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what up, people? jack! what are you doing in my car? oh, just sharing my triple bonus jack combo... triple meat and cheese, secret sauce... go ahead, tell them how much it is... it's just $5.99! only at jack in the box. sorry, what were you going to say? i was beyond petrified and shocked. >> right now at 5:00, taking a stand against discrimination and hate. the rally in the south bay today after a string of attacks on the asian-american community. plus, one year since our stages went dark. how bay area theaters are marking the moment. also, spring-like weather today but rain, hail, maybe even snow on the way. we're tracking another winter storm headed to the bay area. the news at 5:00 starts right now. good evening, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney.
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>> and i'm anoushah rasta. after a series of crimes and attacks against members of the asian community some leaders in oakland's chinatown are raising a new concern today. >> they say proposed criminal justice reform could actually lead to more crimes. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in oakland with more on that. christie. >> reporter: well, terry, several people spoke out about the crimes today here in oakland, crimes that people have seen, many of them recorded on surveillance cameras. this event was led by the oakland chinatown chamber of commerce. several people who spoke said that they were concerned about the possible unintended consequences of sb-82. it's a new bill proposed by east bay state senator nancy skinner. in her statement if her office she said that the purpose of sb 82, which is supported by the state's penal code revision committee, is to clarify state law so that non-violent cases of theft are not charged as violent
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felonies. now, that has people extremely concerned, saying that they believe that criminals could be emboldened to keep targeting vulnerable people including members of the asian community even after a series of attacks received national attention. they say now is not the time to make criminal justice reform like sb 82 would. >> it's only fair to understand how this would affect not only the victims, victims' family and also the entire community. when people are not feeling safe walking the streets, it is so sad. >> reporter: now, again, her office is saying in that statement in part that if enacted sb 82 will not change or reduce the criminal penalty on violent assaults. they added that it would update a statute that allowed prosecutors to elevate a petty theft into a felony robbery and would establish a distinction between theft and robbery for
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case when's no deadly weapon was used and no one was seriously injured. again, people here, though, saying that they are concerned about possible consequences. reporting live in oakland, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> christie, thanks very much. south bay leaders also gathering today to condemn the rise in hate crimes against the asian community. a rally was held outside san jose city hall and organizers called it the stop aapi hate, standing for asian american and pacific islander. one of the many speakers just 13 years of age. you may remember ashlin so. she organized a very similar rally in san mateo two weeks ago. >> this is america where this is happening. i started looking into this and i found out that many of these cases are not reported as hate crimes and this wasn't okay. >> a string of local and state leaders denounced the spike in hate crimes across the bay area. one of them was evan lo, who represents much of the south bay
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in the state assembly. >> san jose has its own dark history toward the asian community. did you know we had five chinatowns, many of them burnt down? sanctioned to be burnt down. which is why it is so meaningful to see our officials here in solidarity with our community. >> local sports teams joining the effort to stem the attacks. the president of the 49ers and the president of the san jose sharks have each pledged $10,000 to groups fighting racist attacks. tune in tonight for a town hall led by former nbc bay area senior investigator vicky nguyen. she's now with nbc news. she's investigative and consumer correspondent there. the racism virus spotlights what's happening in the asian-american community and shares ideas for how you can help. it's a roundtable discussion featuring celebrities, athletes, activists and corporate leaders as well. tune in tonight, 7:00 right here on nbc bay area. now to continuing coverage of school closures in san francisco. people who want schools back
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open five days a week marched to city hall today. >> five full days! >> a group called decreasing the distance organized that protest. it comes exactly one year since schools across the bay area were closed to in-person learning. while the school district recently struck a deal with teachers to reopen some classes in the coming weeks, parents say it's not good enough. several students also took the microphone today to talk about how hard it's been to learn virtually. >> i'm in fifth grade. online classes are not working for us. >> we need schools open so in the future we can get to a university. i'm really not learning much online. >> several city leaders including mayor london breed showed up to voice their support for safely reopening schools.
