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>> how the pandemic forced an idaho woman to travel all the way to this bay area hospital for a surgery she desperately needs. >> also, california versus florida. two states with two very different approaches to the fight against covid. we investigate if masks and mandates have paid off. bizarre and violent behavior in a man's front yard. the video a south bay man wants you to see. and an exclusive interview with simone biles. the superstar gymnast in the bay area tonight opening up about her mental-health struggles. >> it's like we got to the olympics and my mind and my body were like you can't do it anymore. this isn't your burden to carry. you need to go and take care of yourself. >> the message she wants you to hear. good evening and thanks for being with us. the bay area is a lifeline as hospitals across the country are overwhelmed with covid patients,
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many are jumping on a flight here to seek medical care. >> that's because the case count in the bay area is low, and the hospital beds are available. as nbc bay area's jean elle reports, it is an expensive solution to a healthcare crisis. >> i at least now have my nausea under control. um, so that's good. um, but it's been like being in labor since the 17th. >> reporter: chelsea titus says she has been living with intense pain from endometriosis since september 17th. doctors where she lives in boise, idaho, can't schedule the needed surgery to remove an ovary. the idaho department of health and welfare has activated crisis standards of care, postponing surgeries because hospitals are filled with covid patients. >> we have certainly struggled with vaccination rates as we know. and that struggle has translated into a hospital system and a healthcare system that's overwhelmed. >> i have no doubt that i would be at home recovering from
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surgery, had it not been overwhelmed with covid patients. >> reporter: instead, titus is a long way from home. she is here in the bay area, desperate for relief she talked with her doctor and decided to come here to this hospital in mountain view for surgery. some of the highest vaccination rates. to you titus says the difference in medical care here is drastic. >> there was two other patients. the entire time. whereas, um, urgent care in boise is incredibly busy. >> reporter: she says the procedure is scheduled tomorrow. if all goes well, she can go home next week. a medical journey costing her thousands of extra dollars. >> enrages me that people who don't have the resources that i have, um, are stuck in their
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state in idaho not able to get the surgeries they need. >> reporter: she is hoping to g vaccinated. bc bay area news. >> our other story this evening, here we go again. a fire weather watch about to go into effect for parts of north bay. jeff is with us telling us about that. wind is the top concern right now? >> it certainly is and even though we had that rainfall yesterday, some very isolated showers, it only helped the immediate fire danger out. as we roll through tomorrow, we are going to see this area of high pressure build in, and it's looking more and more likely the way that's building in we'll get some isolated wind here for marin, napa, sonoma county. so out of abundance of caution, we do have this fire-weather watch here for the mountains, 1,000 feet and above for 15 to 35-mile-per-hour gusts. i will have more details on some big heat coming our way in about 15 minutes. >> okay, see you then, thank you, jeff. just in. san jose has banned the sale of
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flavored tobacco products. the mayor and city council members rallied yesterday accusing tobacco companies of targeting kids with flavors that are named after sweets. tobacco companies contend the bans don't work. new at 11:00. was this racially motivated? two cars, see 'em there, vandalized in the south bay. the owner of the cars thinks he was targeted because he is asian. nbc bay area's cheryl hurd talked with the victim, and has the details. >> reporter: san jose police are investigating a case of vandalism. the victim's car windows were shattered, and he believes it happened because he's asian. you are looking at surveillance video of what began as an innocent conversation between two men in san jose. a misunderstanding that took a racial turn, and later, ended violently. >> when he drove up here and he stopped the car, he was like -- he asked about the flag. >> reporter: tan lee telling me
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tonight why a man he never saw before stopped in front of his house last thursday. the man, originally, asked lee about the dinosaur flag in the front yard. but lee misunderstood. thinking the man was asking him about his bike and the words on the side of it, taga. he told the man he can look for it online. then, turned and walked away. >> when i say taga. oh, he said oh is that a filipino thing? you know? i was like, no. you know. and then, he looked inside. he see like my name and stuff. and so, oh you're vietnamese? it turns when he thinks i am just brushing him off. >> what's that flag mean? it's an easy question. why are you being weird? >> he started videotaping lee, and then started calling him names. >> before he left, he called me a -- >> pedophile creep. pedophile creep. >> the man drove off. two hours later, lee captured him on his neighbor's surveillance camera. you can hear what appears to be the same man smashing two of his car windows.
