg&e paid them a smaller amount aimed at fire prevention. they're now having to go spend a bunch of money fixing the power grid a federal judge said they should have spent over the decades anyway. >> that's correct. >> reporter: this isn't going to cover the whole thing, is it, $2 billion? >> no, no.
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we are just hours away from the new year and along with that there are several new laws that will take effect at the stroke of midnight in california. as the pandemic drags on, a coronavirus law requires businesses to notify employees and the public of exposure at the workplace within one day that will be in effect through 2023. in may to help devastating wildfires will b allowed to petition to have records cleared once released that would make it easier for them to get jobs as professional firefighters. here is new laws about to take effect. voters passed proposition 17 as you may remember which restores the right to vote for felons after their sentences are complete. law enforcement will no longer be alloweded to wear camouflage uniforms or anything that resembles a military uniform. california is expanding family
well, perhaps you'll pop a bottle of bubbly to ring in the new year. what is the right way to open champagne and sparkling wine without losing a precious drop? alison is wine spectator senior editor and tasting director gave us tips on abc 7 news today at 4:00. >> make sure your bottle is very cold. if it's not cold, you're much more likely to get the explosion. of course, take off the foil that you see here and then you're going to grip the top and the idea is to turn the bottle as opposed to turning the top of the champagne. >> isn't this a great tip? i didn't know that. if you can't finish the bottle tonight, she recommends putting a cork in it and back in the fridge. it should still taste just as good we understand the next day.
great tips for the bubbly,bubbl, and turn the bottle but not the cork. >> i'd say put a cork in it but i want to hear the weather from spencer. >> here is a look what to expect with the approaching storm. light storm. ranks one on the scale to bring us a little shower activity late tomorrow night into early saturday and we don't expect much more than about .10 of an inch. tonight, mainly dry conditions, well, mainly dry, certainly dry, mainly clear and chilly with inland valleys, lows in the 30s, low 40s around the bay shoreline and on the coast. tomorrow we'll see bright skies even as the clouds increase ahead of tomorrow night's rain. highs tomorrow mid 50s on the coast up to 60 inland and near the bay and accuweather seven-day forecast looks like this although we get off to a dry start. rain coming in tomorrow night and rain saturday night into sunday and another wet storm on monday. showers on tuesday. a stronger storm ranking two on
the impact scale on wednesday with showers lingering into thursday. is that enough rain for you? have you had enough? >> i think so. thanks, spencer. >> we'll put a cork in that. on to casey pratt with the sorts tonight, hi, casey. >> hey, dan and ama. unfortunately we also have to put a cork in one of the best sports stories. t the amazing season in
now 2020 has been a bit of a bummer across the board but the san jose state spartans gave us a little dose of good first undefeated regular season since 1939. first conference championship since 1990 and their first bowl game in five years, congrats to the san jose state's spartans program. today was rough. six players and two coordinators not available. he declined to specify why. he is up ended on the tackle landing awkwardly on his head. a very scary moment for the son of former 49er derrick dees. hopefully he's okay. good sign. the drive continues until the stark is picked off. he read that all the way and takes it to the house for a
53-yard pick six. three picks for starkle. 27-0. the spartans finally get something going. to dominique for 38 yards. the biggest completion of the game at the time but oh, no. s starkle is hurt on the throw. he would return to the game, though. third quarter now, 27-0. drew finds tyler streaking down the sideline wide open a 48-yard touchdown. the route is on for ball state 34-0. we will end on a high note for the spartans, charlie, the third on the ensuing kick off gives the sideline something to cheer about. wide open. it's a 99-yard touchdown. san jose state season ends in the most 2020 way possible. 34-13 the final. painful end to a special season. >> you know, as we evaluate, we feel awful today as we evaluate and look back and evaluate the season, i just talked to them about how incredible this journey has been, how important it is that we don't get to get
upset and act like a jerk just because we lost a game. >> we're fired up and ready to go. all we had was all we felt like we needed. make no mistake come out and gave them their all. >> player in the past week he started most of the past two seasons and through for 504 yards. if football doesn't work out, he'll get his degree in science, technology and society in march. wow. that is impressive. you'll end up seeing this video everywhere on social media an unfortunate end to tulsa and miss misstaissippi state. it ends in police intervention. quote, i would have that in the
category of dumb. where did the dumb start? not entirely sure. end kboequote. that's a fair description. my math isn't the best but it's been 29 six days since the warriors played a game that counted at chase center. that stretch finally ends tomorrow. and the warriors host the blazers on new year's day and draymond green is expected to play. he's listed as probable after missing the first four games with a foot injury. good news to close out 2020 and like everyone else, coach ker is ready to move on. >> well, i'm happy the year is ending. like most people. it's been a lousy year for everybody. there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines and just a glimpse of the future and understand that we're all going to get through this eventually but it not going to happen overnight. >> now like coach kerr and the warriors, i'm so ready to put a cork in 2020 dan and ama.
we're on to something new. i got the glasses. i got the lid. i'm ready to party. how about you guys? >> man, you're ready. >> i feel like, dan, we missed out. we should have been a little more festive tonight. >> we're not prepared. >> got nothing. >> you didn't get the memo. >> thanks, casey. >> that's funny. all right. coming up tonight on abc 7 at 8:00 ring in 202 1 with dick clark's new year's rocking eve and stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. no big new year's eve parties this year but people are trying to find ways to celebrate including illegal fireworks. we speak to local leaders saying they are getting new reports of them this year. a new case of the covid strain that spread quickly in the u.k. is confirmed to the u.s. this time in florida what health officials are revealing tonight. finally tonight, a few thoughts about what really matters. here we are, new year's eve, the final day of a terrible year. full disclosure, i've never made much of december 31st.
i always work on this night. would rather work than be dragged to some party. for me, new year's day is more meaningful. it the beginning of something, a fresh start and renewal. the night before is about celebrating the end of something, the year just passed a retrospective. that said, maybe this year is different. it the year to forget to leave behind. good riddance just like every new year's eve, nothing magical will happen when the ball drops in times square new york. we'll start 2021 the same way we ended 2020 wearing masks, keeping our distance and worried about the health and safety of those we love. but what really matters tomorrow morning we'll start a new and in the knowledge that 2021 will end much differently than it will begin. on december 31st, 2021, we will celebrate the year we left the pandemic behind. so on that note, happy new year. i always love to hear from you.
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the first round of play. ♪ and your categories... the "for dummies" books are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, so we have a whole category about those books. followed by... the "c" in quotation marks. we have some... ...and then we travel far away. petra, a city in jordan that flourished 2,000 years ago and still fascinates us today. - roger. - sitcoms, $200. - roger. - what is "leave it to beaver"? - that's it. - sitcoms, $400. - buddy. - what is "happy days"? - yes. - sitcoms, $600. [beep] ah, it's a current series. "two and a half men." - back to you, buddy. - sitcoms, $800. - roger. - what is "growing pains"?
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