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one year ago today her name became well known across the bay area. santa clara county's top doctor sarah cody announced what would become the beginning stages of the shelt ear at home order. it wan attempt to stop the spread county health leaders closed school for what was supposed to be three weeks, and they banned large gatherings. >> today i have signed a mandatory order prohibiting public or private gatherings of more than 100 people. these are decisions we have to make with information that's changing very rapidly. but we need to make them quickly. >> at the time of dr. cody's announcement there were 170 covid cases in the bay area. 79 of them in santa clara county. today the bay area's covid case count tops 415,000. on this date one year ago bay area health leaders had not announced a stay-at-home order yet. that announcement came just a couple days later. well, the south bay is
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approaching a milestone one year into the pandemic. 3 million covid tests. santa clara county says this time last year a few hundred people were getting tested each day. health leaders quickly scaled up during the peak of the winter surge. 25,000 people in the south bay were getting tesd on a daily basis. health leaders say regular testing continues to be critical. they say frontline workers should get tested at least once a month up to once every two weeks even after getting vaccinated. community leaders held a pop-up covid vaccine and testing clinic in the east bay today. it happened at the san leandro bart station. organizers say the clinic was part of an ongoing effort to make testing and vaccinations available in communities of color. people who got the vaccine today say it felt great. >> i want to be in front of the my students again. i want to be performing in front of people again and just giving people hugs, all the things we all miss. hopefully this is a step toward all of that. >> organizers say about 250 people got the vaccine today and
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that they'll be hosting more pop-up clinics in the future. if you're looking for information on how and where to get your shot, you can go to and put in your state, age and occupation. it will pull up the closest vaccination sites to you. the music industry is marking one year being shut down in a creative way. you can see venues in san francisco like bill graham auditorium, the independent and cafe du nord changed their marquees with the same message, one year dark, no shows since march 13th, 2020. the plan is for musicians to take photos of the marquees, post them on social media. organizers say it's a reminder of the impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry. okay. turning now to our microclimate weather forecast and taking a live look outside at storm ranger, it has been a beautiful day, but we are tracking some more cold and wet weather headed for the bay area. let's turn things over to meteorologist rob mayeda.
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rob, is it going to be cold enough so we can see more hail, maybe even some snow? >> that's a good point. i do think it's going to be round two of our winter blast-type storms. this type tomorrow you saw storm ranger probably getting a pretty good bath by tomorrow evening. as the rain starts to make an appearance. but right now mostly clear skies around the bay area. we're enjoying a pleasant saturday as we see the temperatures outside in the mid 50s around san jose. but here's where the changes arrive. right now storm ranger not seeing much in the way of any rain but the rain is up on the north coast. spreading south through the afternoon. you can see the morning starts out dry and as we head into sunday evening we've got some wind and rain to talk about and if you look at the upper left-hand corner of the screen you see some of the snow across lake county. snow levels again down closer to 3,000 feet and as we transition into monday that sets the opportunity up for more hail and ongoing low snow at times across some of our higher hilltops and mountain peaks. a closer look at the timing and how much snow and rain we're
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expecting out of the storm coming up in about eight minutes. back to you. >> okay. we'll see you then, rob, thanks so much. rob is keeping you updated on that wet earth even when we're not on the air. he works around the clock. make sure you follow him on twitter for his latest updates. his handle is @robmayeda. it was one year ago today that police in louisville, ken kengs kuyting a search warrant shot and killed a woman in her own home. her name was breonna taylor. no one has been charged in that killing. that's why friends supporters exact visits took to the streets in cities across the country today calling for justice. here's nbc's chris pollone. >> reporter: in louisville, kentucky saturday and other cities across the country people stopped to remember breonna taylor. it's been one year since louisville police gunned down the 26-year-old emergency room technician in her home. no one has been charged in her death. that's why family and friends are still demanding justice. >> no one's been held accountable and that's the problem.