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san jose police are looking into the case as vandalism, and they told me tonight they don't think that it's a hate crime or racially motivated. feel that h it because, you know, i'm asian. why i am speaking out? because i don't want it to happen again. >> reporter: in san jose, cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. a palo alto police officer no longer on the job and at the center now of multiple excessive-force allegations. police agent stefano seen here throwing a man to the ground back in 2019, shattering a bone in his face. stefano says he witnessed a potential drug deal and that the man resisted arrest. no drugs were ever found. he is also seen here in 2018 pulling a man from his mobile home following an alleged traffic violation. a different officer then slams that person's head into the car windshield. both men filed civil rights lawsuits against the palo alto police department. >> it's important, in that people aren't going to be injured by him.
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his departure from the city of palo alto is long overdue, and i can say with absolute certainty that individuals within the city of palo alto are safer. >> now, the department won't tell us if he was fired or left on his own. palo alto did settle one of the lawsuits. the other is ongoing. calm on campus at this hour, after a threat closed san francisco state. it all started this morning when police say they became aware of what they call a nonspecific threat of armed violence. it was posted on social media. that threat was quickly deleted, but seen by a lot of students and staff members. sf state then cancelled in-person learning, and went remote for the day. police say there is no ongoing threat right now, and have detained the suspect for questioning. was this a turning point in the fraud trial against elizabeth holmes? today, some damaging testimony from a former-theranos executive. dr. adam rosendorf testified the theranos founder, holmes, knew
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that her blood testing machines did not work. the doctor says he told holmes many times that he didn't trust the results. he resigned claiming holmes and theranos managers ignored him. the defense tried to discredit the doctor saying ultimately as lab director, he was responsible for what went on inside the lab. a major step forward. pfizer submitted its data on vaccines for kids 5 to 12 to the fda. the trial involved more than 2,000 children given a reduced dose, and pfizer says the results show its vaccine is safe and effective for kids. now, the fda must decide on whether to grant the company emergency-use authorization. some parents are counting down the days but others want to see more data. nbc bay area's covid specialist, dr. hong, from ucsf, says he is confident in what the data shows. >> i think given the vast experience we have so far in adolescents, in adults, we don't believe that there will be anything surprising in the kids. particularly, since we are looking at one-third the dose of
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adults and we know already from even the size of 2,000, that these kids in the trial have lower incidence of fevers and chills, compared to the 16 to 25-year-olds to whom they were compared in the trial to. >> now, when it comes to a vaccine for kids under 5, dr. peter says we should see data on that by the fourth quarter of the year. when it comes to adults, pfizer got the green light last week to send out those booster shots for some groups. the white house says more than 400,000 americans have already gotten their third dose at pharmacies over the weekend. in the next few weeks, nearly 11 million americans are scheduled to get their third shot. be sure to head to where we answer a lot of your questions about these booster shots. just click on covid booster eligibility on the trending bar. we will break down who is eligible and when moderna and j&j could be sending out their booster shots. okay. no vaccine, no shark. the san jose sharks played the
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first preseason game at the sap center tonight and new covid rules in place. you have to prove you are vaccinated to get in. san jose implementedndr venues. all fans over the age of 12 have to show their vaccine card or digital record of it. negative-covid tests accepted only for those with documented or religious exemptions to the vaccine. the sharks, by the way, lost 4-3 to the la kings. tonight, simone biles, the greatest gymnast of all time is in the bay area. the woman who opened the minds of many to the issue of mental health when it comes to olympians and athletes talked exclusively to nbc bay area about life after tokyo. and her future. here is terry mcsweeney. >> greatest of all time simone biles. >> reporter: simone biles, four olympic teammates, numerous gymnasts and dancers taking over chase center tonight. it's the gold over america tour. biles, the seven-time olympic
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medalist bowing out of several gymnastic events at the tokyo olympics in july citing mental health as a major issue. now, a leading spokesperson for the cause. not that things have calmed down all that much since tokyo. >> i went from the vmas to the met gala to the next day being at the senate hearing, um, for the fbi stuff and that was supercrazy to now to come tour. so it's like it is a lot to bear on just one person. and i'm so grateful to be, like, an advocate, and be able to speak out. but it does kind of hinder my mentality sometimes. >> reporter: much of the message here tonight, directed at girls and young women. it is about pressure. how to deal with it. how to stand up for yourself. and if anybody knows about pressure, it would be biles. >> looking at biles, you wouldn't know there is any pressure on her. this just one day after a headline read, biles wishes she'd quit gymnastics before olympics. >> so much of a burden has been placed on me and like all this
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weight on my shoulder for just me to carry through this sport and to keep whatever it is alive and to, like, keep the fire in their butt to do the right thing. i should have quit way before the olympics. >> reporter: with that as a backdrop, you can understand how this 35-city tour is therapeutic for biles. >> after the first show, they were like how did you feel? and i just burst into tears, i was so happy, i was very overwhelmed with the turnout of the crowd and how many people came to not only support me but the other girls in the olympic team. it's really heartfelt. >> reporter: in san francisco, terry mcsweeney, nbc bay area news. >> she is amazing. all right. we are back in 60 seconds. ahead, too close for comfort. the wild encounter with that big cat that has one peninsula neighborhood really, really nervous. she does matter and setting -- setting the right tone is what really makes a difference. different policies, different outcomes in the battle against covid-19. i'm steven stock. coming up, we look past the political debates to the actual
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numbers, and find some interesting outcomes that might help fight the next pandemic. and temperatures are already dropping. i will talk about the cold morning and the hotter afternoons in about six minutes.
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well, a year and a half into the pandemic and in some places, we seem to be back at square one with rising cases and fights over wearing masks and talks of more lockdown. >> california is doing things a lot differently than in florida but is it working here? let's bring in our senior investigator, stephen stock. stephen. >> we tracked daily per capita case and death rates all over the country and we found some interesting comparisons. especially, between california and florida. two warm-weather states that approached the fight against covid very differently.
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>> just makes sense for us to continue masking these kids. >> they don't care about other people's health. they don't care about other people's safety. >> reporter: talk to folks just about anywhere about covid-mask mandates, business restrictions, and vaccinations -- >> that's what america is all about. >> reporter: -- and you are sure to get a variety of opinions. >> i mean, it comes down to personal freedom and personal responsibility. >> i think it's completely unconstitutional. >> reporter: so, we decided to look at the numbers. comparing warm-weather states florida whose governor took one of the most politically conservative approaches to covid. opening up just about everything with few restrictions. to california, which took one of the most politically progressive approaches. instituting mask and vaccine mandates, lockdowns, and school closures. >> breaking news tonight. the coronavirus forcing millions more americans into virtual lockdown. >> reporter: from the beginning of the crisis in march, 2020, through summer of 2021, the numbers show little difference in outcomes. per-capita case and death rates over a seven-day average, while rising and falling at different
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times, more or less, reflected each other no matter which state you lived in. >> i think there is a lot of different, of course, variables. >> reporter: dr. erika pan is california's state epidemiologist whose office looks at the same data we did to see how policy and approach affected outcomes. and what might be learned to better prepare for the next pandemic. >> i think that's exactly what we are trying to understand right now, as well. we are working with both, um, partners directly and trying to monitor all these different surveys that happen across the state and across the country. >> reporter: but then, suddenly in july, it all changed. the data starts to diverge depending on where you live. california's case rates edged up over the last couple of months. same with its death rates but they stayed mostly flat. compare that to florida where covid cases skyrocketed. reaching record highs in early august. hitting a seven-day average north of 30,000 cases. a per-capita rate of more than 100 per 100,000 people.