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>> reporter: taylor's mother tamika palmer spoke with blayne alexander this week. >> breonna was full of life. she didn't deserve it. she was 26 years old. >> reporter: police entered taylor's home serving a no-knock warrant. kentucky attorney general daniel cameron has said the officers were justified in shooting because taylor's boyfriend kenneth walker fired first. walker said he thought it was a home invasion. with state charges unlikely the family says they hope charges could come from an fbi investigation. the fbi has said it's made significant progress in investigating all aspects of taylor's death to mark the day president joe biden tweeted that taylor's death was a tragedy and he called for congress to pass a landmark police reform bill. at the louisville rally state representative attica scott assessed changes since taylor's killing. >> not as far as possible. not as far as practices with the police department. but what has changed is the people, they have become even
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more resolved in seeking justice. >> reporter: one year later a family and a community left with few answers and a thirst for justice. chris pollone, nbc news. >> you can join our ongoing conversation about race in america led by jessica aguirre and marcus washington. our 11th episode airs thursday at 6:30 p.m. and you can find past episoded right there on our website. just go to as restrictions lift, more and more people are hopping on planes. up next, the new record travelers just set. even during the pandemic. and a southern california theme park welcomes back guests, but the rides are not open quite yet. we'll explain that. ahead for us, the covid relief checks are coming but some may have to wait. we'll explain. and the overseas murder sparking a major movement for women. and how a mama dog and her new puppies survived a deadly storm. on "nightly news."
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offering up injections in the state to 286 and 1,200 nationwide. okay. now a live look at sfo as restrictions start to be lifted again u.s. airports are seeing a surge in passengers. the tsa says it screened more than 1.3 million passengers yesterday. that's the highest number since march 15th of last year. and travel is still down 38% from precovid levels, though. the gates of universal studio hollywood are back open. like other theme parks, universal closed last year because of the pandemic. but yesterday guests were welcomed back for the taste of universal experience. accent on taste. there were no rides, no live events. plenty of food. >> it's just -- i've been coming to universal for a long time. so just walking through the park just feels really good. it just feels home. >> you see lots of people turned out to eat, walk around, enjoying a sense of normalcy while staying masked.
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we should mention universal studios is owned by the parent company of nbc bay area. get ready to lose an extra hour of sleep tonight. that's right. it's daylight saving time again. clocks will spring forward an hour tomorrow morning at 2:00. daylight saving was developed to allow people and businesses as well to make better use of natural daylight. now, arizona and hawaii are the only two u.s. states that do not observe daylight saving. and if you have a very active 13-month-old you're not getting a lot of sleep anyway. so not bothering me. rob? you know a little about that. >> yes. yes. with two 5 1/2-year-olds much the same. we're going to be dealing with those time changes for tomorrow morning. as the sunrise and sunset times now shift into the 7:00 hour as we spring forward one hour tonight. also springing forward will be our rain chances later tomorrow. we'll see the rain making a comeback in the north bay starting around midday.
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breezy at times and then another winter blast rewind again. like we saw this week. this is a cold storm that could bring snow levels down to at times as low as 3,000 feet. outside for your saturday evening no worries about needing an umbrella but a jacket will probably be pretty good. 50 degrees in san francisco, clear skies, few clouds there off to the west. we'll show you walnut creek, 56 degrees under partly cloudy conditions and into san jose numbers also in the 50s. northwest wind at 15 miles per hour. and your hour-by-hour outlook does not include raindrops till midnight. we'll be cooling to the 40s by 11:00 around san jose and eventually dropping into the 30s and low 40s by tomorrow morning. now, if you need to get anything done, early yardwork or any errands you might have earlier in the day, the morning should be fine but around lunchtime to mid afternoon begin to see that rain reappear in the north bay. it will push to the south as we head into the evening. and it should be a cool finish to the weekend. more 50s across the bay area. exception to the rule might be san jose getting closer to 60 degrees for a high tomorrow. so hour by hour, 3:00 in the
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afternoon you see the rain across the north bay. by 6:00 now moving into the central bay. and then by 9:00 now reaching the south bay and the east bay. pretty fast-moving system but we're going to have some cold air behind it. this is color-coded to show you snow falling in the hills. look at that. monday morning. again, the diablo range, especially those inland mountain ranges that got some snow earlier this week, get another round as we go into monday morning. here you go on the snow map for the bay area. across some of the higher peaks for the north bay santa cruz mountains elevations generally abefore 3,000 feet to 4,000 feet could be seeing more snow on our bay area peaks and because of that cold air aloft and the march sun as it breaks out through the clouds that is a good recipe for thunderstorms. and like we saw earlier this week that does open the opportunity for some hail and some of that could be locally heavy at times. we did see some of that at times early in the week. there you see as that storm moves out monday will be one to watch. as we get that cool unsettled air mass settling on through that could bring snow at times
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to the hills. rainfall totals expected generally below a half inch of rain by the time we get into monday evening. then we get this mid-week break. and then potentially more of these cold storms thursday and again approaching next weekend. so the storm door will go away around mid-week but it's not shutting at least in the seven-day forecast. so as we wrap up the weekend tomorrow a dry start to your sunday, by the evening the wind and rain make a return appearance and then monday could be a little bit of everything again. we saw that earlier this week. chance of hail, sun something, rain at times maybe some snow in the hilltops and then more opportunities for rain and snow as we head towards next weekend. coming up tonight at 6:00 we take a look at how that sierra snowfall is doing and how our rainfall deficits are now as we've had a little bit of recent rain of late. a look at that coming up at 6:00. back to you. >> thanks, rob. >> thank you, rob. returning to normal. coming up, the discussions one psychologist says you have with your children as we enter our post-pandemic world.