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death rates also rose significantly, reaching a seven-day average in september of nearly two deaths per 100,000 people. the highest in florida during the entire pandemic. california's case rate was at its peak last december and death rates peaked in january. and while both covid cases and deaths started dropping the past two weeks in florida, they remain significantly higher than the same per capita rates in california. now, with less than 8,000 cases and fewer than 100 deaths. >> we looked at california as -- as kind of a sister state to figure out how we are doing and you are right. for the past better part of a year and a half, we have been parallel in terms of the rates and the numbers. the past two or three months have changed dramatically. >> senior associate dean for health policy is both a doctor of law and an md at the university of south florida. dr. wolfson attributes the sudden surge there to the hands-off approach to mask mandates and vaccines by florida's governor, ron desantis. >> there is a just different
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perspective on how to manage this disease and i think as a matter of public policy, the state is prepared to accept the collateral damages of high-hospitalization rates and some deaths with the presumption that everybody will kind of get it and will get through it and then we'll be okay. >> reporter: defending his policy, governor desantis recently forbid local school districts from imposing their own mandates. >> there's people that were hermits for a year and a half, that wore six masks and did that, and still contracted it. okay? so -- so let's just be real here. >> it's true that there are criticisms of california. maybe, there were too many lockdowns and -- and florida not enough. um, but they were kind of evening out. >> reporter: the game-changer she says came when the data show vaccination rates in california went up consistently higher and earlier than florida's. >> so when delta hit, we had higher levels of immunity in our population. and what that did was it blunted the cases. >> reporter: and that, dr. gandhi says policy, while not
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perfect, can mitigate the impact of a disease. >> what did we do in california that was different? well, earlier than anyone else, we mandated healthcare worker vaccinations, we mandated teacher vaccinations. >> reporter: both dr. gandhi and dr. wolfson say that could change the way both political and health leaders strategize to combat not only covid now, but future pandemics, as well. >> policy does matter and -- and setting -- setting the right tone is what really makes a difference. >> essentially, the policies that were so divergent in florida and california were around requiring vaccinations. we've been really clear and that difference, i think, is a huge policy implication. >> so while not popular in some places, our experts say the data make clear that while differing policies didn't seem to make a difference, initially, the numbers do show they did over time. the biggest difference? vaccines. and policies pushing people to get them. i'm stephen stock, nbc bay area
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news. >> let's turn things over to jeff ranieri now. certainly, a beautiful fall day today but we are not out of the clear when it comes to fire danger, right? >> yes, we are going to see some isolated wind kick up tomorrow. also, the heat. but before we get to that, i did want to make sure you are ready to go tomorrow morning and some colder temperatures. if you are up around 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning, you are definitely going to feel it. want to make sure you have that jacket out and ready by the door. look at this. in the east bay, we are down to 50. san francisco, 52. and the north bay will come in at 48. also, looking at some of those 40s over the tri-valley and the south bay. so, we start off cold. then, as we roll through the afternoon, temperatures are going to heat up from this area of high pressure. and it is looking more and more likely. the way this is starting to build in, we will get a little bit of wind here throughout marin, napa, and sonoma counties. again, very, very isolated here so out of an abundance of caution, there is a fire-weather watch that has been issued. you can see here a thousand feet and above, we are looking at wind gusts of 15 to 35. down in the lower elevations,
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much, much calmer, only 5 to 10 miles per hour. daytime highs tomorrow, again, warming up a few degrees so i think we are going to be able to get through this tomorrow. it's definitely not a heat wave but we are going to be back up to 84 here in concord. 80 in morgan hill. 78 in san jose. staying with 70s over palo alto. warming up a little more there in oakland to 73. and right through our coastline, in the 60s here from san francisco right down to half moon bay but that heat, it's going to continue. so i wanted to show you one of our typically hottest locations, concord, and a ten-day outlook on how things are trending and what you are going to see is we will top out at the heat once we hit this weekend. we are going to be in those low to mid-90s. then, as we roll through next week, you can see us dropping down into the 70s tuesday, wednesday, thursday, and friday. so fall weather, eventually, on the way once we head into next week. so in my seven-day forecast here in san francisco, we warm up to some low 70s once we hit this weekend. all in all, i think it is pretty good here in sf and across the
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inland valleys, we have that warmer weather. this upcoming weekend and then those numbers do drop off. so, raj and jessica, one last blast of summer here. i am ready for those 70s several days of 70s coming our way next week for sure. >> yeah, totally. i went on dinner break and it was dark outside. i was like what happened? when did this happen? >> i know. it's -- it's almost october. >> yeah, you are right. >> it will heat up again, though, thanks, jeff. well, happening now, the lights are off for about 2,500 people in the east bay tonight after a semi-truck hit a power pole in lafayette. happened just a couple hours ago. moraga road is also closed because of that crash until about 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. the outages are also at st. mary's college and camp olindo high school. we are back with more news. capitol hill countdown. we are tracking the latest from washington, d.c. ahead of a possible government shutdown. plus, taking giants season to new heights. the big reveal one airline is
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all right. check it out. this big cat making itself all comfy on a daly city patio. police there put out this picture of the 60-pound cougar this morning. it was just hanging out at a home. officers closed the street for a few hours in search for the animal but never found the mountain lion. neighbors are worried that there are lots of places for it to hide. >> he is probably somewhere here. he is not really safe yet and i am too scared to go back backyard right now, you know? >> a fish and wildlife spokesperson said the big cat kat probably moved back to its original habitat thebt at least they are hoping so. today, board members for east bay mud voted on new guidelines if the drought worsens and you use too much water. a first violation will result in a warning. a second violation would be a fine of $2 per ccf which is the equivalent of 748 gallons. for a reference, the average
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shower uses about 17 gallons of water. there are exceptions, like a water leak, a meter error, or if someone has medical problems. >> okay. we introduced you to tyler gordon. he is the 15-year-old artist from san jose who painted a portrait of vice president kamala harris that went viral. now, he can add a new title to his resume, author. gordon's first book came out today. >> my new book "we can" is right now today. >> gordon wrote and illustrated the book titled "we can: portraits of power." it highlights people like former president barack obama and singer janet jackson who gordon admires for the mark they have made on history. very talented and he took up painting, believe it or not, just three years ago. >> he is a rock star. >> he is. >> i love that kid. we are back in a moment to tell you about draymond green and the war yours, there is a bit of a problem there. stay with us.
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okay. yes, there's excitement for the giants but this is still nerve-racking time. we still don't know how long brandon belt will be out of that lineup and that has to do with that thumb. that looked painful. >> this is going to be a problem. fractured his thumb. left them on sunday. today, the giants said they don't have a clear timetable. most likely, belt will be out four to six weeks. >> that long for the thumb? >> he might not even make it back for the playoff run.
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28,000 fans watched the giants and diamondbacks. hello captain there. giants explode for four runs. brandened crawford with the clutch rbi single. the diamond backs are in last place. here is one of the reasons why. the giveaway run. the wild pitch here with buster posy at the plate. the bases were loaded. another run scores. giants win it, 6-4. they maintain their two-game lead over the dodgers with five games remaining in the regular season. the a's in seattle. cover your eyes if you are an a's fan. this is ugly. it's been an ugly week. the a's have now lost 11-straight games to the mariners. bottom of the 7th, seattle solo home run here. a's lose, 4-2. the sharks' preseason opener at the tank tonight. they lose to the l.a. kings, 4-3. and warriors basketball. their first practice of training camp. steph curry, clay thompson is
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back to practice but no draymond green. steve kerr says draymond has an excused absence for personal reasons. no word on when he will report to camp. we're back in a moment.
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[music] 'my own garden is my own garden,' said the giant, so he built a high wall all around it. then one morning the giant heard some lovely music.
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through a little hole in the wall, the children had crept in. and the giant's heart melted... and they found the giant...all covered with blossoms.
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okay. get ready to really eat well. the michelin guide announced the 2021 winners today and some 50 bay area restaurants made the cut. ten newly starred. six restaurants got three stars. these are the heavy hitters. singlethread in healdsburg. two star restaurants. campton place. saison. both in san francisco. and what's this one, raj? adega in san jose, rasa, chez tj. a full list at or just ask raj. he's been to all of them. i don't know. you tell me. >> good night. see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon."


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