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now california phones offers free devices and accessories for your mobile phone. like this device to increase volume on your cell phone. - ( phone ringing ) - get details on this state program visit right now or call during business hours. it's been a long year, but the nation and the world is starting to return to normal and that means many of our children heading back to school. but the shift back to normal life can be difficult for them. one clinical psychologist is sharing some tips on conversations to have with your kids as you prepare for post-pandemic life. >> let's really talk about what
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the classroom environment is going to look like. is it indoors? is it outdoors? you're going to have shields around your desk. you're going to be wearing a mask all day. >> hear all of dr. meradian's tips on our new platform nbc lx, 11-15 over the air. channel 185 on xfinity cable or anytime on a st. paddy's day surprise. still ahead, an annual chicago tradition continues after city leaders said it was canceled.
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it's the luck of the irish. people in chicago woke up to a surprise today. the chicago river dyed green ahead of st. patrick's day. you might be saying, terry, it happens every year. hang on a second here. earlier this week chicago leaders said they were canceling the annual tradition. then they decided to hold the event this morning with little notice. and they did it that way because they didn't want to attract a big crowd. crews started dyeing the water green about 7:00 this morning. leaders are still urging people who celebrate to avoid large gatherings and follow public health guidelines. st. patrick's day is wednesday. two nasa astronauts ventured outside the international space station today to make some repairs, and that task came with some spectacular views. >> taking in the view. the ocean is beautiful. >> sure is. nasa tweeted out this video from astronaut and california native
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victor glover's helmet camera. you can see his view looking down at earth about 250 miles below. here's another look at the spacewalk. the astronauts had to deal with what else? a plumbing issue. other odd jobs included -- it happens. >> it does. >> replacing an antenna for those helmet cameras and then rerouting ethernet cables and tightening connections on a european experiment. this was the fifth spacewalk for this u.s.-russian-japanese crew of seven. there you go. >> it is spectacular stuff. up next, a very special birthday celebration at the san francisco zoo. we're going to take you there. we're back in two minutes. want to save hundreds on your wireless bill? with xfinity mobile, you can. how about saving hundreds on the new samsung galaxy s21 ultra 5g?
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emergency planning for kids. we can't predict when an emergency will happen. so that's why it's important to make a plan with your parents. here are a few tips to stay safe. know how to get in touch with your family. write down phone numbers for your parents, siblings and neighbors. pick a place to meet your family if you are not together and can't go home. remind your parents to pack an emergency supply kit. making a plan might feel like homework, but it will help you and your family stay safe during an emergency. finally tonight, do you remember mocky the lemur? he was stolen from the san
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francisco zoo. well, today he celebrated a pretty big birthday. >> the zoo tweeted out this video of maki celebrating. he's turning 22 today. folks, that's pretty old in lemur years. remember, maki's kidnapping was alarming because of his advanced age. he was lost for about a day, eventually found at a church in daly city. here's a toast to a less eventful year for maki. >> there we go. we'll see you at 6:00. tonight, the blizzard warnings as part of the rockies brace for several feet of snow. highways already at a standstill thousands of flights canceled the national guard called up. the same storm spawning tornadoes across two states >> it's all -- it's a full condensed tornado. payday those covid relief checks already hitting bank accounts as much as $7,000. >> it couldn't come at a better time >> why some have already


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